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
Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, UAE
Ground Capacity 25,500
President Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Manager Zlatko Dalić
League UAE Pro-League
2012–13 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
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's 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 a short.

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.[citation needed] 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. On 24 February 2013, at a joint press conference with the Abu Dhabi Ports Company, at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain FC announced that Khalifa Port would become its official shirt sponsor for the duration of the club's participation in the 2013 AFC Champions League. The agreement would see the Khalifa Port logo emblazoned across the front of team members' shirts during their remaining AFC Champions League ties.[1]


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Croatia Zlatko Dalić

Last updated: March 2013
Source: Al Ain Club



Office Name
President Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
First Deputy President Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Second Deputy President Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Chairman of board of directors Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan

Last updated: 1 May 2011
Source: Al Ain Club Official Website

In the past HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, half brother of Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed also chaired the club in 1970s.[3]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been 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 Romania MF Mirel Rădoi (3rd Captain)
7 United Arab Emirates MF Ali Al-Wehaibi (Vice Captain)
8 Belgium MF Yassine El Ghanassy
10 United Arab Emirates MF Omar Abdulrahman
11 United Arab Emirates MF Abdulaziz Fayez
12 United Arab Emirates GK Waleed Salem
13 United Arab Emirates MF Ahmed Sahel
14 United Arab Emirates MF Hamad Ali Mohammed
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 Hilal Saeed (Captain)
No. Position Player
21 United Arab Emirates DF Fawzi Fayez
23 United Arab Emirates MF Mohamed Ahmed
24 United Arab Emirates MF Ahmed Barman
25 United Arab Emirates MF Ahmed Al-Shamsi
26 United Arab Emirates DF Abdulsalam Mohammed
27 United Arab Emirates MF Salem Abdullah
28 United Arab Emirates FW Abdulla Juma Al-Sheeba
30 United Arab Emirates MF Mohammed Al-Saadi
31 United Arab Emirates DF Hazza Salem
32 Australia FW Alex Brosque
33 United Arab Emirates DF Mohammed Salem Ali
34 United Arab Emirates MF Sultan Nasser
35 United Arab Emirates FW Yousef Ahmed
36 United Arab Emirates GK Dawoud Sulaiman
44 United Arab Emirates DF Faris Jumaa
50 United Arab Emirates DF Mohammed Fayez

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
7 United Arab Emirates MF Bander Al Habbabi (at Al Dhafra Club)
8 Brazil MF Michel Bastos (at AS Roma)
No. Position Player
9 France MF Jirès Kembo Ekoko (at El Jaish SC)
77 United Arab Emirates MF Haddaf Al Aameri (at Ajman Club)

Former managers[edit]



Winners (11): 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):[5] 1975–76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2004–05


Winners (5): 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009

Runners-up (3): 1994, 1995, 2007

Winners (3): 1989, 2005, 2007

Winners (1): 2008–09

Runners-up (1): 2010–11

Winners (4): 1995, 2003, 2009, 2012

  • Abu Dhabi Championship Cup[4]

Winners (2): 1974, 1975


Winners (1) : 2001


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

AFC competitions history[edit]

Multi-sports club crest
Multi-sports club Logo
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. ^ "Khalifa Port sponsorship for Al Ain". Gulf News. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Al Ain. The Past, the Present and the Future:". Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e "About Al Ain Sports Club". Al Ain FC. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

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