Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait)

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Al-Arabi SC
النادي العربي
Al Arabi SC (logo).png
Full name Al-Arabi Sporting Club
Nickname(s) The Boss, The Green, Al-zaee'm, The green fort, The Gulfs Bosses, Zaee'm Al-khaleej, Nsoor Al-zaee'm, Al-Arabi Eagles, Al-zaee'm Eagles, The Castle Of Trophies
Founded 1953; 61 years ago (1953), as Al-Uruba SC
20 October 1960, as Al-Arabi SC
Ground Sabah Al-Salem Stadium
Al-Mansouriah (Kuwait City)
Ground Capacity 22,000
Chairman Kuwait Jamal Al-Kazemi
Manager Serbia Bonyiak
League Kuwaiti Premier League
2013/14 5

Al-Arabi Sporting Club [1] (Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي ‎) is a Kuwaiti club that sponsors a number of teams, most notably an Association Football team in the Kuwaiti Premier League. As winners of Kuwait Emir Cup in 2008,[2] Al-Arabi became the first Kuwaiti team to compete in the AFC Cup. Al-Arabi has 56 official trophies next to their name in the Kuwaiti Club Football history(54 domestic and 2 Arabian-Gulf). Al-Arabi's stadium is Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Al Mansouriah, which is the second largest stadium in Kuwait. Al-Arabi's name means "The Arabian". Al-Arabi SC is the most in kuwait with honors of 56 championships.

Most GCC Club titles


Al-Arabi Sporting Club was formed in Kuwait in 1953.[3] It was known from 1953 till 1960 by the name "Al-Uruba".

Al-Arabi Sporting Club is known for the biggest fan base in kuwait and one of the most known in the Gulf and the Arab world and has the most trophies in the Gulf with 56 trophies in its hands.

In the 1990s Al-Arabi SC brought S.S lazio and beat them 1-0.

In 1982 Al-Arabi SC was the first ever team to win Gulf Club Champions Cup,and then won it again in 2003.

Since 2001 Al-Arabi SC has never won the league and since then the Al-Qadsia won the league 8 times to be tied with Al-Arabi SC 16 times each.

Al-Arabi Sporting Club has qualified in 2013 for the final match of the UAFA CUP in the first leg they tied 0-0 in Kuwait and in Algeria lost 3-2 while they were 0-2 down in the first half due to referee mistake dining a goal for Al-Arabi Sporting Club and then giving them an offside goal which after that they scored there second goal, after the second half started Al-Arabi sporting club scored there first goal from a header from Kader Fall at the 58th min which gave the team motivation to score the second goal from a long shot distance at the 61st min from Hussain Al-moussawi after that the team was playing much better and at the 75th min of the game the ref gave Union Sportive Médina d'Alger a penalty kick for a weird reason for trying to keep the ball in his possions so the USM Alger player jumped on him and fell so the referee gave him a penalty which they scored in the 76th min which gave them the championship by a win of 3-2 on aggregate that day was the day Al-Arabi Sporting Club was rightfully the real winner if its wasn't due to bad referee's.

In the 2013-14 season Al-Arabi SC qualified for the final match of the kuwait Crown Cup for the third time in a row vs Al-Qadsia SC and lost 2-1 with one of the worst referred matches in Kuwait where the referee canceled a goal for the Greens where there was nothing wrong and it was a clean goal then gave Al-Qadsia a penalty on the 70th minute of the match and due to the referee being this bad Al-Arabi wanted to forfeit but continued for the Prince's honor and Al-Qadsia scored the penalty was scored on the 75th minute. and on the 83rd minute Al-Qadsia scored the second goal leading 2-0 and at the 90th minute the referee gave 15 minute extra time due to the match stopping several times which Al-Arabi SC scored on the 93rd minute by Mahmoud Maowas. By the rest of the extra time Al-Arabi SC raised there offense and attacked to try and tie the game but couldn't by the referee who wouldn't let them score and giving many offsides and gave 2 red cards for Al-Arabi SC for no reason saying that the 2 players are exaggerating and offending me but the referee pushed them and said leave which ended 2-1 which crowned Al-Qadsia Champions, but the Prince was not satisfied with the outcome of the match and left disappointed. In the same season Al-Arabi SC finished 5th in the league and got knocked out of the Kuwait Emir Cup by Al-Qadsia 2-0 on penalties after tied 0-0 on aggregate but ended there Season with winning the Kuwait Federation Cup[4] after the match ended 2-2 with Al-Salmiya SC went on penalties and won 4-2 which crowned them champions for the 6th time in the history of the Cup.


Al-Arabi SC has 56 official trophies


1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88,1988-89, 1992–93, 1996–97, 2001–02

(runner-up) 11

1967-68, 1968-69, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1978-79, 1980-81, 1986-87, 1989-90, 2002-03, 2003-04
1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08

(runner-up) 11

1964-65, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1969-70, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2008-09
1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2006–07, 2011–12

(runner-up) 4

2002-03, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2013-14
1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02

(runner-up) 2

2003-04, 2005-06
2008, 2012
1969-70, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2013-14

(runner-up) 2

2008-09, 2012-13
1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72, 1984-85, 1985-96


1982, 2003
  • (Runner-up): 3
1983, 1985,1994
  • (Runner-up):1
2012–13 Runner Up


  • Shot Cup: 1

Performance in UAFA competitions[edit]

  • Gulf Club Champions Cup: 7 appearances

Winners: (2003, 1982) Runners-Up :(1994, 1985, 1983)

2012–13 Runner Up

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

AFC Champions League: 5

AFC Cup: 1 2008: quarter-final

Classicos and Derbys[edit]

The Kuwaiti Classico[edit]

Main article: Kuwait derby

the Kuwaiti classico is between Al-Arabi SC and Al-Qadsia which is named one of the big games in the GCC from sport section which Al-Qadsia want to break the record of the number of championships Al-Arabi SC have of 56 and qadsia have 50 so they can name there selves Al-Zaeem but they underestimate Al-Arabi SC a lot, due to Al-Qadsia getting domestic championships in the twentieth century it has been better than Al-Arabi SC and has more wins in the Classico.

Kuwait City Derby[edit]

the Kuwait city derby is between Al-Arabi SC and Kuwait SC due to have a great impact from Kuwait SC since making there dominance in the AFC Cup by winning the title 3 times and make the derby a great match.

Al-Arabi SC vs Al-Salmiya SC[edit]

The match between Al-Salmiya SC and Al-Arabi SC is always a great match and was always expected from Al-Arabi SC to win but Al-Salmiya always puts up a great match and unexpectly win but difference of 1 goal while Al-Arabi was better.


Al-Arabi Futsal team was established in 2009 and had a strong outcome in the Kuwaiti futsal league.


  • (runner-up):1
  • (runner-up):0
  • (runner-up):1

Club Past Kits[edit]

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A picture of Sabah Al Salem Stadium from inside
Sabah Al-Salem Stadium from the outside

Al-Arabi plays in home matches in Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Kuwait City, Al Mansouriah. The stadium holds 22,000 people and is the second-largest stadium in Kuwait. It hosted the Final of the Asian Cup, between Kuwait – Korea. Also held the First-leg final of the UAFA Cup in 2013. Also held many Finals through the years from the Kuwait Federation Cup final in 2012. But wont heel any major Tournaments due to it not having VIP stand to crown The Champions.

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
2 Syria DF Ahmad Al Salih
3 Kuwait DF Fahed Al Farhan
4 Kuwait MF Mohamed Jarragh
6 Kuwait DF Ahmad Abdulghafoor
7 Kuwait FW Fahad Al Rashidi
8 Kuwait MF Talal Nayef
9 Jordan FW Ahmed Hayel
10 Syria ST Firas Al-Khatib
11 Kuwait FW Hussain Al-Moussawi
13 Kuwait DF Mohammad Frieh
16 Kuwait DF Mubarak Al Beloushi
17 Kuwait FW Khaled Khalaf
19 Kuwait DF Ahmed Saad Al Rashidi
20 Kuwait MF Abdullah Al Hadad
No. Position Player
21 Kuwait MF Fahad Al Hashash
26 Kuwait GK Hameed Al Qallaf
24 Kuwait MF Abdullah Al Shemali
27 Kuwait DF Isa Waleed
28 Kuwait DF Mahdi Al Moussawi
29 Kuwait DF Ali Maqseed
30 Kuwait MF Abdulaziz Al Salimi
31 Kuwait MF Khalaf Ahmed
32 Kuwait DF Ahmad Dashti
33 Kuwait FW Abdulaziz Al Haghan
34 Kuwait GK Sulaiman Abdulghafoor
35 Kuwait GK Abdullatif Adnan
36 Kuwait DF Bader Al Taher
40 Syria MF Mahmoud Al Mawas

