Al Ahly SC

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Full name Al Ahly Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Club of the Century (نادي القرن)
The Red Devils (الشياطين الحمر)
The Red Giant(المارد الأحمر)
Short name ASC
Founded 24 April 1907; 110 years ago (1907-04-24)
Ground Cairo International Stadium
Ground Capacity 75,000
Chairman Egypt Mahmoud Taher
Coach Egypt Hossam El-Badry
League Egyptian Premier League
2017–18 Egyptian Premier League, 1st
Website Club website
Current season

Al Ahly Sporting Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي للرياضة البدنية‎, an-Nādî al’āhlî Lilriyāḍah al-Badaniyah; Egyptian Arabic: النادي الأهلي‎, el-Nâdî el-‘Âhlî), is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt.

It is best known for its professional football team, which plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the top tier in the Egyptian football league system.

It was founded in April 24, 1907 as a gathering place for Cairo's Student unions.

Al Ahly have won a record 39 national titles, 36 national cups and 9 national super cups making Al Ahly the most decorated Club in Egypt. In addition, Al Ahly has never been relegated to the Second Division.

In international competitions, the club have won a record 8 CAF Champions League titles, a CAF Confederation Cup title, a record 6 CAF Super Cup titles and 4 African Cup Winners' Cup titles. Al Ahly also won the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup 2006.

The club is also the 2nd most decorated Club by international honours, with 20 titles, after Real Madrid.


Al Ahly was founded by Omar Lotfie in 1907 as a gathering place for Cairo's students' unions in the struggle against colonization.[1] Al Ahly, meaning "the national", was chosen, and Englishman Mitchell Ince became the club's first president.[2] In the absence of a national league, Al Ahly initially took part in regional competitions, including the Sultan Hussein Cup, which they won seven times between 1923 and 1938.

The Egyptian League championship began in 1948–49. Al Ahly won the inaugural competition, the first of nine successive national championship titles.[2]

Following the deposing of King Farouk in the revolution of 1952, Ahly appointed Gamal Abdel Nasser as club president.[3]

Al-Ahly did not win the league for 13 years. After years of deterioration, Ahly took the first steps to recovery when the management decided to sign the golden player of Hungary in the fifties, Nándor Hidegkuti, in September 1973 at a salary of less than 600 dollars.[citation needed] The title returned to Al Ahly in 1974–1975, with the team scoring 70 goals in 34 games.

Ahly won the league championship in 1976–1977. This season saw the second participation in African competition, where the team fared better than the first time, bowing out in the quarter-finals to Hearts of Oak Ghana.

Al Ahly won the 1981–1982 tournament, defeating Ghana's Ashanti Kotoko in the final, winning the first leg 3–0 thanks to two goals by Khatib and one by Alaa Mihoub.

In the return match in Kumasi, Mahmoud Khatib returned to score again and the game ended 1–1, with Al-Ahly winning their first continental championship.

Al-Ahly reached the final of the African Champions League for the second time in a row in 1983, but rival Kotoko managed to avenge their defeat by scoring the only goal in both matches.

Al-Ahly reached a continental final again in 1984; this time the African Cup of Nations Cup. Against Cameroon's Yaounde, Al-Ahly won on penalties in the Cameroonian capital after a 1–1 draw in both games.

For the third time in a row, Al Ahly won the African Cup in 1986 after winning the league championship. Ahly defeated g Sujara in the final 3–2 on aggregate, with Taher Abouzid scoring two goals and Magdi Abdel Ghani one goal.

After winning the Egypt Cup for the third time in a row in 1993, Al Ahly returned to Africa by winning the African Cup Winners' Cup for the fourth time in its history in 1993, which was the last participation of the club in this tournament. Al Ahly has won the African Cup Winners' Cup four times, more than any other team.

Al-Ahly beat Ivory Coast's Afrika Sport in the final with a penalty by Adel Abdel Rahman in the Cairo Stadium after a 1–1 draw in the first leg. In the same season, Al Ahly won the Egyptian Cup by beating Al Mahalla 3–2 in the final.[clarification needed]

Al Ahly went to the Arab Championships for the first year in 1994 after a decision to boycott the African tournaments due to weak financial returns. They won the cup by defeating el shabab Saudi with a goal by Ahmed flex in the final.[4]

After leading Al Ahly to its second consecutive league title and the Arab Super Cup in Morocco, Rainer Holman left Al Ahly at the end of 1997, after finishing second in the Arab League Champions League in Tunisia.

He was replaced by his countryman Rainer Tsubil, who succeeded winning the league championship for the fifth consecutive season in 1997–1998.

Al Ahly won the 1998 Arab Super Cup title with Tsubil for the second successive season after beating MC Oran, Algerian, Saudi Arabia and African-Tunisian. Al-Ahly returned to the African partnership for the first time in six years.[5]

In the summer of 2001, Ahly signed Jose Manuel Jose to take on the technical leadership of the team and this was the first time in the history of the club, which is used by a coach from the Portuguese school. Jose's first acquaintance with Al Ahly was the friendly match against Real Madrid in August 2001, when the Reds were shocked by Europe's oldest club with the goal of Nigerian Sunday Ebege. It was the fourth time in history that Al-Ahli had defeated a European team with a newly crowned Champions League title.

Al-Ahly won the Champions League title 4–1 victory over South Africa's Sun Downs.

Al Ahli also confirmed his continental supremacy by grabbing the Super Cup with another landslide victory over South Africa. This time the victim was Kaiser Chaves, who lost 4–1 in Cairo in a match in which Ahly goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari scored his historic goal.

Jose was unable to collect any local championship in his first term.

Al-Ahly also crowned the first Egyptian Super Cup with an exciting win over Enppi 1–0, with the goal in extra time for Wael Gomaa.

At the end of 2005, Ahly won the African Champions League for the fourth time in their history after Tunisia's 3–0 defeat of ES Sahel in Cairo before winning the Super Cup by beating the Moroccan Royal Army with penalties.

Al Ahly then appeared at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan for the first time, but the start was not successful as the team lost to Saudi Arabia's Ittihad Jeddah and then Sydney.

Many believe that 2006 is the best in the history of Al Ahly in terms of various achievements, starting with the Super League for the second time with another exciting win over Enppi with the goal of in stoppage time.

Al-Ahly is also re-winning the league title for the second time in a row. Al Ahly then returned to the Egyptian Cup with a big 3–0 win over Zamalek, scoring the full mark in local championships.

Then Africa again and reaches the final with Tunisia's Sfaxien to reach the return game to the last seconds and the result for the benefit of the hero of Tunisia, until the historic moment where left foot of Mohammed Abo treka set a new history in the letters of gold in the records of Ahly.

Al Ahly reached world cup for clubs in Japan and got the bronze medal as third place for the first time in African history after beating Auckland City New Zealand and defeating Brazilian champions Inter Milan, and a 2–1 win over American Mexico in Yokohama.

The red control continued on the league's shield and Al Ahly won the title by 17 points from Ismaili. The team also won the Super Cup for the fourth time in a row by beating Al Zamalek 2–0 with goals Ahmed Hassan and Moataz Inoue.

Al Ahly won African champions league with a 4–2 win over Cameroon cotton in the final two games, Ahly set off for the Club World Cup again, but this time the results were not good, with two defeats from Pachuca and Adelaide.

Al-Ahly started in 2009 with the title of the Super Cup after defeating CS Sfaxien 2–1 at Flavio's goals, before the start of an exciting race on the league's shield with Ismaily, who became the top until the last two minutes of the season.

After Ismaili beat Al-Tersana, Al-Ahly held the lead against Talaa elgeish until the 93rd minute, when defender Ahmed Fathi scored the winner's winner and striker Mohamed Talaat added the goal of the promotion to lead the two leaders to a playoff to determine the hero.

Al Ahly retaliated for the defeat in the last game of the two teams in 1991 when he won a goal for Flavio at the Alex Stadium in Alexandria to lift the shield for the fifth time in a row. It was the last Portuguese championship for Manuel Jose during his second term before leaving and leaving the team's leadership to Hossam Al-Badri.[6]

Hossam Al-Badri managed to keep the shield in Al-Ahly's 2009–2010 cupboard to become the first national coach to win the league championship in 23 years, before Al Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup by defeating Haraas elhedoud 1–0 to avenge his defeat by penalties in the cup final.

In the African Champions League, Al Ahly qualified for the semi-finals to come out of the Tunisian Esperance because of a famous referee mistake that gave the hosts a win in the return game with a clear touch of hand.[7]

In the first match after the return of sports activity, Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup when he defeated Enby 2–1 in a sad match at the empty stadium of Burg Al Arab.

Despite the difficult events, the men of Al-Ahly overcame all circumstances and achieved the African Champions League for the seventh time when they beat Esperance in the Tunisian home two goals to Gedo and Walid Soliman, after finishing the first leg 1–1.[8]

Hossam Al-Badri left the team to manage Mohammed Yousif, who managed to complete the march successfully and lead Ahly to the African Champions League for the eighth time by beating South African Orlando Pirates 2–0 in the return match after a 1–1 draw.

The return match was the last impression of the fans of the legend Mohamed Abotreka when he scored the first goal to be the last goal of his eternal journey in the red shirt.[9]

Al Ahly made his way to the African Confederations Cup after an early exit from the Champions League, but the Red Giant had a strong new impetus, which was the addition of this continental tournament to the club's first-ever cupboard.

