Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Abdelkader Ghezzal 2 (Getty Images) 


Algerian midfielder Abdelkader Ghezzal is beginning to find his scoring touch just in time for the World Cup, and Bari was the latest victim to fall prey to his finishing.

Almost a month after hitting a brace in a shocking comeback draw against Juventus, Ghezzal scored two beautiful equalizers in Siena's 3-2 victory over Bari. Ghezzal first started a nice passing sequence before rifling a one-timed volley to the near post. He then added his second by delivering an impressive lob from 22 yards out. The two finishes gave Ghezzal six goals on the season.

Algerian midfielder Salim Arrache also found the back of the net, but his goal must have been bittersweet as PAS Giannina is doomed for relegation in Greece after its crushing 3-1 defeat to Ergotelis. Arrache's goal had pulled Giannina level, but the team would crumble by surrendering two second half goals.

Threatened by relegation in the Bundesliga, VfL Bochum lost 2-1 to Hamburg, and the club's goal came courtesy of Zlatko Dedic. The Slovenian forward unleashed a wicked left-footed volley in the first half, but his equalizer would be outdone by a late own goal.  

Here is how the Algerians and Slovenians Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Defender Nadir Belhadj did not dress in Portsmouth's 2-0 extra-time win vs. Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals of the FA Cup on Sunday.. He is recovering from a groin injury.

  • Midfielder Hassan Yebda started and played 87 minutes in Portsmouth's 2-0 extra-time win vs. Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
  • Forward Kamel Ghilas did not dress in Hull City's 4-1 loss vs. Burnley on Saturday.


  • Forward Hameur Bouazza did not dress in Blackpool's 4-1 loss vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.


  • Defender Madjid Bougherra and Rangers did not play this weekend.
  • Defender Ismael Bouzid dressed but did not play in Heart of Midlothian's 1-0 win vs. Kilmarnock on Saturday.


  • Midfielder Mehdi Lacen dressed but did not play in Racing Santander's 1-1 draw vs. Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.


  • Midfielder Abdelkader Ghezzal started, played 90 minutes and scored two GOALS in Siena's 3-2 win vs. Bari on Sunday.

  • Midfielder Mourad Meghni did not dress in Lazio's 3-2 win vs. Bologna on Sunday.


  • Defender Antar Yahia started and played 90 minutes in VfL Bochum's 2-1 loss vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday. 
  • Midfielder Karim Matmour started and played 88 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 2-0 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.
  • Midfielder Karim Ziani did not dress in VfL Wolfsburg's 2-0 win vs. Nurnberg on Sunday.
  • Forward Chadli Amri came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Mainz 05's 1-0 win vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.  


  • Forward Noureddine Daham did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 1-1 draw vs. Alemania Aachen on Friday.


  • Midfielder Yazid Mansouri came off the bench and played 6 minutes in Lorient's 1-1 draw vs. Stade Rennes on Saturday.


  • Defender Rafik Halliche dressed but did not play in CD Nacional de Madeira's 0-0 draw vs. Naval 1 Maio on Friday.


  • Forward Rafik Djebbour started, played 89 minutes and received a yellow card in AEK Athens' 0-0 draw vs. Levadiakos on Sunday.
  • Midfielder Salim Arrache started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in PAS Giannina's 3-1 loss vs. Ergotelis on Sunday.



  • Defender Suad Filekovic did not dress in Barnsley's 0-0 draw vs. Derby County on Saturday.

  • Midfielder Robert Koren started and played 90 minutes in West Bromwich Albion's 3-2 win vs. Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.


  • Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Udinese's 2-0 win vs. Livorno on Sunday.
  • Defender Bojan Jokic came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Chievo Verona's 3-1 loss vs. Palermo on Sunday. 


  • Forward Milivoje Novakovic started, played 89 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Cologne's 2-0 win vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday.

  • Defender Miso Brecko started and played 90 minutes in FC Cologne's 2-0 win vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday. 
  • Forward Zlatko Dedic started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in VfL Bochum's 2-1 loss vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday.


  • Defender Matej Mavric started and played 90 minutes in TUS Koblenz's 1-1 draw vs. Alemania Aachen on Friday.

  • Midfielder Goran Sukalo did not dress in FC Augsburg's 3-0 loss vs. St Pauli on Monday. 


  • Defender Bostjan Cesar did not dress in Grenoble's 4-0 loss vs. Toulouse on Saturday.
  • Forward Valter Birsa started and played 71 minutes in AJ Auxerre's 1-0 win vs. AS Nancy Lorraine on Sunday.


  • Midfielder Dalibor Stevanovic did not dress in Vitesse Arnhem's 4-1 loss vs. RKC Waalwijk on Friday.


  • Midfielder Nejc Pecknik started and played 90 minutes in CD Nacional de Madeira's 0-0 draw vs. Naval 1 Maio on Friday.


  • Midfielder Aleksander Radosavljevic dressed but did not play in Larissa's 3-0 win vs. Panionios on Sunday.
  • Midfielder Mirnes Sisic started and played 90 minutes in PAS Giannina's 3-1 loss vs. Ergotelis on Sunday. 


What do you think of these performances? Any player(s) you're particularly worried about? Does Ghezzal's brace concern you? Surprised Arrache and Giannina couldn't pull out a win? Impressed by Dedic's goal?

Share your thoughts below. 

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13 Responses to Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. mike K says:

    good weekend for our competition

  2. Hood Rich says:

    Didn’t know Vinny Jones came out of retirement. 😉

  3. DC Josh says:

    Hey Franco, what is the projected starting XI for both teams in the World Cup? Are there players who typically start for their country who aren’t seeing any playing time for their club?

  4. bigvic says:

    we are doomed. God help us all…well, at least those of us addicted to soccer. C’mon, they have a dude who indeed does look like Vinny Jones.

  5. matt dillon says:

    Does anybody know why Ziani, Meghni, Mansouri and Halliche are not playing or playing very little. Those are four important players for Algeria, who logged 6 minutes between them this weekend, with two (Ziani and Meghni) not even dressing again. Are they injured or what?

    Very nice goals by Ghezzal and Dedic, who also hit the post with a long-range blast.

  6. DC Josh says:

    You probably know more about them than the Algerian coach.

  7. Betinho says:

    I’m almost as impressed with Dedic’s miss as his actual goal. that was a cracker off the crossbar!

    I second DC Josh’s question

  8. Miguel says:

    Any chance of a Venezuelans & Bolivians abroad column? And about Togolese and Azerbajanis abroad?

  9. Chris in Oakland says:

    There is an Algerians and Slovenians abroad section because the Algeria and Slovenia are in the USA’s group in the World Cup.

  10. Bill says:

    Nice, but I think he looks more like Vinnie Jones’ grandpa

  11. DingDong says:

    Thanks again for your work in putting this together. I hope Bob takes advantage of it.

  12. DingDong says:

    And the only Englishman abroad is injured.

  13. Ted Decker says:

    That guy looks scary.