Nabil Maâloul, is a Tunisian football coach and former footballer, capped 74 times for his country, participated in 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He is the coach of Al-Duhail SC, he spent most of his playing career with his home club, ES Tunis and won it a historic treble as a coach in 2011. During his managerial career, he was in charge of two national teams: the Tunisian and Kuwaiti national football teams, but he managed clubs in Tunisia and Qatar. Maâloul began playing football following the example of his father, he began his professional career at the ES Tunis at the age of 18 and dropped his studies. He wore the colors of CA Bizertin during the return phase of the 1994-1995 season and of Club Africain between 1995 and 1996, marking the end of his career, due to a disagreement with the president of the club Slim Chiboub, who does not want to sign a contract with him again after a short period in Saudi Arabia. With the National team he started in 1985, collecting 74 appearances in 10 years and scored 11 goals.
He participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He finished his playing career and became coach of Olympique du Kef in 1997. In 2002, he became assistant coach of Roger Lemerre, he decided to leave his post as assistant for coaching Club Africain and in September 2006 he returned to the staff of the team. Meanwhile, he made a brief pass as coach of CA Bizertin at the start of the 2005-2006 season with unconvincing results; the real start was in December 2010, he took command of Espérance de Tunis, following the dismissal of Maher Kanzari, won with it a historic treble in 2011 before being replaced by Michel Decastel in January 2012. On 14 February 2013, he became the coach of the Tunisia. On 23 March, he coached his first match with Sierra Tunisia wins by the score of. On 7 September, after a home defeat with Cape Verde that eliminates Tunisia from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Maâloul announces his resignation. On 29 November 2013, he agreed with Raja de Casablanca to become coach of the team in 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, replacing Mohamed Fakhir, before refusing.
On 20 January 2014, he became the coach of the Qatari team El Jaish SC, won 2014 Qatar Crown Prince Cup on 26 April 2014, he agreed with them to leave in favor of the Kuwait Football Association. On 20 December 2014, he became the coach of Kuwait, coached them in 2015 AFC Asian Cup and the Second Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification before that FIFA suspend Kuwait Football Association on 16 October 2015. On 27 April 2017, Maâloul became the coach of Tunisia again and succeeded in bringing his team back to the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2006 and becoming the second Tunisian coach to qualify for the World Cup after Abdelmajid Chetali in 1978. After the team's elimination from the group stage and its poor performance, he resigned to coach Al-Duhail SC. Espérance de TunisTunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1: 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994 Tunisian Cup: 1986, 1989 Tunisian Super Cup: 1993 Arab Club Championship: 1993Club AfricainTunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1: 1996 Arab Cup Winners' Cup: 1995 ES TunisTunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1: 2011, 2012 Tunisian Cup: 2011 CAF Champions League: 2011El JaishQatar Cup: 2014 Nabil Maâloul at National-Football-Teams.com
Jeddah is a city in the Tihamah region of the Hejaz on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. It is the largest city in Makkah Province, the largest seaport on the Red Sea, with a population of about four million people, the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh. Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's commercial capital. Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca and Medina, two of the holiest cities in Islam and popular tourist attractions. Economically, Jeddah is focusing on further developing capital investment in scientific and engineering leadership within Saudi Arabia, the Middle East. Jeddah was independently ranked fourth in the Africa – Mid-East region in terms of innovation in 2009 in the Innovation Cities Index. Jeddah is one of Saudi Arabia's primary resort cities and was named a Beta world city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network. Given the city's close proximity to the Red Sea and seafood dominates the food culture unlike other parts of the country.
