Michael "Mick" McDermott is a Northern Irish former professional football player, current Head Coach of Glentoran F. C of the Irish Premier League. McDermott has held various coaching roles in professional football clubs as well as at the international level over the past 15 years, he has held coaching positions at some of Asia's biggest Clubs. He was the Fitness Coach of Iran national football team during their successful World Cup 2014 qualification campaign. Prior to his second spell with the Iran National team, on 2 July 2017, he was appointed as the Assistant Manager of Iranian football club Esteghlal. After a brief spell as'interim' Manager, on 30 October 2017 he terminated his contract with Esteghlal on mutual agreement. After leaving Esteghlal FC he returned to the Iran National team / Team Melli to work alongside Carlos Queiroz as an Assistant Coach for the 2018 Russia World Cup and for the Asian Cup 2019 in UAE where they were knocked out in the semi-final by Japan; when Queiroz became the head coach of Colombia in February 2019 it was announced that Mick would join him but an agreement was not reached with the Colombian FA.
On 31st of March, Mick took the job of Glentoran Head Coach with imminent investment due to come into the club. Interim Manager Gary Smyth, who could no longer fulfil the role due to a lack of necessary UEFA coaching qualifications, returned to his former role as Assistant, he has played in USL Second Division. As of 26 September 2017
Antigua and Barbuda national football team
The Antigua and Barbuda national football team is the national team of Antigua and Barbuda and is controlled by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and the Caribbean Football Union. The official nickname of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team is The Benna Boys due to the indigenous music of the country; the name was selected in a contest with the fanbase in 2012 after the team advanced to the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The Benna Boys beat out other entries in the contest such as Beach Boys, Iron Bandits, Rhythm Warriors and Party Crashers. In the past, the national team was unofficially known as the Wadadli Boys, another name, in the contest but did not win; the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association became affiliated with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football in 1970.
The first official FIFA match played by Antigua and Barbuda was away against Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of Spain, Trinidad on 10 November 1972 for a home and away series during 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification. Trinidad and Tobago won the first match 11–1, making this result Antigua and Barbuda's worst loss in team history; the Soca Warriors won the second leg in St. John's, Antigua 2–1 nine days later; the 1998 Caribbean Cup, hosted by Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, saw Antigua and Barbuda, led by Serbian coach Zoran Vraneš, serve up a surprise as they reached the semi-finals of the competition. In the qualifying round, the Benna Boys had an unbeaten string of matches securing progression to group stages of the finals. Antigua were placed in Group 4, along with Grenada and Anguilla. A 2–2 draw to Guyana in the opening game was followed by a 7–0 thrashing of Anguilla – in which The Benna Boys were rampant. All this before a narrow 2–1 victory over Grenada, who finished in second spot on 6 points.
Winning two matches and drawing one saw Antigua and Barbuda topped the group with 7 points, sealing their progression to the group stage of the Caribbean Cup Finals. In the group stage, there were two groups. Antigua and Barbuda were put into Group A with their first match coming against a talented Trinidad and Tobago team, a match they narrowly lost 3–2. A 2–1 win over Dominica followed, with Derrick Edwards and Winston Roberts grabbing the crucial goals that gave Antigua the platform to carry onto the final tie against Martinique, a 5–1 hammering of the latter was assured; the performances in the aforementioned three matches saw Antigua and Barbuda get second place in the group and qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament. The Benna Boys' first and only qualification to the knockout round saw them pitted against the heavy favourites of the tournament, Jamaica's Reggae Boys. Antigua and Barbuda did so well to keep their fierce rivals at bay for normal time, until Onandi Lowe struck in the 110th minute of extra time to send Antigua and Barbuda into a 3rd Place Playoff with Haiti who lost to Trinidad & Tobago in the other semi-final.
