Safa SC

Safa Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي الصفاء الرياضي‎, lit. 'Purity Sporting Club') is a Lebanese football club based in Wata El-Museitbeh, Beirut. Founded in 1939, they won three league titles, three domestic cups, one Super Cup and two Elite Cups; they have also reached the 2008 AFC Cup final.[2] The club primarily receives its support from the Druze community,[3][4] and plays the Mountain derby with Akhaa Ahli Aley.

Safa
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Full nameSafa Sporting Club
Nickname(s)النسور‎ (The Eagles)[1]
Short nameSAF
Founded31 March 1939; 81 years ago (31 March 1939)
GroundSafa Stadium[a]
Capacity4,000
ChairmanGhazi Chaar
ManagerRobert Jaspert
LeagueLebanese Premier League
2018–19Lebanese Premier League, 9th of 12

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1933 at an amateur level in the Wata El-Museitbeh of Beirut, Safa Sporting Club was officially established in 1939 by seven people: Maher Wahab, Anis Naaim, Hasib Al-Jerdi, Amin Haidar, Chafik Nader, Toufik Al-Zouhairy and Adib Haidar.[5]

On 23 December 1948, Safa obtained the official membership and license from the government as a private association.[5] In the same year, the club was affiliated to the Lebanese Football Association and was ranked within the Second Division. In 1961, Safa was promoted to the First Division.

Kit manufacturersEdit

The following is a list of kit manufacturers worn by Safa.

Period Kit manufacturer
1999–2008 Puma
2008–2010 Adidas
2010–2011 Lotto
2011–2015 Joma
2016–2017 Sportika SA
2017–2018 Jako
2018– Joma

StadiumEdit

Safa Stadium
 
LocationWata El-Museitbeh, Beirut
OwnerSafa SC
Capacity4,000 seated
Opened1948

The Safa Stadium opened in 1948, and has a capacity of 4,000 spectators. Located in the Wata El-Museitbeh district of Beirut, the stadium is five minutes from the Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport. While the stadium is of Safa's property, the club plays in various other stadiums around the country.

Club rivalriesEdit

Safa has important rivalries with Ansar and Nejmeh, both being based in Beirut. Safa also plays the Mountain derby with Akhaa Ahli,[6] as Akhaa is based in Aley, a city in Mount Lebanon, and Safa's support comes from the Druze community in Lebanon, who mainly live in Chouf and Aley districts.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 17 September 2019[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Rabie Al Kakhi
3   DF Hussein Mortada
4   DF Fallou Sarr
5   DF Jad Noureddine
6   MF Kassem Hayek
7   DF Mohamed Zein Tahan
8   MF Ahmad Jalloul
9   FW Hassan Mhanna
10   FW Omar Al Kurdi
11   FW Amady Diop
13   MF Yahya El Hindi
16   GK Hassan Hussein
17   FW Alaa Al Baba (on loan from Ansar)
No. Position Player
19   FW El Hadji Abdou Karim Samb
20   MF Mostafa Kanso
21   MF Majed Othman
29   GK Mark Anthony Awad
30   DF Hussein Sharafeddine (on loan from Nejmeh)
33   MF Hatem Eid
40   GK Zaher Hassan
66   DF Mohamad Hayek (on loan from Ahed)
69   FW Mohamad Fahes (on loan from Ahed)
70   FW Daniel Abou Fakher
71   MF Youssef Al Hajj
  DF Bashar Al Mokdad

Notable playersEdit

Players in international competitions
Competition Player National team
1996 AFC Asian Cup Yasser Sibai   Syria
2000 AFC Asian Cup Youssef Mohamad   Lebanon
Ahmad Naamani   Lebanon
2019 AFC Asian Cup Ahmad Taktouk   Lebanon
Mohamed Zein Tahan   Lebanon

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

ContinentalEdit

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

2008: Final
2009: Round of 16
2012: Group stage
2013: Group stage
2014: Round of 16
1992–93: Withdrew in first round
2000–01: Withdrew in first round

Managerial historyEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Only used as a training ground.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Arab-Sport.net | (13 October 2017). "بعزيمة النسور | الصفاء يعود من صيدا بثوب البطل". عرب سبورتس. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "AFC Cup 2017: Match day one - Playoff and group stage preview | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ Montague, James (24 October 2007). "In Lebanon, even soccer is tainted by sectarian strife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ Alami, Mona (1 September 2009). "Religious about football". Archived from the original on 19 April 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b "فريق: الصفاء بيروت". www.kooora.com. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  6. ^ "جولة دربي الجبل... وملامسة اللقب". Al-Joumhouria. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Safa Players and Stats". lebanonfg.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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