2016–17 Qatar Stars League

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Qatar Stars League
Season2016–17
ChampionsLekhwiya (5th title)
RelegatedMuaither
Al-Wakrah
AFC Champions LeagueLekhwiya
Al-Sadd
Matches played168
Goals scored525 (3.13 per match)
Top goalscorerBaghdad Bounedjah
Youssef El-Arabi
(24 goals each)
Biggest home winLekhwiya 10–0 Al-Shahania
(21 December 2016)
Biggest away winAl-Rayyan 0–5 Al-Sadd
(7 December 2016)
Highest scoringAl-Sailiya 4–6 El-Jaish
(2 November 2016)
Lekhwiya 10–0 Al-Shahania
(21 December 2016)
Longest winning run9 matches
Lekhwiya
Longest unbeaten run20 matches
Lekhwiya
Longest winless run18 matches
Al-Shahania
Longest losing run8 matches
Muaither
Highest attendance7,703
Al-Sadd 4–1 Al-Rayyan
(2 April 2017)
Average attendance672
All statistics correct as of 2 April 2017.

The 2016–17 Qatari League, also known as Qatari Stars League, is the 44th edition of top level football championship in Qatar. The season began on 15 September 2016 and concluded on 27 April 2017.

Al-Rayyan are the defending champions having won their eighth championship and Lekhwiya won the league title.[1] Al-Muaither and Al-Shahania have entered as the two promoted teams from the 2015–16 Qatargas League and they both got relegated this season.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club City/Town Stadium Coach
Al-Ahli Doha Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium Qatar Yousuf Adam Mahmoud
Al-Arabi Doha Grand Hamad Stadium Brazil Oswaldo de Oliveira
Al-Gharafa Al Rayyan Thani bin Jassim Stadium Portugal Pedro Caixinha
El-Jaish Doha Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium France Sabri Lamouchi
Al-Kharaitiyat Al Khor Al-Khor SC Stadium Tunisia Ahmad Al-Ajlani
Al-Khor Al Khor Al-Khor SC Stadium France Jean Fernandez
Al-Rayan Al Rayyan Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium Denmark Michael Laudrup
Al-Sadd Doha Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira
Al-Sailiya Al Rayyan Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium Tunisia Sami Trabelsi
Al-Shahania Al-Shahaniya Grand Hamad Stadium Croatia Igor Štimac
Al-Wakrah Al Wakrah Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium Tunisia Kais Yaakoubi
Lekhwiya Doha Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium Algeria Djamel Belmadi
Muaither Muaither Thani bin Jassim Stadium France Phillippe Burle
Umm Salal Doha Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium Qatar Mahmoud Jaber

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Pos. Incoming manager Date of appointment
Al-Ahli Qatar Yousuf Adam Mahmoud 11 May 2016[2] Mutual consent Pre-season Croatia Luka Bonačić 11 May 2016[3]
Al-Shahania Croatia Luka Bonačić 11 May 2016 Mutual consent Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal 17 June 2016[4]
Al-Arabi Italy Gianfranco Zola 28 June 2016 Sacked Uruguay Gerardo Pelusso 28 June 2016
Al-Rayyan Uruguay Jorge Fossati 26 September 2016 Signed with Qatar 4th Denmark Michael Laudrup 3 October 2016
Al-Ahli Croatia Luka Bonačić 28 October 2016 Sacked 7th Qatar Yousuf Adam Mahmoud 30 October 2016
Al-Wakrah Uruguay Mauricio Larriera 29 November 2016 Sacked 13th Tunisia Kais Yaakoubi 30 November 2016
Umm Salal Turkey Bülent Uygun 14 December 2016 Sacked 7th
Al-Shahania Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal 25 December 2016 Sacked 12th Croatia Igor Štimac 28 December 2016

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Lekhwiya (C) 26 19 6 1 79 33 +46 63 2018 AFC Champions League Group Stage
2 Al-Sadd 26 18 7 1 77 23 +54 61
3 Al-Rayyan 26 15 6 5 53 27 +26 51 Qualification to the 2018 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
4 El-Jaish[a] 26 13 6 7 45 40 +5 45
5 Al-Gharafa 26 12 4 10 42 43 −1 40 Qualification to the 2018 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off and the 2018 GCC Champions League
6 Umm Salal 26 9 10 7 32 35 −3 37
7 Al-Kharaitiyat 26 10 4 12 27 32 −5 34
8 Al-Sailiya 26 8 7 11 32 45 −13 31
9 Al-Arabi 26 8 4 14 39 56 −17 28
10 Al-Ahli 26 7 6 13 33 45 −12 27
11 Al-Khor 26 6 7 13 25 38 −13 25
12 Al-Shahania 26 3 13 10 30 53 −23 22
13 Muaither (R) 26 5 5 16 23 46 −23 20 Relegation to the 2017–18 Qatargas League
14 Al-Wakrah (R) 26 2 9 15 29 50 −21 15
Updated to match(es) played on 15 April 2017. Source: RSSSF and Qatar Stars League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ El Jaish were merged into Lekhwiya to form Al-Duhail after the 2016–17 season.[5] As a result, Al-Gharafa, the league 5th place, entered the qualifying play-off.

Statistics[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

As of 15 April 2017[8]
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Qatar Saad Al Sheeb Al-Sadd 11
2 Qatar Omar Bari Al-Rayyan 9
3 Qatar Baba Malick Umm Salal 6
Qatar Yousef Hassan Al-Gharafa
France Grégory Gomis Al-Sailiya
Qatar Ahmed Soufiane Al-Kharaitiyat
7 Qatar Saoud Al Khater El-Jaish 5
Qatar Amine Lecomte Lekhwiya

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Rayyan win QSL". qna. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.qsl.com.qa/en/News/view/11451/bona%C4%8Di%C4%87-set-for-al-ahli-
  3. ^ http://www.qsl.com.qa/en/News/view/11451/bona%C4%8Di%C4%87-set-for-al-ahli-
  4. ^ http://www.qsl.com.qa/en/News/view/11540/al-jabal-signs-with-shahania.
  5. ^ "Lekhwiya, Al Jaish Clubs to Merge into One Club under the Name of Al Duhail Sports Club". www.qna.org.qa. Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Top Goalscorers". soccerway.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  7. ^ "The Most Assisting Players". mundial11. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Top clean sheets". mundial. Retrieved 21 December 2016.

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