2011–12 Saudi Professional League

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Saudi Professional League
Season 2011–12
Champions Al-Shabab
Relegated Al-Ansar
Al-Qadisiyah
Champions League Al-Shabab
Al-Ahli
Al-Hilal
Al-Ettifaq
Matches played 182
Goals scored 536 (2.95 per match)
Top goalscorer Victor Simões
Nasser Al-Shamrani
(21 Goals)
Biggest home win Al-Ittihad 7-0 Hajer
Biggest away win Al-Qadisiya 0-8 Al-Ittihad
Highest scoring Al-Qadisiya 4-5 Al-Hilal
Longest winning run Al-Hilal 9 Round
Longest unbeaten run Al-Shabab 26 Round
Longest losing run Al-Ansar 17 Round
Average attendance 4,356

The Zain Professional League was the premier league in Saudi Arabia.

In the end of the Season 2008-09 the league was called Saudi Professional League, but the league name has been renamed to Zain Professional League and the name stands for a mobile telephone provider called Zain which is now become an official sponsor of the premier league.

Al-Qadisiyah and Al-Ansar were relegated.

Qualification and Prize money[edit]

The Top three teams of the league plus the winner of Champions Cup will qualify for the AFC Asian Champions League.

The Top six teams will qualify for Champions Cup.

and The bottom two teams in the end of the season will be relegated.

Prize money:

  • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

Stadia and locations[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2011-12 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23.000
Al-Ansar Medina Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Stadium 20.000
Al Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27.550
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67.000
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 26.000
Al-Ittihad Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23.000
Al-Nasr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67.000
Al Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25.000
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67.000
Al-Qadisiya Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 20.100
Najran SC Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 2.800
Al-Faisaly Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium 7.000
Al Taawon Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25.000
Hajer Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27.550

Members clubs[edit]

Club Coach Nationality City Stadium Capacity 2010-2011 season Notes
Ahli Jeddah Karel Jarolím Czech Republic Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 6th
Al Fateh Fathi Al Jebali Tunisia Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 9th
Hajer Club Ednaldo Patricio Brazil Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27,550 1st In 1st Division
Al-Hilal Ivan Hasek Czech Republic Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 Champions AFC Champions League 2012 Qualifier
Ettifaq Sameer Hilal Saudi Arabia Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 30,000 3rd AFC Champions League 2012 Qualifier
Ittihad Jeddah Raúl Caneda Spain Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 2nd AFC Champions League 2012 Qualifier
Al-Nasr Francisco Maturana Colombia Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 5th
Al-Ansar Jalal Qaderi Tunisia Medina Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Stadium 25,000 2nd In 1st Division
Al Raed Ammar Souayah Tunisia Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 10th
Al-Shabab Michel Preud'homme Belgium Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 4th
Al Qadsiyah FC Mariano Barreto Portugal Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 12th
Najran SC Gjoko Hadžievski Republic of Macedonia Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 10,000 11th
Al-Faisaly Zlatko Dalić Croatia Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium 7,000 8th
Al Taawon Khalid Kamal Egypt Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 7th

Managerial changes[edit]

Managerial changes during the 2011-12 campaign.

Pre-season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Shabab Argentina Enzo Trossero Contract not renewed [1] Belgium Michel Preud'homme
Al-Hilal Argentina Gabriel Calderon Sacked [2] Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber Caretaker role ended Germany Thomas Doll
Al-Nasr Croatia Dragan Skočić Sacked Argentina Gustavo Costas
Ettifaq Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui Contract ended [3] Croatia Branko Ivanković
Al-Ahli Serbia Aleksandar Ilic Contract ended Czech Republic Karel Jarolím

