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This article is about Stade Malien Football club of Bamako. For the football club of the same name in Sikasso, see Stade Malien de Sikasso.
Stade Malien
Stade malien de bamako Logo 2007.jpg
Full name Stade Malien de Bamako
Nickname(s) "les Blancs"
"le Stade"
"les Stadiens"
Founded 1960
Ground Stade 26 mars
Bamako, Mali
Ground Capacity 50,000
Chairman Mali Boukari Sidibé
Manager France Pascal Janin
League Malien Première Division
2013–14 1st

Stade Malien is a Malian football and sports club based in Bamako. One of the two dominant clubs of Malian football, their eastern Bamako training grounds host other sports as well, including a successful basketball club.

Football club[edit]

Stade Malien de Bamako was founded in 1960 as a result of a fusion between Jeanne d'Arc and Espérance de Bamako. Second only to Djoliba AC of Bamako in success, Stade Malien are their primary rivals. Stade plays its matches in the Stade 26 mars in the city centre, but is based in the eastern industrial outskirts of the city in the Sotuba neighborhood. In 2006, it build a large training facility there, where a full stadium is being constructed.[1] This is also the base for Stade Malien's youth and development clubs. The U-17 in particular has been successful internationally, having competed in the Under 17 Club Championships in Spain in 2007.[2]

Shield and colors[edit]

The emblem of the club is based on the city seal of Bamako, featuring three crocodiles. The team plays in white (from which it earns the nickname "les Blancs") and blue.


Stade Malien has inherited much of the history of Jeanne d'Arc du Soudan, founded in 1938 by two French-Africans and the missionary Révérend Père Bouvier. The name was borrowed from Jeanne d'Arc Dakar, and the white uniforms from the White Fathers, which Stade retain. JA du Soudan was one of the most successful clubs of the pre-independence period, winning the AOF Cup in 1953 and 1956 and reaching the finals in 1951 and 1959 (the last played). They reached the "coupe du Soudan" finals 6 times, winning four years (1950, 1951, 1952, 1955) and losing 2 (1947, 1948). Among their biggest rivals was "Africa Sport" of Bamako, who became Djoliba AC in 1960. JA's most famous players were Mamadou "Coulou" Coulibaly, Seydou Ndaw, Seydou Thiam, Cheick Oumar Diallo, Bacoroba "Baco" Touré, and Oumar Sy.

Espérance de Bamako was founded in 1958 as a student youth club, overseen by Fernand Diarra and captained by the young Bakary Samaké.

At independence, the two Bamako clubs fused, to become Stade Malian de Bamako in 1960. In the first Coupe du Mali, Stade and Djoliba reached the two match final in 1961. Tied 3–3 after the first match, Stade carried the cup 2–1 in the second.

Stade reached the first final of the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1964–65. On 30 February 1965, Stade lost 2–1 to Oryx Douala played at Kumassi Ghana, but is remembered for the great play of star defender Souleymane "Solo" Coulibaly. Other famous early players for the Blancs were Yacouba Samabaly, Bakary Samaké, Sama Bass and Coach Oumar Sy. The great Salif Keita briefly appeared for the club.

During the 1968–91 military dictatorship of Moussa Traoré, many fans of Stade Malien felt that the government unfairly favored Djoliba AC. Heroes of this era include Mamadou Kéita "Capi",[3] Issa Yatassaye, Osumane Farota, Drissa Coulibaly, Abdoulaye Kaloga, Moussa "Gigla" Traoré.[4]

1990s - 2000s[edit]

Stade's fortunes have been mixed since then, but are always near the top of the Malian league.[5] The highpoints of the 1990s were their 1992 winning of the "Eyadéma Cup" in the UFOA Championship and their 1993–95 three-in-a-row league championships. The club enjoyed a spell of dominance under two periods under the management of Ghanaian football legend Karim Abdul Razak. He coached Stade for two seasons in the early 2000s, was lured back for a season to Asante Kotoko, and then returned for two more seasons to Bamako, fired by the Ghana side despite having brought them their first championship in ten years. During the 2000–01 season, Razak led Stade to not only a cup and league double, but guided the club to their first season ever unbeaten in every league and cup match.[6]

Recent players of note have included Modibo Maïga (2000–04), Mohamed Kabore (2002) Boucader Diallo, Mohamed Djila, Bassala Toure, Djélimory Kané, Rafan Sidibé, Mohammed Muyei, and coach Karim Abdul Razak. Recent players capped to the Mali national football team include Lassine Diarra, Dramane Traoré (1999–01), Adama Diakité, Souleymane Dembele (2003–04) Harouna Diarra, Boucader Diallo, and Soumbeyla Diakité (2003–05).