That would produce a magnificent encounter, with Antigua ending up the losing team in a five-goal thriller. Vaughn Christopher and Ranjae Christian bagged the duo of goals for Antigua and Barbuda but it wasn't enough to grab third place and a bronze medal. To this day, placing fourth in this edition of the Caribbean Cup is the highest achievement for the Benna Boys. Semifinals Third Place Playoff On December 17, 2005 the Antigua and Barbuda national team played their first and only match against a European opponent after the Hungarian Football Federation invited the Benna Boys to play Hungary in an international friendly at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; this was the first match coached by former national striker Derrick Edwards. Antigua and Barbuda went down early in the 10th minute when Krisztian Vadocz tricky footwork saw him evade three defenders and fired past goalkeeper Elvis Anthony to make it 1–0. In the 32nd minute, the Hungarians doubled the scoreline when Robert Feczesin redirected a Daniel Tozser free kick with his head past Anthony, who failed adjust enough.
The Hungarians added a third 10 minutes from time through Istvan Ferenczi, who fired home from just outside the six-yards box. Antigua and Barbuda led by Tom Curtis made a historic run to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they received a bye from the first round of CONCACAF qualifiers and were grouped with the U. S. Virgin Islands, Curaçao and Haiti in the second round, their first match was at home to Curaçao. After conceding the first goal, the Benna Boys came back to win the match 5–2. Next and Barbuda played away to the U. S. Virgin Islands and won convincingly 8–1. In their third fixture and Barbuda had to play a tricky away match at Curaçao. Tamarley Thomas scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute to give Antigua and Barbuda all 3 points. Up next in their fourth fixture of the second round was a home match versus the U. S. Virgin Islands. Antigua and Barbuda wasted little time before scoring the opening goal. In this match, the Benna Boys made history with an emphatic 10–0 win that saw Peter Byers and Tamarley Thomas both scoring hat-tricks.
This was the biggest win in Barbuda football history. While Antigua and Barbuda beat the U. S. Virgin Islands, Curaçao drew away at Haiti; this meant that Haiti needed at least a draw in their next match in Antigua to stay alive in the competition. On November 11, 2011, Antigua and Barbuda played versus Haiti at home; this match proved difficult for the Benna Boys. For large spells of the match Haiti had majority of the possession and scored on a number of occasions including hitting
2002 African Cup of Nations
The 2002 Africa Cup of Nations was the 23rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa. It was hosted by Mali. Just like in 2000, the field of sixteen teams was split into four groups of four. Cameroon won its fourth championship. Bids: Algeria Botswana Egypt Ethiopia MaliThe organization of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations was awarded to Mali on 5 February 1998 by the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during the 1998 African Cup of Nations. Voters had a choice between five countries: Algeria, Egypt and Mali; this was the first time. Teams highlighted in green progress to the Quarter Finals. 3 goals 2 goals 1 goal Goalkeeper Tony SylvaDefenders Taribo West Rigobert Song Ifeanyi Udeze Hany RamzyMidfielders Seydou Keita Rafik Saifi Patrick M'Boma Sibusiso ZumaForwards Julius Aghahowa El Hadji Diouf Details at RSSSF
Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e. V. known as VfB Stuttgart, is a German sports club based in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. The club is best known for its football team, part of Germany's first division Bundesliga. VfB Stuttgart has won the national championship five times, most in 2006–07; the football team plays its home games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, in the Neckarpark, located near the Cannstatter Wasen where the city's fall beer festival takes place. Second team side VfB Stuttgart II plays in the Regionalliga Südwest, the second highest division allowed for a reserve team; the club's junior teams have won the national U19 championships a record ten times and the Under 17 Bundesliga six times. A membership-based club with over 64,000 members, VfB is the largest sports club in Baden-Württemberg and the fifth-largest in Germany, it has departments for fistball, hockey and field, table-tennis and football referees, all of which compete only at the amateur level. The club maintains a social department, the VfB-Garde.
Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart was formed through a 2 April 1912 merger of predecessor sides Stuttgarter FV and Kronen-Club Cannstatt following a meeting in the Concordia hotel in Cannstatt. Each of these clubs was made up of school pupils with middle class roots who learned new sports such as rugby union and football from English expatriates such as William Cail who introduced rugby in 1865. Stuttgarter Fußballverein was founded at the Zum Becher hotel in Stuttgart on 9 September 1893. FV were a rugby club, playing games at Stöckach-Eisbahn before moving to Cannstatter Wasen in 1894; the rugby club established a football section in 1908. The team drew players from local schools, under the direction of teacher Carl Kaufmann, achieved its first success. Rugby was soon replaced by football within the club, as spectators found the game too complicated to follow. In 1909, FV joined the Süddeutschen Fußballverband. In their second season FV won a district final against future merger partner Kronen-Klub Cannstatt before being defeated by FV Zuffenhausen in the county championship that would have seen the side promoted.
They advanced to the senior Südkreis-Liga in 1912. Cannstatter Fußballklub was formed as a rugby club in 1890 and quickly established a football team; this club was dissolved after just a few years of play and the former membership re-organized themselves as FC Krone Cannstatt in 1897 to compete as a football-only side. The new team joined the Süddeutschen Fußballverband as a second division club and won promotion in 1904. Krone possessed their own ground. Following the 1912 merger of these two clubs, the combined side played at first in the Kreisliga Württemberg and in the Bezirksliga Württemberg-Baden, earning a number of top three finishes and claiming a title there in 1927; the club made several appearances in the final rounds of the SFV in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1933, VfB moved to the site of its current ground. German football was re-organized that same year under the Third Reich into sixteen top-flight divisions called Gauligen. Stuttgart played in the Gauliga Württemberg and enjoyed considerable success there, winning division titles in 1935, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1943 before the Gauliga system collapsed part way through the 1944–45 season due to World War II.
The club had an intense rivalry with Stuttgarter Kickers throughout this period. VfB's Gauliga titles earned the team entry to the national playoff rounds, with their best result coming in 1935 when they advanced to the final where they lost 4–6 to defending champions Schalke 04, the dominant side of the era. After a third-place result at the national level in 1937, Stuttgart was not able to advance out of the preliminary rounds in subsequent appearances. After the war, VfB continued to play first division football in the Oberliga Süd, capturing titles in 1946, 1952, 1954, they made regular appearances in the German championship rounds, emerging as national champions in 1950 and 1952, finishing as runner-up in 1953, winning two DFB-Pokal titles in 1954 and 1958. The team which won four titles in eight years was led by Robert Schlienz who had lost his left arm in a car crash. Despite these successes, no player from the Stuttgart roster had a place on the team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup.
Due to disappointing results in international competition including the 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cup, in response to the growth of professionalism in the sport, the German Football Association replaced the regional top flight competitions with a single nationwide professional league in 1963. Stuttgart's solid play through the 1950s earned them a place among the 16 clubs that would make up the original Bundesliga; as an amateur organisation, due to proverbial Swabian austerity, the club hesitated to spend money, some players continued to work in an everyday job. Throughout the balance of the decade and until the mid-1970s, the club would earn mid-table results. One of the few stars of the time was Gilbert Gress from Strasbourg. In 1973, the team qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time and advanced to the semi-finals of the 1974 tournament where they were eliminated by eventual winners Feyenoord. VfB Stuttgart was in crisis in the mid-1970s, having missed new trends in football such as club sponso
Foolad Khuzestan Football Club is an Iranian football club, based in Ahvaz, Khuzestan that plays in Persian Gulf Pro League. Foolad F. C. is owned by Foolad Khuzestan Company. It was named Foolad because it is funded by the industry in Khuzestan; the club have won Iran Pro League twice, including a championship in the lower division, Azadegan League. In the 2004–05 season, Foolad became the champion of the fourth newly founded Iran Pro League, gaining a total of 64 points over 30 league matches, the highest point for a leader since 2001. After several successful seasons and what at one point seemed to be the emergence of a new pole in Iranian football, Foolad lost many of its key players through transfers and internal problems and displayed a poor performance in the 2006 AFC Champions League; the club was subsequently relegated to the Azadegan League, second highest division in Iran at the end of the 2006–07. However, Foolad was able to return to the IPL starting from the next season, 2008–09 Iran Pro League and has been turning out well in the current standings.
