|Al-Ahly vs Al-Zamalek|
|City or region||Egypt|
|Teams involved||Al-Ahly, Al-Zamalek|
|First contested||Zamalek 0-1 Al-Ahly
(9 February 1917)
|Number of meetings||145|
|Top scorer||Mohamed Aboutrika (13)
2013 CAF Champions League
|Largest victory||Farouk 6-0 Al-Ahly
1942 Cairo League
( 2 January 1942)
Farouk 6-0 Al-Ahly
1944 Egyptian Cup
( 2 June 1944)
The Cairo derby, also known as the Egyptian Derby, is a football match between Egyptian clubs Al-Ahly S.C. and Zamalek SC. It is a match between arguably the two most successful clubs in Egypt and Africa. Ahly and Zamalek were named by the Confederation of African Football "CAF" as The 1st and 2nd African Clubs of the 20th Century respectively. Both teams are located in Greater Cairo and their matches are considered the highlight of the football season with live broadcast to most of the Arab countries since the seventies. Usually the Derby is played twice each season with 2 matches in the Egyptian Premier League, but it is not uncommon to find the teams meeting each other in the Egypt Cup and in Africa's most prestigious club competition, the CAF Champions League.
Ever since their creation, both clubs have been the top clubs in the Egyptian Premier League, the country's top-flight football league. In the first half of the twentieth century, Zamalek was associated with supporters of the British protectorate and of the monarchy, while Al Ahly was associated with Egyptian nationalism. Ahly won their first league title when the Egyptian Premier League was first created in the 1948-49 season and won 36 domestic titles after that. Zamalek managed to win the league 11 times and came second to Al-Ahly in the number of Egyptian Premier League titles won.
The largest winning margin in this derby was 6-0 for Zamalek for two times, The first was in 1942 Cairo League, The Second was in 1944 Egypt Cup Final.
'The Ground:Both Ahly And Zamalek share the same stadium,In witch in derbie matches between the two teams are played,The stadium is divided into half, on half is Red(Ahly)and another half in white(Zamalek).This Old Derby is regarded as one of the world's Fiercest derbies and the fiercest derby in Africa.
Fans of both clubs can be violent when in anger. Numerous fights, injuries and deaths have been reported before matters became more controlled due to Egypt's authoritarian regime. Yet many fights and riots still occur after derby matches between both sets of fans, leading the government to post even higher numbers of Central Security Forces troops in the stadium during the derby. The number of fights have increased with the increasing popularity of the "ultras" movement.
In 2008, World Soccer Magazine selected the Cairo Derby as the 8th most fierce derby in the world.
|Competition||Total||Al Ahly wins||Draws||El Zamalek wins|
|African Champions League||8||5||3||0|
|African Super Cup||1||0||0||1|
|Mohamed Aboutrika||Al Ahly||13|
|Emad Motaeb||Al Ahly||10|
|Hossam Hassan*||Al Ahly
|Alaa El Hamouly||Al Zamalek||8|
|Saleh Selim||Al Ahly||8|
|Team||League||Cup||Super Cup||CAF Champions League||African Cup Winners' Cup||CAF Super Cup||Afro-Asian Cup||Total|
Crossing the divide
Due to the rivalry between the clubs, relatively few players have played for both Ahly and Zamalek. Some of the players who have done so are listed below
|Essam El Hadary||GK||1996–08||510||1||2010–11||4||0|
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