Al-Duhail SC

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Al-Duhail SC
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Full nameAl-Duhail Sports Club
Nickname(s)The Red Knights
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009) as Lekhwiya
2017; 2 years ago (2017) as Al-Duhail
GroundAbdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
ChairmanSheikh Abdullah al Thani
ManagerRui Faria
LeagueQatar Stars League
2018–19Qatar Stars League, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Lekhwiya's active sections
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Al-Duhail Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الدحيل الرياضي‎), formerly Lekhwiya SC, is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the Duhail district in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.

In April 2017, it was announced that the club would take over El Jaish SC and merge with following the 2016–17 Qatar Stars League and be known as Al-Duhail Sports Club in rebranding of Lekhwiya SC.[2][3]


The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[4] Lekhwiya Club has the biggest financial budget in Qatar.

Upon the club's reformation, it was entered into the Qatari 2nd Division. It came fourth in the league on its first year before winning the next season in 2010.

In the club's first season in the Qatar Stars League, Lekhwiya finished at the top of the standings to win the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League.[5] It was the first league title in the club's history. They also managed to reach the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, before losing in the final to Al-Arabi.[6]

Their first official debut in a continental competition came on March 7, 2012 in the 2012 AFC Champions League. They won their first match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring the only goal and also scoring the first ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.[7]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[8]

They inaugurated a new stadium Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, also known as Lekhwiya Sports Stadium, on February 15, 2013 in a match against Al Khor and won their third league title in the first season at the new stadium.[9]

in April 2017 the club announced that they would take over El Jaish SC and rebranded the club into Al-Duhail SC.

At the end of the 2017-2018 Season the Club became the First club to hold all 3 domestic Titles the league, Qatar Cup and Emir Cup.


Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[9] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[10] The stadium was officially inaugurated on February 15, 2013 with the first match played being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000, it is located in the ISF area of Doha.

Colours and crest[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2009–11 Burrda None
2011– Masraf Rayan

Kit history[edit]

Home kit
Home kit

Current squad[edit]

As of Qatar Stars League 13 September 2018.[11]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al Bakri  Qatar
2 Defender Mohammed Musa  Qatar
3 Defender Ali Jasimi  Qatar
4 Defender Medhi Benatia  Morocco
5 Defender Bassam Al-Rawi  Qatar
6 Defender Ahmed Yasser  Qatar
7 Midfielder Ismaeel Mohammad  Qatar
8 Midfielder Luiz Júnior (Captain)  Qatar
9 Forward Mohanad Ali  Iraq
10 Midfielder Edmilson Junior  Belgium
11 Midfielder Nasser Al Yazidi  Qatar
12 Midfielder Karim Boudiaf  Qatar
14 Defender Fahad Ahmed Sheikh  Qatar
15 Defender Mohammed Emad  Qatar
17 Midfielder Khaled Mohammed  Qatar
18 Defender Sultan Al-Brake  Qatar
19 Forward Almoez Ali  Qatar
20 Midfielder Ali Afif  Qatar
23 Midfielder Assim Madibo  Qatar
24 Midfielder Abdullah Abdulhammed  Qatar
25 Midfielder Saleh Al-Halabi  Qatar
27 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Sebaei  Qatar
28 Midfielder Youssef Msakni  Tunisia
29 Forward Mohammed Muntari  Qatar
30 Goalkeeper Sami Habib  Qatar
31 Midfielder Mohammed Dhaifallah  Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Ahmad Hatimi  Qatar
36 Forward Mukhtar Ali  Qatar
37 Forward Rabeh Boussafi  Qatar
38 Defender Abdulrahman Waheed  Qatar
40 Goalkeeper Amine Lecomte  Qatar
47 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Baiati  Qatar
95 Midfielder Khaled Waleed  Qatar
Goalkeeper Shehab Ellethy  Qatar
Defender Mohammed Al-Nuaimi  Qatar
Defender Saleh Al-Kaani  Qatar
Midfielder Salmeen Ateeq  Qatar

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
Midfielder Adel Bader  Qatar
Forward Khaled Yousef  Qatar

