Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Reclusive Lacen responds to Algeria's call
by Paul Kennedy, February 17th, 2010 1:37PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  african nations cup, men's national team, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] Most players would jump at the chance to join their national team. French-born Mehdi Lacen, based at Spanish club Racing Santander, took almost three weeks to respond to calls from the Algerian national team that he had been called up for the Desert Foxes' game against Serbia Wednesday in Algiers.

When Lacen didn't respond to calls on his cell phone, the Algerian federation resorted to having the Algerian media pass on messages asking Lacen to get in contact with federation president Mohamed Raouraoua or national team coach Rabah Saadane.

When he did respond, Lacen's message was short and sweet, sent via text message.

Other players not at the Africa Cup of Nations getting callups included Rafik Djebbour of Greek club AEK Athens and Chadli Amri of Germany's Mainz.

Out of the team are goalie Lounes Gaouaoui, red carded in the semifinal loss to Egypt, and Khaled Lemmouchia, who quit in the middle of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Serbia game is the first of three the Fennecs, who will play the USA at the World Cup, will play before heading to South Africa on June 6.

Other games will be against Dublin on May 29 and an opponent to be determined on June 5 in Algiers.

Saadane will take the Desert Foxes to the Italian national training center in Coverciano for eight days of training, beginning May 20.

Algeria Roster:
Goalkeepers:  Faouzi Chaouchi (ES Setif), Mohammed Zemmamouche (USM Algiers), Mohamed Ouserir (CR  Belouizdad)
Defenders: Slimane Raho (ES Setif), Anthar Yahia (Bochum, Germany), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth, England), Madjid Bougherra (Glasgow Rangers), Samir Zaoui (ASO Chlef), Rafik Halliche (Nacional de Madeira, Portugal), Reda Babouche (MC Algiers)
Midfielders: Yazid Mansouri (Lorient, France), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg, Germany), Karim Matmour (Borussia M'Gladbach, Germany),  Mourad Meghni (Lazio, Italy), Hassan Yebda (Portsmouth, England), Djamel Abdoun (Nantes, France), Medhi Lacen (Racing Santander, Spain).
Forwards: Abelkader Ghezzal (Siena, Italy),  Rafik Djebbour (AEK Athens), Chadli Amri (Mainz, Germany).



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Herzog names U.S. U-23 squad for England game     
U.S. U-23 national team coach Andi Herzog has named a 24-player squad for a Aug. 30-Sept. ...
No Giovani dos Santos in Mexico squad    
Just weeks after joining the LA Galaxy, Giovani dos Santos is out of the team under ...
USA and Mexico will split Rose Bowl tickets    
When the USA played Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, the ...
What They're Saying: FIFA statement    
"The growth of football and the increased participation levels in the U.S. have been tremendous and ...
RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations    
With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey to Seattle at the end of the 2014 ...
Chicago Fire completes Maloney transfer    
Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney is headed back to England, ending one of the shorter Designated Player ...
Canada calls up nine MLS players to face Belize     
Forward Cyle Larin heads a list of nine MLS players chosen by Canada head coach Benito ...
NASL Roundup: Rowdies hand the reins to Stuart Campbell    
After serving one game as Tampa Bay Rowdies interim coach in the wake of the firing ...
Spirit and FCKC headed to NWSL playoffs after 0-0 tie    
With two weekends left in the NWSL's third season, the suspense is over. Seattle Reign FC ...
What They're Saying: Klaus Allofs    
"We had to take it seriously. Finally we decided to start negotiations with City." -- VfL ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives