Ettifaq FC

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Al-Ettifaq FC
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Full name Al-Ettifaq Football Club
Nickname(s) Faris Ad-Dahna (The Knight of Ad-Dahna)
The Commandos
Itti Al-Sharqiya (Itti of the Eastern Province, a nod to Al-Ittihad)
Founded 1945
Ground Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Ground Capacity 26,000
Chairman Khalid Al Dabal
Manager Serbia Miodrag Ješić
League Saudi Professional League
2016–17 Saudi Professional League, 11th
Website Club website
Current season

Al-Ettifaq Football Club (Arabic: نادي الاتفاق لكرة القدم‎), also known as Al-Ettifaq, is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Dammam. 'Ittifaq' is Arabic for cooperation. Al Ettifaq was established after the merging of three clubs in the City of Dammam at the year 1944. Al Ettifaq is the first Saudi team to win an international title – the 1984 Arab Club Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq is also the first team to win the Saudi Premier League without any defeat. Al Ettifaq is also the first side from Saudi Arabia to win the Gulf Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq have a total of 13 different titles to their name.

Achievements[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

    • Semi-final (Group Stage): Al Ettifaq finished second in their group after losing their penultimate game against the eventual champions, Qatari side Al-Sadd (2–1) in a highly controversial game. Apart from the two clubs, the group contained April 25 SC (North Korea), Mohammedan SC (Bangladesh), and Pahang (Malaysia).[1]
        • Group Stage – Round of 32: Al Ettifaq was arguably one of the best performers in the group stage after finishing top of the group with 12 points. They won 4 games, lost 2, and scored 15 goals in 6 games, recording the third best attacking stats in the continent in that round. Al Ettifaq were placed in Group D along FC Bunyodkor (led by Brazilian ace Rivaldo), Sepahan Isfahan, and Al Shabab (UAE).
        • Round of 16: Al Ettifaq were knocked from the Round of 16 against Pakhtakor (UZB). After leading 1–0 at halftime, they conceded two late goals that ended their hopes in qualifying to the quarter-final.[2]
        • After failing to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Al-Ettifaq qualified automatically to the 2012 AFC Cup, and were drawn in Group C with Kuwait SC of Kuwait, Al Ahed of Lebanon, and VB Sports Club of the Maldives.
        • Al Ettifaq started the competition as favorites and a strong candidate to win the competition, winning 5–1 in their first group game against Kuwait SC in Kuwait. The second game was frustrating to the Saudis as they drew in their own stadium 0–0 with Al Ahed. They defeated the underdogs of the group VB Sports Club by 6–3 in the Maldives and 2–0 in the reverse fixture. Al Ettifaq sealed their promotion with a 2–2 draw against Kuwait SC before finishing the group with a 3–1 victory in Lebanon against Al Ahed.
        • Al Ettifaq finished off their season with a hard-fought 1–0 victory against Omani side Al-Suwaiq SC in the Round of 16 to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of Saudi Premier League:

No Position Player Nation
2 Defender Omar Al-Sonain  Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Abdulelah Bokhari  Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Ahmad Ibrahim  Iraq
5 Defender Fahed Al Hajri (on loan from Kuwait SC)  Kuwait
6 Midfielder Yahya Otain  Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Kwikbi  Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Osama Al-Khalaf  Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Hazaa Al-Hazaa  Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Hassan Al-Habib  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Osama Al-Selim  Saudi Arabia
14 Midfielder Filip Kiss  Slovakia
15 Midfielder Juanmi Callejón  Spain
16 Forward Yousef Al-Salem  Saudi Arabia
18 Midfielder Fawaz Al-Trais  Saudi Arabia
19 Forward Rodrigo Salinas  Argentina
20 Midfielder Abdulaziz Majrashi  Saudi Arabia
24 Midfielder Abdurahman Al-Aboud  Saudi Arabia
27 Defender Abdulaziz Waseli  Saudi Arabia
28 Goalkeeper Ahmed Al-Kassar  Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Sobeai  Saudi Arabia
30 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Saleh  Saudi Arabia
31 Defender Mohammed Al-Zubaidi  Saudi Arabia
34 Defender Ali Al-Khaibari  Saudi Arabia
35 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Haiti  Saudi Arabia
50 Defender Saad Al Khairi  Saudi Arabia
51 Defender Majed Al-Khaibari (on loan from Al-Ittihad)  Saudi Arabia
70 Forward Mohammed Al-Saiari  Saudi Arabia
77 Defender Ahmed Al-Habib  Saudi Arabia

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
17 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Shehri  Saudi Arabia
21 Forward Turki Sufyani  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Khaled Al-Hamdhi  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Nasser Al-Abdeli  Saudi Arabia
-- Forward Marei Al-Moqaadi  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
32 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Bahri (on loan to Al-Kawkab)  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Jaber Al-Ziyadi (on loan to Al-Nahda)  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Hassan Ghazwani (on loan to Al-Nahda)  Saudi Arabia

Managerial history[edit]

Note: The table is currently being updated.

1944–69
19??–69 Sudan Mohammed Hassan Kheiri
1969–76
1976–78 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1979–80
1980–84 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Coincided with the most successful period of the club (4 titles).
1984–86
1986–90 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Won 3 titles.
1990–91 Brazil Procópio Cardoso
1991–93
July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1995 Poland Wojciech Łazarek
1994–96 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1996–97
1997 Brazil João Francisco
1997–99
1999–00 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
2003–04 Netherlands Jan Versleijen
Jan 1, 2004 – May 30, 2004 Argentina Jorge Habegger
2005–06 Brazil Ednaldo Patricio
2006–07 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh 2006 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Winner).
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008 Portugal Toni Oliveira 2007 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Runner-up).
Jan 8, 2009 – June 8, 2009 Romania Ioan Andone Achieved club's best performance in the AFC Champions League (Round of 16).
Oct 23, 2009 – March 23, 2011 Romania Ion Marin
March 23, 2011 – June 30, 2011 Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui
July 22, 2011 – April 30, 2012 Croatia Branko Ivanković
2012 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh
July 1, 2012 – Sept 25, 2012 Switzerland Alain Geiger
Sept 26, 2012 – June 13, 2013 Poland Maciej Skorża
July 1, 2013 – Oct 1, 2013 Germany Theo Bücker
Sept 30, 2013 – Oct 26, 2013 Romania Eusebiu Tudor
Oct 26, 2013 – Feb 13, 2014 Serbia Goran Tufegdžić
Feb 13, 2014–July, 2014 Romania Ioan Andone
July 2014 – Feb 17, 2015 Spain Beñat San José
(2015) Romania Gheorghe Mulțescu
(2015–16) Germany Reinhard Stumpf
(2016) Tunisia Djamel Belkacem 2015–16 Saudi First Division
(2016) Netherlands Eelco Schattorie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asian Club Championship 1989 – Schedule & Results. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  2. ^ AFC Champions League 2009 – Schedule & Results, Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  3. ^ AFC Champions League 2012 – Draw, Retrieved 9 December 2011.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Al-Arabi
Kuwait
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Al-Arabi

1983
Succeeded by
Al-Ahli
Saudi Arabia
Preceded by
Kazma
Kuwait
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Kazma

1988
Succeeded by
Fanja SC
Oman
Preceded by
Qadsia SC
Kuwait
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Qadsia SC

2006
Succeeded by
Al Jazira
United Arab Emirates