he Algerian writer, Kateb Yacine, famously referred to the French language as Algeria’s “butin de guerre”
(spoils of war). Upon independence in 1962, Algerians were free to use French not as a bequeathal but as their own.
Football fans in Paris, France celebrate Algeria’s victory in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on July 19, 2019. Benoit Tessier/REUTERS.
The same might be said of football as it has been taken up in Algeria and…