UAE Arabian Gulf League

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UAE Arabian Gulf League
UAE Pro-League.png
Country  United Arab Emirates
Confederation AFC
Founded 1973
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to UAE First Division
Domestic cup(s) Etisalat Emirates Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Current champions Al-Ahli
(2013–14)
Most championships Al Ain (11 titles)
TV partners Abu Dhabi Sports, Dubai Sports
Website proleague.ae
2013–14 season

The UAE Arabian Gulf League is the top professional football league in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first team to win the title was Al-Sharjah, whilst Al-Ain has the record with 11 league titles to their name. Fourteen clubs compete in the League that operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the UAE First Division.

The League was founded in 1973 as the UAE Football League. The first 1973–74 season was a "trial" championship but was declared official by the UAE FA in 2001.[1] In February 2007, the Pro League Committee was formed, and became the organizing body of the League, whose name was changed to UAE Pro League. Starting from the 2013–14 season the name was changed to UAE Arabian Gulf League.[2] The name change has been viewed as a revival of the Persian Gulf naming dispute[3] with Iran accusing the United Arab Emirates of racism,[4][5] and the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran barring the transfer of Javad Nekounam to a UAE club.[6]

Member clubs (2013–14)[edit]

UAE Football League
Club Location Stadium
Ajman Ajman Ajman Stadium
Al Ahli Dubai Rashed Stadium
Al Ain Al Ain Hazza bin Zayed Stadium
Al Dhafra Abu Dhabi Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi Al Jazira Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
Al Nasr Dubai Al-Maktoum Stadium
Al Shaab Sharjah Khaled bin Mohammed Stadium
Al Shabab Dubai Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Al Sharjah Sharjah Sharjah Stadium
Al Wahda Abu Dhabi Al-Nahyan Stadium
Al Wasl Dubai Zabeel Stadium
Bani Yas Abu Dhabi Baniyas Stadium
Dubai Dubai Dubai Club Stadium
Emirates Ras Al Khaimah Emirates Club Stadium

List of champions[edit]

Source:[7]

Notes
1. Al-Sharjah won its first championship in 1973–74 as Al-Oroba.

Performances[edit]

Clubs[edit]

The following table lists the performance of each club describing winners of the Championship.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Al-Ain
11
4
1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13
Al-Wasl
7
6
1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07
Al-Ahli
6
4
1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14
Al-Sharjah
5
4
1973–74, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1995–96
Al-Wahda
4
3
1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2009–10
Al-Nasr
3
3
1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86
Al-Shabab
3
1
1989–90, 1994–95, 2007–08
Al-Jazira
1
4
2010–11

Total titles won by city[edit]

The following table lists the UAE football champions by city.

City Titles Winning Clubs
Dubai
19
Al-Wasl (7), Al-Ahli (6), Al Nasr (3), Al-Shabab (3)
Al Ain
11
Al-Ain (11)
Sharjah
5
Al-Sharjah (5)
Abu Dhabi
5
Al-Wahda (4), Al Jazira (1)

Top goalscorers[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
2009–10[8] José Sand Al-Ain 23
2010–11[9] André Senghor Bani Yas 18
2011–12[10] Asamoah Gyan Al-Ain 22
2012–13[11] Asamoah Gyan Al-Ain 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1973/74 UAE Football League". Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "New League name announced by H.E. Mohammed Thani Murshed Al Romaithi". Pro League Committee. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ James M. Dorsey (13 September 2011). "MIDEAST - Gulf rivalry between Iran, UAE transfered to the football pitch". Hurriyetdailynews.com. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Category: Asia (29 May 2013). "Iran accuses UAE of racism in renaming Pro League to the Arabian Gulf League". Inside World Football. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ persiangulfstudies.com. "Persian Gulf Studies Center". Persiangulfstudies.com. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iran bars captain's UAE transfer over Gulf name". Fox News. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Atsushi Fujioka (19 May 2011). "United Arab Emirates - List of Champions". UAE FA website. RSSSF. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "2009-10: Goals". Etisalat Pro-League Statistics. Pro League Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "2010-11: Goals". Etisalat Pro-League Statistics. Pro League Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "2011-12: Goals". Etisalat Pro-League Statistics. Pro League Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "2011-12: Goals". Etisalat Pro-League Statistics. Pro League Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 

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