Who are Al Ahly?

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Bucs must beat Al Ahly to ensure they join the Egyptians in the last-four of the competition, where Group B winners Esperance of Tunisia and and Cameroon's Coton Sport await.

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It is a massive test, befitting of Al Ahly's stature as CAF's African Club of the Century.

Who are Al Ahly?

Al Ahly were founded in 1907, originally as a club where politicised students could meet during the struggle against colonisation.

The Cairo-based outfit started dominating domestic football in the 1940s, eventually shining in continental competition by winning the now-called CAF Champions League in 1982.

They went on to claim the event a further six times – in 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2012 – making them record winners of the showpiece.

Al Ahly have also won an unmatched four African Cup Winners' Cups, five CAF Super Cups and 36 Egyptian Premier League titles.

The year 2005 was perhaps their finest, as they went unbeaten en route to winning the League, the league cup, the Champions League and the Egyptian Super Cup - a feat yet to be bettered.

However, the next year saw the side, under the same coaching of Portuguese Manuel Jose, record their best trophy haul, adding the CAF Super Cup and a Fifa Club world Cup bronze medal - the continent's first - to the four titles they successfully defended from the season before.

Al Ahly were crowned CAF's African Club of the Century in 2000, narrowly pipping fierce rivals Zamalek SC to the honour.

The club – and Egyptian football's – darkest hour occurred on 1 February 2012, when 79 fans were killed in a politically motivated attack at Port Said Stadium. The massacre happened straight after Al Ahly played Al-Masry in a league game.

Al Ahly, who traditionally play in a red top with white shorts, are currently managed by Mohamed Youssef, and stage their home games at the 75,000-seater Cairo Stadium.

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