2011–12 UAE Pro-League

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Pro-League
Season 2011–12
Champions Al Ain
10th title
Relegated Emirates Club
Al Sharjah
Champions League Al Ain
Al Jazira
Al Nasr
Al Shabab
Matches played 132
Goals scored 449 (3.4 per match)
Top goalscorer GhanaAsamoah Gyan (22)
Biggest home win Al Jazira 5–0 Al Sharjah
Biggest away win Emirates Club 1–5 Al Shabab
Al Wasl 2–6 Al Ahli
Al Jazira 1–5 Al-Nasr
Highest scoring Al Sharjah 4–5 Al-Nasr (9 goals)
Highest attendance 21,455
Al Jazira 1–3 Al Ain

The 2011–12 Pro-League season (known as Etisalat Pro-League for sponsorship reasons) was the 37th top-level football season in the UAE, and the 4th Professional season.

Al Jazira was the defending champions, having won their 1st Pro-League title in the 2010–11 campaign after being runner-up for three times in a row. Al Dhafra and Ittihad Kalba were relegated from the previous season. Ajman and Emirates were promoted from the UAE Division 1 Group A.[1] The campaign began on 15 October 2011[2] and finished on the 27th May 2012.

Teams[edit]

Ittihad Kalba and Al Dhafra were relegated to the 2011–12 UAE Division 1 Group A after finishing in the bottom two spots of the table at the end of the 2010-11 season. The two relegated teams were replaced by 2nd level champions Ajman Club and runners up Emirates Club.[1]

Stadia and locations[edit]

2011–12 UAE Pro-League is located in United Arab Emirates
Dubai
Dubai
Ajman
Ajman
Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
Al Ain
Al Ain
Sharjah
Sharjah
Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
Locations of teams in the 2011–12 UAE Pro-League
Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Al Ahli Dubai Rashed Stadium 18,000
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi Al Jazira Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium 42,056
Al Ain Al Ain Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium 15,000
Al Wahda Abu Dhabi Al-Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Shabab Dubai Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Wasl Dubai Zabeel Stadium 12,000
Al Nasr Dubai Al-Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Sharjah Sharjah Sharjah Stadium 18,000
Ajman Ajman Ajman Stadium 10,000
Dubai Dubai Police Officers Club Stadium 6,500
Bani Yas Abu Dhabi Bani Yas Stadium 9,570
Emirates Club Ras al-Khaimah Emirates Club Stadium 5,000

Personnel[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain
Al Ahli United Arab Emirates Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Spain Quique Flores United Arab Emirates Mohammed Qassim
Al Jazira United Arab Emirates Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Brazil Caio Junior Australia Lucas Neill
Al Wahda United Arab Emirates Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Austria Josef Hickersberger United Arab Emirates Fahed Masoud
Al Ain United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Romania Cosmin Olăroiu United Arab Emirates Rami Yaslam
Al Sharjah QatarUnited Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani Romania Valeriu Tiţa United Arab Emirates Nawaf Mubarak
Al Nasr United Arab Emirates Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Italy Walter Zenga United Arab Emirates Abdallah Mousa
Ajman United Arab Emirates Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Iraq Abdulwahab Abdulkadir United Arab Emirates Mohamed Zahran
Emirates United Arab Emirates Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qassimi Tunisia Ghazi Ghrairi Algeria Karim Kerkar
Baniyas United Arab Emirates Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan Argentina Gabriel Calderón Oman Fawzi Bashir
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Argentina Diego Maradona United Arab Emirates Khalid Darwish
Al Shabab United Arab Emirates Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Brazil Paulo Bonamigo United Arab Emirates Hassan Al Sharif
Dubai United Arab Emirates Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Egypt Ayman Ramadi United Arab Emirates Jamal Abdullah

Managerial changes[edit]

Managerial changes during the 2011-12 campaign.

