USM Bel Abbès

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USM Bel Abbès
إتحاد بلعباس
Full nameUnion Sportive Medinat Bel Abbès
إتحاد رياضي مدينة بلعباس
Nickname(s)El Mekerra
Founded7 February 1933 (86 years ago) (1933-02-07)
as Union Sportive Musulmane de Bel Abbès
GroundStade 24 Fevrier 1956,
Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
ChairmanAbdelghani El Hannani
Head CoachSid-Ahmed Slimani
LeagueLigue Professionnelle 1
2017–18Ligue Professionnelle 1, 9th
Current season

Union Sportive Medinat Bel Abbès (Arabic: الإتحاد الرياضي لمدينة بلعباس‎), known as USM Bel Abbès or simply USMBA for short, is an Algerian football club located in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, that was founded in 1933. The team's colors are green and red. Their home stadium, Stade 24 Fevrier 1956, has a capacity of 45,000 spectators. The club is currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.


The team was founded on 7 February 1933 under the name of Union Sportive Musulmane de Bel Abbès. It was one of the great teams in the French colonial period. Between 1977 and 1987, the club was parrained by ENIE, an electronic national society and was named Electronique Sari Madinat Bel Abbès (ESMBA).

On April 27, 2012, in the last round of the 2011-12 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 2, USM Bel-Abbès beat USM Annaba 3–0 to finish third and win promotion to the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1, returning to the top flight after a 19-year absence.[1] However the team return one year after in the second division but one year after again in 2014, they returned to the top division.

Previous Logos[edit]


The club used to play at the Stade des trois frères Amarouch. Since 1981, the club plays at the 24 February 1956 Stadium which has a capacity of 45,000 spectators.

Current squad[edit]

As of January 15, 2019. 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 Nadjib Ghoul
2 Algeria DF Samir Zerrouki
3 Algeria DF Boualem Mesmoudi
4 Algeria DF Nasreddine Benlebna
5 Algeria MF Larbi Tabti
6 Algeria MF Mohamed Lagraâ
7 Algeria MF Abdennour Iheb Belhocini
8 Algeria FW Hamza Belahouel
9 Algeria FW Ameur Bouguettaya
10 Algeria MF Abdessamed Bounoua
11 Algeria FW Mourad Benayad
16 Algeria GK Sofiane Khedairia
17 Algeria MF Ishak Bouda
No. Position Player
18 Algeria DF Fateh Achour
19 Algeria DF Zakaria Khali
20 Algeria DF Abderrahim Abdelli
21 Algeria FW Mohamed Seguer
22 Algeria DF Ishak Guebli
23 Algeria MF Nabil Aït Ferguene
24 Algeria DF Anes Abbas
25 Algeria MF Sid Ahmed Abbaci
26 Algeria FW Mouloud Nabil Metref
28 Algeria FW Sid Ahmed El Mahi
29 Algeria MF Yahia Labani
30 Algeria GK Abdelkader Zarat Belmokhtar



Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (5): 1966, 1980, 1988, 1993, 2013–14.
Winners (2): 1990–91, 1990–91.
Winner (1): 2018.

Regional competitions[edit]

Runners-up: 1956 [n 1]

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2018–19 – First round
1992 – Second Round

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ The final between USM Bel Abbès and SC Bel Abbès was not played.


  1. ^ APS (April 27, 2012). "Dix neuf ans après, Bel Abbés en Ligue 1" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved April 27, 2012.

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