2013–14 Oman Professional League

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Oman Professional League
Season 2013–14
Champions Al-Nahda
Relegated Majees
Al-Ittihad
AFC Champions League qualifiers Al-Nahda
2015 AFC Cup Fanja
Matches played 182
Goals scored 484 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorer Ivory Coast Juma Saeed
Oman Mohammed Al-Ghassani
(16 goals)
Biggest home win Al-Seeb 8–1 Al-Ittihad
(17 April 2014)
Biggest away win Al-Shabab 2-6 Al-Nahda
(16 May 2014)
Highest scoring Al-Seeb 8–1 Al-Ittihad
(17 April 2014)
Al-Suwaiq 6–3 Majees
(16 May 2014)
Longest winning run (5 games)
Fanja
Longest unbeaten run (11 games)
Al-Nahda
Longest losing run (6 games)
Al-Oruba
Mjees
Sur

The 2013-14 Oman Professional League (known as the Omantel Professional League for sponsorship reasons) is the 38th edition of the top football league in Oman. The Oman Football League got the seal of approval of a professional league on 1 September 2013 and will henceforth be called the Omantel Professional League (OPL).[1] The season began on 13 September 2013, and concluded on 16 May 2014. Al-Suwaiq Club were the defending champions, having won their third title in the previous 2012–13 Elite League season.[2] On Sunday, 28 April 2014, Al-Nahda Club were crowned the champions of the inaugural Oman Professional League with one game remaining after Al-Suwaiq Club edged out ten-man Fanja SC 5-3. Fanja SC needed a draw or a win on Sunday to prolong the fight for the OPL title, after Al-Nahda Club defeated Saham SC 4-3 to take their tally to 51 points, but its defeat dashed any hopes for the eight-time winners to match the record of nine titles, held by Dhofar S.C.S.C. in the 37-year-old history of Oman's top flight competition.[3][4]

Teams[edit]

This season the league had 14 teams. Oman Club and Salalah SC were relegated to the First Division League after finishing in the relegation zone in the 2012–13 season. Al-Tali'aa SC were also relegated after losing the relegation/promotion playoff against Sohar SC. The three relegated teams were replaced by First Division League winners Al-Ittihad Club, runner-up Majees SC and second runner-up Sohar SC (Won the Relegation/Promotion playoff against Al-Tali'aa SC).

The winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2015 AFC Cup

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Home city Manager Stadium Capacity
Al-Ittihad Salalah Oman Younis Amaan (Nov 2013–) Al-Saada Stadium / Salalah Sports Complex 12,000 / 8,000
Al-Musannah Al-Musannah Oman Suhail Al-Rushaidi Seeb Stadium 14,000
Al-Nahda Al-Buraimi Oman Hamad Al-Azani (May 2012–) Nizwa Sports Complex 10,000
Al-Nasr Salalah Iraq Akram Ahmad Salman (Feb 2014–) Al-Saada Stadium / Salalah Sports Complex 12,000 / 8,000
Al-Oruba Sur Romania Aristică Cioabă Sur Sports Complex 8,000
Al-Seeb Seeb Morocco Youssef Al-Rafaly (Feb 2014–) Seeb Stadium 14,000
Al-Shabab Barka Oman Mubarak Al-Gheilani (Feb 2014–) Seeb Stadium 14,000
Al-Suwaiq Al-Suwaiq Oman Musabah Al-Saadi Seeb Stadium 14,000
Dhofar Salalah Croatia Dragan Talajić (Jun 2013–) Al-Saada Stadium / Salalah Sports Complex 12,000 / 8,000
Fanja Fanja Italy Guglielmo Arena (April 2014) Seeb Stadium 14,000
Majees Majees Oman Mohammed Al-Saadi (Jan 2014–) Sohar Regional Sports Complex 19,000
Saham Saham Morocco Abderrazak Khairi (Feb 2014–) Sohar Regional Sports Complex 19,000
Sohar Sohar Jordan Adnan Al-Shuaibat (Feb 2014–) Sohar Regional Sports Complex 19,000
Sur Sur Morocco Idriz Al-Murabati (Mar 2014–) Sur Sports Complex 8,000

Managerial changes[edit]

Managerial changes during the 2013–14 campaign.

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Ittihad France Noureddine Abu Falgha Sacked Oman Younis Amaan
Al-Nasr Serbia Moscofetch Nebosha Sacked Oman Mohammed Al-Balushi
Al-Nasr Oman Mohammed Al-Balushi Caretaker role finished Iraq Akram Ahmad Salman
Al-Oruba Morocco Omar Mazian Released Romania Aristică Cioabă
Al-Seeb Romania Petre Gigiu Mutual Consent Brazil Ralf Borges Ferreira
Al-Seeb Brazil Ralf Borges Ferreira Mutual Consent Morocco Youssef Al-Rafaly
Al-Shabab Morocco Idriz Al-Murabati Sacked Oman Mubarak Al-Gheilani
Fanja SpainMorocco Hicham Jadrane Resigned Oman Mohsin Al-Kharusi
Fanja Oman Mohsin Al-Kharusi Caretaker role finished Italy Guglielmo Arena
Mjees Bosnia and Herzegovina Senad Kreso Sacked Oman Mohammed Al-Saadi
Saham Romania Aristică Cioabă Resigned Jordan Ahmed Abdel-Qader
Saham Jordan Ahmed Abdel-Qader Mutual Consent Morocco Abderrazak Khairi
Sohar Morocco Abderrazak Khairi Resigned Oman Mohammed Khasib Al-Muqbali
Sohar Oman Mohammed Khasib Al-Muqbali Caretaker role finished Jordan Adnan Al-Shuaibat
Sur Egypt Ashraf Kasem Released Romania Petre Gigiu
Sur Romania Petre Gigiu Sacked Morocco Idriz Al-Murabati

Foreign players[edit]

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field during each game including at least one player from the AFC country.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player Former Players
Al-Ittihad TBD TBD TBD TBD Senegal Sarra Camara
Al-Musannah Brazil João Luiz de Sá Miranda Brazil Márcio José Togo Francis Koné Syria Rabea Jumaa Morocco Youness Ouganna
Al-Nahda Senegal Mouhamed Ablaye Gaye Ivory Coast Juma Saeed Morocco Abdessamad Ouhakki Bahrain Jamal Rashid Brazil Paulo Roberto Morais Júnior
Al-Nasr Serbia Đorđe Vukobrat Morocco Youssef Chakir Egypt Mohamed Asaad Syria Mahmoud Al-Youssef
Al-Oruba Brazil Rafael Barbosa do Nascimento Cameroon Deumaga Tchangou Nigeria Ajuzie Kelechi Martins China Dilmurat Batur Ghana Esme Mends
Egypt Ahmed Salama
Egypt Mohammed Fawzi
Al-Seeb TBD TBD Morocco Habib Al-Dahmani Syria Khaled Al-Brijawi Portugal Edgar Marcelino
Al-Shabab TBD Morocco Youness Ouganna Equatorial Guinea Lawrence Doe Jordan Ahmed Hatamleh Brazil Luomar
Al-Suwaiq Benin Séïdath Tchomogo Iraq Nadeem Karim Syria Belal Abduldaim Syria Oday Jafal Libya Tarik El Taib
Dhofar Senegal Sarra Camara Cameroon Moustapha Moctar Kenya Jamal Mohammed Syria Mosab Balhous Ghana Godwin Attram
Fanja Brazil Felipe Lohmann Senegal Ely Cissé Jordan Mo'ayyad Abu Keshek Jordan Khaled Saad
Majees Equatorial Guinea Baba Issaka Nigeria Abiodun Dayo Morocco Yassine Amlil Iraq Saif Abdel Hamza
Saham Brazil Patrick da Silva Brazil Vinícius da Silva Salles Ivory Coast Diakite Brahima Syria Mohamed Al-Zeno Ghana Sadick Adams
Sohar Bosnia and Herzegovina Adis Culov Bosnia and Herzegovina Ekrem Hodžić Syria Mardik Mardikian Jordan Hazem Jawdat
Sur TBD TBD TBD TBD

League table[edit]

As of 16 May 2014
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Nahda (C) 26 18 3 5 57 23 +34 57 Qualification to the 2015 AFC Champions League Preliminary Round1
2 Fanja 26 15 7 4 44 27 +17 52 Qualification to the 2015 AFC Cup Play-off Round
3 Al-Suwaiq 26 13 8 5 48 32 +16 47 Qualification to the 2015 GCC Champions League Group Stage
4 Al-Seeb 26 11 9 6 38 27 +11 42
5 Al-Musannah 26 9 10 7 26 24 +2 37
6 Dhofar 26 9 9 8 28 19 +9 36
7 Sohar 26 9 9 8 35 35 0 36
8 Saham 26 9 8 9 36 34 +2 35
9 Sur 26 9 7 10 38 38 0 34
10 Al-Shabab 26 8 10 8 36 38 −2 34
11 Al-Oruba 26 9 7 10 29 34 −5 34
12 Al-Nasr 26 7 7 12 27 35 −8 28 Relegation Playoff
13 Majees (R) 26 3 5 18 27 65 −38 14 Relegation to 2014–15 Oman First Division League
14 Al-Ittihad (R) 26 1 4 21 20 58 −38 7

Source: League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Al-Nahda played in the 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off and failed to advance to the AFC Champions League group stage, hence entered the AFC Cup group stage
(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]

As of 16 May 2014
Home \ Away[1] ALI ALM ALNH ALN ALO ALS ALSH ALSU DHO FAN MJS SAH SOH SUR
Al-Ittihad 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–3 1–2 2–3 0–3 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–2
Al-Musannah 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 3–1 1–0
Al-Nahda 2–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 4–2 0–0 0–1 6–0 0–1 2–1 1–1
Al-Nasr 2–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 0–0 3–0 1–2 1–4 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–1
Al-Oruba 2–1 1–1 1–4 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–3
Al-Seeb 8–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–3
Al-Shabab 2–0 0–1 2–6 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1
Al-Suwaiq 3–2 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–3 6–3 1–2 1–0 0–1
Dhofar 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 4–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0
Fanja 4–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 3–1 3–2 1–1 3–5 1–0 5–0 3–2 2–1 2–0
Majees 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–4 2–3 3–3 1–3 0–3 0–1 0–3 1–1 2–1
Saham 1–1 0–2 3–4 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2
Sohar 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–3 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–4
Sur 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 2–3 0–2 2–2 0–3 2–1 2–1 4–1

Source: Results
^ 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.

