El-Jaish Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الجيش الرياضي) was a Qatari multi-sports club from 2011 to 2017, based in the Al-Duhail area of Doha. The association football team played in the Qatar Stars League. The team won the Qatargas League prior to 2011, but were not eligible for promotion and as a result were not declared as the champions of the league. It was promoted to the first division, the Stars League, the first year after it was made eligible.

El-Jaish SC
Full nameEl Jaish Sports Club
نادي الجيش الرياضي
Founded2011; 13 years ago (2011)
Dissolved1 July 2017; 6 years ago (1 July 2017)
GroundAbdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
ManagerSabri Lamouchi
LeagueQatar Stars League
2016–17Qatar Stars League, 4th
WebsiteClub website
El Jaish's active sections







The club also had participations in other sports, most notably in handball where its team has previously achieved 3rd place in both the GCC Handball Championship and the Asian Club Handball Championship.[2]

In April 2017, it was announced that the club would be taken over by Lekhwiya SC following the 2016–17 Qatar Stars League, and merge into Lekhwiya SC which would be rebranded as Al-Duhail SC.[3][4]

History edit

El Jaish SC was officially established in 2011 after spending several seasons in the second division without being eligible for promotion.

In its first season in the Qatar Stars League, El Jaish finished second, just two points behind champions Lekhwiya, and qualified for the 2013 AFC Champions League. After a poor start to the 2013 Champions League, El Jaish won 3 of its 4 last group stage games to emerge as the groups runners-up, setting up a Round of 16 tie against Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia. They were eliminated after losing 0–2 in the away game and 1–3 on aggregate.[5]

In 2013, El Jaish were involved in the controversial case of Zahir Belounis not being granted an exit visa over his dispute with the club over unpaid wages.[6][7]

Lekhwiya SC announced that they have taken over the club in April 2017 and the club dissolved in July 2017 while Lekhwiya got rebranded into Al-Duhail SC.

Honours edit


  • El-Jaish were winners of the Qatargas League in 2007–08 and 2008–09 but the club was not officiated yet so they don't count as official championships

El Jaish in Asia edit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 8 3 3 2 15 12
Total 8 3 3 2 15 12
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS   Al Shabab 3–0 0–2
GS   Tractor 3–3 4–2
GS   Al Jazira 3–1 1–1
R16   Al Ahli 1–1 0–2

Personnel edit

As of May 23, 2014[8]

Senior team edit

Coaching staff
Head coach   Sabri Lamouchi
Assistant coach   Lassaad Chabbi
Assistant coach   Yousef Adam
Reserve head coach   Cristian Petre
Reserve asst. coach   Yousuf Al-Nobi
Goalkeeping coach   Ahmed Naji
Fitness coach   Khalil Jebabli
Fitness coach   André Luiz Lima
Medical staff
Team doctor   Marian Dumitru
Physiotherapist   Sorin Minea
Physiotherapist   Mohamed Ali Laid
Physiotherapist   Badii Al-Tayib
Kinesiologist   Nabyl Bekraoui
Specialist staff
Translator   Abdelrahman Naim
Translator   Hoyeong Ju
Photographer   Adrian Alexandru
Administrative staff
Team manager   Rashid Al-Kaabi
Team administrator   Ismail Hashem
Logistics officer   Nasser Al-Shammari

Youth team edit

Last update: May 24, 2013[9]

Coaching staff
Head coach   Aref Awadh Salem
Assistant coach   Zoran Lović
Goalkeeping coach   Pedro Lascarim
Physiotherapist   Ahsan Ajoo
Technical staff
Technical Director   Leonardo Vitorino

Management edit

Position Staff
President   Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah
Executive Director   Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari
Marketing & Audience Manager   Saeed Al-Eidah
Sports Manager  Yousuf Bakhit Al Kuwari
Media Manager   Amer Abdulrahman Al Kaabi
Financial Manager   Khamis Al Kuwari

Last updated: May 2012
Source: El Jaish[usurped]

Associated clubs edit

Kit sponsors and manufacturers edit

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2011–2017   Nike   NAPT

Managerial history edit

Handball edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Lekhwiya Sports Club - the Club". Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "El Jaish Handball Team matches". goalzz.com. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "Lekhwiya, El Jaish clubs to merge" (in Arabic). Gulf Times. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Lekhwiya, Al Jaish Clubs to Merge into One Club under the Name of Al Duhail Sports Club". www.qna.org.qa. Archived from the original on April 12, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "ACL RD16 (2nd leg): Al Ahli 2–0 El Jaish (3–1 agg)". the-afc.com. May 22, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Zahir Belounis: another embarrassment for Qatar". World Soccer. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "Zahir Belounis: A Virtual Captive in Qatar". sites.duke.edu/. October 7, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "Technical staff". El Jaish official website. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "Technical staff". El Jaish official website. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  10. ^ "Eljaish Signs MoU with FC Schalke 04". eljaish.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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