Foolad won its second championship in 2013–14 season. Foolad's home kit is red and yellow shirts, with the same color for shorts, accompanied by red socks; the colors used in clothing, is derived from the symbol of the club. Uhlsport are the kit manufacturers, the main sponsor is the club's ownership company; the club is the fifth most supported in Iran, after Persepolis, Tractor Sazi and Sepahan. Foolad Khuzestan Football Club was founded on 2 March 1971 in Ahvaz, Iran by at that time, President of the Foolad Khuzestan Company Ali Akbar Davar. Foolad was a team that no one knew anything about until the dissolution of Jonoub Ahvaz in 1996. Foolad won the Ahvaz City Championship in 1991, entered the 2nd division of the Khuzestan football league two years later. Foolad won the first group in its debut season and was promoted to the Ahvaz's first league which they won in their debut season as well; this meant. In 1995, Foolad's second year in the Khuzestan's Second Division, they became provincial champions.
That same year Jonoub Ahvaz, was contracted and Foolad took their place in Iran Football's 2nd Division. In 1996, with Homayoun Shahrokhinejad as manager, the team was promoted to the 1st division, it was an amazing run, considering that the team began in the 4th division of the Ahvaz City League in 1986. Since their promotion, the club has introduced talented young footballers to Iranian football; the team was bought by the Ahvaz Steel Mill, this helped the team's financial situation improve. The team was able to use its massive potential and win the IPL in the 2004–05 season but due to some ensuing internal problems and coaching difficulties could not perform well in the 2006 Asian Champions League, their star player, Iman Mobali was loaned and transferred to Al-Shabab of the UAE Pro League. After a mediocre 2005–06, Foolad started the 2006–07 season with former Iranian national team coach Mohammad Mayeli Kohan, but he resigned halfway through the season as Foolad had achieved poor results.
Youth club coach Nenad Nikolić temporarily replaced him and soon after Portuguese manager Augusto Inácio was named head coach. Foolad went through a terrible 2006–07 season finishing 15th and being relegated to the lower Azadegan League. Foolad start the 2007–08 season at Azadegan League and won the playoff spot despite their strong leadership until the last weeks. In the playoff, they drew with Payam Mashhad in a two-leg matches and missed the promotion via away goal. A few weeks they bought the right to play in Persian Gulf Cup from Sepahan Novin and promoted to IPL. Majid Jalali was announced as the club's head coach with signing a three years contract where they had an average season with ending the season in the 7th place. On September 1, 2009, Seifollah Dehkordi was elected as the club's president after previous president Masoud Rezaeian resigned from his position. At that time, Dehkordi was Ahvaz's Football Association president. After the election of Dehkordi, Majid Jalali left the club despite good results.
Luka Bonačić was named as Jalali's successor but he could not please the club as he was not able to win a single match in first eight weeks and the club decided to bring Majid Jalali back where they finished the league 10th. At the Jalali's final year as Foolad manager, the club ended the season at the 14th place, the worst since their promotion back to the league. After Jalali's contract was not renewed, Naft Tehran manager Hossein Faraki was named as the club's new head coach, he led Foolad to the 4th rank in his first season as the club's manager, gaining an AFC Champions League spot for the second time in the Foolad's history. In the 2013–14 Iran Pro League season, Faraki led the club to their second Iran Pro League title, his team finished with 57 points after defeating Gostaresh on the final match day with a goal from Mehrdad Jamaati in the 37th minute, they finished 2 points clear of second place Persepolis. Five days Foolad advanced to the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League for the first time after they defeated El-Jaish of Qatar.
Although Foolad lost to Al Sadd on away goals, they remained the only team in the competition not to lose a game. On 23 May 2014, Faraki resigned as the manager of the club, due to knee problems, despite two good seasons with Foolad. Dragan Skočić was named as his successor on the following day. Foolad Novin is the reserve side of Foolad, it is one of the best reserve teams in the country. In 2014 they were promoted to the Azadegan League for the second time in their history. Foolad Yazd is not Foolad's reserve team, but
Mayen is a town in the Mayen-Koblenz District of the Rhineland-Palatinate Federal State of Germany, in the eastern part of the Volcanic Eifel Region. As well as the main town, additional settlements include Alzheim, Kürrenberg, Hausen-Betzing and Nitztal. Mayen is the administrative centre of the Vordereifel ‘Collective Municipality’, although it is not part of the municipality. To the west, as well as to the north and south-west of Mayen, is the country landscape of the Eifel. To the east, the landscape flattens out, running towards the Koblenz-Neuwied Basin, divided into the northern section of the Pellenz and the southern section of the Maifeld; this area is geographically considered to be part of the Eifel. Mayen is called ‘The Gateway to the Eifel’; the small river Nette runs through the town, flowing from the Eifel towards Weißenthurm on the Rhine. In Roman times, Mayen was an important economic centre. From the end of the 3rd century up until the Middle Ages, potteries operated here, their products were traded and sold across Central Europe.
