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
PresidentGamal Al-Wali
ManagerMohamed Mazda
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 means Mars in Arabic. 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 (16): 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
Winners (15): 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,2018

International titles[edit]

Winners (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1986, 1994, 2014

Regional[edit]

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

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Participated 36 times in all CAF championships

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
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 (2017-18)[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 Esam Shamila
2 Sudan MF Tajeldin Yagoub Elnour
3 Sudan MF Ibrahim Mohamed
4 Sudan FW Bakri Al Medina
5 Sudan DF Ala'a Eldin Yousif
6 Sudan DF Ahmed Abdallah
9 Nigeria FW Kelechi Osunwa
10 Sudan FW Mohamed Abdel Raman
11 Sudan MF Ragei Abdalla
12 Sudan DF Tag Eldin Ibrahim
14 Sudan DF Mohamed Hagar
16 Uganda GK Jamal Salim
17 Ivory Coast MF Martial Yao Kouassi
No. Position Player
19 Nigeria DF Kunle Odunlami
20 Sudan DF Salaheldin Nemer
21 Sudan DF Amir Kamal
22 Egypt MF Ashour El Adham
23 Sudan DF Ahmed El Basha
24 Sudan MF Mohamed Hashim
28 Niger MF Boubacar Moumouni Abdoul Magid
27 Cameroon MF Didier Talla
28 Sudan MF Mohamed Elamin Aonti
29 Sudan MF Ramadan Agab
Ghana DF Samuel Inkoom

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.
  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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