Sold or contract finished or 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
Senegal MF Kader Fall Contract ended on 31/6/2014

Under 16[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Kuwait MF Metab Al-Salama

Retired numbers[edit]

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

No. Position Player
22 Kuwait GK Samir Said (posthumous honour)

Top scorers[edit]

season first second third
2007–2008 Firas Al-Khatib 24 Khaled Khalaf 14
2008–2009 Firas Al-Khatib 25 Khaled Khalaf 8 Hussain Al-Moussawi 7
2009–2010 Mohamed Al Zeno 12 Hussain Al-Moussawi 9 Ali Maqseed 7
2010–2011 Abdelmajid Eddine 17 Hussain Al-Moussawi 13 Ali Maqseed 5
2011–2012 Kader Fall 8 Ali Magseed 6 Khaled Khalaf 5
2012–2013 Ahmad Hayel 20 Fahad Al Rashidi 14 Kader Fall 12
2013–2014 Ahmad Hayel 20 Fahad Al Rashidi 15 Mahmoud Al-Mawass 8

Technical staff[edit]

  • Serbia Bonyaik – Head Coach
  • Morocco Radwan Al Hajri – Fitness coach
  • Kuwait Fadhel Matar – Assistant Coach
  • Kuwait Khaleefa Al Mansour – Goalkeeper Coach

Biggest wins[edit]

Biggest lose[edit]

Al Arabi Coaches[edit]

Dave Mackay, first foreign coach of Al Arabi
coach of Al Arabi of 2009–10
Al Arabi SC Coach since 2011 and left in 2014 he had 3 seasons with Al-Zaeem and added 3 titles to there closets and came runner-up to 3 other titles
Years Coach Name Nationality
1978–87 Dave Mackay Scotland Scotland
1981–82 Frank Upton England England
1993–94 Bobby Campbell England England
1994–95 Mohamed Karam Kuwait Kuwait
1994–95 Colin Dobson England England
1995–96 Dragan Mihajlović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1996 Jawad Maqseed Kuwait Kuwait
1996–97 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait Kuwait
1998–99 Ján Pivarník Slovakia Slovakia
1999-01 Dragan Mihailović Serbia Serbia
2001–03 Valdeir Vieira Brazil Brazil
2003–04 Sebastião Lazaroni Brazil Brazil
2004–05 Mohsen Saleh Egypt Egypt
2005 Valdeir Vieira Brazil Brazil
2006 Nenad Jestrović Serbia Serbia
2007–08 José Rachão Portugal Portugal
2008–09 Ahmed Khalaf Kuwait Kuwait
2009–10 Dragan Skočić Croatia Croatia
2010–11 Marcelo Cabo Brazil Brazil
2011 Zoran Petović Serbia Serbia
2011 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait Kuwait
2011–14 José Romão Portugal Portugal
2014- Bonyaik Serbia Serbia

Al Arabi statistics[edit]

