Al Ahly SC

Al Ahly Sporting Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي‎), commonly referred to as Al Ahly, is an Egyptian professional sports club based in Cairo, 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 SC
Al Ahly SC logo.png
Full nameAl Ahly Sporting Club
Nickname(s)
  • Nadi Al Qarn (Club of 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)
Short nameASC
Founded24 April 1907; 113 years ago (1907-04-24)
GroundCairo Stadium
Capacity74,000
ChairmanMahmoud El Khatib
ManagerRené Weiler
LeagueEgyptian Premier League
2018–191st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al Ahly has a record of 41 national league titles, 36 national cups titles, and 11 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, 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 Real Madrid (26).[4]

HistoryEdit

Establishment and start of the clubEdit

 
the first official meeting of the club's board
 
Omar Lotfy the founder of Al Ahly

The idea of establishing Al Ahly in the first decade of the 20th 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 sports club that gathers them for leisure and exercise. He discussed the idea of establishing the club with a group of friends who were enthusiastic about it, and in 1907 Al Ahly was established.[5]

 
Talaat Harb, president of the Bank of Egypt, contributed 100 pounds to the establishment of the club
 
Egyptian Patriot Saad Zaghloul, the Minister of Education became the first honorary president of Al Ahly

The club was first headed by Mitchell-Innes, who was a British advisor to the Ministry of Finance at the time, in order 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 Mitchell-Innes in Giza under his chairmanship and the membership of Idris Ragheb Bey, Ismael Seri Pasha, Amin Sami Pasha, Omar Lotfi Bek and Mohamed Effendi Sherif as secretary.[6]

The establishment of the club was approved and Ismail Seri, as an architect, designed the main building of the club which was revised by Mitchell-Innes to locate the building in the south eastern corner of the land so that the building main entrance would face north. 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 Minister of Education Saad Zaghloul.[7] 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 British occupation.[8]

On 2 April 1908, Mitchell-Innes stepped down as president of the club. Aziz Ezzat 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.

 
Mokhtar El Tetsh, one of the club legends, the club's old stadium and current training stadium was named after him

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.[9]

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.[10]

In 1915 Al Ahly made tours inside Egypt cities in order to play various matches and to spread football and its culture. Al Ahly played in Alexandria, Port Said, Assiut, and Ismailia. The team, led by the star Hussein Hegazy, faced many teams, including foreign teams belonging to the British army, which increased the popularity of Al Ahly and the new game in Egypt.[11]

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.[12]

First Titles (1918–1948)Edit

After Al Ahly refused to compete with foreign Allied clubs in the Sultan Hussein Cup in its first edition in 1917, the club's management decided to participate in the 1918 championship.[13] In 1923, Al-Ahly won the Sultan Hussain Cup after beating the defending champion Zamalek, then added 6 other titles to be the record holder in the number of wins until the last edition in 1938.[14]

 
Gaafar Waly Pacha, The first president of both the Egyptian Football Association and Al Ahly at the same time

After one year of winning the Sultan Hussain Cup, Al Ahly won the King Farouk Cup in 1924 for the first time after defeating El Sekka El Hadid 4–1. The man of the match was Mokhtar Eltetsh, who scored two goals.[15]

In the summer of 1929, the Al Ahly football team made a tour, the first of its kind where the team traveled to face several European clubs, such as Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray in Turkey and BFC Preussen, 1860 Munich and Schalke in Germany, the tour ended after Al Ahly played the last two games in Bulgaria against Levski Sofia and Slavia Sofia.[16]

In November 1930, Al-Ahly defeated his traditional rival Zamalek 4–0 in a match in the Cairo League in that game Mokhtar El Tetsh was the first player to score hat trick in the Cairo Derby.[17]

At the end of the 1936–1937 season, Al Ahly won the double by winning the Cairo League tournaments and then the Egypt Cup, beating Zamalek and El Sekka El Hadid. Al Ahly managed to win the league in the last round, when Al Ahly defeated Zamalek 4–1 and win the league 3 points ahead its traditional rival. In the cup final, Al Ahly defeated Al Sikka 3–2 in an exciting match, Al Ahly's winning goal was scored by Abdel Karim Saqr in the last minutes.[18]

1938 was the last year in which the Sultan Hussein Cup was held, which started in 1917, and Al Ahly won its last version with a difficult 1–0 victory over Al Masry in the final match after Mustafa Latif scored a goal in the first half of extra time. In the Cairo league competition, Al Ahly won it in the last round again, with a large 5–1 victory over the second placed team Zamalek, in a match in which Saleh Al Sawwaf scored two goals, and Mokhtar El-Tetsh, Jamil Saber and Abdel-Majid El-Ashry scored one goal.[19]

Al Ahly football team traveled to Palestine in 1943 on 23 day tour headed by the legend Mokhtar El Tetsh to play several matches with Arab teams to support Palestine against the Zionists. The decision came, despite the refusal of the president of the Egyptian Football Association Haider Pasha due to the pressure from the British, due to their known position against the Palestinian issue.[20]

Dominating the league (1948–1967)Edit

 
Al Ahly squad in First Egyptian League

In The first edition of the Egyptian Premier League that was held for the first time in 1948, Al Ahly won the first match 5–0 against Greece Alexandria team. Ahmed Makkawi scored the first goal for Al Ahly in the history of the competition in the 11th minute. Mekkawi added a second goal in the second half, and Helmy Abu El-Maaty, Mohamed Lahita and Fathi Khattab scored one goal. The first team to represent Al Ahly in the competition was composed of: Kamal Hamed – Abdulaziz Hamami – Muhammad Abu Habajah – Abdel Moneim Shatara – Sayed Othman – Hilmi Abu Al-Moaty – Fouad Sidqi – Muhammad Lheta – Ahmed Makawi – Saleh Selim – Fathi Khattab. Mokhatr al Tetsh led Al Ahly to win the first championship in the clubs's history as a player and also led Al Ahly to win the first league in the club's history, Al Ahly snapped the league and cup (the double) for the first time after defeating Zamalek 3–1 in the 1949 Egypt Cup final Toto, Hussein Madkour and Fathi Khattab scored for Al Ahly.[21]

The 1949–1950 seasson witnessed a historical superiority for Al Ahly by the golden fifties generation led by Saleh Selim and Toto and Ahmed Makkawi won all the local championships, Al Ahly won theEgyptian Premier League after strong competition with Tersana ended with the two teams tying in points, The league winner was decided by a play off match, Al Ahly clinched the league the after defeating Tersana 2–1 in the play-off goals were scored by Toto and Fathi Khattab. Al Ahly also won the Cairo League, one point ahead of Tersana. In Egypt Cup Al Ahly Defeated Tersana in the final by a big score 6–0.[22]

In 1950–1951 Al Ahly won the double, by winning the league for the third consecutive time despite the strong competition with Zamalek, Then the Red Giants completed the double with a difficult victory in the Egyptian Cup final against El Sekka El Hadid[23]

Following the dethroning of King Farouk in the revolution of 1952, Ahly appointed Gamal Abdel Nasser as club honorary president.[24]

The 1951–1952 league championship was canceled due to the revolution of 1952, the competition returned the following season and Al Ahly managed to win it for the fourth time in a row with only two points ahead of Zamalek, after the two teams tied 2–2 in the last round, In the Egypt Cup, Al Ahly managed to defeat the defending champions Zamalek 4–1 in the final in a match in which Saleh Selim scored two goals and his older brother Abdel-Wahab Selim also scored a goal.

In The 1956–1957 League the number of teams increased to 14 teams, and Al-Ahly managed win the league with a difference of 9 points ahead from Zamalek the runner-up, to win the seventh title in a row, It was the first time that the team had reached 40 points.[25]

Al Ahly won the 1958–1959 league championship for the ninth time in a row and it was the first time that the top goal scorer of the league is a player for Al Ahly El-Sayed El-Dhizui, The Al Ahly scored 55 goals in just 18 games this season, more than 20 goals from its nearest competitors.[26]

After losing the league for the first time since the start of the competition, Al Ahly won the league for the tenth time in the club history in 1960–1961 season. Al Ahly Won Egypt Cup after defeating El Qanah 5–0, Mimi El-Sherbini scored two goals for Al Ahly.

First participation in African championships (1967–1980)Edit

After the 1967 war and the suspension of sporting activity in Egypt, the Club Board headed by Ibrahim Kamel El-Wakil announced that the club will host the military training for the members that will volunteer in the army, as well collecting donations in the name of the club to support the army.[27]

An entire generation of football stars retired because of the war, like Saleh Selim, Tariq Salim, Taha Ismail, Rifaat El-Fanagily, Adel Haikal and Mahmoud El-Gohary.

Al-Ahly did not win the league for 13 years.

 
Nándor Hidegkuti and Mahmoud El Khatib
 
El Khatib with the 1976–1977 League championship.

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.[28] The title returned to Al Ahly in 1974–1975, with the team scoring 70 goals in 34 games.[29]

Al Ahly first participation in the African Champions League was in 1976, and the start was unsuccessful for the club of century, as the team got knocked out from the first round by MC Alger, Al Khatib scored the first continental goal for Al Ahly.[30]

Ahly won the league championship in 1975–76[31] and 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 by Hearts of Oak.[32] From 1978 to 1980, Hidegkuti refused to take part in the African Cup of Champions Clubs Due to lack of financial resources and exhausting journeys in Africa.[33]

Invading Africa (1980–1990)Edit

Zamalek remained ahead of Al Ahly by six points in the 1981–82 Egyptian Premier League season, at this season the winner of the game gets two points and not three. Last matches in the competition witnessed bad performance by Zamalek until Al Ahly managed to win the championship after a goalless draw against Zamalek in the last round. Al Ahly won the championship in the end by three points ahead of zamalek. Al Ahly reached the semi final of 1981 African Cup of Champions Clubs but withdrew because of the assassination of the President Anwar Sadat.[34]

 
Al Ahly players before 1982 CAF Champions League first leg
 
Al Ahly Players with 1982 CAF Champions League

Al Ahly won the 1982 African Cup of Champions Clubs which was later renamed to CAF Champions League defeating Asante Kotoko S.C. in the final, winning the first leg 3–0,Mahmoud El Khatib scored two goals and Alaa Mayhoub scored one goal, The first leg was held on Sunday (28 November) at the Cairo Stadium in front of 60,000 spectators. In the second leg match in Kumasi, Mahmoud Khatib returned to score again and the game ended 1–1, the second leg was held on Wednesday (12 December) in Kumasi, Ghana, was attended by more than 70,000 spectators. Al Ahly during this edition of the tournament played ten games, achieved victory in five games at home, lost two games and tied in three away, the biggest result was the victory against Young Africans in the round of 16 5–0, Al Ahly scored 16 goals and conceded 5 goals only in this tournament. with Al-Ahly winning their first continental championship.[35]

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 The first leg was played on Sunday (27 November) at Cairo Stadium in the presence of 90,000 spectators, attended by the former President Hosni Mubarak, and ended 0–0, The second leg, took place on Sunday (11 December) in Kumasi in the presence of 70,000 spectator, ended with 1–0 win scored by Opoku Nti in the 22nd minute. The goal of the match was from a clear offside.[36]

Al Ahly reached a continental final again in 1984 this time in the African Cup Winners' Cup. AgainstCanon Yaoundé, Al-Ahly won on penalties in the Cameroonian capital after a 1–1 draw in both games.[37] The 1984–1985 season was one of the best seasons in the history of Al Ahly, as the red giant won the cup and the league and won the African Cup Winners Cup for the second time in a row by defeating Leventis United 2–1 on aggregate.[38] For the third time in a row, Al Ahly won the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1986 after winning the league, by defeating AS Sogara in the final 3–2 on aggregate, with Taher Abouzeid scoring two goals and Magdi Abdel Ghani scoring once.[39]

Al Ahly won the Egyptian League 1986–1987 season under the management of the coach Taha Ismail, the competition with Zamalek continued until the last round, when Al Ahly was two points ahead, Al Ahly was able to beat Zamalek in the last round 2–1 with two goals scored by Ayman Shawky.[40]

Al Ahly won the 1987 African Cup of Champions Clubs defeating Al-Hilal Club in the final, drawing in the first leg 0–0,The first leg was played on Sunday (29 November) in the Sudanese capital Khartoum attended by 50,000 Sudanese and 500 Egyptian spectator. In the second leg in Cairo ended 2–0 for Al Ahly, Gamal Eddine scored an own goal and Ayman Shawky scored the second goal. The match was held on Friday 18 December at Cairo Stadium in the presence of 80 thousand spectators. Three days after the match, Al Ahly legend Mahmoud El Khatib decided to retire after 17 years at a press conference attended by a large crowd of journalists.[41]

(1990–2005)Edit

Al Ahly won the Egypt Cup title in 1992 by defeating the league champion Zamalek 2–1 in an exciting final, whose hero was Ayman Shawky, who scored the winning goal in the 92nd minute after he scored a spectacular header.[42]

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, Al Ahly defeated Africa Sports d'Abidjan in the final with a penalty scored 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.[43][44]

After three years without winning the league, the League returned to Al Ahly in 1993–1994 season under the management of Alan Harris after a strong competition with Ismaily SC, which was only decided by a playoff match that the red giant won 4–3 in Alexandria a wonderful hat-trick was scored by Mohamed Ramadan.[45]

