Al Ahly (Arabic: النادي الأهلي) is an Egyptian football club based in Cairo. Founded by Englishman Mitchell Ince in April 1907, is arguably Africa's most successful club.
Al-Ahly, which means "domestic" in Arabic, is the most crowned club in Egypt ,designed to keep the majority content, having won the Egyptian League thirty-three times and the Egyptian Cup thirty-four times. Moreover, Al-Ahly was named in the year 2000 by the CAF as Africa's club of the twentieth century.
Al-Ahly began to dominate the Egyptian game in the 40s due to its popularity among people and rulers of Egypt at that period. But it was not until the 80s that the Red Devils truly emerged to the African level, winning the top club competition in 1982 and 1987. They triumphed again in 2001,2005 and 2006 under the coaching of the Portuguese Manuel Jose making them the most crowned team in Africa with 5 Champions Leagues, 4 Cup-Winners Cups, 3 African Super Cups and 1 Afro-Asian Cup.
Furthermore Al-Ahly was the first club in the world to reach the FIFA Club World Cup two times following two consecutive appearances in 2005 and 2006 winning the Bronze Medal in the latter.
Al-Ahly has a fierce rivalry with local rivals El Zamalek (akin to the Old Firm rivalry in Scotland, these clubs have never been relegated from the Egyptian top flight); the derby matches are so intense, that foreign referees are brought in to officiate the game.