In Arabic, the city's motto is "Jeddah Ghair," which translates to "Jeddah is different." The motto has been used among both locals as well as foreign visitors. The city had been perceived as the "most open" city in Saudi Arabia. There are at least two explanations for the etymology of the name Jeddah, according to Jeddah Ibn Al-Qudaa'iy, the chief of the Quda'a clan; the more common account has it that the name is derived from جدة Jaddah, the Arabic word for "grandmother". According to eastern folk belief, the tomb of Eve, considered the grandmother of humanity, is located in Jeddah; the tomb was sealed with concrete by religious authorities in 1975 due to some Muslims praying at the site. The Berber traveler Ibn Battuta visited Jeddah during his world trip in around 1330, he wrote the name of the city into his diary as "Jiddah". The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other branches of the British government used the older spelling of "Jedda", contrary to other English-speaking usage, but in 2007, it changed to the spelling "Jeddah".
T. E. Lawrence felt. In his book, Revolt in the Desert, Jeddah is spelled three different ways on the first page alone. On official Saudi maps and documents, the city name is transcribed "Jeddah", now the prevailing usage; some archaeologists' studies suggest the existence of inhabitants in the region now known as Jeddah since the Stone Age seeing as they found some artifacts and'Thamoudian' writings in Wadi Breiman east of Jeddah and Wadi Boib northeast of Jeddah. Some historians trace its founding to the tribe of Bani Quda'ah, who inhabited it after the collapse of Sad Ma'rib in 115 BC; some believe that Jeddah had been inhabited before the tribe of Bani Quda'ah by fishermen in the Red Sea, who considered it a center from which they sailed out into the sea as well as a place for relaxation and well-being. According to some accounts, the history of Jeddah dates back to early times before Alexander the Great, who visited the city between 323 and 356 BC. Excavations in the old city suggest that Jeddah was founded as a fishing hamlet in 522 BC by the Yemeni Quda'a tribe, who left central Yemen to settle in Makkah after the destruction of the Marib Dam in Yemen.
Other archaeological studies have shown that the area was settled earlier by people in the Stone Age, as some Thamudi scripts were excavated in Wadi Briman, east of the city, Wadi Boweb, northwest of the city. The city of Jeddah was an important port during Nabataeans frankincense trade; the oldest Mashrabiya found in jeddah dates back to pre Islamic era. Jeddah first achieved prominence around AD 647, when the third Muslim Caliph, Uthman Ibn Affan, turned it into a port making it the port of Makkah instead of Al Shoaiba port south west of Mecca. In AD 703 Jeddah was occupied by pirates from the Kingdom of Axum. Jeddah has been established as the main city of the historic Hijaz province and a historic port for pilgrims arriving by sea to perform their Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Umayyads inherited the entire Rashidun Caliphate including Hejaz and ruled from 661AD to 750AD. No historic records mention important events taking place in Jeddah during this period of history. However, Jeddah has remained as key civilian harbor, serving fishermen and sea travelling pilgrims to Hajj. it is believed that Sharifdom of Mecca.
Abbassids, the new superpower, became the new successor to the Umayyad. in 750 the Abbasid Revolution took control of the whole Umayyad Empire, excluding Morocco and Spain. The Caliphate of Baghdad kept expanding and ruled until 1258, while Hejaz only remained under the Abbasid throne until 876, when the Tulunids of Egypt gained control of the Emirate of Egypt, Syria and Hejaz; the power struggle between Tulunid Governors and Abbasid over Hejaz lasted for 30 years when Tulunids have withdrawn from Arabia in 900 AD. In 930 AD, main Hejazi cities Medina and Taif were sacked by Qarmatians. However, it is not confirmed that Jeddah itself was attacked by Qarmatians. However, Ikhshidids Governors of Abbasids, the new power in Egypt took control of Hejaz in early 935. No historic records details the during Ikhshidids rule of Hejaz. Jeddah was without walls at this point of time. In the 969 AD, the Fatimids from Algeria took control in Egypt from the Ikhshidid Governors of Abbasids and expanded their empire to the surrounding regions, including
GCC Champions League
The GCC Champions League known as the Gulf Cup for Clubs, is an annually organized football league tournament for clubs of the Arabian peninsula. The tournament was first organized in 1982 and is in its 31st edition. Although having much popularity in its initial first decades, the tournament faced decline as the Asian Champions League and AFC Cup forced many Gulf clubs to be unable to participate in the competition. On June 26, 2016 it was announced to be a yearly tournament by the host country in the summer starting in the 2017 GCC Champions League; the following table lists countries by number of runners-up in GCC Champions League. Saudi Arabia is the current leader by nation with 13 titles; the following table lists clubs by number of runners-up in the Cup. RSSSF GCC Champions League - Hailoosport.com GCC Champions League - Hailoosport.com
Victor Simões, full name Victor Simões de Oliveira is a Brazilian footballer who last played for FC Goa in the Indian Super League. Victor began his career in 2001 before transferring to Tombense. After two years in Brazil, he was transferred to a Belgian club. After just one season, he joined Club Brugge in January 2004, he secured his position in the starting XI in Bruges, participating in 23 league matches and 5 matches in the European Cup. He won the Belgian Supercup 2004 and a year the title of Belgian champion, but in the summer of 2005, Victor became confined to the bench as he did not receive the confidence of new coach Jan Ceulemans. By the end of the year, he is relegated to the B team, was loaned in January 2006 to his former club Germinal Beerschot, he did not make any appearance until the end of the season, returned to Brazil, Figueirense. Victor played for around a year at his new club joined the Chunnam Dragons South Korean club in summer 2007. After his spell at the South Korean club, he returned to Brazil again, joining Botafogo, winning Taça Guanabara.
He was loaned in January 2010 to Saudi club Al-Ahli Jeddah, winning 2011 King Cup of Champions in final against Ittihad after drawing 0–0, Victor scored the last penalty-kick in a 4–2 win. After his loan spell, Victor was transferred to Al-Ahli permanently. Victor was the joint top scorer along with Nasser in 2011–12 SPL, helping Al-Ahli finish second. Victor won the 2012 King Cup of Champions, against Al-Nasr in a final that ended 4–1, he joined Umm Salal in January 2014 after leaving Al-Ahli. But he was released from his contract at the end of the season. On 19 June 2015, FC Goa announced that Victor will be part of the first team squad of the Indian club for the 2015 Indian Super League season. Victor left Goa at the end of October without playing a game for the club, due to injury. Club BruggeJupiler League 2004-05 Belgian Supercup 2004BotafogoTaça Guanabara 2009Al-Ahli2011 King Cup of Champions 2012 King Cup of Champions Figueirense2007 Copa do BrasilAl-Ahli2011–12 Saudi Professional League 2010 Saudi Crown Prince Cup 2012 AFC Champions League Al-Ahli Player of the Season: 2010–11 2011–12 Saudi Professional League: Top Scorer 2010 Saudi Crown Prince Cup: Top Scorer 2007 Copa do Brasil: Top Scorer Victor Simões at Sambafoot Victor Simões – K League stats at kleague.com Personal site
A third jersey, alternate jersey, third kit, third sweater or alternate uniform is a jersey or uniform that a sports team wear in games instead of its home outfit or its away outfit when the colors of two competing teams' other uniforms are too similar to play easily. Alternate jerseys are a means for professional sports organizations to generate revenue, by sales to fans. Of North American sports leagues, the NFL generates $1.2 billion annually in jersey sales, with the NBA second selling $900 million annually. Another use of the alternate uniform is for identifying with causes, like the Central Coast Mariners wear an alternate pink kit on pink ribbon day. Extra alternate uniforms or fourth/fifth kits are not used, but are sometimes required when teams' other uniforms cause color clashes, or the uniforms are unavailable to use. In cases where teams have worn more than three kits in the same season, the extra kits were recycled from previous seasons. Third-choice jerseys or uniforms are used in all four Major professional sports leagues in the United States sports leagues, with the exception being college sports.
Third kits are commonplace in professional European association football and in some professional European rugby union clubs. Alternate jerseys are common in Australia's two biggest domestic leagues, the Australian Football League and National Rugby League. For home and away jerseys in North America, historical convention has dictated the colors used by teams in a given league. Teams have one jersey, in a team color, another jersey, white and accented with a team color. "White at home" is the convention in baseball, minor league professional hockey, college hockey. "White while away" is the convention in football, major league professional hockey, professional lacrosse. Association football does not have a "white at a "white while away" convention; the NHL enforces the color/white rule strictly. In minor league hockey, the rules are set in both the AHL and ECHL where the team wears white jerseys at home during one half of the season wears the color jerseys during the other half at home, vice versa on the road.
In the NFL, the rules state that the home team has the first choice of color, with the visiting team forced to choose a contrasting color. Starting with their uniform contract with Nike that begins with the 2017-2018 season, the NBA has abolished the color/white rule. Instead, each team will designate whether their white uniform, now dubbed the "Association Edition," or their colored uniform, called the "Icon Edition," will be the home uniform, with the other becoming their designated away uniform. In American sports, throwback jerseys are only used for special team games and not for the "third" purpose. In American football a third jersey may be a throwback uniform based on designs the team used in the past. In association football, meanwhile, it is more a radically different design; the NFL was the last of the major professional sports leagues to adopt the third jersey rule in 2002, with the only exceptions being the 1994 season, when teams issued a throwback uniform in honor of the league's 75th Anniversary.
The NFL rule stated that a team may wear their third jersey only once a year, after one year this restriction was increased to twice a year. Some teams have exceeded the limit. There are no rules on wearing alternate pants. Teams are only permitted to wear alternate jerseys once in playoff games. In the past, rules allowed for teams to wear their third jersey two times in the regular season and once in the preseason until 2010. In 2011 teams were no longer allowed to wear their third jersey in the preseason. However, there have been some exceptions since 2011; some teams will use one of their third jersey allotments against a particular division opponent each year. For instance, the Los Angeles Chargers would wear their popular alternate powder blue jerseys at home against the Oakland Raiders, while the Houston Texans were known to wear their alternate "Battle Red" uniforms at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Pittsburgh Steelers wore their throwbacks from 2007-2011 at home against the archrival Baltimore Ravens.
The New York Giants were known to wear their alternate red jerseys at home against the Dallas Cowboys until the red jerseys were retired in 2009. The Los Angeles Rams have worn their throwback uniform against the San Francisco 49ers in recent years; the Washington Redskins wear their alternative uniform on home games to commemorate their annual homecoming game once a year since 2012. When wearing their third jerseys if the team is wearing a throwback uniform, the team may theme the field around the uniforms; when the New York Jets, for instance, wore their 1960–1962 "Titans of New York" throwbacks at home, they painted the field in the Titans blue-and-gold color scheme. In addition, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dressed the field up in Orange when they wore thei
2012 AFC Champions League
The 2012 AFC Champions League was the 31st edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation, the 10th under the current AFC Champions League title. As in previous years, Nike provided the official ball for all matches with a new Nike Seitiro model used throughout the season. Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea won their first title, defeating Al-Ahli from Saudi Arabia with a 3–0 win in the final, qualified for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup; the AFC has approved criteria for participation in the 2012 seasons. The final decision date was set after the Executive Committee meeting in November 2010. On 30 November 2009, the AFC announced 12 more MA's that were keen to join the ACL, in addition to ten participating national associations. Singapore withdrew; the full list of candidate associations were as follows: East AsiaParticipating: Australia, China PR, Japan, Korea Republic Applied to participate: Malaysia, Thailand Withdrew: Singapore Disqualified: VietnamWest AsiaParticipating: Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Uzbekistan Applied to participate: India, Jordan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, YemenNote: India, Singapore and Vietnam have clubs taking part in play-offs to qualify for the group stages of ACL in 2010.
It was announced that the allocation for entry to the 2012 ACL would stay the same as the previous three seasons with the exception of Vietnam, who were disqualified, their previous playoff slot was awarded to Qatar. However, following the AFC Executive Committee meeting in November 2011, it was decided that the number of slots for each association to be changed based on evaluation of the AFC Champions League criteria that took place in 2011. A total of eleven member associations which participated in the 2011 AFC Champions League was evaluated for participating in the 2012 AFC Champions League. India, which played in the 2011 ACL play-off, was not dropped to the AFC Cup; the other member associations which applied but did not meet the criteria for 2011 ACL was not evaluated at all for 2012. NotesA One of the group stage. B One of the K-League clubs, Sangju Sangmu Phoenix, is unable to qualify for the ACL because the team is not a commercial entity and their players are not professionally contracted.
C While the 2010–11 A-League, the season which qualified Australian clubs to the 2012 ACL, had 11 teams, the 2011–12 A-League, the ongoing season, only has 10 teams after North Queensland Fury was closed, this number was given in the 2012 ACL evaluation report. One of the A-League clubs, Wellington Phoenix, is based in New Zealand, an OFC member country, are unable to qualify for the ACL. D This number was given in the 2012 ACL evaluation report; the 2010–11 Indonesia Super League, the season which qualified Indonesian clubs to the 2012 ACL, had 15 teams, the 2011–12 Indonesian Premier League, the ongoing top division recognized by the Football Association of Indonesia, has 13 teams. There are two rival "top-division" leagues in Indonesia: the Indonesian Premier League and the Indonesia Super League. E China was allocated a berth in the qualifying play-off, but Liaoning Whowin, the 2011 Chinese Super League 3rd place, did not enter the competition. Therefore, only four teams entered the East Zone qualifying play-off.
A total of 37 teams participated in the 2012 AFC Champions League. 28 teams directly entered the group stage. 9 teams competed in the qualifying play-off, divided into two rounds. The 4 winners qualified for the group stage. Losers of the qualifying play-off final round entered. However, losers of the qualifying play-off semi-final round were eliminated from all AFC competitions, a change from previous seasons where they would enter the AFC Cup. Notes* Number of appearances since the 2002/03 season, when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League. † Bunyodkor was moved to the East Asia Zone. ‡ Persipura Jayapura were disqualified by the AFC from participating but on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS ruled on 1 February 2012 that they should be provisionally reinstated to the competition and were entitled to play in the qualifying play-off. Al-Kuwait, the 2011 AFC Cup runners-up, failed to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the 2012 AFC Champions League, thus directly entered the 2012 AFC Cup.
Nasaf Qarshi, the 2011 AFC Cup winners directly qualified for the group stage based on their domestic performance. Schedule of dates for 2012 competition; the draw for the qualifying play-off was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 December 2011. The winners advanced to the group stage, while the losers of the final round advanced to the AFC Cup group stage, except the loser of the match between Adelaide United and Persipura Jayapura; the draw for the group stage was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 December 2011. Clubs from the same country may not be drawn into the same group; the winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the knockout stage. The matchups for the round of 16 were decided based on the results from the group stage; each tie was played as one match, hosted by the winners of each group against the runners-up of another group. The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 June 2012, it determined the matchups for the quarter-finals and se
King Abdullah Sports City
King Abdullah Sports City nicknamed The Shining Jewel, in Arabic or The Jewel, in Arabic, is a multi-use stadium and sports city located 60 kilometers north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The City was named after King of Saudi Arabia when the stadium opened, it was not open to women until January 2018, they are still restricted to an area reserved for women and families. The main stadium is used for football, it is the biggest stadium in Jeddah, the second biggest in Saudi Arabia, coming after Riyadh's King Fahd Stadium. Additionally, it is the 10th biggest stadium in the Arab world. Accompanying the innovative stadium are smaller sports venues surrounding the main stadium, it hosts athletics and indoor sporting events in indoor arenas. The bid for the construction was won by Saudi Aramco and the contractor for this project was a joint venture between Al Muhaidib Contracting Company & BESIX; the contract for providing the stadium safety, traffic management and contingency plans was awarded to a UK Company, Crowd Management UK Limited who are the lead security and traffic management consultants for The R&A who host The Open Championship annually.
