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Al-Duhail Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الدحيل الرياضي‎), formerly Lekhwiya SC, is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the Duhail district in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.

Al-Duhail SC
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Full nameAl-Duhail Sports Club
Nickname(s)The Red Knights
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009) as Lekhwiya
2017; 2 years ago (2017) as Al-Duhail
GroundAbdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
ChairmanSheikh Abdullah al Thani
ManagerRui Faria
LeagueQatar Stars League
2018–19Qatar Stars League, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Lekhwiya's active sections
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In April 2017, it was announced that the club would take over El Jaish SC and merge with following the 2016–17 Qatar Stars League and be known as Al-Duhail Sports Club in rebranding of Lekhwiya SC.[2][3]


The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[4] Lekhwiya Club has the biggest financial budget in Qatar.

Upon the club's reformation, it was entered into the Qatari 2nd Division. It came fourth in the league on its first year before winning the next season in 2010.

In the club's first season in the Qatar Stars League, Lekhwiya finished at the top of the standings to win the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League.[5] It was the first league title in the club's history. They also managed to reach the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, before losing in the final to Al-Arabi.[6]

Their first official debut in a continental competition came on March 7, 2012 in the 2012 AFC Champions League. They won their first match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring the only goal and also scoring the first ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.[7]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[8]

They inaugurated a new stadium Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, also known as Lekhwiya Sports Stadium, on February 15, 2013 in a match against Al Khor and won their third league title in the first season at the new stadium.[9]

in April 2017 the club announced that they would take over El Jaish SC and rebranded the club into Al-Duhail SC.

At the end of the 2017–2018 Season the Club became the First club to hold all 3 domestic Titles the league, Qatar Cup and Emir Cup.


Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[9] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[10] The stadium was officially inaugurated on February 15, 2013 with the first match played being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000, it is located in the ISF area of Doha.

Colours and crestEdit

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2009–11 Burrda None
2011– Masraf Rayan

Kit historyEdit

Home kit
Home kit

Current squadEdit

As of Qatar Stars League 13 September 2018.[11]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Bakri U23   Qatar
2 Defender Mohammed Musa   Qatar
3 Defender Ali Jasimi   Qatar
4 Defender Medhi Benatia   Morocco
5 Defender Bassam Al-Rawi U23   Qatar
6 Defender Ahmed Yasser   Qatar
7 Midfielder Ismaeel Mohammad   Qatar
8 Midfielder Luiz Júnior (Captain)   Qatar
9 Forward Mohanad Ali   Iraq
10 Midfielder Edmilson Junior   Belgium
11 Midfielder Nasser Al Yazidi U23   Qatar
12 Midfielder Karim Boudiaf   Qatar
14 Defender Fahad Ahmed Sheikh U23   Qatar
16 Forward Rabeh Boussafi U23   Qatar
17 Midfielder Khaled Mohammed U23   Qatar
18 Defender Sultan Al-Brake   Qatar
19 Forward Almoez Ali   Qatar
20 Midfielder Ali Afif   Qatar
22 Goalkeeper Shehab Ellethy U23   Qatar
23 Midfielder Assim Madibo U23   Qatar
24 Midfielder Abdullah Abdulhammed U23   Qatar
25 Midfielder Saleh Al-Halabi U23   Qatar
26 Defender Nour Rahman   Qatar
27 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Sebaei U23   Qatar
28 Midfielder Youssef Msakni   Tunisia
29 Forward Mohammed Muntari   Qatar
30 Midfielder Khaled Waleed U23   Qatar
31 Midfielder Mohammed Dhaifallah U23   Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Ahmad Jamal U23   Qatar
35 Forward Khaled Yousef U23   Qatar
38 Defender Abdulrahman Waheed U23   Qatar
40 Goalkeeper Amine Lecomte   Qatar
47 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Baiati U23   Qatar
Defender Mohammed Al-Nuaimi U23   Qatar

