Al-Safa' SC

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Al-Safa' SC
Full name Al-Safa' Beirut Sporting Club
Nickname(s) The Yellows
Rockets
Founded 1939; 76 years ago (1939)
Ground Safa Stadium, Beirut – Lebanon (Capacity: 4,000)
Chairman Lebanon Issam Al-Sayegh
Head Coach Romania Valeriu Tița
League Lebanese Premier League
2013–14 2nd

Al-Safa' Beirut SC (in Arabic نادي الصفاء الرياضي بيروت) (fullname Safa' Beirut Sporting Club) is a Lebanese sports club based in Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut. In English the name Safa' الصفاء means clarity. The club receives its support primarily from the Druze community.[1][2] It became one of the elite teams in Asia after making it to the finals of the AFC Cup in 2007.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Founded in 1939, Safa' Beirut SC (Nadi al-Safa' al-Riyadi Beirut) started playing football on a private field located in Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut. The club main interest was to practice the game officially.

In 1948, Safa' Beirut SC obtained the official membership and license from the government as a private association. In the same year, the club was affiliated to the Lebanese Football Association (Fédération Libanaise de Football Association) and was ranked within the second division.

In 1961, Safa' Beirut SC was promoted to the first division.

Founders[edit]

Maher Wahab, Anis Naaim, Hasib Al-Jerdi, Amin Haidar, Chafik Nader, Toufik Al-Zouhairy, Adib Haidar.

Stadium[edit]

Safa SC Stadium 2007

Kit Manufacturer[edit]

Honours[edit]

2011–12, 2012–13
1964–65, 1986–87, 2012–13
2013–14
2008–09, 2011–12

Tournaments[edit]

  • Aley Cup:
1972, 1974
  • Al Adha Tournament:
1979, 1984
  • 16 March Tournament:
1983, 1984

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2008: Runner-up with a record of 6 wins, 4 draws, and 2 losses
2009: Round of 16
2012: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2014: Round 16
1992–93: Withdrew in first round
2000–01: Withdrew in first round

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
1 Lebanon GK Ziad Al-Samad
2 Lebanon DF Ali Al Saadi
3 Lebanon DF Baquir Younes
4 Lebanon MF Amer Khan
5 Lebanon MF Omar Owayda
6 Lebanon DF Nour Mansour
7 Lebanon MF Zein Tahan
8 Lebanon MF Joseph Haboush
9 Lebanon FW Rony Azar
11 Lebanon FW Ali Nasseredine
12 Lebanon FW Omar El Kerdi
No. Position Player
14 Lebanon FW Ahmad Jalloul
15 Syria MF Tamer Haj Mohamad
17 Lebanon FW Hassan El Hajj
18 Lebanon FW Shibriko
19 Lebanon FW Hassan Hazimeh
21 Lebanon DF Jared Sarwat Chouman
22 Lebanon DF Bachar Mokdad
23 Lebanon MF Hamze Salame
25 Lebanon DF Munier Raychouni
66 Romania MF Georgian Tobă
99 Lebanon GK Mehdi Khalil

Notable former managers[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Montague, James (24 October 2007). "In Lebanon, even soccer is tainted by sectarian strife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Alami, Mona (1 September 2009). "Religious about football". Retrieved 15 October 2010.