Al-Merrikh SC

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Al-Merrikh
Al-Merrikh SC (logo).png
Full nameAl-Merrikh Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Al-Zaeem (The Leader)
The Red Devils
Al-Ahmar Al-Wahhag
FoundedInitially as Al-Masalmah in 1908 – November 14, 1927
GroundAl-Merrikh Stadium
Omdurman, Khartoum State, Sudan
Capacity43,000
PresidentMohamed Elsheikh Madani
ManagerAhcene Ait Abdelmalek
LeagueSudan Premier League
2015Sudan Premier League, 1st
WebsiteClub website

Al-Merrikh Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي المريخ الرياضي‎) is a Sudanese football club based in Omdurman. Their home stadium is Al-Merrikh Stadium, which is locally known as The Red Castle. Founded in 1908, Al-Merrikh is one of the oldest football clubs in Africa, and have won the Sudan Premier League 16 times and Sudan Cup 14 times. Al-Merrikh is Arabic for Mars. The club share a fierce rivalry with Al-Hilal, the games between them regularly selling out, as well as being the only other realistic challenger to the league crown. Al-Hilal are also based in Omdurman with only Al-Ardha street separating the teams and between them they are Sudan's most powerful and successful football clubs.

Club history[edit]

Al-Merrikh was founded under the name of Al-Masalma Sporting Club in 1908 by students from Al-Masalmah district in Omdurman of Gordon Memorial College. The club renamed as Al-Merrikh Sporting Club on 14 November 1927.[1]

See also[edit]

In 2015 Al-Merreikh signed South Sudanese player Aluck Akech from Malakia after Aluck played with South Sudan against Mauritania for 2018 World Cup qualifications.[2]

Crest[edit]

Achievements[edit]

National titles[edit]

Champion (17): 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018–19
Winners (15): 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 (Record)

African titles[edit]

Runner-up (1): 2007
Winners (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1986, 1994, 2014

Regional Titles[edit]

Champion (17): 1954, 1956, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 (Record)

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Performance in UAFA competitions[edit]

1988 – Group stage
1994 – Group stage
1998 – Withdrew
2002 – Preliminary Round
2003–04 – First Round
2005–06 – First Round
2006–07 – First Round
2007–08 – Second Round
2008–09 – Second Round
2016–17 – Group stage
2018–19 - Semi-finals
2019-20 -First round
1992 – Group stage
1997 – Preliminary Round

Performance in CECAFA competitions[edit]

1985 –Third place
1986 –Champion
1987 –Runners-up
1988 –Runners-up
1994 –Champion
2009 –Runners-up
2011 –Third place
2014 –Champion

Current squad[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 Ali Abdallah Abu Eshrin
2 Niger MF Abdourahmane Mamane
3 Sudan DF Mahmoud Mohamed
5 Sudan DF Hamza Dawod
7 Sudan MF Mohamed Elrasheed
8 Sudan FW Khalid Abdelmoneim
10 Sudan FW Mohamed Abdelrahman
11 Sudan MF Tajeldin Yagoub
12 Sudan DF Tag Eldin Ibrahim
14 Ghana MF Nelson Lazgela
16 Sudan GK Mohamed Mustafa
18 Sudan FW Ahmed Hamid
20 Sudan DF Salah Nimer
No. Position Player
21 Sudan MF Amir Kamal
22 Sudan FW Seifeldin Malik Bakhit
23 Sudan DF Ahmed Adam
24 Sudan MF Mohamed Hashim
25 Sudan FW Elsamani Elsawi
26 Sudan MF Emad Eldin Salah Eldin
27 Sudan FW Al Sadig Adam
28 Sudan MF Deya Mahjoub
29 Sudan MF Ramadan Alagab
30 Sudan GK Monged Elneel

Managerial history[edit]

Updated: January 2018.[3]

Note: (CT) caretaker

Presidential history[edit]

Al-Merrikh have had numerous presidents over the course of history, none of them was owner of the club, although the land on which the current stadium was owned by Abdularahman Shakhour, some of the presidents have been honorary players. Currently Gamal Alwali is the chairman. Here is a complete list of Al-Merrikh club presidents from 1927 until the present day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "تأسيس نادي المريخ (Foundation of the club)". Al-Merrikh Official website. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  2. ^ Al-Merreikh signed South Sudanese player Archived 10 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "22 مدربا تناوبوا على تدريب المريخ فى العشر سنوات الماضية". sudanafoogonline. Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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