Lekhwiya SC

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Lekhwiya SC
Full name Lekhwiya Sports Club
Nickname(s) The Red Knights
Founded 2009; 8 years ago (2009)
Ground Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 12,000[1]
Chairman Sheikh Abdullah al Thani
Manager Djamel Belmadi
League Qatar Stars League
2015–16 Qatar Stars League, 4th
Website Club home page
Lekhwiya's active sections
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Lekhwiya Sports Club (Arabic: نادي لخويا 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.


The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[6]

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.[7]


Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[7] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[8] 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


10 Official championships.

Winners (4): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15
Winners (1): 2009–10
Winners (2): 2013, 2015
Winners (2): 2015, 2016
Winners (1): 2016

Lekhwiya 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


As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Amine Lecomte  Qatar
21 Goalkeeper Qasem Burhan (on loan from Al-Gharafa)  Qatar
30 Goalkeeper Sami Habib Beldi  Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Ahmad Ali Hatami  Qatar

2 Defender Mohammed Musa  Qatar
3 Defender Ahmed Yasser  Qatar
4 Defender Chico Flores  Spain
5 Defender Khaled Radhwan  Qatar
6 Defender Khalid Muftah  Qatar
14 Defender Mohammed Tresor Abdullah  Qatar
32 Defender Fahad Ahmed Sheikh  Qatar
35 Defender Yousef Aymen  Qatar
39 Defender Talal Al Qahtani  Qatar

7 Midfielder Ismaeel Mohammad  Qatar
8 Midfielder Luiz Júnior (Captain)  Qatar
10 Midfielder Nam Tae-hee  South Korea
12 Midfielder Karim Boudiaf  Qatar
15 Midfielder Assim Madibo  Qatar
16 Midfielder Ahmed Abdulqader  Qatar
20 Midfielder Ali Afif  Qatar
23 Midfielder Abdurahman Mohammed  Qatar
25 Midfielder Abdurahman Mostafa  Qatar
27 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Sebaei  Qatar
28 Midfielder Youssef Msakni  Tunisia
29 Midfielder Sayed Hussain Eisa  Qatar

9 Forward Youssef El-Arabi  Morocco
11 Forward Mohammed Muntari  Qatar
19 Forward Almoez Ali  Qatar
22 Forward Nasser Khalfan  Qatar
26 Forward Nour Rahman  Qatar

Players with Multiple Nationalities

Players registered as professionals[edit]

QSL clubs are limited to 4 foreign professionals (3 + 1 Asian) per squad.[9] Last update: 30 December 2014.[10]

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners

  • 1. Qualifies as club's Asian professional

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
-- Goalkeeper Ivanildo Rodrigues (on loan to Al-Gharafa)  Brazil
-- Midfielder Dame Traoré (on loan to El-Jaish)  Qatar
-- Midfielder Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar
-- Midfielder Ahmed Al Saadi (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar
-- Forward Mohammed Razak (on loan to Al-Gharafa)  Qatar


Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Algeria Djamel Belmadi
Assistant manager Portugal Bruno Oliveira
Youth coach Armenia Éric Assadourian
Fitness coach France Moncef Souid
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: 30 December 2014.
Apps and goals in the QSL 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– 87
= Flag of Qatar.svg Luiz Ceará 2010– 87
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Dame Traoré 2010– 81
4 Flag of Qatar.svg Mohammed Musa 2009– 80
5 Flag of Qatar.svg Khalid Muftah 2010– 77
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Sebastián Soria 2012–2015 36
2 Flag of South Korea.svg Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 29
3 Flag of Tunisia.svg Youssef Msakni 2012– 18
4 Flag of Qatar.svg Mohammed Razak 2010–13 14
5 Flag of Côte d'Ivoire.svg Bakari Koné 2010–12 13

Reserves and academy[edit]

Main article: Lekhwiya FC Reserves

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