CS Sfaxien

Club Sportif Sfaxien (Arabic: النادي الرياضي الصفاقسي‎) is a Tunisian professional association football club founded in 1928.

CS Sfaxien
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Nickname(s)Juventus El Arab (Juventus of The Arabs)
Short nameCSS
Founded28 May 1928; 93 years ago (1928-05-28)
GroundStade Taïeb Mhiri
Sfax, Tunisia
ChairmanMoncef Khemakhem
CoachGiovanni Solinas
WebsiteClub website
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The club was founded in 1928 as Club Tunisien, playing in green and red stripes. The team was promoted to the Tunisian First Division in 1947. In 1950, the first supporters group was founded by Béchir Fendri, and in 1962 the club was renamed " Club Sportif Sfaxien " and team colours were changed to the current black and white stripes.

CSS celebrated their half-centenary in 1978 by winning the Tunisian League title, largely thanks to the impressive performances of their Tunisian internationals, notably Hammadi Agrebi, Mohamed Ali Akid and Mokhtar Dhouib. In November 1998, CSS captured the CAF Cup for the first time, beating Senegal's ASC Jeanne d'Arc in the final.

In more recent times, CSS reached the final of the CAF Champions League 2006 but were narrowly beaten in dramatic fashion, with a late second leg goal condemning them to a 2–1 aggregate defeat against Al Ahly of Egypt.

In September 2014, CSS reached the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League 2014 but they were beaten with a 2–1 score in both away and home matches against AS Vita Club.

In May 2015, CSS got disqualified from The CAF Champions League 2015 after a loss with 1–0 in their away match against Mouloudia Chabab El Eulma(Algeria) and then CSS won their match in Sfax with 1–0 at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri but they got disqualified since they lost by penalties (7–6).

CSS won the 2007 CAF Confederation Cup. A 4–2 first-leg victory in Sudan against Al Merreikh preceded a 1–0 second leg win, with CSS lifting the trophy in front of their own fans at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri. In November 2008, CSS faced local rivals Etoile du Sahel (ESS) in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup. CSS became the most successful club in recent history of the tournament when a 0–0 draw in Sfax was followed by a 2–2 draw in Sousse, sending the cup back to Sfax for the second year in a row.

In 2013, CSS won CAF Confederation Cup for the 3rd time in their history facing TP Mazembe in the final with 2–0 in Rades then a 2–1 defeat in Lubumbashi with a late goal from Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.

Club Sportif Sfaxien is considered by the IFFHS as one of the five best teams in this century.

Club Sfaxien participated in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.[1]


Current squadEdit

As of 19 December 2020

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   TUN Mohamed Hedi Gaaloul
2 DF   TUN Mohamed Ben Ali
3 DF   TUN Hani Amamou
4 DF   TUN Nour Zamen Zammouri
5 DF   TUN Ghaith Maaroufi
6 MF   TUN Mohamed Ali Trabelsi
7 FW   LBY Mohammed Soulah
9 FW   TUN Jassem Hamdouni
10 FW   TUN Aymen Harzi
11 FW   TUN Houssem Ben Ali
12 MF   TUN Mohamed Ali Moncer
13 MF   TUN Abdallah Amri
14 FW   ALG Zakaria Mansouri (on loan from Paradou AC)
15 MF   TUN Walid Karoui
16 GK   TUN Sabri Ben Hassen
17 FW   TUN Bechir Ghariani
18 DF   TUN Alaa Ghram
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF   TUN Azmi Ghouma
20 MF   NGA Kingsley Sokari
21 DF   TUN Houssem Dagdoug
22 FW   TUN Firas Chaouat
24 MF   CIV Chris Kouakou
26 DF   NGA Ahmed Ammar
27 FW   GAB Malick Evouna
28 DF   TUN Mohamed Ali Jouini
29 FW   TUN Achref Habbassi
30 GK   TUN Aymen Dahmen
31 FW   NGA Kingsley Eduwo
32 DF   GUI Naby Camara
33 FW   GUI Ousmane Camara
- MF   IRQ Hussein Ali
- FW   ALG Hichem Nekkache
- MF   ALG Malik Raiah


Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (8): 1968–69, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1994–95, 2004–05, 2012–13
Winners (6): 1970–71, 1994–95, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2018–19, 2020–21

African competitionsEdit

Winners (3): 2007, 2008, 2013
Winners (1): 1998

Regional competitionsEdit

Winners (2): 2000, 2003–04
Winners: 2009

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

The club have many appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1984 & 1996 and in CAF Champions League from 2006 till 2021

2008 – Runner-up
2009 – Runner-up
2014 – Runner-up
1998 – Winner



  • 1912–31:   Zouhair Ayadi
  • 1931–32:   Ali Cherif
  • 1932–34:   Messaoud Ben Saad
  • 1934–36:   Ahmed Bouslama
  • 1936–38:   Abderrahmane Aloulou
  • 1938–46:   Mohamed Elloumi
  • 1946–48:   Habib Meziou
  • 1948–50:   Abdelkader Jemal
  • 1950–51:   Abdelaziz Hammami
  • 1951–53:   Tahar Elleuch
  • 1953–54:   Tahar Gargouri
  • 1954–55:   Mohamed Halouani
  • 1955–56:   Ahmed Akrout]
  • 1956–61:   Habib Larguech
  • 1961–64:   Abdesselem Kallel
  • 1964–65:   Mohamed Driss
  • 1965–66:   Taoufik Zahaf
  • 1966–67:   Hédi Bouricha
  • 1967–70:   Taoufik Zahaf
  • 1970–72:   Ahmed Fourati
  • 1972–75:   Taoufik Zahaf
  • 1975–76:   Mohamed Mezghanni
  • 1976–78:   Taoufik Zahaf
  • 1978–79:   Ismaïl Baklouti
  • 1979–80:   Hédi Bouricha
  • 1980–88:   Abdelaziz Ben Abdallah
  • 1988–89:   Mohamed Aloulou
  • 1989–90:   Taoufik Zahaf
  • 1990–92:   Ismaïl Baklouti
  • 1992–96:   Abdelaziz Ben Abdallah
  • 1996–98:   Jamel Arem
  • 1998-02:   Lotfi Abdennadher
  • 2002–08:   Slaheddine Zahaf
  • 2008–10:   Moncef Sellami
  • 2010–11:   Naoufel Zahaf
  • 2011–12:   Moncef Sellami
  • 2012–16:   Lotfi Abdennadher
  • 2016–  :   Moncef Khemakhem

Rival ClubsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ https://plus.google.com/114671849437388435903 (14 June 2016). "Espérance to represent Tunisia in the 2017 CAF Champions League". E-S-Tunis.com. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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