Qatar - List of Foundation Dates

1938         Al-Duhail SC (Doha)  [as Al-Shorta?]
1950         Al-Ahli SC (Doha)    [founded as Al-Najah Sports; merged with Sanjah in 197]
1952         Shabab Al-Sharq      [renamed Tahreer in 1956; merged with Al-Wahda to
                                   form Al-Arabi in 1972]
1959         Al-Wakra             [original name Al-Wakra Youth Club]
             Al-Nasour            [later renamed Al-Sharar and Nadi Qatar (Qatar SC);
                                   merged with Al-Orouba to form Al-Esteqlal in 1972]
             Al-Orouba            [merged 1972 with Al-Nasour to Al-Esteqlal (Doha)]
1961         Al-Taawun            [joined Al-Jeel Sports Club in 1962 and 
                                   Nadi Al-Aswad in 1964; renamed Al-Khor in 2002]
1967         Al-Rayyan            [after merger with Al-Nasour]
1969         Al-Sadd
1972         Al-Arabi             [merger of Tahreer and Al-Wahda]
1972         Al-Esteqlal          [merger of Qatar SC and Al-Orouba; reverted to
                                   name of Qatar SC in 1981]
1979 Jun  6  Al-Ittihad           [renamed Al-Gharafa SC in 2004]
             Umm-Salah SC         [founded as Al-Tadamum]
1980         Al-Shamal 
1995 Oct 10  Al-Qadisiya          [renamed Al-Siliya in 2002]
1996         Al-Kharaitiyet SC    [founded as Al-Hilal]
             Al-Muaither (Doha)
1998         Al-Markheya SC
             Al-Mseimeer SC       [founded as Al-Nahda]
     Dec 27  Al-Shahaniya SC      [founded as Al-Nasr]         
2007         Al-Jaish SC          [merged with Lekhwiya into Al-Duhail SC 2017]
2009         Lekhwiya             [new name for Al-Shorta; merged with Al-Jaish SC
                                   into Al-Duhail SC 2017]
2014         Lusail City
2015         Al-Bidda (Doha)
2019         Al-Waab SC 
Translations of Names:

Al-Ittihad      - The Union
Al-Nasour       - The Eagles
Al-Sadd         - The Dam
Shabab Al-Sharq - Orient Youth Club
Al-Shamal       - The North
Tahreer         - Liberation

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