Zamalek SC

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Zamalek SC
Full nameZamalek Sporting Club
  • The Royal Club
  • The White Castle
  • The School of Art and Engineering
  • The White Knights
Short nameZAM, ZSC
Founded5 January 1911; 109 years ago (1911-01-05)
as Qasr El Nile Club
GroundCairo International Stadium
ChairmanMortada Mansour
Head coachPatrice Carteron
LeagueEgyptian Premier League
2018–19Egyptian Premier League, 2nd
WebsiteClub website

Zamalek Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي الزمالك الرياضي‎) is an Egyptian sports club based in Giza, Egypt. The club is mainly known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the top tier of the Egyptian football league system.

The club was founded on 5 January 1911 as Qasr El Nile Club and was first headed by Belgian lawyer George Marzbach. The name was changed to El Mokhtalat Club two years later and was changed again in 1941 to King Farouk Club, named after King Farouk of Egypt because he was a fan of the white knights. Following the 1952 Egyptian revolution, the club name was once again changed to its current name zamalek club.[1] Sometimes used as strip club for the owner

Zamalek are one of two clubs that have played in every season of the Egyptian Premier League, and one of seven clubs that have never been relegated to the Egyptian Second Division. On the continental side, Zamalek has won five CAF Champions League titles,as follows one CAF Confederation Cup title, four CAF Super Cup titles and one African Cup Winners' Cup title; making themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Africa.

Zamalek SC active sections
Football pictogram.svg
Basketball pictogram.svg
Handball pictogram.svg
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg
Karate pictogram.svg
Swimming pictogram.svg
Athletics pictogram.svg
Croquet pictogram.svg
Judo pictogram.svg
Table tennis pictogram.svg
Table tennis


Dr. Kamal Darwish's era[edit]

Dr. Kamal Darwish became the President of Zamalek Club from 1996 to 2001 and was re-elected to a second term from 2001 to 2005. In 2005 there was great confusion within the Zamalek Club and many councils were expelled by decision of the Minister of Sports. This ambiguity lasted from 2005 until 2013. The football team managed to win only two championships and other games were severely affected. This confusion allowed to change the competition map in Egypt.

Mortada Mansour's era[edit]

In 2014, Mr. Mortada Mansour took over the club presidency and Zamalek recovered again. He contributed to obtaining the League and Cup in his first year, then the Cup and Super in the second year. Then in his fourth year, Zamalek won the Egypt Cup and the football team reached the semi-finals of the Confederation of African Confederation Cup in 2015. In 2016, Zamalek reached the CAF Champions League final. Zamalek in 2019 restored Egypt Cup and Confederation Cup after winning the finals.[2]

On 14 February 2020, Zamalek beat ES Tunis 3-1 to win the CAF Super Cup.[3]

Zamalek disasters[edit]

The year 1974 saw a deadly crush at a Zamalek game, as at least forty-eight people attending the friendly game against Czechoslovak club Dukla Prague were killed in a stampede at the Helmy Zamora Stadium.

The second disaster was in 8 February 2015 twenty supporters were killed by policemen, upon orders from the club president Mortada Mansour, outside the stadium of 30 June Stadium.[4]

Name changes[edit]

  • Qasr El Nile (1911–1913)
  • El Mokhtalat (1913–1941)
  • Farouk Al Awal (1941–1952)
  • Zamalek (1952–)

Team colours[edit]

An icon for Zamalek SC.

The team colors consist of white with two red lines. Zamalek chose white because he symbolized peace and red because he symbolized the battle for victory.[5]


The word Zamalek is a Turkish word and is the plural of the word Zamalek, which is in the language a small wooden booth on the banks of rivers. Zamalek was named by this in relation to the club's headquarters on the island.


Zamalek club motto is Archer Pharaonic. This slogan aims to express the belonging and pride of the Egyptians in their culture. It also indicates that the goal of the club is always to win.