During prehistoric times, nearby quarries were the sources of basalt to make millstones and tuff used to make sarcophagi. These sarcophagi were found buried with significant glass artifacts as grave goods.. The name Mayen comes from the name Megina. Records from as far back as 847 show this as a designation of the town. In the 8th century the legend of Genoveva of Brabant, names Mayen as the seat of government of Duke Siegfried of the Pfalz. Mayen received its first official recognition in 1041, was granted Town Status in 1291 from Rudolf I von Habsburg, at the same time as Bernkastel, Welschbillig and Saarburg. Mayen is linked to the town of Maifeld, which lies a short distant to the south-east, since Mayen was called the capital of the Meiengau in the Middle Ages. During the Second World War, in particular during the allied forces air attacks of 12 December 1944 and 2 January 1945 90% of the town was destroyed. After the war and following a special referendum which addressed costs of rebuilding, the people voted to rebuild the town.
Up until 1973, Mayen was the District Centre of the Mayen District. After 1973, the district administration was moved to Koblenz and the District was renamed Mayen-Koblenz District with the new number-plate code of MYK; because of the Kommunalreform in 1970, four villages next to Mayen were incorporated. The four villages now belong to the town and became Boroughs of Mayen; the Boroughs hold most of the Agriculture of Mayen. The Boroughs are Alzheim, to the south Hausen, to the east, towards Koblenz Kürrenberg, to the west, towards Nürburgring Nitztal, to the north, towards Schloss BürresheimThe population of Alzheim and Hausen is increasing in the last years, due to the development of new residential areas. Favourable location between A 61 and A 48. Train connection: the Trans Regio branch line goes from Andernach, on the Koblenz to Cologne route, to Kaisersesch in the Eifel, through Mayen Ost and, less through Mayen West. Regular bus routes to/from Andernach and Koblenz, as well as westwards into the Eifel.
The town is part of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Mosel. Various shopping and business areas. Most of these are located in a shopping area towards Koblenz; the town centre is attractive and has a large pedestrian precinct. The town has its own hospital, the St Elisabeth Krankenhaus, emergency services. Basalt mining, slate mining, cardboard industry, machine-production, aluminium- and artificial material processing. Genovevaburg from the 13th century, with the Eifel Museum and the Slate Mining Museum housed inside. St Clemens Parish Church with its twisted spire Herz-Jesu Church Volcanic Information Station in the Vulkanpark. Nearby in the Nette Valley: Schloss Bürresheim, filmed as Castle Grunewald in the United States adventure film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Swimming and leisure pool, with one of the longest hanging water slides in the world. Lukasmarkt: yearly fair in October with rides and amusements for a week, as well as a two-day livestock market. Burgfestspiele: for several weeks in late spring, the courtyard of the castle is transformed into an open-air theatre and used for various productions.
Stein- und Burgfest. For two days towards in September. Mayen is the location of Fachhochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung, two Gymnasien: the Megina Gymnasium and the Wirtschaftsgymnasium; the Bundeswehr has a forces school at
Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC
Shabab Al Ahli Club is a United Arab Emirates professional association football based in Dubai, that play in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. Shabab Al Ahli is one of the most successful clubs in the UAE. Shabab Al Ahli Club was established in 1958 in Dubai. Is an Emirati club, and its president is Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the chairman of the club is Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy chairman is Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. And Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed is the head of Shabab Al Ahli Football Company. Shabab Al Ahli FC has won 7 league titles, a joint-record 8 UAE's President Cup titles, 4 UAE super Cup titles and 3 UAE League Cup titles, earning a total of 22 domestic titles, making them the second most successful team in UAE. In the latest ranking by IFFHS,Shabab Al Ahli is the 7th best Asian club and ranked 110 in the world and 4th in Asia. In 2017, the Dubai CSC and Al Shabab merged into with Al Ahli SC to become Al Ahli FC making Shabab Al Ahli FC rebrand into it.
