How they qualified: Algeria won five of their six group matches to win out over Mali, Benin and Rwanda, then beat Burkina Faso over two legs in a decisive playoff.
World Cup pedigree: Qualified for the finals in 1982 (they beat West Germany in their opening match – one of the World Cup's biggest ever upsets), 1986 and 2010, but haven't ever made it past the group stages.
Main man: Former Rangers rock Madjid Bougherra, 31, is the shaven-headed enforcer at the heart of Algeria's defence, though he is probably past his best.
One to watch: Attacking midfielder Saphir Taider, 21, moved to Inter Milan in the summer of 2013. He's hard-working, quick over the ground and boasts sublime skills.
What are their chances? Slim to none. They don't have the firepower to trouble top defences but they could spring a surprise in Group H, which is arguably the weakest of the eight groups.