Al-Hilal FC

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Al-Hilal
AL HILAL FC LOGO
Full name Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club
Founded 16 October 1957; 60 years ago (1957-10-16)
Ground King Fahd Stadium
King Saud University Stadium[1]
Capacity 67,000
25,000
President Mohammed bin Faisal[2]
Manager Jorge Jesus
League Professional League
2017–18 Professional League, 1st
Website Club 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.[3]

History[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Stadiums[edit]

Al-Hilal plays their home games at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. The stadium was constructed in 1987 with a capacity of 67,000 people. 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.

Rivalries[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Finance and sponsorship[edit]

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 None
2006–2007 STC
2007–2013 Mobily
2013–2014 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

Membership[edit]

Like most professional teams all over the world, Al-Hilal and Mobily have introduced a membership card (Hilali) for fans to connect with their club. Fans are now able to join the Hilal membership scheme for the clubs starting 2012–13 season onwards. Hilali membership benefits includes VIP tickets to all Al-Hilal home and away matches, using the club facilities, meeting with players monthly and discounts at Al-Hilal Mobily stores.

Al-Hilal stores[edit]

Al-Hilal store in Tahlieh street, Riyadh

Al-Hilal has a chain of luxury retail stores that sell the club's products. The first branch opened on 1 February 2011 on the most expensive commercial street in Riyadh at a cost of SAR 15 million (USD 4 million). It was the first store from any Saudi club, and the biggest club store in the Middle East. In the first week of opening, sales surpassed SAR 1 million (USD 266,000). Mobily plans to cover the kingdom's main cities with seven branches by the end of 2012. Khobar's branch has opened on 5 January 2012, which Jeddah branch opened on 5 April 2012. The stores offer thousands of high quality products including clothes, accessories, children toys and many other products.

The stores' profits currently go to Mobily only. After the investment cost is covered they will share the profit with the club.

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.

Players[edit]

[10]As of 19 January 2017:

First team squad[edit]

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
10 Midfielder Mohammad Al-Shalhoub (Captain)  Saudi Arabia
11 Forward Gelmin Rivas  Venezuela
12 Defender Yasser Al-Shahrani  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Hassan Kadesh  Saudi Arabia
14 Midfielder Muhannad Fallatah  Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Fiqi  Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Nasser Al-Dawsari  Saudi Arabia
17 Defender Abdullah Al-Hafith  Saudi Arabia
18 Forward Bafétimbi Gomis  France
19 Midfielder André Carrillo (on loan from Benfica)  Peru
20 Midfielder Fahad Al-Rashidi  Saudi Arabia
21 Midfielder Omar Abdulrahman  United Arab Emirates
22 Defender Mohammed Al-Baqaawi  Saudi Arabia
23 Goalkeeper Marwan Al-Haidari  Saudi Arabia
24 Midfielder Nawaf Al Abed  Saudi Arabia
26 Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi  Oman
28 Midfielder Mohamed Kanno  Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Salem Al-Dawsari  Saudi Arabia
30 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Waked  Saudi Arabia
33 Defender Ahmed Sharahili  Saudi Arabia
44 Forward Mukhtar Fallatah  Saudi Arabia
70 Defender Mohammed Jahfali  Saudi Arabia
77 Forward Omar Khribin  Syria

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
Midfielder Abdullaziz Al-Dawsari  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Jamaan  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
27 Midfielder Achraf Bencharki (on loan to Lens)  Morocco
32 Defender Muteb Al-Mofarraj (on loan to Al-Taawoun)  Saudi Arabia
36 Defender Omar Al-Owdah (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Saudi Arabia
57 Defender Anas Zabani (on loan to Al-Batin)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Naif Kariri (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Majed Al-Najrani (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Ezequiel Cerutti (on loan to Independiente)  Argentina
Forward Abdurahman Al-Yami (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Saudi Arabia
Forward Mojahed Al-Munee (on loan to Al-Hazem)  Saudi Arabia

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Jorge Jesus
Assistant Coach Raul José
Assistant Coach Miguel Quaresma
Fitness Coach Mário Monteiro
Training Control Márcio Sampaio
Technical Assistant Gil Henriques
Goalkeeping Coach Daniel Zdranca
Doctor Aamar Mehdan
B team manager Rodolfo Miguens
Director of Football Fahed Al-Mofarij

Management[edit]

President Prince Mohammed Bin Faisal
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.[11]

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 Present ×

Honours[edit]

The club holds 58 official titles.

Domestic[edit]

Winners (15) – record: 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
Runners-up (13): 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
Winners (8): 1961, 1964, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1989, 2015, 2017
Runners-up (7): 1963, 1968, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 2010
Winners (13) – record: 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
Runners-up (4): 1956–57, 1998–99, 2013–14, 2014–15
Winners (2): 2015, 2018
Runners-up (1): 2016
Winners (7) – record: 1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2005–06
Runners-up (3): 1985–86, 2001–02, 2003–04
Winners (1): 2000

Asian[edit]

Winners (2): 1991, 2000
Runners-up (4): 1986, 1987, 2014, 2017
Winners (2) – shared record: 1997, 2002
Winners (2) – shared record: 1997, 2000
Runners-up (1): 2002

Worldwide[edit]

Runners-up (1): 1992

Regional[edit]

Winners (2): 1994, 1995
Runners-up (1): 1989
Winners (1): 2000
Winners (1): 2001
Runners-up (2): 1992, 1995
Winners (2): 1986, 1998
Runners-up (3): 1987, 1992, 2000

Friendly[edit]

Winners (1): 2001[14]

Recent seasons[edit]

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

Key[edit]


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
W


W

RU

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

W

QF
Federation Cup



QS

W

W

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

RU

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

RU

QF

QS

3rd
2003–04 Premier League 22 12 4 6 40 18 40 4th SF AFC Champions League QS

RU

4th
2004–05 Premier League 22 13 6 3 41 21 45 1st W é
&

W

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

QS

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

RU

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

Award winners[edit]

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

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 12 August 2018.[15]
Current Rank Country Team
1 South Korea Jeonbuk FC
2 Qatar Al-Duhail
3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
4 Saudi Arabia Al Hilal
5 Iran Persepolis
6 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King Saud University Stadium". 
  2. ^ "The first comment of "Sami Al Jaber" after the presidency of the Saudi Crescent - TECH2". 
  3. ^ "IFFHS – Asia's Club of the Century". Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "The story of Al Hilal Foundation". 
  5. ^ "Al Hilal, by royal approval". 
  6. ^ Cohen, Kate (2014-11-02). "Western Sydney Wanderers win Asian Champions League title". theguardian.com. theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Al Hilal vs Al Ittihad - Saudi Arabia Pro League Head to Head (H2H) Statistics and Match Preview - SoccerPunter.com". www.soccerpunter.com. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  8. ^ "التاريخ يرجح كفة الهلال.. والنصر يتفوق بـ"النهائيات"". alarabiya.net. Alarabiya. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers facing football in the kingdom". smh.com.au. The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Saudi Pro League Statistics 2017/2018". 
  11. ^ "Presidents - Al Hilal Saudi Club : The Official Website". alhilal.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Saudi Arabia - List of Cup Winners". rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  13. ^ FIFA.com. "Live Scores - Clubs: Al Hilalclub_hint=Al Hilal - FIFA.com". fifa.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  14. ^ not official by Saudi FA nor Egyptian FA
  15. ^ "Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase. 

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