2012–13 Saudi Professional League

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Saudi Professional League
Season 2012–13
Champions Al Fateh
Matches played 182
Goals scored 531 (2.92 per match)
Top goalscorer Sebastián Tagliabué (19 Goals)
Highest scoring Al-Faisaly 6–1 Najran
Longest winning run Al-Hilal 10 Games
Longest unbeaten run Al Fateh 17 Games
Longest losing run Al-Wahda 19 Games
Highest attendance 28,188
Al-Ittihad 1–1 Al-Ahli
Lowest attendance 60
Al-Shoalah 1–1 Al-Faisaly
Average attendance 3544

The Zain Professional League is the premier league in Saudi Arabia. Al Fateh wins the league title with the team first ever championship.[1]

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. The fixture schedule was released on 23 June 2012.[2]

Al-Shabab are the defending champions, having won the previous 2011–12 Zain League season. The season will feature 12 teams from the 2011–12 Zain League and two new teams promoted from the 2011–12 First Division: Al-Shoalah and Al-Wahda who replace relegated Al-Qadisiyah and Al-Ansar.

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

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2012–13 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23,000
Al-Shoalah Al Kharj Al-Shoalah Club Stadium 8,000
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-Wahda Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium 38,000
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]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Position
Al-Ittihad Beñat San José SportOne STC 5th
Al-Hilal Zlatko Dalić Adidas Mobily 3rd
Al-Ahli Aleksander Ilic Umbro STC 2nd
Al Fateh Fathi Al Jebali Lotto Kia 6th
Hajer Tareq Yahya Hattrick Al-Ghadeer co. 11th
Al-Ettifaq Maciej Skorza Puma 4th
Al-Nassr José Daniel Carreño NFC STC 7th
Al-Shoalah Ahmad Alajlani Puma Tania Co. 1st In 1st Division
Al Raed Vlatko Kostov Hattrick Al-Remikhani 10th
Al-Shabab Michel Preud'homme Adidas STC 1st
Al-Wahda Wajdi Esside Hattrick 2nd in 1st Division
Najran Gjoko Hadžievski Adidas 9th
Al-Faisaly Marc Brys Hattrick Al-Bana'a 8th
Al Taawon Tawfiq Rawabeh JAKO 12th

Managerial changes[edit]

Managerial changes during the 2012–13 campaign.

Pre-season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Ettifaq Sameer Hilal Temporary mandate over Alain Geiger
Al-Faisaly Zlatko Dalić Contract expired Marc Brys
Al-Hilal Ivan Hasek Antoine Kombouaré
Al Taawon Khalid Kamal Temporary mandate over Gjoko Hadžievski
Najran Gjoko Hadžievski Miodrag Ješić

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Nasr Francisco Maturana Sacked José Daniel Carreño[3]
Ettifaq Alain Geiger Sacked Maciej Skorza[4]
Al-Wahda Basheer Abdulsamad Resigned Wajdi Esside
Hajer Ednaldo Patricio Sacked Tareq Yahya
Al-Shoalah Mohammed Salah Sacked[5] Ahmad Alajlani[5]
Al-Hilal Antoine Kombouaré Sacked[6] Zlatko Dalić
Al Raed Ammar Souayah Resigned[7] Vlatko Kostov
Najran Miodrag Ješić Sacked[8] AlKhamis Alobidi
Al Taawon Gjoko Hadžievski Sacked[9] Tawfiq Rawabeh
Al-Ittihad Raúl Caneda Sacked[10] Beñat San José
Al-Ahli Karel Jarolím Sacked[11] Aleksander Ilic
Najran AlKhamis Alobidi Sacked[12] Alhassan Al-Yami
Najran Alhassan Al-Yami Temporary mandate over Gjoko Hadžievski

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Fateh (C) (Q) 26 20 4 2 52 23 +29 64 2014 AFC Champions League
2 Al-Hilal (Q) 26 17 5 4 62 26 +36 56
3 Al-Shabab (Q) 26 17 5 4 53 36 +17 56
4 Al-Nassr 26 14 8 4 41 24 +17 50
5 Al-Ahli 26 12 8 6 51 33 +18 44
6 Ettifaq 26 9 8 9 33 38 −5 35
7 Al-Ittihad (Q) 26 8 9 9 36 36 0 33 2014 AFC Champions League 1
8 Al-Raed 26 7 11 8 30 41 −11 32
9 Al-Shoalah 26 8 6 12 32 42 −10 30
10 Najran 26 6 7 13 31 52 −21 25
11 Al-Faisaly 26 6 6 14 35 43 −8 24
12 Al-Taawon 26 3 10 13 25 37 −12 19
13 Hajer (R) 26 3 7 16 24 48 −24 16 Relegation to 2013–14 Saudi First Division
14 Al-Wahda (R) 26 2 6 18 26 52 −26 12

Updated to games played on 27 April 2013.
Source: FIFA.COM، League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Al-Ittihad secured qualification for the 2014 AFC Champions League through winning the 2013 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.

Fixtures and results[edit]

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

Updated to games played on 20 April 2013.
Source: FIFA.com
^ 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.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[13]
1 Sebastián Tagliabué Al-Shabab 19
2 Wesley Lopes Al-Hilal 17
Doris Fuakumputu Al-Fateh 17
4 Yasser Al-Qahtani Al-Hilal 13
5 Victor Simões Al-Ahli 12
Hassan Taïr Al-Shoalah 12
7 Élton José Al-Fateh 11
8 Yoo Byung-Soo Al-Hilal 10
Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 10
Hamza Al-Dardour Najran SC 10
Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Al Nassr 10
Yves Diba Ilunga Al-Raed 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Outsiders Al Fath celebrate Saudi success". FIFA.com. fifa.com. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Zain Fixture Scheudle
  3. ^ Daniel Carreño coaching alnassr
  4. ^ New boss for Ettifaq
  5. ^ a b "الشعلة يستنجد بالعجلاني". alwatan. alwatan.com.sa. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hilal sack Kombouaré, appoint Zlatko". alwatan. The AFC. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "المقدوني فالوتك يخلف السويح في الرائد". alriyadh. alriyadh.com. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "مدرب نجران يلحق بركب الراحلين عن الدوري والعبيدي بديلا". alriyadh. alriyadh.com. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "التعاون يتعاقد رسميا مع المدرب الجزائري روابح". aawsat. Saudi Research and Marketing. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "الاتحاد يقيل كانيدا ويعين مدرب الأولمبي خلفا له". alyaum. alyaum.com. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "الأهلي ينهي علاقته بـياروليم و ألكس مدربا". alwatan. alwatan.com.sa. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "مدرب نجران يلحق بركب الراحلين عن الدوري والعبيدي بديلا". aawsat. Saudi Research and Marketing. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012.