Ittihad FC

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Ittihad Jeddah
Logo
Full name Al-Ittihad Club Saudi Arabia
Founded 4 January 1927; 88 years ago (1927-01-04)
Ground King Abdullah Sports City Stadium
Ground Capacity 62,000
President Ibrahem Albalwi
Head coach Victor Pițurcă
League Saudi Professional League
2013–14 Saudi Professional League, 6th

Al-Ittihad Club (Arabic: نادي الاتحاد‎), also known as Al-Ittihad, is a Saudi Premier League football club based in Jeddah. Al-Ittihad has won eight League titles and also holds 46 official championship wins, three of them being Asian championships.

The club was founded in the 4th of January 1927 and is the oldest club in Saudi Arabia. They are known by (The People's Club). The most successful period in Al-Ittihad's history was the 1990s and mid 2000s, when the club won numerous honours both domestically and in Asia. The team won consecutive Champions League titles in 2004 and 2005. Going on to compete in the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup. The club has the distinction of being the only Asian club to have won the AFC Champions League twice in a row.

Among the club's most famous players were former striker Hamzah Idris, Ahmad Jamil, Al Hasan Al-Yami and Mohammed Noor. Furthermore, the famous Brazilian international player Bebeto played for Al-Ittihad from 2001 to 2002.

Nowadays Al Ittihad club is featured in video games like FIFA (12,13,14,15) and PES (14,15) series as one of the best clubs in Asia.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The club was founded after a meeting, on January 4, 1927, of some of the notable football enthusiast of the city of Jeddah. They met in the offices of the Radio broadcasting company and discussed the idea of forming a football club to compete with various traveling teams and be a source of entertainment for inhabitants and an outlet for the city youth to practice organised sport. Everyone agreed that they should go ahead with creating the team that unites them and Ittihad Jeddah was born. The attendees were Hamza Fitaihi, Abdulsamad Najeeb Alsaady, Ismail Zahran, Ali Yamani, Abdulaziz Jameel, Abdulateef Jameel, Abdulateef Linjawi, Othman Banajah, Ahmad Abu Talib, Ali Sultan, Ahmed Almir and Saleh Salamah.

Club name "United"[edit]

the name of club which contains from this wisdom, Abdulaziz Jameel words that created the current club name. Club owners agrees with him to put the club name Al-Ittihad (United or Union, jointly) in Arabic.

Earlier[edit]

Ismail Zahran team player who was working as in Radio Office in Jeddah to the possibility of electing the head of the works Mr. Sultan to be a President of the Club, However, Ali Sultan became the first official president of the club. Al-Ittihad did not find at first a strong support, there wasn't an official clubs (communities) such as Al Riyadhi, Because the presence of powerful culture in the city of Jeddah only. the established of Saudi Federation was slowly in the 50s, was established after 29 years from Ittihad foundation year. In their first meeting with Al Riyadhi, Al-Ittihad make it victory with 3–0 won.

Their first championship (1933)[edit]

The club has achieved a historic first tournament, which was called—the cup of Nishan Nazer, counted as an official tournament, The cup have formed a popularity of Al-Ittihad, Because of a challenge between them in the final. Depending on the narrator, the winner can burn the Embassy wood's. the Championship attended by several of the clubs, communities, fought Al-Ittihad where several games to achieve access to the final. with Al-Mukhtalat. The weather was dust, did not complete the first half, the match was stopped about 10 minutes. the referee stopped the game to rest for 8 minutes, the weather was changed for the better with the second half, Al-Mukhtalat squad had led to fail, it was a low attacking level. The most prominent player in the game is Al-Itithad defender Safwan which was Sacrificed for his team. the club won the championship by 3–0 against Al-Mukhtalat. The most important characteristic of this tournament is the first sporting event held in the reign of the founder King Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud.

Rivalries[edit]

Main article: Saudi El Clasico

Al-Ittihad has long-standing rival with Al-Hilal, From the start of national competitions the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival cities: Riyadh and Jeddah. After the successful of Al Hilal in Asia and won two Champions League in years 1991 and 1999, on the other side, Al Ittihad has won two titles in two years, they produced arguably the biggest shock in Asian club history when they overturned a 3–1 home defeat by Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, pulling off a 5–0 away win to secure the Asian crown. Al Ittihad is also known as club of the people such as Barcelona, Liverpool and Boca Juniors. the club has strong support for being the club of the people. While Al-Hilal for its royalty, Al-Hilal has large amount of supporters most in the capital city and the eastern region.

Present-day[edit]

Ittihad's success is not limited only to football, but also in basketball, water polo, table tennis, volleyball, and swimming, amongst others. In total, Ittihad has won 661 trophies. However, football remains the primary sport.

Ittihad is now based in Sahafa street, Mushrefa district, in east Jeddah, where they have a large sports complex. Senior teams play official games at the municipal sports centre, in the south of the city, while youth teams play at the club.[citation needed]

In December 2006, the club offered what was thought to be the most lucrative deal in Arabian football to Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo. It was said that Luís Figo will join the club on July 1, 2007 after his current contract with Internazionale expires. However, not long after, Figo's current club, Internazionale released report that Figo had yet to sign a contract with Al-Ittihad and will not be joining. Figo has since extended his contract at Inter until the end of the 2007–08 season citing that the terms of the agreement were not kept and thus voided the contract.

In January 2010, the club convened an extraordinary club meeting after losing their 4th game of the 2009–10 season 1–2 to Al-Nasr. A decision was made to sack the head coach Gabriel Calderón and replace him with local coach Hassan Khalifa assisted by former striker Hamzah Idris.[1] On January 27, 2010, the club hired Argentinean coach Enzo Trossero to take over the reins of the team.

Support and Stadium[edit]

Al-Ittihad has built a strong fan-base in Jeddah, across Saudi Arabia and amongst the Arab League and in Asia (b.s.). The club supporters are renowned for being spirited and for their chants. Ittihad fans can be found in Japan, Korea, Australia, Arab League, Europe and Africa. However, the club's popularity abroad is confined mostly to Saudi Arabia's states, the new Wonderful huge stadium opened officially on May 1, 2014 King Abdullah Sports City Stadium is there new home now, there they can Express their passion and love, that stadium Accommodate above 60,000 (b.s.). Al Ittihad shares the newly built state of the art King Abdullah Sports City Stadium with local rival Al Ahly, with their previous home the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal stadium facing massive delays in construction works, having been expected to be fully functional before the new King Abdullah Stadium.

Sponsorship[edit]

Official sponsor[edit]

In a press conference on January 9, 2006; president of the club Mansour Albalawi announced that Sela Sport Co (which is the sponsor of Saudi National Team) will pay 350 million riyals to sponsor Al-Ittihad for 5 seasons. Al-Ittihad was later on sponsored by the Saudi Telecom Company, however the team has not renewed STC's contract and thus they are not sponsored since the 2013–14 football season.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1999–03 Umbro None
2003–05 Lotto Lingo
2006–07 Hattrick STC
2007–08 Nike
2008–10 Lotto
2010–12 Nike
2012–14 ONE
2014– Erreà None

Club statistics[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Club holds 46 official championship[2]

1The tournament was held on 25 February 1933.

Records & statistics[edit]

Other records[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Domestic cups AFC Other Competitions Top scorer Manager
2000–01 SPL 1 22 11 5 6 35 23 +12 38 CPC EC Argentina Ardiles
2001–02 SPL 2 22 15 4 3 59 25 +34 49 CPC Brazil Oscar
2002–03 SPL 1 22 15 4 3 53 24 +29 49 CPC PFC SSC EC Brazil Oscar
2003–04 SPL 2 22 17 5 0 57 15 +42 56 CPC ACL Croatia Talajić
2004–05 SPL 3 22 11 5 6 53 37 +16 38 CPC ACL ARCL Romania Iordănescu
2005–06 SPL 3 22 11 9 2 47 28 +19 42 CPC ACL Quarter-finals France Metsu
2006–07 SPL 1 22 15 3 4 52 25 +27 48 CPC PFC Belgium Dimitri
2007–08 SPL 2 22 14 6 2 40 16 +24 48 CC ACL Group Stage Magno Alves 14 Argentina Calderón
2008–09 SPL 1 22 17 4 1 57 21 +36 55 CC PFC ACL Aboucherouane 17 Argentina Calderón
2009–10 ZPL 2 22 14 3 5 46 30 +16 45 CC ACL Group Stage Ziaya 15 Argentina Enzo
2010–11 ZPL 2 26 13 12 1 49 23 +20 51 CC ACL Semi-finals Hazazi 18 Belgium Dimitri
2011–12 ZPL 5 26 10 7 9 49 35 +14 37 CPC ACL Semi-finals Hazazi 20 Slovenia Kek, Spain Raul Caneda
2012–13 ZPL 7 26 8 9 9 36 36 0 33 CC Fahad 9 Spain Raul Caneda, Spain Beñat
2013–14 ALJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Spain Beñat


