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Al Ahly SC
Al-Ahly logo.png
Full name Al Ahly Sporting Club
[1]
Nickname(s) Patriotism Club
Club of the Century
Red Devils
Founded 24 April 1907; 107 years ago (1907-04-24)
Ground Cairo Stadium
Ground Capacity 74,000 (record 120,000)
Chairman ‏Mahmoud Taher‏
Manager Juan Carlos Garrido
League Egyptian Premier League
2013-14 1st (Group 1)
1st (Championship Playoff)
Website Club home page
Current season

Al-Ahly Sporting Club,[1] commonly known as Red Devils Al Ahly or El Ahly (English: The National) is an Egyptian sporting club. Founded in April 1907, Al Ahly was named in 2000 by the Confederation of African Football as the "African Club of the Century".

As of 2014, the club has 127 official trophies (108 domestic and 19 international), making it the most successful winning team on the planet. Al Ahly is currently the most successful club in terms of international titles won, surpassing Argentine club Boca Juniors and Italian giants A.C. Milan after winning the 2014 CAF Super Cup.[2]

Al Ahly is also the most successful club in both Egyptian and African football history, having won the CAF Champions League a record 8 times, the defunct African Cup Winners' Cup a record four times and the CAF Super Cup a record six times, as well as the Egyptian Premier League a record 37 times, the Egypt Cup a record 35 times and the Egyptian Super Cup a record 7 times.

History[edit]

Al Ahly was founded in 1907 as a club where leader of Cairo's students' unions could meet during the struggle against colonisation.[3]

On 25 February 1907, Amine Samy chose the name 'Ahly' for the newly founded club to fit with its purpose. It started out as an Egyptian Limited Liability Company with a capital of 5000 EGP. The club's first chairman was an English man named Mitchell Ince, who facilitated the foundation of the club and issued planning permissions for the land it owned. In the year 1922, electricity was connected to the club's headquarters for the first time to replace gasoline in a major project that cost 52 EGP at the time.

Three years later, the club's congress decided to make membership exclusive to Egyptians, earning them the title of 'the people's club'. From these humble origins, Al Ahly have attracted a large number of followers all over Africa, and claim to have over 50 million supporters, making them one of the most popular clubs in the world.

The club also has a reputation for being one of the most organised and sophisticated in the Middle East, adopting a high moral stance in its business dealings. For this reason it is known as 'the club of values' – a phrase initially coined by the club's all-time idol and former president Saleh Selim.[4]

Al Ahly began to dominate the Egyptian game in the 1940s. In the 1980s the club became successful on a continental level, winning the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1982 and 1987. They triumphed again in the renamed competition in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008[5] under the coaching of the Portuguese Manuel José and 2012, then finally 2013 making them the most crowned team in Africa, with 8 Champions League titles, four Cup-Winners' Cups, six Super Cups and one Afro-Asian Club Championship. In 2001, Al Ahly celebrated their crowning of club of the century in Africa by facing the European club of the century Real Madrid which Al Ahly won 1–0

Al Ahly was the first club to reach the FIFA Club World Cup twice following two consecutive appearances in 2005 and 2006 then in 2012 and 2013 winning the Bronze Medal in 2006, becoming the first African club to win a medal in the competition. After qualifying for the 2013 edition, Al Ahly became the team with the most appearances in the FIFA Club World Cup, having qualified for 5 times out of 10 competitions.

Al Ahly supporters were targeted in a post-match riot at Port Said Stadium in February 2012 which resulted in numerous deaths (74) .[6] In 2012, Al-Ahly and Al-Zamalek Ultras opposed the FA's decision to resume the League tournament, and made this clear by staging dozens of protests.

Crest[edit]

Al-Ahly Flag

Al Ahly has had three crests in its history. The first, adopted in 1907, lasted until the 1952 Revolution. The second crest was used from 1952 until 2007, when the club unveiled a new design to commemorate Al Ahly's first century of existence. The club's main colours, red, white as well as the flying eagle are derived from Egypt's flag during the Khedives era.
The current crest has 3 stars on top of it representing 30+ Egyptian Premier League trophies (each 10 trophies = 1 star), and 8 stars at the bottom representing 8 CAF Champions League trophies.

Colors[edit]

Al Ahly's home kit, since the club's founding, has always been the familiar red shirt with white shorts. The team's away kit is the dark blue shirt with dark blue shorts, although the team formerly played with white shorts in the away kit. The old away kit used until the 90s was a green shirt with white shorts and green socks. In 2008, Al Ahly unveiled their third kit for the first time since the club's founding. It was first used in a match against bitter rivals Zamalek SC. The kit is composed of Ahly's home shirt and black shorts. It is still currently in use as a third kit and is still worn by the team in all Al-Ahly versus Zamalek Derbies. This is due to the fact that Zamalek SC wears a white home kit, with two red stripes on the shirt. If Al-Ahly wore their home kit in the derby matches, there would be only a small difference in the shirt colour and no difference in the shorts' colour.