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 and complaining on the referee decisions in the 1994 CAF Super Cup. Al Ahly won the 1994 Arab Cup Winners' Cup by defeating Al-Shabab FC (Riyadh) in the final 1–0 with a goal scored by Felix Aboagye.[46] 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 1997 Arab Club Champions Cup 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 and winning the 1998 Arab Super Cup title with Zobel for the second successive season after beating MC Oran,Al-Shabab, and drawing with Club Africain. In 1998 Al Ahly returned to the African championships for the first time in six years.[47]

In the summer of 2001, Ahly signed Manuel Jose to take on the leadership of the team and this was the first time in the history of the club to have a manager from the Portugal. Jose's first acquaintance with Al Ahly was the friendly match against Real Madrid in August 2001, when Al Ahly stunned Spanish giants Real Madrid with a 1–0 win with a goal by Sunday Chibuike at the Cairo Stadium, The goal came after Khaled Bebo embarked on a superb counter-attacking solo run before passing to Hossam Ghaly who beat the Real goalkeeper Cesar to the ball Sunday was on hand to steer the ball into an empty net.[48] This was the fourth time Al Ahly had defeated a European team with a newly crowned Champions League title, after defeating Benfica 3–2 in 1963 who had won the European Cup in 1961 and 1962 and reached the final in 1963, Bayern Munich in 1977 winning 2–1 and finally, Steaua București in 1986, winning 3–0.[49]

Al-Ahly won the African Champions League title after a 4–1 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., The first leg was held on Saturday (8 December) at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the South African capital Pretoria and ended in 1–1, Gift Kampamba scored in the 26th minute, and Sayed Abdel Hafeez equalized in the 58th minute, The second leg was held on 21 December at Cairo International Stadium in the presence of 75,000 spectators, and ended with the victory for Al Ahly with three goal scored by Khaled Bebo in the 36th minute from a penalty and at the 45th minute from an assist by Mohamed Farouk, and at the 90th minute from an assist by Walid Salah.[50]

Al Ahly also confirmed his continental supremacy by grabbing the Super Cup with another 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.[51]

Eventhough Manuel Jose could not achieve any local championship in his first term, but he was able to achieve a very special achievement by beating Zamalek 6–1 in the league. The defending champions Zamalek had a very strong team, but Khaled Bebo, the star of Al Ahly, managed to score 4 goals It is the first and only time in the history of the Cairo derby that any player had achieved this. At the end of the season Jose was sacked and replaced by the Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere on a one-year contract, on a monthly salary of $18,000, The club's decision to sack Jose was not welcomed by the majority of the fans.[52][53]

The Golden Era (2005–2013)Edit

Al Ahly achieved victory in all the matches of the first 14 rounds of the 2004–05 Egyptian Premier League, to win the Premier League title for the 29th time in the club history and the first local championship for the Portuguese coach Manuel Jose who was rehired again by the club, Al Ahly won the league by a record difference from Enppi the closest competitor, which was 31 points for the first time in the history of the competition, it was the first time that a club has won all their matches in the first half of a season since the league began in 1948.[54]

 
Al Ahly Fans Celebrating after winning the 2005 CAF Champions League

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 clinched the CAF Champions League for the fourth time in their history after defeating Étoile Sportive du Sahel 3–0 in Cairo, The first leg was played on Saturday (29 October) at the Stade Olympique de Sousse, Tunisia, and ended 0–0, second leg was played on Saturday (12 November) at the Cairo Military Academy Stadium in the presence of 30,000 spectators, due to renovations at Cairo International Stadium in preparation for hosting the 2006 African Nations Cup, Al Ahly won a 3–0, goals scored by Mohamed Aboutrika in the 19th minute, and Osama Hosni from a header in the 52nd minute, and Mohammed Barakat from a screamer, Al Ahly has set a record of not losing in 52 games in 852 days. And winning the Super Cup by beating ASFAR 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 Al-Ittihad.[55]

 
Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the club legends.

Many believe that 2006 is the best in the history of Al Ahly in terms of various achievements, starting with the Egyptian Super cup for the second time with another exciting win over Enppi with a goal of in the stoppage time. Al Ahly also 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 by reaching the final against CS Sfaxien, The result of the first leg between Al Ahly and Sfaxien ended 1–1 in Cairo Stadium, goals scored by Abu Trika in the first half from direct free kick, and Frimpong equalized for Sfaxien after only five minutes of the second half. Every one predicted that the cup will go to CS Sfaxien for the first time in its history and that Ahly is only 90 minutes away from losing the title. in the second leg 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 by scoring a spectacular goal, Al Ahly returned to participate in 2006 FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in a row in the championship that was held in Japan, but Al Ahly's participation this time was much better than the first time, as Al Ahly defeated Auckland City FC in the Quarter-final 2–0 with two goals scored by Flávio Amado and Mohamed Aboutrika in the second half.The team qualified for the semi-finals to face the Brazilian club Internacional. Al Ahly played a great match but lost 2–1, Alexandre Pato, Luiz Adriano scored for the Brazilian team and Flavio scored for Al Ahly in the second half. Al Ahly played a match to determine the third and fourth places, Al Ahly managed to defeat Club América in Yokohama 2–1 Mohamed Aboutrika scored the two goals for Al Ahly, Salvador Cabañas scored the only goal for the Mexican club, and Al Ahly won the bronze medal for the first time in African history.[56]

Al Ahly Played 2007 CAF Super Cup on 18 February at the Addis Ababa Stadium As the champion of the 2006 CAF Champions League against the ES Sahel that was the champion of the 2006 CAF Confederation Cup, Al Ahly was suffering from many absences at this time because of injuries however,the mach reached to penalties after the extra time ended with goalless draw and Al Ahly won the penalty shootout 5–4. After achieving the Super title, Al Ahly was able to equal the record set by Zamalek with 3 Super Cup titles, before achieving three other titles more than any other club, and Al Ahly also maintains another record It is the club that participated most in the African Super cup (8 times).[57]

The red control continued on the league's shield, Al Ahly won the Egyptian Premier League for the 4th consecutive time 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,It was the second victory in a week for Ahly over Zamalek after they met in the CAF Champions League a week earlier. Al Ahly won the CAF champions league for the sixth time with a 4–2 win on aggregate over Coton Sport FC de Garoua in the final after finishing the first leg with a 2–0 win and drawing in the second leg 2–2. 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.[58]

Al Ahly started 2008–2009 season with the title of the CAF Super Cup after defeating CS Sfaxien 2–1, Al Ahly two goals scored by Flávio Amado before the start of an exciting race on the league's shield with Ismaily, the two teams played a playoff match to determine the champion. Al Ahly won the match 1–0 by Flavio's goal that came after just five minutes with a header from a free kick delivered by his compatriot Gilberto.[59] It was the last championship for Manuel Jose during his second term before leaving the team's leadership to Hossam El-Badry.[60] Hossam Al Badry managed to keep the 2009–2010 league shield in Al Ahly's cupboard to become the first national coach to win the league championship in 23 years, Al Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup by defeating Haras El Hodoud SC 1–0.

