JS Kabylie

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JS Kabylie
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 Mohand Chérif Hannachi
Manager Dominique Bijotat
League Ligue Professionnelle 1
2015–16 12th

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.


1928–1946: A difficult birth[edit]

The club, originally a project, is considered the ancestor of the Youth Sports Kabylia and was founded in 1928 by the master lawyer Sidi Saïd Hanafi. It was called Rapide Club Tizi-Ouzou. It is considered more of a Muslim club than the sports club Olympique de Tizi-Ouzou in Greater Tizi Ouzou. Creating this club was needed as other settlers and Muslims coexisted in other cities in Algeria.[citation needed]

Finally after all these interruptions due to the historical and political context of the time, on 2 August 1946 the club was officially founded with the name Sport Youth Kabylia. This was after rejecting those of Association Sportive de Kabylie and Union Sportive Muslim Tizi-Ouzou and began competing in the Third Division League Football Association of Algiers, the French equivalent of the seventh division of the time. Another important fact is the town of Tizi Ouzou refused to subsidize the young club in its infancy preferring to help the oldest club Olympique de Tizi-Ouzou that was already situated in this city. Finally, the club turned to the local indigenous population, which helped the soccer clubs Muslims (USMA, MCA and Wrba 8 in particular) so that the Youth Sports Kabylie could play their first official match on October 13, 1946 in the Third Division. The year 1946 thus saw the beginnings of the club competing in Tizi Ouzou to the Arsène Weinmann stage, which began in a particular context because it was the first season since the end of World War II, after years of regional crisis.[1]


The club made their debut in the Algerian league in 1946–47, and finished third in their league, allowing them to climb to the second division of the league Alger.[citation needed]

The following season, the club won the championship group that allowed it to reach the same stage as the precious season. This time the club finished first in their pool (1 win and 1 draw) and were crowned champions. JSK therefore were promoted to the first division. The first season in the 1st division of Algiers ended with a second-place finish, which allowed the club to compete although their climb up the league was eventually unsuccessful. Two seasons without relief followed, before the rise in the pre-honour category obtained during the 1953–54 season in the championship division. The war of independence of Algeria lead to the interruption of all competitions.[2]

They were promoted to the First Division for the first time in 1969–70.[citation needed]

1969–1977: The first titles[edit]

At the end of their first appearance in the first division, JSK finished in an honourable sixth place. During the 1972–73 season, their fourth season in the elite, JSK won its first championship in Algeria. The club was then renamed Jamiat Sari 'Kawkabi by the then President Houari Boumedienne. The following season, JSK were crowned champion of Algeria for the second consecutive time. The following two seasons were mixed, with a seventh place in 1974–75 and a third place in 1975–76. The 1976–77 season saw the club take the championship of Algeria. The attacker Mokrane Baileche finished top scorer with twenty goals. At the same time, The club obtained its first league and cup double.[3]

1977–1989: The Jumbo-JET, the era of Khalef et Zywotko[edit]

In 1977–78 the team changed its name to Youth Electronics Tizi-Ouzou. The 1978–79 season saw them finish runners-up in the league and cup, but in 1980 they won the league again.[citation needed]

In 1980, the club moved to a new stadium, and in 1981 they won the African Champions Cup.[citation needed]

They won further league titles in 1985 and 1986.[citation needed]

After 12 years, the coaching duo of Mahieddine Khalaf and Stefan Zywotko retired but remain at the club as advisors. During their time in charge, the club won six championships, one national cup and one Champions League.[4]


The club retained their title at the end of the 1989–90 season and became the double champion of Algeria football for the fourth time in its history. This was their tenth league title. Also of note during this season, the Algeria football cup was not organized. The 1990–91 season ended with a fourth place in the championship and a cup final loss against USM Bel-Abbès. JSK carried a beautiful parallel in African competition by winning, for the second time in its history, the African Cup of Champions in 1990. They won on penalties against the Zambian club Nkana Red Devils. They are currently the only club from Algeria to have twice won the prestigious CAF Champions League.[5]

In 1991–92 and 1993–94 they won the Algerian Cup, and in 1995 the African Cup Winners' Cup.[citation needed]

In 2001–02 they were runners-up in the league and reached the semi-finals of the cup.[6]


In 2003–04 they won the league but lost the cup final to USM Alger.[7]

In 2007–08 they won the league title,[8] and were runners-up to ES Sétif the following season.[9]

The club won the cup in 2011–12.[citation needed]

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.[10][11][12]


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]

JSM Bejaia (Jeunesse Sportive Madinet Bejaia) is another popular club in Kabylia. It has been around longer than the JSK and its foundation dates back to 1936. It is set in Kabylia in the city of Bejaia. Since their ascension into the elite JSMB have competed with JSK for the supremacy of the Kabyle region, and thus formed the "Derby of Kabylia."[13][14]

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.[15]

USM Alger[edit]

Main article: Kabylo-Algiers Derby



Champion (14): 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2004, 2006, 2008
Runner-up (10): 1978, 1979, 1981, 1988, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014.
Winner (5): 1977, 1986, 1992, 1994, 2011
Runner-up (5): 1979, 1991, 1999, 2004, 2014
Winner (1): 1992
Runner-up (3): 1994, 1995, 2006


Winner: 1981, 1990
Winner: 1995
Winner: 2000, 2001, 2002
Runner-up: 1995
Winner: 1982
Runner-up: 1974
Third: 2008
Third: 1987, 1989

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2008 – Group Stage
2011 – Group Stage
2012 – Refuse to participate
1996 – Runners-up
1993 – Quarter-finals

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 October, 2015[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Algeria DF Lamine Medjkane
4 Algeria DF Koceila Berchiche
5 Algeria DF Ali Rial
6 Algeria DF Elyes Seddiki
7 Algeria MF Faouzi Rahal
8 Algeria FW Salim Boumechra
10 Algeria MF Samir Aiboud
11 Algeria FW Mohamed Boulaouidet
12 Algeria GK Massinissa Messaoudi
15 Algeria FW Saïd Ferguène
16 Algeria FW Rachid Ferrahi
No. Position Player
18 Algeria MF Kamel Yesli
19 Algeria MF Walid Dourari
20 Burkina Faso FW Banou Diawara
21 Algeria MF Malek Raiah
22 Algeria MF Mohamed Guemroud
27 Algeria FW Malek Ihadjadene
28 Burkina Faso DF Patrick Malo
30 Algeria GK Azzedine Doukha
31 Algeria GK Nabil Mazari
33 Algeria DF Mohamed Khoutir Ziti
94 Algeria MF Ahmed Gagaâ (on loan from Paradou)

Retired numbers[edit]

9Cameroon Albert Ebossé, forward, 2013–14

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.

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


[citation needed]

List of managers of JS Kabylie
Name Years
Algeria Ali Benslama 1946–48
Algeria Hassan Hamoutène 1948–49
Algeria Khelifa Belhadj 1949–51
Algeria Mansour Abtouche
Algeria Lounes Boukersi
Algeria Hassan Hamoutène 1952–65
Algeria Hassan Hamoutène
Algeria Amar Haouchine
Algeria Mahdi Defnoun 1966–67
Algeria Ali Benfadah 1967–69
France Lemaître 1969–70
Algeria Abdelaziz Ben Tifour
Algeria Abderrahmane Boubekeur
Algeria Abderrahmane Boubekeur 1971–72
Romania Virgil Popescu 1972–73
Algeria Kamel Tahir
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jovan Cestić
Romania Peter Matiga
Romania Bazil Marian 1974 – Dec 74
France Christian Manjou
Algeria Abderrahmane Boubekeur
Dec 1974 – March 75
Algeria Amar Rouaï March 1975–75
France Christian Manjou
Algeria Abderrahmane Boubekeur
1975 – Jan 76
Algeria Abderrahmane Boubekeur Jan 1976–76
Hungary André Nagy 1976 – Dec 76
Algeria Mahieddine Khalef
Algeria Djaâfar Harouni
Jan 1977–77
Name Years
Algeria Mahieddine Khalef
Poland Stefan Zywotko
Algeria Ali Fergani
Poland Stefan Zywotko
Algeria Nour Benzekri
Algeria Mohamed Younsi
Algeria Noureddine Saâdi 1992 – April 94
Algeria Djaâfar Harouni
Algeria Djamel Menad
April 1994–96
Algeria Brahim Ramdani
Algeria Hamid Zouba
Algeria Kamel Mouassa
Algeria Djaâfar Aït-Mouloud
Algeria Mustapha Biskri
Algeria Mourad Rahmouni
1999 – Dec 99
Algeria Rachid Adghigh
Bulgaria Janko Guelov
Dec 1999–00
Algeria Nedjmeddine Belayachi 2000 – Jan 01
Algeria Mahieddine Khalef
Algeria Nacer Sandjak
Jan 2001 – April 01
Algeria Djaâfar Harouni April 2001–01
Algeria Kamel Mouassa 2001–02
France Jean-Yves Chay 2002 – Feb 03
Algeria Djaâfar Harouni Feb 2003–03
Algeria Nacer Sandjak 2003 – Nov 03
Algeria Azzedine Aït Djoudi
Algeria Moussa Saïb
Nov 2003–04
Name Years
Algeria Kamel Mouassa
Algeria Moussa Saïb
2004 – Dec 04
France Christian Coste
Algeria Kamel Aouis
Dec 2004–05
Belgium René Taelman 2005 – Dec 05
France Jean-Yves Chay Dec 2005–06
Brazil Gaúcho Jan 1, 2006 – Dec 31, 2006
Algeria Azzedine Aït Djoudi Oct 2006–07
Algeria Moussa Saïb 2007–08
Romania Alexandru Moldovan 2008 – Nov 08
Algeria Younès Ifticen Nov 2008–09
France Jean-Christian Lang Dec 5, 2008 – Jan 1, 2010
Algeria Mourad Karouf Nov 2009 – Jan 10
Switzerland Alain Geiger Jan 16, 2010 – Dec 13, 2010
Algeria Kamel Bouhellal June 5, 2010 – June 30, 2011
Algeria Rachid Belhout Dec 2010 – June 11
Algeria Moussa Saïb June 2011 – Aug 11
Algeria Meziane Ighil Sept 14, 2011 – Jan 29, 2012
Algeria Mourad Karouf (interim) Feb 1, 2012 – June 4, 2012
Italy Enrico Fabbro July 1, 2012 – Nov 18, 2012
Algeria Nacer Sandjak Nov 20, 2012 – April 8, 2013
Algeria Rezki Amrouche April 15, 2013 – June 30, 2013
Algeria Azzedine Aït Djoudi July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
Belgium Hugo Broos July 1, 2014–14
France François Ciccolini 2014
France Jean-Guy Wallemme 2015
align=left |Algeria Mourad Karouf || style="text-align:center;"| 2015

align=left |France Dominique Bijotat || style="text-align:center;"| 2015–


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  13. ^ "Message – El Watan". Elwatan.com. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  14. ^ JSMB 4–2 JSK derby de la kabylie 6.j de ligue1 algérienne 2010–2011. YouTube.com. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  15. ^ "Ligue 1 (13e journée) : Le derby JS Kabylie-MO Béjaïa avancé à 15h00". Algérie1.com. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
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External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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