Al Ahly Sporting Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي), commonly known as Al Ahly, is an Egyptian professional sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. The club is mainly known for its professional football team which currently plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the highest tier in the Egyptian football league system. The club is renowned for its consistent success at both domestic and continental levels, regularly contending in CAF tournaments.

Al Ahly SC
Full nameAl Ahly Sporting Club
Nickname(s)
  • Nadi El Watanniyah (Club of Patriotism)
  • Nadi El Shayateen El Homr (The Red Devils)
  • Nadi El Mared El Ahmar (The Red Giant)
  • Nadi El Qarn (Club of The Century)
Short nameASC, AFC, AHL
Founded24 April 1907; 116 years ago (1907-04-24)
GroundCairo International Stadium
Capacity75,700
ChairmanMahmoud El Khatib
ManagerMarcel Koller
LeagueEgyptian Premier League
2022–23Egyptian Premier League, 1st of 18 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded on 24 April 1907 as a gathering place for Cairo's Student Unions, Al Ahly has a record of 43 Egyptian Premier League titles, 38 Egypt Cup titles and 14 Egyptian Super Cups. Al Ahly is the most successful club in Africa.[1]

In international competitions, the club has won a record 11 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, a record of 8 CAF Super Cups, a record of 4 African Cup Winners' Cups, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship, 1 Arab Club Champions Cup, 1 Arab Cup Winners' Cup, a record of 2 Arab Super Cups, and has won 4 bronze medals in the FIFA Club World Cup. With 25 official continental titles. Al Ahly was voted by CAF as the African club of the 20th century.[2]

History edit

Establishment and start of the club edit

 
The first official meeting of the Al Ahly club's board.
 
Omar Lotfy, the Cairo University student, who among other students group asked for the foundation of national club.
 
Saad Zaghloul, the minister of education, became the first honorary president of Al Ahly.

The idea of establishing Al Ahly came in the first 10 years of the 20th century and was firstly raised by Omar Lotfy, who was a student in the Egyptian Law School during his presidency of the High School Students Club. The establishment of a club for high school students was for political reasons along with the students needing a sports club for them to gather 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.[3]

 
Talaat Harb, president of the Bank of Egypt, contributed £E100 to the establishment of the club.

The club was first headed by Alfred Mitchell-Innes, who was a British advisor to the Ministry of Finance at the time. He was the first head 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.[4]

After the establishment of the club was approved, the main building was designed by architect Ismail Seri, and revised by Mitchell-Innes. A civil company on the behalf of Al Ahly Sports Club was established. Shares of the company were worth £E5 each, and it was the goal of the club when it was established to raise £E5,000. Only £E3,165 were collected over a year which was not enough to fund the establishment. This forced the club to borrow £E1,000 from the National Bank of Egypt in March 1908. Talaat Harb, the president of the Bank of Egypt, contributed £E100 to the establishment of the club.

The first honorary president of the club was the Minister of Education Saad Zaghloul.[5] The name of Al Ahly Sporting Club was suggested by Amine Samy Amin, who suggested that the name is similar to the word "national" in Egyptian Arabic.[6] 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 its main building on 26 February 1908.

 
Mokhtar El Tetsh, one of the club legends, is the namesake of the club's old stadium and current training ground

The game of football was not one of the goals of the founders of Al Ahly SC, but rather to open its doors to students of high schools to meet and practice political dialogues. However, the graduates of high schools who were members of the club developed a passion with football, which prompted the club to build the first stadium in 1909. At the time, they called it Al-Hawsh; colloquially meaning the courtyard in Egyptian Arabic. The stadium was improved over the years, eventually becoming Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium.[7]

The first official football team was established in 1911. The team was primary and secondary school players who played football in Al-Hawsh. The names of the first players of Al Ahly were as follows: Hussein Hegazi, Abdel Fattah Taher, Fouad Darwish, Hussein Mansour, and Ibrahim Fahmy.[8]

In 1915, Al Ahly made tours to Egyptian cities to play matches and to spread football and its culture. Al Ahly played in Alexandria, Port Said, Assiut, and Ismailia. The team, led by Hussein Hegazi, faced many teams, including foreign teams belonging to the British Army, which increased the popularity of Al Ahly and the new game in Egypt.[9] Ahly contributed with Zamalek SC, El Sekka El Hadid SC in the formation of the first football team of Egypt to participate in the 1920 Olympic Games. The club also contributed to the establishment of the Egyptian Football Association.

First titles (1918–1948) edit

After Al Ahly's refusal to compete with foreign British clubs in the Sultan Hussein Cup in its first edition in 1917, the club's management decided to participate in the 1918 championship as a sign of resistance and to display Egyptian presence in the sport.[10] In 1923, Al-Ahly won their first Sultan Hussain Cup after beating the defending champion Zamalek SC, with them winning six other titles to be the record holder in the number of wins until the last edition in 1938.[11] They also played an active role in the establishment of the Egyptian Tennis Federation.[12]

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

The club followed their first win of the Sultan Hussain Cup with the King Farouk Cup in 1924, defeating El Sekka El Hadid 4–1 in the final. The man of the match was Mokhtar Eltetsh, who scored two goals.[13]

In the summer of 1929, Al Ahly's football went on a tour 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 with Al Ahly playing the last two games in Bulgaria against Levski Sofia and Slavia Sofia.[14]

In November 1930, Al-Ahly defeated rival Zamalek 4–0 in a match in the Cairo League. In that game, Mokhtar El Tetsh was the first player to score a hat trick in the Cairo Derby.[15] At the end of the 1936–1937 season, Al Ahly managed to win the league in the last round by defeating Zamalek 4–1, finishing three points ahead of their rivals. The club won the King Farouk Cup with a 3–2 victory over El Sekka El Hadid SC.[16]

In 1938, Al Ahly won the last version of the Sultan Hussein Cup, with a 1–0 victory over Al Masry in the final match. The club won the Cairo League, again in the last round, with a 5–1 victory over the second placed Zamalek.[17][18]

The team traveled to Mandatory Palestine in 1943 on a 23-day tour, headed by Mokhtar El Tetsh, to play several matches with Arab teams to support Palestine against the Zionists. The decision had been made despite the refusal of the president of the Egyptian Football Association Haider Pasha, due to the pressure from the British position against the Palestinian issue.[19]

Dominating the league (1948–1967) edit

 
Al Ahly squad in the first Egyptian League.

