Egyptian Premier League

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Egyptian Premier League
Egypt FA.png
Country Egypt
Confederation CAF
Founded 1948; 66 years ago (1948)
Number of teams 20
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Egyptian Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Egypt Cup
Egyptian Super Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions El Ahly
(2013–14)
Most championships El Ahly (37)
Website www.efa.com.eg
2014–15 Egyptian Premier League

The Egyptian Premier League is an Egyptian professional league for football clubs and represents the top flight of Egyptian football. The championship consists of nineteen competing teams in a home and away league system. It is currently known as the Etisalat Egyptian Premier League, after the Emirate communications company signed a sponsorship deal with the Egyptian FA. No more than three foreign players are allowed on any side in the Egyptian Premier League.

During the 2011 Egyptian Protests the Egyptian Premier League was paused until 6 March, but was postponed until 14 April, when play finally resumed.

Competition format and sponsorship[edit]

Competition[edit]

There are 18 clubs in the Egyptian Premier League. The Football Season, which lasts from August to May, is interleaved with a Six-Weeks Winter break that lasts from the end of December to February. During the course of the season, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 36 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then the direct confrontation,then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion . If points are equal,the direct confrontation, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Division II League, and the top three teams from the three groups into the Division II league, together, are promoted in their place.

Sponsorship[edit]

The Egyptian Premier League has been sponsored since 2005. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

2005–2007: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League.

2007–present: Etisalat Egyptian Premier League.

Media coverage[edit]

There are a lot of television channels that broadcast Egyptian Premier League matches, including: Modern Sport, Modern Kora, Channel 2, El-Hayat 2, Dream, Nile Sport, El-Masriya, Channel 3 and El-Ahly TV.

Each of these paid 8 million {l.v} to broadcast the Egyptian league except for Egyptian stations (Channel 2, Nile Sport, and El-Masriya) which had their own deal.

Clubs[edit]

The five most popular Egyptian clubs are El Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily, El Ittihad El Sakandary and El Masry. Also there is a historically significant club named Tersana.

Members for 2013–14[edit]

A total of 65 clubs have played in the Egyptian Premier League from its inception in 1948–49 up to and including the 2013–14 season. But only two clubs have been members of the Egyptian Premier League for every season since its inception: these are El Ahly and Zamalek.

The following 22 clubs are competing in the Egyptian Premier League as of the 2013–14 season.

Club
Position in
2010–11
First season in
Premier League
Number of seasons
in Premier League
Premier League
titles
El Ahlya,b 0011 1948–49 60 00136
El Dakhleya 020n/a 2011–12 3 n/a
El Entag El Harby (Military Production) 01313 2009–10 5 n/a
El Gouna 01111 2009–10 5 n/a
El Ittihad El Sakandary (Union Alexandria)a 01414 1948–49 55 n/a
El Masrya 0077 1948–49 54 n/a
El Minya 020n/a 1962-63 14 n/a
El Mokawloon SC 01616 1978–79 32 0041
El Qanah 020n/a 1953-54 28 n/a
El Rajac 020n/a 2013-14 1 n/a
ENPPI 0055 2002–03 12 n/a
Ghazl El Mahalla (Mahalla Textiles) 020n/a 1956–57 47 0041
Haras El Hodood (Border Guards)e 0088 1963–64 14 n/a
Ismailya 0033 1948–49 53 0033
Ittihad El Shorta (Police Union)d 0044 1975–76 7 n/a
Misr El-Makasa 0066 2010–11 4 n/a
Petrojet 01010 2006–07 8 n/a
Smouha 01515 2010–11 4 n/a
Tala'ea El Gaish (Army Vanguards) 0099 2004–05 10 n/a
Telephonat Bani Sweif (Bani Sweif telecom) 020n/a 2011–12 3 n/a
Wadi Degla 01212 2010–11 4 n/a
Zamaleka,b 0022 1948–49 60 00211

a: Founding member of the Egyptian Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Egyptian Premier League
c: First Time in Egyptian Premier League
d: Ittihad El-Shorta appear in 1974–75 season as El-Shorta
e: Haras El Hodood (Border Guards) appear in 1963–65 seasons as El-Soahel

Stadiums[edit]

The recently opened Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria (capacity: 86,000) is currently used mainly for international competitions, as it was constructed as part of Egypt's failed bid to land the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, there is speculation that League sides from Alexandria will eventually call it their home grounds.

