ASFAR (football club)

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Association Sportive des FAR
Full nameAssociation Sportive des Forces Armées Royales
Nickname(s)The Leader (الزعيم)
Conquerors
Black Army
Short nameASFAR
Founded1 September 1958; 60 years ago (1958-09-01)
GroundPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
Rabat, Morocco
Capacity53,300
PresidentGen. Mohamed Haramou
ManagerCarlos Alós Ferrer
LeagueBotola
2017–188th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The Association Sportive des Forces Armées Royales (Arabic: الجمعية الرياضية للقوات المسلحة الملكية‎; ASFAR), also known as the Royal Army Club (Arabic: نادي الجيش الملكي‎), is a professional sport club based in Morocco's capital city (Rabat-Salé).

The club was founded in 1958 soon after Morocco had gained their independence, and is one of the most famous football clubs in Morocco. ASFAR is an abbreviation for Sports Association the Royal Armed Forces.

ASFAR is the most Successful team in Morocco with 29 official titles, And became the first club in Morocco to win one of the African cup competitions, the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1985, and has never been relegated to the Moroccan Second Division, with his Historical rivals Wydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca، and matches Between the parties are known as "Moroccan Clasico", And a big other match are known as "Capital city Derby" against his neighbor FUS Rabat.[1]

The ASFAR was ranked first locally, 10 continental and 201 universally, in the international rankings of clubs during the first ten years of the 21st century (2001-2010), issued by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics in 2011.[3]

History[edit]

Housni Benslimane The first Goalkeeper for team after winning the first title for Moroccan Throne Cup 1958–59

The ASFAR was founded on 1 September 1958, by the initiative of the Crown Prince at Molay Al Hassan, who was from football fans, After a decree signed, As a High Commander of the Moroccan Royal Army. The exploration of players from the Royal Armed Forces، and work with them to develop all levels (technical level, fitness management, sportsmanship.) for an integrated team.

One year after its creation, the football team, still in second division, wins his first Throne Cup. The same year the club ranks first in division of the Moroccan Championship. In Moroccan Throne Cup, they manage to hide in eighths of final and then face the Wydad Casablanca, the latter is beaten on the score of 1-0. During the final quarters, the military defeat the Fath Union Sport Rabat at the first Capital city derby opposing them, The ASFAR win this match on the 3-1 score. The final took place on December 14, 1959 face Mouloudia Oujda won the first two editions of the throne cup and prepares to make a triple while the military, for their first season, a cut of the throne would be the ideal. Finally the ASFAR win this match on the 1-0 score that is stuck at Stade Mohammed V.[2]


The period 1959-1971 is the ASFAR's Age's golden during which it won seven champion titles and two throne cups. It was also the period of the Great Team with players who marked the club's history as Benslimane, Bamous, Fadili, Bakha, Khalifa, Ammar, Allal, Ammari, and so many others. The framework of the Moroccan National Team of the time consisted of ASFAR players.

Grounds[edit]

Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium[edit]

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Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium (Arabic: مركب الأمير مولاي عبد الله‎) is a multi-purpose stadium in Rabat, Morocco. It is named after Prince Moulay Abdellah of Morocco. It was built in 1983 and is the home ground of ASFAR. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it can also stage athletics. The stadium holds 52,000. Since 2008 it is host of the Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme de Rabat. It was a confirmed venue for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations until Morocco was stripped of its hosting rights. It was also a venue for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.

Sports Center of FAR[edit]

Honours[edit]

ASFAR Season 2007-08 the winner of Botola and Moroccan Cup

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

International[edit]

Friendly competitions[edit]

  • International elite championship
    • Runners-up (1): 2008
  • Ahmed Antifit Tournament
    • Runners-up (1): 2009

Records and statistics[edit]

Top scorers in Botola[edit]

AS FAR Season 2009–10

The ASFAR controls the title of Top scorers in Botola, which has the largest number of scorers a total of 14 times.[4]

Season Nat Player Goals Scored
1980 Morocco Idriss Ouadich 15
1983 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi 14
1987 Morocco Abderrazak Khairi 12
1988 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous 17
1990 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi 22
1991 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous 15
1992 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous 11
1995 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi 15
2005 Morocco Mohamed Armoumen 12
2007 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch 12
2008 Morocco Abderrazak El Mnasfi 13
2009 Morocco Mustapha Allaoui 14
2011 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch 11
2016 Morocco Mehdi Naghmi 12

National competitions[edit]

The ASFAR was the first Club to win the Botola in four consecutive years (1961-1962-1963-1964) and the only team that achieved a triple throne Cup on two occasions, years (1984-1985-1986) and years (2007-2008-2009), and was the only team that has honorably keep the glasses in his locker.[5]

