Al-Ahram Weekly Online   21 - 27 July 2005
Issue No. 752
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Pride of place

ZAMALEK was the third sports club founded in Egypt, in 1911, in Giza. It was called Al-Mokhtalat (the Amalgamated). King Farouk was known to be a zealous Ahli fan and a great admirer of the legendary duo of Mansour and El-Titsh. In the final of the Farouk Cup -- a match bringing together arch foes Al-Mokhtalat (Zamalek) and Ahli -- Farouk was silenced by the spectacular performance of Al-Mukhtalat, who crushed the "Red Devils" 6-0. Out of admiration and respect -- and perhaps the awe of youth -- he renamed the victorious club "Farouk". It was then renamed "Zamalek" by the Free Officers after the 1952 Revolution.

In 1984, following Zamalek's winning of the African Champions League, President Hosni Mubarak visited the premises of the 93-year-old club to congratulate its board and players.

"The high-quality performance and winning international championships give Egyptian citizens a big boost," the president said on the occasion. "They consider these victories a personal triumph."

The team's trademark look is two horizontal red stripes on a white shirt

Zamalek in Africa

Five times African Champions League Champion.

Three times African Super Cup Champion.

Only African club to permanently retain two African Cups (Champions League and Super Cup).

The only African club to top the FIFA World Club ranking of the month (February 2003).

Twice Afro-Asian Cup Champion.

All-Time Egyptian Records

Twice Egyptian Super Cup Champion.

Highest victory in an Egyptian Cup Final, 6-0 vs Ahli, 1944.

Only Egyptian club to win CAF African Club of the Year Award 2002.

Only Egyptian club to win Arab Club Championship 2003.

Only Egyptian club to win Egyptian Saudi Super Cup 2003.

Longest league winning streak, 52 matches.

Zamalek was the first...

Egyptian club to win the Sultan Hussein Cup 1921.

Egyptian club to win Egyptian Cup 1922.

Egyptian club to win Afro-Asian Cup 1988.

Egyptian club to win African Super Cup 1994.

Egyptian Club to win Egyptian Super Cup 2001.

Egyptian Club to win Egyptian Saudi Super Cup 2003.

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