Saint George S.C.

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St. George SC
St George SC (logo).png
Full name Saint George Sports Club
Nickname(s) Kidus Giorgis
St George ሳንጃው
Founded 1935
Ground Addis Ababa Stadium
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ground Capacity 35,000
Chairman Ethiopia Ato Abinet Gebremeskel
Manager Brazil Neider dos Santos
League Ethiopian Premier League
2015–16 1st

Saint George Sports Club, a.k.a. Kedus Giorgis, is an Ethiopian football club based in Addis Ababa. They are a member of the Ethiopian Football Federation national league. Their home stadium is Addis Ababa Stadium. St. George reached 60,000 followers on their Facebook page in 2017.[1]

History[edit]

The club was formed by Greeks when Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935. Founded by Ayele Atnash and George Dukas, the club quickly became the symbol of Ethiopian nationalism and a representation of the country's quest for freedom.

After the Italians were defeated, St. George briefly turned into a pictogram of identity for many Ethiopians. As there weren't other Ethiopian clubs, it had been playing against foreign clubs.

In 1947, the country's national league kicked off with three teams; St. George, Mechale and Ke'ay Bahir. The club remained within the league for twenty-five years before the Derg reorganized the football leagues, and forced all existing clubs to shut down.[2]

Four years later, in 1976 though, it was back with a name change. St. George was named for the Addis Ababa brewery. The tag stayed for nineteen years.

Since 1999, fee-paying supporters have owned St. George. In November 2007, the club had finished raising funds and would begin construction of a new stadium. Budgeted at 312 million Birr, 80% of the cost would be covered by Sheik Mohammed Al Amoudi with the balance to be contributed by the club’s supporters.[3]

Honors[edit]

1950, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
1952, 1953, 1957, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1993, 1999, 2011, 2016
1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2012 – First Round
2002 – Second Round
1975 – First Round
1978 – Preliminary Round
1994 – Second 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
30 Uganda GK Robert Odongkara
22 Ethiopia GK Zerihun Tadele
12 Ethiopia DF Degu Debebe
13 Ethiopia DF Salahadin Bargicho
6 Ethiopia DF Alula Girma
16 Ethiopia MF Behailu Assefa
14 Ethiopia MF Minyahil Teshome
7 Ethiopia FW Saladin Said
19 Ethiopia FW Adane Girma
23 Ethiopia MF Mentsenot Adane
26 Ethiopia MF Natnael Zeleke
21 Ethiopia MF Tesfaye Alebachew
25 Ethiopia DF Andargachew Yelak
24 Uganda MF Yasser Mugerwa
11 Burkina Faso FW Prince Severinho
15 Ethiopia DF Aschalew Tamene
20 Ethiopia DF Zekariyas Tuji
10 Ethiopia FW Ramkel Lokk
18 Ethiopia FW Abubeker Sani
3 Ethiopia DF Mehari Mena
2 Ethiopia DF Frezer Kassa
27 Burkina Faso MF Abdulkerim Nikima
17 Ivory Coast FW Bruno Kone
1 Ethiopia GK Firew Getahun

Staff[edit]

Management

President

Secretary

Director of Sport

Sports

Team Leader

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Medical Staff

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/saintgeorgefcv/
  2. ^ History of Ethiopian Football (Soccer) (accessed 21 May 2009)
  3. ^ Muluken Yewondwossen, "80 mln Birr stadium for St. George’s", Addis Ababa Capital (accessed 21 May 2009)

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