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Al Ahly Sporting Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي‎, lit. 'The National Sporting Club') is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. It is known as "The Club of the Century" in African football.[1] It is best known for its professional football team that plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the top tier in the Egyptian football league system, and is the most decorated football club in Africa.[2][3] It was founded on 24 April 1907, as a gathering place for Cairo's Student Unions.

Al Ahly
Al Ahly Crest.svg
Full nameAl Ahly Sporting Club
  • Nadi El Qarn (Club of the Century)
  • Nadi Al Wataniyyah (Club of Patriotism)
  • El Shayateen El Homr (The Red Devils)
  • El Mared El Ahmar (The Red.. Giant)
  • El Kalaa El Hamraa (The Red Castle)
Founded24 April 1907; 112 years ago (1907-04-24)
GroundCairo International Stadium
ChairmanMahmoud El Khatib
ManagerRené Weiler
LeagueEgyptian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al Ahly has a record of 41 national league titles, 36 national cups titles, and 10 national super cup titles making Al Ahly the most decorated club in Egypt. In addition, Al Ahly has never been relegated to the Egyptian Second Division.

In international competitions, the club has won a record 8 CAF Champions League titles, a CAF Confederation Cup title, a record 6 CAF Super Cup titles, a record 4 African Cup Winners' Cup titles, an Afro-Asian Club Championship title, an Arab Club Champions Cup title, an Arab Cup Winners' Cup title, and a record 2 Arab Super Cup titles and won a bronze medal in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup. Al Ahly is the second most successful club in the world in terms of number of international titles (20) behind Rangers F.C (26).[4]


Establishment and start of the club (1907–1916)Edit

Egyptian Patriot Saad Zaghloul, the first honorary president of Al Ahly

The idea of establishing Al Ahly in the first decade of the century was raised by Omar Lotfy during his presidency of the High School Students Club which was established in 1905 The establishment of the club of high school students was for political reasons, and found that these students needed a sport club that combined them for leisure and exercise. He introduced the idea of establishing the club to a group of friends who were enthusiastic about the idea. In 1907, Al Ahly was established.

Talaat Harb, president of the Bank of Egypt, contributed 100 pounds to the establishment of the club

Omar Lotfy abdicated the position of president of the club in favor of Michel Anas,[note 1] who was an advisor to the Ministry of Finance at the time to facilitate financial support for the club. An official meeting of the club's board was held on 24 April 1907. The committee met at 5:30 pm in the house of Michel Anas Giza in his chairmanship and the membership of Idris Ragheb Bey, Ismael Sari Pasha and Sami Basha and Omar Lotfi Bek and Mohamed Effendi Sherif as secretary The establishment of the club was approved and Ismail Seri designed the main building of the club as an architect. A civil company on behalf of Al Ahly Sports Club was established and shares of the company worth 5EGP Pounds per share, and was the goal of the club when it was established to raise the amount of 5000 pounds, but it was Collected 3165 pounds over a year and that was not enough, which forced the club to borrow 1,000 pounds from the National Bank of Egypt in March 1908 by Omar Sultan and Idris Ragheb and Talaat Harb which contributed 100 pounds to the establishment of the club. First honorary president of the club was the leader Saad Zaghloul in his position as Ministry of Education that time. The name of the Al Ahly Sporting Club was suggested by Amine Samy Amin, to serve the students and graduates of high schools who were the mainstay of the revolution against the English occupation.

On 2 April 1908, Michel Inse stepped down as president of the club. Aziz Azzat was appointed as the new president and became the first Egyptian president of Al Ahly. The official opening ceremony of the club was held in the club's main building on 26 February 1909.

Although the game of football was not one of the goals of the founders of Al Ahly club the goal of the club was opening its doors to students of higher schools to meet and practice political dialogues, but the graduates of high schools members of the club have fallen in love with football, which prompted Ahly to build the first stadium in 1909 and they used to call it the time (Al-Hawsh), which is a colloquial word from Egyptian dialect means the courtyard in Arabic. The stadium was developed over the years to be Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium.

The first official football team was established in 1911. The team is one of the primary and secondary school players who played the ball in Al-Hawash, which was established in 1909 in the club's land. The names of the first players of Al Ahli club were as follows: Hussain Higazi, Abdel Fattah Taher, Fouad Darwish, Hussein Mansour, and Ibrahim Fahmy. The star of this team was the striker Hussein Hegazi.

