Al-Hilal FC

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Al-Hilal FC
Al-Hilal FC logo
Full nameAl-Hilal Saudi Football Club
Nickname(s)Al Zae'em (The Boss)
Al Moj Al Azraq (The Blue Wave)
Founded16 October 1957; 61 years ago (1957-10-16)
GroundKing Saud University Stadium[1]
PresidentFahad bin Nafil Alotaibi
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club is a Saudi Arabian professional multi-sports club based in Riyadh. The football team plays in the Saudi Professional League.

Founded on 16 October 1957, it is one of four teams to have participated in all seasons of the Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976. Overall, they have won 58 official titles on the national and international stage, more than any other Saudi club. In domestic competitions, they have won 45 trophies: a record 15 Professional League titles, a record 13 Crown Prince Cup titles, a record 7 Federation Cup titles, 8 King Cup titles, 2 Super Cup title, and the title winner of Saudi Founder's Cup (a centennial football tournament held every 100 years).

Internationally, Al-Hilal have a record 6 Asian Football Confederation trophies – the AFC Champions League in 1991 and 2000, the Asian Cup Winners Cup in 1997 and 2002, and the Asian Super Cup in 1997, 2000. In September 2009, Al-Hilal was awarded Best Asian Club of the 20th Century by the IFFHS.[2]


Roberto Rivelino (left) and Najeeb Al Imam (right) playing for Al-Hilal in 1979

Al-Hilal Club was originally known as the Olympic Club during its founding by Abdul Rahman Bin Saad Bin Saeed on 15 October 1957 in Riyadh. The club's name lasted for only one year before it was changed to its current name on 3 December 1958 by King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz. He changed the name after he attended a tournament that was contested between the Olympic Club, Al-Shabab, Al-Riyadh and El-Kawkab clubs. As soon as the club's establishment, Al-Hilal enjoyed not only grassroots support but also royal attention.[3]

After spending their formative years building a squad, the club made their first mark by lifting the King's Cup trophy in 1961. That began a period in which the club won 50 official competitions. Al-Hilal recaptured the King's Cup in 1964, with a penalty shootout victory over two-time Asian champions Al-Ittihad.

Al-Hilal players celebrating their Saudi Premier League championship in 2010

The club were the inaugural winners when the Saudi Premier League came into existence in the 1976–77 season. Al-Hilal won the title another 12 times and finished runners-up on 12 occasions in the space of 32 years. Al-Hilal also have seven King's Cup, twelve Crown Prince Cup and eight Saudi Federation Cup titles.[4]

With the success, a number of players and coaches from outside Saudi Arabia joined the club in the 1970s, including Brazilians Mario Zagallo and Roberto Rivelino.

In 1991, they won the first Asian title, Asian Club Championship. They won it again in 1999–2000. In 1997 they captured the Asian Cup Winners Cup and the Asian Super Cup of that year, which they lifted again in 2002. The last time they got their hands on a continental trophy was in 2002, when they won the Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

Al Hilal is the only Asian team which achieves six Asian titles.

Al Hilal reached the final of the AFC Champions League in 2014, where they faced Western Sydney Wanderers. The Australian club won 1–0 on aggregate.[5]


Al-Hilal currently plays their home games at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh and rarely at King Fahd International Stadium a stadium that was constructed in 1987 with a capacity of 67,000 supporters. The club's reserve team stadium, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, was used in 2011–12 when King Fahd Stadium was under renovation. When prince Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad became the owner of the club in 2008, there was some serious idea of making Al-Hilal home avenue but it was shortly declined. Later on, King Saud University had their new spectacular stadium offered for an annual contract and Al-Hilal was the club with the best offer.


