Qatar SC

Qatar Sports Club (Arabic: نادي قطر الرياضي) is a sports club based in Doha, Qatar. It is best known for its football team which competes in the Qatar Stars League.

Qatar SC
نادي قطر الرياضي
Full nameQatar Sports Club
نادي قطر الرياضي
Nickname(s)The Kings
Founded1959 (1959)
GroundSuhaim Bin Hamad Stadium
Doha, Qatar
ChairmanSheikh Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani
ManagerCarlos Alós
LeagueQatar Stars League
2018–19Qatar Stars League, 11th

They play their home games in the fourth largest stadium in Qatar, Qatar SC Stadium, which has a capacity of 12,000. It has recently diversified into sports other than football. An athletics group has been established, and this department competes in javelin throwing, long jumps, and sprinting. The club adopted its current name, Qatar SC, in 1981.


1959–1972: Al Oruba

Qatar SC was founded in 1959 under the name Al Oruba. The idea of founding the club came from Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani. His colleague, Mohammed bin Nasser, sought public opinion on the formation of a new sports club in the Musheireb area of Doha and received positive feedback. Al Oruba, which transliterates to "Arabism", was decided as the club name by the majority of football supporters due to the overwhelming number of Arab clubs with revolutionary names at the time. The club started off with just 18 players and staff members, and the first president was Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani. Initially, blue and white were the official colors of the club, and the headquarters was situated in a small 4-room house owned by Jassim bin Hamad. In a time where football was not very popular in Qatar, the club had a small group of supporters, the largest of which was the Yemeni community.[1]

They began training on asphalt near the club headquarters, before moving to Doha Stadium. Before the Qatar Stars League unofficially launched in 1963, they only participated in friendly matches. During the initial years of the league, they were a dominant force, along with Al-Maref. After Al-Maref dissolved in the 1966/67 season, many of their players and coaching staff were distributed to Al Oruba. Notable members of coaching staff include Hassan Othman, Abdullah Rabia, and Hamad Al Neel. They went on to win 5 consecutive league titles.[1]

1972–1981: Al Esteqlal

In 1972 Al Oruba merged with Al Nasour to form Al Esteqlal. Former player Saad Mohammed Saleh was selected as the first coach.[1] Al Esteqlal was one of the strongest clubs since its establishment, winning its first official Qatar Stars League season in 1972–73. The next year, in 1974, Al Sadd roped in head coach Hassan Othman from the club in addition to 14 of its players, including Hassan Mattar and Mubarak Anber, much to the dismay of club president Hamad bin Suhaim. During this period, transfers could be made unconditionally in Qatari football. Despite the resounding difficulties arising from the transfer fiasco, it continued with its success, winning the 1976–77 season and supplying the national team with some of its most prominent players.

1981–present: Qatar SC

Al Esteqlal was renamed Qatar SC in 1981. However, it gradually faded into obscurity for the next 2 decades, with the league being dominated by Al Arabi, Al Sadd, and Al Rayyan. The club won the Qatar Crown Prince Cup in 2002 and also won the 2002–03 league season by three points. They won the Crown Prince Cup the same year, and again in 2009.

Name history

  • 1959: Founded with the club name Al Oruba
  • 1972: Fused with Al Nasour to form Al Esteqlal
  • 1981: The club is renamed Qatar Sports Club


Qatar SC play their matches at Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, which is located in Al Dafna. It is a multi-purpose stadium, featuring an athletics field, a gym, a shopping centre and a mosque, among other facilities. The stadium has a capacity of 12,000 seats. Besides local football matches, the stadium also hosts a number of tournaments such as Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix and some of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup matches.

Current squad

As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Jassem Adel  Qatar
2 Defender Mohammed Al-Robeai  Qatar
4 Defender Musa Haroon  Qatar
5 Defender Yousef Aymen U23 (on loan from Al-Duhail)  Qatar
6 Midfielder Mehdi Berrahma  Morocco
7 Forward Yousef Hani Ballan  Qatar
8 Midfielder Khalid Abdulraouf  Qatar
9 Midfielder Ahmed Moein (on loan from Al-Duhail)  Qatar
10 Forward Sardor Rashidov  Uzbekistan
11 Midfielder Ali Awadh Boujalouf  Qatar
12 Defender Nasir Peer U23  Qatar
13 Goalkeeper Abdurahman Mohammed U23  Qatar
14 Midfielder Muattaz Bostami  Qatar
15 Midfielder Bahaa Ellethy U23 (on loan from Al-Sadd)  Qatar
17 Midfielder Khaled Mahmoudi  Qatar
18 Midfielder Hamad Mansor (on loan from Al-Sadd)  Qatar
19 Defender Mohammed Fathi U23  Qatar
20 Forward Eisa Palangi U23  Qatar
22 Midfielder Ibrahim Jamal  Qatar
23 Midfielder Abdenasser El Khayati  Netherlands
24 Midfielder Abdulaziz Adel  Qatar
25 Defender Abdulaziz Motouali  Qatar
26 Goalkeeper Mohammed Ghanem (on loan from Mesaimeer)  Qatar
31 Goalkeeper Moatasem Bostami U23  Qatar
32 Forward Ahmed Al-Sulaiti U23  Qatar
33 Defender Álex Gálvez  Spain
77 Forward Yousef Al Kubaisi  Qatar
88 Forward Kayke Rodrigues  Brazil
92 Midfielder Rashed Al-Barashdi U23  Oman
99 Defender Mohammed Al-Khadour U23  Qatar

Other players under contract

No Position Player Nation
89 Forward Junior Kabananga  DR Congo

Out on loan

No Position Player Nation
Midfielder Fadhl Omar (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar


Qatar Stars League

Qatari Second Division

  • Champions: 2016–17

Emir of Qatar Cup

  • Champions (2): 1973–74, 1975–76

Qatar Crown Prince Cup

  • Champions (3): 2002, 2004, 2009

Qatar Sheikh Jassem Cup

  • Champions (4): 1983, 1984, 1987, 1995

Qatari Stars Cup/QNB Cup

  • Champions: 2014

Recent seasons

Season Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Emir Cup
1996–97 1D 7 16439 191915 Round 1
1997–98 1D 6 16547 172219 Round 1
1998–99 1D 6 16529 162717 Round 1
1999–2000 1D 7 16466 142418 Quarter-finals
2000–01 1D 8 164210 182714 Round 2
2001–02 1D 2 16925 301729 Semifinals
2002–03 1D 1 181053 241034 Semifinals
2003–04 1D 2 181044 311734 Runners-up
2004–05 1D 4 2714310 403445 Quarter-finals
2005–06 1D 2 271476 493449 Semifinals
2006–07 1D 6 2710413 353634 Quarter-finals
2007–08 1D 4 271449 533846 Semifinals
2008–09 1D 4 2711106 423643 Semifinals
2009–10 1D 4 221156 322338 Semifinals
2010–11 1D 5 221174 402640 Quarter-finals
2011–12 1D 10 226610 324624 Round 3

Technical staff

Senior team

Last update: August 2018

Coaching staff
Head coach Abdullah Mubarak
Assistant coach Erik van der Meer
Director of football Hussain Al-Rumaihi[2]

Youth team

As of 6 June 2014.[3]

Coaching staff
Head coach Slaheddine Falhi
Technical director David Giguel
Goalkeeping coach Abdel Fattah Nassef
Fitness coach Abdulziz Al Kahlawi

Managerial history

Manager Period
Hamad Neel Mohammed Ali c. 1962
Saad Mohammed Saleh c. 1972
Helmi Hussein 1973–74
Wagdi Jamal 1974
Hassan Othman
Helmi Hussein
Mohammed Kheiri 1975–76
Jozef Jankech
Jozef Vengloš [4]
Jorvan Vieira 1980
Park Byung-suk c. 1980–81[5]
Paulo Massa 1988
Uli Maslo July 1, 1988–90
Sérgio Cosme 1990
Džemaludin Mušović 1990–91
Uli Maslo 1991 – April 30, 1992
Ammo Baba 1992–93
Jozef Jankech 1993–94
Hazem Jassam[6] 1994
Roland Andersson July 1, 1995 – June 30, 1997
Ján Pivarník[7] 1997
Manager Period
Reinhard Fabisch[8] 1998–00
Eid Mubarak 2000
Verner Lička July 1, 2000 – June 15, 2001
Zoran Đorđević 2001–02
Džemaludin Mušović 2002–04
Adel Abu Karbal
Salman Abdulaziz
Carlos Alhinho 2004 – June 30, 2005
Dimitri Davidovic July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
Džemal Hadžiabdić 2006
Yannick Stopyra Nov 2006 – Jan 07
Srećko Juričić 2007
Dimitri Davidovic 2007
Džemaludin Mušović 2007–08
Hameed Bremel 2008
Sebastião Lazaroni July 24, 2008 – Aug 11
Saïd Chiba Aug 12, 2011 – July 8, 2012
Sebastião Lazaroni July 9, 2012 – June 1, 2014
Ivan Hašek June 1, 2014 – September 11, 2014
Radhi Shenaishil September 11, 2014 – October 26, 2015
Sebastião Lazaroni October 26, 2015– June, 27, 2016
Aurel Țicleanu June 28, 2016– December, 26, 2016

Performance in AFC competitions

2003/04: Group Stage


Basketball team

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