2013–14 Arabian Gulf League

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Arabian Gulf League
Season 2013–14
Matches played 14
Goals scored 47 (3.36 per match)

The 2013–14 Arabian Gulf League is the 39th top-level football season in the United Arab Emirates, and the 6th professional season. Fourteen teams participate, once again with Al Ain as the defending champions after winning the previous two seasons.

The league started on 14 September and finished on 11 May 2014 in accordance with FIFA guidelines ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[1]

The league was previously known as the Pro League. Starting from the 2013–14 season the name was changed to UAE Arabian Gulf League.[2] The name change has been viewed as a revival of the Persian Gulf naming dispute[3] with Iran accusing the United Arab Emirates of racism,[4][5] and the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran barring the transfer of Javad Nekounam to a UAE club.[6]

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

2013–14 Arabian Gulf 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
Madinat Zayed
Madinat Zayed
Sharjah
Sharjah
Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah
Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Arabian Gulf League
Team Home city Manager Stadium Capacity
Ajman Ajman Iraq Abdul Wahab Abdul Qader[7] Ajman Stadium 10,000
Al Ahli Dubai Romania Cosmin Olăroiu Rashed Stadium 18,000
Al Ain Al Ain Spain Quique Flores Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
15,000
25,000
Al Dhafra Madinat Zayed United Arab Emirates Abdullah Ahmed Mesfer Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi Italy Walter Zenga Al Jazira Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium 42,056
Al Nasr Dubai Serbia Ivan Jovanovic[8] Al-Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Shaab Sharjah Sharjah Montenegro Zeljko Petrovic Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium 10,000
Al Shabab Dubai Brazil Marcos Paqueta Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Sharjah Sharjah Brazil Paulo Bonamigo[9] Sharjah Stadium 18,000
Al Wahda Abu Dhabi Portugal Jose Peseiro Al-Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Wasl Dubai Argentina Hector Cuper Zabeel Stadium 12,000
Bani Yas Abu Dhabi Iraq Adnan Hamad Bani Yas Stadium 9,570
Dubai Dubai Switzerland Umberto Barberis Police Officers Club Stadium 6,500
Emirates Ras al-Khaimah Brazil Paulo Comelli Emirates Club Stadium 5,000

Managerial changes[edit]

Managerial changes during the 2013-14 campaign.

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al Wahda Austria Josef Hickersberger End of contract Czech Republic Karel Jarolim[11]
Al Ahli Spain Quique Flores[12] End of contract Romania Cosmin Olăroiu [13]
Al Nasr Italy Walter Zenga[14] Mutual Consent Serbia Ivan Jovanovic [15]
Baniyas United Arab Emirates Salem Al Orafi[16] End of contract Uruguay Jorge da Silva[17]
Dubai France Rene Marsiglia[16] End of contract Switzerland Martin Rueda [18]
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates Eid Baroot End of contract France Laurent Banide[19]
Al Ain Romania Cosmin Olăroiu Joined Al Ahli Uruguay Jorge Fossati [20]
Al Ain Uruguay Jorge Fossati Sacked United Arab Emirates Ahmad Abdullah [21]
Al Wasl France Laurent Banide [22] Sacked United Arab Emirates Saleem Abdelrahman
Al Jazira Spain Luis Milla Sacked Italy Walter Zenga [23]
Al Ain United Arab Emirates Ahmad Abdullah Temp mandate over Spain Quique Flores
Dubai Switzerland Martin Rueda Sacked [24] Switzerland Umberto Barberis
Al Wahda Czech Republic Karel Jarolim Sacked [25] Portugal Jose Peseiro [26]
Emirates United Arab Emirates Eid Baroot Sacked [27] Brazil Paulo Comelli [28]
Al Shaab Romania Marius Șumudică Sacked [29] Turkey Jamsheer Muratocalo
Al Shaab Turkey Jamsheer Muratocalo Caretaker role finished [30] Montenegro Zeljko Petrovic
Baniyas Uruguay Jorge da Silva Sacked Iraq Adnan Hamad
Al Wasl Argentina Hector Cuper Sacked United Arab Emirates Saleem Abdelrahman

Foreign players[edit]

The number of foreign players is restricted to four per AGL team.

