Qadsia SC

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Al Qadsia SC
Full nameAl-Qadsia Sporting Club
Nickname(s)The Royal Club (Arabic: الملكي)
Bani Qadis (Arabic: بني قادس)
The Yellow Castle (Arabic: القلعة الصفراء)
Short nameQadsia
Founded1953; 71 years ago (1953) (as Al-Jazira)
20 October 1960; 63 years ago (1960-10-20) (as Qadsia)[1]
GroundMohammed Al-Hamad Stadium
ChairmanKhaled Fahad Al Sabah
ManagerMohammed Mashaan
LeagueKuwait Premier League
2022–234th of 10

Al Qadsia Sporting Club (Arabic: نادي القادسية الرياضي) is primarily a professional football club. Based in Kuwait City, Al Qadsia was founded in 1953 as Al-Jazira, before being renamed to Al Qadsia SC on 20 October 1960. Qadsia currently plays in the Kuwait Premier League and has won the league 17 times. Qadsia plays in the Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, which is in Hawalli, and is the third largest stadium in Kuwait.


Al Qadsia was one of the first Kuwaiti teams to be established, alongside Al-Arabi and Kuwait SC. They started playing in 1961–62 and finished second for three years in a row, behind Al-Arabi, which started the Kuwaiti El Clásico between them. Their first league title came in 1968–69.


The 1961/62 season was the first official for Kuwaiti football. Qadsia was second in the league and Prince Cup, under the leadership of coach Mohammed Al-Hamad. The team won Kuwaiti league title in 1963/1964. The team lost in the Prince Cup 1963/64 final against Al-Arabi Club 2–0. In 1964/65 Egyptian coach Omar Khairy was appointed, and the team won second place. On 8 January 1965, Qadsia won in the 1964/65 Prince Cup final. In the season 1965/1966 coach Aladdin Niazi and won second place in the league for fifth consecutive time, this time behind the Al-Arabi SC, and team went out against Salmiya in the quarterfinals of Prince Cup. In the season of 1966/67, under the leadership of coach Jean Cristo, the club won Prince Cup 1966/67 for the second time, after beating Al-Arabi SC 4–2. In 1967, the team won fourth place in the Kuwaiti league, and on 12 January 1968 Al-Qadisiya defeated Al-Arabi SC 2–1 in the Prince Cup final. In 1968/1969 Qadsia won the Kuwait league title for the first time in its history. In the 1969/70 season club won third league place and emerged from the quarter-finals of Prince Cup by Yarmouk, which won the title later.[citation needed]


In the 1970/71 season under the leadership of coach Ron Lewin, Al Qadsia won league title 1970/71 for the second time. The team went out of the cup quarter-final against Al-Arabi in the penalty shootout. In 1971/72 season, team emerged from the semi-finals of the 1971–72 league playoffs. However, Qadsia won the Prince's Cup for the first time in their history. In the 1972/73 season, the team finished fourth in Group A with 6 points and emerged from the league competition. In 1972–73, the team emerged from the cup quarter-finals after losing to Al Arabi. The team won third place in the Kuwaiti league 1973/74. In Prince Cup, Qadsia defeated Kuwait SC. In the 1974/75 season, the tournament was not organized, but Federation Cup was established and Qadsia came in third place. The team won Kuwaiti league 1974/75 for the fifth time in its history, and in the Prince Cup, Qadsia defeated Kuwait Club two 2–0, scored by Faisal Al-Dakhil. Qadsia won the next league title in 1975/76 without losing any match, and in the Prince Cup they lost to Kuwait SC. the 1976/77 league championship returned again and the team won second place behind Kuwait SC, after losing 5–3 in the final. As coach Ron Lewin returned and the team won the third place in the league, and in the Prince Cup 1978/79, the club managed to win the title after defeating Kazma.


