Ettifaq FC

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Ettifaq FC
Full name Ettifaq Football Club
Nickname(s) Faris Ad-Dahna (The Knight of Ad-Dahna)
The Commandos
Founded 1945
Ground Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Ground Capacity 26,000
Chairman Abdulaziz Al-Dossary
Manager Gheorghe Mulțescu
League Saudi First Division
2013–14 Saudi Professional League, 13th (relegated)

Ettifaq Football Club (Arabic: نادي الاتفاق لكرة القدم‎) also known as Al-Ettifaq is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Dammam. 'Ittifaq' is Arabic for cooperation. Al Ettifaq was established after the merging of three clubs in the City of Dammam at the year 1944. Al Ettifaq is the first Saudi team to win an international title - the 1984 Arab Club Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq is also the first team to win the Saudi Premier League without any defeat. Al Ettifaq is also the first side from Saudi Arabia to win the Gulf Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq have a total of 13 different titles to their name.


  • King's Cup: 2
    • Champions: 1968, 1985
    • Runner-up (4): 1965, 1966, 1983, 1988

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

    • Semi-final (Group Stage): Al Ettifaq finished second in their group after losing their penultimate game against the eventual champions, Qatari side Al-Sadd (2-1) in a highly controversial game. Apart from the two clubs, the group contained April 25 SC (North Korea), Mohammedan SC (Bangladesh), and Pahang (Malaysia).[1]
        • Group Stage - Round of 32: Al Ettifaq was arguably one of the best performers in the group stage after finishing top of the group with 12 points. They won 4 games, lost 2, and scored 15 goals in 6 games, recording the third best attacking stats in the continent in that round. Al Ettifaq were placed in Group D along FC Bunyodkor (led by Brazilian ace Rivaldo), Sepahan Isfahan, and Al Shabab (UAE).
        • Round of 16: Al Ettifaq were knocked from the Round of 16 against Pakhtakor (UZB). After leading 1-0 at halftime, they conceded two late goals that ended their hopes in qualifying to the quarter-final.[2]
        • After failing to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Al-Ettifaq qualified automatically to the 2012 AFC Cup, and were drawn in Group C with Kuwait SC of Kuwait, Al Ahed of Lebanon, and VB Sports Club of the Maldives.
        • Al Ettifaq started the competition as favorites and a strong candidate to win the competition, winning 5-1 in their first group game against Kuwait SC in Kuwait. The second game was frustrating to the Saudis as they drew in their own stadium 0-0 with Al Ahed. They defeated the underdogs of the group VB Sports Club by 6-3 in the Maldives and 2-0 in the reverse fixture. Al Ettifaq sealed their promotion with a 2-2 draw against Kuwait SC before finishing the group with a 3-1 victory in Lebanon against Al Ahed.
        • Al Ettifaq finished off their season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Omani side Al-Suwaiq SC in the Round of 16 to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Current squad[edit]

The following is the preliminary squad before the beginning of the 2013/2014 Saudi Professional League:[citation needed] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Saudi Arabia GK Abdulmagid Al-Thunayan
22 Saudi Arabia GK Abdullah Al-Bahri
30 Saudi Arabia GK Abdullah Al-Saleh
2 Saudi Arabia DF Ali Al-Zubaidi
3 Saudi Arabia DF Ahmed Al-Mowalad
4 Saudi Arabia DF Saoud Fallatah
5 Saudi Arabia DF Mortadha Al-Breeh
13 Saudi Arabia DF Hassan Kadish
14 Saudi Arabia DF Ahmad Akash
25 Saudi Arabia DF Saad Khairi
27 Saudi Arabia DF Mubarak Wagdy
33 Saudi Arabia DF Jamaan Al-Jamaan
35 Chad DF Abobaker Adam
45 Saudi Arabia DF Hassen Al-Sandal
6 Saudi Arabia MF Yahia Otain
7 Saudi Arabia MF Ali Al-Zaqaan
8 Saudi Arabia MF Mohammed Knoo
No. Position Player
15 Jordan MF Yousef Al-Thodan
16 Saudi Arabia MF Khaled Al-Hamdhi
17 Saudi Arabia MF Emad Al-Dossari
18 Saudi Arabia MF Ibraheem Al-Ibraheem
19 Saudi Arabia MF Fahad Al-Dossary
20 Saudi Arabia MF Abdoh Hakami
23 Saudi Arabia MF Hassan Al-Habeeb
29 Saudi Arabia MF Aiedh Al-Sohaimi
77 Saudi Arabia MF Ahmed Al-Shehri
9 Saudi Arabia FW Hazaa Al-Hazaa
10 Saudi Arabia FW Saleh Bashir
11 Saudi Arabia FW Zamil Al-Sulim
24 Saudi Arabia FW Abdurahman Al-Aboud
69 Saudi Arabia FW Ryan Belal
89 Brazil FW Daniel Oliveira
90 Saudi Arabia FW Khaled Al-Aboud

Managerial history[edit]

Note: The table is currently being updated.

19??–69 Sudan Mohammed Hassan Kheiri
1976–78 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1980–84 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Coincided with the most successful period of the club (4 titles).
1986–90 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Won 3 titles.
1990–91 Brazil Procópio Cardoso
July 1, 1993–June 30, 1995 Poland Wojciech Łazarek
1994–96 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1997 Brazil João Francisco
1999–00 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
2003–04 Netherlands Jan Versleijen
Jan 1, 2004–May 30, 2004 Argentina Jorge Habegger
2005–06 Brazil Ednaldo Patricio
2006–07 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh 2006 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Winner).
July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008 Portugal Toni Oliveira 2007 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Runner-up).
Jan 8, 2009–June 8, 2009 Romania Ioan Andone Achieved club's best performance in the AFC Champions League (Round of 16).
Oct 23, 2009–March 23, 2011 Romania Ion Marin
March 23, 2011–June 30, 2011 Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui
July 22, 2011–April 30, 2012 Croatia Branko Ivanković
2012 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh
July 1, 2012–Sept 25, 2012 Switzerland Alain Geiger
Sept 26, 2012–June 13, 2013 Poland Maciej Skorża
July 1, 2013–Oct 1, 2013 Germany Theo Bücker
Sept 30, 2013–Oct 26, 2013 Romania Eusebiu Tudor
Oct 26, 2013–Feb 13, 2014 Serbia Goran Tufegdžić
Feb 13, 2014–July, 2014 Romania Ioan Andone
July 2014–Feb 17, 2015 Spain Beñat San José
Feb 17, 2015– Romania Gheorghe Mulțescu


  1. ^ Asian Club Championship 1989 - Schedule & Results. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  2. ^ AFC Champions League 2009 - Schedule & Results, Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  3. ^ AFC Champions League 2012 - Draw, Retrieved 9 December 2011.

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Preceded by
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Al-Arabi

Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia
Preceded by
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Kazma

Succeeded by
Fanja SC
Preceded by
Qadsia SC
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Qadsia SC

Succeeded by
Al Jazira
United Arab Emirates