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Al Ahli is the oldest club in Qatar. It was founded in 1950 under the name of Al Najah. However, this was changed a few years later to Al Ahli to represent the geographic area of the club.
The side is nicknamed The Brigadiers and is a nod to their status and prestige as the oldest club side in Qatar. The team has a rich heritage and history as well as a strong fan base.
In the 1984-85 season, the club got its new headquarters, the first club to receive modern facilities, in recognition of its status as the country’s oldest club.
Ruben de la Barrera took charge of Al Ahli in mid-December, 2018, replacing veteran Czech coach Milan Macala.
Barrera is one of the young coaches with great ambition. Al Ahli hope to improve their performance during his reign.
The Spaniard had said soon after taking over the Qatari club and during his presentation to the media that he was a coach who loved challenges in his career despite his young age. He also said there was no better place than Qatar to experience the great interest in football as the country gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.