Al-Duhail SC

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Al-Duhail Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الدحيل الرياضي‎), formerly Lekhwiya SC, is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the Duhail district in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.

Al-Duhail SC
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Full nameAl-Duhail Sports Club
Nickname(s)The Red Knights
Founded2009; 12 years ago (2009) (as Lekhwiya)
GroundAbdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Capacity9,000[1]
ChairmanKhalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
ManagerSabri Lamouchi
LeagueQatar Stars League
2019–20Qatar Stars League, 1st of 12 (Champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Al Duhail SC active sections
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In April 2017, it was announced that the club would take over El Jaish SC and merge with following the 2016–17 Qatar Stars League and be known as Al-Duhail Sports Club in rebranding of Lekhwiya SC.[2][3]

HistoryEdit

The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[4] Lekhwiya Club has the biggest financial budget in Qatar.

Upon the club's reformation, it was entered into the Qatari 2nd Division. It came fourth in the league on its first year before winning the next season in 2010.

In the club's first season in the Qatar Stars League, Lekhwiya finished at the top of the standings to win the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League.[5] It was the first league title in the club's history. They also managed to reach the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, before losing in the final to Al-Arabi.[6]

Their first official debut in a continental competition came on March 7, 2012, in the 2012 AFC Champions League. They won their first match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring the only goal and also scoring the first-ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.[7]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[8]

They inaugurated a new stadium Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, also known as Lekhwiya Sports Stadium, on February 15, 2013 in a match against Al Khor and won their third league title in the first season at the new stadium.[9]

in April 2017 the club announced that they would take over El Jaish SC and rebranded the club into Al-Duhail SC.

At the end of the 2017–2018 Season the Club became the first club to hold all three domestic Titles the league, Qatar Cup and Emir Cup.

StadiumEdit

Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[9] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[10] The stadium was officially inaugurated on February 15, 2013 with the first match played being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000, it is located in the ISF area of Doha.

Colours and crestEdit

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2009–11 Burrda None
2011–19 Masraf Rayan
2020- Puma

Kit historyEdit

 
 
 
 
 
Home kit
2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Home kit
2011

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 6 July 2020[11]
No Position Player Nation
1 GK Mohammed Al-Bakri   Qatar
2 DF Mohammed Musa   Qatar
3 DF Ali Malolah   Qatar
5 DF Bassam Al-Rawi   Qatar
6 DF Ahmed Yasser   Qatar
7 MF Ismaeel Mohammad   Qatar
8 MF Luiz Júnior (Captain)   Qatar
10 MF Edmilson   Belgium
12 MF Karim Boudiaf   Qatar
14 MF Abdullah Al-Ahrak   Qatar
16 GK Khalifa Ababacar   Qatar
18 DF Sultan Al-Brake   Qatar
19 FW Almoez Ali   Qatar
20 MF Ali Afif   Qatar
21 GK Salah Zakaria   Qatar
23 MF Assim Madibo   Qatar
26 FW Michael Olunga   Kenya
29 FW Mohammed Muntari   Qatar

Reserve U23Edit

No Position Player Nation
13 FW Mubarak Hamza   Qatar
22 MF Khaled Mohammed   Qatar
25 MF Saleh Al-Halabi   Qatar
32 MF Jassim Al-Mehairi   Qatar
33 GK Ahmad Rashwan   Qatar
34 FW Abdulaziz Mohamed   Qatar
38 DF Ibrahim Al-Mansoori   Qatar
39 FW Lotfi Madjer   Qatar
45 DF Abdulla Arafa   Qatar
55 GK Ali Ghulais   Qatar
60 MF Nasser Muhsin   Qatar

Unregistered playersEdit

No Position Player Nation
9 FW Mohanad Ali   Iraq
11 DF Ramin Rezaeian   Iran
15 DF Mohammed Emad   Qatar
35 FW Khald Youssef   Qatar
36 MF Adel Bader   Qatar
40 GK Amine Lecomte   Qatar
42 MF Yaseen Lafrid   Qatar
47 MF Fahad Waad   Iraq
GK Shehab Ellethy   Qatar
DF Yousef Ayman   Qatar
DF Jassem Mohammed Omar   Qatar
DF Mohamed Al-Naemi   Qatar
DF Ahmed Al-Minhali   Qatar
DF Khalid Muftah   Qatar
MF Ahmed Moein   Qatar
MF Hazem Shehata   Qatar
FW Rabh Boussafi   Qatar

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
28 MF Youssef Msakni (on loan to Al-Arabi)   Tunisia
MF Evans Mensah (on loan to Al-Kharaitiyat)   Ghana

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager   Sabri Lamouchi
Assistant manager   Ahmed Kantari
Fitness coach   Khalil Jebabli
Goalkeeping coach   Xavier Poitrinal
Performance Analyst   Nabil Haiz
Director of football   Ahmed Khalil
Deputy director   Waleed Bakhit
General manager   Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Doctor   Hatem Jemaa
Conditioning coach   Mirza Džafić
Physiotherapist   Sofiane Khouja

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Records and statisticsEdit

Last update: 2 September 2017.
Apps and goals in the QSL and AFC Champions League only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1   Karim Boudiaf 2010– 192
2   Mohammed Musa 2009– 185
3   Luiz Martin Carlos Júnior 2010– 182
4   Khalid Muftah 2010– 180
5   Nam Tae-Hee 2012–2019 177
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1   Nam Tae-Hee 2012–2019 66
2   Youssef Msakni 2012– 58
3   Sebastián Soria 2012–2015 50
4   Youssef El-Arabi 2016–2019 32
5   Ali Afif 2012– 22

Reserves and academyEdit

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014

Administrative staffEdit

Last update: May 2021[12]