Al-Ahly SC (Benghazi)

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Al-Ahly Benghazi
الأهلي بنغازي
Full nameAl-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club
النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي
Nickname(s)The Long Journey
The Butchers
Founded1937, 1947 as "Al Ahly"
GroundMarch 28 Stadium
Capacity55,000
ChairmanKhaled Mohamed
ManagerRachid Belhout
LeagueLibyan Premier League
2017–182nd
Current season

Al-Ahly Sports Cultural & Social Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي الثقافي الاجتماعي‎) known as Al-Ahly SCSC is a Libyan Sports club based in Benghazi, Libya. Al-Ahly SC has its roots in a political party, the Omar al Mukhtar society.

History[edit]

Al-Ahly SC Libya was made a professional football club in 1947, although they had existed years before then. Al Ahly is the most supported club in Benghazi and is famous in Libya for its passionate, loyal and sometimes violent crowds, who stood by the club through frustrating times.

In 2000, the club's headquarters and training complex was demolished by the Libyan government, supposedly destroying records, trophies and medals of the club.[1] The demolition was allegedly carried out in response to Al-Ahly fans insulting Saadi Gaddafi by dressing a donkey in a shirt baring his squad number, but other sources pointed to the burning a few days before of the Libyan Football Federation offices in Benghazi by angry Al-Ahly fans as the matter.[1][2] The club was then given an indefinite ban which lasted until 2005. Saadi Gadafi had denied all the allegations.[1]

The club has been given 77 acres (310,000 m2) of land for a new ground by the Libyan Jamahiriya government, although it cannot afford to develop it. Al Ahly is one of the biggest clubs in Libya, and along with Tripoli's two big clubs.

Crest[edit]

Note: Alahly SC (Benghazi) is the only club in Libya which has a star in its logo before reaching 10 league titles.

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The 2013–14 season[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Libya LBY Jawad Rizg
2 DF Libya LBY Tarek Al Gamal
3 DF Libya LBY Hamed Snousi
4 DF Libya LBY Ibrahim Al Abaidy
5 DF Libya LBY Ahmed Al Alwani
7 MF Libya LBY Hussein Al Idrissy
8 FW Nigeria NGA Victor Namo
9 FW Libya LBY Moataz Al Mehdi
13 DF Libya LBY Hashim Bin Dallah
14 MF Nigeria NGA Moses Orkuma
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK Libya LBY Ahmed Al Ammari
17 MF Libya LBY Hussein Sultaan
18 MF Libya LBY Farag Mbarak
19 FW Libya LBY Ahmed Zuway
20 FW Libya LBY Mohamed Bettamer
21 MF Libya LBY Moataz Ben Amer (captain)
22 GK Libya LBY Walid Al Dirsi
23 MF Nigeria NGA Solomon Jabason
24 DF Libya LBY Abdelrahman Fetori (vice-captain)
25 DF Libya LBY Ahmed Muftah
27 FW Libya LBY Ali Awgaly

Staff[edit]

History[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Team captains since founding[edit]

Former players[edit]

Honours[edit]

Winners (4): 1969/70, 1971/72, 1974/75, 1991/92
Runners-up (11): 1964/63 - 1969/68 - 1971/70 - 1973/72 - 1976/75 - 1985/84 - 1991/90 - 1996/95 - 1998/97 - 2009/08 - 2009/10
Semi-finals (7): 1963/64, 1975/76, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1990/91, 1995/96
1985, 1988, 1991, 1996
1957, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1970
1950, 1951, 1954, 1956

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2009 – First Round
1999 – First Round

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Xan Rice (25 May 2011). "Libya: A donkey taunt, the Gaddafis and a fatal footballing rivalry". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  2. ^ Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi, His Son and the Politics of Libyan Soccer Bleacher Report, 23 February 2011
  3. ^ Ahly squad at HTCI.ly Archived 1 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in Arabic)

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