Al-Karamah Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الكرامة الرياضي) is a Syrian football club based in the city of Homs. Founded in 1928, it is considered to be one of Asia's oldest sporting clubs. The club has won eight Syrian League titles and eight Syrian Cup titles. It also was the first Syrian club to win both the league and cup titles in the same year. The club is based at the Khaled Ibn Al Walid Stadium. In 2008 the club formed Board of Honor from a prominent business men of the city of Homs to support the club activities and Dr Mohammed Rahif Hakmi was elected as the Board Chairman.
|Full name||Al-Karamah Sports Club|
|Nickname(s)||Blue Eagles |
Eagles of Asia
|Ground||Khaled Ibn Al Walid Stadium|
|Chairman||Dr. Ghassan Ksayer|
|Manager||Abdel Kader Rifai|
|League||Syrian Premier League|
AFC Champions League 2006Edit
In 2006 the club reached the finals Asian CL campaign, winning most of the major Asian football teams. The club played on the way to the semi-final Al Wahda from the UAE, Saba Battery from Iran with the team was led by the international goal scorer Ali Daei and Al-Gharafa from Qater (Qater League current champions at the time). They finished at the top of group and qualified for the Asian CL quarter-finals with 4 wins and 2 losses.
In the quarter-final the club played Al Ittihad where they lost in the first leg in Jeddah 0–2. In the return match at home, Alkarameh scored 2 goals during the first 90 minutes and the match went into extra time. In extra time, Mohannad Ibrahim scored 2 goals and Al-Karamah ended up winning the game 4–0 which caused a tie with an overall aggregate score of 4–2 causing a great surprise in AFC Champions League history. .
The club moved on to play Al-Qadisya of Kuwait in the semi-final. The first leg in Homs, Syria. resulting in 0–0 draw. while Al-Karamah was in possession for 85% of the time. The return leg was in Kuwait. Al-Karamah won the game by scoring in the 14th minute of the match by Aatef Jenyat.
On 1 November 2006, the club played Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (South Korea) where Al Karama lost the first leg 2–0 in South Korea. In the second leg, Al Karama won 2–1 in Homs but the final aggregate score was 2–3, making Jeonbuk the 2006 AFC Champion League Winner.
- Syrian Cup: 8
- 1985, 2008
- 2006: Runners-up
- 2009: Runners-up
Performance in AFC competitionsEdit
- AFC Champions League: 4 appearances
- Asian Club Championship: 1 appearance
- 2001: First round
- AFC Cup: 3 appearances
Al-Karamah in AsiaEdit
|2000–01||Asian Club Championship||1R||Al-Hilal||0–0||1–2|
|2006||AFC Champions League||Group||Al-Wahda||2–1||2–4|
|2007||AFC Champions League||Group||Al Sadd||2–1||1–1|
|2008||AFC Champions League||Group||Al-Wahda||4–1||0–1|
|2009||AFC Cup||Group||Mohun Bagan||1–0||4–0|
|Round of 16||Busaiteen||2–1 (aet)|
|QF||Al-Arabi||0–0||0–0 (5–4 pen.)|
|2010||AFC Champions League||Play-off SF||Al-Wahda||0–1|
|Round of 16||Nasaf Qarshi||1–0|
- As on 10 of September 2019
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Notable former playersEdit
For all current and former Al-Karamah SC players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Al-Karamah players.