|Full name||Union Sportive Médina d'Alger
الاتحاد الرياضي لمدينة الجزائر
Ouled El Bahdja
Ouled El Hamra
The Reds and Blacks
|Founded||July 5, 1937
as Union Sportive Musulmane d'Alger
|Ground||Omar Hamadi Stadium, Algiers
Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers (Derbies Only)
|Head Coach||Paul Put|
|League||Ligue Professionnelle 1|
|2015–16||Ligue Professionnelle 1, 1st|
|Website||Club home page|
|Active departments of Union Sportive Médina d'Alger|
Union Sportive Médina d'Alger (Arabic: الاتحاد الرياضي لمدينة الجزائر), known as USM Alger or simply USMA for short, is a football club based in the city of Algiers. The club was founded in 1937 and its colours are red and black. Their venue, the Omar Hamadi Stadium, has a capacity of some 10,000. The club is currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.
The club has one of Algeria's most prominent football charts, won the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 7 times, the Algerian Cup 8 times and the Algerian Super Cup 2 times, Internationally, USM Alger has won the Arab World Club Cup once, winning the last edition in 2013. respectively. The IFFHS ranks the USMA in the 18th place of the best African teams of the decade 2001-2010. Five years later, the club reached the final of the 2015 CAF Champions League but he lost to TP Mazembe.
With the past of the Algerian Muslim Sports Union (former name of the USMA), winner of the first 1962–63 Algerian Championnat National, the USMA is the postwar reference Algerian War). In one year, the club Algérois won a titles of champion of Algeria and subsequently finalist of the Algerian Cup 1969. The club is going through a difficult period, the club is financially supported, the USMA is bought in 2010. This privatization is accompanied by positive sporting results: solidly anchored in Ligue 1 since with the arrival of the Algerian investor Ali Haddad follows the title of champion of Algeria Of the Ligue 1 in 2014, the club regularly qualifies for the current African cups CAF Champions League or CAF Confederation Cup And realized 3 titles in 2 years championship-Algerian cup and Super Cup during the season 2013-2014.
USM Alger receives professional status in 2010, following the acquisition of the club by the current majority shareholder, the Ali Haddad businessman, President and Chief Executive Officer, among others ETRHB Haddad.
- 1 History
- 2 Colours and badge
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer
- 6 Honours
- 7 Training facility
- 8 IFFHS Rankings
- 9 Performance in CAF competitions
- 10 Current squad
- 11 Notable players
- 12 List of All-time appearances
- 13 Supporters
- 14 Club officials
- 15 Statistics
- 16 Transfers
- 17 Other departments
- 18 References
- 19 External links
The discussion soon began despite some reluctance: "I wished a round table would be present all former living. The risks of failure are reduced. " A suggestion very relevant, but for time we had to content ourselves with our initiative. Mr. Kemmat admit that the idea of creating a club came like that. She had begun to sprout during the month of May 1937. "There was a neighborhood team, the sports club of the street that Sallust had enjoyed. We thought this was Lahmar said Ali Zaid, Zemmour Ali, Ali Slimani, Bennour Said, Meddad Arezki, Sid Ali Terkmane and I, a group of friends district who lived hard times of colonization. We often discussed, of all things in life .. And then by little we arrived at the sport. The example of Muslims clubs of the time we inflamed. A burning desire to do something we earned every time the subject was discussed. All these clubs had inspired us, including the MSO Oran created it in 1928 in terms of the name I knew all the workings of such an operation. My frequent contact with
Mouloud Djazouli very active leader of the MC Alger had taught me a lot. I began immediately to work. We had to prepare the statutes and the case to be filed with the prefecture services. No sooner said than done, the file is saved under the number – wait if I remember correctly – 1687. The only thing that "shocked" the colonial administration was the word Muslim. He was very unpopular. They discussed, we argued on both sides and the approval was granted. On 5 July 1937 the club was created. USMA was born. His office was in the street Divan. Its first board of course includes the first named above which will add Abdelkader Amrani, Hemmaz Omar, Omar Lakehal, Basta Mohamed Ouali Zennagui Mohamed and Ali Cherifi. The first president was Meddad Arezki, the owner of the café.
