Al-Masry SC

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Al-Masry SC
Al-Masry Club Logo.png
Full name Al-Masry Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Boss of the Canal
The Green Eagles (supporters)
Founded 18 March 1920; 95 years ago (1920-03-18)
Ground Port Said Stadium
Port Said, Egypt
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Egypt Yasser Yehia
Manager Spain Juan José Maqueda
League Egyptian Premier League
2013–14 7th (Group 2)
Website Club home page
Al-Masry's active sections
Football pictogram.svg
Football
Handball pictogram.svg
Handball
Athletics pictogram.svg
Athletics
Field hockey pictogram.svg
Field hockey

Al-Masry Sporting Club, (Egyptian pronunciation: [elˈmasry]), commonly known as Al Masry or El Masry is an Egyptian sporting club that is best known for its association football team, based in Port Said. It was founded in 1920 by a group of Egyptians in Port Said to be the first club for the Egyptians in the great revolutionary city which was full of many other clubs for the foreign communities which inhabited Port Said.

Al-Masry, which means "The Egyptian" in the native Egyptian Arabic, won 22 official titles along its history. It is one of the five clubs that have the largest number of fans in Egypt, beside Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily and Al Ittihad El Sakandary. The club's football team plays in the Egyptian Premier League.

History[edit]

Al-Masry was founded in 1920 after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 to assert the national identity of the people of Port Said against the clubs of the foreign communities in the city and to be a tool to resist colonisation in the field of sport.

The club's name "Al-Masry" which means "The Egyptian" originated from the patriotic song ("Qwm Ya Masry" - "Rise you Egyptian") sang and composed by the great musician Sayed Darwish who truly expressed national feelings against the British occupiers.

The team began a golden era in 1932 until 1948 and won a number of titles and succeeded during this period to win the Sultan Hussein Cup in 1933, 1934 and 1937 also losing in the final of 1938.[1] Meanwhile it won the Canal Zone League 17 consecutive times, although the greatest achievement for the team remains the winning of the Egypt Cup in 1998 after beating El Mokawloon in the final (4–3).[2]

Al-Masry turned professional in the 1983–84 season and was among the first clubs to buy foreign players; the first ever foreign players bought were Iranians called Ebrahim Ghasempour and Abd al-Rida Brzkri who led the team that season to reach the Egyptian Cup Final losing the match to Al Ahly of Cairo (1–3).

Al-Masry is one of the clubs which was a founder member in the Egyptian Premier League at its launch in 1948, although Al-Masry is third in terms of seasons in the Egyptian Premier League after both Al Ahly and Zamalek, as it has missed only two seasons. This was during the fifties due to the repercussions of the Suez Crisis on Port Said. Al-Masry has never won the Egyptian Premier League, but has come third several times.

After the events of the Port Said Stadium disaster in February 2012, the remainder of the 2011–12 Egyptian Premier League season was cancelled by the Egyptian FA. Al-Masry decided to refrain from competing in season 2012–13 as a sign of respect to the relatives of the victims of the disaster although it obtained a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) asserting the right of the club to participate in the Egyptian Premier League and all the other activities of the Egyptian FA.[3] Meanwhile, season 2012–13 was not completed and cancelled due to the political situation in Egypt.

Colours and crest[edit]

The Egyptian flag (1922–1958).

Al-Masry's crest is composed of a green eagle that holds a green ball over its head in between its two upraised wings; the crest was inspired by the shape of Tutankhamun's pendants referring to challenge and strength, so the team is nicknamed the green eagles. The club's main colours, green and white come from Egypt's flag after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 as a symbol of patriotism.[4]

Stadiums[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Port Said Stadium.
For the training centre and youth academy, see Sayed Metwally Complex.

Al-Masry formerly played their home games at a small stadium in Port Said, but its capacity was too small for the club's support. As a consequence, El-Masry built its own new stadium which is named Port Said Stadium in 1953 and was officially inaugurated in 1955.[5]

Presidents[edit]

Name From To
Egypt/Egypt Sir Ahmed Hosny[6] 1920 1925
Egypt Mohamed El-Tobshy 1925 1930
Egypt Sir Awad Fakosa 1930 1935
Egypt Ibrahim Youssef Lehita 1935 1940
Egypt/Egypt/Egypt Abd El Rahman Pasha Lotfi 1940 1964
Egypt Major General Khalil Tarman 1964 1967
Egypt/Egypt Abd El Hamid Hussien 1971 1974
Egypt Mohamed Moussa 1974 1978
Egypt Ahmed Fouad El-Makhzangy Feb 1978 Dec 1979
Egypt Major General Ibrahim El-Mor May 1980 Aug 1980
Egypt/Egypt Sayed Metwaly 1980 1988
Egypt Major General Ibrahim El-Mor 1988 1989
Egypt Sayed Metwaly 1989 1991
Egypt Adel El-Gazar March 1991 May 1991
Egypt Sayed Metwaly 1991 1997
Egypt Kamel Abou Aly Aug 1997 Dec 1997
Egypt Abd El wahab Kouta Jan 1998 2002
Egypt Sayed Metwaly Sept 2002 2008
Egypt Aly Fragallah 2008 2009
Egypt Kamel Abou Aly 2009 2013
Egypt Yasser Yahya 2014 Present

