Al Rayyan SC
|Full name||Al Rayyan Sports Club
( Arabic : نادي الريان الرياضي )
|Nickname(s)||The Lions & Al-Raheeb (The Fierce)|
|Ground||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
|Chairman||Sheik Saoud Bin Khalid Al Thani|
|League||Qatar Stars League|
|Website||Club home page|
|Al Rayyan's active sections|
Al Rayyan Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الريان الرياضي) is a Qatari professional sports club fielding teams in a number of sports such as football, futsal, basketball, volleyball, handball, athletics, table tennis and swimming. It is based at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Omm Alafai in the city of Al-Rayyan. The club was founded in 1967 after merging the old Rayyan team with Nusoor Club. The official team colours are red and black. The team is nicknamed is 'The Lions' and also 'Al-Raheeb' which means the The Fierce.
They have won numerous titles in all sports, including two Asian championships in basketball, the Arab championship in handball, futsal domestic titles, table tennis and volleyball, as well as the GCC basketball championship. Both the basketball and handball teams have qualified for the world championships. However, the football team gets the most attention from the club officials as well as the media and the fans. The club has the largest fan base in Qatar.
- 1 History
- 2 Supporters
- 3 Honours
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Current technical staff
- 7 Managerial history
- 8 Presidential history
- 9 Management
- 10 Statistics
- 11 Al Rayyan in Asia
- 12 Other sports
- 13 Performance in AFC competitions
- 14 References
- 15 External links
1967–1988: Early history
Al Rayyan SC was founded in 1967 with the announcement by the Al Rayyan Sports Committee that it would merge with Al Nusoor, a local sports club.
The club had success in the Qatar Stars League within the first decade of its formation, with the club participating in their first official season in 1972–73. They first won the league in 1976. In the 1977 season, the QFA annulled the results of Al Rayyan due to actions which took place in a match against Al Arabi. The perpetrator, who was an Al Arabi player by the name of Yassin Mustafa, was banned permanently from all league matches whereas the two clubs were warned. They went on to win their second title in 1978. During this period, Al Rayyan dominated the league along with Al Arabi and Al Sadd.
They won the league with a negative goal difference in 1983–84, making them one of the only 6 teams in the world and the only Qatari team in history to achieve this feat.
1988–2000: Relegation and controversy
In the 1987–88 season, much to the surprise of critics and fans, they got relegated for the first time in league history. The relegation was preceded by a 0–1 loss to Al Sadd, as Hassan Jowhar scored a header goal which would prove to be the final nail in the coffin of Al Rayyan. They won back promotion to the premier league in their first season in the second division. They would go on to win the league in 1990 under controversial circumstances involving Bahraini referee Jassim Mandi. Mandi, who was working in the Qatari league during that period, refereed two crucial games which would ensure Al Rayyan emerged as league champions.
In the first game, Al Arabi v Al Sadd, he awarded Al Arabi a penalty kick in the 91st minute after a player threw himself in front of Al Sadd player Yousef Adsani. Al Arabi converted, resulting in a 1–1 draw against the league leaders. The next game he was to referee was Al Sadd against Al Rayyan. Al Rayyan went in the match requiring only a draw in order to win the league. Mandi controversially decided not to award Al Sadd two penalties after their players had been fouled, allowing Al Rayyan to be crowned league champions after the match ended in a goalless draw. At the same time, Al Arabi defeated Al Wakrah in a relegation play-off with a 3–0 scoreline after the Saudi referee Fallaj Al-Shanar awarded them 3 penalty kicks. Allegations began to spread that match fixing was involved.
2000–present: Gradual decline
The club has not experienced much league success as of late, with the last successful league campaign being in 1994–95; however they finished 3rd in the 2010–11 season under Paulo Autuori.
Al Raheeb is the most supported club in the whole country. They constantly draw the largest attendance rates in the Qatar Stars League. They are supported throughout the entire Gulf region, as well as other parts of the world due to their high-profile signings.
