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Shabab Al Ahli Club (Arabic: نادي شباب الأهلي‎) is a United Arab Emirates professional association football based in Dubai, that currently play in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. Shabab Al Ahli is one of the most successful clubs in the UAE.

Shabab Al Ahli Club
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Full nameShabab Al Ahli Club
نادي شباب الأهلي
Nickname(s)فرسان فزاع
Founded1958; 61 years ago (1958) as Al Ahli
GroundRashid Stadium
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
OwnerHamdan Al Maktoum
ChairmanAhmed Al Maktoum
ManagerRodolfo Arruabarrena
LeagueUAE Pro-League
WebsiteClub website

Shabab Al Ahli Club was established in 1958 in Dubai. Is an Emirati club. and its president is Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Vice President Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the chairman of the club is Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and deputy chairman is Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. And Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed is also the head of Shabab Al Ahli Football Company.

Shabab Al Ahli FC has won 7 league titles, a joint-record 8 UAE's President Cup titles, 4 UAE super Cup titles and 3 UAE League Cup titles, earning a total of 22 domestic titles, making them the second most successful team in UAE. In the latest ranking by IFFHS,Shabab Al Ahli is the 7th best Asian club and ranked 110 in the world and 4th in Asia.

In 2017, the Dubai CSC and Al Shabab merged into with Al Ahli SC to become Al Ahli FC making Shabab Al Ahli FC rebrand into it. [1]


About the clubEdit

Shabab Al Ahli FC has a new vision in the concept of sports and long-term goals aimed at helping the club and the football team to reach a prominent place among the leading teams in the United Arab Emirates and throughout Asia. This vision aims to develop professional sports through a wide range of training systems and diverse facilities. The club has been able to achieve success over the past years, committed to maintaining great passion in the field of football. The club offers a unique experience in the field of VIP membership and its welcoming features, which aim to ensure that our members enjoy the hospitality specially designed to enhance their experience during our matches.

Shabab Al Ahli MissionEdit

Enhancing sporting professionalism and the optimal investment of football to reach the universality through noted participation in all local and international competitions to achieve the aspirations of the public and partners.

Shabab Al Ahli VisionEdit

Providing a healthy sports environment that promotes sports, health and physical awareness and education for all members of the club.

Shabab Al Ahli ObjectiveEdit

Attracting, developing and retaining the best business and sports competencies. Enhancing the concept of professionalism through unique sports performance. Developing financial and administrative resources and ensuring their sustainability. Developing sports infrastructure and facilities. Promoting social, economic and cultural development. Attracting the athletic competencies and properly directing them. Career happiness is a work and life style at Shabab AlAhli Dubai FC.

Shabab Al Ahli ValuesEdit

Professionalism, Excellence, Cooperation & Team Work, Transparency, Creativity & Innovation.



Al Ahli club was established in 1970, when two local football teams Al Wehdah and Al Shabab (est. 1958) joined together for a training camp in Egypt but decided to merge as one single club under first club president H.E. Nasser Abdulla Hussain Lootah. Four years later another local team Al Najah joined to form Al Ahli Club.

Al Ahli, literally translating to "domestic or national" in Arabic, was established in 1970, when three local teams joined together to form the club. The club won three UAE Arabian Gulf League titles in the 1970s and won its fourth in 2006, fifth in 2009 and sixth in 2014 and seventh in 2016.

1973–1980: The golden age and aftermath declineEdit

Mohammed Shehta in the middle, the first manager for Al Ahli Club in early 70s.

It took Al Ahli only four years after its establishment to win the UAE Arabian Gulf League twice consecutively in 1974-75 and 1975-76 then again in 1979-80 for the third time, which allowed them to permanently keep the league trophy. The victorious team, led by coach Mohammed Shehta and featuring players such as Hassan Nazari and Hassan Roshan. The team also won three President Cup titles during that period. Drawing home-town fans, Al Ahli has been and continues to be one of the most popular sports teams in the UAE. However,the club went into decline for few decades, the result of which saw the club relegated to the second division (1995–96) in a dramatic way, when Al Ahli played against neighbour rival Al Shabab, Al Ahli needed just one point from the match to stay in the first division. Al Ahli has lost the match and Al Shabab has won the league title. The same year, Al Ahli won the President Cup title. After a period of decline, Al Ahli went back on top under new leadership of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, winning its fourth league title in 2006 and in the following years, Al Ahli continued to be a successful club in the UAE by winning 6 President Cups. The early 2000s saw Iranian legend Ali Karimi play multiple seasons for Al Ahli, finishing as league top scorer in 2003-04 and being named Asian footballer of the year 2004. citation

