Al Ain FC
|Full name||Al-Ain Football Club
نادي العين لكرة القدم
|Nickname(s)||Al Zaeem (The Boss)|
|Ground||Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium|
|President||Mohammed Bin Zayed|
|League||Arabian Gulf League|
|Website||Club home page|
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 is 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 short. Al Ain was Founded in 1968 by players from Al Ain, members of the Bahraini group of exchange students and Sudanese community working in United Arab Emirates.
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. 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 (58 in Total) and the team with the most UAE league titles (11). Furthermore, the club is the first and only UAE side so far to win the AFC Champions League.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Crest and colours
- 4 Personnel
- 5 Management
- 6 Current squad
- 7 Managerial history
- 8 Honours
- 9 AFC competitions history
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The club was founded on August 1968 by a group of young men, used to see the British Soldiers playing football, In the early of 1960, they soon learnt the rules of the game and started playing at school level. Then they started thinking of establishing a team to practise football. The first stadium was very simple and small took the shape of a square sandy plot of land, It was set up on the main street near the Clock Roundabout in Al Ain.
on August 1968, the club was established and it was named after the name of the city. The founders thought it was necessary to have a permanent headquarters for the club. They renting a house made from bricks located on the current Khalifa Road so that they can meet in it and discuss matters of the club. All the founders co-operated for the progress of club, started preparing and charting the stadium, cleaning the club headquarters and washing clothes, borne the financial costs and ending with all tiny matters. They took the idea to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to seek his assistance. He ordered a permanent headquarters for the club. The headquarters were a low-cost house in Al Jahili district. He continued support the club. In 1969, He provided them a Land Rover to serve the club and the team. The first match was against the British soldiers, the team won the match with good a performance helped them enter the world of football. The team started playing friendly matches with the different teams of Abu Dhabi. In 1971, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered new headquarters with modern specifications in Al Sarooj district. In 2 February 1974, Al Ain had won Abu Dhabi League. On 13 November 1974, Sheikh Khalifa was named honorary president of Al Ain, in recognition of his endless support to the club.
The founders were Mohammed Saleh Bin Badooh and Khalifa Nasser Al Suwaidi, Saeed Ghannoum, Abdullah Hazzam, Salem Hassan Al Muhairi, Abdullah and Mane'a Ajlan, Abdullah Al Mansouri, Saeed Al Muwaisi, Nasser Dhaen, Abdullah Matar, Juma Al Najem, Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Ibrahim Rasool and Ali Al Maloud and Ali Bu Majeed, who were the members of the Bahraini group of exchange students, and Ma'moun Abdul Qader, Mahmoud Fadhlullah, Al Fateh Al Talb, Hussain Al Meerghani and Abbas Ali from the Sudanese community working in the UAE.
In 1970, a group members of the club (Hadher Khalaf Al Muhairi, Saleem Al Khudhrawi, Mohammed Khalaf Al Muhairi and Mahmoud Fadhlullah) broke away from the club and founded Al Tadhamun Club, the separation did not last for long and in 1973 an idea was proposed for the two clubs to combine in one club. In 1974, A decision was issued in the same year by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to combined the two clubs together under the name of Al Ain Sports Club and publicize the club officially. The first board of directors of the club was formed after the merge under the chairmanship Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri.
|Hazza Bin Zayed|
|Location||Hamdan Bin Mohammad Street,
|Opened||14 January 2014|
|Construction cost||€ 145 million|
|Architect||Pattern Design Limited (2014)|
|Field size||45 x 50 metres|
|Al Ain (2014–present)|
Al Ain first playground was set up on the main street near the Clock Roundabout. Took the shape of a square sandy plot of land.
Crest and colours
The team began playing in green and white in 1968. After merged Al Ain with Al Tadhamun in 1974. Al Tadhamun red color became Al Ain color from season 1974–75 till the start of season 1976–77. During the first team training camp in Morocco in 1977, Friendly tournament was held by Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca with the participation of the Nice, and Sporting CP, and Anderlecht, during matches Al Ain admired Anderlecht's purple colors, Idea came to change Al Ain's colors to purple, the idea presented to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who agreed to changed the club colors officially to the purple with the beginning of the season 1977–78.
Current technical staff
|First team head coach||Zlatko Dalić|
|Assistant coach|| Dražen Ladić
|Goalkeeping coach||Bashar Abduljalil|
|Fitness coach||Frano Leko|
|Club doctor||Jurica Rakic|
|Physiotherapist|| Miroslav Jamnic
Abdul Nasser Al Juhani
|U-21 team head coach||Borimir Perkovic|
|Team Manager||Matar Obaid Al Sahbani|
|Team Supervisor||Mohammed Obeid Hammad|
|Team Administrator||Nasser Al Junaibi|
|Director of football||Khalifa Suleiman|
Last updated: July 2014
Source: Al Ain FC
|President||Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan|
|Vice President||Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan|
|Chairman of Board of Directors||Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan|
|Vice Chairman of Board of Directors||Rashed Mubarak Al Hajeri|
|Board of Directors Member||Mohammed Salem Omair Al Shamisi|
|Board of Directors Member||Mohammed Abdullah Bin Bdoua Al Darmaki|
|Board of Directors Member||Mohamed Obaid Helal Al Dhaheri|
Last updated: 1 May 2011
Source: Al Ain FC
- President of the Honorary Board: HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi)
- Chairman of board of directors, Vice-President of the Executive Board, Vice-President of the Honorary Board: HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Winners (11) (record): 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): 1975–76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 2004–05
- Winners (6): 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014
- Runners-up (3): 1994, 1995, 2007
- Winners (3): 1989, 2005, 2006
- Winners (4) (record): 1995, 2003, 2009, 2012
- Runners-up (1): 2013
- Abu Dhabi Championship Cup
- Winners (2): 1974, 1975
- Joint League Cup
- Winners (1): 1983
Arabian Gulf competitions
- Winners (1) : 2001
AFC competitions history
- AFC Champions League: 9 appearances
- Asian Club Championship: 3 appearances
- Asian Cup Winners Cup: 3 appearances
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