Egyptian Premier League

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Egyptian Premier League
EPL Logo.png
Country Egypt
Confederation CAF
Founded 1948
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Egyptian Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Egypt Cup
Egyptian Super Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Al Ahly SC (38th title)
(2015-16)
Most championships Al Ahly (38 titles)
TV partners Nile Sport
ONTV
dmc
Website www.efa.com.eg
2016–17 Egyptian Premier League

The Egyptian Premier League is an Egyptian professional league for Egyptian football clubs and represents the top flight of Egyptian football. The championship consists of eighteen competing teams in a home and away league system. It is currently known as the Presentation Egyptian Premier League, after the advertising company signed a sponsorship deal with the Egyptian Football Association.

Competition format and sponsorship[edit]

Competition[edit]

There are 18 clubs in the Egyptian Premier League. The Football Season lasts from August to May. During the course of the season, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 34 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then the direct confrontation,then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion . If points are equal,the direct confrontation, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Division II League, and the top three teams from the three groups into the Division II league, together, are promoted in their place.

Sponsorship[edit]

The Egyptian Premier League has been sponsored since 2005. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

  • 2005–07: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League.
  • 2007–11: Etisalat Egyptian Premier League.
  • 2011–14: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League.
  • 2014–present: Egyptian Premier League (Sponsored by Presentation Sports)

Media coverage[edit]

All matches are televised on the state-owned channel NileSports as well as ON TV and Al-Hayat.

Clubs[edit]

The five most popular Egyptian clubs are Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily, El-Ittihad and Al-Masry. Also there is a historically significant club named Tersana.

A total of 65 clubs have played in the Egyptian Premier League from its inception in 1948–49 up to and including the 2015–16 season. But only two clubs have been members of the Egyptian Premier League for every season since its inception. These are Al Ahly and Zamalek, meanwhile El-Ittihad and Al-Masry have been absent only for two seasons of the League since its inception.

Members for 2015–16[edit]

The following 18 clubs are competing in the Egyptian Premier League as of the 2015–16 season.

Stadiums[edit]

Current stadiums[edit]

Stadium City Seating Capacity
Borg Elarab Alexandria 86,000
Cairo Stadium Cairo 75,000
Mubarak Stadium Suez 40,000
Osman Ahmed Osman Cairo 35,000
El Salam Stadium Cairo 30,000
Zagazig Stadium Zagazig 30,000
Suez Stadium Suez 30,000
Military Academy Stadium Cairo 28,500
Sekka El Hadeed Stadium Cairo 25,000
Harras El-Hedoud Stadium Alexandria 25,000
Police Academy Stadium Cairo 22,000
El Mansoura Stadium Mansura 20,000
El Mahalla Mahalla 20,000
Ismailia Stadium Ismaïlia 18,525
Port Said Stadium Port Said 17,988
Asiut University Stadium Asyut 16,000
Tersana Stadium Giza 15,000
El-Shams Stadium Cairo 15,000
Alexandria Stadium Alexandria 13,660
El Gouna Stadium El Gouna 13,000

List of seasons[edit]

The following table provides a summary of seasons:[1][2]

