Al-Ansar SC

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Ansar SC
Alansar logo.png
Full name Al-Ansar Sporting Club
Nickname(s)
  • The Green Leader
  • The Club of the Nation
Founded 1951; 66 years ago (1951)
Ground Beirut Municipal Stadium
Beirut, Lebanon
Ground Capacity 22,500
Chairman Nabil Bader
Manager Lebanon Sami El Choum (Interim)
League Lebanese Premier League
16-17 Lebanese Premier League, 4th

Al-Ansar Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي الأنصار الرياضي‎) is a Lebanese association football club based in Beirut. Formed in 1951, the club did not win its first Lebanese Premier League until 1988. They went on to set a world record by winning the league 11 seasons in a row. They have won more Lebanese FA Cup and Lebanese Premier League titles than any other club. Its support comes in majority from the Beiruti Community , and has been funded by Rafic Hariri.[1][2]

Name[edit]

Al Ansar name stems from Ansar (Arabic: الأنصارal-Anṣār, "The Helpers") a Islamic term for the local inhabitants of Medina who took the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and his followers (the Muhajirun) into their homes when they emigrated from Mecca (hijra)

Crest[edit]

Al Ansar crest has changed two times. Originally it consisted of the following:

  • A torch that has five tailed flame resembling the five pillars of Islam
  • Wheat as the symbol of agriculture. affiliated by the former USSR coat of arms
  • A green ribbon shows the date of founding

In 2004, the former board led by Karim Diab suggested to modernize the crest without changing the core of the design as shown nowadays.

Al Ansar logo history
1954-2004 
2004- 

Colors and Kit[edit]

Due to the naming, Al-Ansar use green color as its main color resembling one of the common Islamic colors. From the foundation of the club, the common home kit includes a green shirt and white shorts, lately with some green and black shorts. White and black colors are also seen in the kit. The away kit of the club is traditionally with orange shirts and black shorts.

AFC 96-97
1999-2000
2000-2001
2002-2003
2004-2005
2010-2011
2015-2016

Rivalries[edit]

Al Ansar is one of five professional football clubs in Beirut alongside Nejmeh, Ahed, Racing and Safa. Ansar's main local rival is Nejmeh, who were the more successful club in the 1960s and pre-Lebanese Civil War era. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Al Ansar became more successful winning 11 consecutive league titles and 8 cups. The Beirut derby is still a much-anticipated event, getting a lot of extra attention from supporters of both clubs. Nejmeh's fan-base is predominantly from Ras Beirut, Dahieh and Southern Lebanon while Ansar's fan-base is predominantly from Mazraa, Moussaitbeh, Tripoli and Beqaa. Al Ansar also enjoys rivalries with Al-Shabiba Mazraa, Safa, Hekmeh, Homenetmen and Tadamon Sour originating from parts of games in mid 1990s.


Honours[edit]

Lebanese Premier League: 13

Lebanese FA Cup: 14

  • 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017 (record)

Lebanese Super Cup: 5

  • 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2012

Lebanese Federation Cup: 2

  • Winners: 1999, 2000

Lebanese Elite Cup: 2

  • Winners: 1997, 2000
  • All trophies won are : 36

Performance in AFC Competitions[edit]

AFC Champions League: 11 appearances

1989: Qualifying Stage
1990: Qualifying Stage
1992: Qualifying Stage
1994: Group Stage
1995: Group Stage
1996: Second Round
1998: Group Stage
1999: Second Round
2000: Second Round
2001: First Round
2003: Qualifying Stage

AFC Cup: 4 appearances

2007: Group Stage
2008: Group Stage
2011: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage

AFC Cup Winners Cup: 2 appearances

1992: First Round
1997: First Round

Current squad[edit]

Senior Team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Lebanon GK Hassan Moghnieh V.C
13 Lebanon GK Rabih Kakhi
33 Lebanon GK Hasan Mzannar
2 Lebanon DF Ali Abboud
3 Lebanon DF Mootaz Jounaidi C
5 Lebanon DF Nassar Nassar
6 Lebanon DF Abdul Fattah Ashour
8 Lebanon DF Mohamad Korhani
14 Lebanon DF Abdul Qader Al Sayyed
16 Lebanon DF Hasan Cheaito 'Shibriko'
21 Lebanon DF Abdallah Taleb
23 Guinea DF Aboubacar Leo Camara
93 Lebanon DF Amir Hossari
7 Lebanon MF Hussein Ibrahim
10 Lebanon MF Abbas Atwi Onika
11 Lebanon MF Khaled Takaji
No. Position Player
12 Lebanon MF Adnan Haidar
15 Lebanon MF Haidar Alawiyyeh
17 Lebanon MF Alaa Eddine Baba
18 Senegal MF Talla Ndiaye
19 Lebanon MF Hasan Fadel
20 Lebanon MF Amir El Haf
24 Lebanon MF Ali El Atat
69 Lebanon MF Bilal Najdi
77 Lebanon MF Mazen Jamal
9 Senegal FW El Hadji Malick Tall
22 Lebanon FW Mahmoud Kojok
70 Lebanon FW Daniel Abou Fakhr
79 Lebanon FW Qassem El Shoum
92 Lebanon FW Adam Sayyed
99 Lebanon FW Moussa Taweel

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
Lebanon FW Rabih Ataya (at IranZob Ahan Esfahan F.C. until 30 June 2018)
Lebanon DF Anas Abou Saleh (at LebanonTripoli SC until 30 June 2018)
Lebanon GK Ali Hajj Hasan (at LebanonNabi Chit until 30 June 2018)
Lebanon MF Mohamad Atwi (at LebanonTadamon Sour until 30 June 2018)

Notable players[edit]

Presidents[edit]

  • Lebanon Mustafa El-Shami (1948–50)
  • Lebanon Ameen Itani (1950–54)
  • Lebanon Fouad Rustom (1954–56)
  • Lebanon Abdul Jalil Al-Sabra (1956–63)
  • Lebanon Jamil Hasbeeny (1963–65)
  • Lebanon Abed El-Jamil Ramadan (1965–67)
  • Lebanon Khaled Kabbani (1967–75)
  • Lebanon Said Wanid (1975–77)
  • Lebanon Salim Diab (1977–08)
  • Lebanon Karim Diab (2008–12)
  • Lebanon Nabil Badr (2012–)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Montague, James (24 October 2007). "In Lebanon, even soccer is tainted by sectarian strife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Alami, Mona (1 September 2009). "Religious about football". Retrieved 15 October 2010. 

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