Al-Hilal Club (Omdurman)

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Al Hilal Club
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Al-Hilal Club (Sudan) – most successful football club in Sudan
Full name Al Hilal Educational Club
Nickname(s) Seed al-balad (The Leader of the Country)
Al-Mawj Al-Azraq (Tha Blue Wave)
Hilal Al-Malaein
Founded 13 February 1930
Ground Al-Hilal Stadium,
Omdurman, Khartoum State, Sudan
Ground Capacity 62,000
Chairman Sudan Ashraf Seed Ahmed Al Kardinal
Head Coach Tunisia Nabil Kouki
League Sudan Premier League

Al Hilal Educational Club (Arabic: نادي الهلال للتربية‎‎) also known as Al Hilal Omdurman or Al Hilal for a short, is a Sudanese football club founded on 13 February 1930 in the city of Omdurman. The team has been crowned champion of the Sudan Premier League in seven of the past nine seasons, and throughout its history has won the championship 27 times during the league's 45 seasons – thus making it Sudan's most successful football team.

Name and history[edit]

The name Hilāl is the Arabic word for crescent – a name chosen on a night when the crescent of the moon was visible in Omdurman. Also it is the first club in the world to be named (AL- HILAL).

Idea[edit]

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, on the heels of a failed uprising by pro Egyptian elements antagonistic to the Anglo part of the then Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the British colonial authorities banned many activities and organizations that could potentially disrupt their hold on the region. The only organized activities permitted were sports clubs and Scouting.

In 1930, four graduates from Gordon Memorial College (now the University of Khartoum) – Hamadnallah Ahmed, Yussuf Mustafa Al-Tini, Yusuf Al-Mamoon, and Babikir Mukhtar – decided to establish a sports club as an outlet for their and others' youthful energies. On 13 February 1930, a dozen of yet-to-be the founding fathers of Al-Hilal, mostly graduates from Khartoum Memorial College, met in the house of Hamadnallah Ahmed in Al-shohada Omdurman, to discuss the details of the new sports club.

At that time, sports clubs were named after neighbourhoods, cities and famous figures. Examples included Team Bori (after a Khartoum neighbourhood), Team Abbas (after a famous person) and Hay Alisbtaliya (after an Omdurmanian neighbourhood). The meeting concluded that the new club should have an inclusive name, and not be named after a specific neighbourhood or person.

The story goes that the club founders had been unable to agree upon a name for the proposed club when the meeting was temporarily adjourned at dusk for the evening prayers at a nearby mosque. After prayers and en route back to the meeting house, one of the founders, Adam Rajab, is said to have looked up at the night sky, saw a crescent ("Hilal" in Arabic), and remarking that it was the crescent of the Muslim lunar month of Rajab, asked the others "why not we name it Al-Hilal?". Everyone welcomed the idea, and on 4 March 1930 Al-Hilal became the official name of the club and the first to hold this name in Sudan and the Middle East.

The uniform chosen was dark blue and white – after the white crescent against the dark blue night skies. In light of the aforementioned pro-Egyptian uprising, however, the British colonial authorities initially refused to permit formation of a team whose symbol, a crescent, was reminiscent of the crescent prominently featured on the Egyptian flag of that time. Only after repeated reassurances that the team was simply an athletic outlet for apolitical college students, and that its symbol had no political overtones, did the British authorities relent and allow the team to form.

1930 Squad and Officers[edit]

The first squad included many of the founders that were present at the establishing meeting. The following list includes the founding fathers of Al-Hilal and their roles.

