ASO Chlef

Association Sportive Olympique de Chlef (Arabic: الجمعية الرياضية لأولمبي الشلف‎), known as ASO Chlef or simply ASO for short, is an Algerian football club based in Chlef, founded in 1947. The club colours are red and white. Their home stadium, Stade Mohamed Boumezrag, has a capacity of some 20,000 spectators. The club is currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

ASO Chlef
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Full nameAssociation Sportive Olympique de Chlef
FoundedJune 13, 1947; 74 years ago (1947-06-13)
as Association Sportive Orléansvilloise [1]
GroundStade Mohamed Boumezrag
PresidentMohamed Ouahab
Head CoachSamir Zaoui[2]
LeagueLigue Professionnelle 1
2019–20Ligue Professionnelle 1, 12th
Current season


ASO Chlef was founded on June 13, 1947, as Association Sportive d'Orléansville, Orléansville being the colonial name of Chlef at the time.[3] The club was founded by the indigenous Algerian Muslim community of the city who wanted a club to rival the already existing European club in the city, Groupement Sportif Orléansville. In its first season of existence, the club finished second in the third division. In the following two seasons, it won promotion to the first division. After Algeria gained its independence in 1962, the name of the city was changed from Orléansville to El Asnam and the club changed its name to Asnam Sportive Olympique, keeping its original ASO initials.

On June 21, 2005, ASO Chlef won its first domestic title after beating USM Sétif 1–0 in the final of the 2005 Algerian Cup with a goal from Mohamed Messaoud in extra-time.[4] By winning the Cup, they also qualified for continental competition for the first time, earning a spot in the 2006 CAF Confederation Cup. However, their run in African competition came to a quick end. After walking over ASC Entente of Mauritania in the preliminary round, they lost to AS Douanes of Senegal 1–0 on aggregate in the first round.

In the 2007–08 season, ASO Chlef achieved its best league finish to date by finishing second in the Algerian Championnat National, 10 points behind champions JS Kabylie.

On June 21, 2011, led by head coach Meziane Ighil, ASO Chlef won its first Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 title after second-placed CR Belouizdad lost to USM El Harrach.[5]

On May 12, 2012, ASO Chlef beat Sudanese club Al-Hilal 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out in the second round of the 2012 CAF Champions League after the two legs ended up tied 2–2 to qualify to the group stage for the first time in the club's history.[6]



Domestic competitionsEdit

Champion (1): 2010–11
Runner-up (1): 2007–08
Winner (1): 2004–05
Runner-up (1): 1991–92

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

2009 – First Round
2012 – Group stage
2006 – First Round
2007 – Second Round


Algerian teams are limited to two foreign players. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player;

Current squadEdit

As of 11 April, 2021.[7]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ALG Mohamed Amine Sahnoun
2 DF   ALG Abdelkadir Bensalah (on loan from Paradou AC)
3 MF   ALG Brahim Benzaza
4 DF   ALG Abdellah Meddah
5 DF   ALG Abderrahmane Nehari
6 MF   ALG Khathir Baaziz
7 MF   ALG Mohamed Bengrina
8 DF   ALG Youssef Zahzouh
9 MF   ALG Nour El Islam Fettouhi
10 MF   ALG Kaddour Beldjilali (captain)
11 FW   ALG Mohamed Boulaouidet
13 GK   ALG Youssouf Benhemada
14 MF   ALG Khalid Dahmani
15 FW   ALG Abdelaziz Litt
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK   ALG Maamar Nadjib Meddah
17 FW   ALG Tayeb Lakour
18 MF   ALG Mostapha Alili
19 MF   ALG Islam Merili
20 MF   ALG Mustapha Zeghnoun
21 DF   ALG Houssem Meharzi
22 DF   ALG Farouk Benmaarouf
23 MF   ALG Mohamed Sabri Benbrahim
24 DF   ALG Mohamed Roufid Arab
25 FW   ALG Ameur Bouguettaya
26 FW   ALG Mohamed Amine Ouis
27 DF   ALG Khalfallah Belhaoua
76 GK   ALG Mohamed Alaouchiche


Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach Samir Zaoui
Assistant coach Fodil Moussi
Assistant coach Aziz Khellafi
Goalkeeping coach Mohamed Saadaoui
Fitness coach Abdelaali Sahri

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented ASO Chlef in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1947. 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 ASO Chlef or following his departure.

For a complete list of ASO Chlef players, see Category:ASO Chlef players



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2011-10-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "ASO : Samir Zaoui de retour".
  3. ^ (May 12, 2008). "HISTOIRE DU CLUB" (in French). Archived from the original on September 6, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Fiche de Match". Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  5. ^ Ligue 1 : L'ASO Chlef est champion 2010/2011 Archived June 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "L'ASO Chlef se qualifie en phase de poule" (in French). DZFoot. May 12, 2012. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012.

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