Al-Duhail SC

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Al-Duhail SC
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Full nameAl-Duhail Sports Club
Nickname(s)The Red Knights
Founded2009; 12 years ago (2009) (as Lekhwiya)
GroundAbdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
ChairmanKhalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
ManagerLuis Castro
LeagueQatar Stars League
2020–21Qatar Stars League, 2nd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season
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Al-Duhail Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الدحيل الرياضي‎), formerly Lekhwiya SC, is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the Duhail district in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.

In April 2017, it was announced that the club would take over El Jaish SC and merge with following the 2016–17 Qatar Stars League and be known as Al-Duhail Sports Club in rebranding of Lekhwiya SC.[2][3]


The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[4] Lekhwiya Club has the biggest financial budget in Qatar.

Upon the club's reformation, it was entered into the Qatari 2nd Division. It came fourth in the league on its first year before winning the next season in 2010.

In the club's first season in the Qatar Stars League, Lekhwiya finished at the top of the standings to win the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League.[5] It was the first league title in the club's history. They also managed to reach the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, before losing in the final to Al-Arabi.[6]

Their first official debut in a continental competition came on March 7, 2012, in the 2012 AFC Champions League. They won their first match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring the only goal and also scoring the first-ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.[7]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[8]

They inaugurated a new stadium Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, also known as Lekhwiya Sports Stadium, on February 15, 2013 in a match against Al Khor and won their third league title in the first season at the new stadium.[9]

in April 2017 the club announced that they would take over El Jaish SC and rebranded the club into Al-Duhail SC.

At the end of the 2017–2018 Season the Club became the first club to hold all three domestic Titles the league, Qatar Cup and Emir Cup.


Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[9] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[10] The stadium was officially inaugurated on February 15, 2013 with the first match played being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000, it is located in the ISF area of Doha.

Colours and crest[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2009–11 Burrda None
2011–19 Masraf Rayan
2020– Puma

Kit history[edit]

Home kit
Home kit


Current squad[edit]

As of 6 July 2020[11]
No Position Player Nation
1 GK Mohammed Al-Bakri  Qatar
2 DF Mohammed Musa  Qatar
3 DF Mohammed Alaaeldin  Qatar
4 DF Toby Alderweireld  Belgium
5 DF Bassam Al-Rawi  Qatar
7 MF Ismaeel Mohammad  Qatar
8 MF Luiz Júnior  Qatar
10 MF Edmilson  Belgium
11 FW Almoez Ali (captain)  Qatar
12 MF Karim Boudiaf  Qatar
13 MF Ferjani Sassi  Tunisia
14 FW Michael Olunga  Kenya
15 DF Mohamed Al-Naemi  Qatar
18 DF Sultan Al-Brake  Qatar
19 MF Nam Tae-hee  South Korea
20 MF Ali Afif  Qatar
21 GK Salah Zakaria  Qatar
23 MF Assim Madibo  Qatar
25 FW Mubarak Hamza U19  Qatar
26 FW Rabh Boussafi  Qatar
27 MF Abdullah Al-Ahrak  Qatar
29 FW Mohammed Muntari  Qatar
31 GK Ali Ghulais U19  Qatar
36 FW Abdulaziz Mohamed U19  Qatar
38 DF Ibrahim Al-Mansoori U19  Qatar
39 FW Lotfi Madjer U19  Qatar
60 MF Nasser Muhsin  Qatar
99 GK Shehab Ellethy  Qatar

Unregistered players[edit]

No Position Player Nation
MF Evans Mensah  Ghana

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
9 FW Mohanad Ali (on loan to Aris)  Iraq
17 MF Abdelrahman Moustafa (on loan to Al-Arabi)  Qatar
22 MF Khaled Mohammed (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar
28 MF Youssef Msakni (on loan to Al-Arabi)  Tunisia
DF Mohammed Emad (on loan to Al-Wakrah)  Qatar
DF Ali Malolah (on loan to Al-Rayyan)  Qatar
DF Ramin Rezaeian (on loan to Al-Sailiya)  Iran


