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Founded in August 1921, Mouloudia Club Alger is among the most popular sides in Algeria and a former winner of the African Champions League in its previous form.
The club lifted the trophy in 1976 in a thrilling final against Guinea side Hafia FC. Haifa won the first leg at home 3-0, but MC Alger bounced back to win by the same margin in the return fixture.
It meant the final would go to penalties and the North Africans were the ones who held their nerve to claim a 4-1 win in the shoot-out. They became the first Algerian side to win a continental cup.
They also reached the quarterfinals in 1977 and 1980 during what was the golden period for the club, but since then success, both on home soil and in continental competitions, has been limited.
They made one first round exit in the Champions League in 2000, but have not returned since until this year. They also won a first domestic League title in 11 years in 2010, their seventh in all, and just the second since 1979.
Those seven League titles place them second on the list of most successful Algerian teams, behind the top side JS Kabylie, who have 14.
The side is coached by former Algeria midfielder Noureddine Zekri, who took over in March 2011.
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