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The Étoile Sportive du Sahel (ESS) ( , often referred to as Étoile du Sahel, ) is a sports club from Soussemarker in the Sahel region of Tunisiamarker, known primarily for its football team. The club also has sections for handball, volleyball, basketball, judo and wrestling. In English the name means Sport (or Athletic) Star of the Sahel.

Étoile is the only club in the world, join to Italymarker's Juventus F.C., to have won all international club competitions organized by their respective continental confederation and the only in Africa to have won all CAF club competitions.


The club was founded during a public meeting at the French-Arabic school on Laroussi Zarrouk Street, in Sousse. Chedli Boujemla was elected as the first chairman of the multi-sport club. La Soussienne and La Musulmane ("The Muslim") were rejected as club names in favor of L'Étoile Sportive. Club members eventually settled on L'Étoile Sportive du Sahel to reflect the goal of representing a broader region than Sousse alone. The Protectorate administration officially recognized the club on July 17, 1925. In March 1926, Ali Larbi became chairman of the soccer section of the club, which entered the Fédération Tunisienne de Football.

L'Étoile became the Islamic club in Sousse. Tunisia also had the Frenchmarker Patriote de Sousse club, the Jewish Maccabi club, the Italianmarker La Savoia club and the Maltesemarker Red Star club: Though communitarian football had been banned officially since 1919 in Tunisia, in reality, it still existed.

ESS's first major honour was the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 title in 1950, but they had to wait 8 years to pick it up again. They won their first Tunisian President Cup in 1959, and completed a league and cup double in 1963 - becoming one of the first Tunisian teams to do so. But ESS struggled throughout the 1970s and 1980s, although they did manage to win back-to-back league titles in 1986 and 1987. In 1995 Etoile won their first continental trophy, winning the CAF Cup. 2 years later in 1997 they completed a league and African Cup Winners Cup double, and they continued to impress on the continental stage - they won the African Super Cup in 1998 and the CAF Cup (for the 2nd time) in 1999. But Sahel's problem was that they struggled domestically - a perfect example was when they won the league in 1987 and failed to win it again until 10 years later. It was exactly the same in 1997. They won the African Cup Winners Cup (for the 2nd time) in 2003, and made it to their 1st ever African Champions League final a year later, but lost to Nigerian outfit Enyimbamarker on penalties. ESS lost in the final of the same competition the following season, being defeated by Egyptian giants Al-Ahly 3-0 over 2 legs. Although, they did have some success that year - winning the Tunisian League Cup for the first time in their history. In 2006 Etoile won the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time, but continued to struggle in the league. But the 2006-2007 season proved to be possibly the greatest season in the club's history - they won the CLP 1 title and the African Champions League title (for the first time). The final of the Champions League that year was a memorable one, as ESS played Al-Ahly in a repeat of the 2005 final. The first leg finished 0-0 in Soussemarker, and with ESS huge underdogs, they won 3-1 in Egypt to take the trophy. But despite this they missed out on the league again the following campaign (after losing on the last day of the season) and then in 2008-2009 they finished 3rd, which meant manager Gernot Rohr was sacked. Lofti Rhim then became manager, and helped Etoile make a bright start to the 2009-2010 season.

Etoile's active sections








Etoile Sahel's Press conference room logo

Honours & Achievements

Étoile Sportive du Sahel was the first African squad to have won all official club competition recognized by Confederation of African Football .

Performance in national & domestic competitions

  • Tunisian League (8)
    • Champion: 1950¹, 1958, 1963, 1966, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1997, 2007

  • Tunisian President Cup (7)
    • Winner: 1959, 1963, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1996
    • Finalist: 1939¹, 1946¹, 1950¹, 1954¹, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1967, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2008

Performance in CAF competitions

  • CAF Cup (2)
    • Winner: 1995, 1999
    • Runner-up: 1996, 2001

Performance in UAFA competitions

Performance in other international competitions

¹titles won prior to independence

Individual Honours

Top scorers

  • Habib Mougou : (25 goals)
  • Habib Mougou : (28 goals)
  • Othman Jenayah : (15 goals)
  • Abdesselam Adhouma : (17 goals)
  • Abdesselam Adhouma : (16 goals)
  • Raouf Ben Aziza : (20 goals)
  • Raouf Ben Aziza : (22 goals)
  • Francileudo dos Santos Silva : (14 goals)

Golden Boot

  • Othman Jenayah :
  • Raouf Ben Aziza :
  • Kamel Azzabi :
  • Zoubeïr Beya :

Arab Golden Boot

  • Kaïs Ghodhbane : 1999


Etoile's most fierce rivalry is with Club Sportif Sfaxien, as the teams are 2 of Tunisia's finest. Similary, they also have a rivalry with Club Africain. In terms of location, ESS are quite an isolated club, so games against US Monastir and ES Hammam-Sousse (the latter are from a town just north of Soussemarker) are considered local derbies.


Current squad


  • President: Moez Driss
  • 1er Vice-président: Hamed Kamoun
  • Vice-président (Comm. discipline, Porte-parole off): Taoufik Gahbiche
  • Administrator Général: Ahmed Sahnoun
  • Président du Comitée the supporters: Chetioui Ben Mim
  • Secrétary Général: Tijani Grira
  • Financial Général: M. Ridha Ghozzi

  • Head Coach: Khaled Ben Sassi
  • Assistant Coach: Mohamed El Mkacher
  • Physical Coach: Jalel Hergli
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Faouzi Langliz
  • Adjoint: Najib Amara
  • Doctor: Sami Ben Yahia
  • Masseur: Anis Ben Ayed
  • Masseur: Marouène Kacem
  • Material Chef: Habib Bouazra

Selected Reserve/Youth Team players

Out on loan

Former Personal

Former Players

  • Habib Mougou
  • Alaya Douik
  • Rachid Sehili
  • Mahmoud Kanoun
  • Beji Abdou
  • Abdelmajid Chetali
  • Mohsen Habaha
  • Ridha Rouetbi
  • Mohamed Mahfoudh
  • Mohieddine Habacha
  • Raouf Ben Amor
  • Salem Kedadi
  • Othman Jenayah
  • Habib Akid
  • Abdesselem Adhouma
  • Lamine Ben Aziza
  • Raouf Ben Aziza
  • Amri Melki
  • Samir Bakkaou
  • Hamed Kammoun
  • Slim Ben Belgacem
  • Mejdi Ben Mohamed


  • 1925-1926 : Chédly Boujemla
  • 1926-1927 : Ali Laârbi
  • 1929-1932 : Ali Laâdhari
  • 1932-1935 : M'hammed Maârouf
  • 1935-1944 : Hamed Akacha
  • 1944-1953 : M'hamed Ghachem
  • 1953-1954 : Sadok Mellouli
  • 1954-1956 : Abdelhamid Sakka
  • 1956-1959 : Ali Driss
  • 1959-1960 : Mohamed Atoui
  • 1960-1961 : Ali Driss
  • 1961-1981 : Hamed Karoui
  • 1981-1984 : Adeljelil Bouraoui
  • 1984-1988 : Hamadi Mestiri
  • 1988-1990 : Adeljelil Bouraoui
  • 1990-1993 : Hamadi Mestiri
  • 1993-2006 : Othman Jenayah
  • 2006-....... : Moez Driss

Selected Former Coaches


  1. African club competitions recognized by CAF - Record Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation -

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