Nejmeh SC

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Nejmeh Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي النجمة الرياضي‎, lit. 'The Star Sporting Club') is a Lebanese football club based in the Manara district of Ras Beirut, Beirut. The club was established in Beirut in 1945, and received its license on 28 April 1947. The club promoted gradually along the different divisions, and finally reached the first division in 1951. Nejmeh are considered one of the most popular football teams in Lebanon.

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Full nameNejmeh Sporting Club
Nickname(s)القلعة النبيذية (The Burgundy Castle)[1]
Short nameNEJ, NMH, NSC
Founded10 March 1945; 75 years ago (10 March 1945)
GroundRafic El-Hariri Stadium[a]
ChairmanAsaad Saccal
ManagerMohamed Abdel Azim
LeagueLebanese Premier League
2018–19Lebanese Premier League, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website

Historically, the club is second only to their cross-city rivals Ansar in the Lebanese Premier League: Ansar have won 13 titles while Nejmeh have won eight. Nejmeh are also second to their rivals in amount of Lebanese Cups won over the years, with a total of six cups compared to Ansar's 14. Nejmeh however do lead in amount of Elite Cup wins, with a total of 11 championships, as well as in the number of Lebanese Super Cup wins, having won it six times whereas Ansar have won it four times. The rivalry between the two clubs has been dubbed the Beirut derby.

In Asia, Nejmeh were runners-up in the 2005 AFC Cup, where they lost to Al-Faisaly of Jordan. Other than that, they won an Arab tournament known as the Al-Adha Cup four times, last time being in 1991.


1945–1951: Establishment of the clubEdit

Nejmeh's lineup in 1945.

The club was founded in 1945 as an association football club. The first provisional committee of Nejmeh Club was formed in 1945 and included:[2]

  • Anis Radwan (President)
  • Yahia Daroub (Vice-President)
  • Noureddine Hamedeh (General Secretary)
  • Amin Monzer
  • Hamzah Daroub
  • Salah Sinno

This committee applied for a license at the Lebanese Government in 1945, which was issued on 28 April 1947.[2] The club qualified for the Lebanese First Division in 1951.

The choice of the name of the club came on 11 October 1945, when a night meeting was held at Anis Radwan's house to discuss the affairs of the team. Looking at the sky's stars, Radwan decided to call the team Al-Nejmeh (The Star).[2]

1970–1987: The golden eraEdit

The major breakthrough came in 1970 with the rise of the golden team at Nejmeh Club that included the best players in Lebanon. Mohammad Hatoum, Hassan Shatila, Mahmoud Shatila, Habib Kammouneh, Zein Hashem, Jamal El Khatib, Youssef El Ghoul, to mention a few, with the rest of their teammates. This golden team led the way to a decade of glory for Nejmeh.

The period of the 1970s was the best in the club history. Nejmeh dominated the Lebanese scene and, after becoming known worldwide, many famous players, such as Pele[3][4][5][6] and Bebeto,[7][8][9] played matches with Nejmeh as honour guests.

In the late 1970s and the 1980s, the Lebanese Civil War prevailed the Lebanese scene. The Lebanese championship was suspended for 12 years (1975–1987).

1997–2005: The second golden eraEdit

The Arab world witnessed the second golden era of Nejmeh from 1997 till 2004, where they had the longest winning streak in the Arab history with players such as: Moussa Hojeij, Abbas Ahmed Atwi, Mohammed Ghaddar, Ali Nasseredine, Bilal Najjarin, Khaled Hamieh, Akram Moghrabi, Errol McFarlane, Abbas Shahrour, Mohammad Kassas, Hussein Dokmak, Faisal Antar, Mohammed Halaweh and Haitham Zein. The club won the 1999–2000 Lebanese Premier League title.

In 2003, a new administration of the club was elected after more than 30 years under the presidency of Omar Ghandour (1969–2003). The new president was Mohammad Fanj. In 2005, the administration resigned, and a new election took place with a new administration, headed by Mr. Mohammad Amin Daouk, being elected.

2014–present: Recent historyEdit

Since 2014, Nejmeh have won the League and FA Cup once, in 2014, the Super Cup twice, in 2014 and 2016, and the Elite Cup three times in a row, in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Colours and badgeEdit

Ever since the club's foundation, the traditional and primary color of Nejmeh has been burgundy red.[10] The club's badge is composed of a star in the center, in reference to the club's name which, in Arabic, means "Star".[2] The two cedars on the side of the logo recall Lebanon's national symbol.