In addition to the written plans Crowd Management UK delivered a training course for key stadium operators at the Saudi Aramco training facility in Jeddah KSA. The company provided an independent evaluation of the performance of local staff and the event safety officer during the inaugural event at the KASC stadium; this led to a significant number of safety and security recommendations and the appointment of a dedicated Stadium Manager. The idea of a new large stadium in the city of Jeddah was put and considered in the late 90s, was always anticipated by Saudi soccer fans. In 2012, the new stadium's construction began. Before the stadium was launched in 2014, Jeddah's main stadium was Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, accommodating a capacity of 24,000 and hosting numerous great matches and events in Saudi football history throughout decades. Designed and delivered by Arup Associates' architects and delivered by Arup's engineers; the city opened on May 1, 2014 hosting the final of the 2014 King's Cup tournament between Jeddah's Al-Ahli SC and Riyadh's Al-Shabab.
In a hometown upset, Al-Shabab won 3–0, were crowned their 3rd King's Cup championship. The match was attended by then-King Abdullah, along with then-Crown Prince Salman and then-Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin. For this Inaugural fixture safety and security plans were designed and implemented by Mr. Sol N'Jie and Mr. David Storr representing Sword Security, based in Ireland. Mr. Storr was the event safety officer. Over 62,241 diverse fans filled the stadium; the tickets for the match were free, which resulted in many citizens resorting to black market, some buying and selling tickets for as much as 2,500 Saudi Riyals. It was reported that many fans were able to enter without any tickets and the capacity could not be counted. There were numerous casualties as a result of crowd disorder and flares and objects rained down on the playing surface when the opposing teams and officials emerged to inspect the playing surface. Saudi football enthusiasts have voiced their displeasure regarding this, many believed that the event was unorganised.
After the match, a traditional Saudi Arabian festival was held on the pitch. During the ceremony, 10-year-old boy Faisal Al-Ghamdi presented a crystal ball to the King, he received a gift from the King, a luxurious pen. In an interview following the ceremony, Al-Ghamdi told Okaz newspaper that "It was the most valuable gift I have received all my life." Al-Ghamdi said he was honored to greet the King. "It was one of my dreams to stand before Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. And with this, I’ve achieved it," he said. Al-Ghamdi was selected among 170 children for his part in the ceremony; the King of Saudi Arabia gave a speech acknowledging his people, congratulating them, saying that they "deserve so much more". The ceremony ended with fireworks, it was considered to be one of the greatest sports-related events in the history of Saudi Arabia. The music for the ceremony was composed by Max Herman. Outside the main stadium, the city has three separate football fields and four small indoor arenas used for football.
It has six tennis courts, a large indoor arena for sports and other purposes. The city has a main mosque, six separate smaller mosques; the city is equipped with a comprehensive media center, in which spacious rooms are used to broadcast press conferences for players and football personalities. The main stadium can fit up to more than 63,241 in attendance. Seats and stands are divided in a professional way; the lower section of the stadium contains 38 blocks accommodating 631 seats per block with a total of 24,000 seats. The middle section contains 48 blocks accommodating 500 seats per block with a total of 24,000 seats; the upper and smallest section has 48 blocks accommodating 291 seats per block with a total of 14,000 seats. The stadium holds hundreds of private seats and car parking spots reserved to those of special needs; the Maximum Viewers witnessed was for Brazil national football team Vs Argentina national football team with 62,345. Ticket prices for events and matches vary between 30–45 Saudi Riyals for normal seats, 300–1,500 Saudi Riyals for VIP seats.
Ticketing system is becoming well organised. In September 2014, an online ticketing webs