Cairo derby

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Cairo Derby
Al Ahly.png Zamalek logo.png
Other names Clasico El Arab
The Peak
Locale Greater Cairo, Egypt
Teams Al Ahly SC
Zamalek SC
First meeting Al Ahly 1–0 Zamalek
Friendly
(9 February 1917)
Latest meeting Zamalek 3–1 Al Ahly
2016-17 super cup
(10 Feb 2017)
Next meeting Zamalek v Al Ahly
cario League
(29 December 2016)
Statistics
Meetings total 156
Most wins Al Ahly (64)
Most player appearances Hossam Ashour (31)
All-time series Al Ahly: 64
Drawn: 56
Zamalek: 36
Largest victory Zamalek 6–0 Al Ahly
Cairo League
(2 January 1942)
Zamalek 6–0 Al Ahly
Cup Final
(2 June 1944)

The Cairo Derby, also known as the Clasico El-Arab, is a football match between Egyptian clubs Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC. It is a match between arguably the two most successful clubs in Egypt and Africa. Ahly and Zamalek were named by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as The 1st and 2nd African Clubs of the 20th Century respectively. Both teams are located in Greater Cairo and their matches are considered the highlight of the football season with live broadcast to most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries since the 1970s. Usually the derby is played twice each season with 2 matches in the Egyptian Premier League, but it is not uncommon to find the teams meeting each other in the Egypt Cup, especially in the final, and in Africa's most prestigious club competition, the CAF Champions League.

The rivalry[edit]

AL Ahly and Zamalek historical positions in the League

Ever since their creation, both clubs have been the top clubs in the Egyptian Premier League, the country's top-flight football league. In the first half of the twentieth century.[1] Ahly won their first league title when the Egyptian Premier League was first created in the 1948-49 season and won 37 domestic titles after that. Zamalek managed to win the league 12 times and came second to Ahly in the number of Egyptian Premier League titles won.

The largest winning margin in this derby was 6–0 for Zamalek for two times, The first was in 1942 Cairo League, The Second was in 1944 Egypt Cup Final.

Fans of both clubs can be violent when in anger. Numerous fights, injuries and deaths have been reported before matters became more controlled due to Egypt's authoritarian regime. Yet many fights and riots still occur after derby matches between both sets of fans, leading the government to post even higher numbers of Central Security Forces troops in the stadium during the derby. The number of fights have increased with the increasing popularity of the "ultras" movement.[2]

Matches between both teams can be decisive. Whenever they meet in the Egyptian cup the winner usually goes on to win the cup, or at least grab the runners up medal. Moreover, the team which has the aggregate result on its favor in the league rarely misses the chance to win the Egyptian Premier League.

In 2008, World Soccer Magazine selected the Cairo Derby as the 8th most fierce derby in the world.[3]

The Meetings[edit]

These meetings are the meetings in the League

Season Home Away Home Away
1948–1949 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 1
1949–1950 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 0
1950–1951 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 3 Zamalek SC 0
1951–1952 No matches Due to Egyptian Revolution of 1952
1952–1953 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1953–1954 Zamalek SC 1 Al Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 4 Zamalek SC 2
1954–1955 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 0
1955–1956 Zamalek SC 2 Al Ahly SC 1 Al Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 2
1956–1957 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Al Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 1
1957–1958 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 3 Zamalek SC 1
1958–1959 Zamalek SC 1 Al Ahly SC 1 Al Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 0
1959–1960 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 1
1960–1961 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 4 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 3
1961–1962 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 3 El Ahly SC 3 Zamalek SC 0
1962–1963 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC - Zamalek SC -
1963–1964 No matches because they were in separate groups in the League
1964–1965 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 2
1965–1966 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 2
1966–1967 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 1
1967–1968 No matches Due to Six-Day War & War of Attrition
1968–1969
1969–1970
1970–1971
1971–1972 Zamalek SC 2 Al Ahly SC 1 Al Ahly SC - Zamalek SC -
1972–1973 Zamalek SC 0 Al Ahly SC 1 Al Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 1
1973–1974 No matches due to October War
1974–1975 Zamalek SC 1 Al Ahly SC 2 Al Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1975–1976 No matches because they were in separate groups in the League
1976–1977 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 1
1977–1978 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1978–1979 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 1
1979–1980 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1980–1981 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 2
1981–1982 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 1
1982–1983 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 0
1983–1984 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 1
1984–1985 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 0
1985–1986 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 2
1986–1987 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 1
1987–1988 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 2
1988–1989 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 0
1989–1990 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC - Zamalek SC -
1990–1991 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 2
1991–1992 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 1
1992–1993 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 1
1993–1994 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 3 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 2
1994–1995 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1995–1996 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1996–1997 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 3 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1997–1998 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
1998–1999 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Season cancelled
1999–2000 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 2
2000–2001 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 3
2001–2002 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 6 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 2
2002–2003 Zamalek SC 3 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 2
2003–2004 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 1
2004–2005 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 4 El Ahly SC 3 Zamalek SC 0
2005–2006 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
2006–2007 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 2
2007–2008 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 0
2008–2009 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 Zamalek SC 0
2009–2010 Zamalek SC 3 El Ahly SC 3 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
2010–2011 Zamalek SC 2 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC 0 Zamalek SC 0
2011–2012 No matches Due to Port Said Stadium riot
2012–2013 No matches Due to June 2013 Egyptian protests
2013–2014 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 1 No away match due to one leg championship play-off
2014–2015 Zamalek SC 1 El Ahly SC 1 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 0
2015–2016 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 Zamalek SC 0
2016–2017 Zamalek SC 0 El Ahly SC 2 El Ahly SC Zamalek SC

