The team: Algeria made fairly light work of reaching Brazil, winning five of their six matches in a group that featured Benin, Mali and Rwanda. The playoff round proved a bit trickier, losing the first leg to Burkina Faso 3-2 before booking their ticket to Brazil with a professional 1-0 home victory.
The coach: Vahid Halilhodzic
Vastly experienced coach Vahid Halilhodzic has previous FIFA World Cup experience from his time at Cote d’Ivoire, who he guided to the 2010 tournament before they exited at the group stage. It’ll be a major challenge for the Bosnian to avoid another early exit.
Key player: Madjid Bougherra
Veteran full-back Madjid Bougherra is still a key play for Algeria, as he proved with the decisive goal in the second leg playoff against Burkina Faso. The former Rangers defender now plies his trade for Lekhwiya, where he won the Qatar Stars League in his debut season in 2011-12.
World ranking: 25
World Cup appearances: 3
Previous best: Group stage in 1982, 1986 and 2010
Qualification: Group winner and playoff winner
Form (qualifier): WLWWWWLW
Fixtures: June 17 vs. Belgium; June 22 vs. Korea Republic; June 27 vs. Belgium