No. Season Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
1 1948–49 Al Ahly (1) Tersana Ismaily
2 1949–50 Al Ahly (2) Tersana Zamalek
3 1950–51 Al Ahly (3) Zamalek Al-Masry
1951–52
Not played due to participation in 1952 Summer Olympics.
4 1952–53 Al Ahly (4) Zamalek Al-Masry
5 1953–54 Al Ahly (5) Zamalek Tersana
1954–55
Not Finished due to refusal of Al Ahly to comply with
Federation penalty of playing one match away from home.
6 1955–56 Al Ahly (6) Zamalek El Qannah
7 1956–57 Al Ahly (7) Zamalek Ismaily
8 1957–58 Al Ahly (8) Zamalek El-Olympi
9 1958–59 Al Ahly (9) Zamalek Tersana
10 1959–60 Zamalek (1) Tersana Al Ahly
11 1960–61 Al Ahly (10) Zamalek Tersana
12 1961–62 Al Ahly (11) Zamalek Tersana
13 1962–63 Tersana (1) Zamalek Al Ahly
14 1963–64 Zamalek (2) Tersana Ismaily
15 1964–65 Zamalek (3) Ismaily Tersana
16 1965–66 El Olympi (1) Zamalek Ismaily
17 1966–67 Ismaily (1) Al Ahly Tersana
1967–71
Not played due to the Six-Day War.
1971–72
Not Finished due to violence during Al Ahly vs Zamalek match.
18 1972–73 Ghazl El Mahalla (1) Zamalek Ismaily
1973–74
Not Finished due to the Yom Kippur War.
19 1974–75 Al Ahly (12) Tersana Ismaily
20 1975–76 Al Ahly (13) Ghazl El Mahalla Zamalek
21 1976–77 Al Ahly (14) Zamalek El Ittihad El Sakndary
22 1977–78 Zamalek (4) Al Ahly El-Olympi
23 1978–79 Al Ahly (15) Zamalek Ghazl El Mahalla
24 1979–80 Al Ahly (16) Zamalek Al-Masry
25 1980–81 Al Ahly (17) Zamalek Al-Masry
26 1981–82 Al Ahly (18) Zamalek El Ittihad El Sakndary
27 1982–83 El Mokawloon (1) Zamalek Al Ahly
28 1983–84 Zamalek (5) Al Ahly Ismaily
29 1984–85 Al Ahly (19) Zamalek Ismaily
30 1985–86 Al Ahly (20) Zamalek Ismaily
31 1986–87 Al Ahly (21) Zamalek Tersana
32 1987–88 Zamalek (6) Al Ahly Ghazl El Mahalla
33 1988–89 Al Ahly (22) Zamalek Ghazl El Mahalla
1989–90
Not Finished due to preparation of Egypt for 1990 FIFA World Cup.
34 1990–91 Ismaily (1) Al Ahly Zamalek
35 1991–92 Zamalek (7) Ismaily Ghazl El Mahalla
36 1992–93 Zamalek (8) Al Ahly Ghazl El Mahalla
37 1993–94 Al Ahly (23) Ismaily Zamalek
38 1994–95 Al Ahly (24) Zamalek Ismaily
39 1995–96 Al Ahly (25) Zamalek Ismaily
40 1996–97 Al Ahly (26) Zamalek El Mansoura
41 1997–98 Al Ahly (27) Zamalek El Mokawloon
42 1998–99 Al Ahly (28) Zamalek Ismaily
43 1999–00 Al Ahly (29) Ismaily Zamalek
44 2000–01 Zamalek (9) Al Ahly Al-Masry
45 2001–02 Ismaily (3) Al Ahly Zamalek
46 2002–03 Zamalek (10) Al Ahly Ismaily
47 2003–04 Zamalek (11) Al Ahly Ismaily
48 2004–05 Al Ahly (30) ENPPI Haras El-Hodood
49 2005–06 Al Ahly (31) Zamalek ENPPI
50 2006–07 Al Ahly (32) Zamalek Ismaily
51 2007–08 Al Ahly (33) Ismaily Zamalek
52 2008–09 Al Ahly (34) Ismaily Petrojet
53 2009–10 Al Ahly (35) Zamalek Ismaily
54 2010–11 Al Ahly (36) Zamalek Ismaily
2011–12
Not Finished due to the tragic events from Port Said Stadium riot.
2012–13
Not Finished due to political events.
55 2013–14 Al Ahly (37) Smouha Zamalek
56 2014–15 Zamalek (12) Al Ahly ENPPI
57 2015–16 Al Ahly (38) Zamalek Smouha

Performance[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Third places Winning Seasons
Al Ahly Star full.svg Star full.svg Star full.svg Star half.svg 38 11 3 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16
Zamalek Star full.svg 12 32 8 1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15
Ismaily 3 6 17 1966–67, 1990–91, 2001–02
Tersana 1 5 7 1962–63
Ghazl El Mahalla 1 1 5 1972–73
El Olympi 1 2 1965–66
El Mokawloon 1 1 1982–83

Performance by city[edit]

City Winners Club(s)
Cairo
39
Al Ahly (38), El Mokawloon (1)
Giza
13
Zamalek (12), Tersana (1)
Ismaïlia
3
Ismaily (3)
El-Mahalla El-Kubra
1
Ghazl El Mahalla (1)
Alexandria
1
El-Olympi (1)

Doubles[edit]

In Egypt two teams have won the Double of the Egyptian Premier League and the Egypt Cup.

