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The Algerian national soccer team returns to a hero's welcome after being ousted from the World Cup by Germany. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Algerian national soccer team returns to a hero’s welcome in Algiers after being ousted from the World Cup by Germany. (Photo: Getty Images)

Original Post under headline “Algeria to donate World Cup prize money to Gaza: ‘They need it more than us’”:

It’s no secret we were rooting for Algeria in the World Cup around here. Although they lost in a surprisingly close match to Germany in the round of 16, the team exceeded many expectations and has been celebrated upon its return home. This announcement from striker Islam Slimani will likely only increase their popularity:

The Bleacher Report estimates the prize money amounts to roughly $9 million.

The 2014 Algerian World Cup team. (Photo: AFP)

The 2014 Algerian World Cup team. (Photo: AFP)


While this would have been a great story, it turns out it may not be true. Despite being picked up far and wide, football journalist Maher Mezahi says the story isn’t credible:

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  1. Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 9:51 am

    Wonderful gesture on the part of these young men. It also brings much needed attention in the sports world, for what is happening to the people in Gaza and other territories.

  2. justicewillprevail on July 3, 2014, 9:55 am

    How generous and thoughtful, and how unlike many of the football teams and individuals squabbling over money. If only FIFA had a fraction of their humanity, and supported the Palestinian football team as it should, against Israeli punitive brutality.

  3. mikeo on July 3, 2014, 10:05 am


  4. Taxi on July 3, 2014, 10:22 am

    Algerians know only too well the evils of european colonialism, so of course they would have absolute empathy with the Palestinians.

    Sweet dope of god! I so love this story! The team donating their World Cup prize to the needy Gazans is truly a very beautiful and moving gesture.

    Contrast this to the un-royal house of Saud’s contributions to their needy brethren: trillions, and I mean TRILLIONS spent on the oppression and destruction of other Arabs – Saudi ultimate targets being: the violent dissolving of shia powers (through religious/sectarian wars), and the burial of secular Pan-Arabism (through support of religious dictatorships). Saudi trillions have been spent on creating continuing death and misery for at least some 800 million of their Arab brothers and sisters.

    The gracious Algerian donation is a demonstration of profound love for Palestine and and a big fat public eff you to both the colonial zionists and the criminal house of saud.

    Thank you Algiers – people everywhere love your kindness and your Uruba!

    Champions on the field, champions of the heart.

  5. Taxi on July 3, 2014, 10:33 am

    Zionists, islamists and islamophobes will hate this story – heh heh heh.

    • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 11:47 am


      • Taxi on July 3, 2014, 12:02 pm

        Islamist = Extremist moslems like Alqaida/ISIS/DA’ISH/WAHABIS etc – you know, the moslem fundamentalists who want to cannibalize their way into a caliphat.

      • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 12:37 pm


        I mean why would islamists be mad? Hamas are islamists to begin with.

      • annie on July 3, 2014, 12:39 pm

        taxi, a lot of people do not know that. i noticed alex used the term the other day in reference to hamas. i wasn’t sure how he was using it. the term, which is relatively new, seems to have enveloped a broader usage which (i think) is unfortunate.

      • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 1:23 pm


        Hamas isnt islamists?

      • Taxi on July 3, 2014, 1:29 pm

        Hamas is an islamiC resistance group who’s cause is first and foremost the liberation of Palestine – although Hamas does have a small islamiST wing within it’s organization, but not enough of them to paint the whole movement as islamiST.

        Israel purposely refers to all moslems who resist occupation/colonization as islamiSTs – Alex should not follow israel’s definition and perhaps he should also take note of this other distinction so he know who’s who: the most fundamental difference between an islamiST and an islamiC is that islamists DO NOT recognize a nationality or a country’s border as such: they aim to join all Arab countries into one caliphat whose identity is religious and not nationalistic; whereas islamics want to be moslems who are also patriotic to their countries.

        I included the islamists cuz they consider secular Pan-Arabism as the enemy within, an enemy of the caliphat.

      • MahaneYehude1 on July 3, 2014, 12:41 pm


        The words “ISIS” and “Da’ish” are the same word. ISIS stands for “Islamic state in Iraq and Al-Sham (Syria)”. Da’ish is the abbreviation of “Islamic state in Iraq and Al-Sham (Syria)” in Arabic ( الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام‎ ).

      • seafoid on July 3, 2014, 1:56 pm


        Al Sham is the whole of the Levant including the Jewish Disneyland

      • Taxi on July 3, 2014, 2:15 pm


        “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (alternatively translated as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) (Arabic: الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام‎ al-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fī al-ʻIrāq wa-al-Shām), abbreviated ISIL, ISIS, or from its Arabic acronym as DĀʻiSh or DAISH (Arabic: داعش‎ Dāʻish), now officially calling itself simply the Islamic State[1][6][38] (Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية‎ al-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah), is an unrecognized state and active jihadist militant group in Iraq and Syria. In its self-proclaimed status as Caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control,[2] beginning with nearby territory in the Levant region, including Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, Cyprus and an area in southern Turkey that includes Hatay, part of the former Aleppo Vilayet of Ottoman Syria.”

      • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 2:06 pm


        What I meant was that since Hamas is islamists (you seems to think this is negative) and the money from Algeria was allegedly going to be given to Gaza that is Hamas, I just thought it was strange that the islamists would be mad, quite the contrary.

      • Taxi on July 3, 2014, 3:37 pm


        Islamic people are not violent, but Islamists are violent: you know, their beheadings/crucifixions/cannibilism etc… so yeah I do think islamists is a “negative’ thing.


        The money was gifted to “Gaza” the place, not hamas, the current ruling party.


      • Walid on July 4, 2014, 7:01 am

        Taxi and Justpassingby, you are both right. Not all Islamists are prone to violence; in fact most want to go on with their lives somewhat in the dark as Muslims used to fundamentally about 1400 years ago. Hassan al Banna the Egyptian schoolteacher that founded the Muslim Brotherhood was not a violent person. Also, non-fundamentalist and plain Islamic guys are not necessarily all good guys; Saddam, Qaddafi, Assad Sr, Zine al-Abidine Ali, Mubarak and Omar al-Bashir were not Islamists.

        As to the creation of caliphates, this isn’t a recent fad with the IS. In fact, the concept started getting kicked around by Arab leaders since the demise of the last caliphate in 1924. That caliphate that had lasted 400 years under the Ottomans actually breathed its last as a power in 1918 but was kept alive on life support until 1922 when Ataturk gave it a temporary 2-year reprieve. In 1924, it extinguished itself. That’s when Sunnis everywhere went into overdrive in trying to duplicate caliphates of their own at least for their own people. King Fuad and later his son Farouk of Egypt wanted a caliphate, the Hashimites wanted one to include most of the Middle East under a Greater Syria banner with the help of the Zionists, Abdul Aziz Saud saw an opportunity to start his caliphate in Arabia, the Muslims wanted to split from India and so on, so the idea is not from yesterday. Even the Jews wanted a caliphate of their own in Palestine. The difference with IS is that this group wants to do it by force and by invading other lands.

        More recently, the quest of caliphates has taken a new direction. The Saudis because they are Guardians of the 2 Holy Shrines feel that all Muslims should stay under their wing. Qatar tried growing wings of its own in spreading its influence but what was quickly put back in its place by the Saudis. The Iranians that are Shia and that don’t answer to the Sauds, have their own somewhat successful caliphate known as the Walayat al-Faqih, or Guardianship of the Just with the Supreme Ayatollah being the Faqih of course. Even Turkey that was mentioned is into it but in another form. Erdogan and Oglu are very open in their claim to revive the Ottoman caliphate but under an economic banner this time.

      • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 2:08 pm


        Also islamists doenst mean they want a caliphate, total nonsense.
        In fact you are using the islamophobic rhetoric you try to argue against imo.

      • Taxi on July 3, 2014, 2:29 pm


        “Also islamists doenst mean they want a caliphate, total nonsense.”

        Says who? You? LOL!

        You’re never gonna make friends if you carry on being such a self-centered ayhole. Would it have killedya to look it up in the dictionary – or were you looking for another meaningless fight?

        Islamist (ˈɪzləmɪst)
        1. (Islam) supporting or advocating Islamic fundamentalism
        2. (Islam) a supporter or advocate of Islamic fundamentalism

        Islamists don’t want a caliphate? You gotta be kidding me! What the heck do you think ISIS is doing in the Levant?

