Ittihad Tanger

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Ittihad Tanger
Logo
Full name Ittihad Riadi Tanger
الاتحاد الرياضي لطنجة
Nickname(s) Hercules, Boughaz's Knight
Short name IRT
Founded 1983
Ground Stade Ibn Batouta
Tangier, Morocco
Ground Capacity 45,000
Chairman Abdelhamid Abarchan
Manager Ezzaki Badou
League Morocco Botola
2015–16 3rd
Website Club website
Current season

Ittihad Tanger or Ittihad Riadi Tanger, abbreviation IRT (Arabic: الاتحاد الرياضي لطنجة‎‎), which means literally "Union Sportive of Tangier"[1] is a Moroccan football club based in Tangier, Morocco. The club was founded in 1983 as a union of a number of old clubs around Tangier at the time (including "Tangier Rebirth", "FC Iberia" as the main figures of the fusion). Ittihad Riadi Tanger has a basketball team, football, volleyball and Rugby teams, supporting wide range of sports as well. Their home games are hosted at Stade Ibn Batouta ( Stade de Marchan was their former home ground before it was diminished and rebuilt as a park). IR Tanger has a large fanbase in northern Morocco, especially in the Tanger–Tetouan-Alhoceima region as it is the only relatively one of the biggest clubs in the region and the country itself.

History[edit]

IR Tanger was set up by a fusion of a several clubs. Among these were Renaissance de Tanger ('Reborn of Tangier') and other clubs who were playing at the second Moroccan league divisions at the time. The fusion resulted in the a prominent club which stands out in Tangier, especially in the football field, without significant rivalries (Widad Juventud is another sports club operating in Tangier but with less public attention, alongside Maghreb Aqsa Club the oldest existing club participating in the third Division and the amateur section).

The IR team back in late 1980's and 1990's

Around years 1989 and 1990 IR Tangier was one of the dominant club in the Botola crushing the most of the clubs in the first division, by the end of the season IR Tangier faced off Wydad Casablanca where the match made a conclusion, the team's game play was significant, entertaining with high caliber, however, the club lost due to political reasons and especially when the supporters of Wydad engaged with the most aggressive crowd of Tangier at that time.

In 2015–16 the team made a come back after 8 years in the 2nd division, the club contracted with many local and foreign players where they made a great show in the spotlight of Botola with good results, finishing the first round in the 3rd place.

IR Tangiers team in 2015–16 Season

League and cup[edit]

Season League Moroccan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2014-15 2nd 1st 30 13 15 2 22 11 54 Round of 32 Morocco Badr Zaki Nacer 4
2015-16 1st 3rd 30 14 8 8 36 23 50 Quarter-finals Ivory Coast Hervé Guy 7
2016-17 1st 5th 30 12 9 9 33 25 45 Semi-finals Morocco Ahmed Hammoudan 6

African competitions[edit]

Year Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2017 CAF Confederation Cup PR Niger AS Douanes 1–0 2–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Guinea AS Kaloum 3–0 0–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Guinea Horoya AC 3–2 0–2 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
Notes
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • 1R: First round
  • PO: Play-off round

Crest and shirt[edit]

The official crest was planned by the founders and decided in a democratic process. It shows the full name of the Club and the year of foundation, but different sport departments of the club replace the year with the icon of the sport. The Blue lining is in honour of the north region. The icon on the right is the symbol of Tangier.

The official home shirts are similar to the crest, colored blue and white. IRT's traditional away colors change every season but are usually based on light blue with a sponsor's logo on the top. The shirts are made by King Sports.

Home Ground[edit]

The football Club hosted the home matches in the government built Stadium of Marchan of 15,000 seats. In 2011 the club moved to a new international stadium with a capacity of 45,000 (and a potential for a maximum of 75,000 seats) called Ibn Batouta Stadium. This stadium is planned to host the 2012 African Cup U21, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and some matches of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup. The old grounds of Marchan Stadium hosted several historical moments like the match between IR Tangier VS Wydad Casablanca in the 1989–90 season for the first place of Botola and an amical match in Ibn Batouta Stadium with Atlético Madrid.

In 2015 and 2016 the grand stadium of Batouta had an over maximum attendees estimated over than 50,000, and an average of 35,000 in every hosted match, the income of the club consist over 50% of match tickets sold.

Honors and Trophies[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1989–90
3rd place (1): 2015-16 (participation; CAF Confederation Cup)
2000–01, 2014–15

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

The club has an ultras group Ultras Hercules, who were founded in 2007, there was actually an older ultra called Ultras Tanger founded in 2003, but there is no remaining of this group since it was extended to form Ultras Hercules, even though there are still a few existing groups on Facebook, Skyblog and Blogger mainly.

The rivarlry's moreover relative to their neighbour club of Tetouan which its characterises with an extensive match, we distinguish other big rivalries as Wydad, Raja and KAC supporters.

The Northern Derby[edit]

Their biggest rival is without a doubt Moghreb Tétouan, the first club of the neighboring city, Tétouan, it's one of the most awaited matches of the first division league, especially among northern Morocco as the two famous clubs of the region facing off each others, this derby is always attended by a great amount of people due to its value and importance among supporters. There is an other match considered sometimes as a Derby of region along with Chabab Rif Al Hoceima, but It's not as important as with Moghreb Tétouan.

Sponsors[edit]

Current squad[edit]

squad[edit]

As of 20 September 2017

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 Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (on loan from Wydad Casablanca)
2 Morocco DF Redwan Mrabet Ouriaghli
3 Morocco DF Hatim El Ouahabi
4 Ivory Coast DF N'do Didier Pepe
5 Morocco MF Omar Arjoune
6 Morocco MF Nouaman Aarab
7 Morocco FW Mohamed El Amraoui
8 Morocco MF Khalid Serroukh
9 Morocco MF Yassine Lebhiri
10 Morocco MF Noussair El Maimouni
11 Morocco FW Ahmed Hammoudan
12 Burkina Faso MF Bassiro Compaoré
14 Morocco DF Mehdi Baltham
15 Morocco DF Ayoub Jarfi
No. Position Player
16 Morocco MF Ahmed Chentouf
17 Morocco FW Mehdi Naghmi
18 Morocco MF Anas Aqachmar
19 Morocco FW Samir Belasfar
22 Morocco GK Mehdi Ouaya
23 Morocco DF Yassine Amrioui
26 Mauritania FW Ismaël Diakhité
27 Morocco DF Ismail Benlamalem (vice-captain)
29 Morocco DF Oussama El Ghrib (captain)
31 Morocco DF Ayoub El Khaliqi
55 Morocco GK Tarik Aouattah
93 Senegal MF Ousseynou Thioune
99 Morocco FW Mohamed Bouldini

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Morocco DF Yasser Imrani (at Fath Wislan until 30 June 2018)
Morocco MF Abdelali Assri (at Widad Tanger until 30 June 2018)
No. Position Player
Morocco MF Abdelghafour Jebroun (at Widad Tanger until 30 June 2018)
Morocco FW Younes Ed-dyb (at USM d'Oujda until 30 June 2018)

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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