Cairo Stadium[edit]

Cairo Stadium
Panorma Cairo Stadium.jpg
Full nameCairo International Stadium
LocationNasr City, Cairo
Record attendance130,000
Opened23 July 1960
ArchitectWerner March

Zamalek plays its matches on the ground of the Cairo International Stadium for domestic matches and the Al Salam Stadium for continental matches. The Abdul Latif Abu Rujaila stadium is used as a stadium for team training.[6]


Zamalek has a group of fans called Ultras White Knights founded on 17 March 2007. Their motto is "Brotherhood in Blood and Free Audience Fans".

Other sports[edit]

Zamalek Sports Club contains many sports such as football, handball, volleyball and basketball.[7]


Zamalek SC honours - Official Titles (76)
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Egyptian Premier League 12 1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15
Egypt Cup 27 (25 solo titles and 2 titles in conjunction with Al Ahly SC in 1943 and 1958.)
  • Winners (27) : 1922, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1988, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
  • Runners up (13) : 1928, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1953, 1963, 1978, 1992, 2006, 2007, 2011
(* First ever winners)
Egyptian Super Cup 4 * Winners (4) : 2001, 2002, 2015–16, 2018-19
(* First ever winners)
Sultan Hussein Cup 2 * Winners (2) : 1920–21, 1921–22
  • Runners up (3) : 1923–24, 1929–30, 1936–37
Cairo League 14 * Winners (14) :1922–23, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1943–44, 1944–45, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53
(* First ever winners)
October League 1 * Winners (1) :1974
Continent CAF Champions League 5 * Winners (5) : 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002
CAF Confederation Cup 1 2018-19
CAF Super Cup 4 * Winners (4) : 1994, 1997, 2003, 2018-19
  • Runners up (1) : 2001
African Cup Winners' Cup 1 * Winners (1) : 2000
Intercontinental Afro-Asian Cup 2s * Winners (2) : 1987, 1997
  • Runners up (1) : 1994
Arab Arab Club Championship 1 * Winners (1) : 2003
Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup 2 * Winners (2) : 2003, 2018
All Unofficial titles Unofficial titles 19
  • King Fouad Cup
    • Winners (3)
  • Independence International cup
    • winners (2): 1970, 1988
  • Jordan International Cup
    • Winners (2): 1985–86, 1986–1987
  • Alexandria Summer League (Arabian competition)
    • Winners (3): 1982, 1984, 2004
  • Union Cup (association football)
    • Winners (1): 1995
  • Giza League
    • Winners (1): 1964
  • Love Of Egypt Cup
    • Winners (1): 1986
  • Confederation Cup Refresher
    • Winners (4): 1971 - 1982 - 1984 - 1996
  • Official Love Tournament
    • Winners (1): 1999
  • Egyptian-Algerian friendship Cup
    • Winners (1): 2014
  •   record
  • S shared record

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Main article: Zamalek SC in African football


The Cairo Derby, is a football match between Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek, which are arguably the two most successful clubs in Egypt and Africa. Both teams are located in Greater Cairo and their matches are considered the highlight of the football season with a live broadcast to most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries since the 1970s. Usually the derby is played twice each season with two matches in the Egyptian Premier League, but it is not uncommon to find the teams meeting each other in the Egypt Cup, especially in the final, and in Africa's most prestigious club competition, the CAF Champions League.


The official page of Zamalek Club announced through social media, the launch of the Zamalek channel, officially to follow the club's news.

Team kit[edit]

Season Kit provider Sponsor
1999–2001 Diadora Philips
2001–2004 Adidas Chipsey
2004–2005 Venecia None
2005–2007 Adidas SIPES
2007–2008 Venecia KFC / Lion Chips
2008–2011 Adidas Ceramica Royal
2011–2012 York
2012–2013 Prego
2013–2014 Twist
2014–2015 SAIB Bank / Pepsi
2015–2016 Macron[8] SAIB Bank / Hyundai
2016–2017 Joma
2017–2018 TE / Lactel / Oppo / JAC
2018–2019 Puma

Kit evolution[edit]



