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Al-Hilal
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Full name Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club
Nickname(s) Al-Za'eem (The Boss)
Al-Mawj Al-azrag (The Blue Wave)
Founded 16 October 1957 (1957-10-16)
Ground King Fahd Stadium
Ground Capacity 61,781
President Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad
Manager Laurențiu Reghecampf
League Saudi Premier League
2013–14 Saudi Premier League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club (Arabic: نادي الهلال‎; The Crescent), also known simply as Al-Hilal, is a Saudi Arabian professional football team based in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. It plays at the Saudi Premier League and holds 55 official championships. Since its founding in 1957, it has obtained a record of 40 domestic titles as well as 6 Asian championships, and 7 Arab and Arabian Gulf championships.[1] Al-Hilal has a reputation for being the most widely supported club in Saudi Arabia.

The club's nickname is "The Boss", which derived from the club's current leading position in Asia and in Saudi Arabia. "The Blue Waves" is what the fans are called because it is considered the most popular club in Asia and the Middle East, so there are many blue people who adore Al-Hilal throughout the world.[2] With this clear lead, the IFFHS ranked Al-Hilal as the Asian Club of the 20th Century.[3]

Among the club's most famous players were Yousuf Al-Thunayan and Sami Al-Jaber of the Saudi Arabian national football team, and goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea, who is also known as "The Octopus". Al-Deayea is the former world record holder for most international appearances by a male football player. He was chosen as Asia's goalkeeper of the century in 2000. The team's current captain, Yasser Al-Qahtani is also a very famous player. The very well known Brazilian, Rivelino, also played for Al-Hilal from 1978 to 1981.

History[edit]

Roberto Rivelino (left) and Najeeb (right) playing for Al-Hilal in 1979

Al-Hilal Club was originally known as the Olympic Club during its founding by Abdul Rahman Bin Saeed on 16 October 1957 in Riyadh. The club's name lasted for only one year before it was changed to its current name on 3 December 1958 by King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz. He changed the name after he attended a tournament that was contested between the Olympic Club, Al-Shabab, Al-Riyadh and El-Kawkab clubs. As soon as the club's establishment, Al Hilal enjoyed not only grassroots support but also royal attention.[4]

After spending their formative years building a squad, the club made their first mark by lifting the King's Cup trophy in 1961. That began an illustrious era for Al Hilal, which has involved them winning 50 official competitions. Al-Hilal recaptured the King's Cup in 1964, with a penalty shootout victory over two-time Asian champions Al-Ittihad, to firmly cement their place among the nation's elite. With the club already being heralded as one of the nation's rising powers, it was natural that they emerged as the inaugural winners when the current Saudi Premier League came into existence in the 1976–77 season. They have never looked back since, holding on to their tag as the league's all-time greatest side by seizing gold another ten times and finishing runners-up on 11 occasions in the space of 32 years. Al-Hilal also have six King's Cup, eight Crown Prince Cup and seven Saudi Federation Cup titles.[5]

With the club's meteoric rise and money, a host of world-class coaches were attracted to their hot-seat in the 1970's, including Brazilian Mario Zagallo. Players from the four corners of the globe also moved to Saudi Arabia, most notably Brazilian star Roberto Rivelino.

Al-Hilal players celebrating their Saudi Premier League championship in 2010

In the 1990's, Al Hilal made their mark on the continental stage. In 1991, they won the Asian Club Championship, which they recaptured eight years later. Another vintage year came in 1997, when they captured the Asian Cup Winners Cup and the Asian Super Cup of that year, which they lifted again in 2002. The last time they got their hands on a continental trophy was in 2002, when they won the Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

Despite Al-Hilal's legendary status, they have recently been overshadowed by their fierce rivals and Jeddah based club Al-Ittihad, who have won six league titles and the AFC Champions League twice over the past decade. In contrast, Al-Hilal have won the league four times in that period, from 2005 to 2008, to qualify for the AFC Champions League, but on both occasions they were failed to reach the knockout stage.

After the retirement of 2000 Asian Player of the Year Nawaf Al Temyat and Sami Al-Jaber, the duties of leading the team's attack have fallen on Yasser Al Qahtani, who steered Saudi Arabia to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The creative role behind him is filled by Khaled Aziz, who featured significantly for Saudi Arabia in the final qualifying round for 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Stadiums[edit]

King Fahd International Stadium is among one of the most magnificent stadiums in Asia. The stadium was constructed in 1987 with a capacity of 67,000 people. The club's other venue is Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, which is Al-Hilal's reserve team stadium. They also played for one season at the stadium in 2011–12 when King Fahd Stadium was under renovation.

Finance and sponsorship[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Mobily is the main sponsor of Al-Hilal, and as part of the sponsorship deal, their logo is displayed on the front of the club's shirts and a plethora of other merchandise. The Mobily deal was announced by the club's President Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad on 14 October 2008, and is worth a Saudi record SAR 517 million, to be paid over six years (SAR 69.1 million per year).

