Al-Safa' SC

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Safa
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Full name Al-Safa' Beirut Sporting Club
Nickname(s) The Yellows
Rockets
Founded 1939; 79 years ago (1939)
Ground Various
Chairman Dr Ghazi Chaar
Manager Tita Valeriu
League Lebanese Premier League
2017-18 Lebanese Premier League, 3rd

Al-Safa' Beirut SC (in Arabic نادي الصفاء الرياضي بيروت) (fullname Safa' Beirut Sporting Club) is a Lebanese sports club based in Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut. In English the name Safa' الصفاء means purity. The club receives its support primarily from the Druze community.[1][2] It became one of the elite teams in Asia after making it to the finals of the AFC Cup in 2007.

History[edit]

The club was founded under the name Safa' Beirut SC (Nadi al-Safa' al-Riyadi Beirut) in 1939, by 7 people: Maher Wahab, Anis Naaim, Hasib Al-Jerdi, Amin Haidar, Chafik Nader, Toufik Al-Zouhairy and Adib Haidar. They started playing football on a private field located in Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut. The club main interest was to practice the game officially.

In 1948, Safa' Beirut SC obtained the official membership and license from the government as a private association. In the same year, the club was affiliated to the Lebanese Football Association (Fédération Libanaise de Football Association) and was ranked within the second division.

In 1961, Safa' Beirut SC was promoted to the first division.

Stadium[edit]

Safa SC Stadium 2007

Kit manufacturer[edit]

Honours[edit]

2011–12, 2012–13, 2015-2016
1964–65, 1986–87, 2012–13
2013–14
2008–09, 2011–12

Tournaments[edit]

  • Aley Cup:
1972, 1974
  • Al Adha Tournament:
1979, 1984
  • 16 March Tournament:
1983, 1984

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2008: Runner-up with a record of 6 wins, 4 draws, and 2 losses
2009: Round of 16
2012: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2014: Round 16
1992–93: Withdrew in first round
2000–01: Withdrew in first round

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 September 2018[3]

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

No. Position Player
2 Lebanon DF Ali Saadi
7 Lebanon DF Zein Tahan
9 Cameroon FW Ernest Thierry Anang
10 Lebanon FW Omar Al Kurdi
11 Lebanon FW Hassan Hazimeh
17 Cameroon DF Standly Echabe
19 Lebanon FW Hassan Mhanna (on loan from Nejmeh SC)
20 Lebanon MF Mostapha Kanso
32 Lebanon GK Mohammad Taha
33 Lebanon FW Hatem Eid
Lebanon GK Zaher Hassan
Lebanon DF Ahmad Al Khatib
Lebanon DF Bashar Al Mokdad
Niger DF Abdoulaye Boureima Katkoré
Lebanon MF Mohamad Chamas
Lebanon FW Ali Karaki
No. Position Player
Lebanon FW Hussein Al Outa
Lebanon Mohamad Al Arkaa
Lebanon Aghid Al Asrawi
Lebanon Jad Al Zein
Lebanon Khoder Berro
Lebanon Jad Chouman
Lebanon Hussein Ghamloush
Lebanon Qais Hatoum
Lebanon Omar Idelbi
Lebanon Ali Ismail
Lebanon Hussein Ismail
Lebanon Youssef Jashi
Lebanon Jamal Khalifeh
Lebanon Levon Kinoyian
Lebanon Mohamad Sleiman
Lebanon Ahmad Taktouk

Out on loan[edit]

As of 3 September 2018.

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

No. Position Player
Syria FW Mohammad Jaafar (at Nejmeh SC until 30 June 2019)

Notable former managers[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Montague, James (24 October 2007). "In Lebanon, even soccer is tainted by sectarian strife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  2. ^ Alami, Mona (1 September 2009). "Religious about football". Archived from the original on 19 April 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ "2018/2019 Lebanese Premier League Squads confirmed". YOUR HOME OF NEWS. 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2018-09-25.