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 Egypt GK Mohamed Abou Gabal
3 Egypt MF Tarek Hamed
4 Egypt DF Mahmoud Alaa
5 Egypt DF Mohamed Abdel Ghani
6 Egypt DF Mohamed Abdel Salam
7 Egypt DF Hazem Emam (Vice-captain)
8 Egypt FW Mohamed Antar
9 Egypt FW Omar El Said
10 Egypt MF Mahmoud Shikabala (Captain)
11 Egypt MF Youssef Ibrahim
13 Tunisia MF Ferjani Sassi
14 Egypt FW Mostafa Fathi
15 Egypt FW Mostafa Mohamed
16 Egypt GK Mahmoud Genesh (4th captain)
17 Egypt MF Mahmoud Abdel Aziz Inj
No. Position Player
18 Egypt FW Karim Bambo
19 Egypt DF Mohamed Abdel Shafy (3rd captain)
20 Morocco FW Achraf Bencharki
21 Egypt GK Mohamed Awaad
22 Egypt DF Abdallah Gomaa
23 Egypt FW Islam Gaber
24 Egypt MF Mohamed Hassan
25 Egypt MF Ahmed Sayed
26 Egypt FW Emam Ashour
27 Morocco FW Mohamed Ounajem
28 Egypt DF Mahmoud Hamdy
30 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Kabongo Kasongo
34 Egypt DF Ahmad Eid
99 Egypt GK Muhammad Sobhy

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Ivory Coast FW Razack Cisse (at Al Ittihad until end of the season)
Morocco FW Hamid Ahaddad (at Raja CA until end of the season)
Nigeria MF Maarouf Youssef (at Al Mokawloon Al Arab until end of the season)
Egypt DF Ahmed Fattouh (at Smouha until End of the season)
No. Position Player
Egypt MF Ahmed Kabouria (at Tala'ea El Gaish until end of the season)
Egypt MF Mohamed Ashraf (at Enppi until end of the season)
Egypt MF Ahmed Refaat (at Al Ittihad until end of the season)

Other players under contract[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Tunisia DF Hamdi Nagguez
Morocco FW Khalid Boutaïb

Notable players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

see also List of Zamalek SC players


Board of directors[edit]

Position Name
President Egypt Mortada Mansour
Vice-president Egypt Ahmed Galal Ibrahim
Treasurer Egypt Ashraf Zaki
Board member Egypt Ismail Youssef
Board member Egypt Hani Zada
Board member Egypt Alaa Meqled
Board member Egypt Ahmad Mortada Mansour
Board member Egypt Hamada Anwar
Board member Egypt Ahmed Adel Abdel Fattah
Board member Egypt Sharifh Al Far

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
First-team Manager France Patrice Carteron
General Manager and analyst Egypt Sami El-Sheshini
Assistant Manager Egypt Amir Abd Elaziz
Assistant Manager Egypt Sameh Ismail
Goalkeeping Coach Egypt Amr Abd Elsalam
Fitness Coach
Sporting Director Egypt Amir Mortada
Head of the administrative body Egypt Ahmed Zaher
Administrator Egypt Montaser El Sayed
Administrator Egypt Ahmad Ibrahim
Administrator Egypt Ibrahim Zarea

Medical Staff[edit]

Position Name
Team Doctor Dr.Mohammed Osama
Team Assistant Doctor Dr.Mohammed Eid
Physiotherapist Specialist Dr.Ibrahim Anaba
Physiotherapist Mostafa Abdo
Physiotherapist Abdul-Aziz Hamdy


