Watford defender Essaid Belkalem helps Algeria create World Cup history with 1-1 draw against Russia

Watford Observer: Passion: Essaid Belkalem celebrates Algeria's progression to the second round. Picture: Action Images Passion: Essaid Belkalem celebrates Algeria's progression to the second round. Picture: Action Images

Watford defender Essaid Belkalem helped Algeria create history tonight by reaching the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time.

Belkalem played the full 90 minutes during his country’s 1-1 draw with Russia which was enough to secure second place in group H and set up a second round tie with Germany on Monday.

Tonight was the 25-year-old’s first start at a World Cup after coming on in the 89th minute during Sunday’s 4-2 win against South Korea.

Belkalem has been unable to secure regular football at Watford since his loan move from Granada last summer, making just ten appearances.

But the centre half looked solid and composed tonight against Fabio Capello’s Russia.

Belkalem’s loan move to Watford was made permanent earlier this year.

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11:28pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Billie says...

Good boy!
Who needs Rooney?
Good boy! Who needs Rooney? Billie
  • Score: 9

11:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Paul Gadd says...

Congrats Bellers!

Great to see a Golden Boy doing well at the World Cup.....

Forza Watford! Forza Algeria!
Congrats Bellers! Great to see a Golden Boy doing well at the World Cup..... Forza Watford! Forza Algeria! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 19

12:10am Fri 27 Jun 14

ralear49 says...

He shouldn't have any trouble with the German forwards.
He shouldn't have any trouble with the German forwards. ralear49
  • Score: 2

12:18am Fri 27 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

England may be out but im supporting this lad...good luck Belkas
England may be out but im supporting this lad...good luck Belkas bornyellow
  • Score: 17

6:10am Fri 27 Jun 14

rowlingstone says...

Looks like he plays well in a back 4.
Looks like he plays well in a back 4. rowlingstone
  • Score: 19

6:18am Fri 27 Jun 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Do I detect a change in attitude from when he was announced as being in their squad?
Do I detect a change in attitude from when he was announced as being in their squad? Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 11

6:36am Fri 27 Jun 14

VOReason says...

He did one true bellers challenge in the first half ...

It's much more amusing when he doesn't have a yellow shirt on!
He did one true bellers challenge in the first half ... It's much more amusing when he doesn't have a yellow shirt on! VOReason
  • Score: -3

6:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

endean2 says...

seriously now, could this fellow be a regular in our team for next season?
certainly he has the physical attributes for the role and if that can be
coupled with the level of skill and speed needed........what a asset!

ok I was one of many who have been critical in the past, so here
is hoping and will certainly watch the game against Germany with new interest.
seriously now, could this fellow be a regular in our team for next season? certainly he has the physical attributes for the role and if that can be coupled with the level of skill and speed needed........what a asset! ok I was one of many who have been critical in the past, so here is hoping and will certainly watch the game against Germany with new interest. endean2
  • Score: 3

7:44am Fri 27 Jun 14

rayman01 says...

endean2 wrote:
seriously now, could this fellow be a regular in our team for next season? certainly he has the physical attributes for the role and if that can be coupled with the level of skill and speed needed........what a asset! ok I was one of many who have been critical in the past, so here is hoping and will certainly watch the game against Germany with new interest.
Belkalem should get a real boost from this. Maybe we judged him too harshly when he came into our team as it started to struggle. Lets hope he gets the chance against Germany. May have the attributes to slow them down a bit. Supporting a 1-0 win for Algeria after ET, or even better after penalties! Luv the Horns!
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: seriously now, could this fellow be a regular in our team for next season? certainly he has the physical attributes for the role and if that can be coupled with the level of skill and speed needed........what a asset! ok I was one of many who have been critical in the past, so here is hoping and will certainly watch the game against Germany with new interest.[/p][/quote]Belkalem should get a real boost from this. Maybe we judged him too harshly when he came into our team as it started to struggle. Lets hope he gets the chance against Germany. May have the attributes to slow them down a bit. Supporting a 1-0 win for Algeria after ET, or even better after penalties! Luv the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 10

8:45am Fri 27 Jun 14

Hornankey says...

