Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie (Tamazight: Ilemẓiyen Inaddalen n Leqbayel, Arabic: شبيبة القبائل), known as JS Kabylie or JSK (transliterated ⵊⵙⴽ in Tifinagh), is an Algerian professional association football club based in Tizi Ouzou. It draws its support from Kabyle football fans even outside the city of Tizi Ouzou. Their home stadium is Stade 1er Novembre.
JS Kabylie is the most successful club in Algeria, having won the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 title a record 14 times and the Algerian Cup 5 times. The club has also won six African titles, winning the CAF Champions League twice, the African Cup Winners' Cup once and the CAF Cup three times.
On 2 August 1946 the club was officially founded with the name Sport Youth Kabylia, and began competing in the Third Division League Football Association of Algiers. They played their first official match on 13 October 1946 in the Third Division.
The club made their debut in the Algerian league in 1946–47, and finished third in their league, allowing them to climb to the second division of the Algiers League.
The following season, the club won the championship group, finishing first in their pool and therefore were promoted to the first division. The first season in the 1st division of Algiers ended with a second-place finish.
JSK finished in sixth place in their first season. During the 1972–73 season, their fourth season in the elite, JSK won its first championship. The club was then renamed Jamiat Sari 'Kawkabi by the then President Houari Boumedienne. The following season, JSK were crowned champions of Algeria for the second consecutive time. The following two seasons were mixed, with a seventh place in 1974–75 and a third place in 1975–76. The 1976–77 season saw the club again take the championship of Algeria, with Mokrane Baileche finishing top scorer with twenty goals. At the same time, The club obtained its first league and cup double.
The 1978–79 season saw them finish runners-up in the league and cup, but in 1980 they won the league again.
In 1981 they won the African Champions Cup.
They won further league titles in 1985 and 1986.
In 1988/89 they won the league.
The club retained their title at the end of the 1989–90 season and became the double champion of Algeria football for the fourth time in its history. This was their tenth league title. The 1990–91 season ended with a fourth place in the championship and a cup final loss against USM Bel-Abbès. In 1990 they won the African Cup of Champions.
In 1991–92 and 1993–94 they won the Algerian Cup, and in 1995 the African Cup Winners' Cup.
In 2001–02 they were runners-up in the league and reached the semi-finals of the cup.
In 2003–04 they won the league but lost the cup final to USM Alger.
In 2007–08 they won the league title, and were runners-up to ES Sétif the following season.
The club won the cup in 2011–12.
In July 2012, the Italian coach Enrico Fabbro was recruited, but he was fired in November. Nasser replaced Sandzak and the club finished the championship in seventh place. On 23 August 2014, Cameroonian striker Albert Ebossé was struck on the head by a projectile thrown by one of the angry JSK fans while the teams were leaving the field at the end of a home game between JSK and USM Alger. The match had ended in a 2–1 defeat, with Ebossé contributing the sole JSK goal. Ebossé died a few hours later in hospital from a traumatic brain injury.
JSK is a club located in the region of Kabylia. There are, in this region, several football clubs in the lower divisions of the Algeria Football Championship.
JSM Bejaia (Jeunesse Sportive Madinet Bejaia) is another popular club in Kabylia. It has been around longer than the JSK and its foundation dates back to 1936. It is set in Kabylia in the city of Bejaia. Since their ascension into the elite JSMB have competed with JSK for the supremacy of the Kabyle region, and thus formed the "Derby of Kabylia."
A rivalry formed with another club in the city of Bejaia; MO Bejaia. This rivalry evolved in the Algerian second division and formed the derby of Bejaia.Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1
Algerian Super Cup
CAF Champions League
CAF Cup Winners' Cup
CAF Super Cup
Maghreb Champions Cup
North African Cup of Champions
UAFA Club Cup
CAF Champions League / African Cup of Champions Clubs: 16 appearances
CAF Confederation Cup: 3 appearances
CAF Super Cup: 1 appearance
CAF Cup: 4 appearances
CAF Cup Winners' Cup: 2 appearance
As of 15 January 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Below are the notable former players who have represented JS Kabylie in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1946. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club or represented the national team for which the player is eligible during his stint with JS Kabylie or following his departure.
For a complete list of JS Kabylie players, see Category:JS Kabylie players