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Did Soviet Doctors Dupe Algeria’s 1980s-Era Soccer Team Into Doping Up?

For a while, tiny Algeria had a world-class soccer team. But years later, players are asking if performance-enhancing drugs administered by Soviet trainers played a role in the success. Why the suspicion? Seven of the players have since fathered handicapp

Algerian players celebrating a goal against Chile in the 1982 World Cup
Algerian players celebrating a goal against Chile in the 1982 World Cup
Simon Meier

The 1980s were a golden age for Algerian football. A generation of talented stars led the tiny country to two World Cup appearances – Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986 – and provided a feast of memories that even today still fill Algerians with pride. Yes, but…

More recently this golden era has lost much of its shine as the sad family sagas of several players have given rise to uncomfortable questions about what exactly allowed Algeria's Fennecs Foxes – as the team is called – to shine quite so bright.

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