In the first edition of the Egyptian Premier League, held for the first time in 1948, Al Ahly won the first match 5–0 against Greek Alexandria. Ahmed Makkawi scored the first goal for Al Ahly in the history of the competition in the 11th minute. 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 Sedki – Muhammad Lheta – Ahmed MekkawiSaleh Selim – Fathi Khattab. Mokhatr al Tetsh led Al Ahly to win the first championship in the club's history as a player and also led the club to win the first league in the club's history as a manager, achieving a double of the league and the cup for the first time after defeating Zamalek 3–1 in the 1949 King Farouk Cup final. Toto, Hussein Madkour and Fathi Khattab scored for Al Ahly.[20]

The 1949–50 season was a historical superiority for Al Ahly, winning all the local championships. Al Ahly won the Egyptian Premier League after a tie in points with Tersana. The league winner was decided by a play-off match with Al Ahly winning the match against Tersana 2–1. The club also won the Cairo League, one point ahead of Tersana. In the Egypt Cup, Al Ahly defeated Tersana in the final 6–0.[21]

In the 1950–51 season, Al Ahly won the league for the third consecutive time despite the strong competition with Zamalek, as well as a difficult victory in the King Farouk Cup final against El Sekka El Hadid.[22] Following the dethroning of King Farouk in the 1952 revolution, Ahly appointed Gamal Abdel Nasser as club honorary president.[23]

In the 1951–52 season, the league championship was cancelled due to the Egyptian revolution that year, and to allow the national team to prepare for the 1952 Summer Olympics. However, the Egypt Cup and the Cairo League were played as normal. Al Ahly lost both tournaments to Zamalek. The league returned the following season and Al Ahly won the league for the fourth time in a row, with a narrow two point lead ahead of Zamalek, after the two teams tied 2–2 in the last round. In the cup, Al Ahly managed to defeat the defending champions Zamalek 4–1 in the final.[24]

In the 1953–54 season, Al Ahly won their fifth consecutive and fifth overall Egyptian Premier League title in the club's history.[25][26] In the cup, they were eliminated from the semi-final by Al Masry.[27]

In the 1956–57 season, the number of teams increased to 14 teams, and Al Ahly managed to win the league nine points ahead of Zamalek, to win the seventh title in a row. It was the first time that the team had reached 40 points.[28]

Al Ahly won the 1958–59 league championship for the ninth time in a row. El-Sayed El-Dhizui became the first Al Ahly player to be the top goal scorer in the league. The team scored 55 goals in just 18 games that season, more than 20 goals from their nearest competitors.[29]

After losing the league for the first time since the start of the competition in the 1959–60 seaso, Al Ahly won the league for the tenth time in the club's history, in the 1960–61 season.[30] The club won the Egypt Cup after defeating El Qanah 5–0, with Mimi El-Sherbini scoring two goals.[31]

First participation in African championships (1967–1980) edit

After the 1967 Six-Day War and the suspension of sporting activity in Egypt, Al Ahly's board, headed by Ibrahim Kamel El-Wakil, announced that the club will host the military training for the members volunteering in the Egyptian Army, as well as collecting donations in the name of the club to support the military.[32]

Many players on the team retired to volunteer for the war. Al-Ahly did not win the league for another 13 years.

 
Nándor Hidegkuti and Mahmoud El Khatib
 
El Khatib with the 1976–77 League championship.

After years of deterioration, the club took the first steps in recovery when the management decided to sign Nándor Hidegkuti as head coach in September 1973, at a salary of fewer than 600 dollars.[33] Hidegkuti introduced a new generation known as El Talamza (the students). The league title returned to Al Ahly in 1974–75, with the team scoring 70 goals in 34 games.[34] Al Ahly's first participation in the African Champions League was in 1976. The team got knocked out from the first round by MC Alger. Al Khatib scored the first continental goal for Al Ahly.[35]

The club won the league in 1975–76[36] and 1976–77. The latter season saw the second participation in African competition, where the team fared better than the first time. They eventually bowed out in the quarter-finals by Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.[37] From 1978 to 1980, Hidegkuti refused to take part in the CAF Champions League due to lack of financial resources and exhausting journeys in Africa.[38]

African success (1980–1990) edit

Zamalek remained ahead of Al Ahly by six points in the 1981–82 Egyptian Premier League season. That season, a match won was counted in two points, not three. The last matches in the competition witnessed a dip in form by Zamalek with Al Ahly managing to win the championship with three points ahead of them, after a goalless Cairo derby draw in the last round. Al Ahly reached the semi-final of 1981 African Cup of Champions Clubs but withdrew due to the assassination of the President Anwar Sadat.[39]

 
Al Ahly Players with the 1982 CAF Champions League.

Al Ahly won the 1982 African Cup of Champions Clubs, known today as the CAF Champions League, defeating Asante Kotoko S.C. in the final. he first leg was held on 28 November at the Cairo Stadium in front of 60,000 spectators. They won the first leg 3–0. The second leg was held on 12 December in Kumasi, Ghana, and was attended by more than 70,000 spectators. In the second leg, the game ended tied 1–1. Al Ahly during this edition of the tournament played ten games, achieved victory in all five games at home, lost two games and tied in three away. The biggest win was a 5–0 victory against Young Africans S.C. in the round of 16. The club scored 16 goals and conceded five goals only in this tournament.[40]

Al Ahly reached the final of the African Champions League for the second time in a row in 1983, but Asante Kotoko S.C. won the finals by scoring the only goal of both matches in the second match. The first leg was played on 27 November at Cairo Stadium with 90,000 spectators, with one of the attendees being the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and ended tied 0–0. The second leg took place on 11 December in Kumasi with 70,000 spectators, and ended with a 0–1 loss.

