Rabah Saâdane

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Rabah Saâdane
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Personal information
Full name Rabah Saâdane
Date of birth (1946-05-03) 3 May 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth Batna, Algeria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1968 MSP Batna 150 (7)
1968–1969 MO Constantine 23 (0)
1969–1971 JS El Biar 45 (0)
1972–1973 USM Blida 12 (0)
Total 230 (7)
National team
1971 Algeria 1 [2] (0 [1])
Teams managed
1979–1981 Algeria U-20
1981–1982 Algeria
1985–1986 Algeria
1988–1989 Raja Casablanca
1989–1990 MC Alger
1991–1992 Al-Najma
1994–1995 ÉS Sahel
1999 Algeria
1999–2000 USM Alger
2002 Al Shabab
2003–2004 Algeria
2004–2005 Yemen
2006–2007 ES Sétif
2007–2010 Algeria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rabah Saâdane (Arabic: رابح سعدان‎; born 3 May 1946) is an Algerian football manager and retired professional player whose playing career was abruptly interrupted at the age of 27 by a car accident. His last management job was of the Algerian national team before resigning in September 2010.

It was his fifth separate spell in charge of the team after earlier stints between 1981 and 2004 and was arguably his most successful, given its arduous qualification process. He was in charge when the U-20s qualified for the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, Algeria's first participation in a major tournament. He was also part of the 1982 FIFA World Cup backroom staff and head coach in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. [3][4]

Saâdane was designated as Africa's best coach by the Africa International Sport Convention (CISA) during its 6th edition held in Bamako, Mali. He was described by the convention as being the only coach in the world to have qualified a team to four Fifa World Cup finals, including one in the junior level.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Saâdane was born in Batna. In the mid-1960s, he was promoted to the senior team of the MSP Batna at the age of 16 when he was only a cadet at the time. He continued pursuing his education completing secondary school at the Lycée Ahmed Reda Houhou in Constantine where he had gained a certificate of baccalaureate. He then signed for MO Constantine, he continued pursuing his education in Constantine and gained a Ph.D. He signed for JS El Biar after his brief stint at MO Constantine. He later signed for USM Blida. Saâdane had played for all the youth teams for Algeria, before receiving his first call-up to the senior team by coach Rachid Mekhloufi, but he was forced to end his playing career at the age of 27 years because of an injury gained from a car accident.[6][7] According to some sources,[8] he would have played for Stade Rennais. However, Saâdane personally confirmed he never played in France, where he attended coaching lessons given by Georges Boulogne.[9]

Managerial career[edit]

He was an assistant coach next to Abdelhamid Kermali who led the Algerian under-20 youth team in 1978, to the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship. Which in turn was the country's first participation in a major tournament, since gaining its independence from France. He was replaced by Rachid Hanifi for the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, where they managed to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament with whom they eventually met Argentina with the young Diego Armando Maradona who played remarkably in the competition showing truly what an exceptional talent he was at the time.

He also coached Raja Casablanca, with whom he won the 1989 African Cup of Champions Clubs, Étoile Sportive du Sahel,[10] Yemen and ES Sétif.[11][12][13]

On 4 September 2010, the Algerian Football Federation announced on their official website that Rabah Saâdane had resigned, a day after the team's disappointing 1-1 home draw against Tanzania in a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier. The Algerian Football Federation had said that Saâdane had tendered his resignation and that it had been accepted. Saâdane had ended his fifth spell with the national team having steered them to the semi-finals of the 2010 African Cup of Nations, for the first time since 1990, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, ending a 24-year wait.[14][15][16][17]

On 1 January 2011, Saadane was appointed as manager of the Yemen national football team until 2014.[18] However, 10 days later, it was announced that he would not become the manager because the Yemen Football Association could not meet his financial demands.[19]


  1. ^ http://dzfootball.free.fr/EN/Joueurs/fiche/Saadane-Rabah.html
  2. ^ http://dzfootball.free.fr/EN/Joueurs/fiche/Saadane-Rabah.html
  3. ^ "Algeria not to be underestimated". CNN. 21 May 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.dzfoot.com/news-5800/can-rabah-saadane-l-eternel-revenant/
  5. ^ http://www.supersport.com/football/africa/news/120304/Sadane_named_Africas_best_coach_ever
  6. ^ "le site personnel de Rabah Saadane – Rabah Saadane – CV". Rabah Saadane. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.lebuteur.com/en/actualites/le-buteur-chez-la-famille-saadane
  8. ^ http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.joueurs.rabah.saadane.5867.fr.html
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Bienvenue sur le site officiel de l'Étoile Sportive du Sahel". Étoile-du-sahel.com. Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Algérie : Qui es-tu Rabah Saadane ? | 2010 - Afrique - Egypte/Algérie". So Foot. Archived from the original on 8 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  12. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/manager/_/id/149/rabah-saadane?cc=5739&ver=global
  13. ^ http://www.browsebiography.com/bio-rabah_saadane.html
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ http://www.echoroukonline.com/eng/index.php?news=10473
  16. ^ "Saadane quits Algeria". Sky Sports. 4 September 2010.
  17. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=820717&sec=global&cc=5739
  18. ^ Etranger : Rabah Saâdane entraineur du Yémen
  19. ^ Etranger : Saâdane n'entrainera pas le Yémen Archived 12 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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