Qatar SC

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Qatar SC
نادي قطر الرياضي
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Full name Qatar Sports Club
نادي قطر الرياضي
Nickname(s) The Kings
Founded 1959; 56 years ago (1959)
Ground Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Sheikh Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani
Manager Iraq Radhi Shenaishil
League Qatar Stars League
2013–14 Qatar Stars League, 10th

Qatar Sports Club (Arabic: نادي قطر الرياضي‎) is a sports club based in Doha, Qatar. It is best known for its football team which competes in the Qatar Stars League.

They play their home games in the fourth largest stadium in Qatar, Qatar SC Stadium, which has a capacity of 12,000. It has recently diversified into sports other than football. An athletics group has been established, this department competes in javelin throwing, long jumps and sprinting. The club adopted its current name, Qatar SC, in 1981.

History[edit]

1959–1972: Al Oruba[edit]

Qatar SC was founded in 1959 under the name Al Oruba. The idea of founding the club came from Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani. His colleague, Mohammed bin Nasser, sought public opinion on the formation of a new sports club in the Musheireb area of Doha and received positive feedback. Al Oruba, which transliterates to "Arabism", was decided as the club name by the majority of football supporters due to the overwhelming number of Arab clubs with revolutionary names at the time. The club started off with just 18 players and staff members, and the first president was Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani. Initially, blue and white were the official colors of the club, and the headquarters was situated in a small 4-room house owned by Jassim bin Hamad. In a time where football was not very popular in Qatar, the club had a small group of supporters, the largest of which was the Yemeni community.

They began training on asphalt near the club headquarters, before moving to Doha Stadium. Before the Qatar Stars League unofficially launched in 1963, they only participated in friendly matches. During the initial years of the league, they were a dominant force, along with Al-Maref. After Al-Maref dissolved in the 1966/67 season, many of their players and coaching staff were distributed to Al Oruba.[1] Notable members of coaching staff include Hassan Othman, Abdullah Rabia, and Hamad Al Neel. They went on to win 5 consecutive league titles.

1972–1981: Al Esteqlal[edit]

In 1972 Al Oruba merged with Al Nasour to form Al Esteqlal. Former player Saad Mohammed Saleh was selected as the first coach. Al Esteqlal was one of the strongest clubs since its establishment, winning its first official Qatar Stars League season in 1972–73. The next year, in 1974, Al Sadd roped in head coach Hassan Othman from the club in addition to 14 of its players, including Hassan Mattar and Mubarak Anber, much to the dismay of club president Hamad bin Suhaim. During this period, transfers could be made unconditionally in Qatari football. Despite the resounding difficulties arising from the transfer fiasco, it continued with its success, winning the 1976–77 season and supplying the national team with some of its most prominent players.

1981–present: Qatar SC[edit]

Al Esteqlal was renamed Qatar SC in 1981. However, it gradually faded into obscurity for the next 2 decades, with the league being dominated by Al Arabi, Al Sadd, and Al Rayyan. The club won the Qatar Crown Prince Cup in 2002 and also won the 2002–03 league season by three points. They won the Crown Prince Cup the same year, and again in 2009.

Name history[edit]

  • 1959: Founded with the club name Al Oruba
  • 1972: Fused with Al Nasour to form Al Esteqlal
  • 1981: The club is renamed Qatar Sports Club

Stadium[edit]

Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, external view

Qatar SC play their matches at Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, which is located in Al Dafna. It is a multi-purpose stadium, featuring an athletics field, a gym, a shopping centre and a mosque, among other facilities. The stadium has a capacity of 12,000 seats. Besides local football matches, the stadium also hosts a number of tournaments such as Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix and some of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup matches.

Achievements[edit]

Senior team[edit]

Winners (3): 1970, 1971, 2003
Winners (2): 1974, 1976
Winners (3): 2002, 2004, 2009
Winners (4): 1983, 1984, 1987, 1995
Winners (1): 2014

Youth teams[edit]

Under–18
  • Under–18 League
Winners (2): 1998, 2001
  • Under–18 Cup
Winners (2): 1998, 2001
Under–17
  • Under–17 Cup
Winners (4): 1989, 1992, 1996, 1998
Under–15
  • Under–15 League
Winners (3): 1991, 1996, 2001
  • Under–15 Cup
Winners (4): 1991, 1996, 1997, 2004
Under–14
  • Under–14 Cup
Winners (1): 2007

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Emir Cup
1996-97 1D 7 16 4 3 9 19 19 15 Round 1
1997-98 1D 6 16 5 4 7 17 22 19 Round 1
1998-99 1D 6 16 5 2 9 16 27 17 Round 1
1999-2000 1D 7 16 4 6 6 14 24 18 Quarter-finals
2000-01 1D 8 16 4 2 10 18 27 14 Round 2
2001-02 1D 2 16 9 2 5 30 17 29 Semifinals
2002-03 1D 1 18 10 5 3 24 10 34 Semifinals
2003-04 1D 2 18 10 4 4 31 17 34 Runners-up
2004-05 1D 4 27 14 3 10 40 34 45 Quarter-finals
2005-06 1D 2 27 14 7 6 49 34 49 Semifinals
2006-07 1D 6 27 10 4 13 35 36 34 Quarter-finals
2007-08 1D 4 27 14 4 9 53 38 46 Semifinals
2008-09 1D 4 27 11 10 6 42 36 43 Semifinals
2009-10 1D 4 22 11 5 6 32 23 38 Semifinals
2010-11 1D 5 22 11 7 4 40 26 40 Quarter-finals
2011-12 1D 10 22 6 6 10 32 46 24 Round 3

