2008–09 UAE Pro-League
Al-Ahli clinched the championship on the last day of the season, one of the most exciting campaigns for a number of years and also qualified for the 2009 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup as the host representative.
Al-Shabbab ACD were defending champions from the 2007–08 campaign.
The winners of the league qualified for the 2009 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup as the host representative.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Replaced by|
|Al-Wasl||Miroslav Beranek||Sacked||Hélio dos Anjos|
|Al-Wahda||Ahmad Abdulhaleem||Sacked||Josef Hickersberger|
|Al Dhafra||Mohammad Kwid||Resigned||Eid Baroud|
|Al-Sharjah||Youssef Al Zawawi||Resigned after 11 games||Toni Oliveira|
|Al-Wasl||Hélio dos Anjos||Sacked||Jaroslav Horák|
|Ajman Club||Abdul Qadir Abdul Wahab||Sacked |
|Al-Sharjah||Toni Oliveira||Sacked after 'poor results' ||Abdul Qadir Abdul Wahab|
|Al-Ahli||Ivan Hašek||Quit after winning championship ||Ioan Andone|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Al-Ahli (C)||22||17||4||1||54||25||+29||55||2010 Club World Cup and 2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage|
|2||Al Jazira||22||17||3||2||57||17||+40||54||2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage|
|4||Al-Wahda||22||10||4||8||40||39||+1||34||2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off 1|
|5||Al Shabab||22||8||4||10||33||37||−4||28||2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup|
|7||Al Wasl||22||7||5||10||38||45||−7||26||2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup|
|11||Al-Shaab (R)||22||5||3||14||23||37||−14||18||Relegation to 2009–10 UAE League Division 1|
|12||Al Khaleej Club (R)||22||4||2||16||21||51||−30||14|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
2Since Al-Ain also won the 2008–09 UAE President's Cup, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the 2010 AFC Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|UAE League 2008–09 Winners|
- 25 goals
- 13 goals
- 12 goals
- 11 goals
- 9 goals
- Faisal Khalil (Al-Ahli)
- Alexander Oliveira (Al Wasl)
- Mehrzad Madanchi (Al-Nasr)
- Jorge Valdivia (Al Ain)
- Al Wasl sack Czech coach
- Austrian coach for faltering Wahda
- Kwid resigns
- Sharjah setback ahead of play-off
- Ajman replace coach
- Beleaguered Sharjah sack coach
- Hasek quits as Ahli coach
- http://www.the-afc.com/en/news-centre/member-association-news/279-ir-iran/24680-madanchi-joins-uae-champs-ahli Romanian Ioan Andone replaced Czech Ivan Hasek last month (June)
- UAE League Goalzz