Club Number Seasons
Al Ahly
13
1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1995–96, 2005–06, 2006–07
Zamalek
3
1959–60, 1987–88, 2014–15

Top goalscorers[edit]

All Seasons Top Goalscorers[edit]

Sesson Player Club Goals
1948–49 Egypt Mohamed Diab El-Attar "Diba" El Ittihad El Sakandary 15
Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al-Masry
1949–50 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al-Masry 13
1950–51 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al-Masry 12
1952–53 Egypt Ahmed Mekawi Al Ahly 12
1953–54 Egypt Abdel Nabi Tersana 18
1955–56 Egypt Sayed Saleh Al Ahly 12
1956–57 Egypt Alaa El-Hamouly Zamalek 16
1957–58 Egypt Hamdi Abdel Fattah Tersana 19
1958–59 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al Ahly 16
1959–60 Egypt Hamdi Abdel Fattah Tersana 15
1960–61 Yemen Ali Mohsen Zamalek 16
1961–62 Egypt Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 18
1962–63 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 32
1963–64 Egypt Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 27
1964–65 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 23
1965–66 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 16
1966–67 Egypt Ali Abo Greisha Ismaily 15
1972–73 Egypt Omasha Omasha Ghazl El Mahalla 11
1974–75 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 34
1975–76 Egypt Ossama Khalil Ismaily 17
1976–77 Egypt Ali Khalil Zamalek 17
Egypt Hassan Shehata Zamalek
1977–78 Egypt Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly 11
1978–79 Egypt Ali Khalil Zamalek 12
1979–80 Egypt Hassan Shehata Zamalek 14
1980–81 Egypt Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly 11
1981–82 Egypt Gamal Gouda Al-Masry 8
1982–83 Egypt Mahmoud El-Mashaqui Ghazl El Mahalla 9
1983–84 Egypt Ayman Shawky Koroum 8
1984–85 Egypt Mohamed Hazem Ismaily 11
1985–86 Egypt Mohamed Hazem Ismaily 11
1986–87 Egypt Emad Soliman Ismaily 11
1987–88 Egypt Gamal Abdel-Hameed Zamalek 11
1988–89 Egypt Mahmoud El-Mashaqui Ghazl El Mahalla 11
1990–91 Egypt Mohamed Ramadan Al Ahly 14
1991–92 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 14
1992–93 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 16
1993–94 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 15
Egypt Bashir Abdel Samad Ismaily
1994–95 Egypt Abdullah El-Sawy El-Qanah 10
Egypt Ahmed Sary El Ittihad El Sakandary
1995–96 Egypt Mohamed Salah Abo Greisha Ismaily 14
1996–97 Egypt Ayman Moheb El Mansoura 17
1997–98 Egypt Abdul-Hamid Bassiouny Zamalek 15
1998–99 Egypt Hossam Hassan Al Ahly 15
1999–00 Nigeria John Utaka Ismaily 17
2000–01 Egypt Tarek El-Said Zamalek 13
2001–02 Egypt Hossam Hassan Zamalek 18
2002–03 Egypt Ahmad Belal Al Ahly 19
2003–04 Egypt Abdel Halim Ali Zamalek 21
2004–05 Egypt Emad Moteab Al Ahly 15
2005–06 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika Al Ahly 18
2006–07 Angola Flávio Amado Al Ahly 17
2007–08 Egypt Alaa Ibrahim Petrojet 15
2008–09 Ghana Ernest Papa Arko Tala'ea El Gaish 12
Angola Flávio Amado Al Ahly
2009–10 Nigeria Minusu Buba Ittihad El Shorta 14
2010–11 Egypt Ahmed Abd El-Zaher ENPPI 13
Egypt Shikabala Zamalek
2013–14 Ghana John Antwi Ismaily 11
2014–15 Egypt Hossam Salama El-Dakhleya 20
2015–16 Egypt Hossam Salama Smouha 17

All Time Top Goalscorers[edit]

Last updated 28 May 2013.

No. Player Teams Goals
1 Egypt Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 176
2 Egypt Hossam Hassan Al Ahly / Zamalek / Al-Masry / Tersana / El Ittihad El Sakandary 168
3 Egypt Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 123
4 Egypt El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al-Masry / Al Ahly 112
5 Egypt Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly 108
6 Egypt Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi / Zamalek / El Ittihad El Sakandary 107
7 Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika Tersana / Al Ahly 105

For a full list of clubs see List of football clubs in Egypt.

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