2008–09 Syrian Premier League

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Syrian Premier League
Season 2008-09
Champions Al-Karamah
Relegated Al-Futowa
Hutteen
AFC Cup Al-Karamah
Al-Ittihad
Arab Champions League Al-Jaish
Al-Nawair
Top goalscorer Syria Mohamed Al Zeno (17)

The Syrian Premier League 2008-09 is the 38th season of the Syrian Premier League, Syria's premier football league. The season began on 10 October 2008 and finished on 12 June 2009.

Afrin and Al-Horriya were relegated from the previous season. Al-Wathba and Omyyah moved up from the 2. Syrian League.

At the end of the campaign, defending champions Al-Karamah were level on 52 points with Al-Ittihad and therefore were required to have a one off playoff match to determine the league champions.[1]

Al-Futowa and Hutteen were relegated and would be replaced by Afrin and Al-Jazeera for the Syrian Premier League 2009–10 campaign.

Syrian international Mohamed Al Zeno finished the campaign as leading goalscorer with 17 goals.

Continental Cups[edit]

AFC Cup[edit]

Al-Karamah and Al-Majd entered the AFC Cup 2009 tournament. A tournament for second ranked Asian nations.

During the domestic Syrian league season, only the group phases of this prestigious tournament is played until the knockout rounds which will take place in the next Syrian season.

Al-Majd comfortably qualified with one game to spare to reach the knockout rounds whilst Al-Karamah had somewhat of a shaky start and after 5 games find themselves in 3rd position.

Arab Champions League[edit]

Al-Ittihad and Al-Taliya entered the Arab Champions League but Al-Taliya found the going tough, being thumped by Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the first round.

Al-Ittihad went one round better but got beat by Wydad Casablanca, also of Morocco.

Premier League Teams (2008-2009)[edit]

Club City Stadium 2007-2008 season Notes
Al-Karamah Homs Khaled bin Walid Stadium Syrian Premier League Champions AFC Cup 2009 representative
Al-Majd Damascus Abbasiyyin Stadium 2nd in Syrian Premier League AFC Cup 2009 representative
Al-Ittihad Aleppo Aleppo International Stadium 3rd in Syrian Premier League Arab Champions League 2008-09 representative
Al-Taliya Hamah Al Baladi Stadium Hama 4th in Syrian Premier League Arab Champions League 2008-09 representative
Al-Jaish Damascus Abbasiyyin Stadium 5th in Syrian Premier League
Al-Futowa Deir ez-Zor Al Baladi Stadium Deir ez-Zor 6th in Syrian Premier League
Teshrin Latakia Al Basil Stadium 7th in Syrian Premier League
Hutteen Latakia Al Basil Stadium 8th in Syrian Premier League
Al-Wahda Damascus Abbasiyyin Stadium 9th in Syrian Premier League
Jableh Jableh Al-Baath Stadium 10th in Syrian Premier League
Al-Shorta Damascus Abbasiyyin Stadium 11th in Syrian Premier League
Al-Nawair Hamah Al Baladi Stadium Hama 12th in Syrian Premier League
Al-Wathba Homs Khaled bin Walid Stadium 2. Syrian League / North Champions
Omayya Idlib Al Baladi Stadium Idlib 2. Syrian League / South Champions

Final League Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Ittihad 26 16 4 6 48 24 +24 52 2010 AFC Cup
2 Al-Karamah 26 16 4 6 34 22 +12 52 2010 AFC Champions Leagueplay-off
(as 2009 AFC Cup Finalist)
3 Al-Jaish 26 14 9 3 36 15 +21 51 2010 AFC Cup
4 Al-Nawair 26 12 2 12 32 29 +3 38
5 Al-Wathba 26 9 10 7 36 32 +4 37
6 Al-Majd 26 10 7 9 40 39 +1 37
7 Omayya 26 9 8 9 32 32 0 35
8 Teshrin 26 7 9 10 27 30 -3 30
9 Al-Taliya 26 8 6 12 31 36 -5 30
10 Al-Wahda 26 8 6 12 26 33 -7 30
11 Jableh 26 7 8 11 28 34 -6 29
12 Al-Shorta 26 7 7 12 20 36 -16 28
13 Al-Futowa 26 6 8 12 31 42 -11 26 Relegate to 2. Syrian League
14 Hutteen 26 6 6 14 29 46 -17 24

End of Season Playoff[edit]

5th and 6th placed teams Al-Wathba and Al-Majd had a one match playoff at the end of the season due to both clubs finishing the regular season on 37 points. Al-Wathba won the tie 3-2 to claim 5th position in the final standings.

Championship Play-off match[edit]

12 June 2009
20:00 UTC+3
Al-Ittihad 1 - 2 Al-Karamah
Otto Goal 21' (pen.) Hamwi Goal 71'
Mando Goal 90+5'
Al-Assad Stadium, Latakia
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)
Al-Ittihad
Al-Karamah
Al-Ittihad:
GK 1 Syria Mahmoud Karkar
DF 5 Syria Omar Hemidi
DF 6 Syria Majd Homsi Booked 60' Substituted off 62'
DF 30 Syria Abdulkader Dakka
DF 32 Syria Bakri Tarrab
MF 14 Syria Wael Ayan Booked 65'
MF 17 Syria Mahmoud Al Amenah
MF 19 Syria Yehya Al Rashed Substituted off 81'
MF 99 Syria Adel Abdullah
FW 12 Cameroon Otto
FW 18 Syria Anas Sari (c) Substituted off 53'
Substitutes:
FW 10 Syria Abdul Fattah Al Agha Substituted in 53'
DF 21 Syria Yousef Sheeh Aleshreh Substituted in 62'
MF 4 Syria Khaled Al Zaher Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Syria Hussain Afash
Al-Karamah:
GK 1 Syria Mosab Balhous Booked 90+7'
DF 4 Syria Hassan Abbas (c)
DF 13 Syria Belal Abduldaim
DF 14 Syria Anas Al Khouja
MF 25 Syria Feras Esmaeel Substituted off 55'
MF 16 Syria Tamer Haj Mohamad Booked 26'
MF 21 Syria Aatef Jenyat Substituted off 55'
MF 15 Syria Alaa Al Shbli Booked 44'
MF 11 Syria Fahd Aodi
FW 9 Syria Mohamad Hamwi
FW 26 Syria Hani Al Taiar
Substitutes:
MF 10 Syria Iyad Mando Booked 90+5' Substituted in 55'
MF 3 Syria Yasser Shahen Substituted in 55'
Manager:
Syria Mohamad Qwayed

MATCH OFFICIALS

  • Assistant referees:
  • Fourth official:
    • Mohamad Baderaldin (Syria)

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Syrian Premier League Winner[edit]

Syrian Premier League
2008-09 Winners

Al-Karamah
8th Title
4th in a row

Top goalscorers[edit]

17 goals
14 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals

Managerial Changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date Outgoing Reason of departure Replaced by Date of Replacement
Al-Wahda Damascus Syria Emad Shouman August 26, 2008 Change of manager for new season Syria Nizar Mahrous August 26, 2008
Al-Wahda Damascus Syria Nizar Mahrous February 4, 2009 Left to go to Al-Faisaly [2] Syria Assaf Khalefah

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