Wydad Casablanca

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Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca
Wydad Casablanca logo.png
Full name Wydad Athletic Club
نادي الوداد الرياضي
Nickname(s) (وداد اﻷمة) "Rouges et Blancs"
Founded 8 May 1937; 79 years ago (8 May 1937)
Ground Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco
Ground Capacity 67,000
President Said Naciri
Head Coach Wales John Toshack
League Morocco Botola
2015–16 2nd
Website Club home page

Wydad Casablanca team (abbreviated WAC) (Arabic: نادي الوداد الرياضي‎‎ / Berber : Wydad Dar al-Beida team) commonly known as Wydad al Ouma is a Moroccan sports club based in Casablanca, Morocco, best known for its football casablanca team. The team is well known in Africa by its Fans called 'Winners'.The rival team Raja Casablanca makes the derby casawi very popular.

Famous players[edit]

Tariq Jarmouni 1997 youth African cup Champion
Nadir Lamyaghri Final Champions league 2011
Badou Zaki-final African Cup 2004 African Football of the year 1986
Malick Evouna-Moroccan Botola top scorer 2014-2015
Badr El Kaddouri-Champions League with Dynamo kiev-Final Europa league with Dynamo kiev
Kalilou Mohamed Traore-Istra 1961
Yassine Bounou-final Champions League 2011
Kamel Chafni with French League1 Auxerre
Pascal Angan Vs Esperance Tunis-Final Champions League 2011
Jean Jacques Gosso with Orduspor Turkish league
Mourtada Fall with Wydad Casablanca
Jamal with Auxerre
One of the players whom played with Wac and Raja Casablanca

History[edit]

The first section of the Wydad Athletic Club ("WAC") to be created was the swimming section on May 8, 1937. The members of the first management committee of Wydad Casablanca team was Haj Mohamed Benjelloun (President), Maitre Mohamed Zarouk, Mohamed Ben Lahsan, Haj Mohamed Ben Mohamed Ben Lahsan Benjelloun, Ralph Botbol, Charles Benchetrit, Bienvenu, Lucien Bilikrinieu, Pierre André, Boravel, and Croné Vivirel.

Other sections where created for the casablanca team as time went by, such as tennis in 1938 and football, created by Haj Tounsi alias Père Jégo in 1939. Today, there are a total of fourteen sections, including Basketball, Handball, Boxing, Wrestling, Cycling, Badminton, Track and field, Waterpolo, and Hockey.

There are several versions of the story of the origin of the club's name, but the version found in Ahmed Lahrizi's book Wydad Volume 1 is the most widespread and the most plausible. According to the book, during the frequent meetings which led to the creation of the club, one of the founding members arrived late after watching the latest film of the legendary Egyptian actress and singer Oum Kaltoum, Wydad (in Arabic, "Wydad" means "Love"). This incident inspired the founders to give the name to the club.

Creation and early Wydad (1937–1940)[edit]

The creation of Wydad was very difficult at the time. Indeed, the context was marked by the French protectorate of Morocco. The origin of its creation is synonymous with the club omnisport indeed because during this time the port of Casablanca was surrounded by swimming pools and access to it should be part of a club, but clubs were all directed by settlers. From the 1935–36 season, several Moroccan Muslims and Jews were able to enjoy the swimming pools of the city registering well on its clubs. But when the number of Muslims grew rapidly worried that the French authorities sent him the natives clubs. It was after this came the idea of creating a club for Moroccans. But it was not easy because after several requests to the French authorities for the creation of the club, whenever requests were unanswered, future presidents Wydad decided to contact the Franco-Moroccan and this is where the General Nogues personally intervened to allow the creation of Wydad. Thus was created the Wydad Athletic Club on the 8th of May 1937. The name Wydad is unknown to this day, in fact many historians bring their explanations, but the historian Ahmed Lahrizi, author of the epic Wydad is the best known is widespread as this, when the first meeting of the first committee of Wydad, a person wanting to call, Mohamed Benjelloun who arrived late because he watched the last film of the great singer Arab Oum Kalthoum entitled Wydad (Love) and thus the first Moroccan club history was called Wydad Athletic Club. The first section of the club was that of water-polo and after a proposal by the first President, Mohamed Benjelloun, it was decided to set up several other sections and this is through this initiative that the football section Wydad was created in 1939. Wydad played its first game against defending champion USM Casablanca as part of the first day of the championship in what is a criterion of war in September 1939. This meeting was the first of Wydad ended in defeat with a score of two goals to one. The first scorer was Abdelkader Lakhmiri. During this first season Wydad it was not a championship that was played but a true test of war called cutting war because of the Second World War. The first edition of this competition was played so in the context of the 1939–40 season and ended with a victory for the USM Casablanca facing the new team what Wydad. One who had played his first match against USM and had also faced rematch is still faced in the final after an incredible journey that has to qualify. The meeting was ended with a score of 1–0 at Stade Philippe to Casablanca.

The following season was also a criterion of war except that this time Wydad fails the same course as in the previous season. The Reds began the competition in a group comprising a total of nine groups or they managed to skilled in the finals. The final phase started from the quarter-finals where finally, the WAC is beaten by the Olympic Khouribga to score a 1–0. And finally,

Promotion and Honour Division d'Honneur (1941–1947)[edit]

After playing two seasons in cutting the war, the French authorities under the orders of the Vichy regime decided to play the championship again at war. Despite the very good performance of Wydad, the French authorities decided to Wydad play in the second division and not first. One of the main reasons is the fact that the federation at the time was managed by teams of 1st Division. Despite these injustices, Wydad managed to be the first in their pool and in the context of a game between the dam at Ittihad Ribati, he succeeds in beating up the latter by a goal to nil. For fear that Wydad up in the first division, the federation decided to play another game the opponent this time in the Athletic Union of Meknes. This encounter was played behind closed doors in Meknes and during the month of Ramadan. The team was composed meknassis majority of non-Muslims opposed to Wydad. But finally Wydad thanks to a goal from Ben Messaoud to 12 minute first successful rising after receiving a letter from the federation confirming the rise in 1st division.

The next season after winning the championship promotion honor is the 2nd level football league in Morocco and after winning his matches dams, Wydad newly promoted division plays of honor is 'equivalent of first division football league in Morocco. During this season, Wydad had a good run, finishing in the top three of their group to play the final round, which begins from the second round. And after a very good run, Wydad reached the final of the chicken and confronts the USM Casablanca club already encountered in regional chickens. Wydad fails to win his first title in this competition and was beaten on the score of 2–0.

During the season 1943–44, the red and white ends the year with a balance of the quarter-finals after several victories, the club face Fedala score on the river 2–0. Also noteworthy during this season package of USM Casablanca. In 1944–45, the club managed the final qualification in the pool but was eliminated by the Association Sportive Marrakech Marrakech often called SAM despite a victory in the second round against the ASM score of 3–0.

The 1945–46 season is one of the best in the club since its inception as Wydad won the regional championship with a total of more than 62 points or 19 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. After winning the title, Wydad qualifies for final round where he was defeated by the USM Casablanca final score of 3–1. Despite this defeat, the balance of the season is rather positive. During the 1946–47 season, the club honors its first participation in the North African Cup but failed to move beyond sixteenth-finals following a defeat club Fedala the most minimal scores a 1–0. In the league, the WAC failed to win the title.

Early titles and independence (1947–1956)[edit]

It will took more than nine years for Wydad can finally win his first championship first division. In a group of eight clubs, Wydad played fourteen matches and won six, lost two and drawn six transfers. He scored a total of over 0 goals. During the same season Wydad participates in the North African championship football championship with the title won and even managed to win by beating the US Athletic score of 4–2. Wydad will also participate in the African Cup of Northern football season 1948–49 is a competition organized by the Union of North African league football that it is made up of five leagues is that of the Morocco, Tunisia, Algiers, Oran and Constantine. The competition began for Wydad in the knockout final against Red Star of Algiers. The match ended in a victory for Wydad Casablanca score of 3–1. Then, in the quarter-finals, he must face the USM Bone or he managed to climb in the semifinals with a victory on the score of 2–1. Continuing his journey, he must then face the Olympic Hussein Dey, club league Algiers. This meeting was a massacre ending with a victory on the score of 3–0 while the club qualified for the finals is a club and even Casablanca Moroccan who managed to beat the Sports Club Hammam Lif on the modest score of 1–0. this club is in fact the US Athletic. The final was held in Casablanca in 1949, is opposed both clubs are Wydad Casablanca that and the US Athletic and after 90 minutes of play, Wydad won the competition for the first time in its history with a victory on the score of 2–1. During the same season he also managed to win a Championship North African football when editing played as mini-league since it was the team with the most points wins the championship, he also won another championship, so it is the first club which has tripled something which nobody has done throughout history. During the following season Wydad fails to succeed on a hat-trick but doubled. So he won the Moroccan championship for the third time in its history and a row with a total of more than 57 points and won the championship of North African football by beating the Athletic Union Muslim Oran on the score 4–0 in Algiers on 28 May 1950.

During the 1950–51 season, Wydad continues its momentum by winning the national championship but was beaten in the final of the African Cup North face SC Bel-Abbes on the score 1–0. It also managed not to win the championship of North Africa that it was under the control of Wydad three seasons.

During the last season played before independence, Wydad won his fifth and last championship title before Moroccan independence. Participating teams in this championship was twelve in number counting Wydad. During the same season, the Reds were beaten in the final of the championship of North Africa to Casablanca in the face of Esperance Sportive de Guelma score of 2–1.

Honours[edit]

National Competitions[edit]

  • Winners (18): 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955 , 1957, 1966, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2006, 2010, 2015
Runner-up (10): 1958, 1959, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2016
  • Winners (9): 1970, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001
Runner-up (6): 1957, 1958, 1961, 1964, 2003, 2004
  • Winner (1): 1956

International Competitions[edit]

  • Winner (1): 1992
Runner-up (1): 2011
  • Winner (1): 2002
  • Winner (1): 1993
  • Winner (1): 1979
Runner-up (2): 1993, 2003
Runner-up (1): 1999

Regional Competitions[edit]

  • Winner (1): 1989
Runner-up (2): 2008, 2009
  • Winner (1): 1992
  • Winners (3): 1948, 1949, 1950
Runner-up (1): 1955
  • Winner (1): 1949
Runner-up (2): 1950, 1951

Amical Competitions[edit]

  • Chaouia League
  • Winner (1): 1945
  • Ahmed Ntifi Tournament
  • Winners (2): 1995, 2007
Runner-up (2): 2008, 2011
  • Taça Vicente Lucas Cup
  • Winner (1): 2014
  • Tabuk Competition Cup
  • Winner(1): 2016

Direction[edit]

Wydad 2014/2015 Committee
Name Post
Said Naciri President
Idriss Benhima Vice President / Disciplinary Commission
Jamal Rahmani Vice President
Othmane Chrif Alami Vice President
Maati Warit Deputy Secretary General
Salaheddine Chenguiti Legal Commission
Nouredine Benkiran General Treasurer
Abdelkader Kadiri Hassani Assistant Treasurer
Ramzi Berrada Organizing committee
Idris Slaoui Committee and Strategy and Development
Mohamed Gayate Infrastructure Commission, human and material resources
Salaheddine Aboulghali Commission Rules and Regulations
Karim Benchekroune Marketing and Communications Committee
Otmane Cherif Alami Commission for External Relations
Hafid El Akram Commission Technical Team
Karim Fath Finance Commission
Rachid Chrifi Alaoui Commission and media relations
Amina Lamrani Commission Fair Play
Fatima Aouam Women's Commission

Recent performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1987 – Second Round
1991 – Quarter-finals
1992Champion
1993 – Second Round
1994 – Second Round
2007 – Second Round
2011Runner-up
2016 – Semi-finals
2004 – Second Round of 16
2007 – Second Round of 16
2012 – Group stage
2013 – Second round
1999 – Runner-up
2000 – Second Round
2001 – Quarter-finals
1998 – Semi-finals
2002 – Champion
2003 – Semi-finals

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 July 2016[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Morocco GK Mohamed Akid
2 Morocco MF Anas El Asbahi
3 Morocco DF Fahd Aktaou
4 Morocco MF Salaheddine Saidi (2st captain)
5 Morocco DF Amine Atouchi
6 Morocco MF Brahim Nekkach (1st captain)
7 Morocco FW Mohamed Ounajem
8 Morocco FW Reda Hajhouj (4st captain)
9 Morocco FW Achraf Bencharki
23 Nigeria FW Chisom Chikatara
11 Morocco MF Hamza El Wasti
12 Morocco GK Badereddine Benachour
13 Morocco DF Youssef Rabeh
14 Morocco DF Anas Lemrabet
15 Senegal DF Mourtada Fall (3st captain)
No. Position Player
18 Morocco MF Walid El Karti
19 Morocco DF Youness Bellakhder
20 Morocco DF Yassine El Kordy
21 Republic of the Congo FW Fabrice N'Guessi
22 Morocco GK Zouheir Laaroubi
24 Morocco MF Jamel Aït Ben Idir
25 Morocco MF Ismail Haddad
26 Morocco MF Abdeladim Khadrouf
27 Morocco DF El Mehdi Karnass
28 Morocco DF Abdelatif Noussir
29 Morocco FW Ayman El Hassouni
30 Ivory Coast FW Bakare Kone
32 Morocco MF Mouhcine Mouhtadi
-- Morocco DF Naïm Aarab
-- Liberia FW William Jebor

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
32 Morocco DF Omar Serbout (JS de Kasbah Tadla)
-- Morocco FW Zouhair El Moutaraji (Hassania Agadir)
-- Morocco DF Ayoub Qasmi (Hassania Agadir)
No. Position Player
-- Nigeria MF Gomo Onduku (Nahdat Berkane)
-- Senegal FW Ibrahima Sory Keita (El-Entag El-Harby SC )
-- Morocco MF Rachid Housni (Nahdat Berkane)
-- Mali FW Moukhtar Cisse (JS de Kasbah Tadla)

Loan Deals Expired 30 June 2017.

Managers[edit]

Presidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French)[1]
  2. ^ "Effectif de l'Equipe Pro". http://www.wac.ma/ (in French). Wydad Casablanca.  External link in |website= (help)

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