Lekhwiya SC

Lekhwiya SC
Full name Lekhwiya Sports Club
Nickname(s) The Red Knights
Founded 2009 (2009)
Ground Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 12,000[1]
Chairman Sheikh Abdullah al Thani
Manager Djamel Belmadi
League Qatar Stars League
2015–16 Qatar Stars League, 4th
Website Club home page
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Lekhwiya Sports Club (Arabic: نادي لخويا الرياضي) is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team, which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club is based in the city of Doha and plays its home games at Lekhwiya Sports Stadium. It is the first team in Qatari football to win the first division title on its debut season.


The club was founded as Al-Shorta Doha and in 2009 was renamed to Lekhwiya.[2] Lekhwiya club has the biggest financial budget in Qatar.

Upon the club's reformation, it was entered into the Qatari 2nd Division. It came fourth in the league on its first year before winning the next season in 2010.

In the club's first season in the Qatar Stars League, Lekhwiya finished at the top of the standings to win the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League.[3] It was the first league title in the club's history. They also managed to reach the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, before losing in the final to Al-Arabi.[4]

Their first official debut in a continental competition came on March 7, 2012 in the 2012 AFC Champions League. They won their first match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring the only goal and also scoring the first ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.[5]

In the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League season, Lekhwiya retained the league title with two games left to be played.[6]

They inaugurated a new stadium, under the name of Lekhwiya Sports Stadium, on February 15, 2013 in a match against Al Khor and won their third league title in the first season at the new stadium.[7]


Lekhwiya's stadium began construction in 2011.[7] The first phase was completed in May 2012.[8] The stadium was officially inaugurated on February 15, 2013 with the first match taking place in the stadium being a Qatar Stars League fixture against Al Khor. The official seating capacity is 10,000 people, and the stadium is located in the ISF area of Doha.

Colours and crest

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor
2009–11 BURRDA None
2011– Masrat Rayan

Kit history

Home kit
Home kit


10 Official championships.

Winners (4): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15
Winners (1): 2009–10
Winners (2): 2013, 2015
Winners (2): 2015, 2016
Winners (1): 2016

Lekhwiya in Asia

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 22 8 4 10 24 34
Total 22 8 4 10 24 34

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 0–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1–2 1–2
GS Iran Sepahan 1–0 1–2
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 2–1 1–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq 0–0 2–0
GS Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3–1 2–0
R16 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 2–2
QF China Guangzhou Evergrande 0–2 1–4
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1–2 0–5
GS Iran Tractor Sazi 0–0 1–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–3


As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Amine Lecomte      Qatar
21 Goalkeeper Qasem Burhan      Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Ahmad Ali Hatami      Qatar

2 Defender Mohammed Musa      Qatar
3 Defender Ahmed Yasser      Qatar
4 Defender Chico Flores      Spain
5 Defender Khaled Radhwan      Qatar
6 Defender Khalid Muftah      Qatar
14 Defender Mohammed Tresor Abdullah      Qatar
17 Defender Fahad Ahmed Sheikh      Qatar
32 Defender Fahad Ahmed Al-Sori      Qatar
35 Defender Yousef Aymen      Qatar
39 Defender Talal Al Qahtani      Qatar

7 Midfielder Ismaeel Mohammad      Qatar
8 Midfielder Luiz Júnior (Captain)     Qatar
10 Midfielder Nam Tae-hee      South Korea
12 Midfielder Karim Boudiaf      Qatar
15 Midfielder Assim Madibo      Qatar
16 Midfielder Ahmed Abdulqader      Qatar
20 Midfielder Ali Afif      Qatar
25 Midfielder Abdurahman Mostafa      Qatar
27 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Sebaei      Qatar
28 Midfielder Youssef Msakni      Tunisia

9 Forward Youssef El-Arabi      Morocco
11 Forward Mohammed Muntari      Qatar
19 Forward Almoez Ali      Qatar
22 Forward Nasser Khalfan      Qatar

Players registered as professionals

QSL clubs are limited to 4 foreign professionals (3 + 1 Asian) per squad.[9] Last update: 30 December 2014.[10]

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners



Current technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Algeria Djamel Belmadi
Assistant manager Portugal Bruno Oliveira
Youth coach Armenia Éric Assadourian
Fitness coach France Moncef Souid
Goalkeeping coach France Xavier Poitrinal
Director of football Qatar Ahmed Khalil
Deputy director Qatar Waleed Bakhit
General manager Qatar Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Doctor Tunisia Hatem Jemaa
Conditioning coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Džafić
Physiotherapist Tunisia Sofiane Khouja

Last updated: December 2013
Source: Lekhwiya

Records and statistics

Last update: 30 December 2014.
Apps and goals in the QSL only. Players whose names are in bold are still active with the club.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Karim Boudiaf 2010– 87
= Luiz Ceará 2010– 87
3 Dame Traoré 2010– 81
4 Mohammed Musa 2009– 80
5 Khalid Muftah 2010– 77
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Sebastián Soria 2012–2015 36
2 Nam Tae-Hee 2012– 29
3 Youssef Msakni 2012– 18
4 Mohammed Razak 2010–13 14
5 Bakari Koné 2010–12 13

Reserves and academy

Lekhwiya's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League, the second-tier of Qatari football.
Last update: July 2014

Reserve team technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Spain Gerard Zaragoza
Fitness coach France Didier Filipe
Goalkeeping coach Denmark Karim Zaza
Director of football Qatar Mohammad Bashir Sulaiti
Team administrator Qatar Ali Hilal
General manager Qatar Mohsen Al Yazidi

Source: Lekhwiya

U21 technical staff
Position Staff
Manager Qatar Hamdan Hamad
Assist. coach Tunisia Saifuddin Komy
Assist. coach Slovakia Peter Pollák
Goalkeeping coach Syria Adam Abdelnasser Abbasi
Team administrator Qatar Khalid Abdullah
General manager Qatar Faisal Al Marri

Source: Al Raya

Administrative staff

Last update: December 2013

Position Staff
Chairman Qatar Sheikh Abdullah al Thani
Vice-chairman Qatar Khalifa Khamis Sulaiti
General secretary QatarAdnan Al Ali
Sports administrator Qatar Faraj Saleh al-Marri
Director of Football Team Qatar walid bakhit al ali
Media Coordinator Qatar Mohammed Bashir Al Sulaiti
Audience & Marketing Qatar Mubarak Al Mutawa

Source: Lekhwiya

Board of directors
Position Staff
Member Qatar Ibrahim Khalil Al Mohannadi
Member Qatar Abdulnasser Al-Obaidly
Member Qatar Ali Salman Al Mohannadi
Member Qatar Nawaf Abdullah Al Maathadi

Source: Lekhwiya

Managerial history

Other sports


Further information: Lekhwiya Handball Team


External links

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