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