Al Ahly reached a continental final again in 1984, this time in the African Cup Winners' Cup against Canon Yaoundé. Al-Ahly won on penalties after a 1–1 draw in both games.[41] The 1984–85 season was one of the best seasons in the history of Al Ahly, as the club won the cup and the league, as well as winning the African Cup Winners Cup for the second time in a row by defeating Leventis United 2–1 on aggregate.[42] 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.[43]

Al Ahly won the Egyptian League in the 1986–87 season under the management of the coach Taha Ismail. Al Ahly won the league being two points ahead of Zamalek after being tied in the standings before the last match. The club was able to beat Zamalek in the last round 2–1.[44]

Al Ahly won the 1987 African Cup of Champions Clubs by defeating Al-Hilal Club in the final. The first leg was a 0–0 draw played on 29 November in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, attended by 50,000 Sudanese and 500 Egyptian spectators. The second leg was held on 18 December at the Cairo Stadium in the presence of 80,000 spectators, with Al Ahly winning 2–0. Three days after the match, club legend Mahmoud El Khatib decided to retire after 17 years at the club, in a press conference attended by a large crowd of journalists.[45]

Arab tournament success & boycotting CAF (1990–2005) edit

In 1992, Al Ahly won the Egypt Cup title by defeating the league champions Zamalek 2–1 in the final."ثنائية شوقي". Alahlyegypt.com.</ref> After winning the 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 time the club participated in the tournament. Al Ahly defeated Africa Sports d'Abidjan in the final in Cairo Stadium after a 1–1 draw in the first leg. In the same season, the club won the Egypt Cup by beating Ghazl El Mahalla SC 3–2 in the final.[46][47]

After three years without winning the league, Al Ahly won the league in the 1993–94 season under the management of Alan Harris after a strong competition with Ismaily SC, which was only decided by a playoff match in which the club won 4–3 in Alexandria.[48]

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 complaints about the refereeing decisions in the 1994 CAF Super Cup. Al Ahly won the 1994 Arab Cup Winners' Cup by defeating Al Shabab in the final 1–0.[49] After leading Al Ahly to their 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 1997–98 and winning the 1998 Arab Super Cup title with Zobel for the second successive season, beating MC Oran and Al-Shabab, and drawing with Club Africain. In 1998, Al Ahly returned to the African championships for the first time in six years.[50]

In the summer of 2001, Ahly signed Manuel José to take on the leadership of the team, the first time in the club's history to have a Portuguese manager. Jose's first match with Al Ahly was a friendly against Real Madrid in August 2001, when Al Ahly stunned Madrid with a 1–0 win at the Cairo Stadium.[51] This was the fourth time Al Ahly had defeated a European champion, the others being a 3–2 victory over Benfica in 1963, a 2–1 win against Bayern Munich in 1977, and a 3–0 win against Steaua București in 1986.[52]

Al Ahly won the African Champions League title after a 4–1 on aggregate victory over Mamelodi Sundowns. The first leg was held on 8 December at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the South African capital Pretoria, and ended in a 1–1 draw. The second leg was held on 21 December at the Cairo International Stadium in the presence of 75,000 spectators, and ended with a 3–0 win for Al Ahly.[53]

Al Ahly also won the 2002 CAF Super Cup with a 4–1 victory over Kaizer Chiefs F.C. in Cairo, in a match that saw Al Ahly's goalkeeper Essam El Hadary scoring his historic goal. Manuel Jose was unable to collect any local championships in his first term,[54] although his team was able to achieve an emphatic 6–1 victory against the defending champion Zamalek in the league. 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 liked by the majority of the fans.[55][56]

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 José who was rehired by the club. Al Ahly won the league by a record 31 point difference from Enppi, the closest competitor. It was the first time that a club won all their matches in the first half of a season since the league began in 1948.[57]

 
Al Ahly fans celebrating after winning the 2005 CAF Champions League

Al Ahly also won their second Egyptian Super Cup in July 2005 by defeating Enppi 1–0. At the end of 2005, the club clinched the CAF Champions League for the fourth time in their history after defeating Étoile du Sahel 3–0 in the final in Cairo. The first leg was played on 29 October at the Stade Olympique de Sousse, Tunisia, and ended 0–0. The second leg was played on 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 3–0, with goals scored by Mohamed Aboutrika, Osama Hosni, and Mohammed Barakat.

With their Champions League triumph, the team would go on to set an unprecedented record of going an entire season unbeaten in all competitions. 46 matches were played in the Egyptian Premier League,[58] Egypt Cup, Egyptian Super Cup, and the CAF Champions League combined, with the club completing a quadruple winning all the aforementioned competitions. The club also set another record of not losing in 52 games in 852 days. Al Ahly made their first appearance at a FIFA Club World Cup in December 2005, but had an unsuccessful campaign as the team lost to Al-Ittihad in the first round and then lost the fifth-place match to Sydney FC.[59]

 
Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the club legends.

The 2006–07 season was successful, starting with the Egyptian Super Cup for the second time with another win over Enppi, with a goal in the stoppage time. The club also won the league for the second time in a row. Al Ahly returned to the Egyptian Cup with a 3–0 win over Zamalek SC, achieving a domestic treble.

Al Ahly performed well in the CAF Super Cup by reaching the final against CS Sfaxien, drawing the first leg 1–1 in the Cairo Stadium. After the match, CS Sfaxien were considered favorites to win the cup. The second leg against CS Sfaxien ended in a 1–0 winn for Al Ahly.

The club then participated in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup in their second appearance. Al Ahly's participation this time was better compared to their previous one, as they defeated Auckland City FC in the quarter-final 2–0. The team played in the semi-finals against Brazilian club Internacional, losing 2–1. The club managed to achieve the bronze medal for the first time in African history by defeating Club América 2–1 in Yokohama.[60]

Al Ahly played the 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, the champion of the 2006 CAF Confederation Cup. Al Ahly suffered from many absentees at this stage due to injuries. However, the match went to penalties after the extra time ended with a goalless draw, which Al Ahly won 5–4 on shootout. After achieving the Super Cup title, the club equalled the record set by Zamalek with 3 Super Cup titles, before adding three other titles to set a new record. Al Ahly also set another record as the club with most participations in the African Super Cup (8 times).[61]

 
Ultras Ahlawy Tifo before Cairo derby in 2007–08 Egyptian Premier League.

