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Al-Sadd SC
Al-Sadd SC.svg
Full name Al Sadd Sports Club
( Arabic : نادي السد الرياضي )
Nickname(s) Al Zaeem (The Boss)
Al Dheeb (The Wolf)
Founded 21 October 1969 (45 years ago) (1969-10-21)
Ground Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Doha, Qatar
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani
Manager Hussein Amotta
League Qatar Stars League
2013–14 Qatar Stars League, 3rd
Website Club home page
Al Sadd's active sections
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Futsal pictogram.svg
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Al-Sadd Sports Club (Arabic: نادي السد الرياضي‎) is a Qatari multi-sports club based in the Al Sadd district of the city of Doha. It best known for its association football team, which competes in the top level of Qatari football, the Qatar Stars League. Locally, it is known primarily by the nickname "Al Zaeem", which translates to "The Boss". The club has participation in handball, basketball, volleyball, table tennis and athletics.[1] It is the most successful sports club in the country, and holds a national record of 61 football championships.[2]

The origin of Al Sadd's conception began with four Qatari students whom excelled in football, but did not wish to join any of the existing football clubs. After consulting with the minister of Youth and Sports, the group, led by Abdulla bin Ahmed bin Mubarak Al Ali and Ali bin Mohammad bin Ali bin Sultan Al Ali, founded the club on 21 October 1969 in Qatar's capital city.

In the 1989 season, they became the first Arab club side to triumph in the Asian Club Championship by defeating Al Rasheed of Iraq on an aggregate of away goals. Twenty-three years later they were once again victorious in the top regional competition, now known as the Asian Champions League, earning a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup. They finished third, becoming the first West Asian side to claim third place in the competition.


1969–1980: Foundation and beginnings[edit]

Al Sadd was established by eleven high school students who excelled in playing football, with the oldest member being 17-years old. They refused to join other clubs at the time and decided to make their own club. Four of them consulted with Sheikh Qassem bin Hamad Al-Thani, who was the minister of Youth and Sports at the time. He obliged their request, resulting in the formation of Al Sadd Sports Club. Many of the early players and supporters were remnants of Al Ahrar SC, a club which was dissolved in the 1966/67 season. In their initial year of establishment, the father of one of the founders, Hamad bin Mubarak Al Attiyah, coached the club and the team trained on a football pitch in a local high school.[3]

Badr Bilal played for the club from 1979 to 1991.

The club won the first ever league title in 1971–72. However, this was one year before the league was officially recognized. Thus, they won their first official QSL title in 1973–74. Sadd, along with Al Arabi and Al Rayyan, went on to dominate Qatari football in the 70s and the 80s by winning many Qatari League trophies and Emir Cups. Youssef Saad, a Sudanese forward who played for the club since its inception, was the first ever professional player to officially join the ranks of Al Sadd.[4] In 1974, while Al Sadd was still in its infancy, they dubiously transferred 14 players, including Mubarak Anber and Hassan Mattar, and head coach Hassan Othman from Al Esteqlal (later to be known as Qatar SC), much to the dismay of club president Hamad bin Suhaim. Transfers could be made unconditionally during this time, meaning Esteqlal's protests were in vain. This was a major factor in them winning their first cup championship the next year in 1975. They defeated Al Ahli 4–3 in a tightly contested match under the leadership of Hassan Osman in order to claim the Emir Cup. Their goals came from Youssef Saad, who scored a brace, and Ali Bahzad and Abdulla Zaini. Till this day, it is the joint-largest score in an Emir Cup final match.

They won the first ever Sheikh Jassim Cup held in 1977–78, as well as winning it two more times in the next two years. In 1978–79, the club succeeded in achieving their first domestic double by winning both, the Sheikh Jassim Cup and the league, accomplishing the same feat the next season.

1980–2000: First international success[edit]

In the 1981–82, they won the Emir Cup and Sheikh Jassim Cup, once again under the reigns of Hassan Osman. During this period, Badr Bilal and Hassan Mattar, both of whom were top scorers in the league at one point, led the team to victories in both of the finals. Al Sadd also succeeded in setting an Emir Cup record by defeating Al Shamal 16–2, the largest recorded win in the history of the tournament. They nearly completed a domestic triple in 1987, but lost 2 nil to Al Ahli in the Emir Cup final that year.

