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AlWasl Club

For AlWasl football club, see Al Wasl FC.
Al Wasl Sports Club
Full name Al Wasl Club
Nickname(s) Al Fhood (Arabic: الفهود‎)(The Cheetahs),
Embrator (Arabic: الإمبراطور‎)(The Emperor)
Founded 1960
Ground Zabeel Stadium
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman United Arab Emirates Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Home colours
Away colours
Al Wasl's active sections


Volleyball (Men's)

Volleyball (Women's)

Table Tennis




Al Wasl Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الوصل‎) is a multi-sports club in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. It is best known for its football team.

Nick Names

The Panthers

Being one of the most popular clubs in the UAE, AlWasl have had several nicknames. The most famous one being (Al-Fohood) (The Panthers) (Arabic: الفهود‎). AlWasl was called the panther for two reasons, the first was the dramatic way it "leaps" from the bottom of the standings table to the top just like the Panther does, and the second reason being the number of players with the name (Fahad) in its main squad during the golden age in the 1980s. And in Arabic Al-Fohood is the plural of Fahad.

The Emperor

Another famous nickname for Al Wasl is (Al-Embrator) (The Emperor) (Arabic: الإمبراطور‎). This name was due to the dominance of the Club on all the different sports it hosts and most of the different age groups. AlWasl has always been known to be a competitive club and its name is always present during crowning ceremonies regardless the sport. Based on the comprehensive calculations of the IFFHS AlWasl has been named the Club of the 20th Century in the UAE.[1]

Club of the Century

Due to AlWasl's impressive performance in the Continental Tournaments last century (5 wins and one loss), the IFFHS has decided to name AlWasl as the UAE's Club of the 20th Century.[1] Hence the nickname.

The Sun

Two of the relatively new nicknames are (Al-Shams)(The Sun) (Arabic: الشمس‎) which was first used in 2007 when the Foot Ball Team was able to come back from 10 years drought to winning both the UAE League and the UAE President Cup and achieving the double in 2007. And the fans linked the achievement to the Sun which will always rise again even if it sets for a brief time.[2]


Office Name
President Shaikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice-president Shaikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Current Board of Directors[3]

Office Name
Chairman of the Board Major General Dr. Mohammad Ahmad bin Fahad
Vice Chairman of the Board Marwan bin Bayat
Board Member Sultan AbdulRahman Al Midfa
Board Member Lt. Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Rafee
Board Member Fahad Khamees
Board Member Swaidan Saeed Juma Al Naboodah
Board Member Mohammad Humaid Al Marri
Board Member Nabil AbdulKarim
Board Member Ali Burohaima
Board Member Mohammad AbdulMajeed Al Mohairi

Chairmen of the Board throughout History

N Name From Until Years
1 Shaikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 1962 1974 13
2 Ahmad Al Shaafar 1974 1981 8
3 Shaikh Buti bin Maktoum Al Maktoum 1981 1993 13
4 Shaikh Buti bin Maktoum Al Maktoum (Second Term) 1993 1996 4
5 Ahmad Al Shaafar (Second Term) 1996 2001 6
6 Shaikh Mohammad bin Obaid Al Maktoum 2001 2001 1
7 AlHaj Khamis Salim 2001 2003 3
8 Abdullah Harib 2003 2003 1
9 Rashid Belhoul 2003 2009[4][5] 7
10 Major General Dr. Mohammad Ahmad bin Fahad 2009 Present

President Obama's Gift

In October 2009, one of the club's fans designed the team's shirt with the name of the American President Barack Obama, and the number 44, Obama's position among the American Presidents. The fan sent the shirt to the US Department of State. The gift was accepted and an official letter sent back to the fan acknowledging Obama's acceptance of the gift, and praising AlWasl Club's rule and achievements in the region.[6][7][8]

Club Records

  • Al Wasl is the only Club in the UAE that has won every single competition in the country, in all the different sports. There is no cup or shield that was never won by Al Wasl except the Asian Champions Cup.
  • Al Wasl is the only club in the UAE that has never fallen into the lower divisions, of any of the tournaments it has been participating in since its inception in 1960, in all the Sports.
  • Al Wasl is the first UAE Club to win an external medal when it won the Asian Champions' Cup 1992/93 Bronze Medal.[9]

See also


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