Lekhwiya SC

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Lekhwiya
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Full name Lekhwiya Sports Club
Nickname(s) Internal Security Force
The Red Knights
Founded 2009; 5 years ago (2009)
Ground Lekhwiya Sports Stadium (Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium)
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 10,221
Chairman Sheikh Abdullah al Thani
Manager Michael Laudrup
League Qatar Stars League
2013−14 Qatar Stars League, 1st
Website Club home page
Lekhwiya's active sections
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Football
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Basketball
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Handball
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Volleyball
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Athletics

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.

History[edit]

The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[5]

They inaugurated a new stadium, under the name of Lekhwiya Sports Stadium, on February 15, 2013 in a match against Al Khor and won their third league title in the first season at the new stadium.[6]

Stadium[edit]

Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[6] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[7] 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.

Achievements[edit]

Winners (1): 2009–10
Winners (3): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
Winners (1): 2013

Seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Emir of Qatar Cup Crown Prince Cup Sheikh Jassim Cup Asia
2009 Q2D 4
2010 Q2D 1 2nd Round Runners-up
2011 QSL 1 Semi-finals Semi-finals Semi-finals
2012 QSL 1 Semi-finals CL Group stage

Current squad[edit]

Last update: 4 October 2013.[8] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Qatar GK Khalifa Al-Ammari
2 Qatar DF Mohammed Musa
3 Qatar DF Mohammed Al-Kuwari
4 Spain DF Chico Flores
5 Qatar DF Abdulaziz Abdulla
6 Qatar DF Dame Traoré
8 Qatar MF Hussain Shehab
10 Qatar MF Ahmed Al-Amadi
11 Qatar DF Talal Al Qahtani
12 Qatar MF Karim Boudiaf
14 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Tresor Kangambu
16 Qatar FW Nasser Al Khalfan
17 Iran MF Reza Sharifzadeh
19 Qatar DF Ahmed Yasser
20 Qatar MF Ali Afif
21 Qatar FW Adel Ahmed
No. Position Player
23 Qatar FW Sebastián Soria
25 South Korea MF Nam Tae-Hee
28 Tunisia MF Youssef Msakni
29 Ivory Coast FW Lassina Diaby
30 Qatar MF Luiz Júnior
33 Bahrain GK Ahmad Ali Hatimi
40 Morocco GK Amine Lecomte
45 Qatar DF Abdulhadi Salah
70 Qatar MF Ismaeel Mohammad
77 Qatar DF Khalid Muftah
79 Slovakia MF Vladimír Weiss
90 Brazil GK Ivanildo Rodrigues
93 Qatar MF Ali Mohammed
-- Qatar DF Ahmed Al Maraghi
-- Qatar MF Abdurahman Mohammed
-- Qatar FW Mohammed Razak

Players registered as professionals[edit]

QSL clubs are limited to 4 foreign professionals (3 + 1 Asian) per squad.[9] Last update: 20 August 2014.[10]

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners

Notes
  • 1. Qualifies as club's Asian professional

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Denmark Michael Laudrup
Assistant manager Spain Gerard Zaragoza
Youth coach Armenia Éric Assadourian
Fitness coach France Didier Filipe
Goalkeeping coach Morocco Karim Zaza
Director of football Qatar Ahmed Khalil
Deputy director Qatar Waleed Bakhit
General manager Qatar Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Conditioning coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Džafić
Physiotherapist Tunisia Sofiane Khouja

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Records and statistics[edit]

Last update: 28 December 2013.
Apps and goals in the QSL only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Dame Traoré 2010– 72
2 Flag of Qatar.svg Karim Boudiaf 2010– 69
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Luiz Ceará 2003– 62
4 Flag of Qatar.svg Baba Malick 2010– 58
5 Flag of Qatar.svg Khalid Muftah 2010– 51
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Sebastián Soria 2012– 25
2 Flag of South Korea.svg Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 15
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Mohammed Razak 2010–2013 14
4 Flag of Côte d'Ivoire.svg Bakari Koné 2010–2012 13
5 Flag of Tunisia.svg Youssef Msakni 2012– 11

Reserves and academy[edit]

Main article: Lekhwiya FC Reserves

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014

Administrative staff[edit]

Last update: December 2013

Lekhwiya in Asia[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 22 8 4 10 24 34
Total 22 8 4 10 24 34
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
2012
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 0-3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1–2 1–2
GS Iran Sepahan 1–0 1–2
2013
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 2–1 1-3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq 0–0 2–0
GS Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3–1 2–0
R16 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 2–2
QF China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 1–4
2014
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1–2 0-5
GS Iran Tractor Sazi 0–0 1–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–3

Colours and crest[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2009–2011 BURRDA None
2011– Masrat Rayan

Kit history[edit]

Home kit
2009
Home kit
2011

Other sports[edit]

Handball[edit]

Further information: Lekhwiya Handball Team

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qatar 2009/10". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Lekhwiya SC new Qatar Star league champions!
  3. ^ "Cabore seals Sheikh Jassim Cup triumph for Al Arabi". qfa.com.qa. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Qatar's Lekhwiya launch Asian campaign with a brave win". qsl.com.qa. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "لخويا يتوج باللقب الثاني ويدفع العربي للخطر". Al Kass. March 25, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "لخويا يستضيف الخور على ملعبه الجديد" (in Arabic). Al Kass. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lekhwiya Sports Stadium". Urbacon-Intl. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lekhwia Club Co.". qsl.com.qa. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "اعتماد تسجيل أربعة لاعبين أجانب في الموسم الجديد". alkass.net. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "موقع الكأس يرصد حركة الانتقالات قبل إنطلاق الدوري". alkass.net. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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