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Al Masry Sporting Club (Arabic: النادي المصري الرياضي‎), is an Egyptian sports club based in Port Said, Egypt. The club is mainly known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the highest league in the Egyptian football league system.

Al Masry
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Full nameAl Masry Sporting Club
Nickname(s)
Short nameMAS, MSC
Founded18 March 1920; 99 years ago (1920-03-18)
GroundAl Masry Club Stadium
Capacity18,000
ChairmanEgypt Samir Halabia
CoachEgypt Ehab Galal
LeagueEgyptian Premier League
2018–19Egyptian Premier League, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Al Masry's active sections
Football pictogram.svg
Football
Handball pictogram.svg
Handball
Athletics pictogram.svg
Athletics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Swimming
Field hockey pictogram.svg
Field hockey

Founded on 18 March 1920 by a group of Egyptians in Port Said, it was the first club for Egyptians in a city that already had many clubs for the foreign communities living there.

Al Masry has won 5 official titles and 17 local ones throughout its history. It is one of the five clubs with the most fans in Egypt, alongside Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily and El Ittihad El Sakandary. The club plays their home matches in Port Said Stadium, with a capacity of 17,988.

HistoryEdit

Al Masry was founded in 1920 after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, not only to assert the Egyptian national identity facing the foreign communities clubs in Port Said, but also to resist colonization in the sports field.

The club's name "Al Masry" means "The Egyptian", originating from the patriotic song "Qwm Ya Masry" ("Rise you Egyptian"), sung and composed by Sayed Darwish, who expressed national feelings against the British occupiers.

In 1921 Al Masry was one of the leading founder members of the Egyptian Football Association, which was considered a significant phase of the national struggle against colonization seeking independence and national liberation from foreign dominance in various fields.

The team witnessed a golden era from 1932 until 1948; it won many championships including three Sultan Hussein Cup in 1933, 1934 and 1937 before losing the final of 1938.[1] Meanwhile, Al Masry won the Canal Zone League 17 consecutive times (from 1932 to 1948).

Al Masry has participated in the Egyptian Premier League since its inception in 1948. Throughout its history, Al Masry has missed only two seasons of the Egyptian Premier League (1958–59 and 1959–60). It was relegated to the Second Division for the only time in its history in the 1957-1958 season due to the repercussions of the Suez Crisis on Port Said, which affected the club severely and caused many key players to leave the team, including the legendary striker El-Sayed El-Dhizui who moved to Al Ahly. Al Masry was promoted back up to the top division after two seasons in the second division (1958–59 and 1959–60), since then it maintained its position in the Egyptian Premier League conquering the third rank in terms of participation in the Premier League after both Al Ahly and Zamalek. Nevertheless, Al Masry has never won the Egyptian Premier League, it came in the third place for six times.

By the beginning of the professional era, Al Masry was among the first clubs to buy foreign players; in the 1983-1984 season it bought its first foreign players, Iranians Ebrahim Ghasempour and Abd al-Rida Brzkri, who led the team under the coaching of the Hungarian Ferenc Puskás, reaching the Egyptian Cup Final but losing the match to Al Ahly of Cairo (1–3) in extra time.

Al Masry won the Egyptian Federation Cup in 1992, but the greatest achievement for the team remains winning the Egypt Cup for the first time in 1998 after beating El Mokawloon in the final (4–3) in Cairo International Stadium.[2]

After the Port Said Stadium riots in February 2012, the remainder of the 2011–12 Egyptian Premier League season was cancelled by the Egyptian Football Association. Al Masry decided to refrain from competing in the 2012–13 season as a sign of respect to the relatives of the victims of the disaster, although it obtained a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirming the club's right to participate in the Egyptian Premier League and all other activities of the Egyptian Football Association.[3] Nevertheless, 2012–13 season was not completed and was cancelled due to the political situation in Egypt.

Al Masry resumed participation in the Egyptian Premier League in the 2013-2014 season; the club suffered from unstable performance and results for two consecutive seasons, although it maintained its position in the Egyptian Premier League. Al Masry started the 2015-2016 season under the coaching of the Egyptian former player of the team Hossam Hassan, who adopted a new policy depending on youth and unknown players. That season the team came in at fourth place in the Egyptian Premier League and succeeded to qualify to the CAF Confederation Cup after 14 years of absence from African completions.

Colours and crestEdit

 
The Egyptian flag (1922–1958).

