Algerian Cup

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Algerian Cup
كأس الجزائر
Algerian Cup (logo).jpg
Founded 1962
Region Algeria Algeria
Current champions MC Alger (2015–16)
Most successful club(s) ES Sétif
USM Alger
MC Alger
(8 titles each)
Website Algerian Cup (faf.dz)
2016–17 Algerian Cup
Algerian Cup trophy

The Algerian Cup (Arabic: كأس الجزائر‎‎) is a football competition in Algeria, pitting regional teams against each other. It was established in October 1962, three months after independence, and has been played yearly since then apart from 1990 and 1993.

The most successful clubs in this competition are the ES Sétif, USM Alger and MC Alger that have eight trophies each. The record for consecutive wins in the competition is only two, several teams have performed as the CR Belouizdad on MC Oran, the JS Kabylie, the USM Alger and MC Algiers. However, the ES Sétif achieved this feat twice. The current title holder is the MC Alger.

History[edit]

Before the country's independence, there were several football competitions running on the same system as the Algeria Cup. When the France decided to develop the sport in the colonies, including football, settlers created a number of agencies for the promotion of the sport. To make it more attractive, several types of competitions' cutting So were born.

Colonial Period[edit]

It already existed at that time, in the late fifties, a similar competition called "Algeria Cup football", which was played solely between Algerian clubs but settlers. To get there, one must understand that this was the result of a long process of both sports, political and historical.

When football appeared in North Africa, it was not structured enough for organizing major football competitions. At the beginning of, small football challenges appear 1904 and 1905 and criterium in 1911 and 1912. These small competitions désignèrent unofficial champions because regulatory bodies came much later in France (USFSA in 1913 and FFFA in 1919) where chaos reigned for several football federations coexisted.

North Africa was then divided into five regions each had a football league. So we had the Morocco Football League Association or LMFA for Morocco; the League of Oran Football Association or LOFA for Oran ut; the League Algiers Football Association or LAFA for Algiers ois; the Constantine Ligue de Football Association or LCFA for Constantine; and Tunisian Football League Association or LTFA for Tunisia.

Each of these leagues organized football championships (between 1920 and 1959) on different levels including the highest honor was called Division (DH ). Meanwhile, a larger football competition appears during the year 1921 called North African Championship. This competition was governed by the Union of North African football leagues created the same year, and included all the champions of honor division of North African football leagues. The winner was crowned "Champion of North Africa" and saw himself put an art object. It retained its trophy season and saw the honor of defending his due by being automatically qualified for the next edition accompanied by another club in the league.

Regional colonial cups[edit]

The football Forconi Cup (1946-1957)[edit]

The Forconi Cup was a competition organized by the League Algiers Football Association model cut , and departmental or regional dimension. At that time Algiers was a Department French covering more than 170.000 km2 including the cities of Algiers of Aumale of Blida of Medea of Miliana of Orléansville and Tizi Ouzou. Founded in 1946 at the end of World War II, this competition took place until 1957. This was the only dimension of cutting departmental football in North Africa in the colonial era. The competition was named Cup Forconi in memory of Edmond Forconi, Vice-President of the Algiers League at this time, after he died as a result of his war wounds. This departmental cut was also very popular because it concerned all teams affiliated to the Algiers League whatever their levels. From 1946 until 1957, the winner of this competition will receive a trophy saw that he kept one season and also had the honor of defending his due but at the stage of final quarters of the competition the next edition. If this system was designed in this way is that the reason was obvious; the winner was also referred to the North African Cup, thus allowing him to devote himself fully to this competition without worrying about the preliminary rounds for the next edition of the Forconi Cup. The competition will disappear as a result of the disappearance of the North African Cup combined with the independence of the Morocco and Tunisia during 1956.

The Oran Cup (1946-1957)[edit]

The Oran Cup was a competition organized by the League of Oran Football Association.

Algerian Cup (1957-1962)[edit]

After independence[edit]

Trophies Editions 1963 (right) and 1964 (left).

The 5 July 1962, Algeria gained independence after seven and a half years of war. This is the end of an entire sporting world with the end of football competitions organized by 'settlers'. The clubs 'settlers' stopped in their towers and the clubs Muslim respawn. The page of football history colonial turned definitively in North Africa as Algeria, another begins, the football Algerian.

Creating the Algerian Cup[edit]

At independence, many football tournaments are held around the country in order to celebrate the country's independence. Behind the scenes, we are active as can be to organize what became the country's first football championship. It was still only a regional championship called "Criterium". All the football system in Algeria of rethinking. However, the main regional leagues were kept, which were renamed Western Region (former League of Oran), Central Region (former League of Algiers) and East Region (former League Constantine). Each of these leagues organized the winners of the playoffs at the end of play-off to qualify for the finals to determine the first champion of Algeria nationwide.

Alongside the championship, the young Algerian Football Federation chaired by Dr. Mohand Amokrane Maouche, launches another nationwide competition. This was to allow all affiliated clubs to compete in a competition type cutting nationally. It is based on his neighbors and on what was already being done elsewhere in the world, especially in Europe, was born the first Algerian Cup.

Algerian Cup winners and finalists[edit]

The record for most wins of the tournament by a club is 8, held by USM Alger and ES Sétif

six clubs have won consecutive Algerian Cups on more than one occasion: ES Sétif (1963, 1964 and 1967, 1968), CR Belouizdad (1969, 1970), MC Oran (1984, 1985), JS Kabylie (1992, 1994), USM Alger (2003, 2004), MC Alger (2006, 2007).

