Al-Wasl F.C.

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Full name Al-Wasl Football Club
Nickname(s) fouhoud (Arabic: الفهود‎)(The Cheetahs),
Embrator (Arabic: الإمبراطور‎)(The Emperor)
Founded 1 May 1974
Ground Zabeel Stadium
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ground Capacity 8,411
Owner Ahmed Bin Rashed[1]
Chairman Rashid Bin Ghaid
Manager Gabriel Calderón
League UAE Arabian Gulf League
2013–14 UAE Arabian Gulf League, 12th
Website Club home page
Current season

Al Wasl Football Club (Arabic: نادي الوصل لكرة القدم‎) is a United Arab Emirates Football League club based in Dubai. It is a part of the multi-sports club Al Wasl Sports Club. Al Wasl is one of the most successful clubs in the UAE in all sports, therefore it has one of the largest fan bases in the Arabian Peninsula. For that Al Wasl has formed the first Ultras group in the UAE, Ultras Junoon. Former Argentine national team player and manager Diego Maradona was the manager of the club, with an annual salary of 3.5 million euros plus a private jet at his disposal until he was sacked in July 2012.[2]


  • The Club of the 20th Century in the UAE: Due to Al Wasl's impressive performance in the Continental Tournaments last century (5 wins and one loss), the IFFHS has decided to name Al Wasl as the UAE's Club of the 20th Century.[3]
1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07
1986–87, 2006–07

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

[citation needed]

2008: Group Stage
1987: Qualifying Stage
1990: Qualifying Stage
1993: 1st place
1995: Group Stage

Previous seasons[edit]

Club records[edit]

  • The biggest win recorded in UAE league history is 10–1 in the match between Al Wasl and Ras Al Khaima Club.[4]
  • Al Wasl's player, Francisco Yeste was awarded the title of "the Fastest Equalizer in the History of Football" after scoring a goal, 25 seconds after Al Ain's goal in the 2010–11 Etisalat Emirates Cup semi-final match.[5]
  • Al Wasl is the first UAE Club to win an external medal when it won the Asian Champions' Cup 1992–93 Bronze Medal.[6]


First team squad[edit]