Al-Shabab FC (Riyadh)

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Full name Al Shabab Football Club
Nickname(s) Al Leith (White Lion )
The Sheikh (Chief)
Founded 1947; 71 years ago (1947)
Ground King Fahd Stadium
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ground Capacity 62,685[1]
Chairman Ahmad Al-Aqil
Manager Romania Marius Șumudică
League Professional League
2017–18 Professional League, 10th
Website Club website
Current season

Al-Shabab FC (Arabic: نادي الشباب‎) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Riyadh. It was founded in 1947, and was named at first Shabab Al Riyadh, but later in 1967 was named Al Shabab. Al Shabab club has produced prominent players such as Saeed Al-Owairan who scored the crucial goal for Saudi Arabia against Belgium in the 1994 World Cup. Also Fuad Amin, who scored Saudi Arabia's first World Cup goal against Netherlands. Al Shabab is also known for selling many players to other Saudi clubs, as Reda Tukar (Ittihad) and Abdulaziz AlKhatran (Al-Hilal).


Al Shabab was the first football club in Riyadh. The club began in 1947, with many conflicts before with its numerous members, but it was settled in 1947 and Abdulrahman Bin Saeed was the president. Five years later, Al Shabab won its first tournament beating Sakit Al Hadeed (Railway Club) in Riyadh. Three years later, in 1955 Al Shabab beat the Military College to win the King Saud Cup. Two years passed, and a new conflict arose in 1957. The player, Saleh Jaber, was assigned captain, but then was fired, and the new captain was Ahmed Lmfoon. This did not please some members of the club. Soon the conflict was impossible to solve, and Abdulrahman Bin Saeed and some members, left Al Shabab and created a new football club, which is the club known today as Al-Hilal. The club stopped for half a year due to financial weakness after the departure of its founder Abdulrahman Bin Saeed. Then in the beginning of 1959 another problem began, Abdullah Bin Ahmed, the president then, was all alone taking care of the club. He couldn't take the pressure of handling the club alone, and decided to take a vacation abroad. Before traveling, he disbanded the first team, and most of the players signed for other clubs mainly Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. What was left was the youth team, and the player Abdulrahman Bin Ahmed decided to take care of the youth team. Soon Abdullah Bin Ahmed returned, and many members returned and supported the club. Then Abdullah Bin Ahmed announced the return of forming the first team, and some players returned, but some stayed at Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Also in 1959 was the formation of the Saudi Football Federation, and all football clubs were announced official. In 1960 in the first official tournament called King Saud Cup for the Central Province, Al Shabab faced Al Hilal in their first official games between the two, and won 3–0 to win their first cup.

In the 1960s, everyone wanted to play and be part of the club, and after the request of Al Najmah FC and Al Marekh in 1967, they were united as one club and changed their name from Shabab Riyadh, to simply Al Shabab. The colors of the team were at first white and green, then they were changed after the unification to orange and blue, but in 1977 it was changed to white, gray, and black, the current colors. In 1975 Al Shabab was delegated to the 1st Division. But the next season it was able to win 1st place, and was relegated back to the Premier League in 1976. In 1993, Al Shabab became the first club in Saudi Arabia to win 3 premier leagues in a row. In 2007, Al Shabab became the first club in Saudi Arabia to build projects to increase the club's revenue, and began a 200 million dollar project which contains a 5 star hotel, and a shopping mall. During a visit to the club in January 2008, Al Shabab's main supporter, Khalid bin Sultan, announced the launch of two new projects, Al Laith TV Channel, and Al Shabab Museum.


Performance in AFC competitions[edit]


  • First Saudi club to win three Saudi Premier League in a row (1991, 1992, and 1993).[2]
  • First Saudi club to win the professional and new Saudi Premier League, in 1991.
  • Only club in the world to play two games in one day, in 1999 in the afternoon in the Arab Elite Cup final, and at night in the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal. This was due to bad planning by the Saudi FA, in which Al Shabab decided to use two teams, one in Syria to play the Arabic final, and another composed of the starting players in Riyadh to play the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal, in which they lost the Arabic final, but won the Crown Prince Cup.
  • Largest margin win was against Al Shoalah during a friendly tournament in 2007, 8–0. Largest margin win in an official game was against Al-Ta'ee in the Saudi Premier League in 2003, 7–0. Largest margin win against a high-ranked club was 6–1 against Al-Nasr in the Saudi Premier League 2004.

