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ASFAR (football club)

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The Association Sportive des Forces Armées Royales (Arabic: الجمعية الرياضية للقوات المسلحة الملكية‎; ASFAR), also known as the Royal Army Club (Arabic: نادي الفيران الملكي‎), is a professional sport club based in Morocco's capital city (Rabat-Salé).

Association Sportive des FAR
Full nameAssociation Sportive des Forces Armées Royales
Nickname(s)The Leader (الزعيم)
Conquerors
Black Army
Short nameASFAR
Founded1 September 1958; 61 years ago (1958-09-01)
GroundPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
Rabat, Morocco
Capacity53,300
PresidentMohamed Haramou
ManagerAbderrahim Talib
LeagueBotola
2018–1913th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded in 1958 soon after Morocco had gained their independence, and is one of the most famous football clubs in Morocco. ASFAR is an abbreviation for Sports Association the Royal Armed Forces.

ASFAR is the Most winning official titles in total 29 titles, And became the first club in Morocco to win one of the African cup competitions, the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1985, and has never been relegated to the Moroccan Second Division, with his Historical rivals Wydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca، and matches Between the parties are known as "Moroccan Clasico", And a big other match are known as "Capital city Derby" against his neighbor FUS Rabat.[1]

ASFAR is the most successful moroccan club of the 20st century, and was ranked first locally, 10 continental and 201 universally, in the international rankings of clubs during the first ten years of the 21st century (2001-2010), issued by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics in 2011.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
Housni Benslimane The first Goalkeeper for team after winning the first title for Moroccan Throne Cup 1958–59

The ASFAR was founded on 1 September 1958, by the initiative of the Crown Prince at Molay Al Hassan, who was from football fans, After a decree signed, As a High Commander of the Moroccan Royal Army. The exploration of players from the Royal Armed Forces، and work with them to develop all levels (technical level, fitness management, sportsmanship.) for an integrated team.

One year after its creation, the football team, still in second division, wins his first Throne Cup. The same year the club ranks first in division of the Moroccan Championship. In Moroccan Throne Cup, they manage to hide in eighths of final and then face the Wydad Casablanca, the latter is beaten on the score of 1-0. During the final quarters, the military defeat the Fath Union Sport Rabat at the first Capital city derby opposing them, The ASFAR win this match on the 3-1 score. The final took place on December 14, 1959 face Mouloudia Oujda won the first two editions of the throne cup and prepares to make a triple while the military, for their first season, a cut of the throne would be the ideal. Finally the ASFAR win this match on the 1-0 score that is stuck at Stade Mohammed V.[2]


The period 1959-1971 is the ASFAR's Age's golden during which it won seven champion titles and two throne cups. It was also the period of the Great Team with players who marked the club's history as Benslimane, Bamous, Fadili, Bakha, Khalifa, Ammar, Allal, Ammari, and so many others. The framework of the Moroccan National Team of the time consisted of ASFAR players.

GroundsEdit

Prince Moulay Abdellah StadiumEdit

Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium (Arabic: مركب الأمير مولاي عبد الله‎) is a multi-purpose stadium in Rabat, Morocco. It is named after Prince Moulay Abdellah of Morocco. It was built in 1983 and is the home ground of ASFAR. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it can also stage athletics. The stadium holds 52,000. Since 2008 it is host of the Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme de Rabat. It was a confirmed venue for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations until Morocco was stripped of its hosting rights. It was also a venue for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.

Sports Center of FAREdit

HonoursEdit

 
ASFAR Season 2007-08 the winner of Botola and Moroccan Cup

DomesticEdit

LeaguesEdit

CupsEdit

InternationalEdit

Friendly competitionsEdit

  • International elite championship
    • Runners-up (1): 2008
  • Ahmed Antifit Tournament
    • Runners-up (1): 2009

Records and statisticsEdit

Top scorers in BotolaEdit

 
AS FAR Season 2009–10

The ASFAR controls the title of Top scorers in Botola, which has the largest number of scorers a total of 14 times.[4]

Season Nat Player Goals Scored
1980   Idriss Ouadich 15
1983   Abdeslam Laghrissi 14
1987   Abderrazak Khairi 12
1988   Lahcen Anaflous 17
1990   Abdeslam Laghrissi 22
1991   Lahcen Anaflous 15
1992   Lahcen Anaflous 11
1995   Abdeslam Laghrissi 15
2005   Mohamed Armoumen 12
2007   Jawad Ouaddouch 12
2008   Abderrazak El Mnasfi 13
2009   Mustapha Allaoui 14
2011   Jawad Ouaddouch 11
2016   Mehdi Naghmi 12

National competitionsEdit

The ASFAR was the first Club to win the Botola in four consecutive years (1961-1962-1963-1964) and the only team that achieved a triple throne Cup on two occasions, years (1984-1985-1986) and years (2007-2008-2009), and was the only team that has honorably keep the glasses in his locker.[5]