Shabab Al Ahli FC has a new vision in the concept of sports and long-term goals aimed at helping the club and the football team to reach a prominent place among the leading teams in the United Arab Emirates and throughout Asia. This vision aims to develop professional sports through a wide range of training systems and diverse facilities; the club has been able to achieve success over the past years, committed to maintaining great passion in the field of football. The club offers a unique experience in the field of VIP membership and its welcoming features, which aim to ensure that our members enjoy the hospitality specially designed to enhance their experience during our matches. Enhancing sporting professionalism and the optimal investment of football to reach the universality through noted participation in all local and international competitions to achieve the aspirations of the public and partners. Providing a healthy sports environment that promotes sports and physical awareness and education for all members of the club.
Attracting and retaining the best business and sports competencies. Enhancing the concept of professionalism through unique sports performance. Developing financial and administrative resources and ensuring their sustainability. Developing sports infrastructure and facilities. Promoting social and cultural development. Attracting the athletic competencies and properly directing them. Career happiness is a work and life style at Shabab AlAhli Dubai FC. Professionalism, Cooperation & Team Work, Creativity & Innovation. Al Ahli club was established in 1970, when two local football teams Al Wehdah and Al Shabab joined together for a training camp in Egypt but decided to merge as one single club under first club president H. E. Nasser Abdulla Hussain Lootah. Four years another local team Al Najah joined to form Al Ahli Club. Al Ahli translating to "domestic or national" in Arabic, was established in 1970, when three local teams joined together to form the club; the club won three UAE Arabian Gulf League titles in the 1970s and won its fourth in 2006, fifth in 2009 and sixth in 2014 and seventh in 2016.
It took Al Ahli only four years after its establishment to win the UAE Arabian Gulf League twice consecutively in 1974-75 and 1975-76 again in 1979-80 for the third time, which allowed them to permanently keep the league trophy. The victorious team, led by coach Mohammed Shehta and featuring players such as Hassan Nazari and Hassan Roshan; the team won three President Cup titles during that period. Drawing home-town fans, Al Ahli has been and continues to be one of the most popular sports teams in the UAE. However,the club went into decline for few decades, the result of which saw the club relegated to the second division in a dramatic way, when Al Ahli played against neighbour rival Al Shabab, Al Ahli needed just one point from the match to stay in the first division. Al Ahli has lost the match and Al Shabab has won the league title; the same year, Al Ahli won the President Cup title. After a period of decline, Al Ahli went back on top under new leadership of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, winning its fourth league title in 2006 and in the following years, Al Ahli continued to be a successful club in the UAE by winning 6 President Cups.
The early 2000s saw Iranian legend Ali Karimi play multiple seasons for Al Ahli, finishing as league top scorer in 2003-04 and being named Asian footballer of the year 2004. Citation Al-Ahli, as 2008–09 UAE Pro-League champions and as Abu Dhabi was hosting the event, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, held in December 2009, they lost 0–2 to Auckland City in their only game in the competition. The club began to rise up again and in 2010 With Abdulla Al Naboodah, the squad was re-built, with the likes of Fabio Cannavaro and Grafite and Ricardo Quaresma joined the Emirati homegrown talents Ahmed Khalil and Ismael Al Hammadi. In 2012, Al Ahli won the Arabian Gulf Cup; the arrival of the Romanian football manager Cosmin Olaroiu in 2013, set the stage to a successful 2013-14 season. Al Ahli performed in the league and assured its 6th title with a record for the highest points total for a league season. In addition, the club won the Arabian Gulf Cup, 2 Arabian Gulf Super Cups and in the following year they reached 2015 AFC Champions League Final which they narrowly lost to Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande.
Al Ahli homegrown forward Ahmed Khalil named the UAE's sole recipient of the prestigious Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2015. In 2016