The France-Algeria match will probably not take place in 2020

The Algerian football team before a friendly match against Colombia, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, on October 15, 2019.
The Algerian football team before a friendly match against Colombia, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, October 15, 2019. FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP

There is no " nearly " no chance that the very symbolic project of Algeria-France friendly match in 2020, and this for questions of timing, announced the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Christmas Le Graët, Tuesday, December 10 at AFP , while maintaining the firm will to make it a reality.

"When I see the calendar, between the qualifying matches, the Euro, the League of Nations, it's very complicated, for them as for us. (…) There is an important presidential election there (December 12). But we have to get there », said the leader. " In any case, (it will only be) not in the first half », he had already said earlier in a press conference, after the announcement of the extension of the contract of the coach of the team of France, Didier Deschamps, until 2022.

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Highly symbolic because of the history common to both countries, the only meeting France-Algeria took place in October 2001. The match was interrupted after the invasion of the field by Algerian fans while the score was 4-1 for France. Noël Le Graët, however, reaffirmed that he dreamed of being able to organize in the near future a duel between the 2018 world champions and the 2019 African champions.

"It seems that France will never meet Algeria, but I want so much. These are the only two countries, practically, that can not meet, while there is an attachment "he stressed, recalling the historical and cultural links between the two countries. The president of the FFF said he was going to Algeria "End of January, beginning of February, to chat", while remaining attentive "Political context there, which must stabilize."


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