CS Sfaxien

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CS Sfaxien
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Full nameClub Sportif Sfaxien
النادي الرياضي الصفاقسي
Nickname(s)Juventus El Arab (Juventus of The Arabs)
Short nameCSS
Founded28 May 1912 (as Club Tunisien)
GroundStade Taïeb Mhiri
Sfax, Tunisia
ChairmanMoncef Khemakhem
ManagerFathi Al-Jabal
WebsiteClub website

Club Sportif Sfaxien (Arabic: النادي الرياضي الصفاقسي‎) or CSS is a multi-sport club from Sfax in Tunisia.


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]

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Current squad[edit]

As of 17 August 2019.[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Tunisia GK Mohamed Hedi Gaaloul
2 Tunisia MF Mohamed Ben Ali
3 Tunisia DF Hani Amamou
4 Tunisia DF Nour Zamen Zammouri
6 Tunisia MF Mohamed Ali Trabelsi
7 Tunisia MF Alaeddine Marzouki
9 Tunisia MF Jassem Hamdouni
10 Tunisia MF Aymen Harzi
11 Tunisia MF Houssem Ben Ali
13 Algeria MF Mohamed Islam Bakir
15 Tunisia MF Walid Karoui
16 Tunisia GK Sabri Ben Hassen
17 Tunisia DF Mourad Ben Younes
19 Tunisia MF Omar Bouraoui
No. Position Player
20 Nigeria MF Kingsley Sokari
21 Tunisia DF Houssem Dagdoug
22 Tunisia FW Firas Chaouat
23 Tunisia MF Hamza Jelassi
24 Tunisia DF Hamza Mathlouthi
25 Algeria MF Nadir Korichi
26 Tunisia DF Nassim Hnid
27 Tunisia MF Habib Oueslati
28 Tunisia DF Mohamed Ali Jouini
29 Tunisia MF Mohamed Ali Moncer
30 Tunisia GK Aymen Dahmen
Tunisia DF Achraf Ayedi
Tunisia DF Mohamed Amine Lakhal
Ivory Coast FW Kouadio Manucho

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Tunisia MF Mohamed Ali Ragoubi (on loan to US Monastir)
Tunisia FW Sameh Bouhajeb (on loan to US Tataouine)
Tunisia FW Habib Lazez (on loan to ES Métlaoui)
No. Position Player
Nigeria FW Kingsley Eduwo (on loan to Iraq Al-Najaf FC)
Tunisia FW Mohamed Said Kachroud (on loan to Olympique Béja)
Tunisia FW Alaeddine Salah (on loan to SS Sfaxien)


Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (8): 1968–69, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1994–95, 2004–05, 2012–13
Winners (5): 1970–71, 1994–95, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2018-2019
Winners: 2003

African competitions[edit]

Winners (3): 2007, 2008, 2013

Regional competitions[edit]

Winners (2): 2000, 2003–04
Winners: 2009
  • Abha International Tournament

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

The club have 2 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1984 & 1996 and 2 appearances in CAF Champions League from 2006 till 2014

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



See also[edit]


  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.
  2. ^ "Effectif : Club Sportif Sfaxien" (in French).

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