Al-Nasr SC (Dubai)

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Al Nasr SC
نادي النصر الرياضي‎
Full nameAl-Nasr Sport Club
Nickname(s)Al Ameed
Founded1945; 78 years ago (1945)
GroundAl Maktoum Stadium
OwnerSheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
ChairmanMarwan Ahmed Bin Ghalita
ManagerAlfred Schreuder
LeagueUAE Pro League
2022–23UAE Pro League, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Nasr CSC (Arabic: نادي النصر الرياضي) is an Emirati professional football club based in Al Nasr, Dubai and competes in the UAE Pro 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.


Pre–UAE League era (1945–1973)[edit]

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)[edit]

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 noted for hosting games with big clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Santos.[3][4]

Modern era (1990–present)[edit]

After the end of the eighties, the club has yet to win the league but won notable cup competitions such as the president's cup, league cup and the GCC Champions League, around 2018 the team would renovate the Al Makhtoum Stadium for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and host another friendly with Arsenal in 2019. Al Nasr removed coach Caio Zanardi and replaced him with former Dinamo Zagreb player and national Croatian player Krunoslav Jurčić, but he left Al Nasr in February 2021 after mediocre results in the league, and Jurcic was replaced with former River Plate coach Ramón Díaz.


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 area.[5] It also has a rivalry with Shabab Al Ahli which is also based in the same city but not in the same area.


17 Official Championships.

Domestic competitions[edit]

Regional competitions[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2012: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2016: Quarter-finals
2019: Play off Round
1987: Group Stage
1998: Withdrew (first round)
1993–94: Withdrew


Board of directors[edit]

Title Name
Chairman United Arab Emirates Marwan Ahmed Bin Ghalita
Vice Chairman United Arab Emirates Ibrahim Hussain Al Fardan
Board Member United Arab Emirates Abdul Rahman Obaid Abu Al Shawareb
United Arab EmiratesMansoor Rahmah Al Fallasi
United Arab EmiratesAbdulrazzaq Al Sayed Al Hashemi
United Arab EmiratesMohammed Ahmed Al Marri
United Arab EmiratesJamal Abdulla Lootah|}

Last updated: 27 May 2019
Source: [1]

Current squad[edit]

As of UAE Pro-League:

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK United Arab Emirates UAE Mohamed Juma Al-Blooshi
2 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Mohammed Al-Menhali
3 DF Brazil BRA Gustavo Alemão
4 MF United Arab Emirates UAE Khalid Jalal
5 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Samir Memišević
6 MF United Arab Emirates UAE Hussain Mahdi
7 FW Ivory Coast CIV Abdoulaye Toure U21
8 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Hamdan Al-Kamali
9 MF United Arab Emirates UAE Ahmed Abdulla Jshak
10 MF Portugal POR Iuri Medeiros
11 FW Italy ITA Manolo Gabbiadini
12 GK United Arab Emirates UAE Ahmed Shambih
13 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Abdulla Abbas
15 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Yousef Al-Ameri
18 MF United Arab Emirates UAE Saoud Abdulrazaq
19 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Ahmed Rashed
20 MF Colombia COL Kevin Agudelo
22 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Gláuber
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Mayed Al-TeneijiU21
24 MF United Arab Emirates UAE Abdulaziz Dawood
26 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Abdelaziz Sanqour
27 FW United Arab Emirates UAE Bilal AliU21
28 FW Serbia SRB Bogdan Petrović
30 GK United Arab Emirates UAE Mohammed Al-Najjar U21
31 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Isaac Tshibangu U21
32 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Rashed Essa
39 MF Ghana GHA Evans Ampofo U21
40 GK United Arab Emirates UAE Abdullah Al-Tamimi
45 FW United Arab Emirates UAE Abdulla Anwar
47 MF Comoros COM Naïm Chadhuli U21
49 MF Morocco MAR Adel Taarabt
50 MF United Arab Emirates UAE Mohammed Jamal
52 DF Ivory Coast CIV Abdoul Karim Belem
55 MF Serbia SRB Andrej Krstić U21
70 DF United Arab Emirates UAE Rashed Mohammed
88 MF United Arab Emirates UAE Ali Abdulaziz U21

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF United Arab Emirates UAE Mohammed Al-Maazmi (at Hatta)
DF United Arab Emirates UAE Saeed Suwaidan (at Hatta)
MF Togo TOG Kodjo Aziangbe (at Zorya Luhansk)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF United Arab Emirates UAE Jassim Yaqoob (at Hatta)
FW The Gambia GAM Dembo Darboe (at Astana)

Notable players[edit]

Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Côte d'Ivoire
DR Congo
North Macedonia
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Past managers[edit]

Pro-League Record[edit]

Season Lvl. Tms. Pos. President's Cup League Cup
2008–09 1 12 6th Round of 16 First Round
2009–10 1 12 10th Quarter-finals First Round
2010–11 1 12 3rd Round of 16 First Round
2011–12 1 12 2nd Round of 16 First Round
2012–13 1 14 6th Round of 16 First Round
2013–14 1 14 5th Semi-finals First Round
2014–15 1 14 5th Champions Champions
2015–16 1 14 4th Round of 16 First Round
2016–17 1 14 6th Runner-ups First Round
2017–18 1 12 4th Round of 16 Quarter-finals
2018–19 1 14 8th Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2019–20a 1 14 6th Round of 16 Champions
2020–21 1 14 5th Runner-ups Runner-ups
2021–22 1 14 8th Round of 16 Quarter-finals
2022–23 1 14 9th Round of 16 Semi-Finals

Notes^ 2019–20 UAE football season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates.


  • Pos. = Position
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Lvl. = League

Other sports[edit]

Al-Nasr also fields teams in futsal, volleyball, handball, basketball, table tennis, swimming, cycling, athletics, karate, and jujutsu.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "الزمن الجميل". alnasrclub. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  2. ^ "النصر انطلق عام 1945 تحت اسم «الأهلي الأدبي»". البيان. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  3. ^ "When Pele played Dubai: February 23, 1973, a day the UAE 'will never forget'". The National. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. ^ "A trip down memory lane: When 1978 European champions Liverpool visited a Dubai 'most people cannot imagine'". The National. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Arabian Gulf Cup Quarter-finals: Fight breaks out after Bur Dubai Derby between Al Nasr and Al Wasl -".
  6. ^ "ADNOC Championship recognized by UAE Football Association". (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  7. ^ "ADNOC Championship recognized by UAE Pro League Committee".
  8. ^ Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. "Felix Ahmed Aboagye (Player) – National Team Appearances – Club Appearances". National Football Teams. Archived from the original on 28 April 2022. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Multumim, Ionut Rada!" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 17 January 2010.

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