Players[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mohammed Mubarak      Qatar
2 Defender Mohamed Salim      Qatar
3 Defender Abdulrahman Mesbeh      Qatar
4 Defender Mostafa Mido      Egypt
5 Defender Rafik Halliche      Algeria
6 Defender Usman Mohammed      Qatar
7 Midfielder Mohamed Omar      Qatar
9 Midfielder Mousa Al Allaq      Qatar
10 Forward Cho Young-Cheol      South Korea
11 Midfielder Fadhl Omar      Qatar
12 Midfielder Han Kook-Young      South Korea
13 Defender Khalid Salih      Qatar
14 Midfielder Ali Awadh      Qatar
15 Defender Shaheen Ali      Qatar
16 Forward Mahir Yousef      Qatar
17 Midfielder Khalid Mahmoudi      Qatar
18 Midfielder Abdulla Al Deyani      Qatar
19 Forward Lassina Diaby      Ivory Coast
20 Forward Hamdi Harbaoui      Tunisia
21 Goalkeeper Faisel Abdulaziz      Qatar
22 Goalkeeper Salam Fawaz      Qatar
24 Midfielder Abdulaziz Adel      Qatar
26 Midfielder Khalid Alansari      Qatar
27 Defender Khaled Al Zakiba      Qatar
31 Forward Ahmed Mohsen      Qatar
33 Defender Islam Yassine      Qatar
35 Midfielder Ahmed Sultan      Qatar
47 Defender Hussain Pisheh      Qatar
66 Midfielder Khairi Marzouq      Qatar
77 Midfielder Yousef Al Kubaisi      Qatar
92 Goalkeeper Sami Al-Hassawi      Oman

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
10 Brazil MF Marcinho (on loan to Brazil Vitória until June 2015)

Players registered as professionals[edit]

QSL clubs are limited to 4 foreign professionals (3 + 1 Asian) per squad.[2]
Last update: 20 August 2014.[3]

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners

Technical staff[edit]

Senior team[edit]

As of 6 June 2014.[4]

Coaching staff
Head coach Iraq Radhi Shenaishil
Assistant coach Czech Republic Luděk Klusáček
Goalkeeping coach Brazil Francisco Carlos

Youth team[edit]

As of 6 June 2014.[4]

Coaching staff
Head coach Tunisia Slaheddine Falhi
Technical director France David Giguel
Goalkeeping coach Egypt Abdel Fattah Nassef
Fitness coach Egypt Abdulziz Al Kahlawi

Managerial history[edit]

 
Manager Period
Sudan Hamad Neel Mohammed Ali c. 1962
Sudan Saad Mohammed Saleh c. 1972
Egypt Helmi Hussein 1973–74
Egypt Wagdi Jamal 1974
Sudan Hassan Othman
Egypt Helmi Hussein
1974–75
Sudan Mohammed Kheiri 1975–76
Slovakia Jozef Jankech
Slovakia Jozef Vengloš [5]
1976–77
Brazil Jorvan Vieira 1980
South Korea Park Byung-suk c. 1980–81[6]
Brazil Paulo Massa 1988
Germany Uli Maslo July 1, 1988–90
Brazil Sérgio Cosme 1990
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemaludin Mušović 1990–91
Germany Uli Maslo 1991–April 30, 1992
Iraq Ammo Baba 1992–93
Slovakia Jozef Jankech 1993–94
Iraq Hazem Jassam 1994[7]
Sweden Roland Andersson July 1, 1995 – June 30, 1997
Czech Republic Ján Pivarník[8] 1997
 
Manager Period
Germany Reinhard Fabisch[9] 1998–00
Qatar Eid Mubarak [1] 2000
Czech Republic Verner Lička July 1, 2000 – June 15, 2001
Serbia Zoran Đorđević 2001–02
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemaludin Mušović 2002–04
Qatar Adel Abu Karbal
Qatar Salman Abdulaziz
2004
Portugal Carlos Alhinho 2004–June 30, 2005
Belgium Dimitri Davidovic July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemal Hadžiabdić 2006
France Yannick Stopyra Nov 2006–Jan 07
Croatia Srećko Juričić 2007
Belgium Dimitri Davidovic 2007
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemaludin Mušović 2007–08
Morocco Hameed Bremel 2008
Brazil Sebastião Lazaroni July 24, 2008–Aug 11
Morocco Saïd Chiba Aug 12, 2011–July 8, 2012
Brazil Sebastião Lazaroni July 9, 2012 – June 1, 2014
Czech Republic Ivan Hašek June 1, 2014 – September 11, 2014
Iraq Radhi Shenaishil September 11, 2014–

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2003/04: Group Stage

References[edit]

External links[edit]