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The Egyptian Premier League (Arabic: الدوري المصري الممتاز‎) is an Egyptian professional league for Egyptian football clubs and represents the top flight of Egyptian football. The championship consists of eighteen competing teams in a home and away league system. It is currently known as the Presentation Egyptian Premier League, after the advertising company signed a sponsorship deal with the Egyptian Football Association. The league's highest attendance is 120,000 (Al Ahly vs Zamalek).[1]

Egyptian Premier League
Egyptian Premier League logo.png
Founded22 October 1948
Country Egypt
ConfederationCAF
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toEgyptian Second Division
Domestic cup(s)Egypt Cup
Egyptian Super Cup
International cup(s)CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current championsAl Ahly (41st title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsAl Ahly (41 titles)
Top goalscorerHassan El Shazly (173 goals)
TV partnersNile Sport and ON Sport
(live matches and highlights)
Websiteefa.eg
2019–20 Egyptian Premier League

Competition format and sponsorshipEdit

CompetitionEdit

There are 18 clubs in the Egyptian Premier League. The season lasts from August to May. During the course of the season, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 34 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then the direct confrontation, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal,the direct confrontation, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Division II League, and the top three teams from the three groups into the Division II league, together, are promoted in their place.

SponsorshipEdit

The Egyptian Premier League has been sponsored since 2005. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

  • 2005–07: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League
  • 2007–11: Etisalat Egyptian Premier League
  • 2011–14: Vodafone Egyptian Premier League
  • 2014–present: Egyptian Premier League (Sponsored by Presentation Sports)

Media coverageEdit

All matches are televised on Time Sport as well as ON Sport.

ClubsEdit

A total of 66 clubs have played in the Egyptian Premier League from its inception in 1948–49 up to and including the 2017–18 season. But only two clubs have been members of the Egyptian Premier League for every season since its inception. These are Al Ahly and Zamalek, meanwhile Al-Ittihad and Al Masry have been absent only for two seasons of the League since its inception.

Members for 2019–20Edit

The following 18 clubs are competing in the Egyptian Premier League as of the 2017–18 season.

+Promoted teams (from the 2018–19 Second Division season to the Premier League)

StadiumsEdit

List of seasonsEdit

The following table provides a summary of seasons:[2]

