USM Bel Abbès

Union Sportive Medinat Bel Abbès (Arabic: الإتحاد الرياضي لمدينة بلعباس‎), known as USM Bel Abbès or simply USMBA for short, is an Algerian football club located in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, that was founded in 1933. The team's colors are green and red. Their home stadium, Stade 24 Fevrier 1956, has a capacity of 45,000 spectators. The club is currently playing in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

USM Bel Abbès
إتحاد بلعباس
USM Bel Abbès (logo).png
Full nameUnion Sportive Medinat Bel Abbès
Nickname(s)El Mekerra, Les scorpions (Scorpions)
Founded7 February 1933 (88 years ago) (1933-02-07)
as Union Sportive Musulmane de Bel Abbès
GroundStade 24 Fevrier 1956,
Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
ChairmanAbdelghani El Hannani
Head CoachSlimani[1]
LeagueLigue Professionnelle 1
2019–20Ligue Professionnelle 1, 11th
Current season


The team was founded on 7 February 1933 under the name of Union Sportive Musulmane de Bel Abbès. It was one of the great teams in the French colonial period. Between 1977 and 1987, the club was parrained by ENIE, an electronic national society and was named Electronique Sari Madinat Bel Abbès (ESMBA).

On April 27, 2012, in the last round of the 2011-12 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 2, USM Bel-Abbès beat USM Annaba 3–0 to finish third and win promotion to the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1, returning to the top flight after a 19-year absence.[2] However the team return one year after in the second division but one year after again in 2014, they returned to the top division.

Previous LogosEdit


The club used to play at the Stade des trois frères Amarouch. Since 1981, the club plays at the 24 February 1956 Stadium which has a capacity of 45,000 spectators.


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.[3]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 Abdelkader Zarat Belmokhtar
2 DF   ALG Abdelhak Sailaa (on loan from MC Alger)
3 DF   ALG Abbes Noureddine Haddou
5 DF   ALG Mohammed Hamza
6 MF   ALG Yahia Miloud Koufi
7 FW   ALG Mohamed El Amine Belmokhtar
8 MF   ALG Hamza Ounnas
9 MF   TUN Mehdi Ouertani
11 FW   ALG Abdelwahid Belgherbi
12 FW   ALG Mohamed Kamel Soltani
13 DF   ALG Mohammed Yassine Bounoua
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW   ALG Dadi El Hocine Mouaki
15 DF   ALG Ishak Ben Hassaini
16 GK   ALG Abdelkader Morcely
17 DF   ALG Mustapha Kheiraoui
18 FW   ALG Mohamed Itim
20 DF   ALG Abderrahim Abdelli
22 MF   ALG Redouane Bounoua
23 MF   ALG Khalil Semahi
24 DF   ALG Anes Abbas
26 FW   ALG Mouloud Nabil Metref
27 DF   ALG Sofiane Khadir


Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach Moez Bouakaz
Assistant coach Lyes Arab
Assistant coach El Hachmi Benkhadda
Goalkeeping coach Salim Fodil
Fitness coach Farid zeghdoud



Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (6): 1966, 1978, 1980, 1988, 1993, 2013–14.
Winners (2): 1990–91, 2017–18.
Winner (1): 2018.

Regional competitionsEdit

Runners-up: 1956 [n 1]

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

2018–19 – First round
1992 – Second Round

Notes and referencesEdit


  1. ^ The final between USM Bel Abbès and SC Bel Abbès was not played.


  1. ^ "Foot-Ligue 1/USM Bel Abbès : Mouaz Bouakkaz nommé nouvel entraineur".
  2. ^ APS (April 27, 2012). "Dix neuf ans après, Bel Abbés en Ligue 1" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved April 27, 2012.

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