Raja Casablanca

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Raja Club Athletic
Raja Casablanca Logo.png
Full name Raja Club Athletic
Nickname(s) Vox Populi, Raja Eagles, Green Devils, Raja Boys
Founded 1949[1]
Ground Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca, Morocco
Ground Capacity 67,000
Chairman Mohamed Boudrika
Manager Portugal José Romão
League Botola
2013–14 2nd
Current season

Raja Club Athletic (RCA) (Arabic: نادي الرجاء الرياضي‎; transliterated: Raja Club Athletic ) (Raja meaning 'نادي الرجاء الرياضي' in Arabic) is a sports club with section in many different disciplines in Casablanca, Morocco. Raja was founded on 1949as part of the political struggle against French rule by nationalists who aimed to create a focus for working-class young Moroccans. The club is most well known outside Morocco for its football team.

In Morocco, Raja Casablanca is still regarded as the club of the people. For many years it had a reputation of playing entertaining football without winning many trophies. However Raja has evolved recently into a more professional outfit capable of winning trophies at home and abroad. It has become the most powerful club in Morocco.

Raja Casablanca, who has been crowned domestic champions on eleven occasions, was placed in 2000 third in CAF's ranking of African clubs of the last century, finishing behind the Egyptian teams Al Ahly and Zamalek.[2][3]

Raja Casablanca is the first Moroccan, African and Arabic club to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. They competed in the first edition that took place in 2000 in Brazil.

Raja has the largest number of supporters in Morocco. During the 2008–2009 season, the ultras of the club wrote, in capital letters, the tifo "VOX POPULI" (meaning 'voice of the people' in Lat Raja Casablanca became the second club to reach the FIFA Club World final as the representative of CAF, after TP Mazembe,[4] as well as the host nation's national champions, after Brazilian club Corinthians, and the first under the current seven-club format since 2007 edition, as they defeated Atlético Mineiro at the semi-final of 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.[5][not in citation given]

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

The club joined the Moroccan league from the foundation of it by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation in 1956. The prohibition of entrusting the presidency to a Moroccan will quickly be circumvented by leaving this chair for six months, Benabadji Haji, a Muslim of Algerian descent and who benefited from this fact of French nationality. The French authorities taken aback by this scheme were forced to accept the accomplished fact.

So in 1949 Raja, composed exclusively of Moroccan players, started its first year in the Division of Honour. It moved to the second division in its first season and reached the first division in 1951 and was therefore the first team to integrate the Moroccan first division after matches dams. Since then, the club has been considered an elite Moroccan football team.

The first coach of the club was Kassimi Kacem and Raja was known to be very successful under his leadership. Along with Boujemaa Kadri, a peerless leader, the two would distinguish themselves by working methodically and colossal administratively and organizationally. This duo would survive all the ups and downs of the club's history and establish the reputation of Raja in many areas.

Club logos[edit]

The color of the logo and the colors of the club's shirts were inspired by the Green color of the star quintet in the Moroccan flag The Old logo of the club has been used for 52 years, since 1949, before being changed in 2001. The new club logo was designed by a private company for logos designing. The new logo included three small stars that indicate the number of cups that the club achieved in the African Champions League (1989.1997 and 1999). 2011 is known to add the first Golden Star to the club after winning its tenth Moroccan League. After winning the tenth Moroccan League in the club's history in 2011, the club organized a special vote for the fans on the club's official Web site to choose a new logo for the club. The fans voted on three different logos; the winning logo got 10,366 votes, while the one in second place got 9,640 votes, and the third one got 2,153 votes, while the number of voters who did not like any of the suggested logos was 417 voters.

Style[edit]

The eagle, the official mascot of Raja

Since its inception, Raja has always had a reputation of being a team of artists playing enjoyably and having fun. Pere Jego has instilled a collective game, specific, based on short passes, the one-two, the offensive and individual achievement, hence the label Raja lfraja "(Raja of the show). With this system, Raja frightened their opponents and they were able to humiliate the biggest clubs with a spectacular game marked by small bridges as well as combinations of high level without worrying about the score. The team did not win a national title until 1974 with its first cut of the throne and in 1988 with its first victory in the championship followed by a Champions League in 1989, without counting the championship title refused to Raja in the 1959–1960 season.[6]

Their style of play led to Raja gaining the support and encouragement of 40,000 Brazilians at the Morumbi stadium in São Paulo, during its historic performance in the Club World Cup in 2000 in its game against Real Madrid of Vicente Del Bosque.[7] This appearance on the world circuit had attracted the attention of many football experts. Just after the competition, the team received an invitation from the Juventus in Marcello Lippi to play a preparation match at Palermo.

The 1990s[edit]

During this period, the greens won a great amount of national and continental titles. After the Merger with (Olympique de Casablanca) In 1995 The team won the championship six times in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, which remains an unbeaten record. Plus, they won a moroccan cup in 1996, and four continental titles (2 CAF Champions League in 1997 and 1999, Afro-Asian Cup in 1998, and CAF Super Cup in 2000).

the kit of the club in the 1990s. It is the most famous in the history of the team.

