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)
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 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.


24 Championships 20 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:[3]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah      Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Mohammed Awaji      Saudi Arabia
33 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais      Saudi Arabia
50 Goalkeeper Mansor Joher      Saudi Arabia
2 Defender Abdullah Al-Astaa      Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Sayaf Al-Bishi      Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Hassan Muath      Saudi Arabia
17 Defender Saleh Al-Qumaizi      Saudi Arabia
18 Defender Sari Amr      Saudi Arabia
19 Defender Abdulla Al-Fahad      Saudi Arabia
24 Defender Faisal Hadadi      Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Majed Al-Marshedi      Saudi Arabia
66 Defender Sultan Al-Deayea (on loan from Al-Hilal FC)     Saudi Arabia
5 Midfielder Diego Arismendi      Uruguay
7 Midfielder Rafinha      Brazil
8 Midfielder Abdulmagid Al-Sulaihem      Saudi Arabia
No Position Player Nation
10 Midfielder Saif Al Hashan      Kuwait
11 Midfielder Ahmed Otaif (Captain)     Saudi Arabia
12 Midfielder Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri      Saudi Arabia
14 Midfielder Badr Al-Sulaitin      Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Bishi      Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Sobeai      Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Abdulwahab Jaafer      Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Saeed Al-Dosari      Saudi Arabia
30 Midfielder Faisel Al-Johani      Saudi Arabia
55 Midfielder Moshari Al-Thamali      Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Abdurahman Al-Khaibari      Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Mauricio Affonso      Uruguay
39 Forward Abdurahman Khairallah      Saudi Arabia
70 Forward Ismael Al-Magrebi      Saudi Arabia
77 Forward Mousa Al-Shameri      Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
-- Defender Amer Haroon (at Al Wehda)     Saudi Arabia[4]
-- Defender Jamaan Al-Dossari (at Najran SC)     Saudi Arabia[5]
-- Defender Sanad Al-Ameeri (at Al-Riyadh SC)     Saudi Arabia
No Position Player Nation
-- Defender Hamad Al-Jizani (at Al-Faisaly)     Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Omar Al-Muziel (at Al Wehda)     Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Nader Al-Mowalad (at Al-Raed)     Saudi Arabia[6]


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 Naif Al Mutiri

Current technical staff[edit]

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

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[9]

Rank Club Points
8 Iran Esteghlal 73.387
9 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 72.608
10 Saudi Arabia Al Shabab 71.000
11 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 70.000
12 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 69.690


External links[edit]

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

Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia