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Al-Masry SC
Al-Masry Club Logo.png
Full name Al-Masry Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Boss of the Canal
The Green Eagles (supporters)
Founded 18 March 1920; 96 years ago (1920-03-18)
Ground Port Said Stadium, Port Said, Egypt
Ground Capacity 17,988
Chairman Egypt Samir Halabia
Manager Egypt Hossam Hassan
League Egyptian Premier League
2014–15 Egyptian Premier League, 11th
Website Club home page
Al-Masry's active sections
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Football
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Handball
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Athletics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Swimming
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Field hockey

Al-Masry Sporting Club, (Egyptian pronunciation: [elˈmasry]), commonly known as Al Masry or El Masry,(Arabic: النادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية‎‎) is an Egyptian sporting club that is best known for its association football team, based in Port Said. Founded on 18 March 1920 by a group of Egyptians in Port Said to be the first club for Egyptians in the great revolutionary city which was full of many other clubs for the foreign communities which inhabited Port Said.

El-Masry, which means "The Egyptian" in the native Egyptian Arabic, won 22 official titles along its history. It is one of the five clubs that have the largest number of fans in Egypt, beside Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily and El Ittihad El Sakandary. The club's football team plays in the Egyptian Premier League.

History[edit]

Al-Masry was founded in 1920 after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 to assert the national identity of the people of Port Said against the clubs of the foreign communities in the city and to be a tool to resist colonisation in the field of sport.

The club's name "Al-Masry" which means "The Egyptian" originated from the patriotic song ("Qwm Ya Masry" – "Rise you Egyptian") sang and composed by the great musician Sayed Darwish who truly expressed national feelings against the British occupiers.

The team began a golden era in 1932 until 1948 and won a number of titles and succeeded during this period to win the Sultan Hussein Cup in 1933, 1934 and 1937 also losing in the final of 1938.[1] Meanwhile, it won the Canal Zone League 17 consecutive times, although the greatest achievement for the team remains the winning of the Egypt Cup in 1998 after beating El Mokawloon in the final (4–3).[2]

Al-Masry turned professional in the 1983–84 season and was among the first clubs to buy foreign players; the first ever foreign players bought were Iranians called Ebrahim Ghasempour and Abd al-Rida Brzkri who led the team that season to reach the Egyptian Cup Final losing the match to Al Ahly of Cairo (1–3).

Al-Masry is one of the clubs which was a founder member in the Egyptian Premier League at its launch in 1948, although Al-Masry is third in terms of seasons in the Egyptian Premier League after both Al Ahly and Zamalek, as it has missed only two seasons. This was during the fifties due to the repercussions of the Suez Crisis on Port Said. Al-Masry has never won the Egyptian Premier League, but has come third several times.

After the events of the Port Said Stadium disaster in February 2012, the remainder of the 2011–12 Egyptian Premier League season was cancelled by the Egyptian FA. Al-Masry decided to refrain from competing in season 2012–13 as a sign of respect to the relatives of the victims of the disaster although it obtained a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) asserting the right of the club to participate in the Egyptian Premier League and all the other activities of the Egyptian FA.[3] Meanwhile, season 2012–13 was not completed and cancelled due to the political situation in Egypt.

Colours and crest[edit]

The Egyptian flag (1922–1958).

Al-Masry's crest is composed of a green eagle that holds a green ball over its head in between its two upraised wings; the crest was inspired by the shape of Tutankhamun's pendants referring to challenge and strength, so the team is nicknamed the green eagles. The club's main colours, green and white come from Egypt's flag after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 as a symbol of patriotism.[4]

Stadiums[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Port Said Stadium.
For the training centre and youth academy, see Sayed Metwally Complex.

Al-Masry formerly played their home games at a small stadium in Port Said, but its capacity was too small for the club's support. As a consequence, El-Masry built its own new stadium which is named Port Said Stadium in 1953 and was officially inaugurated in 1955.[5]

Presidents[edit]

