IR Tanger

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Ittihad Tanger
Logo
Full name Ittihad Riadi Tanger
Nickname(s) Hercules, Faris Boughaz
Founded 1983
Ground Stade Ibn Batouta
Tangier, Morocco
Ground Capacity 45,000
Chairman Morocco Mohamed Larbi
League GNF 2
2012-13 15th

IRT or Ittihad Riadi Tanger (Arabic: طنجة‎) is a Moroccan football club based in Tangier, Morocco. The club was founded in 1983 as a union of a numbers of old clubs. Ittihad Riadi Tanger has Basketball Team, Football and Volleyball teams. Their home games are hosted at Stade Ibn Batouta or Stade de Marchane. IR Tanger has a large fan base in northern Morocco and specially in the Tangier-Tetuan region.

History[edit]

IR Tanger was set up by a fusion of a several clubs. Among these were Renaissance de Tanger ('Reborn of Tangier') and other clubs who were playing at the second Moroccan league divisions at the time. The fusion resulted in the a prominent club which stands out in Tangier, especially in the football field, without significant rivalries (Widad Juventud is another sports club oerating at Tangier but with less public attention, and is participating in the third Division).

Crest and shirt[edit]

The official crest was planned by the founders and decided in a democratic process. It shows the full name of the Club and the year of foundation, but different sport departments of the club replace the year with the icon of the sport. The Blue lining is in honnor of the north region. The icon on the right is the symbole of Tangier.

The official home shirts are similar to the crest, colored blue and white. IRT's traditional away colors change every season but are usually based on lighblue with a sponsor's logo on the top. The shirts are made by Ramo Sports.

Grounds[edit]

The football Club hosted the home matches in the government built Stadium of Marchan of 10000 seats. In 2011 the club moved to a new international stadium with a capacity of 45000 (and a potential for a maximum of 75,000 seats) called Ibn Batouta Stadium. This stadium is planned to host the 2012 African Cup U21, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and some matches of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. The old grounds of Marchan Stadium hosted several historical moments like the match between IR Tangier VS Wydad Casablanca in the 1990-89 season for the first place of BOTOLA and an amical match in Ibn Batouta Stadium with Atlético Madrid.

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