Al Ain FC

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Full name Al-Ain Football Club
نادي العين لكرة القدم
Nickname(s) Al Zaeem (The Boss)
Founded August 1968
Ground Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
Ground Capacity 25,500
President Mohammed Bin Zayed
Manager Zlatko Dalić
League Arabian Gulf League
2013–14 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Al Ain Football Club (Arabic: نادي العين لكرة القدم‎; transliterated: Nady al-'Ayn) or Al Ain FC or simply Al Ain for a short is a professional association football club based in the city of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. It is one of many sport sections of the multi-sports club Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club (Arabic: نادي العين الرياضي الثقافي‎) Al Ain SCC for short. Al Ain was Founded in 1968 by a locals, members of the Bahraini group of exchange students and Sudanese community working in United Arab Emirates.[1]

Al Ain won the 2003 AFC Champions League competition with a 2–1 aggregate victory over BEC Tero Sasana of Thailand. It is by far the most successful club in the UAE.[2] The team was established in 1968 in Al Ain. The team quickly gained popularity and recognition throughout the country, being the team with the most tournament titles (54 in Total) and the team with the most UAE league titles (14). Furthermore, the club is the first and only UAE side so far to win the AFC Champions League.


The club was founded on August 1968 by a group of young men, used to see the British Soldiers playing football, In the early of 1960, they soon learnt the rules of the game and started playing at school level. Then they started thinking of establishing a team to practise football. The first stadium was very simple and small took the shape of a square sandy plot of land, It was set up on the main street near the Clock Roundabout in Al Ain.[3]

on August 1968, the club was established and it was named after the name of the city. The founders thought it was necessary to have a permanent headquarters for the club. They renting a house made from bricks located on the current Khalifa Road so that they can meet in it and discuss matters of the club. All the founders co-operated for the progress of club, started preparing and charting the stadium, cleaning the club headquarters and washing clothes, borne the financial costs and ending with all tiny matters.[3] They took the idea to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to seek his assistance. He ordered a permanent headquarters for the club. The headquarters were a low-cost house in Al Jahili district. He continued support the club. In 1969, He provided them a Land Rover to serve the club and the team.[4] The first match was against the British soldiers, the team won the match with good a performance helped them enter the world of football. The team started playing friendly matches with the different teams of Abu Dhabi. In 1971, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered new headquarters with modern specifications in Al Sarooj district.[4] In 2 February 1974, Al Ain had won Abu Dhabi League. On 13 November 1974, Sheikh Khalifa was named honorary president of Al Ain, in recognition of his endless support to the club.[5]

The founders were Mohammed Saleh Bin Badooh and Khalifa Nasser Al Suwaidi, Saeed Ghannoum, Abdullah Hazzam, Salem Hassan Al Muhairi, Abdullah and Mane'a Ajlan, Abdullah Al Mansouri, Saeed Al Muwaisi, Nasser Dhaen, Abdullah Matar, Juma Al Najem, Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Ibrahim Rasool and Ali Al Maloud and Ali Bu Majeed, who were the members of the Bahraini group of exchange students, and Ma'moun Abdul Qader, Mahmoud Fadhlullah, Al Fateh Al Talb, Hussain Al Meerghani and Abbas Ali from the Sudanese community working in the UAE.[1]

In 1970, a group members of the club (Hadher Khalaf Al Muhairi, Saleem Al Khudhrawi, Mohammed Khalaf Al Muhairi and Mahmoud Fadhlullah) broke away from the club and founded Al Tadhamun Club, the separation did not last for long and in 1973 an idea was proposed for the two clubs to combine in one club. In 1974, A decision was issued in the same year by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to combined the two clubs together under the name of Al Ain Sports Club and publicize the club officially. The first board of directors of the club was formed after the merge under the chairmanship Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri.[5]


Hazza Bin Zayed
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.jpg
Location Hamdan Bin Mohammad Street,
Al Ain
Abu Dhabi,
Opened 14 January 2014 (2014-01-14)
Owner Al Ain
Operator Al Ain
Construction cost € 145 million
Architect Pattern Design Limited (2014)
Capacity 25,000-seat
Field size 45 x 50 metres
Al Ain (2014–present)

Al Ain first playground was set up on the main street near the Clock Roundabout. Took the shape of a square sandy plot of land.[6]

Al Ain owns three home ground, Tahnoun bin Mohammed, Sheikh Khalifa International, Hazza Bin Zayed which opened on 14 January 2014.

Crest and colours[edit]

The team began playing in green and white in 1968. After merged Al Ain with Al Tadhamun in 1974. Al Tadhamun red color became Al Ain color from season 1974–75 till the start of season 1976–77. During the first team training camp in Morocco in 1977, Friendly tournament was held by Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca with the participation of the Nice, and Sporting CP, and Anderlecht, during matches Al Ain admired Anderlecht's purple colors, Idea came to change Al Ain's colors to purple, the idea presented to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who agreed to changed the club colors officially to the purple with the beginning of the season 1977–78.[7]


