Al Ahli SC (Tripoli)

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A.S.C Tripoli
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Full nameAl Ahli Sports Club
النادي الأهلي الرياضي
Nickname(s)Alzaeem (The Boss)
Founded19 September 1950; 69 years ago (1950-09-19)
as Al-Ahli Sports Club
GroundTripoli Stadium
Capacity88,000
ChairmanLibya Sasi Abu Oun
ManagerTunisia Tarek Thabet
LeagueLibyan Premier League
2018–191st
WebsiteClub website

Al-Ahli Sports Club (English: National Sports Club ; Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي‎), known as Al Ahli Tripoli, is a Libyan football club based in Tripoli, Libya.[1] The club is the second most successful Libyan club in history after Al-Ittihad, having won 12 Libyan Premier League titles, 6 Libyan Cups and 2 Libyan SuperCups. Alahly is known as the leader of Libyan Football clubs and has the largest number of fans in Libya.

The club's crest consists of a green and white background, with a torch placed on an outline of Libya. The torch is meant to signify independence for the nation, as it was achieved just months after the club was founded. The club's crest changed after it won its 10th Libyan Premier League title in 2000, with a star being placed on top.

Alahli's main rivalry is with Al-Ittihad. The two clubs are the biggest in the country, and together, have won 28 of the 45 national championships that have been contested, as well as 10 of the 18 domestic cups. The rivalry's name is the Tripoli Derby.

The club won the first national championship in the 1963–64 season, but then suffered a period of seven years until its next win in 1970–71. The club won two of the next three titles, and picked up the last before the cancellation of the league in 1977–78. The 1980s was a very dire period for the club, as their own failure, coupled with Al Ittihad's success, meant that their rivals went into the 1990s with six titles to their own five. However, they reach the final of the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1984, where they withdrew from facing Al-Ahly Cairo, as the bad Libyan relationship with Egypt at that time meant that Libyan clubs were banned from facing Egyptian clubs.

Foundation[edit]

In the middle of the 20th century, Libya, a country still looking for its independence, started to found many sporting clubs and youth clubs in a political move to unite the youth of the country in order to fight for its independence, and drive out the British forces. A young group of youngsters from Tripoli decided to name their club Al Istiqlal, meaning Independence, but the British administration, uncomfortable with this name as it may have caused a revolt against their power, refused it. The club was therefore named Alahly, meant as The People's Club, and chose the club's colours as green to signify independence, peace and hope for the country. The youngsters who put their names down for the first board meeting were:

  • Musbah Wanis (President and Owner)
  • Alaa Musbah Wanis (Vice-President)
  • Yousef Bin Abdallah (Treasurer)
  • Salem Bin Hussein (Board Member)
  • Mustafa Al Raqea'y (Board Member)
  • Mahmoud Bin Hadimah (Board Member)
  • Mohamed Sa'ad Bin Othman (Board Member)
  • Mustapha Al Khouga (Board Member)

The club was founded on 19 September 1950.

The club's first squad was:

Crest[edit]

Honours[edit]

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Supporter[edit]

Ahly is a very popular club. It has the largest fanbase in Libya.[citation needed].

Sponsorship[edit]

Official Sponsor[edit]

  • Al-Madar Al-Jadid Telecomm and Eni are the official Sponsors for Al-Ahli
  • US Steel GT is the current Sponsors for Al-Ahli

Kit providers[edit]

  • Former kit providers of Al Ahli were Adidas.
  • Current kit provider is Adidas.

Players[edit]

Libyan teams are limited to three players without North African citizenship.

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 October 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Libya GK Muhammad Nashnoush (vice-captain)
2 Libya DF Mosa Abubaker
3 Libya DF Muadh Abdulbaset
4 Libya DF Mahmoud Ben Wali
5 Libya DF Mouadh Abboud (3rd captain)
6 Libya MF Belgassem Rajab
7 Republic of the Congo FW Junior Makiesse
8 Libya MF Abdulmoein Khmaj
9 Libya FW Saleh Al Taher
10 Libya FW Meftah Taktak
11 Libya FW Ahmed Krawa'a
12 Libya GK Hamza Alburgi
13 Libya DF Muhammed Shokri
No. Position Player
15 Libya DF Mohamed Joudur
16 Libya DF Mohamed El-Tarhouni
17 Libya MF Salem Ablo (4th captain)
18 Libya DF Muhammad Makari
19 Libya MF Abdulrhman Alamame
20 Libya MF Yahya Al-Zaletni
21 Libya MF Muhammed El-Houdai
22 Libya GK Ahmed Alfitori
23 Libya DF Ali Maatok
24 Libya MF Badr Hassan
25 Libya DF Muhammed Al-Jenan
26 Mali DF Abdullay Dekite
28 Libya FW Anis Saltou
29 Libya FW Mohamed Al Ghanodi (captain)
30 Libya FW Amer El-Tawrghi

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
Libya MF Zakaria Alharaish (at Sutjeska Nikšić until 30 June 2019)
Libya DF Sanad Al Ouarfali (at Raja Casablanca until 30 June 2019)

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Egyptian coach of Libya's largest football club survives shooting apparently targeting him – National". Globalnews.ca. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014.

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