AS Real were forged from the ashes of two popular local sides - Racing and L'Avenir in 1960 in Mali's capital Bamako. They played in the final of the African Champions Cup in 1966, where they lost 5-4 on aggregate to Stade Abidjan of The Ivory Coast, and won the innaugral national championship in 1981, and were one of the first star club sides in African football.
Malien Premiere Division six times and the Malien Cup nine times, and represented Mali in the African Cup of Champions on seven occasions. But the fun seems to have dried up since 1991 from when they have not won a single trophy. Known as the Electronic Attack in their glory days, AS Real became an easy touch in the mid-90s, and at their worst suffered a crushing 11-0 defeat to Stade Mali Bamako. The 2001-02 season almost saw the unimaginable as they were saved from relegation on the last day of the season by a stoppage time draw.
Stade Modibo Keita will resonate with the sound of djembe once more.
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