Al-Ahli Saudi FC

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Al-Ahli Saudi FC
Al Ahli Logo.png
Full nameAl-Ahli Football Club
Nickname(s)Al Malaki (The Royal)
Qale'at Al Ku'us (Fortress of Trophies)
Al Raqi (The Elegant)
Founded17 March 1937; 82 years ago (1937-03-17)
GroundKing Abdullah Sports City
Capacity62,345
ChairmanAhmed Al-Sayegh
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 4th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club (Arabic: النادي الاهلی السعودي‎ ) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Jeddah, that competes in the Saudi Pro League, the top flight of Saudi Arabian football. The club was founded in 1937.

Domestically, Al-Ahli have won 3 Professional League titles and 13 King Cups, 6 Crown Prince Cups, and 1 Super Cup. In international club football, Al-Ahli have won 3 GCC Champions League and 1 Arab Club Championship and have reached two AFC Champions League finals; the first Saudi club combined the league and the King's Cup in the same season in 1968, the only club that did it 3 times in 1978, 1984, 2016.

Al-Ahli is one of the four founding members of the Saudi Pro League that have never been relegated from the top flight, along with Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Nassr. Al-Ahli have a record-breaking 51-match unbeaten run from 2014 to 2016.

Al Ahli's home games are played at King Abdullah Sports City, also known as the KASC Stadium; the stadium, which is shared with long-lasting city rivals Al-Ittihad, is the second largest stadium in Saudi Arabia, with a total capacity of 62,000.

The club's most famous Saudi players are Taisir Al-Jassim, Khalid Massad, Amin Dabo, Mohamed Abd Al-Jawad, Malek Mouath, and Yasser Al Mosailem, and the most famous foreign players are Omar Al Soma, Victor Simões, Nabil Maâloul, Imad Al Hosni and Mohamed Barakat.

History[edit]

Al-Ahli v FC Barcelona in 2016

Founded in 1355 AH in 1937 by four young men, Al Ahli Club is located in the heart of Jeddah's dream city and is the largest sports beacon in its strategic location on its largest street Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Street (Tahlia); the idea of establishing was founded among a number of students in Al-Falah school. The oldest school in the city of Jeddah was the beginning of the launch of Ahli towards a wider horizons and progress to lead gradually to become in the past and present a giant name pioneer and successful ambassador to the sport of homeland in many games, and the culmination of this success called the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, may God have mercy on him Ambassador of the nation on Friday, 10/7/1430 July 3, 2009.

Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the Honorary Members and Honorary Members of the club throughout its history received management of the club headed by Abdul Aziz Al Anqari and the club's players on a historic day that will not be forgotten in general and especially for Al Ahlawi as the biggest honor achieved by Al-Ahli club in its history after achieving a unique achievement in the same year in 2008, where he achieved four foreign championships the handball team who won the Asian Club League Handball Championship and then the Gulf Cup; the first football team and Volleyball team also won the Gulf Cup.

Former and famous Brazilian coach Telê Santana coached Al-Ahli from 1983 to 1985 and won 2 titles, one is league 1984 and the second is King Cup in 1983. Al Ahli has played eighteen King Cup finals, won thirteen and lost only five.

From 2014 to 2016, under the management of Swiss coach Christian Gross, the team won four titles with him. 2014–15 Saudi Crown Prince Cup, 2015–16 Saudi Professional League and 2016 King Cup. Al Ahli has won every major competition in which it has competed, with the exception of the AFC Champions League (in this competition they have lost two finals, in 1985–86 Asian Club Championship and 2012 AFC Champions League, they are also the first Saudi Club who played the Asian Final. Al Ahli is one of the big 4 clubs at Saudi Arabia along with Al Hilal, Al Nasser, and the local rivals Al Ittihad.

Shield of Sports Excellence and the title of ambassador of the homeland[edit]

In 2009, the club completed its seventy-five years with a lot of historical and successful achievements. On 3 July 2009, Al-Ahli Club and its fans won't forget the day when the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz received the heads and members of the honor of the club and its board of directors after winning four International titles in 2008; the club was awarded the highest honor, where he was presented with the shield of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for sports excellence and the title "Ambassador of the Homeland".

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Continental tournaments[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1985–86 Runners-up
2002–03 Qualification Round 3
2005 Quarter-finals
2008 Group stage
2010 Group stage
2012 Runners-up
2013 Quarter-finals
2015 Round of 16
2016 Group stage
2017 Quarter-finals
2018 Round of 16

Players[edit]

As of Saudi Professional League:

