Algeria appoint Lucas Alcaraz as new national team coach
Spanish coach Lucas Alcaraz has been named as the new head coach for the Algerian national team.
The Algerian Football Federation signed Alcaraz only three days after he was sacked as Granada coach after poor results that left the club at the bottom of the Spanish La Liga.
Alcaraz will be replacing resigned coach Georges Leekens who left the job after the Algerian national team were knocked out of the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon without recording a single victory.
The announcement came as a surprise for Algerians since Joaquin Caparros was expected to lead the team. Also, former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka had been linked to the position.
This will be the second quest for Alcaraz managing a team outside his national country as he coached Aris Thessaloniki for a couple of months in the 2012/2013 season. His first match with Algeria will be against Togo in the team’s qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
He will be also aiming to take the team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia which will surely be a tough job for the new coach given the fact that the Greens are at bottom of their qualifying group with a single point from two matches, five points behind leaders Nigeria. Algeria’s next games in the World Cup are home and away against Zambia.
Alcaraz is a retired footballer who started coaching with Granada CF in 1995. After managing a number of Spanish clubs like Racing Santander, Recreativo and Almeria in addition to a very short spell in Greece with Aris, he returned to Granada in 2013 and then left to coach Levante after the season ended. The 50-year-old coach was then fired and returned to Granada for the third time to lead the team in the current season.
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