Al-Nasr Dubai SC

Al-Nasr Sports Club (Arabic: نادي النصر الرياضي) is a professional association football club located in Dubai and plays in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. Al-Nasr, literally translating to "victory" in Arabic, was founded in 1945 and is considered as the first and oldest club in the United Arab Emirates. They play at Al Maktoum Stadium, which can hold 15,000 people.

Al-Nasr SC
نادي النصر الرياضي
Full nameAl-Nasr Sports Club
Nickname(s)Al Ameed (The Brigadier General)
Founded1945 (1945)
GroundAl Maktoum Stadium
ChairmanHamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
CoachKrunoslav Jurčić
LeagueUAE Pro-League
2018–19UAE Pro-League, 8th
WebsiteClub website


Pre–UAE League era (1945–1973)

Al Nasr Sports Club was founded by a group of young men in a Al Ghubaiba, Dubai in 1945, making it the oldest club in UAE footballing history. The team played in an empty playground near a highschool for three years until in 1948 were they finally decided to establish modern rules of football. In 1951, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum chose the headquarters to be in a cafe close to a fish market, the cafe had a room for rent so the club would rent the room for meetings, gatherings and studying. The club would later move their headquarters to Shindagha. During this period the club went on with the name Al Ahli until in the 1960s where the players traveled to Qatar to face Al Ahli and lose, after their loss in Qatar, the players proposed to change the name to Al Nasr which would later become official. The club decided to move their headquarters to a larger house in Shindagha and invited Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to meet the club in their new headquarters, Sheikh Zayed decided to donate 60,000 AED as a gift to the club, they would use the money to develop the club.[1][2]

Rise of competition (1973–1990)

In 1973, the UAE Pro-League was established and neighboring teams emerged forcing Al Nasr to start building a proper venue, so the construction of Al Maktoum Stadium began, however the team would join the league in 1974 so the club played their home games in Rashid Stadium until the completion of Al Makhtoum stadium in 1980, the club would win 3 UAE league, 3 presidents cup titles and a UAE federation cups during this time, the club would also be notorious for hosting games with big clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Santos.[3][4]

Modern era (1990–present)

After the end of the eighties, the club would see a semi-decline where they would stop winning the league yet win two Arabian super cups in the nineties and one Arabian gulf cup and a president's cup in 2015, the team would renovate the Al Makhtoum Stadium for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and host another friendly with Arsenal in 2019.

Club Rivalries

The team has a big rivalry with Al Wasl, often called the Bur Dubai Derby or just simply Dubai Derby, both teams have competed to see which club is the best team in Bur Dubai neighborhood.[5] It also has a rivalry with Shabab Al Ahli which is also based in the same city but not in the same neighborhood.


16 Official Championships.

Domestic competitions

Winners (3): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Runners-up (4): 1980–81, 1984–86, 1999–2000, 2011–12
Winners (4): 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2014–15
Runners-up (6): 1974–75, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2016–17
Winners (3): 1988–87, 1999–00, 2001–02
Winners (1): 2015
Winners (2): 1990, 1996
Runners-up (1): 2015
Winners (1): 1984–85
Winners (1): 1993

Regional competitions

GCC Champions League

Performance in AFC competitions

2012: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2016: Quarter-finals
2019: Play off Round
1988: Qualifying Stage
1998: Withdrew (First Round)
1993–94: First Round


Board of Directors

Title Name
Chairman Abdulrehman Abu Al Shawareb
Vice Chairman Tariq Yousif Al Janahi
Board Member Thabit Suhail Thabit
Adel Mohamed Shakri
Jumaa Saeed Al Kaabi
Rashed Marzouk Bakhit
Hamad Rahma Al Fallasi

Last updated: 27 May 2019
Source: Al Nasr Club

Technical Team

Title Name
Head Coach Krunoslav Jurčić
Assistant Coach Ali Murad
Mohammad Zakeri
Dimitrios Daniilidis
Goalkeepers Coach Goran Cumic
Fitness Coach George Paraskevas

Administrative Team

Title Name
Team Manager Salah Jalal Abdulla
Team Administrator Saleh Salem Alsuwaidi
Security Officer Mussa Abbas Alali
Media Coordinator Mohammed Mubarak
Team Secretary Hatim Hassan Elbadri
Logistics Officer Basheer Anchukandathil
Ali Kutti Athanikkal
Riyas Thundakachi

Medical Team

Title Name
Specialist Doctor Walid Ben Cheikh
Physiotherapist Darko Stamatovic
Rodrigo De Queiroz Aires
Claudio Patti
Masseur Ognjen Ninkovic
Toni Mitrov

Current squad

As of UAE Pro-League:
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ghaith Hussain  United Arab Emirates
2 Defender Mubarak Saeed  United Arab Emirates
3 Forward Salem Saleh  United Arab Emirates
4 Midfielder Khaled Jalal  United Arab Emirates
5 Midfielder Tareq Ahmed (captain)  United Arab Emirates
6 Defender Mahmoud Khamees  United Arab Emirates
7 Forward Jassem Yaqoub  United Arab Emirates
8 Forward Mohamed Al-Akbari  United Arab Emirates
9 Forward Álvaro Negredo  Spain
10 Midfielder Habib Al Fardan  United Arab Emirates
11 Midfielder Esteban Pavez  Chile
12 Goalkeeper Ahmed Shambih  United Arab Emirates
13 Midfielder Muhannad Khamis  United Arab Emirates
14 Defender Yaqoub Al-Bloushi  United Arab Emirates
15 Forward Mohammed Fuesrai U21  Chad
16 Midfielder Amer Mubarak  United Arab Emirates
17 Midfielder Brandley Kuwas  Curaçao
20 Midfielder Tozé  Portugal
21 Defender Mohammed Ali Ayed  United Arab Emirates
22 Defender Gláuber U21  Brazil
23 Midfielder Gabriel Valentini U21 (on loan from Juventude)  Brazil
26 Defender Mohammed Sarwashi U21  United Arab Emirates
27 Midfielder Hussain Abdullah  United Arab Emirates
32 Defender Khalifa Mubarak  United Arab Emirates
44 Goalkeeper Ibrahim Eisa  United Arab Emirates
49 Defender Mohammed Ibrahim  United Arab Emirates
55 Defender Hamad Hassan U21  United Arab Emirates
66 Midfielder Hussain Mahdi U21  United Arab Emirates
70 Midfielder Rashed Mohammed  United Arab Emirates
77 Defender Hazza Salem  United Arab Emirates
88 Midfielder Mohammed Abdulaziz U21  United Arab Emirates
92 Defender Saeed Sowaidan  United Arab Emirates

Out on loan

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
Defender Al Hussain Saleh (on loan to Al-Wahda)  United Arab Emirates

Famous players

Past managers

Other sports

Al-Nasr also fields teams in Futsal, Volleyball, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Swimming, Cycling, Athletics, Karate and Jujitsu.


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