Participation in local competitions (1917)Edit

In 1917, Al Ahly wanted to demonstrate the strength of the Egyptian clubs against the Allied military teams founded by Britain in Egypt. Al Ahly agreed to play against Zamalek SC, which was under the control of foreigners at this time. The match was held on 9 February 1917 at Zamalek Stadium. Al-Ahly won 1-0 with a goal scored by Abdulhamid Muharram. In 1918 the club first official participation was held. After Al Ahly refused to compete with the foreign allies for the first edition of the Sultan Husain Cup in 1917, the club decided to participate in the 1918 tournament.[5]

Club contributions for the Egyptian footballEdit

Ahly contributed with Zamalek SC, El Sekka El Hadid SC in the formation of the first football team of Egypt to participate in the Olympic games 1920. Al-Ahly contributed to the establishment of the Egyptian Football Association. In 1923, Al Ahly played an active role in the establishment of the Egyptian Tennis Federation.

The Egyptian League championship began in 1948–49. Al Ahly won the inaugural competition, the first of nine successive national championship titles.[6] Following the dethroning of King Farouk in the revolution of 1952, Ahly appointed Gamal Abdel Nasser as club president.[7]

Al-Ahly did not win the league for 13 years. After years of deterioration, Ahly took the first steps to recovery when the management decided to sign Nándor Hidegkuti as Head coach in September 1973 at a salary of fewer than 600 dollars.[8] The title returned to Al Ahly in 1974–1975, with the team scoring 70 goals in 34 games. Ahly won the league championship in 1976–1977. This season saw the second participation in African competition, where the team fared better than the first time, bowing out in the quarter-finals to Hearts of Oak.

Al Ahly won the 1981–1982 African Cup of Champions Clubs—which was later renamed to CAF Champions League—defeating Ghana's Asante Kotoko S.C. in the final, winning the first leg 3–0 thanks to two goals by Mahmoud El Khatib and one by Alaa Mayhoub. In the return match in Kumasi, Mahmoud Khatib returned to score again and the game ended 1–1, with Al-Ahly winning their first continental championship. Al-Ahly reached the final of the African Champions League for the second time in a row in 1983, but rivals Kotoko managed to avenge their defeat by scoring the only goal in both matches. Al-Ahly reached a continental final again in 1984; this time in the African Cup Winners' Cup. Against Cameroon's Yaounde, Al-Ahly won on penalties in the Cameroonian capital after a 1–1 draw in both games. They won the competition for the second time in 1985, beating Nigeria's Leventis United 2–1 on aggregate. For the third time in a row, Al Ahly won the competition in 1986 after winning the league, they defeated AS Sogara in the final 3–2 on aggregate, with Taher Abouzeid scoring two goals and Magdi Abdel Ghani contributing once.

After winning the Egypt Cup for the third time in a row in 1993, Al Ahly returned to Africa by winning the African Cup Winners' Cup for the fourth time in its history in 1993, which was the last participation of the club in this tournament. They beat Ivory Coast's Africa Sports d'Abidjan in the final with a penalty by Adel Abdelrahman in Cairo Stadium after a 1–1 draw in the first leg. In the same season, Al Ahly won the Egypt Cup by beating Ghazl El Mahalla SC 3–2 in the final.[9]

Al Ahly participated in the Arab Championships for the first time in 1994 after a decision to boycott the African tournaments due to weak financial returns. They won the cup by defeating Al-Shabab FC (Riyadh) with a goal by Felix Aboagye in the final.[10] After leading Al Ahly to its second consecutive league title and the Arab Super Cup in Morocco, Reiner Hollmann left Al Ahly at the end of 1997, after finishing second in the Arab League Champions League in Tunisia. He was replaced by his countryman Rainer Zobel, who succeeded in winning the league championship for the fifth consecutive season in 1997–1998. Al Ahly won the 1998 Arab Super Cup title with Zobel for the second successive season after beating MC Oran, Algerian, Saudi Arabia, and African-Tunisian. Al-Ahly returned to the African partnership for the first time in six years.[11]