If the team wins any trophy, they will get SAR 3 million for each one (USD 800,000). Al-Hilal will get 60% of any other sponsor that want to sponsor the team, with Mobily's agreement, 20% of football match tickets sold, 50% of Mobily Al-Hilal txt message service profit. Al-Hilal will get SAR 10 million if the number of subscribers in Mobily's Al-Hilal service reaches 200,000 and another 10 million if they reach 400,000 subscribers. Al-Hilal will get 10% of each mobile package sold under the Al-Hilal name (such as blue wave package) and 40% of the club membership fees. The minimum net income from Mobily deal is SAR 75 million per year (USD 20 million/year).

Membership[edit]

Like most professional teams all over the world, Al-Hilal and Mobily have introduced a membership card (Hilali) for fans to connect with their club. Fans are now able to join the Hilal membership scheme for the clubs starting 2012–13season onwards. Hilali membership benefits includes VIP tickets to all Al-Hilal home and away matches, using the club facilities,meeting with players monthly and discounts at Al-Hilal Mobili stores.

Al-Hilal stores[edit]

Al-Hilal store in Tahlieh street, Riyadh

Al-Hilal has a chain of luxury retail stores that sell the club's products. The first branch opened on 1 February 2011 on the most expensive commercial street in Riyadh at a cost of SAR 15 million (USD 4 million). It was the first store from any Saudi club, and the biggest club store in the Middle East. In the first week of opening, sales surpassed SAR 1 million (USD 266,000). Mobily plans to cover the kingdom's main cities with seven branches by the end of 2012. Khobar's branch has opened on 5 Jauaryn 2012, which Jeddah branch opened on 5 April 2012. The stores offer thousands of high quality products including clothes, accessories, children toys and many other products.

The stores' profits currently go to Mobily only. After the investment cost is covered they will share the profit with the club.

Television match broadcasting rights[edit]

Al-Hilal receives SR 4.5 million per year (USD 1.2 million/year) from the Saudi Arabia Football Federation as the federation sell the complete matches' right in one package and all the clubs in the Saudi Professional League share the revenue equally. The income may increase dramatically in near future as clubs will have the rights to sell their own matches' broadcasting rights.

Other income sources[edit]

The club's president and other board members pay any extra money required to run the club as the total expenses of the club in recent seasons surpassed SR 140 million (USD 38 million). This increase in expenses is due to the high level foreign and national players the club signed with such as Thiago Neves, Mirel Rădoi, Christian Wilhelmsson, Osama Hawsawi, Youssef El-Arabi and others.

Charity and philanthropy[edit]

Special seats have been allocated for the disabled to watch the training. Twenty-five percent of the income of tickets sold goes to charities. Players and board members arrange and attend social activities for charities during Eid and other holidays.

Club Facilities[edit]

In 2009, the club opened a new camp in Riyadh. It contains 25 rooms, meeting rooms, smart room for lectures, library, eating room, living rooms, a big salon and a medical clinic. It also has entertainment corners for video games, table tennis, Billiards, table football and many others. There are two training fields for the senior team.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Asian[edit]

Regional[edit]

Others[edit]

Players[edit]

First-team 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
1 Saudi Arabia GK Khalid Sharhili
2 Saudi Arabia DF Sultan Al-Bishi
3 Saudi Arabia DF Yahya Al-Musalem
4 Saudi Arabia DF Abdullah Al-Zori
5 Saudi Arabia MF Abdulatif Al-Ghanam
6 Saudi Arabia MF Mohammed Al-Qarni
7 Brazil MF Thiago Neves
8 Romania MF Mihai Pintilii
9 Saudi Arabia MF Hamad Al-Hamad
10 Saudi Arabia MF Mohammad Al-Shalhoub
11 Saudi Arabia MF Abdullaziz Al-Dosari
12 Saudi Arabia DF Yasser Al-Shahrani
13 Saudi Arabia MF Salman Al-Faraj
No. Position Player
14 Saudi Arabia MF Saud Kariri (vice captain)
15 Saudi Arabia FW Nasser Al-Shamrani
16 Saudi Arabia FW Yousef Al-Salem
17 Saudi Arabia DF Abdullah Al Hafith
18 Saudi Arabia MF Abdullah Otayf
20 Saudi Arabia FW Yasser Al-Qahtani (captain)
23 South Korea DF Kwak Tae-Hwi
24 Saudi Arabia MF Nawaf Al Abed
26 Brazil DF Digao
28 Saudi Arabia GK Abdullah Al-Sudairy
29 Saudi Arabia MF Salem Al-Dossari
30 Saudi Arabia GK Fayz Al-Sabiay

Out 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
Saudi Arabia DF Hassan Khairat (at Al-Raed until 30 June 2015)
Saudi Arabia MF Hosam Al-Harthi (at Al-Raed until 30 June 2015)

