Safa SC

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Safa
Al-Safa' SC.png
Full nameSafa Sporting Club
Nickname(s)النسور (The Eagles)[1]
Short nameSAF
Founded31 March 1939; 80 years ago (31 March 1939)
GroundVarious
ChairmanGhazi Chaar
ManagerRobert Jaspert
LeagueLebanese Premier League
2018–19Lebanese Premier League, 9th of 12

Safa Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي الصفاء الرياضي‎, lit. 'Purity Sporting Club') is a Lebanese football club based in Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut. The club primarily receives its support from the Druze community.[2][3] Founded in 1939, they became one of the most important teams in Asia after reaching the 2008 AFC Cup final.[4]

History[edit]

Founded in 1933 at an amateur level in the Wata El-Museitbeh of Beirut, Safa Sporting Club was officially established in 1939 by seven people: Maher Wahab, Anis Naaim, Hasib Al-Jerdi, Amin Haidar, Chafik Nader, Toufik Al-Zouhairy and Adib Haidar.[5]

On 23 December 1948, Safa obtained the official membership and license from the government as a private association.[5] In the same year, the club was affiliated to the Lebanese Football Association and was ranked within the Second Division. In 1961, Safa was promoted to the First Division.

Kit manufacturers[edit]

The following is a list of kit manufacturers worn by Safa.

Period Kit manufacturer
1999–2008 Puma
2008–2010 Adidas
2010–2011 Lotto
2011–2015 Joma
2016–2017 Sportika SA
2017–2018 Jako
2018– Joma

Stadium[edit]

Safa Stadium
Safa SC Stadium.jpg
LocationWata El-Museitbeh, Beirut
OwnerSafa SC
Capacity4,000 seated
Opened1948

The Safa Stadium opened in 1948, and has a capacity of 4,000 spectators. Located in the Wata El-Museitbeh district of Beirut, the stadium is five minutes from the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport. While the stadium is of Safa's property, the club plays in various other stadiums around the country.

Club rivalries[edit]

Safa has important rivalries with Ansar and Nejmeh, both being based in Beirut. Safa also plays the Mountain derby with Akhaa Ahli,[6] as Akhaa is based in Aley, a city in Mount Lebanon, and Safa's support comes from the Druze community in Lebanon, who mainly live in the mountainous regions of the country.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 January 2019[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Lebanon GK Omar Edelbi
4 Lebanon Jamal Khalifeh
5 Lebanon DF Jad Noureddine
5 Lebanon Hussein Mortada
7 Lebanon DF Mohamed Zein Tahan
7 Lebanon FW Hussein Al Outa
8 Lebanon FW Hassan Mhanna (on loan from Nejmeh)
8 Senegal FW Serigne Ousmane Gueye
10 Lebanon FW Omar Al Kurdi
11 Lebanon FW Hassan Hazimeh
13 Lebanon FW Hatem Eid
14 Lebanon MF Mohamad Chamas
No. Position Player
19 Lebanon FW Ali Karaki
20 Lebanon MF Mostapha Kanso
21 Lebanon DF Bashar Al Mokdad
23 Lebanon MF Kassem Hayek
25 Lebanon Hussein Ghamloush
26 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Maurice Vekić
30 Lebanon GK Ahmad Taktouk
32 Lebanon GK Mohamad Taha
40 Lebanon GK Zaher Hassan
44 Lebanon MF Hassan Oumari
Lebanon DF Ali Issa
Lebanon MF Andrew Kazzi

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
Lebanon FW Mohammed Jaafar (at Nejmeh until 30 June 2019)

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Continental[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Aley Cup
    • Winners (2): 1972, 1974
  • Al Adha Tournament
    • Winners (2): 1979, 1984
  • 16 March Tournament
    • Winners (2): 1983, 1984

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2008: Final
2009: Round of 16
2012: Group stage
2013: Group stage
2014: Round of 16
1992–93: Withdrew in first round
2000–01: Withdrew in first round

AFC club coefficient ranking[edit]

As of 14 August 2019[8]
Rank Team Points
132 North Korea Ryomyong 6.03
133 Syria Al Ittihad Aleppo 5.94
134 Lebanon Safa 5.74
135 Myanmar Ayeyawady United 5.61
136 Oman Dhofar 5.42

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arab-Sport.net | (13 October 2017). "بعزيمة النسور | الصفاء يعود من صيدا بثوب البطل". عرب سبورتس. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ Montague, James (24 October 2007). "In Lebanon, even soccer is tainted by sectarian strife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ Alami, Mona (1 September 2009). "Religious about football". Archived from the original on 19 April 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ "AFC Cup 2017: Match day one - Playoff and group stage preview | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b "فريق: الصفاء بيروت". www.kooora.com. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  6. ^ "جولة دربي الجبل... وملامسة اللقب". Al-Joumhouria. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Safa Players and Stats". lebanonfg.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  8. ^ "AFC Club Ranking 2019". Footy Rankings.

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