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‘We were a real family’: Algeria reflect on Africa Cup of Nations win – video

‘We were like brothers, we were a real family,’ said Algeria player Aïssa Mandi after Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time, beating Senegal 1-0 in the final with a heavily deflected goal early on by Al Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedja…

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Algeria fans celebrate football victory in the streets of London

Hundreds gather in Trafalgar Square and around the city after team win Africa Cup of Nations Hundreds of Algeria fans took to the streets of London to celebrate the national football team’s first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years.Footage posted o…

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Algeria fans light up London after Afcon triumph – in pictures

Finsbury Park and Trafalgar Square were deluged with more than a thousand Algerian supporters as they won the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday night. The 1-0 win over Senegal was greeted with fireworks and jubilation Continue reading…

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Algeria fans celebrate Africa Cup of Nations win – video

Fans have been celebrating Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations title after a second-minute goal by Baghdad Bounedjah gave them a 1-0 win over Senegal in the final. Their players and fans celebrated a career-defining achievement as the Fennec Foxes claimed …

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Ismaila Sarr to Hakim Ziyech: 10 to watch at the Africa Cup of Nations

Our list of potential stars of the tournament, which starts in Egypt on Friday, also includes the hosts’ hero Mohamed SalahA brilliant season for Ajax has alerted some of Europe’s biggest sides to the playmaker’s talent, with the 26-year-old notching 2…

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The brutal world of sheep fighting: the illegal sport beloved by Algeria’s angry young men

Algeria’s ‘lost generation’ has been shaped by years of conflict, unemployment and state repression. Sheep fighting offers an arena where men can escape the constant supervision of the state. By Hannah Rae ArmstrongLast August in Algiers, one week befo…

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Senegal v Algeria: Africa Cup of Nations – live!

• Minute-by-mintute updates from the Group B match
• Email Rob Smyth on rob.smyth@theguardian.com
• Jonathan Wilson: hosts Gabon leave Afcon unbeaten but unmourned by fans
• How did South Africa and Nigeria, Africa’s richest nations, miss out on Afcon?

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Senegal (possible 3-4-3) K N’Diaye; Ciss, Mbodji, Z Toure; Diame, N’Doye, P N’Diaye, Diop; Konate, Sow, I Sarr.

Algeria (possible 4-4-2) Asselah; Meftah, Mandi, Cadamuro, Ghoulam; Mahrez, Bentaleb, Guédioura, Brahimi; Slimani, Hanni.

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Our main focus tonight will be Senegal v Algeria, though we’ll have goal updates from Tunisia v Zimbabwe. It’d be crude not to.

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Afcon 2017: Sadio Mané on target again as Senegal beat Zimbabwe to advance

• Mané and Saivet find the net in 2-0 victory to seal quarter-final spot
• Tunisia beat Algeria 2-1 thanks to own goal from Mandi and Sliti penalty

Senegal sailed into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Zimbabwe.

Goals from Sadio Mané and Henri Saivet ensured the 2002 finalists progressed from Group B with their final match against Algeria to spare, but the margin of victory should have been much larger.

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Algeria v Tunisia: Afcon 2017 – live!

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North African teams are enduring a barren run at the Africa Cup of Nations, and these two have to take their share of the blame. No side north of the Sahara has reached the semi-finals since Egypt completed a hat-trick of wins in 2010. Both of these nations have won Afcon once, when they were hosts – Algeria in 1990, Tunisia in 2004. Since their victory, the Carthage Eagles haven’t won a knockout game, but did beat Algeria in a 2013 group game, thanks to a stoppage-time screamer from Youssef Msakni:

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Algeria v Tunisia: Afcon 2017 – live!

3.33pm GMT

LINE UP | The starting XI for the match Algeria – Tunisia #CAN2017 #ALGTUN pic.twitter.com/lhbMEtyWZM

3.22pm GMT

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North African teams are enduring a barren run at the Africa Cup of Nations, and these two have to take their share of the blame. No side north of the Sahara has reached the semi-finals since Egypt completed a hat-trick of wins in 2010. Both of these nations have won Afcon once, when they were hosts – Algeria in 1990, Tunisia in 2004. Since their victory, the Carthage Eagles haven’t won a knockout game, but did beat Algeria in a 2013 group game, thanks to a stoppage-time screamer from Youssef Msakni:

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Afcon 2017: Sadio Mané on target as Senegal defeat wasteful Tunisia

• Group B: Tunisia 0-2 Senegal; Mané 10, Mbodji 30
• Riyad Mahrez scores twice as Algeria draw with Zimbabwe

Liverpool’s Sadio Mané converted a 10th-minute penalty to send Senegal on their way to a 2-0 victory over Tunisia and top of Group C at the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Mané scored from the spot after Aymen Abdennour had brought down Cheikhou Kouyaté in the penalty area, giving Senegal the lead against the run of play.

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Afcon 2017: a group-by-group guide to the Africa Cup of Nations

The players, teams and managers to look out for as Ivory Coast defend their title in Gabon in the tournament that kicks off on SaturdayGabon Continue reading…

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Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez named 2016 African player of the year

• Leicester and Algeria winger caps dream year after winning Premier League
• Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi crowned youth player of the year

Riyad Mahrez has capped the most successful period of his career by winning the 2016 African player of the year award.