They were the first team to play against English side Cheadle Town on their home grounds, Park Road Stadium, under the leadership of Jimmy Meadows in 1982. They were victorious by a 4–1 margin.[5]

Al Sadd won their Champions League debut in 1988 (then known as Asian Club Championship), where they secured the top position in their group. They faced Al-Rasheed of Iraq in the final, defeating them on away goals, thus fending the Iraqis off in order to claim the title of the first Arab team to ever win the championship. The victorious team was largely made up locals, with the exception of Lebanese Wassef Soufi and Iranian Ebrahim Ghasempour, who did not participate in the final due to the Iran–Iraq War.[6] In addition to winning the Asian Champions League, they won the Sheikh Jassim Cup and the league on that year. They were the first team to play in Iran after the Iran–Iraq War, losing 1–0 to Esteghlal in a ACC match in 1991.[6] The 1990s were a lean phase for Al Sadd, regarding the league. They could not win even one league championship during that period. However, they did manage to open their account in the Heir Apparent Trophy and also won the Gulf Club Champions Cup in 1991.

2000–2010: New century, new possibilities[edit]

The new millennium opened up a new era for Al Sadd. They returned to winning ways in the Qatari League, won many Emir Cups and Heir Apparent trophies. They also managed a triple crown in regional football by winning the Arab Champions League in 2001.

Fossati helped the club achieve a domestic quadruple.

They recorded the largest-ever win in the Sheikh Jassim Cup in 2006, when they defeated Muaither 21–0.

In 2007, under the command of Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati, they achieved a quadruple by winning all four domestic cups. They were the first Qatari team to do so, and had also set a league record for the highest winning streak by winning 10 leagues games in a row.[7] In addition, they made a record signing in Qatari football by paying $22M for Mauro Zárate the same year. In 2010, they were the second team to ever win the QNB Cup by defeating Umm Salal in the final.

2010–2012: Second Fosatti era[edit]

Al Sadd was placed in the qualifying play-offs of the 2011 Champions League, courtesy of the disqualification of Vietnamese teams due to the non-submission of documents. They beat Al-Ittihad of Syria and Indian club, Dempo SC, 5–1[8] and 2–0 respectively, to acquire a spot in the group stage. Al Sadd, who were the definite underdogs, overcame the odds and topped their group to play against Al-Shabab, whom they beat 1–0.

The quarter-final against Sepahan would mark the first sign of controversy for the club. Sepahan had initially won the first-leg match against Al Sadd 1–0; however, after the match, Al Sadd lodged a formal complaint to the AFC as Sepahan had fielded an ineligible player, Rahman Ahmadi, who previously received two yellow cards in the tournament with his former club. The match was overturned 3–0 in favor of Al Sadd, virtually ensuring the club a place in the semi-finals.[9]

They later faced Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a highly publicized semi-final. Suwon were favorites to win after knocking last year's runners-up, Zob Ahan, out of the running. The first-leg match was played in Suwon, South Korea. In the 70th minute of the match, Mamadou Niang of Al Sadd had a deflected shot veer past the goalkeeper, settling the score 1–0. Ten minutes later, a Suwon player was inadvertently kicked in the head by an Al Sadd defender, prompting Suwon to kick the ball out of play. While the injured Suwon player was being tended to, Niang sprinted past the keeper to score a second goal, infuriating the Suwon players. The chaos was elevated when a Suwon fan had run onto the pitch, sparking a mass melee which involved both coaching staff and players. After the fight was brought to a halt, the referee sent off a player from each team while Niang later got a red card and Al Sadd's Korean defender Lee Jung-Soo had walked off the pitch in frustration.[10]

The melee prompted official investigation from the AFC, who suspended three players from both teams for six games.[11] Al Sadd lost the 2nd leg 1–0, however this allowed them to advance to the final with a 2–1 aggregate to face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Al Sadd later received the nickname "Al-Badd" from the Korean media as a result of their semi-final confrontations.

Al Sadd celebrate after winning 2011 AFC Champions League.

They won the 2011 AFC Champions League Final against Jeonbuk, 4–2 on penalties.[12][13] This earned them a spot in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

To date, this is the best result achieved by a Qatari team in the AFC Champions League under its new format. Al Sadd also became the first team to reach the AFC Champions League knockout stage after starting their campaign in the play-offs in February.[14] Furthermore, Al Sadd was crowned "AFC Club of the Year" in 2011 by AFC after their Champions League conquest.[15]

During the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, Al Sadd were eliminated in the semi-final stage by Barcelona, which set up a third-place meeting between them and Kashiwa Reysol. This was the first time two clubs from the same confederation faced off each other in a third-place match. Al Sadd won the encounter on penalties in order to be the first West Asian club to claim the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup.[16]

2012–present: Post-ACL Champions[edit]

Under the leadership of Hussein Amotta, Al Sadd set a league record for the best start to the league season ever by winning all nine of their first games, shattering the previous record set by Al Gharafa with 7 of their first league games won.[7]

They won the 2012–13 Qatar Stars League title, 5 years after they won their last Qatari league title.[17]


As of 20 May 2014, the club holds 53 football championship titles.[2]

Domestic competitions
Winners (13): 1971–72, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–89, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2012–13 (Record)
Winners (14): 1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014 (Record)
Winners (5): 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Record)
Winners (13): 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2014 (Record)
Winners (1): 2010 (Record)
  • Qatar Insurance Cup
Winners (1): 1994
Asian competitions
Winners (2): 1989, 2011
Regional competitions
Winners (1): 2001
Winners (1): 1991
  • Gulf Air Cup
Winners (1): 1982
  • Joint Tournament
Winners (1): 2003–04
International competitions
Runner-up : 2013
Bronze Medalist (1): 2011
Reserve League titles are not included.


  • Largest victory: Al Sadd 21–0 Muaither (2006/07)
  • Longest winning run: 9 matches (2011/12)
  • Largest Asian victory: Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ahli 0–5 Al Sadd (2009/10)
  • Largest Asian defeat: Al Sadd 1–4 Flag of Iraq.svg Najaf (2006/07)


Qatar Stars League Top scorers

The following players have won the top scorer award in the league:

Last update: 7 December 2014. Only league matches counted.
Note: Early league statistics are primarily unknown.
Players who are still active with the club are in bold.

Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Mubarak Anber 1975–1987 246
2 Flag of Qatar.svg Mohamed Saqr 2003– 231
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Abdulla Koni 1996–2014 224
4 Flag of Qatar.svg Talal Al-Bloushi 2003– 169
5 Flag of Qatar.svg Khalfan Ibrahim 2004– 166
6 Flag of Qatar.svg Mesaad Al-Hamad 2004–2014 152
7 Flag of Qatar.svg Hassan Al Haidos 2007– 141
8 Flag of Qatar.svg Wesam Rizik 2004–2009
9 Flag of Qatar.svg Dahi Al Naemi 1995–2005 124
10 Flag of Qatar.svg Ali Afif 2004–2012 123
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Khalfan Ibrahim 2004– 64
2 Flag of Ecuador.svg Carlos Tenorio 2003–2009 62
3 Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Jorge 2005–2010 45
4 Flag of Qatar.svg Ali Afif 2004–2012 33
= Flag of Côte d'Ivoire.svg Abdul Kader Keïta 2002–2005
6 Flag of Qatar.svg Hassan Al Haidos 2007– 29
7 Flag of Qatar.svg Majed Mohammed 2005–2012 28
8 Flag of Qatar.svg Emerson Sheik 2005–2007
9 Flag of Qatar.svg Yusef Ahmed 2005– 24
10 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro 2009– 23

Stadium and facilities[edit]

Home matches are played in the state-of-the-art (football-specific) Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (also known as Al Sadd Stadium), with a capacity which adds up to 18,000, including VIP stands.[18] The stadium, originally built in 1974, was renovated in 2004 for the Gulf Cup. Situated near central Doha, the venue attracts large amounts of spectators. It is the de facto home stadium of the Qatar national football team.[19]

Jassim Bin Hamad is a very distinct stadium in the Middle East because of its unique features, such as the cooling system which is implented.[20]

Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Stadium Period
Tariq bin Zayed Stadium 1969–1975
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium 1975–present

Colours and crest[edit]

Amongst Al Sadd's most popular nicknames are Al Zaeem (The Boss) and Al Dheeb (The Wolf). From the foundation of the club, the common home kit includes a white shirt, black or white shorts, and white socks. White and black colours are also seen in the crest. The away kit of the club is associated with a black background. Pink was adopted as the club's primary colour for their third uniform in 2007.[21]

Their first crest was designed in Lebanon in 1969, and was similar to its successors, in the sense that it depicted a football with Arabic writing on it.[22] This crest was an homage to former football club Al Ahrar. Originally, the club wanted to use the same crest as Al Ahrar, but this idea was rejected by the QFA.[3] A second crest was designed in the eighties, and was designed by the founder of the club, Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali. It was used until 1999, the year in which their third crest was designed, also by Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali, in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the founding of the club. Following their impressive AFC Champions League campaign in 2011, the logo was modified and released in June 2012 to include two golden stars on either side to signify their two Asian championship titles.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor(s)
1984–1985 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reebok
1993–1994 Flag of Italy.svg Diadora Flag of the United States.svg Pepsi
1999–2000 Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport
2002–2003 Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Flag of Qatar.svg Qtel / Flag of Germany.svg BMW / Flag of Qatar.svg Al Jazeera
2003–2004 Flag of Italy.svg Diadora
2004–2005 Flag of Italy.svg Diadora Flag of Qatar.svg Qtel
2005–2006 Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Flag of Qatar.svg Qtel / Flag of Qatar.svg Midmac
2006–2007 Flag of Italy.svg Diadora Flag of Qatar.svg Qtel
2007–2008 Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Flag of Qatar.svg Qtel / Flag of Qatar.svg Midmac
2008–2009 Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport Flag of Qatar.svg Qtel
2009–2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Vodafone
2010–2011 Flag of Italy.svg Diadora Flag of Qatar.svg Qtel
2011–present Flag of Switzerland.svg / Flag of Qatar.svg BURRDA Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Vodafone

Kit history[edit]

Home Away Alternative

International club twinnings[edit]

Country Club From Ref
Saudi Arabia Al Hilal 2010 [23]
Egypt Zamalek 2012 [24]
Sudan Al Hilal 2014 [25]
Germany Schalke 2015 [26]

Youth development[edit]

The club hosts numerous age brackets with a number of youth coaches. Many notable local footballers have graduated from Al Sadd's academy, including Jafal Al Kuwari, Khalid Salman, Hassan Al Haidos and former Asian player of the year, Khalfan Ibrahim. There have been foreign graduates as well, such as UAE's Mutaz Abdulla. They have a youth development programme, which instills philosophies and enforces training ideals amongst the youth players.[27] The programme currently has 284 participants enrolled as of 2011. Break-up is as follows:[28]


Last update: 18 July 2012.[29][30]

Youth teams[edit]

Coaching staff
U–19 assistant coach Qatar United Arab Emirates Mubarak Ghanim Al Ali
U–17 head coach Bahrain Abdul Aziz Abdo
U–15 head coach Morocco Mudhakar Mouloud
U–14 head coach Tunisia Nabil Belkhodja
U–13 head coach Brazil Marcos dos Santos
U–13 assistant coach Qatar Abdullah Al-Shamlan
U–11 head coach Egypt Alaeddin Al Mendoh
U–10 head coach Egypt Abdulaziz Zakaria
U–9 head coach Egypt Mohammed Fathi
Goalkeeping coach Algeria Mehdi Cerbah
Goalkeeping coach Brazil Mauro Sergio
Goalkeeping coach Egypt Mohammed Abdulwahab
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Egypt Rauf Mustafa
Physiotherapist Tunisia Salem Mohammed
Technical staff
Technical supervisor Sudan Qatar Hassan Othman
Technical director Hungary Barnabás Tornyi
Head of youth teams Qatar Hassan Mattar
Deputy head Qatar Khalid Saad
U–19 director Qatar Abdulrazak Al Mansouri
U–19 director Qatar Abdullah Al-Yami
U–17 director Qatar Mohammed Dalloul
U–15 director Qatar Salim Saud
U–14 manager Egypt Mahmoud Diab
U–13 manager Egypt Mohammed Mustafa
U–13 coordinator Qatar Khalid Al Kanish
U–11 manager Qatar Eid Johar Said
U–10 manager Qatar Badr Al Yazidi
U–9 manager Yemen Kaid Daifallah
U–9 manager Yemen Shukri Hussein

Seasons overview[edit]


  • Note 1: The first official Qatari League season was held in 1972–73.
  • Note 2: Competition was not held that year.

Performance in domestic competitions[edit]

Last update: 26 April 2013.

Domestic cup finals
No. Season Opposition Result Scorer(s) Head coach
Emir Cup[31]
Qatar SC
Youssef Saad Qatar Said Musa
Al Ahli
Youssef Saad (2), Ali Behzad, Abdulla Zaini Sudan Hassan Othman
Al Rayyan
Ali Behzad Sudan Hassan Othman
Al Rayyan
Badr Bilal, Hassan Mattar Sudan Hassan Othman
Al Arabi
N/A England Jimmy Meadows
Al Ahli
Hassan Jowhar, Khalid Salman Sudan Hassan Othman
Al Arabi
Khalifa Khamis, Hassan Jowhar Brazil Procópio Cardoso
Al Ahli
N/A Brazil Procópio Cardoso
Al Wakrah
0–0 (4–3 pen.)
Yousef Adsani, Ebrahim Ghasempour, Salah Salman, Mohammed Al Ammari Qatar Ahmed Omar
Al Rayyan
Ali Abdel Razak Brazil Cleyton Silas
Al Arabi
N/A Brazil Sebastião Lapola
Al Arabi
Isaac Debra (2), Khalid Al Merreikhi Qatar Ahmed Omar
Al Rayyan
Diène Faye, Ezzat Jadoua Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemaludin Mušović
Qatar SC
Ahmed Khalifa, Radhi Shenaishil, Ali Benarbia Netherlands René Meulensteen
Al Gharafa
Jafal Rashed Romania Ilie Balaci
Al Ahli
Mohammed Gholam (2) Croatia Luka Peruzović
Al Wakrah
0–0 (5–4 pen.)
N/A Serbia Bora Milutinović
Al Khor
0–0 (5–4 pen.)
N/A Uruguay Jorge Fossati
Al Gharafa
0–0 (3–4 pen.)
N/A Uruguay Jorge Fossati
Crown Prince Cup[32]
Al Arabi
Sérgio (2), Hussein Amotta Morocco Abdelkadir Bomir
Al Gharafa
Zamel Al Kuwari, Mohammed Gholam Croatia Luka Peruzović
Qatar SC
Medhat Mostafa (o.g.) Serbia Bora Milutinović
Qatar SC
Carlos Tenorio, Emerson Sheik Uruguay Jorge Fossati
Al Gharafa
Carlos Tenorio (2) Uruguay Jorge Fossati
Al Gharafa
Carlos Tenorio Morocco Hassan Hormutallah
Al Rayyan
1–1 (4–5 pen.)
Khalfan Ibrahim Uruguay Jorge Fossati
Younis Mahmoud, Lee Jung-Soo Morocco Hussein Amotta


As of 17 June 2014.[33]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Qatar GK Saad Al Sheeb
3 Qatar DF Abdelkarim Hassan
5 Qatar DF Almahdi Ali Mukhtar
6 Qatar DF Mohammed Kasola
8 Qatar MF Ali Assadalla
9 Brazil FW Muriqui
10 Qatar MF Khalfan Ibrahim
11 Qatar MF Hassan Al Haidos
13 Qatar DF Ibrahim Majid
15 Qatar MF Talal Al-Bloushi (Captain)
17 Qatar MF Saleh Bader Al Yazidi
18 Qatar MF Omar Yahia
19 Qatar DF Nasser Nabeel
20 Qatar FW Yusef Ahmed
No. Position Player
22 Qatar GK Muhannad Naim
27 Qatar MF Jasser Yahia
29 Qatar MF Ayoub Mashhor
30 Qatar GK Mohamed Saqr
32 Brazil FW Grafite
37 Morocco FW Hamza Senhadji
39 Algeria DF Nadir Belhadj (Vice-captain)
40 South Korea DF Lee Jung-soo
70 Qatar DF Mesab Khoder
80 Qatar DF Abdulla Al-Musaiki
90 Qatar DF Meshal Al-Shammeri
94 Qatar FW Hama Mansor
95 Qatar DF Sayed Adnan
96 Qatar DF Abdurahman Nasser

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Players registered as professionals[edit]

QSL clubs are limited to 4 foreign professionals (3 + 1 Asian) per squad.[34]

Professional players

Non-professional foreigners

  • Morocco Hamza Senhadji

Reserve team[edit]

Al Sadd's reserve team currently competes in the Qatargas League. Reserve team players are available for both the first team and the reserve team.[35]


Last update: 18 July 2012. [36]

Senior team[edit]

Coaching staff
Head coach Morocco Hussein Amotta
Assistant coach Qatar Hisham Zahid
Goalkeeping coach Iraq Suhail Saber
Asst. goalkeeping coach Poland Wojtek Ignatiuk
Fitness coach Uruguay Alejandro Valenzuela
Fitness coach Brazil João Marx
Medical staff
Team doctor Algeria Mohamed Soltani
Physiotherapist Tunisia Hussein Manae
Physiotherapist Tunisia Akram Abid
Technical staff
Team manager Qatar Jaffal Al-Kuwari
Reserve team manager Qatar Essa Al-Kuwari
Sports officer Qatar Mohammed Gholam
Director of football Qatar Mohammed Ghanim
Deputy director Qatar Salem Al Ali
Media officer Qatar Ali Al Ammari
Audience & marketing Qatar Ahmad Al Ansari
First team officer Qatar Mohammed Saeed

Noted players[edit]

Last update: 8 February 2014.

This list includes players whom have made significant contributions to their national team and to the club. At least 100 caps for either the national team or club is needed to be considered for inclusion.

Managerial history[edit]

Last update: June 2012.

  • Note 1 denotes player–manager role.
  • Note 2 denotes caretaker role.

Club officials[edit]


Al Rayyan[edit]

A rivalry which stems from early in the history of the league, it is popularly known as the 'Qatari El Clasico'.[41]


Last update: 6 January 2014[42]

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 45 19 11 15 64 58 +6
Sheikh Jassem Cup 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1
Emir Cup 10 5 0 5 14 13 +1
Crown Prince Cup 11 3 5 3 12 10 +2
Total 72 30 18 22 97 87 +10

Al Arabi[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. Qatar's derby is an important component of the country's culture, which celebrates football every time the two teams face each other.

Al Arabi always regarded themselves as the club of Qatar's working class, in contrast with the supposedly more upper-class support base of Al Sadd. are supported by all social classes. Being the fans of the most successful Qatari side, Al Sadd supporters have much to brag about; big scores against their arch-rivals in recent years increased the white and black supremacy over this derby.[43]

Memorable matches[edit]

Bold indicates a win.

Season Nuvola apps date.svg Result Competition Trophy.jpg Notes Note.svg
1981–82 0–1 Emir Cup
1985–86 3–2 Emir Cup
1995–96 0–0 Qatar Stars League Al Arabi crowned champions.
2001–02 6–2 Qatar Stars League
2003–04 7–0 Qatar Stars League
2005–06 2–1 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd crowned champions.
2009–10 3–3 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd come back from 3-0 down to overtake Al Arabi's ACL slot.
2013–14 6–1 QNB Cup Reserve teams fielded.


From 2000–2012.

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 32 16 4 12 60 35 +25
Sheikh Jassem Cup 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
Emir Cup 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
Crown Prince Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
Total 37 18 4 15 67 44 +23


Al Sadd Fan Club's logo

Historically, Al Sadd has been the favoured club of Qatar's upper-class.[43] The club garnered many supporters in the early years of the Qatar Stars League, along with Al Rayyan and Al-Arabi, whom were the three main powers of the league. Over the years, they have attracted a wider array of fans due to their continental accomplishments, such as winning the 1988–89 AFC Champions League.

The new millennium saw an influx of new fans as a result of recruiting many foreign nationals to play for the club, as well as the club's performance in regional competitions.

In order to better communicate with the fans, Al Sadd's fan club was established in the 2003–04 season of the QSL and was then an unprecedented idea in most Gulf and Arab clubs. The fan club serves many roles; not only is it restricted to organizing fan groups within the stadium, but it is also used as a means to discuss ways in which to improve the club. In addition, annual general meetings are held between the management and fans in order to have an open platform to discuss issues in an open environment. Ironically, this was greatly criticized at the beginning, while now other clubs are following suit.[44]

The club also has annual and monthly awards for the best players of the club which is sponsored by Givenchy. The fans have won the title of best fan club in Qatar for three successive year – 2006, 2007 and 2008.[44]

Furthermore, the fan club was also the first in Qatar to put the free SMS service for mobiles in place. After one and a half years, there are more than 8000 subscribers who received a number of over 3 million SMS' during this period.[44]

Also active on social networking sites, the club has official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Asian record[edit]

Last update: 28 May 2014.[45]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 51 22 11 18 75 61
Asian Club Championship 9 6 2 1 16 8
Total 60 28 13 19 91 69
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

Asian Club Championship

Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
Asian Club Championship GS Syria Al-Futowa 4–1
GS Lebanon Al-Ansar 1–0
GS Iraq Al-Rasheed 0–0
SF Malaysia Pahang FA 2–0
SF Bangladesh Mohammedan SC 2–2
SF North Korea 25 April 2–1
SF Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq 2–1
Final Iraq Al-Rasheed 1–0 2–3 3–3 (A)

AFC Champions League

Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
AFC Champions League GS Iran Esteghlal 1–2 1–2
GS United Arab Emirates Al Ain 2–0 2–0
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–3 1–3
AFC Champions League GS United Arab Emirates Al Wahda 0–0 0–0 0–0
GS Iraq Al Quwa Al Jawiya 1–0 0–1 1–1
GS Kuwait Al Qadisiya 1 0–0 0–0
AFC Champions League GS United Arab Emirates Al Ahli 2–0 1–2 3–2
GS Kuwait Al Kuwait 1–0 1–0 2–0
GS Uzbekistan Neftchi 3–2 0–2 3–4
QF South Korea Busan I'Park 1–2 0–3 1–5
AFC Champions League GS Saudi Arabia Al Shabab 2–3 0–0 2–3
GS Kuwait Al Arabi 4–1 2–1 6–2
GS Iraq Al Quwa Al Jawiya 3–0 2–0 5–0
AFC Champions League GS Syria Al-Karamah 1–1 1–2 2–3
GS Iraq Najaf FC 1–4 0–1 1–5
GS Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 2–0 1–2 3–2
AFC Champions League GS Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Jeddah 2–1 2–2 4–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 0–0 2–2 2–2
GS Syria Al-Karamah 0–2 0–1 0–3
AFC Champions League GS Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–3 0–0 0–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 2–2 5–0 7–2
GS Iran Mes Kerman 4–1 1–3 5–4
AFC Champions League Q1 Syria Al-Ittihad 5–1
Q1 India Dempo 2–0
GS Iran Esteghlal 2–2 1–1 3–3
GS Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 2–1 1–1 3–2
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1–0 1–1 2–1
R16 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–0
QF Iran Sepahan 1–2 3–02 4–2
SF South Korea Suwon Samsung 0–1 2–0 2–1
Final South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai 4–2 pen

1 Following the match between Al-Qadisiya and Al Sadd, Kuwaiti security personnel assaulted the visiting players; Al-Qadisiya were ejected from the competition and banned from AFC competitions for three years. Their record was expunged.

2 The AFC Disciplinary Committee decided to award the quarter-final first leg to Al Sadd against Sepahan as a 3–0 forfeit win after Sepahan were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The match originally ended 1–0 to Sepahan.[46]


  • Q : Qualified, GS : Group Stage, R16 : Round of 16, QF : Quarterfinals, SF : Semifinals, RU : Runners-Up, W : Winners
Qualified 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

AFC Club rankings[edit]

This is the current AFC coefficient. Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[47]

Last update: 1 January 2012

Al Sadd competing against F.C. Barcelona in the CWC.
Rank Country Team Points
1 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 159.0
2 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 157.5
3 Qatar Al Sadd 128.5
4 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 124.0
5 South Korea FC Seoul 120.5
6 Iran Sepahan 120.5
7 Saudi Arabia Al Hilal 120.0
8 Japan Nagoya Grampus 114.5
9 Jordan Al-Wehdat 111.5

International record[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
FIFA Club World Cup 3 2 0 1 2 5
Total 3 2 0 1 2 5

FIFA Club World Cup


Other sports[edit]



Main article: Al Sadd Handball Team


Main article: Al Sadd Futsal Team

Performance in AFC (Asian) Competitions[edit]

2002–03: Group stage
2004: Group stage
2005: Quarter-Finals
2006: Group stage
2007: Group stage
2008: Group stage
2011: Champion
1989: Champion
1990: Qualifying Stage
1991: Qualifying Stage
2000: Second Round
1991/92: First Round
1994/95: Quarter-Final
2000/01: Second Round
2001/02: 3rd place

See also[edit]

GCC football clubs by championships won


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Preceded by
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Liaoning FC
Preceded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
South Korea
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Ulsan Hyundai
South Korea