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
First team head coach Croatia Zlatko Dalić
Assistant coach Croatia Dražen Ladić
United States Hisham Sorour
Croatia Branimir Ujevic
Goalkeeping coach Iraq Bashar Abduljalil
Fitness coach Croatia Frano Leko
Club doctor Croatia Jurica Rakic
Nutritionist Morocco Mohsen Belhoz
Physiotherapist Croatia Miroslav Jamnic
Croatia Ivica Orsolic
Croatia Marin Polonijo
Egypt Abdul Nasser Al Juhani
U-21 team head coach Croatia Borimir Perkovic
Team Manager United Arab Emirates Matar Obaid Al Sahbani
Team Supervisor United Arab Emirates Mohammed Obeid Hammad
Team Administrator United Arab Emirates Nasser Al Junaibi
Director of football United Arab Emirates Khalifa Suleiman

Last updated: July 2014
Source: Al Ain FC


Board members[edit]

President United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Vice President United Arab Emirates Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Chairman of Board of Directors United Arab Emirates Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan
Vice Chairman of Board of Directors United Arab Emirates Rashed Mubarak Al Hajeri
Board of Directors Member United Arab Emirates Mohammed Salem Omair Al Shamisi
Board of Directors Member United Arab Emirates Mohammed Abdullah Bin Bdoua Al Darmaki
Board of Directors Member United Arab Emirates Mohamed Obaid Helal Al Dhaheri

Last updated: 1 May 2011
Source: Al Ain FC

In the past HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, half brother of Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed also chaired the club in 1970s.[9]

In 1990s, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan was Chairman of the Board, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan vice-chairman.[9]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
3 Ghana FW Asamoah Gyan
4 United Arab Emirates MF Sultan Al Ghaferi
5 United Arab Emirates DF Ismail Ahmed
6 United Arab Emirates MF Ahmed Barman
7 United Arab Emirates MF Ali Al-Wehaibi (Vice Captain)
9 France MF Jirès Kembo Ekoko
10 United Arab Emirates MF Omar Abdulrahman
11 United Arab Emirates MF Abdulaziz Fayez
12 United Arab Emirates GK Waleed Salem
15 United Arab Emirates DF Khaled Abdulrahman
16 United Arab Emirates FW Mohammed Abdulrahman
17 United Arab Emirates GK Khalid Eisa
18 United Arab Emirates MF Ibrahim Diaky
19 United Arab Emirates DF Mohanad Salem
20 United Arab Emirates MF Helal Saeed (Captain)
21 United Arab Emirates DF Fawzi Fayez
No. Position Player
23 United Arab Emirates DF Mohamed Ahmed
24 United Arab Emirates MF Rashed Eisa (on loan from Al Wasl)
25 United Arab Emirates MF Ahmed Al-Shamsi
26 United Arab Emirates DF Abdulsalam Mohammed
29 South Korea MF Lee Myung-Joo
30 United Arab Emirates MF Mohammed Al Saadi
35 United Arab Emirates FW Yousef Ahmed
36 United Arab Emirates GK Dawoud Sulaiman
38 United Arab Emirates DF Saeed Mosabah
40 United Arab Emirates GK Mohamad Busanda
44 United Arab Emirates DF Faris Jumaa
50 United Arab Emirates DF Mohammed Fayez
64 United Arab Emirates MF Ryan Yslam
-- Slovakia MF Miroslav Stoch (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
-- United Arab Emirates FW Bander Al-Habbabi
-- United Arab Emirates FW Hamad Raqea

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
27 United Arab Emirates MF Salem Abdullah (at Al Wasl)
31 United Arab Emirates MF Hazza Salem (at Al Wasl)
No. Position Player
77 United Arab Emirates MF Haddaf Al Aameri (at Ajman)
2 United Arab Emirates DF Mohammed Ali Ayed (at Al Shabab)

Managerial history[edit]



Bruno Metsu, who led the club to their first AFC Champions League title in 2003

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (11) (record): 1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13
Runners-up (7):[12] 1975–76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2004–05
Winners (6): 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014
Runners-up (3): 1994, 1995, 2007
Winners (3): 1989, 2005, 2006
Winners (1): 2008–09
Runners-up (1): 2010–11
Winners (4) (record): 1995, 2003, 2009, 2012
Runners-up (1): 2013
  • Abu Dhabi Championship Cup[10]
Winners (2): 1974, 1975
  • Joint League Cup[10]
Winners (1): 1983

Arabian Gulf competitions[edit]

Winners (1) : 2001

Asian competitions[edit]

Winners (1) : 2003
Runners-up (1) : 2005
Third place (1) : 1999

AFC competitions history[edit]

2002–03: Champion
2004: Quarter-Finals
2005: Finalist
2006: Quarter-Finals
2007: Group Stage
2010: Group Stage
2011: Group Stage
2013: Group Stage
2014: Group Stage
1986: Qualifying Stage
1999: 3rd place
2001: Second Round
1995/96: Second Round
1999/00: First Round
2001/02: Quarter-Finals


  1. ^ a b "club Foundation3". Archived from the original on 1 August 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Al Ain look to the future". Fifa. 
  3. ^ a b "The Beginning". Archived from the original on 1 August 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "club Foundation4". Archived from the original on 1 August 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "club Foundation5". Archived from the original on 1 August 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "first playground". Archived from the original on 1 August 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Purple Story". (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Club Management". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Al Ain.. The Past, the Present and the Future". Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Club Milestones". Al Ain FC. 
  11. ^ "List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. 
  12. ^ "List of Champions". RSSSF. 

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Preceded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
South Korea
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia