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Algeria

Facts & Figures

Algeria Team Logo
  • Capital City: Algiers
  • Population: 28m
  • Languages: Arabic, Berber
  • Team Nickname: The Desert Foxes
  • Official Team Web Site (in French and Arabic)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Group Stage (1982, 1986 & 2010)
  • Best African Cup of Nations Performance: Winner (1990)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 39 (January 2016)

Ideas for an Algerian Themed Football Party

The Maghreb region of northern Africa includes Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya, and all include certain common cultural influences. In fact, at one stage the first three were one nation. For the sake of throwing a great party, I hope nobody will take offence if we "blur the boundaries" a little...

Algeria specifically has a rich cultural history. The first known inhabitants were the Berber tribesmen, since which time there have been invasions by Romans, Arabs (bringing their culture and Islam) the Turkish Ottoman Empire, and the French, each leaving behind a little of their culture and cuisine.

Algeria Party Decorations

Food for an Algeria Themed Party

The food of Algeria is full of flavour and well-spiced. There is a love of sweet pastries, probably originally introduced by the Turks. Spiced, roast lamb with couscous, served with a variety of fresh vegetables could be considered the national dish.
The use of spice may not be as intense as in neighbouring Morocco, but there are many similar influences, and to some extent you could get away with borrowing dishes from any of the other Maghreb countries if you so wished.

Try some of these next time The Desert Foxes are playing:

Starters

Main Courses
Serve these dishes with couscous for an Algerian-themed dinner party.

Drink for an Algeria Themed Party

Despite being a predominantly moslem country, thanks to its French influence Algeria does produce and export some wines - mainly red and rosé. Tracking them down outside North Africa isn't easy, unfortunately...However, if you find a good source, please let us know. For a non-alcoholic alternative, strong black coffee and Mint Tea are both popular, as are fruit juices and - most bizarrely - Irn-Bru , imported all the way from Scotland!

Theming your party

Here are some photos of a party we threw - actually, it was Moroccan themed, not Algerian, but we're pretty sure nobody would argue!
Maghreb Party Pic 1 Deck the room out with lots of fabrics - hang some from the ceiling or drape them across the room from curtain poles etc.
Colours can be any "'warm" colours, e.g. golds, reds, oranges, browns, purples. Use some to decorate the table as well.
Click the picture (left) for larger image.
Maghreb Party Pic 2 Decorate the table with lots of candles and glass objects that will reflect the candle light - coloured glass candle holders (even jam jars painted red and gold) really help to create a good atmosphere.
Click the picture (left) for larger image.

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