2013–14 Saudi Professional League

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Professional League
Season 2013–2014
Champions Al-Nassr (6th title)
Relegated Al-Nahda
Al-Ettifaq
Champions League Al-Nassr
Al-Hilal
Al-Shabab
Al-Ahli
Matches played 182
Goals scored 515 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorer Nasser Al-Shamrani
(21 goals)
Biggest home win Al-Shabab 6–0 Al-Nahda
Biggest away win Al-Shabab 1–4 Al-Ittihad
Highest scoring Al-Ittihad 4–4 Al-Nahda
Longest winning run 13 games
Al-Nassr
Longest unbeaten run 22 games
Al-Nassr
Longest losing run 6 games
Al-Shoalah
Highest attendance 52,551
Al-Nassr 1-1 Al-Taawon
Lowest attendance 184
al-NahdaAl-Shoalah
Average attendance 4910

The 2013–14 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Abdul Latif Jameel League, because of its sponsorship) was the 38th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Al Fateh were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2012–13 season.[1] The season was featured 12 teams from the 2012–13 League and two new teams promoted from the 2012–13 First Division: Al-Oruba and Al-Nahda who replace relegated Hajer and Al-Wahda.

On 28 March 2014, Al-Nassr won the title after a 1–1 away game with Al-Shabab. It was their first league title since 1995 and their sixth league title overall.

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23,000
Al-Shoalah Al Kharj Al-Shoalah Club Stadium 8,000
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27,550
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67,000
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 26,000
Al-Ittihad Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23,000
Al Nassr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67,000
Al Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67,000
Al-Oruba FC Sakakah Al-Oruba Club Stadium 5,000
Najran SC Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 2,800
Al-Faisaly Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium 7,000
Al Taawon Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000
Al-Nahda Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 26,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Position
Al-Ittihad Egypt Amro Anwar SportOne 7th
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber Nike Mobily 2nd
Al-Ahli Portugal Vítor Pereira Umbro 5th
Al Fateh Tunisia Fathi Al Jebali Lotto Kia 1st
Al-Nahda Tunisia Jalal Qaderi Adidas 2nd In 1st Division
Al-Ettifaq Romania Eusebiu Tudor Puma 6th
Al-Nassr Uruguay José Daniel Carreño NFC 4th
Al-Shoalah Spain José Maqueda Puma 9th
Al Raed Algeria Noureddine Zekri Hattrick 8th
Al-Shabab Belgium Emilio Ferrera Adidas Sanabel Al Salam 3rd
Al-Oruba Tunisia Djamel Belkacem Herfy 1st in 1st Division
Najran Republic of Macedonia Gjoko Hadžievski Adidas 10th
Al-Faisaly Belgium Marc Brys Hattrick 11th
Al Taawon Algeria Tawfiq Rawabeh JAKO 12th

Managerial changes[edit]

Managerial changes during the 2013-14 campaign.

Pre-season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Hilal Croatia Zlatko Dalić Contract not renewed Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber [2]
Al-Ahli Serbia Aleksander Ilic Contract not renewed Portugal Vítor Pereira [3]
Ettifaq Poland Maciej Skorza Contract not renewed [4] Germany Theo Bucker
Al Raed Republic of Macedonia Vlatko Kostov Contract not renewed Algeria Noureddine Zekri

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Nahda Romania Ilie Balaci Sacked Tunisia Ayman Makhlouf
Al-Shabab Belgium Michel Preud'homme Resigned [5] Belgium Emilio Ferrera
Al-Ettifaq Germany Theo Bucker Sacked Romania Eusebiu Tudor
Al-Shoalah Tunisia Ahmad Al-Ajlani Sacked Spain José Maqueda
Al-Ittihad Spain Beñat San José Sacked Egypt Amro Anwar
Al-Nahda Tunisia Ayman Makhlouf Caretaker role over Tunisia Jalal Qaderi
Ettifaq Serbia Goran Tufegdžić Sacked Romania Ioan Andone
Al-Raed Algeria Noureddine Zekri Sacked

Foreign players[edit]

The number of foreign players is restricted to four per SPL team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries.

