|Full name||Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural and Social Club|
Salalah Sports Complex
|Website||Club home page|
Al-Nasr Sports, Cultural and Social Club (Arabic: نادي النصر الرياضي و الثقافي و الاجتماعي; also known by just Al-Nasr, and locally as Al-Malik, or "The King") is an Omani sports club based in Salalah. The club is currently playing in the Omantel Professional League, top division of Oman Football Association. The club is one of the most successful football clubs in Oman, along with rivals and neighbours Dhofar. Their home ground is Al-Saada Stadium, but they also recognize the older Salalah Sports Complex as their home ground. Both stadiums are government owned, but Al-Nasr also own their own personal stadium and sports equipments, as well as their own training facilities. Also Al-Nasr is famous for producing some of the greatest and most successful Omani footballers, such as Ali Al-Habsi, Hashim Saleh and Fawzi Bashir.
Al-Nasr started off playing in the Al-Haffa district of Salalah organizing specific meetings to play beach soccer. This eventually evolved into something very large. Finally in 1970 the registering of the club took place. As football was their main sport, Al-Nasr shifted to playing on grass fields in order to become a professional club. The club name literally translates from "The Victory" in the Arabic language. Such a name quite well suites a sports club in the Arab world. A club named "Al-Nasr" is commonly found in the Middle East. Some clubs with the same name can be found in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Al-Nasr's logo has been recreated a few number of times. The most recent logo (as shown on this page) was created during the late 1980s or early 1990s, giving the club a more attractive logo, opposed to the older, duller-looking one. Although bearing quite a difference, the influence of the older-logo is still seen when compared to the newer version. Also note that the only scripture of the logo is only written in Arabic, a sign of being an older sports club logo compared to other Omani clubs which usually feature English scripture.
Al-Nasr, along with the neighbors Dhofar have been generally labelled as the front runners of the Omani League, but as seen in the recent seasons, both the clubs performed horribly with Dhofar losing many games, and not going far in the Sultan Qaboos Cup, along with Al-Nasr who even got relegated in the 2010-11 season. In the 2008-09 season, Al-Nasr settled to the 10th position in the league which was one of their worst performances ever in the Omani League. In the 2009-10 season also they could make it only to the 7th position in the league and were knocked out by Muscat FC in the Round-of-16 in the Sultan Qaboos Cup. In the 2010-11 season they again had to fight a relegation battle but this time they couldn't make it and got relegated for the first time to the Second Division league. Then in the 2011-12 season they secured the 2nd position in the 2nd Division League and got promoted back to the Omani League (First Division). In the 2012-13 season they bounced back and secured the 4th position in the Omani League.
Being a multisport club
Although being mainly known for their football, Al-Nasr like many other clubs in Oman, have not only football in their list, but also hockey, volleyball, handball, basketball, badminton and squash. Al-Nasr also have a youth football team competing in the Omani Youth league.
Colors, kit providers and sponsorships
Al-Nasr have been known since establishment to wear a full blue or white (Away) kit (usually a darker shade of blue) , varying themselves from neighbors Al-Ittihad (Green kit) and Dhofar (Red kit). Al-Nasr have also had many different sponsorships over the years. As of now, Adidas provides Al-Nasr with kits. Currently Jeep is featured on the team's shirt.
- Sultan Qaboos Cup (4): 1995, 2000, 2002, 2005; Runner-up 1987, 1988, 1999, 2002
- Omani Super Cup (0): Runner-up 2002
Performance in AFC competitions
- Asian Club Championship: 1 appearance
- 1991: Group Stage
- AFC Cup: 1 appearance
- 2006: Quarter-Finals
- Asian Cup Winners Cup: 1 appearance
- 1996-97: Quarter-Finals
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current Technical Staff (2012–13)
|Assistant Coach||Mohammed Al-Jalabubi|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Hamid Al-Zabeer|
|Team Supervisor||Badr Bazouzi|
|Club Doctor||Mohammed Ibrahim Khafaga|
- "AL NASR". soccerway.com.
- http://translate.google.com/#ar%7Cen%7C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%B1 - Translation of Al-Nasr
- http://live.sportsgoal.com.om/club-details.aspx?id=16 - Al-Nasr places 3rd in 1986 competition.