Al-Masry SC

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Al-Masry SC
Al-Masry Club Logo.png
Full name Al-Masry Sporting Club
النادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية
Nickname(s) Boss of the Canal
The Green Eagles (supporters)
The Pharaonic Horus
Short name MSC
Founded 18 March 1920; 96 years ago (1920-03-18)
Ground Port Said Stadium
Ground Capacity 17,988
Chairman Egypt Samir Halabia
Manager Egypt Ibrahim Hassan
Coach Egypt Hossam Hassan
League Egyptian Premier League
2015–16 Egyptian Premier League, 4th
Website Club home page
Current season
Al-Masry's active sections
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Football
Handball pictogram.svg
Handball
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Athletics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Swimming
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Field hockey

Al-Masry Sporting Club (Arabic: النادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية‎‎), is an Egyptian sports club based in Port Said, Egypt. It is is best known for its professional football team, which plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the top tier of the Egyptian football league system. Founded on 18 March 1920 by a group of Egyptians in Port Said to be the first club for Egyptians in this coastal city which was full of many other clubs for the foreign communities which inhabited there.

Al-Masry has won 22 official titles throughout 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 plays their home matches in the Port Said Stadium, with a capacity of 17,988.

History[edit]

Al-Masry was founded in 1920 after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 not only to assert the Egyptian national identity facing the foreign communities clubs in Port Said, but also to resist the colonization in the sports field.

The club's name "Al-Masry" 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.

Al-Masry was one of the leading founder members of the Egyptian Football Association in 1921 which was considered a significant phase of the national struggle against colonization seeking independence and national liberation from foreign dominance in various fields.

The team witnessed a golden era since 1932 until 1948 as, it won many championships including three Sultan Hussein Cup in 1933, 1934 and 1937 before losing the final of 1938.[1] Meanwhile, Al-Masry won the Canal Zone League 17 consecutive times (from 1932 to 1948).

Al-Masry participated in the Egyptian Premier League since its inception in 1948. Throughout its history, Al-Masry has missed only two seasons of the Egyptian Premier League (1958-59 and 1959-60) as it was relegated to the Second Division for the only time in its history in 1957-1958 season due to the repercussions of the Suez Crisis on Port Said which affected the club severely and caused many key players to leave the team including the legendary striker El-Sayed El-Dhizui who moved to Al Ahly. Al-Masry was promoted back up to the top division after two seasons in the second division (1958-59 and 1959-60), since then it maintained its position in the Egyptian Premier League conquering the third rank in terms of participation in the Premier League after both Al Ahly and Zamalek. Nevertheless Al-Masry has never won the Egyptian Premier League, it came in the third place for six times.

By the beginning the professional era, Al-Masry was among the first clubs to buy foreign players; in season 1983-1984 it bought the first foreign players, Iranians called Ebrahim Ghasempour and Abd al-Rida Brzkri who led the team under the coaching of the Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskás reaching the Egyptian Cup Final losing the match to Al Ahly of Cairo (1–3) in extra time.

Al-Masry won the Egyptian Federation Cup in 1992 but the greatest achievement for the team remains the winning of the Egypt Cup for the first time in 1998 after beating El Mokawloon in the final (4–3) in Cairo International Stadium.[2]

After the accident of the Port Said Stadium disaster in February 2012, the remainder of the 2011–12 Egyptian Premier League season was cancelled by the Egyptian Football Association. Al-Masry decided to refrain from competing in 2012–13 season 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) confirms the right of the club to participate in the Egyptian Premier League and all the other activities of the Egyptian Football Association.[3] Nevertheless, 2012–13 season was not completed and was cancelled due to the political situation in Egypt.

Al-Masry resumed participation in the Egyptian Premier League in 2013-2014 season, the club suffered from unstable performance and results for two consecutive seasons although it maintained its position in the Egyptian Premier League. Al-Masry started 2014-2015 season under the coaching of the Egyptian legend and former player of the team Hossam Hassan who adopted a new policy depending on youth and unknown players, the team made a great performance and results during this season, it came at the fourth place in the Egyptian Premier League and succeeded to qualify to the CAF Confederation Cup after 14 years of absence from African completions.

Colours and crest[edit]

The Egyptian flag (1922–1958).

Al-Masry's crest is composed of a green pharaonic Horus 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, Al-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 Yehia 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

Club statistics and records[edit]

El-Sayed El-Dhizui is the all-time leading goalscorer for Al-Masry in the Egyptian Premier League, with 89 goals since 1948. Mosaad Nour, comes in second in the all-time topscorer for Al-Masry in the league with 87 goals.

The biggest ever victory recorded by Al-Masry in the Egyptian Premier League was 11–0 against Beni Suef FC on 31 January 1964, this score is the record for the heaviest ever victory and the biggest winning margin by a team in the Egyptian league throughout the history.

Al-Masry has contributed players to the Egyptian national team in its two appearances FIFA World Cup, as it contributed to the Egyptian national team in 1934 FIFA World Cup by two players; Abdulrahman Fawzi and Mohammed Hassan, it also contributed to Egypt's team in 1990 FIFA World Cup by Tarek Soliman.

Al-Masry star during the Thirtieth Abdulrahman Fawzi was the first African and Arab footballer to score in the FIFA World Cup when he scored twice for Egypt in their 2–4 loss against Hungary at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

Two players from Al-Masry was the top Scorers of the Egyptian Premier League; the first was El-Sayed El-Dhizui who was the top scorer for three consecutive seasons in 1948-49, 1949-50 and 1950-51 while the second was Gamal Gouda who was the top scorer of the league in 1981-82 season.

Players and coaching staff[edit]

Current first team squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2015.

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
1 Egypt GK Ahmed Abdelfattah
2 Ghana DF Akakpo Wilson
3 Egypt DF Ahmed Ayman Mansour
4 Egypt MF Ahmed Moussa Caporia
5 Egypt MF Farid Shawqi
6 Egypt MF Mohamed Refaay Waeh
7 Egypt DF Osama Azab Captain sports.svg
8 Egypt MF Amr Moussa
9 Egypt FW Ahmed Shroyda
10 Egypt FW Ahmed Yasser
11 Egypt MF Said Mourad
12 Egypt MF Ahmed Kattawy
13 Egypt DF Islam Salah
14 Egypt MF Abdallah Samir Beka
15 Egypt FW Ahmed Gomaa
No. Position Player
16 State of Palestine GK Ramzi Saleh
17 Egypt FW Mohamed Maged Onosh
18 Egypt MF El Sayed Hamdy
19 Egypt DF Mohamed Hamdy
20 Egypt MF Ahmed Salem Safi
21 Burkina Faso MF Moussa Dao
22 Egypt DF Hamada Tolba
23 Egypt MF Sayed Abdelaal
24 Egypt MF Islam Saleh
25 Egypt MF Ahmed Shoukry
26 Egypt GK Ahmed Boska
27 Egypt MF Ahmed Samir
28 Ivory Coast FW Hermann Kouao
29 Egypt FW Hamada Nasser
30 Egypt DF Ahmed Fawzy Vice Captain Sports.gif

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 Hossam Hassan
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 Ahmed Sameh
Masseur Egypt Yousry Sadek
Masseur Egypt Hussien Hassan
Masseur Egypt Mohamed Ayad

Source: [7]

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]

External links[edit]