Solid performance last night. Strong centrally in a back 4 - a message Beppe?
Solid performance last night. Strong centrally in a back 4 - a message Beppe? Hornankey
  • Score: 4

8:51am Fri 27 Jun 14

bristol hornet says...

VOReason wrote:
He did one true bellers challenge in the first half ...

It's much more amusing when he doesn't have a yellow shirt on!
Voice of Rubbish speaks again! We must all listen!
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: He did one true bellers challenge in the first half ... It's much more amusing when he doesn't have a yellow shirt on![/p][/quote]Voice of Rubbish speaks again! We must all listen! bristol hornet
  • Score: 9

9:17am Fri 27 Jun 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Interesting how he can look a dependable rock at the WC but an accident waiting to happen at Champ level. Will the real Belkers please step forward !! He could be the new Tiny if he can just cut out the rash challnges.
Interesting how he can look a dependable rock at the WC but an accident waiting to happen at Champ level. Will the real Belkers please step forward !! He could be the new Tiny if he can just cut out the rash challnges. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 3

9:57am Fri 27 Jun 14

soulfulhornet says...

Well down Essaid. It is pretty obvious we have not seen the best of him in a horns shirt. The question is can he translate his performance in the relatively slow tempo of a Brazilian World Cup to the helter skelter of the Championship. Hope so, but despite him having all the physical attributes to do so, some players never quite manage to do it.

The fact that his loan was converted to a permament contract a few weeks back suggest the club believes he can. Also, and equally importantly, he believes he can and wants to or why else stay.

Remember bigger clubs than us were said to be interested in him, prior to joining!

Let's hope he is one of those guys that needs time to settle, if so he might be the answer to our defensive frailities against big, aggressive centre forwards like the lad Smith at Leeds.
Well down Essaid. It is pretty obvious we have not seen the best of him in a horns shirt. The question is can he translate his performance in the relatively slow tempo of a Brazilian World Cup to the helter skelter of the Championship. Hope so, but despite him having all the physical attributes to do so, some players never quite manage to do it. The fact that his loan was converted to a permament contract a few weeks back suggest the club believes he can. Also, and equally importantly, he believes he can and wants to or why else stay. Remember bigger clubs than us were said to be interested in him, prior to joining! Let's hope he is one of those guys that needs time to settle, if so he might be the answer to our defensive frailities against big, aggressive centre forwards like the lad Smith at Leeds. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 8

9:58am Fri 27 Jun 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
Do I detect a change in attitude from when he was announced as being in their squad?
Now then Hornet Cornet - don't spoil it for everyone - there has not been much to cheer about recently.

All the same I think you are correct.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: Do I detect a change in attitude from when he was announced as being in their squad?[/p][/quote]Now then Hornet Cornet - don't spoil it for everyone - there has not been much to cheer about recently. All the same I think you are correct. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 4

10:14am Fri 27 Jun 14

corey_wfc says...

I'm sure I am not the only one who, whenever this man appeared on the TV, turned to everybody around me to tell them that "he plays for Watford, don't you know...".
I'm sure I am not the only one who, whenever this man appeared on the TV, turned to everybody around me to tell them that "he plays for Watford, don't you know...". corey_wfc
  • Score: 14

2:52pm Fri 27 Jun 14

JonBoy says...

Bet Mueller is cacking himself
Bet Mueller is cacking himself JonBoy
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

stevyweavy says...

Did anybody seriously watch this match. Algeria went through despite Belkalem. He was slow, he was clumsy, he had poor distribution, and his method of tackling was more of a bundle, being very lucky not to concede a penalty on one occasion. He does not seem to fit the type of player that WFC require at any level. I certainly saw nothing from his World Cup outing to suggest he could be an asset for us.
Did anybody seriously watch this match. Algeria went through despite Belkalem. He was slow, he was clumsy, he had poor distribution, and his method of tackling was more of a bundle, being very lucky not to concede a penalty on one occasion. He does not seem to fit the type of player that WFC require at any level. I certainly saw nothing from his World Cup outing to suggest he could be an asset for us. stevyweavy
  • Score: -7
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