Al Shabab FC (Riyadh)

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Al-Shabab FC
Al Shabab FC (Riyadh) logo.png
Full name Al Shabab Football Club
Nickname(s) White Lions
The Sheikh (Chief) فخر الوطن
Founded 1947
Ground King Fahd Stadium
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ground Capacity 68,752 [1]
Chairman Abdullah Al Qurini
Manager Álvaro Gutiérrez
League Saudi Premier League
Website Club home page

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 is well known in Saudi Arabia as one of the best in football. Al Shabab club is also well known for producing great players, 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 Ruda Tokar (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. 5 years later, Al Shabab won its first tournament beating Sakit Al Hadeed (Railway Club) in Riyadh. Then 3 years later, in 1955 Al Shabab beat the Military College to win the King Saud Cup. 2 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.


28 Championships 24 Official

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. Also first Saudi club to win the Saudi Champions Cup in 2008.
  • 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.


As of Saudi Premier League:

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah      Saudi Arabia
2 Defender Abdullah Al-Astaa      Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Amer Haroon      Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Rafinha      Brazil
8 Midfielder Abdulmagid Al-Sulaihem      Saudi Arabia
11 Midfielder Ahmed Otaif (Captain)     Saudi Arabia
12 Midfielder Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri      Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Hassan Muath      Saudi Arabia
20 Forward Wesam Wahib      Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Mohammed Awaji      Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Majed Al-Marshedi      Saudi Arabia
26 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Bishi      Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Saeed Al-Dosari      Saudi Arabia
28 Defender Hamad Al-Jizani      Saudi Arabia
30 Midfielder Badr Al-Sulaitin      Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Saleh Al-Qumaizi      Saudi Arabia
33 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais      Saudi Arabia
39 Forward Abdurahman Khairallah      Saudi Arabia
45 Midfielder Nader Al-Mowalad      Saudi Arabia
50 Goalkeeper Mansor Joher      Saudi Arabia
77 Forward Mousa Al-Shameri      Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Abdurahman Al-Khaibari      Saudi Arabia
-- Defender Abdulla Al-Fahad      Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Moshari Al-Thamali      Saudi Arabia


Current board of directors and Administrators[edit]

Office Name
President Abdullah Al Qurini
Vice-president Vacant
Member of the Board,Investment Officer Vacant
Member of the Board,Secretary-General Vacant
Member of the Board, Director of the Media Center Vacant

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Álvaro Gutiérrez
Fitness coach Vacant
Goalkeeping coach Vacant
U 23 team coach Egypt Adel Abdulrahman
U 20 team coach Egypt Adham Selehdar
U 17 team coach Egypt Tamer Mustafa


Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P CC CPC PFC AFC Other Competitions Manager
2000–01 SPL 7 22 7 6 9 28 29 −1 27 Winner Winner
2001–02 SPL 9 22 5 7 10 24 30 −6 22 Runner-up
2002–03 SPL 6 22 11 5 6 36 22 14 38 Quarter-final Semi-final
2003–04 SPL 2 22 12 6 4 50 27 23 42 Quarter-final Semi-final Brazil Zé Mario
2004–05 SPL 1 22 14 6 2 42 16 26 48 Quarter-final Group Stage Group Stage Argentina Daniel Romeo
2005–06 SPL 1 22 13 6 3 47 22 25 45 Semi-final Semi-final Quarter-final Abdulateef Alhusayni
2006–07 SPL 4 22 14 2 6 45 27 18 44 Quarter-final Semi-final Group Stage Portugal Humberto Coelho
2007–08 SPL 3 22 11 9 2 39 21 18 42 Winner Semi-final Semi-final Round 32 Argentina Enzo Trossero
2008–09 SPL 4 22 10 5 7 37 29 8 35 Winner Runner-up Winner Round of 16 Argentina Enzo Trossero
2009–10 SPL 4 22 11 7 4 36 23 +13 40 Semi-final Semi-final Winner Semi-final Portugal Jaime Pacheco
2010–11 SPL 4 26 13 7 6 42 30 +11 46 Quarter-final Round of 16 Winner Round of 16 Uruguay Jorge Fossati
2011–12 SPL 1 26 19 7 0 50 16 +34 64 Quarter-final Quarter-final 4th Did not qualify Belgium Michel Preud'homme
2012–13 SPL 3 26 17 5 4 53 36 +17 56 Runner-up Round of 16 6th Quarter-final Belgium Michel Preud'homme
2013–14 SPL 4 26 9 10 7 42 38 +4 37 Winner Semi-final 4th Round of 16 Tunisia Ammar Souayah

Last updated: 10 September 2011
Div. = Division; SPL = Saudi Premier League; ZSL = Zain Saudi League; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost
GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; GD = Goal difference P = Points
CC = Champions Cup; CPC = Crown Prince Cup; PFC = Prince Faisal Cup
ARCL = Arab Champions League; ACL = AFC Champions League;GCC = Gulf Club Champions Cup;CWC = Asian Cup Winners Cup;ASC = Asian Super Cup
Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up.


AFC Club Ranking[edit]

Rankings are calculated by the AFC[4]

Rank Club Points
6 Iran Esteghlal 82.16
7 Iran Sepahan 82.16
8 Saudi Arabia Al Shabab FC 80
9 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 78.12
10 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 67


External links[edit]

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

Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia