Al-Arabi SC (Qatar)

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Not to be confused with Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait).
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Full name Al-Arabi Sports Club (Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي‎‎)
Nickname(s) "Fareeg Al-Ahlam" ("The Dream Team"), "The Red Devils", "Century Club in Qatar"
Short name ARB
Founded 1952; 65 years ago (1952)
Ground Grand Hamad Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 13,000
President Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Jaber Al-Thani
Head Coach Oswaldo de Oliveira
League Qatar Stars League
2015–16 Qatar Stars League, 8th
Website alarabi.qa
Al Arabi's active sections
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Football
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Reserves

Al-Arabi Sports Club (Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي‎‎), is a Qatari sports club based in Doha, Qatar. Founded in 1952, the most prominent team of the club is the football team which plays in the Qatar Stars League.[1] The club's home ground is the 13,000-seat Grand Hamad Stadium, where they have played since their establishment.

Al-Arabi had their first major success in 1978, winning the Emir of Qatar Cup, and won various titles during the 1980s and 1990s. The club enjoyed their greatest period of success in those two decades, winning 17 major trophies. Domestically, Al-Arabi have won seven league titles, eight Emir of Qatar Cups, one Qatar Crown Prince Cup and six Qatar Sheikh Jassem Cups.

Al-Arabi's regular kit colours are red shirts and shorts with red socks. The club's crest has been changed several times in attempts to re-brand the club and modernise its image. The current crest, featuring a ceremonial falcon, is a modification of the one introduced in the early 1950s. They are known for having one of the largest fan bases in Qatar next to rivals Al Rayyan. In terms of championships won, they are the second most successful club on a local level after Al Sadd. Al-Arabi is known by various nicknames including "Dream Team", "The Red Devils", and "Century Club".

History[edit]

Foundation (1952–1990)[edit]

The club was founded in 1952 under the name "Al-Tahrir", making them the second oldest team in Qatar. In 1957, the club merged with Al-Wehda, a club founded which was founded on that year led by Mohamed Ali Ahmed Al-Ansari, after playing a friendly. They merged under the name of Al-Wehda. Al-Wehda did not play out Qatar or host any foreign clubs due to lack of financial possibilities for the club. In 1972, the club integrated under their current name, Al Arabi.[2] The first president of the club was Ahmed Ali Ahmed Al-Ansari.

Al-Arabi was known for having one of the largest fan bases in all of Qatar, as well as other Gulf states, and was well-known overseas. Their popularity outside of the Middle East was bolstered by their achievements and national team players, until 2003 when it reached its peak with the signing of Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta.

It came in 14th place in International Federation of Football History & Statistics's 1901–2000 Asian Club of the Century, the highest from Qatar.

Founders[edit]

Golden era (1990–2000)[edit]

The 1990s marked the start of a continuous chain of succession for Al-Arabi. The dream team had come to fruition with the likes of Marco Antônio and Richard Owebukeri who were the top scorers in the league at one point. Perhaps the most significant player was Mubarak Mustafa, who is still considered one of the best Qatari footballers in history. The team, impressing many with its versatile squad, took the Qatari league by storm, winning it 5 times out of 10. Not satisfied merely with local success, the team achieved runners-up position in the AFC Champions League in 1995.

They won their first Heir Apparent cup in 1997.

Decline (2000–2011)[edit]

The new century saw a significant slump in Al-Arabi's performance. Factors which impacted this may include the departure of Mubarak Mustafa and the increase of competitiveness from local clubs. In the 2002 season, Al Arabi finished in 7th place, the lowest position since its debut in the Qatar Stars League.

The arrival of Gabriel Batistuta in 2003 saw a glimpse of hope for Al-Arabi as they finished significantly higher in the league than the last 2 previous seasons, however they ended up finished 9th in the league at the end of the 2007 season, a new low. They did not win a single domestic title during this period, and had limited success in international competitions. Furthermore, they suffered their largest-ever defeat against Al Sadd that season when they were beaten 7–0, which resulted in the sacking of their coach Cabralzinho.[3]

In 2006, due to popular dissent accosting the club president Sheikh Falah bin Jassim, there was an administration change which resulted in Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak being elected as president.

Management crisis (2011–present)[edit]

The beginning of the 2011–12 season looked bright for Al Arabi, with the club winning their first domestic silverware in 13 years by defeating Umm Salal SC in the final of the 2011 Sheikh Jassem Cup. However, a string of bad results in the league resulted in the sacking of their coach, Paulo Silas.

They were also eligible to play in the 2012 AFC Champions League, which they were the first team to be eliminated from. During this period, the club had been in charge of 3 coaches in a span of 3 months. They infamously made history by being the first team since 2007 to lose every match in the group stage, as well as the first Qatari team to achieve this.[4] As a result, the club's Director of Football, Mubarak Mustafa, announced his departure from the club.[5] Furthermore, Dr. Abdullah al-Mal, president of the club, announced his retirement from sports.[6] He was replaced by Hitme Bin Ali Al Hitmi. The fiscal budget of the club was reduced from 15 million riyals to 9 million riyals.[7]

The title of Dream Team[edit]

Al Arabi Club called by the nickname " Dream Team ", an old launched by the local press in the season title (1992/1993) proportions team American dreams of basketball where the team has achieved in the early nineties all titles and was the win significant results of all the teams at least three goals in every game.

Most notably Matches at that time, win 6–1 against Al Rayyan, Win 9–0 against Al itthad ( Al Gharafa), and win 6–0 against Al Ahli.

Al Arabi Fans Club[edit]

Al Arabi Fans Club was established on October 21, 2015, it was created to support the team in all Sports and to gather the fans to think of innovative ways to support and cheer the teams throughout the season [8] in October 21, 2015, The same day the Fan Club was established, Al Arabi Club management decided to withhold the Number (1) jersey permanently from the list of the first team players and award it to the Fans, whom officially became the number (1) player in Al Arabi Club, Where Captain Masoud Zeraei waived his number (1) and awarded it to the Fans, who will retains its permanently under resolution. They have the most supportes in Qatar and that is one of the reasons why the gave them shirt number (1).

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Grand Hamad Stadium
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Grand Hamad Stadium (Arabic: استاد حمد الكبير), also known as the Al-Arabi Sports Club Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The football team Al-Arabi SC play there. The stadium holds 13,000 people. The stadium was used extensively during the 2006 Asian Games, and was a venue for several different sports; these include football, table tennis, rugby sevens and fencing. Iraq national football team played their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) games at the ground. Now they use the Stadium as a home for Yemen national football team in 2015 Fifa World qualification (AFC).

Rivalries[edit]

Al Rayyan[edit]

Al Rayyan and Al Arabi are often the most considered the most passionate sets of fans in Qatar. This derby known as "Fans Derby".

Head-to-head[edit]

From 1994–2017.

Head-to-head
Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 48 11 16 21 62 87 −25
Sheikh Jassem Cup 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6
Emir Cup 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1
Crown Prince Cup 7 1 1 5 6 16 −10
Reserve League 5 1 1 3 12 15 −3
Qatar Stars Cup 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
Total 71 18 20 33 95 148 −35

Al Sadd[edit]

This is the clash of Qatar's two most successful teams: Al Sadd and Al Arabi. For some fans, winning this derby is more noteworthy than winning the league itself. The derby is an important component of the country's culture.[9]

Al Arabi always regarded themselves as the club of Qatar's working class, in contrast with the more upper-class support base of Al Sadd. The social class divide between the two fan bases eventually diminished.[9]

Memorable matches[edit]

Bold indicates a win.

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1981–82 0–1 Emir Cup
1985–86 1–0 Emir Cup
1992–93 2–0 Emir Cup
1995–96 0–0 Qatar Stars League Al Arabi crowned champions.
2009–10 3–3 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd come back from 3–0 down to deny Al Arabi an ACL spot.

Head-to-head[edit]

From 1996–2017.

Head-to-head
Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 49 13 12 24 54 91 −37
Sheikh Jassem Cup 6 1 0 5 8 13 −5
Emir Cup 11 3 2 6 11 18 −7
Crown Prince Cup 1 1 0 1 3 3 0
Reserve League 6 2 2 2 11 11 0
Qatar Stars Cup 4 1 2 1 8 12 −4
Total 78 21 18 39 95 148 −53

Crest[edit]

Honours[edit]

23 official championships.

Domestic competitions
Winners (7): 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
Winners (8): 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1993
Winners (1): 1997
Winners (6): 1980, 1982, 1994, 2008, 2010, 2011
Winners (1): 2010
Regional competitions
  • Ittihad Cup
Winners (5): 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1997
  • Qatar Insurance Cup
Winner (1): 1993
  • Friendship Tournament
Winners (2): 1986, 1996

League results[edit]

Qatar Stars League

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1987: Group Stage
1993: Qualifying – 1st round
1995: Runners-up to Thailand Thai Farmers Bank
1996: Group Stage
1999: First Round
1990–91: Second Round
1993–94: Semi-final
2012: Group Stage

Performance in UAFA competitions[edit]

1986: Runners-up to Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2002: Group Stage
2006: Group Stage
2011: Quarter-finals

Players[edit]

As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
12 Goalkeeper Mohammed Mubarak (on loan from Qatar)  Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Masoud Zeraei  Qatar
40 Goalkeeper Rajab Hamza  Qatar
96 Goalkeeper Louay Ashour  Qatar

2 Defender Yousef Ramadan  Qatar
6 Defender Ali Jasimi  Qatar
13 Defender Moustapha Sall  Senegal
17 Defender Vivien Assie Koua  Ivory Coast
18 Defender Ahmed Al-Nahwi  Qatar
19 Defender Ibrahim Nasser  Qatar
26 Defender Khaled Nawaf  Qatar
27 Defender Feras Mohammed  Qatar
29 Defender Abdulhadi Salah  Qatar
34 Defender Abdullah Al-Musaiki (on loan from Al-Sadd)  Qatar
36 Defender Khalifah Al-Malki  Qatar

