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.
|Full name||Al-Duhail Sports Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Red Knights|
|Founded||2009 as Lekhwiya|
2017 as Al-Duhail
|Ground||Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium|
|Chairman||Sheikh Abdullah al Thani|
|League||Qatar Stars League|
|2018–19||Qatar Stars League, 2nd|
|Lekhwiya's active sections|
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.
The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya. 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. 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.
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.
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.
in April 2017 the club announced that they would take over El Jaish SC and rebranded the club into Al-Duhail SC.
Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011. The first phase was completed in May 2012. 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|
First team squadEdit
Other players under contractEdit
|—||Goalkeeper||Mohammed Al Bakri||Qatar|
|—||Goalkeeper||Saoud Al Khater||Qatar|
- Current technical staff
|Fitness coach||Khalil Jebabli|
|Goalkeeping coach||Xavier Poitrinal|
|Director of football||Ahmed Khalil|
|Deputy director||Waleed Bakhit|
|General manager||Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly|
|Conditioning coach||Mirza Džafić|
Last updated: December 2013
Records and statisticsEdit
|3||Luiz Martin Carlos Júnior||2010–||182|
Reserves and academyEdit
Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014
Source: Al Raya
Last update: December 2013
- Winners (1): 2009–10
- Winners (3): 2013, 2015, 2018
- Winners (2): 2015, 2016
Al-Duhail in AsiaEdit
|AFC Champions League||42||22||9||11||67||54|
- Q = Qualification
- GS = Group stage
- R16 = Round of 16
- QF = Quarter-final
- SF = Semi-final
|R16||El Jaish SC||0–4||4–2|
- Capacity Stadium
- "Lekhwiya, El Jaish clubs to merge" (in Arabic). Gulf Times. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "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 12 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Qatar 2009/10". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- Lekhwiya SC new Qatar Star league champions!
- "Cabore seals Sheikh Jassim Cup triumph for Al Arabi". qfa.com.qa. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "Qatar's Lekhwiya launch Asian campaign with a brave win". qsl.com.qa. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- "لخويا يتوج باللقب الثاني ويدفع العربي للخطر". Al Kass. March 25, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- "Archived copy" لخويا يستضيف الخور على ملعبه الجديد (in Arabic). Al Kass. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Lekhwiya Sports Stadium". Urbacon-Intl. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "Players - Football -English | Al Duhail Sports Club".
- "Archive al-watan.com 2011/04/12". Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25.