This is a weird one.
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.
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…
As Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev went up to try and break up a cross, he had what appeared to be a laser shined in his face. Algeria's Islam Slimani ended up heading the ball in to knot the match at one in the 60th minute. Conspiracy theories go below.
Now that we've made it out of the Group of Death, we can sit back and watch the final matches of Group H, which will determine who the USMNT and Germany face in the World Cup's next round. C'mon South Korea and Algeria!
Portugal's last-second goal was heartbreaking for U.S. fans, but a glorious reprieve for the Portuguese. Here's our daily roundup of every goal scored, as heard by viewers or listeners in that country. Portugal's above, via RTP1 and Antena radio.
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…
Like the Olympics, athletes in the World Cup weren't necessarily born in the country they play for. This interactive graphic illustrates player migrations by country.
Every day, Deadspin compiles each World Cup goal as called on a broadcast in the country that scored it. See previous days here.
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 —…
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…
At a cafe in Ljubljana, Slovenian fans watched their previously-group-leading squad bomb out of the World Cup with a mixture of disappointment and resignation. Algerian fans in Paris? Well, they started a little bit of a riot. [via NYTimes Goal blog]
Rafik Saifi, who came on in the 84th minute — just in time to watch the US win the match — took our his frustrations in the media room by smacking an Algerian journalist right across the mouth.
Tea and crumpets! Sand! It's England and Algeria. Bond over your shared hatred of the French in the comments.
Here we go, Day 3. The Desert Foxes take on the Fightin' Titos to see which team can save the most face before letting England and the U.S. advance to the knockout stages.