Al-Ahli Saudi FC

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Al-Ahli SFC
Al-Ahli SC (Jeddah) Logo.png
Full name Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club
Short name Al-Ahli
Founded 17 March 1937; 80 years ago (1937-03-17)
Ground King Abdullah Sports City
Ground Capacity 62,000
Chairman Ahmad Al-Marzouqi
Manager Christian Gross
League Saudi Professional League
2016–17 Saudi Professional League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي الرياضي السعودي‎‎) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Jeddah, that competes in the Saudi Pro League. The club was founded in 1937.

Domestically, Al-Ahli have won 3 league titles, 13 King Cup, 6 Crown Prince Cup, 3 Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup and 1 Super Cup. In international club football Al-Ahli have won 3 GCC Champions League and 1 Arab Club Championship, the club also reached two AFC Champions League finals losing both of them.

Al-Ahli is one of the four founding members of the Saudi Pro League that have never been relegated from the top flight, along with Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Nassr.

Al Ahli's home games are played at King Abdullah Sports City, also known as the KASC Stadium. The stadium, which is shared with long-lasting city rivals Al-Ittihad, is the second largest stadium in Saudi Arabia, with a total capacity of 62,000. Al-Ittihad are considered their biggest rivals.

The club's most famous Saudi players are Amin Dabo, Mohamed Abd Al-Jawad, Malek Mouath, Taisir Al-Jassim and Yasser Al Mosailem. The most famous foreign players are Victor Simões, Imad Al Hosni and Omar Al Soma.

History[edit]

Former and famous Brazilian coach Telê Santana also coached Al Ahli from 1983 to 1985 and won 2 titles, one is league 1984 and the second is King Cup in 1983. Al Ahli has played seventeen King Cup finals, won thirteen and lost only four.

From 2014 to 2016, under the management of Swiss coach Christian Gross, the team won three titles with him. 2015 Saudi Crown Prince Cup, 2015–16 Saudi Professional League and 2016 King Cup. Al Ahli has won every major competition in which it has competed, with the exception of the AFC Champions League (in this competition they have lost two finals, in 1985 Asian Club Championship and 2012 AFC Champions League. They are also the first Saudi Club who played the Asian Final. Al Ahli is the third most successful club in Saudi Arabia behind Al Hilal and local rivals Al Ittihad.

Honours[edit]

Al-Ahli Holds 30 Championships, as officially recognized by FIFA

Domestic[edit]

Al-Ahli's squad, picture taken in 1950

Asian[edit]

Arab[edit]

Gulf[edit]

Friendly[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1985 Runners-up
2002–03 Qualification Round 3
2005 Quarter Finals
2008 Group Stage
2010 Group Stage
2012 Runners-up
2013 Quarter Finals
2015 Round of 16
2016 Group Stage
2017 TBA

Players[edit]

As of Saudi Premier League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem  Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Ahmed Al-Rehaili  Saudi Arabia
33 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais  Saudi Arabia
36 Goalkeeper Raghed Al-Najar  Saudi Arabia
44 Goalkeeper Aymen Al-Hussaini  Saudi Arabia
66 Goalkeeper Basem Atallah  Saudi Arabia

2 Defender Ali Al-Zubaidi  Saudi Arabia
6 Defender Mohammed Al Fatil  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Mohamed Abdel-Shafy  Egypt
21 Defender Ageel Balghaith  Saudi Arabia
23 Defender Saeed Al Mowalad  Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Motaz Hawsawi  Saudi Arabia
26 Defender Mohammed Aman  Saudi Arabia
28 Defender Abdulelah Bokhari  Saudi Arabia
30 Defender Saeed Al-Robeai  Saudi Arabia
31 Defender Mansoor Al-Harbi  Saudi Arabia
77 Defender Amiri Kurdi  Saudi Arabia

4 Midfielder Waleed Bakshween  Saudi Arabia
5 Midfielder Fahad Hamad  Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Salman Al-Moasher  Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim (Captain)  Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis  Greece
11 Midfielder Housain Al-Mogahwi  Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Maher Othman  Saudi Arabia
17 Midfielder Ayman Al-Khulaif  Saudi Arabia
24 Midfielder Ali Awagi  Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Hamdan Al-Shamrani  Saudi Arabia
45 Midfielder Abdulfattah Asiri  Saudi Arabia
40 Midfielder Raed Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
47 Midfielder Mustafa Bassas  Saudi Arabia
55 Midfielder Saad Abdul-Amir  Iraq
80 Midfielder Ryan Al-Mousa  Saudi Arabia

9 Forward Omar Al Soma  Syria
14 Forward Muhannad Assiri  Saudi Arabia
15 Forward Saleh Al-Amri  Saudi Arabia
20 Forward Islam Seraj  Saudi Arabia
35 Forward Mohammed Al-Harthi  Saudi Arabia

-- Defender Hamed Al-Sherif  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Yasser Al-Fahmi  Saudi Arabia
-- Forward Mostafa Al-Musawi  Saudi Arabia