Al Ahly continued winning the league title, winning 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 Zamalek 2–0. It was the second victory in a week for Ahly over Zamalek after their meeting 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. The club set off for the Club World Cup again, but lost against C.F. Pachuca and Adelaide Football Club.[62]

The club started the 2008–09 season winning the CAF Super Cup after defeating CS Sfaxien 2–1, before starting the race to the league's shield with Ismaily. The two teams played a playoff match to determine the champion, which Al Ahly won 1–0.[63] It was the last championship for Manuel José during his second term before handing over the team's leadership to Hossam El-Badry.[64] El Badry managed to keep the 2009–10 league shield in Al Ahly's cupboard to become the first national coach to win the league championship for the club 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 the CAF Champions League, Al Ahly qualified for the semi-finals, but was knocked out by Espérance Sportive de Tunis due to a refereeing mistake by Joseph Lamptey that gave the hosts a win in the second leg.[65]

The sports activity in Egypt was postponed because of the Port Said Stadium riot, which resulted in the deaths of 74 people including 72 Al Ahly fans and caused the injuries of more than 500 people. In the first match after the return of sports activity, Al Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup after defeating Enppi 2–1, in a mourn-driven match at the empty stadium of Borg El Arab Stadium. Despite the difficult events, Al Ahly players overcame the circumstances and defeated Esperance in the 2012 CAF Champions League Final. The first leg finished 1–1 at the Borg El Arab Stadium. A 2–1 second leg victory to Al Ahly at the Stade Olympique de Radès added the seventh African champions title in the history of the club.[66][67]

Al Ahly, led by Hossam El Badri, achieved fourth place in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, with a victory in the first match against Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2–1.[68] Al Ahly then lost 1–0 to the Copa Libertadores champion Corinthians, and then defeated by Monterrey 2–0 in the third-place deciding match.[69]

Hossam El Badri left the team to Mohamed Youssef, who lead Al Ahly to the 2013 CAF Champions League title 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.[70]

Mahmoud Taher era (2014–2017) edit

Al Ahly made their way to the African Confederations Cup after an early exit from the Champions League. Al Ahly reached the final against Séwé FC but lost the first leg 2–1. In the return match, the score was 0–0 until the sixth minute of stoppage time, when Al Ahly's Emad Moteab scored a goal with a header in the dying minutes which made coach Juan Carlos Garrido running with celebration onto the pitch. Garrido was later sacked after the club was eliminated from the CAF Champions League on penalties to Moghreb Tétouan. [71]

Al Ahly's form declined after most of the stars of the older generation retired, resulting in losses in a number of tournaments. The team regained balance when they met Zamalek in the Super Cup held in Dubai for the first time at the end of 2015.

 
Al Ahly fans Tifo before the Egyptian Super Cup in 2015.

Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi led Al Ahly as a coach to a 3–2 win over Zamalek at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium to win the ninth Egyptian Super Cup in the club's history.[72]

After not winning the 2014–15 league title, Al Ahly won the 2015–16 league with a seven-point difference between the defending champions Zamalek. Al Ahly finished the competition under the leadership of Dutchman Martin Jol, who replaced the Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro.[73] Al Ahly won the league title for the 39th time in the club's history before the end of the league with four rounds. The team managed to go 39th games in a row unbeaten in all competitions, setting a record of 30 games unbeaten in the league, however Al Ahly reached the final of the 2016 Egypt Cup and lost to rival Zamalek SC in a 3–1 defeat, leading to Al Ahly failing to win their 36th Egypt Cup. Under the leadership of Hossam El-Badry, Al Ahly was able to keep a clean sheet in 30 games that season in all competitions.[74]

The club then won the Egyptian Cup for the 36th time in its history after beating Al Masry 2–1 in extratime in the Egyptian Cup final at Borg El Arab Stadium.[75]

Al Ahly reached the final of the 2017 CAF Champions League, drawing 1–1 with Wydad AC at Borg El Arab Stadium. Wydad later hosted Al Ahly at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca, where Al Ahly was defeated 1–0 and failed to secure the 9th CAF Champions League trophy.

Mahmoud El Khatib era & return to African success (2017–) edit

On 1 December 2017, Mahmoud El Khatib was elected as the new club president. El Khatib won the polls ahead of Mahmoud Taher with 20,956 votes. Taher, who had been president since 2014 until 2017, collected 13,182 votes. In the race of vice-presidency, former Egyptian sports minister El Amry Farouk won with 19,923 votes with Mustafa Fahmy receiving 14,269 votes.[76]

Al Ahly won the Egyptian Super Cup title for the ten time in its history, after defeating Al Masry SC 1–0. The winning goal was scored by Walid Azaro in the 12th minute of the first extra half of the match, which gave Al Ahly the title, also making Walid the first Moroccan and foreigner to score in the tournament.[77]

The next season, the club managed to clinch the Egyptian Premier League for the third consecutive season under the leadership of the manager Hossam El-Badry, and 40th in its history. Al Ahly officially won the title 6 weeks before the end of the championship, achieving the second fastest league in its history after the 2004–05 Egyptian Premier League season.[78]

Al Ahly reached the 2018 CAF Champions League Final, but lost to Tunisian club Esperance Du Tunis. Al Ahly won in the first leg 3–1, but Esperance Du Tunis defeated Al Ahly 3–0 in the second leg with them win the CAF Champions League Final.

On 9 April 2019, Al Ahly was knocked out of the 2018–19 CAF Champions League in the quarter-finals after suffering a 5–0 loss in the first leg to South Africa's Mameloudi Sundowns. In the second leg, Al Ahly won 1–0 but the score on aggregate was 5–1. This loss was the club's biggest loss since 1942 and in the CAF Champions League tournament. This loss resulted in the club's board deducting 10% of the players salary for a year. Many even criticized Martin Lasarte saying he was mostly responsible for the loss.

