Al Ahli SC (Doha)

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Al-Ahli SC
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Full name Al-Ahli Sports Club
Nickname(s) Al Ameed (Brigadier)
Founded 1950; 67 years ago (1950)
Ground Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani
Manager Yousuf Adam Mahmoud
League Qatar Stars League
2015–16 Qatar Stars League, 6th
Website Club home page

Al Ahli SC (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي‎‎), also known as Al Ahli Doha is a Qatari multi-sport club based in Doha. It is most notable for its professional association football section. Their home stadium is Khalifa International Stadium. It is the oldest sports club in Qatar, having been established in 1950.


Al Ahli was founded under the name Al Najah Sports Club in 1950, rendering it the oldest sports club in Qatar. Al Najah SC was established by the founders of another club, called Sawt al-Arab, which was subsequently disbanded. The most prominent of the founders were Naji Musaad, the first president of the club. The club's first headquarters was located in Barahat Al Jufairi, in a residential house which was rented at a monthly fee of 70 Indian rupees. In 1964, the club was formally founded under resolution no. 2. Their first match abroad was scheduled to take place against Al Muharraq. After travelling to Bahrain by sea, the club was turned down because their squad comprised foreign players. Instead, they played against Al Nusoor, whom they defeated 3–1.[1]

In 1972, Al Najah was merged with another local club under its current name, Al Ahli Sports Club. The first board of directors was formed with eight members, and the club's colors were officially decided as green and white.[1] Early managers after the merger include Mohammed Kheiri, the first manager of Al Ahli Sports Club, Sudanese Abdullah Balash, Lebanese Omar Khatib and Sudanese Hassan Osman.[2] They played a friendly against Pelé-led Santos in 1973 at Doha Stadium.[3] In the 1983/84 season, the club received a new headquarters, equipped with modern training and recreational facilities, as did all of the other sports clubs in Qatar.

In the early nineties, under the presidency of Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani, the club was relegated to the Qatari 2nd Division for the first time in its history. In an attempt to improve its younger generation of players by providing them with invaluable first team experience, the youth team had been given an opportunity to earn promotion back to the first division. They were unsuccessful, and only were runners up that year.[4]

The club has won one domestic trophy since its formation, the Emir Cup. This competition which was secured four times, with the first triumph coming in the inaugural edition under coach Mohammed Kheiri.[5]


Al Ahli play their home matches at Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium which has a capacity of 12,000 seats.


The club has one of the most consistently high home attendances in the Qatar Stars League. On 11 April 2014, they set a new league record for final match day attendance with 10,142 fans attending the league match against Al Sailiya.[6]


Performance in UAFA competitions[edit]

2003/04: First round
2007/08: First round

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1992/93: First Round
1998/99: Second Round

Asian record[edit]

Year Tournament Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1993 Asian Cup Winners' Cup Group stage Kuwait Al-Arabi 0–0 0–1 0–1
1999 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1 Lebanon Nejmeh w.o.1 0–0 0–0
2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 0–0 1–7 1–7

1. Al Nejmeh SC withdrew from the tournament.


As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Amer Al Dossari  Qatar
13 Goalkeeper Abdulaziz Al-Harqan  Qatar
74 Goalkeeper Satea Abdelnasser  Qatar
75 Goalkeeper Yazan Naim  Qatar

2 Defender Abdul Ghafoor Murad  Qatar
5 Defender Abdulaziz Al-Sherif  Qatar
6 Defender Meshal Mubarak  Qatar
15 Defender Khalil Sharif  Qatar
22 Defender Jassem Mohammed Omar  Qatar
32 Defender Osman Mohammed  Sudan
33 Midfielder Pejman Montazeri  Iran
71 Defender Fred Dabanka  Ghana
88 Defender John Benson  Ghana
96 Defender Jassem Al-Mulla  Qatar

4 Midfielder Abdulla Afifa (on loan from Al-Rayyan )  Qatar
9 Midfielder Yassine Chikhaoui (on loan from Al-Gharafa)  Tunisia
10 Midfielder Ali Qadri  Qatar
12 Midfielder Ali Sadeq Benwan  Iraq
17 Midfielder Younes Ali  Qatar
18 Midfielder Ahmed Al Saadi (on loan from Lekhwiya)  Qatar
20 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al Sulaiti  Qatar
23 Midfielder Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud (on loan from Lekhwiya)  Qatar
26 Midfielder Khaled Al-Ansari  Qatar
27 Midfielder Mohsen Al-Yazidi  Qatar
29 Midfielder Cristian Maidana  Argentina
63 Midfielder Mojahed Abdullah  Qatar
90 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Balaawi  Qatar

7 Forward Ali Ferydoon (on loan from Al-Shamal )  Iran
11 Forward Meshal Abdullah (Captain)  Qatar
14 Forward Farri Agri  Indonesia

Players with Multiple Nationalities

For recent squad changes see List of Qatari football transfers summer 2015.