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
CC = 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; EC = Egypt Super Cup; SSC = Saudi Super Cup
Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up; Bronze = third,Semi-final .

League records[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

AFC Champions league table[edit]

As of the 2011 season.

as seen in the below, Al-ittihad first-ranked in continental (AFC). is the top in AFC table with 100 points, The highest in the record scorer with 112 goals, the club scored the highest results unlike other Saudi clubs.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 55 29 13 13 112 57 +55 100
2 Uzbekistan FC Pakhtakor 57 27 10 20 81 69 +12 91
3 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 45 28 3 14 101 50 +51 87
4 Iran Sepahan FC 51 24 13 14 79 55 +24 85
5 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 37 26 4 7 95 41 +54 82

Top scorers in AFC competitions[edit]

Ranking Nationality Name Years Goals
1  Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor 1996–13 18
2  Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi 2006–13 14
3  Saudi Arabia Hamzah Idris 1997–07 9
4  Algeria Abdelmalek Ziaya 2009–11 7
5  Saudi Arabia Marzouk Al-Otaibi 2000–07 7
6  Saudi Arabia Osama Al-Muwallad 2000– 6
7  Sierra Leone Mohammed Kallon 2005–06 6
8  Morocco Ahmed Bahja 1996–99 6
9  Morocco Hicham Aboucherouane 2008–10 5

AFC club rankings[edit]

This is the current AFC coefficient. Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[3]

Last update: August 13, 2014

Rank Country Team Points
1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 168.0
2 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 142.0
3 Japan Kashiwa Reysol 132.5
4 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 127.5
5 Iran Esteghlal 120.0
6 Iran Sepahan 119.5
7 South Korea Pohang Steelers 115.0
8 Japan Cerezo Osaka 111.5

Asian record[edit]

Last update: 8 August 2013.

