MC Oran

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MC Oran
مولودية وهران
MC Oran Logo.svg
Full name Mouloudia Club d'Oran
نادي مولودية وهران
Nickname(s) Hamraoua
Founded May 14, 1946; 69 years ago (1946-05-14)
as Mouloudia Club d'Oran
Ground Stade Ahmed Zabana, Oran
Ground Capacity 40,000
President Ahmed "Baba" Belhadj
Manager Jean-Michel Cavalli
League Ligue Professionnelle 1
2014–15 3rd place
Website Club home page
Current season
Active sections of MC Oran
Athletics pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg Cycling (road) pictogram.svg
Athletics Men's Basketball Cycling
Football pictogram.svg Handball pictogram.svg Wrestling pictogram.svg
Football Men's Handball Wrestling

Mouloudia Club d'Oran (Arabic: نادي مولودية وهران‎, Arabic pronunciation: [Nādi Mûlûdiyyat Wahrān]), referred to as MC Oran or MCO for short, also known as Mouloudia d'Oran, is a football club based in Oran, Algeria. Founded in 1946, the club was known as Mouloudia Chaâbia d'Oran from 1971 to 1977, Mouloudia Pétroliers d'Oran (Arabic: مولودية نفط وهران‎, MP Oran for a short) from 1977 to 1987 and Mouloudia d'Oran from 1987 to 1989. The club colours are red and white. It play in Stade Ahmed Zabana. It is also a multi-sports club, known mostly for its handball team.

Until 2008, MC Oran was the only club in Algeria to have participated in every single season of the first division since its inception in 1962. However, the club was relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season but returned after just one season in the Algerian Championnat National 2.



MC Oran in 1946

The Mouloudia Club d'Oran began on May 14, 1946, when nationalists activists created the team of Mouloudia Club d'Oran, a Muslim club in the district of El Hamri (former Lamur) in Oran to compete with European clubs at a time when Algeria was a French district (French Algeria). Mohamed Bessol, one of the founding members was a player, coach, and general secretary of the club until 1967. Other founding members were Ali Bentouti, Omar Abouna, Redouane Serik Boutaleb, and also Mohamed Serradj, Ali Tounsi, Belaid Bachir, Bensenouci Mahi, Bloufa Benhadad, Mahmoud Benahmed, Miloud Bendraou, Miloud Cherigui, Ali Aroumia, Kada Fali.

The founding ceremony of Mouloudia was assisted by Sheikh Said Zamouchi, delegated by Sheikh Si Tayeb Al Mahaji (imam, writer and member of the Association des oulémas musulmans algériens) led by Sheikh Abdelhamid Ben Badis.

The name of the Mouloudia was inspired from the celebration of Mawlid (prophet Muhammad's birth), the date of its creation coincided with this celebration.

Mouloudia Club d'Oran began his first competition, in the 1946–47 season in the third division of the regional championship of the League of Oran (3F/O) after inscription in the France Football Federation. The course of the club from 1946 to 1956 is unknown. And from 1956 to 1962 (the independence year of Algeria), MC Oran block all its sports activities by order of the FLN.[1]

After independence[edit]

MC Oran, Algerian cup winner in 1975

The Mouloudia Club d'Oran start in the first competition of Algeria independent in 1962–63 season, it qualified for the final tournament of the championship of the first two seasons 1962–63 and 1963–64 which were composed of three groups (Algiers, Oran and Constantine), he finished second in the group of Oran in both seasons, unfortunately not a qualifying place for the semi-finals, but this place already earned him a status of a great club. In the following seasons, it will be runner-up twice consecutively in 1968 and 1969 and Abdelkader Freha was top scorer in both seasons.

The years of glory[edit]

The club has a great history, especially during the golden years ('70, '80 and the '90), many great Algerian football players and even Africa played with the team, like Abdelkader Freha, Sid Ahmed Belkedrouci, Miloud Hadefi, Lakhdar Belloumi, Tedj Bensaoula, Karim Maroc, Tahar Cherif El-Ouazzani, Abdelhafid Tasfaout ...etc. During all this time, the club had won many national and international titles.

The club changed the name in 1977 into Mouloudia Pétroliers d'Oran because Naftal was sponsoring until 1987. After it was changed to Mouloudia d'Oran until 1989 when it returned to the name of Mouloudia Club d'Oran.

The great depression[edit]

In the early 2000s, the club had a lot of conflicts especially in administration and management. During this period, the club has not won any title and he often plays the maintenance against relegation.

Return of Naftal[edit]

Logo of Naftal

In 27 September 2012, the National Society of Marketing and Distribution of Petroleum Products Naftal return to sponsoring the MC Oran after an absence of 24 years. As past, Naftal will sponsoring the all sport's sections of the Mouloudia Club d'Oran.[2] This initiative is a part of the development of national sport, especially that MC Oran is one of the largest national and continental omnisports club.


MC Oran has had several crests in its history. The first, adopted in the 70th. The second crest was used from the 1977 reform when the national companies took the different Algerians clubs from 1977 to 1988, MC Oran was taken by Naftal company and was called MP Oran (Mouloudia Pétrolière d'Oran), From 1988, the national companies retired from the Clubs, the club took its old name MC Oran (Mouloudia Club d'Oran), however there were various crests from this year until now but only one crest was more famous and more credible.


