El Jaish SC

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El-Jaish SC
Full name El Jaish Sports Club
نادي الجيش الرياضي
Founded July 2007
Dissolved July 2017
Ground Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 12,000[1]
League Qatar Stars League
2016–17 Qatar Stars League, 4th
Website Club home page
El Jaish's active sections
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El-Jaish Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الجيش الرياضي‎‎) was a Qatar multi-sports club from 2007-2017, based in the Al-Duhail area of Doha. The Association Football team currently plays 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.[2]

In April 2017, it was announced that the club would be taken over by Lekhwiya SC following the 2016–17 Qatar Stars League, and merge into Lekhwiya SC which would be rebranded into Al-Duhail SC.[3][4]


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.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

Lekhwiya SC announced that they have taken over the club in April 2017 and the club dissolved in July 2017 while Lekhwiya got rebranded into Al-Debaih SC.


Winners (1): 2012–13 (Shared Record) (Defunct)
Winners (1): 2007–08*, 2008–09*,[9] 2010–11
Winners (2): 2014, 2016.


  • 2007–08 and 2008–09 El-Jaish were winners but the club was not officiated yet so they don't count as official championships.

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


Last update: May 23, 2014[10]

Senior team[edit]

Coaching staff
Head coach France Sabri Lamouchi
Assistant coach Austria Lassaad Chabbi
Assistant coach Qatar Yousef Adam
Reserve head coach Romania Cristian Petre
Reserve asst. coach Qatar Yousuf Al-Nobi
Goalkeeping coach Egypt Ahmed Naji
Fitness coach Tunisia Khalil Jebabli
Fitness coach Brazil André Lima
Medical staff
Team doctor Romania Marian Dumitru
Physiotherapist Romania Sorin Minea
Physiotherapist Tunisia Mohamed Ali Laid
Physiotherapist Tunisia Badii Al-Tayib
Kinesiologist Canada Nabyl Bekraoui
Specialist staff
Translator Jordan Abdelrahman Naim
Translator South Korea Ju Hoyeong
Photographer Romania Adrian Alexandru
Administrative staff
Team manager Qatar Rashid Al-Kaabi
Team administrator Qatar Ismail Hashem
Logistics officer Qatar Nasser Al-Shammari

Youth team[edit]

Last update: May 24, 2013[11]

Coaching staff
Head coach Egypt Aref Awadh Salem
Assistant coach Serbia Zoran Lović
Goalkeeping coach Portugal Pedro Lascarim
Physiotherapist Tunisia Ahsan Ajoo
Technical staff
Technical Director Brazil Leonardo Vitorino


Position Staff
President Qatar Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah
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– United States Nike Qatar NAPT

Managerial history[edit]

  • Qatar Mohammed Al Ammari (July 2007 – May 2011) / Qatar Yousef Al Nobi (assistant)
  • Brazil Péricles Chamusca (June 15, 2011 – May 31, 2012) / Brazil Marcello Chamusca (assistant)
  • Romania Răzvan Lucescu (June 1, 2012 – Jan 15, 2014) / Romania Mihai Stoica (assistant)
  • Qatar Yousef Adam (Jan 15, 2014 – Jan 21, 2014) / Qatar Yousef Al Nobi (assistant)
  • Tunisia Nabil Maâloul (Jan 21, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014) / Qatar Yousef Adam (assistant)
  • Tunisia Nabil Maâloul (Jan 26, 2014 – Dec 11, 2014) / Austria Lassaad Chabbi (assistant)
  • Qatar Abdulqadir Almoghaisab (Dec 12, 2014 – Dec 27, 2014) / Austria Lassaad Chabbi (assistant)
  • France Sabri Lamouchi (Dec 27, 2014– Jul 1, 2017) / Austria Lassaad Chabbi (assistant)



  1. ^ http://lekhwiyaclub.com/en/football/the-club/the-club-2.html
  2. ^ "El Jaish Handball Team matches". goalzz.com. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lekhwiya, El Jaish clubs to merge" (in Arabic). Gulf Times. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lekhwiya, Al Jaish Clubs to Merge into One Club under the Name of Al Duhail Sports Club". www.qna.org.qa. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "ACL RD16 (2nd leg): Al Ahli 2–0 El Jaish (3–1 agg)". the-afc.com. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Zahir Belounis: another embarrassment for Qatar". World Soccer. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Zahir Belounis: A Virtual Captive in Qatar". http://sites.duke.edu/. Retrieved 27 November 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "'I feel like a hostage': Professional footballer held in Qatar for two years over a pay dispute finally granted exit visa". London: Daily Mail. October 21, 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  9. ^ 2007–08 and 2008–09 El-Jaish were winners but the club was not officiated yet so they don't count as official championships.
  10. ^ "Technical staff". El Jaish official website. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Technical staff". El Jaish official website. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Eljaish Signs MoU with FC Schalke 04". eljaish.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

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