2012–13 Qatar Stars League
|Top goalscorer||Sebastián Soria|
The 2012–13 Qatari League, also known as Qatari Stars League was the 40th edition of top level football championship in Qatar. The season started on 15 September 2012 and took a monthlong break from 21 December to 21 January 2013 due to the Gulf Cup of Nations. Lekhwiya were the defending champions. Al-Sadd won the league for the 13th time in their history, making them the most successful team in the Qatar Stars League.
Al-Sailiya were promoted as the 2nd level champions and are back after one season away from the top flight.
Stadia and locations
|Al-Arabi||Doha||Grand Hamad Stadium||13,000|
|Al-Gharrafa||Al Gharafa||Al-Gharafa Stadium||22,000|
|Al Kharitiyath||Al-Rayyan||Al-Khawr Stadium||12,000|
|Al-Khor||Al Khor||Al-Khawr Stadium||12,000|
|Al-Rayyan||Al Rayyan||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||22,000|
|Al-Sadd||Doha||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium||10,000|
|Al-Sailiya||Doha||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 1||22,000|
|Al-Wakrah||Al Wakrah||Al-Wakrah Stadium||12,000|
|El Jaish||Doha||Qatar SC Stadium||12,000|
|Lekhwiya||Doha||Lekhwiya Sports Stadium||10,000|
|Qatar SC||Doha||Qatar SC Stadium||12,000|
|Umm-Salal||Umm Salal||Grand Hamad Stadium||13,000|
1 Al Sailiya do not have a stadium of their own so will share with Al Rayyan.
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Al-Arabi||Abdelaziz Bennij||Masoud Zeraei||Adidas||QPM|
|Al Kharitiyath||Bernard Simondi||Nabeel Anwar||BURRDA||Al-Khuratiyat Co.|
|Al-Khor||László Bölöni||Mostafa Jalal||Adidas||Qatar Airlines|
|Al-Rayyan||Diego Aguirre||Fábio César||Adidas||Rayan Co.|
|Al-Sadd||Hussein Amotta||Abdulla Koni||BURRDA||Vodafone|
|Al-Sailiya||Abdullah Mubarak||Abdulla Darwish||Nike||Qatar Islamic Bank|
|Al-Wakrah||Mehmed Baždarević||Ali Rehema||Nike||Opel|
|El Jaish||Razvan Lucescu||Karim Ziani||Nike||Masrat Rayan|
|Lekhwiya||Eric Gerets||Dame Traoré||BURRDA||Masrat Rayan|
|Qatar SC||Sebastiao Lazaroni||Hussain Al Romaihi||Adidas||Qatar Petroleum|
|Umm-Salal||Bertrand Marchand||Saša Ognenovski||Nike||Global Sports|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|El Jaish||Péricles Chamusca||Contract expired ||9 May 2012||Razvan Lucescu ||9 May 2012|
|Al-Sadd||Jorge Fossati||Contract expired||19 May 2012||Hussein Amotta ||1 June 2012|
|Al-Khor||Alain Perrin||Signed by Qatar U-23||21 May 2012||László Bölöni ||21 June 2012|
|Al-Wakrah||Adnan Dirjal||Resigned ||23 May 2012||Mehmed Baždarević||23 May 2012|
|Umm-Salal||Gérard Gili||Contract expired||20 June 2012||Bertrand Marchand ||27 June 2012|
|Qatar SC||Saïd Chiba||Contract expired||8 July 2012||Sebastiao Lazaroni ||9 July 2012|
|Al Kharitiyath||Laurent Banide||Contract expired||20 July 2012||Bernard Simondi ||23 July 2012|
|Al Arabi||Pierre Lechantre||Sacked ||30 September 2012||Hassan Shehata ||11 October 2012|
|Lekhwiya||Djamel Belmadi||Resigned||8 October 2012||Eric Gerets ||8 October 2012|
|Al-Sailiya||Uli Stielike||Sacked||8 October 2012||Maher Kanzari ||8 October 2012|
|Al-Gharrafa||Paulo Silas||Sacked||27 November 2012||Habib Sadek ||27 November 2012|
|Al Arabi||Hassan Shehata||Sacked ||6 December 2012||Abdelaziz Bennij||6 December 2012|
|Al-Gharrafa||Habib Sadek||Temp mandate over||20 December 2012||Alain Perrin ||20 December 2012|
|Al-Sailiya||Maher Kanzari||Resigned||31 January 2013||Abdullah Mubarak||31 January 2013|
|Al-Gharrafa||Alain Perrin||Resigned||21 February 2013||Habib Sadek||21 February 2013|
|Umm Salal||Bertrand Marchand||?||?||Alain Perrin||?|
At the end of the season it was announced that the 2013–14 season would feature 14 teams. The decision to increase the numbers of teams means Al Sailiya – who finished bottom of the league – will avoid relegation. Meanwhile, Muaither – who lost to Al Arabi in the play-offs – will join as the 14th team.
The Second Division and the reserve league will also merge to create a stronger second tier.
||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Al Sadd (C)||22||16||3||3||47||23||+24||51||2014 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|2||Lekhwiya||22||14||4||4||42||22||+20||46||2014 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off|
|4||Al Rayyan||22||11||4||7||49||37||+12||37||2014 AFC Champions League Group stage|
|12||Al Sailiya (R)||22||3||4||15||29||52||−23||13||Relegation|
Updated to games played on 18 April 2013.
Source: Qatar Football Association
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.
Al Oraimi 82'
|Laitoula 44' (pen.)|
Fixtures and results
|Home \ Away||Al Arabi||Al Gharafa||Al Kharaitiyat||AKH||Al Rayyan||Al Sadd||Al Sailiya||Al Wakra||EJA||Lekhwiya||Qatar SC||Umm Salal|
- As of 18 April 2013
|Mohammed Razak||Qatar SC||9|
- "Al Sailiyah to base camp at Al Rayyan Stadium". QFA. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- "Lucescu to succeed Chamusca: Al Jaish". QFA. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- "New Eljaish coach to address press conference". QFA. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- "New Al Sadd coach to join team on June 29". QFA. 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Former Olympique Lyonnais and Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin appointed Qatar Olympic coach". Goal.com. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "New Al Khor coach László Bölöni arrives in Doha". QFA. 21 June 2012. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "رسميا بازاردفيتش يعود لتدريب الوكرة (Baždarević officially returns to training Al Wakrah)" (in Arabic). Al Kass. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- "Marchand to manage Umm Salal". QFA. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- "Lazaroni back with Qatar SC ahead of new season". QFA. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- "Frenchman Simondi to coach Al Kharaitiyat". QFA. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "Al Arabi fire Lechantre after three games". QFA. 30 September 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- "Former Egyptian coach Shehata signs Al Arabi deal". QSL. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Gerets as coach of Lekhwiya". Lekhwiya Club. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "Tunisian Kanzari set to take over at Al Sailiyah". QFA. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "Al Gharafa sack coach Silas". QFA. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Al Arabi sack Shehata as coach". QFA. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "Perrin signs Al Gharafa deal". QFA. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
- كما انفردنا..بومبارك مدربا للسيلية ويقود المران الجمعة (in Arabic). Al Kass. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "بيران يستقيل من تدريب الغرافة والإدارة تشكره". Al Kass. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "QSL SET TO EXPAND الغرافة والإدارة تشكره". QSL. 7 May 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- "Top Goalscorers". Goalzz.com. Retrieved 24 November 2012.