2009 FIFA Club World CupEdit

Al-Ahli, as 2008–09 UAE Pro-League champions and as Abu Dhabi was hosting the event, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup which was held in December 2009. They lost 0–2 to Auckland City in their only game in the competition.[2]

Recent Success (From 2010 Till Now)Edit

The club began to rise up again and in 2010 With Abdulla Al Naboodah, the squad was gradually re-built, with the likes of Fabio Cannavaro and Grafite and Ricardo Quaresma joined the Emirati homegrown talents Ahmed Khalil and Ismael Al Hammadi. In 2012, Al Ahli won the UAE President's Cup and the Arabian Gulf Cup. The arrival of the Romanian football manager Cosmin Olaroiu in 2013, set the stage to a highly successful 2013-14 season. Al Ahli performed strongly in the league and assured its 6th title with a record for the highest ever points total for a league season (62). In addition, the club won the Arabian Gulf Cup, 2 Arabian Gulf Super Cups (2013–14, 2014–15) and in the following year they reached 2015 AFC Champions League Final which they narrowly lost to Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande. Al Ahli homegrown forward Ahmed Khalil named the UAE's sole recipient of the prestigious Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2015. In 2016, they again won their 7th domestic league title with two matches to play.[3]

2017 MergeEdit

In 2017 the Clubs Dubai CSC, Al Shabab Joined with Al-Ahli FC into Shabab Al Ahli FC .

Crest and NicknameEdit

The original Al Ahli logo reflected a falcon on top of football and the words "Al Ahli Club" written horizontally. After rebranding themselves to Red Knights in 2006, the logo changed to a horse head shape with the letters A C (Al Ahli Club) on top. The new logo represents strength and high spirits also it goes along with the new nickname Red Knights instead of the old nickname the Red Devils.

In 2017 the Clubs Dubai CSC and Al Shabab Joined with Al-Ahli FC which was rename to Shabab Al Ahli FC, therefore a new logo was created.


Rashid Stadium also known as Shabab Al Ahli Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates was named after Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It is currently used mostly for football & Rugby matches. The stadium holds 10,000 people.[1] It was built in 1948. It is the home ground of Shabab Al-Ahli.[3]


Shabab Al Ahli rivalry with Al Ain FC is gaining popularity as the two clubs alternated as champions in the 70s and more post 2010, and currently both teams are considered among the top teams in the UAE. The match usually creates a lively atmosphere but on few occasions led to problems like throwing shoes and bottles of water onto the pitch. In one incident the match was halted after the referee's assistant was hit by mobile phone thrown by a seething Al Ahli fan.

Active Departments of Shabab Al AhliEdit

The club is also known as Al Ahli Castle because of its involvement in other professional sports. The club competes in basketball, volleyball, handball, track sport, table tennis and track cycling. Al Ahli is also known for its involvement in cultural activities and community services. Al Ahli Drama club established in 1981, to promote Emirati arts and theatrical plays focusing on UAE tradition, heritage and current events.

Relationship with Spanish La LigaEdit

In 2016 Al Ahli became the first foreign club to sign a partnership agreement with La Liga that is the first of its kind for both the renowned professional Spanish league and the Arabian Gulf League's leaders. The signing of the agreement, which was staged at La Liga's headquarters, marks the beginning of a linkup in which La Liga's experience will be used to support Dubai's leading club in its development especially a training program from youth coaches in Spain will be applied. The club's junior sides will gain invitations to leading tournaments there, providing the opportunity to gain valuable experience playing top-class opposition.[4]

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of UAE Pro-League:

No Position Player Nation
2 Defender Salmeen Khamis   United Arab Emirates
3 Defender Abdulaziz Al-Kaebi U21   United Arab Emirates
4 Defender Mohammed Marzooq   United Arab Emirates
5 Defender Walid Abbas   United Arab Emirates
6 Midfielder Saoud Abdulrazaq U21   United Arab Emirates
7 Midfielder Ismail Al Hammadi   United Arab Emirates
8 Midfielder Waleed Hussain   United Arab Emirates
9 Defender Abdulaziz Haikal   United Arab Emirates
10 Midfielder Mauro Díaz   Argentina
11 Forward Ahmed Khalil   United Arab Emirates
12 Goalkeeper Hassan Hamza   United Arab Emirates
13 Defender Mohammed Sebil   United Arab Emirates
14 Midfielder Emiliano Vecchio (on loan from Santos)   Argentina
15 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Naqbi   United Arab Emirates
18 Defender Mohammed Ismaeel   United Arab Emirates
19 Midfielder Marwan Hamza U21   United Arab Emirates
20 Forward Saeed Al-Bloushi   United Arab Emirates
22 Defender Manea Mohammed   United Arab Emirates
23 Forward Jaime Ayoví   Ecuador
25 Midfielder Ahmed Jashak   Comoros
26 Midfielder Hassan Ibrahim   United Arab Emirates
28 Defender Ismael Khaled   United Arab Emirates
29 Defender Omar Ahmed Salem U21   United Arab Emirates
30 Midfielder Mohammed Jumaa   United Arab Emirates
33 Goalkeeper Saif Yousef   United Arab Emirates
35 Defender Mohammed Jaber   United Arab Emirates
48 Goalkeeper Raed Redha U21   United Arab Emirates
55 Goalkeeper Majed Naser   United Arab Emirates
66 Midfielder Eisa Waleed U21   United Arab Emirates
70 Forward Ahmed Al Attas   United Arab Emirates
88 Midfielder Majed Hassan   United Arab Emirates
90 Forward Henrique Luvannor   Moldova
92 Forward Saeed Jassem   United Arab Emirates

Other players under contractEdit

No Position Player Nation
62 Defender Abdelaziz Sanqour   United Arab Emirates
77 Forward Rashed Hassan   United Arab Emirates
Midfielder Muhannad Yousef   United Arab Emirates

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Jamal Al Hosani (on loan to Ittihad Kalba)   United Arab Emirates
17 Midfielder Walid Amber (on loan to Emirates)   United Arab Emirates
99 Forward Mohammed Ibrahim Eid (on loan to Al-Sharjah)   United Arab Emirates
Defender Adel Sebil (on loan to Dibba Al-Fujairah)   United Arab Emirates
Midfielder Ahmed Mousa Saqer (on loan to Al-Fujairah)   United Arab Emirates

Shabab Al Ahli Club Board DirectorsEdit

  • Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum - President
  • Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum - Vice President
  • Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum – Chairman
  • Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed Al Maktoum – Deputy Chairman

Board MembersEdit

  • Khalifa Sulimean
  • Sami Al-Qamzi
  • Mohammed Al Gergawi
  • Essam Al Humaidan
  • Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri
  • Hisham Abdullah Al Qassem
  • Abdullah Mohammed Al Basti
  • Ahmed Mohammed bin Humaidan

Shabab Al Ahli Football CompanyEdit

  • Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (Chairman)
  • Sami Al Qamzi (Vice Chairman)

Board Members

  • Yaqoob Bin Eisa Al Serkal
  • Abdul Majeed Hussain
  • Ibrahim Abdul-Malik
  • Khalid Bu Humaid
  • Jamal Al Mahairi
  • Ali Al-Habai
  • Saeed Rashid


24 Official[5] Championships

Domestic competitionsEdit

Champion: 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2015–16.
Champion: 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2012–13. (Shared Record)
Champion: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2018-19. (Record)
Champion: 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Continental competitionsEdit

AFC Champions League

Runners-up (1): 2015

Friendly competitionsEdit

Emirati-Moroccan Friendship Super Cup

Winners (1): 2016


  1. ^ "محمــد بن راشد يأمر بدمج الشبـاب ودبي مع الأهلي في كيان واحد". البيان (in Arabic). 17 May 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Al Ahli 0 – 2 Auckland City". ESPN. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  3. ^ a b "Al Ahli Sports Club". Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  4. ^ "Al Ahli football club sign ground-breaking agreement with Spain's La Liga through 2018 | The National". Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  5. ^ ONLY Al-Ahli championships are counted

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