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Al-Rayyan
Logo
Full name Al Rayyan Sports Club
( Arabic : نادي الريان الرياضي )
Nickname(s) The Lions & Al-Raheeb (The Fierce)
Founded 1967; 47 years ago (1967)
Ground Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Al-Rayyan, Qatar
Ground Capacity 27,000
Chairman Sheik Saoud Bin Khalid Al Thani
Manager Diego Aguirre
League Qatargas League
2013–14 Qatar Stars League, 13th (Relegated)
Website Club home page
Al Rayyan's active sections
Football pictogram.svg
'Football'
Basketball pictogram.svg
Basketball
Handball pictogram.svg
Handball
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg
Volleyball
Futsal pictogram.svg
Futsal
Athletics pictogram.svg
Athletics

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][2]

History[edit]

1967–1973: Founding[edit]

Al Rayyan's history goes back to the mid-sixties when it was known as Old Al Rayyan. Old Al Rayyan, though an amateur football team, competed in matches arranged throughout the whole country, not being limited to the city in which it was based – a circumstance which was relatable to other sports club during the 1960s. Their headquarters was based in a two-bedroom house and they played their matches on a football field in a school based in the New Rayyan area. The club relied on donations from the fans during this period.

They applied to be a member club of the Qatar Football Association, but were rejected with the QFA proposing that they merge with Al Nusoor, a local sports club also based in Al Rayyan. In 1967, after an announcement by the Al Rayyan Sports Committee that Old Al Rayyan would merge with Al Nusoor, Al Rayyan SC was officially founded. A new headquarters was established to accommodate increased size demands as a result of the merger. The first head coach of Al Rayyan was Ashour Salem, a Sudanese national, who, besides working as a local physical education coach, trained the first team and youth team. In the early years, the club branched out to other sports, notably basketball and handball. As a result of donations from the club supporters, Al Rayyan was able to establish their home grounds in Doha Stadium, the largest stadium in Qatar at the time.[3]

1973–1988: Early history[edit]

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. In the 1974–75, after a mass brawl between the fans and players of Al Rayyan and Al Sadd, the QFA relegated Al Rayyan, who were in 2nd place at the time, to the second division. They won back promotion the following season and achieved their first league title 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.[4] note 1 They went on to win their second title in 1978. Al Rayyan continued to dominate league along with Al Arabi and Al Sadd during the late seventies and eighties.

In 1983, under the leadership of Sheikh Nasser bin Ahmed, a new club headquarters and home stadium were constructed. 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.[5]

1988–2000: Relegation and return to glory[edit]

In the 1987–88 season, much to the surprise of critics and fans, they got relegated for the first time in league history.[6] 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.[4] 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, the same season they were promoted back to the first division, beating out rivals Al Sadd. They won an additional league title in 1995.

2000–2013: League title drought[edit]

They inaugurated their home ground, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, in 2003 during the reign of Sheikh Mishaal Al Thani. The first match held on the grounds was the 2003 Emir Cup finals.

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. Nonetheless, they faced great success in the Emir's Cup and Heir Apparent Cup winning 8 cups in total in 14 years.

2013–present: Relegation[edit]

In the 2013-14 season, the club finished 13 and thus faced relegation to the Qatargas League.

Notes
  • 1. Sources are unclear on the exact details of the aforementioned incident.

Supporters[edit]

Al Rayyan fans in an Emir Cup final.

Al Raheeb is the most supported club in the whole country.[2] They constantly draw the largest attendance rates in the Qatar Stars League.[7] They are supported throughout the entire Gulf region, as well as other parts of the world due to their high-profile signings.[2]

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.[8]

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.

The fan club won the QFA-sanctioned award of Best fans in the 2008/09 season, and shared the award with Al Sadd in the 2012/13 season.[9]

Honours[edit]

Winners (7): 1975-76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1994–95
Winners (4): 1995, 1996, 2001, 2012
Winners (6): 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013
Winners (4): 1992, 2000, 2012, 2013

Stadium[edit]

Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan Stadium)
Al-Rayyan Stadium
Full name Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Location Umm Al-Afai, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Capacity 44,740 (football)
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 2003
Opened 2003

Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (Arabic: ملعب أحمد بن علي‎), popularly known as the Al-Rayyan Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar which serves as the home stadium for Al Rayyan's football section. It will be used as a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Stadium history

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

Last update: 22 June 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Qatar GK Saud Al Hajiri
2 Qatar DF Mohammed Alaaeldin
3 Argentina MF Lucho González
4 Qatar MF Hamad Al Abidi
5 Qatar DF Nathan Otávio
6 Qatar DF Abdullah Alawi
7 Qatar FW Ahmed Alaaeldin
8 Qatar MF Abdurahman Al-Korbi
9 Nigeria FW Kalu Uche
11 Qatar DF Abdulkarim Salem Al-Ali
14 Qatar DF Muaz Yousef Adam
15 Qatar DF Saleh Al-Zewaidi
17 South Korea MF Kim Kyung-jung
No. Position Player
18 Qatar MF Sayaf Al-Korbi
19 Qatar MF Abdulmajid Enad
20 Qatar FW Jaralla Al-Marri
21 Qatar DF Abdul Ghafoor Murad
22 Qatar GK Mohammed Jasser
23 Qatar FW Fahad Khalfan
24 Qatar DF Musa Haroon
25 Qatar DF Ibrahim Dami
26 Qatar DF Abdulhameed Enad
28 Qatar DF Taher Al Bloushi
29 Qatar DF Younes Yaghoub
30 Qatar GK Oumar Barry
77 Ivory Coast MF Babou Sidiki Barro

For recent squad changes see: List of Qatari football transfers winter 2011–12 and List of Qatari football transfers summer 2012.

