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Al Ahly SC
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Full name Al Ahly Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Club of the Century
Masters of the World
The Red Devils
Principles Club
Patriotism Club
Founded 24 April 1907; 108 years ago (1907-04-24)
Ground Cairo International Stadium
Ground Capacity 75,000 (record 120,000)
Chairman Mahmoud Taher
Manager José Peseiro
League Egyptian Premier League
2014–15 Egyptian Premier League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Al Ahly Sporting Club (Arabic pronunciation: [alˈahli]),[1] commonly known as Al Ahly, or simply as Ahly, is the first genuine Egyptian sporting club. Founded on 24 April 1907, Al Ahly was named in 2000 by the Confederation of African Football as the "African Club of the Century".


Al Ahly was founded in مدرسة الثغر' as a club where leader of Cairo's students' unions could meet during the struggle against colonisation.[2]

On 25 February 1907, Amine Samy chose the name "Ahly" for the newly founded club to fit with its purpose. It started out as an limited liability company with a capital of 5000 EGP. The club's first chairman was Englishman Mitchell Ince, who facilitated the foundation of the club and issued planning permissions for the land it owned. In 1922, electricity was connected to the club's headquarters for the first time to replace gasoline in a major project that cost 52 EGP at the time.

Three years later, the club's congress decided to make membership exclusive to Egyptians, earning them the title of "the people's club". From these humble origins, Al Ahly have attracted a large number of followers all over Africa, and claim to have over 60 million supporters, making them one of the most popular clubs in the world.

The club also has a reputation for being one of the most organised and sophisticated in the Middle East, adopting a high moral stance in its business dealings. For this reason it is known as "the club of values"—a phrase initially coined by the club's all-time idol and former president Saleh Selim.[3]

Al Ahly began to dominate the Egyptian game in the 1940s. In the 1980s the club became successful on a continental level, winning the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1982 and 1987. They triumphed again in the renamed competition in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008[4] under the coaching of the Portuguese Manuel José and 2012, then finally 2013 making them the most crowned team in Africa, with 8 Champions League titles, four Cup-Winners' Cups, six Super Cups and one Afro-Asian Club Championship.

In 2001, Al Ahly celebrated their crowning of club of the century in Africa by facing the European club of the century Real Madrid which Al Ahly won 1–0.

Al Ahly was the first club to reach the FIFA Club World Cup twice following two consecutive appearances in 2005 and 2006 then in 2012 and 2013 winning the Bronze Medal in 2006, becoming the first African club to win a medal in the competition. After qualifying for the 2013 edition, Al Ahly became the team with the most appearances in the FIFA Club World Cup, having qualified for 5 times out of 10 competitions.

Al Ahly supporters were targeted in a post-match riot at Port Said Stadium in February 2012 which resulted in numerous deaths (74) .[5] In 2012, Al-Ahly and Al-Zamalek Ultras opposed the FA's decision to resume the League tournament, and made this clear by staging dozens of protests.


Al Ahly has had three crests in its history. The first, adopted in 1907, lasted until the 1952 Revolution. The second crest was used from 1952 until 2007, when the club unveiled a new design to commemorate Al Ahly's first century of existence. The club's main colours, red, white as well as the flying eagle are derived from Egypt's flag during the Khedives era.

The current crest has 3 stars on top of it representing 30+ Egyptian Premier League trophies (each 10 trophies = 1 star), and 8 stars at the bottom representing 8 CAF Champions League trophies.


Al Ahly's home kit, since the club's founding, has always been the familiar red shirt with white shorts. The team's away kit is the dark blue shirt with dark blue shorts, although the team formerly played with white shorts in the away kit. The old away kit used until the 90s was a green shirt with white shorts and green socks. In 2008, Al Ahly unveiled their third kit for the first time since the club's founding. It was first used in a match against bitter rivals Zamalek SC. The kit is composed of Ahly's home shirt and black or red shorts. It is still currently in use as a third kit and is still worn by the team in all Cairo Derbies. This is due to the fact that Zamalek SC players wear a white home kit, with two red stripes on the shirt. If Al-Ahly wore their home kit in the Derby matches, there would be only a small difference in the shirt colour and no difference in the shorts' colour.

Season Kit providers Sponsors
1993/94–1999/00 Adidas Coca-Cola
2000/01 Nike
2001/02–2003/04 Vodafone
2004/05–2008/09 Puma
2009/10–2010/11 Adidas
2011/12-2014/15 Etisalat Egypt
2015/2016 Sporta


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. As a consequence, Al-Ahly now play their home ties at the Cairo International Stadium.[2] Before seats were added to all sections in 2005, the stadium was notorious for holding more people than it was intended to. Cairo Stadium has a record of hosting over 120,000 fans in Egypt vs Cameroon match in 1986. In 2015 Al Ahly announced at the Egypt Economic Development Conference that a new 60,000 seat stadium was to be built by 2018.


Al Ahly has an Ultras fan group named "Ultras Ahlawy",which considered the largest Ultras fan group in Africa. "Ultras Ahlawy" raised its banner for the first time at a match against ENPPI Club on 13 April 2007.

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,[6] Egyptian Cup, Egyptian Super Cup and CAF Champions League,[7] with Ahly remaining unbeaten in all of them (as well as winning all 4 trophies). This feat has yet to be emulated. The club only lost 1 match, in the FIFA Clubs World Cup (16 Dec.).

2006 also is considered one of the best seasons for Al Ahly as they were able to win the Egyptian domestic league, Egyptian domestic cup, Egyptian Super Cup, CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup along with the bronze medal of FIFA Club World Cup to collect an unprecedented set of trophies that year.


Al Ahly has developed into more than a club over the years. After Al Ahly's original club in Gezira (in Zamalek district), Al-Ahly founded two more clubs, one in Nasr City and one in 6 October City (still under construction); the three of them continuously utilise skilled youth talents day-by-day. Al-Ahly historically formed the first ever TV channel belonging to a club in Africa, Al-Ahly TV. The channel went through great success since its formation, winning Egyptian sports TV channel of the year 2010 award from AlAhram newspaper. Al Ahly also became the first club in Africa (second in Middle-East after Al-Hilal KSA) to form an official store chain, Al-Ahly Official Stores in Nasr City and other locations around Cairo.


Total number of trophies:131 (Record). [8]

Worldwide / Intercontinental[edit]


UAFA competitions[edit]



  • Egyptian Premier League
  • Cairo League
    • Winners (17) 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1957–58 (record)


  • Egypt Cup (33 solo titles, two titles in conjunction with Zamalek SC in 1943 and 1958)
    • Winners (35) : 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1937, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1966, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 (record)
    • Runners up (12 ): 1926, 1935, 1941, 1944, 1952, 1959, 1973, 1976, 1997, 2004, 2010، 2015
  • Egyptian Super Cup
    • Winners (9): 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 (record)
    • Runners up (1) : 2009
  • Sultan Hussein Cup
    • Winners (7): 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1938 (record)
    • Runners up (4) : 1928, 1934, 1935, 1936
  • United Arab Republic Cup (during the UAR era)
    • Winners (1): 1961 (record)
  • Egyptian Federation Cup
    • Winners (1): 1989 (Shared record)

Keep The Original Trophy[edit]


  • The original trophy, their Abdelaziz Mostafa Cup, was awarded permanently to Al-Ahly after their third consecutive win in 1986.

The new trophy is named after Nelson Mandela. The 2003 tournament is to be the last,This cup was not kept by another club

  • Al-Ahly was the only team to reach the final for three successive times between 1984 and 1986 being able to win them all and so became the first and only African team to keep the African Cup Winners' Cup original trophy as an absolute property.

  • The original trophy,CAF Champions League ,Al-Ahly team was reached to win the trophy for three times (2001 ,2005 and 2006) so Al-Ahly was keep the CAF Champions League ' Cup original trophy in 2006 permanently.

Competitive record[edit]

African Club competitions[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

CAF Club rankings[edit]

CAF Club Points
1 Egypt Al Ahly SC 97
2 Tunisia Espérance Tunis 60
3 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 55
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 53
5 Egypt Zamalek 52
6 Ghana Asante Kotoko 44
7 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 44
8 Algeria JS Kabylie 39
9 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 36
10 Morocco Raja Casablanca 35

Ranking of 21st Century[edit]

CAF Club Points
1 Egypt Al-Ahly 57
2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 36
3 Tunisia Espérance Tunis 31
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 31
5 Tunisia Sfaxien 22
5 Nigeria Enyimba 22
7 Cameroon Coton Sport 18
7 Morocco Raja Casablanca 18
9 Sudan Al-Hilal 17
9 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 17
9 Algeria JS Kabylie 17

Ranking of the 20th Century[edit]

ACUC Points
1 Egypt Al Ahly 40
2 Egypt Zamalek 37
3 Ghana Asante Kotoko 34
3 Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 34
5 Tunisia Espérance Tunis 27
5 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 27
7 Ghana Hearts of Oak 26
8 Ivory Coast Africa Sports 25
9 Algeria JS Kabylie 22
10 Democratic Republic of the Congo Englebert 20

Players and coaching staff[edit]

Current first team squad[edit]

As of 22 October 2015.