Reserve 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
Saudi Arabia GK Faisel Al-Shahrani
Saudi Arabia GK Saad Al-Saleh
Saudi Arabia GK Mohamed Al-Waked
Saudi Arabia DF Mohammed Al-Shaman
Saudi Arabia DF Sweed Al-Bishi
Saudi Arabia DF Sultan Al-Deayea
Saudi Arabia FW Khaled Al-Kaebi
Saudi Arabia GK Fahad Al-Thunayan
Saudi Arabia DF Mohammed Al-Berik
Saudi Arabia DF Sultan Al-Deayea
Saudi Arabia DF Ahmed Sharahily
Saudi Arabia MF Abdullah Al-Ammar
Saudi Arabia MF Abdulellah Al-Fadhl
No. Position Player
Saudi Arabia GK Mohammed Al-Waked
Saudi Arabia DF Abdulkarim Al-Qahtani
Saudi Arabia DF Mohanad Al-Rasheed
Saudi Arabia MF Saad Al-Otaian
Saudi Arabia MF Abdulelah Al-Fadhl
Saudi Arabia MF Abdulaziz Al-Swailem
Saudi Arabia MF Bader Al-Marshedi
Saudi Arabia MF Abdulwahab Al-Fridi
Saudi Arabia MF Khalid Al-Kaabi
Saudi Arabia FW Abdulrahman Al-Sanea
Saudi Arabia FW Abdulilah Ibrahim
Saudi Arabia FW Abdulaziz Al-Sultan
Saudi Arabia FW Ahmed Al-Bargi

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Laurențiu Reghecampf, the current Al-Hilal head coach
Position Name
Head coach Laurențiu Reghecampf
Assistant coach Cristian Țermure
Assistant coach Anton Petrea
Fitness coach Thomas Neubert
Goalkeeping coach Florin Tene
Medical director Jean-Marcel Ferret
Physiotherapist Ovidiu Kurti
Reserve team coach Abdullah Obaidan
General manager Fahad Almofarej

Management[edit]

Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad, the current Al-Hilal president
Position Name
President Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad
Vice President Mohammed Alhmidani
Treasurer Ahmad Abdo Ismail
Board secretary Salman Aljraid
Director of social area Fahad Almadeed

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Domestic cups AFC Other Competitions Top scorer Manager
2000/01 SPL 3 22 14 5 3 35 15 +20 47 CPC ASC Quarter-finals ARWC ASC Al-Temyat 11 Romania Ilie Balaci
2001/02 SPL 1 22 14 7 1 54 17 +37 49 PFC ACWC Winner ARWC Al-Jaber 17 Portugal Artur Jorge
2002/03 SPL 5 22 11 8 3 28 18 +10 41 CPC PFC ACL Group Stage ASC Al-Ali 13 Romania Ilie Balaci
2003/04 SPL 3 22 12 4 6 40 18 +22 40 CPC PFC ACL Group Stage Ceesay 16 Netherlands Aad de Mos
2004/05 SPL 2 22 13 6 3 41 21 +20 45 CPC PFC ARCL Al-Jaber 12 Brazil Marcos Paquetá
2005/06 SPL 2 22 13 5 4 41 21 +20 44 CPC PFC ACL Group Stage Camacho 14 Brazil Marcos Paquetá
2006/07 SPL 2 22 17 2 3 38 15 +23 53 CPC ACL Quarter-finals Al-Qahtani 13 Portugal José Peseiro
2007/08 SPL 1 22 14 6 2 36 13 +23 48 SCC CPC PFC GCC Al-Qahtani 16 Romania Cosmin Olăroiu
2008/09 SPL 2 22 15 5 2 41 9 +32 50 SCC CPC PFC ACL Round of 16 Al-Qahtani 13 Romania Cosmin Olăroiu
2009/10 SPL 1 22 18 2 2 56 18 +38 56 SCC CPC PFC ACL Semi-finals Al-Qahtani 19 Belgium Eric Gerets
2010/11 SPL 1 26 19 7 0 52 18 +34 64 SCC CPC ACL Round of 16 Al-Qahtani 11 Argentina Gabriel Calderon
2011/12 SPL 3 26 18 6 2 58 22 +36 60 CPC ACL Quarter-finals El-Arabi 12 Germany Thomas Doll
2012/13 SPL 2 26 17 5 4 62 26 +36 56 CPC ACL Round of 16 Lopes 17 France Antoine Kombouaré
2013/14 SPL 2 26 20 3 3 60 24 +36 63 ACL Al-Shamrani 21 Romania Laurențiu Reghecampf


Div. = Division; SPL = Saudi Premier League; ZPL = Zain Professional League; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost
GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; GD = Goal difference P = Points
SCC = Champions Cup; CPC = Crown Prince Cup; PFC = Prince Faisal Cup
ARCL = Arab Champions League; ARWC = Arab Cup Winners' Cup; ACL = AFC Champions League; GCC = Gulf Club Champions Cup;ASC = Asian Super Cup
Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up; Bronze = third, Semi-final .

Award winners[edit]

Asian Footballer of the Year
Asia‘s best Goalkeeper of the Century by IFFHS
Arabian Footballer of the Year

References[edit]

External links[edit]