2013–14 Qatar Stars League

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Qatar Stars League
Season 2013–14
Champions Lekhwiya
3rd title
Relegated Al Mu'aidar
Al Rayyan
AFC Champions League Lekhwiya
El Jaish
Al-Sadd
Matches played 182
Goals scored 553 (3.04 per match)
Top goalscorer Dioko Kaluyituka (22 goals)

The 2013–14 Qatari League, also known as Qatari Stars League was the 41st edition of top level football championship in Qatar. The season was started on 1 September 2013 and was finished on 11 April 2014. Al-Sadd were the defending champions. Lekhwiya won its third league title with 53 points.

League expansion[edit]

Qatari Football League logo

At the end of the previous it was announced that the 2013–14 season would feature 14 teams. The decision to increase the numbers of teams means Al Sailiya – who finished bottom of the league – will avoid relegation. Meanwhile, Muaither – who lost to Al Arabi in the play-offs – will join as the 14th team. The Second Division and the reserve league will also merge to create a stronger second tier.[1] On the 6 October 2013 it was announced that the second tier would be known as the QatarGas League due to sponsorship reasons.[2]

Teams[edit]

Al Ahli were promoted as champions from the 2nd Division. They were joined by Al-Mu'aidar who came in second place and failed to win the end of season playoff against Al-Arabi but secured promotion due to the league expansion

Stadia and locations[edit]

2013–14 Qatar Stars League is located in Qatar
Doha
Doha
Umm Salal
Umm Salal
Al Rayyan
Al Rayyan
Al Khor
Al Khor
Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Qatari League
Club City/Town Stadium Capacity
Al Ahli Doha Al-Ahly Stadium 20,000
Al-Arabi Doha Grand Hamad Stadium [3] 13,000
Al-Gharrafa Al Gharafa Al-Gharafa Stadium 22,000
Al Kharitiyath Al-Rayyan Al-Khawr Stadium 13,000
Al-Khor Al Khor Al-Khawr Stadium 13,000
Al-Muaither Doha Khalifa International Stadium 50,000
Al-Rayyan Al Rayyan Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 22,000
Al-Sadd Doha Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium 18,000
Al-Sailiya Doha Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 1 22,000
Al-Wakrah Al Wakrah Al-Wakrah Stadium 12,000
El Jaish Doha Qatar SC Stadium 13,000
Lekhwiya Doha Lekhwiya Sports Stadium 15,000
Qatar SC Doha Qatar SC Stadium 13,000
Umm-Salal Umm Salal Grand Hamad Stadium 13,000

1 Al Sailiya do not have a stadium of their own so will share with Al Rayyan.[4]

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Al Ahli Czech Republic Milan Máčala
Al-Arabi Brazil Paulo César Carpegiani
Al-Gharafa Uruguay Diego Aguirre
Al Kharitiyath France Bertrand Marchand
Al-Khor Romania László Bölöni [5]
Al-Muaither Spain Ladislas Lozano
Al-Rayyan Spain Manolo Jiminez
Al-Sadd Morocco Hussein Amotta
Al-Sailiya Tunisia Sami Trabelsi
Al-Wakrah Iraq Adnan Dirjal
El Jaish Tunisia Nabil Maloul
Lekhwiya Belgium Eric Gerets
Qatar SC Brazil Sebastiao Lazaroni
Umm-Salal Turkey Bulent Uygun

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
Al Kharitiyath France Bernard Simondi [6] Contract not renewed 23 May 2013 France Bertrand Marchand [7] 26 May 2013
Al Sailiya Qatar Abdullah Mubarak Resigned [8] 8 June 2013 Tunisia Sami Trabelsi [9] 8 June 2013
Al Arabi Morocco Abdelaziz Bennij Contract not renewed 8 June 2013 Germany Uli Stielike [10] 8 June 2013
Al Wakrah Bosnia and Herzegovina Mehmed Baždarević Contract not renewed 20 June 2013 Iraq Adnan Dirjal [11] 20 June 2013
Umm Salal France Alain Perrin Sacked 30 September 2013 France Gérard Gili [12] 30 September 2013
Al Rayyan Uruguay Diego Aguirre Sacked 30 October 2013 Spain Manolo Jiminez [13] 6 November 2013
Umm Salal France Gérard Gili Sacked 14 December 2013 Turkey Bulent Uygun [14] 14 December 2013
El Jaish Romania Razvan Lucescu Sacked 16 January 2014 Tunisia Nabil Maloul [15] 21 January 2014
Al Arabi Germany Uli Stielike Sacked [16] 28 January 2014 Brazil Paulo César Carpegiani 18 February 2014
Al-Gharafa Brazil Zico Mutual Consent [17] 29 January 2014 Uruguay Diego Aguirre 6 February 2014
Al Wakrah Iraq Adnan Dirjal Resigned [18] 12 March 2014 Tunisia Maher Kanzari 1 June 2014

