2013–14 Al Ain FC season

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Al Ain
2013–14 season
President Mohammed Bin Zayed
Manager Zlatko Dalić
Stadium Hazza Bin Zayed, Al Ain
Arabian Gulf League 6
Arabian Gulf Super Cup Runners-up
President's Cup Winners
League Cup Group Stage
AFC Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Asamoah Gyan (29)

Asamoah Gyan (44)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2013–14 season was Al Ain Football Club's 40th in existence and the club's 38th consecutive season in the top-level football league in the UAE.

Season overview[edit]


Al Ain started summer transfer window signing central midfielder Sultan Al Ghaferi for a three-year deal after end of his contact with Baniyas.[1] On 11 June, Ivorian central midfielder Ibrahim Diaky was officially presented as an Al Ain player at the press conference for two seasons in exchange deal with Al Jazira of joining Musallam Fayez and Yaqoub Al Hosani along with €1 million.[2][3][4] On 17 June, Al Ain announced the end of contract Abdullah Malallah and agreed to terminate the contract with Mohamed Malallah.[5] On 30 June, Saif Mohammed signed a two-year loan extension with Al Dhafra.[6]


On 3 July, manager Cosmin Olaroiu moved to manage Al Ain's bitter rivals Al Ahli.[7][8] On 16 July, it was announced at a press conference the extension of contracts Helal Saeed, Mohanad Salem and Ismail Ahmed.[9] Goalkeeper Khalid Essa moved to Al Ain in undisclosed deal.[10][11] Hazza Salem, Bandar Al Ahbabi, Yousif Abdelrahman returned to Al Ain after the end of their loans. On 25 July, Al Ain announced that Jorge Fossati will be appointed as the new manager for a one-year deal.[12] On 31 July, Al Dhafra announced signing Al Ain goalkeeper Abdulla Sultan for 5 seasons in undisclosed deal. The 27-year-old leaves after 3 season with the first team.[13]

Jorge Fossati Al Ain FC formerly manager, sacked after seven weeks in charge


On 1 August, Al Ain announced reached an agreement with Lyon over the transfer of Brazilian midfielder, Michel Bastos.[14] Reportedly Al Ain agree to pay €4 million fee for Bastos.[15] On 30 August Al Ain FC were defeated by Al Ahli on penalties after a 0–0 in the 2013 UAE Super Cup at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.[16]


Quique Flores sacked after disappointing results

On 4 September, Al Ain kicked off League Cup with a disappointing 3–1 away loss to Baniyas.[17] On 7 September, Jires Kembo Ekoko joined Qatari club El Jaish for a one-season loan.[18][19] After two defeats in a row, Al Ain confidently win The Derby a 3–0 over Al Wahda.[20] On 13 September, Al Ain sack Jorge Fossati after seven weeks, due his philosophy and style of play did not suitable with the team and assigned temporarily Ahmed Abdullah, reserve team manager.[21][22] On 27 September, Quique Flores arrived at Al Ain on Friday to be the new coach on a two-year deal.[23]