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of Saudi Premier League:[3]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha  Tunisia
3 Defender Fahad Ghazi  Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Hassan Tombakti  Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Djamel Benlamri  Algeria
8 Midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem  Saudi Arabia
12 Defender Mohammed Salem  Saudi Arabia
15 Forward Nasser Al-Shamrani (Captain)  Saudi Arabia
16 Forward Sebastián Ubilla  Chile
17 Defender Saleh Al-Qumaizi  Saudi Arabia
20 Defender Khaled Al-Qahtani  Saudi Arabia
21 Defender Jamaan Al-Dossari  Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Mohammed Awaji  Saudi Arabia
23 Forward Abdullah Al-Meqbas  Saudi Arabia
24 Midfielder Faisel Fawzi  Saudi Arabia
26 Forward Rakhi Al-Shammeri  Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Hattan Bahebri  Saudi Arabia
28 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Sudairy  Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Abdullah Khalifah  Saudi Arabia
30 Midfielder Muaid Ellafi  Libya
36 Defender Mashari Al-Qumaizi  Saudi Arabia
46 Defender Muaiad Muaafa  Saudi Arabia
48 Midfielder Abdulelah Al-Shammeri  Saudi Arabia
52 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Khaibari  Saudi Arabia
53 Defender Abdulaziz Haroon  Saudi Arabia
56 Midfielder Hassan Al-Qeed  Saudi Arabia
60 Midfielder Nasser Al-Omran  Saudi Arabia
61 Defender Ali Majrashi  Saudi Arabia
71 Midfielder Turki Al-Ammar  Saudi Arabia
74 Midfielder Amr Barakat (on loan from Al Ahly)  Egypt
77 Midfielder Khalid Kaabi  Saudi Arabia
97 Goalkeeper Fahad Al-Habib  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Ali Al-Nemer  Saudi Arabia

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
18 Midfielder Waleed Al-Enezi  Saudi Arabia
35 Defender Hassan Raghfawi  Saudi Arabia
38 Midfielder Faisel Darwish Ahmed  Saudi Arabia
39 Midfielder Abdurahman Khairallah  Saudi Arabia
40 Defender Abdulmajeed Arishi  Saudi Arabia
50 Goalkeeper Mansor Joher  Saudi Arabia
54 Midfielder Majed Al-Hantoshi  Saudi Arabia
55 Midfielder Moshari Al-Thamali  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Abdulmalek Al-Shammeri  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Faisal Al-Johani  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Abdullah Al-Sobeai  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
-- Defender Faisal Hadadi (on loan to Al-Washm)  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Marwan Othman (on loan to Leganés B)  Saudi Arabia
-- Forward Abdullah Al-Hamdan (on loan to Sporting Gijón)  Saudi Arabia


Current board of directors and Administrators[edit]

Office Name
President Talal Alshaikh
Vice-president Kholaif AlHweshan
Member of the Board,Investment Officer
Member of the Board,Secretary-General
Member of the Board, Director of the Media Center Ahmad AlMasoud
CEO Pat Jansen[4]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Romania Marius Șumudică
Assistant Manager RomaniaCristian Petre & RomaniaGabriel Margarit
Fitness coach RomaniaBebe Barbulescu
Goalkeeping coach RomaniaRadu Sardescu
Video analist TurkeyGenturk Sener
U 23 team coach Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
U 20 team coach CroatiaMladen Posavec
U 17 team coach Saudi Arabia Omar Islam

Recent seasons[edit]

The table below chronicles the achievements of Al Shabab in various competitions since 2000.

Year Division Position Crown Prince Cup King Cup ACL
2000–01 Premier League 7th Semi-final Not held  –
2001–02 Premier League 9th Quarter-final  –
2002–03 Premier League 6th Quarter-final  –
2003–04 Premier League 1st Quarter-final  –
2004–05 Premier League 2nd Quarter-final Group stage
2005–06 Premier League 1st Semi-final Quarter-finals
2006–07 Premier League 4th Quarter-final Group stage
2007–08 Premier League 3rd Semi-final Champion  –
2008–09 Pro League 4th Runners-up Champion Round of 16
2009–10 Pro League 4th Semi-final Semi-final Semi-final
2010–11 Pro League 4th Round of 16 Quarter-final Round of 16
2011–12 Pro League 1st Quarter-final Quarter-final  –
2012–13 Pro League 3rd Round of 16 Runners-up Quarter-finals
2013–14 Pro League 4th Semi-final Champion Round of 16
2014–15 Pro League 5th Round of 16 Quarter-final Group stage


AFC Club ranking[edit]

Rankings are calculated by the AFC[7]

Rank Club Points
8 Iran Esteghlal 38.768
9 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 67.608
10 Saudi Arabia Al Shabab 30.537
11 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 90.000
12 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 20.990


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Shimizu S-Pulse
Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Dalian Shide

Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia