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Al-Nasr SC
نادي النصر الرياضي‎
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Full nameAl-Nasr Sports Club
Nickname(s)Al Ameed (The Brigadier General)
Founded1945; 75 years ago (1945)
GroundAl Maktoum Stadium
ChairmanHamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
ManagerKrunoslav Jurčić
LeagueUAE Pro-League
2019–20UAE Pro-League, 6th
WebsiteClub website

Al-Nasr Sports Club (Arabic: نادي النصر الرياضي‎) is a professional association football club located in Dubai and plays in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. Al-Nasr, literally translating to "victory" in Arabic, was founded in 1945 and is considered as the first and oldest club in the United Arab Emirates. They play at Al Maktoum Stadium, which can hold 15,000 people.


Pre–UAE League era (1945–1973)[edit]

Al Nasr Sports Club was founded by a group of young men in a Al Ghubaiba, Dubai in 1945, making it the oldest club in UAE footballing history. The team played in an empty playground near a highschool for three years until in 1948 were they finally decided to establish modern rules of football. In 1951, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum chose the headquarters to be in a cafe close to a fish market, the cafe had a room for rent so the club would rent the room for meetings, gatherings and studying. The club would later move their headquarters to Shindagha. During this period the club went on with the name Al Ahli until in the 1960s where the players traveled to Qatar to face Al Ahli and lose, after their loss in Qatar, the players proposed to change the name to Al Nasr which would later become official. The club decided to move their headquarters to a larger house in Shindagha and invited Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to meet the club in their new headquarters, Sheikh Zayed decided to donate 60,000 AED as a gift to the club, they would use the money to develop the club.[1][2]

Rise of competition (1973–1990)[edit]

In 1973, the UAE Pro-League was established and neighboring teams emerged forcing Al Nasr to start building a proper venue, so the construction of Al Maktoum Stadium began, however the team would join the league in 1974 so the club played their home games in Rashid Stadium until the completion of Al Makhtoum stadium in 1980, the club would win 3 UAE league, 3 presidents cup titles and a UAE federation cups during this time. The club would also be noted for hosting games with big clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Santos.[3][4]

Modern era (1990–present)[edit]

After the end of the eighties, the club would see limited success where they would stop winning the league yet win two arabian super cups in the nineties and two UAE league cups and a president's cup in 2015, the team would renovate the Al Makhtoum Stadium for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and host another friendly with Arsenal in 2019.


The team has a big rivalry with Al Wasl, often called the Bur Dubai Derby or just simply Dubai Derby, both teams have competed to see which club is the best team in Bur Dubai area.[5] It also has a rivalry with Shabab Al Ahli which is also based in the same city but not in the same area.


17 Official Championships.

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (3): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Runners-up (4): 1980–81, 1984–85, 1999–2000, 2011–12
Winners (4): 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2014–15
Runners-up (6): 1974–75, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2016–17
Winners (3): 1988–87, 1999–00, 2001–02
Winners (2): 2015, 2020
Winners (2): 1990, 1996
Runners-up (1): 2015
Winners (1): 1984–85
Winners (1): 1993

Regional competitions[edit]

GCC Champions League

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2012: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2016: Quarter-finals
2019: Play off Round

AFC Champions League history[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2012 Group C Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–2 1–3 3rd
Iran Sepahan 0–3 0–1
Qatar Lekhwiya 2–1 2–1
2013 Play off Round Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 3–2
Group C Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–2 2–2 4th
Iran Sepahan 1–2 0–3
Qatar Al-Gharafa 2–4 1–3
2016 Group A Iran Sepahan 2–0 0–2 2nd
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 0–0 2–1
Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–1 0–0
Round of 16 Iran Tractor Sazi 4–1 1–3 5–4
Quarter-Finals Qatar El Jaish 0–1 0–3 0–4
2019 Play off Round Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 1–2
1987: Group Stage
1998: Withdrew (First Round)

Asian Club Championship history[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1987 Group 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–0 4th
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 1–0
Kuwait Kazma 0–1
Oman Fanja 2–3
1993–94: First Round

Record by Country[edit]

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Iran 8 2 0 6 8 15 −7 025.00
 Kuwait 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
 Oman 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 000.00
 Qatar 6 2 0 4 7 13 −6 033.33
 Saudi Arabia 7 1 3 3 7 10 −3 014.29
 Uzbekistan 4 1 2 1 5 5 +0 025.00


Board of Directors[edit]