Season Kit providers Sponsors
1993/94–1999/00 Adidas Coca-Cola
2000/01 Nike
2001/02–2003/04 Vodafone
2004/05–2008/09 Puma
2009/10–2010/2011 Adidas
2011 – 2014 Etisalat Egypt
2014–present Sporta (KSA)

Stadiums[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Cairo International Stadium.

Al Ahly formerly played their home games at their own ground, Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium, but its capacity was too small for the club's support. As a consequence, Al-Ahly now play their home ties at the Cairo International Stadium.[3] Before seats were added to all sections in 2005, the stadium was notorious for holding more people than it was intended to. Cairo Stadium has a record of hosting over 120,000 fans in Egypt versus Cameroon match in 1986.[7]

Presidents[edit]

Al Ahly had only one non-Egyptian president, he was the first, Michel Anas. The club was created for revolutionary purposes, to unite the youth of the country, especially university students, versus the English colonization, but due to the country rules at that time, the club should have had an English president.

Gaafar Waly Pacha, 19 years, the club icon, El Maestro, Saleh Selim, 18, and Hassan Hamdy, 12, were the only presidents more than 10 years in office. Saleh Selim was the first to apply the maximum presidential term length of 2 rounds in the club. It was not followed since, till the rules of the Ministry of Sports were manipulated in 2013 to enforce the maximum presidential term length.

The club won most titles in the Hassan Hamdy era, on both Domestic (7 Egyptian Premier League titles, 3 Egypt Cup, 6 Egyptian Super Cup) and International (5 CAF Champions League titles, 5 CAF Super Cup) levels, as well as being named the World's Most Successful club, on both Domestic and International basis.

Presidents list[edit]

Ultras[edit]

Al Ahly have the biggest ultras fan group in Egypt. Ultras Ahlawy is based in Cairo and is the largest fan group in Egypt; while Ultras Devils is based in Alexandria and has members from other coastal cities near Alexandria. Since then other groups have been formed, such as Curva Red Venom. Then a group was formed from the second class seats called Ultras Red Storm, however it was the smallest group. Despite having several fan groups, they all cheer together from the same part of the stadium they call "Talta Chimal".

Perfect season[edit]

2005 represented an especially unique season in Ahly's illustrious history. The team would go on to set an unprecedented record of going an entire season being unbeaten in all possible competitions. 46 matches were played in the: Egyptian Premier League,[8] Egyptian Cup, Egyptian Super Cup and CAF Champions League,[9] with Ahly remaining unbeaten in all of them (as well as winning all 4 trophies). This feat has yet to be emulated.

2006 also is considered one of the best seasons for Al Ahly as they were able to win the Egyptian domestic league, Egyptian domestic cup, Egyptian Super Cup, CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup along with the bronze medal of FIFA Club World Cup to collect an unprecedented set of trophies that year.

Growth[edit]

Al Ahly has developed into more than a club over the years. After Al Ahly's original club in Gezira (in Zamalek district), Al-Ahly founded two more clubs, one in Nasr City and one in 6 October City (still under construction); the three of them continuously utilise skilled youth talents day-by-day. Al-Ahly historically formed the first ever TV channel belonging to a club in Africa, Al-Ahly TV. The channel went through great success since its formation, winning Egyptian sports TV channel of the year 2010 award from AlAhram newspaper. Al Ahly also became the first club in Africa (second in Middle-East after Al-Hilal KSA) to form an official store chain, Al-Ahly Official Stores in Nasr City and other locations around Cairo.

Titles[edit]

Al-Ahly fans celebrating after winning the African Champions League in 2005.

Total number of trophies: 128. [10]

Worldwide / Intercontinental[edit]

African[edit]

UAFA competitions[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

  • Egyptian Premier League
    • Cup Winner.png : Winners (37) 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013-14 (record)
    • Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (10) 1966-67, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
  • Cairo League
    • Cup Winner.png : Winners (17) 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1931-1932, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1957–58 (record)

Cup[edit]