Al-Hilal has a long-standing rivalry with Al-Ittihad. From the start of national competition the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival cities: Riyadh and Jeddah. Matches between the two are often called 'El Clasico's. After the success of Al Hilal in Asia when they won two Asian Club Championship in years 1991 and 1999–2000, Al Ittihad has won AFC Champions League two times in a row, in 2004 and 2005. Al-Hilal won the clasico 62 times, while Al-Ittihad has won it 50 times and two sides have drawn 35 times. The biggest win was when Al-Hilal defeated Al-Ittihad 5–0 in 2009–2010.[6]

Another rivalry is with their neighbors Al-Nassr, which is called Riyadh's Derby. They have met 148 times, Al-Hilal has won 59 times, and lost 48 times, while 41 ties have ended in a draw.[7] The biggest win is for Al-Hilal when they defeated Al-Nassr 5–1 in 2016–17. The rivalry with Al-Nassr is violent between them more than the rivalry with Al-Ittihad. As an example, when Al-Hilal reached the 2014 AFC Champions League Final, in 2nd leg Al-Nassr fans awaited Western Sydney Wanderers arrival at the airport to spur them on against Al-Hilal and tried to sabotage Al-Hilal's ticket plan.[8]

Finance and sponsorship[edit]


Mobily was the main sponsor of Al-Hilal, and as part of the sponsorship deal, their logo was displayed on the front of the club's shirts and a plethora of other merchandise. The Mobily deal was announced by the club's previous President Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad on 14 October 2008, and is worth a Saudi record SAR 517 million, to be paid over six years (SAR 69.1 million per year).

Also, the previous president Prince Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad made a contract with Omar Almady, CEO of Volkswagen Group in Saudi Arabia. the contract period is 6 years and was signed on September 18, 2014.[citation needed]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor(s)
2004–2006 Adidas Logo.svg Adidas None
2006–2007 STC
2007–2013 Mobily
2013–2014 Logo NIKE.svg Nike
2014–2017 Mobily / Volkswagen / ABDUL SAMAD Al QURASHI / TASNEE / APSCO Mobil 1 / Bupa Arabia
2017–0000 Kingdom Holding Company / Volkswagen / ABDUL SAMAD Al QURASHI / Sun & Sand Sports / Jawwy from STC / APSCO Mobil 1

Television match broadcasting rights[edit]

Al-Hilal receives SR 4.5 million per year (USD 1.2 million/year) from the Saudi Arabia Football Federation as the federation sell the complete matches' right in one package and all the clubs in the Saudi Professional League share the revenue equally. The income may increase dramatically in near future as clubs will have the rights to sell their own matches' broadcasting rights.

Other income sources[edit]

The club's president and other board members pay any extra money required to run the club as the total expenses of the club in recent seasons surpassed SR 140 million (USD 38 million). This increase in expenses is due to the high level foreign and national players the club signed with such as Thiago Neves, Mirel Rădoi, Christian Wilhelmsson, Osama Hawsawi, Youssef El-Arabi and others.

Charity and philanthropy[edit]

Special seats have been allocated for the disabled to watch the training. Twenty-five percent of the income of tickets sold goes to charities. Players and board members arrange and attend social activities for charities during Eid and other holidays.

Club facilities[edit]

In 2009, the club opened a new camp in Riyadh. It contains 25 rooms, meeting rooms, smart room for lectures, library, eating room, living rooms, a big salon and a medical clinic. It also has entertainment corners for video games, table tennis, billiards, table football and many others. There are two training fields for the senior team.


[9]As of 01 February 2019:

First team squad[edit]

As of Saudi Professional League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf  Saudi Arabia
2 Defender Mohammed Al-Breik  Saudi Arabia
3 Midfielder Carlos Eduardo  Brazil
4 Defender Alberto Botía  Spain
5 Defender Ali Al Bulaihi  Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri  Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Salman Al-Faraj  Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Abdullah Otayf  Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Sebastian Giovinco  Italy
10 Midfielder Mohammad Al-Shalhoub (Captain)  Saudi Arabia
12 Defender Yasser Al-Shahrani  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Hassan Kadesh  Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Ahmad El-Fiqi  Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Nasser Al-Dawsari  Saudi Arabia
18 Forward Bafétimbi Gomis  France
21 Midfielder Omar Abdulrahman  United Arab Emirates
23 Goalkeeper Marwan Al-Haidari  Saudi Arabia
24 Midfielder Nawaf Al Abed  Saudi Arabia
25 Forward Jonathan Soriano  Spain
27 Midfielder Hattan Bahebri  Saudi Arabia
28 Midfielder Mohamed Kanno  Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Salem Al-Dawsari  Saudi Arabia
30 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Waked  Saudi Arabia
31 Forward Abdulrahman Al-Yami  Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Mohammed Al-Dossari  Saudi Arabia
33 Defender Ahmed Sharahili  Saudi Arabia
34 Defender Waleed Al-Ahmed  Saudi Arabia
35 Midfielder Mansor Al-Bishi  Saudi Arabia
37 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Qunayan  Saudi Arabia
38 Forward Khaled Al Gubaie  Saudi Arabia
39 Midfielder Nawaf Sharahili  Saudi Arabia
40 Goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
41 Midfielder Theaar Al-Otaibi  Saudi Arabia
45 Defender Milos Degenek  Australia
70 Defender Mohammed Jahfali  Saudi Arabia
77 Forward Omar Khribin  Syria
88 Midfielder Salem Al-Saleem  Saudi Arabia
Defender Muteb Al-Mofarij  Saudi Arabia