The following managers won at least one trophy while in charge of Zamalek SC
Name Period Trophies
EgyptEgypt Abdulrahman Fawzi 1947–56 Egypt Cup
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan "Iva" Stevović 1959–60 Egyptian League, Egypt Cup
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Josef Vandler 1963–65 Egyptian League
Egypt Zaki Osman 1976–78 Egyptian League, Egypt Cup
Egypt Mahmoud Abou-Regaila 1983–85, 1999 Egyptian League, Egypt Cup, African Cup of Champions Clubs
England Richie Barker 1986–87 African Cup of Champions Clubs
Egypt Essam Baheeg 1987–88 Egyptian League, Egypt Cup, Afro-Asian Club Championship
Scotland Dave Mackay 1991–93 Egyptian League
Egypt Mahmoud El-Gohary 1993–94 African Cup of Champions Clubs, CAF Super Cup
Germany Werner Olk & Diethelm Ferner 1996–97 African Cup of Champions Clubs, CAF Super Cup
Netherlands Ruud Krol 1997–99, 2007–08 Egypt Cup, Afro-Asian Club Championship
Germany Otto Pfister 1999–02 Egyptian League, Egypt Cup, Egyptian Super Cup, African Cup Winners' Cup
Brazil Carlos Roberto Cabral 2002–03 Egyptian League, Egyptian Super Cup, CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup
Portugal Nelo Vingada 2003–04 Egyptian League, UAFA Champions League, Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup
Egypt Helmy Toulan 2013–14 Egypt Cup
Egypt Mido 2014 Egypt Cup
Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira 2014–15 Egyptian League, Egypt Cup
Egypt Moamen Soliman 2016 Egypt Cup
Egypt Mohammed Helmy 2016–17 Egyptian Super Cup
Egypt Khaled Galal 2018 Egypt Cup
Switzerland Christian Gross 2018–19 Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup, CAF Confederation Cup
Serbia Milutin Sredojević 2019 Egypt Cup
France Patrice Carteron 2020 CAF Super Cup,

Egyptian Super Cup

Club presidents[edit]

No Period Name From To
1 1st Belgium George Marzbach 1911 1915
2 1st France Nicolas Arfagi Bianchi 1915 1917
3 1st Egypt Dr.Mohamed Badr Basha 1917 1919
4 1st Egypt Mohamed Heidar Basha 1923 1952
5 1st Egypt Mahmoud Shawki 1952 1955
6 1st Egypt Abdel Hamid El-Shawarbi 1955 1955
7 2nd Egypt Mahmoud Shawki 1955 1956
8 1st Egypt Egypt Abdel Latif Abou Regaila 1956 1961
9 1st Egypt Elwi El-Gazzar 1961 1962
10 1st Egypt Hassan Amer 1962 1967
11 1st Egypt Mohammed Hassan Helmy 1967 1971
12 1st Egypt Egypt Tawfik El-Kheshin 1971 1972
13 2nd Egypt Mohammed Hassan Helmy 1974 1980
14 3rd Egypt Egypt Mohammed Hassan Helmy 1980 1984
15 2nd Egypt Hassan Amer 1984 1988
16 1st Egypt Hassan Abou El Fotouh 1988 1990
17 1st Egypt Nour El-Dali 1990 1992
18 1st Egypt Galal Ibrahim 1992 1996
19 1st Egypt Kamal Darwish 1996 2001
20 2nd Egypt Kamal Darwish 2001 2005
21 1st Egypt Mortada Mansour 2005 2005
22 1st Egypt Morsi Atallah 2005 2006
23 2nd Egypt Mortada Mansour 2006 2006
24 1st Egypt Raouff Gasser 2006 2006
25 1st Egypt Mamdouh Abbas 2006 2008
26 1st Egypt Mohamed Amer 2008 2009
27 2nd Egypt Mamdouh Abbas 2009 2010
28 2nd Egypt Galal Ibrahim 2010 2011
29 3rd Egypt Mamdouh Abbas 2011 2013
30 3rd Egypt Kamal Darwish 2013 2014
31 3rd Egypt Mortada Mansour 2014 2017
32 4th Egypt Mortada Mansour 2017 present


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Identity and Nation in African Football: Fans, Community and Clubs
  2. ^ "Egypt's Zamalek wins the Confederation Cup title". Egypt Independent. 2019-05-27. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  3. ^ "Caf Super Cup: Bencharki brace fires Zamalek to triumph vs Esperance |". Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  4. ^ "الوايت نايتس تعلن عن عدد شهداء الزمالك الرسمي". (in Arabic). Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  5. ^ "الموقع الرسمى لنادى الزمالك – تاريخ النادى". Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  6. ^ "الموقع الرسمى لنادى الزمالك". 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  7. ^معلومات-عن-نادي-الزمالك/
  8. ^ "الزمالك يستقر على شركة ماكرون لتصميم ملابس الفريق Lactel اكورة". 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Dr. Tarek Said's Homepage – Zamalek Sporting Club – History". Retrieved 2015-06-12.

External links[edit]