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The 2011–12 Egyptian Premier League was the fifty-fifth season of the Egyptian Premier League since its establishment in 1948. The season began on 14 October 2011, with a total of 19 teams contesting the league. Al Ahly won the last seven league titles.

Egyptian Premier League
Season2011–12
Matches played78
Goals scored191 (2.45 per match)
Average goals/game2.448
Top goalscorerHosny Abd Rabo
(7 goals)
Biggest home winZamalek 6–1 Ghazl El Mahalla
Biggest away winGhazl El Mahalla 0–3 Al Masry
Ghazl El Mahalla 0–3 Telephonat Bani Sweif
Highest scoringZamalek 6–1 Ghazl El Mahalla
Misr El Makasa 5–2 Al Ittihad Al Sakandary
Longest winning run7 games
Haras El Hodood
Longest unbeaten run9 games
El Gouna
Longest winless run8 games
Al Mokawloon Al Arab
El Dakhleya
Ghazl El Mahalla
Smouha
Longest losing run4 games
Al Mokawloon Al Arab
El Dakhleya
Ghazl El Mahalla

This season, the league increased from 16 to 19 teams due to no relegation in the 2010–11 season as a result of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Three teams were promoted from the second division.

Following the Port Said Stadium disaster on 1 February 2012, the season was suspended.[1] At that time, teams had played between 14 and 17 games out of 30. Haras El-Hodood was in first place with a 12–1–1 record. This result was considered a significant surprise by Al Ahram.[2] On 10 March 2012, a decision was reached to cancel the remainder of the season.

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TeamsEdit

Al Ittihad Al Sakandary, Smouha and Al Mokawloon Al Arab were the worst three teams in 2010–11 but were not relegated to the 2011–12 Egyptian Second Division. Three teams were promoted from the 2010–11 Egyptian Second DivisionEl Dakhleya, Ghazl El Mahalla, and Telephonat Bani Sweif – bringing the league up to 19 teams total.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Club Location Venue Capacity
Al Ahly Cairo Cairo International Stadium 74,100
Al Ittihad Al Sakandary Alexandria Alexandria Stadium 13,660
Al Masry Port Said Port Said Stadium 17,988
Al Mokawloon Al Arab Cairo Osman Ahmed Osman Stadium 35,000
El Dakhleya Cairo El Sekka El Hadeed Stadium 20,000
El Entag El Harby Cairo Al-Salam Stadium 30,000
El Gouna Hurghada El Gouna Stadium 30,000
Enppi Cairo Petro Sport Stadium 25,000
Ghazl El Mahalla El Mahalla El Kubra El Mahalla Stadium 29,000
Haras El Hodood Alexandria Haras El Hedood Stadium 22,000
Ismaily Ismailia Ismailia Stadium 18,525
Ittihad El Shorta Cairo Police Academy Stadium 22,000
Misr El Makasa Fayoum Fayoum Stadium 10,000
Petrojet Suez Suez Stadium 25,000
Smouha Alexandria Alexandria Stadium 13,660
Tala'ea El Gaish Cairo Gehaz El Reyada Stadium 22,000
Telephonat Bani Sweif Bani Sweif Bani Sweif Stadium 10,000
Wadi Degla Cairo Cairo Military Academy Stadium 22,000
Zamalek Giza Cairo International Stadium 74,100

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Chairman Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Al Ahly   Hassan Hamdy   Hossam El Badry   Hossam Ghaly Adidas Etisalat
Al Ittihad Al Sakandary   Effat El Sadat   José Maceda   Ibrahim El Shayeb Diadora McDonald's
Al Masry   Kamel Abou Aly   Talaat Youssef   Ahmed Fawzi Umbro MTS Egypt
Al Mokawloon Al Arab   Ibrahim Mahlab   Mohammed Radwan   Mohammed El Akabawy Diadora McDonald's
El Dakhleya   Magdy Altohamy   Alaa Abdelaal   Mostafa Nasr Diadora McDonald's
El Entag El Harby   Abdelmonem Hassan   Osama Orabi   Hazem Fathi Diadora McDonald's
El Gouna   Samih Sawiris   Anwar Salama   Nour El-Sayed Umbro Mobinil
Enppi   Maged Nagaty   Mokhtar Mokhtar   Adel Moustafa Nike McDonald's
Ghazl El Mahalla   Ahmed Maher   Salah El Nahi   Ibrahim Farag Diadora McDonald's
Haras El Hodood   Abdel Rehim Mohamed   Tarek El Ashry   Mohamed Halim Diadora McDonald's
Ismaily   Yehia Al-Komi   Mahmoud Gaber   Mohamed Homos BURRDA
Ittihad El Shorta   Mahmoud Sharaf   Helmy Toulan   Mohamad Hanafy Nike McDonald's
Misr El Makasa   Mohammed Abdelsalam   Tarek Yehia   Hassan Kondi Legea McDonald's
Petrojet   Mohamed Abdul Hafez   Taha Basry   Amr Hassan Umbro McDonald's
Smouha   Mohammad Farag Amer   Shawky Gharib   Ahmed Hamodi Diadora McDonald's
Tala'ea El Gaish   Mostafa Kamel   Farouk Gaafar   Ernest Papa Arko Diadora McDonald's
Telephonat Bani Sweif   Mohamed Abdul Rahim   Hamza El-Gamal   Saber Hussein Diadora McDonald's
Wadi Degla   Maged Samy   Walter Meeuws   Mohamed Kawarshy Jako WADI DEGLA
Zamalek   Mamdouh Abbas   Hassan Shehata   Abdelwahed El-Sayed Adidas York ACs