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. This result put Ahly five points clear of their rivals Zamalek with one game of the league season left.[79] Al Ahly won the 2018–19 league title despite a rough start, as results eventually improved and winter signings helped with team performance. The 2018–19 league win raised the club trophies to 136, making Al Ahly the most crowned club in world football with 20 continental titles; nine Champions Leagues, one Confederation Cup, four Cup Winners' Cups, six Super Cups and one Afro-Asian Club Championship. As of 2019, Al Ahly has won CAF Champions League in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008,[80] 2012 and in 2013; making them the most crowned team in Africa.[81]

On 31 August 2019, René Weiler was named the new coach of Al Ahly. Weiler replaced Martin Lasarte who was sacked despite guiding Al Ahly to win the league title with a game to spare.[82] 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 on 20 September 2019 at the Borg El Arab Stadium.[83] On 18 September, after Zamalek's loss to Aswan SC, Al Ahly won their 42nd Egyptian Premier League title in the 2019–20 season and was the second title for Weiler before leaving the club and being replaced by Pitso Mosimane.[84] On 27 November, Al Ahly faced rival Zamalek in the 2020 CAF Champions League Final, winning 2–1.[85]Magdy scored the winning goal for Al Ahly in the 86th minute to win Al Ahly's ninth CAF Champions League title and their first since 2013. About a week later, Al Ahly defeated Tala'ea El Gaish SC in the Egypt Cup final 3–2 on penalties. With this victory, Al Ahly won the treble for the third time in their history, and becoming the first African team to complete the continental treble three times.[86][87]

With Al Ahly qualified for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, they defeated hosts Al Duhail in the first match of the tournament, sending Al Ahly to its first official match with the European champions Bayern Munich in the Semi-finals.[88][89] Bayern defeated Al Ahly 2–0.[90] Al Ahly managed to secure the bronze medal for the second time in the club's history after defeating Palmeiras, the winners of the 2020 Copa Libertadores in the Third place play off, becoming the first and only Arab or African team to have won two medals in the tournament.[91]

On 28 May 2021, Al Ahly defeated RS Berkane 2–0 in the 2021 CAF Super Cup in Qatar, winning their 22nd continental title.[92] On 17 July 2021, Al Ahly defeated Kaizer Chiefs 3–0 in the Champions League Final in Morocco, winning their tenth Champions League and 23rd continental title.[93]

On 21 September 2021, Al Ahly lost the Egyptian Super Cup to Tala'ea El Gaish in a 3–2 defeat on penalties,[94] This resulted in a disciplinary action by the club's board, deducting £E300,000 from the players, football director, and the entirety of the coaching staff salaries.[95] The deduction was later lifted after Al Ahly beat Zamalek 5–3 in the Cairo derby on 5 November 2021.[96]

On 22 December 2021, Al Ahly won its eigthth CAF Super Cup after beating Raja CA 6–5 on penalties.[97]

 
Al Ahly players with the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup bronze medals

Al Ahly qualified to the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates as the champions of Africa. Al Ahly won the first match 1–0 against the CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey of Mexico despite having many players missing due to injuries, along with some of the club's players participating with the Egyptian national football team in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. In the semi-final, Al Ahly lost against Palmeiras, the winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores 2–0 to play against Al Hilal in the third place playoff match. Al Ahly achieved the third place in the FIFA Club World Cup for the third time in the club's history after defeating Al Hilal 4–0, the biggest victory for Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Al Ahly for the second time reached the CAF Champions League Final for the third time in a row under the management of Pitso Mosimane, after defeating Algerian side ES Sétif 6–2 on aggregate, but failed to win their 11th CAF Champions League trophy after losing 2–0 to Wydad AC.

On 13 June 2022, Mosimane parted ways with Al Ahly and Samy Koumsan took over the manager role as an interim manager.[98] On 29 June 2022, Ricardo Soares replaced Pitso Mosimane as Al Ahly's manager. His debut with Al Ahly was against Petrojet in the Egypt Cup semi-final in which he led Al Ahly to a 2–0 victory to face rival Zamalek for the Egypt Cup Final, in which Al Ahly lost 2–1. This period witnessed a mass deterioration of Al Ahly, losing 3–2 to Smouha and Soares's league debut was a goalless draw with El Gouna, Al Ahly lost 2–0 to Pyramids in the league, drawing with Mokawloon Al Arab and drawing with Pharco. Al Ahly for the first time since the 1991–92 season was not in the top two of the Egyptian Premier League table as the club finished third place.

 
Al Ahly fans tifo for Walid Soliman in his last match before retirement

Following disappointing results during his time as manager, Ricardo Soares was sacked on 31 August 2022, just 2 months after he was appointed as Al Ahly's manager.

He was replaced by Marcel Koller who was appointed as Al Ahly's new manager on 9 September 2022.[99] Marcel Koller won his first trophy after Al Ahly beat rival Zamalek in a 2–0 win for the Egyptian Super Cup.

Al Ahly under Marcel Koller beat Alexandria's based Smouha SC in a 3–1 win in the Egypt Cup semi-final to meet Pyramids FC in the final. A couple of weeks later, Al Ahly played Auckland City in the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup, where Al Ahly beat the New Zealand-based team in a 3–0 win to face off CONCACAF Champions League winners Seattle Sounders who were competing as the first MLS club to participate in the tournament and their first-ever match in the cup. Al Ahly achieved a late 1–0 victory and advanced to the semi-final to meet the UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid. This would be the second time the two sides meet after Manuel Jose's 2001 debut with the club where he was able to beat Real Madrid 1–0 at the Cairo International Stadium. Al Ahly lost to Real Madrid and faced Flamengo for the third-place playoffs, when Al Ahly lost 4–2 and ended with the 4th place for the tournament.

Al Ahly won the 2021–22 Egypt Cup after beating Pyramids in the final, being the 38th Egypt Cup for the club.[100] Al Ahly later won the 13th Egyptian Super Cup in its history after beating Pyramids FC 1–0 at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[101]

On 11 June 2023, Al Ahly won the CAF Champions League after defeating the same team they lost against in the 2021–22 final, the Moroccan club Wydad AC after beating them 3–2 on aggregate in the final. The first match was played at the Cairo International Stadium on 4 June with Al Ahly winning 2–1, but drew with Wydad AC 1–1 at Stade Mohamed V. This gave Al Ahly its 11th CAF Champions League and qualified them for the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup and 2023 CAF Super Cup.[102] On 10 July 2023, Al Ahly achieved their 43rd Egyptian Premier League title.