Indeed, Al Ahli reached the final against Ivory Coast's Sewe sport, but lost the first game 2–1. In the return match, the draw went on until the sixth minute of stoppage time. At a historic moment, Ahly's determination to win, Emad Meteb grabbed the goal of the coronation with a deadly header that made every fan celebrating in Cairo stadium and made coach Garrido running in Hysteria on the pitch. With this victory. [10]

Al Ahly won the title after only missing one season in 2015–2016, seven points difference between champions Zamalek, and Ahly finished the competition as the strongest attack and the strongest defense under the leadership of Dutchman Martin Jol.[11]

Al Ahly won CAF Champions League in 1982 and 1987. They triumphed again in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008 under the coaching of the Portuguese Manuel José,[12] in 2012 and finally in 2013 under the coaching of Hossam El-Badry in 2012 and Mohamed Youssef in 2013; making them the most crowned team in Africa, with 8 Champions League, One Confederation Cup, 4 Cup Winners' Cups, 6 Super Cups and One Afro-Asian Club Championship.


The Cairo Derby, is a football match between Egyptian clubs Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC. It is a match between arguably the two most successful clubs in Egypt and Africa. Ahly and Zamalek were named by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as The 1st and 2nd African Clubs of the 20th Century respectively. Both teams are located in Greater Cairo and their matches are considered the highlight of the football season with live broadcast to most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries since the 1970s. Usually the derby is played twice each season with 2 matches in the Egyptian Premier League, but it is not uncommon to find the teams meeting each other in the Egypt Cup, especially in the final, and in Africa's most prestigious club competition, the CAF Champions League.


Al Ahly has a large fanbase of ultras named Ultras Ahlawy (UA07) which is known for its pyro displays. Their motto is Together Forever, Ultras Ahlawy raised its banner for the first time at a match against ENPPI Club on 13 April 2007, Ultras Ahlawy also supports the Al-Ahly basketball, volleyball, and handball teams.

Perfect season[edit]

2005 represented an especially unique season in Ahly's illustrious history. The team would go on to set an unprecedented record of going an entire season being unbeaten in almost all possible competitions. 46 matches were played in the Egyptian Premier League,[13] Egypt Cup, Egyptian Super Cup and CAF Champions League,[14] with Ahly remaining unbeaten in all of them (as well as winning 5 from all 6 trophies).


Amin Sami Pasha was the first one to propose the name of the Al Ahly Athletic Club.[15] Al Ahly was named because it was created to serve the students and graduates of the high schools who were the mainstay of the revolution against the English occupation.


Cairo Stadium
Stad El Qahira El Dawly
Cairo International Stadium.jpg
Full name Cairo Stadium
Location Nasr City, Cairo
Capacity 75,000
Record attendance 130,000
Surface Grass
Built 1955–1960
Opened 23 July 1960
Renovated 2005
Architect Werner March

Al Ahly formerly played their home games at their own ground, Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium, but its capacity was too small for the club's support so they turned Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium to their Training Ground.

As a consequence, Al-Ahly moved to played their home games at the Cairo International Stadium.

Al Ahly stopped playing their home games at the Cairo International Stadium since 2014 for an indefinite period due to security reasons.

In the 2016–2017 season Al Ahly played most of their home games at Al-Salam Stadium and played their matches in the African competitions at Borg El Arab Stadium.


On November 3, 1917, Mohammed Sharif Sabri Bek, a member of the club and King Farouk, designed the first logo for the Ahly. It was an oval shape adorned with the crown of the Egyptian king at the upper end, symbolizing the royal rule of Egypt at the time. The eagle was shaved. then changed to half red and half white and then became red only because it was Egypt's flag in the time of the era of Abbas Hilmi II. The slogan was added in the celebration of Al Ahly being founded. In 2007 .


Worldwide competitions[edit]

Appearance (5): 2005 FIFA Club World Cup, 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, 2008 FIFA Club World Cup, 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.

National competitions[edit]

Winners (39) – Record: 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17.
Winners (36) – Record: 1923–24, 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1936–37, 1939–40, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1976–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2016–17.
Winners (9) – Record: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015.
Winners (7) – Record: 1922–23, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1937–38.
Winners (15) – Record: 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1930–31, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1957–58.
Winners (1) – Record: 1961.
Winners (1) – Shared record: 1989–90.

African Competitions[edit]

Winners (8) – Record: 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013.
Winners (1): 2014.
Winners (6) – Record: 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014.
Winners (4) – Record: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993.
Winners (1): 1989.

Arabic competitions[edit]

African Competition Records[edit]

National competitions[edit]