Shabab Al Sahel FC
Shabab Al Sahel Football Club (Arabic: نادي شباب الساحل الرياضي, lit. 'Youth of Sahel Sporting Club'), or simply Sahel, is a Lebanese football club based in the Haret Hreik district of Beirut. Founded in 1966, Shabab Al Sahel won one Lebanese FA Cup, one Lebanese Elite Cup and two Lebanese Challenge Cups. They are predominantly supported by the Shia community.
|Full name||Shabab Al Sahel Football Club|
|Short name||Sahel, SAH|
|Ground||Shabab Al Sahel Stadium[a]|
|League||Lebanese Premier League|
|2018–19||Lebanese Premier League, 5th of 12|
Shabab Al Sahel was established in Beirut in 1966. Earlier notable players which formed the backbone of the club were Fayez Dergham and Mohammad Salim, with Sharif Salim as chairman of the club and Hassan Hatoum as secretary.
The club won the Lebanese FA Cup in 2000, defeating Al-Safa' SC 5–4 on penalties after a 1–1 draw. They lost the first game of the 2007–08 season with a 0–5 defeat to Nejmeh SC. In the 2008–09 season they reached the finals but were defeated 0–2 by Al Ahed.
In the 2010–11 season they reached the semi-finals of the Lebanese Cup by defeating Salam Zgharta 2–0, but were defeated 1–2 in the semi-final by long-term rival Safa at the Rafik Hariri Stadium in Sidon. They were facing relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2010–11 season when they played Akhaa Ahli.
In the 2012–13 season, they were second from bottom by the end of November but were in 5th place at the end of April 2013. They were defeated at the 13th stage of the Cup on 17 February 2013 by Racing Beirut who beat them 3–0.
Shabab Al Sahel's main rival have historically been Bourj, as they both fight for supremacy over the Dahieh suburbs. The match has been dubbed the Dahieh derby. Another important rivalry is with Shabab El-Bourj, due to the fact that they are also based in the Dahieh area.
- As of 17 September 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|2000 AFC Asian Cup||Adnan Mohammad||Iraq|
- Lebanese Second Division
- Winners (1): 2005–06, 2017–18
- Only used as a training ground.
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