Rivalries edit

The Cairo Derby is a rivalry between Egyptian clubs Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC. Both clubs 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.

Supporters edit

Ultras Ahlawy edit

 
Ultras Ahlawy Tifo before the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup final

Al Ahly has a large fan base of ultras named Ultras Ahlawy (abbreviated UA07) which are known for their pyrotechnic displays. Ultras Ahlawy raised its banner for the first time at a match against ENPPI Club on 13 April 2007. Ultras Ahlawy also supports Al Ahly's basketball, volleyball, and handball teams. Ultras Ahlawy members include college graduates, workers, and youth from many social levels in Egypt. Their motto is "Together Forever", which is meant to highlight the connection between their members. Other slogans include "WE ARE EGYPT", "The best club in the universe" or "The best club in existence" (Egyptian pronunciation: A'zam Nady Fi El Koon).

Other supporting groups edit

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 riot edit

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.[103][104] 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.

Anthem edit

"Arise, Al Ahly" is the club's official anthem written by the journalist Fekry Abaza in 1957 and composed by Umm Kulthum's husband Mahmoud Sherif. It was influenced by the anthem of the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 "Arise Egyptian".[105] The lyrics of the anthem are as follows:[106]

                       Arise, Al Ahly, see your sons and the soldiers        see your Battalions, see your soldiers and the crowds
                       See the signs of victory through all the generations      see and record the glories of immortality in them
                                              You are always you are always always on the top
                       Every blessing in your life is with us                      and that is the will of our Lord
                       From your elders we gained our glory                     and with your youth we kept our name
                                              You are always you are always always on the top

Grounds edit

Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium (training ground) edit

 
Cairo Tower behind Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium
 
Al Ahly fans supporting the team in Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium

The club was originally founded for students of higher schools to meet and practice political dialogues. However, the club, which prompted Al Ahly to build its first stadium in 1909 and was called "Al-Hawsh" at the time, which is a colloquial word from the Egyptian dialect meaning “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. The stadium was later renamed to the Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium, after Mokhtar El-Tetsh, a legend of the club. Al Ahly continued to play their home games at Mokhtar El-Tetsh Stadium until the Cairo International Stadium was opened.[107] Currently, the stadium holds the team training and friendly games.

Cairo International Stadium edit

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 supporters. As a way of solving the issue, Mokhtar El Tetsh Stadium became the official training ground, and Cairo International Stadium replaced it as the official home ground. From 2014 to 2017, Al Ahly stopped playing their home games at the Cairo International Stadium due to security reasons. In the 2016–17 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 2017–18 season, Al Ahly returned to Cairo International Stadium as its official home ground.

Panorama of Cairo International Stadium before the kick-off of Al Ahly vs Mamelodi Sundowns match in the 2019–20 CAF Champions League

Al Ahly WE Al Salam Stadium edit

 

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, the stadium was later renamed to 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.

Despite acquiring the stadium, Al Ahly confirmed that El Entag El Harby, a club owned by the Egyptian Ministry of Military Production that used to play their home matches there, would be allowed to play at the stadium normally until the end of the 2019–20 season to avoid any possible problems or conflicts in the league's schedule, with the option to extend it for further seasons. Al Ahly also confirmed that all national teams would be allowed to play on the venue.[108]

Zayed City Stadium edit

In November 2022, Al Ahly entered into an agreement with the multinational company Populous, known for building football stadiums such as Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and London's famous Wembley Stadium, to construct a new stadium for the club.

The new stadium, which will be located in Sheikh Zayed City, is expected to cover an area of approximately 46,000 square meters. It is designed to accommodate around 50,000 fans, making it the third-largest stadium in Egypt, following Borg El Arab Stadium and Cairo International Stadium

Here are some key features of the planned stadium and its surrounding sporting complex:

Stadium: - The stadium will have a seating capacity of approximately 50,000, providing a state-of-the-art facility for Al Ahly's home ground.

- It will be constructed on an area of about 46,000 square meters, providing ample space for the stadium and its facilities.

- The stadium will feature modern amenities and infrastructure, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Sporting Complex: - The sporting complex surrounding the stadium will include a squash complex with eight courts, catering to the needs of squash enthusiasts - Additionally, there will be a gymnastics hall and a karate hall, providing facilities for these sports. - The complex will also include training grounds specifically designed for football, allowing Al Ahly to conduct their training sessions in a dedicated and professional environment.

Construction and Timeline: - The construction of the new stadium is expected to be completed within a timeframe of approximately 3 years - The project aims to deliver a world-class stadium that meets international standards and reflects Al Ahly's status as one of the leading football clubs in Africa .

Media edit

Al Ahly TV is an Egyptian-Arab channel that currently broadcasts 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 3 December 2010 when former club president Hassan Hamdy announced the opening of the channel.[109]

The club also has a YouTube channel that has over 1.16 million subscribers as of September 2023. Training videos, exclusive features, and match highlights are frequently published on the channel. On 22 January 2021, the club's channel on YouTube released a documentary called Secret of the 9th, with it reaching one million views in less than one day.

In addition, the club has its own weekly magazine which covers the club's various news.

Kits and crest edit

On 3 November 1917, Mohamed Sherif Sabri Bek (who was the uncle of King Farouk I) became a member of the club and designed the first logo of Al Ahly. It was inspired by the Egyptian flag (which was red and white at the time) and had a crown that represented Egypt's royal rule. In 1952, following the July Revolution and changing the ruling method of Egypt to presidency, the crown was removed. The logo remained unchanged until 2007, when it had slight changes celebrating the club's centenary. In late 2018, a 4th star was added on the top of the badge after Al Ahly's 40th league title.[citation needed] Al Ahly's crest was voted "the second most beautiful in the game" in a 2020 poll by Spanish newspaper Marca.[110]

The Evolution of the Crest of Al Ahly SC
1907–1917 1917–1952 1952–2007 2007–
       
Football club kit crest
2022–2023 2023–
   
 
 
 
 
 
Classic
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005–08 home
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008–09 home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012–14 away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016–17 home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017–18 away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019–20 home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021–22 away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022–23 home