        You got it the other way round: IslamiC people DON’T want a caliphate – the IslamiSTs Do!

        MOST moslems are not extremists/fundamentalists and they do not want a caliphate – surely if they did, they’d already have one and wouldn’t be fighting so much against each other.

      • Stephen Shenfield on July 3, 2014, 7:09 pm

        “Islamism” is often used to refer to all political manifestations of Islam. In this sense it is a very broad concept and encompasses very diverse points of view. Erdogan’s “Islamism” is Moslem only in the vague sense that European Christian Democrats are Christian. It would be wrong to demonize Islamism in this broad sense as though it were a single coherent phenomenon. There are significant differences even among those who aim to reestablish a caliphate. Many seek to achieve that goal by peaceful means (e.g. Hezb ut-Tahrir).

        According to this source:, the true Representative of God on earth, i.e. caliph, is the Mahdi, who is alive but in hiding. He will reveal himself and create a Moslem realm under his leadership when he judges that the time is ripe. No politician has the right to usurp his prerogative and arbitrarily declare himself caliph. Those who strive for a caliphate as a purely political project are therefore heretics in relation to Islam in exactly the same way that the Zionists are heretics in relation to Judaism by usurping the role of the Messiah.

      • Walid on July 4, 2014, 5:09 am

        Stephen, the Sunni Mahdi concept is from a hadith and not from the Quran. He is yet to be born and will appear with the returning Jesus at just about the same time shortly before the End Time to fight the Antichrist. As to the Shia, the Mahdi, is believed to be the 12th Imam that died at age 4 in 874 AD and has remained hidden all these years, will be returning with Jesus for the big battle. The Sunni say that the messiah-Jesus will slay the Antichrist and the Shia say that the Antichrist will be slain by the Mahdi. I think Jews too have a variation or two on the Mossiach. And I thought shamanism was hard to grasp.

      • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 4:23 pm

        “Says who? You? LOL!”

        Says who? Uh just look up islamism on wiki or any other place, Your dictionary link say nothing about “caliphate” so why did you even post it?. As I said you are using islamophobic
        nonsense and if I am correct its not the first time on this site that you do that. Wasnt it you that supported Abbas/Fatah?

        Islamists don’t want a caliphate? You gotta be kidding me! What the heck do you think ISIS is doing in the Levant?

        So Ayatollah Khamenei, Al Saud and Erdogan all want to create a caliphate? Do you know where I usualy hear such racist nonsense? Go figure. Or are you really that ignorant that all the people mentioned above are mere muslims or as you call them “islamic”?

      • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 4:26 pm


        Islamic people are not violent, but Islamists are violent: you know, their beheadings/crucifixions/cannibilism etc… so yeah I do think islamists is a “negative’ thing.

        More islamophobic nonsense, there is nothing violent inherited in “islamism”.
        It seems that you got too indoctrined in Lebanon against anything considered muslim and/or islamist.

        The money was gifted to “Gaza” the place, not hamas, the current ruling party.

        Oh the philiosophical place Gaza, uh Gaza is authored by Hamas and there is where the money would go to, apparently you think algerians hate Hamas or islamists, like yourself.

      • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 5:19 pm


        Here ( you call all (including mb) groups islamists,
        but now you say that hamas is just “islamic” strange since hamas is the mb rep in Gaza.

        Btw I remember where I remember you from: from defending the dictator in Egypt when he killed hundreds of people in the streets and then took power.
        And apparently those killed are also terrorists, well the dictator in Egypt said so so it must be true according to Taxi.
        Effictively put down by James North though.

        You also said that MB control takfiri groups which is absurd.
        Where you get your conspriacies from, Nour Saman?

      • Tzombo on July 3, 2014, 3:04 pm

        I’m pretty sure Cyprus is not included in that definition. It has never been Arab (unlike the parts of Turkey that the French gave away when they ruled Syria and which no Syrian government has ever recognized as Turkish territory).

      • Taxi on July 3, 2014, 11:27 pm


        Takfiris ARE islamiSTs and ismaliSTs ARE “fundamentalists”! That’s why you got the dictionary’s definition! But I guess it’s easier to be an ayhole than to join the dotted line.

        And no I do not support dictators, you git – I support the will of the majority.