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Former Players1
Ajman Guinea Simon Feindouno Ivory Coast Boris Kabi Ivory Coast Bakari Koné Iraq Ahmad Ibrahim Morocco Driss Fettouhi
Al Ahli Brazil Grafite Brazil Ciel ChileState of Palestine Luis Jiménez Portugal Hugo Viana Germany Esad Bajrić
Al Ain Australia Alex Brosque Belgium Yassine El Ghanassy Ghana Asamoah Gyan Romania Mirel Rădoi Brazil Michel Bastos
France Jirès Kembo
Al Dhafra Brazil Rogério Lebanon Bilal Najjarin Morocco Kamel Chafni Senegal Makhete Diop Ghana Emmanuel Clottey
Al Jazira Brazil Jucilei Ecuador Felipe Caicedo Morocco Abdelaziz Barrada South Korea Shin Hyung-Min None
Al-Nasr Australia Brett Holman Brazil Léo Lima Brazil Éder Luís Senegal Ibrahima Toure None
Al-Shaab Cape Verde Josimar Lima France Michaël N'dri Uzbekistan Oybek Kilichev Venezuela Jesús Meza Australia Blagoja Celeski
Brazil Thiago Quirino
Sierra Leone Julius Wobay
Al Shabab Brazil Adeílson Brazil Edgar Chile Carlos Villanueva Uzbekistan Azizbek Haydarov Brazil Éder
Al Sharjah Brazil Maurício Ramos Brazil Zé Carlos Brazil Fellype Gabriel South Korea Kim Jung-Woo None
Al-Wahda Argentina Damián Díaz Argentina Sebastián Tagliabué Morocco Adil Hermach None Australia Dino Đulbić
Chile Marco Estrada
Al Wasl Argentina Emmanuel Culio Argentina Mariano Donda Brazil Ricardo Oliveira Chile Edson Puch Australia Milan Susak
Morocco Abdelfettah Boukhriss
Senegal André Senghor
Baniyas Argentina Luis Fariña Argentina Sebastián Prediger Chile Carlos Muñoz Oman Abdul Salam Amer Brazil Marcelinho
Dubai Ivory Coast Gilles Yapi Yapo Mali Moustapha Kondé Morocco Salaheddine Saidi Syria Jehad Al-Hussain Brazil Bruno Correa
Brazil Andre Alves
Mali Dramane Traoré
Emirates Argentina Germán Herrera Brazil Derley Brazil Luiz Henrique Brazil Rodrigo Brazil Diego
Brazil Jair

Note:
^1 Foreign players who left their clubs after first half of the season;
^2 Injury Replacement Players;

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Ahli (C) (Q) 26 20 4 2 55 28 +27 64 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Al-Wahda (Q) 26 13 9 4 53 33 +20 48
3 Al Jazira (Q) 26 12 9 5 46 35 +11 45
4 Al Shabab 26 13 5 8 42 28 +14 44
5 Al Nasr 26 13 5 8 42 32 +10 44
6 Al Ain (Q) 26 12 7 7 52 33 +19 43 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
7 Al Sharjah 26 10 10 6 29 25 +4 40
8 Al-Dhafra 26 9 8 9 44 44 0 35
9 Baniyas 26 8 7 11 43 42 +1 31
10 Ajman 26 7 7 12 39 46 −7 28
11 Emirates Club 26 6 7 13 40 53 −13 25
12 Al Wasl 26 7 4 15 32 47 −15 25
13 Dubai Club (R) 26 3 6 17 24 63 −39 15 Relegation to UAE Division 1 Group A
14 Al-Shaab (R) 26 3 4 19 28 61 −33 13

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source: Arabian Gulf League 2013-2014 table
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.

  • Al Ain qualified through winning the Presidents Cup.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AJM ALI AIN DHA JAZ NAS SHB SHA SHR WAH WAS YAS DUB EMI
Ajman 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 4–2 3–4 1–1 3–2
Al-Ahli 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 4–2 4–2
Al Ain 2–1 2–3 1–1 2–2 3–2 5–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–1 5–2 5–2
Al-Dhafra 2–4 1–4 4–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–6 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–0 3–2 1–3
Al Jazira 0–0 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 4–4 2–3 2–0 2–2 1–0
Al Nasr 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 6–1 4–3 5–1 0–0
Al-Shaab 4–4 1–3 0–5 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–2 2–1 3–3
Al Shabab 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–4 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–1
Al Sharjah 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–0
Al-Wahda 4–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–4 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 4–0
Al Wasl 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–3 0–1 3–3 1–1 0–0 1–0
Baniyas 4–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–1
Dubai Club 2–1 0–1 0–3 1–5 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–4 1–1
Emirates Club 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 3–2 0–3 5–2 3–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–3 2–3

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source: Soccerway
^ 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.

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