ASFAR (football club)
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|Full name||Association Sportive des Forces Armées Royales|
|Nickname(s)||The Leader (الزعيم)|
|Founded||1 September 1958|
|Ground||Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium|
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 winning official titles in total 29 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.
ASFAR is the most successful Moroccan club of the 20st century, and 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.
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.
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.
Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
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
- Moroccan League First Division
- Moroccan League Second Division
- Winners (1): 1959
- Moroccan Throne Cup
- Moroccan Super Cup
- Winners (4) – Record: 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963
- Afro-Asian Club Championship
- Runners-up (1): 1986
- Trofeo Semana del Sol
- Winner (1): 1977
- Mohammed V Trophy
- Runners-up (2): 1967, 1970
- International elite championship
- Runners-up (1): 2008
- Ahmed Antifit Tournament
- Runners-up (1): 2009
Records and statistics
Top scorers in Botola
The ASFAR controls the title of Top scorers in Botola, which has the largest number of scorers a total of 14 times.
|2008||Abderrazak El Mnasfi||13|
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.
|Season||Botola||Throne Cup||Super Cup|
|1958–1959||Botola 2 Promoted||Winner||Winner|
|1959–1960||2nd||1/8 final||Not play|
|1963–1964||1st||1/4 final||not held|
* 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
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.
- CAF Champions League: 6 appearances
- African Cup of Champions Clubs: 5 appearance
- CAF Confederation Cup: 5 appearances
- CAF Cup Winners' Cup: 5 appearances
- CAF Super Cup: 1 appearances
- 2006 – Finalist
African cups all-time statistics
As of 26 March 2019
|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|
First team squad
As of 25 September, 2020.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current technical staff
|Head coach||Sven Vandenbroeck|
|Assistant coaches||Mouhcine Bouhlal|
|Goalkeeping coach||Farid Salamate|
|Fitness coache||Hassane Benazzouz|
|Club doctor||Jawad Nadim|
- Last updated: 21 March 2019
|Active sections of ASFAR|
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.
ASFAR has the third largest number of supporters of any team in Morocco After the Raja Casablanca And Wydad Ac The greater the focus of fans are in 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) And The second group Black Army (BA) was created in 2006, Their sanctuary is the southern Included of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
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