League beginning with the first post-independence the USM Alger administration to bring the former Nice and Monaco player Abdelaziz Ben Tifour to be a coach and a player at the same time the team took place in Group 5 and took first place with 51 points and strongest offensive line in each league with 75 goal after the piece and in Algiers League in a group with MC Alger, AS Orléansville, NA Hussein Dey and OM Saint-Eugène took first place also with 12 points from 12 to advance to the semi-finals and play against Hamra Annaba previously USM Annaba and won by corners 7–6 qualify for the final of the first tournament in the history of Algeria, and find MC Alger again The Red and Black, led by player-coach Bentifour easily outweigh the score of 3–0 in a match played at the Stade d'El Annasser. Hence the club to Soustara had the honor and privilege of being the first club to win the championship title in the era of independent Algeria. either in Algerian Cup USMA maximum in the semi-final against ES Setif and defeated score 2–4, in the next season USMA finished third, one point behind champion for Algérois group NA Hussein Dey either in the Cup and the team arrived in the semi-final against the same team ES Setif, in the 1964-65 season the team fell to the second division and finished in last place with 54 points either in the Cup stopped the march in the second round against NA Hussein Dey lead to 2–3.
In their first season in the Division Honneur team finished second behind champion MC Alger difference of 7 points to ascend together to Nationale II 1966-1967 in the next season the team failed to return to the first division and finished fifth, in either competition Cup team reached the semi-finals and was defeated again against ES Setif 1-3 aggregate This is the third time excludes USMA at the hands of ES Setif in the semi-finals, in the 1967-68 season after the USM Alger attempts to climb continued but failed again and finished fifth with 45 points, 4 points for second promoted JS Djijel, and finally in the 1968-69 season the USMA was able to return to Nationale I after four seasons in the lower grades and occupied second place behind champion JS Kabylie and celebrations continued arrival of the team, for the first time Reached the cup final However, were defeated against the champion CR Belcourt by score 3-5 after replay the match.
After seven finals, the team was able to achieve first Cup title 1980-81 season against ASM Oran score 2-1 coached by Ali Benfadah in the opening of the Stade 24 Fevrier 1956, becoming the first team to win the cup title from the second division, the following season the team to the second division returned the opening of the season was to Match Super Cup against the champions last season RC Kouba in the first version in the 20 August 1955 Stadium ended with the victory of RC Kouba by score 1-2, The team finished the season in ninth place with 59 points and in monitoring the first post in a continental competition of the African Cup Winners Cup USMA reached the quarter-finals and the maximum in front of the club Accra Hearts of Oak of Ghana 2-3 aggregate.
After which the team results were fluctuating between going up and down over a decade, and although the piece enables the team to win the Cup for the second time in 1987-88 season to meet derby against CR Belouizdad at Stade 5 Juillet 1962 on penalties 5-4 under the leadership of coach and former captain of the team Djamel Keddou, Stretch the cup after winning the team participated in the African Cup Winners Cup and withdrew from the quarter-finals against the Malagasy club Football Club Banky, where score after the defeat 1-2 in Algeria Group decided not to complete the competition, 1989-90 season was falling to the second division, and the USMA finished in last place with 23 points with the weakest line of defense where he received 39 goal.
In 1995, USMA, chaired by Said Alik, newly elected head of the club by the General Assembly, began to back away from. This is where the golden age for the team's flagship Soustara started because the club has managed, in the year 1995 to meet the elite, to the delight of all lovers of the club who saw their favorite team reconnect with the accolades, titles and trophies. This is the beginning of an epic that would continue until 2005.
The following season and won the bet after the accession, coach Younis Ifticen leaves the ship. Nour Benzekri arrive and drive USMA during the first half of the 1995–96 season, before leaving. Mustaha Aksouh takes over; he managed to lead the club to its second league title. At the end of the season, USMA ended with a total of 60 points two points ahead of MC Oran to become the first team to win the league immediately after he came up from the second division.
The following season the team failed to defend his title in favor of CS Constantine finished the third place, seven points behind champion USM Alger was the reason for the win CS Constantine only title where in the last meeting of the tournament at Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui I need CSC to win to achieve Title which is what happened the outcome of (3–1) by just a point for MC Oran, in 1997 CAF Champions League USMA participated for the first time a new copy of the competition, in the first round of qualifying at the expense of either Travadores in the second round had to Udoji United account team to qualify for the group stage with clubs Primeiro de Agosto, Orlando Pirates and Raja Casablanca after a major conflict with Moroccan club Raja the team failed to reach the final on goal difference.
On August 4, 2010, USM Alger went public in conjunction with the professionalization of the domestic league. Algerian businessman Ali Haddad became the majority share owner after investing 700 million Algeria dinars to buy an 83% ownership in the club. On October 27, 2010, Haddad replaced Saïd Allik as president of the club. Allik had been the club's president for the past 18 years.
Colours and badge
In May 1945, following Setif massacre, Guelma and Kherrata, the club decided to replace garnet by the black in homage to 45,000 protesters Alegrian killed by the bloody repression of the French Armed Forces. Black represents mourning and red blood of the victims.
