Al-Ittihad SC Aleppo

Al-Ittihad Sports Club of Aleppo (Arabic: نادي الاتحاد الرياضي الحلبي‎) is a professional multi-sports club based in the Syrian city of Aleppo, mostly known for its football team which competes in the Syrian Premier League, the top league of Syrian football. Being one of the most successful clubs in Syrian football history, Al-Ittihad won six Syrian football league titles and nine Syrian cups. In Asia, their best performance was in 2010 when they became champions of AFC Cup competition.

Al-Ittihad of Aleppo
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Full nameAl-Ittihad Sports Club of Aleppo
Nickname(s)The Red Castle
Halab Al-Ahli
Founded20 January 1949; 72 years ago (1949-01-20)
GroundAleppo International Stadium
PresidentBasel Hamwi
ManagerAhmad Hawash
LeagueSyrian Premier League
Active departments of
Al-Ittihad SC
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Football Basketball

The club was founded in 1949 and received its license in 1953. They play their home games at the Aleppo International Stadium since its inauguration in 2008. The club have their own ground; Al-Ittihad Stadium with a capacity of 10,000 spectators.

Al-Ittihad are also known for their basketball team. In general, 20 types of sports are being practiced by the club.


The club was founded on 20 January 1949 under the name Halab Al-Ahli Club, by the merge of three smaller football teams in Aleppo: Al-Janah (The Wing), Osud Al-Shahba (Lions of Shahba) and Al-Nejmeh (The Star), before getting recognized officially by the ministry of internal affairs on 24 September 1953. In 1972, the name of the club was changed to Al-Ittihad Aleppo by the decision of the Syrian government.[1]

Prior to the foundation of the Syrian official football league, the club have competed in various regional competitions in the Aleppo Governorate such as the regional league of Aleppo and the Aleppo Municipality Shield (Arabic: درع بلدية حلب‎).

The club have participated in the first ever Syrian football league in 1966–67 when they became champions. Since then, they have never relegated to the bottom level.


Al-Ittihad fans crowded in the Aleppo International Stadium

Al-Ittihad's original home ground since the early 1950s was the Aleppo Municipal Stadium which is considered one of the most historic stadiums in Syria. At the beginning of the 1990s the club moved to the newly built Al-Hamadaniah Stadium. After the inauguration of the Aleppo International Stadium in 2008, the club decided to play their home games at the Syrian league and AFC competitions in the modern stadium which can host around 75,000 spectators. Al-Hamadaniah Stadium is still used as an alternative venue.

Stadium Name Capacity Years
7 April Stadium 12,000 1949–90
Al-Hamadaniah Stadium Original: 25,000 (15,000 after the 2008 renovation) 1990–08
Aleppo International Stadium 75,000 2008–

Training facilitiesEdit

The training grounds of al-Ittihad are located in the al-Shahbaa district of Aleppo. The complex is home to the al-Ittihad Stadium with a capacity of 10,000 spectators, a nearby indoor training pitch and many other small pitches. There are also two basketball courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, conference rooms and offices.

Colours and kitsEdit

Since its foundation, the traditional colour of Al-Ittihad's home kit is red with various designs over the years. Therefore, the club is nicknamed The Red Castle by the fans as a reference to the city's main landmark; the Citadel of Aleppo. The away kit may vary between a full white kit and a white kit with red stripes on the shirt.

Football achievementsEdit

Winners: 1967, 1968, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2005

Winners: 1965, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1994, 2005, 2006, 2011

Winners: 2010

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

1985: 4th place
2002–03: Qualifying West – 3rd Round
2006: Group Stage
2007: Group Stage
2008: Group Stage
2011: Qualifying Play-off – West Semi-final
2010: Champions
2011: Group Stage
2012: Group Stage

Current squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   SYR Zakaria Dehneh
GK   SYR Khaled Ibrahim
GK   SYR Mohamad Mardini
DF   SYR Zakaria Boudaqa
DF   SYR Ahmad Bastanli
DF   SYR Omar Hemidi
DF   SYR Zakaria Hasan Beik
DF   SYR Omar Samman
DF   SYR Ahmad Al Ali
DF   SYR Firas Misho
MF   SYR Hussain Haj Ali
MF   SYR Hazem Jabara
MF   SYR Ayman Salal
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SYR Fares Hindawi
MF   SYR Mohamad Mido
MF   SYR Mohamad Ghabbash
MF   SYR Abdulhadi Sawas
MF   SYR Zakaria Al Omari
MF   SYR Mohamed Al Youssef
MF   SYR Radwan Kalaji
MF   SYR Ibrahim Sawas
MF   SYR Mohamad Al Ahmad
FW   SYR Saleh Al Raei
FW   SYR Hussam Omar
FW   SYR Abdullah Najjar


Administrative Board of Al-Ittihad Aleppo Club:

Office Name
President of the Board Ahmad Kayyal
Investment and Facilities Director Mulham Tabbara
Member of the Board Jum'a ar-Rashed
Administrative and Legislative Committee Director Ayman Hazzam
Financial Director Ziyad al-Sheikh Omar
Member of the Board Weizar Sarmini
Training Centres Director Reem Sabbagh

Last updated: June 2012

Former notable playersEdit

For all former Al-Ittihad players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Al-Ittihad Aleppo players.

Former ManagersEdit


  1. ^ "The History of Al-Ittihad". Al-Ittihad official website (in Arabic). Retrieved 25 January 2012.

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