2013–14 Qatar Stars League
|AFC Champions League||Lekhwiya
|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.
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. On the 6 October 2013 it was announced that the second tier would be known as the QatarGas League due to sponsorship reasons.
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
|Al Ahli||Doha||Al-Ahly Stadium||20,000|
|Al-Arabi||Doha||Grand Hamad Stadium ||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.
Personnel and kits
|This section requires expansion with: – Prose containing any permanent captain changes. (September 2011)|
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||Milan Máčala|
|Al-Arabi||Paulo César Carpegiani|
|Al Kharitiyath||Bertrand Marchand|
|Al-Khor||László Bölöni |
|El Jaish||Nabil Maloul|
|Qatar SC||Sebastiao Lazaroni|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Al Kharitiyath||Bernard Simondi ||Contract not renewed||23 May 2013||Bertrand Marchand ||26 May 2013|
|Al Sailiya||Abdullah Mubarak||Resigned ||8 June 2013||Sami Trabelsi ||8 June 2013|
|Al Arabi||Abdelaziz Bennij||Contract not renewed||8 June 2013||Uli Stielike ||8 June 2013|
|Al Wakrah||Mehmed Baždarević||Contract not renewed||20 June 2013||Adnan Dirjal ||20 June 2013|
|Umm Salal||Alain Perrin||Sacked||30 September 2013||Gérard Gili ||30 September 2013|
|Al Rayyan||Diego Aguirre||Sacked||30 October 2013||Manolo Jiminez ||6 November 2013|
|Umm Salal||Gérard Gili||Sacked||14 December 2013||Bulent Uygun ||14 December 2013|
|El Jaish||Razvan Lucescu||Sacked||16 January 2014||Nabil Maloul ||21 January 2014|
|Al Arabi||Uli Stielike||Sacked ||28 January 2014||Paulo César Carpegiani||18 February 2014|
|Al-Gharafa||Zico||Mutual Consent ||29 January 2014||Diego Aguirre||6 February 2014|
|Al Wakrah||Adnan Dirjal||Resigned ||12 March 2014||Maher Kanzari||1 June 2014|
The number of foreign players is restricted to seven (including an Asian player) per team, with no more than five on pitch during matches.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Lekhwiya (C)||26||16||5||5||55||30||+25||53||2015 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|3||Al Sadd||26||13||8||5||54||30||+24||47||2015 AFC Champions League 2nd qualifying round|
|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.
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