Abderrahmane Mahjoub

Abderrahmane Mahjoub or Abderrahmane Belmahjoub (April 25, 1929 – August 31, 2011) was a French and Moroccan international football midfielder.

Known as Prince du Parc (Prince of the Park) in his playing days for his dominant control of the midfield, he was one of the best Arab players of his generation, and one of the few who graced the sports fields of Europe in the 1950s and 1960s.[1]

Abderrahmane Mahjoub
Personal information
Date of birth April 25, 1929
Place of birth Casablanca, French Morocco
Date of death August 31, 2011 (aged 82)
Place of death Casablanca, Morocco
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
US Marocaine
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1951 US Athlétique Casablanca
1951–1953 RC Paris
1953–1954 Nice
1954–1960 RC Paris
1960–1963 Montpellier
1963–1964 RC Paris
1964–1968 Wydad Casablanca
National team
1953–1955 France 7 (0)
1961 Morocco
Teams managed
1963–1967 Morocco
1972–1973 Morocco
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Casablanca, the young Mahjoub began playing on the streets of his home city with his brother Mohamed, who later played for Olympique Marseille in the late 1940s. Abderrahmane started his career with the Union Sportive Athlétique Casablanca in 1948, where he spent three seasons before moving to Europe to join RC Paris of the French first division, but it was his performances for OGC Nice in 1953 that caught the eye of French selectors making his international debut against Luxembourg in a World Cup Qualifier. He stepped out at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris in the blue of France alongside his Nice teammate Moroccan-born Just Fontaine. The midfielder was an instant success on his first appearance, assisting in the first goal in an 8-0 rout in only the second minute of the game, Mahjoub went on to play six other occasions for France including a 3–2 win over Mexico at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland along with another Arab, Algerian Abdelaziz Bentifour.

After a season with Nice, where he was part of a French Cup winning side beating Larbi Ben Barek’s Olympique Marseille in the final, he rejoined Racing Club spending six successful seasons at the Paris club, reaching high as third place in the French first division in two consecutive seasons in 1958 and 1959. At the age 31, the club thought the Moroccan’s best years were behind him, and let him go but he proved all his critics wrong by guiding SO Montpellier to the 1961 French Second Division title, and promotion to the top flight. Racing Club eventually bought back the player for a final season in 1963, before he returned to play for Wydad Casablanca, where he was later coach.

One of the greatest moments in his career came in a memorable 1962 World Cup Qualifier; when Abderrahman captained his native country Morocco against the star-studded Spanish national team of Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskás, and Francisco Gento, before stepping onto the pitch he told his teammates to look at the flags of the two nations, planted in the ground at the same height “I want you to be like these flags, on the same level as the Spaniards”. Spain knocked out the Moroccan side but everyone at the time admired the Moroccan side for their style of play and their effort against the Spaniards. Abderrahman would later go on to coach the Moroccan national team.

In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.[2] He died on August 31, 2011.[3]


  1. ^ "Décès du Prince du parc, Abderrahman Belmahjoub" [Death of Prince of the Park, Abderrahman Belmahjoub] (in French). Bladi.net. 2 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Meilleur joueur des 50 dernières années 14 Marocains en lice" (in French). Le Matin. 2006-10-13. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
  3. ^ FIFA.com. "Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2018-05-14.

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1929 (MCMXXIX)

was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1929th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 929th year of the 2nd millennium, the 29th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1920s decade.

This year marked the end of a period known in American history as the Roaring Twenties after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ushered in a worldwide Great Depression. In the Americas, an agreement was brokered to end the Cristero War, a Catholic counter-revolution in Mexico. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, a British high court, ruled that Canadian women are persons in the Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General) case. The 1st Academy Awards for film were held in Los Angeles, while the Museum of Modern Art opened in New York City. The Peruvian Air Force was created.

In Asia, the Republic of China and the Soviet Union engaged in a minor conflict after the Chinese seized full control of the Manchurian Chinese Eastern Railway, which ended with a resumption of joint administration. In the Soviet Union, General Secretary Joseph Stalin expelled Leon Trotsky and adopted a policy of collectivization. The Grand Trunk Express began service in India. Rioting between Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem over access to the Western Wall took place in the Middle East. The centenary of Western Australia was celebrated.

The Kellogg–Briand Pact, a treaty renouncing war as an instrument of national policy, went into effect. In Europe, the Holy See and the Kingdom of Italy signed the Lateran Treaty. The Idionymon law was passed in Greece to outlaw political dissent. Spain hosted the Ibero-American Exposition which featured pavilions from Latin American countries. The German airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin flew around the world in 21 days.

1954 Coupe de France Final

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1954 FIFA World Cup squads

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The Casablanca derby has extensive national media coverage and is a topic of debate for several days before and after the match between the fans of both clubs, whether in the streets, schools or workplace.

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Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.

Football at the 1967 Mediterranean Games – squads

Below are the squads for the Football at the 1967 Mediterranean Games, hosted in Tunis, Tunisia, and took place between 7 and 17 September 1967.

Morocco national football team

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Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, which they did in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England. They were also the first African team to make it to the second round, barely losing to eventual runners-up West Germany 1–0 in 1986. They also came within two minutes of moving out of the group stage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal's late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them.

Morocco qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, making it their first time in 20 years.

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