CR Belouizdad

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CR Belouizdad
CR Belouizdad.png
Full name Chabab Riadhi Belouizdad
Founded 5 July 1962; 53 years ago (1962-07-05)
as Chabab Riadhi Belcourt
Ground Stade 20 Août 1955
Ground Capacity 15,000
President Youcef Ghazli
Head Coach Youcef Ghazli
League Ligue Professionnelle 1
2013–14 Championnat National, 13th
Current season

Chabab Riadhi Belouizdad (Arabic: شباب رياضي بلوزداد‎) referred to as CR Belouizdad or Chabab Belouizdad, is an Algerian football club based in the Mohamed Belouizdad district of Algiers. It was founded in 1962 and their home stadium is Stade 20 Août 1955.

CR Belouizdad is one of the most successful clubs in Algerian football, having won the domestic league title 6 times and the Algerian Cup 6 times. They have also won the defunct Maghreb Champions Cup 3 times.


The footballer Hacène Lalmas that made the heyday of CR Belouizdad between seasons 1962–1963 and 1972–1973


The club was founded in 1962 (following the independence of the Algeria). He was born of a merger of two former clubs from the same district, 'Widad Riadhi Belcourt' (former club of the rue de Lyon) and the 'Athletic Club de Belcourt' . These two former clubs were known for playing football competitions in the French colonial era, for both affiliated to the 'FFFA' (French Football Federation) and the 'FLOT' '(Algiers Ligue de Football Association).

1963–1972: The great Chabab[edit]

The CR BELOUIZDAD, a club that has scored the Algerian football from the beginning of its creation, particularly during the period between 1963 and 1972, which saw Chabab break records so far unparalleled, beginning with winning 10 titles 8 seasons, including the famous red and white colors were worn by the best players in Algeria or Africa and which also constitute the pillars of the national team of Algeria. Among the players we cite as examples Lalmas ( the best Algerian player of all time – after a survey conducted by the Echibek sports weekly in 1993 – was chosen by a vote of more than 350 technical facts , Algerian coaches and players), Kalem, Achour, Selmi, not to mention all the others.

With Mr Boukida Djeloul as chairman, and under the leadership of Yahia Saâdi as coach, the goal of the first season championship (1962–63) was the adaptation and group cohesion. In this season, the CRB was in the group of Bologhine and Bousmail and was content to win a place allowing it to participate in the center of the championship.

Second period[edit]

One season will only have to CRB for attention and admiration of all belcourtois and the inhabitants of the surrounding neighborhoods, to the point where everyone participated in the club to raise funds, especially in the big traders time as Boukida gentlemen, Bouhelal and Khemissa among others and whose contribution was considered wide and generous, in order to offer the club means to its policy.

Third Period[edit]

After collecting the necessary funds, club leaders began the recruitment process. Targeted recruitment and quality resulting in the arrival of experienced and promising players such as (Zitouni, Paris Club), (Madani and Djemaâ USM Alger) (Zerar Hamam El-Enf, Tunisia), ( Nassou and Amar Ain Beniane) (Koussim ES Setif), (Achour and Lalmas OM Ruisseau) (Kalem IR Hussein-Dey). It is important to acknowledge the way, the work of the leaders of that time: the men in the noblest sense of the term and which were animated only by the love of the club and who sacrificed themselves for it so that it becomes not only a great club, but the biggest club Algeria.

At first, the results of the team were just average, with defeats against MC Oran (3–2), Batna (1–0), Constantine (1–0), Sidon (2–1) and MCA (2–1). The following season, either in 1965–1966, CRB wakes up and crushes everyone in its path. He made a spectacular comeback, moving from last place to first, after a good series of 9 consecutive victories starting with the ASM Oran (0–1) during 14th day and overwhelming wins (8–1), (8–0) and (4–1) respectively against the MO Constantine to 20 August (halftime 0–1 for Constantine), Annaba and ES Mostaganem.

1965–1966: The phenomenal season CRB[edit]

Lined with Prime Algeria, Chabab collect victories this season (16 wins) with rivers scores (0–4) in Blida and Oran to the MCO and 5–2 before the NAHD with a percussive attack that also called the Machine Gun Attack and had to his credit this season (63 goals): (Lalmas 18 goals, Chanane 14, Kalem 13 and Achour 8), making 53 goals in themselves. The CRB also won his first cup of Algeria against RC Kouba (final 3–1).

The 1966–1967 season was average just for Chabab, then the 67–68 season was not better than the last, despite the recruitment of Selmi Djilali. This small decline was due to unfortunate circumstances as the participation of 9 players Chabab with the national team who took part in the CAN 1968 in Ethiopia and which saw the return of a team completely decimated and tired after a very long journey but also many injured players CRB. Will follow the missteps against ES Guelma championship in a late match. In two seasons CRB had nothing to put in their mouths.

Following the appointment of Ahmed Aaran in as player-coach, Chabab started up again and began to win yet Lined in 1968–1969 with the key to a smashing return against NAHD (7–1) to each way (5–2) return.

1969–1970: The Triplet[edit]

The CRB made the first hat-trick in the history of Algerian football and passes the four-fold which was largely in range because it was the best season of CRB who had lost only one match against MC Oran Oran (3–1), in rather special circumstances. Will follow the victory of Algerian Cup final against USM Alger (4–1) and the win in Maghreb Club Champions Cup against the Sfax (Tunisia). Chabab had passed on the African Cup of Champions Clubs after threats of reprisal Senegalese Joan of Arc against the CRB following a memorable victory in the first leg of Chabab (5–3, Stade El-Annasser).