In the 1980/81 season they finished third in the league, and in the Prince Cup they lost the quarter-finals to Kuwait Club. In 1982/1983, Al Qadsia was in sixth league place and third place in the Prince Cup. In the 1983/84 season, coach Milan Milanić was appointed. In the first season the team settled in fifth league place, and in Prince Cup reached quarter-finals. In the 1984/85 season, Muayad Al-Haddad moved to Qadsia from Kheitan Club. The team was in fifth place, and in the Prince's Cup was fourth place. In 1985/86 season, coach Bob Campbell was appointed. The team finished second in league behind Kazma, and in Prince Cup they finished third. In 1986/87 season, Kuwaiti coach Saleh Zakaria was appointed, the team finished fourth in the league and in Prince Cup the team emerged from the quarter-finals after losing to Al-Nasr Club on penalties. In 1987, Luiz Felipe Scolari was coach of the team, and the team settled in seventh place in the Kuwaiti league, which is the worst ever position of the club. In the Prince Cup the team went out in the preliminary round after losing against Al-Jahra SC in a penalty shootout. In 1988/1989 season, the team finished fourth in the Kuwaiti league. In the Prince Cup, they won title for the first time since 1978/1979. Qadsia won the final against Al-Arabi Club 2–0. In the Prince Cup 1989/1990, the team got third place. They also participated in the Silver Jubilee Championship, together with Al Arabi Club, Al Salmiya Club, Al Muharraq Club, Al Zawraa Club, and Zamalek SC. Qadsia and Zamalek qualified for the final, Qadsia won 1-0.


In the 1990s, period that followed Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, team appointed the Brazilian coach Fola in the 1991/1992 season. Al Qadsia won first place in the league, for the seventh time. In the 1992–93 season, after Brazilian coach Scolari returned, they came second in the Kuwaiti Confederation Cup, losing in the final against Kuwait Club, and won second place in the Kuwaiti league behind Al Arabi Club. In 1993 club won new championship, the Crown Prince Cup, and got second place in the league behind Kazma SC. In the Prince Cup 1993/94 Qadsia won the championship title after beating Al-Tadamon Club 2–1. The club did not compete in the Crown. In the 1995/96 season, coach Idanaldo Patricio took charge of the club. Qadsia won third league place. In the Prince Cup 1996/97 Qadsia won second place, after losing to Kazma 2–0. In the 1997/98 season Jorvan Vieira was appointed as coach. Qadsia came out in the quarter-final against Kazma, who won the title later. In the season of 1998/1999, Qadsia won league title for eighth time in its history, after winning the final game against Al-Tadamon Club. In Prince's Cup Qadsia went out of the quarter-finals against Al-Sahel. In 1999/2000 season Mohamed Ibrahim took over the club, and the team won second league place. In the Prince Cup, Qadsia was fourth. In Gulf Clubs Cup, Qadsia won the championship for the first time in the club's history.[citation needed]


Al Qadsia has been to the final of the AFC Cup twice (2010 and 2013), but lost both, first to Al-Ittihad Aleppo and second to Kuwait SC. Al Qadsia won the 2014 AFC Cup for the first time, in their third final appearance. Qadsia is first club in Kuwait to win four trophies in a year, in the 2013–14 season (Kuwait Super Cup, Kuwait Crown Prince Cup, Kuwait Premier League, and AFC Cup).


Type Competition Title(s) Seasons
Domestic Kuwait Premier League 17 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16
Kuwait Emir Cup 16S 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1988–89, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
Kuwait Crown Prince Cup 9S 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2017–18
Kuwait Super Cup 6 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
Kuwait Federation Cup 6 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2018–19, 2022–23
Al-Khurafi Cup (Defunct) 2 2002–03, 2005–06
Continent AFC Cup 1 2014
GCC Champions League 2S 2000, 2005
  •   record
  • S shared record


2012–13, 2013–14
2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
2013, 2014, 2016

Current squad[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
1 GK Kuwait KUW Mubarak Al-Hrbi
2 DF Kuwait KUW Sultan Salboukh
4 DF Kuwait KUW Rashed Al-Dawsari
5 MF Kuwait KUW Faisel Al Shatti
5 DF Kuwait KUW Dhari Said
6 MF Kuwait KUW Mishary Al-Azmi
7 MF Libya LBY Mohammed Soulah
8 MF Kuwait KUW Salman Al Bose
10 FW Mali MLI Ibrahima Tandia
11 MF Kuwait KUW Eid Al-Rashidi
12 MF Kuwait KUW Mohammad Khalil
13 DF Kuwait KUW Abdulrahmab Al Dihani
14 DF Kuwait KUW Abdulaziz Wadi
17 FW Kuwait KUW Bader Al-Mutawa (captain)
18 MF Kuwait KUW Talal Al Ansari
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Kuwait KUW Abdullwahab Al-Sulili
20 FW Kuwait KUW Naif Zuwaid
21 MF Kuwait KUW Abdullah Al Shamali
22 GK Kuwait KUW Abdulaziz Al-Bahar
23 DF Iran IRN Abdulaziz Nassari
25 DF Kuwait KUW Yousef Al-Haqan
30 FW Tunisia TUN Youssef Ben Souda
32 GK Kuwait KUW Ali Jarragh
33 DF Argentina ARG Sergio Vittor
35 GK Kuwait KUW Khaled Al-Rashidi
36 DF Kuwait KUW Khalid El Ebrahim
40 FW Kuwait KUW Meshal Khaled
43 MF Kuwait KUW Abdullah Al Enai
44 MF Nigeria NGA Daniel Ajibola
54 MF Egypt EGY Abdullah Mutwa