The club, one of the most popular in Algeria, plays at the Ahmed Zabana Stadium (40,000 capacity), in the popular district of El Hamri. Sometimes the team play in Stade Habib Bouakeul which is the 2nd stadium of the city with an capacity of 20,000. Now a new and modern stadium is being constructed with a capacity of 40,000 which is called Olympic Stadium of Oran.



Since 12 September 2012, the principal sponsor become the Algerian petroleum firm Naftal.


MC Oran signed for 2012–13 season a contract with Algerian sports firm Baeko for the latter to provide jerseys and team equipment to the team.

Below the list of the last suppliers of the club:

  • 2010–11: Germany Adidas
  • 2011–12: France Baliston
  • 2012–14: Algeria Baeko
  • 2014–16: United States Sarson Sports USA


MC Oran is one of the most successful teams of Algeria.[3]

Domestic competitions[edit]


Winners (4): 1970–71, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93
Runners-up (9): 1967–68, 1968–69, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00
Runners-up (1): 2008–09


Winners (4): 1974–75, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1995–96
Runners-up (2): 1997–98, 2001–02
Winners (1): 1996
Runners-up (1): 2000
Runners-up (1): 1992

African competitions[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1989

Regional competitions[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2001
Winners (2): 1997, 1998
Winners (1): 1999

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

The club have 3 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs from 1989 to 1994.

2005 – Second round
2016Futur event
1996 – Quarter-finals
1998 – First round
1985 – Second round
1986 – Second round
1997 – Quarter-finals

International statistics[edit]

CAF statistics
Matches Points Wins Draws Louses Goals for Goals against Goal average
44 62 18 8 18 66 49 +17
UAFA statistics
Matches Points Wins Draws Louses Goals for Goals against Goal average
31 ... 12 5 12 41 50 -9

Current squad[edit]

As of June 21, 2015.[4]

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 Abderaouf Natèche
4 Algeria FW Walid Hellal
5 Algeria DF Hassouna Benchaïb
6 Algeria MF Mohamed Benyahia
7 Algeria FW Abdesslam Moussi
8 Algeria FW Hamza Demane
9 The Gambia MF Alieu Darbo
10 Algeria MF Hacene Ogbi Benhadouche
11 Algeria DF Abdellah Bencheikh
12 Algeria MF Seddik Berradja Captain sports.svg
13 Algeria MF Kamel Larbi
14 Algeria FW Zakaria Benchaâ
15 Algeria MF Khaled Lemmouchia
No. Position Player
16 Algeria GK Hichem Makhloufi
17 Algeria DF Farid Bellabès
18 Algeria GK Abdellah Belarbi
19 Algeria MF Walid Athmani
20 Algeria DF Rabah Aïch
21 Algeria DF Abdelmalek Merbah
22 Algeria DF Chaffik Bourzama
25 Algeria DF Rabah Ziad
27 Libya FW Mohammad Za'abia
28 Algeria DF Lyès Bouhaniche
30 Algeria DF Chemseddine Nessakh
31 Algeria DF Hamza Hamdadou
96 Algeria MF Sofiane Chlaoua

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager France Jean-Michel Cavalli
Assistant Manager France Jean-Jacques Benoît
Technical Assistant
Physical Fitness Coach Algeria Hafid Bentazi
Goalkeeping Coach Algeria Karim Saoula
Mental Coach TBD
Medical Director Algeria Benaoumeur Bendahou
Physiotherapist Algeria Houari Dardjellab
Reserve Team Coach TBD

Notable players[edit]

MC Oran have many notable former players who have represented MC Oran 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 MC Oran or following his departure.

For notable players see List of MC Oran players.
For details on former players see Category:MC Oran players.



In 8 October 2012, Larbi Abdelilah is named temporary president of SSPA MC Oran. Abdelilah will manage the administrative affairs of the club until the arrival of officials Naftal.[5]

Chairman From To Titles (official)
Algeria Omar Rouane Serrik 1946 .... ×
Algeria Kadda Hadj Fali .... .... ×
Algeria H'mida Belazreg .... .... ×
Algeria Boumediene Bentabet .... .... ×
Algeria Baghdadi Seddiki 1971 1975 2
Algeria Ghalem Chaouch 1982 1991 3
Algeria Youcef Djebbari 1991 1994 2
Algeria Belkacem Elimam 1994 2000 5
Algeria Youcef Djebbari 2000 2003 ×
Algeria Mourad Meziane 2003 2006 ×
Algeria Youcef Djebbari 2006 2008 ×
Algeria Belkacem Elimam 2008 2010 ×
Algeria Tayeb Mehiaoui 2010 2011 ×
Algeria Youcef Djebbari 2011 2012 ×
Algeria Larbi Abdelilah 2012 2013 ×
Algeria Youcef Djebbari 2013 2014 ×
Algeria Ahmed "Baba" Belhadj 2014 Present

African Football Clubs of the Century (by IFFHS)[edit]

MC Oran was ranked by IFFHS at the 51st best African club of the 20th century.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MC Oran history". MC Oran. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Naftal et SSPA MCO signent un protocole d’accord". Naftal official website. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "MC Oran titles". MC Oran. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "MC Oran squad 2015–16". Soccerway. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Larbi Abdelilah nommé provisoirement PDG de la SSPA MCO". Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Africa's Club of the Century". IFFHS. 

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