Kit suppliers & shirt sponsors edit

[111]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1978–1979 Umbro Mansour Group
1979–1980 Old Spice
1980–1983 Puma Helwan For Import & Export
1983–1989 Coca-Cola
1989–1993 Umbro
1993–2000 Adidas
2000–2001 Nike
2002 Vodafone
2002–2009 Puma
2009–2011 Adidas
2011–2014 Etisalat
2014–2015 Sporta
2015–2018 Vodafone
2018–2022 Umbro WE
2022– Adidas Etisalat

Honours edit

Domestic (121 titles) edit

Type Competition Titles Seasons Runners Up
Egyptian Egyptian Premier League 43 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, 2019–20 , 2022–23 1966–67, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15, 2020–21
Egypt Cup 38 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, 2019–20, 2021–22 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, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2020–21
Egyptian Super Cup 14 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023 2009, 2016, 2019, 2020
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 1990
Cairo League 17 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928-29, 1930–31, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1953–54, 1957–58
U.A.R. United Arab Republic Cup 1 1960-1961

Continentally (24 titles) edit

Type Competition Titles Winning Seasons Runners Up
CAF CAF Champions League 11 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2022–23 1983, 2007, 2017, 2018, 2021–22
African Cup Winners' Cup 4 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993
CAF Confederation Cup 1 2014
CAF Super Cup 8 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2021 (May), 2021 (December) 1994, 2015, 2023

Worldwide (5 titles) edit

Type Competition Titles Winning Seasons Runners Up
Intercontinental Afro-Asian Cup 1 1988
FIFA Club World Cup Third Place 2006, 2020, 2021, 2023
UAFA Arab Club Champions Cup 1 1996 1997
Arab Cup Winners' Cup 1 1994
Arab Super Cup 2S 1997, 1998
  •   record
  • S shared record

Awards & recognitions edit

Seasons edit

Recent Seasons edit

Season League Egypt Cup Egyptian Super Cup Continental / Other CAF Super Cup FIFA Club World Cup
League Position Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
2018–19 EPL 1st 34 25 5 4 56 20 36 80 R16 Winner CAF Champions League QF DNQ DNQ
2019–20 EPL 1st 34 28 5 1 74 8 66 89 Winner Runner-up CAF Champions League Winner DNQ DNQ
2020–21 EPL 2nd 34 22 10 2 72 29 43 76 Runner-up Runner-up CAF Champions League Winner Winner 3rd
2021–22 EPL 3rd 34 20 10 4 62 21 41 70 Winner Winner CAF Champions League Runner-up Winner 3rd
2022–23 EPL 1st 34 25 8 1 63 13 50 83 TBD Winner CAF Champions League Winner DNQ 4th

Domestic and continental competitions edit

Egyptian and CAF top-division Clubs Competitions
Year Premier League Egypt Cup Egyptian Super Cup Champions League CAF Super Cup
1921–22 Started in
1948
- Started in
2001
Started in
1964
Started in
1992
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 Fifth place -
1964–65 Fourth place - did not enter
1965–66 Sixth place Winner did not enter
1966–67 Runner-up - did not enter
1968–69 not held not held did not enter
1969–70 not held not held did not enter
1970–71 not finished not held did not enter
1971–72 not held not held did not enter
1972–73 Fourth place Runner-up did not enter
1973–74 not finished not finished did not enter
1974–75 Winner - did not enter
1975–76 Winner Runner-up Round of 16
1976–77 Winner - Quarter Final
1977–78 Runner-up Winner Round of 16
1978–79 Winner - did not enter
1979–80 Winner not held did not enter
1980–81 Winner Winner Semi-final
1981–82 Winner not finished Winner
1982–83 Third place Winner Runner-up
1983–84 Runner-up Winner did not enter
1984–85 Winner Winner did not enter
1985–86 Winner - did not enter
1986–87 Winner not held Winner
1987–88 Runner-up - Semi-final
1988–89 Winner Winner did not enter
1989–90 not finished - Round of 16
1990–91 Runner-up Winner Quarter Final
1991–92 Fourth place Winner did not enter did not enter
1992–93 Runner-up Winner did not enter Runner-up
1993–94 Winner not held did not enter did not enter
1994–95 Winner - Withdrew did not enter
1995–96 Winner Winner Withdrew did not enter
1996–97 Winner Runner-up Withdrew did not enter
1997–98 Winner Semi-final Round of 32 did not enter
1998–99 Winner Round of 32 Group Stage did not enter
1999–2000 Winner Semi-final Group Stage did not enter
2000–01 Runner-up Winner Withdrew Winner Winner
2001–02 Runner-up Round of 16 did not enter Group Stage did not enter
2002–03 Runner-up Winner Winner did not enter did not enter
2003–04 Runner-up Runner-up did not enter Round of 32 did not enter
2004–05 Winner Round of 16 Winner Winner Winner
2005–06 Winner Winner Winner Winner Winner
2006–07 Winner Winner Winner Runner-up did not enter
2007–08 Winner Round of 32 Winner Winner Winner
2008–09 Winner Round of 16 Runner-up Round of 16 did not enter
2009–10 Winner Runner-up Winner Semi-final did not enter
2010–11 Winner Round of 16 Winner Group stage did not enter
2011–12 not finished not held not held Winner Winner
2012–13 not finished Withdrew not held Winner Winner
2013–14 Winner Semi-final Winner Round of 16 Runner-up
2014–15 Runner-up Runner-up Winner Round of 16 did not enter
2015–16 Winner Runner-up Runner-up Group stage did not enter
2016–17 Winner Winner Winner Runner-up did not enter
2017–18 Winner Quarter Final Winner Runner-up did not enter
2018–19 Winner Round of 16 Runner-up Quarter Final did not enter
2019–20 Winner Winner Runner-up Winner Winner
2020–21 Runner-up Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2021–22 Third place Winner Winner Runner-up did not enter
2022–23 Winner TBD Winner Winner Runner-up

CAF overall ranking of African clubs edit

CAF Ranking of the 21st Century[112]
Rank Club Points
1   Al Ahly SC 114
2   Espérance Tunis 67
3   TP Mazembe 63.5
4   Étoile du Sahel 58
5   Wydad 54
6   Zamalek 40
7   Raja Casablanca 38
8   Mamelodi Sundowns 33
9   Enyimba 31
10   CS Sfaxien 31
CAF Ranking of the 20th Century[citation needed]
Rank Club Points
1   Al Ahly 40
2   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 ranking edit

The club rankings for this season's CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup based on results from each CAF club competition from 2018 to the 2021–22 season.