Jeanne D'Arc FC[edit]

At the end of the 2006–07 season, a group of Stade supporters broke away to form their own football club, taking the "Jeanne D'Arc" name with them. They formed Jeanne D'Arc, which competed in lower division football. In September 2008, Jeanne D'Arc became champions of the Groupe B league soccer tournament, one of two regional tournaments which promotes teams to the Malien Première Division, and will complete against their former counterparts during the 2008–09 season.[7]

Malien Première Division 2007/08[edit]

Reigning champions from the 2007 Malien Première Division, Stade and rivals Djoliba sat atop the standings the entire season, with Djoliba leading in the run up to the final games. Their July 7 derby match was postponed to August, and although they beat their rivals, Stade finished the season 9 points behind champions Djoliba. The only other meeting between the two rivals in the season was in the Semi-finals of the Malien Cup, where Stade faced the humiliation of a 5–0 drubbing by Djoliba. Stade were eliminated from the CAF Champions League 2008 by Primeiro de Agosto of Angola in the early stages. In the league, their biggest win was a 5–0 defeat of USFAS Bamako on 14 July at home, with scorers Lassana Diallo, Karim Sogoba, Lassine Diarra, and Bakary Coulibaly scoring two.[8] In June, eight points behind the leaders, Stade replaced manager Cheick Diallo with Cheick Oumar Koné from Malian Army club Scorpions de Bamako.[9] Despite winning eight of their nine last matches (they lost 1–0 away to JS Centre Salif Keita on 14 August), Djoliba handily took the cup and league double. While other reasons were given, the removal of the Club Director Mahamadou Samaké at the beginning of September, after eight years at the helm, was reported in the press as a result of this disappointing season.[10] His resignation was subsequently withdrawn. [11]

Bamako District Mayor's Cup[edit]

Stade's highpoint came at the end of the season, winning the "Coupe du Maire du District": the Bamako District Mayor's Cup. But while Stade made it to the final, its victory over arch-rival Djoliba came from legal, rather than on the field factors. In the 44th minute of the match, Djoliba supporters rioted, attacking officials, other fans, and journalists. The match was called off, and several days later, awarded to Stade. Djoliba were fined 500,000 FCFA, all payments for previous matches were withdrawn, and they were excluded form the 2009 competition.[12] Stade received the trophy and a 750,000 F Cfa award from the Mayor of Bamako Adama Sangaré on 23 September.[13]

Earlier in the season, the club brought in two Burkinabé players, goalkeeper Rachid Abdoulaye Compaoré (to supplement national squad keeper Soumaila Diakité who was suspended from CAF play) and striker Moctar Ouédraogo (who has become a starter). They said goodbye to defender Amadou "Docteur" Diallo and longtime central defender and Captain Boucader Diallo.[14]

2008/09 Season[edit]

Stade Malien competed in 2008–09 Malian Première Division, beginning 12 December 2008. By the end of January 2009, with six matches played, Stade had slumped to one of their worst starts, winning only one match, and drawing only one. That draw came on the home leg of their derby match with Djoliba, holding them 1–1 with a 60-minute equaliser from Stade's Adama Touré. They stood at 11th of 14 clubs in the standings.[15] Following a particularly poor result, a group of Stade fans attacked the home of a mach official, and incurred a one million FCFA fine from FEMIFOOT. Standing just nine points off relegation on 10 February, the board sacked three players and manager Cheick Oumar Koné, replacing him with goalkeeping coach and former Malian international Yatouma Diop on an interim basis.[16] On 12 February, the club's board announced Djibril Dramé, formerly of the Malian national team would become manager of the club.[17]

The 2009 African Confederation Cup Winner[edit]

Stade Malien won the Confederation Cup for the year 2009 in a hard fought battle against the Algerian giant Entente Sétif. Stade had initially suffred a 2–0 defeat to ES Sétif in the first leg of the cup's final, with its key players blaming the defeat on an unfriendly whether in Sétif. However, in the second leg, which was played on Dec. 05/09 before 20-50.000 spectators at Modibo Keita Stadium in the Malian capital, the Bamako-based team stunningly overcame the Algerian side 3–2 on penalties after the regular 90 min. ended in favor of "Les Blancs" 2–0, which had tied the games of the two legs overall. This conclusive victory of Stade Malien was first of its kind in the history of Malian football as the country had never before won a real continental cup. Stade Malien and AS Real de Bamako as well as the country's national team, les Aigles du Mali, had been high value continental runner-ups in the years of 1964, 1966, and 1972. But it is Stade Malien that finally received a continental trophy for the satisfaction of the Malian football fans.


The club is a membership organisation, supported by subscription, with elected leadership. The organisation is advised by a General Assembly (L’assemblée générale du Stade malien) and run by an Executive Committee ("Le comité exécutif du Stade malien de Bamako") chosen by the Assembly. As the Assembly meets every few years, the business and supporters committees (comité de gestion and comité des supporters) elect directors (the supporters "central bureau" elect a president - Mamadou Diané in 2005) who, in the Assembly, choose an Executive Board. The President of the Executive Board runs the club. The system is not without controversy, primarily over funds and choice of players.[18] A previous manager claims he was removed when he did not make squad choices dictated by the Executive Board.[19]

From 2000 Stade Malien's President has been Bamako businessman Mahamadou Samaké (known as "SAM"). In September 2006 Samaké was elected to his third consecutive three year mandate as president.[20] In August 2008, he announced he was stepping down nominally to accept a promotion in his business work, it is rumored his resignation had more to do with more than a season of disappointing on field results.[21] Within two weeks, Samaké's resignation was rescinded: Samaké announced he would finish his third three-year term as President of the club, scheduled to end in September 2009.[22] Samaké is also Mali director for Randgold mining in Mali, and a former professor of Business law at the University of Bamako.[23] Samaké succeeded Mamadou Samabaly in 2000.[24] In 2008, the Executive Vice President of the club was Youssouf Coulibaly.[13] In 2007, the board named three men Honorary Presidents for Life: Dioncounda Samabaly, Mody Sylla, and Amadou Beydi Wane.[25]


1970, 1972, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
1961, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2013
1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
1953, 1956 (as Jeanne d'Arc)

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

As of 24 September 2013
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
African Cup of Champions Clubs / CAF Champions League 63 19 15 29 67 89
CAF Confederation Cup 36 13 13 10 41 31
CAF Cup 2 0 1 1 1 2
CAF Super Cup 1 0 0 1 0 2
Total 102 32 29 41 109 124
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate Replay
1964–65 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Senegal Espoir de Saint-Louis 4–1 1–1 5–2
R2 Guinea Sily Club de Kindia 2–0 2–4 4–4 3–2
R2 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 3–3 6–4 9–7
SF Ethiopia Cotton Factory Club 3–1
F Cameroon Oryx Douala 1–2
1971 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Senegal ASC Diaraf 4–0 0–3 4–3
R2 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–2 1–2 3–4
1973 African Cup of Champions Clubs R2 Togo Modèle de Lomé 2–1 0–0 2–1
QF Zaire AS Vita Club 0–3 1–4 1–7
1985 African Cup of Champions Clubs R2 Liberia Invincible Eleven 1–1 0–3 1–41
QF Algeria GCR Mascara 2–0 0–3 2–3
1988 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Algeria ES Sétif 1–1 0–4 1–5
1990 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Tunisia Espérance 0–1 0–2 0–3
1994 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Sierra Leone East End Lions 2–0 0–2 2–2 (2–3 p)
R2 Tunisia Espérance 0–1 0–3 0–4
1995 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Guinea Horoya AC 1–0 1–1 2–1
R2 Ghana Goldfields Obuasi 0–0 0–1 0–1
1997 CAF Cup R1 Algeria USM Aïn Beïda 0–1 1–1 1–2
2001 CAF Champions League R1 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–0 0–2 2–2
2002 CAF Champions League R1 Ghana Hearts of Oak 3–1 1–1 4–2
R2 Senegal Jeanne d'Arc 0–3 1–2 1–5
2003 CAF Champions League R1 Republic of the Congo AS Police 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
R2 Algeria USM Alger 1–1 0–2 1–3
2004 CAF Champions League PR Ghana Hearts of Oak 0–0 0–2 0–2
2006 CAF Champions League R1 Guinea Satellite FC 3–0 2–2 5–2
R2 Equatorial Guinea Renacimiento 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2007 CAF Champions League R1 Mali AS Douanes 1–2 0–2 1–42
R2 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 0–0 1–3 1–3
2008 CAF Champions League PR Angola Primeiro de Agosto 1–2 0–0 1–2
2009 CAF Confederation Cup R1 Tunisia Stade Tunisien 2–0 0–0 2–0
1R16 Algeria JSM Béjaïa 1–0 0–1 1–1 (12–13 p)
2R16 Morocco Ittihad Khemisset 3–1 1–1 4–2
GS Nigeria Bayelsa United 0–1 2–1 1st
Egypt Haras El-Hodood 2–0 1–1
Angola Primeiro de Agosto 0–0 0–0
SF Egypt ENPPI 4–2 2–2 6–4
F Algeria ES Sétif 2–0 0–2 2–2 (2–3 p)
2010 CAF Super Cup Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 0–2
2010 CAF Confederation Cup R1 Ivory Coast Séwé Sport 2–0 0–2 2–2 (3–4 p)
1R16 Morocco FUS Rabat 0–0 0–2 0–2
2011 CAF Champions League R1 Morocco Raja Casablanca 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2012 CAF Champions League R1 Benin Tonnerre 5–2 0–0 5–2
R2 Egypt Al Ahly 1–0 1–3 2–3
2012 CAF Confederation Cup PL Morocco COD Meknès 3–0 1–1 4–1
GS Mali Djoliba 0–2 1–2 4th
Republic of the Congo AC Léopards 1–1 0–1
Morocco Wydad Casablanca 3–3 1–1
2013 CAF Champions League R1 Senegal Casa Sports 2–0 2–1 4–1
R2 Cameroon Coton Sport 0–0 0–3 0–3
2013 CAF Confederation Cup PL Morocco LLB Académic 5–0 1–0 4–1
GS Tunisia CS Sfaxien 1–2 0–0 2nd
Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 0–0 1–0
Ethiopia Saint George 1–0 0–2
SF Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe

1 Invincible Eleven were ejected from the competition for fielding an ineligible player.
2 AS Douanes were ejected from the competition for fielding an ineligible player.


Stade Malien the logo of sponsors Siemens during the 2007–08 seasons, with football kits manufactured by Adidas.[26] At the beginning of the 2007 season, Siemens signed a 50,000 Euro sponsorship deal with the club, and provided an estimated 20,000 Euros in additional services.[27] In August 2008, Stade Malian signed a deal with SOTELMA, the Malian State Telecommunications company, for two seasons at 20 million FCFA a season.[28]

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[29]
1 Mali GK Boubacar Togola
2 Mali DF Souleymane Konaté
3 Mali DF Oumar Koné
4 Burkina Faso DF Pierre Daïla
5 Mali DF Ichaka Diarra
6 Mali MF Mandala Konté
7 Mali FW Abdoulaye Sissoko
8 Mali MF Cheick Chérif Doumbia
9 Ivory Coast MF Aimé Koffi
10 Mali FW Boubacar Simpara
11 Mali MF Souleymane Dembélé
12 Mali FW Soungalo Diakité
13 Mali MF Lamine Diawara
14 Mali DF Issaka Samaké
15 Mali DF Bourama Coulibaly
No. Position Player
16 Mali GK Soumbeïla Diakité (Captain)
17 Mali MF Daouda Traoré
18 Mali MF Morimakan Koïta
19 Mali MF Djibril Traoré
20 Mali MF Mahamane Maïga
21 Mali MF Moussa Coulibaly
22 Mali GK Djigui Diarra
23 Mali MF Moussa Diawara
24 Mali DF Mamadou Doumbia
25 Mali FW Youssouf Traoré
26 Mali FW Adama Cheick Tirera
28 Mali DF Yoro Sangaré
Mali FW Boubacar Bangoura
Burkina Faso FW Francis Kaboré


Basketball club[edit]

As with many West African clubs, Stade Malien fields teams in a number of sports, most notably their successful Men's and Women's Basketball teams. Stade Malien men play in Division 1 in the 2008 season. Historically, they have been Mali League Champion in 2003 and 2004 and were Mali Cup Finalist in 2003.[38]

Other sports[edit]

Stade Malien de Bamako is an "Omnisports" club: as well as Football and Basketball, Stade Malien currently fields Athletics[39] and Rugby teams, although the Rugby team remains unassociated with the National Federation.[40]


  1. ^ Google map view of Sotuba training facility.
  2. ^ Tournoi international des clubs des -17 ans : Stade malien, des satisfactions tout de même l'Essor n°16026 du - 2007-09-05
  3. ^
  4. ^ History section is based on LE STADE MALIEN DE BAMAKO (n.d.): club history, in French, taken from the official site.
  5. ^ Mali - List of Champions Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
  6. ^ Razak signs with BBC, Thursday, 20 December 2001
  7. ^ Jeanne D'Arc FC sure for first division in Mali soccer league, Afrique-Actualité/ Afrique en Ligne, Bamako - 16/09/2008
  8. ^ Mali 2008 (Last updated: 4 September 2008)
    Djoliba-Stade (5-0) : La grande humiliation !, Le Républicain, 04/08/2008.
  9. ^ Stade Malien : le nouveau challenge de Cheick Oumar Koné, L'Essor, 26/06/2008
  10. ^ Stade malien de Bamako : Le président Mamadou Samaké démissionne posant la problématique de son successeur, L'indicateur Renouveau, 27/08/2008.
  11. ^ Mali 2007/08 Championnat National Première Division
  12. ^ Mali - List of Cup Winners - Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
  13. ^ a b Coupe du Maire du District : Le Stade reçoit son trophée. L'Essor, 24/09/2008
  14. ^ Le Stade malien en Ligue des Champions avec une légion burkinabé
  15. ^ Mali 2008/09: Championnat National Première Division. José Batalha for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  16. ^ a b Mali: Stade Malien of Bamako sacks coach, 3 players. PANA Press. 10 February 2009
  17. ^ Djibril Dramé, nouveau coach du Stade malien de Bamako : Est-ce un choix judicieux ? Le Républicain, 13/02/2009
  18. ^ Stade malien de Bamako, L’assemblée générale des clarifications. Le Républicain, 3 October 2005.
    Stade As douane en ligue des champions: Les Blancs prêts à jouer crânement leur chance, 26 January 2007
  19. ^ Malian club dismisses Ghanaian coach
  20. ^ STADE MALIEN DE BAMAKO Mahamadou Samaké dit "Sam" reconduit pour un 3ème mandat. L'Indépendant 2006-09-27
  21. ^ Stade malien de Bamako : Le président Mamadou Samaké démissionne posant la problématique de son successeur, L'indicateur Renouveau, 27/08/2008. A new director was to be chosen in early Septembers by the Club Assembly. "l’assemblée générale extraordinaire du Stade malien prévue au Centre islamique d’Hamdallaye"
  22. ^ Stade malien de Bamako : Le président "Sam Dièman" reste aux commandes. Soir de Bamako, 05/09/2008.
  23. ^ Randgold profile
  24. ^ Yaba national, porté en terre hier. Alou B. HAIDARA, L’Indépendant, 3 March 2006
  25. ^ Tournoi mondial des cadets: LE STADE MALIEN DANS LA COUR DES GRANDS. l'Essor n°16014 du - 2007-08-17.
  26. ^ Official site: Sponsor principal
  27. ^ Stade malien-Siemens : Un nouveau bail l'Essor n°15852 du - 2006-12-15
  28. ^ Partenariat Sotelma-Stade Malien de Bamako : 20 millions de FCFA pour chaque saison. Le Pouce, 22/08/2008
  29. ^ Sources for starters: Demi-finales Coupe du Mali : le Djoliba assomme le Stade.l'Essor n°16254 du - 2008-08-04 08:00:00
    L'AS Bakaridjan s'offre le Stade malien l’Essor n°16204 du - 2008-05-26
    Championnat national : le Stade sur le talon du Djoliba l'Essor n°16132 du - 2008-02-08 08:00:00
  30. ^ Razak expects Ghana job. BBC. 18 November 2002
  31. ^ Polo fired after poor champs league result. 23 May 2003
  32. ^ Ligue africaine des champions Hearts of Oak-Stade l'Essor n°15168 2004-03-19
  33. ^ Asante Kotoko sack coach, Michael oti Adjei BBC Sport, Accra 3 February 2004.
  34. ^ Sports Coupe d'Afrique des clubs : les carottes pas encore cuites pour le Stade et l'ASB. L'Essor, M. N. TRAORÉ. 11 February 2007.
  35. ^ L’entraîneur du stade Cheick Diallo : «J’ai été victime de coups bas». Le Républicain - 05 mai 2008
  36. ^ Stade malien : le nouveau challenge de Cheick Oumar Koné, L'Essor, 26/06/2008
  37. ^ Cheick Diallo nouvel entraineur du Stade Malien de Bamako,, 29/05/2012
  38. ^ Stade Malien at
    Basket-ball, bilan de la saison 2006 : le Djoliba confirme, le CAT marque des points l'Essor n°15782 du - 2006-09-07
  39. ^ Le Républicain: Stade malien de Bamako, 3 October 2005
  40. ^ Pourquoi l’Assemblée Générale a été reportée sine die: FEDERATION NATIONALE DE RUGBY. lundi 26 novembre 2007 par Abdoul Karim Maïga

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