In the summer of 2001, Ahly signed Manuel Jose to take on the technical leadership of the team and this was the first time in the history of the club, which is used by a coach from the Portuguese school. Jose's first acquaintance with Al Ahly was the friendly match against Real Madrid in August 2001, when the Reds shocked Europe's oldest club with the goal of Nigerian Sunday Ebege. It was the fourth time in history that Al-Ahli had defeated a European team with a newly crowned Champions League title. Al-Ahly won the African Champions League title 4–1 victory over South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.. Al Ahli also confirmed his continental supremacy by grabbing the Super Cup with another landslide victory over South African team. This time the victim was Kaizer Chiefs F.C., who lost 4–1 in Cairo in a match in which Al Ahly goalkeeper Essam El Hadary scored his historic goal. Jose was unable to collect any local championship in his first term.

Al-Ahly also won the first Egyptian Super Cup with an exciting win over ENPPI Club 1–0, with a goal in extra time by Wael Gomaa. At the end of 2005, Ahly won the African Champions League for the fourth time in their history after Tunisia's 3–0 defeat of Étoile Sportive du Sahel in Cairo before winning the Super Cup by beating Association Sportive des FAR with penalties. Al Ahly then appeared at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan for the first time, but the start was not successful as the team lost to Sydney FC and then Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah).

Many believe that 2006 is the best in the history of Al Ahly in terms of various achievements, starting with the Super League for the second time with another exciting win over Enppi with the goal of in stoppage time. Al-Ahly is also re-winning the league title for the second time in a row. Al Ahly then returned to the Egyptian Cup with a big 3–0 win over Zamalek SC, scoring the full mark in local championships. Then Africa again and reaches the final with CS Sfaxien the first league in cairo stadium ended 1-1 to reach the return game to the last seconds and the result was 0-0 until the historic moment where left foot of Mohamed Aboutrika set a new history in the letters of gold in the records of Ahly.

Al Ahly reached world cup for clubs in Japan and got the bronze medal as third place for the first time in African history after beating Auckland City FC New Zealand and a 2–1 win over Club América in Yokohama. The red control continued on the league's shield and Al Ahly won the title by 17 points away from Ismaily SC. The team also won the Super Cup for the fourth time in a row by beating Al Zamalek 2–0 with goals by Ahmed Hassan and Moataz Eno.

Al Ahly won African champions league for the sixth time with a 4–2 win over Coton Sport FC de Garoua in the final two games, Ahly set off for the Club World Cup again, but this time the results were not good, with two defeats from C.F. Pachuca and Adelaide Football Club . Al-Ahly started 2009 with the title of the Super African Cup after defeating CS Sfaxien 2–1 with Flávio Amado's goals, before the start of an exciting race on the league's shield with Ismaily, who became the top until the last two minutes of the season. After Ismaily beat Tersana SC, Al-Ahly held the lead against Tala'ea El-Gaish SC until the 93rd minute, when Ahmed Fathi scored the winner's winner and striker Mohamed Talaat added the goal of the promotion to lead the two leaders to a playoff to determine the hero. Al Ahly won the match 1-0 by Flavio goal and won the Egyptian league shield. It was the last Portuguese championship for Manuel Jose during his second term before leaving and leaving the team's leadership to Hossam El-Badry.[12] Hossam Al-Badri managed to keep the shield in Al-Ahly's 2009–2010 cupboard to become the first national coach to win the league championship in 23 years, before Al Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup by defeating Haras El Hodoud SC 1–0.

Al Ahly starting line up in 2011

In the African Champions League, Al Ahly qualified for the semi-finals but was knocked out by Espérance Sportive de Tunis because of a famous referee Joseph Lamptey mistake that gave the hosts a win in the return game with a clear touch of hand goal by Michael Eneramo.[13] the sports activity in Egypt was postponed because of Port Said Stadium riot. In the first match after the return of sports activity, Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup when defeated Enppi 2–1 in a sad match at the empty stadium of Borg El Arab Stadium. Despite the difficult events, the men of Al-Ahly overcame all circumstances and achieved the African Champions League for the seventh time when they beat Esperance in the Tunisian home 2-1 by Gedo and Walid Soliman, after finishing the first leg 1–1.[14]

Hossam Al-Badri left the team to Mohamed Youssef, who managed to complete the march successfully and lead Ahly to the African Champions League for the eighth time by beating South African Orlando Pirates 2–0 in the return match after a 1–1 draw. The return match was the last impression of the fans of the legend Mohamed Abotreka when he scored the first goal to be the last goal of his eternal journey in the red shirt.[15]

