North Africa Union

North Africa teams is another meaning is the ARAB league (participated ARAB nation cup) in the Africa continent. Even there are basically six nations in this zone (exclude consider Western Sahara), the squad is predominantly covered by players from four nations are Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. There are many lost North African players who have played for European national team, is not included in this squad if never played for African nation and also did not play in Africa as a majority part of career. However, all North-African born-blood players are included in this squad in case they're disqualified for selection of the related European squads  Larbi Benbarek is the first North African legend started from the late 1930s and moved to play in France in the post-war era. and an another example is Zinedine Zidane who eligible to play for both Algeria and France. The most important North African players in history in this first eleven all were created between the 1970s and 1980s. 

North Africa


Location     :  North Africa
African Nation Cup  Most Champions : Egypt (6 Times) (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008)
World Cup Participation   :  11 Times (1934, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Most Caps  :  Ahmed Hassan    (171 Games)
Top Scorer :   Hossam Hassan (69 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Mustapha Zitouni



All-Time North African Squad


1. Badou Ezzaki

Date Of Birth  :  2 April 1959
Position : Goalkeeper
Nation  : Morocco
Height  :  188 cm
Major Club  : Wydad Casablanca, Real Mallorca
Caps  : 112 Games
World Cup Participation: 1986 (4 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Morocco League
2 Times Morocco Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 1986 African Footballer of The Year
Class : Prince Bronze

2. Mustapha Zitouni

Date Of Birth : 19 October 1928
Position  :  Center-Back/Destroyer
Nation  : Algeria
Height :  175 cm
Major Club :  Cannes, Monaco
Caps  : 11 Games Split into France and Algeria)
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours :  None
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver


3. Salem Ben Miloud

Date Of Birth : 1 January 1921
Position  : Left-Back
Nation  : Morocco
Height  : 180 cm
Major Club  : Olympic Marseille
Caps  :  None
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  : 1 Time French League
International Honours  :  None           
Individual Achievement :  None
Class : Prince Bronze


4. Noureddine Naybet

Date Of Birth  : 10 Febuary 1970
Position : Center-Back
Nation :  Morocco
Height  : 185 cm
Major Club  :  Deportivo La Coruna
Caps  :  115 Games
World Cup Participation: 1994, 1998, 2002 (5 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Spanish La Liga
1 Time Copa Del Rey
International Honours  : 2004 African Nation Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver

5. Ibrahim Youssef

Date Of Birth : 1 January 1959
Position :  Sweeper, Height : Unavailable
Nation  : Egypt, Caps  : Unknown
Major Club  :  Zamalek
World Cup Participation :  1986 (4 Games)
Club Honours :  1 Time Egyptian League
2 Time Egyptian Cup
2 Times African Champion League (1984, 1986)
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  :    
1984 Bronze Ball South African Footballer of The Year
Class : Prince Bronze

6. Rifaat El-Fanageely

Date Of Birth  : 1 May 1936
Position :  Sweeper/Defensive Holding Midfielder
Nation  :  Egypt, Caps   :  Unknown
Height  :  Unknown, Major Club  :  Al-Ahly
World Cup Participation: None
Club Honours : 7 Times Egyptian League
6 Times Egyptian Cup
International Honours  : 2 Times African Cup of Nations (1957,1959)
1962 African Cup of Nations Runner-Up
Individual Achievement :  1964 Olympics Game Best Defender
Class : Prince Silver

7. Tarak Dhiab

Date Of Birth : 15 July 1954
Height  :  173 cm, Position :  Playmaker
Nation  :  Tunisia, Caps  : 101 Games
Major Club  : Sportive De Tunis
World Cup Participation: 1978 (3 Games)
Club Honours : 6 Tunisian League, 5 Tunisian Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 1977 African Footballer of The Year
IFFHS Tunisia Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Bronze


8. Mahmoud El Khatib

Date Of Birth  :  30 October 1954
Position : Attacking Midfielder
Nation : Egypt, Caps : 60 Games (39 Goals)
Height : 181 cm, Major Club  : Al-Ahly
World Cup Participation: None
Club Honours : 2 Times African Champion League
2 Times African Cup Winners’ Cup
10 Times Egyptian League, 8 Times Egyptian Cup
International Honours : 1986 African Nation Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 1983 African Footballer of The Year
ARAB Sportsman of The Century
African Club Cups' All-time Top Scorer
IFFHS Egypt Greatest Player Ever
                                                       Class : Prince Silver     

