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Al Taawoun
Full nameAl Taawoun Football Club
Nickname(s)Sukri Al-Qasim
Al Dhiaab (The Wolves)
Founded1956; 67 years ago (1956)
GroundKing Abdullah Sport City Stadium,
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
ChairmanSaud Al-Rashoodi
ManagerPéricles Chamusca
LeaguePro League
2022–23Pro League, 5th of 16
Current season

Al Taawoun Football Club (Arabic: التعاون, romanizedat-Taʿāwun, lit.'Cooperation') is a professional multi-sports club based in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. The football team competes in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

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.


Al-Taawoun were founded in 1956 under the name of "Al-Shabab" by their founder Saleh Al Wabili. Four years after the founding of the club, they were officially registered as a professional club in 1960.[citation needed]

On the 25th of May 1990, Al-Taawoun reached the 1990 king cup final to face Al-Nasser but eventually lost 0-2. By reaching the final Al-Taawoun became the second First Division side to reach the final after Al-Riyadh in 1978. In the 2009–10 season, Al-Taawoun won promotion to the Pro League for the first time in over thirteen years as runners-up in the first division, their last appearance in the top flight was in the 1997-98 season. They have been playing consecutively in the Saudi Professional League since the 2010–2011 season.[2] On 29 May 2016, Al-Taawoun qualified to their debut AFC Champions League campaign for the first time ever by finishing fourth in the league during the 2015–16 season.[3]

Their best ever top-flight season came in the 2018–19 season when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in third place in the Saudi Professional League, their highest ever league position to date. And to top off their season, Al-Taawoun reached the King Cup final by thrashing Al-Hilal 5-0 at the King Saud Stadium in the semi-final, and went on to defeat Al-Ittihad 2-1 in the final to claim their first-ever top-flight trophy, with the winning goal coming in the 90th minute.[4] Al-Taawoun also became the first club from Al-Qassim Region to win the King Cup.

In the following season (2019-20), Al-Taawon's performances were one of their worst in their league history. Al-Taawoun booked their spot in the 2019 super cup by winning the King Cup title the previous season. Al-Taawoun lost to Al-Nasser 4–5 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time. The club were almost relegated and needed a win in the final matchday against relegation threatened Al-Fayha, the highly tense match continued as a draw until the 91st minute when Mohammad Al-Sahlawi converted a cross with a tap in to make it 1-0 and avoid relegation in the final moments of the season. In the 2020-21 season Al-Taawoun reached their 3rd king cup final in the 2020–21 edition to face Al-Faisaly, in the end Al-Faisaly won their first title after a 3–2 win over Al-Taawoun in the final on 27 May 2021.

Al-Taawoun Qualified to the 2020 AFC Champions League as 2019 King Cup winners and 2018–19 Saudi Professional League 3rd place, Al-Taawoun finished the group as runners-up with a record of (3W,3L) to qualify to the knockout stages for the first time in their history. Al-Taawoun faced Al-Nasser in the round of 16 but eventually lost 0-1.


King Cup

Super Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 2019

Saudi First Division (Level 2)

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

Saudi Second Division (Level 3)

  • Winners (1): 1977–78

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams

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


Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Brazil Péricles Chamusca
Assistant manager Cameroon André Bikey
First team coach Netherlands Denny Landzaat

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 August 2023[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Brazil BRA Mailson
4 DF Brazil BRA Andrei Girotto
6 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Mohammed Al-Ghamdi
7 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Sattam Al-Roqi
8 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Saad Al-Nasser
9 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulmalek Al-Shammeri
10 MF Spain ESP Álvaro Medrán
11 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Fahad Al-Abdulrazzaq
15 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulmalik Al-Oyayari
16 MF Brazil BRA Mateus Castro
17 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Ahmed Ashraf
18 MF Netherlands NED Aschraf El Mahdioui
20 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Nawaf Al-Rashwodi
22 GK Saudi Arabia KSA Ammar Al-Ammar
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Waleed Al-Ahmed
24 MF Brazil BRA Flávio Medeiros (on loan from Trabzonspor)
27 GK Saudi Arabia KSA Mohammed Al-Dhulayfi
29 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Ahmed Bahusayn
30 FW Brazil BRA João Pedro
32 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Iyad Madani
40 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Hassan Rabea
42 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Muath Faqeehi (on loan from Al-Hilal)
88 FW Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulfattah Adam
90 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Basil Al-Mehawes
91 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Rakan Al-Tulayhi
93 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Awn Al-Saluli
99 FW The Gambia GAM Musa Barrow
GK Saudi Arabia KSA Saleh Al-Ohaymid (on loan from Al-Ittihad)

Unregistered players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulaziz Al-Meblesh
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Saudi Arabia KSA Basim Al-Oraini

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
12 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Sulaiman Hazazi (on loan to Al-Qaisumah)
13 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulrahman Al-Mughais (on loan to Al-Saqer)
21 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdullah Al-Hammad (on loan to Al-Najma)
43 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Emad Al-Qunaian (on loan to Al-Najma)
No. Pos. Nation Player
50 GK Saudi Arabia KSA Mohammed Al-Dossari (on loan to Al-Bukiryah)
70 FW Saudi Arabia KSA Rayan Al-Johani (on loan to Al-Bukiryah)
FW Saudi Arabia KSA Hussain Al-Moeini (on loan to Jeddah)

International competitions[edit]


As of 26 April 2022
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 20 6 4 10 25 34
GCC Champions League 5 1 4 0 7 6
TOTAL 25 7 8 10 32 40

Record by country[edit]

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Iran 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 016.67
 Oman 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 050.00
 Qatar 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 050.00
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
 Syria 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
 United Arab Emirates 5 1 2 2 3 10 −7 020.00
 Uzbekistan 4 1 1 2 9 10 −1 025.00
TOTAL 25 7 8 10 32 40 −8 028.00

International record[edit]


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015 GCC Champions League Group A Oman Al-Suwaiq 1–0 2−2 2nd
Qatar Al-Rayyan 1–1 2–2
Quarter-finals United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1−1 (p) 1–1 (p)
2017 AFC Champions League Group A Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–0 4−4 3rd
Iran Esteghlal 1–2 0−3
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1–3 0−0
2020 AFC Champions League Group C United Arab Emirates Sharjah 0–6 1–0 2nd
Qatar Al-Duhail 2–0 1–0
Iran Persepolis 0–1 0–1
Round of 16 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 0–1 0–1
2022 AFC Champions League Play-off round Syria Al-Jaish 1–1 (5–4 p) 1–1 (5–4 p)
Group D Qatar Al-Duhail 3–4 2–1 2nd
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 0–1 4–5
Iran Sepahan 3–0 1–1


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "King Abdullah Sport City Stadium". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ "التأسيس". Archived from the original on 2017-06-28. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  3. ^ "رسمياً.. التعاون يتأهل إلى دوري أبطال آسيا".
  4. ^ "التعاون يكتب التاريخ.. ويتوج بطلاً لكأس الملك".
  5. ^ "الإنجازات". Taawoun. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  6. ^ "التعاون". kooora. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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