2010–11 Saudi Professional League

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Professional League
Season 2010–2011
Champions Al-Hilal (13th title)
Relegated Al Hazm
Al-Wahda
Champions League Al-Hilal
Al-Ahli
Al-Ittihad
Al-Ettifaq
Matches played 182
Goals scored 534 (2.93 per match)
Top goalscorer Nasser Al-Shamrani (17)
Biggest home win Al-Wahda 8–1 Al Hazm
(24 February 2011)
Biggest away win Najran 1–5 Al-Wahda
(22 April 2011)
Highest scoring Al-Wahda 8–1 Al Hazm
(24 February 2011)
Longest winning run Al-Ittihad (7 games)
Longest unbeaten run Al-Hilal (26 games)
Longest losing run Al Hazm (14 games)
Highest attendance 21,174
Al-Ettifaq 2–3 Al-Hilal
Lowest attendance 6 (spectator ban)
Al Hazm 1–4 Al-Ettifaq
Average attendance 4,204

The 2010–11 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Zain League, because of its sponsorship) was the 35th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Al-Hilal were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2009–10 season.[1] The season featured 12 teams from the 2009–10 and two new teams promoted from the 2009–10 First Division: Al-Faisaly and Al Taawon.

On 29 April 2011, Al-Hilal won the title again after a 2–1 home win over Al-Raed. It was their second league title in a row and their thirteenth league title overall. Al-Wahda and Al Hazm were relegated.

Qualification and Prize money[edit]

The Top three teams of the league plus the winner of Champions Cup qualified for the Champions League.

Saudi football federation announced that Saudi teams will not participate in the next Gulf Club Champions Cup.[2]

The Top six teams qualified for Champions Cup.

and The bottom two teams in the end of the season were relegated.

Prize money:

  • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

Stadia and locations[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2010-11 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium
Al Hazm Ar Rass Al Hazm Club Stadium
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Al-Ittihad Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al-Nasr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Qadisiya Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
Al Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Wahda Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium
Najran Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium
Al-Faisaly Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium
Al Taawon Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium

Members clubs[edit]

Club Coach Nationality City Stadium Capacity 2000-2010 season Notes
Ahli Jeddah Aleksandar Ilic Serbia Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 6th
Al Fateh Fathi Al Jebali Tunisia Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 8th
Al Hazm Goran Miscevic Serbia Ar Rass Al Hazm Club Stadium 11,000 7th
Al-Hilal Gabriel Calderon Argentina Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 Champions AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Ettifaq Youssef Zouaoui Tunisia Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 30,000 9th
Ittihad Jeddah Hassan Khalifa (caretaker) Saudi Arabia Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 2nd AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Al-Nasr Dragan Skočić Croatia Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 3rd AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Al Qadsiyah FC Dimitar Dimitrov Bulgaria Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 10,000 10th
Al Raed Eurico Gomes Portugal Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 11th
Al-Shabab Enzo Trossero Argentina Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 4th AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Al-Wahda Lotfi Benzarti Tunisia Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium 28,550 5th
Najran SC Jose Rachao Portugal Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 10,000 12th
Al-Faisaly Zlatko Dalić Croatia Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium 10,000 1st In 1st Division
Al Taawon Florin Motroc Romania Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 2nd In 1st Division

Managerial Changes[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Shabab Brazil Edgar Parreira Short term contract [3] Uruguay Jorge Fossati
Al-Ahli Brazil Sergio Farias Joined Al Wasl [4] Norway Trond Sollied

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Ahli Norway Trond Sollied Sacked [5] Tunisia Khaled Badra (Caretaker role)
Al-Ahli Tunisia Khaled Badra Full-time coach appointed [6] Serbia Milovan Rajevac
Al-Hilal Belgium Eric Gerets Joined Morocco National Team Argentina Gabriel Calderón [7]
Al-Raed Brazil Luiz Nizzo Portugal Eurico Gomes
Al-Ittihad Portugal Manuel José Resigned Portugal Toni Oliveira
Al-Shabab Uruguay Jorge Fossati Resigned Argentina Enzo Trossero
Al-Nassr Italy Walter Zenga Sacked Croatia Dragan Skočić
Al-Wehda France Jean-Christian Lang Sacked Egypt Mukhtar Ali Muktar
Al Taawon Romania Gheorghe Mulţescu Sacked Romania Florin Motroc
Al-Ahli Serbia Milovan Rajevac Resigned to coach Qatar national team Serbia Aleksandar Ilic
Al-Ettifaq Romania Marin Ion Sacked Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui
Al-Ittihad Portugal Toni Oliveira Sacked Serbia Dimitri Davidovic
Al-Wehda Egypt Mukhtar Ali Muktar Sacked Tunisia Lutfi Binzerti
Al-Nassr Croatia Dragan Skočić Sacked last match day, replaced by Gomes for Kings Cup competition only Portugal Eurico Gomes