45,000 Algerian demonstrators came out to celebrate the end of hostilities in World War II that day, recalling the colonial forces their patriotic claims. But the bloody repression of the French army found no other way to meet their legitimate demands that cause genocide. To show their patriotic commitment and sympathy, the leaders of the USMA decided to keep the black is synonymous with grief and change Maroon red represents the blood of martyrs who fell that day.
The club play matches at the 17,500-capacity Stade Omar Hamadi, which was built in 1935, and Stade 5 Juillet 1962 for derbies algérois, and international games deemed too important to be held at Stade Omar Hamadi.
The team is currently the owner of Stade Omar Hamadi several years ago to hold rent by the municipality Bologhine considered the official pitch for the team since independence, but in the many times he had to play on the courts again, notably Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Stadium 20 August 1955 in Algiers and the Rouïba Olympic Stadium in Rouïba.
In Algerian Cup team competition played seventeen final and are Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in twelve Match the first in 1972 and the last in 2013 and Stadium 20 August 1955 three first finals in 1969 and last in 1971. The stadiums Stade 24 Fevrier 1956 and Stade Mustapha Tchaker visits one in 1981 and 2003 respectively.
In 2015 the team arrived for the first time to a final one international competitions and was Stade Omar Hamadi scene of her in the presence of 20,000 supporter but there was a lot of talk about the lack of a final played on Stade 5 Juillet 1962, which a capacity 64,000 spectators but the team administration of his refusal to play there because of the decision to team TP Mazembe play at home Stadium, who's quite similar to the USM Alger stadium and the same grassy ground artificially, which did not like the majority of Supporters.
representatives of Spanish and Algerian society were Omar Hamadi stadium to present the project to the management of USM Alger, the installation of seats at all tiers of the stadium, but also to equip two south and north stands (the turn and the new forum) of roofing, the project also involves the establishment of a refreshment bar below the grandstands to allow fans to eat in the best conditions and provide choices in food and drink during matches, another project is the modernization of the visitors locker room.
This action enters the club professional project and the Omar Hamadi stadium. Renovation work has already been undertaken in recent years and which have involved players from all categories and the club administratioon (Changing rooms, lawns, offices, surgeries, recovery equipment, restaurant and cafeteria). The management of the USMA also focuses on the comfort of its supporters by installing seats worthy of those stages of professional standards, with the covers of the stands, while counting on the collaboration of the public who must ensure his side that the seats and other projects is maintained, the project should be ready during the 2017/2018 season.
The biggest rivalry is that met with the Mouloudia Algiers, and sees the two clubs contest the local dominance during the Algiers derby. This rivalry dates back to the ancient 1950 and results from a non-sports disputes during the Algerian War. In 1956, the National Liberation Front (FLN) ordered the cessation of all sports and boycott competition by clubs called "Muslim. "Mouloudia unlike USM Alger and other Muslims clubs, refused to follow the instructions of the FLN and continued his sporting activities including football. This refusal generated several incidents to disrupt the meetings of the MC Algiers, and thus, during halftime of the game between Mouloudia and AS Saint-Eugénoise the municipal stadium of St. Eugene, violent clashes took place and forced the referee to stop the meeting. Following these incidents, Mohamed Tiar, then president of MCA, resigned himself to stop all sports activities of the club and, therefore, to take the side of the FLN and other Muslims clubs Algerian .
The rivalry with the JS Kabylie is relatively recent compared to that that there is with Mouloudia. This sporting rivalry date of the 1996–97 season, season or USMA then any newly promoted D1 won his second league title. This fact marked the handover of the leadership of the Algerian football JSK USMA for next ten years, which will create moult disagreement between the two presidents at the time Saïd Allik and Mohand Chérif Hannachi.
Certainly USMA is older than JS Kabylie but there has always been a very strong Kabyle community in the city of Algiers. It is customary to say that USMA is the club of "Kabyle" Algiers, it is borne by the descendants of those who settled in the French presence among the popular classes.
The first meeting between the USMA and CRB took place 30 September 1962 in a friendly environment. The Shabab Riadhi Belcourt newly created 15 in July of that year, held a pre-season tournament at Municipal Stadium. USMA was one of the teams invited to participate in the tournament alongside JSK and ESMA. USMA eventual champions Algeria, dominates the CRB with a score of five goals to one (5–1).
