Al-Duhail SC

Al-Duhail Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الدحيل الرياضي), formerly Lekhwiya SC, is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the Duhail district in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.

Al-Duhail SC
Full nameAl-Duhail Sports Club
Nickname(s)The Red Knights
Founded2009 (2009) as Lekhwiya
2017 (2017) as Al-Duhail
GroundAbdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
ChairmanSheikh Abdullah al Thani
ManagerRui Faria
LeagueQatar Stars League
2018–19Qatar Stars League, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Lekhwiya's active sections







In April 2017, it was announced that the club would take over El Jaish SC and merge with following the 2016–17 Qatar Stars League and be known as Al-Duhail Sports Club in rebranding of Lekhwiya SC.[2][3]


The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[4] Lekhwiya Club has the biggest financial budget in Qatar.

Upon the club's reformation, it was entered into the Qatari 2nd Division. It came fourth in the league on its first year before winning the next season in 2010.

In the club's first season in the Qatar Stars League, Lekhwiya finished at the top of the standings to win the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League.[5] It was the first league title in the club's history. They also managed to reach the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, before losing in the final to Al-Arabi.[6]

Their first official debut in a continental competition came on March 7, 2012, in the 2012 AFC Champions League. They won their first match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring the only goal and also scoring the first-ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.[7]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[8]

They inaugurated a new stadium Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, also known as Lekhwiya Sports Stadium, on February 15, 2013 in a match against Al Khor and won their third league title in the first season at the new stadium.[9]

in April 2017 the club announced that they would take over El Jaish SC and rebranded the club into Al-Duhail SC.

At the end of the 2017–2018 Season the Club became the First club to hold all 3 domestic Titles the league, Qatar Cup and Emir Cup.


Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[9] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[10] The stadium was officially inaugurated on February 15, 2013 with the first match played being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000, it is located in the ISF area of Doha.

Colours and crest

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2009–11 Burrda None
2011– Masraf Rayan

Kit history

Home kit
Home kit

Current squad

As of Qatar Stars League 13 September 2018.[11]

No Position Player Nation
2 Defender Mohammed Musa  Qatar
3 Defender Ali Jasimi  Qatar
4 Defender Medhi Benatia  Morocco
5 Defender Bassam Al-Rawi U23  Qatar
6 Defender Ahmed Yasser  Qatar
7 Midfielder Ismaeel Mohammad  Qatar
8 Midfielder Luiz Júnior (Captain)  Qatar
9 Forward Mohanad Ali  Iraq
10 Midfielder Edmilson Junior  Belgium
11 Midfielder Nasser Al Yazidi U23  Qatar
12 Midfielder Karim Boudiaf  Qatar
13 Defender Mohammed Al-Nuaimi U23  Qatar
14 Defender Fahad Ahmed Sheikh U23  Qatar
16 Forward Rabeh Boussafi U23  Qatar
17 Midfielder Khaled Mohammed U23  Qatar
18 Defender Sultan Al-Brake  Qatar
19 Forward Almoez Ali  Qatar
20 Midfielder Ali Afif  Qatar
21 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Khowayled U23  Qatar
23 Midfielder Assim Madibo U23  Qatar
25 Midfielder Saleh Al-Halabi U23  Qatar
26 Defender Nour Rahman  Qatar
27 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Sebaei U23  Qatar
28 Midfielder Youssef Msakni  Tunisia
29 Forward Mohammed Muntari  Qatar
30 Midfielder Khaled Waleed U23  Qatar
31 Midfielder Mohammed Dhaifallah U23  Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Ahmad Rashwan U23  Qatar
35 Forward Khaled Yousef U23  Qatar
36 Goalkeeper Moataz El Ahishiry U23  Qatar
39 Forward Lotfi Madjer U23  Qatar
40 Goalkeeper Amine Lecomte  Qatar
44 Goalkeeper Ahmed Soufiane (on loan from Al-Kharaitiyat)  Qatar
47 Midfielder Fahad Al-Baiati U23  Qatar

Out on loan

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Bakri U23 (on loan to Al-Shahania)  Qatar
15 Defender Mohammed Emad U23 (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar
22 Goalkeeper Shehab Ellethy U23 (on loan to Al-Kharaitiyat)  Qatar
77 Defender Khalid Muftah (on loan to Al Rayyan)  Qatar
Goalkeeper Sami Habib U23 (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar
Goalkeeper Khalifa Ababacar (on loan to Al-Sailiya)  Qatar
Defender Yousef Aymen U23 (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
Defender Khaled Radhwan (on loan to Al-Khor)  Qatar
Defender Murad Naji (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar
Midfielder Hazem Shehata U23 (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar
Midfielder Ahmed Moein (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
Midfielder Abdelrahman Moustafa U23 (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar
Midfielder Adel Bader U23 (on loan to Al-Sailiya)  Qatar
Midfielder Salmeen Ateeq U23 (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar
Midfielder Khalid Muneer U23 (on loan to Al-Wakrah)  Qatar
Midfielder Abdullah Al-Ahrak U23 (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Qatar


Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Rui Faria
Assistant manager
Fitness coach Khalil Jebabli
Goalkeeping coach Xavier Poitrinal
Director of football Ahmed Khalil
Deputy director Waleed Bakhit
General manager Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Doctor Hatem Jemaa
Conditioning coach Mirza Džafić
Physiotherapist Sofiane Khouja

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Records and statistics

Last update: 2 September 2017.
Apps and goals in the QSL and AFC Champions League only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Karim Boudiaf 2010– 192
2 Mohammed Musa 2009– 185
3 Luiz Martin Carlos Júnior 2010– 182
4 Khalid Muftah 2010– 180
5 Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 177
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 66
2 Youssef Msakni 2012– 58
3 Sebastián Soria 2012–2015 50
4 Youssef El-Arabi 2016– 32
5 Ali Afif 2012– 22

Reserves and academy

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014

Administrative staff

Last update: December 2013


Winners (6): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18
Winners (1): 2009–10
Winners (3): 2016, 2018, 2019
Winners (3): 2013, 2015, 2018
Winners (2): 2015, 2016

Al-Duhail in Asia

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League442210126958
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS Al-Ahli 1–0 0–3
GS Al-Nasr 1–2 1–2
GS Sepahan 1–0 1–2
GS Al-Shabab 2–1 1–3
GS Al-Ittifaq 0–0 2–0
GS Pakhtakor 3–1 2–0
R16 Al-Hilal 1–0 2–2
QF Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 1–4
GS Al-Ain 1–2 0–5
GS Tractor 0–0 1–0
GS Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–3
GS Persepolis F.C. 3–0 0–3
GS Al-Nassr FC 1–1 3–1
GS Bunyodkor 1–0 1–0
R16 Al-Sadd 2–2 2–1
QF Al-Hilal 2–2 1–4
GS Zob Ahan 0–1 0–0
GS Al-Nassr FC 4–0 1–1
GS Bunyodkor 0–0 0–2
R16 El Jaish SC 0–4 4–2
GS Al Jazira 3–0 3–1
GS Al-Fateh 4–1 2–2
GS Esteghlal Khuzestan 2–1 1–1
R16 Persepolis 0–1 0–0
GS Zob Ahan 3–1 1–0
GS Lokomotiv Tashkent 3–2 2–1
GS Al Wahda 1–0 3–2
R16 Al Ain 4–1 4–2
QF Persepolis 1–0 1–3
GS Al-Hilal 2–2 1–3
GS Al Ain 2–2 2–0
GS Esteghlal 3–0 1–1
R16 Al-Sadd 1–1 1–3
GS Persepolis TBD TBD
GS Al-Taawoun TBD TBD
GS Sharjah TBD TBD

Managerial history

Other sports



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