Shabab Al-Sahel

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Shabab Al-Sahel
Shabab Al-Sahel.jpg
Full name Shabab Al-Sahel
Founded 1966; 49 years ago (1966)
Ground Beirut Municipal Stadium
Ground Capacity 22,500
Manager Libor Pala
League Lebanese Premier League
2013–14 7th

Shabab Al-Sahel ( شباب الساحل) are a Lebanese football club who play in the Lebanese Premier League. Based in Beirut, they were founded in 1966. They share the Beirut Municipal Stadium. The club is predominantly supported by Shiite community, and the sectarianism which exists affects the club and football in the country as a whole.[1][2] As of the 2012–13 season the coach was Mahmoud Hammoud. Three weeks before the end of the 2014-15 season, coach Jamal Taha left his position as manager and Libor Pala replaced him.


Shabab Al-Sahel was established in Beirut in 1966.[3] Earlier notable players which formed the backbone of the club were Fayez Dergham and Mohammad Salim, with Sharif Salim as chairman of the club and Hassan Hatoum as secretary.[4] The club won the Lebanese FA Cup in 2000, defeating Al-Safa' SC 5–4 on penalties after a 1–1 draw. They lost the first game of the 2007–08 season with a 0–5 defeat to Nejmeh SC.[1] In the 2008–09 season they reached the finals but were defeated 0–2 by Al Ahed.[5] In the 2010–11 season they reached the semi-finals of the Lebanese Cup by defeating Salam Zgharta 2–0, but were defeated 1–2 in the semi-final by long-term rival Safa at the Rafik Hariri Stadium in Sidon.[5][6] They were facing relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2010–11 season when they played Akhaa Ahly.[7] In the 2012–13 season, they were second from bottom by the end of November but were in 5th place at the end of April 2013.[3][8] They were defeated at the 13th stage of the Cup on 17 February 2013 by Racing Beirut who beat them 3–0.[9]

Squad (as of 2013-14 season)[edit]

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

No. Position Player
3 Lebanon DF Shadi Attieh
Lebanon GK Issa Al Dahwish
Lebanon GK Abbas Shit
Jordan DF Mohamad Blawni
Lebanon DF Mohamed Halawi
Lebanon DF Hassan Daher
Lebanon DF Hasanin Hussein Dabol
Lebanon DF Ali Mtairik
Lebanon DF Hussein Nassrallah
Lebanon DF Jad Nooreddin
Lebanon DF Mostafa Toska
Lebanon MF Zouhair Abdallah
Jordan MF Ali Asaad
No. Position Player
Lebanon MF Mahmoud Aitani
Lebanon MF Mohammad Mriee
Lebanon MF Mustafa Shahin
Lebanon MF Imad Al Miri
Syria MF Ali Ghalioum
Lebanon FW Ahmad Ayoub
Lebanon FW Abbas Tahan
Lebanon FW Hassan Tahmaz
Lebanon FW Moussa Zaiat

Former players[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Shabab Al-Sahel is also predominantly supported by Shiites". International Herald Tribune, accessed via HighBeam Research. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Montague, James (24 October 2007). "In Lebanon, even soccer is tainted by sectarian strife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Shabab Al-Sahel". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  4. ^ شباب الساحل... حكاية كفاح ما زالت مستمرة (in Arabic). Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Shabab al-Sahel, Ahed win place in Lebanese Cup semi finals". The Daily Star, Lebanon, accessed via HighBeam Research. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Safa set to face Ahed in Lebanese Cup final". The Daily Star, Lebanon, accessed via HighBeam Research. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Salam Sour avoid relegation,Ghazieh lose". The Daily Star, Lebanon, accessed via HighBeam Research. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Safa ease to top spot". The Daily Star, Lebanon, accessed via HighBeam Research. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ الاخاء خامسا وفوز تاريخي للراسينج على شباب الساحل (in Arabic). FIFA. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 

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