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
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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.
18 April 2013
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|
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