Algeria can beat Italy’s historic unbeaten record


In the event of a good run during the 2022 African Cup of Nations, Algeria has the opportunity to mark the history of football in Cameroon. Djamel Belmadi’s team can beat the unbeaten record set by Italy last year.

Algeria can afford a legendary epic in Cameroon. At all levels. Two and a half years after their coronation in Egypt, the Fennecs approach the 2022 African Cup of Nations with the status of big favorites. In full confidence, the partners of Riyad Mahrez do not hide it: they are aiming for the trophy again this year. It would be the third in their history, after 1990 and 2019. Their first double, suddenly.

With the same team structure, a group enlarged to 28 (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) and still fiery supporters, the African champions have every reason to believe in their chances. Their recent victory in the Arab Cup has boosted their confidence a little more. Especially since the Algerians triumphed with a reshuffled squad in Qatar. For this CAN 2022, all the executives made the trip to Cameroon. With the desire to mark the spirits.

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Equal Spain and Brazil from this Tuesday

Beyond the final victory, Algeria can leave a mark in the history of football. Belmadi’s proteges remain on an impressive 34-game unbeaten streak (in all competitions). Their last loss dates back to October 2018, in Benin, in the CAN 2019 qualifiers (1-0). If they do not lose against Sierra Leone during their entry into the running, this Tuesday near Douala (2 p.m.), the Fennecs will chain a 35th outing without bowing. Enough to equal the series of Spain (2007-2009) and Brazil (1993-1996).

They will then be two games away from the ultimate record, set last year by Italy (37 games, between 2018 and 2021). They will then have to be solid against Equatorial Guinea (Sunday at 8 p.m.) and Côte d’Ivoire (January 20 at 5 p.m.) to equal the Squadra Azzura. Before perhaps doing better in the round of 16. A completely conceivable prospect for the Algerians, who can strike a blow in the coming weeks.

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