Entente Sportive Sétifienne, known as “The Black Eagle”, have their roots in Algeria’s struggle against French colonialism. The club was the second club founded in Algeria in 1958 during the Algerian Civil War, following a ban that the colonial government instituted on Muslim clubs. Before the club was founded as an institution, an early version of Sétif played a French Army team in 1945. The team and their white and green jerseys were banned by the French following the match due to the color scheme’s similarity to Algeria’s revolutionary group, the FLN. From then on, Sétif has competed in black and white to commemorate the day their original jerseys were banned.
Sétif started out as a prominent club after independence, and achieved the double in the 1967-68 season by winning the league and the Algerian Cup. Despite maintaining success in the cup through the years, it wasn’t until the second half of the 1980’s when the club became a force in African football as well as Algerian football. Following a league title in 1987, the club was relegated in the next season for the only time in its history. However, while competing in the second tier, the club was able to capture the 1988 CAF Champions League, being the only African side not in its country’s top division to do so. Since 2000, the club has consistently been competing for titles in Algeria, and captured an additional CAF Champions League title in 2014.