After four days of the championship with a draw and a win against MC Alger and a defeat against MC Oran and Algerian Cup defeat against CS Constantine on penalties goals (48–47 is the official record Algeria, another one!), the CRB had to win the North African Cup to save his season. This resulted expectancy against Tunisia (EST) 3–2 after a great final after crushing and Morocco's FAR in the previous round with a stinging 3–0.

This masterful victory uttered the famous French sports newspaper the Team, to devote a large space in one of their number to Chabab Riadhi Belcourt who thus entered the current major.


It was the beginning of the end of a cycle, and after having started the championship with three great victories against WA Tlemcen and JSM Tiaret 7–0 8–3 and USM Bel-Abbès 4–1 team had no more breath and let go at least on the national scene as it successful still win the Cup for the Maghreb 3rd consecutive time.


The Shabab have not won titles between 1978 and 1995 despite the good results realized that the team all these years, ranking each time 2nd, 3rd or 4th until 1988 where the Chabab experienced the worst season in its history characterized by relegation D2 and an Algerian Cup final lost against USMA on penalties goals, despite the rich whose workforce had CRB, and was regarded as the best championship team on paper with the Yahi, Amani, Badache, Laamouri, Khoudja, Kabrane, Abdesamia, Kouhil, Demdoum, etc., but on the ground, things were otherwise. Fort Fortunately, and thanks again to the mobilization of its true children, the ordeal lasted only a single season, as the club found the D1 the following year, in 1989.

But the event of relegation this did not go without leaving deep scars in the heart of the CRB because therefore considerably Chabab should lose his fame to occupy only on role in the successive championships, even avoiding relegation repeatedly until 1994. In fact, during this year, the Shabab, led by Mourad Abdelouahab is classed 4th in the championship with the key, a qualification in Arabic Cup in Saudi Arabia. It is therefore the following year (1995) that the CRB took part in this competition, where he recorded a respectable run to the semi-final (defeat against Espérance de Tunis 0–1).

In 1995, the CRB won the Algerian Cup for the fifth time in its history against the O Medea 2–1 Drives Bacha by the duo and the deceased Adjaout the belcourtois perceive the hope of the return of big V.

This is indeed the beginning of another golden age, with a new generation of young and talented players, who despite the change of office (departure and arrival of Lefkir Selmi) and staff by the return of Mourad replacing Abdelouahab of Bacha-Adjaout pair, a new team, described as "Algerian dream-team", was born with Bekhti, Badji, Settara, Talis, Bounekdja, Selmi Yacine Chedba Ali Moussa, Boutaleb and others, develops the CRB beautiful football and every season new players were brought to the club to complete the tactical approach of the coach and achieve the objectives set by management. It is in this context that players like Mezouar and Boukessassa came to the club.

And arrived the 1999–2000 season, which saw Chabab win the title of Champion of Algeria to 5th time in its history, and the last of the, a handily won the championship, with the passage, a victory over the same final season of the league cup 19 March 2000, against MC Oran 3–0.

The following season, and its momentum, Chabab not only confirms but does better with a title 2 row from 2000 to 2001 by capping JSK and USMA 7 days of the end of the championship. For the record, the Shabab had won 10 consecutive games with Nour Benzekri happened in the middle of the season.

The dark years[edit]

After this season, a real descent into hell begins for Chabab making a free fall due to the unreasonable policy of its new direction. Despite this and a real burst of pride, the CRB has still managed to reach the finals of the 2003 Algerian Cup Final. A lost due to a scandalous and biased in favor of arbitration USM Alger by 'referee of the meeting (Berber). To illustrate the lawlessness with which the club was run, 17 players from champions Algeria were released in 18 months: a true work of destruction. Given all this, everyone knew that Chabab went straight to ruin. Thus there arrived the 2 most catastrophic seasons (after the 1988) Chabab, when the club narrowly escaped relegation D2 twice (2003–2004 and 2004–2005). The 2005–2006 season was a half fig half grape, despite the backing of no less than 16 players.


National titles[edit]

Champions (6): 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 2000, 2001
Runners-up (4): 1967, 1972, 1977, 1980
Winners (6): 1966, 1969, 1970, 1978, 1995, 2009
Runners-up (3): 1988, 2003, 2012
Winners (1): 2000
Winners (1): 1995

International titles[edit]

Winners (3): 1970, 1971, 1972
Runners-up (1): 1973

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1970 – First Round
2001 – Group stage
2002 – First Round
2004 – First Round
2010 – Second Round of 16
1979 – Quarter-finals
1996 – Semi-finals

Current squad (2014–15)[edit]

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 Malik Asselah
3 Algeria DF Zakaria Bencherifa
4 Algeria FW Ahmed Toumi
6 Cameroon MF Gilles Ngomo
7 Algeria FW Abousoufiane Balegh
8 Algeria FW Mohamed Derrag
9 Cameroon FW François Obele
10 Algeria MF Lamouri Djediat
11 Algeria FW Adel Bougueroua
17 Algeria FW Ali Amiri
18 Algeria MF Aboubaker Rebih
19 Algeria DF Tarek Cheurfaoui
No. Position Player
20 Algeria DF Sofiane Khelili
21 Algeria FW Malik Hioune
22 Algeria DF Karim Nemdil
23 Algeria DF Hakim Khoudi
24 Algeria MF Bilal Tarikat
27 Algeria DF Abdellah Chebira
31 Algeria MF Zakaria Draoui
38 Algeria GK Khaled Boukacem
45 Algeria GK Mohamed Ramzy Abassi
83 Algeria DF Ilyes Sidhoum

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented CR Belouizdad in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1962. 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 CR Belouizdad or following his departure.

For a complete list of CR Belouizdad players, see Category:CR Belouizdad players



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