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)
Founded 13 February 1930
Ground Al-Hilal Stadium,
Omdurman, Sudan
Ground Capacity 35,000
Chairman Sudan Ashraf Seed Ahmed
Head Coach Sudan Fawzy Al Mardy
League

Sudan Premier League

appearances 45 (first 1965)

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.

First Administration

First Squad (1930)

Other Founders

(F) = denotes Founder

Achievements[edit]

National[edit]

Champion (25): 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
Runners-up (15): 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
Third Place (4):1982, 1985, 1988, 1997
Fourth Place (1): 1992
Winner (6): 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2011
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, 1989, 1994

International[edit]

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

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]