        You haven’t a clue, neither about me, nor about the internal divisions and differences between the many branches of islam. You haven’t gone past the ABC of islam; you don’t speak Arabic; and you’ve obviously never visited an Arab country or broken bread with a moslem. But you go ahead and stick to your Disney interpretation of islam – who cares what you think – moslems certainly don’t!

        Most moslems are against takfiris and their violent brand of political islam. They would be seriously offended if you referred to them as ‘islamiSTs’!

        Growing Concern In Muslim World About Islamist Militancy – Survey:

        There’s divisions even within the islamiSTs’ cauldron:

  6. Rafi on July 3, 2014, 10:38 am

    The us team will donate their money to israel

    • Justpassingby on July 3, 2014, 11:46 am


      Dont be silly. Everyone knows that the money goes to The Netanyahu Peace Fund.


    • Taxi on July 3, 2014, 11:50 am

      No they ain’t “donating their money to israel” – but they sure will have their tax dollars fleeced by Apartheid israel agents operating on usa soil. And don’t you worry, Roufi, you’ll get your share of the stolen loot alright.

      Frigging thieves and their (dis)honor!

    • MahaneYehude1 on July 3, 2014, 2:12 pm


      Al Sham is the whole of the Levant including the Jewish Disneyland

      Indeed, the Syrian considered what are today Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel as Great Syria (Suria Kubra). They can continue dreaming. Good night.

      • seafoid on July 3, 2014, 2:51 pm

        It’s the same arabic dialect in the sham. Palestine was jerrymandered by the west following balfour for the jewish homeland for gefilte fish eaters. The crusader castles in the region were the early medieval versions of idf bases. Contingency is everything.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 3:14 am

        “It’s the same arabic dialect in the sham.”

        Gee, I thought the biggest sham in the area speaks Israeli Hebrew!

      • Mikhael on July 4, 2014, 7:20 am

        Palestine was jerrymandered by the west following balfour for the jewish homeland for gefilte fish eaters.

        Gefilte fisch eaters? What a weak attempt to portray Israeli society as Ashkenazi-dominated and gloss over the fact that Mizrahim and Sefardim are the majority. Nevertheless, Eretz Yisrael has always been the historic Jewish homeland of all Jews who lived in the Diaspora, including those who evolved such cuisines as eating gefilte fish in Poland, melawach in Yemen or tebit in Iraq.

        We are all essentially one and the same people. In the present generation in Israel, we’ve all been marrying each other and eating each other’s foods. We are not alien to each other and our foods are not alien to each other. I’m a descendant of a family that has lived constantly in Jerusalem since the 1830s (and before that Tiberias and Sefad) for at least another 350 years before that, and as a typical Israeli, i.e.., one of mixed Mizrahi/Sefaradi/Ashkneazi background, while it’s true that my Ashkenazi mother occasionally has served gefilte fish (from a jar) Mizrahi-Jewish food is usually preferred. (Of course, sushi is now the national Israeli food.)

      • Mooser on July 3, 2014, 6:38 pm

        “Al Sham is the whole of the Levant including the Jewish Disneyland”

        Well, I got it, even if “Mehane” didn’t. And one day it will all be ruled by Sam! And Pharoahs, of course. No one will be L7 and all will dance.

  7. W.Jones on July 3, 2014, 10:39 am

    For soccer fans, there is the WWII movie “The Match”:

  8. seafoid on July 3, 2014, 11:12 am

    Algiers looks like Cairo around Midan al Tahrir

    • jackbrown on July 3, 2014, 2:06 pm

      In the picture maybe. On the ground, it doesn’t feel like it at all, though. Central Algiers is very hilly and beautiful, the streets are narrow and winding, the buildings are very classy late 19th-early 20th century French architecture. And at night, when the sun sets, everyone abruptly disappears from the streets (except right now, during Ramadan). Cairo is not nearly as beautiful: flat dusty landscape and generally pretty ugly buildings, but Cairenes are out all night long: the streets around Tahrir are often packed with people until 3 in the morning, or at least this was true back in ’09.

      • seafoid on July 3, 2014, 2:54 pm

        Alexandria has similar colonial buildings but is not so hilly. In all of those cities the slums show the effect of population growth in the 20th century.

      • lysias on July 3, 2014, 2:55 pm

        Great views of Alger la Blanche in Pépé le Moko (before the French departure) and in Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers (shot shortly after the French departure).

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