Algeria players, coach sing Yanks’ praises

Posted on 24 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Algeria’s head coach and several of the team’s players showed themselves gracious in defeat yesterday, after their team was eliminated from the 2010 World Cup at the hand of the U.S. Men’s National Team. The result, a 1-0 decision in the Americans’ favor, is being hailed as a watershed event for U.S. soccer. Several members of the Algerian contingent came away impressed as well.

“It’s a team that is very organized, very well prepared physically and which has extraordinary courage and spirit,” Algeria head coach Rabah Saadane said of the U.S. nats. “We saw that last year at the Confederations Cup…It’s a football that is very physical, very American.”

“It’s a team that works very hard…they have a lot of unity…we lost against a very good team,” said defender Nadir Belhadj, who last year played for Portsmouth in the English Premier League.

“It was difficult; the USA has a very good team,” added Glasgow Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra. “They play on a very high level.”

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