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
44 Qatar FW Sultan Al Kuwari (at Spain Villarreal B)
No. Position Player
 

Current technical staff[edit]

First team[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Manuel Jiménez
Fitness Coach Spain Ramon Orellan Gonzalez
Assistant Coach Spain David Jiménez
Assistant Coach Spain Jesus Calderon Malagon
GoalKeeper Coach Brazil Welesley Antônio "Neneca"
Translator Greece Alexandre Koliadis
Video Analyst Brazil Yuri O. de Souza
Head of Sports Diector Qatar Ali Salem Afifa
Team Manager Qatar Mathker Al Shafi
Team Manager Qatar Omar Saleh Al Azani
Media Officer Qatar Salem Al Eida

Notable players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Al-Rayyan players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Al Rayyan SC players.

This list includes players whom have made significant contributions to their national team and to the club. At least 90 caps for the club or 100 caps for their national team is needed to be considered for inclusion.

Local players

Foreign players

Managerial history[edit]

Old Al Rayyan[edit]

  • State of Palestine Jamal Zakout (19??–67)1

Al Rayyan[edit]

Present and past managers of Al-Rayyan from 1967 (incomplete):

Administrative managers[edit]

  • Egypt Ashraf Mehdi (1984–85)
  • Egypt Saad Abu El Dahab (1985–)[13]
Notes
  • 1. Non-professional coach; worked as local physical education teacher.
  • 2. First professional coach.
  • 3. First non-Arab coach.

Presidential history[edit]

Source:[14]

No. President No. President
19671968
Qatar Engineer Hamad Abdullah Al Marri
19831985
Qatar HE Sheikh Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani
19681973
Qatar Majid Abdullah Aman
19851989
Qatar HE Mohammed bin Hammam
19731974
Qatar HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Faisal Al Thani
19891993
Qatar HE Sheikh Saud bin Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani
19741975
Qatar Mohamed Abdulrahman Darwish Fakhro
19932004
Qatar HE Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
19751983
Qatar HE Mohammed bin Hammam
20042008
Qatar HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al Thani
20082014
Qatar HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani

Management[edit]

Position Staff
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

Statistics[edit]

Recent seasons
Season League EC CPC SJ Asia Top scorer
Division Pos G W D L GF GA GD Pts Name Goals
1995–96 QSL 16 11 2 3 28 11 +17 35 RU W
1996–97 QSL 16 9 5 2 21 12 +9 32 RU Asian Club Championship QF Qatar Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi ?
1997–98 QSL 16 9 2 5 20 14 +6 29 SF SF Asian Club Championship R2
1998–99 QSL 16 6 5 5 29 23 +6 23 W DNQ GS Qatar Nasser Kamile ?
1999-00 QSL 16 10 4 2 29 14 +15 34 RU RU SFNC Qatar Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi 14
2000–01 QSL 16 8 4 4 30 22 +8 28 SF W SF Asian Club Championship QF Liberia Frank Seator 14
2001–02 QSL 16 8 1 7 30 27 +3 25 SF SF QF Brazil Algato Ricardo 7
2002–03 QSL 18 8 4 6 24 22 +2 28 R2 DNQ SF Algeria Abdelhafid Tasfaout 7
2003–04 QSL 18 8 3 7 38 32 +6 27 W DNQ GS Morocco Bouchaib El Moubarki 13
2004–05 QSL 27 15 7 5 66 34 +22 52 QF SF GS AFC Champions League GS Brazil Sonny Anderson 20
2005–06 QSL 27 12 5 10 30 28 +2 41 W SF GS Brazil Sonny Anderson 6
2006–07 QSL 27 9 10 8 40 42 −2 37 QF SF RU AFC Champions League GS France Sabri Lamouchi 10
2007–08 QSL 27 12 3 12 39 42 −3 39 QF DNQ SF Brazil Wílton Figueiredo 12
2008–09 QSL 27 15 7 5 62 35 +27 52 RU RU RU Ivory Coast Amara Diané 19
2009–10 QSL 22 11 4 7 41 30 +11 37 W DNQ GS AFC Cup R16 Brazil Afonso Alves 9
2010–11 QSL 22 12 6 4 39 22 +17 42 SF GS AFC Champions League GS Qatar Jaralla Al Marri 9
2011–12 QSL 22 10 9 3 49 26 +23 39 QF W GS AFC Champions League GS Brazil Rodrigo Tabata 17
  • Note 1: Al-Ittihad withdrew from semifinals; Rayyan replaced them.

Al Rayyan in Asia[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 28 6 5 19 23 45
Total 28 6 5 19 23 45
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

 
Round Country Club Home Away
2005
GS Iran PAS 1–2 1–2
GS Kuwait Al Salmiya 2–1 0–2
GS Iraq Al-Shorta 2–0 0–0
2007
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 0–1 0–3
GS Iraq Al-Zawraa 0–0 1–3
GS Kuwait Al-Arabi 1–2 1–1
2011
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–1 0–1
GS United Arab Emirates Emirates 2–0 0–2
GS Iran Zob Ahan 0–1 1–3
 
Round Country Club Home Away
2012
GS Iran Esteghlal 0–1 0–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 3–4 2–3
GS Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 3–1 0–1
2013
GS Iran Esteghlal 3–3 0–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–2 1–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 2–1 1–2

Other sports[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Futsal[edit]

Main article: Al Rayyan Futsal Team

Handball[edit]

Volleyball[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2005: Group stage
2007: Group stage
2011: Group stage
2012: Group stage
2013: Group stage
2010: 2nd Place

References[edit]

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