2010–11 UAE Pro-League

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UAE Football League
Season 2010–11
Champions Al Jazira
1st title
Relegated Al Dhafra
Ittihad Kalba
Matches played 126
Goals scored 425 (3.37 per match)
Top goalscorer André Senghor (16)
Biggest home win Al Wahda 6–1 Al Sharjah
(15 May 2011)[1]
Dubai 6–4 Al Dhafra
(20 May 2011)[2]
Biggest away win Sharjah 3–5 Bani Yas
(13 December 2010)[3][4]
Highest scoring Dubai 6–4 Al Dhafra
(20 May 2011)[2]
Highest attendance 36,241
Al JaziraDubai

The 2010–11 Pro-League season (known as Etisalat Pro-League for sponsorship reasons) was the 36th edition of top level football in the United Arab Emirates. This was the third Professional season in the history of the country. Al-Wahda were defending champions from the 2009–10 campaign. Ajman Club and Emirates Club were relegated from the previous season. Dubai Club and Al-Ittihad were promoted from the UAE Division 1 Group A. The campaign began on 26 August 2010 and ended on 9 June 2011.[5]

After being runner-up for three times in a row Al Jazira secured their 1st Pro-League title after beating Al Wasl 4-0 on 16 May 2011.[6] Becoming the 3rd club to achieve the Double in country history after Al Nasr in 1986 and Al Wasl in 2007.[7]

Average attendance[8][edit]

Al-Jazira 15,922[9]

Al-Wasl 3,240

Al-Ain FC 4,950

AlWahda Club 3,608

Al-Ahli 2,513

Baniyas 2,317

Al-Nasr 1,703

Al-Shabab 1,065

Sharjah 1,501

Al-Dhafra 802

Dubai CSC 900

Kalba 659

Teams[edit]

Ajman Club and Emirates Club were relegated to the second level league after finishing in the bottom two in the 2009-10 season. The two relegated teams were replaced by 2nd level champions Al-Ittihad Kalba and runners up Dubai Club.

Stadia and locations[edit]

2010–11 UAE Pro-League is located in United Arab Emirates
Dubai
Dubai
Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
Al Ain
Al Ain
Madinat Zayed
Madinat Zayed
Sharjah
Sharjah
Kalba
Kalba
Locations of teams in the 2010–11 UAE Pro-League
Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Al Ahli Dubai Rashed Stadium 18,000
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi Al Jazira Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium 42,056
Al Ain Al Ain Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium 15,000
Al Wahda Abu Dhabi Al-Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Shabab Dubai Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Wasl Dubai Zabeel Stadium 12,000
Al Nasr Dubai Al-Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Dhafra Madinat Zayed Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Sharjah Sharjah Sharjah Stadium 18,000
Bani Yas Abu Dhabi Bani Yas Stadium 6,000
Dubai Dubai Police Officers Club Stadium 6,500
Ittihad Kalba Kalba Ittihad Kalba Club Stadium 3,000

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Al Ahli United Arab Emirates Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah United Arab Emirates Abdul Hamid Al Mistaki Italy Fabio Cannavaro Adidas Toshiba
Al Jazira United Arab Emirates Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Brazil Abel Braga Ivory CoastUnited Arab Emirates Ibrahim Diaky Adidas IPIC
Al Wahda United Arab Emirates Sheikh Saeed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Austria Josef Hickersberger United Arab Emirates Bashir Saeed Nike EMAL
Al Ain United Arab Emirates Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan Brazil Alexandre Gallo United Arab Emirates Ali Al Wehaibi Macron First Gulf Bank
Al Sharjah QatarUnited Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani United Arab Emirates Abdul Majid United Arab Emirates Abdullah Suhail N/A Saif-Zone
Al Nasr United Arab Emirates Maktoum bin Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum Italy Walter Zenga United Arab Emirates Abdallah Mousa Erreà Emirates NBD
Ittihad Kalba United Arab Emirates Saeed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Brazil Jorvan Vieira France Gregory Dufrennes Adidas Gillett Group
Dubai United Arab Emirates Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum Brazil Junior dos Santos United Arab Emirates Ali Hassan Umbro N/A
Bani Yas United Arab Emirates Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan United Arab Emirates Mahdi Ali Oman Fawzi Bashir Erreà Secure Project Management
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum United Arab Emirates Khalifa Mobarak United Arab Emirates Khalid Darwish Nike Saif Belhasa Group of Companies
Al Shabab United Arab Emirates HH Sh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum Brazil Paulo Bonamigo United Arab Emirates Adeel Abdullah Erreà emaratech
Al Dhafra United Arab Emirates Saif Bin Mohammed Bin Butti Al Hamed Syria Mohammed Kwid United Arab Emirates Mohammed Salem BURRDA SPORT ADCO

Managerial changes[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al Ain Vacant Was caretaker, taken on full time [10] United Arab Emirates Abdulhameed al Mishtiki
Al Wasl Costa Rica Alexandre Guimarães Contract not renewed [11] Brazil Sérgio Farias
Al-Ahli Vacant New arrival [12] Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
Al-Wahda Austria Josef Hickersberger Contract not renewed [13] Romania László Bölöni

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Wahda Romania László Bölöni Sacked [14] Brazil Tite [15]
Al-Wahda Brazil Tite Resigned [16] Austria Josef Hickersberger [17]
Al-Dhafra France Michel de Castel Sacked [18] Costa Rica Alexandre Guimarães
Al-Nasr Brazil Helio dos Anjos Sacked [18] United Arab Emirates Eid Baroot (caretaker role)
Dubai Club Egypt Ayman Ramadi Sacked [18] Brazil Junior dos Santos
Al Ain United Arab Emirates Abdulhameed al Mishtiki Sacked [19] Brazil Alexandre Gallo
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates Eid Baroot Full-time coach appointed Italy Walter Zenga
Al-Ahli Republic of Ireland David O'Leary Sacked [20] United Arab Emirates Abdulhameed al Mishtiki
Al Wasl Brazil Sérgio Farias Sacked [21] United Arab Emirates Khalifa Mubarak
Bani Yas Tunisia Lotfi El Benzarti Sacked [22] United Arab Emirates Mahdi Ali
Al Sharjah Portugal Manuel Cajuda Sacked [23] United Arab Emirates Abdul Majid

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al Jazira (C) 22 16 5 1 64 27 +37 53 2011 Club World Cup and 2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage
2 Baniyas 22 12 5 5 38 24 +14 41 2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage
3 Al Nasr 22 10 5 7 34 30 +4 35
4 Al Shabab 22 9 7 6 42 32 +10 34 2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off 1
5 Al-Wahda 22 8 7 7 44 31 +13 31 2012 GCC Champions League
6 Al Wasl 22 9 4 9 31 36 −5 31
7 Al Sharjah 22 8 6 8 30 34 −4 30
8 Al-Ahli 22 7 6 9 30 42 −12 27
9 Dubai Club 22 8 2 12 33 48 −15 26
10 Al Ain 22 6 7 9 33 35 −2 25
11 Ittihad Kalba (R) 22 6 2 14 39 56 −17 20 Relegation to UAE Division 2 Group A
12 Al-Dhafra (R) 22 3 4 15 27 50 −23 13

Source: UFL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Since Al-Jazira also won the 2010–11 UAE President's Cup, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the 2012 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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALI AIN ITT JAZ NAS SHA WAH WAS YAS DHA DUB SHR
Al-Ahli 0–4 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 4–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–1
Al Ain 1–2 1–4 4–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–3 1–1
Ittihad Kalba 2–2 4–3 3–4 1–2 2–1 5–3 2–3 2–1 1–3 0–1 0–3
Al Jazira 5–1 4–0 5–2 3–0 3–3 0–0 3–1 4–0 5–3 4–2 3–0
Al Nasr 4–0 0–3 2–0 1–2 3–2 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2
Al Shabab 2–2 3–0 4–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–1 4–0 2–0 1–1
Al-Wahda 1–2 0–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 5–2 4–0 1–3 2–4 2–2 6–1
Al Wasl 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–4 2–3 1–3 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–2
Baniyas 2–1 3–0 4–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1
Al-Dhafra 2–0 0–3 1–2 0–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 3–5 0–1
Dubai Club 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–4 1–3 0–2 0–5 2–1 1–4 6–4 1–0
Al Sharjah 2–3 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 3–5 1–5 1–0
Updated to games played on 2 June 2011.
Source: UFL
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]