Pele: Algeria’s football team can ‘surprise’ people

The national team claimed a rare victory over Slovenia in Blida on Wednesday

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Retired Brazilian football player Pele stated that Algeria’s football team has the potential to surprise observers during its World Cup 2014 run, Deutche Presse-Agentur reported on Wednesday.

“Football is not an accurate science, it’s a game full of surprises and Algeria’s national team is capable of accomplish one [during the World Cup],” Pele said during a press conference in the Algerian capital.

The football legend gave examples of unexpected results such as France’s win over Brazil in 1986 and Algeria’s win over Germany in 1982.

World Cup-bound Algeria is already surprising audiences. The national team claimed a rare victory over a European opposition when they beat Slovenia 2-0 in Blida on Wednesday.

Hilal el-Arbi Soudani and Saphir Sliti Taider scored either side of halftime for the north Africans who have been drawn in Group H with Belgium, Russia and South Korea for the finals in Brazil in June.

The opening goal came in stoppage time at the end of the first half. Abdelmoumene Djabou surged down the left and his center was headed in by Soudani.

(With Reuters)

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