No. Season Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
1 1948–49 Al Ahly (1) Tersana Ismaily
2 1949–50 Al Ahly (2) Tersana Zamalek
3 1950–51 Al Ahly (3) Zamalek Al Masry
1951–52
Not played due to participation in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
4 1952–53 Al Ahly (4) Zamalek Al Masry
5 1953–54 Al Ahly (5) Zamalek Tersana
1954–55
Not finished due to refusal of Al Ahly to comply with
the federation's penalty of playing one match away from home.
6 1955–56 Al Ahly (6) Zamalek El Qannah
7 1956–57 Al Ahly (7) Zamalek Ismaily
8 1957–58 Al Ahly (8) Zamalek El Olympi
9 1958–59 Al Ahly (9) Zamalek Tersana
10 1959–60 Zamalek (1) Tersana Al Ahly
11 1960–61 Al Ahly (10) Zamalek Tersana
12 1961–62 Al Ahly (11) Zamalek Tersana
13 1962–63 Tersana (1) Zamalek Al Ahly
14 1963–64 Zamalek (2) Tersana Ismaily
15 1964–65 Zamalek (3) Ismaily Tersana
16 1965–66 El Olympi (1) Zamalek Ismaily
17 1966–67 Ismaily (1) Al Ahly Tersana
1967–71
Not played due to the Six-Day War.
1971–72
Not finished due to violence during Al Ahly vs Zamalek match.
18 1972–73 Ghazl El Mahalla (1) Zamalek Ismaily
1973–74
Not finished due to the 6th of October War.
19 1974–75 Al Ahly (12) Tersana Ismaily
20 1975–76 Al Ahly (13) Ghazl El Mahalla Zamalek
21 1976–77 Al Ahly (14) Zamalek El Ittihad El Sakndary
22 1977–78 Zamalek (4) Al Ahly El Olympi
23 1978–79 Al Ahly (15) Zamalek Ghazl El Mahalla
24 1979–80 Al Ahly (16) Zamalek Al Masry
25 1980–81 Al Ahly (17) Zamalek Al Masry
26 1981–82 Al Ahly (18) Zamalek El Ittihad El Sakndary
27 1982–83 Al Mokawloon (1) Zamalek Al Ahly
28 1983–84 Zamalek (5) Al Ahly Ismaily
29 1984–85 Al Ahly (19) Zamalek Ismaily
30 1985–86 Al Ahly (20) Zamalek Ismaily
31 1986–87 Al Ahly (21) Zamalek Tersana
32 1987–88 Zamalek (6) Al Ahly Ghazl El Mahalla
33 1988–89 Al Ahly (22) Zamalek Ghazl El Mahalla
1989–90
Not finished due to preparation of Egypt for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
34 1990–91 Ismaily (2) Al Ahly Zamalek
35 1991–92 Zamalek (7) Ismaily Ghazl El Mahalla
36 1992–93 Zamalek (8) Al Ahly Ghazl El Mahalla
37 1993–94 Al Ahly (23) Ismaily Zamalek
38 1994–95 Al Ahly (24) Zamalek Ismaily
39 1995–96 Al Ahly (25) Zamalek Ismaily
40 1996–97 Al Ahly (26) Zamalek El Mansoura
41 1997–98 Al Ahly (27) Zamalek Al Mokawloon
42 1998–99 Al Ahly (28) Zamalek Ismaily
43 1999–00 Al Ahly (29) Ismaily Zamalek
44 2000–01 Zamalek (9) Al Ahly Al Masry
45 2001–02 Ismaily (3) Al Ahly Zamalek
46 2002–03 Zamalek (10) Al Ahly Ismaily
47 2003–04 Zamalek (11) Al Ahly Ismaily
48 2004–05 Al Ahly (30) ENPPI Haras El Hodoud
49 2005–06 Al Ahly (31) Zamalek ENPPI
50 2006–07 Al Ahly (32) Zamalek Ismaily
51 2007–08 Al Ahly (33) Ismaily Zamalek
52 2008–09 Al Ahly (34) Ismaily Petrojet
53 2009–10 Al Ahly (35) Zamalek Ismaily
54 2010–11 Al Ahly (36) Zamalek Ismaily
2011–12
Not finished due to the Port Said Stadium riot.
2012–13
Not finished due to the 30th of june revolution
55 2013–14 Al Ahly (37) Smouha Zamalek
56 2014–15 Zamalek (12) Al Ahly ENPPI
57 2015–16 Al Ahly (38) Zamalek Smouha
58 2016–17 Al Ahly (39) Misr Lel Makasa Zamalek
59 2017–18 Al Ahly (40) Ismaily Al Masry
60 2018–19 Al Ahly (41) Zamalek Pyramids

PerformanceEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Third places Winning Seasons
Al Ahly         41 11 3 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, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Zamalek     12 33 9 1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15
Ismaily   3 6 17 1966–67, 1990–91, 2001–02
Tersana  1 5 7 1962–63
Ghazl El Mahalla  1 1 5 1972–73
El Olympi  1 2 1965–66
Al Mokawloon  1 1 1982–83
ENPPI 1 2
Smouha 1 1
Misr Lel Makasa 1
Al Masry 5
El Qannah 2
El Ittihad El Sakndary 2
El Mansoura 1
Haras El Hodoud 1
Petrojet 1

Performance by cityEdit

City Winners Club(s)
Cairo
55
Al Ahly (41), Zamalek(12), Tersana (1)

Al Mokawloon (1)

Ismaïlia
3
Ismaily (3)
El-Mahalla El-Kubra
1
Ghazl El Mahalla (1)
Alexandria
1
El Olympi (1)

DoublesEdit

Two teams have won the double of the Egyptian Premier League and the Egypt Cup.