Name From To
Egypt/Egypt Sir Ahmed Hosny[6] 1920 1925
Egypt Mohamed El-Tobshy 1925 1930
Egypt Sir Awad Fakosa 1930 1935
Egypt Ibrahim Youssef Lehita 1935 1940
Egypt/Egypt/Egypt Abd El Rahman Pasha Lotfi 1940 1964
Egypt Major General Khalil Tarman 1964 1967
Egypt/Egypt Abd El Hamid Hussien 1971 1974
Egypt Mohamed Moussa 1974 1978
Egypt Ahmed Fouad El-Makhzangy Feb 1978 Dec 1979
Egypt Major General Ibrahim El-Mor May 1980 Aug 1980
Egypt/Egypt Sayed Metwaly 1980 1988
Egypt Major General Ibrahim El-Mor 1988 1989
Egypt Sayed Metwaly 1989 1991
Egypt Adel El-Gazar March 1991 May 1991
Egypt Sayed Metwaly 1991 1997
Egypt Kamel Abou Aly Aug 1997 Dec 1997
Egypt Abd El wahab Kouta Jan 1998 2002
Egypt Sayed Metwaly Sept 2002 2008
Egypt Aly Fragallah 2008 2009
Egypt Kamel Abou Aly 2009 2013
Egypt Yasser Yahya 2014 July 2015
Egypt Samir Halabia 23 July 2015 Present

Fans and Ultras group[edit]

Al-Masry is considered one of the popular teams in Egypt and the most popular in Port Said. Al-Masry's fans believe that they had the honor of forming the first organized fans group for a football team in the Middle East when they formed the "Association of Al-Masry Club Fans" in 1960 and registered it at the Egyptian ministry of social affairs under (No. 102 of 1960). An Ultras group was formed on 4 May 2007 for Al-Masry fans and was called Ultras Green Eagles or simply (UGE). Their slogan is "Descendants of 56" meant to highlight the historic role of Port Said residents in resisting the tripartite attack on the city during the Suez Crisis in 1956. green eagles Sit in North Curve Behind the Goal they call "El Modarag El gharby" (Curva Nord section).

Honours[edit]

Total number of cups: 22

Cup Winner.png : Winners (1) : 1998
Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (8) : 1927, 1945, 1947, 1954, 1957, 1983, 1984, 1989
Cup Winner.png : Winners (3) : 1933, 1934, 1937
Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (1) : 1938
Cup Winner.png : Winners (17) : 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 (record)
Cup Winner.png : Winners (1) : 1992 (Shared record)
Cup Finalist.png : Runners up (1) : 1989

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

1999 – Semi-finals
2002 – Semi-finals
2009

Performance in Arab competitions[edit]

1999 – Bronze Medalist
2008 – First Round

Players and coaching staff[edit]

Current first team squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2014.

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) rules are that a team may only have 3 foreign born players in the squad.

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

No. Position Player
2 Ghana DF Akakpo Wilson
3 Egypt DF Mohamed Magdy
4 Egypt MF Ahmed Moussa
5 Egypt DF Islam Salah
6 Egypt MF Mohamed Refai Weah
7 Egypt DF Osama Azab Captain sports.svg
8 Egypt MF Amr Moussa
9 Egypt FW Mohamed Ashraf
10 Egypt FW Ahmed Yasser
11 Egypt MF Said Mourad
12 Egypt MF Mohamed Mosaad
13 Jordan DF Tareq Khattab
14 Egypt MF Said Mohamed Otta
15 Egypt FW Ahmed Gomaa
16 State of Palestine GK Ramzi Saleh
No. Position Player
17 Egypt FW Ahmed Raouf
18 Egypt MF Ahmed Youssef
19 Egypt MF Tarek El Agamy
20 Egypt MF Ahmed El Agouz
21 Burkina Faso MF Moussa Dao
22 Egypt GK Mohamed Fathi
23 Egypt MF Sayed Abdelaal Vice Captain Sports.gif
24 Egypt DF Abdallah Gomaa
25 Egypt DF Ahmed Ayman Mansour
26 Egypt GK Ibrahim El Garayhi
28 Egypt MF Mohamed Osama
29 Egypt DF Mostafa Ali
30 Egypt MF Mohab Said
33 Egypt MF Soliman Shaaban
40 Egypt MF Mahmoud Ghazaly

Out 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

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Egypt Mohamed waleed
General Coach Egypt Tarek Soliman
Assistant coach Egypt Hassan Mostafa
Goalkeeper Coach Egypt Emad Al-Mandouh
Football Director Egypt Ibrahim Hassan
Administrative Director Egypt Waleed Badr
Administrator Egypt Mahmoud Gaber
Club Doctor Egypt Dr. Mohamed Anan
physiotherapist Egypt Yousry Sadek
Physiotherapist Egypt Alaa Salem
Masseur Egypt Hussien Hassan
Masseur Egypt Mohamed Ayad

Source:[citation needed]

Captains[edit]

Managers[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Al-Masry SC also competes in other sports such as handball, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, billiards, table tennis and field hockey.

Al-Masry FM Radio[edit]

Al-Masry FM is the official Radio station of the club which was launched as an Internet radio on 28 December to be the first ever Radio Station belonging to a club in Egypt.

Sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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