IR Tanger

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Ittihad Tanger
Logo
Full name Ittihad Riadi Tanger
Nickname(s) Hercules, Boughaz Knight
Founded 1953
Ground Stade Ibn Batouta
Tangier, Morocco
Ground Capacity 45,000
Chairman Morocco Abdelhamid Aberchane
Manager Algeria Abdelhak Ben Chikha
League Botola
Website Club home page

IRT or Ittihad Riadi Tanger (Arabic: طنجة‎) is a Moroccan football club based in Tangier, Morocco. The club was founded in 1953 as a union of a numbers of old clubs. Ittihad Riadi Tanger has Basketball Team, Football and Volleyball teams. Their home games are hosted at Stade Ibn Batouta or Stade de Marchan (their former home ground). IR Tanger has a large fanbase in northern Morocco, especially in the Tangier–Tetouan region as it is the only relatively big club in the region along Moghreb Tetouan.

The club returned to the first (Botola Pro) division 2015-16 season after an absence of eight years from the top flight.

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 oerating at Tangier but with less public attention, and is participating in the third Division).

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 10,000 seats. In 2011 the club moved to a new international stadium with a capacity of 45000 (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 1990–89 season for the first place of BOTOLA and an amical match in Ibn Batouta Stadium with Atlético Madrid.

Honours[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1989-1990

2000, 2015.

Club rivalries[edit]

The Northern Derby[edit]

Their biggest rival is without a doubt Moghreb Tetouan, the first club of the neighbouring city, Tetouan, it's one of the most anticipated matches of Moroccan league, especially among northern Moroccans as the two biggest clubs of the region face off, this derby is always attended by a great amount of people due to its value and importance among supporters.

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