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P CC CPC PFC ARCL CL GCC Saudi Super Cup Top scorer Manager
2000–01 SPL 1 22 15 6 1 50 19 31+ 51  – Quarter-final Winner Semi-final  –  –  –  –  – Belgium Lucca
2001–02 SPL 4 22 12 4 6 39 26 13+ 40  – Winner Winner  –  – Winner  –  –  – Belgium Lucca, Saudi Arabia Anbar
2002–03 SPL 2 22 15 2 5 54 23 31+ 47  – Runner-up Runner-up Winner QW-3rd Round  –  – Egypt Barakat 10 Belgium Eilian, Belgium Dmitry
2003–04 SPL 4 22 10 8 4 31 21 10+ 38  – Runner-up Group Stage Group Stage  –  –  – Brazil Kim 7 France Lechantre
2004–05 SPL 5 22 10 8 4 41 21 20+ 34  – Round 16 Semi-final Semi-final Quarter-final  –  – Brazil Perera 13 Brazil Geninho, Serbia Vučković
2005–06 SPL 4 22 9 9 4 45 23 22+ 36  – Runner-up Runner-up  –  –  –  – Saudi Arabia Mouath 8 Serbia Vučković
2006–07 SPL 5 22 7 8 7 29 33 −4 29  – Winner Winner Semi-final  –  –  – Saudi Arabia Mouath 20 Serbia Vučković
2007–08 SPL 8 22 7 5 10 30 31 −1 26 Quarter-final Semi-final Semi-final  – Group Stage  –  – Saudi Arabia Mouath 14 Serbia Vučković
2008–09 SPL 3 22 11 7 4 33 20 +13 40 Quarter-final Round 16 Group Stage  –  – Winner  – Saudi Arabia Al-Raheb 10 Bulgaria Mladenov
2009–10 SPL 6 22 7 7 8 28 29 −1 28 Quarter-final Runner-up Semi-final  – Group Stage  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 13 Argentina Alfaro, Brazil Farias
2010–11 SPL 6 26 11 4 11 48 41 +7 37 Winner Quarter-final Runner-up  –  –  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 20 Serbia Rajevac, Serbia Ilić
2011–12 SPL 2 26 19 5 2 60 22 +38 62 Winner Semi-final Winner  – Runner-up  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 27 Czech Republic Jarolím
2012–13 SPL 5 26 12 8 6 51 33 +18 44 Semi-final Quarter-finals Winner  – Quarter-finals  –  – Brazil Victor Simões 17 Czech Republic Jarolím, Serbia Ilić
2013–14 ALJ 3 26 12 9 5 48 24 +24 45 Runner-up Quarter Finals Runner-up  –  –  –  – Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim 9 Portugal Vítor Pereira
2014–15 ALJ 2 26 17 9 0 59 22 +37 60 Round 16 Winner  – Round 16  –  – Syria Omar Al Soma 31 Switzerland Christian Gross
2015–16 ALJ 1 26 19 6 1 55 21 +34 63 Winner Runner-up  –  – Group Stages  –  – Syria Omar Al Soma 34 Switzerland Christian Gross
2016–17 ALJ 3 21 14 2 5 49 26 +23 44 Semi-finals Semi-finals  –  – Group Stages  – Winner Syria Omar Al Soma 35 Portugal José Manuel Gomes, Switzerland Christian Gross

Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2009–10 Saudi Arabia Abdulrahim Jaizawi
2010–11 Brazil Victor Simões
2011–12 Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim
2012–13 Saudi Arabia Mustafa Al-Bassas
2013–14 Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim
2014–15 Syria Omar Al Soma
2015–16 Syria Omar Al Soma

Presidents[edit]

No Name From To
1 Saudi Arabia Hassan Hamood Al-Shams 1937 1940
2 Saudi Arabia Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1950 1952
3 Saudi Arabia Hassan Saroor Al-Sabyan 1952 1954
4 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bahery 1955 1955
5 Saudi Arabia Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1956 1956
6 Saudi Arabia Ali Al-Jassem Al-Na'kly 1957 1957
7 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Fashlan 1958 1958
8 Saudi Arabia Abdulrahman bin Saead 1959 1960
9 Saudi Arabia Jameel Al-Gosani 1961 1961
10 Saudi Arabia Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1962 1962
11 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Bahry 1963 1963
12 Saudi Arabia Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1964 1964
13 Saudi Arabia Omar Yousef 1965 1969
14 Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Saleh Hamed 1970 1972
15 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Al-Ganb 1973 1974
16 Saudi Arabia Abdulmageed Yousef 1975 1975
17 Saudi Arabia Khaled bin Abdullah 1976 1980
18 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Faisal 1981 1981
19 Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Faisal 1982 1984
20 Saudi Arabia Abdulraziq Abu Dawod 1985 1986
21 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Eid Al-Harbi 1987 1987
22 Saudi Arabia Khaled bin Abdullah 1988 1994
23 Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki 1994 1995
24 Saudi Arabia Badr bin Fahd 1995 1996
25 Saudi Arabia Zaki Raheme 1996 1997
26 Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Abdulha'a 1997 1998
27 Saudi Arabia Salman Al-Sudairy 1998 1998
28 Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Abdulaziz bin Turki 1999 2003
29 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2004 2005
30 Saudi Arabia Abdulraziq abu Dawod 2005 2005
31 Saudi Arabia Aymin Fadel 2005 2007
32 Saudi ArabiaAbdulraziq abu Dawod 2007 2007
33 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2007 2008
34 Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-A'aqary 2008 2009
35 Saudi Arabia Fahd bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Mohammed 2009 2015
36 Saudi Arabia Musad Al Zuwaihary 2015 2016
37 Saudi Arabia Ahmad Al-Marzouqi 2016

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]