9. Rabah Madjer

Date Of Birth  : 15 December 1958
Position : Forward, Nation :  Algeria
Height  : 178 cm, Major Club :  FC Porto
Caps :  87 Games (31 Goals)
World Cup Participation: None
Club Honours : 1 Times Portuguese League
2 Times Portuguese Cup, 1 Time Algerian Cup
1987 European Cup, Intercontinental Cup
International Honours  : 1990 African Nation Cup Winner
1980 African Nation Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1987 African Footballer of The Year
African Footballer of The Year : 1985 Silver Ball, 1990 Bronze Ball 
Class : Prince Silver

10. Lakhdar Belloumi

Date Of Birth :  29 December 1958
Position : Plamaking-Attacking Midfielder
Nation : Algeria, Caps  : 87 Games (32 Goals)
Height : 178 cm, Major Club :  Mascara, Oran
World Cup Participation : 1982, 1986 (5 Games)
Club Honours : 2 Times Algerian League
International Honours : 1980 African Nation Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1981 African Footballer of The Year
1982 Bronze Ball African Footballer of The Year
IFFHS Algeria Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Silver

11. Ahmed Faras

Date Of Birth  : 1 January 1946
Height : 172 cm, Position : Forward
Nation : Morocco, Major Club: Chabab
Caps : Unknown In Game (42 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1970 (2 Games)
Professional Scores Record : 231 Goals
Club Honours : 1 Time Moroccan League
1 Time Moroccan Cup
International Honours : 1976 African Nation Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 2 Times Moroccan League Top Scorer
1975 African Footballer of The Year
IFFHS Morocco Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Silver
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12. Sadok Sassi

Date Of Birth  : 15 November 1945
Position : Goalkeeper
Nation : Tunisia
Height : 179 cm
Major Club : Club African
Caps : 90 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1978 ( No Game)
Club Honours  : 8 Times Tunisian League
International Honours    :    None
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class : Prince Silver

13. Hatem Trabelsi

Date Of Birth : 25 January 1977
Position :  Right-Back
Nation :  Tunisia
Height : 183 cm
Major Club : Ajax Amsterdam
Caps : 61 Games
World Cup Participation: 1998, 2002, 2006 (4 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Times Dutch Champions
2 Times Dutch Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Bronze


14. Marcel Salva

Date Of Birth  :  1 October 1922
Nation : Algeria
Caps  : 13 Games for France
Position  :  Left-Back
Height  : 183 cm
Major Club  :  RC Paris
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours :  2 Times French Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class  : Prince Silver


15. Hany Ramzy

Date Of Birth : 10 March 1969
Position : Center-Back/Destroyer
Height : 185 cm, Nation  : Egypt, Caps : 124 Games
Major Club  :  Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern
World Cup Participation: 1990 (3 Games)
Club Honours :  None
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : 
2 Times African Cup of Nation All-Stars Team
Class : Prince Bronze    
16. Abderrahman Mahjoub

Date Of Birth : 25 April 1929
Position :  Box-to-Box Midfielder
Height : 180 cm
Nation : Morocco
Caps : 11 Games (Split into France and Morocco)
Major Club : RC Paris
World Cup Participation : 1954 (1 Game For France)
Club Honours : None
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver
17. Mohamed El Timoumi

Date Of Birth : 15 January 1960
Height : 175 cm, Position : Playmaker
Nation : Morocco, Caps  : 40 Games
Major Club  :  Union De Touarga
World Cup Participation : 1986
Club Honours : 3 Times Moroccan League
3 Times Moroccan Cup
1985 African Champion League
International Honours :  1985 African Nation Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement :  1985 African Footballer of The Year
Class : Prince Bronze


18. Ahmed Hassan

Date Of Birth : 2 May 1975
Position : Attacking Midfielder/Right-Winger
Height : 177 cm, Major Club :  Besiktas
Nation : Egypt, Caps  : 184 Games (33 Goals)
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours  : 2 Times Egypt League
1 Time Belgian League, 1 Time Belgian Cup
1 Time Turkish Cup, 2009 CAF Champion Cup
International Honours :   
4 Times African Cup of Nations (1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)
Individual Achievement  : All-Time Most Capped Player Ever
2 Times African Cup of Nations Best Player (2006, 2010)
Class : Prince Bronze

19. Hacene Lalmas

Date Of Birth : 12 March 1943
Height : Unknown, Position : Attacking Midfielder
Nation : Algeria, Caps  : 43 Games (14 Goals)
Major Club : Belouizdad
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours : 4 Times Algerian League
3 Times Algerian Cup
International Honours : 1980 African Nation Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : Algerian League All-Time Top Scorer
1968 African Cup of Nation Best Player
Class : Prince Bronze


20. Rachid Mekhloufi

Date Of Birth : 12 August 1936
Position : Deep-lying Forward
Nation : Algeria
Height : 174 cm
Major Club  : Saint Etienne
Caps : 58 Games (Split into France and Algeria)
World Cup Participation : None
Club Honours :  4 Times French League
1 Time French Cup
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver
21. Hassan Akesbi

