El Jaish SC

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El-Jaish SC
Full name El Jaish Sports Club
نادي الجيش الرياضي
Founded 2007
Ground Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 10,221
Owned by State of Qatar
Chairman Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah
Manager Nabil Maâloul
League Qatar Stars League
2012–13 Qatar Stars League, 3rd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

El Jaish Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الجيش الرياضي‎) is a Qatar Football Association member club, based in the Al-Duhail area of Doha, which is currently playing in the Qatar Stars League. The team won the Qatargas League prior to 2011, but were not eligible for promotion and as a result were not declared as the champions of the league. It was promoted to the first division, the Stars League, the first year after it was made eligible.

The club also has participations in other sports, most notably in handball where its team has previously achieved 3rd place in both, the GCC Handball Championship, and the Asian Club Handball Championship.[1]


El Jaish SC was officially established in 2011 after spending several seasons in the second division without being eligible for promotion.

In its first season in the Qatar Stars League, El Jaish finished second, just two points behind champions Lekhwiya, and qualified for the 2013 AFC Champions League. After a poor start to the 2013 Champions League, El Jaish won 3 of its 4 last group stage games to emerge as the groups runners-up, setting up a Round of 16 tie against Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia. They were eliminated after losing 0–2 in the away game and 1–3 on aggregate.[2]

In 2013, El Jaish were involved in the controversial case of Zahir Belounis not being granted an exit visa over his dispute with the club over unpaid wages.[3][4][5]


Winners (1): 2012–13
Winners (1): 2010–11


League seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Emir of Qatar Cup Crown Prince Cup Sheikh Jassim Cup Qatar Stars Cup AFC Champions League
2010–2011 Q2D 1st Semi-finals Semi-finals
2011–2012 QSL 2nd Semi-finals
2012–2013 QSL 3rd - Title Winner Round of 16

El Jaish in Asia[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 8 3 3 2 15 12
Total 8 3 3 2 15 12
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS Saudi Arabia Al Shabab 3–0 0-2
GS Iran Tractor Sazi 3–3 4–2
GS United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 3–1 1–1
R16 Saudi Arabia Al Ahli 1–1 0–2

Current squad[edit]

As of September 23, 2013[6]

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

No. Position Player
1 Qatar GK Osama Kamel
2 Qatar DF Murad Naji
3 Qatar DF Abdulla Souami
4 Brazil DF Anderson Martins
5 Qatar MF Mohammed Al Jabri
6 Jordan DF Rami Fayez
7 Qatar MF Wesam Rizik
8 Qatar DF Yousef Muftah
9 Brazil FW Nilmar
10 France MF Jires Kembo Ekoko
12 Qatar FW Magid Mohammed
14 Tunisia MF Mohammad Mothnani
15 Qatar FW Abdulgadir Ilyas Bakur
17 South Korea MF Go Seul-Ki
18 Qatar MF Jeddo
No. Position Player
19 Qatar DF Abdurahman Abker
20 Brazil MF Wagner Ribeiro
21 Qatar DF Ali Sanad
22 Libya MF Al Dokali Al Seyed
23 Qatar MF Khaled Abderaouf
25 Qatar DF Abdulla Al-Ali
27 Qatar FW Ali Abdulkareem
29 Ghana FW Mohammed Muntari
33 Qatar GK Ahmed Soufiane
90 Brazil GK Ivanildo Rodrigues
91 Qatar GK Saoud Al Khater
92 Qatar MF Salem Al Ahbabi
99 Qatar MF Tariq Rashid Eid
-- Qatar GK Fahad Younes
-- Qatar MF Dhiyab Al-Annabi

Players registered as professionals[edit]


Coaching staff[edit]

Răzvan Lucescu, former head coach of El Jaish

Last update: December 21, 2012[7]

Position Staff
Head coach Tunisia Nabil Maâloul
Assistant head coach Qatar Yousef Adam
Reserve team head coach Romania Cristian Petre
Reserve team assistant coach Qatar Yousuf Al-Nobi
Goalkeeping coach Jordan Ahmed Naji
Fitness coach Italy Diego Longo
Statistical photographer Romania Adrian Alexandru
Masseur Romania Sorin Minea
Performance analyst England Jozef Baker

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Technical staff El Jaish official website

Youth squads[edit]

According to [1]:

El Jaish under 19s squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Egypt GK Mutaz Awadallah
2 Qatar DF Ayyash Mansouri
3 Qatar DF Saeed Al Kaabi
4 Qatar DF Rashid Al Hajri
5 Qatar MF Abdullah Alahriq
6 Qatar DF Jassim Al Mulla
7 Yemen DF Ali Al Shaibani
8 Qatar DF Abdulaziz Al Mohannadi
9 Qatar FW Abdulaziz Al Buanain
10 Yemen MF Hamad Sayyadi
11 Qatar DF Mohammed Juma Kubaisi
14 Qatar MF Abdullah Karbi
No. Position Player
15 Jordan FW Abdulrahman Kayed Mohammed
16 Qatar MF Mohammed Hababi
17 Qatar MF Abdullah Majjali
18 Qatar MF Jassim Subaei
19 Qatar MF Khalid Maadheed
20 Qatar FW Nasser Al-Marri
21 Jordan FW Abdulrahman Rashid
22 Qatar FW Mohammed Al Haddad
30 Qatar GK Shaheen Al Kuwari
44 Qatar MF Youssef Al Mulla
77 Qatar FW Ali Shabeeb Juma
95 Qatar GK Fahad Hababi

Under 19s coaching staff[edit]

Last update: December 21, 2012[8]

Position Staff
Technical coordinator of youth teams Brazil Leonardo Vitorino
Manager Tunisia Muhammad Lutfi Hanachi
Assistant manager Qatar Hassan Al Kuwari
Goalkeeping coach Portugal Pedro Lascarim
Fitness coach Serbia Zoran Lović

Last updated: December 2013
Source: El Jaish official website


Position Staff
Executive Director Qatar Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari
Marketing & Audience Manager Qatar Saeed Al-Eidah
Sports Manager QatarYousuf Bakhit Al Kuwari
Media Manager Qatar Amer Abdulrahman Al Kaabi
Financial Manager Qatar Khamis Al Kuwari

Last updated: May 2012
Source: El Jaish

Associated clubs[edit]

Kit sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2011–2013 United States Nike Qatar NAPT

Managerial history[edit]



  1. ^ "El Jaish Handball Team matches". goalzz.com. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "ACL RD16 (2nd leg): Al Ahli 2-0 El Jaish (3-1 agg)". the-afc.com. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Zahir Belounis: another embarrassment for Qatar". World Soccer. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zahir Belounis: A Virtual Captive in Qatar". http://sites.duke.edu/. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "'I feel like a hostage': Professional footballer held in Qatar for two years over a pay dispute finally granted exit visa". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "El Jaish Sports Club - Squad". qsl.com.qa. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Technical staff". El Jaish official website. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Technical staff". El Jaish official website. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Eljaish Signs MoU with FC Schalke 04". eljaish.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

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