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Haras El Hodood 14 12 1 1 25 9 +16 37
2 Al Ahly 15 11 3 1 28 12 +16 36
3 Zamalek 14 10 2 2 27 11 +16 32
4 Al Masry 15 7 5 3 17 10 +7 26
5 Ittihad El Shorta 15 7 5 3 16 10 +6 26
6 Ismaily 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Misr El Makasa 15 6 6 3 29 19 +10 24
8 Enppi 16 7 3 6 28 25 +3 24
9 El Gouna 16 5 7 4 22 18 +4 22
10 Wadi Degla 14 4 7 3 17 15 +2 19
11 Telephonat Bani Sweif 16 6 1 9 16 21 −5 19
12 Tala'ea El Gaish 16 3 8 5 19 21 −2 17
13 Al Ittihad Al Sakandary 16 3 6 7 14 21 −7 15
14 Smouha 15 3 4 8 15 23 −8 13
15 Petrojet 14 1 8 5 12 21 −9 11
16 Ghazl El Mahalla 14 2 5 7 11 29 −18 11
17 Al Mokawloon Al Arab 15 2 4 9 17 24 −7 10
18 El Entag El Harby 17 1 6 10 8 26 −18 9
19 El Dakhleya 15 1 5 9 12 22 −10 8
Updated to match(es) played on 1 February 2012. Source: Egyptian League Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Qualifications/regulations based on rules agreed to preseason; an official decision about whether these rules still apply now that the season has been cancelled has not been made.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AHL ITH MAS MOK DKH ENT GOU ENP GMH HRS ISM ITS MMK PET SMO TGS TBS WDG ZAM
Al Ahly 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 a
Al Ittihad 0–2 3–0 0–1 3–3 1–0 0–0 0–2
Al Masry 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Al Mokawloon 0–2 4–1 0–0 4–1 2–3 0–1 2–2 1–3
El Dakhleya 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–1
El Entag El Harby 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–3
El Gouna 3–0 2–2 4–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–1
ENPPI 2–3 3–0 3–2 3–3 2–2 3–3 2–1
Ghazl El Mahalla 0–2 0–0 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–3 0–0
Haras El Hodoud 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1
Ismaily 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–1
Ittihad El Shorta 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–0
Misr Lel Makkasa 1–2 5–2 2–0 2–1 5–1 1–1 2–3 3–0
Petrojet 2–2 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–1
Smouha 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 3–1 0–1
Tala'ea El Gaish 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
Telephonat Beni Suef 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–2
Wadi Degla 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 3–3 2–0 2–2
Zamalek a 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 6–1 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 1 February 2012. Source: Egyptian League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Clean sheetsEdit

CancellationEdit

On 10 March 2012, a decision was reached to cancel the remainder of the season.[4] A spokesperson for the Egyptian Football Association said the decision was made because there was insufficient time to play the remaining games before the national team was scheduled to compete in the 2012 Olympics and qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[4] Farouk Ga’afar, coach of El-Gaish strongly criticized the decision saying the decision would cost the country a lot of money and that "people sitting in coffee shops could make a better decision."[5] It was the fifth time that Egypt has cancelled a season of football; previously 1954–55, 1970–71, 1973–74, and 1989–90 were cancelled for a variety of reasons.[4]

At the same time, it was announced that 18 teams would compete in a friendly tournament "Martyrs Cup" to raise money for families of those killed in Port Said incident.[4] Al Masry, the home team whose fans rioted in Port Said, leaving 74 people dead and 150 injured, was barred from the tournament.[4] Al Ahly, the visiting team during the attack, has been invited but has not confirmed whether they will participate or not.[6] The tournament is scheduled to commence on 29 March with round robin play. The league will be divided into two groups, and the games will take place in empty stadiums owned by the Egyptian Army.[6][7] The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals for a single elimination event.[6] The final is scheduled for 18 May.[4] The Egypt Cup is expected to take place as normal, with Al Masry barred from competition.[7]

Under normal circumstances, the league's top two teams get to participate in the African Champions League. It was not immediately clear if league leaders El-Hodood and Al-Ahly would be declared as the league's top two teams and invited to participate in the Champions League.[2] "I am not against the league cancellation but I want to know: Will we be considered as the league champions?" asked El-Hodoud coach Tarek El-Ashry.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abdel-Rahman Hussein (2 February 2012). "Egypt football match violence: dozens dead and hundreds injured,". The Guardian. UK.
  2. ^ a b c Mahmoud Elassal (11 March 2012). "Harras El-Hodoud want Champions League clarification". Ahram Online. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Egyptian Premier League Top Scorers". FIFA.com. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Egypt's Premier League cancelled". BBC. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  5. ^ "El-Geish coach condemns EFA for league cancellation". Ahram Online. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Egyptian Premier League season cancelled". Soccerway. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Egyptian PL cancelled after deadly violence". SuperSport. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.

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