Five clubs have won the Algerian Cup as part of a League and Cup double, namely CR Belouizdad (1966, 1969, 1970), ES Setif (1968, 2012), MC Alger (1976), JS Kabylie (1977, 1986) and USM Alger (2003).

Mahieddine Meftah holds the record for most Algerian Cup winner's medals, with seven: Two for JS Kabylie (1992 and 1994) and five for USM Alger (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004). The record for most winner's medals for a manager is held jointly by Ahmed Arab who won three with CR Belouizdad (1966, 1969, 1978) and Mokhtar Arribi who won that many for ES Sétif (1963, 1964, 1980) and Abdelkader Amrani who won that many for Three clubs WA Tlemcen (1998), ASO Chlef (2005), MO Béjaïa (2015).

Performance by club[edit]

Rank Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years Runner-up Years
1 USM Alger 8 9 1981, 1988, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2013 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1980, 2006, 2007
2 MC Alger 8 1 1971, 1973, 1976, 1983, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2016 2013
3 ES Sétif 8 0 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1980, 1989, 2010, 2012 -
4 CR Belouizdad 6 3 1966, 1969, 1970, 1978, 1995, 2009 1988, 2003, 2012
5 JS Kabylie 5 5 1977, 1986, 1992, 1994, 2011 1979, 1991, 1999, 2004, 2014
6 MC Oran 4 2 1975, 1984, 1985, 1996 1998, 2002
7 WA Tlemcen 2 3 1998, 2002 1974, 2000, 2008
8 USM El Harrach 2 1 1974, 1987 2011
9 NA Hussein Dey 1 4 1979 1968, 1977, 1982, 2016
10 ASO Chlef 1 1 2005 1992
JH Djazaïr 1 1 1982 1984
12 Hamra Annaba 1 0 1972 -
JSM Béjaïa 1 0 2008 -
USM Bel-Abbès 1 0 1991 -
CR Béni Thour 1 0 2000 -
MC Saïda 1 0 1965 -
MO Béjaïa 1 0 2015 -
17 MO Constantine 0 3 - 1964, 1975, 1976
18 ASM Oran 0 2 - 1981, 1983
CA Batna 0 2 - 1997, 2010
ES Mostaganem 0 2 - 1963, 1965
20 AS Ain M'lila 0 1 - 1994
MSP Batna 0 1 - 1990
USM Blida 0 1 - 1996
JS Bordj Ménaïel 0 1 - 1987
ES Collo 0 1 - 1986
CRE Constantine 0 1 - 1985
RC Kouba 0 1 - 1966
CR Mécheria 0 1 - 2001
Olympique de Médéa 0 1 - 1995
JSM Skikda 0 1 - 1967
CA Bordj Bou Arreridj 0 1 - 2009
USM Sétif 0 1 - 2005
RC Arbaâ 0 1 - 2015

Medals[edit]

Each club in the final receives 30 winners or runners-up medals to be distributed among players, staff, and officials.

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Sponsor Name
1962–2006 No main sponsor Algerian Cup
2006–2008 Djezzy Djezzy Algerian Cup
2008–2009 ATM Mobilis Mobilis Algerian Cup
2009–2013 Nedjma Nedjma Algerian Cup
2013–2014 Ooredoo Ooredoo Algerian Cup
2014–2016 ATM Mobilis Mobilis Algerian Cup

Finals venues and host cities[edit]

Stade 19 Mai 1956 host the final in 2002.
Stade Ahmed Zabana host the final in 1992.
20 August 1955 Stadium host the final Nine times First final in 1963 and last final in 1971.
Stade Mustapha Tchaker host the final Five times First final in 2003 and last final in 2015.
Algerian Cup is located in Algeria
Algiers
Algiers
Oran
Oran
Annaba
Annaba
Sidi Bel Abbès
Sidi Bel Abbès
Batna
Batna
Blida
Blida
Host cities of the Algerian Cup
Venue # hosted Last final City # hosted
Stade 5 Juillet 1962 34 2016 Algiers 43
20 August 1955 Stadium 9 1971 Algiers 43
Stade Mustapha Tchaker 5 2015 Blida 5
Stade 19 Mai 1956 1 2002 Annaba 1
Ahmed Zabana Stadium 1 1992 Oran 1
Stade 1er Novembre 1954 1 1984 Batna 1
Stade 24 Fevrier 1956 1 1981 Sidi Bel-Abbes 1

Records[edit]

Most common finals matchups[edit]

# of finals Team Won Team Won
5 MC Alger 1971, 1973, 2006, 2007 USM Alger 2013
5 USM Alger 1988, 2003 CR Belouizdad 1969, 1970, 1978
2 USM Alger 1999, 2004 JS Kabylie
2 JS Kabylie 1977 NA Hussein Dey 1979
2 MC Oran WA Tlemcen 1998, 2002

Individual records[edit]

Players[edit]

(at least 5 titles)

Player Titles Winning Years Clubs
Algeria Mahieddine Meftah 7 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 JS Kabylie (2), USM Alger (5)
Algeria Tarek Hadj Adlane 6 1988, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001 USM Alger (6), JS Kabylie (1)
Algeria Billel Dziri 5 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 all with USM Alger
Algeria Mohamed Hamdoud 5 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 all with USM Alger
Algeria Hocine Achiou 5 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 all with USM Alger
Algeria Rabah Deghmani 5 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 all with USM Alger
Algeria Farid Djahnine 5 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 all with USM Alger
Algeria Tarek Ghoul 5 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 all with USM Alger
Algeria Mounir Zeghdoud 5 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008 USM Alger (4), JSM Béjaïa (1)

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