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Algeria appoint Christian Gourcuff as national team manager
Frenchman Christian Gourcuff has been officially appointed as manager of the Algerian national team.
The Fédération Algérienne de Football released a statement on Saturday via it’s official website on the new managerial appointment for the Algerian national team; Frenchman Christian Gourcuff has been selected for the job, and will assume his duties on the 1st of August.
Gourcuff will fill the position vacated by Bosnian Vahid Halilhodžić, who decided against renewing his contract after leading Algeria to their best ever finish at a World Cup; narrowly losing to eventual champions Germany in a tight quarter-final tie.
The Frenchman has managed several clubs since retiring in 1989, the most notable among them being Ligue 1 sides Lorient and Stade Rennais.
The 59-year old spent a total of 25 years at Lorient, the first four of which were as a player-manager, and the latter were split almost equally over two spells (1991-2001 and 2003-2014).
Christian is also the father of Lyon star and French international Yoann Gourcuff, who is 28.
The federation also stated that Gourcuff will be informed of his objectives for the 2015 African Cup of Nations, along with the 2017 edition and the 2018 World Cup in Russia in the coming days.
Algeria will be competing in Group B of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, along with Mali, Ethiopia, and one of Malawi or Benin, and kick off their campaign against the Ethiopians in early September.