Date Of Birth  :  5 December 1934
Position  :  Target Striker
Height  :   173 cm
Nation :  Morocco
Caps  : Unknown
Major Club   :  Nimes
Professional Scores Record : 186 Goals/ 321 Games
Club Honours  : 1 Time French League
1 Time French Cup
International Honour/World Cup Participation : None
Individual Achievement  :    None          
Class : Prince Bronze

22. Hassan Al-Shazly

Date Of Birth  :  13 November 1943
Height :  Unknown, Position : Target Striker
Nation :  Egypt, Caps   : Unknown
Major Club  :  Tersana
World Cup Participation : None
Professional Scores Record : 187 Goals
Club Honours : 1 Time Egyptian League
2 Times Egyptian Cup
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement :  4 Times Egyptian League Top Scorer
All-Time Egyptian League Top Scorer    
1963 African Cup of Nation Top Scorer
Class : Prince Bronze


Manager

Mahmoud El-Gohary

Year Of Birth :   20 February 1938
Nation : Egypt
Major Team : Egypt, Al-Ahly, Zamalek
Major Achievement :  2 Times Egyptian League
2 Times Egyptian Cup
1 Time UAE Cup
1 Time African Cup Winners’ Cup
2 Times African Champion League
1990 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
1992 ARAB Nation Cup Winner
1998 African Nation Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 3 Times ARAB Coach of The Year
Class : Prince Silver



Conclusion of Squad

GK : Badou Zaki, Zadok Sassi
DF : Hatem Trabelsi, Salem Ben Miloud, Marcel Salva, Noureddine Naybet (Captain), Hany Ramzy, Ibrahim Youssef, Mustapha Zitouni
MF :  Rifaat El-Fanagili, Abderrahman Mahjoub, Tarak Dhiab, Lakdahl Belloumi, Mahmoud El Khatib, Mohamed El Timoumi, Hacene Lalmas, Ahmed Hassan

FW :  Rachid Mekhloufi, Rabah Madjer, Ahmed Faras, Hassan El-Shazly, Hassan Akesbi



Formation XI (4-3-1-2)



Explanation of Formation
The team strategy is offensive wingless triangle square with a short-pass football. Badou Zaki is a first choice keeper. Zitouni,is selected as right-full-back. Ben Miloud played as a equivalent left-back. Ibrahim Youssef stands as a sweeper with Noureddine Naybet as a stopper in front him. El-Fanagili was an all-round defensive midfielder would primarily responsible to destroy the opponent game. Diab and Belloumi would move around the semi-side attacking midfield area coordinated with El Khatib who has an advanced role  behind Ahmed Faras and Rabah Madjer.



Cairo International Stadium


Opened : 1960
City  : Cairo
Capacity : 74,100 Seats


















Statistics


By Decade
By Class
By Nation
1920s : -
1930s : -
1940s : 3
1950s : 1
1960s : 4
1970s : 5
1980s : 5
1990s : 2
2000s : 2
King : -
Queen : -
Prince : 22
Algeria : 7
Morocco : 6
Egypt : 6
Tunisia : 3



Major Reserved Players


Mustapha Dahleb

Date Of Birth  :  8 February 1952
Position : Plamaker
Nation :  Algeria
Height  :  177 cm
Major Club :  Paris Saint Germain
Caps  : Unknown
World Cup Participation  : 1982
Club Honours  :  2 Times French Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class : Prince Bronze
Saleh Selim 

Date Of Birth  :  11 September 1930
Position : Attacking Midfielder
Nation :  Egypt
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club :  Al-Ahly
Caps  : Unknown
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  :  11 Times Egyptian League
8 Times Egyptian Cup
International Honours :  1959 African Cup of Nation
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class : Prince Bronze

Ali Bencheikh 

Date Of Birth  :  9 January 1955
Position : Playmaker, Nation :  Algeria
Height  :  180 cm, Major Club :  MC Alger
Caps  : 63 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1982
Club Honours  :  4 Times Algerian League
3 Times Algerian Cup
1976 African Champion Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  : 1978 Silver Ball African Footballer of the Year
1976 Bronze Ball African Footballer of the Year
Class : Prince Bronze
Nasr El-Din Abbas 

Date Of Birth  : 13 August 1944
Position : Target Stiker
Nation :  Sudan
Height  :  177 cm
Major Club :  Al Hilal
Caps  : 154 Games (136 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1982
Club Honours  :  4 Times Sudan Premier League
International Honours :  1970 African Cup of Nations
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class : Prince Bronze


Minor Reserved Group

Goalkeeper

Thabet El-Batel (EGP)
Essam El Hadary (EGP)
Ahmed Shoubeir (EGP)  

