CR Belouizdad

Chabab Riadhi de Belouizdad S.s.p.a[2][3][4] (Classical Arabic: الشّباب الرّياضيّ لبلوزداد, English Translation: Sporting Club of Belouizdad), known as Chabab Belouizdad or CR Belouizdad or simply CRB for short, is an Algerian association football club based in Algiers, Algeria, that plays in the Ligue Professionnelle 1, the top flight of Algerian football. The club has competed in the top division for a record 55 seasons (playing just one season in the second tier in 1988–1989).

CR Belouizdad
CR Belouizdad logo.svg
Full nameChabab Riadhi de Belouizdad
الشباب الرياضي لبلوزداد
Nickname(s)
  • The Great Chabab
  • The Chababists
  • The Reds
  • The Belouizdadis
  • The Belcourtois
Founded15 July 1962; 60 years ago (1962-07-15)
as Chabab Riadhi de Belcourt
Ground20 August 1955 Stadium
Capacity20,000
OwnerMADAR Holding
PresidentMohamed Belhadj
Head CoachNabil Kouki[1]
LeagueLigue Professionnelle 1
2021–22Ligue Professionnelle 1, 1st (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

CRB was founded on 15 July 1962,[5][6] ten days after the independence of Algeria, as Chabab Riadhi de Belcourt,[7] by the merger of two clubs from the same district, the Widad Riadhi de Belcourt and the Club Athéltique de Belcourt,[8][9] and has played at its current home ground, the 20 August 1955 Stadium, ever since.

CRB has traditionally worn a white home kit with the red trademark "V" on the front since inception.

CRB has produced several notable players and established itself as a major force in both Algerian and Maghrebin football during the 1960s and 1970s, winning 10 major trophies in 8 seasons.

The Grand Chabab is one of the most successful clubs in Algeria, having won the domestic league title eight times, the Algerian Cup eight times, one Algerian League Cup, two Algerian Super Cups and the Maghreb Champions Cup a record three times but unfortunately no african title.

In 2010, the White and Reds obtained professional status following a reform of the league to professionalize the Algerian football.[10] They won their first title of champion of Algeria at the end of the 1964–1965 season, three years after their creation.

Madar Holding Group is, since 15 October 2018, the majority shareholder of the share capital of the sports company by shares CRB "Athletic", after acquiring 67% of the 75% of the shares held by the amateur sports Club (CSA), chaired by Karim Chettouf.[11][12] The board of directors is, since 22 September 2021, chaired by Mohamed Belhadj, replacing Mohamed Abrouk (who held this post after Charaf-Eddine Amara was elected President of the Algerian Football Federation on 16 April 2021), and will have a purely administrative mission, since it was agreed that everything related to the sport component will be managed by the new director general, Hocine Yahi, who agreed to hold this position on 30 March 2021, replacing Toufik Korichi. The first team is managed by Marcos Paquetá since 23 September 2021, replacing Zoran Manojlović.

The club is still and has long been one of the most popular football teams in Algeria, and has local rivalries with neighbors MC Algiers,[13][14][15] NA Hussein Dey[16][17][18] and USM Algiers.[19][20][21]

HistoryEdit

 
The footballer Hacène Lalmas that made the heyday of CR Belouizdad between seasons 1962–1963 and 1972–1973

The club was founded in 1962 (following the independence of Algeria). It was born out of a merger of two former clubs from the same district; 'Widad Riadhi Belcourt' (former club of the rue de Lyon) and the 'Athletic Club de Belcourt' . These two former clubs were known for playing football competitions in the French colonial era, and both were affiliated to the 'FFFA' (French Football Federation) and the 'FLOT' '(Algiers Ligue de Football Association).

1963–1972: The great ChababEdit

CRB is a club that has done well in Algerian football from the beginning of its creation, particularly during the period between 1963 and 1972. This period saw Chabab break records so far unparalleled, beginning with winning 10 titles during 8 seasons. Players wore the famous red and white colours which were worn by the best players in Algeria or Africa and also constituted the pillars of the national team of Algeria. Among the players we cite as examples are Lalmas (who was chosen as the best Algerian player of all time after a survey conducted by the Echibek sports weekly in 1993 including votes from more than 350 technical people from Algerian coaches to players), Kalem, Achour, Selmi and not to mention all the others.

With Mr Boukida Djeloul as chairman, and under the leadership of Yahia Saâdi as coach, the goal of the first season in the championship (1962–63) was the adaptation of the team and group cohesion. In this season, the CRB was in the group of Bologhine and Bousmail and was content to win a place allowing it to participate in the centre of the championship.

Second periodEdit

This period for CRB had the attention and admiration of all belcourtois and the inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhoods, to the point where everyone participated in the club to raise funds. This especially involved the big traders of the time; Boukida gentlemen, Bouhelal and Khemissa among others and whose contribution was considered wide and generous, in order to offer the club a means for its policy.

Third PeriodEdit

After collecting the necessary funds, club leaders began the recruitment process. Targeted recruitment and quality resulting in the arrival of experienced and promising players such as (Zitouni, Paris Club), (Madani and Djemaâ USM Alger), (Zerar Hamam El-Enf, Tunisia), (Nassou and Amar Ain Beniane), (Koussim ES Setif), (Achour and Lalmas OM Ruisseau) and (Kalem IR Hussein-Dey). It is important to acknowledge the way and the work of the leaders of that time: the men in the noblest sense of the term and which were animated only by the love of the club and who sacrificed themselves for it so that it becomes not only a great club, but the biggest club Algeria.

At first, the results of the team were just average, with defeats against MC Oran (3–2), Batna (1–0), Constantine (1–0), Sidon (2–1) and MCA (2–1). The following season, in 1965–1966, CRB woke up and crushed everyone in its path. They made a spectacular comeback, moving from last place to first, after a good series of 9 consecutive victories starting with a victory against ASM Oran (0–1) during the 14th day and overwhelming wins (8–1), (8–0) and (4–1) respectively against MO Constantine on 20 August (halftime 0–1 for Constantine), Annaba and ES Mostaganem.

1965–1966: The phenomenal season CRBEdit

Lined with Prime Algeria, Chabab collected victories this season (16 wins) with big scores (0–4) in Blida and Oran to the MCO and 5–2 before the NAHD with a percussive attack that also called the Machine Gun Attack and had, to their credit, 63 goals this season: (Lalmas 18 goals, Chanane 14, Kalem 13 and Achour 8), making 53 goals amongst themselves. The CRB also won their first cup of Algeria against RC Kouba (final score 3–1).

The 1966–1967 season was just average for Chabab and the 67–68 season was not any better than the last, despite the recruitment of Selmi Djilali. This small decline was due to unfortunate circumstances as 9 Chabab players participated with the national team who took part in the CAN 1968 tournament in Ethiopia. This saw the return of a team completely decimated and tired after a very long journey but also many injured players for CRB. Mistakes followed against ES Guelma in a late championship match. In two seasons CRB had nothing to put in their trophy cabinet.

Following the appointment of Ahmed Aaran as player-coach, Chabab started regaining form and began to win. In 1968–1969 season they obtained big key wins against NAHD (7–1 and 5–2).

1969–1970: The TripleEdit

The CRB made their first hat-trick in the history of Algerian football and obtained their fourth championship. This was largely in range because it was the best season for CRB who had lost only one match; against MC Oran Oran (3–1) so the championship was won in rather special circumstances. Victories followed in the Algerian Cup final against USM Alger (4–1) and in the Maghreb Club Champions Cup against Sfax (Tunisia). Chabab had passed on entering the African Cup of Champions Clubs after threats of reprisal from Senegalese team Joan of Arc against the CRB following a memorable victory in the first leg at Chabab (5–3) in the Stade El-Annasser.

1970–1971Edit

After four games in the championship with a draw and a win against MC Alger and a defeat against MC Oran and Algerian Cup defeat against CS Constantine on penalties (this ended 48–47 and is the official record Algeria, another one!), the CRB had to win the North African Cup to save their season. This resulted in a win against Tunisia (EST) 3–2 after a great final after crushing and Morocco's FAR in the previous round with a stinging 3–0.

This masterful victory was reported in the famous French sports newspaper the Team and the paper devoted a large space in one of their editions to Chabab Riadhi Belcourt.

1971–1972Edit

It was the beginning of the end of a cycle, and after having started the championship with three great victories against WA Tlemcen (7–0) and JSM Tiaret (8–3) and USM Bel-Abbès (4–1) the team had no more breath and let go, at least on the national scene, as it was still successful in the Cup with a 3rd consecutive win for the Maghreb.

RenewalEdit

The Shabab failed to win titles between 1978 and 1995 despite the good results that made that the team after all the earlier years, ranking each time 2nd, 3rd or 4th until 1988 where the Chabab experienced the worst season in its history characterized by relegation to D2 and an Algerian Cup final loss against USMA on penalties. This was despite the rich who provided a workforce for CRB, and this team was regarded as the best championship team on paper with the Yahi, Amani, Badache, Laamouri, Khoudja, Kabrane, Abdesamia, Kouhil, Demdoum, etc. On the ground though, things were otherwise. However, the ordeal lasted only a single season, as the club returned to the D1 the following year, in 1989.

But the event of relegation did not go without leaving deep scars in the heart of the CRB because Chabab considerably lost its fame to occupy a role in successive championships, even avoiding relegation repeatedly until 1994. In fact, during this year, the Shabab, led by Mourad Abdelouahab was classed as 4th in the championship with the main aim of qualification for the Arabic Cup in Saudi Arabia. It was therefore the following year (1995) that the CRB took part in this competition, where they recorded a respectable run to the semi-final where they were defeated against Espérance de Tunis 0–1.

In 1995, the CRB won the Algerian Cup for the fifth time in its history against the O Medea 2–1.

This was indeed the beginning of another golden age, with a new generation of young and talented players, who despite the change of office (departure and arrival of Lefkir Selmi) and staff by the return of Mourad replacing Abdelouahab of Bacha-Adjaout, a new team, described as an "Algerian dream-team", was born with Bekhti, Badji, Settara, Talis, Bounekdja, Selmi Yacine Chedba Ali Moussa, Boutaleb and others. This developed beautiful football for the CRB and every season new players were brought to the club to complete the tactical approach of the coach and achieve the objectives set by management. It is in this context that players like Mezouar and Boukessassa came to the club.

Players arrived during the 1999–2000 season, which saw Chabab win the title of Champion of Algeria for the 5th time in its history. This also included a victory in the league cup on 19 March 2000, against MC Oran (3–0).

The following season, and its momentum, Chabab not only confirms but does better with a title 2 row from 2000 to 2001 by capping JSK and USMA 7 days of the end of the championship. For the record, the Shabab had won 10 consecutive games with Nour Benzekri happened in the middle of the season.

The dark yearsEdit

After this season, a real descent into hell began for Chabab starting a free fall due to the unreasonable policy of its new direction. Despite this and a real burst of pride, the CRB still managed to reach the finals of the 2003 Algerian Cup Final. This resulted in a loss due to a scandalous bias in favour of USM Alger by the referee of the meeting (Berber). To illustrate the lawlessness with which the club was run, 17 players from champions Algeria were released in 18 months: a true work of destruction. Given all this, everyone knew that Chabab went straight to ruin. Thus Chabab had their 2 most catastrophic seasons (after 1988), when the club narrowly escaped relegation to D2 twice; in (2003–2004 and 2004–2005). The 2005–2006 season was an average season, despite the backing of no less than 16 players.

2020–present: Consecutive ChampionshipsEdit

CR Belouizdad were declared champions of the unfinished 2019–20 season which was halted in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Algeria.[22] Later on, CR Belouizdad managed to win the following 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons. In the CAF Champions League, CR Belouizdad reached the quarter-finals in both 2020–21 and 2021–22 editions.

Club identityEdit

ColoursEdit

Since the establishment of the club, its colours are the white and the red.

CrestEdit

Historical evolution of the club's crest.

