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Tripoli
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Full nameTripoli Sporting Club
Nickname(s)سفير الشمال (Ambassador of the North) [1]
FoundedUnknown, as Al Majd Sports Association
4 April 2001;21 years ago (2001-04-04), as Olympic Beirut Sporting Club
24 November 2005;16 years ago (2005-11-24), as Tripoli Sporting Club
Ground Tripoli Municipal Stadium
Capacity22,000
ChairmanGhassan Yaken
ManagerOussama Saqr
League Lebanese Premier League
2021–22 Lebanese Premier League, 8th of 12
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Tripoli Sporting Club (Arabic : نادي طرابلس الرياضي), also known as AC Tripoli or simply Tripoli, is a football club based in Tripoli, Lebanon, that competes in the Lebanese Premier League. [2]

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Founded as Al Majd Sports Association (Arabic : جمعية المجد الرياضي), the club was renamed Olympic Beirut Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي اولمبيك بيروت الرياضي) in 2001, winning the domestic double in the 2002–03 season. In 2005 they were re-established as AC Tripoli, and won a Lebanese FA Cup in 2014–15.

History

Olympic Beirut

Founded as Al Majd Sports Association (Arabic : جمعية المجد الرياضي), the club was renamed Olympic Beirut Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي اولمبيك بيروت الرياضي) on 4 April 2001, [3] by Taha Koleilat. [4] In 2001–02 the club won the Lebanese Second Division, and were promoted to the Lebanese Premier League. [4] Koleilat allocated a budget of USD$7 million, with the goal of winning the league and building a competitive team for the AFC Cup. [4] Having strengthened the team with the signings of Pierre Issa, Edílson, Faisal Antar, Youssef Mohamad, and Abbas Ali Atwi, among others, Olympic Beirut won the domestic double in 2002–03, winning both the league and FA Cup. [4]

On 14 February 2003, the Al Medina Bank  [ ar ], which funded the club's activities, declared bankruptcy. [4] The decline was felt the following season, in 2003–04, with Olympic Beirut being knocked out of the 2004 AFC Cup in the quarter-finals against Singaporean club Home United, and finishing the league in third place. [4] In 2004–05 Olympic Beirut finished in fourth place. [4]

AC Tripoli

Prior to the 2005–06 season, Koleilat sold the club's license to former national team player Walid Kamareddine for $400,000, with the club being relocated to Tripoli. [4] The club was first renamed Olympic, then Olympic Tripoli, and finally AC Tripoli (Arabic: نادي طرابلس الرياضي). [4] The Lebanese Football Association (LFA) approved of the move on 24 November 2005. [5]

In 2014–15 Tripoli won the Lebanese FA Cup, their first trophy under their new name. [6] They participated in the 2016 AFC Cup where, after beating Kyrgyz club Alay Osh in the qualifying play-offs on penalty shoot-outs, they qualified to the group stage. [7] [8] Drawn in group B, Tripoli finished in third place out of four with two wins, a draw, and three defeats. [9]

Starting from the 2016–17 season, Tripoli found themselves in financial issues due to Najib Mikati, the club's main funder, deciding to cut the club's salary year by year, leaving the club to rely on social donations and TV sponsorship payments. [10]

Club rivalries

Tripoli plays the Tripoli derby with Egtmaaey, as they are both located in the same city. [11] The club also contests the North derby with Salam Zgharta, also on the basis of location. [12]

Players

Current squad

As of 15 March 2022 [13]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Ahmad Korhani
3 DF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Khaled Al Jasem
4 DF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Obaida El Halabi
7 DF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Mohammad El Samrout
8 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Ghazi El Hussein
9 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Mohammad Arja
9 FW Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Abdallah Ali
9 FW Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Samir Abdelrahman
10 FW Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Fouad Eid
10 FW Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Alaa Ezzo
10Flag of Palestine.svg  PLE Yehya Ghafour
11 DF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek
11 FW Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Ali Al Rachid
12 DF Flag of Palestine.svg  PLE Omar Kayed
13 DF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Abdul Razzak Dakramanji
14 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Ahmad Moghrabi (captain)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
15 FW Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Joseph Ansah
17 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Bilal Matar
17 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Said Al Ali
18Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Omran Mansour
19 FW Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Abdallah Moughrabi
20 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Bassam Zakaria
21 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Adnan Kheir
23 DF Flag of Palestine.svg  PLE Ahmad Yassine
23 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Oussama Hussein
55 GK Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Omar Sabra
70 MF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Mohamad Korhani
81 GK Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Siraj El Samad
92 DF Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Alex Rattel
95 GK Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Mohamad Abdel Mawla
99 FW Flag of Lebanon.svg  LBN Jihad Eid

Honours

Performance in AFC competitions

2004: Quarter-finals
2016: Group stage

Managerial history

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 As Olympic Beirut

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