Appearances on the international circuit[edit]

Raja Casablanca is the only Moroccan club, and the first African and Arabic team to participate in the World Club Cup. They competed in the first edition that took place in 2000 in Brazil. A competition that allowed them to confront some of the great football teams from around the world, such as Real Madrid from Spain and Corinthians from Brazil.

1959–1960 season controversy[edit]

The final standings of the 1959–60 season showed that 3 teams were tied for first in terms of total points: Raja Casablanca, FAR Rabat and KAC Kenitra. Undoubtedly, the best goal difference was that of Raja Casablanca, which should have granted them the win. However, a triangular tournament was imposed and Raja refused to take part in protest against the fact that they did in fact have the better goal difference, and therefore, logically and legally, the title should be awarded to them. Due to their protest, KAC Kenitra was pronounced the winner after their match against FAR Rabat ended with a 1–0 win.

Infrastructure[edit]

Mohamed V Stadium[edit]

The Mohamed V Stadium is part of a large sports complex in the heart of the city of Casablanca, specifically in upscale neighbourhood of Maarif. It was inaugurated on 6, and today has a capacity of 67,000 spectators, not counting the North and South turns that have no seats, but where environments are warmer. The south turn or "Magana" (the clock in Moroccan dialect) ended up moving the main groups Raja Casablanca fans. In 2007, the stadium was equipped with a semi-artificial turf which is acceptable under international standards. As well, the seats in the stands, the sanitary facilities and athletics track were all replaced.

Schools and sport facilities[edit]

The school of Raja is among the best schools in Africa, and has always produced great players who have played for Raja as well as the Moroccan national team. Some notable players include Abdelmajid Dolmy, El Mustapha Haddaoui, Abdellatif Beggar, Houmane Jarir, Petchou, Mustapha Moustawdaa, Salaheddine Bassir, Mustapha Chadili, Jamal Sellami, Hicham Aboucherouane, Soufiane Alloudi, Merouane Zemmama, Talal El Karkouri, and Youssef Safri.
Sports facilities available to Raja Casablanca:

  • Raja Oasis Sports Complex: Raja Oasis Sports Centre is where Raja Casablanca trains. It houses the club's training facility which includes three football fields, a gym, a boarding school for the training center, a restaurant group ...[8]
  • Complex Tessema
  • Stage Roches Noires

Supporters[edit]

The southern part of Complexe Mohamed V is fully occupied by supporters of the club it is the famous area called LMAGANA. It distinguishes four sectors of this area of the stadium.

  • The official gallery devoted in part to the leaders and members of the club.
  • The Tribune side, covered with green seats and rostrum.
  • The Virage Sud, blank marked by the presence of a mythical scoreboard.
  • The Bleachers, covered with green seats and free forum.

Sponsors[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners: 1988, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2013
Runners-up (8): 1960, 1966, 1986, 1991, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2014
Winners: 1974, 1977, 1982, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2012
Runners-up (5): 1965, 1968, 1983, 1992, 2013

African competitions[edit]

Winners: 1989, 1997, 1999
Runners-up: 2002
Winner: 2003
Winner: 2000
Runners-up: 1998
Winner: 1998

Arab competitions[edit]

Winner: 2006
Runners-up: 1996
  • Arab Summer Cup: 1
Winner: 2007
  • Abha Cup: 1
Winner: 2004
Runners-up: 2001
  • Antifi Cup: 1
Winner: 2006
Runners-up: 2010

Worldwide competitions[edit]

Group Stage: 2000
Runners-up: 2013
  • International Friendship Cup
Winner: 2004[9]

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1989 - Winners
1997 - Winners
1999 - Winners
2002 - Runners-up
2005 - Semi-finals

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
2 Morocco DF Mostafa Belamkadem
3 Morocco DF Zakaria El Hachimi
6 Morocco MF Mohammed Ali Bemamer
7 Morocco MF Walid Sabbar
8 Ivory Coast MF Paul Moussa Bakayoko
9 Morocco FW Hamza Abourazzouk
10 Morocco MF Salaheddine Aqqal
11 Morocco MF Jawad Issine
12 Morocco GK Mohamed Baayou
15 Morocco DF Noureddine Baskar
16 Morocco DF Mohamed Oulhaj (Captain)
17 Morocco DF Rachid Soulaimani
18 Morocco FW Abdelilah Hafidi
No. Position Player
19 Morocco MF Youssef El Gnaoui
20 Morocco DF Abdeljalil Jbira
21 Morocco DF Adil Karrouchi
22 Morocco GK Mohamed Boujad
24 Central African Republic MF Vivien Mabidé
25 Morocco MF Yassine Salhi
28 Ivory Coast MF Kouko Guehi
30 Morocco DF Ahmed Chagou
32 Morocco GK Hicham El Allouch
33 Nigeria FW Ighodaro Osaguona
45 Republic of the Congo FW Silvère Ganvoula M'boussy
61 Morocco GK Khalid Askri
93 Morocco MF Abdelkabir El Ouadi

Club managers[edit]

Presidents[edit]

References[edit]

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