Title Name
Chairman United Arab Emirates Abdulrehman Abu Al Shawareb
Vice Chairman United Arab Emirates Tariq Yousif Al Janahi
Board Member United Arab Emirates Thabit Suhail Thabit
United Arab Emirates Adel Mohamed Shakri
United Arab Emirates Jumaa Saeed Al Kaabi
United Arab Emirates Rashed Marzouk Bakhit
United Arab Emirates Hamad Rahma Al Fallasi

Last updated: 27 May 2019
Source: Al Nasr Club

Technical Team[edit]

Title Name
Head Coach Croatia Krunoslav Jurčić
Assistant Coach United Arab Emirates Ali Murad
Iran Mohammad Zakeri
Greece Dimitrios Daniilidis
Goalkeepers Coach Serbia Goran Cumic
Fitness Coach Cyprus George Paraskevas

Administrative Team[edit]

Title Name
Team Manager United Arab Emirates Salah Jalal Abdulla
Team Administrator United Arab Emirates Saleh Salem Alsuwaidi
Security Officer Comoros Mussa Abbas Alali
Media Coordinator United Arab Emirates Mohammed Mubarak
Team Secretary Sudan Hatim Hassan Elbadri
Logistics Officer India Basheer Anchukandathil
India Ali Kutti Athanikkal
India Riyas Thundakachi

Medical Team[edit]

Title Name
Specialist Doctor Tunisia Ahmed Wajidi
Physiotherapist Serbia Viktor Vujosevic
Serbia Marko Milosavljevic
Masseur Serbia Ognjen Ninkovic
Slovakia Pavol Durin

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of UAE Pro-League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ghaith Hussain  United Arab Emirates
5 Midfielder Tareq Ahmed (captain)  United Arab Emirates
6 Defender Mahmoud Khamees  United Arab Emirates
7 Forward Jassem Yaqoub  United Arab Emirates
8 Forward Mohamed Al-Akbari  United Arab Emirates
10 Midfielder Habib Al Fardan  United Arab Emirates
11 Midfielder Esteban Pavez  Chile
12 Goalkeeper Ahmed Shambih  United Arab Emirates
13 Midfielder Mohanad Khamis  United Arab Emirates
14 Defender Yaqoub Al-Bloushi  United Arab Emirates
15 Defender Mohamed Fawzi  United Arab Emirates
17 Midfielder Brandley Kuwas  Curaçao
18 Defender Al Hussain Saleh  United Arab Emirates
20 Midfielder Tozé  Portugal
21 Defender Mohammed Ali Ayed  United Arab Emirates
27 Midfielder Hussain Abdullah  United Arab Emirates
44 Goalkeeper Ibrahim Eisa  United Arab Emirates
49 Midfielder Mohammed Ibrahim  United Arab Emirates
70 Midfielder Rashed Mohammed  United Arab Emirates
77 Defender Hazza Salem  United Arab Emirates
92 Defender Saeed Suwaidan  United Arab Emirates
Defender Abdurahman Yousef  United Arab Emirates
Midfielder Ryan Mendes  Cape Verde
Forward Sebastián Tagliabúe  United Arab Emirates

Reserve U21[edit]

No Position Player Nation
22 Defender Gláuber  Brazil
32 Defender Chukwuebuka Onah  Nigeria
55 Defender Hamad Hassan  United Arab Emirates
66 Midfielder Hussain Mahdi  United Arab Emirates
72 Forward Abdulrahman Dhergham  Egypt
79 Forward Fahad Zakeri  United Arab Emirates
88 Midfielder Mohammed Abdulaziz  United Arab Emirates
90 Forward Lotfi Machou  Algeria
96 Forward Abdulrahman Kahen  United Arab Emirates
99 Midfielder Fares Al-Tayer  United Arab Emirates

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
2 Defender Mubarak Saeed (on loan to Ittihad Kalba)  United Arab Emirates
4 Midfielder Khaled Jalal (on loan to Khor Fakkan)  United Arab Emirates
26 Defender Mohammad Sarwashi (on loan to Ajman)  United Arab Emirates

Famous players[edit]

Past managers[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Al-Nasr also fields teams in Futsal, Volleyball, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Swimming, Cycling, Athletics, Karate and Jujitsu.


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  3. ^ "When Pele played Dubai: February 23, 1973, a day the UAE 'will never forget'". The National. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. ^ "A trip down memory lane: When 1978 European champions Liverpool visited a Dubai 'most people cannot imagine'". The National. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Arabian Gulf Cup Quarter-finals: Fight breaks out after Bur Dubai Derby between Al Nasr and Al Wasl -".
  6. ^ "ADNOC Championship recognized by UAE Football Association". (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
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