Al Arabi
Season Pos. Crown Prince Cup Emir Cup Kuwait Federation Cup(renewed in 2008) Kuwait Super Cup(started in 2008) Al Kurafi Cup (defunct in 2007)
2000–01 4 Round One Quarterfinal Quarterfinal Champion
2001–02 Champion Quarterfinal Quarterfinal Champion
2002–03 Runners Up Runners Up Quarterfinal first-Round
2003–04 3 Quarterfinal Quarterfinal Runner Up
2004–05 3 Round One Champion First-Round
2005–06 4 Quarterfinal Champion Runner-Up
2006–07 6 Champion Semifinal First-Round(final tournament)
2007–08 4 Quarterfinal Champion First-round
2008–09 5 Round One Runners Up Runners Up Champions (1st edition of the tournament)
2009–10 5 Runners Up SemiFinal Group Stage
2010–11 3 SemiFinal Round One Group Stage
2011–12 3 Champion QuarterFinal QuarterFinal Champions
2012–13 3 Runners Up Semi-final Runners Up
2013-14 5 Runners Up Semi-final Champions
  • Biggest Results
    • In Asia
1971: Al Arabi 3–0 Malaysia Perak
2002–03: Al Arabi 4–0 Syria Al Ittihad
2006: Al Arabi 3–0 Saudi Arabia Al Shabab
    • International Competitions
2000: Al Arabi 3–0 Sudan Al-Merreikh
2005: Al Arabi 7–2 Syria Al-Taliya
    • Against National Teams
2005: Al Arabi 2–0 Syria
2008: Al Arabi 1–1 Côte d'Ivoire

Asian record[edit]

Countries in which Al Arabi played against teams from in Asian competitions
9 1 2 6 8 19 −11
20 6 4 10 28 31 −3
9 4 4 1 13 7 +6

Al Arabi in Asia[edit]

Club presidents[edit]

The Founding Committee in 1960, involved Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf

Years Chairman
1960 Kuwait Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf
1960–61 Kuwait Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf
1961–62 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1962–63 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1963–64 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1964–65 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1965–66 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1966–67 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1967–68 Kuwait Moussa Rashid Al-Fahad
1969–70 Kuwait Mohammed Saleh Al-Mulla
1970–71 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1971–72 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1972–73 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1973–74 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1974–76 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1976–78 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1978–79 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1979–81 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1981–83 Kuwait Sheikh Nayef Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
1983–85 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1985–87 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1987–89 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1989–92 Kuwait Sheikh Ali Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
1992–93 Kuwait Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Humaiadhan
1993–94 Kuwait Mohammed Saleh Al-Mulla
1994–97 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1997-00 Kuwait Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Shehab
2000–03 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2003–06 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2006–10 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2010 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
2010–14 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi

FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Players[edit]

FIFA World Cup 1982 Spain

1984 AFC Asian Cup Singapore

1996 AFC Asian Cup United Arab Emirates

2000 AFC Asian Cup Lebanon

2011 AFC Asian Cup Qatar


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# Championship
10 times National League
10 times Federation Cup
1 time Al Khurafi Cup


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# Championship Years
8 times National League 1962/63, 1963/64, 1965/66, 1971/72, 1973/74, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78
9 times Federation Cup 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1972/73, 1974/75, 1975/76, 1976/77, 2007/08



  • National League: 4
2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2013/14
  • Kuwait Cup: 7
2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2013/14

dawn of the EAGLES[edit]

In the 2013-14 SEASON Al-Arabi Volleyball club won both the League and Cup and was said that they have come back to win championships and be a competitive team in the Kuwaiti volleyball league after a fantastic season of 2 losses in the hole season and only conceding 6.

Other sports[edit]

Besides football, handball, basketball, and volleyball, the club sponsors teams in waterpolo, squash, athletics, Gymnastics, Swimming, Boxing, Judo, Weightlifting and Futsal.


ANTA sports official kit manufacturer for Al-Arabi SC
Mahmoud Al Mawas wearing Al-Arabi SC kit manufacturer by ANTA sports
Fahad Al-Rashidi wearing ANTA sports away kit official kit manufacturer for Al-Arabi SC

In the 2009-10 season Al-Arabi SC couldn't find a sporting manufacturing company to Sponsor the team so agreed for a 1-year deal with Bati Goal a local Kuwaiti sports Manufacturer and then signed a 3-year deal with Addidas and then signed with ANTA Sports in the 2013-14 season Due to Addidas not willing to renew their contract.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1999–03 None
2003–09 NIKE Wataniya Telecom + Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
2009–10 bati goal Wataniya Telecom + Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
2010–13 Addidas Wataniya Telecom + Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
2013- ANTA Sports Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait



  1. ^ "website official". Al-Arabi sporting club. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Emir Cup winners". Kooora. Retrieved May 25, 2008. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "crowned 2014 champs". Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Gulf Club Champions Cup
Succeeded by
Al Qadsia
Preceded by
Gulf Club Champions Cup
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