Clubs season-progress[edit]

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-IttihadLLLDLLLLDLDLLWLLLLDLLLLLLL
Al-MusannahWWLWLDLWLDDWDWDDLLWLDWDWDW
Al-NahdaWLWWDWLWWWLWLWWDWWDWWWWWLW
Al-NasrLLWDWWLLLLDDDWLDLWLWDLWLDL
Al-OrubaLLLLLLWWWDWLWWDDWDLWDLDLWD
Al-SeebWWDDWLDDWWWDLWLLLWDDDLWWDW
Al-ShababDLWDWDWLDDLWDLDWWDLLDLWWDL
Al-SuwaiqWLWLDWWWDWDWLDDWLDDWDDLWWW
DhofarWWLWDDDLDDWLWWWWLLLDDDLDLW
FanjaDWWDDWWWLDDWWDWWWWWLLWDLWW
MajeesLLLDLLLLLLDLLLWLWDWLDLLLDL
SahamLWWLDWWWDDWWLLDLLLDWDWDLDL
SoharLWDLDDLLDDDLLWDWWLWLWWWWDD
SurWLWWLWDWWLLLLLLDWDDWDLWDDL
Updated to match(es) played on 16 May 2014. Source: Clubs Season-Progress
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Promotion/Relegation Play-off[edit]

1st Leg[edit]

Al-Mudhaibi0 – 1Al-Nasr
Said Goal 65'

2nd Leg[edit]

Al-Nasr2 - 0Al-Mudhaibi
Said Goal 6'90+5'

Al-Nasr secured promotion after winning 3-0 on aggregate

Season statistics[edit]

As of 16 May 2014[5]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Club Against Result Date
Oman Saud Al-Farsi
Sur
Sohar
4—1 29 March 2014
Ivory Coast Juma Saeed
Al-Nahda
Fanja
3—1 29 March 2014
Oman Said Al-Ruzaiqi
Al-Oruba SC
Al-Ittihad
3—0 29 March 2014
Oman Abdulaziz Al-Noufali *
Al-Seeb Club
Al-Ittihad
8—1 17 April 2014
Oman Salim Al-Shamsi
Al-Nahda
Al-Shabab
6—2 16 May 2014

* Player scored 4 goals

OFA Awards[edit]

Oman Football Association awarded the following awards for the 2013–14 Oman Professional League season.[6]

Media coverage[edit]

Omantel Professional League Media Coverage
Country Television Channel Matches
 Oman Oman Sports TV 4 Matches per round

Controversies[edit]

The league was the subject of controversies like the wearing of similar-coloured jerseys, unusual hairstyles and excessive goal celebrations.

On 20 September 2013, the match between Sur SC and Majees SC was called off by referee Fahad Al-Subahi on the premise that the teams were wearing similar-coloured jerseys'. But just three days later, the Oman Professional League's Disciplinary Committee decided to replay the match and ruled that Subahi had erred in his judgement. The match was replayed on 12 November 2013 which Sur SC won 2-1.[7]

The Oman Football Association came out with a new code of conduct for players after a controversy in the aftermath of a football match between Fanja SC and Al-Nahda Club. According to the new regulations, OFA prohibits players from extreme celebrations on the field after scoring a goal and the governing body also bans players sporting unusual hairstyles or even colouring their hair. As a result, excessive goal celebrations and unusual hairstyles have been shown the red card by the OFA as it moves to protect the 'ethics' of the game. The decision came after Al-Nahda Club's Ivorian player Juma Saeed was seen 'inappropriately' celebrating on the field after scoring a goal against Fanja SC on 29 March 2014 that raised heated debates among the football aficionados in the country. However, the Ivory Coast player was reprimanded with a warning. OFA also decided to make the OPL's Disciplinary Committee an autonomous body with additional powers. Headed by the OFA board member Hamad Al-Hadrami, the Disciplinary Committee can now take action against players violating the new code of conduct. OFA also gave powers to the match referees who will now inspect the dressing room before any domestic games to ensure the players adhere to the code of conduct.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional League launched". Times of Oman. Archived from the original on 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  2. ^ "2013–14 Oman Professional League". SOCCERWAY.
  3. ^ "AL NAHDA CROWNED OPL CHAMP". Muscat Daily.
  4. ^ "Al Nahda celebrate Omantel Professional League title triumph with 6-2 rout of Al Shabab". Times of Oman.
  5. ^ "Players-Omantel Professional League". GOALZZ.com.
  6. ^ "Times of Oman sweeps top Oman Football Association Awards". Times of Oman.
  7. ^ "Sur-Majees match to be replayed". menafn.com.
  8. ^ "Oman Football Association raise red card over haircuts and celebrations". Times of Oman.