The club has a mascot, a lion called "Al Muheeb". The concept of the mascot was designed and developed in the USA by a well known animations studio. It is notable for being one of the candidates for the official mascot of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
A fan club was established on 4/10/2006 in an inaugural ceremony which included players from all sections of the clubs sports activities, a number of supporters, and the board of directors. It did not have a significant role in club activities until Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Thani took presidency of the fan club in 2008, a season which saw Al Rayyan boost its attendance numbers by a significant margin. Members of the club receive emails, texts, and notifications of the clubs upcoming games.
- Winners (7): 1975-76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1994–95
- Winners (4): 1995, 1996, 2001, 2012
- Winners (5): 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013
- FA Cup
- Winners (4): 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983
- Winners (3): 1992, 2000, 2012
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- On loan from Chicago Fire
Players registered as professionals
Current technical staff
|Head coach||Manuel Jiménez|
|Fitness coach||Ramon Gonzalez|
|Assist. coach||David Jiménez|
|Assist. coach||Jesus Malagon|
|Team manager||Omar Al Azani|
Old Al Rayyan
- Jamal Zakout (19??–67)1
Present and past managers of Al-Rayyan from 1967 (incomplete):
- Ashraf Mehdi (1984–85)
- Saad Abu El Dahab (1985–)
- 1. Non-professional coach; worked as local physical education teacher.
- 2. First professional coach.
- 3. First non-Arab coach.
||Engineer Hamad Abdullah Al Marri||
||HE Sheikh Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani|
||Majid Abdullah Aman||
||HE Sheikh Saud bin Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani|
||HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Faisal Al Thani||
||HE Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani|
||Mohamed Abdulrahman Darwish Fakhro||
||HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al Thani|
||HE Mohammed bin Hammam||
||HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani|
|President||Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Thani|
|Vice-president||Ali Mohammed Al-Naimi|
|Secretary general||Ali Salem Afifa|
|Assistant secretary||Sheikh Khalid bin Hassan Al-Thani|
|Treasurer||Mohammad Ali Hobash|
|Communication director||Ali Atiq Al-Abdullah|
|Board member||Husayn ibn Said|
|Board member||Sheikh Khalid bin Hassan Al-Thani|
Last updated: 20 October 2011
Source: Board of Directors
- Seasons in First Division: 38 (relegated once in 1987–88)
- Seasons in AFC Champions League: 3
- Seasons in Asian Club Championship: 3
- Seasons in AFC Cup: 1
|1996–97||QSL||16||9||5||2||21||12||+9||32||RU||Asian Club Championship||QF||Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi||?|
|1997–98||QSL||16||9||2||5||20||14||+6||29||SF||SF||Asian Club Championship||R2|
|1999-00||QSL||2°||16||10||4||2||29||14||+15||34||RU||RU||SFNC||Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi||14|
|2000–01||QSL||4°||16||8||4||4||30||22||+8||28||SF||W||SF||Asian Club Championship||QF||Frank Seator||14|
|2003–04||QSL||5°||18||8||3||7||38||32||+6||27||W||DNQ||GS||Bouchaib El Moubarki||13|
|2004–05||QSL||2°||27||15||7||5||66||34||+22||52||QF||SF||GS||AFC Champions League||GS||Sonny Anderson||20|
|2006–07||QSL||27||9||10||8||40||42||−2||37||QF||SF||RU||AFC Champions League||GS||Sabri Lamouchi||10|
|2009–10||QSL||5°||22||11||4||7||41||30||+11||37||W||DNQ||GS||AFC Cup||R16||Afonso Alves||9|
|2010–11||QSL||3°||22||12||6||4||39||22||+17||42||SF||GS||AFC Champions League||GS||Jaralla Al Marri||9|
|2011–12||QSL||22||10||9||3||49||26||+23||39||QF||W||GS||AFC Champions League||GS||Rodrigo Tabata||17|
- Note 1: Al-Ittihad withdrew from semifinals; Rayyan replaced them.
Al Rayyan in Asia
|AFC Champions League||28||6||5||19||23||45|
- Q = Qualification
- GS = Group stage
- R16 = Round of 16
- QF = Quarter-final
- SF = Semi-final
Performance in AFC competitions
- AFC Champions League: 5 appearances
- AFC Cup: 1 appearance
- 2010: Round of 16
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