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1

Algerian Cup

Algerian League Cup

Algerian Super Cup

Regional competitionsEdit

Maghreb Champions Cup

  • Winners (3): 1970, 1971, 1972
  • Runners-up: 1973

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

Competition Round Opponent First leg Second leg
1970 African Cup of Champions Clubs 1st round   ASC Jeanne d'Arc 5:3 (H) n.a.
1979 African Cup Winners' Cup 2nd round   Al-Nasr Benghazi 4:2 (H) 1:0 (A)
Quarter-finals   Horoya AC 0:3 (H) 1:3 (A)
1996 African Cup Winners' Cup 1st round   Horoya AC 5:2 (H) 0:2 (A)
2nd round   AS Douanes 0:0 (A) 2:0 (H)
Quarter-finals   Pretoria City n.a. n.a.
Semi-final   AC Sodigraf 1:1 (H) 0:1 (A)
2001 CAF Champions League 1st round   Al Ahly Tripoli 2:0 (H) 1:1 (A)
2nd round   Al-Merrikh SC 0:2 (A) 3:0 (H)
Group B   ASEC Abidjan 1:1 (H) 0:7 (A)
Group B   Al Ahly SC 0:1 (A) 0:1 (H)
Group B   Petro Atletico 0:1 (H) 1:2 (A)
2002 CAF Champions League 1st round   ASC Jeanne d'Arc 1:1 (H) 0:1 (A)
2004 CAF Confederation Cup 1st round   Étoile de Guinée 0:1 (A) 2:1 (H)
2010 CAF Confederation Cup Qualification   Al-Tersana 1:1 (A) 2:1 (H)
1st round   FAR Rabat 1:0 (H) 1:1 (A)
2nd round   Amal Atbara 0:1 (A) 2:0 (H)
Intermediate round   Djoliba AC 0:0 (A) 1:1 (H)
2018 CAF Confederation Cup Preliminary round   AS Onze Créateurs de Niaréla 1:1 (A) 2:0 (H)
1st round   Nkana FC 3:0 (H) 0:1 (A)
2nd round   ASEC Abidjan 0:1 (A) 0:0 (H)
2019–20 CAF Confederation Cup Preliminary round   AS CotonTchad 2:0 (H) 0:2 (A)
2nd round   Pyramids FC 1:1 (A) 0:1 (H)
2020-21 CAF Champions League Preliminary round   Al Nasr Benghazi 2:0 (H) 0:2 (A)
1st round   Gor Mahia 6:0 (H) 1:2 (A)
Group B   TP Mazembe 0:0 (A) 2:0 (H)
Group B   Mamelodi Sundowns 1:5 (H) 0:2 (A)
Group B   Al-Hilal Club 1:1 (H) 0:0 (A)
Quarter-finals   ES Tunis 2:0 (H) 2:0 (A)
2021-22 CAF Champions League Preliminary round   Akwa United F.C. 2:0 (H) 0:1 (A)
1st round   ASEC Mimosas 2:0 (H) 1:3 (A)
Group C   Étoile Sportive du Sahel 0:0 (A) 2:0 (H)
Group B   Espérance Sportive de Tunis 1:1 (H) 1:2 (A)
Group B   Jwaneng Galaxy F.C. 4:1 (H) 1:2 (A)
Quarter-finals   Wydad AC 0:1 (H) 0:0 (A)

PlayersEdit

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

Current squadEdit

As of 3 February 2023.[23]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 Alexis Guendouz
2 DF   ALG Chouaib Keddad
4 DF   ALG Mouad Hadded
5 MF   ALG Houssem Eddine Mrezigue
6 MF   ALG Zakaria Draoui
7 FW   ALG Ishak Boussouf (on loan from Lommel)
8 MF   ALG Mohamed Islam Bakir
10 MF   ALG Abderrahmane Bourdim
12 DF   ALG Ahmed Ait Abdesslem
15 MF   ALG Housseyn Selmi
16 GK   ALG Azzedine Doukha
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   ALG Belaid Hamidi
18 DF   ALG Sofiane Bouchar (captain)
20 DF   ALG Youcef Laouafi
21 DF   ALG Aimen Bouguerra
22 DF   ALG Mokhtar Belkhiter
23 DF   ALG Abdelmoumen Chikhi
24 FW   NGA Anayo Iwuala (on loan from ES Tunis)
25 DF   ALG Miloud Rebiai
26 GK   ALG Ahmed Abdelkader
28 FW   ALG Mohamed Islam Belkhir
42 FW   CMR Leonel Wamba

Reserve SquadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
34 FW   ALG Ahmedine Daoudi
35 MF   ALG Mohamed Belkhadem
No. Pos. Nation Player
37 DF   ALG Mohamed Azzi
38 FW   ALG Akram Bouras

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
36 DF   ALG Chemseddine Bekkouche (on loan to Levante B)

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach Nabil Kouki
Assistant coach Karim Dalhoum
Goalkeeping coach Walid Benhassen
Fitness coach Kais Ghattassi

Former personnelEdit

Club presidentsEdit

No Name From To
1   Djelloul Boukida 1962 1967
2   Mohamed Kazza 1967 1972
3   Mohamed Bousmaha 1972 1977
4   Rachid Haraigue 1977 1992
5   Hamid Aït Igrine 1992 1994
6   Mohamed Lefkir 1994 1996
7   Djilali Selmi 1996 2000
8   Mohamed Lefkir 2000 2005
9   Yahia Hassani 2005 2006
10   Mokhtar Kalem 2006 2008
11   Mahfoud Kerbadj 2008 2010
12   Azzedine Gana 2010 2013
13   Réda Malek 2013 2016
14   Mohamed Bouhafs 2016 2018
15   Riad Boucetta 2018 2018
16   Charaf-Eddine Amara 2018 2021
17   Mohamed Abrouk 2021 2021
18   Mohamed Belhadj 2021 Present

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented CR Belouizdad in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1962. 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 CR Belouizdad or following his departure.

For a complete list of CR Belouizdad players, see Category:CR Belouizdad players

Managers listEdit

Rival clubsEdit

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