Al-Ahli Dubai F.C.

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Al Ahli Club
AlAhli UAE new.png
Full name Al Ahli Dubai Club
Nickname(s) Fursan
Founded 1970
Ground Rashed Stadium
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ground Capacity 25,000
Owner Ahmad Khalifa Hammad
Chairman Abdullah Saeed
Manager Cosmin Olăroiu
League UAE Pro-League
2013–14 UAE Pro-League, 1st
Website Club home page
Old logo

Al Ahli Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي‎) is a United Arab Emirates professional association football club based in Dubai. The club is abbreviated as A.C..

Al Ahli is one of the most successful clubs in the UAE. Al Ahli, literally translating to "national" in Arabic, was established in 1970, when three local teams joined together to form the club. The club won three UAE Arabian Gulf League titles in the '70s and won its fourth in 2006, fifth in 2009 and sixth in 2014.



The club was established in 1970, when two local football teams Al Wehdah and Al Shabab (est. 1962) joined together, and then four years later another local team Al Najah joined to form Al Ahli Club.

Crest and Nickname[edit]

The original Al Ahli logo reflected a falcon on top of football and the words "Al Ahli Club" written horizontally. After rebranding themselves to Red Knights in 2006, the logo changed to a horse head shape with the letters A C (Al Ahli Club) on top. The new logo represents strength and high spirits also it goes along with the new nickname Red Knights instead of the old nickname the Red Devils.

1973–1980: The golden age[edit]

It took Al Ahli only four years after its establishment to win the UAE Arabian Gulf League twice consecutively in 1975 and 1976 then again in 1980. Drawing home-town fans, Al Ahli has been and continues to be one of the most popular sports teams in the UAE. However,Al Ahli club have suffered a lot in the last decades,and they went back to the second division when they played against Al shabab which alahli was willing just for a point from the match to stay in the 1 division. Al ahli has lost the match and Al Shabab has won the league. After a period of decline, Al Ahli went back on top winning its fourth league title in 2006 but throughout these years, Al Ahli continued to be a successful club in the UAE by winning 6 Emir Cups.

Al Ahli Castle[edit]

They are also known as Al Ahli Castle because of its involvement in other professional sports. The club competes in basketball, volleyball, handball, track sport, table tennis and track cycling. Al Ahli is also known for its involvement in cultural activities and community services. Al Ahli Drama club established in 1981, to promote Emirati plays focusing on UAE tradition, heritage and current events.

2009 FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

Al-Ahli, as UAE Arabian Gulf League 2008–09 champions and as Abu Dhabi was hosting the event, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup which was held in December 2009. They lost 0–2 to Auckland City in their only game in the competition.[1]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
2 United Arab Emirates DF Salmin Khamis
4 United Arab Emirates MF Habib Al Fardan
5 United Arab Emirates DF Walid Abbas
7 United Arab Emirates MF Ismail Al Hammadi ´
8 Brazil MF Everton Ribeiro
9 United Arab Emirates MF Abdulla Jassem
10 State of Palestine MF Luis Jiménez
11 United Arab Emirates FW Ahmed Khalil
12 United Arab Emirates GK Ahmed Mahmoud
14 Morocco MF Oussama Assaidi
15 United Arab Emirates DF Abduraheem Abdurahman
17 United Arab Emirates FW Walid Anber
18 United Arab Emirates MF Khaled Tareq Bashir
20 United Arab Emirates FW Saeed Al-Bloushi
21 South Korea MF Kwon Kyung-won
No. Position Player
22 United Arab Emirates GK Ahmed Mubarak
24 United Arab Emirates FW Abdulla Eyssa
26 United Arab Emirates DF Abdulaziz Haikel
27 United Arab Emirates DF Omar Mohammed
28 United Arab Emirates DF Essa Ahmed
31 United Arab Emirates MF Mohammed Anter
33 United Arab Emirates GK Saif Yousif
46 United Arab Emirates DF Abdul-Rahman Yousef
55 United Arab Emirates GK Majed Naser
62 United Arab Emirates DF Abdelaziz Sanqour
70 United Arab Emirates MF Waleed Hussain
71 United Arab Emirates MF Nawaf Mubarak
77 United Arab Emirates DF Yousif Al Sayed
80 United Arab Emirates MF Humaid Abbas
88 United Arab Emirates MF Majed Hassan

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
16 Iraq MF Humam Tariq (on loan to Al Dhafra)
29 Germany GK Esad Bajrić (on loan to Nürnberg)

Managerial history[edit]

Al Ahli Club Board Directors[edit]

  • Abdulla Saeed Al Naboodah – Chairman
  • Hammed Abdullah – Deputy Chairman
  • Ahmad Khalifa Hammad – CEO

Board Members[edit]

  • Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Banna
  • Osama Qarqash
  • Adel Zarooni
  • Mohammed Al Hamadi
  • Ahmad Al Kamali
  • Obaid Saeed Obaid

Al Ahli Football Company[edit]

  • Abdulla Saeed Al Naboodah – Chairman
  • Sayef Bin Mrkhan – Deputy Chairman
  • Ahmad Khalifa Hammad – CEO

Board Members[edit]

  • Tareq Ahmed Baqer
  • Mohammed Mattar Ghareb
  • Mansoor Lootah


'19 official Championships


UAE Football League


UAE President's Cup

Etisalat Emirates Cup

UAE Super Cup


  1. ^ "Al Ahli 0 – 2 Auckland City". ESPN. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 

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