Moussa Saïb

Moussa Saïb (born 6 March 1969) is an Algerian football manager and former player. He is currently unattached, after last managing JS Kabylie in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

Moussa Saïb
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Saïb in June 2011
Personal information
Full name Moussa Saïb
Date of birth (1969-03-06) 6 March 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth Théniet El Had, Algeria
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1981–1987 CS Theniet El-Had
1987–1988 JSM Tiaret
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 JSM Tiaret
1989–1992 JS Kabylie
1992–1997 Auxerre 153 (25)
1997–1998 Valencia 14 (0)
1998–2000 Tottenham 13 (1)
2000–2001 Al-Nassr
2001–2003 Auxerre 17 (0)
2002 Monaco 7 (1)
2002Lorient (loan) 8 (1)
2003–2004 Dubai
National team
1989–2001 Algeria 74 (7)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Noisy-le-Sec
2006–2008 JS Kabylie
2008 Al Watani
2009 ASO Chlef
2011 JS Kabylie
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Saïb started his football career with a club from the west of Algeria called (Jeunesse Sportive de Tiaret) then he moved to JSK and helped them to win the African Champions League in 1990. In 1992, he joined French club AJ Auxerre for an undisclosed fee.[1] In May 1997, Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger tried to buy him along with Swiss center back Murat Yakın in what would have been a "sensational" £7 million deal;[2] however the deal did not succeed and Saib instead joined Spanish club Valencia for £3 million.[3] In 1998, he joined struggling English club Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3 million, thus becoming the first Algerian to play in the Premier League.[4] He helped Tottenham avoid relegation by scoring the sixth goal in their penultimate game of the 1997–98 season against Wimbledon, which ended 6–2.[5]

International careerEdit

He played as a midfielder and was captain of the Algerian national team in the early 1990s. the team won the 1990 African Nations Cup.

Coaching careerEdit

On 18 August 2007, Saïb was appointed manager of Algerian team { JS Kabylie. In June 2008, after steering the team to the Algerian league title, Saïb left to take charge of Saudi Arabian team Al-Watani.[6]

On 27 June 2011, he was appointed as manager of JS Kabylie for the second time.[7] On 1 September 2011, JS Kabylie president Mohand Chérif Hannachi announced that Saïb was relieved from his duties as manager of the club.[8]


As playerEdit

JS Kabylie



Tottenham Hotspur

Al Nassr



As coachEdit

JS Kabylie


  1. ^ "Algerian captain to join Auxerre". Reuters News. 25 September 1992.
  2. ^ Mark Irwin (15 May 1997). "Wenger swoop". The Mirror. p. 43.
  3. ^ "Wenger misses out on French pair". Agence France-Presse. 28 May 1997.
  4. ^ "Spurs sign Saib". Agence France-Presse. 23 February 1998.
  5. ^ Griffiths, Wyn (2 May 1998). "Klinsmann muddies the water". London: The Independent. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Moldovan replaces Saib at JS Kabylie". MTN Football. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  7. ^ "JS Kabylie : Saïb remplace Belhout". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  8. ^ L1 : JS Kabylie, Saïb limogé, Neveu bientôt intrônisé Archived 24 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Official Le Buteur Ballon d'Or website Archived 12 February 2007 at

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