Al-Taawoun FC

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Al-Taawoun
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Full name Al-Taawoun Football Club
Nickname(s) Sukri Al-Qasim
Founded 1956; 61 years ago (1956)
Ground King Abdullah Sport City Stadium,
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Ground Capacity 23,600[1]
Chairman Mohammed Al-Qasim
Manager José Gomes
League Professional League
2016–17 Professional League, 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

Al-Taawoun ("Cooperation" Arabic: التعاون‎‎) is a professional football club based in Buraidah, that plays in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

Al-Taawoun have been King Cup finalists once, in 1990, finishing runners-up to Al-Nassr. Their best ever top flight season came in 2015–16 when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in fourth place in the top division, their highest league position to date. Thus the club became the first team from the Qasim region to play in the Asian Champions League. Al-Taawoun have been second tier champions once and runners-up twice. The club holds the distinct achievement as being the only second tier team to play in the final of the King Cup.

The club play their home games at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Buraidah, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Raed with whom they contest the Qasim Derby with.

History[edit]

Al-Taawoun were founded in the year of 1956 under the name of "Al-Shabab" and were founded by Saleh Al Wabili. Four years after the founding of the club, they were officially registered as a professional club in 1960. Under the guidance of Zayed Al-Omrani, as president, the club tasted top flight football for the first time in its history, before being relegated back to the first division in the next season. 2 years after that Al-Taawoun once again won promotion to the Pro League, but this time as champions of the first division. The club were then relegated to first division after 1 year. In the 2009–10 season Al-Taawoun won promotion to the Pro League for the first in over a decade as runners-up of the league. They have been playing in the Saudi Professional League since the 2010–2011 season.[2]

Honours[edit]

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams

  • Winners (4): 1996-97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008-09

Saudi First Division (Level 2)

  • Winners (1): 1996-97
  • Runners-up (2): 1994-95, 2009–10

King Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 1990

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Players[edit]

As of 3 February 2017.
No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Yazid Al-Sayah  Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Fahad Al-Shamri  Saudi Arabia
23 Goalkeeper Sultan Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
32 Goalkeeper Fayz Al-Sabiay  Saudi Arabia

4 Defender Ricardo Machado  Portugal
5 Defender Talal Al-Absi  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Ibrahim Al-Zubaidi  Saudi Arabia
16 Defender Naif Al-Mousa  Saudi Arabia
17 Defender Mahmoud Muaaz  Saudi Arabia
28 Defender Abdullah Al-Shameri  Saudi Arabia

6 Midfielder Abdulrahman Al-Barakah  Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Jehad Al-Hussain (Captain)  Syria
12 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Moghir  Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Salman  Saudi Arabia
18 Midfielder Madallah Alolayan  Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Saeed Al-Dossari  Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Lucian Sânmărtean  Romania
37 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Sharid  Saudi Arabia
49 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Zein  Saudi Arabia
50 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Turki  Saudi Arabia
55 Midfielder Sandro Manoel  Brazil
77 Midfielder Ibrahim Al-Telhi  Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sawat  Saudi Arabia
81 Midfielder Ibrahim Al-Barakah  Saudi Arabia

7 Forward Mousa Al-Shameri  Saudi Arabia
19 Forward Alassane N'Diaye  France

-- Defender Jufain Al-Bishi  Saudi Arabia
-- Defender Faisel Al-Kharaa (on loan from Al-Ittihad)  Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Nawaf Al-Sohaymi  Saudi Arabia

Asian Competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2017 AFC Champions League Group Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-0
Group Iran Esteghlal 0–3
Group United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 0-0

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King Abdullah Sport City Stadium". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  2. ^ http://altawen.sa/pages-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B3
  3. ^ "الإنجازات". Taawoun. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 

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