 
Al Ahly starting line up in 2011

In theCAF 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 second leg with a clear handball in the goal scored by Michael Eneramo.[61]

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 after defeating Enppi 2–1 in a sad match at the empty stadium of Borg El Arab Stadium. Despite the difficult events, Al Ahly players overcame all circumstances and achieved the 2012 CAF Champions League for the seventh time after they beat Esperance in the Final, After finishing the first leg 1–1 At the Borg El Arab Stadium Al Ahly was able to defeat Esperance in the second leg at the Stade Olympique de Radès 2–1, Gedoscored Al Ahly's opener from a shoot inside the 18 yard box before the half-time and Walid Solimanscored to make the score 2–0 in the 61st minute, Esperance's striker Yannick N'Djeng pulled a goal back to give Esperance fans hope again, Mohamed Aboutrika missed a penalty but Al Ahly held on to become African champions for a seventh time.[62][63]

Al Ahly led by Hossam Al Badri achieved the fourth place in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, achieving victory in the first match against Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2–1, scored by El Sayed Hamdy and Ahly's talismanic striker Mohamed Aboutrika who came off the bench to score the winning goal after only 12 minutes into second half.[64] Then Al Ahly hardly lost 1–0 to the Copa Libertadores champion Corinthians, and Al Ahly was defeated by Monterrey in the third-place match.[65]

Hossam Al Badri left the team to Mohamed Youssef, who managed to complete the march successfully and lead Ahly to achieve the 2013 CAF Champions League for the eighth time by beating the South African club Orlando Pirates 2–0 in the second leg match after a 1–1 draw in the first leg, Mohamed Aboutrika scored for Al Ahly in the first leg from a freekick from outside the penalty area on the 14th minute. The second leg match was the last impression of the fans of the legend Mohamed Abotreka when he scored the first goal of the match to be the last goal of his eternal journey in the red shirt.[66]

Mahmoud Taher Era (2014–2017)Edit

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 adding of this continental tournament to the club's cupboard for the first time. Indeed, Al Ahly reached the final against Séwé FC but lost the first leg 2–1. In the return match, the score stayed 0–0 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.Garrido was sacked after the club was eliminated from CAF Champions League on penalties to Moghreb Tétouan. With this victory.[67]

 
Al Ahly fans Tifo before Egyptian super cup 2015

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.[68]

Al Ahly won the league title after only missing only one season in 2015–2016, seven points difference between the defeating champions Zamalek, Ahly finished the competition as the strongest attack and the strongest defense under the leadership of Dutchman Martin Jol who replaced the Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro who left the club in January to take over at Porto.[69]

Al Ahly won Premier League title for the 39th time in his history before the end of the league with four rounds, Al Ahly also managed to play the 39th game in a row without losing any match at all competitions. Al Ahly has achieved a specialrecord in the number of games without defeat which are 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 Al Masry 2–1 in a strong match at the Egyptian Cup final at Borg El Arab Stadium. Al Masry scored in the 102nd minute before Amr Gamal equalized in the 117th minute and Ahmed Fathy added the winning goal in the 120th minute.

Mahmoud El Khatib Era (2017–Present)Edit

On 1 December 2017 Mahmoud El Khatib was elected as the new club president, El Khatib won the polls ahead of Mahmoud Taher. El Khatib won 20,956 votes while Taher, who had been president since 2014 until 2017, polled 13,182. In the race to be vice-president Mustafa Fahmy collected 14,269 votes compared to former Egyptian sports minister El Amry Farouk who won 19,923 votes.[70]

Al Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup title for the tenth time in its history, after defeating Al Masry SC 1–0, in the match that was held on 12 January 2019 at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The winning goal was scored by Walid Azaro in the 12th minute of the first extra half of the match, which gave the Red devils the title.[71]

The first football team in Al Ahly managed to clinch the Egyptian Premier League for the third consecutive season under the leadership of the manager Hossam El-Badry, and forty in its history, reaching the fourth star. Al Ahly officially won the title 6 weeks before the end of the championship, achieving the second fastest league in its history after the historic 2004–05 Egyptian Premier League season.[72]

Al Ahly managed to win the 2018–19 Egyptian Premier League title for the fourth consecutive season and for the 41st in its history under the leadership of the Uruguayan manager Martín Lasarte, after defeating Al Mokawloon Al Arab 3–1 in a meeting that gathered the two on 23 July 2019, This result put Ahly five points clear of their rivals Zamalek with one game of the league season left to play.[73] Al Ahly winning the 2018–19 Egyptian Premier League Shield raised the club tournaments to 136 tournament, it made Al Ahly the most crowned club in the world with 20 continental titles, 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,[74] 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. At the local level, Al Ahly achieved 41 Egyptian Premier League and 36 Egypt Cup, 11 Egyptian Super Cup title, and 7 Sultan Hussein Cup, 16 Cairo League more than any other club, along with winning the cup of the United Arab Republic on one occasion and the cup of the Egyptian Confederation Cup once also.[75]

On 31 August Rene Weiler has been named as the new coach of Al Ahly, Weiler replaced Martin Lasarte who was sacked despite guiding Ahly to win the Egyptian Premier League title with a game to spare,[76] Weiler was able to win his first title with the club in less than one month as Al Ahly managed to win the Egyptian Super Cup for the 11th time in the club history after defeating Zamalek 3–2 in the match that Gathered the two teams on 20 September 2019 at the Borg El Arab Stadium. The Nigerian striker Junior Ajayi scored the first and third goals in Zamalek, to become the second foreigner to score in the history of the Egyptian Super Cup, the first foreign player to score in the tournament was also Al Ahly striker Walid Azaro when he scored the winning goal against Al Masry in the 2017–18 Egyptian Super Cup. However, Junior Ajayi became the first foreign player to score two goals in Egyptian Super.[77]

RivalriesEdit

 
Al Ahly and Zamalek historical positions in the League

The Cairo Derby is a rival football match between Egyptian clubs Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC, which are arguably the two most successful clubs in Egypt and Africa. Al 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. Typically, 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.

They also have a rivalry with Būr Saٰīd club Al Masry SC (see Port Said Stadium disaster for an example of the intensity of this rivalry)

SupportersEdit

Ultras AhlawyEdit

 
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.Ultras Ahlawy members include college graduates, workers, and youth from many social levels in Egypt. Their slogan is "Together Forever", meant to highlight the connections between their members. Other slogans are "WE ARE EGYPT", "The best club in the Universe" or "The best club in existence" (Egyptian pronunciation:A'zam Nady Fi El Koon).

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.[78]

Other Supporting groupsEdit

Type of group Name Creation date
Ultras group Ultras Ahlawy 13 April 2007
Ultras group Ultras Red Devils 2007 (Dissolution in 2015)
Ultras group Ultras Winners 2012 (Dissolution in 2014)
Fans Association ALU 1996 (Dissolution in 2005)
Fans Association AFC 2005 (Dissolution in 2007)

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 Al-Masry and Al Ahly, following a 3–1 victory by Al-Masry. Al-Masry supporters violently attacked supporters of Al Ahly by trapping them inside the stadium and attacking them with clubs, stones, bottles, and fireworks.[79][80] As a result, 72 supporters of Al Ahly were killed with more than 500 injured after thousands of Al-Masry spectators stormed the stadium stands and pitch. Many of the deaths were due to the police's refusal to open the stadium gates. Members of Ultras Ahlawy claim that the supporters were specifically targeted because of their 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 a unique season in Al Ahly's illustrious history: the team would go on to set an unprecedented record of going an entire season being unbeaten in all competitions. 46 matches were played in the Egyptian Premier League,[81] Egypt Cup, Egyptian Super Cup, and the CAF Champions League.[82] Al Ahly remained undefeated in all of these competitions (as well as winning all of these trophies).

NameEdit

Amin Sami Pasha was the first person to propose the name of "Al Ahly Sporting Club". Al Ahly, which means "The National" 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 British occupation of Egypt.[83]

GroundsEdit

Mokhtar El-Tetsh StadiumEdit

 
Mokhtar El tetsh stadium at morning.
 
Al Ahly fans supporting the team in Mokhtar El tetsh stadium.

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 become known as Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium. In 1929, the stadium was named after Egypt's prince at this time, the Prince Farouk Stadium. By 1956, light stands were added to the stadium. Later the stadium was named Mokhtar El Tetsh Stadium, Mokhtar El Tetsh was one of the club legends and was considered to be one of the most talented footballers in the country's history and attracted the hearts of many of his countrymen. Al Ahly continued to play their home games at Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium until Cairo Stadium was opened.[84]

Cairo StadiumEdit

Cairo Stadium
Stad El Qahira El Dawly
Full nameCairo International Stadium
LocationNasr City, Cairo
Capacity75,000
Record attendance130,000
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1955–1960
Opened23 July 1960
Renovated2005,2019
ArchitectWerner March

Al Ahly formerly played their home games at their own ground, Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium, but its capacity was far too small for the club's supporters. As a consequence, Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium became the official training ground, and Cairo International Stadium replacing it as the official home ground. Since 2014, Al Ahly stopped playing their home games at the Cairo International Stadium 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 the first leg of the Egyptian Premier League 2017–2018 season, Al Ahly returned to Cairo International Stadium as its official home ground.

A Panorama view of the stadium interior

Al Ahly StadiumEdit

On 4 December 2019 Al Ahly Announced that they bought Al Salam Stadium as usufruct for 25 years or until Al Ahly SC Stadium is built and important matches that needs larger capacity will be played on Cairo Stadium, Later the stadium was named Al Ahly Stadium.

The first match hosted by the stadium was on 6 December Against Al-Hilal Club at the 2019–20 CAF Champions League group stage.

MediaEdit

 
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.

The club also has a YouTube channel that has over 600 thousand subscribers as of July 2020. Training videos, exclusive features, and match highlights are frequently published on the channel

Kits and crestEdit

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.[85]

The Evolution of the Crest of Al Ahly
1907–1952 1952–2007 2007 – present
     

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

[86]

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

HonoursEdit

Al Ahly are the most decorated club in the world [87]

DomesticEdit

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, 2002–03, 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 11 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 2009, 2016, 2019
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
Cairo League 16 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1957–58
Egyptian Confederation Cup 1 1989
United Arab Republic (Egyptian-Syrian) Championship 1 1961

ConfederationEdit

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

WorldwideEdit

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

StatisticsEdit

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

  • PR = Preliminary round
  • FR = First round
  • SR = Second round
  • PO = Play-off round
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1976 African Cup of Champions Clubs SR   Algeria MC Alger 1–0 0–3 1–3
1977 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Somalia Horseed 3–0 1–1 4–1
SR   Libya Al Madina 7–2 0–1 7–3
QF   Ghana Hearts of Oak 1–0 0–3 1–3
1978 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Uganda KCCA w/o[a]
1981 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Kenya Abaluhya 3–1 1–1 4–2
SR   Uganda Nile Breweries 5–0 0–2 5–2
QF   Gabon USM Libreville 3–0 1–1 4–1
SF   Algeria JE Tizi Ouzou w/o[b]
1982 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Somalia Lavori Publici 1–0 0–0 1–0
SR   Tanzania Young Africans 5–0 1–1 6–1
QF   Zambia Green Buffaloes 3–0 0–1 3–1
SF   Nigeria Enugu Rangers 4–0 0–1 4–1
Final   Ghana Asante Kotoko 3–0 1–1 4–1
1983 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Sudan Al Merrikh 1–0 0–0 1–0
SR   Zimbabwe Dynamos 4–1 2–1 6–2
QF   Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 5–0 0–1 5–1
SF   Zambia Nkana Red Devils 2–0 0–0 2–0
Final   Ghana Asante Kotoko 0–0 0–1 0–1
1984 African Cup Winners' Cup FR   Morocco CLAS Casablanca 3–1 2–0 5–1
SR   Algeria MP Alger 3–1 0–1 3–2
QF   Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 3–1 1–2 4–3
SF   Egypt Al Mokawloon Al Arab 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Final   Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 1–0 0–1 1–1 (4–2 p)
1985 African Cup Winners' Cup FR   Tunisia AS Marsa 4–0 1–0 5–0
SR   Tanzania Simba 2–0 1–2 3–2
QF   Benin Dragons de l'Ouémé 4–0 1–1 5–1
SF   Libya Al Nasr w/o[c]
Final   Nigeria Leventis United 2–0 0–1 2–1
1986 African Cup Winners' Cup FR   Uganda Express 2–0 0–1 2–1
SR   Swaziland Mbabane Highlanders 3–0 5–0 8–0
QF   Zambia Power Dynamos 2–0 0–1 2–1
SF   Egypt Ismaily 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Final   Gabon AS Sogara 3–0 0–2 3–2
1987 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Rwanda Panthères Noires 4–0 1–1 5–1
SR   Kenya AFC Leopards 6–0 1–2 7–2
QF   Ivory Coast Africa Sports 2–0 0–2 2–2 (4–2 p)
SF   Ghana Asante Kotoko 2–0 0–1 2–1
Final   Sudan Al Hilal 2–0 0–0 2–0
1988 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Tanzania Young Africans 4–0 0–0 4–0
SR   Uganda SC Villa 3–1 3–2 6–3
QF   Mozambique Matchedje 2–0 0–1 2–1
SF   Algeria ES Sétif 2–0 0–2 2–2 (2–4 p)
1990 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Libya Al Ittihad Tripoli 5–0 3–0 8–0
SR   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 0–0 0–0 0–0 (2–4 p)
1991 African Cup of Champions Clubs FR   Ethiopia Addis Ababa Brewery w/o[d]
SR   Zimbabwe Highlanders 3–1 1–0 4–1
QF   Uganda SC Villa 2–0 0–2 2–2 (2–4 p)
1992 African Cup Winners' Cup FR   Kenya AFC Leopards 2–0 1–2 3–2
SR   Zambia Kabwe Warriors 1–0 0–1 1–1 (4–3 p)
QF   Ivory Coast Africa Sports 2–0 0–3 2–3
1993 African Cup Winners' Cup FR   Tanzania Pamba 5–0 0–0 5–0
SR   Lesotho Arsenal 1–0 1–0 2–0
QF   Sudan Al Merrikh 5–1 2–1 7–2
SF   Nigeria El Kanemi Warriors 3–0 0–0 3–0
Final   Ivory Coast Africa Sports 1–0 1–1 2–1
1994 CAF Super Cup Final   Egypt Zamalek 0–1
1994 African Cup Winners' Cup FR   Ethiopia Saint George w/o[e]
1998 CAF Champions League FR   Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
1999 CAF Champions League FR   Tanzania Maji Maji 2–0 3–0 5–0
SR   Rwanda Rayon Sports 3–0 0–1 3–1
Group A   Nigeria Shooting Stars 4–1 3–2 2nd
  Morocco Raja Casablanca 0–1 1–1
  Ghana Hearts of Oak 2–0 1–2
2000 CAF Champions League FR   Kenya Tusker 3–1 0–1 3–2
SR   Burundi Vital'O 3–0 1–2 4–2
Group B   Nigeria Lobi Stars 3–1 1–3 2nd
  Senegal Jeanne d'Arc 3–1 1–1
  Ghana Hearts of Oak 1–1 1–2
2001 CAF Champions League FR   Eritrea Red Sea 3–0 0–1 3–1
SR   Seychelles Saint Michel United 5–0 1–0 6–0
Group B   Algeria CR Belouizdad 1–0 1–0 2nd
  Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–1 0–1
  Angola Petro de Luanda 2–4 3–1
SF   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Final   South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 3–0 1–1 4–1
2002 CAF Super Cup Final   South Africa Kaizer Chiefs 4–1
2002 CAF Champions League FR   Kenya Oserian Fastac 2–1 0–0 2–1
SR   Sudan Al Merrikh 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a)
Group B   Senegal Jeanne d'Arc 1–2 1–2 4th
  DR Congo TP Mazembe 1–0 0–0
  Morocco Raja Casablanca 3–3 1–2
2003 CAF Cup
SR   Libya Al Nasr 2–0 2–1 4–1
QF   Nigeria Enugu Rangers 0–0 0–4 0–4
2004 CAF Champions League FR   Sudan Al Hilal 0–1 0–0 0–1
2005 CAF Champions League FR   Uganda SC Villa 0–0 6–0 6–0
SR   Algeria USM Alger 2–2 1–0 3–2
Group A   Morocco Raja Casablanca 1–0 1–1 1st
  South Africa Ajax Cape Town 2–0 0–0
  Nigeria Enyimba 2–1 1–0
SF   Egypt Zamalek 2–0 2–1 4–1
Final   Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 3–0 0–0 3–0
2006 CAF Super Cup Final   Morocco FAR Rabat 0–0 (4–2 p)
2006 CAF Champions League FR   Kenya Tusker 3–0 2–0 5–0
SR   Equatorial Guinea Renacimiento 4–0 0–0 4–0
Group A   Algeria JS Kabylie 2–0 2–2 2nd
  Ghana Asante Kotoko 4–0 0–0
  Tunisia CS Sfaxien 2–1 0–1
SF   Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–0 1–2 3–2
Final   Tunisia CS Sfaxien 1–1 1–0 2–1
2007 CAF Super Cup Final   Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 0–0 (5–4 p)
2007 CAF Champions League FR   Zimbabwe Highlanders 2–0 0–0 2–0
SR   South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 2–0 2–2 4–2
Group B   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 3–0 0–1 1st
  Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–0 1–0
  Sudan Al Hilal 2–0 0–3
SF   Libya Al Ittihad Tripoli 1–0 0–0 1–0
Final   Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–3 0–0 1–3
2008 CAF Champions League FR   Eritrea Al Tahrir w/o[f]
SR   South Africa Platinum Stars 2–0 1–2 3–2
Group A   Egypt Zamalek 2–1 2–2 1st
  Zimbabwe Dynamos 2–1 1–0
  Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–2 0–0
SF   Nigeria Enyimba 1–0 0–0 1–0
Final   Cameroon Coton Sport 2–0 2–2 4–2
2009 CAF Super Cup Final   Tunisia CS Sfaxien 2–1
2009 CAF Champions League FR   Tanzania Young Africans 3–0 1–0 4–0
SR   Nigeria Kano Pillars 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
2009 CAF Confederation Cup PO   Angola Santos 3–0 0–3 3–3 (5–6 p)
2010 CAF Champions League FR   Zimbabwe Gunners 2–0 0–1 2–1
SR   Libya Al Ittihad Tripoli 3–0 0–2 3–2
Group B   Nigeria Heartland 2–1 1–1 2nd
  Egypt Ismaily 2–1 2–4
  Algeria JS Kabylie 1–1 0–1
SF   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2011 CAF Champions League FR   South Africa SuperSport United 2–0 0–1 2–1
SR   Zambia ZESCO United 1–0 0–0 1–0
Group B   Algeria MC Alger 2–0 0–0 3rd
  Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 1–1 0–1
  Morocco Wydad Casablanca 3–3 1–1
2012 CAF Champions League FR   Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee 3–0 0–0 3–0
SR   Mali Stade Malien 3–1 0–1 3–2
Group B   Ghana Berekum Chelsea 4–1 1–1 1st
  Egypt Zamalek 0–1 1–1
  DR Congo TP Mazembe 2–1 0–2
SF   Nigeria Sunshine Stars 1–0 3–3 4–3
Final   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 1–1 2–1 3–2
2013 CAF Super Cup Final   Congo AC Léopards 2–1
2013 CAF Champions League FR   Kenya Tusker 2–0 2–1 4–1
SR   Tunisia CA Bizertin 2–1 0–0 2–1
Group A   South Africa Orlando Pirates 0–3 0–0 1st
  Congo AC Léopards 2–1 1–0
  Egypt Zamalek 4–2 1–1
SF   Cameroon Coton Sport 1–1 1–1 2–2 (7–6 p)
Final   South Africa Orlando Pirates 2–0 1–1 3–1
2014 CAF Super Cup Final   Tunisia CS Sfaxien 3–2
2014 CAF Champions League FR   Tanzania Young Africans 1–0 0–1 1–1 (4–3 p)
SR   Libya Al Ahly Benghazi 2–3 0–1 2–4
2014 CAF Confederation Cup PO   Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Group B   Zambia Nkana 2–0 0–1 1st
  Ivory Coast Séwé Sport 1–0 1–1
  Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 0–0 1–1
SF   Cameroon Coton Sport 2–1 1–0 3–1
Final   Ivory Coast Séwé Sport 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
2015 CAF Super Cup Final   Algeria ES Sétif 1–1 (5–6 p)
2015 CAF Champions League FR   Rwanda APR 2–0 2–0 4–0
SR   Morocco Moghreb Tétouan 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–4 p)
2015 CAF Confederation Cup PO   Tunisia Club Africain 2–1 1–2 3–3 (5–4 p)
Group A   Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–0 0–1 1st
  Mali Stade Malien 1–0 0–0
  Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 3–0 1–0
SF   South Africa Orlando Pirates 3–4 0–1 3–5
2016 CAF Champions League FR   Angola Recreativo do Libolo 2–0 0–0 2–0
SR   Tanzania Young Africans 2–1 1–1 3–2
Group A   Zambia ZESCO United 2–2 2–3 3rd
  Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 1–2 0–0
  Morocco Wydad Casablanca 0–0 1–0
2017 CAF Champions League FR   South Africa Bidvest Wits 1–0 0–0 1–0
Group D   Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2–0 0–2 2nd
  Cameroon Coton Sport 3–1 2–0
  Zambia Zanaco 0–0 0–0
QF   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2–1 2–2 4–3
SF   Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 6–2 1–2 7–4
Final   Morocco Wydad Casablanca 1–1 0–1 1–2
2018 CAF Champions League FR   Gabon CF Mounana 4–0 3–1 7–1
Group A   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 0–0 1–0 1st
  Botswana Township Rollers 3–0 1–0
  Uganda KCCA 4–3 0–2
QF   Guinea Horoya 4–0 0–0 4–0
SF   Algeria ES Sétif 2–0 1–2 3–2
Final   Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 3–1 0–3 3–4
2018–19 CAF Champions League FR   Ethiopia Jimma Aba Jifar 2–0 0–1 2–1
Group D   Tanzania Simba 5–0 0–1 1st
  Algeria JS Saoura 3–0 1–1
  DR Congo AS Vita Club 2–0 0–1
QF   South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 1–0 0–5 1–5
2019–20 CAF Champions League PR   South Sudan Atlabara 9–0 4–0 13–0
FR   Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport 4–0 2–0 6–0
Group B   Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–0 0–1 2nd
  Sudan Al Hilal 2–1 1–1
  Zimbabwe FC Platinum 2–0 1–1
QF   South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns 2–0 1–1 3–1
SF   Morocco Wydad Casablanca
Notes
  1. ^ KCCA won on walkover after Al Ahly withdrew.
  2. ^ JE Tizi Ouzou won on walkover after Al Ahly withdrew following the assassination of Anwar Sadat.
  3. ^ Al Ahly won on walkover after Al Nasr withdrew.
  4. ^ Al Ahly won on walkover after Addis Ababa Brewery withdrew.
  5. ^ Saint George won on walkover after Al Ahly withdrew.
  6. ^ Al Ahly won on walkover after Al Tahrir withdrew.

Domestic competitionsEdit

Egyptian Clubs Competitions
Year Premier League Egypt Cup Super Cup
1921–22 Started in
1948
- Started in
2001
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 Winner
2018–19 Winner Round of 16 Runner-up

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)
2015
(× 2)
2016
(× 3)
2017
(× 4)
2018
(× 5)
Total
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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 29 July 2020

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 (captain)
2   MF Karim Walid
3   MF Mohamed Mahmoud
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 Marwan Mohsen
10   MF Saleh Gomaa
11   MF Walid Soliman
12   DF Ayman Ashraf (Fourth-captain)
13   GK Ali Lotfi
14   MF Hussein El Shahat
15   MF Aliou Dieng
No. Position Player
16   GK Mohamed El Shenawy (Third-captain)
17   MF Amr El Solia
18   FW Aliou Badji
19   MF Mohamed Magdy
20   DF Saad Samir (Fifth-captain)
21   DF Ali Maâloul
22   MF Ahmed El Sheikh
23   DF Mahmoud Wahid
24   DF Ahmed Fathy (Vice-captain)
26   FW Mahmoud Kahraba
28   FW Junior Ajayi
29   FW Geraldo
30   DF Mohamed Hany
76   GK Mostafa Shobair
--   FW Taher Mohamed

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
  DF Ahmed Alaa (at Tala'ea El Gaish until 30 June 2021)
  DF Basem Ali (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)
  DF Mahmoud El Gazzar (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)
  DF Hussein El Sayed (at CS Sfaxien until 30 June 2020)
  MF Amar Hamdy (at Tala'ea El Gaish until 30 June 2020)
  MF Nasser Maher (at Smouha until 30 June 2020)
  DF Karim Yehia (at Smouha until 30 June 2020)
  DF Mohamed Abdelmonem (at Smouha until 30 June 2021)
No. Position Player
  MF Akram Tawfik (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)
  FW Walid Azaro (at Al Ettifaq until 30 June 2020)
  FW Amr Gamal (at Tala'ea El Gaish until 30 June 2021)
  FW Salah Mohsen (at Smouha until 30 June 2020)
  FW Ahmed Yasser Rayyan (at El Gouna until 30 June 2020)
  FW Mohamed Sherif (at ENPPI until 30 June 2020)
  MF Fawzi El Henawy (at Smouha until 30 June 2021)