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2006: Semi-finals
2008: Quarter-finals
2014: 3rd round qualifying
2015: 3rd round qualifying
2010: Runners-up
2011: Round of 16
2012: Round of 16
2013: Runners-up
2014: Winner
2015: Semifinal
2019: Group stage
2020: Cancelled
2000: First round (withdrew)
1994–95: Second round (withdrew)
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1991 Asian Cup Winners Cup 1st round Jordan Al Faisaly - -
1995 Asian Cup Winners Cup 1st round Oman Al Oruba Sur 2–0 0–1
2nd round Qatar Al Sadd - 0–2
2000 Asian Club Championship 1st round Yemen Al-Wahda - -
2006 AFC Champions League Group stage Iran Foolad 2–0 0–6
Group stage Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 2–1 2–2
Group stage Syria Al Ittihad 1–0 2–2
Quarterfinal United Arab Emirates Al Ain 2–2 3–0
Semifinal Syria Al-Karamah 0–1 0–0
2008 AFC Champions League Group stage Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 2–2 1–0
Group stage Iraq Arbil 1–1 2–4
Group stage Qatar Al-Gharafa 1–0 1–0
Quarterfinal Japan Urawa 3–2 0–2
2010 AFC Cup Group stage India East Bengal 4–1 3–2
Group stage Syria Al Ittihad 3–0 0–0
Group stage Lebanon Al Nejmeh 1–1 3–1
Round of 16 India Churchill Brothers 2–1
Quarterfinal Thailand Thai Port 3–0 0–0
Semifinal Bahrain Riffa 4–1 0–2
Final Syria Al-Ittihad 1–1 (a.e.t.)
2–4 (p)
2011 AFC Cup Group stage Uzbekistan Shurtan 4–0 1–1
Group stage Syria Al-Ittihad 3–2 2–0
Group stage Yemen Al-Saqr 3–0 2–2
Round of 16 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–2 (a.e.t.)
2–3 (p)
2012 AFC Cup Group stage Oman Al-Suwaiq 2–0 5–1
Group stage Syria Al-Ittihad 5–2 0–1
Group stage Jordan Al-Faisaly 1–2 1–1
Round of 16 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 1–1 (a.e.t.)
1–3 (p)
2013 AFC Cup Group stage Syria Al-Shorta 0–1 2–0
Group stage Jordan Al-Ramtha 2–2 3–0
Group stage Tajikistan Ravshan 3–0 3–1
Round of 16 Oman Fanja 4–0
Quarterfinal Syria Al-Shorta 0–0 2–2
Semifinal Jordan Al-Faisaly 2–1 1–0
Final Kuwait Al-Kuwait 0–2
2014 AFC Champions League 1st round Oman Al-Suwaiq 1–0
2nd round United Arab Emirates Bani Yas 4–0
3rd round Qatar El Jaish 0–3
AFC Cup Group stage Iraq Al Shorta SC 3–0 0–0
Group stage Bahrain Al-Hidd 2–0 2–3
Group stage Syria Al-Wahda 1–1 3–1
Round of 16 Jordan That Ras 4–0
Quarterfinal Bahrain Al-Hidd 1–1 2–2
Semifinal Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 4–2 6–0
Final Iraq Arbil 0–0 (a.e.t.)
4–2 (p)
2015 AFC Champions League Playoff 2 Jordan Al-Wehdat SC 1–0
Playoff 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–2
AFC Cup Group stage Turkmenistan FC Ahal 2–0 1–0
Group stage Tajikistan FC Istiklol 2–2 0–2
Group stage Iraq Arbil 1–2 1–0
Round of 16 Jordan Al-Wehdat SC 1–0
Quarterfinal Syria Al-Jaish 3–0 0–2
Semifinal Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. 3–1 w/o
2019 AFC Cup Group stage Oman Suwaiq Club 2–0 1–2
Group stage Bahrain Malkiya Club 1–2 2–1
Group stage Lebanon Al-Ahed SC 0–1 0–0
2020 AFC Cup Group stage Oman Dhofar Club
Group stage Bahrain Riffa SC 2–1
Group stage Jordan Al-Jazeera

Presidents and managers[edit]

Presidential history[edit]

Qadsia has had numerous presidents over the course of their history.

