Al-Duhail SC

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Full name Al-Duhail Sports Club
Nickname(s) The Red Knights
Founded 2009; 8 years ago (2009) as Lekhwiya
2017; 0 years ago (2017) as Al-Duhail
Ground Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 12,000[1]
Chairman Sheikh Abdullah al Thani
Manager Djamel Belmadi
League Qatar Stars League
2016–17 Qatar Stars League, 1st
Website Club website
Lekhwiya's active sections
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Al-Duhail Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الدحيل الرياضي‎) is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Lekhwiya Sports 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, under the name of 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.


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 taking place in the stadium being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000 people, and the stadium 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


11 *Official* Championships

Winners (5): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
Winners (1): 2009–10
Winners (2): 2013, 2015
Winners (2): 2015, 2016
Winners (1): 2016

Al-Duhail in Asia[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 22 8 4 10 24 34
Total 22 8 4 10 24 34
  • 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 Sazi 0–0 1–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–3

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al Bakari  Qatar
2 Defender Mohammed Musa  Qatar
3 Defender Khalid Muftah  Qatar
4 Defender Lucas Mendes  Brazil
6 Defender Dame Traoré  Qatar
7 Midfielder Ismaeel Mohammad  Qatar
8 Midfielder Luiz Júnior  Qatar
9 Forward Youssef El-Arabi  Morocco
10 Midfielder Nam Tae-hee  South Korea
11 Forward Mohammed Muntari  Qatar
12 Midfielder Karim Boudiaf  Qatar
13 Defender Hazem Ahmed  Qatar
14 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Ahrak  Qatar
15 Defender Basam Al Rawi  Qatar
16 Goalkeeper Khalifa Ababacar  Qatar
17 Midfielder Abdurahman Mostafa  Qatar
18 Defender Sultan Al-Brake (on loan from Al-Wakra)  Qatar
19 Forward Almoez Ali  Qatar
20 Midfielder Ali Afif  Qatar
21 Defender Saleh Al-Kaani  Qatar
22 Defender Murad Naji  Qatar
26 Forward Nour Rahman  Qatar
27 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Sebaei  Qatar
28 Midfielder Youssef Msakni (Captain)  Tunisia
29 Defender Ahmed Nuaman  Qatar
32 Defender Fahad Ahmed Sheikh  Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Ahmad Ali Hatami  Qatar
35 Defender Yousef Aymen  Qatar
36 Midfielder Adel Bader  Qatar
55 Forward Nasser Khalfan  Qatar
67 Midfielder Salmeen Ateeq  Qatar
87 Goalkeeper Sami Habib  Qatar

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
-- Midfielder Khaled Waleed  Qatar
-- Midfielder Nasser Al Yazidi  Qatar

Players registered as professionals[edit]

QSL clubs are limited to 4 foreign professionals (3 + 1 Asian) per squad.[11] Last update: 30 December 2014.[12]

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners

  • 1. Qualifies as club's Asian professional

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
5 Defender Khaled Radhwan (on loan to Al-Khor)  Qatar
30 Goalkeeper Amine Lecomte (on loan to Al-Khor)  Qatar
23 Midfielder Abdurahman Mohammed (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
-- Goalkeeper Saoud Al Khater (on loan to Al-Rayyan)  Qatar
-- Defender Abdurahman Abubakar (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
-- Defender Ahmed Yasser (on loan to Cultural Leonesa)  Qatar
-- Defender Tresor Kangambu (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar
-- Midfielder Salah Al-Yahri (on loan to Al-Khor)  Qatar
-- Midfielder Assim Madibo (on loan to Eupen)  Qatar
-- Midfielder Khalid Muneer (on loan to Atlético Astorga)  Qatar
-- Midfielder Tarek Salman (on loan to Atlético Astorga)  Qatar


Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Algeria Djamel Belmadi
Assistant manager Portugal Bruno Oliveira
Youth coach Armenia Éric Assadourian
Fitness coach France Cedric Blome
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

Managerial history[edit]

Other sports[edit]



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  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". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Qatar's Lekhwiya launch Asian campaign with a brave win". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "لخويا يتوج باللقب الثاني ويدفع العربي للخطر". Al Kass. March 25, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b لخويا يستضيف الخور على ملعبه الجديد (in Arabic). Al Kass. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lekhwiya Sports Stadium". Urbacon-Intl. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "اعتماد تسجيل أربعة لاعبين أجانب في الموسم الجديد". 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "موقع الكأس يرصد حركة الانتقالات قبل إنطلاق الدوري". 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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