AFC Champions League Games
Season Round Results Opposition Venue Scorer(s)
Feb 11, 2004 Group Round 2 – 0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Dimba, Manaf Abushgeer
Feb 24, 2004 3 – 1 Uzbekistan Neftchi Fergana, Uzbekistan Dimba, Hamzah Idris, Redha Tukar
April 7, 2004 2 – 3 Iran Sepahan Isfahan, Iran Mohammed Amin, Dimba
April 20, 2004 4 – 0 Iran Sepahan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Marzouq Al-Otaibi (3), Dimba
May 4, 2004 0 – 0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Kuwait City, Kuwait
May 18, 2004 3 – 0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor, Marzouq Al-Otaibi (2)
Sept 14, 2004 Quarter-final 1 – 1 China Dalian Shide Dalian, China Mario Carević
Sept 21, 2004 1 – 0 China Dalian Shide Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Redha Tukar
Oct 19, 2004 Semi-final 2 – 1 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor, Hamad Al-Montashari
Oct 26, 2004 2 – 2 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeonbuk, Korea Republic Tcheco, Osama Al-Muwallad
Nov 24, 2004 Final 1 – 3 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Redha Tukar
Dec 1, 2004 5 – 0 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Seongnam, Korea Republic Redha Tukar, Hamzah Idris, Mohammed Noor (2), Manaf Abushgeer
Sept 14, 2005 Quarter-finalA 1 – 1 China Shandong Luneng Taishan Jinan, China Mohammed Noor
Sept 21, 2005 7 – 2 China Shandong Luneng Taishan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Osama Al-Muwallad, Tcheco, Ibrahim Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Kallon, Manaf Abushgeer (2), Redha Tukar
Sept 28, 2005 Semi-final 5 – 0 South Korea Busan I'Park Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Marzouk Al-Otaibi, Mohamed Kallon, Tcheco, Saud Khariri, Hamzah Idris
Oct 12, 2005 2 – 0 South Korea Busan I'Park Busan, Korea Republic Mohammed Kallon (2)
Oct 26, 2005 Final 1 – 1 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Abu Dhabi, UAE Mohammed Kallon
Nov 5, 2005 4 – 2 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Mohammed Kallon, Mohammed Noor, Joseph-Désiré Job, Ahmed Al-Dokhi
Sept 13, 2006 Quarter-finalA 2 – 0 Syria Al-Karamah Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Alhassane Keita, Jared Borgetti
Sept 20, 2006 0 – 4 Syria Al-Karamah Homs, Syria
March 12, 2008 Group Round 1 – 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Magno Alves
March 19, 2008 1 – 0 Syria Ittihad Aleppo Aleppo, Syria Magno Alves
April 9, 2008 1 – 2 Iran Sepahan Isfahan, Iran Talal Al-Meshal
April 23, 2008 0 – 1 Iran Sepahan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
May 7, 2008 0 – 2 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Tashkent, Uzbekistan
May 21, 2008 3 – 0 Syria Ittihad Aleppo Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Sultan Al Numare (2), Naif Hazazi
March 11, 2009 Group Round 2 – 1 Iran Esteghlal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Emad Moteab, Hicham Aboucherouane
March 18, 2009 3 – 1 Qatar Umm-Salal Doha, Qatar Hamad Al-Montashari, Renato, Hicham Aboucherouane
April 7, 2009 0 – 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira Dubai, UAE
April 22, 2009 1 – 1 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Osama Al-Muwallad
May 5, 2009 1 – 1 Iran Esteghlal Tehran, Iran Hicham Aboucherouane
May 19, 2009 7 – 0 Qatar Umm-Salal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Renato (2), Naif Hazazi (3), Saleh Al-Saqri, Talal Al-Meshal
May 27, 2009 Round of 16 2 – 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Osama Al-Muwallad, Hicham Aboucherouane
Sept 24, 2009 Quarter-final 1 – 1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent, Uzbekistan Saleh Al-Saqri
Sept 30, 2009 4 – 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Sultan Al Numare, Amine Chermiti, Hicham Aboucherouane, Mohammed Noor
Oct 21, 2009 Semi-final 6 – 2 Japan Nagoya Grampus Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Ahmed Hadid, Mohammed Noor (3), Leguizamón, Amine Chermiti
Oct 28, 2009 2 – 1 Japan Nagoya Grampus Nagoya, Japan Saleh Al-Saqri, Amine Chermiti
Nov 7, 2009 Final 1 – 2 South Korea Pohang Steelers Tokyo, Japan Mohammed Noor
Feb 23, 2010 Group Round 0 – 3 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Tashkent, Uzbekistan
March 9, 2010 2 – 2 Iran Zob Ahan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Abdelmalek Ziaya, Mohammed Noor
March 24, 2010 2 – 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Abu Dhabi, UAE Abdelmalek Ziaya, Mohammed Noor
March 30, 2010 4 – 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Abdelmalek Ziaya, Saud Khariri (2), Sultan Al Numare
April 14, 2010 1 – 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor
April 28, 2010 0 – 1 Iran Zob Ahan Isfahan, Iran
March 2, 2011 Group Round 3 – 1 Iran Persepolis Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Abdelmalek Ziaya (2), Mohammed Noor
March 16, 2011 1 – 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Tashkent, Uzbekistan Osama Al-Muwallad
April 5, 2011 3 – 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Abu Dhabi, UAE Abdelmalek Ziaya, Manaf Abushgeer, Paulo Jorge
April 20, 2011 0 – 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
May 3, 2011 2 – 3 Iran Persepolis Tehran, Iran Mohammed Al-Rashid (2)
May 10, 2011 1 – 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Nuno Assis
May 24, 2011 Round of 16 3 – 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Nuno Assis (2), Abdelmalek Ziaya
Sept 14, 2011 Quarter-final 3 – 1 South Korea Seoul Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor, Osama Al-Muwallad, Wendel
Sept 27, 2011 0 – 1 South Korea Seoul Seoul, Korea Republic
Oct 19, 2011 Semi-final 2 – 3 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi (2)
Oct 26, 2011 1 – 2 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeonbuk, Korea Republic Wendel
March 6, 2012 Group Round 4 – 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Faouzi, Abousaban (2), Abdullah Omar
March 20, 2012 3 – 1 Qatar Al-Arabi Doha, Qatar Naif Hazazi (2), Hamad Al-Montashari
April 4, 2012 1 – 0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi
April 17, 2012 0 – 0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas Abu Dhabi, UAE
May 2, 2012 2 – 1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent, Uzbekistan Naif Hazazi, Abousaban
May 16, 2012 3 – 2 Qatar Al-Arabi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Hosny Abd Rabo, Fabrice N'Guessi, Faouzi
May 23, 2012 Round of 16 3 – 0 Iran Persepolis Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi, Faouzi, Abdoh Autef
A Holders had bye to the Quarter-finals.