Current stadiums[edit]

Stadium City Seating Capacity
Borg Elarab Alexandria 86,000
Cairo Stadium Cairo 75,000
Mubarak Stadium Suez 40,000
Osman Ahmed Osman Cairo 35,000
El Salam Stadium Cairo 30,000
Suez Stadium Suez 30,000
Military Academy Stadium Cairo 28,500
Sekka El Hadeed Stadium Cairo 25,000
Harras El-Hedoud Stadium Alexandria 25,000
Police Academy Stadium Cairo 22,000
El Mansoura Stadium Mansura 20,000
El Mahalla Mahalla 20,000
Ismailia Stadium Ismaïlia 18,525
Port Said Stadium Port Said 17,988
Asiut University Stadium Asyut 16,000
Tersana Stadium Giza 15,000
El-Shams Stadium Cairo 15,000
Alexandria Stadium Alexandria 13,660
El Gouna Stadium El Gouna 13,000

List of champions[edit]

No. Season Champion
1 1948–49 El Ahly
2 1949–50 El Ahly
3 1950–51 El Ahly
4 1952–53 El Ahly
5 1953–54 El Ahly
6 1955–56 El Ahly
7 1956–57 El Ahly
8 1957–58 El Ahly
9 1958–59 El Ahly
10 1959–60 Zamalek
No. Season Champion
11 1960–61 El Ahly
12 1961–62 El Ahly
13 1962–63 Tersana
14 1963–64 Zamalek
15 1964–65 Zamalek
16 1965–66 El Olympi
17 1966–67 Ismaily
18 1972–73 Ghazl El Mahalla
19 1974–75 El Ahly
20 1975–76 El Ahly
No. Season Champion
21 1976–77 El Ahly
22 1977–78 Zamalek
23 1978–79 El Ahly
24 1979–80 El Ahly
25 1980–81 El Ahly
26 1981–82 El Ahly
27 1982–83 El Mokawloon SC
28 1983–84 Zamalek
29 1984–85 El Ahly
30 1985–86 El Ahly
No. Season Champion
31 1986–87 El Ahly
32 1987–88 Zamalek
33 1988–89 El Ahly
34 1990–91 Ismaily
35 1991–92 Zamalek
36 1992–93 Zamalek
37 1993–94 El Ahly
38 1994–95 El Ahly
39 1995–96 El Ahly
40 1996–97 El Ahly
No. Season Champion
41 1997–98 El Ahly
42 1998–99 El Ahly
43 1999–2000 El Ahly
44 2000–01 Zamalek
45 2001–02 Ismaily
46 2002–03 Zamalek
47 2003–04 Zamalek
48 2004–05 El Ahly
49 2005–06 El Ahly
50 2006–07 El Ahly
No. Season Champion
51 2007–08 El Ahly
52 2008–09 El Ahly
53 2009–10 El Ahly
54 2010–11 El Ahly
55 2011–12 not finished
56 2012–13 not finished
57 2013–14 El Ahly

Titles by club[edit]

Club Winners Winning Seasons
El Ahly Star full.svg Star full.svg Star full.svg Star half.svg 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
Zamalek Star full.svg 11 1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04
Ismaily 3 1966–67, 1990–91, 2001–02
El Olympi 1 1965–66
Ghazl El Mahalla 1 1972–73
El Mokawloon SC 1 1982–83
Tersana 1 1962–63

Double titles (League & cup in the same season)[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

All seasons top goalscorers[edit]