The winger scored 17 Premier League goals as Leicester won the title under Claudio Ranieri, with the Algerian’s exploits earning him the PFA players’ player of the year award in April 2016.

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The Premier League’s likely winners and losers from 2017 Africa Cup of Nations | Paul Doyle

Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland, Leicester and others may be hit by loss of players to tournament as clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City capitalise

Now is the time for top clubs to prove that to be forewarned really is to be forearmed. Everyone knew that the Africa Cup of Nations was on the agenda for early 2017 and now, with 23 Premier League players among those heading off to Gabon to compete for their countries in what their employers view as the world’s worst-timed international tournament, rich clubs must show they are resourceful enough to cope. Otherwise they will pay a heavy price.

Related: Liverpool’s matchwinner Sadio Mané will head to Gabon with a heavy heart

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The Premier League’s likely winners and losers from 2017 Africa Cup of Nations | Paul Doyle

Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland, Leicester and others may be hit by loss of players to tournament as clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City capitalise

Now is the time for top clubs to prove that to be forewarned really is to be forearmed. Everyone knew that the Africa Cup of Nations was on the agenda for early 2017 and now, with 23 Premier League players among those heading off to Gabon to compete for their countries in what their employers view as the world’s worst-timed international tournament, rich clubs must show they are resourceful enough to cope. Otherwise they will pay a heavy price.

Related: Liverpool’s matchwinner Sadio Mané will head to Gabon with a heavy heart

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Leicester and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez named BBC African Footballer of the Year

• Algerian scored 17 Premier League goals last season
• Mahrez has also helped his country to Africa Cup of Nations

Riyad Mahrez has been named BBC African Footballer of the Year following a remarkable 12 months with Leicester City.

Mahrez was also named PFA Player of the Year for his fine form in the 2015-16 Premier League season, when the midfielder helped inspire Leicester to a first Premier League title. The Algerian scored 17 league goals and chipped in with 11 assists.

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Leicester and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez named BBC African Footballer of the Year

• Algerian scored 17 Premier League goals last season
• Mahrez has also helped his country to Africa Cup of Nations

Riyad Mahrez has been named BBC African Footballer of the Year following a remarkable 12 months with Leicester City.

Mahrez was also named PFA Player of the Year for his fine form in the 2015-16 Premier League season, when the midfielder helped inspire Leicester to a first Premier League title. The Algerian scored 17 league goals and chipped in with 11 assists.

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International football: 10 things to look out for in World Cup 2018 qualifying

Ramsey’s Wales return, Yiadom’s controversial Ghana inclusion, Southgate and Strachan heading in opposite directions and a fairytale comeback for Falcao

Gareth Southgate is at the beginning, Gordon Strachan could be approaching
the end. But both managers are under pressure before Friday night’s
qualifier at Wembley. While Southgate has shown that he is not afraid to
make big calls, dropping Wayne Rooney for the fortunate goalless draw in
Slovenia, England’s caretaker oversaw underwhelming performances in his
first two matches and would not be seen as an inspiring permanent appointment
if his team fails to convince against Scotland. The return of Harry Kane
and Raheem Sterling should enhance England’s threat, however, and it is
Strachan who has bigger problems. Robert Snodgrass has been in fine form
for Hull City and the jinking winger could give England’s defence plenty to
think about, yet Strachan’s stock is perilously low after last month’s
defeat to Slovakia
and defeat in this match would surely be the final straw. JS

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2017 Africa Cup of Nations draw: Algeria and Senegal face off in Group B

• Hosts Gabon paired with Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso
• Cup holders Ivory Coast to face Togo, Morocco and DR Congo

Hosts Gabon were handed a favourable draw for January’s Africa Cup of Nations, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s side to face Cameroon, Burkina Faso and the debutants Guinea-Bissau in Group A while the heavyweights Algeria and Senegal will face off in Group B.

The buildup to the tournament, which begins on 14 January, has been dominated by doubts over where it will be staged as the aftershocks of Gabonese presidential elections continue to be felt.

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International football: 10 things to look out for in World Cup 2018 qualifying

Gareth Southgate should have taken radical action over England captaincy, Hal Robson-Kanu may be needed by Wales and how long can Didier Deschamps do without Karim Benzema?

Captaincy is among the biggest red herrings in football: all players are supposed to set examples with their performances and leaders lead with or without an armband. And yet the England captaincy matters simply because a lot of people think it matters. Steven Gerrard was upset when it was taken off him by a caretaker manager, Stuart Pearce, and David Beckham was uplifted when it was given to him by a caretaker manager, Peter Taylor. The country’s latest caretaker manager, Gareth Southgate, should have de-fetishised the armband by announcing England do not need a captain other than for administrative purposes – to do the coin toss, basically – and, therefore, that the identity of the skipper for the matches against Malta, Slovenia and all opponents during his reign would be decided two seconds before each match by a dressing-room raffle. Paul Doyle

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