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Al-Nasr Sports Club (Arabic: نادي النصر الرياضي‎) is a professional association football club located in Dubai and plays in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. Al-Nasr, literally translating to "victory" in Arabic, was founded in 1945 and is considered as the first and oldest club in the United Arab Emirates. They play at Al Maktoum Stadium, which can hold 15,000 people.

Al-Nasr SC
نادي النصر الرياضي‎
Al-Nasr Sports Club.png
Full nameAl-Nasr Sports Club
Nickname(s)Al Ameed (The Brigadier General)
Founded1945; 74 years ago (1945)
GroundAl Maktoum Stadium
ChairmanHamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
CoachCaio Zanardi
LeagueUAE Pro-League
2018–19UAE Pro-League, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Pre–UAE League era (1945–1973)Edit

Al Nasr Sports Club was founded by a group of young men in a Al Ghubaiba, Dubai in 1945, making it the oldest club in UAE footballing history. The team played in an empty playground near a highschool for three years until in 1948 were they finally decided to establish modern rules of football. In 1951, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum chose the headquarters to be in a cafe close to a fish market, the cafe had a room for rent so the club would rent the room for meetings, gatherings and studying. The club would later move their headquarters to Shindagha. During this period the club went on with the name Al Ahli until in the 1960s where the players traveled to Qatar to face Al Ahli and lose, after their loss in Qatar, the players proposed to change the name to Al Nasr which would later become official. The club decided to move their headquarters to a larger house in Shindagha and invited Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to meet the club in their new headquarters, Sheikh Zayed decided to donate 60,000 AED as a gift to the club, they would use the money to develop the club.[1][2]

Rise of competition (1973–1990)Edit

In 1973, the UAE Pro-League was established and neighboring teams emerged forcing Al Nasr to start building a proper venue, so the construction of Al Maktoum Stadium began, however the team would join the league in 1974 so the club played their home games in Rashid Stadium until the completion of Al Makhtoum stadium in 1980, the club would win 3 UAE league, 3 presidents cup titles and a UAE federation cups during this time, the club would also be notorious for hosting games with big clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Santos.[3][4]

Modern era (1990–present)Edit

After the end of the eighties, the club would see a semi-decline where they would stop winning the league yet win two Arabian super cups in the nineties and one Arabian gulf cup and a president's cup in 2015, the team would renovate the Al Makhtoum Stadium for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and host another friendly with Arsenal in 2019.

Club RivalriesEdit

The team has a big rivalry with Al Wasl, often called the Bur Dubai Derby or just simply Dubai Derby, both teams have competed to see which club is the best team in Bur Dubai neighborhood.[5] It also has a rivalry with Shabab Al Ahli which is also based in the same city but not in the same neighborhood.


16 Official Championships.

Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (3): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Runners-up (4): 1980–81, 1984–86, 1999–2000, 2011–12
Winners (4): 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2014–15
Runners-up (6): 1974–75, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2016–17
Winners (3): 1988–87, 1999–00, 2001–02
Winners (1): 2015
Winners (2): 1990, 1996
Runners-up (1): 2015
Winners (1): 1984–85
Winners (1): 1993

Regional competitionsEdit

GCC Champions League

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

2012: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2016: Quarter-finals
2019: Play off Round
1988: Qualifying Stage
1998: Withdrew (First Round)
1993–94: First Round


Board of DirectorsEdit

Title Name
Chairman   Abdulrehman Abu Al Shawareb
Vice Chairman   Tariq Yousif Al Janahi
Board Member   Thabit Suhail Thabit
  Adel Mohamed Shakri
  Jumaa Saeed Al Kaabi
  Rashed Marzouk Bakhit
  Hamad Rahma Al Fallasi

Last updated: 27 May 2019
Source: Al Nasr Club

Technical TeamEdit

Title Name
Head Coach   Caio Zanardi
Assistant Coach   Ali Murad
  Mohammad Zakeri
  Dimitrios Daniilidis
Goalkeepers Coach   Goran Cumic
Fitness Coach   George Paraskevas

Administrative TeamEdit

Title Name
Team Manager   Salah Jalal Abdulla
Team Administrator   Saleh Salem Alsuwaidi
Security Officer   Mussa Abbas Alali
Media Coordinator   Mohammed Mubarak
Team Secretary   Hatim Hassan Elbadri
Logistics Officer   Basheer Anchukandathil
  Ali Kutti Athanikkal
  Riyas Thundakachi

Medical TeamEdit

Title Name
Specialist Doctor   Walid Ben Cheikh
Physiotherapist   Darko Stamatovic
  Rodrigo De Queiroz Aires
  Claudio Patti
Masseur   Ognjen Ninkovic
  Toni Mitrov

Current squadEdit

As of UAE Pro-League:
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ghaith Hussain   United Arab Emirates
2 Defender Mubarak Saeed   United Arab Emirates
3 Forward Salem Saleh   United Arab Emirates
4 Midfielder Khaled Jalal   United Arab Emirates
5 Midfielder Tareq Ahmed (captain)   United Arab Emirates
6 Defender Mahmoud Khamees   United Arab Emirates
7 Forward Jassem Yaqoub   United Arab Emirates
8 Forward Mohamed Al-Akbari   United Arab Emirates
9 Forward Álvaro Negredo   Spain
10 Midfielder Habib Al Fardan   United Arab Emirates
11 Midfielder Esteban Pavez   Chile
12 Goalkeeper Ahmed Shambih   United Arab Emirates
13 Midfielder Muhannad Khamis   United Arab Emirates
14 Defender Yaqoub Al-Bloushi   United Arab Emirates
15 Forward Mohammed Fuesrai U21   Chad
16 Midfielder Amer Mubarak   United Arab Emirates
17 Midfielder Brandley Kuwas   Curaçao
20 Midfielder Tozé   Portugal
21 Defender Mohammed Ali Ayed   United Arab Emirates
22 Defender Gláuber U21   Brazil
23 Midfielder Gabriel Valentini U21   Brazil
26 Defender Mohammed Sarwashi U21   United Arab Emirates
27 Midfielder Hussain Abdullah   United Arab Emirates
32 Defender Khalifa Mubarak   United Arab Emirates
44 Goalkeeper Ibrahim Eisa   United Arab Emirates
49 Defender Mohammed Ibrahim   United Arab Emirates
55 Defender Hamad Hassan U21   United Arab Emirates
70 Midfielder Rashed Mohammed   United Arab Emirates
77 Defender Hazza Salem   United Arab Emirates
88 Midfielder Mohammed Abdulaziz U21   United Arab Emirates
92 Defender Saeed Sowaidan   United Arab Emirates
99 Midfielder Fares Al-Tayer U21   United Arab Emirates

Out on loanEdit

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
Defender Al Hussain Saleh (on loan to Al-Wahda)   United Arab Emirates

Famous playersEdit

Past managersEdit

Other sportsEdit


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  2. ^ "النصر انطلق عام 1945 تحت اسم «الأهلي الأدبي»". البيان. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  3. ^ "When Pele played Dubai: February 23, 1973, a day the UAE 'will never forget'". The National. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. ^ "A trip down memory lane: When 1978 European champions Liverpool visited a Dubai 'most people cannot imagine'". The National. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Arabian Gulf Cup Quarter-finals: Fight breaks out after Bur Dubai Derby between Al Nasr and Al Wasl -".
  6. ^ "ADNOC Championship recognized by UAE Football Association". (in Arabic).
  7. ^ "ADNOC Championship recognized by UAE Pro League Committee".
  8. ^ "Multumim, Ionut Rada!" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 17 January 2010.

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