Fans and Ultras group[edit]

Al-Masry is considered one of the popular teams in Egypt and the most popular in Port Said. Al-Masry's fans believe that they had the honor of forming the first organized fans group for a football team in the Middle East when they formed the "Association of Al-Masry Club Fans" in 1960 and registered it at the Egyptian ministry of social affairs under (No. 102 of 1960). An Ultras group was formed on 4 May 2007 for Al-Masry fans and was called Ultras Green Eagles or simply (UGE). Their slogan is "Descendants of 56" meant to highlight the historic role of Port Said residents in resisting the tripartite aggression on the city during the Suez Crisis in 1956. green eagles Sit in North Curve Behind the Goal they call "El Modarag El gharby" (Curva Nord section).

Honours[edit]

Total number of cups: 22

Cup Winner.png : Winners (1) : 1998
Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (9) : 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1954, 1957, 1983, 1984, 1989
Cup Winner.png : Winners (3) : 1933, 1934, 1937
Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (1) : 1938
Cup Winner.png : Winners (17) : 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 (record)
Cup Winner.png : Winners (1) : 1992 (Shared record)
Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (1) : 1989

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1999 – Semi-finals
2002 – Semi-finals
2009

Performance in Arab competitions[edit]

1999 – Bronze Medalist
2008 – First Round

Players and coaching staff[edit]

Current first team squad[edit]

As of 1 September 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 Ahmed Hussein
2 Ghana DF Wilson Akakpo
3 Egypt DF Mahmoud Shaker
4 Egypt MF Ahmed Dawoda
5 Egypt DF Islam Salah
6 Mali DF Issiaka Eliassou
7 Egypt DF Osama Azab (Vice-captain)
8 Egypt MF Amr Moussa
9 Egypt FW Hamada Yehia
10 Egypt MF Mahmoud Abdel-Hakim (3rd captain)
11 Egypt FW Mohamed Khalifa (4th captain)
12 Egypt MF Abdallah Shahat
13 Egypt DF Mohamed Gabr
14 Egypt DF Mohamed Gommaa
15 Egypt MF Alaa Shaaban
16 Egypt GK Ahmed Masoad (on loan from Misr El-Makasa)
17 Egypt FW Ahmed Raouf
18 Egypt FW Ahmed Yasser
19 Egypt DF Ahmed Samir
No. Position Player
21 Egypt GK Mohamed Awad (on loan from Ismaily)
22 Egypt MF Mohamed Ashour El-Adham (Captain)
23 Egypt MF El-Sayed Abdelaal
24 Egypt FW Ahmed Gomma
25 Ghana FW Abdelaziz Youssef
26 Egypt GK Ibrahim Al Gariehi
28 Egypt DF Amr Yehia
29 Egypt FW Mohamed Ashraf
33 Egypt MF Tarek El Agamy
34 Egypt MF Mohamed Osama
36 Egypt GK Abdelrahman Samy
38 Egypt DF Mostafa Aly
39 Egypt DF Ahmed Gamal
40 Egypt MF Mahmoud Ghazaly
-- Egypt DF Ahmed Nagieb
-- Egypt MF Abdelaziz Mousa (on loan from Enppi)
-- Egypt MF Mohamed Kalifie (on loan from Zamalek)
-- Egypt MF Mostafa Mekawy (on loan from Zamalek)

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

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Juan José Maqueda
General Coach Spain Antonio Cazorla
Assistant coach Egypt Magdy El Shenawy
Goalkeeper Coach Egypt El Sayed El Naghy
Players Affairs Director Egypt Amr Al-Desoky
Administrative Director Egypt Mahmoud Gaber
Administrator Egypt Samy Shleel
Administrator Egypt Soliman El-Beheery
Club Doctor Egypt Dr. Magdy Al-Alfy
physiotherapist Egypt Yousry Sadek
Rehabilitation of Sport Injuries Egypt Medhat Mokhtar
Physiotherapist Egypt Alaa Salem
Masseur Egypt Hussien Hassan

Source:[citation needed]

Captains[edit]

Managers[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Al-Masry club also competes in other sports such as handball, athletics and field hockey.

Al-Masry FM Radio[edit]

Al-Masry FM is the official Radio station of the club which was launched as an Internet radio on 28th of December to be the first ever Radio Station belonging to a club in Egypt.

Sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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