Coaching staffEdit

 
René Weiler, Al Ahly current head coach
Coaching staff
  René Weiler Head coach
  Samy Komsan Assistant coach
  David Sesa Assistant coach
  Michel Iannacone Goalkeeping coach
Analysis department
  Shoaib Sukuk Head Analyst
Fitness coaches
  Thomas Binggeli Fitness Coach
Medical department
  Khaled Mahmoud Team Doctor
  Hany Wahba Team doctor
  Mohamed Wafaay Physiotherapist
Sport management and organisation
  Sayed Abdel Hafeez Sporting director

All time top Egyptian Premier League ScorersEdit

 
Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly top scorer and current president
Top Goalscorers[91]
# Player Goals
1 Mahmoud El Khatib 109
2 Hossam Hassan 109
3 Mohamed Aboutrika 79
4 Saleh Selim 78
5 El Sayed Ateya (Toto) 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

[92]

 
Saleh Selim former player and president Statue at the club
No Tenure Name From To
1 1st   Alfred Mitchell-Innes 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

CaptainsEdit

Throughout its history, Al Ahly has had 48 club captains, the first captain was Ahmed Fouad Anwar.
Mohamed El-Shenawy is the current captain since 2020.[93]

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
No. Name
11   Hussein Madkour
12   Mohamed El-Guindi
13   Ahmed Mekawi
14   Abdel Galil Hemaida
15   Saleh Selim
16   Rifaat El-Fanagily
17   Taha Ismail
18   Mimi El-Sherbini
19   Essam Abdel Monem
20   Hany Moustafa
No. Name
21   Anwar Salama
22   Hassan Hamdy
23   Mustafa Younis
24   Moustafa Abdou
25   Mahmoud El-Khateeb
26   Thabet El-Batal
27   Taher Abouzaid
28   Rabie Yassin
29   Magdi Abdelghani
30   Ahmed Shobair
No. Name
31   Osama Orabi
32   Hossam Hassan
33   Walid Salah El-Din
34   Hady Khashaba
35   Sayed Abdel Hafeez
36   Essam El Hadary
37   Shady Mohamed
38   Ahmed Belal
39   Osama Hosny
40   Ahmad El-Sayed
No. Name
41   Wael Gomaa
42   Mohamed Aboutrika
43   Hossam Ghaly
44   Emad Moteab
45   Hossam Ashour
46   Sherif Ekramy
47   Ahmed Fathy
48   Mohamed El Shenawy

Managers listEdit

Name Nat From To Honours
Gamil Osman   ? ? ?
Mahmoud Mokhtar El-Tetch   ? ? ?
Labib Mahmoud   ? ? ?
Hussein El-Far   ? ? ?
Mohamed El-Guindi   ? ? ?
Mustafa Kamel Mansour   ? ? ?
Foad Sedki   ? ? ?
Ahmed Mekawi   ? ? ?
Mohamed Abdou Saleh El-Wahsh   ? ? ?
Abdel Aziz Hammami   ? ? ?
Foad Shaaban   ? ? ?
Curtis Booth   ? ?
Friedrich Pimperl   ? ? 2 Egyptian Premier League
1Egypt Cup
Pál Titkos   ? ? 1 Egyptian Premier League
1Egypt Cup
John McBride   ? ? 1 Egyptian Premier League
Ljubiša Brocic   ? ?
Ivan Horvatic   ? ?
Zoran Tadic    ? ?
Nándor Hidegkuti   1973 1980 5 Egyptian Premier League
1 Egypt Cup
Géza Kalocsay   1980 1982 1 Egyptian Premier League
1 Egypt Cup
Mahmoud El-Gohary   1982 1984 1 CAF Champions League
2 Egypt Cup
Don Revie   1 July 1984 7 November 1984 1 Egyptian Premier League
Mahmoud El-Sayes   8 November 1984 31 May 1985 1 Egyptian Premier League
1 Egypt Cup
1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Mahmoud El-Gohary   31 May 1985 30 June 1986 1 Egyptian Premier League
1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Taha Ismail   1986 July 1987 1 Egyptian Premier League
1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Jeff Butler   July 1987 December 1987
Anwar Salama   December 1987 1988 1 CAF Champions League
Dietrich Weise   1988 1989 1 Egyptian Premier League
1 Egypt Cup
1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Mahmoud El-Sayes   1988 1991 1 Egypt Cup
Michael Everitt   1991 1991
Anwar Salama   1991 1993 1Egypt Cup
Allan Harris   1 July 1993 30 June 1995 2 Egyptian Premier League
1 Arab Club Champions Cup
1African Cup Winners' Cup
Reiner Hollmann   1 July 1995 30 November 1997 2 Egyptian Premier League
1 Arab Cup Winners' Cup
1Arab Super Cup
1 Egypt Cup
Rainer Zobel   1998 31 August 2000 3 Egyptian Premier League
2 Arab Super Cup
Hans-Jürgen Dörner   14 October 2000 30 June 2001 1 Egypt Cup
Manuel José   July 2001 May 2002 1 CAF Champions League
1 CAF Super Cup
Jo Bonfrère   1 July 2002 2002
Toni Oliveira   1 January 2003 30 June 2003 1 Egyptian Super Cup
Manuel José   1 January 2004 2009 5 Egyptian Premier League
2 Egypt Cup
4 Egyptian Super Cup
3 CAF Champions League
3 CAF Super Cup
Hossam El Badry   22 June 2009 22 November 2010 1 Egyptian Premier League
1 Egyptian Super Cup
Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi (caretaker)   23 November 2010 31 December 2010
Manuel José   31 December 2010 19 May 2012 1 Egyptian Premier League
Hossam El Badry   21 May 2012 6 May 2013 1 CAF Champions League
Mohamed Youssef   29 April 2013 30 April 2014 1 CAF Champions League
1 CAF Super Cup
Fathi Mabrouk   1 May 2014 7 July 2014 1 Egyptian Premier League
Juan Carlos Garrido   8 July 2014 3 May 2015 1 CAF Confederation Cup
1 Egyptian Super Cup
Fathi Mabrouk   4 May 2015 5 October 2015
Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi (caretaker)   5 October 2015 15 October 2015 1 Egyptian Super Cup
José Peseiro   16 October 2015 18 January 2016
Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi (caretaker)   18 January 2016 27 February 2016
Martin Jol   28 February 2016 22 August 2016 1 Egyptian Premier League
Hossam El Badry   24 August 2016 15 May 2018 1 Egyptian Premier League
1 Egyptian Super Cup
1 Egypt Cup
Ahmed Ayoub (caretaker)   15 May 2018 11 June 2018
Patrice Carteron   12 June 2018 22 November 2018
Mohamed Youssef (caretaker)   22 November 2018 29 December 2018
Martín Lasarte   30 December 2018 17 August 2018 1 Egyptian Premier League
Mohamed Youssef (caretaker)   18 August 2019 31 August 2019
René Weiler   31 August 2019 Present 1 Egyptian Super Cup
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