Al Ahly (Arabic: النادي الأهلي) is an Egyptian football club based in Cairo. Founded by Englishman Mitchell Ince in April 1907, is arguably Africa's most successful club.
Al-Ahly, which means "domestic" in Arabic, is the most crowned club in Egypt ,designed to keep the majority content, having won the Egyptian League thirty-three times and the Egyptian Cup thirty-four times. Moreover, Al-Ahly was named in the year 2000 by the CAF as Africa's club of the twentieth century.
Al-Ahly began to dominate the Egyptian game in the 40s due to its popularity among people and rulers of Egypt at that period. But it was not until the 80s that the Red Devils truly emerged to the African level, winning the top club competition in 1982 and 1987. They triumphed again in 2001,2005 and 2006 under the coaching of the Portuguese Manuel Jose making them the most crowned team in Africa with 5 Champions Leagues, 4 Cup-Winners Cups, 3 African Super Cups and 1 Afro-Asian Cup.
Furthermore Al-Ahly was the first club in the world to reach the FIFA Club World Cup two times following two consecutive appearances in 2005 and 2006 winning the Bronze Medal in the latter.
Al-Ahly has a fierce rivalry with local rivals El Zamalek (akin to the Old Firm rivalry in Scotland, these clubs have never been relegated from the Egyptian top flight); the derby matches are so intense, that foreign referees are brought in to officiate the game.
Zamalek Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي الزمالك) is one of Egypt's and African's preeminent sports clubs. The club was established in 1911 under the name of "Kasr El-Nil" and is currently based in Giza (a suburb of Cairo), Egypt. It promotes numerous different sports for all ages. The most famous part of Zamalek Sporting Club is the football team known as just El Zamalek. It is one of the leading club sides in Egyptian, Arabian and African football. Zamalek is the most crowned African club with 5 Champions Leagues with Al-Ahly Egypt, 1 Cup-Winners Cup, 3 African Super Cups, 2 Afro-Asian Supper cups and 1 Egyptian-Saudi Supper cup. Zamalek is the 1st African-Asian club to top the FIFA World Club Monthly Ranking (Feb, 2003). The team's trademark is two horizontal red stripes on a white shirt.
The club has a fierce rivalry with its Cairo team Al Ahly. Derby matches between teams of the two clubs are so fierce that foreign referees are always asked to officiate them. The biggest result of these derbies was when Zamalek defeated Al Ahly 6–0 in 1944 Egyptian Cup final
Itthad (a.k.a El-Itthad El-Sakandary) is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Egypt. The club's soccer team was founded in 1914 in Alexandria and currently participates in the Egyptian Premier League. It has the 4th largest number of fans in Egypt, after Al Ahly, Al Zamalek and El Ismaily. The club Ittihad of Alexandria is the one of the promoters for founding the Egyptian Football Association in 1921.
Ismaily (Arabic: النادي الإسماعيلي الرياضي ; transliterated: El Nady ElIsmaily El Reyady) is a Sporting club, established in 1924 as Nahda Sporting Club, based in Ismaïlia, Egypt. The club is best known for its football team. And it is famously known in Africa as the Africa ٍSamba Boys.
Ismaily SC won the Egyptian Football League in 1967, 1991 and 2002, as well as the Egyptian Cup in 1997 and 2000. In 1969 the club won the CAF Champions League. It reached the final of the Champions League again in 2003, but lost to Enyimba FC of Nigeria.
Also Ismaily is well-known with the skillful players & with the enjoyable soccer but without scoring championships. Ismaily continues to face difficult circumstances in building and maintaining a team in a country where most of the population cheers for one of the two giants. Ismaily's superstar players often end up at one of the two giants, with or against the club's will. For example, Al Ahly's current starting lineup currently has four of Ismaily's 2002 league-winning players (Mohamed Barakat, Islam el Shater, Ahmed Fathi, and Emad el Nahas).
Arab Contractors Sporting Club known as Al Moqaweloon Al Arab المقاولون العرب is an Egyptian football club based in Nasr City. The club is owned by the company with the same name meaning (The Arab Contractors). They are a member of the Egyptian Premier League. Their home stadium is Arab Contractors Stadium:
The 1983 Championship success is noted for the presence of African football stars such as Joseph-Antoine Bell (Cameroon), Karim Abdul Razak (Ghana) and Ishmael Dyfan (Sierra Leone). Famous Egyptian players who participated in this event and played for Egyptian National Team are Ali Shehata, Mohammed Radwan, Hamdy Nouh and Nasser Mohammed Ali.
- African Cup Winners Cup champion 3 times: 1982, 1983, 1996
- CAF Super Cup Finalist in 1996
- Arab Cup Winners' Cup Finalist in 1991
- Egyptian Premier League champion in 1983
- Egyptian Cup champion 3 times: 1990, 1995, 2004
- Egyptian Super Cup champion in 2004 (Coach: Hassan Shehata)
Performance in CAF competitions
CAF Cup Winners' Cup: 6 appearances
1982 - Champion
1983 - Champion
1984 - Semi-Finals
1991 - Quarter-Finals
1996 - Champion
1997 - Quarter-Finals
CAF Confederation Cup: 1 appearance
2005 - Group Stage