Does Algeria Really Plan On Donating Their World Cup Winnings To Gaza?

Yesterday, a story surfaced claiming that Algeria striker Islam Slimani said his team would be donating all of their World Cup prize winnings—$9 million was the reported amount, which is accurate for a team eliminated in the Round of 16—to Gaza. That's an extremely generous gesture. It also appears to be bullshit. »7/03/14 4:56pm7/03/14 4:56pm


How Muslim Athletes Deal With Ramadan

For the first time since 1986, the World Cup and Ramadan will overlap. Ramadan's a month in the Islamic calendar—a lunar calendar—in which Muslims, among other things, abstain from food and water during the day, breaking fast at sundown. The fasting will start Saturday. There's a substantial number of Muslim athletes… »6/27/14 3:17pm6/27/14 3:17pm

South Korea-Algeria: Four Years Later, Algeria Is Worthy Of Your Support

Few sides garnered less praise entering the World Cup than the Desert Foxes of Algeria. Most Americans will remember Algeria as the victims of Landon Donovan's 91st minute miracle goal in 2010. That Algeria side spent the vast majority of the game stifling an increasingly frustrated American attack. They were… »6/22/14 2:07pm6/22/14 2:07pm

Hey, At Least Getting Bashed In Group Play Won't Break Algeria's Heart

Algerians, like many former French colonies, are used to watching some of their most promising potential internationals playing for the old rulers. Algerian fans will probably cheer Karim Benzema due to the French-born striker's Algerian heritage. They might also rue, or maybe sardonically snicker at, Samir Nasri —… »6/11/14 6:03pm6/11/14 6:03pm

Libya-Algeria Soccer Brawl Featured A Perfect Flying Kick To The Head

It's qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations, and yesterday Algeria met Libya in neutral Morocco (since Libya's still not one of the more stable countries.) An Algerian strike in the 88th minute broke a scoreless draw and gave the Desert Foxes an all-important "away" goal. As the whistle blew on full time, players… »9/10/12 6:20pm9/10/12 6:20pm