|Full name||Stade Malien de Bamako|
|Ground||Stade 26 mars
|League||Malien Première Division|
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.
- 1 Football club
- 2 Performance in CAF competitions
- 3 Current squad
- 4 Basketball club
- 5 Other sports
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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 Athletic Club 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. 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.
Shield and colors
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, 51, 52, 55) and losing 2 (1947, 48). 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 1964/5. 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 1968-1991 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", Issa Yatassaye, Osumane Farota, Drissa Coulibaly, Abdoulaye Kaloga, Moussa "Gigla" Traoré.
1990s - 2000s
Stade's fortunes have been mixed since then, but are always near the top of the Malian league. The highpoints of the 1990s were their 1992 winning of the "Eyadéma Cup" in the UFOA Championship and their 1993-1995 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 2000-2001 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.
Recent players of note have included Modibo Maïga (2000–2004), 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 (1999–2001), Adama Diakité, Souleymane Dembele (2003–2004) Harouna Diarra, Boucader Diallo, and Soumbeyla Diakité (2003–2005).
Jeanne D'Arc FC
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 FC Bamako, 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.
Malien Première Division 2007/08
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 Clube Desportivo 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. In June, eight points behind the leaders, Stade replaced manager Cheick Diallo with Cheick Oumar Koné from Malian Army club Scorpions de Bamako. Despite winning eight of their nine last matches (they lost 1-0 away to JS Centre Salif Kéita 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. His resignation was subsequently withdrawn. 
Bamako District Mayor's Cup
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. Stade received the trophy and a 750,000 F Cfa award from the Mayor of Bamako Adama Sangaré on 23 September.
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.
Stade Malien competed in Malien Première Division 2008/09, 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. 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. On 12 February, the club's board announced Djibril Dramé, formerly of the Malian national team would become manager of the club.
The 2009 African Confederation Cup Winner
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. A previous manager claims he was removed when he did not make squad choices dictated by the Executive Board.
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. 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. 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. Samaké is also Mali director for Randgold mining in Mali, and a former professor of Business law at the University of Bamako. Samaké succeeded Mamadou Samabaly in 2000. In 2008, the Executive Vice President of the club was Youssouf Coulibaly. In 2007, the board named three men Honorary Presidents for Life: Dioncounda Samabaly, Mody Sylla, and Amadou Beydi Wane.
- 1970, 1972, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013
- Malien Cup: 17
- 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
- As of 24 September 2013
|African Cup of Champions Clubs / CAF Champions League||63||19||15||29||67||89|
|CAF Confederation Cup||36||13||13||10||41||31|
|CAF Super Cup||1||0||0||1||0||2|
- CAF Cup Winners' Cup: 8 appearances
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 2007-2008 seasons, with football kits manufactured by Adidas. 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. In August 2008, Stade Malian signed a deal with SOTELMA, the Malian State Telecommunications company, for two seasons at 20 million FCFA a season.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Oumar Sy (1960's)
- Modibo Diawara (1990's)
- Karim Abdul Razak (late 2000–Nov 02) 
- Mohammed Ahmed Polo (Nov 2002–May 03) 
- Cheikh Fantamady Diallo (2003), (Interim)
- Christian Zermatten (2003–04) 
- Karim Abdul Razak (Feb 2004–06) 
- Mohamed Magassouba (2007), (14 matches) 
- Cheikh Fantamady Diallo (2007–May 08) 
- Cheick Oumar Koné (June 2008–Feb 09) 
- Yatouma Diop (9 Feb 2009 – 12 Feb 09) (Interim) 
- Djibril Dramé (12 Feb 2009–Nov 10)
- Kamel Djabour (24 Nov 2010–Sep 11)
- Karim Abdul Razak (9 Sep 2011 – 29 May 2012)
- Cheikh Fantamady Diallo (29 May 2012–Aug 12) 
- Emmanuel Souloy (Aug 2012–Nov 12)
- Pascal Janin (Nov 2012–)
As with many West African clubs, Stade Malien fields teams in a number of sports, most notably their successful Mens 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.
Stade Malien de Bamako is an "Omnisports" club: as well as Football and Basketball, Stade Malien currently fields Athletics and Rugby teams, although the Rugby team remains unassociated with the National Federation.
