Mouloudia Club d’Oran, referred to as MC Oran or MCO for short, also known as Mouloudia d’Oran, is a football club based in Oran, Algeria. Founded in 1946, the club was known as Mouloudia Chaâbia d’Oran from 1971 to 1977, Mouloudia Pétroliers d’Oran from 1977 to 1987 and Mouloudia d’Oran from 1987 to 1989. The club colours are red and white. It play in Stade Ahmed Zabana. It is also a multi-sports club, known mostly for its handball team.
Until 2008, MC Oran was the only club in Algeria to have participated in every single season of the first division since its inception in 1962. However, the club was relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season but returned after just one season in the Algerian Championnat National.
Mouloudia Club d’Oran (handball), referred to as MC Oran HB for a short, is an Algerian handball team based in Oran, that plays in the Algerian Handball Championship.
Martial Arts, algeria has had tens of thousands of Vovinam practitioners, some of whom competed in the World Championship of 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City. In judo, Amar Benikhlef and Ali Idir have won the African Judo Championships several times in their categories. Several women including Soraya Haddad and Salima Souakri have won medals at the African Championship of Nations of Women’s Judo and at the Olympic Games.
Rugby union in Algeria is a minor but growing sport, Rugby union was introduced into Algeria by the French. Some Pied-Noirs (ethnic European Algerians) would go on to become significant rugby players, such as Maurice Boyau.
As with many minor rugby nations, rugby is centered on the capital, Algiers.
Like many North African countries, the historical connection with France is a mixed blessing. For a number of years, Algerian rugby players would leave to play there, which deprived Algerian rugby of any real competition. There are at least sixty Algerians playing in English and French rugby. Like many other Maghrebi nations, Algerian rugby tended to look to Europe for inspiration, rather than to the rest of Africa.
However, one exception might be Boumedienne Allam: Allam first played for France U-21 squad, winning the Six Nations Tournament of that category, in 2000. He was a member of the historical first game of Algeria national rugby union team, on the 24th February 2007.
Algeria have six rugby union clubs to date, and there are plans to set up a proper national club competition. They are currently trying to promote the game in universities and schools.