Season Botola Throne Cup Super Cup
1958–1959 Botola 2 Promoted Winner Winner
1959–1960 2nd 1/8 final Not play
1960–1961 1st 1/2 final Winner
1961–1962 1st 1/16 final Winner
1962–1963 1st 1/2 final Winner
1963–1964 1st 1/4 final not held
1964–1965 4 1/8 final
1965–1966 * *
1966–1967 1st 1/2 final
1967–1968 1st 1/4 final
1968–1969 3rd 1/8 final
1969–1970 1st 1/8 final
1970–1971 2nd Winner
1971–1972 4 1/16 final
1972–1973 12 1/16 final
1973–1974 9 1/16 final
1974–1975 12 1/16 final
1975–1976 11 1/16 final
1976–1977 7 1/16 final
1977–1978 7 1/4 final
1977–1978 7 1/4 final
1978–1979 9 1/4 final
1979–1980 12 1/8 final
1980–1981 9 1/16 final
1981–1982 6 1/8 final
1982–1983 7 1/16 final
1983–1984 1st Winner
1984–1985 3rd Winner
1985–1986 3rd Winner
1986–1987 1st 1/2 final
1987–1988 3rd Runners–up
1988–1989 1st 1/2 final
1989–1990 7 Runners–up
1990–1991 2nd 1/4 final
1991–1992 6 1/4 final
1992–1993 8 1/8 final
1993–1994 3rd 1/2 final
1994–1995 4 1/16 final
1995–1996 6 Runners–up
1996–1997 7 1/8 final
1997–1998 5 Runners–up
1998–1999 8 Winner
1999–2000 9 1/8 final
2000–2001 8 1/8 final
2001–2002 6 1/2 final
2002–2003 9 Winner
2003–2004 2nd Winner
2004–2005 1st 1/8 final
2005–2006 2nd 1/8 final
2006–2007 2nd Winner
2007–2008 1st Winner
2008–2009 3rd Winner
2009–2010 7 1/8 final
2010–2011 6 1/16 final
2011–2012 7 Runners–up
2012–2013 2nd 1/8 final
2013–2014 7 1/4 final
2014–2015 11 1/8 final
2015–2016 4 1/4 final
2016–2017 6 1/2 final
2017–2018 8 1/16 final

* The club has made a year after having been suspended by the Moroccan federation. Because when the season that preceded, the club had lost a match by 3–0 against the MAS and players had beaten the referee at the end of the meeting. During this year, the team had played tournaments and friendlies.

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

 
The public's failure at finale the CAF Cup 2006

At the continental level, AS FAR is the first Moroccan club to have participated in an African Cup; It was in 1968, when it has reached the stage of the semi-finals of the African Cup of Champions Clubs. She was also the first Moroccan club to win the CAF Champions League, in 1985.

2005 – Second Round
2006 – Second Round
2007 – Group stage
2008 – Preliminary Round
2009 – First Round
2014 – Preliminary Round
1968 – Semi-finals
1985 – Champion
1986 – Quarter-finals
1988 – Semi-finals
1990 – Second Round
2004 – Intermediate Round
2005 – Champion
2006 – Finalist
2010 – First Round
2013 – Intermediate Round
1987 – Quarter-finals
1997 – Finalist
1999 – Quarter-finals
2000 – Quarter-finals
2001 – Second Round
2006 – Finalist

African cups all-time statisticsEdit

As of 26 March 2019

CAF competitions
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
CAF Champions League 11 60 25 12 23 92 62 +30
CAF Confederation Cup 5 34 16 11 7 39 24 +15
African Cup Winners' Cup 5 32 16 6 10 45 27 +18
CAF Super Cup 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 22 127 57 30 40 176 113 +63

PlayersEdit

ManagersEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Role Name
Head coach   Abderrahim Talib
Assistant coaches   Mouhcine Bouhlal
Goalkeeping coach   Farid Salamate
Fitness coache   Hassane Benazzouz
Kinetotherapist   Adil Boussif
Club doctor   Jawad Nadim
Masseur   Mohamed Abdellaoui
  • Last updated: 21 March 2019

Former coachEdit

Sports ClubEdit

Active sections of ASFAR
 
Football
 
Basketball
 
Athletics
 
Handball
 
Boxing
 
Volleyball
 
Taekwondo
 
Wrestling
 
Archery
 
Judo
 
Gymnastics
 
Swimming

There are several other sporting branches in the club besides football professionally and the results of the Club in those prestigious results are sports and distinct local and continental levels.

SupportersEdit

ASFAR has the largest number of supporters of any team in Morocco, The greater the focus of fans are in The region Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, It has a population of 4,580,866.

Also, the club has an important fan base inside the country, where several towns are renowned for counting vast majorities of ASFAR supporters, and outside the borders, among Moroccan emigrants.

The ASFAR Ultras movement began in 2005, when the bases of Ultras Askary Rabat (UAR), the first Ultras group in Morocco, And The second group Black Army (BA) was created in 2006, Their sanctuary is the southern Included of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.[6]


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