  • Egypt Cup (33 solo titles, two titles in conjunction with Zamalek SC in 1943 and 1958)
    • Cup Winner.png : Winners (35) : 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1937, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1966, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 (record)
    • Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (11) : 1926, 1935, 1941, 1944, 1952, 1959, 1973, 1976, 1997, 2004, 2010
  • Egyptian Super Cup
    • Cup Winner.png : Winners (7): 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 (record)
    • Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (1) : 2009
  • Sultan Hussein Cup
    • Cup Winner.png : Winners (7): 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1938 (record)
    • Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (4) : 1928, 1934, 1935, 1936
  • United Arab Republic Cup (during the UAR era)
    • Cup Winner.png : Winners (1): 1961 (record)
  • Egyptian Federation Cup
    • Cup Winner.png : Winners (1): 1989 (Shared record)

Competitive record[edit]

African Club Competitions[edit]

African Club Competitions
Year CAF Champions League African Cup Winners' Cup CAF Super Cup
1964–74 Did not enter Did not enter Started in
1993
1976 Second round Did not enter
1977 Quarter-Finals Did not enter
1978 Withdrew after qualifying Did not enter
1979 Did not enter Did not enter
1980 Did not enter Did not enter
1981 Withdraw from semi-finals Did not enter
1982 Winner Did not enter
1983 Runner-up Did not enter
1984 Did not enter Winner
1985 Did not enter Winner
1986 Did not enter Winner
1987 Winner Did not enter
1988 Semi-finals Did not enter
1989 - -
1990 Second round Did not enter
1991 Quarter-Finals Did not enter
1992 Did not enter Quarter-Finals
1993 Did not enter Winner Runner-up
1994 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1995 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1996 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1997 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1998 First round Did not enter Did not enter
1999 Group Phase Runners-up Did not enter Did not enter
2000 Group Phase Runners-up Did not enter Did not enter
2001 Winner Did not enter Did not enter
2002 Group stage Did not enter Winner
2003 Did not enter Quarter-Finals Did not enter
CAF Confederation Cup
2004 Second round Did not enter Did not enter
2005 Winner Did not enter Did not enter
2006 Winner Did not enter Winner
2007 Runner-up Did not enter Winner
2008 Winner Did not enter Did not enter
2009 Second round Round of 16 Winner
2010 Semi-finals Did not enter Did not enter
2011 Group stage Did not enter Did not enter
2012 Winner Did not enter Did not enter
2013 Winner Did not enter Winner
2014 Second round Still running Winner

Domestic Competitions[edit]

Egyptian Clubs Competitions
Year Premier League Egypt Cup Super Cup
1921–22 Started in
1948
- Started in
2001
1922–23 -
1923–24 Winner
1924–25 Winner
1925–26 Runner-up
1926–27 Winner
1927–28 Winner
1928–29 -
1929–30 Winner
1930–31 Winner
1931–32 -
1932–33 -
1933–34 -
1934–35 Runner-up
1935–36 -
1936–37 Winner
1937–38 -
1938–39 -
1939–40 Winner
1940–41 Runner-up
1941–42 Winner
1942–43 Winner
1943–44 Runner-up
1944–45 Winner
1945–46 Winner
1946–47 Winner
1947–48 -
1948–49 Winner Winner
1949–50 Winner Winner
1950–51 Winner Winner
1951–52 not held Runner-up
1952–53 Winner Winner
1953–54 Winner -
1954–55 not finished -
1955–56 Winner Winner
1956–57 Winner -
1957–58 Winner Winner
1958–59 Winner Runner-up
1959–60 Third place Winner
1960–61 Winner -
1961–62 Winner -
1962–63 Third place -
1963–64 Group Fifth -
1964–65 Fourth place -
1965–66 Sixth place Winner
1966–67 Runner-up -
1968–69 not held not held
1969–70 not held not held
1970–71 not finished not held
1971–72 not held not held
1972–73 Fourth place Runner-up
1973–74 not finished not finished
1974–75 Winner -
1975–76 Winner Runner-up
1976–77 Winner -
1977–78 Runner-up Winner
1978–79 Winner -
1979–80 Winner not held
1980–81 Winner Winner
1981–82 Winner not finished
1982–83 Third place Winner
1983–84 Runner-up Winner
1984–85 Winner Winner
1985–86 Winner -
1986–87 Winner not held
1987–88 Runner-up -
1988–89 Winner Winner
1989–90 not finished -
1990–91 Runner-up Winner
1991–92 Fourth place Winner
1992–93 Runner-up Winner
1993–94 Winner not held
1994–95 Winner -
1995–96 Winner Winner
1996–97 Winner Runner-up
1997–98 Winner Semifinal
1998–99 Winner Round of 32
1999–2000 Winner Semifinal
2000–01 Runner-up Winner
2001–02 Runner-up Round of 16 Withdrew
2002–03 Runner-up Winner Winner
2003–04 Runner-up Runner-up Did not enter
2004–05 Winner Round of 16 Winner
2005–06 Winner Winner Winner
2006–07 Winner Winner Winner
2007–08 Winner Round of 32 Winner
2008–09 Winner Round of 16 Runner-up
2009–10 Winner Runner-up Winner
2010–11 Winner Round of 16 Winner
2011–12 not finished not held Winner
2012–13 not finished Withdrew not held
2013–14 Winner Simi-final not held

