Al-Merrikh SC

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.

Al-Merrikh
Full nameAl-Merrikh Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Al-Zaeem (The Leader)
The Red Devils
Al-Ahmar Al-Wahhag
FoundedInitially as Al-Masalmah in 1908 – November 14, 1927
GroundAl-Merrikh Stadium
Omdurman, Khartoum State, Sudan
Capacity43,000
PresidentAdam Sudacal
ManagerJamal Abuanja
LeagueSudan Premier League
2015Sudan Premier League, 1st
WebsiteClub website

Club history

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.[1]

See also

In 2015 Al-Merreikh signed South Sudanese player Aluck Akech from Malakia after Aluck played with South Sudan against Mauritania for 2018 World Cup qualifications.[2]

Crest

Achievements

National titles

Champion (17): 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018–19
Winners (15): 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 (Record)

African titles

Runner-up (1): 2007
Winners (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1986, 1994, 2014

Regional Titles

Champion (17): 1954, 1956, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 (Record)

Performance in CAF competitions

Performance in UAFA competitions

1988 – Group stage
1994 – Group stage
1998 – Withdrew
2002 – Preliminary Round
2003–04 – First Round
2005–06 – First Round
2006–07 – First Round
2007–08 – Second Round
2008–09 – Second Round
2016–17 – Group stage
2018–19 - Semi-finals
2019-20 -First round
1992 – Group stage
1997 – Preliminary Round

Performance in CECAFA competitions

1985 –Third place
1986 –Champion
1987 –Runners-up
1988 –Runners-up
1994 –Champion
2009 –Runners-up
2011 –Third place
2014 –Champion

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Ali Abdallah Abu Eshrin
2 MF Abdourahmane Mamane
3 DF Mahmoud Mohamed Mahmoud
5 DF Hamza Dawod
7 MF Mohamed El-Rasheed
8 FW Khalid Abdelmoneim
10 FW Mohamed Abdelrahman Youseif
11 MF Tajeldin Yagoub
12 DF Tag Eldin Ibrahim
14 MF Nelson Lazgela
16 GK Mohamed Mustafa
18 FW Ahmed Hamid
20 DF Salah Nimer
No. Position Player
21 MF Amir Kamal
22 FW Seifeldin Malik Bakhit
23 DF Ahmed Adam Mohamed
24 MF Mohamed Hashim
25 FW Elsamani Elsawi
26 MF Emad Eldin Salah Eldin
27 FW Al Sadig Adam
28 MF Deya Eldin Mahjoub
29 MF Ramadan Agab
30 GK Monged Elneel

Managerial history

Updated: January 2018.[3]

Note: (CT) caretaker

Presidential history

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.

References

  1. "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.
  2. Al-Merreikh signed South Sudanese player Archived 10 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "22 مدربا تناوبوا على تدريب المريخ فى العشر سنوات الماضية". sudanafoogonline. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
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