In 1959, when the club moved to their current headquarters in central Cairo, Egyptian President at the time, Gamal Abdel Nasser, made a famous pronouncement.
“I call on Zamalek members; go and build your new great club,” Abdel Nasser declared.
During its days as ‘Qasr El Nil Club’ and ‘El Mokhtalat’, the club chairman was Marzbach, who reigned from 1911 to 1915. He was replaced by Frenchman Nicolas Bianchi until 1917, when Dr. Mohamed Badr was chosen as the first Egyptian chairman for the period 1917-1919.
Through its 105-years of existence, Zamalek has witnessed 20 different chairmen, with some enjoying more than one stint. They are now chaired by Mortada Mansour, who is having his third stint at the helm.
Nicknamed the White Knights, their rivalry with Cairo fellows, Al Ahly, count amongst the biggest derbies in global football.
They have laid their hands on almost all the major trophies domestically and on the international front. They have won the Egyptian League 12-times, 26 shy of their rivals Ahly. For the domestic knockout cup, they have been crowned champions for the last three seasons taking their tally to 25.
On the continental scene, they won their first title, African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1984 and have gone on to win four more titles; 1986, 1993, 1996 and 2002. Zamalek also annexed the CAF Super Cup in 1994, 1997 and 2003.
It was during the captaincy of the legendary Hazem Emam, one of the most talented players in the history of Egyptian football, that Zamalek won the last of their fifth premier continental club championship trophies, beating Raja Athletic Club of Morocco 1-0 on aggregate in the final.
Emam, 41, recently elected to the Board of Egyptian Football Association recalls events of the final in 2002.
“As captain then, I held several meetings with the players. I tried to soothe them and tell them how much the Egyptian people wanted this trophy.
“I didn't play the first leg in Casablanca. The coach (Carlos Cabral) told me ‘I need you in the second leg, not now (referring to the first leg). In Cairo, we dominated the first half till the 45th minute. When the ball came to Tamer Abdel Hameed (scorer of the winning goal), I told him not to shoot.
“Fortunately enough, he didn’t listen to me and shot, and scored. It was how we won our fifth African trophy,” Emam said.
“I can't believe its 14-years already. We are on our way to the sixth now. Definitely it's going to be a tough mission against Mamelodi Sundowns, but I believe the players have got what it takes to add a sixth star to their trophy cabinet.”
Some notable members of the Zamalek ‘Class of 2002’ are the Hassan brothers (Hossam and Ibrahim), Tamer Abdelhamid and Walied Abdellatif.
President: Mortada Mansour
Vice President: Ahmed Galal Ibrahim
Treasurer: Hazem Yassin
Board Members: Hany Zada, Rehab Abu Regeila, Ahmed Mortada, Mostafa el Ammary, Sherif Mounir
Head Coach: Moamen Soliman
Football Director: Ismail Youssef
Coach: Mohamed Salah
Assistant Coach: Alaa Abdel Ghany
Goalkeepers Coach: Ayman Taher
Handball, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Athletics, Karate, Water Polo, Table Tennis, Judo, Field Hockey, Croquet
Egyptian Premier League
12 times (1959–60, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15)
Egyptian Cup: 25 times (1922, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1988, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Egyptian Super Cup: 2 times (2001, 2002)
CAF Champions League: 5 times (1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002)
CAF Cup Winners’ Cup: 1 (2000)
CAF Super Cup: 3 times (1994, 1997, 2003)
Afro-Asian Cup: 2 times (1987, 1997)
Arab League Winners' Championship: 1 (2003)
ABDEL HALIM ALI
Date of Birth: 24 October 1971
*All time Zamalek top scorer in all competitions (134 goals)
*Scored 23 goals in CAF Club competitions
*Egyptian Premier League top scorer 2003/2004 with 21 goals
*Won 12 titles with the club
ABDEL KERIM SAKR
Date of Birth: 8 November 1918
*Won 3 Egypt Cup titles when club was called Al Mokhtalat
Date of Birth: 29 October 1952
*Won 8 titles with the club, including the first CAF Champions League in 1984
*Has coached Zamalek in more than one stint
Date of Birth: 28 November 1943
*Won 3 titles with the club
*Scored 74 goals for Zamalek in the Egyptian League
*Served as Club Vice President
Date of Birth: 19 June 1949
*Won 4 titles with the club
*Coached Zamalek and Egyptian national team
*CAF Coach of the year 2008
*Won three Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt as coach (2006, 2008, 2010)
Date of Birth: 10 May 1975
*Won 12 titles with the club including 3 CAF titles
*Former Club board member and current Egyptian FA board member
Date of birth: 1 January 1959
*Won 4 titles with the club
*Second best African player in 1984
*Served as Team Manager and club's former board member
MAHMOUD ABU REGEILA
Date of birth: 9 September 1941
*Won 6 titles with the club
*Head Coach of the CAF Champions League winning side in 1984