Rivalry between USM Alger and North Africa team considered as exciting, especially with Morocco and Tunisia, where he met USMA with Wydad Casablanca four times, the first in the quarter-finals in the 1999 CAF Cup and win over Wydad 2-2 on aggregate, then in 2002 African Cup Winners' Cup in the semi-finals, Wydad winning 2-2 on aggregate again, as for Esperance two teams met four times in all of the group stage in 2003 and 2004 three times won by Esperance  and a single win for USMA was 3-0, there is a strong relationship of friendship between the two clubs Esperance and USMA at the level of administration and supporter.
Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer
Sonelgaz is the main sponsor USM Algiers since the sports reform of 1977, the company logo is displayed on the front of team jersey as part of the sponsorship. And until 2011, this logo was even on the emblem of the USMA.
The telecommunications company Djezzy GSM sponsors the club since 2005. Ownership of the majority shareholder of the club, Ali Haddad, the construction company ETRHB, and it also sponsors since 2010.
The German company Adidas, is the equipment manufacturer of the club from July 2012. until December 2016 when the USMA announces a partnership with the Spanish brand Joma. The agreement, which lasts for three and a half years, will take effect from January 2017.
|1970s||Le Coq Sportif|
|2000–02|| Khalifa Group
|2009–10|| Djezzy GSM
|2010–present|| ETRHB Haddad
USM Alger have won the Algerian national championship 7 times, with two Algerian Ligue 1 titles they are second only to JS Kabylie total of Fourteen (The first championship won by USM Alger was in 1963, before the professional era of Algerian football). USMA also have the record in Algerian Cup titles (with 8) Jointly with ES Sétif. USMA have achieved one Championship and Cup "Doubles" (in 2003).
- Runner-up (1): 2015
- Winner (1): 2013
- Runner-up (1): 1970
In July 2011, the club began the construction of a training center and training located in Aïn Bénian, in Banlieue West of Algiers. This center will extend over 4 hectares and will include a field in grass natural and another Artificial turf . To complete the construction of the structure, the Architect in charge of the project will be based on the plans of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, famous training center Barcelona. A center that was never built.
Club world ranking
CAF club coefficient rankings
Performance in CAF competitions
USM Alger whose team has regularly taken part in Confederation of African Football (CAF) competitions. Qualification for Algerian clubs is determined by a team's performance in its domestic league and cup competitions, USM Alger have regularly qualified for the primary African competition, the African Cup, by winning the Ligue Professionnelle 1. USM Alger have also achieved African qualification via the Algerian Cup and have played in both the former African Cup Winners' Cup and the CAF Cup.
The first match was against CARA Brazzaville and ended in victory for USM Alger 2–0 As for the biggest win result was in 2004 against ASFA Yennenga 8–1, and biggest loss first defeat in 1998 against Primeiro de Agosto club, and the second in 2013 against US Bitam 3–0.
First participation in International competition were in the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1982 and the maximum in the quarter-finals against Ghanaian club Hearts of Oak, in the 1989 version of the same competition and the club withdrew from the same role after the loss in the first leg against Malagasy club BFV at Stade Omar Hammadi, after that to miss the club's continental competitions for eight years until 1997 in the CAF Champions League for the first time, and almost USM Alger advance to the final match and goal difference in favor of Raja Casablanca.
Then he became the team participated in a systematic manner in various competitions such as African Cup Winners' Cup, CAF Cup, CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League until 2007 except in 2001 where the team disqualified in 2000 of the African Cup Winners Cup to be punished not to participate in any African competition for a whole year because of the participation an ineligible goalkeeper Burkinabé Siaka Coulibaly against JS du Ténéré from Niger in the second leg, In 2003 the team to reach the semi-finals of the African Champions League at the hands of ousts champion Enyimba, and after an absence of eight years from the African Champions League USM Alger managed to reach the final in 2015 for the first time in its history, but was defeated against TP Mazembe 4–1 on aggregate.
As of January 15, 2017 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for USM Alger.
List of All-time appearances
This List of All-time appearances for USM Alger contains football players who have played for USM Alger and have managed to accrue 200 or more appearances.
Bold Still playing competitive football in USM Alger
Statistics correct as of game against USM Blida on May 29, 2016
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USM Alger is known for having the best supporters in Algeria, they are particularly known for their songs, their Sportsmanship, as well as their animations in the stands. The 26 November 2011 to Stade 5 Juillet 1962, on the occasion of a Algiers derby against the MC Alger, the Usmistes supporters became the first supporters in Algeria to make a tifo large-scale. This tifo sported the inscription UNITED by the colors of the club red and black.
CS Constantine, WA Tlemcen and RC Arbaâ
There is a strong relationship between CS Constantine, WA Tlemcen, RC Arbaâ and USM Alger, especially with the supporters of CS Constantine and one of the main reasons for this good relationship that USM Alger was one of the reasons in CS Constantine win the league title for the first and last time in 1997 after losing in the final throw in the championship against them.
