Association Sportive et Culturelle Diaraf is a Senegalese football club based in Dakar. They play in the top division in Senegalese football. Their home stadium is Stade de Diaraf. The club name is sometimes spelt ASC Jaraaf. The word Diaraf (French spelling in Senegal) or Jaraaf (Serer and English spelling in the Gambia) comes from the Serer language - Jaraaf, variation :Jaraff. The Jaraffs were the head of the Serer noble council of electors responsible for electing the Serer kings in pre-colonial times. Diaraf is the most popular club in the country. Diaraf also has the most number of major honours won in Senegal numbering 28.
Its current manager is Abdoulaye Sarr in the 2014/15 season.
Its team colors are blue and white.
Its home uniform color is white with green stripes and green shorts and green t-shirt with white stripes and white shorts for away games.
The club was founded on 9 May 1933 in the then-colonial capital Dakar. Till 1968 or 1969 the club was called Foyer France Sénégal.
Their first title was a cup title won in 1967 and won two straight. Their first championship title was won in 1968 and later had their first appearance in the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1968 and lost to FAR Rabat. Before the end of the 1960s, the club changed its name to ASC Diaraf. Diaraf won three consecutive titles between 1975 and 1977, in cup titles, Diaraf won two (1982 and 1983) and then three consecutive (1993-1995) in the club. Diaraf became the second and most recent to win their tenth title in the long 2003–2004 season with a record-breaking 72 points, the club won their eleventh and recent title in 2010. Since 1976, Diaraf has the most number of national championships won, first with six titles which would be shared with ASC Jeanne d'Arc in 1986, later with seven the following season, eight in 1995, nine in 2000 which was shared by the same club in 2002 and was ranked second as Jeanne d'Arc had the totals until it was shared in 2004, now Diaraf has the most with eleven titles, one ahead of ASC Jeanne d'Arc. In cup titles, the club won two consecutive between 1982 and 1983, three consecutive between 1993 and 1995 and again two consecutive between 2008 and 2009. Their recent title win is the Senegal FA Cup in 2013 and their total is fifteen, the most number in Senegal. The other cup win, the Assemblée Nationale totals three.
Their first cup final appearance then under Foyer France was in 1967 and challenged US Gorée and defeated that club twice in two years, first 2–1 then 4–0. Their third was in 1970 and the first under the name Diaraf and defeated Almadies 3–1, Diaraf was runner up in the 1971 cup after losing 3–0 to ASC Linguère. Diaraf came for their fifth appearance in the cup final and defeated ASC Jeanne d'Arc 2–0 in 1973. Two years later, Diaraf defeated AS Police 2–0, a year later the club lost 3–1 The 1979 cup final was Diaraf's eighth appearance and lost to Casa Sports of Ziguinchor in the southwest of the nation. Two years later, Diaraf list the final to AS Police 3–1. In the next two cup finals, Diaraf defeated Police 2–1 in the 1982 and 1-0 in 1983. The 1985 cup final was Djaraf's eleventh appearance and defeated ASEC Ndiambour 1–0. Diaraf returned to the cup final six years later and defeated Jeanne d'Arc 2–1. Two years later in the 1993 cup final, the second featuring Linguère and this time defeated it 3–0, in the following year, the club defeated CSS Richard-Toll 1–0 and a year later AS Douanes 2–0 in the 1995 cup final. Diaraf made their sixteenth cup final appearance in 2004 and lost to Douanes 2–1. Djaraf made two consecutive cup final appearances in 2008 and 2009 and the two ended it in victory, their first was against Stade Mbour and defeated that club and then defeated AS Camberène a year later. Diaraf's nineteenth and the most recent cup appearance was in 2013 where they would win their recent cup title, this was their second against Casa Sports and this time defeated that club in penalty kicks 2–1 after the final was tied with a goal apiece.
Djaraf's first League Cup appearance was in 2009, they lost in the first round to Djokoul. Diaraf's success was greatest in the 2010 edition, the club appeared in the 1/4 final and defeated RS Yoff 3-0, then in the quarterfinals, they defeated CSS Richard-Toll and ASC Port Autonome in the semis. Diaraf challenged Casa Sports in the final and lost the title to that club 1-2. Diaraf has appeared in every League Cup editions.
Diaraf has appeared in the continental championship 13 times, the most of any club from Senegal. Diaraf has scored a total of 64 goals. at the Champions League, also the club has played 54 matches, and had 25 wins (19 won at home, 5 won away) and 13 draws (7 at home, 6 away).Senegal Premier League: 11
Senegal FA Cup: 15
Senegal Assemblée Nationale Cup: 3
French West African Cup: 1
Best position: Semi-finals (continental)
Best position at a cup competition: Second Round (continental)
Best position at the League Cup: Finalist
Appearances at the League Cup: 9
Highest number of wins in a season: 20 (national)
Highest number of goals in a season: 54—national record
Highest number of points in a season: 72—national record
Total matches played at the CAF Champions League: 54
Total matches played at home: 27
Total matches played away: 27
Total number of wins at the CAF Champions League: 25
Total home wins: 19
Total away wins: 5
Total draws at the CAF Champions League: 13
Total home draws: 7
Total away draws: 6
Total number of goals scored at the CAF Champions League: 64
As of February 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.Lamine Dieng (in 2009, up to 2012)
Abdoulaye Sarr (since 2013)