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 Eric Gerets
League Qatar Stars League
2013−14 Qatar Stars League, 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Lekhwiya's active sections
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Football
Basketball pictogram.svg
Basketball
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Handball
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg
Volleyball
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Futsal
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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

Lekhwiya in Asia[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 6 2 0 4 5 9
Total 6 5 0 4 5 9
  • 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 SC 1–2 1–2
GS Iran Sepahan 1–0 1–2

Current squad[edit]

Last update: 4 October 2013.[8] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been 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 Qatar DF Ahmed Al Maraghi
5 Qatar DF Abdulaziz Abdulla
6 Qatar DF Dame Traoré
7 Qatar MF Adel Lami
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 Qatar FW Reda Safar
19 Qatar DF Ahmed Yasser
No. Position Player
20 Qatar MF Ali Afif
21 Qatar FW Adel Ahmed
23 Qatar FW Sebastián Soria
24 Algeria DF Madjid Bougherra
25 South Korea MF Nam Tae-Hee
28 Tunisia MF Youssef Msakni
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
93 Qatar MF Ali Mohammed

Players registered as professionals[edit]

Asia
Africa
Europe

For recent squad changes see: List of Qatari football transfers summer 2013 and 2013–2014 Lekhwiya SC season.

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Eric Gerets, current manager of Lekhwiya
Position Staff
Manager Belgium Eric Gerets
Assistant manager France Dominique Cuperly
Youth coach Armenia Éric Assadourian
Fitness coach France Didier Filipe
Goalkeeping coach Algeria Amor Bouras
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

Reserve team[edit]

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.

Current squad[edit]

Last update: 28 December 2013.[9] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Qatar GK Khalifa Al-Dosari
2 Qatar GK Abdulla Al-Shammari
3 Qatar DF Assad Al-Haleeb
No. Position Player
4 Qatar DF Salman Al Shammari
5 Qatar DF Khamis Al-Khelaifi
6 Qatar MF Ali Mohammed

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager France Eric Roland
Fitness coach France Didier Filipe
Goalkeeping coach Brazil Marcos
Director of football Qatar Mohammad Bashir Sulaiti
Team administrator Qatar Ali Hilal
General manager Qatar Mohsen Al Yazidi
Physiotherapist Tunisia Hisham Zdzaj

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Youth teams[edit]

Lekhwiya's youth teams currently compete in Qatar's youth leagues.

U–18 team[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]
Position Staff
Team manager Qatar Mohammed Al-Ajmi
Head coach Egypt Walid Abdel Aziz
Team administrator Qatar Adnan Swaileh
Fitness coach Italy Alberto

Last updated: February 2014
Source: Lekhwiya

U–21 team[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]
Position Staff
Team manager Qatar Faisal Al Marri
Head coach Qatar Hamdan Hamad
Assistant coach Tunisia Saifuddin Kumi
Goalkeeping coach Tunisia Adam Abdel Nasser Abbasi
Team administrator Qatar Khalid Abdullah
Coach Slovakia Peter Polak

Last updated: February 2014
Source: Lekhwiya

Administrative staff[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Owner Qatar Sheikh Tamim al Thani
Chairman Qatar Sheikh Abdullah al Thani
Vice-chairman Qatar Khalifa Khamis Sulaiti
General secretary QatarAdnan Al Ali
Sports administrator Qatar Ahmed Khalil Abbasi
Media officer Qatar Adnan Al Ali
Public official Qatar Mubarak Al Mutawa
Administration & finance Qatar Salwa Al Emadi

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Board of directors[edit]

Position Staff
Member Qatar Ibrahim Khalil Al Mohannadi
Member Qatar Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Member Qatar Bilal Walid Al Hitmi
Member Qatar Ali Salman Al Mohannadi
Member Qatar Nawaf Abdullah Al Maathadi
Member Qatar Mohammed Bashir Al Sulaiti

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Colours and crest[edit]

Kit history[edit]

Home Kit 2009
Home Kit 2011

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

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

Other sports[edit]

Handball[edit]

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. ^ "Lekhwiya Sports Club Reserve". transfermarkt.co.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 

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