Racing Club Beirut

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Racing Beirut
Racing Beirut (logo).png
Full nameRacing Club Beirut
Nickname(s)القلعة البيضاء
(The White Castle)[1]
Short nameRacing
Founded1934; 87 years ago (1934)
GroundFouad Chehab Stadium
Capacity5,000
ChairmanGeorge Farah
ManagerJalal Radwan
LeagueLebanese Second Division
2019–20Lebanese Second Division (season abandoned)

Racing Club Beirut (Arabic: نادي الراسينغ بيروت‎), commonly referred to as Racing Beirut or Racing, is a football club based in Achrafieh, a district in Beirut, Lebanon, that competes in the Lebanese Second Division.[1] They play their home matches at the Fouad Chehab Stadium and are primarily supported by the Christian community.[2]

Racing Beirut played international friendly games against a variety of famous clubs and selections during its golden era, including one against the Brazil under-23 team.[3]

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1934 by several locals from the Achrafieh and Gemmayzeh districts of Beirut, Lebanon.[4] The club's name is inspired from Racing Paris, a French football club, of which the club's presidents were passionate.[4] Racing played five years in the Lebanese Second Division, and got its first promotion to the Lebanese Premier League in 1940.[4]

In 1953 Albert Kheir was elected as the club's president.[4] He sought to heighten the club's status in the country, by buying 20-year old Joseph Abou Murad from Intissar Chayyah, Said Haidar from Al Nahda, and Yuguslavian coach Ljubiša Broćić.[4]

Club rivalries[edit]

Historically, during the 1960s and 1970s, Racing's main rivals were Nejmeh, also from Beirut.[4] Racing plays the Achrafieh derby with Sagesse.[5]

Players[edit]

2018–19 squad[edit]

As of 23 January 2019[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF Lebanon LBN Mohammad Sadek
6 MF Lebanon LBN Mohamad Sebai
7 FW Lebanon LBN Hussein Tahan
8 DF Lebanon LBN Ali Sabra
9 DF Lebanon LBN Hussein Sayed
10 FW Lebanon LBN Rony Azar
11 DF Lebanon LBN Tarek Halloum
12 FW Lebanon LBN Elie Baradhi
12 MF Lebanon LBN Serge Said (Captain)
14 MF Sierra Leone SLE Khalifa Jabbie
15 MF Lebanon LBN Sultan Haidar
16 FW Nigeria NGA Emmanuel Onyeka
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Lebanon LBN Ali Fahes
20 MF Lebanon LBN Khodor Salameh
22 GK Lebanon LBN Mohamad Hijazi
32 DF Lebanon LBN Ali Ayoub
71 MF Lebanon LBN Karim Mekkaoui
GK Lebanon LBN Majd Khalifeh
DF Lebanon LBN Marc Mhanna
MF Lebanon LBN Ali Khatoun
FW Nigeria NGA Babatunde Noureddine Siqueiro
Lebanon LBN Bassam Adada
Lebanon LBN Mohamad Ali Rida
Lebanon LBN Mohamad Nasser

Shirt manufacturers[edit]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Cup[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "racing club beirut". www.abdogedeon.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ Montague, James (24 October 2007). "In Lebanon, even soccer is tainted by sectarian strife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ "RACING CLUB BEIRUT". www.abdogedeon.com. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "الراسينغ: نادي الأشرفية ومحيطها... يعاند التاريخ". www.asasmedia.com. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  5. ^ "مبارتا دربي اﻷشرفية!". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Racing Players and Stats". lebanonfg.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.