After the Algerian national football team was officially recognized by FIFA in 1963, the team only managed to qualify to the 1968 African Cup of Nations and failed to qualify for the next five editions of the African cup until 1980, where the Algerians had a great run.After finishing first in their group, Algeria beat rivals Egypt in the semi finals and reached the final for the first time, losing only to tournament hosts Nigeria 3–0.Although Algeria managed to qualify to the 1992 African Cup of Nations, the title holders were disappointing and were eliminated in the first round of the competition.In the 1994 African Cup of Nations Algeria was disqualified from the tournament after fielding an ineligible player, and many fans back home strongly criticized the staff of the team, accusing them of being irresponsible and unprofessional.However, more recently, Egypt has become the main rival after a number of incidents involving the two teams, most recently during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, in which Algeria defeated Egypt 1–0 in a tense tiebreaker in Omdurman in Sudan to qualify to the World Cup.A few months later, Algeria was then defeated by Egypt 0–4 in a tense match in Angola during the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, which added to the rivalry.1986 FIFA World Cup In 1984, Algeria took third place in the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d'Ivoire.
The traditional rivals of Algeria have been Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.
This performance was widely deplored, even by the German and Austrian fans.
Algeria protested to FIFA, who ruled that the result be allowed to stand; FIFA introduced a revised qualification system at subsequent World Cups in which the final two games in each group were played simultaneously.
Under French rule, Algeria was not allowed to have a national team, the FLN football team was sort of a rebellion against the French colonization.
All of their games were considered friendlies and were unrecognized by FIFA.