Al Ahli SC (Doha)
|Full name||Al-Ahli Sports Club|
|Nickname(s)||Al Ameed (Brigadier)|
|Ground||Grand Hamad Stadium
|Chairman||HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani|
|League||Qatar Stars League|
|2013–14||Qatar Stars League, 6th|
|Website||Club home page|
Al Ahli SC (Arabic: نادي الاهلي القطري), also known as Al Ahli Doha is a Qatari multi-sport club based in Doha. It is most notable for its professional association football section. Their home stadium is Khalifa International Stadium. It is the oldest sports club in Qatar, having been established in 1950.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Supporters
- 4 Crest
- 5 Performance in UAFA competitions
- 6 Performance in AFC competitions
- 7 Asian record
- 8 Current squad
- 9 Managerial history
- 10 Al Ahli club staff
- 11 Club officials
- 12 Honours
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The club was founded in 1950 under the name Al Najah Sports Club, which makes it the oldest sports club in Qatar. Al Najah SC was established by the founders of another club, called Sawt al-Arab, which was subsequently disbanded. The most prominent of the founders were Naji Musaad, the first president of the club. The club's first headquarters was situated in a residential house and cost 70 Indian rupees per month to rent. In 1964, the club was formally founded under resolution no. 2. Their first match abroad was scheduled to take place against Al Muharraq. After travelling to Bahrain by sea, the club was turned down because their squad was composed foreign players. Instead, they played against Al Nusoor, whom they defeated 3–1.
In 1972, Al Najah was merged with another local club under the current name, Al Ahli Sports Club. The first board of directors was formed with eight members, and the club's colors were officially decided as green and white. Early managers after the merger include Mohammed Kheiri, the first manager of Al Ahli Sports Club, Sudanese Abdullah Balash, Lebanese Omar Khatib and Sudanese Hassan Osman. They are perhaps best known for playing against Pelé's team Santos in 1973 at Doha Stadium. In the 1983/84 season, the club received a new headquarters, equipped with modern training and recreational facilities, as did all of the other sports clubs in Qatar.
In the early nineties, under the presidency of Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani, the club was relegated to the Qatari 2nd Division for the first time in its history. In an attempt to improve its younger generation of players by providing them with invaluable first team experience, the youth team had been given an opportunity to earn promotion back to the first division. They were unsuccessful, and only were runners up that year.
The club only has won only one domestic trophy since its formation, the Emir of Qatar Cup, which was won four times, including the very first competition held.
Al Ahli play their home matches at Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium which has a capacity of 12,000 seats.
The club has one of the most consistently high home attendances in the Qatar Stars League. On 11 April 2014, they set a new league record for final match day attendance with 10,142 fans attending the league match against Al Sailiya.
Performance in UAFA competitions
- UAFA Club Cup: 2 appearances
- 2003/04: First round
- 2007/08: First round
Performance in AFC competitions
- Asian Cup Winners Cup: 2 appearances
|1993||Asian Cup Winners' Cup||Group stage||Al-Arabi||0–0||0–1||0–1|
|1999||Asian Cup Winners' Cup||1||Nejmeh||w.o.1||0–0||0–0|
1. Al Nejmeh SC withdrew from the tournament.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Players registered as professionals
As of 6 June 2012.
- Former managers with unknown dates
Al Ahli club staff
Last update: 18 July 2012.
|President||HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani|
|Vice-president||HE Khalaf Ahmed Mannai|
|General secretary||Khaled Abdullah Shabib|
Last updated: February 2012
Source: Board of Directors
As of February 2012.
- Winners (4): 1973, 1981, 1987, 1992
- Runners-up (5): 1975, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2003
- Runners-up (2): 1999, 2006
- Winners (1): 2012
- "Al-Ahli Sports Club – Foundation story". al-ahliclub.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "عبد الرحمن المغيصيب الرئيس السابق : النادي إبني البكر ولا أطيق عليه اي كلمة لو بالغشمرة" (in Arabic). al-ahliclub.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- "مشاركة متميزة لمركز قطر للتراث والهوية في اليوم الرياضي". alarab.qa. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "الشيخ خالد بن علي الرئيس السابق للنادي يفتح قلبه للموقع : الادارة الحالية تحتاج للدعم والوقت لاعادة العميد لامجاده-قرارات المجلس الحالي يجب ان تنبع من داخله وليس من المجالس" (in Arabic). al-ahliclub.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- "New Record Attendance For A Qatar Stars League Match In Round 26". qsl.com.qa. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "اعتماد تسجيل أربعة لاعبين أجانب في الموسم الجديد". alkass.net. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "موقع الكأس يرصد حركة الانتقالات قبل إنطلاق الدوري". alkass.net. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "المغيصيب أفضل مدرب وطني ويبحث دائماً عن الانجازات" (in Arabic). Qatar Olympic Committee. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- "إقالة مدرب الأهلي القطري" (in Arabic). nablustv.net. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- "أسماء مدربين واداريين الفئات السنية كرة القدم" (in Arabic). al-ahliclub.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012.