Safa Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي الصفاء الرياضي, lit. 'Purity Sporting Club') is a Lebanese football club based in Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut. Founded in 1939, they won three league titles, three domestic cups, one Super Cup and two Elite Cups; they have also reached the 2008 AFC Cup final. The club primarily receives its support from the Druze community, and plays the Mountain derby with Akhaa Ahli Aley.
|Full name||Safa Sporting Club|
|Nickname(s)||النسور (The Eagles)|
|Founded||31 March 1939|
|League||Lebanese Premier League|
|2018–19||Lebanese Premier League, 9th of 12|
Founded in 1933 at an amateur level in the Wata El-Museitbeh of Beirut, Safa Sporting Club was officially established in 1939 by seven people: Maher Wahab, Anis Naaim, Hasib Al-Jerdi, Amin Haidar, Chafik Nader, Toufik Al-Zouhairy and Adib Haidar.
On 23 December 1948, Safa obtained the official membership and license from the government as a private association. In the same year, the club was affiliated to the Lebanese Football Association and was ranked within the Second Division. In 1961, Safa was promoted to the First Division.
The following is a list of kit manufacturers worn by Safa.
|Location||Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut|
The Safa Stadium opened in 1948, and has a capacity of 4,000 spectators. Located in the Wata El-Museitbeh district of Beirut, the stadium is five minutes from the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport. While the stadium is of Safa's property, the club plays in various other stadiums around the country.
Safa has important rivalries with Ansar and Nejmeh, both being based in Beirut. Safa also plays the Mountain derby with Akhaa Ahli, as Akhaa is based in Aley, a city in Mount Lebanon, and Safa's support comes from the Druze community in Lebanon, who mainly live in the mountainous regions of the country.
- As of 17 September 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|1996 AFC Asian Cup||Yasser Sibai||Syria|
|2000 AFC Asian Cup||Youssef Mohamad||Lebanon|
|2019 AFC Asian Cup||Ahmad Taktouk||Lebanon|
|Mohamed Zein Tahan||Lebanon|
- Lebanese Premier League
- Lebanese FA Cup
- Winners (3): 1964–65, 1986–87, 2012–13
- Lebanese Super Cup
- Winners (1): 2013–14
- Lebanese Elite Cup
- Winners (2): 2008–09, 2011–12
- Aley Cup
- Winners (2): 1972, 1974
- Al Adha Tournament
- Winners (2): 1979, 1984
- 16 March Tournament
- Winners (2): 1983, 1984
Performance in AFC competitionsEdit
- AFC Cup: 5 appearances
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 2 appearances
- Only used as a training ground.
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