Rank Club 2018
(× 1)
2018–19
(× 2)
2019–20
(× 3)
2020–21
(× 4)
2021–22
(× 5)
Total
1   Al Ahly 5 3 6 6 5 78
2   Wydad Casablanca 3 5 4 4 6 71
3   Espérance de Tunis 6 6 3 4 3 58
4   Raja Casablanca 5 1 4 5 3 54
5   RS Berkane 2 4 5 1 5 54

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 31 January 2024[113]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   EGY Mohamed El Shenawy (captain)
2 DF   EGY Khaled Abdelfattah
3 DF   EGY Omar Kamal
4 DF   EGY Mahmoud Metwalli
5 DF   EGY Ramy Rabia (vice-captain)
6 DF   EGY Yasser Ibrahim
7 MF   EGY Mahmoud Kahraba
8 MF   EGY Akram Tawfik
9 FW   PLE Wessam Abou Ali
10 FW   RSA Percy Tau
11 MF   EGY Ahmed Abdel Kader
12 FW   MAR Reda Slim
13 MF   EGY Marwan Attia
14 MF   EGY Hussein El Shahat
15 MF   MLI Aliou Dieng
16 GK   EGY Hamza Alaa
17 MF   EGY Amr El Solia (4th captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   TUN Mohamed Dhaoui
19 MF   EGY Afsha
20 MF   EGY Karim Walid
21 DF   TUN Ali Maâloul (5th captain)
22 MF   EGY Emam Ashour
24 DF   EGY Mohamed Abdel Monem
25 GK   EGY Mahmoud El Zanfaly (on loan from El Dakhleya)
27 FW   FRA Anthony Modeste
28 DF   EGY Karim Fouad
29 FW   EGY Taher Mohamed
30 DF   EGY Mohamed Hany (3rd captain)
31 GK   EGY Mostafa Shobeir
33 DF   EGY Karim El Debes
34 DF   EGY Moataz Mohamed
36 MF   EGY Ahmed Nabil Koka
37 GK   EGY Mostafa Makhlouf

Youth Academy edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   EGY Hazem Gamal
GK   EGY Tarek Hassan
DF   EGY Ahmed Abdeen
DF   EGY Mido Nabil
DF   EGY Mohamed Ahmed Sharkia
DF   EGY Youssef Sayed Abdel Hafez
DF   EGY Ibrahim Abdel Hakem
DF   EGY Eslam Abdallah
DF   EGY Abdel Gawad Abdel Rahman
DF   EGY Mazen Osama
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   GHA Rindorf Adom Sarabah
MF   EGY Fares Khaled
MF   EGY Ibrahim Adel
MF   EGY Mohamed Abdallah
MF   EGY Ahmed Teama
MF   EGY Mostafa Abo El Kheir
MF   EGY Karim Osman
FW   EGY Samir Mohamed
FW   EGY Omar Sayed Moawed

Other players under contract edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   EGY Mido Hossam
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   EGY Mohamed Hamdy

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   EGY Mohamed El Maghrabi (at Smouha until 30 June 2024)
DF   EGY Mohamed Ashraf El Bakry (at ZED until 30 June 2025)
DF   EGY Abdel Rahman Rashdan (at Modern Future until 30 June 2026)
MF   ALG Ahmed Kendouci (at Ceramica Cleopatra until 30 June 2024)
MF   EGY Ammar Hamdy (at Al Mokawloon Al Arab until 30 June 2024)
MF   EGY Raafat Khalil (at ZED until 30 June 2025)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   EGY Ahmed Khaled Kabaka (at Modern Future until 30 June 2026)
FW   EGY Mostafa El Badry (at Smouha until 30 June 2025)
FW   EGY Mohamed Yasser (at Teplice until 30 June 2024)
FW   GHA Samuel Obeng (at WE SC until 30 June 2024)
FW   EGY Mohamed Zaalouk (at Modern Future until 30 June 2026)
FW   EGY Amr Khaled Bibo (at Aarau until 30 June 2025)

Coaching staff edit

 
Marcel Koller, Al Ahly's current manager.
Coaching staff
  Marcel Koller Head coach
  Harald Gämperle Assistant coach
  Carlos Bernegger Assistant coach
  Samy Komsan Assistant coach
  Michel Iannacone Goalkeeping coach
Analysis department
  Yassin Mikari Head Analyst
Fitness coaches
  Tizian Ndoyi Fitness Coach
Medical department
  Ahmed Gaballah Team doctor
  Hany Wahba Team doctor
  Mohamed Wafaay Physiotherapist
  Ahmed Abou El-Wafa Psychologist
Sport management and organisation
  Mohsen Saleh Head of Football Planning Committee
  Zakaria Nassef Member of Football Planning Committee
  Khaled Bebo Football director
  Walid Soliman Head of Youth Football
  Badr Ragab Youth academy general manager

Board of directors edit

Office Name
President   Mahmoud El Khatib
Vice President   El Amry Farouk (deceased)
Secretary of the fund   Khaled Mortagy (also Acting Vice President)
Board Member   Hossam Ghaly
Board Member   Mohamed Shawky
Board Member   Mai Atef
Board Member   Tarek Kandil
Board Member   Mohamed Al-Ghazawy
Board Member   Mohamed Al-Damaty
Board Member   Mohanad Magdy
Board Member   Mohamed Serag
Board Member   Mohamed El-Garhy

Club figures edit

Presidents edit

[114]

 
Statue of Saleh Selim, former player and president in the club's headquarters
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 Dessouki 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   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

Captains edit

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.[115]

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
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   Rabie Yassin
29   Magdi Abdelghani
30   Ahmed Shobair
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
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

See also edit

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