Season Botola Throne Cup Super Cup
1958–1959 Botola 2 Promoted Winner Winner
1959–1960 2nd 1/8 final Not play
1960–1961 1st 1/2 final Winner
1961–1962 1st 1/16 final Winner
1962–1963 1st 1/2 final Winner
1963–1964 1st 1/4 final not held
1964–1965 4 1/8 final
1965–1966 * *
1966–1967 1st 1/2 final
1967–1968 1st 1/4 final
1968–1969 3rd 1/8 final
1969–1970 1st 1/8 final
1970–1971 2nd Winner
1971–1972 4 1/16 final
1972–1973 12 1/16 final
1973–1974 9 1/16 final
1974–1975 12 1/16 final
1975–1976 11 1/16 final
1976–1977 7 1/16 final
1977–1978 7 1/4 final
1977–1978 7 1/4 final
1978–1979 9 1/4 final
1979–1980 12 1/8 final
1980–1981 9 1/16 final
1981–1982 6 1/8 final
1982–1983 7 1/16 final
1983–1984 1st Winner
1984–1985 3rd Winner
1985–1986 3rd Winner
1986–1987 1st 1/2 final
1987–1988 3rd Runners–up
1988–1989 1st 1/2 final
1989–1990 7 Runners–up
1990–1991 2nd 1/4 final
1991–1992 6 1/4 final
1992–1993 8 1/8 final
1993–1994 3rd 1/2 final
1994–1995 4 1/16 final
1995–1996 6 Runners–up
1996–1997 7 1/8 final
1997–1998 5 Runners–up
1998–1999 8 Winner
1999–2000 9 1/8 final
2000–2001 8 1/8 final
2001–2002 6 1/2 final
2002–2003 9 Winner
2003–2004 2nd Winner
2004–2005 1st 1/8 final
2005–2006 2nd 1/8 final
2006–2007 2nd Winner
2007–2008 1st Winner
2008–2009 3rd Winner
2009–2010 7 1/8 final
2010–2011 6 1/16 final
2011–2012 7 Runners–up
2012–2013 2nd 1/8 final
2013–2014 7 1/4 final
2014–2015 11 1/8 final
2015–2016 4 1/4 final
2016–2017 6 1/2 final
2017–2018 8 1/16 final

* The club has made a year after having been suspended by the Moroccan federation. Because when the season that preceded, the club had lost a match by 3–0 against the MAS and players had beaten the referee at the end of the meeting. During this year, the team had played tournaments and friendlies.

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

The public's failure at finale the CAF Cup 2006

At the continental level, AS FAR is the first Moroccan club to have participated in an African Cup; It was in 1968, when it has reached the stage of the semi-finals of the African Cup of Champions Clubs. She was also the first Moroccan club to win the CAF Champions League, in 1985.

2005 – Second Round
2006 – Second Round
2007 – Group stage
2008 – Preliminary Round
2009 – First Round
2014 – Preliminary Round
1968 – Semi-finals
1985 – Champion
1986 – Quarter-finals
1988 – Semi-finals
1990 – Second Round
2004 – Intermediate Round
2005 – Champion
2006 – Finalist
2010 – First Round
2013 – Intermediate Round
1987 – Quarter-finals
1997 – Finalist
1999 – Quarter-finals
2000 – Quarter-finals
2001 – Second Round
2006 – Finalist

African cups all-time statistics[edit]

As of 26 March 2019

CAF competitions
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
CAF Champions League 11 60 25 12 23 92 62 +30
CAF Confederation Cup 5 34 16 11 7 39 24 +15
African Cup Winners' Cup 5 32 16 6 10 45 27 +18
CAF Super Cup 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 22 127 57 30 40 176 113 +63

Players[edit]

Pierre Kalala and Driss Bamous during the return of the 1968 African Champions Cup semi-final, against the AS FAR, in January 1969 TP Englebert in Casablanca

First team squad[edit]

As of 21 March 2018. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Morocco GK Mohammed Amine El Bourkadi
2 Ivory Coast MF Sanga Topio Coulibaly
3 Morocco DF Hamza El Moussaoui
4 Morocco DF Mehdi Khallati
5 Morocco DF Ismail Belmaalem
6 Morocco MF El Mehdi Barrahma (captain)
10 Morocco MF Mohammed El Fakih
11 Morocco FW Kamal Mohamed
12 Morocco GK Yassine El Had
14 Morocco FW Ibrahim Bezghoudi
15 Ivory Coast DF Brahima Bakayoko
No. Position Player
17 Morocco FW Abdelghani Mouaoui
18 Morocco MF Taoufik Safsafi
19 Morocco DF Mohamed Chibi
20 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Héritier Luvumbu
21 Morocco DF Abdelmounaim Boutouil
24 Morocco DF Mourad Kaaouach
27 Morocco FW Hamza Khabba
28 Morocco MF Mustapha El Yousfi
30 Morocco FW Hicham Marchad
32 Morocco DF Abdelouahed Chakhsi
35 Mali MF Aboubacar Ibrahim Toungara

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Managers[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Role Name
Head coach Spain Carlos Alós Ferrer
Assistant coaches Spain Allex Accensi
Morocco Mouhcine Bouhlal
Goalkeeping coach Morocco Farid Salamate
Fitness coache Morocco Hassane Benazzouz
Kinetotherapist Morocco Adil Boussif
Club doctor Morocco Jawad Nadim
Masseur Morocco Mohamed Abdellaoui
  • Last updated: 21 March 2019

Former coach[edit]

Sports Club[edit]

Active sections of ASFAR
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Football
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Basketball
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Athletics
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Handball
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Boxing
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Volleyball
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Taekwondo
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Wrestling
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Archery
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Judo
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Gymnastics
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Swimming

There are several other sporting branches in the club besides football professionally and the results of the Club in those prestigious results are sports and distinct local and continental levels.

Supporters[edit]

ASFAR has the largest number of supporters of any team in Morocco, The greater the focus of fans are in The The region Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, It has a population of 4,580,866.

Also, the club has an important fan base inside the country, where several towns are renowned for counting vast majorities of ASFAR supporters, and outside the borders, among Moroccan emigrants.

The ASFAR Ultras movement began in 2005, when the bases of Ultras Askary Rabat (UAR), the first Ultras group in Morocco, And The second group Black Army (BA) was created in 2006, Their sanctuary is the southern Included of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.[6]


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