Date of birth : 1946-05-03
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Batna, Algeria
Nationality : Algerian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-05-03
Rabah Saâdane (born 3 May 1946) is an Algerian football (soccer) manager. He is currently the manager of the Algeria national football team, which is his fifth time as coach of the national team after earlier stints between 1981 and 2004, including leading the team in the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
He played for MSP Batna, MO Constantine, JS El Biar, USM Blida and Rennes. He also coached Raja Casablanca, Étoile Sportive du Sahel, Yemen and ES Sétif.
Following a modest playing career in his homeland and briefly in France, Cheik (the Elder, the Wise or the Master) Rabah Saadane quickly tried his hand at coaching. He soon found employment with the national association, first taking charge of various youth teams. In 1982, he was part of the coaching staff as Algeria disputed the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. Four years later, he took over the reins of the national side but paid the price for poor results at the global showcase. He took up the post again for a short while in 1999, then from 2003 to 2004 and began his current stint in 2007. In the club game, the veteran trainer notably lifted the CAF Champions League with Raja Casablanca in 1989 and the Arab Champions League title with ES Setif in 2007.
View the full website biography of Rabah Saadane.