Al Ahli SC (Doha)

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Al Ahli SC
Full name Al Ahli Sports Club
Nickname(s) Al Ameed (Brigadier)
Founded 1950; 64 years ago (1950)
Ground Grand Hamad Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani
Manager Milan Máčala
League Qatar Stars League
2012–13 Qatari 2nd Division, 1st (promoted)

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.


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.[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.[1] 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.[2] They are perhaps best known for playing against Pelé's team Santos in 1973 at Doha Stadium.[3] 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.[4]

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 attendance with 10,142 fans attending the final league match against Al Sailiya.[5]


Performance in UAFA competitions[edit]

2003/04: First round
2007/08: First round

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1992/93: First Round
1998/99: Second Round

Asian record[edit]

Year Tournament Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1993 Asian Cup Winners' Cup Group stage Kuwait Al-Arabi 0–0 0–1 0–1
1999 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1 Lebanon Nejmeh w.o.1 0–0 0–0
2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 0–0 1–7 1–7

1. Al Nejmeh SC withdrew from the tournament.

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Qatar GK Amer Al Dosari
2 Qatar DF Adem Abdi
3 Qatar DF Mohammed Al-Ansari
5 Yemen DF Ahmed Hardi
6 Qatar DF Mujtaba Sayed Jaafar
7 Qatar FW Waleed Hamza
8 Ghana DF John Benson
10 Qatar MF Bilal Abdurahman
11 Qatar FW Meshal Abdullah (Captain)
12 Qatar GK Basil Zaidan
13 Qatar DF Ali Gumaa
14 Qatar DF Abdulla Medhat
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Alain Dioko
17 Qatar MF Ali Jassmi
18 Qatar MF Mohammed Al-Malki
19 Qatar MF Sayed Mortadha Fakhro
22 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Mulota Kabangu
No. Position Player
24 Qatar MF Mubarak Al Saadi
30 Qatar MF Abdulaziz Al-Ansari
33 Qatar MF Amer Mozamil
44 Qatar FW Ahmed Abdenasser
55 Qatar MF Ahmed Abdulkadir
71 Ghana DF Fred Dabenka
85 Bahrain DF Abdullah Omar
88 Iran MF Mojtaba Jabbari
90 Brazil MF Eduardo
92 Qatar FW Ali Khamis
94 Qatar FW Ali Ahmed Qadri
96 Qatar GK Satea Abdelnasser
-- Qatar GK Emad Al Shammari
-- Qatar DF Mohammed El Hadj
-- Qatar DF Mesaad Al-Hamad
-- Qatar MF Hassan Al Qadi
-- Qatar MF Abdulaziz Al Yahri

Players registered as professionals[edit]

For recent squad changes see: List of Qatari football transfers winter 2013–2014.

Managerial history[edit]

As of 6 June 2012.

Seasons Manager Nationality
1972–73 Mohammed Hassan Kheiri Sudan
1975–?? Ali Al Attar Egypt
1978–?? Helmi Hussein Egypt
1982–84 Ivo Wortmann Brazil
1984–85 Eid Mubarak Qatar
1985–86 Colin Addison England
1987–88 Joubert Meira Brazil
1988 Sebastião Lazaroni Brazil
1991 Zoran Đorđević Serbia
1991–93 Paulo Massa Brazil
1994–95 Faruk Pašić Bosnia and Herzegovina
1997–98 Abdelkadir Bomir Morocco
1998 Heshmat Mohajerani Iran
1998–99 Viktor Prokopenko [1] Ukraine/Russia
1999 Abdelkadir Bomir Morocco
1999[6] Sead Gruda
Abdulqadir Almoghaisab
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1999–00 José Robles Brazil
2000–01 Cruz Portugal
2001 José Robles Brazil
2001 Eid Mubarak Qatar
2002–03 Carlos Alhinho Portugal
Seasons Manager Nationality
2004 Augusto Inácio Portugal
2004–05 Pepe Brazil
2005 Oswaldo de Oliveira Brazil
2005–06 Waldemar Lemos
Oswaldo de Oliveira
2006 Michel Decastel Switzerland
2006 Reiner Hollmann Germany
2006–07 José Robles Brazil
July 2007–June 08 Mark Wotte Netherlands
2008–09 Erik van der Meer Netherlands
2009 Mrad Mahjoub Tunisia
2009 Carlos Manuel Portugal
2009 Heron Ricardo Ferreira Brazil
2009[7] Abdulqadir Almoghaisab (CT) Qatar
2009 Abdullah Mubarak Qatar
2009–10 José Robles Brazil
2010 Hassan Hormatallah Morocco
July 2010–Sept 10 Ilija Petković Serbia
Sept 2010–Oct 11 Abdullah Mubarak Qatar
Oct 2011–June 12 Bernard Simondi France
July 2012– Milan Máčala Czech Republic
Abdullah Mubarak, former manager of Al Ahli
Former managers with unknown dates
  • Lebanon Omar Khatib
  • Sudan Hassan Osman
  • Sudan Abdullah Balash

Al Ahli club staff[edit]

Last update: 18 July 2012.[8]

Senior team
Technical staff
Head coach Czech Republic Milan Máčala
Assistant coach Bahrain Khalid Taj
Head of transatlantic relations England Samuel Alger
Medical staff
Head of clinic Dr Tawfiq
Team doctor Sokryi
Physiotherapist Anselmo
Physiotherapist Assad Ammari
Team staff
Director of reserve team Majed Saeed
Director of administration Abdulaziz Hamza
Director of football Ibrahim Al Karaniris
Deputy director of football Khalid Shabib
Director of sports affairs Abdullah Jassim
Director of sport marketing Yaqoub Nasser
Administrative team Ismail Ahmed
Youth teams
Technical staff
U23 manager Hassan Khalil Ahmed
U23 head coach Slavko Matić
U23 assistant coach Hussein Baqir
U16 head coach John Lake
U16 assistant coach Abdulredha Hussein
Youth teams
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Islam Salahuddin
Physiotherapist Ihab Abdelfatah
Team staff
Head of youth teams Fahad Al Wadanaa
Deputy head of youth teams Ahmad Sayyar

Club officials[edit]


Position Staff
President Qatar HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani
Vice-president Qatar HE Khalaf Ahmed Mannai
General secretary Qatar Khaled Abdullah Shabib

Last updated: February 2012
Source: Board of Directors

Club presidents[edit]

As of February 2012.

No. Chairperson No. Chairperson
1 Qatar Naji Musaad 8 Qatar Abdullah Mohammed Ghurery
2 Qatar Sheikh Mubarak bin Ahmed Al-Thani 9 Qatar Ali bin Ali Ahmed
3 Qatar Sheikh Ali bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani 10 QatarSheikh Abdulrahman bin Nasser Al-Thani
4 Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani 11 Qatar Abdullah Ahmad Hashemi
5 Qatar Sultan bin Sultan 12 Qatar Mohammed Kadhim Ibrahim
6 Qatar Abdulaziz Fahad Bozzoer 13 Qatar Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani
7 Qatar Abdulqadir Al Moghaisib 14 Qatar HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani


Winners (4): 1973, 1981, 1987, 1992
Runners-up (5): 1975, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2003
Runners-up (2): 1999, 2006
Winners (1): 2012


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