Name Years
Suliman Al-Khaled 1960–1961
Faisel Al-Mutawa 1961–1962
Rashed Al-Rashed 1962–1963
Khaled Al-Masaod 1963–1965
Khaled Al-Hamed 1965–1966
Mohammed Al-Hamed 1966–1967
Khaled Al-Masaod 1967–1968
Khaled Al-Hamad 1968–1970
Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah 1970–1979
Khaled Al-Hamad 1979–1985
Yousef Al-Mushari 1985–1987
Abdulaziz Al-Mokhled 1989
Abdulmohsen Al-Faris 1989–1997
Talal Al-Fahad Al-Subah 1997–2010
Fawaz Al-Hasawi 2010–2012
Khaled Al-Fahad Al-Sabah 2012–

Managerial history[edit]

Below is a list of Qadsia coaches from 1960 until the present day.

Name Nationality Years
Mohammed Al Hamed Kuwait 1960–1962
Abdulmhsen Al Faris Kuwait 1962–1963
Omar Shendi Egypt 1963–1965
Aladdin Niazi Syria 1965–1966
Jan Cestić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1966–1967
Vojin Božović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1967–1970
Ron Lewin England 1970–1972
Žarko Mihajlović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1972–1975
Peter McBride Scotland 1975–1977
Mohammed Al Masaod Kuwait 1976–1977
Tomason Denmark 1977
Žarko Mihajlović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1977–1978
Ron Lewin England 1978–1979
Abdullah Al Asfor Kuwait 1979–1980
Bonero Spain 1980–1983
Miljan Miljanić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1983–1985
Bobby Campbell England 1985–1986
Saleh Zakaria Kuwait 1986–1987
Luiz Felipe Scolari Brazil 1987–1990
Vola Italy 1990–1992
Luiz Felipe Scolari Brazil 1992–1993
Alexandru Moldovan Romania 1993
Dragan Gugleta Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1993–1995
Mohammed Al Zaer Kuwait 1995
Ednaldo Patricio Brazil 1995–1997
René Feller Netherlands 1997–1998
Jorvan Vieira Brazil 1997–1999
Mohammed Ibrahem Kuwait 1999–2000
Fakro Al Deen Bosnia and Herzegovina 2000
Senad Kreso Bosnia and Herzegovina 2000–2001
Branko Totak Croatia 2001
Radojko Avramović Serbia 2001
Willem Leushuis Netherlands 2001–2002
Mohammed Ibrahem Kuwait 2002–2004
Duílio Brazil 2004–2005
Mohammed Ibrahem Kuwait 2005–2007
José Garrido Portugal 2007–2008
Mohammed Ibrahem Kuwait 2008–2011
Rodion Gačanin Croatia 2011–2012
Mohammed Ibrahem Kuwait 2012–2014
Antonio Puche Spain 2014–2015
Rashed Al Bediah Kuwait 2015
Dalibor Starčević Croatia 2015–2018
Yousef AlMusaibeeh Kuwait 2018
Marin Ion[2] Romania 2018–2019
Pablo Franco Spain 2019–2021
Kheïreddine Madoui Algeria 2021–2022
Nasser Al-Shatti Kuwait 2022
Boris Bunjak Serbia 2022–2023
Mohammed Ibrahem Kuwait 2023–2024
Mohammed Mashaan Kuwait 2024–

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 18 September 2018.[3]
Current Rank Country Team
244 Kuwait Qadsia
237 India Gokulam Kerala
238 Vietnam Hà Nội
240 India DSK Shivajians
241 Indonesia Badak Lampung
242 Indonesia Persijap Jepara

See also[edit]


  1. ^ On 20 October 1960, the name was changed to Qadsia.
  2. ^ "الروماني إيوان مارين مدربًا للقادسية". Kooora. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  3. ^ "AFC Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)

External links[edit]

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