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.
|Full name||Union Sportive Medinat Bel Abbès|
|Nickname(s)||El Mekerra, Les scorpions (Scorpions)|
|Founded||7 February 1933|
as Union Sportive Musulmane de Bel Abbès
|Ground||Stade 24 Fevrier 1956,|
Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
|Chairman||Abdelghani El Hannani|
|League||Ligue Professionnelle 1|
|2019–20||Ligue Professionnelle 1, 11th|
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. However the team return one year after in the second division but one year after again in 2014, they returned to the top division.
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 technical staffEdit
|Head coach||Moez Bouakaz|
|Assistant coach||Lyes Arab|
|Assistant coach||El Hachmi Benkhadda|
|Goalkeeping coach||Salim Fodil|
|Fitness coach||Farid zeghdoud|
- Larbi Benbarek (1957 – 1958)
- Fethi Benkabou (20??–July 1, 2012)
- Fouad Bouali (July 23, 2012 – Oct 30, 2012)
- Abdelkader Yaïche (Nov 14, 2012 – Jan 3, 2013)
- Mokhtar Assas (Jan 18, 2013 – May 12, 2013)
- Zouaoui Zitouni (interim) (May 13, 2013 – June 30, 2013)
- Abdelkrim Bira (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014)
- Jean-Guy Wallemme (July 1, 2014–15)
- Winners (6): 1966, 1978, 1980, 1988, 1993, 2013–14.
- Winner (1): 2018.
- Runners-up: 1956 [n 1]
Performance in CAF competitionsEdit
- CAF Confederation Cup: 1 appearance
- 2018–19 – First round
- African Cup Winners' Cup: 1 appearance
- 1992 – Second Round
Notes and referencesEdit
- The final between USM Bel Abbès and SC Bel Abbès was not played.
- "Foot-Ligue 1/USM Bel Abbès : Mouaz Bouakkaz nommé nouvel entraineur".
- APS (April 27, 2012). "Dix neuf ans après, Bel Abbés en Ligue 1" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- "FICHE DU CLUB: USM BEL ABBES".