Club Number Seasons
Al Ahly
14
1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1995–96, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2016–17
Zamalek
3
1959–60, 1987–88, 2014–15

Top goalscorersEdit

All Seasons Top GoalscorersEdit

Season Player Club Goals
1948–49   Mohamed Diab El-Attar "Diba" El Ittihad El Sakandary 15
  El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al Masry
1949–50   El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al Masry 13
1950–51   El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al Masry 12
1952–53   Ahmed Mekawi Al Ahly

12

1953–54   Abdel Nabi Tersana 18
1955–56   Sayed Saleh Al Ahly 12
1956–57   Alaa El-Hamouly Zamalek 16
1957–58   Hamdi Abdel Fattah Tersana 19
1958–59   El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al Ahly 16
1959–60   Hamdi Abdel Fattah Tersana 15
1960–61   Ali Mohsen Zamalek 16
1961–62   Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 18
1962–63   Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 32
1963–64   Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 27
1964–65   Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 23
1965–66   Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 16
1966–67   Ali Abo Greisha Ismaily 15
1972–73   Omasha Omasha Ghazl El Mahalla 11
1974–75   Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 34
1975–76   Ossama Khalil Ismaily 17
1976–77   Ali Khalil Zamalek 17
  Hassan Shehata Zamalek
1977–78   Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly 11
1978–79   Ali Khalil Zamalek 12
1979–80   Hassan Shehata Zamalek 14
1980–81   Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly 11
1981–82   Gamal Gouda Al Masry 8
1982–83   Mahmoud El-Mashaqui Ghazl El Mahalla 9
1983–84   Ayman Shawky Koroum 8
1984–85   Mohamed Hazem Ismaily 11
1985–86   Mohamed Hazem Ismaily 11
1986–87   Emad Soliman Ismaily 11
1987–88   Gamal Abdel-Hameed Zamalek 11
1988–89   Mahmoud El-Mashaqui Ghazl El Mahalla 11
1990–91   Mohamed Ramadan Al Ahly 14
1991–92   Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 14
1992–93   Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 16
1993–94   Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi 15
  Bashir Abdel Samad Ismaily
1994–95   Abdullah El-Sawy El Qannah 10
  Ahmed Sary El Ittihad El Sakandary
1995–96   Mohamed Salah Abo Greisha Ismaily 14
1996–97   Ayman Moheb El Mansoura 17
1997–98   Abdul-Hamid Bassiouny Zamalek 15
1998–99   Hossam Hassan Al Ahly 15
1999–00   John Utaka Ismaily 17
2000–01   Tarek El-Said Zamalek 13
2001–02   Hossam Hassan Zamalek 18
2002–03   Ahmad Belal Al Ahly 19
2003–04   Abdel Halim Ali Zamalek 14
2004–05   Emad Moteab Al Ahly 15
2005–06   Mohamed Aboutrika Al Ahly 18
2006–07   Flávio Amado Al Ahly 17
2007–08   Alaa Ibrahim Petrojet 15
2008–09   Ernest Papa Arko Tala'ea El Gaish 12
  Flávio Amado Al Ahly
2009–10   Minusu Buba Ittihad El Shorta 14
2010–11   Ahmed Abd El-Zaher ENPPI 13
  Shikabala Zamalek
2013–14   John Antwi Ismaily 11
2014–15   Hossam Salama El-Dakhleya 20
2015–16   Hossam Salama Smouha 17
2016–17   Ahmed El Sheikh Misr Lel Makasa 17
2017–18   Walid Azaro Al Ahly 18
2018-19   Ahmed Ali Al Mokawloon 18

All Time Top GoalscorersEdit

Last updated 1 April 2018.

No. Player Teams Goals
1 Hassan El-Shazly Tersana 176
2 Hossam Hassan Al Ahly / Zamalek / Al Masry / Tersana / El Ittihad El Sakandary 168
3 Moustafa Reyadh Tersana 123
4 El-Sayed El-Dhizui Al Masry / Al Ahly 112
5 Mahmoud El Khatib Al Ahly 109
6 Ahmed El-Kass El Olympi / Zamalek / El Ittihad El Sakandary 107
7 Mohamed Aboutrika Tersana / Al Ahly 105
8 Gamal Abdel-Hameed Al Ahly / Zamalek 101

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rose, Gary (26 September 2014). "Five great football derbies of the world you may not know about – BBC Sport". Bbc.com. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ Tarek Said ,MD. "Zamalek Sporting Club – Egyptian Football Net نادي الزمالك الرياضي و كرة القدم المصرية". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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