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Ansar Bosnia and Herzegovina Blaz Sliskovic Resigned Saudi Arabia Ayub Ghulam
Al-Ansar Saudi Arabia Ayub Ghulam Caretaker role ended Tunisia Jalal Qaderi
Al Raed Portugal Eurico Gomes Sacked, Al Raed 2nd bottom of league Tunisia Hafez Al-Hoarbi
Al Raed Tunisia Hafez Al-Hoarbi Caretaker role ended Tunisia Ammar Souayah
Al Ittihad Belgium Dimitri Davidovic Sacked [4] Saudi Arabia Abdullah Gurab
Al-Nasr Argentina Gustavo Costas Sacked Saudi Arabia Ali Kamikh
Al-Nasr Saudi Arabia Ali Kamikh Caretaker role ended Colombia Francisco Maturana
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia Abdullah Gurab Caretaker role ended Slovenia Matjaž Kek
Al Taawon Romania Florin Motroc Resigned Romania Grigore Sichitiu
Al Taawon Romania Grigore Sichitiu Caretaker role ended Croatia Srecko Juricic
Al Taawon Croatia Srecko Juricic Sacked Romania Grigore Sichitiu
Al-Hilal Germany Thomas Doll Sacked Germany Heiko Bonon & Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber
Al-Hilal Germany Heiko Bonon & Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber Temporary mandate Czech Republic Ivan Hasek [5]
Al Ittihad Slovenia Matjaž Kek Sacked [6] Saudi Arabia Abdullah Gurab
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia Abdullah Gurab Caretaker role ended [7] Spain Raul Caneda
Ettifaq Croatia Branko Ivanković Sacked [8] Saudi Arabia Sameer Hilal
Al Taawon Romania Grigore Sichitiu Caretaker role ended Egypt Khalid Kamal

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Shabab (C) 26 19 7 0 50 16 +34 64 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Al-Ahli 26 19 5 2 60 22 +38 62
3 Al-Hilal 26 18 6 2 58 22 +36 60
4 Ettifaq 26 13 8 5 41 26 +15 47
5 Al-Ittihad 26 10 7 9 49 35 +14 37
6 Al-Fateh 26 10 7 9 37 41 −4 37
7 Al-Nassr 26 10 5 11 39 37 +2 35
8 Al-Faisaly 26 7 9 10 36 41 −5 30
9 Najran 26 7 9 10 34 49 −15 30
10 Al-Raed 26 8 4 14 28 39 −11 28
11 Hajer 26 6 7 13 23 45 −22 25
12 Al-Taawon 26 4 7 15 28 52 −24 19
13 Al-Qadisiyah (R) 26 4 6 16 34 52 −18 18
14 Al-Ansar (R) 26 3 1 22 19 60 −41 10

Updated to games played on 18 April 2012.
Source: FIFA.COM، League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Al-Ettifaq secured qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League due to Al-Ahli winning the 2012 King Cup of Champions
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT HJR ANS NAJ RAE FAT QAD TWN FSL
Al-Ittihad 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 7–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 5–3 4–2
Al-Hilal 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–0 3–3 3–1 6–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–1
Al-Ahli 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–3 5–1 4–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 4–2 2–0
Al-Shabab 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 6–1 3–0 4–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Al-Nassr 1–3 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–0 4–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 3–2 5–0 1–1
Ettifaq 1–0 2–2 0–4 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–0 3–2 5–1 1–2
Hajer 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–4 1–0 2–1 1–1
Al-Nassr 1–3 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 2–1
Najran 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–4 2–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1
Al-Raed 2–0 1–1 1–5 1–2 1–4 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–4
Al-Fateh 3–2 0–5 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–6 0–0 2–1
Al-Qadisiyah 0–8 4–5 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Al-Taawon 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–4 0–2 3–3 2–2 1–2
Al-Faisaly 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1

Updated to games played on 18 April 2012.
Source: FIFA.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Season statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preud’Homme to coach Al Shabab". AFC. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Al Hilal show Calderon the door". AFC. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ivankovic is new Al Ittifaq coach". AFC. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Al Ittihad dismiss Davidovic". AFC. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hasek set for Hilal hot seat". AFC. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Al Ittihad call time on Kek". AFC. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Raul Caneda unveiled as new Al Ittihad coach". Goal. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Al Ettifaq sack coach Ivancovic". AFC. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 

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