Players[edit]

Saudi's teams are limited to five players without Saudi citizenship.

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
2 Saudi Arabia DF Rashed Al-Raheeb
5 Saudi Arabia DF Osama Al-Muwallad
6 Saudi Arabia DF Basem Al-Montashari
7 Brazil MF Marquinho
8 Saudi Arabia MF Fahad Al-Muwallad
10 Saudi Arabia MF Abdulfattah Asiri
13 Saudi Arabia DF Ahmed Assiri
15 Saudi Arabia MF Jamal Bajandouh
16 Saudi Arabia DF Mohammed Qassem
17 Saudi Arabia DF Saleh Al-Qumaizi
18 Saudi Arabia MF Mohammed Noor
19 Poland DF Łukasz Szukała
21 Saudi Arabia DF Hamad Al-Montashari
22 Saudi Arabia GK Fawaz Al-Qarni
23 Saudi Arabia MF Mohammed Abousaban
24 Saudi Arabia DF Ammar Al-Daheem
No. Position Player
25 Saudi Arabia GK Hani Al-Nahedh
27 Saudi Arabia MF Sultan Mandash
28 Saudi Arabia GK Ali Al-Amri
29 Romania MF Lucian Sânmărtean
30 Iraq MF Saif Salman
31 Saudi Arabia GK Abdulaziz Al-Tekrouni
33 Saudi Arabia FW Mohammed Al-Saiaeri
36 Saudi Arabia DF Abdullah Shuhail
39 Saudi Arabia DF Talal Al-Absi
44 Saudi Arabia FW Mokhtar Fallatah
45 Saudi Arabia FW Yahya Dagriri
49 Saudi Arabia FW Abdurahman Al-Ghamdi
50 Saudi Arabia MF Qusai Al-Khaibari
77 Saudi Arabia MF Abdulrahim Jaizawi
-- Saudi Arabia DF Saeed Al Mowalad
-- Saudi Arabia FW Essa Al-Mehyani

Management[edit]

Current Board of Directors and Administrators[edit]

Office Name
President Ibrahim Al-Balwi
Vice-president Hassan Al-Taib
Investment Officer Turki Badeeb
Director of Football Hamed Al-Balawi
Secretary-General Dr. Hatim Al Ghamdi
Director of the Media Center
Treasurer Fareed Meshrif

Presidents[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saudi League champs Al Ittihad sack Calderon. footballnet.espn.go.com (2010-01-13). Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  2. ^ official championship. Ittihadclub.sa (2012-05-23). Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  3. ^ "TOP 400 Club World Ranking". IFFHS. 30 January 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.ittihadnet.net/net/showthread.php?t=29310
  5. ^ "Mais de 40 anos vivendo futebol" (in Portuguese). luxemburgo.com.br. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Al-Ain
United Arab Emirates
Champions of Asia
2004
Succeeded by
Holders
Preceded by
Holders
Champions of Asia
2005
Succeeded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
South Korea
Preceded by
Al Nassr
Saudi Arabia
Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Chunnam Dragons

1999
Succeeded by
Shimizu S-Pulse
Japan