New Radiant SC

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New Radiant
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Full name New Radiant Sports Club
Nickname(s) The Blues or NRSC
Founded 1979; 36 years ago (1979)
Ground Rasmee Dhandu Stadium
Male, Maldives
Ground Capacity 13,000
Chairman Maldives Ali Waheed
Head Coach FinlandMika Lönnström
Coach Maldives Ismail Anil
League Dhivehi League
2014 Champions
Website Club home page

New Radiant Sports Club / ނިއުރޭޑިއަންޓް / the blues or nrsc is a Maldivian football club based in Henveiru - Malé, Maldives. The club was founded in 19 August 1979[1] by Mr.Ahmed Waheed (H. Queen) and his friend Mr.Ahammadhanik (latti Ahanmadhey). New Radiant has won all domestic competitions being held in the Maldives and the club is the most successful & most popular local football club in Maldives in terms of trophies won and is also the most successful Maldivian club in International arena. They were semi finalists in the AFC Cup in 2005 and the only Maldivian club to have progressed beyond group stages in the AFC cup in multiple occasions.

New Radiant has won Dhivehi League four times, FA cup 11 times out of 26 and have won the Maldives Cup Winners' Cup four times. They were the current President's Cup & Dhivehi League Champions. They won President's Cup 10 times and POMIS Cup 3 times.

New Radiant is the King of Maldivian Club football history with local and International. According to the statistics, New Radiant is the only team which won all the domestic top division championship three times in a row.

In August 2014 New Radiant appointed a Finn Mika Lönnström as their new head coach. His contract runs until end of 2015.[2]

History[edit]

1994[edit]

New Radiant won POMIS Cup and FA cup.

1995[edit]

The blues won POMIS Cup and Maldives National Championship / President's Cup.

1997[edit]

New Radiant won all the competitions that were held in 1997.

1998[edit]

The club won FA Cup three times in a row and became first team to do so in Maldivian footballing history.

1999[edit]

This year New Radiant won only Maldives Cup Winners' Cup.

2000[edit]

This year New Radiant won only Maldives Cup Winners' Cup.

2004[edit]

New Radiant claimed the FA cup and became the first team ever to qualify for the Asian cup.

2005[edit]

The blues reached the Semi-Finals of the AFC Cup 2005 and were beaten in semi finals by champions Al Faisaly of Jordan.

2006[edit]

2006 was a successful season for New Radiant. The blues won FA cup and the Dhivehi League.

2007[edit]

The Blues were able to clinch 2 titles, both the FA cup and the President's Cup. Dhivehi League was dominated by New Radiantt during the early stages, but after poor results against smaller clubs like Maziya and Vyansa, Victory took the lead. The winner was decided on the last match which the Blues lost against the Red Devils.

2008[edit]

The first tournament of the season, the Cup Winners Cup was won by New Radiant. They lost FA cup final against VB Sports Club. After dominated in the first games of season, but the Blues ended up with poor results in the League & Presidents' Cup. They were knocked out of the AFC Cup 2008 in the group stage with 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses.

2009[edit]

After 2002, this was the year during which club did not win any of the tournaments. The Blues did not qualify for the AFC Cup 2009.

2010[edit]

The year 2010 was also an unsuccessful year for New Radiant. But the club ended the unbeaten streak of League Champions VB Sports Club in the FA cup semi final. However, similar to the previous years, they had to end the season with no success, as they lost the FA cup final against Victory.

2011[edit]

In 2011, the Club reached President's Cup final but lost against the Victory Sports club.

2012[edit]

They won 2012 Dhivehi League without losing a single match and also won the President's Cup by beating Victory Sports Club in the final. During the whole season, New Radiant lost just one match, which was against Club Eagles in the Quarter Final of FA cup. They qualified for the AFC Cup 2013 and have brought the most promising young stars to the team in preparation for the continental stage.

2013[edit]

The blues won the first Charity Shield match from the beginning of the season and they won 2013 Dhivehi League shield, becoming the first team in the history to finish off the league with a 100 percent record, without losing or drawing any of their matches. In August 2013, they won the Veterans Cup (35+ age) for the first time. At the beginning of October, they won FA Cup after 5 years. New Radiant finished the season by winning the President's Cup and that completed the domestic season with a remarkable 100% winning record. This year the blues reached AFC Cup 2013 quarter final to make another records.

2014[edit]

On June 10, the blues won the Maldives FA Charity Shield match by beating Maziya. The club won 2014 Dhivehi League three times in a row and qualify AFC Cup 2015. On November 30, New Radiant won 2014 President's Cup three times in a row and that completed the record for the Maldivian football history to the only club which won all top division championship three times in a row. In this year, the Blues also won the 2014 FAM Women's Football Championship after beating Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF).

Titles won[edit]

Top Division

Others

Best Moments[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2002-03: Qualifying East - 2nd Round
1992: Qualifying - 2nd round
1997: Group Stage
2002: First Round
2005: Semi-Finals
2006: Group Stage
2007: Group Stage
2008: Group Stage
2013: Quarter Finals
2014: Group Stage
2015:
1993/94: Quarter-Finals
1995/96: Quarter-Finals
1997/98: First Round
1998/99: Second Round
1999/00: First Round

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Pedro Marenco
3 Maldives MF Mohamed Shifan
4 Maldives DF Ahmed Abdulla
5 Maldives MF Ibrahim Fazeel
7 Maldives MF Ali Fasir (vice-captain)
8 Maldives DF Rilwan Waheed
9 Maldives FW Ashad Ali
10 Brazil FW Rafael Betim Mart
11 Brazil FW Everton Souza Santos
13 Maldives MF Akram Abdul Ghanee
14 Maldives FW Ahmed Suhail
15 Maldives DF Abdulla Naajee
No. Position Player
16 Maldives FW Ahmed Hassan
17 Maldives FW Hamza Mohamed
19 Maldives DF Mohamed Rasheed
21 Maldives MF Ali Shaamiu
22 Maldives MF Mohamed Karam
23 Maldives MF Ahmed Niyaz
24 Maldives FW Mohamed Samir
25 Maldives GK Mohamed Yamaan
26 Maldives DF Shafiu Ahmed
27 Maldives DF Sobah Mohamed
37 Maldives DF Mohammad Umair (captain)

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 120 The board of directors announced their decision to dedicate this number to their fans.[3]

Board of Directors[edit]

  • Chairman: Maldives Ali Waheed
  • Vice Chairman: Maldives Hassan Shujau
  • Board Director: Maldives Aishath Leesha
  • Board Director: Maldives Adheel Ismail
  • Board Director: Maldives Ahmed Zareer
  • Board Director: Maldives Adam Ziyad
  • Board Director: Maldives Ali Shareef
  • Board Director: Maldives Ahmed Rameez
  • Board Director: Maldives Mohamed Shafeeq

Senior Management[edit]

  • Director of Football: Maldives Anwar Ali
  • Director of Administrations: Maldives Ibrahim Shaaz Habeeb

Club Officials[edit]

  • Manager: Maldives Ismail Wisham
  • Head Coach: FinlandMika Lönnström
  • Assistant Coach: Maldives Ismail Anil
  • Kit Manager: Maldives Abdul Sattar Ahmed
  • Official: Maldives Hussain Abdulla
  • Official: Maldives Ahmed Rasheed
  • Official: Maldives Ibrahim Shareef

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]