(F) = denotes Founder

Presidential history[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Captain history[edit]

Achievements[edit]

National[edit]

Champion (26): 1965, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
Runners-up (13):1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
Third Place (3):1982, 1988, 1997
Fourth Place (4):1968, 1969, 1985, 1992
Winner (7): 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2016
Runners-up (12): 1993, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Semi-finals (2): 1991, 2001
Quarter-Finals (0):
Round 16 (0):
Round 32 (0):
Preliminary Round (2): 1995, 1997
Did not enter (1): 1990
Champion (16): 1953, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993

International[edit]

Runners-up (2): 1987, 1992
Runners-up (1): 2001
Third Place (1): 1988

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1966 – Semi-finals
1967 – First round
1970 – Second round
1974 – Second round
1982 – Second round
1984 – First round
1985 – Second round
1987 – Finalist
1988 – Quarter-finals
1990 – Quarter-finals
1992 – Finalist
1995 – First round
1996 – First round
1997 – Second round
1999 – Second round
2000 – First round
2004 – Third round
2005 – First round
2006 – Second round
2007 – Semi-finals
2008 – Group stage (Top8)
2009 – Semi-finals
2010 – Second round
2011 – Semi-finals
2012 – Second round
2013 – First round
2014 – Group stage (Top8)
2015 – Semi-finals
2016 – First Round
2017 –
1978 – Second round
1994 – First round
2001 – First round
2003 – Second round
2004 – Group Stage
2006 – Intermediate round
2010 – Semi-finals
2012 – Semi-finals
1998 – Quarter-finals
2002 – First round

Performance in UAFA Competitions[edit]

1993 – Group stage
1995 – Group stage
1996 – Group stage
1999 – Preliminary stage
2000 – Group stage
2003-04 – First round
2005-06 – Semi-finals
2007-08 – First round
2008-09 – Second round
1989 – Semi-finals
2001 – Finalist

Performance in Cecafa Clubs Competitions[edit]

1985 – Group stage
1987 – Group stage
1988 – Third Place
1989 – Group stage
1992 – Fourth Place
1994 – Semi-finals (Withdrew)
1996 – Group stage
1999 – Quarter-finals

Motto[edit]

The motto for Al-Hilal is Allah – AlWatan – Al-Hilal. It is translated to English as "God – The Nation – Al-Hilal", which establishes a priority love list for Al-Hilal fans.

Current squad (2017)[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 Sudan GK Younis Al Tayeb
2 Sudan MF Abu Aagla Abdallah
3 Sudan DF Mahmoud Mohammed Mahmoud
4 Sudan MF Mohamed Ahmed Bashir
5 Sudan DF Tahir Al Haj
6 Sudan MF Yuseif Ali
7 Sudan MF Sharaf Al Din Shaiboub
8 Nigeria FW Azeez Shobowale
9 Sudan FW Walaa Al Din Musa
10 Ghana FW Augustine Okrah
11 Ghana FW Abednego Tetteh
12 Sudan DF Al Samwal Merghani
13 Sudan MF Nizar Hamid
14 Sudan MF Mohammed Mokhtar
15 Sudan DF Hussain Ibrahim
16 Cameroon GK Maxime Loïc Feudjou
17 Sudan FW Mudather El Tahir (Captain)
No. Position Player
18 Sudan DF Omer Hassan
19 Nigeria MF Solomon Jabason
20 Sudan FW Mohammed Musa Idris
21 South Sudan GK Jumma Ginaro
22 Ivory Coast DF Soualio Dabila Ouattara
23 Sudan DF Waleed Alaa Al Din
24 Sudan MF Emad Al Din Salah Al Din
25 Sudan DF Abd Al Latif Saeed
26 Sudan DF Athar El Tahir
27 Sudan DF Ramadan Al Faki Kabo
28 Sudan FW Al Sadig Adam
29 Sudan MF Ibrahim Mahgoub
30 Sudan FW Mohanned Musa Idris
31 Sudan FW Ahmed Abd Al Mutleb
32 Sudan FW Waleed Bakhit
33 Sudan DF Ahmed Yahia
34 Sudan MF Suhaib Ezz El Deen
35 Sudan DF Muatasim Abd Al Gadir
36 Sudan DF Ammar Ali
37 Sudan MF Muaid Ahmed
38 Sudan GK Mohammed Al Nour

References[edit]

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