In 2019 the logo underwent various changes: the star changed from white to gold, the cedars from green to burgundy and the text from burgundy to black. Other minor changes have also been made such as the enlargement of the width of the white border, and the shift of the text "Beirut 1945", which moved from the center of the star to underneath it.[11]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

The following is a list of kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors worn by Nejmeh from 2000 onwards.[12]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2000–2003 Adidas LBC
2003–2005 A-Line Coca-Cola
2005–2006 Adidas None
2006–2007 Bankmed
2007–2008 None
2008–2010 A-Line Bankmed
2010–2011 Lotto
2011–2012 Joma
2012–2013 Lotto
2013–2014 Peak
2014–2015 Lotto
2015–2016 Jako
2016–2018 P4
2018–2019 Capelli Nexen Tire
2019 Jako None
2019– Capelli Nexen Tire


The club stadium is located in Al Manara area in Beirut, Lebanon.[13] The stadium consists of a football field, and spaces that accommodate around 5,000 spectators, together with a VIP seats area that accommodates around 100 guests, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium.[14]

The old club stadium first consisted of a sand training field over the land number 704 in Ras Beirut area with no facilities or fences.[14] The stadium went through a rehabilitation process, with improvements including implanting the field with grass, increasing the seats spaces to allow more spectators, and enhancing the stadium facilities, walls, and fences. The first phase of the process started in June 2003 and was completed in late March 2004.[14]

On 21 February 2005, the stadium was named "The Martyr Rafic Hariri Stadium" in honour of the late Prime Minister.[14]


Founded on 9 February 2018,[15] Nejmeh's "Ultras Supernova" was the first ultras group to be introduced in Lebanon.[16][17][18] The name "Supernova" is a reference to the etymology of Nejmeh which, in Arabic, means "Star".

Prior to the Arab Club Champions Cup game against Al-Ahly of Egypt, played on 13 August 2018, seven "Ultras Supernova" fans were arrested by the Egyptian national security because of the negative connotations the word "Ultras" has in Egypt.[19] The fans have been returned to Lebanon by request of the Lebanese Ambassador to Cairo.[20]

Club rivalriesEdit

Nejmeh fans during the Beirut derby at the Camille Chamoun Stadium in 2018.

The Beirut derby with Ansar has historically been the most anticipated game in Lebanon: both located in Beirut, Nejmeh and Ansar have shared the majority of titles. While Nejmeh has been more successful in Asia, Ansar holds the most league titles and FA Cups.[10]

In recent years another fierce rivalry has developed, between Nejmeh and Ahed. Also based in Beirut, Ahed have won the majority of league titles since the 2014–15 season. Tensions between the two teams have also forced the federation to change venues multiple times.[21] Most noticeably, in the 2016–17 season, Nejmeh refused to play against Ahed in the league title decider and were sanctioned six points by the federation.[22]

Another rivalry that has developed in recent years is with Salam Zgharta. Since the 2016–17 season, Salam Zgharta and Nejmeh have played various intense games between each other, with some escalating in offensive chants.[23]

Other important matches are with Safa and Racing, both located in the same city as Nejmeh.


Current squadEdit

As of 17 September 2019[24]

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 Ali Sabeh
2   DF Ali Al Saadi
3   FW Issaka Abudu Diarra
4   MF Nader Matar
5   DF Mostafa Shamaa
8   FW Feiz Shamsin
9   FW Ali Salman Alaaeddine
10   FW Edmond Chehade
11   FW Khaled Takaji
12   DF Abdullah Aich
13   MF Mohamad Salem
14   MF Hassan Annan
15   DF Mohamad Jawad Abdallah
17   MF Mahmoud Siblini
18   DF Kassem El Zein
No. Position Player
19   DF Ali Hamam (captain)
20   MF Haidar Khreiss
21   GK Ahmad Taktouk
23   DF Ali Faroukh
24   DF Maher Sabra
27   MF Khalil Bader
29   MF Mourad Hedhli
32   GK Abbas Hassan
33   DF Andrew Sawaya
44   MF Idrissa Niang
70   FW Ali Al Hajj
77   MF Mehdi El Zein
88   MF Hassan Fardous
95   GK Mohamad Abed Al Mawla
  MF Mahmoud Kaawar

Out on loanEdit

As of 17 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
  GK Hussein Sharafeddine (at Safa until 30 June 2020)[25]
  FW Ali Bazzi (at Shabab Bourj until 30 June 2020)[26]
No. Position Player
  FW Issa Bazzi (at Shabab Bourj until 30 June 2020)

Notable playersEdit

Players in international competitions
Competition Player National team
2000 AFC Asian Cup Abbas Chahrour   Lebanon
Wahid El Fattal   Lebanon
Mohamed Halawi   Lebanon
Moussa Hojeij   Lebanon
2007 AFC Asian Cup Bassim Abbas   Iraq
2012 Africa Cup of Nations Osama Chtiba   Libya
2017 Africa Cup of Nations Hassan Wasswa   Uganda
2019 AFC Asian Cup Kassem El Zein   Lebanon
Ali Hamam   Lebanon
Hassan Maatouk   Lebanon
Nader Matar   Lebanon




Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

In 1982, Nejmeh reached the Arab Club Champions Cup final but lost to Iraqi club Al-Shorta.[28] In 2005, Nejmeh reached the final of the AFC Cup and lost to Al-Faisaly of Jordan: this was the first time a Lebanese football team had reached the final of any Asian competition.[10]

1996–97: Second round
2002–03: First Round
2004: Quarter-finals
2005: Final
2006: Semi-finals
2007: Semi-finals
2010: Group stage
2014: Round of 16
2015: Group stage
2017: Group stage
2019: Group stage
1990–91: First round
1997–98: First round
1998–99: First round

Managerial historyEdit


  1. ^ Only used as a training ground.


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