Ouled EL Bahdja
Is the best encourage football clubs in Algeria Group was founded in the nineties and the only one in that period, which was recorded with a sporty character songs, as they always give great pictures in the stands on the way the supporters of Milan because of the similarity of the colors red panels and black made the group Ouled EL Bahdja make a big gap in all stadiums inside and outside the home have made many tifo in the Ligue Professionnelle 1 or in continental competitions as for Music of Ouled EL Bahdja Every masses in Algeria frequency with the change of name of the club only because of her fame that went beyond the border in Tunisia and Morocco this famous their songs.
- El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka (chaabi singer)
- El Hachemi Guerouabi (chaabi singer)
- Djabir Saïd-Guerni (track and field athlete)
- Abdelkader Chaou (chaabi singer)
- Adlène Guedioura (footballer)
- Amar Ezzahi (chaabi singer)
- Saadi Yacef (politician)
- Larbi Bourrada (Decathlon athlete)
- Amara Benyounès (politician)
- Ahmed Ben Bella (1st President of Algeria)
- Mohamed Boudiaf (Chairman of the High Council of State)
Note: Flags indicate staff member's primary nationality. They may hold more than one secondary nationalities.
The season-by-season performance of the club over the last ten years
|2006–07||Division 1||4||47||30||13||8||9||32||25||Runners–up||Champions League||Preliminary round||Doucouré||7|
|2012–13||Ligue 1||4||51||30||15||6||9||32||15||Winner||Winner||Confederation Cup||Second round||Daham||12|
|2013–14||Ligue 1||1st||68||30||20||8||2||49||21||R32||Winner||Ziaya, Andria, Gasmi||6|
|2014–15||Ligue 1||8||41||30||10||11||9||35||27||R16||Runners–up||Champions League||Runners–up||Belaïli||8|
As of 16 February 2015[update]:
|Competition||Seasons||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Goals For||Goals Against||Last season played|
|CAF Cup Winners' Cup||5||35||13||4||8||40||25||2002|
|CAF Confederation Cup||2||6||2||3||1||6||7||2013|
As of 16 February 2015[update]:
|Competition||Seasons||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Goals For||Goals Against||Last season played|
|Arab Champions League||4||25||11||8||6||40||29||2012–13|
|Maghreb Cup Winners Cup||2||4||1||0||3||3||6||1970|
USM Alger has other departments for:
- Cérémonie au Sheraton Aujourd’hui, l'USMA sera pro
- USM Alger : Ali Haddad nouveau patron des rouge et noir
- Saïd Allik se retire de l’USM Alger
- "Témoignage de Rédha Amrani, Vice-président de la Fondation Casbah, chargé de la recherche documentaire et historique". usm-alger.com. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- "les derbies algerois programmes au 5 juillet". dzfoot.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- "Bologhine : La nouvelle pelouse prête". elmoudjahid.com. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Les gradins du stade Omar Hamadi seront dotés de sièges et de couverture". lagazettedufennec.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Live ! USMA 2-2 WAC Live !". djazairess. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- "ES Tunis 2 - USM Alger 1 : La nouvelle bête noire !". djazairess. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- "8e Ligue des champions africaine : USM Alger 3 - ES Tunis 0". djazairess. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- "Sponsoring MCA JSK USMA" (in French). djezzy.dz. May 20, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- "L'USMA en Adidas" (in French). usm-alger.com. May 20, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- "JOMA nouvel équipementier de l'USMA" (in French). usma.dz. December 28, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- "Renault Trucks sponsor de l'USM Alger" (in French). djazairess.com. May 20, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2009.
- "Club World Ranking". IFFHS.de. 2016-01-07.
- "Club World Ranking by footballdatabase". footballdatabase. 2017-01-15.
- "L'USMA aux portes de l'histoire ! ELLE AFFRONTERA LE TP MAZEMBE EN FINALE DE LA LIGUE DES CHAMPIONS D'AFRIQUE". djazairess. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- Statistics from the beginning of the season (2000-01) to (2009-11), from (1995-96) until (1999-00) No statistics
- Statistics from the beginning of the season (2000-01) to (2009-10), from (1995-96) until (1998-99) No statistics
- Statistics from the beginning of the season (2002-03) to (2007-08), from (1996-97) until (2001-02) No statistics
- Statistics from the beginning of the season (1999-00) to (2006-07) only in the championship, from (1997-98) until (1998-99) No statistics
- Statistics from the beginning of the season (1999-00) to (2005-06) only in the championship, from (1996-97) until (1998-99) No statistics
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