4 Midfielder Omar Al-Amadi  Qatar
5 Midfielder Abdullah Marafee  Qatar
7 Midfielder Ahmad Khalfan  Qatar
8 Midfielder Ahmed Fatehi  Qatar
9 Midfielder Mohammed Salem  Qatar
10 Midfielder Boualem Khoukhi  Qatar
11 Midfielder Mohammed Al Kuwari  Qatar
15 Midfielder Talal Al-Bloushi  Qatar
21 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Oraimi  Qatar
25 Midfielder Mohammed Shaaban  Qatar
30 Midfielder Luis Antonio Jiménez  Chile
32 Midfielder Haider Alaiwi  Iraq

14 Forward Mohammed Khalfan  Qatar
20 Forward Yusef Ahmed  Qatar
28 Forward Paulinho  Brazil
39 Forward Imoh Ezekiel  Nigeria

Players with Multiple Nationalities

Players registered as professionals[edit]

QSL clubs are limited to 4 foreign professionals (3 + 1 Asian) per squad.[10]
Last update: 20 August 2014.[11]

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners

Out on loan[edit]

Club staff[edit]

Technical and administrative staff

Last updated: July 2015.

 
Coaching staff
Head coach Uruguay Gerardo Pelusso
Assistant coach Netherlands Pieter In't Groen
Physical coach France Sébastien Braillard
Goalkeeper coach Brazil Orlando Ribecaro
Technical staff
Team manager Qatar Adel Al Busairi[12]
Reserve team manager Qatar Hamad Al-Sulaiti[12]
Deputy director Qatar Ali Sulaiti
 
Youth team technical director
Technical director France Christian Caminiti
Youth team coaching staff
U–19 head coach Morocco Mohamed Chaouch
U–17 head coach Morocco Merouane Kerbache
U–15 head coach Qatar Hamad Hussein
U–14 head coach Tunisia Rafik Ben Alaya
Youth team technical staff
Head of youth teams Qatar Abdullah Jassim
Deputy director Qatar Saleh Al Mulla

Club officials[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Present and past managers of Al-Arabi (incomplete):[13][14]
(* denotes caretaker role)

Al-Wehda (1957–72)[edit]

  • Egypt Tayeb Fadel (1957–??)
  • Egypt Hassan Djidjo (1968–??)
  • Qatar Ahmed Ali Al-Ansari (1969)

Al-Arabi (1972–present)[edit]

Former managers with unknown dates

  • Egypt Mohammed Atatash
  • Egypt J. Mustafa
  • Egypt Atha Al-Shatti
  • Egypt Hilmi Al-Qut
  • Egypt Medhat Mohammed
  • Tunisia Al-Makki
  • Brazil Flamarion Nunes
  • Qatar Ahmed Jassim Al-Jassim "Menotti"
  • Qatar Eid Mubarak

Management[edit]

Position Staff
President Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Jaber Al-Thani
General Secretary Talal Al-Kuwari
Director General Faleh AlHader

Last updated: 8 October 2011
Source: Board of Directors

Presidents[edit]

Club rankings[edit]

National ranking[edit]

As of 1 July 2016.[16]
Current Rank Country Team Points
5 Qatar Al Gharrafa 1386
6 Qatar Qatar SC 1365
7 Qatar Al-Arabi SC 1331
8 Qatar Umm Salal 1312
9 Qatar Al-Khor 1281

Asian ranking[edit]

As of 1 July 2016.[16]
Current Rank Country Team Points
91 Thailand Police Tero FC 1340
92 China Guangzhou R&F F.C. 1336
93 Qatar Al-Arabi SC 1331
94 South Korea Gyeongnam FC 1331
95 Thailand Ratchaburi FC 1328

World ranking[edit]

As of 1 July 2016.[16]
Current Rank Country Team Points
1022 Czech Republic Znojmo 1331
1023 Uruguay Bella Vista 1331
1024 Qatar Al-Arabi SC 1331
1025 South Korea Gyeongnam FC 1331
1026 Greece Iraklis 1331

References[edit]

  1. ^ "QSL – Al Arabi". qsl.com.qa. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Alarabi Sports Club – History
  3. ^ الدوري القطري تاريخ و نجوم (in Arabic). Al Jazeera Sports. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  4. ^ QFA.com – Al Arabi end Asian campaign on losing note
  5. ^ "السنياري : لن استمر مع العربي في الموسم المقبل". Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  6. ^ "العربي يغلق باب الترشح لانتخاباته في الثامنة مساء". Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Al Arabi Sports Club holds AGM". Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  8. ^ http://cdn.alkass.net/alkass/QSL15-16/NewsDetails.aspx?news_id=98488
  9. ^ a b "Al Sadd vs Al Arabi". QFA. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "اعتماد تسجيل أربعة لاعبين أجانب في الموسم الجديد". alkass.net. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "موقع الكأس يرصد حركة الانتقالات قبل إنطلاق الدوري". alkass.net. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Al Arabi appoints Al Busairi as first team manager". Qatar Stars League. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Interview" (in Arabic). al-watan.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  14. ^ مسابقة كأس سمو الأمير لكرة القدم المباريات النهائية (in Arabic). alkass.net. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "العربي يقيل زاماريو رسميا". alghad.com. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". Retrieved 14 November 2015. 

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