JS Kabylie

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JS Kabylie
J.S.K Logo.png
Full nameJeunesse Sportive de Kabylie
Nickname(s)The Canary
The Lions of Djurdjura
GroundStade du 1er Novembre 1954
ChairmanChérif Mellal
Head CoachYamen Zelfani[1]
LeagueLigue Professionnelle 1
2018–19Ligue Professionnelle 1, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie (Arabic: شبيبة القبائل‎), known as JS Kabylie or JSK, is an Algerian football club based in Tizi Ouzou. The club are named after the cultural, natural and historical region that is home to the Berber-speaking Kabyle (the letters I ⵙ R on the badge are Berber for JSK). The club was founded in 1946 and its colours are green and yellow. Their home stadium, Stade du 1er Novembre 1954, has a capacity of 21,240 spectators. The club is currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

JS Kabylie has won the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 title 14 times and the Algerian Cup 5 times. The club has also won a number of African titles, including the CAF Champions League twice, the African Cup Winners' Cup once and the CAF Cup three time.


On 2 August 1946 the club was officially founded with the name Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie, 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.[2]

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.[3]

They won the Algerian league on seven occasions between 1979/80 and 1989/90, when they were known as JE Tizi-Ouzou.[4]

They won the African Champions Cup in 1981 and 1990.[5]

Following their fourth Algerian Cup success in 1994,[3] in 1995 they won the African Cup Winners' Cup.[6]

In 2007–08 they won the league title,[7] and were runners-up to ES Sétif the following season.[8]

In July 2012, the Italian coach Enrico Fabbro was recruited, but he was fired in November. Nacer Sandjak replaced him and the club finished the championship in seventh place.


Their matches with JSM Bejaia are known as the "Derby of Kabylia."[9]

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.[10]


Domestic competitions[edit]

Champions (14) (record): 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1994–95, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08
Runner-up (10): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1987–88, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2018–19
Winner (5): 1976–77, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2010–11
Runner-up (6): 1978–79, 1990–91, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2013–14, 2017–18,
Winner (1): 1992
Runner-up (3): 1994, 1995, 2006

International competitions[edit]

Winner (2): 1981, 1990
Winner (1): 1995
Winner (3): 2000, 2001, 2002
Winner (1): 1982.
Runner-up (1): 1996

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 January, 2020.[12] 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 Ahmed Ait Abdessalem
3 Algeria FW Mohammed Zakaria Boulahia
5 Algeria DF Nabil Saâdou
6 Algeria MF Ammar El Orfi
7 Algeria FW Mohamed Benchaira
8 Algeria MF Juba Oukaci
9 Algeria FW Hamza Banouh
10 Algeria MF Abdessamed Bounoua
11 Algeria FW Rezki Hamroune
12 Tunisia MF Oussama Darragi
13 Algeria DF Toufik Zeghdane
14 Libya MF Mohamed Abdussalam Tubal
15 Algeria FW Massinissa Nezla
17 Algeria MF Lyes Renai
No. Position Player
18 Algeria MF Toufik Addadi
19 Algeria MF Malik Raiah
20 Algeria FW Massinissa Tafni
21 Algeria MF Abderzak Iratni
22 Algeria DF Walid Bencherifa (captain)
23 Algeria FW Racim Mebarki
24 Algeria FW Abdelwahid Belgherbi
25 Algeria DF Amir Bellaili
26 Algeria DF Badreddine Souyad
27 Algeria FW Merouane Loucif
28 Algeria FW Rédha Bensayah
29 Kenya FW Masoud Juma
30 Algeria GK Oussama Benbot

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. ^ "JSK: le tunisien Yamen Zelfani, nouvel entraîneur".
  2. ^ "System". Js-kabylie.fr. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d José Batalha, Ahmed Laïdi, Hans Schöggl and Mikael Jönsson (12 July 2017). "Algeria - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 September 2017.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b Julio Bovi Diogo and Hans Schöggl (31 August 2017). "Algeria - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b Stephen Halchuk, Neil Morrison and Karel Stokkermans (29 March 2017). "African Champions' Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b Stephen Halchuk and Karel Stokkermans (3 March 2016). "African Cup Winners' Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Ligue 1 2007/08". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Ligue 1 2008/2009". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  9. ^ JSMB 4–2 JSK derby de la kabylie 6.j de ligue1 algérienne 2010–2011. YouTube.com. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Ligue 1 (13e journée) : Le derby JS Kabylie-MO Béjaïa avancé à 15h00". Algérie1.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  11. ^ Stephen Halchuk and Karel Stokkermans (6 December 2018). "CAF Cup and Confederation Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 February 2019.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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