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
-- Defender Abdullah Aiesh (on loan to Al-Khor)  Qatar
-- Defender Mohammed Al Aqib (on loan to Muaither )  Qatar
-- Forward Saoud Al-Khalaqi (on loan to Al-Shahania)  Qatar
-- Forward N'Guessan Yessoh (on loan to Muaither )  Ivory Coast

Managerial history[edit]

As of 7 February 2015.

Seasons Manager Nationality
1972–73 Mohammed Hassan Kheiri Sudan
1975–?? Ali Al Attar Egypt
1978–?? Helmi Hussein Egypt
July 1, 1982–June 30, 1984 Ivo Wortmann Brazil
1984–85 Eid Mubarak Qatar
1985–86 Colin Addison England
1987–88 Joubert Meira Brazil
1988 Sebastião Lazaroni Brazil
1991 Zoran Đorđević Serbia
1991–93 Paulo Massa Brazil
1994–95 Faruk Pašić Bosnia and Herzegovina
1997–98 Abdelkadir Bomir Morocco
1998 Heshmat Mohajerani Iran
1998–99 Viktor Prokopenko Ukraine
1999 Abdelkadir Bomir Morocco
1999[7] Sead Gruda
Abdulqadir Almoghaisab
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1999–00 José Robles Brazil
2000–01 Cruz Portugal
2001 José Robles Brazil
2001 Eid Mubarak Qatar
July 1, 2002–June 30, 2003 Carlos Alhinho Portugal
July 16, 2004–Nov 8, 2004 Augusto Inácio Portugal
Seasons Manager Nationality
2004–05 Pepe Brazil
2005 Oswaldo de Oliveira Brazil
2005–Feb 2006 Waldemar Lemos
Oswaldo de Oliveira
Feb 2006–2006 José Robles[8] Brazil
2006 Michel Decastel Switzerland
2006 Reiner Hollmann Germany
2006–07 José Robles Brazil
July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008 Mark Wotte Netherlands
2008–09 Erik van der Meer Netherlands
2009 Mrad Mahjoub Tunisia
2009 Carlos Manuel Portugal
2009 Heron Ricardo Ferreira Brazil
2009[9] Abdulqadir Almoghaisab (CT) Qatar
2009 Abdullah Mubarak Qatar
2009–10 José Robles Brazil
2010 Hassan Hormatallah Morocco
July 1, 2010–Sept 10 Ilija Petković Serbia
Sept 26, 2010–Oct 23, 2011 Abdullah Mubarak Qatar
Oct 23, 2011–June 30, 2012 Bernard Simondi France
July 1, 2012–February 7, 2015 Milan Máčala Czech Republic
February 7, 2015– Zlatko Kranjčar Croatia
Abdullah Mubarak, former manager of Al Ahli
Former managers with unknown dates
  • Lebanon Omar Khatib
  • Sudan Hassan Osman
  • Sudan Abdullah Balash

Al Ahli club staff[edit]

Last update: 7 February 2015.[10]

Senior team
Technical staff
Head coach Stanislav Moravec
Assistant coach Khalid Taj
Head of transatlantic relations Samuel Alger
Medical staff
Head of clinic Dr Tawfiq
Team doctor Sokryi
Physiotherapist Anselmo
Physiotherapist Assad Ammari
Team staff
Director of reserve team Majed Saeed
Director of administration Abdulaziz Hamza
Director of football Ibrahim Al Karaniris
Deputy director of football Khalid Shabib
Director of sports affairs Abdullah Jassim
Director of sport marketing Yaqoub Nasser
ATI Systems Youssef Bizzou
Youth teams
Technical staff
U23 manager Hassan Khalil Ahmed
U23 head coach Stanislav Moravec
U23 assistant coach Hussein Baqir
U16 head coach John Lake
U16 assistant coach Abdulredha Hussein
Youth teams
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Islam Salahuddin
Physiotherapist Ihab Abdelfatah
Team staff
Head of youth teams Fahad Al Wadanaa
Deputy head of youth teams Ahmad Sayyar

Club officials[edit]


Position Staff
President Qatar HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani
Vice-president Qatar HE Khalaf Ahmed Mannai
General secretary Qatar Khaled Abdullah Shabib

Last updated: February 2012
Source: Board of Directors

Club presidents[edit]

As of February 2012.

No. Chairperson No. Chairperson
1 Qatar Naji Musaad 8 Qatar Abdullah Mohammed Ghurery
2 Qatar Sheikh Mubarak bin Ahmed Al-Thani 9 Qatar Ali bin Ali Ahmed
3 Qatar Sheikh Ali bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani 10 Qatar Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Nasser Al-Thani
4 Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani 11 Qatar Abdullah Ahmad Hashemi
5 Qatar Sultan bin Sultan 12 Qatar Mohammed Kadhim Ibrahim
6 Qatar Abdulaziz Fahad Bozzoer 13 Qatar Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani
7 Qatar Abdulqadir Al Moghaisib 14 Qatar HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani


Winners (4): 1973, 1981, 1987, 1992
Runners-up (5): 1975, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2003
Runners-up (2): 1999, 2006
Winners (1): 2012


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