Smouha SC

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Smouha Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي سموحة الرياضي‎), simply known as Smouha, is an Egyptian sports club based in Smouha, Alexandria, Egypt. The club is mainly known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the highest tier of the Egyptian football league system.

Smouha SC
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Full nameSmouha Sporting Club
(Egyptian Pronunciation: سموحة, Semouha)
Nickname(s)The Blue Wave
(Egyptian Pronunciation: الموج الأزرق, El Moug El Azra')
Founded29 December 1949; 71 years ago (1949-12-29)
GroundAlexandria Stadium
Capacity22,000
ChairmanMohamed Farag Amer
ManagerAhmed Samy
LeagueEgyptian Premier League
2019–20Egyptian Premier League, 5th
WebsiteClub website

History and OwnershipEdit

Smouha SC was founded on 29 December 1949, named after the club's first president & founder Joseph Smouha. Joseph Smouha was a Jewish textile manufacturer, philanthropist, and property developer and designer.

Joseph Smouha was born on 1 January 1878 in Baghdad. In 1892, he moved to Manchester, England, where he became a successful cotton manufacturer, and in 1912, he became the first President of the St. Annes-on-the-Sea congregation. During World War I, he and his family made their fortune manufacturing army clothing for the British. In 1917, Smouha came to Alexandria at the behest of the British because of his close ties to His Majesty's government and its representatives in the Middle East, as well as his position as one of Lawrence of Arabia's backers. After the War, Smouha bought the marshes of Lake Hadara, some 700 acres of water and marshland. Beginning in 1924, the Smouha family operated a sort of privately owned regional development authority, first draining the marshes, then paving two-lane roads. An industrial zone sprang up near the Ford assembly plant already in the area. For residents' convenience, a golf course was built, along with tennis courts and a race tract. Tracts of land were sold to private investors who wanted to build their homes in the area, which rapidly turned into the most exclusive neighborhood in Alexandria. Mr. Smouha donated much of his property to schools, hospitals and other public institutions. The new suburban garden city became known as "Smouha City". During WWII, Smouha's three sons served in the RAF, and Smouha contributed heavily toward the purchase of Spitfire planes, the aircraft used in the first line of attack to protect Britain's skies. Due to threats from the Germans, the British Embassy ordered Smouha to leave Egypt. The family then moved to Ramallah, Palestine for six months, before returning to Egypt once more. During his negotiations for the swamp region, the Egyptian government initially offered to give the land to Smouha for very little to no money, while Smouha insisted on paying a fair fee. This fact later served the Smouha family well after the Nasser government confiscated Smouha City after the Sinai Campiagn and refused to compensate the family. Joseph Smouha died on 25 September 1961 in Paris at age 83.[1]

Engineer, millionaire, founder and chief executive of Faragalla Group, as well as parliament member Mohamed Farag Amer has been leading Smouha Club since 1998. The last election for the club was in 2010 and the presidency did not change.[2]

Smouha Sporting ClubEdit

When Joseph Smouha settled in Alexandria in 1923, he became interested in developing a wealthy suburb and turned to the 700 acres of water and marshland used as a garbage dump in Alexandria. Smouha eventually transformed this land into the wealthy neighborhood of Smouha City—so nicknamed by suggestion of former Egyptian King Faud. Among schools, hospitals, and wealthy neighborhoods with certain royal residents, the Smouha Sporting Club also inhabited Smouha City. The Smouha Sporting Club itself began with the spread of golf across Egypt. As golf became an increasingly played sport through the 1930s, Joseph Smouha planned the construction of an 18-hole golf course in Smouha City at the site of today's Smouha Sporting Club. The golf course was situated within the infield of a racetrack which Smouha had previously constructed. Interestingly, this golf course is renowned for having what is regarded as the best golf grass in the Arab world, as a result of its location above the swampland. The Smouha Sporting Club grew to include tennis courts along with the golf course and race track, and was formally established in 1949. Joseph Smouha was the first chief executive of the sporting club, and today the club remains open under the leadership of Engineer Mohammed Farag Amer. Although the Nasser regime confiscated Smouha City from the Smouha family in 1956, Joseph Smouha had donated much of the property to public institutions and the sporting club remained open. Currently, Smouha Sporting Club provides sportive, social, and cultural services to over 120,000 people—marking it as one of the largest sporting clubs in all of Egypt. The club is particularly famous for its football teams, but supports numerous individual and sports teams.[1]

Recent Additions and BranchesEdit

In 2007, the architectural firm Environmental Consulting Group (ECO Group) began designing new properties for the Smouha Sporting Club. Established in 1995, ECO Group is a Middle-Eastern firm of about 100 employees led by Professor Amr El-Sherif. Throughout its history, ECO Group has been involved in construction projects totally over US$300 million. ECO Group has developed the Smouha Sporting Club's club house, cafeteria, swimming pools, and facilities for children.[1]

The club operates three branches as of 2021; Smouha branch, Burg El-Arab branch, and New Alamein City branch (under construction).[2]

Active departments of Smouha SC
     
Football Basketball
(Men's)
Handball
(Men's)
     
Squash Basketball
(Women's)
Handball
(Women's)
     
Swimming Tennis Volleyball
(Men's)
     
Table tennis Karate Volleyball
(Women's)
     
Taekwondo Judo Athletics
     
Gymnastics Hockey Croquet
     
Equestrian Billiards Chess

Football ClubEdit

Smouha has maintained a midtable club status and relative financial stability for most of its time in the Egyptian Premier League. Smouha finished in second place in the 2008–09 Egyptian Second Division season. They were close to being promoted to the Egyptian Premier League, but they lost their final match against Kafr El-Zayat, so El-Mansoura was promoted instead. In the 2009–10 Egyptian Second Division Smouha secured their first ever promotion to the 2010-11 Egyptian Premier League after a 7–1 win against Abu Qair Semad on 28 April 2010.[3] The club was close to being relegated in the 2010–11 season. They had a good start in the 2012–2013 premier league season, defeating Cairo giant Al Ahly 1–0, Ghazl El Mahalla 5–1 and Wadi Degla 3–0.

Honours and achievementsEdit

Football Club

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

  • PR = Preliminary round
  • FR = First round
  • SR = Second round
  • PO = Play-off round
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2015 CAF Champions League PR   Libya Al Ahli Tripoli 1–0 0–1 1–1 (5–3 p)
FR   Nigeria Enyimba 2–0 0–1 2–1
SR   Congo AC Léopards 2–0 0–1 2–1
Group A   Morocco Moghreb Tétouan 3–2 1–2 4th
  Sudan Al Hilal 1–1 0–2
  DR Congo TP Mazembe 0–2 0–1
2017 CAF Confederation Cup FR   Kenya Ulinzi Stars 4–0 0–3 4–3
PO   South Africa Bidvest Wits 1–0 0–0 1–0
Group C   Zambia ZESCO United 1–1 0–1 4th
  Angola Recreativo do Libolo 2–0 0–0
  Sudan Al Hilal El Obeid 1–1 1–2

Current squadEdit

As of 10 January 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   EGY El Hany Soliman
2 DF   EGY Mahmoud Moaaz
3 DF   EGY Osama Ibrahim
4 DF   EGY Ragab Nabil
5 DF   EGY El Sayed Farid
6 DF   EGY Mahmoud Mansour
7 MF   EGY Mahmoud Sayed
8 MF   EGY Islam Saleh
9 FW   EGY Ahmed Hassan Mekky
10 MF   EGY Ahmed Nabil
11 FW   EGY Mohamed Hamdy Zaky
12 MF   EGY Abdel Aziz Emam
14 MF   EGY Ahmed Homos
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW   NAM Benson Shilongo
16 GK   EGY Essam Tharwat
17 FW   ETH Oumed Oukri
18 FW   EGY Hossam Hassan
19 FW   UGA Derrick Nsibambi
20 DF   EGY Mahmoud Ezzat
22 DF   EGY Amir Abed
23 DF   EGY Yasser Ibrahim
24 MF   EGY Ali Ghazal
26 DF   SDN Athar El Tahir
31 MF   EGY Sherif Reda
32 MF   EGY Mahmoud Samy
34 FW   BFA Yamodou Touré
35 MF   EGY Ibrahim Abdelkawi

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Joseph Smouha, Smouha Sports Club, Alexandria Egypt | Archive | Diarna.org". archive.diarna.org. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "https://smouhaclub.com/branch/smouha-alexandria". smouhaclub.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 25 April 2021. External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ Maher, Hatem "Smouha seal first Premier League promotion". Filgoal, 28 April 2010. Retrieved on 28 April 2010.

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