Al-Shabab FC (Riyadh)

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Full nameAl Shabab Football Club
Nickname(s)Al Leith (White Lion)
Founded1947; 72 years ago (1947)
GroundKing Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Capacity68,752[1]
ChairmanKhalid Al Baltan
ManagerJorge Almirón
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 5th of 16
WebsiteClub website

Al-Shabab Football Club (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 in 1967 was renamed Al Shabab.

History[edit]

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.

Achievements[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Records[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]

As of 30 August 2019:[3][4]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha  Tunisia
2 Defender Mohammed Al-Baqaawi  Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Fahad Ghazi  Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Djamel Benlamri  Algeria
6 Midfielder Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri  Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Turki Al-Ammar  Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem  Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Abdullah Al-Hamdan  Saudi Arabia
10 Forward Cristian Guanca  Argentina
11 Midfielder Abdulmalek Al-Shammeri  Saudi Arabia
12 Defender Mohammed Salem  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Hassan Muath  Saudi Arabia
15 Forward Mohammad Al-Sahlawi  Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Mohammed Attiyah  Saudi Arabia
17 Defender Abdullah Al-Shamekh  Saudi Arabia
18 Midfielder Waleed Al-Enezi  Saudi Arabia
20 Defender Ahmed Sharahili  Saudi Arabia
21 Midfielder Nasser Al-Omran  Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Mohammed Awaji  Saudi Arabia
23 Goalkeeper Marwan Al-Haidari  Saudi Arabia
28 Midfielder Hassan Al-Qeed  Saudi Arabia
30 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Owaishir (on loan from Al-Nassr)  Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Muteb Al-Mufarrij (on loan from Al-Hilal)  Saudi Arabia
33 Midfielder Somália  Brazil
37 Defender Imran Iliyas  Nigeria
70 Midfielder Danilo Asprilla  Colombia
81 Midfielder Alfred N'Diaye  Senegal
92 Midfielder Sebá  Brazil
99 Forward Hassan Al-Raheb  Saudi Arabia

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
25 Defender Valerică Găman  Romania
29 Forward Bubacarr Trawally  Gambia
50 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Dossari  Saudi Arabia
97 Goalkeeper Fahad Al-Habib  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
4 Defender Hassan Tombakti (on loan to Al-Wehda)  Saudi Arabia
19 Midfielder Nawaf Al-Habashi (on loan to Al-Qadsiah)  Saudi Arabia
27 Defender Hassan Raghfawi (on loan to Damac)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdullah Haqawi (on loan to Al-Kawkab)  Saudi Arabia
Forward Arthur Caíke (on loan to Bahia)  Brazil

Scholarships abroad[edit]

No Position Player Nation
Defender Ali Majrashi  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdulelah Al-Shammeri  Saudi Arabia

Management[edit]

Current board of directors and Administrators[edit]

Office Name
President Khalid AlBaltan
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 Janssen[5]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Argentina Jorge Almirón
Assistant Manager
Fitness coach
Goalkeeping coach
Video analist
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

Managers[edit]

AFC Club ranking[edit]

Rankings are calculated by the AFC[8]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King Fahad International Stadium". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia - List of Champions". www.rsssf.com.
  3. ^ http://www.slstat.com/spl2015-2016en/team.php?id=4
  4. ^ "فريق: الشباب". www.kooora.com.
  5. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/pat-janssen-701b6a1/
  6. ^ "Mais de 40 anos vivendo futebol" (in Portuguese). luxemburgo.com.br. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  7. ^ "المصري عادل عبد الرحمن مدربًا للشباب بدلاً من باتشيكو". aawsat.com.
  8. ^ "The AFC". www.the-afc.com.

External links[edit]

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

2001
Succeeded by
Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia