Zamalek SC players, owner, stadium, trophies, world rankings

Zamalek SC players, owner, stadium, trophies, world rankings

Zamalek Sporting Club is a Cairo based sporting association. Although the club takes part in other sporting activities, its football team is the most famous arm of the club. This is evident from the club's popularity in the country and internationally. So, what else do we know about the football team?

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Since 1911, Zamalek S.C’s players have been playing in both local and international leagues. In addition to having a rich athletic history, the players also enjoy immense success on the football field. So, dig in and let us discover more about the club's rich history, coach, owners, trophies and titles and more.

Zamalek S.C’s profile summary

  • Full name: Zamalek Sporting Club
  • Nickname: The white knights
  • Founded: 1911
  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Colours: Red and white
  • Federation: CAF Confederation
  • Coach: Patrice Carteron
  • Captain: Mahmoud Abdelrazik Shikabala
  • National ranking: 2 as of 2022
  • Continental ranking: 3 as of 2022
  • World ranking: 121 as of 2022
  • Current market value: $24,3 million.
  • Stadium: Cairo International Stadium
  • Instagram: @zscofficial
  • Twitter: @ZSCOfficial
  • Facebook: Zamalek SC

Zamalek S.C’s history

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The White Knights celebrate after winning their first CAF Confederation Cup in 2019. Photo by Islam Safwat/NurPhoto.
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The club was founded in 1911 by Belgian lawyer George Merzbach. Although the club's original name was Qasr el-Nil 'Palace of the Nile', it was named Zamalek in 1952. What does Zamalek mean? According to the club's website, 'Zamalek' is of Turkish origin. In the early nineteenth-century army camps on an island in the Nile were called Zamalek.

The Cairo International Stadium, the second-largest stadium in Egypt, is Zamalek S.C’s stadium. The stadium seats about 75 000 people.

Zamalek S.C’s achievements

It is fair to say that Zamalek is an African football giant. Have a look at Zamalek S.C’s trophies in the national and African leagues.

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Trophies won by the White Knights since 1938. Photo: (Modified by author)
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Zamalek S.C’s management

Who owns Zamalek S.C? Controversial Egyptian lawyer Mortar Mansour reportedly owns the White Knights. Mansour has served as the club's president since 2006. Zamalek has had more than 20 coaching changes during his tenure as club president, something the fans and critics owe to Mansour's erratic leadership.

How much is Zamalek S.C’s net worth?

The White Knights are valued at an estimated $18,000,000. However, despite being counted among Africa's wealthiest football teams, recent reports reveal Zamalek's financial woes, including unpaid loans, FIFA fines and debts. Their total market value is estimated to be $24,3 million.

Zamalek S.C’s squad

Who is Zamalek S.C's coach? Patrice Carteron is the current head coach. Here is a profile summary of the squad's head coach.

Patrice Carteron's profile summary

  • Full name: Patrice Carteron
  • Nationality: French
  • Date of birth: 30 July 1970
  • Place of birth: Saint-Brieuc, France
  • Date of appointment: 12 March 2021
  • Average time as a coach: 1.11 years
  • Preferred formation: 4-2-3-1
  • Former teams managed: Al-Taawoun FC, Raja Casablanca, Al Ahly, Arizona United, Al Nassr FC, Wadi Degla, TP Mazembe, AC Cannes, Dijon FCO, Mali National football team.

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The French national has led the Egyptian Champions to 2 CAF wins, and 6 Eqyptian Premier League wins. Photo by Karim Jaafar/ AFP.
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Patrice named attacking midfielder Mahmoud Abdelrazik 'Shikabala' the Zamalek S.C. captain. In 2021, the skipper was banned for 8 months by the Egyptian Football Association after an altercation with the EFA president Ahmed Megahed. Despite Shikabala's notoriety on the field, he later assured his club and fans of his behaviour change. In a press conference, he guaranteed his shift in behaviour, saying,

"I promise there will be no problem starting today. I promise you I will be a different person from now on."

Here is a list of the club's players for the 21/22 season:


  • Mohamed Awad
  • Gatabaski
  • El Sayed Ateya


  • Mahmoud Hamdi
  • Mahmoud Alaa
  • Mohamed Abdelghani
  • Hossam Abdelmaguid
  • Mohamed Hamdi
  • Ahmed Fatouh
  • Abdallah Gomaa
  • Mohammed Abdelshafi
  • Ahmed Zaki
  • Hamza Mathlouthi
  • Hazem Eman
  • Ahmed Eid
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Zamalek's starting eleven pose for a photo prior to the 2020 CAF Champions League Quarter-final match against Tunisia's Esperance in Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Islam Safwat/NurPhoto.
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  • Tarek Hamed
  • Mohamed Hossam
  • Emam Ashour
  • Islam Gaber
  • Mohamed Ashraf
  • Maged Hany
  • Youssef Obama
  • Shikabala
  • Ayman Hefny
  • Osama Nabih
  • Farouk Gaafar


  • Achraf Bencharki
  • Razack Cissé
  • Hossam Ashraf
  • Sayed Mohammed
  • Zizo
  • Mohammad Ounnajem


  • Seifeddine Jaziri
  • Omar El Said

Zamalek S.C’s legends

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Legendary White Knights in action. Photo: (Modified by author)
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Here are the top three most notable White Knights;

3. Mahmoud Hassan 'Shikabala'

Fans regard the current team's skipper as one of the most popular players in the team. He has also made history as a national team's player with 32 appearances and 2 goals in his name.

2. Hossam Hassan

Hossam has been retired from active duty since 2008. He is regarded as the all-time best goal scorer to this day. Hossam made about 115 goals in 226 match appearances throughout his football career.

1. Mohammed Salah

Mohammed Salah's success on and off the field has propelled him to the top on Africa's greatest footballers lists. His highest market value was recorded at $170,600,000 between 2018 and 2019.

Is Zamalek S.C’s on Instagram?

The club's social media presence has amassed millions of fans globally. The Sporting Club's official Instagram account has about 1.8 million followers, while its official Twitter account has 5 million followers as of February 2022.

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Team skipper Shikabala (L) leads teammates in celebrating a goal during the 2020 CAF Champions League Final match against Al Ahly at their home grounds in Egypt. Photo by Mahmoud Khaled.
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Zamalek S.C’s world ranking

The White Knights are ranked at position 121 globally and 3 continentally with 1527 points. In the Egyptian Premier League, the Sporting Club ranks at position 3 with 19 points.

The rich history and legacy of the team can be credited to the pure talent and skill of Zamalek S.C’s players. What more can we expect from the club ranked as the most titled team of the century?

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