Statistics[edit]

Competition Total El Ahly wins Draws El Zamalek wins
League 113 41 47 25
Cup 31 16 5 10
Super Cup 4 2 2 0
African Champions League 8 5 3 0
African Super Cup 1 0 0 1
Total 157 65 56 36

Top goalscorers

Player Team Goals
Egypt Abdel-Karim Sakr[4] El Ahly (10)
El Zamalek (7)
17
Egypt Mostafa Taha El Zamalek (12)
El Ahly (3)
15
Egypt Mokhtar El-Tetsh El Ahly 13
Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika El Ahly 13
Egypt Emad Motaeb El Ahly 10
Egypt Gamal Hamza El Zamalek 9
Egypt Hossam Hassan El Ahly (5)
El Zamalek (4)
9
Egypt Alaa El-Hamouly El Zamalek 8
Egypt Saleh Selim El Ahly 8
Egypt Toto El Ahly 8

Honours[edit]

Crossing the divide[edit]

Due to the rivalry between the clubs, relatively few players have played for both Ahly and Zamalek. Some of the players who have done so are listed below:

Al Ahly, then Zamalek[edit]

Team League Cup Super Cup CAF Champions League African Cup Winners' Cup CAF Confederation Cup CAF Super Cup Afro-Asian Cup Total
Al Ahly 38 35 9 8 4 1 6 1 102
Zamalek 12 25 2 5 1 0 3 2 50
Name Pos Al Ahly Zamalek
Career Apps Goals Career Apps Goals
Gamal Abdelhamid FW 1977–84 ? ? 1984–94 ? ?
Ayman Shawky FW 1984–94 ? ? 1995–96 ? ?
Mohamed Abdel-Galil MF 1988–95 ? ? 1995–97 ? ?
Hossam Hassan FW 1985–99 231 109 2000–04 61 38
Ibrahim Hassan DF 1985–99 177 4 2000–04 47 4
Felix Aboagye FW 1993–98 117 47 2001–02 20 5
Ibrahim Said DF 1998–03 76 18 2004–06 27 4
Osama Hassan DF 1999–01 0 0 2006–09 30 4
Ahmed Magdy DF 2004–05 0 0 2007–2010 75 6
Sherif Ashraf FW 2005–07 0 0 2008–09 52 14
Mohamed Abdullah DF 2005–07 ? ? 2008–09 30 0
Hany Saïd DF 1997–98 12 2 2008–11 76 4
Hassan Mostafa MF 2003–09 ? ? 2009–11 41 3
Hussein Yasser MF 2008–10 20 1 2010–11 33 8
Essam El Hadary GK 1996–08 510 1 2010–11 4 0
Ahmed Hassan MF 2008–11 58 22 2011–13 26 14

Zamalek, then Al Ahly[edit]

Name Pos Zamalek Al Ahly
Career Apps Goals Career Apps Goals
Reda Abdel-Aal MF 1987–93 ? ? 1993–98 ? ?
Magdy Tolba MF 1986–89 ? ? 1995–98 ? ?
Islam El-Shater DF 2003–04 ? ? 2004–08 ? ?
Nader El-Sayed GK 1992–98 103 0 2005–06 2 0
Tarek El-Said MF 1998–06 132 23 2006–08 ? ?
Mohamed Sedik DF 2002–06 56 2 2006–07 ? ?
Moataz Eno MF 2002–07 60 5 2007–12 49 2
Hany El-Agazy FW 2006–07 1 0 2008–11 12 5
Gamal Hamza* FW 2000–09 150 50 2010 0 0
Sabry Raheel DF 2009–13 61 11 2013–
Moamen Zakaria MF 2013–14 51 12 2015– 30 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grant Wahl, American Pharaoh: Ex-U.S. coach Bradley has Egypt on brink of World Cup, Sports Illustrated, Published 9 October 2013, Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  2. ^ Shenker, Jack (28 June 2011). "New Egypt sees old sporting rivalry resume". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "World Soccer's 50 Greatest Derbies". World Soccer. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.filgoal.com/Arabic/News.aspx?NewsID=163807

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