As of 4 March 2018[3][4]
No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem (vice-captain)  Saudi Arabia
2 Defender Saeed Al Mowalad  Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Mohammed Al Fatil  Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Khaled Al-Barakah  Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Mohammed Al-Khabrani  Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Josef de Souza  Brazil
7 Midfielder Salman Al-Moasher  Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Elvis Sarić  Bosnia and Herzegovina
9 Forward Omar Al Somah  Syria
10 Midfielder Abdulfattah Asiri  Saudi Arabia
11 Midfielder Housain Al-Mogahwi  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Yazeed Al-Bakr  Saudi Arabia
14 Forward Muhannad Assiri  Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Mohammad Al-Majhad  Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Nooh Al-Mousa  Saudi Arabia
19 Midfielder Youcef Belaïli  Algeria
21 Forward Djaniny  Cape Verde
23 Defender Abdullah Hassoun  Saudi Arabia
24 Defender Hussein Abdulghani (captain)  Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Motaz Hawsawi  Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Sultan Mendash  Saudi Arabia
29 Forward Abdulrahman Ghareeb  Saudi Arabia
33 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais  Saudi Arabia
35 Midfielder Yousef Al-Harbi  Saudi Arabia
37 Defender Abdulbassit Hindi  Saudi Arabia
40 Midfielder Ali Al-Asmari  Saudi Arabia
44 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Rubaie  Saudi Arabia
47 Midfielder Mustafa Bassas  Saudi Arabia
60 Defender Lucas Lima  Brazil
66 Goalkeeper Basem Atallah  Saudi Arabia
70 Defender Mohammed Bassas  Saudi Arabia
87 Defender Ervin Zukanović  Bosnia and Herzegovina

For recent transfers, see 2018–19 Al-Ahli Saudi FC season.

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
26 Forward Fares Al-Khoraimi  Saudi Arabia
45 Midfielder Badr Al-Johani  Saudi Arabia
48 Midfielder Manaf Abo Yabes  Saudi Arabia
49 Midfielder Firas Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
55 Goalkeeper Bakr Eisa  Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Badr Monshi  Saudi Arabia
99 Midfielder Abdulaziz Noor  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Ali Al-Shikhi  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Ali Awagi  Saudi Arabia
Forward Hussain Al-Meani  Saudi Arabia
Forward Safi Al-Zaqrati  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
18 Forward Othman Alhaj (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Chad
20 Defender Ali Al-Zubaidi (on loan to Al-Wehda)  Saudi Arabia
30 Defender Hani Al-Sebyani (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Faisal Darisi (on loan to Al-Raed)  Saudi Arabia
75 Defender Aderlan Santos (on loan to Rio Ave)  Brazil
77 Midfielder Omar Al-Zayni (on loan to Al-Qadsiah)  Saudi Arabia
Defender Mohammed Al-Zubaidi (on loan to Al-Hazem)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Nasser Al-Daajani (on loan to Al-Taawoun)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Yahya Al-Qarni (on loan to Ohod)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani (on loan to Damac)  Saudi Arabia

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P CC CPC PFC ARCL CL GCC Saudi Super Cup Top scorer Manager
2000–01 SPL 1 22 15 6 1 50 19 31+ 51  – Quarter-final Winner Semi-final  –  –  –  –  – Belgium Lucca
2001–02 SPL 4 22 12 4 6 39 26 13+ 40  – Winner Winner  –  – Winner  –  –  – Belgium Lucca, Saudi Arabia Anbar
2002–03 SPL 2 22 15 2 5 54 23 31+ 47  – Runner-up Runner-up Winner QW-3rd Round  –  – Egypt Barakat 10 Belgium Eilian, Belgium Dmitry
2003–04 SPL 4 22 10 8 4 31 21 10+ 38  – Runner-up Group stage Group stage  –  –  – Brazil Kim 7 France Lechantre
2004–05 SPL 5 22 10 8 4 41 21 20+ 34  – Round 16 Semi-final Semi-final Quarter-final  –  – Brazil Perera 13 Brazil Geninho, Serbia Vučković
2005–06 SPL 4 22 9 9 4 45 23 22+ 36  – Runner-up Runner-up  –  –  –  – Saudi Arabia Mouath 8 Serbia Vučković
2006–07 SPL 5 22 7 8 7 29 33 −4 29  – Winner Winner Semi-final  –  –  – Saudi Arabia Mouath 20 Serbia Vučković
2007–08 SPL 8 22 7 5 10 30 31 −1 26 Quarter-final Semi-final Semi-final  – Group stage  –  – Saudi Arabia Mouath 14 Serbia Vučković
2008–09 SPL 3 22 11 7 4 33 20 +13 40 Quarter-final Round 16 Group stage  –  – Winner  – Saudi Arabia Al-Raheb 10 Bulgaria Mladenov
2009–10 SPL 6 22 7 7 8 28 29 −1 28 Quarter-final Runner-up Semi-final  – Group stage  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 13 Argentina Alfaro, Brazil Farias
2010–11 SPL 6 26 11 4 11 48 41 +7 37 Winner Quarter-final Runner-up  –  –  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 20 Serbia Rajevac, Serbia Ilić
2011–12 SPL 2 26 19 5 2 60 22 +38 62 Winner Semi-final Winner  – Runner-up  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 27 Czech Republic Jarolím
2012–13 SPL 5 26 12 8 6 51 33 +18 44 Semi-final Quarter-finals Winner  – Quarter-finals  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 17 Czech Republic Jarolím, Serbia Ilić
2013–14 ALJ 3 26 12 9 5 48 24 +24 45 Runner-up Quarter-finals Runner-up  –  –  –  – Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim 9 Portugal Vítor Pereira
2014–15 ALJ 2 26 17 9 0 59 22 +37 60 Round 16 Winner  – Round 16  –  – Syria Omar Al Soma 31 Switzerland Christian Gross
2015–16 ALJ 1 26 19 6 1 55 21 +34 63 Winner Runner-up  –  – Group stages  –  – Syria Omar Al Soma 34 Switzerland Christian Gross
2016–17 ALJ 2 26 17 4 5 57 30 +27 55 Runner-up Semi-finals  –  – Quarter-finals  – Winner Syria Omar Al Soma 40 Portugal José Manuel Gomes, Switzerland Christian Gross
2017–18 SPL 2 26 16 7 3 59 26 +33 55 Semi-final  –  –  – Round of 16  –  – Saudi Arabia Muhannad Assiri 13 Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov
2018–19 SPL 4 30 17 4 9 68 41 +27 55 Round of 16  –  – Semi-final Round of 16  –  – Syria Omar Al Somah 27 Argentina Pablo Guede, Uruguay Jorge Fossati, Saudi Arabia Yousef Anbar

Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2009–10 Saudi Arabia Abdulrahim Jaizawi
2010–11 Brazil Victor Simões
2011–12 Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim
2012–13 Saudi Arabia Mustafa Al-Bassas
2013–14 Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim
2014–15 Syria Omar Al Soma
2015–16 Syria Omar Al Soma
2016–17 Syria Omar Al Soma

Technical staff[edit]

Current Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Croatia Branko Ivanković
Assistant coaches Croatia Zlatko Ivanković
Saudi Arabia Yousef Anbar
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Igor Panadić
Fitness coach Croatia Marko Stilinović


Management[edit]

Current board of directors and Administrators[edit]

[5]

Office Name
President Majed Al-Nefaie
Vice-president Waleed Muath
Director of Football Bassem Abo Dawood
Director of Other Sports Yaser Mahrous
Secretary-General Mohammed Al Qanb
Treasurer Waddah Bakhsh
Investment Officer Abdullah A'ajaj
Commercial Director Majed Al-Oufi
board member Mohammed Al-Harthi

Presidents[edit]

No Name From To
1 Saudi Arabia Hassan Hamood Al-Shams 1937 1940
2 Saudi Arabia Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1950 1952
3 Saudi Arabia Hassan Saroor Al-Sabyan 1952 1954
4 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bahery 1955 1955
5 Saudi Arabia Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1956 1956
6 Saudi Arabia Ali Al-Jassem Al-Na'kly 1957 1957
7 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Fashlan 1958 1958
8 Saudi Arabia Abdulrahman bin Saead 1959 1960
9 Saudi Arabia Jameel Al-Gosani 1961 1961
10 Saudi Arabia Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1962 1962
11 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Bahry 1963 1963
12 Saudi Arabia Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1964 1964
13 Saudi Arabia Omar Yousef 1965 1969
14 Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Saleh Hamed 1970 1972
15 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Al-Ganb 1973 1974
16 Saudi Arabia Abdulmageed Yousef 1975 1975
17 Saudi Arabia Khaled bin Abdullah 1976 1980
18 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Faisal 1981 1981
19 Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Faisal 1982 1984
20 Saudi Arabia Abdulraziq Abu Dawod 1985 1986
21 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Eid Al-Harbi 1987 1987
22 Saudi Arabia Khaled bin Abdullah 1988 1994
23 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki 1994 1995
24 Saudi Arabia Badr bin Fahd 1995 1996
25 Saudi Arabia Zaki Raheme 1996 1997
26 Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Abdulha'a 1997 1998
27 Saudi Arabia Salman Al-Sudairy 1998 1998
28 Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Abdulaziz bin Turki 1999 2003
29 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2004 2005
30 Saudi Arabia Abdulraziq abu Dawod 2005 2005
31 Saudi Arabia Aymin Fadel 2005 2007
32 Saudi ArabiaAbdulraziq abu Dawod 2007 2007
33 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2007 2008
34 Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-A'aqary 2008 2009
35 Saudi Arabia Fahd bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Mohammed 2009 2015
36 Saudi Arabia Musad Al Zuwaihary 2015 2016
37 Saudi Arabia Ahmad Al-Marzouqi 2016 2017
38 Saudi Arabia Fahd bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Mohammed 2017 2017
39 Saudi Arabia Turki bin Mohammed 2017 2018
40 Saudi Arabia Majed Al-Nefaie 2018 2018

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia – List of Champions". RSSSF.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Saudi Arabia – List of Cup Winners". RSSSF.
  3. ^ "Al-Ahli information for 2018–2019 league season". alahlifc.sa. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?team=147&cz=15887&mode=p
  5. ^ "مجلس الإدارة – موقع النادي الأهلي السعودي". www.alahlifc.sa. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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