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
13 Midfielder Hazem Shehata U23 (on loan to Umm Salal)   Qatar
15 Defender Mohammed Emad U23 (on loan to Al-Ahli)   Qatar
77 Defender Khalid Muftah (on loan to Al Rayyan)   Qatar
Goalkeeper Sami Habib U23 (on loan to Umm Salal)   Qatar
Goalkeeper Khalifa Ababacar (on loan to Al-Sailiya)   Qatar
Defender Yousef Aymen U23 (on loan to Qatar)   Qatar
Defender Khaled Radhwan (on loan to Al-Khor)   Qatar
Defender Murad Naji (on loan to Umm Salal)   Qatar
Midfielder Ahmed Moein (on loan to Qatar)   Qatar
Midfielder Abdelrahman Moustafa U23 (on loan to Al-Ahli)   Qatar
Midfielder Adel Bader U23 (on loan to Al-Sailiya)   Qatar
Midfielder Khalid Muneer U23 (on loan to Al-Wakrah)   Qatar
Midfielder Abdullah Al-Ahrak U23 (on loan to Al-Ahli)   Qatar


Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager   Rui Faria
Assistant manager
Fitness coach   Khalil Jebabli
Goalkeeping coach   Xavier Poitrinal
Director of football   Ahmed Khalil
Deputy director   Waleed Bakhit
General manager   Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Doctor   Hatem Jemaa
Conditioning coach   Mirza Džafić
Physiotherapist   Sofiane Khouja

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Records and statisticsEdit

Last update: 2 September 2017.
Apps and goals in the QSL and AFC Champions League only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1   Karim Boudiaf 2010– 192
2   Mohammed Musa 2009– 185
3   Luiz Martin Carlos Júnior 2010– 182
4   Khalid Muftah 2010– 180
5   Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 177
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1   Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 66
2   Youssef Msakni 2012– 58
3   Sebastián Soria 2012–2015 50
4   Youssef El-Arabi 2016– 32
5   Ali Afif 2012– 22

Reserves and academyEdit

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014

Administrative staffEdit

Last update: December 2013


Winners (6): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18
Winners (1): 2009–10
Winners (3): 2016, 2018, 2019
Winners (3): 2013, 2015, 2018
Winners (2): 2015, 2016

Al-Duhail in AsiaEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 44 22 10 12 69 58
Total 44 22 10 12 69 58
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS   Al-Ahli 1–0 0–3
GS   Al-Nasr 1–2 1–2
GS   Sepahan 1–0 1–2
GS   Al-Shabab 2–1 1–3
GS   Al-Ittifaq 0–0 2–0
GS   Pakhtakor 3–1 2–0
R16   Al-Hilal 1–0 2–2
QF   Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 1–4
GS   Al-Ain 1–2 0–5
GS   Tractor 0–0 1–0
GS   Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–3
GS   Persepolis F.C. 3–0 0–3
GS   Al-Nassr FC 1–1 3–1
GS   Bunyodkor 1–0 1–0
R16   Al-Sadd 2–2 2–1
QF   Al-Hilal 2–2 1–4
GS   Zob Ahan 0–1 0–0
GS   Al-Nassr FC 4–0 1–1
GS   Bunyodkor 0–0 0–2
R16   El Jaish SC 0–4 4–2
GS   Al Jazira 3–0 3–1
GS   Al-Fateh 4–1 2–2
GS   Esteghlal Khuzestan 2–1 1–1
R16   Persepolis 0–1 0–0
GS   Zob Ahan 3–1 1–0
GS   Lokomotiv Tashkent 3–2 2–1
GS   Al Wahda 1–0 3–2
R16   Al Ain 4–1 4–2
QF   Persepolis 1–0 1–3
GS   Al-Hilal 2–2 1–3
GS   Al Ain 2–2 2–0
GS   Esteghlal 3–0 1–1
R16   Al-Sadd 1–1 1–3

Managerial historyEdit

Other sportsEdit



  1. ^ Capacity Stadium
  2. ^ "Lekhwiya, El Jaish clubs to merge" (in Arabic). Gulf Times. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Lekhwiya, Al Jaish Clubs to Merge into One Club under the Name of Al Duhail Sports Club". Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Qatar 2009/10". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lekhwiya SC new Qatar Star league champions!
  6. ^ "Cabore seals Sheikh Jassim Cup triumph for Al Arabi". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Qatar's Lekhwiya launch Asian campaign with a brave win". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ "لخويا يتوج باللقب الثاني ويدفع العربي للخطر". Al Kass. March 25, 2012. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Archived copy" لخويا يستضيف الخور على ملعبه الجديد (in Arabic). Al Kass. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Lekhwiya Sports Stadium". Urbacon-Intl. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Players – Football -English | Al Duhail Sports Club".
  12. ^ "Archive 2011/04/12". Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25.

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