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Portugal Luís Castro
Assistant manager Morocco Ahmed Kantari
Fitness coach Tunisia Khalil Jebabli
Goalkeeping coach France Xavier Poitrinal
Performance Analyst France Nabil Haiz
Director of football Qatar Ahmed Khalil
Deputy director Qatar Waleed Bakhit
General manager Qatar Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Doctor Tunisia Hatem Jemaa
Conditioning coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Džafić
Physiotherapist Tunisia Sofiane Khouja

Last updated: 10 August 2021
Source: Duhailsc

Records and statistics[edit]

Last update: 2 September 2017.
Apps and goals in the QSL and AFC Champions League only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Karim Boudiaf 2010– 192
2 Flag of Qatar.svg Mohammed Musa 2009– 185
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Luiz Martin Carlos Júnior 2010– 182
4 Flag of Qatar.svg Khalid Muftah 2010– 180
5 Flag of South Korea.svg Nam Tae-Hee 2012–2019 177
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Flag of South Korea.svg Nam Tae-Hee 2012–2019 66
2 Flag of Tunisia.svg Youssef Msakni 2012– 58
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Sebastián Soria 2012–2015 50
4 Flag of Morocco.svg Youssef El-Arabi 2016–2019 32
5 Flag of Qatar.svg Ali Afif 2012– 22

Reserves and academy[edit]

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014

Administrative staff[edit]

Last update: May 2021[12]


Winners (7): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2019–20
Winners: 2009–10
Winners (3): 2016, 2018, 2019
Winners (3): 2013, 2015, 2018
Winners (2): 2015, 2016

Al-Duhail in Asia[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 56 27 13 16 87 75
Total 56 27 13 11 87 75
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 0–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1–2 1–2
GS Iran Sepahan 1–0 1–2
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 2–1 1–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq 0–0 2–0
GS Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3–1 2–2
R16 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 2–2
QF China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 1–4
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1–2 0–5
GS Iran Tractor 0–0 1–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–3
GS Iran Persepolis F.C. 3–0 0–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr FC 1–1 3–1
GS Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1–0 1–0
R16 Qatar Al-Sadd 2–2 2–1
QF Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–2 1–4
GS Iran Zob Ahan 0–1 0–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr FC 4–0 1–1
GS Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 0–0 0–2
R16 Qatar El Jaish SC 0–4 4–2
GS United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 3–0 3–1
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh 4–1 2–2
GS Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan 2–1 1–1
R16 Iran Persepolis 0–1 0–0
GS Iran Zob Ahan 3–1 1–0
GS Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 3–2 2–1
GS United Arab Emirates Al Wahda 1–0 3–2
R16 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 4–1 4–2
QF Iran Persepolis 1–0 1–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–2 1–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al Ain 2–2 2–0
GS Iran Esteghlal 3–0 1–1
R16 Qatar Al-Sadd 1–1 1–3
GS Iran Persepolis 2–0 1–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Taawoun 0–1 0–2
GS United Arab Emirates Sharjah 2–1 2–4
GS Iraq Al-Shorta 2–0 1–2
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–1 1–1
GS Iran Esteghlal 4–3 2–2

Managerial history[edit]

Other sports[edit]



  1. ^ Capacity Stadium
  2. ^ "Lekhwiya, El Jaish clubs to merge" (in Arabic). Gulf Times. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Lekhwiya, Al Jaish Clubs to Merge into One Club under the Name of Al Duhail Sports Club". Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Qatar 2009/10". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lekhwiya SC new Qatar Star league champions!
  6. ^ "Cabore seals Sheikh Jassim Cup triumph for Al Arabi". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Qatar's Lekhwiya launch Asian campaign with a brave win". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ "لخويا يتوج باللقب الثاني ويدفع العربي للخطر". Al Kass. March 25, 2012. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  9. ^ a b لخويا يستضيف الخور على ملعبه الجديد (in Arabic). Al Kass. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Lekhwiya Sports Stadium". Urbacon-Intl. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Players – Football -English | Al Duhail Sports Club". Archived from the original on 2018-10-05. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  12. ^ "Org. Structure". Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  13. ^ "Archive 2011/04/12". Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  14. ^ "Al Duhail SC Manager history". Retrieved 2021-04-22.

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