Al Masry's crest is composed of a green pharaonic Horus eagle that holds the Sun disk over its head in between its two upraised wings; the crest was inspired by the shape of Tutankhamun's pendants referring to challenge and strength, so the team is nicknamed the green eagles. The club's main colours, green and white come from Egypt's flag after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 as a symbol of patriotism.[4]

StadiumsEdit

Al Masry formerly played their home games at a small stadium in Port Said, but its capacity was too small for the club's support. As a consequence, Al Masry built its own new stadium which is named Port Said Stadium in 1953 and was officially inaugurated in 1955.[5]

Sayed Metwally ComplexEdit

Sayed Metwally Complex
LocationPort Said, Egypt
OwnerAl Masry SC
OperatorAl Masry SC
CapacityNo Seats
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Renovated2011
Tenants
Al Masry SC
Al Masry Juniors
and all other youth levels

The Sayed Metwally Complex is the training center of Egyptian multi-sport club Al Masry SC. It has two grass pitches and is mainly used by the senior squad and the youth teams. It was renovated in 2011 to be ready to host the training sessions of the first team and its friendly matches. In November 2013 Al Masry board of directors took a decision to name the Pitches after the club's late president Sayed Metwally who took the office for almost 26 years.[6]

PresidentsEdit

Name From To
 /  Sir Ahmed Hosny[7] 1920 1925
  Mohamed El-Tobshy 1925 1930
  Sir Awad Fakosa 1930 1935
  Ibrahim Youssef Lehita 1935 1940
 / /  Abd El Rahman Pasha Lotfi 1940 1964
  Major General Khalil Tarman 1964 1967
 /  Abd El Hamid Hussien 1971 1974
  Mohamed Moussa 1974 1978
  Ahmed Fouad El-Makhzangy Feb 1978 Dec 1979
  Major General Ibrahim El-Mor May 1980 Aug 1980
 /  Sayed Metwaly 1980 1988
  Major General Ibrahim El-Mor 1988 1989
  Sayed Metwaly 1989 1991
  Adel El-Gazar March 1991 May 1991
  Sayed Metwaly 1991 1997
  Kamel Abou-Aly Aug 1997 Dec 1997
  Abd El wahab Kouta Jan 1998 2002
  Sayed Metwaly Sept 2002 2008
  Aly Fragallah 2008 2009
  Kamel Abou-Aly 2009 2013
  Yasser Yehia 2014 July 2015
  Samir Halabia 23 July 2015 Present

Fans and Ultras groupEdit

Al Masry is considered one of the popular teams in Egypt and the most popular in Port Said. Al Masry's fans believe that they had the honor of forming the first organized fans group for a football team in the Middle East when they formed the "Association of Al Masry Club Fans" in 1960 and registered it at the Egyptian ministry of social affairs under (No. 102 of 1960). An Ultras group was formed on 4 May 2007 for Al Masry fans and was called Ultras Green Eagles or simply (UGE). Their slogan is "Descendants of 56" meant to highlight the historic role of Port Said residents in resisting the tripartite aggression on the city during the Suez Crisis in 1956. They sit in the north curve behind the goal they call "El Modarag El gharby" (Curva Nord section).

HonoursEdit

  : Winners (1) : 1998
  : Runners up (9) : 1927, 1945, 1947, 1954, 1957, 1983, 1984, 1989, 2017
  : Winners (3) : 1933, 1934, 1937
  : Runners up (1) : 1938
  : Winners (1) : 1992 (Shared record)
  : Runners up (1) : 1989

RegionalEdit

  : Winners (17) : 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 (record)

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

  • PR = Preliminary round
  • FR = First round
  • SR = Second round
  • PO = Play-off round
  • QF = Quarter-finals
  • SF = Semi-finals
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1999 African Cup Winners' Cup FR   Sudan Al Merrikh 1–0 0–1 1–1 (4–3 p)
SR   Ghana Asante Kotoko 1–0 0–1 1–1 (4–2 p)
QF   DR Congo AS Dragons 3–0 0–1 3–1
SF   Tunisia Club Africain 0–4 0–0 0–4
2002 CAF Cup FR   Kenya Mathare United 2–0 2–0 4–0
SR   Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI 2–0 2–4 4–4 (a)
QF   Madagascar AS Adema 2–0 1–0 3–0
SF   Algeria JS Kabylie 1–0 0–2 1–2
2017 CAF Confederation Cup PR   Nigeria Ifeanyi Ubah 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–0 p)
FR   Mali Djoliba w/o 0–2 w/o[a]
PO   Uganda KCCA 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–4 p)
2018 CAF Confederation Cup PR   Zambia Green Buffaloes 4–0 1–2 5–2
FR   Tanzania Simba 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
PO   Gabon CF Mounana 2–1 1–1 3–2
Group B   Mozambique UD Songo 2–0 1–1 2nd
  Sudan Al Hilal 2–0 1–1
  Morocco RS Berkane 1–0 0–0
QF   Algeria USM Alger 1–0 1–0 2–0
SF   DR Congo AS Vita Club 0–0 0–4 0–4
2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup FR   Burkina Faso Salitas 0–2 0–0 0–2
2019–20 CAF Confederation Cup FR   Zanzibar Malindi 3–1 4–1 7–2
PO   Seychelles Côte d'Or
Notes
  1. ^ FIFA suspended the Malian Football Federation on 17 March 2017. As a result, Djoliba could not play the second leg, and Al Masry won on walkover.[8]

Performance in Arab competitionsEdit

1999 – Bronze Medalist
2008 – First Round

Club statistics and recordsEdit

El-Sayed El-Dhizui is the all-time leading goalscorer for Al Masry in the Egyptian Premier League, with 89 goals since 1948. Mosaad Nour, comes in second in the all-time topscorer for Al Masry in the league with 87 goals.

