Al-Merrikh Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي المريخ الرياضي) is a Sudanese football club based in Omdurman. Their home stadium is Al-Merrikh Stadium, which is locally known as The Red Castle. Founded in 1908, Al-Merrikh is one of the oldest football clubs in Africa, and have won the Sudan Premier League 16 times and Sudan Cup 14 times. Al-Merrikh is Arabic for Mars. The club share a fierce rivalry with Al-Hilal, the games between them regularly selling out, as well as being the only other realistic challenger to the league crown. Al-Hilal are also based in Omdurman with only Al-Ardha street separating the teams and between them they are Sudan's most powerful and successful football clubs.
|Full name||Al-Merrikh Sporting Club|
|Nickname(s)||Al-Zaeem (The Leader)|
The Red Devils
|Founded||Initially as Al-Masalmah in 1908 – November 14, 1927|
Omdurman, Khartoum State, Sudan
|League||Sudan Premier League|
|2015||Sudan Premier League, 1st|
Al-Merrikh was founded under the name of Al-Masalma Sporting Club in 1908 by students from Al-Masalmah district in Omdurman of Gordon Memorial College. The club renamed as Al-Merrikh Sporting Club on 14 November 1927.
- Winners (15): 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 (Record)
- Runner-up (1): 2007
- Winners (1): 1989
- Winners (3): 1986, 1994, 2014
- Champion (17): 1954, 1956, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 (Record)
Performance in CAF competitions
- CAF Champions League: 24 appearances
- CAF Confederation Cup: 8 appearances
- African Cup Winners' Cup: 11 appearances
Performance in UAFA competitions
- Arab Club Champions Cup: 12 appearances
- Arab Cup Winners' Cup: 2 appearances
Performance in CECAFA competitions
- CECAFA Clubs Cup: 8 appearances
- 1985 –Third place
- 1986 –Champion
- 1987 –Runners-up
- 1988 –Runners-up
- 1994 –Champion
- 2009 –Runners-up
- 2011 –Third place
- 2014 –Champion
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Note: (CT) caretaker
Al-Merrikh have had numerous presidents over the course of history, none of them was owner of the club, although the land on which the current stadium was owned by Abdularahman Shakhour, some of the presidents have been honorary players. Currently Gamal Alwali is the chairman. Here is a complete list of Al-Merrikh club presidents from 1927 until the present day.
- "تأسيس نادي المريخ (Foundation of the club)". Al-Merrikh Official website. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
- Al-Merreikh signed South Sudanese player Archived 10 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine
- "22 مدربا تناوبوا على تدريب المريخ فى العشر سنوات الماضية". sudanafoogonline. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- (in Arabic) Official website