The Cairo Derby: More than just a game of Football

Al-Ahly and Zamalek are two of Africa’s most successful clubs.

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CAF (Africa’s footballing confederation) named Ahly Africa ‘club of the century’ in 2000, with their domination in the 1990s just pushing them ahead of their arch-rivals.

The two clubs are not only the two best teams in a country, but in an entire continent – and by a huge margin. Al-Ahly ahead with 37 league titles to Zamalek’s 11. The rivalry is so fierce that foreign referees are brought in for every game. It is assumed an Egyptian ref would always support one of the two sides. Zamalek are considered the team of the foreign & middle-class people (a British founded team), whereas Ahly are considered to be the team of the Egyptian & working-class people.

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Al-Ahly:

Founded: 1907
Stadium: Cairo International (120,000)
Nicknames: The Red Devils
Ultras name: Ahlawy

al_ahly-271559football-flaresEgyptian' Al Haly players pose on November 29, 2014 at Robert Champroux stadium in Abidjan during their Confederation Cup (CAF) first leg final match between Egyptian Al Ahly and Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport de San Pedro. Sewe Sport won 2-1.  AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

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Zamalek:

Founded: 1911
Stadium: Cairo International (120,000)
Nicknames: The White Knights
Ultras name: White Knights
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Head to Head: 152 games. Ahly has won 61, Cairo Derby matches to Zamalek’s 35. 56 of those matches have been draws.
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