Sesson Player Club Goals
1948–49 Egypt Mohamed Diab El-Attar "Diba" El Ittihad El Sakandary 15
Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui El Masry
1949–50 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui El Masry 13
1950–51 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui El Masry 12
1952–53 Egypt Ahmed Mekawi El Ahly 12
1953–54 Egypt Abdel Nabi Tersana 18
1955–56 Egypt Sayed Saleh El Ahly 12
1956–57 Egypt Alaa El-Hamouly Zamalek 16
1957–58 Egypt Hamdi Abdel Fattah Tersana 19
1958–59 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui El Ahly 16
1959–60 Egypt Hamdi Abdel Fattah Tersana 15
1960–61 Yemen Ali Mohsen Zamalek 16
1961–62 Egypt Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 18
1962–63 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 32
1963–64 Egypt Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 27
1964–65 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 23
1965–66 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 16
1966–67 Egypt Ali Abo Greisha Ismaily 15
1972–73 Egypt Omasha Omasha Ghazl El Mahalla 11
1974–75 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 34
1975–76 Egypt Ossama Khalil Ismaily 17
1976–77 Egypt Ali Khalil Zamalek 17
Egypt Hassan Shehata Zamalek
1977–78 Egypt Mahmoud El Khatib El Ahly 11
1978–79 Egypt Ali Khalil Zamalek 12
1979–80 Egypt Hassan Shehata Zamalek 14
1980–81 Egypt Mahmoud El Khatib El Ahly 11
1981–82 Egypt Gamal Gouda El Masry 8
1982–83 Egypt Mahmoud El-Mashaqui Ghazl El Mahalla 9
1983–84 Egypt Ayman Shawky Koroum 8
1984–85 Egypt Mohamed Hazem Ismaily 11
1985–86 Egypt Mohamed Hazem Ismaily 11
1986–87 Egypt Emad Soliman Ismaily 11
1987–88 Egypt Gamal Abdul Hamid Zamalek 11
1988–89 Egypt Mahmoud El-Mashaqui Ghazl El Mahalla 11
1990–91 Egypt Mohamed Ramadan El Ahly 14
1991–92 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 14
1992–93 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 16
1993–94 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 15
Egypt Bashir Abdel Samad Ismaily
1994–95 Egypt Abdullah El-Sawy El-Qanah 10
Egypt Ahmed Sary El Ittihad El Sakandary
1995–96 Egypt Mohamed Salah Abo Greisha Ismaily 14
1996–97 Egypt Ayman Moheb El Mansoura SC 17
1997–98 Egypt Abdul Hamid Bassiouny Zamalek 15
1998–99 Egypt Hossam Hassan El Ahly 15
1999–2000 Nigeria John Utaka Ismaily 17
2000–01 Egypt Tarek El-Said Zamalek 13
2001–02 Egypt Hossam Hassan Zamalek 18
2002–03 Egypt Ahmed Belal El Ahly 19
2003–04 Egypt Abdel Halim Ali Zamalek 21
2004–05 Egypt Emad Moteab El Ahly 15
2005–06 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika El Ahly 18
2006–07 Angola Flavio Amado El Ahly 17
2007–08 Egypt Alaa Ibrahim Petrojet 15
2008–09 Ghana Ernest Papa Arko Tala'ea El Gaish 12
Angola Flávio Amado El Ahly
2009–10 Nigeria Minusu Buba Ittihad El Shorta 14
2010–11 Egypt Ahmed Abd El-Zaher ENPPI 13
Egypt Shikabala Zamalek
2013–14 Ghana John Antwi Ismaily 11

All time top goalscorers[edit]

Last updated 28 May 2013.

No. Player Teams Goals
1 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 187
2 Egypt Hossam Hassan El Ahly / Zamalek / El Masry / Tersana / El Ittihad El Sakandary 168
3 Egypt Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 123
4 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui El Masry / El Ahly 112
5 Egypt Mahmoud El-Khateeb El Ahly 108
6 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi / Zamalek / El Ittihad El Sakandary 107
7 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika Tersana / El Ahly 107

For a full list of clubs see List of football clubs in Egypt.

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