Foreign players[edit]

The number of foreign players is restricted to seven (including an Asian player) per team, with no more than five on pitch during matches.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Asian Player
Al Ahli Bahrain Abdullah Omar Democratic Republic of the Congo Alain Dioko Democratic Republic of the Congo Mulota Kabangu Ghana John Benson Portugal Ró-Ró Turkey Semih Aksoy Iran Mojtaba Jabbari
Al-Arabi Algeria Karim Ziani Brazil Wanderley Brazil Bruno Rangel Sudan Thamer Jamal Sudan Mohammed Muddather East Timor Orestes Júnior
Al-Gharrafa Argentina Lisandro Lopez Brazil Nenê Ivory Coast Lassina Diaby Egypt Yousief Ramadan Venezuela Miku Australia Mark Bresciano
Al Kharitiyath Bahrain Jaycee John Brazil Domingos Burkina Faso Yahia Kébé Ivory Coast Assie Koua Vivien Morocco Youssef Kaddioui Sudan Mohammed Salam Kuwait Naief Al Enezi
Al-Khor Brazil Julio Cesar Brazil William Brazil Madson Iraq Salam Shaker Senegal Baba Djibril Indonesia Farri Agri Iraq Ali Hasan Kamal
Al-Muaither Bolivia Jhasmani Campos Brazil Johnson Kendrick Brazil Rodrigo da Costa Senegal Sahilou Ndiaye
Al-Rayyan Argentina Lucho González Brazil Nathan Otávio Ivory Coast Babou Sidiki Barro Nigeria Yakubu Aiyegbeni Nigeria Kalu Uche
Al-Sadd Algeria Nadir Belhadj Brazil Rodrigo Tabata Morocco Hamza Senhadji Spain Raúl South Korea Lee Jung-Soo
Al-Sailiya Brazil Marcelo Tavares Brazil Marcelo Camacho Burkina Faso Moumouni Dagano Democratic Republic of the Congo Yves Diba Ilunga France Grégory Gomis Sudan Omar Ibrahim Bahrain Faouzi Aaish
Al-Wakrah Argentina Sebastián Sáez Brazil Michel Souza Iran Bazman Khoubiari Iraq Mohannad Darjal Netherlands Said Boutahar Senegal Hassan Edriss Dicko Iraq Ali Rehema
El Jaish Brazil Nilmar Brazil Anderson Martins Brazil Wagner Ribeiro Brazil Ivanildo Rodrigues France Jires Kembo Ekoko Tunisia Mohammad Mothnani
Lekhwiya Algeria Madjid Bougherra Bahrain Ahmad Ali Hatimi Democratic Republic of the Congo Tresor Kangambu Morocco Amine Lecomte Slovakia Vladimír Weiss Tunisia Youssef Msakni South Korea Nam Tae-Hee
Qatar SC Brazil Douglao Brazil Adriano Brazil Marcinho Egypt Mostafa Mido South Korea Han Kook-Young
Umm-Salal Brazil Cabore Brazil Victor Simões Ethiopia Khalid Jaberti Morocco Jawad Ahnash Morocco Otmane El Assas Oman Rashid Mohammed Iran Pejman Montazeri

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Lekhwiya (C) 26 16 5 5 55 30 +25 53 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 El Jaish 26 14 6 6 39 27 +12 48
3 Al Sadd 26 13 8 5 54 30 +24 47 2015 AFC Champions League 2nd qualifying round
4 Al Sailiya 26 11 9 6 45 37 +8 42
5 Al-Arabi 26 11 6 9 41 41 0 39
6 Al Ahli 26 9 7 10 48 50 −2 34
7 Umm Salal 26 9 7 10 34 36 −2 34
8 Al-Wakrah 26 8 8 10 41 40 +1 32
9 Al-Gharafa 26 8 8 10 40 41 −1 32
10 Qatar SC 26 8 7 11 34 40 −6 31
11 Al-Khor 26 5 15 6 29 30 −1 30
12 Al Kharaitiyat 26 7 8 11 31 34 −3 29
13 Al Rayyan (R) 26 7 8 11 34 40 −6 29 Relegation to 2014–15 Qatari 2nd Division
14 Al Mu'aidar (R) 26 4 2 20 28 69 −41 14

Updated to games played on 11 April 2014.
Source: Qatar Stars League
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.

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "SIMONDI REPLACES MARCHAND". QSL. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
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  18. ^ "Al Wakrah Head Coach Adnan Dirjal resigns". 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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