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
17 Defender Abdullah Al-Hafith  Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Fahad Al-Rashidi  Saudi Arabia
36 Defender Omar Al-Ouda  Saudi Arabia
57 Defender Anas Zabani  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Achraf Bencharki  Morocco
Midfielder Naif Kariri  Saudi Arabia
Forward Mojahed Al-Munee  Saudi Arabia


Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Péricles Chamusca
Assistant coach Damir Krznar
Assistant coach Alen Peternac
Fitness coach Ivan Stefanic
Assistant fitness coach Milan Snjaric
Analyst Vedran Attias
Goalkeeping coach Miralem Ibrahimovic
Doctor Aamar Mehdan
Team B coach Rodolfo Miguens
Director of Football Fahed Al-Mofarij


President Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Aljarboua
Vice President Ahmed Al-Khames
Secretary General Sami Abu Khudair
Treasurer Thamer Al-Tasan
Director of Fans Supplies Rashid Al-Anzan
Director of Legal Affairs Thamer Al-Jasser
Director of Facilities Development and Maintenance Badr Al-Mayouf
Director of Other Sports Ibraheem Al-Youssef
Director of Youth Football Abdullateef Al-Hosainy
Director of Investments Area Abdullah Al-Abduljabbar
board member Abdullah Al-Jarbou

This is a list of Al-Hilal FC presidents and chairmen from its foundation in 1957.[10]

Name From To Championships (official)
Saudi Arabia Abdul Rahman Bin Saeed 1957 1965 3
Saudi Arabia Abdulrahman Al-Hamdan 1965 1966 ×
Saudi Arabia Abdul Rahman Bin Saeed 1966 1970 ×
Saudi Arabia Faisal Al-Shehail 1970 1972 ×
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bin Nasser 1972 1976 ×
Saudi Arabia Hazloul bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud 1976 1978 1
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bin Nasser 1978 1982 2
Saudi Arabia Hazloul bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud 1982 1983 1
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bin Saad 1983 1990 9
Saudi Arabia Abdul Rahman Bin Saeed 1990 1992 1
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Mufti 1992 1993 1
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bin Saeed 1993 1994 ×
Saudi Arabia Khalid Bin Mohammed 1994 1996 4
Saudi Arabia Bandar Bin Mohammad 1997 2000 9
Saudi Arabia Saud Bin Turki 2000 2003 6
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Bin Musa'ad 2003 2004 1
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Faisal 2004 2008 7
Saudi Arabia Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad 2008 2015 7
Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Homaidani (caretaker) 2015 2015 1
Saudi Arabia Nawaf Bin Sa'ad 2015 2018 4
Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber 2018 2018 1
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Faisal 2018 2019 ×
Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Jarbou (caretaker) 2019 Present ×


The club holds 58 official titles.


Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia Competitions Titles Runners-Up
Professional League (15/15) 1976–77*, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2016–17, 2017–18 (Record) 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2018–19 (Record)
King Cup[11][12] (8/7) 1961, 1964, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1989, 2015, 2017 1963, 1968, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 2010
Crown Prince Cup (13/4) 1963–64, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16 (Record) 1956–57, 1998–99, 2013–14, 2014–15
Super Cup (2/1) 2015, 2018 (Record) 2016
Federation Cup (7/5) 1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2005–06 (Record) 1985–86, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2007-08, 2009-2010
Saudi Founder's Cup (1/0) 2000 (Record)


Asian Competitions Titles Runners-up
AFC Champions League Trophy.png AFC Champions League (2/4) 1991, 2000 1986, 1987, 2014, 2017(Record)
Asian Cup Winners Cup (2/0) 1997, 2002 (Shared Record)
Asian Super Cup (2/1) 1997, 2000 (Shared Record) 2002


Continentes.png Intercontinental Competition Titles Runners-Up
Afro-Asian Cup 0/1 1992


Arabian Competitions Titles Runners-Up
Arab Club Champions Cup (2/2) 1994, 1995 1989, 2018–19 (Record)
Arab Cup Winners' Cup (1/0) 2000
Arab Super Cup (1/2) 2001 1992, 1995 (Record)
Gulf Club Champions Cup (1/3) 1986, 1998 1987, 1992, 2000 (Record)


Flag of Saudi Arabia.svgFlag of Egypt.svg Interfederations Competition Titles Runners-Up
Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup (King of Saudi Arabia Cup) (1/0) 2001[13]
Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup (President of Egypt Cup) (0/1) 2018

Recent seasons[edit]

The table below chronicles the achievements of Al-Hilal in various competitions since 1999.


Champions Runners-up 3rd Place or Losing semi-finalists

Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos King Cup Crown Prince Cup Competition Result Competition Result
League AFC Competitions Other
1999–00 Premier League 22 11 6 5 39 19 39 5th Not held W Asian Club Championship



2000–01 Premier League 22 14 5 3 36 16 44 4th SF


Federation Cup




2001–02 Premier League 22 14 7 1 54 17 49 1st R16 Asian Cup Winners Cup


2002–03 Premier League 22 11 8 3 28 18 41 5th W




2003–04 Premier League 22 12 4 6 40 18 40 4th SF AFC Champions League QS


2004–05 Premier League 22 13 6 3 41 21 45 1st W


2005–06 Premier League 22 13 5 4 41 21 44 2nd W AFC Champions League QS Federation Cup
2006–07 Premier League 22 17 2 3 38 15 53 2nd SF AFC Champions League QF


2007–08 Premier League 22 14 6 2 36 13 48 1st SF W


2008–09 Pro League 22 15 5 2 41 9 50 2nd SF W AFC Champions League R16 Federation Cup
2009–10 Pro League 22 18 2 2 56 18 56 1st RU W AFC Champions League
Federation Cup
2010–11 Pro League 26 19 7 0 52 18 64 1st SF W AFC Champions League R16
2011–12 Pro League 26 18 6 2 58 22 60 3rd SF W AFC Champions League QF
2012–13 Pro League 26 17 5 4 62 26 56 2nd QF W AFC Champions League R16
2013–14 Pro League 26 20 3 3 60 24 63 2nd QF RU AFC Champions League
2014–15 Pro League 26 16 6 4 46 17 54 3rd W RU AFC Champions League
2015–16 Pro League 26 17 4 5 52 23 55 2nd SF W AFC Champions League R16 Saudi Super Cup
2016–17 Pro League 26 21 3 2 63 16 66 1st W SF AFC Champions League
Saudi Super Cup
2017–18 Pro League 26 16 8 2 47 23 56 1st R16 Cancelled AFC Champions League GS
2018–19 Pro League 28 19 6 3 62 31 63 TBD SF Cancelled AFC Champions League TBD Saudi Super Cup

Award winners[edit]

Asian Footballer of the Year
Asia's best Goalkeeper of the Century by IFFHS
Arabian Footballer of the Year

Arabian best Goalkeeper of the Year[edit]


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  2. ^ "IFFHS – Asia's Club of the Century". Archived from the original on 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ "The story of Al Hilal Foundation".
  4. ^ "Al Hilal, by royal approval".
  5. ^ Cohen, Kate (2 November 2014). "Western Sydney Wanderers win Asian Champions League title". Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Al Hilal vs Al Ittihad - Saudi Arabia Pro League Head to Head (H2H) Statistics and Match Preview -". Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  7. ^ "التاريخ يرجح كفة الهلال.. والنصر يتفوق بـ"النهائيات"". Alarabiya. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers facing football in the kingdom". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Saudi Pro League Statistics 2017/2018".
  10. ^ "Presidents - Al Hilal Saudi Club : The Official Website". Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Saudi Arabia - List of Cup Winners". Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Live Scores - Clubs: Al Hilalclub_hint=Al Hilal -". Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  13. ^ not official by Saudi FA nor Egyptian FA

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