2019–20 Egyptian Premier League
The 2019–20 Egyptian Premier League, also known as The WE League for sponsorship purposes, will be the 61st season of the Egyptian Premier League, the top Egyptian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1948. The season is expected to start in late 2019 and to finish in mid 2020.
|Dates||October 2019 – May 2020 (expected)|
Palestinian and Syrian playersEdit
Starting from the 2019–20 season, players from Palestine and Syria will no longer be treated or considered as Egyptian players. During the last two seasons, each club had the option to sign a maximum of four foreign players in addition to two players from Palestine and Syria; with those players not being considered foreign. However, from this season on, this law will no longer apply.
Eighteen teams will compete in the league - the top fifteen teams from the previous season, and three teams promoted from the Egyptian Second Division.
As of 21 May 2019, Al Ahly, Aswan, ENPPI, FC Masr, Ismaily, Al Masry, Misr Lel Makkasa, Al Mokawloon Al Arab, Pyramids, Smouha, Tala'ea El Gaish, Tanta and Zamalek are the only teams to mathematically ensure their places in the Egyptian Premier League.
Teams promoted to the Egyptian Premier League
The first team to be promoted was Aswan from Group A, as they secured the promotion to the Egyptian Premier League following their 2–1 away win against Al Nasr Lel Taa'den on 4 April 2019. The club managed to return to the Egyptian Premier League after staying two seasons in the Egyptian Second Division, and will play in the top flight for the tenth time in their history.
The second team to be promoted was Tanta from Group C, as they sealed the promotion to the Egyptian Premier League following their 2–0 away win against Sidi Salem on 11 April 2019. The club returned to the Egyptian Premier League after spending only one season in the Egyptian Second Division, as they were relegated from the Egyptian Premier League during the 2017–18 season. This season will mark the fifteenth appearance for Tanta in the Egyptian Premier League.
The third team to be promoted was FC Masr from Group B, as they earned the promotion to the Egyptian Premier League following their 0–0 away draw with Al Merreikh on 18 April 2019. The club earned the promotion after an intense contents with 4 other clubs for the only promotion spot from their group. FC Masr will play in the Egyptian Premier League for the first time in the club's history.
Teams relegated to the Egyptian Second Division
The first club to be relegated was Nogoom, who suffered an immediate return to the Egyptian Second Division following a 2–1 away defeat to Misr Lel Makkasa on 10 May 2018. Despite defeating Zamalek 1–0 earlier in the previous season and having a great start, the club started slowly to collapse which eventually made them finish in the relegation zone.
The second club to be relegated was El Dakhleya, who were relegated from the Egyptian Premier League for the first time in their histoy following a 2–1 home defeat to Zamalek on 12 May 2019. El Dakhleya were one of eight clubs that are not founding members of the Egyptian Premier Legaue and have never been relegated since their debut in the top flight.
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Personnel and kitsEdit
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Al Ahly||Martín Lasarte||Hossam Ashour||Umbro||WE, Lava, Royal Dutch Shell1, Tiger Chips1, Uber2, GLC Paints2|
|Aswan||Magdy Abdel Aati||TBA||Uhlsport||TBD|
|ENPPI||Ali Maher||Ramy Sabry||Nike||TBD|
|FC Masr||Mohamed Salah||TBA||Macron||TBD|
|Al Masry||Ehab Galal||Islam Salah||Adidas||TBD|
|Misr Lel Makkasa||TBA||Hany Said||Nike||TBD|
|Al Mokawloon Al Arab||Emad El Nahhas||Mohamed Sosta||Adidas||TBD|
|Pyramids||Ramón Díaz||Abdallah El Said||Kappa||Saudia, Swyp2|
|Smouha||Hossam Hassan||El Sayed Farid||Uhlsport||TBD|
|Tala'ea El Gaish||TBA||Mohamed Bassam||Macron||TBD|
|Tanta||Ayman El Mezaien||Soliman Abd Rabo||Uhlsport||TBD|
|Zamalek||Christian Gross||Hazem Emam||Puma||TBD|
- Referee kits are made by Puma.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
Clubs can have a maximum of four foreign players registered during the season. Clubs cannot sign foreign players unless these players have played in the first or second tier in their countries. Clubs also cannot sign any foreign goalkeepers.
- Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.
- Players name in ITALICS indicates the player have left the club during the mid-season transfer window.
|Club||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4||Under contract||Former Player(s)|
|Al Ahly||Geraldo||Walid Azaro||Junior Ajayi||Ali Maâloul|
|Aswan||Badara Naby Sylla|
|ENPPI||Chadrack Lukombe||Wilfried Yessoh||Aboubacar Diarra||Shiza Kichuya|
|FC Masr||Wallace Alves|
|Ismaily||Richard Baffour||Benson Shilongo||Odah Marshall||Yahya Zayd|| Christopher Mendouga
|Al Masry||Saïdou Simporé||Austin Amutu||Ezekiel Bassey||Emeka Eze|| Mohammed Saleh
|Misr Lel Makkasa||Shimelis Bekele||John Antwi||Paulin Voavy||Kevin Muhire|
|Al Mokawloon Al Arab||Farouck Kabore||Luis Hinestroza||Seifeddine Jaziri|
|Pyramids||Keno||Eric Traoré||Jhon Cifuente||Cristian Benavente|| Azubuike Okechukwu
|Smouha||Eddy Ngoyi||Oumed Oukri||Cheikh Bamba||Derrick Nsibambi|
|Tala'ea El Gaish||Franck Engonga||Talla N'Diaye||Richard Boro||Chisom Chikatara|
|Zamalek||Hamid Ahaddad||Khalid Boutaïb||Hamdi Nagguez||Ferjani Sassi|| Maarouf Youssef
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Al Ahly||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification for the Champions League|
|3||ENPPI||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Qualification for the Confederation Cup|
|7||Misr Lel Makkasa||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Al Mokawloon Al Arab||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11||Tala'ea El Gaish||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Relegation to the Second Division|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-Head points; 3) Head-to-Head goal difference; 4) Head-to-Head goals scored; 5) Head-to-Head away goals scored; 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played).
Positions by roundEdit
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.
|Team \ Round||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21||22||23||24||25||26||27||28||29||30||31||32||33||34|
|Misr Lel Makkasa|
|Al Mokawloon Al Arab|
|Tala'ea El Gaish|
|2020–21 CAF Champions League|
|2020–21 CAF Confederation Cup|
|Relegation to 2020–21 Egyptian Second Division|
|Home \ Away||AHL||ASW||ENP||FCM||ISM||MAS||MMK||MOK||PYR||SMO||TGS||TNT||ZAM|
|Misr Lel Makkasa||—|
|Al Mokawloon Al Arab||—|
|Tala'ea El Gaish||—|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.
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Number of teams by governorateEdit
|Number of teams||Governorate||Team(s)|
|6||Cairo||Al Ahly, ENPPI, FC Masr, Al Mokawloon Al Arab, Pyramids and Tala'ea El Gaish|
|Faiyum||Misr Lel Makkasa|
|Port Said||Al Masry|
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- "El Dakhelya relegated from Egyptian Premier League". KingFut. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.