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Al-Ahly (Tripoli)

This article is about the Libyan football team. For other uses, see Al-Ahly (disambiguation).

Al-Ahly Tripoli
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Full name Al-Ahly Tripoli
Founded 19 September 1950
Ground 11 June Stadium
Tripoli, Libya
Ground Capacity 80,000
League Libyan Premier League
2010–11 2nd
Home colours
Away colours

Al-Ahly Tripoli (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي‎) ("National Sports Club") is a Libyan football club based in Tripoli, Libya. The club is the second most successful Libyan club in history, having won 10 Libyan Premier League titles, five Libyan Football Cups and a Libyan SuperCup. Al-Ahly is known as the leader of Libyan Football clubs and has the largest number of fans in Libya. The club has endured a poor period in the last 10 years. They have not won the title since the 1999–2000 season.

The club's crest consists of a green and white background, with a torch placed on an outline of Libya. The torch is meant to signify independence for the nation, as it was achieved just months after the club was founded. The club's crest changed after it won its 10th Libyan Premier League title in 2000, with a star being placed on top.

Al-Ahly's main rivalry is with Al-Ittihad. The two clubs are the biggest in the country, and together, have won 28 of the 41 national championships that have been contested, as well as 10 of the 18 domestic cups. The rivalry's name is the Classico. In the last five meetings, there have been four red cards.

The club won the first national championship in the 1963–64 season, but then suffered a period of seven years until its next win in 1970–71. The club won two of the next three titles, and picked up the last before the cancellation of the league in 1977–78. The 1980s was a very dire period for the club, as their own failure, coupled with Al Ittihad's success, meant that their rivals went into the 1990s with six titles to their own five. However, they reach the final of the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1984, where they withdrew from facing Al-Ahly Cairo, as the bad Libyan relationship with Egypt at that time meant that Libyan clubs were banned from facing Egyptian clubs. In 2011, hundreds of Al-Ahly SC fans gathered in Tripolis Green Square in support of Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saadi Gaddafi, who toured the square on the roof of a car waving and shaking the hands of supporters, who chanted “God, Libya and Moammar only”.[1] Meanwhile the club's coach, Abdel bin Issa, travelled to the Nafusa Mountains for a meeting with Libyan rebel leaders, where he announced his defection from the club.

Foundation

In the middle of the 20th century, Libya, a country still looking for its independence, started to found many sporting clubs and youth clubs in a political move to unite the youth of the country in order to fight for its independence, and drive out the British forces. A young group of youngsters from Tripoli decided to name their club Al Istiqlal, meaning Independence, but the British administration, uncomfortable with this name as it may have caused a revolt against their power, refused it. The club was therefore named Al Ahly, meant as The People's Club, and chose the club's colours as green to signify independence, peace and hope for the country. The youngsters who put their names down for the first board meeting were:

  • Musbah Wanis (President and Owner)
  • Alaa Musbah Wanis (Vice-President)
  • Yousef Bin Abdallah (Treasurer)
  • Salem Bin Hussein (Board Member)
  • Mustafa Al Raqea'y (Board Member)
  • Mahmoud Bin Hadimah (Board Member)
  • Mohamed Sa'ad Bin Othman (Board Member)
  • Mustapha Al Khouga (Board Member)

The club was founded on 19 September 1950

The club's first squad was:

Honours

  • Libyan Premier League: 10
    • Champions 1964, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000
    • First official tournament in the Libyan Premier League season 1963–64
    • First Cup in the Libyan Premier League season 1976
    • The first team in Libya get the gold star: 10 Championships
  • Libyan Cup: 5
    • Winners 1976, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2006

Winners 2000

Performance in CAF competitions

Fans

Al-ahly have the largest number of fans in Libya and the club has fans in almost every city in Libya. There are about 1.5 million Al-ahly fans in Libya.

Sponsorship

Official Sponsor

Al-Madar Al-Jadid Telecomm and Eni are the official Sponsors for Al Ahly Tripoli

Kit providers

Former kit providers of Al Ahly were Adidas. and Kappa.

Current kit provider is Nike.

2010–11 season

Current squad

As of 15 February 2011

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

No. Position Player
1 Libya GK Jum'aa Qtait
5 Libya DF Naji Shushan
7 Libya MF Munir Al Mabrouk
8 Libya DF Gabrael Begrmawy
9 Egypt FW Ahmed Hassan Mekky
11 Libya MF Mohammad Al Maghrabi
12 Libya GK Moheddin Mahgob
13 Libya MF Fouad Al Traiki
15 Libya MF Khaled Al Delawi
21 Libya GK Salah Bargo
22 Libya FW Waled Al Mabrouk
23 Libya MF Mohamed Essa
25 Republic of the Congo DF Desten Papou Makita
27 Libya DF Ali Almiri
No. Position Player
28 Libya DF Rabie Al Lafi
29 Libya FW Mohamed Al Ghanodi
30 Libya DF Mahmod Bohairi
31 Libya FW Salem Aballo
32 Libya MF Almahdi Almasri
33 Libya MF Mohi Eddin Abo Sharb
34 Libya DF Daniel Traoré
35 Libya DF Hosam Abd Almajid
77 Libya MF Mohammed Al Mahta
91 Libya MF Zakaria Al Lafee
99 Libya DF Sadin Al Muqrani
Egypt DF Milo
Morocco FW Youness Alhawassi

Managers

External links

  • http://www.alahly.ly/

References

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