Pre-season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates Khalifa Mubarak Caretaker role ended[3] Argentina Diego Maradona
Al Jazira Brazil Abel Braga Contract finished Belgium Franky Vercauteren[4]
Al Ain Brazil Alexandre Gallo Contract finished[5] Romania Cosmin Olăroiu
Baniyas United Arab Emirates Mahdi Ali[6] Caretaker role ended Brazil Jorvan Vieira
Al-Ahli United Arab Emirates Abdulhameed al Mishtiki Caretaker role ended[7] Czech Republic Ivan Hašek[8]
Al Sharjah Portugal Carlos Azenha Resigned before season started[9] Romania Valeriu Tiţa[10]

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Dubai Argentina Néstor Clausen Resigned Switzerland Umberto Barberis
Dubai Switzerland Umberto Barberis Caretaker role ended Romania Ion Marin[11]
Baniyas Brazil Jorvan Vieira Sacked United Arab Emirates Salem Al-Orfi
Al-Ahli Czech Republic Ivan Hašek Sacked Spain Quique Flores
Baniyas United Arab Emirates Salem Al-Orfi Sacked Argentina Gabriel Calderón[12]
Dubai Romania Ion Marin Sacked [13] Switzerland Pierre-Andre Schurmann
Dubai Switzerland Pierre-Andre Schurmann Caretaker role ended Egypt Ayman Ramadi
Al Sharjah Romania Valeriu Tiţa Sacked[14] Brazil Jorvan Vieira
Al Sharjah Brazil Jorvan Vieira Sacked[15] Romania Valeriu Tiţa
Al Jazira Belgium Franky Vercauteren Sacked[16] Brazil Caio Junior
Al Sharjah Romania Valeriu Tiţa Sacked[17] United Arab Emirates Abdulmajeed Al Nimr

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al Ain (C) 22 17 4 1 52 16 +36 55 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Al Nasr 22 11 8 3 49 33 +16 41 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 Al Shabab 22 10 8 4 39 27 +12 38
4 Al Jazira 22 11 2 9 47 38 +9 35 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
5 Al-Ahli 22 10 4 8 45 42 +3 34
6 Al-Wahda 22 8 9 5 32 30 +2 33
7 Ajman 22 9 4 9 36 35 +1 31
8 Al Wasl 22 7 5 10 32 40 −8 26
9 Baniyas 22 6 6 10 34 39 −5 24
10 Dubai Club 22 5 5 12 29 40 −11 20
11 Emirates Club (R) 22 5 2 15 28 56 −28 17 Promotion/Relegation Stage
12 Sharjah (R) 22 2 5 15 26 53 −27 11

Updated to games played on 27 May 2012.
Source: Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Al Jazira secured qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League through winning the 2011–12 UAE President's Cup
(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] AJM ALI AIN JAZ NAS SHA WAH WAS YAS DUB EMI SHR
Ajman 0–1 1–4 3–4 1–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–1
Al-Ahli 2–0 0–2 2–1 3–3 2–3 2–2 1–2 6–4 5–2 2–0 2–2
Al Ain 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 2–1
Al Jazira 1–0 4–0 1–3 1–5 2–0 4–2 1–0 3–1 0–2 4–1 5–0
Al Nasr 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 5–3 3–2
Al Shabab 4–4 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–1
Al-Wahda 1–0 3–3 2–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0
Al Wasl 2–4 2–6 2–2 0–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 4–1 3–0
Baniyas 1–2 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 4–1 2–2
Dubai Club 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–4 1–2 1–1 0–0 5–2 1–2 2–4 3–0
Emirates Club 1–3 2–1 1–4 3–2 1–3 1–5 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–2
Sharjah 1–3 1–2 1–4 2–2 4–5 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1

Updated to games played on 11 May 2012.
Source: UFL
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Goalscorers[edit]

22 goals
16 goals
14 goals
13 goals
11 goals
10 goals

Source: official site:[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emirates and Ajman to the Pro-League". ufl.ae. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "The UFL Board of Directors approved the agenda of the next season 2011-2012". ufl.ae. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Maradona Confirmed as Al Wasl Coach Football legend to start his managerial role from next season". UFL. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vercauteren asked to delay UAE switch to Al Jazira". The National. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Al Ain announce officially signing with Cosmin Olaroiu
  6. ^ "Ali defends his record as Baniyas coach". UFL. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Al Ahli focus on quality coach". The National. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Al Ahli appoint Ivan Hasek as new coach
  9. ^ "Azenha resignation stuns Sharjah". The National. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sharjah plug their coach gap with Romanian". The National. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Pro League club Dubai unveil Ion Marin as new coach". The National. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Pro League: Baniyas appoint Calderon". The National. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Pierre-Andre Schurmann to become Dubai's fourth manager of the season". The National. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Viera: Sincere respect to Dubai". Pro League. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pro League news: Bobby Zamora turned down Al Jazira". The National. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Franky Vercauteren dismissed by Al Jazira". The National. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tita dismissed as Sharjah coach for the second time". The National. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Goals: 2011-2012". Etisalat Pro-League Statistics. Pro League. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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