Al-Safa' SC

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Al-Safa' SC
Full name Al-Safa' Beirut Sporting Club
Nickname(s) The Yellows
Rockets
Founded 1939; 78 years ago (1939)
Ground Safa Stadium, Beirut – Lebanon (Capacity: 4,000)
Chairman Lebanon Helme Harmoush
Head Coach

Lebanon Ghassan Abou Diab

Lebanon Emile Rustom
League Lebanese Premier League
2015–16 Lebanese Premier League, 1st

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 clarity. 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

Current squad[edit]

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 Mahdi Khalil
2 Lebanon DF Ali Al Saadi
3 Lebanon DF Walid Ismail
4 Lebanon DF Ali Issa
5 Cameroon DF Standli Eshabi
6 Lebanon MF Hassan Fardous
7 Lebanon DF Zein Tahan
8 Lebanon DF Hassan Hammoud
9 Senegal FW Talla Ndiaye
10 Lebanon FW Ahmad Jalloul
11 Lebanon FW Hassan Hazimeh
12 Lebanon MF Andrew Al Azzi
13 State of Palestine DF Khaled Ibreek
14 State of Palestine MF Mohammed Qassem
No. Position Player
15 Lebanon MF Qassem Leila
16 Lebanon FW Mohammad Kdouh
17 Lebanon FW Hussein Awada
18 Lebanon FW Abbas Sayed Ahmad
19 Lebanon FW Ali Karaki
20 Lebanon MF Moustafa Kanso
22 Lebanon GK Ibrahim Al Moussa
25 Senegal MF Dominique Mendy
27 Lebanon FW Soltan Haidar
30 Lebanon DF Ali Nasseredine
32 Lebanon GK Mohammad Taha
40 Lebanon FW Mohammad Kassas
77 Lebanon FW Omar Al Kurdi

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". Retrieved 15 October 2010.