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Asian Player Non-Visa Foreign1 Former Players2
Al-Ahli Brazil Eric de Oliveira Brazil Mossoró São Tomé and PríncipePortugal Luís Leal South Korea Suk Hyun-Jun United Arab Emirates Majed Al Khaibari Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Al-Faisaly Brazil Reinaldo Brazil Marcelo Nicácio Jordan Khalil Bani Attiah Jordan Yaseen Al-Bakhit None None
Al-Fateh Brazil Élton Democratic Republic of the Congo Doris Salumo Tunisia Ammar Jemal Lebanon Mohamad Haidar None None
Al-Hilal Brazil Thiago Neves Brazil Digao Ecuador Segundo Castillo South Korea Kwak Tae-Hwi None Morocco Adil Hermach
Al Nassr Algeria Mourad Delhoum Brazil Élton Brandão Oman Amad Al Hosni Bahrain Mohamed Husain None Brazil Rafael Bastos
Brazil Everton
Al-Nahda Ghana Saddick Adams Ivory Coast Habib Meïté Tunisia Amine Abbes None None Mali Adama Traoré
Bahrain Ismaeel Abdulatif
Al-Orobah Cameroon Jean Bapidi Fils Cameroon Charles Edoa Egypt Ibrahim Salah Jordan Abdallah Deeb None Mali Eliassou Issiaka
Al-Raed Brazil Bruno Moreno Cameroon Alexis Mondomo Ivory Coast Issoumaila Dao Oman Hussain Al-Hadhri None Equatorial Guinea Lawrence Doe
Al-Taawon Brazil Vinícius Reche Cameroon Paul Alo'o Kenya David Ochieng Jordan Shadi Abu Hash'hash None None
Al Shabab Brazil Rafinha Brazil Fernando Menegazzo Colombia Macnelly Torres SwedenState of Palestine Imad Khalili None None
Al-Shoalah Mali Lassana Fané Mali Mamoudou Kondo Morocco Hassan Taïr Jordan Mohammad Mustafa None None
Ettifaq Brazil Danny Morais Romania Nicolae Grigore Senegal Papa Waigo East Timor Murilo de Almeida None Oman Ahmed Kano
Ittihad Brazil Leandro Bonfim Republic of Macedonia Kiril Ognjevski Uruguay Juan Rodríguez None None Brazil Jóbson
Najran Algeria Farid Cheklam Brazil Jandson Brazil Matheus Gotler Jordan Mossab Al-Laham None Nigeria Waheed Oseni
  • ^1 Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Saudi Arabia Residency.
  • ^2 Foreign players who left their clubs after first half of the season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Nassr (C) 26 20 5 1 60 21 +39 65 AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Hilal 26 20 3 3 60 24 +36 63
3 Al-Ahli 26 12 9 5 48 24 +24 45 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
4 Al-Shabab 26 9 10 7 42 38 +4 37 AFC Champions League group stage1
5 Al-Taawon 26 8 11 7 33 28 +5 35 GCC Champions League group stage
6 Al-Ittihad 26 8 8 10 45 46 −1 32
7 Al-Faisaly 26 8 8 10 28 35 −7 32 GCC Champions League group stage
8 Al-Orobah 26 5 14 7 24 33 −9 29
9 Al-Raed 26 7 8 11 21 33 −12 29
10 Al-Fateh 26 7 7 12 33 39 −6 28
11 Najran 26 8 4 14 32 43 −11 28
12 Al-Shoalah 26 6 8 12 30 42 −12 26
13 Ettifaq (R) 26 6 8 12 30 41 −11 26 Relegation to 2014–15 First Division
14 Al-Nahda (R) 26 3 7 16 29 68 −39 16

Source: thesaff.com (in Arabic)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th goal difference; 5th number of goals scored;
1Al-Shabab are ensured a spot to the 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage as 2014 King Cup of Champions winners.
(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] AHI ETT FSL FAT HIL ITT NAH NAS ORO RAE SHB SHL TWN NAJ

Source: thesaff.com (in Arabic)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Hilal 21
2 Saudi Arabia Mukhtar Fallatah Ittihad 20
3 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Al-Nassr 17
4 Brazil Élton Al-Nassr 16
5 Brazil Jandson Najran 14
6 Brazil Thiago Neves Al-Hilal 13

Last updated: 17 May 2015

Top Assistants[edit]

Position Player Club Assists
1 Saudi Arabia Yahya Al-Shehri Al-Nassr 10
Morocco Hassan Taïr Al-Shoulla
2 Jordan Mussab Al-Laham Najran 8
3 Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim Al-Ahli 7
Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Abed Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia Hussein Abdulghani Al-Nassr
4 Brazil Thiago Neves Al-Hilal 6

Last Update: 17 May 2015

Clubs season-progress[edit]

W Win
D Draw
L Lose
Team ╲ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Al-Ahli W D D W D D W D W L L W L D L W W L W D W W D D W W
Ettifaq L L W D L L W D D D W W W L L L D D D L L L W L D L
Al-Faisaly L D L W D L W L L W L L D D D L D L W W L W D W D W
Al-Fateh D W L D D W L D L W L D L L W D W L L L W L D W L L
Al-Hilal W W W W D L W W W L D W W W W W D W W W L W W W W W
Al-Ittihad W L W L W D L D D W L L W D D D D D L L W W L L W L
Al-Nahda D L L L D L L L D L D L D D L L L W L W L L W D L L
Al-Nassr W D W W W D W W D W W W W W W W W W W W W W L W D D
Al-Orobah L W D L D D D L D D D W D L D L D W L D D W L D D W
Al-Raed W L L L D W D D W L L D L W W D L L L D L L W D W D
Al-Shabab L W W D D W W L D W W L D D L D L W D D W W L D D L
Al-Shoalah D L L L L L L D D L D W W D W W W L W D L L D L L D
Al-Taawon D D W D L W L W D W W L L W D W D D L L W L D D D D
Najran L W L W W W L W L L W L L L L L L D W D D L D L L W

Source: SL Stats

Prize money[edit]

  • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

References[edit]