The biggest ever victory recorded by Al Masry in the Egyptian Premier League was 11–0 against Beni Suef FC on 31 January 1964, this score is the record for the heaviest ever victory and the biggest winning margin by a team in the Egyptian league throughout the history.

Al Masry has contributed players to the Egyptian national team in its two appearances FIFA World Cup, as it contributed to the Egyptian national team in 1934 FIFA World Cup by two players; Abdulrahman Fawzi and Mohammed Hassan, it also contributed to Egypt's team in 1990 FIFA World Cup by Tarek Soliman.

Al Masry star during the Thirtieth Abdulrahman Fawzi was the first African and Arab footballer to score in the FIFA World Cup when he scored twice for Egypt in their 2–4 loss against Hungary at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

Two players from Al Masry were the top scorers of the Egyptian Premier League; the first was El-Sayed El-Dhizui who was the top scorer for three consecutive seasons in 1948-49, 1949–50 and 1950–51, while the second was Gamal Gouda who was the top scorer of the league in the 1981-82 season.

IFFHS RankingsEdit

Players and coaching staffEdit

Current first team squadEdit

As of 31 January 2017.

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) rules are that a team may only have 3 foreign born players in the squad.

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Ahmed Busca
2   DF Akakpo Wilson
4   DF Mohamed Koffi
5   MF Farid Shawqi
6   MF Mohamed Mostafa Shatta
8   MF Amr Moussa
9   FW Mahmoud Wadi
11   MF Omar Kamal Abdelwahed
12   DF Mostafa Marcelo
13   DF Islam Salah
14   MF Abdallah Samir Beka
15   FW Ahmed Gomaa
No. Position Player
16   GK Mahmoud El Sayed
20   MF Ahmed Salem Safi
21   FW Mohamed Grendo
22   MF Abd Elnasser Mohamed Di Maria
23   MF Sayed Abdelaal
24   DF Ahmed Abdel-Mawgod
25   MF Ahmed Shoukry
27   MF Mohamed Montaser
28   MF Mohamed Abou-Sheashaa
29   FW Hamada Naser
30   DF Islam Abou-Salima
31   GK Mohamed El Mogy
30   DF Karim El Eraki

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Ehab Galal
General Coach   Hammad Ibrahim
Assistant coach   Saif Dawood
Goalkeeper Coach   Mostafa Kamal
Football Director  
Administrator   Mahmoud Gaber
Club Doctor  
Physiotherapist   Ahmed Sameh
Masseur   Yousry Sadek
Masseur   Hussien Hassan
Masseur   Mohamed Ayad

Source: [10]

[11][12]

CaptainsEdit

ManagersEdit

Other sportsEdit

Al Masry SC also competes in other sports, such as handball, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, billiards, table tennis and field hockey.

Al Masry FM RadioEdit

Al Masry FM is the official radio station of the club; it was launched as an Internet radio station on 28 December,[year missing] making it Egypt's first radio station belonging to a club.[citation needed]

SponsorsEdit

  • Adidas
  • Presentation Sports
  • Obour Land
  • Atyab
  • SAIBBank
  • Chery

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "الموقع الرسمي للنادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية :: تأسس عام 1920 :: المصري بطل كاس السلطان 3 مرات". Al Masry club. 31 October 2010. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "محكمة دولية تنتصر للمصري بـ"مجزرة بورسعيد"". CNN. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Al Masry Sporting Club :: الموقع الرسمي للنادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية :: تأسس عام 1920 :: كيف و متى أصبح للمصري شعار؟". Al Masry club. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Al Masry Sporting Club: الموقع الرسمي للنادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية :: تأسس عام 1920 ::استاد المصرى". Al Masry club. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Al Masry board names the club's training pitch after Metwally". almasryclub.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Al Masry Sporting Club: الموقع الرسمي للنادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية :: تأسس عام 1920 ::مجلس الإدارة الحالى السابق". Al Masry club. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  8. ^ "FIFA Suspends Malian Football Association (FEMAFOOT)". FIFA.com. 17 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Club World Ranking by footballdatabase". footballdatabase. 3 June 2018.
  10. ^ "الموقع الرسمي للنادي المصري للألعاب الرياضية -". Archived from the original on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  11. ^ Yallakora.com
  12. ^ Filgoal.com
  13. ^ http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.joueurs.ahmed.refaat.60871.en.html

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