In March 2007, five hardcore fans of Egyptian club Al-Ahly (one of the biggest teams in Africa, if not the biggest) met with one thing on their minds: introducing the ultras movement in Egypt.
The reason for the meeting was that this group of friends weren’t happy about the direction the existing supporters’ groups were heading as at that time, as they seemed to care more about organizing meetings with the players and talking with the media rather than focus on their job — which in our opinion, should always be improving the atmosphere in the stadium.
The general feeling in that meeting was after seven years of organized supporters clubs (mainly two, the Ahly Lovers Union and the Ahly Fans Club) , we had reached the stage where we were ready for the ultras mentality.
April 2007 saw the first time the new Ultras Ahlawy banner was displayed in the curva nord next to the AFC banner, and we took our place in the stand next to them, five of us ready to battle the world until our philosophy reaches everybody.
People were impressed by our debut and our strict adherence to the ultras mentality. We were an extremely small and selective group, with very good connections with all the different groups and leaders of the stadium and this helped us in our campaign to generate money to create the first ever tifo in the Cairo derby.
In May 2007, it was the fifth anniversary of Ahly’s 6-1 victory over Zamalek, and we created a tifo that contains a devil (our nickname is the red devils) blowing candles in a cake that has five candles in reference of the fifth anniversary. It was the first time that normal fans saw choreo in the derbies, and it was a huge success — normal fans loved it.
At this time, we received help from some of the top boys of the other group in the curva (AFC) and a bond was created as they were very interested in the ultras mentality and they were excited to have us in the curva. However, the group leader was anti-ultras; we saw him as a sell-out and considered them to be a pro-modern football group.
In July, due to a fixtures mix up, we were only given three days between the semi final and the final of the Egyptian Cup — despite the hard work we put in and the help of some of the AFC, the choreo did not come out as good as we hoped. But it made us more determined to improve and the friendship between us and some of the AFC main lads grew as it became obvious we shared the same vision. At the end of July, we had a meeting with the AFC leaders and they decided that it was time to join forces.
As the new season started, we decided to create a new banner for the away games as well as a tifo to honor the first anniversary of the death of our player Mohamed Abdel Wahab, who died on the training ground.
In September came the Cairo derby. We were determined to create an amazing tifo to restore our pride after the below average display in the cup final and we decided to create the biggest tifo in the history of Egypt (the previous record was 40′ x 20′). The We Are Egypt giant flag we created, measuring 50′ x 30′.
The biggest game of the season for our ultras is the away trip to Ismailia, which is considered to be the most dangerous game in Africa due to the hatred between the two sets of fans and the political problems that go back to the 1960s.
We decided to organize the biggest pyro show in the history of Egypt: pyro wasn’t widely used in Egypt and not more than two or three at a time, as it was banned by the police and they would arrest you on the spot if you use anything.
Between each tifo we had stripes of green/yellow and red to symbolize the colours of Africa.
Since we began,we have faced a lot of problems with the club: they refuse to grant us any rights such as using the club facilities to draw our tifos and they do not allow us early access to the stadium to prepare our tifos and choreographies. The police often refuse to grant us entry to some of our material for silly reasons, such as claiming the sticks for the big flags could be used as weapons. Still, we have our ways of getting them inside the ground.
We are still a very young group (only six months old): we began with only five members , yet in those six months we have become the most active group in Africa, creating five tifos in six months paid for ourselves. 50-60 members now usually attend our weekly meetings and we have around 130-150 members in the stadium. We also have our own website www.ultrasahlawy.com with a forum that contains 800 members.
07.09.11 More than 70 people, including fans and riot police, were injured Tuesday in clashes after a football game, which spread from the vicinity of the stadium to a Cairo neighborhood, an official said. Of the injured, 50 were policemen, said Khaled el-Khatib, an official of the Ministry of Health, in a statement released at night by the state news agency in Egypt.
The riots followed some friction between fans and riot police during the match between the popular al-Ahly club capital and Kima Aswan. Some fans complained, holding that the police showed an attitude of rudeness to them. When the fighting spread from outside the stadium, several fans wrecked more than a dozen private vehicles and security forces, the agency said a security official, not identified. The riots of this year, which resulted in the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak, were caused by the anger of many young people, condemning abuses and excesses of the police.
What was a normal cup match against Kima ended up in chaos when cops invaded the curva with Ahly supporters and some of the groups like Ultras Ahlawy and Ultras Devils.
Supporters in Egypt, and specially from Al Ahly, played an important role in the revolution against president Hosny Mybarak and his regime. After the revolution Supporters could celebrate during matches with way more freedom, less cops and lot of pyro. Police were gone, only few soldiers armed up with AK 47 had the security role inside Stadiums.
But things change quick in Egypt. In last matches a huge number of cops have been lined up in front of the curva. When Ahly fans started to chant against Hosny Mubarak and his regime symbols that failed things started to get hot. At the moment match ended cops attacked everybody in the curva, they started with the lower rows and fought their way up.
The fight continued outside in the streets. Cops attacjed every red shirt person they saw, while fans attacked every cop they saw.
Several cars got burned, among them two police cars and two police motorcycles. At least 12 fans arrested.
1 member of Ultras Ahlawy was hit by a police car. Its not confirmed he is dead, but its trouble to "find" him in hospital. Not clear how many people who got injured.
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1 февраля 2012 г. после матча Аль-Масри - Аль-Ахли на стадионе разгорелись крупные беспорядки. 76 человек погибло.