Al Ahly made his way to the African Confederations Cup after an early exit from the Champions League, but the Red Giant had a strong new impetus, which was the addition of this continental tournament to the club's first-ever cupboard. Indeed, Al Ahly reached the final against Séwé FC but lost the first game 2–1. In the return match, the draw went on until the sixth minute of stoppage time. At a historic moment, Ahly's determination to win, Emad Moteab grabbed the goal of the coronation with a deadly header that made every fan celebrating in Cairo stadium and made coach Juan Carlos Garrido running in Hysteria on the pitch. With this victory.[16] Al Ahly went through a critical phase after the most of stars of the old generation retired, causing the loss of a number of tournaments until the team regained its balance when they met with Zamalek to determine the Super Cup champion in the game that was held in Dubai for the first time at the end of 2015. Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi led the Red Giant to a 3–2 win over Zamalek to add the ninth Egyptian Super cup in the club's history.[17]

Al Ahly won the league title after only missing one season in 2015–2016, seven points difference between champions Zamalek, and Ahly finished the competition as the strongest attack and the strongest defense under the leadership of Dutchman Martin Jol.[18]

Al Ahly won Premier League title for the 39th time in his history before the end of the league with four rounds, he has also managed to play the 39th game in a row without losing any defeat at all competitions. Al Ahly has achieved a special number in the number of games without defeat 30 games in the league. under the leadership of Hossam El-Badry Al Ahly was able able to keep clean sheet in 30 games this season in various local and continental competitions so far this season.

Al-Ahly won the Egyptian Cup for the 36th time in his history after beating Egypt 2-1 in a marathon match at the Egyptian Cup final at Borg El Arab Stadium. Al-Ahly proved Al-Masri scored in the 102nd minute before Amr Gamal equalized in the 117th minute and Ahmed Fathy added the winner in the 120th minute.

Al Ahly won CAF Champions League in 1982 and 1987. They triumphed again in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008 under the coaching of the Portuguese Manuel José,[19] in 2012 and finally in 2013 under the coaching of Hossam El-Badry in 2012 and Mohamed Youssef in 2013; making them the most crowned team in Africa, with 8 Champions League, One Confederation Cup, 4 Cup Winners' Cups, 6 Super Cups and One Afro-Asian Club Championship. El ahly club defeated el zamalek 10 - 0 in the Egyptian league in 1990.


AL Ahly and Zamalek historical positions in the League

The Cairo Derby, is a football match between Egyptian clubs Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC, which are arguably the two most successful clubs in Egypt and Africa. Ahly and Zamalek were named by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as The 1st and 2nd African Clubs of the 20th Century respectively. Both teams are located in Greater Cairo and their matches are considered the highlight of the football season with a live broadcast to most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries since the 1970s. Usually the derby is played twice each season with two matches in the Egyptian Premier League, but it is not uncommon to find the teams meeting each other in the Egypt Cup, especially in the final, and in Africa's most prestigious club competition, the CAF Champions League.


Ultras Ahlawy tifo display on 20 February 2014 before 2014 CAF Super Cup.

Al Ahly has a large fan base of ultras named Ultras Ahlawy (UA07) which are known for their pyro displays. Their motto is Together Forever, Ultras Ahlawy raised its banner for the first time at a match against ENPPI Club on 13 April 2007. Ultras Ahlawy also supports the Al-Ahly basketball, volleyball, and handball teams.

Clubs in Egypt became a major political force during the uprising against Mubarak in 2011, but were known for long-standing animosity with the police. When 38 members of the Ultras Devils were arrested in Shebeen al-Kom for "belonging to an illegal group" plus additional violent offences, it was seen as a crackdown on the organizations by authorities.[20]

Port Said Stadium riotEdit

On 1 February 2012, a massive riot occurred at Port Said Stadium in Port Said, Egypt, following an Egyptian Premier League football match between Masry and Ahly. 72 of Al Ahly fans were killed and more than 500 were injured after thousands of Masry spectators stormed the stadium stands and the pitch, following a 3–1 victory by their team, and violently attacked Al-Ahly fans using clubs, stones, bottles, and fireworks, getting them all trapped in El Ahly partition of the stadium.[21][22] Many of the deaths were due to the police's refusal to open the stadium gates, trapping the Ahly fans inside, leaving some to die, and killing others in a stampede to escape.

Ultras Ahlawy claim that they were specifically targeted for given their vocal highly televised calls for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to step down, as well as their open mockery of the previous regime and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Perfect seasonEdit

2005 represented an especially unique season in Ahly's illustrious history. The team would go on to set an unprecedented record of going an entire season being unbeaten in almost all possible competitions. 46 matches were played in the Egyptian Premier League,[23] Egypt Cup, Egyptian Super Cup and CAF Champions League,[24] with Ahly remaining unbeaten in all of them (as well as winning 5 from all 6 trophies).


Amin Sami Pasha was the first person to propose the name of "Al Ahly Athletic Club".[25] Al Ahly was named as such because it was created to serve the students and graduates of the high schools who were the mainstay of the revolution against the English occupation.


Mokhtar El Tetsh StadiumEdit

Although the game of football was not one of the goals of the founders of Al Ahly club the goal of the club was openining its doors to students of higher schools to meet and practice political dialogues, but the graduates of high schools members of the club have fallen in love with football, which prompted Ahly to build the first stadium in 1909 and they used to call it the time (Al-Hawsh), which is a colloquial word from Egyptian dialect means the courtyard in Arabic. The stadium was developed over the years to be Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium. Currently the stadium hold the team training and friendly games.

Cairo StadiumEdit

Cairo Stadium
Stad El Qahira El Dawly
Full nameCairo International Stadium
LocationNasr City, Cairo
Record attendance130,000
Opened23 July 1960
ArchitectWerner March

Al Ahly formerly played their home games at their own ground, Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium, but its capacity was too small for the club's support so they turned Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium to their Training Ground. As a consequence, Al-Ahly moved to play their home games at the Cairo International Stadium. Al Ahly stopped playing their home games at the Cairo International Stadium since 2014 for an indefinite period due to security reasons. In the 2016–2017 season Al Ahly played most of their home games at Al Salam Stadium and played their matches in the African competitions at Borg El Arab Stadium.At first leg of Egyptian League 2017–2018 AL Ahly returned to play at Cairo International Stadium.

Al Ahly New StadiumEdit

Al Ahly SC Stadium (Arabic: استاد النادي الاهلي‎) is a football stadium currently under construction in Cairo, Egypt. It will also host Al Ahly SC matches, replacing Cairo International Stadium. It will have a capacity of 60,000 spectators.


Al Ahly TV logo

Al Ahly TV is an Egyptian-Arab channel that currently Broadcast the football team's friendly matches, youth team matches and other sports matches. The channel was established in 2008, in cooperation with Arab Radio and Television Network. The official broadcast of the channel was launched on 12/3/2010 When former club president Hassan Hamdy announced the opening of the channel.

Kits and crestEdit

Al Ahly logo from 1907 until 1952

On 3 November 1917, Mohammed Sharif Sabri Bek, a member of the club, and King Farouk, designed the first logo for Al Ahly. It was an oval shape adorned with the crown of the Egyptian king at the upper end, symbolizing the royal rule of Egypt at the time. The eagle was shaved then changed to half red and half white and then became red only because of Egypt's flag at the time of the era of Abbas Hilmi II.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1978–1979 Empro Mansour Group
1979–1980 Old Spice
1980–1983 Puma Helwan For Import & Export
1983–1989 Coca-Cola
1989–1993 Empro
1993–2000 Adidas
2000–2001 Nike
2002 Vodafone
2002–2009 Puma
2009–2011 Adidas
2011–2015 Etisalat
2016–2018 Sporta Vodafone
2018– Umbro WE


Al Ahly is the most decorated club in the world with (118) trophies [26]


Type Competition Titles Winning Seasons Runners Up
Egyptian Egyptian Premier League 41 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19 1966–67, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15
Egypt Cup 36 1923–24, 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1936–37, 1939–40, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2016–17 1925–26, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1943–44, 1951–52, 1958–59, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2009–10, 2015, 2015–16,
Egyptian Super Cup 10 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 2009, 2016
Sultan Hussein Cup 7 1922–23, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1937–38 1927–28, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1935–36
Egyptian Confederation Cup 1 1989


Type Competition Titles Winning Seasons Runners Up
CAF CAF Champions League 8 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 1983, 2007, 2017, 2018,
CAF Cup Winners' Cup 4 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993
CAF Confederation Cup 1 2014
CAF Super Cup 6 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 1994, 2015


Type Competition Titles Winning Seasons Runners Up
Intercontinental Afro-Asian Cup 1 1989
FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Medal 2006
UAFA Arab Club Champions Cup 1 1996 1997
Arab Cup Winners' Cup 1 1994
Arab Super Cup 2S 1997, 1998
  •   record
  • S shared record


African competitionsEdit

African Club Competitions
Year CAF Champions League African Cup Winners' Cup CAF Cup CAF Super Cup
1964–74 Did not enter Did not enter Started in
Started in
1976 Second round Did not enter
1977 Quarter-finals Did not enter
1978 Withdrew after qualifying Did not enter
1979 Did not enter Did not enter
1980 Did not enter Did not enter
1981 Withdraw from semi-finals Did not enter
1982 Winner Did not enter
1983 Runner-up Did not enter
1984 Did not enter Winner
1985 Did not enter Winner
1986 Did not enter Winner
1987 Winner Did not enter
1988 Semi-finals Did not enter
1989 - -
1990 Second round Did not enter
1991 Quarter-finals Did not enter
1992 Did not enter Quarter-finals Did not enter
1993 Did not enter Winner Did not enter Runner-up
1994 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1995 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1996 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1997 Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1998 First round Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
1999 Group Phase Runners-up Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
2000 Group Phase Runners-up Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
2001 Winner Did not enter Did not enter Did not enter
2002 Group stage Did not enter Did not enter Winner
2003 Did not enter Did not enter Quarter-finals Did not enter
CAF Confederation Cup
2004 Second round Did not enter Did not enter
2005 Winner Did not enter Did not enter
2006 Winner Did not enter Winner
2007 Runner-up Did not enter Winner
2008 Winner Did not enter Did not enter
2009 Second round Round of 16 Winner
2010 Semi-finals Did not enter Did not enter
2011 Group stage Did not enter Did not enter
2012 Winner Did not enter Did not enter
2013 Winner Did not enter Winner
2014 Second round Winner Winner
2015 Second round Semi-finals Runner-up
2016 Group stage Did not enter Did not enter
2017 Runner-up Did not enter Did not enter
2018 Runner-up Did not enter Did not enter
2019 Quarter Final Did not enter Did not enter

National competitionsEdit

Egyptian Clubs Competitions
Year Premier League Egypt Cup Super Cup
1921–22 Started in
- Started in
1922–23 -
1923–24 Winner
1924–25 Winner
1925–26 Runner-up
1926–27 Winner
1927–28 Winner
1928–29 -
1929–30 Winner
1930–31 Winner
1931–32 -
1932–33 -
1933–34 -
1934–35 Runner-up
1935–36 -
1936–37 Winner
1937–38 -
1938–39 -
1939–40 Winner
1940–41 Runner-up
1941–42 Winner
1942–43 Winner
1943–44 Runner-up
1944–45 Winner
1945–46 Winner
1946–47 Winner
1947–48 -
1948–49 Winner Winner
1949–50 Winner Winner
1950–51 Winner Winner
1951–52 not held Runner-up
1952–53 Winner Winner
1953–54 Winner -
1954–55 not finished -
1955–56 Winner Winner
1956–57 Winner -
1957–58 Winner Winner
1958–59 Winner Runner-up
1959–60 Third place Winner
1960–61 Winner -
1961–62 Winner -
1962–63 Third place -
1963–64 Group Fifth -
1964–65 Fourth place -
1965–66 Sixth place Winner
1966–67 Runner-up -
1968–69 not held not held
1969–70 not held not held
1970–71 not finished not held
1971–72 not held not held
1972–73 Fourth place Runner-up
1973–74 not finished not finished
1974–75 Winner -
1975–76 Winner Runner-up
1976–77 Winner -
1977–78 Runner-up Winner
1978–79 Winner -
1979–80 Winner not held
1980–81 Winner Winner
1981–82 Winner not finished
1982–83 Third place Winner
1983–84 Runner-up Winner
1984–85 Winner Winner
1985–86 Winner -
1986–87 Winner not held
1987–88 Runner-up -
1988–89 Winner Winner
1989–90 not finished -
1990–91 Runner-up Winner
1991–92 Fourth place Winner
1992–93 Runner-up Winner
1993–94 Winner not held
1994–95 Winner -
1995–96 Winner Winner
1996–97 Winner Runner-up
1997–98 Winner Semi-final
1998–99 Winner Round of 32
1999–2000 Winner Semi-final
2000–01 Runner-up Winner Withdrew
2001–02 Runner-up Round of 16 Did not enter
2002–03 Runner-up Winner Winner
2003–04 Runner-up Runner-up Did not enter
2004–05 Winner Round of 16 Winner
2005–06 Winner Winner Winner
2006–07 Winner Winner Winner
2007–08 Winner Round of 32 Winner
2008–09 Winner Round of 16 Runner-up
2009–10 Winner Runner-up Winner
2010–11 Winner Round of 16 Winner
2011–12 not finished not held not held
2012–13 not finished Withdrew not held
2013–14 Winner Semi-final Winner
2014–15 Runner-up Runner-up Winner
2015–16 Winner Runner-up Runner-up
2016–17 Winner Winner Winner
2017–18 Winner Quarter Final TBD
2018–19 Winner TBD TBD
Competition Matches Wins Draws Loses Goals
Egyptian Premier League 1515 1017 339 159 2683

World, continental and national rankingsEdit

CAF overall ranking of African clubsEdit

CAF Overall Ranking
Rank Club Points
1   Al Ahly SC 90
2   Étoile du Sahel 60
3   Espérance Tunis 59
4   Zamalek 56
5   TP Mazembe 49
6   Vita Club 44
7   ASEC Mimosas 43
8   JS Kabylie 39
9   Canon Yaoundé 36
10   Hearts of Oak 31
CAF Ranking of the 20th Century
Rank Club Points
1   Al-Ahly 40
2   El-Zamalek 37
3   Raja Casablanca 35
4   Asante Kotoko 34
4   Canon Yaoundé 34
6   Espérance Tunis 27
6   ASEC Mimosas 27
8   Hearts of Oak 26
9   Africa Sports 25
10   JS Kabylie 20

CAF 5-Year RankingEdit

Rank Club 2014
(× 1)
(× 2)
(× 3)
(× 4)
(× 5)
1   TP Mazembe 4 6 5 5 3 66
2   Al-Ahly 5 3 2 5 5 62
3   Wydad Casablanca 0 0 4 6 3 51
4   Étoile du Sahel 0.5 5 3 4 3 50.5
5   Espérance de Tunis 2 0.5 0 3 6 45

Current squadEdit

As of 31 August 2019

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 Sherif Ekramy (3rd captain)
2   DF Mahmoud Wahid
3   DF Hussein El Sayed
4   DF Mahmoud Metwalli
5   DF Ramy Rabia
6   DF Yasser Ibrahim
7   FW Ramadan Sobhi (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
8   MF Hamdy Fathy
9   FW Walid Azaro
10   MF Saleh Gomaa
11   MF Walid Soliman
12   DF Ayman Ashraf
13   GK Ali Lotfi
14   MF Hussein El Shahat
15   MF Aliou Dieng
16   GK Mohamed El Shenawy (4th captain)
No. Position Player
17   MF Amr El Solia
18   FW Marwan Mohsen
19   MF Mohamed Magdy
20   DF Saad Samir
21   DF Ali Maâloul
22   MF Ahmed El Sheikh
23   MF Karim Walid
24   DF Ahmed Fathy (Vice-captain)
25   MF Hossam Ashour (Captain)
26   MF Mohamed Mahmoud
27   FW Salah Mohsen
28   FW Junior Ajayi
29   FW Geraldo
30   DF Mohamed Hany
32   MF Amar Hamdy

Other Players under ContractEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Moamen Zakaria

Out in loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Ahmed Alaa (at Tala'ea El Gaish until 30 June 2021)
  DF Amr Gamal (at Tala'ea El Gaish until 30 June 2021)
  MF Nasser Maher (at Smouha until 30 June 2020)
  MF Mohamed Sherif (at ENPPI until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  DF Mahmoud El Gazzar (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)
  DF Basem Ali (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)
  MF Akram Tawfik (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)
  FW Ahmed Yasser Rayyan (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
First-team Manager   René Weiler
Assistant Coach   Samy Komsan
General Coach   David Sesa
Fitness and Analyst Coach   Thomas Binggeli
Goalkeeping Coach   Michel Iannacone
Director of Football   Sayed Abdel Hafeez
Sporting Director   Samir Adly
Club Doctor   Khaled Mahmoud
Doctor   Tarek Abdel-Aziz
Dietician   Hany Wahba

Individual honoursEdit

Player of the seasonEdit

Mohamed Aboutrika, two time winner of the award and one of the club legends.
Season Nationalty Player
2018–2019   Tunisia Ali Maâloul
2017–2018   Morocco Walid Azaro
2016–2017   Egypt Saad Samir
2015–2016   Egypt Ahmed Fathy
2014–2015   Egypt Moamen Zakaria
2013–2014   Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika
2012–2013   Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika
2010–2011   Egypt Ahmed Fathy
2009–2010   Egypt Mohamed Barakat
2008–2009   Angola Flávio Amado

All time top goalscorersEdit

Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly top scorer and current president
Top Goalscorers[30]
# Player Goals
1 Mahmoud El Khatib 109
2 Hossam Hassan 109
3 Mohamed Aboutrika 79
4 Saleh Selim 78
5 El Sayed Ateya 75
6 Emad Moteab 75
7 Taha Ismail 64
8 Ahmed Belal 55
9 Abdallah El Said 50
10 Felix Aboagye 47

Former personnelEdit

Club presidentsEdit

Saleh Selim former president Statue at the club
No Period Name From To
1 1st   Mitchel Ince 1907 1908
2 1st   Aziz Ezzat Pacha 1908 1916
3 1st   Abdelkhaleq Tharwat Pacha 1916 1924
4 1st   Gaafar Waly Pacha 1924 1940
5 1st   Mohamed Taher Pacha 1940 1941
6 2nd  Gaafar Waly Pacha 1941 1944
7 1st   Ahmed Hasanein Pacha 1944 1946
8 1st   Ahmed Aboud Pacha 1946 1961
9 1st   Salah Desouky Sheshtawy 1961 1965
10 1st   Abdelmohsen Kamel Mortagy 1965 1967
11 1st   Ibrahim El Wakil 1967 1972
12 2nd   Abdelmohsen Kamel Mortagy 1972 1980
13 1st   Saleh Selim 1980 1988
14 1st   Mohamed Abdou Saleh El Wahsh 1988 1992
15 2nd   Saleh Selim 1992 2002
16 1st   Hassan Hamdy 2002 2014
17 1st   Mahmoud Taher 2014 2017
18 1st   Mahmoud El Khatib 2017 Present


Throughout its history, Al Ahly has had 43 club captains, the first captain was Ahmed Fouad Anwar.
Hossam Ashour is the current captain since 2016.

No. Name
1   Ahmed Fouad Anwar
2   Hussein Hegazi
3   Riyad Shawki
4   Ali El Hassany
5   Mahmoud Mokhtar El-Tetch
6   Mohamed Ali Rasmi
7   Ahmed Soliman
8   Amin Shoa'air
9   Moustafa Kamel Mansour
10   Saleh El-Sawwaf
11   Hussein Madkour
12   Mohamed El-Guindi
13   Ahmed Mekawi
14   Abdel Galil Hemaida
No. Name
15   Saleh Selim
16   Rifaat El-Fanagily
17   Taha Ismail
18   Mimi El-Sherbini
19   Essam Abdel Monem
20   Hany Moustafa
21   Anwar Salama
22   Hassan Hamdy
23   Mustafa Younis
24   Moustafa Abdou
25   Mahmoud El-Khateeb
26   Thabet El-Batal
27   Taher Abouzaid
28   Ahmed Shobair
No. Name
29   Osama Orabi
30   Ibrahim Hassan
31   Hossam Hassan
32   Walid Salah El-Din
33   Hady Khashaba
34   Sayed Abdel Hafeez
35   Essam El Hadary
36   Shady Mohamed
37   Ahmed Belal
38   Osama Hosny
39   Ahmad El-Sayed
40   Wael Gomaa
41   Hossam Ghaly
42   Emad Moteab
43   Hossam Ashour

Managers listEdit



  1. ^ At the time, the law stated that the president of the club had to be British, hence why Omar Lotfy had to abdicate.


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