|Full name||Lekhwiya Sports Club|
|Nickname(s)||Internal Security Force
The Red Knights
|Ground||Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
|Chairman||Sheikh Abdullah al Thani|
|League||Qatar Stars League|
|2013−14||Qatar Stars League, 1st|
|Website||Club home page|
|Lekhwiya's active sections|
Lekhwiya Sports Club (Arabic: نادي لخويا الرياضي) is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Lekhwiya Sports Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Colours and crest
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Seasons
- 6 Lekhwiya in Asia
- 7 Current squad
- 8 Personnel
- 9 Records and statistics
- 10 Reserves and academy
- 11 Administrative staff
- 12 Managerial history
- 13 Other sports
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya. Lekhwiya club has the biggest financial budget in Qatar.
Upon the club's reformation, it was entered into the Qatari 2nd Division. It came fourth in the league on its first year before winning the next season in 2010.
In the club's first season in the Qatar Stars League, Lekhwiya finished at the top of the standings to win the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League. It was the first league title in the club's history. They also managed to reach the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, before losing in the final to Al-Arabi.
Their first official debut in a continental competition came on March 7, 2012 in the 2012 AFC Champions League. They won their first match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring the only goal and also scoring the first ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.
Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011. The first phase was completed in May 2012. The stadium was officially inaugurated on February 15, 2013 with the first match taking place in the stadium being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000 people, and the stadium is located in the ISF area of Doha.
Colours and crest
Shirt sponsors and manufacturers
|Period||Kit manufacture||Shirt sponsor|
- Winners (1): 2009–10
- Winners (1): 2013
|Season||Div.||Pos.||Emir of Qatar Cup||Crown Prince Cup||Sheikh Jassim Cup||Asia|
Lekhwiya in Asia
|AFC Champions League||22||8||4||10||24||34|
- Q = Qualification
- GS = Group stage
- R16 = Round of 16
- QF = Quarter-final
- SF = Semi-final
Last update: 1 September 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Players registered as professionals
- 1. Qualifies as club's Asian professional
- Current technical staff
|Assistant manager||Gerard Zaragoza|
|Youth coach||Éric Assadourian|
|Fitness coach||Didier Filipe|
|Goalkeeping coach||Karim Zaza|
|Director of football||Ahmed Khalil|
|Deputy director||Waleed Bakhit|
|General manager||Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly|
|Conditioning coach||Mirza Džafić|
Last updated: December 2013
Records and statistics
Last update: 30 December 2014.
Apps and goals in the QSL only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.
Reserves and academy
Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014
Source: Al Raya
Last update: December 2013
- Khalifa Khamis (2008) (unofficial)
- Abdullah Saad (2008–09) (unofficial)
- Abdullah Mubarak (2009–10)
- Djamel Belmadi (2010–12)
- Eric Gerets (2012–14)
- Michael Laudrup (2014–)
- "Qatar 2009/10". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- Lekhwiya SC new Qatar Star league champions!
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- "Qatar's Lekhwiya launch Asian campaign with a brave win". qsl.com.qa. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "لخويا يتوج باللقب الثاني ويدفع العربي للخطر". Al Kass. March 25, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- لخويا يستضيف الخور على ملعبه الجديد (in Arabic). Al Kass. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Lekhwiya Sports Stadium". Urbacon-Intl. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Lekhwia Club Co.". qsl.com.qa. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "اعتماد تسجيل أربعة لاعبين أجانب في الموسم الجديد". alkass.net. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "موقع الكأس يرصد حركة الانتقالات قبل إنطلاق الدوري". alkass.net. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.