ASFAR (football club)

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Association Sportive des FAR
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Full nameAssociation Sportive des Forces Armées Royales
Nickname(s)The Leader (الزعيم)
Conquerors
Black Army
Founded1 September 1958; 60 years ago (1958-09-01)
GroundPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
Flag of Morocco.svg 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-Sale).

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 stands for French: Association Sportive des Forces Armées Royales, roughly translated to mean Sports Association the Royal Armed Forces. ASFAR is the most Successful team in Morocco with 29 titles in total, and has never been relegated to the Second Division, and is also the most popular team in Morocco because of their numerous fans inside and outside the country.[1]

History[edit]

Housni Benslimane The first guard for the 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. In 1959, ASFAR won its first trophy, the Moroccan Throne Cup, defeating Mouloudia Oujda 1–0 in the final.[2]

Founded Decree for the Club

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

National titles[edit]

Winners (12): 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1984, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2008
Runners-up (7): 1960, 1971, 1991, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013
Winners (1): 1959
Winners (11): 1959, 1971, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (5): 1988, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2012
Winners (4): 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963[3]

International titles[edit]

Winner (1): 1985
Winner (1): 2005
Runners-up (1): 2006
Runners-up (3): 1966، 1989، 1993
Runners-up (2): 1967, 1970
Runners-up (1): 1986
Runners-up (1): 1997
Runners-up (1): 2006
Runners-up (1): 2008

Season by season[edit]

The ASFAR was the first Club to win the National Championship title 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.[4]

Season Botola Coupe du Trône
1958–1959 GNF 2 Winner
1959–1960 2 1/8 final
1960–1961 1 1/2 final
1961–1962 1 1/16 final
1962–1963 1 1/2 final
1963–1964 1 1/4 final
1964–1965 4 1/8 final
1965–1966 * *
1966–1967 1 1/2 final
1967–1968 1 1/4 final
1968–1969 3 1/8 final
1969–1970 1 1/8 final
1970–1971 2 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 1 Winner
1984–1985 3 Winner
1985–1986 3 Winner
1986–1987 1 1/2 final
1987–1988 3 Finalist
1988–1989 1 1/2 final
1989–1990 7 Finalist
1990–1991 2 1/4 final
1991–1992 6 1/4 final
1992–1993 8 1/8 final
1993–1994 3 1/2 final
1994–1995 4 1/16 final
1995–1996 6 Finalist
1996–1997 7 1/8 final
1997–1998 5 Finalist
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 2 Winner
2004–2005 1 1/8 final
2005–2006 2 1/8 final
2006–2007 2 Winner
2007–2008 1 Winner
2008–2009 3 Winner
2009–2010 7 1/8 final
2010–2011 6 1/16 final
2011–2012 7 Finalist
2012–2013 2 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

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 Mohamed Amin Bourkadi
2 Ivory Coast MF Sanga Topio Coulibaly
3 Morocco DF Hamza El Moussaoui
4 Morocco DF Mehdi Khallati
5 Morocco DF Imail Benlamalem
6 Morocco MF El Mehdi Barrahma (captain)
10 Morocco MF Mohamed El fakih
11 Morocco FW Kamal Mohamed
12 Morocco GK Yassine El had
14 Morocco FW Ibrahim Bezghoudi
15 Ivory Coast DF Brahima Bakayoko
17 Morocco FW Abdelghani Mouaoui
18 Morocco MF Taoufik Safsafi
No. Position Player
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 Adbelouahed Chakhsi
35 Mali MF Aboubacar Ibrahim Toungara

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ASFAR scoring records[edit]

AS FAR Season 2009–10
Season Nat Player Goals Scored
1980 Morocco Idris 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 Mahdi Naghmi 12 [5]

Managers[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Role Name
Head coach Spain Carlos Alós Ferrer
Assistant coaches Spain Allex Accensi
Morocco Mouhsin 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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