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Hilal (C) 26 19 7 0 52 18 +34 64 Green-Up-Arrow.svgAFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Ittihad 26 13 12 1 49 23 +26 51 Green-Up-Arrow.svgAFC Champions League group stage
3 Al-Ettifaq 26 15 3 8 45 30 +15 48 Green-Up-Arrow.svgAFC Champions League qualifying play-off
4 Al-Shabab 26 13 7 6 42 30 +12 46
5 Al-Nassr 26 11 10 5 44 34 +10 43
6 Al-Ahli 26 11 4 11 48 41 +7 0371 Green-Up-Arrow.svgAFC Champions League group stage 1
7 Al-Faisaly 26 10 5 11 39 47 −8 35
8 Al-Taawon 26 9 8 9 37 31 +6 0322
9 Al-Fateh 26 8 7 11 27 35 −8 31
10 Al Raed 26 7 9 10 31 40 −9 30
11 Najran 26 8 2 16 33 52 −19 26
12 Al-Qadisiyah 26 4 11 11 31 39 −8 23
13 Al-Wahda (R) 26 6 6 14 43 44 −1 0212 RedDownArrow.svg Relegated to First Division
14 Al Hazm (R) 26 1 3 22 13 70 −57 6

Source: [1], League Table, RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Al-Ahli secured qualification for the 2012 AFC Champions League through winning the 2011 King Cup of Champions
2Al-Taawon and Al-Wahda 3 points deducted
(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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT WAH HZM NAJ RAE FAT QAD TWN FSL
Al-Ittihad 0–0 2–0 2–2 5–2 2–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 3–3
Al-Hilal 0–0 3–3 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 5–1
Al-Ahli 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 5–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–0
Al-Shabab 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 4–3 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–1 4–1 4–1
Al-Nassr 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 6–1 1–0 4–2 0–0 2–2 3–2
Ettifaq 2–1 2–3 4–3 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0
Al-Wahda 1–2 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–1 8–1 2–0 2–3 3–0 0–0 0–0 3–3
Al Hazm 0–3 0–2 1–3 0–4 2–5 1–4 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–3 0–3
Najran 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–4 1–5 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–1
Al Raed 1–2 0–4 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–3 3–2 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–4 0–0 0–0
Al-Fateh 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–1
Al-Qadisiyah 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–2
Al-Taawon 0–1 2–2 2–1 4–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–3 1–0 0–0 1–1 4–1
Al-Faisaly 0–2 2–3 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–2 1–3 1–2 2–1 2–1

Updated to games played on 15 May 2011.
Source: FIFA.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals [8]
1 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 17
2 Brazil Victor Simões Al-Ahli 16
3 Saudi Arabia Yousef Al-Salem Al-Ettifaq 14
Saudi Arabia Muhannad Assiri Al-Wehda 14
5 Albania Migen Memelli Al-Faisaly 13
6 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Rashid Al Taawon 12
Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi Al-Ittihad 12
Democratic Republic of the Congo Yves Diba Ilunga Najran 12
9 Argentina Sebastián Tagliabué Al-Ettifaq 11
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani Al-Hilal 11

Assist[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Assists [8]
1 Sweden Christian Wilhelmsson Al-Hilal 9
2 Croatia Dario Jertec Al-Faisaly 8
3 Saudi Arabia Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani Al Nassr 7
Brazil Camacho Al-Shabab 7
5 Morocco Salaheddine Aqqal Al-Ra'ed 6
Brazil Marcinho Al-Ahli 6
Syria Wael Ayan Al-Faisaly 6
8 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Al-Fraidi Al-Hilal 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saudi Gazette. "Al-Hilal handed Saudi Professional League trophy". saudigazette.com.sa. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Saudi Gazette. "Leagues to raise number of teams". saudigazette.com.sa. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Al Shabab put faith in Fossati". The AFC. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Farias moves to UAE’s Al Wasl". The AFC. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Al Ahli show coach Sollied the door". The AFC. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rajevac takes over Al Ahli reins". The AFC. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Former Argentina International Gabriel Calderon Takes Over At Saudi Giants Al Hilal". Goal.com. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 

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