Egyptian Football Assoiatin (EFA) rules are that a team may only have 3 foreign born players in the squad.

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

No. Position Player
1 Egypt GK Sherif Ekramy
2 Egypt DF Sherif Hazem
3 Egypt DF Ramy Rabia
5 Egypt DF Ahmed Hegazy
6 Egypt DF Sabry Raheel
7 Egypt DF Hussein Sayed
8 Egypt MF Moamen Zakaria
9 Egypt FW Amr Gamal
10 Egypt FW Emad Motaeb Captain sports.svg
11 Egypt MF Walid Soliman
12 Egypt DF Basem Ali
13 Egypt GK Ahmed Adel Abd El-Moneam
14 Egypt MF Hossam Ghaly
15 Gabon FW Malick Evouna
No. Position Player
16 Egypt GK Mossad Awad
17 Egypt FW Mohamed Hamdy
18 Egypt MF Ahmed El Sheikh
19 Egypt MF Abdallah Said
20 Egypt DF Saad Samir
21 Egypt FW Ahmed Abd El-Zaher
22 Egypt MF Saleh Gomaa
23 Egypt DF Mohamed Naguib
24 Egypt DF Ahmed Fathy
25 Egypt MF Hossam Ashour
29 Ghana FW John Antwi
30 Egypt DF Mohamed Hany
32 Egypt MF Ramadan Sobhy
33 Egypt MF Karim Bambo

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
Egypt MF Trezeguet (on loan to Anderlecht)
Egypt MF Amr Warda (on loan to Panetolikos)
Egypt MF Mohamed Rizk (on loan to El-Geish)
No. Position Player
Egypt DF Islam Serry (on loan to Petrojet)
Egypt MF Islam Roshdi (on loan to El-Haras)
Egypt MF Mohamed Hassan (on loan to El-Haras)

Loan Deals Expires 30.06.2016

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Portugal Jose Peseiro
General coach Egypt Mohamed Azima
Assistant coach Portugal Alexander Dos Santos
Goalkeepers coach Egypt Tarek Soliman
Football Director Egypt Sayed Abdel Hafeez
General Director Egypt Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi
Player Performance Analyst Portugal Vitor Peseiro
Training Loads Planner Portugal Ricardo Dionisio
Club doctor Egypt Dr. Khaled Mahmoud
Doctor Egypt Dr. Tarek Abdel-Aziz
Dietician Egypt Dr. Hany Wahba

Source:[citation needed]

Managers List[edit]



Al Ahly has had only one non-Egyptian president, Mitchell Ince,[10] the first president of the club. Al Ahly was originally created for revolutionary purposes in order to unite the youth of Egypt (especially university students) against British colonization. However, due to the rules in place at that time, the club was required to have a British president.

Gaafar Waly Pacha, who served 19 years, along with El Maestro and Saleh Selim who both served 18 years, as well as Hassan Hamdy who served 12, were the only presidents in office for over 10 years. Saleh Selim was the first to apply the maximum presidential term length of 2 rounds in the club. This had not occurred again until 2013, when the rules of the Ministry of Sports were changed to enforce the maximum presidential term length.

The club won the most titles in the Hassan Hamdy era, on both Domestic (7 Egyptian Premier League titles, 3 Egypt Cup, 6 Egyptian Super Cup) and International (5 CAF Champions League titles, 5 CAF Super Cup) levels, as well as being named the World's Most Successful club, on both Domestic and International basis.

Presidents list[edit]


Other sports[edit]

Al Ahly club competes in various other sports. Al Ahly's Handball, Athletics, Volleyball and Basketball teams have won many national, African and Arab competitions.


See also[edit]

An Al Ahly official store was opened in 2011 in the time of Hassan Hamdy but later was closed due to economic problems with the responsible company of managing the store and al Ahly board but on 11/6/2015 the official store was reopened by the control of the kit maker the Saudi company Sporta in the time of Mahmoud Taher with branches across the country.


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