Defender

Ali Shehata (EGP)
Hani Moustafa (EGP) 
Rachid Neqrouz (MRC)
Noureddine Kourichi (ALG)
Madjid Bogherra (ALG) 
Medhi Bnatia (MRC)
Wael Gomaa (EGP)

Defensive Midfielder

Abdelmajid Dolmy (MRC)
Mustapha El Haddaoui (MRC)
Tahar Cherif El-Ouazzani (AGR)


Offensive Midfielder

Hazem Imam (EGP)   
Mohamhed Aboutrika (EGP) 
Noureddine Diwa (TNS)
Moussa Saib (AGR)
Abdel Aziz Bouderbala (MRC)
Hammadi Agrebi (TNS)
Mustapha Hadji (MRC)
Taher Abouzaid (EGP)
Zoubiar Baya (TNS)
Mostafa Abdou (EGP)


Offensive Lateral

Mohamhed Barakat (EGP)
Ali Benarbia (AGR)
Salah Assad (AGR)
Riyad Mahrez (AGR)


Forward

Mohamed Zidan (EGP)
Hassan Shehata (EGP)
Salaheddine Bassir (MRC)
Ali Abo Greisha (EGP)
Ahmed Hossam Mido (EGP)   
Mahmoud Mukhtar (EGR)
Fawzy El-Esawi (LBY)
Hossam Hassan (EGP)


The Greatest North African Footballers of All-Time

1. Lakhdal Belloumi
2. Mohamed El-Khatib
3. Mustapha Zitouni       
4. Abderrahman Majoub
5. Rabah Madjer
6. Rifaat El-Fanagili
7. Ahmed Faras
8. Noureddine Naybet
9. Tarak Dhiab
10. Rachid Mekloufi

18 comments:

  1. Anonymous8/9/14

    Ibrahim Youssef was born 1 January, 1959 according to Wikipedia.

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  2. Anonymous9/9/14

    Hassan Al-Shazly was born 13 November, 1943 according to WikiPedia

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  3. Ibrahim Youssef has 57 caps according to RSSSF

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  4. Anonymous25/2/16

    Mustafa El Haddaoui was a very talented moroccan midfield, think he can deserved to integrate the Minor reserved group

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    1. OK that is no problem to name him there.

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  5. Anonymous29/6/16

    who is Ribya's All time greatest player?

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    1. According to this link, I name Fawzy El Esawi as Libya's greatest ever.

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  6. Anonymous9/10/16

    Islam Slimani in minor reserved group

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  7. Anonymous13/10/16

    Zinedine Zidane is of North African descent

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    1. He is not qualified as an African as he born in France and played for only France.

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  8. Anonymous2/12/16

    ali fergani was a creative player

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  9. Anonymous12/7/17

    Ali Bencheikh and Saleh Selim?

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  10. Ali Bencheikh are named in major reserved list. Do you think he is deserved to be in the squad ? Saleh Selim is interesting after I found I misunderstood his position. Was he attacking Midfielder or winger ?

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    1. Anonymous12/7/17

      Bencheikh was one of the greatest African footballers in second-half 1970s, awarded 2nd and 3rd best African footballer of the year in 1978 and 1976 respectively. I think he is better player than Mustapha Dahleb in 'Major Reserved Players'. Bencheikh was more important player than Dahleb in national level. Although Dahleb playerd well in France.
      Saleh Selim was Great Egyptian attacking Midfielder general, nicknamed "El Maestro". His footage was so great, and although he played football very long years ago, he is respected by many Egyptian football supporters. In 2007, Selim was selected as '13th Greatest African footballer in last 50 years' by CAF internet poll.

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    2. Great info. I just know there is a top ten list African footballer of the year in rsssf.com and Bencheikh also finished 6th in 1977 but no other year he finished in top 10. Let me compare with others before making decision. Saleh Selim seems to be fine.

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    3. Anonymous13/7/17

      Then I have a question. Why do you rate Mustapha Zitouni as the greatest North African footballers of all time? I don't think he has a better profiles than El-Khatib.

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    4. I was too impressive with an article of Zitouni. Now I agree to rank him down. I have made Bencheikh and Selim's profile but I even think either of them might replace Mohammed El Tomoumi who won African footballer of the year once time and he only finished in top ten in another year. If awards is reliable, I'm sure Bencheikh is deserved a better place. For Selim, it seems too difficult to know how great was he during the 1950s. How do you think for the idea of replacement ?

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    5. Anonymous14/7/17

      As you said, It mean Bencheikh had comparatively more steady top-class seasons than Timoumi. So I think It's okay to replace.

      In Selim's era, there were no 'African footballer of the year award' or any criteria and so I can't estimate exactly how great he was. But as one of the pioneers of African football, I Think he deserved to be better place.

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