JS Kabylie

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JS Kabylie
J.S.K Logo.png
Full name Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie
Nickname(s) The Canaries
The Lions of Djurdjura
Founded 1946
Ground Stade du 1er Novembre 1954
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Hamid Sadmi
Head Coach Mourad Rahmouni
League Ligue Professionnelle 1
2016–17 Ligue Professionnelle 1,11th
Current season

Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie (Tamazight: Ilemẓiyen Inaddalen n Leqbayel, Arabic: شبيبة القبائل), known as JS Kabylie or JSK (transliterated ⵊⵙⴽ in Tifinagh), is an Algerian professional association football club based in Tizi Ouzou. It draws its support from Kabyle football fans even outside the city of Tizi Ouzou. Their home stadium is Stade 1er Novembre.

JS Kabylie is the most successful club in Algeria, having won the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 title a record 14 times and the Algerian Cup 5 times. The club has also won six African titles, winning the CAF Champions League twice, the African Cup Winners' Cup once and the CAF Cup three times.


On 2 August 1946 the club was officially founded with the name Sport Youth Kabylia, and began competing in the Third Division League Football Association of Algiers. They played their first official match on 13 October 1946 in the Third Division.[1]

In 1947–48 the club won the championship group, finishing first in their pool and therefore were promoted to the first division. The first season in the 1st division of Algiers ended with a second-place finish.[citation needed]

They first reached the Algerian cup final in 1977 (as JS Kawkabi), defeating NA Hussein Dey 2–1.[2]

They won the Algerian league on seven occasions between 1979/80 and 1989/90, when they were known as JE Tizi-Ouzou.[3]

They won the African Champions Cup in 1981 and 1990.[4]

Following their fourth Algerian Cup success in 1994,[2] in 1995 they won the African Cup Winners' Cup.[5]

In 2007–08 they won the league title,[6] and were runners-up to ES Sétif the following season.[7]

In July 2012, the Italian coach Enrico Fabbro was recruited, but he was fired in November. Nasser replaced Sandzak and the club finished the championship in seventh place. On 23 August 2014, Cameroonian striker Albert Ebossé was struck on the head by a projectile thrown by one of the angry JSK fans while the teams were leaving the field at the end of a home game between JSK and USM Alger. The match had ended in a 2–1 defeat, with Ebossé contributing the sole JSK goal. Ebossé died a few hours later in hospital from a traumatic brain injury.[8][9][10]


Regional rivalries[edit]

JSK is a club located in the region of Kabylia. There are, in this region, several football clubs in the lower divisions of the Algeria Football Championship.

JSM Bejaia[edit]

Their matches with JSM Bejaia are known as the "Derby of Kabylia."[11]

MO Bejaia[edit]

A rivalry formed with another club in the city of Bejaia; MO Bejaia. This rivalry evolved in the Algerian second division and formed the derby of Bejaia.[12]



Champions (14): 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2004, 2006, 2008
Winner (5): 1977, 1986, 1992, 1994, 2011


Winner: 1981, 1990
Winner: 1995
Winner: 2000, 2001, 2002

Current squad[edit]

As of August 25, 2017. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Algeria DF Saâdi Radouani
4 Algeria DF Fayçal Abdat
5 Algeria DF Nabil Saâdou
7 Algeria MF Mehdi Benaldjia
8 Algeria DF Houari Ferhani
9 Algeria FW Nazim Si Salem
10 Algeria FW Adil Djabout
15 Algeria MF Ilyes Chetti
16 Algeria GK Abderrahmane Boultif
17 Algeria MF Salim Boukhenchouche
18 Cameroon FW Steve Ekedi
19 Algeria MF Adel Djerrar
20 Algeria FW Massinissa Tafni
21 Algeria MF Malik Raiah (captain)
No. Position Player
22 Algeria MF Mohamed Guemroud
23 Algeria MF Nassim Yettou
27 Algeria MF Juba Oukaci
30 Algeria GK Malik Asselah
38 Algeria DF Makhlouf Naït Rabah
45 Algeria DF Bilal Tizi Bouali
50 Algeria GK Anouar Saidoun
- Algeria MF Mohamed Amine Ouguenoune
- Algeria DF Yanis Haroun
- Algeria FW Nasreddine Benabou
- Algeria FW Thomas Izerghouf
- Algeria DF Smail Meziane
- Algeria DF Youcef Dahlal
- Algeria DF Ramdane Ferguene

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented JS Kabylie in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1946. 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 JS Kabylie or following his departure.[citation needed]

For a complete list of JS Kabylie players, see Category:JS Kabylie players


  1. ^ "System". Js-kabylie.fr. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  2. ^ a b c José Batalha, Ahmed Laïdi, Hans Schöggl and Mikael Jönsson (12 July 2017). "Algeria - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Julio Bovi Diogo and Hans Schöggl (31 August 2017). "Algeria - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Stephen Halchuk, Neil Morrison and Karel Stokkermans (29 March 2017). "African Champions' Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Stephen Halchuk and Karel Stokkermans (3 March 2016). "African Cup Winners' Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ligue 1 2007/08". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ligue 1 2008/2009". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "JS Kabylie's return after Albert Ebossé's death shows lessons have not been learned". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  9. ^ "Fan Projectile Kills JS Kabylie Striker Albert Ebosse in Algerian League". Soccerladuma.co.za. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  10. ^ "BBC Sport – JS Kabylie punished over death of Cameroonian Albert Ebosse". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  11. ^ JSMB 4–2 JSK derby de la kabylie 6.j de ligue1 algérienne 2010–2011. YouTube.com. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Ligue 1 (13e journée) : Le derby JS Kabylie-MO Béjaïa avancé à 15h00". Algérie1.com. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Naïm Adnane|t, 40 ans de football (Entreprise algérienne de presse), 1987