2009–10 Qatar Stars League

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Qatar Stars League
Season 2009–10
Champions Al-Gharafa
Relegated Al-Shamal

The 2009-10 Qatari League or Qatari Stars League season will be the 37th edition of top level football championship in Qatar and starts in September.

League expansion[edit]

The Qatar Stars League has slowly expanded since the turn of the decade, moving from 9 clubs to 10 clubs and then latest setup of 12 clubs for the Qatari League 2009-10 campaign.

There are 2 divisions in the Qatari football structure and the league has previously seen one club promoted and relegated each year except in 'expansion' years.

It was announced on 15 April 2009 that no clubs would be relegated from the top flight in the Qatari League 2008-09 season, due to expansion reasons. The announcement was made with only one game remaining.[1]

The expansion benefited relegated Al Kharatiyat, who will now stay in the first division, and will be joined by two second division clubs Al Ahli and Al Shamal, to bring the number up to 12.

Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah said the expansion would help in improving league action, which was also curtailed to two rounds instead of the prevailing system where the teams played each other three times.

Stadia and locations[edit]

2009–10 Qatar Stars League is located in Qatar
Doha
Doha
Umm Salal
Umm Salal
Al Rayyan
Al Rayyan
Al Wakrah
Al Wakrah
Al Khor
Al Khor
Locations of teams in the 2009-10 Qatari League
Club City/Town Stadium
Al-Gharrafa Doha Al-Gharafa Stadium
Al-Sadd Doha Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Umm-Salal Sports Club Umm Salal Thani bin Jassim Stadium
Qatar Sports Club Doha Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium
Al Rayyan Sports Club Al Rayyan Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Al-Arabi Sports Club Doha Grand Hamad Stadium
Al-Khor Sports Club Al Khor Al-Khawr Stadium
Al-Sailiya Sport Club Al Sailiya Grand Hamad Stadium [2]
Al Wakrah Al Wakrah Al-Wakrah Stadium
Al Khuratiyat SC Al Khuraitiyat Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Al-Shamal Madinat ash Shamal Madinat ash Shamal
Al-Ahli Sports Club Doha Al-Ahly Stadium

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Reason of departure Replaced by Date Replaced
Al-Gharrafa Brazil Marcos Paqueta Contract not renewed [3] Brazil Caio Junior July 2009
Al Ahli Portugal Carlos Manuel Contract not renewed [4] Brazil Richardo July 2009
Al-Rayyan Brazil Paulo Autuori Contract not renewed [5] Brazil Marcos Paquetá July 2009
Al Ahli Brazil Richardo Contract not renewed [6] Brazil Cesa November 2009
Al-Rayyan Brazil Marcos Paquetá Sacked [7] Brazil Paulo Autuori November 2009
Al-Shamal Brazil Robertinho Sacked [8] France Alain Michel November 2009
Umm-Salal Sports Club France Gerard Gili Sacked [9] Netherlands Henk Ten Cate March 2010

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al Gharafa 22 16 5 1 55 16 +39 53 2011 AFC Champions League group stage
2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup
2 Al Sadd 22 15 5 2 55 22 +33 50 2011 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup
3 Al-Arabi 22 12 4 6 52 30 +22 40 2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup
2011 GCC Champions League
4 Qatar SC 22 11 5 6 32 23 +9 38 2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup
5 Al Rayyan 22 11 4 7 41 30 +11 37 2011 AFC Champions League group stage 1
6 Al Kharitiyath 22 8 5 9 23 36 −13 29 2011 GCC Champions League
7 Umm Salal 22 7 7 8 27 30 −3 28
8 Al Wakra 22 8 3 11 44 44 0 27
9 Al Khor 22 5 5 12 21 30 −9 20
10 Al Ahli 22 6 2 14 31 53 −22 20
11 Al Sailiya 22 4 7 11 16 28 −12 19 Promotion/Relegation Playoff
12 Al Shamal (R) 22 2 2 18 17 72 −55 8 Relegation

Updated to games played on 4 April 2010.
Source: [http://en.qfa.com.qa QFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1. Qualified by winning the 2010 Emir of Qatar Cup.
(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.

Qatar Stars League
2009–10 Winners

Al-Gharrafa
7th Title
3rd in a row

Fixtures and results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] Al Sadd Al Rayyan Al Gharafa Qatar SC Umm Salal AKH Al Wakra Al Kharitiyath Al-Arabi Al Sailiya Al Shamal Al Ahli
Al Sadd 4–3 1–1 3–0 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 5–1 3–0
Al Rayyan 1–4 0–3 1–3 0–0 2–1 5–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 3–0 2–0
Al Gharafa 4–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 4–1 2–3 2–0 2–1 1–0 8–1 4–0
Qatar SC 1–1 5–2 3–3 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–3 3–0 0–3 2–0
Umm Salal 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–2 3–3 1–3 1–0 4–1 3–2
Al Khor 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1
Al Wakra 1–3 0–4 1–4 0–1 3–2 4–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 7–0 5–2
Al Kharitiyath 0–2 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–1 4–2 0–6 1–1 2–1 2–1
Al-Arabi 0–2 0–5 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 2–2 6–2 1–2
Al Sailiya 1–3 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–1
Al Shamal 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–5 1–2 0–1 0–7 0–3
Al Ahli 2–6 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–4 3–2 4–5 2–3 0–4 1–2 6–2

Updated to games played on 4 April 2010.
Source: [http://en.qfa.com.qa QFA
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

21 goals
20 goals
17 goals
15 goals
11 goals
10goals
9goals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Q-League expands to 12
  2. ^ http://www.alsailiyaclub.net/en/viewarticle.php?ref=index.php&articleid=4703
  3. ^ Snubbed by Paqueta, Gharafa turn to Caio Junior
  4. ^ Richardo installed as Al Ahli manager
  5. ^ Paqueta coup for Rayyan
  6. ^ Al Ahli sack Richardo
  7. ^ Autuori to take over at Al Rayyan
  8. ^ Michel named new Shamal coach
  9. ^ Ten Cate replaces Gili