CAF Club rankings[edit]

Current
CAF Club Points
1 Egypt Al-Ahly 92
2 Tunisia Espérance 58
3 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 54
4 Egypt Zamalek 50
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 49
6 Ghana Asante Kotoko 44
7 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 43
8 Algeria JS Kabylie 39
9 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 36
10 Ghana Hearts of Oak 31

Ranking of the Century[edit]

ACUC club Al Ahly sc 20th century club ranking Points
1 Egypt Al Ahly 40
2 Egypt Zamalek 37
3 Ghana Asante Kotoko 34
4 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 34
5 Tunisia Espérance Tunis 27
6 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 27
7 Ghana Hearts of Oak 26
8 Ivory Coast Africa Sports 25
9 Algeria JS Kabylie 20
10 Democratic Republic of the Congo Englebert 19

Players and coaching staff[edit]

Current first team squad[edit]

As of 23 July 2014.

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) rules are that a team may only have 3 foreign born players in the squad.

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

No. Position Player
1 Egypt GK Sherif Ekramy
2 Egypt DF Basem Ali
3 Egypt DF Ramy Rabia
4 Egypt DF Sherif Abdel-Fadil
5 Egypt MF Ahmed Khairy
6 Egypt DF Sabri Raheel
7 Egypt DF Hussein Sayed
8 Egypt MF Islam Roshdi
9 Egypt FW Amr Gamal
10 Egypt FW Emad Moteab
11 Egypt MF Walid Soliman
12 Egypt DF Luca Badr
13 Egypt GK Ahmed Adel
14 Egypt MF Hossam Ghaly (Captain)
15 Egypt FW Gedo
No. Position Player
16 Egypt GK Mossad Awad
17 Ethiopia FW Saladin Said
18 Egypt MF Mohamed Rizk
19 Egypt MF Abdallah Said
20 Egypt DF Saad Samir
21 Egypt FW Ahmed Abd El-Zaher
22 Egypt FW Mohamed Farouk
23 Egypt DF Mohamed Nagieb
24 Egypt MF Ahmed Fathy
25 Egypt MF Hossam Ashour
26 Egypt MF Mohamed Hassan
27 Egypt MF Trezeguet
28 Burkina Faso MF Moussa Yedan
30 Egypt MF Karim Bambo
32 Egypt MF Ramadan Sobhy
36 Egypt FW Omar Bassam

Youth academy 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
Egypt GK Ragab Abdel Kafi
Egypt MF Karim Walid "Nedved
Egypt DF Mostafa Ezzat
No. Position Player
Egypt MF Nasser Maher

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Juan Carlos Garrido
General coach Egypt Ahmed Ayoub
Assistant coach Egypt Ali Maher
Goalkeepers coach Egypt Tarek Soliman
Fitness coach Spain Jorge Semo
Football Director Egypt Wael Gomaa
General Director Egypt Alaa Abdel Sadek
Club doctor Egypt Dr. Ehab Ali
Doctor Egypt Dr. Tarek Abdel-Aziz
Dietician Egypt Dr. Hany Wahba

Source:[citation needed]

Managers List[edit]

[11]

Notes
  • Note 1: Fathi Mabrouk was an interim manager 4 times.
  • Note 2: Nelo Vingada never actually coached the team as he resigned few days after the press conference.
  • Note 3: Manuel José is the only 3 term manager in Al-Ahly history.

Captains[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Al Ahly club compete in different other sports. Al Ahly's Handball, Athletics, Volleyball and Basketball teams have won many national, African and Arabic competitions.

Sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Naming and colors of Al-Ahly". 
  2. ^ "Ahly tops clubs with most titles". CAF. 24 February 2024. 
  3. ^ a b "El Ahly: Spirit of success". FIFA. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/clubs/club=1897032/
  5. ^ "Coton Sport 2–2 Al Ahly". BBC Sport. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Egypt soccer violence kills 74, fans turn on army". Reuters. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Cairo International Stadium
  8. ^ http://uk.soccerway.com/national/egypt/premier-league/2005-2006/regular-season/
  9. ^ http://uk.soccerway.com/international/africa/caf-champions-league/2006/final-stages/
  10. ^ http://ahlyegypt.com/ahly/node/59
  11. ^ Goal.com, قائـــمة المدربين المشرفين علي تدريب الأهلي منذ نشأته حتي الأن (Arabic Reference).

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