Algeria have been one of the surprise packages at the World Cup this summer. After a close opening game defeat to Belgium they have fought back with aplomb.
They went all out attack against South Korea to win 4-2 before clawing back a 1-0 deficit to draw with Russia in the final group game and send Fabio Capello packing.
One of the stars of the tournament for The Desert Foxes has been Yacine Brahimi. Brahimi is one of the many among the side who changed allegiance to Algeria from his native France. Born in Paris, he played for the French youth teams all the way up to under-21 level. He was, at one point, considered one of the hottest talents in the country at the Clairefontaine Academy.
Now he is currently playing for Spanish outfit Granada and caught the eye enough to be asked if he would switch his allegiance to Algeria, the country of his parents and origin land of his childhood hero Zinedine Zidane.
He did so and against South Korea he scored his first ever goal for his country. The form of Brahimi has of course not gone unnoticed.
Now, the player himself has spoken about the future. Quoted in The Express Brahimi has made it clear he has ambitions to play elsewhere, but also admitted that he may not quite yet be the finished article:
“I learned from my time at Rennes and in the last two years I have grown and matured. My goal is to go to a more upscale club but I still need to improve some things: my scoring, making assists and not just dribbling for the sake of dribbling.”
If he shines against Germany in the last 16 on Monday he might just be worth a punt.