- Google map view of Sotuba training facility.
- Tournoi international des clubs des -17 ans : Stade malien, des satisfactions tout de même l'Essor n°16026 du - 2007-09-05
- History section is based on LE STADE MALIEN DE BAMAKO (n.d.): club history, in French, taken from the official site.
- Mali - List of Champions Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Razak signs with BBC, Thursday, 20 December 2001
- Jeanne D'Arc FC sure for first division in Mali soccer league, Afrique-Actualité/ Afrique en Ligne, Bamako - 16/09/2008
- rsssf.com Mali 2008 (Last updated: 4 September 2008)
Djoliba-Stade (5-0) : La grande humiliation !, Le Républicain, 04/08/2008.
- Stade Malien : le nouveau challenge de Cheick Oumar Koné, L'Essor, 26/06/2008
- Stade malien de Bamako : Le président Mamadou Samaké démissionne posant la problématique de son successeur, L'indicateur Renouveau, 27/08/2008.
- Mali 2007/08 Championnat National Première Division
- Mali - List of Cup Winners - Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Coupe du Maire du District : Le Stade reçoit son trophée. L'Essor, 24/09/2008
- Le Stade malien en Ligue des Champions avec une légion burkinabé
- Mali 2008/09: Championnat National Première Division. José Batalha for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- Mali: Stade Malien of Bamako sacks coach, 3 players. PANA Press. 10 February 2009
- Djibril Dramé, nouveau coach du Stade malien de Bamako : Est-ce un choix judicieux ? Le Républicain, 13/02/2009
- 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
- Malian club dismisses Ghanaian coach
- STADE MALIEN DE BAMAKO Mahamadou Samaké dit "Sam" reconduit pour un 3ème mandat. L'Indépendant 2006-09-27
- 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"
- Stade malien de Bamako : Le président "Sam Dièman" reste aux commandes. Soir de Bamako, 05/09/2008.
- Randgold profile
- Yaba national, porté en terre hier. Alou B. HAIDARA, L’Indépendant, 3 March 2006
- Tournoi mondial des cadets: LE STADE MALIEN DANS LA COUR DES GRANDS. l'Essor n°16014 du - 2007-08-17.
- Official site: Sponsor principal
- Stade malien-Siemens : Un nouveau bail l'Essor n°15852 du - 2006-12-15
- Partenariat Sotelma-Stade Malien de Bamako : 20 millions de FCFA pour chaque saison. Le Pouce, 22/08/2008
- 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
- Razak expects Ghana job. BBC. 18 November 2002
- Polo fired after poor champs league result. 23 May 2003
- Ligue africaine des champions Hearts of Oak-Stade l'Essor n°15168 2004-03-19
- Asante Kotoko sack coach, Michael oti Adjei BBC Sport, Accra 3 February 2004.
- 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.
- L’entraîneur du stade Cheick Diallo : «J’ai été victime de coups bas». Le Républicain - 05 mai 2008
- Stade malien : le nouveau challenge de Cheick Oumar Koné, L'Essor, 26/06/2008
- Cheick Diallo nouvel entraineur du Stade Malien de Bamako, Malifootball.com, 29/05/2012
- Stade Malien at africabasket.com.
Basket-ball, bilan de la saison 2006 : le Djoliba confirme, le CAT marque des points l'Essor n°15782 du - 2006-09-07
- Le Républicain: Stade malien de Bamako, 3 October 2005
- Pourquoi l’Assemblée Générale a été reportée sine die: FEDERATION NATIONALE DE RUGBY. lundi 26 novembre 2007 par Abdoul Karim Maïga
- StadeMaliendeBamako.com: official site.
- Mali/Angola: Stade Malien de Bamako-Primoro de Agosto - 1-2. Les Echos (Bamako). 19 February 2008.
- AfricaBasket.com: MALIAN MEN BASKETBALL MAIN PAGE.
- Super coupe, Stade-Djoliba 1-0 : les Blancs récidivent. S. B. TOUNKARA, l'Essor n°16096 du - 2007-12-14.
- Mali 2007/08 Championnat National Première Division
- Mali 2006/07 Championnat National Première Division Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04. Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Mali - List of Champions Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Mali - List of Cup Winners Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.