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
13 Midfielder Hazem Shehata (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar
16 Goalkeeper Khalifa Ababacar (on loan to Al-Sailiya)  Qatar
21 Midfielder Khalid Muneer (on loan to Al-Wakrah)  Qatar
22 Defender Murad Naji (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar
35 Defender Yousef Aymen (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
77 Defender Khalid Muftah (on loan to Al Rayyan)  Qatar
Defender Khaled Radhwan (on loan to Al-Khor)  Qatar
Midfielder Ahmed Moein (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
Midfielder Abdelrahman Moustafa (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar
Midfielder Abdullah Al-Ahrak (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar


Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Portugal Rui Faria
Assistant manager
Fitness coach Tunisia Khalil Jebabli
Goalkeeping coach France Xavier Poitrinal
Director of football Qatar Ahmed Khalil
Deputy director Qatar Waleed Bakhit
General manager Qatar Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Doctor Tunisia Hatem Jemaa
Conditioning coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Džafić
Physiotherapist Tunisia Sofiane Khouja

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Records and statistics[edit]

Last update: 2 September 2017.
Apps and goals in the QSL and AFC Champions League only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Karim Boudiaf 2010– 192
2 Flag of Qatar.svg Mohammed Musa 2009– 185
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Luiz Martin Carlos Júnior 2010– 182
4 Flag of Qatar.svg Khalid Muftah 2010– 180
5 Flag of South Korea.svg Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 177
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Flag of South Korea.svg Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 66
2 Flag of Tunisia.svg Youssef Msakni 2012– 58
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Sebastián Soria 2012–2015 50
4 Flag of Morocco.svg Youssef El-Arabi 2016– 32
5 Flag of Qatar.svg Ali Afif 2012– 22

Reserves and academy[edit]

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014

Administrative staff[edit]

Last update: December 2013


Winners (6): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18
Winners (1): 2009–10
Winners (3): 2016, 2018, 2019
Winners (3): 2013, 2015, 2018
Winners (2): 2015, 2016

Al-Duhail in Asia[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 42 22 9 11 67 54
Total 42 22 9 11 67 54
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 0–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1–2 1–2
GS Iran Sepahan 1–0 1–2
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 2–1 1–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq 0–0 2–0
GS Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3–1 2–0
R16 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 2–2
QF China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 1–4
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1–2 0–5
GS Iran Tractor 0–0 1–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–3
GS Iran Persepolis F.C. 3–0 0–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr FC 1–1 3–1
GS Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1–0 1–0
R16 Qatar Al-Sadd 2–2 2–1
QF Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–2 1–4
GS Iran Zob Ahan 0–1 0–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr FC 4–0 1–1
GS Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 0–0 0–2
R16 Qatar El Jaish SC 0–4 4–2
GS United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 3–0 3–1
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh 4–1 2–2
GS Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan 2–1 1–1
R16 Iran Persepolis 0–1 0–0
GS Iran Zob Ahan 3–1 1–0
GS Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 3–2 2–1
GS United Arab Emirates Al Wahda 1–0 3–2
R16 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 4–1 4–2
QF Iran Persepolis 1–0 1–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–2 1–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al Ain 2–2 2–0
GS Iran Esteghlal 3–0 1–1
R16 Qatar Al-Sadd TBD TBD

Managerial history[edit]

Other sports[edit]



  1. ^ Capacity Stadium
  2. ^ "Lekhwiya, El Jaish clubs to merge" (in Arabic). Gulf Times. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Lekhwiya, Al Jaish Clubs to Merge into One Club under the Name of Al Duhail Sports Club". Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Qatar 2009/10". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lekhwiya SC new Qatar Star league champions!
  6. ^ "Cabore seals Sheikh Jassim Cup triumph for Al Arabi". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Qatar's Lekhwiya launch Asian campaign with a brave win". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ "لخويا يتوج باللقب الثاني ويدفع العربي للخطر". Al Kass. March 25, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Archived copy" لخويا يستضيف الخور على ملعبه الجديد (in Arabic). Al Kass. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Lekhwiya Sports Stadium". Urbacon-Intl. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Players - Football -English | Al Duhail Sports Club".
  12. ^ "Archive 2011/04/12". Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25.

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