ES Sétif

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ES Sétif
ES Sétif (logo).png
Full name Entente Sportive de Sétif
الوفاق الرياضي السطايفي
Nickname(s) E.S.S
El Kahla (The Black One)
Les Aigles Noirs (Black Eagles)
Founded 1958
(as Entente Sportive de Sétif)
Ground Stade 8 Mai 1945
Ground Capacity 25,000
President Hassan Hammar
Manager Kheïreddine Madoui
League Ligue Professionnelle 1
2013-14 Ligue Professionnelle 1, 3rd
Current season

Entente Sportive de Sétif (Arabic: الوفاق الرياضي السطايفي‎) (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃.tɑ̃t spɔrtɪv də setif]), commonly referred to as ES Sétif or ESS for short, is an Algerian professional football club based in Sétif currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1. The club was founded in 1958 and plays its games at the Stade 8 Mai 1945.

ES Sétif is one of the most successful clubs in Algeria having won the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 six times and the Algerian Cup a record eight times. They are also one of only three Algerian clubs to have won the African Cup of Champions Clubs, winning the 1988 and 2014 editions. They have also won the Arab Champions League twice, in 2007 and 2008, as well as three North African Cups in 2009 and 2010.

ES Sétif is the reigning CAF Champions League champion after beating DR Congo's AS Vita Club in the 2014 final.[1]


The club was founded in 1958 by Ali Benaouda and Ali Layass as Entente Sportive Sétifienne (ESS), the name was later changed to Entente Pétroliers Sétifienne (E.P.S) in 1977, and again in 1984 it became known as Entente Plastique Sétifienne (E.P.S) and was then later changed back to Entente Sportive Sétifienne (ESS).[2]

The first colours of the club were green and the white, and following a confrontation with the French Army in a match with FC Gadir on May 8, 1945 colours changed to black and white as a sign of sadness for the events on this day. The Guessan Stadium was the original name for the club's home.

ES Sétif is one of the prestigious top flight Algerian clubs. The club has won the Algerian Cup 8 times, and is the only Algerian team to have won the Afro-Asia cup, in 1989 in Qatar.

Since its foundation, ES Sétif has had 19 presidents, the first being Ibrahim Dokomi.[citation needed] The current president is Hassan Hammar.

African success[edit]

In 1988, ES Sétif won the African Cup of Champions Clubs by beating Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Nigeria 4-1 on aggregate in the final.[3] After losing the first leg 1-0 in Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, ES Sétif scored 4 goals in the return leg in Constantine to lift the trophy. ES Sétif were playing in the Algerian second division at time and are the only club in Africa to date to have won the African Cup of Champions Clubs while not being in the top flight.

By winning the 1988 African Cup of Champions Clubs, ES Sétif qualified for the 1989 Afro-Asian Club Championship, where they faced Al-Sadd of Qatar, winners of the 1988–89 Asian Club Championship. ES Sétif won both legs, 2-0 at home and 3-1 in Doha, to lift the trophy.[4] They are the only Algerian club to have won the competition.

On June 29, 2010, ES Sétif became the first fully professional club in Algeria.[5]

On August 8, 2010, ES Sétif defeated CS Sfaxien of Tunisia 1–0 to win the first-ever edition of the UNAF Super Cup.[6]


Domestic competitions[edit]


Winners (6): 1967–68, 1986–87, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
Runners-up (3): 1982–83, 1985–86, 2009–10
Winners (2): 1988-89, 1996-97
Runners-up (1): 1994-95


Winners (8): 1962–63, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1979–80, 1988–89, 2009–10, 2011–12
Runners-up (2): 2007, 2014

African competitions[edit]

Winners (2): 1988 , 2014
Runners-up (1): 2009
Winners (1): 2015

Worldwide competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 1989

Regional competitions[edit]

Winners (2): 2007, 2008
Winners (1): 2009
Winners (1): 2010
Winners (1): 2010

Performance in CAF Competitions[edit]

The club have 3 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs from 1987 to 1989 and 5 appearances in CAF Champions League from 2008 till now.

1981 – Quarter-Finals
1991 – Semi-Finals

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 March, 2015:

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Algeria GK Sofiane Khedairia
2 Algeria DF Hichem Aoulmi
4 Algeria DF Kheireddine Arroussi
5 Algeria MF Sofiane Younès
6 Algeria DF Mohamed Lagraa
8 Algeria FW Ahmed Gasmi
9 Algeria FW Abdelmalek Ziaya
10 Algeria FW Akram Djahnit
11 Algeria FW Mohamed Benyettou
12 Algeria DF Farid Mellouli
13 Algeria FW Sid Ali Lamri
14 Algeria MF Mourad Delhoum
15 Algeria DF Abdelghani Demmou
16 Algeria MF Mohamed Billal Rait
No. Position Player
17 Gabon MF Benjamin Zé Ondo
18 Algeria DF Lyes Boukria
19 Central African Republic MF Eudes Dagoulou
21 Algeria MF Issam Baouz
22 Algeria GK Abderaouf Belhani
23 Algeria MF Zahir Nemdil
24 Algeria DF Amine Megateli
26 Algeria DF Mohamed Lagraâ
27 Algeria MF Toufik Zerara
33 Algeria DF Mohamed Sofiane Bouchar
34 Algeria FW Merouane Dahar
40 Algeria GK Omar Saadoune
57 France MF El Hadi Belameiri
91 Algeria MF Ilyes Kouriba

Notable Players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented ES Sétif in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1958. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club or represented the national team for which the player is eligible during his stint with ES Sétif or following his departure.

For a complete list of ES Sétif players, see Category:ES Sétif players

Managerial History[edit]

Dates[7] Name
1964–67 Algeria Abdelhamid Kermali
July 1, 2005–Jan 1, 2006 France Hervé Revelli
2005–06 Algeria Hocine Zekri
2006–07 Algeria Rachid Belhout
2007 Algeria Rabah Saâdane
2007 Algeria Noureddine Saâdi
Dec 3, 2007–June 30, 2008 France Bernard Simondi
Sept 1, 2008–June 30, 2009 Algeria Azzedine Aït Djoudi
Oct 8, 2009–Oct 18, 2010 Algeria Noureddine Zekri
Oct 19, 2010–Dec 31, 2010 Italy Gianni Solinas
Jan 13, 2011–June 30, 2011 Italy Giovanni Dellacasa
Sept 22, 2011–June 16, 2012 Switzerland Alain Geiger
July 1, 2012–Sept 8, 2013 France Hubert Velud
Sept 8, 2013–Sept 26, 2013 Algeria Kheirredine Madoui (interim)
Sept 27, 2013-Dec 8, 2013 France Jean-Christian Lang
Dec 8, 2013-July 5, 2014 Algeria Rabah Saâdane
July 8, 2014– Algeria Kheirredine Madoui



  1. ^ "Black Eagles' draw enough to ascend Africa's summit". 2 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
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  3. ^ Boesenberg, Eric (December 1, 1998). "African Club Competitions 1988". RSSSF. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Morrison, Neil (January 13, 2011). "Afro-Asian Club Championship". RSSSF. 
  5. ^ "L’ES Sétif désormais club professionnel". DZFoot. June 29, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ghanmi, Monia (August 8, 2010). "First UNAF Super Cup heads to Setif". Maghrebia. 
  7. ^ Barnes et al. (2001), pp. 54–57.

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