Al Rayyan SC
|Full name||Al Rayyan Sports Club
( Arabic : نادي الريان الرياضي )
|Nickname(s)||The Lions & Al-Raheeb (The Fierce)|
|Ground||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
|Chairman||Sheik Saoud Bin Khalid Al Thani|
|League||Qatar Stars League|
|2014-15||Qatargas League, 1st
|Website||Club home page|
|Al Rayyan's active sections|
Al Rayyan Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الريان الرياضي) is a Qatari professional sports club fielding teams in a number of sports such as football, futsal, basketball, volleyball, handball, athletics, table tennis and swimming. It is based at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Omm Alafai in the city of Al-Rayyan. The club was founded in 1967 after merging the old Rayyan team with Nusoor Club. The official team colours are red and black. The team is nicknamed is 'The Lions' and also 'Al-Raheeb' which means the The Fierce.
They have won numerous titles in all sports, including two Asian championships in basketball, the Arab championship in handball, futsal domestic titles, table tennis and volleyball, as well as the GCC basketball championship. Both the basketball and handball teams have qualified for the world championships. However, the football team gets the most attention from the club officials as well as the media and the fans. 
- 1 History
- 2 Supporters
- 3 Honours
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Players
- 6 Current technical staff
- 7 Managerial history
- 8 Presidential history
- 9 Management
- 10 Statistics
- 11 Al Rayyan in Asia
- 12 Other sports
- 13 Performance in AFC competitions
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Al Rayyan's history goes back to the mid-sixties when it was known as Old Al Rayyan. Old Al Rayyan, though an amateur football team, competed in matches arranged throughout the whole country, not being limited to the city in which it was based. Their headquarters was based in a two-bedroom house and they played their matches on a football field in a school based in the New Rayyan area. The club relied on donations from the fans during this period.
They applied to be a member club of the Qatar Football Association, but were rejected with the QFA proposing that they merge with Al Nusoor, a local sports club also based in Al Rayyan. In 1967, after an announcement by the Al Rayyan Sports Committee that Old Al Rayyan would merge with Al Nusoor, Al Rayyan SC was officially founded. A new headquarters was established to accommodate increased size demands as a result of the merger. The first head coach of Al Rayyan was Ashour Salem, a Sudanese national, who, besides working as a local physical education coach, trained the first team and youth team. In the early years, the club branched out to other sports, notably basketball and handball. As a result of donations from the club supporters, Al Rayyan was able to establish their home grounds in Doha Stadium, the largest stadium in Qatar at the time.
1973–1988: Early history
The club had success in the Qatar Stars League within the first decade of its formation, with the club participating in their first official season in 1972–73. In the 1974–75, after a mass brawl between the fans and players of Al Rayyan and Al Sadd, the QFA relegated Al Rayyan, who were in 2nd place at the time, to the second division. They won back promotion the following season and achieved their first league title 1976. In the 1977 season, the QFA annulled the results of Al Rayyan due to actions which took place in a match against Al Arabi. The perpetrator, who was an Al Arabi player by the name of Yassin Mustafa, was banned permanently from all league matches whereas the two clubs were warned. They went on to win their second title in 1978. Al Rayyan continued to dominate league along with Al Arabi and Al Sadd during the late seventies and eighties.
In 1983, under the leadership of Sheikh Nasser bin Ahmed, a new club headquarters and home stadium were constructed. They won the league with a negative goal difference in 1983–84, making them one of the only 6 teams in the world and the only Qatari team in history to achieve this feat.
1988–2000: Relegation and return to glory
In the 1987–88 season, much to the surprise of critics and fans, they got relegated for the first time in league history. The relegation was preceded by a 0–1 loss to Al Sadd, as Hassan Jowhar scored a header goal which would prove to be the final nail in the coffin of Al Rayyan. They won back promotion to the premier league in their first season in the second division.
They would go on to win the league in 1990, the same season they were promoted back to the first division, beating out rivals Al Sadd. They won an additional league title in 1995.
2000–2013: League title drought
The club has not experienced much league success as of late, with the last successful league campaign being in 1994–95; however they finished 3rd in the 2010–11 season under Paulo Autuori. Nonetheless, they faced great success in the Emir's Cup and Heir Apparent Cup winning 8 cups in total in 14 years.
Al Raheeb is the most supported club in the whole country. They constantly draw the largest attendance rates in the Qatar Stars League. They are supported throughout the entire Gulf region, as well as other parts of the world due to their high-profile signings.
The club has a mascot, a lion called "Al Muheeb". The concept of the mascot was designed and developed in the USA by a well known animations studio. It is notable for being one of the candidates for the official mascot of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
A fan club was established on 4/10/2006 in an inaugural ceremony which included players from all sections of the clubs sports activities, a number of supporters, and the board of directors. It did not have a significant role in club activities until Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Thani took presidency of the fan club in 2008, a season which saw Al Rayyan boost its attendance numbers by a significant margin. Members of the club receive emails, texts, and notifications of the clubs upcoming games.
- Winners (7): 1975-76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1994–95
- Winners (1): 2014-15
- Winners (4): 1995, 1996, 2001, 2012
- Winners (6): 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013
- Winners (4): 1992, 2000, 2012, 2013
|Full name||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium|
|Location||Umm Al-Afai, Al Rayyan, Qatar|
Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (Arabic: ملعب أحمد بن علي), popularly known as the Al-Rayyan Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar which serves as the home stadium for Al Rayyan's football section. It will be used as a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
- New Rayyan School (1967–196?)
- Doha Stadium (196?–1983)
- Nasser bin Ahmed Stadium (1983–2003)
- Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (2003–present)
As of Qatar Stars League:
Players registered as professionals
Current technical staff
Last update: July 2015.
|Head coach||Jorge Fossati|
|Assistant Coach||Julio Cesar|
|Assistant Coach||Leonardo Martins|
|Assistant Coach||Gonzalo Gutiérrez|
|Fitness Coach||Sebastian Avelino|
|Assis. Fit. Coach||Ariel Bustamante|
|GoalKeeper Coach||Welesley Antônio "Neneca"|
|Perf. Analyst||Yuri O. de Souza|
|Sports Director||Ali Salem Afifa|
|Team Manager||Mathker Al Shafi|
|Administrator||Omar Saleh Al Azani|
|Media Officer||Salem Al Eida|
|Sports Officer||Abdulrahman Al Kuwari|
This list includes players whom have made significant contributions to their national team and to the club. At least 90 caps for the club or 100 caps for their national team is needed to be considered for inclusion.
Old Al Rayyan
- Jamal Zakout (19??–67)1
Present and past managers of Al-Rayyan from 1967 (incomplete):
- Ashraf Mehdi (1984–85)
- Saad Abu El Dahab (1985–)
- 1. Non-professional coach; worked as local physical education teacher.
- 2. First professional coach.
- 3. First non-Arab coach.
||Engineer Hamad Abdullah Al Marri||
||HE Sheikh Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani|
||Majid Abdullah Aman||
||HE Mohammed bin Hammam|
||HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Faisal Al Thani||
||HE Sheikh Saud bin Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani|
||Mohamed Abdulrahman Al-Darwish Al-Fakhro||
||HE Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani|
||HE Mohammed bin Hammam||
||HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al Thani|
||HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani|
|President||Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Thani|
|Vice-president||Ali Mohammed Al-Naimi|
|Secretary general||Ali Salem Afifa|
|Assistant secretary||Sheikh Khalid bin Hassan Al-Thani|
|Treasurer||Mohammad Ali Hobash|
|Communication director||Ali Atiq Al-Abdullah|
|Board member||Husayn ibn Said|
|Board member||Sheikh Khalid bin Hassan Al-Thani|
Last updated: 20 October 2011
Source: Board of Directors
- Seasons in First Division: 39 (relegated twice, in 1974–75 and 1987–88)
- Seasons in AFC Champions League: 3
- Seasons in Asian Club Championship: 3
- Seasons in AFC Cup: 1
|1996–97||QSL||16||9||5||2||21||12||+9||32||RU||Asian Club Championship||QF||Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi||?|
|1997–98||QSL||16||9||2||5||20||14||+6||29||SF||SF||Asian Club Championship||R2|
|1999-00||QSL||2°||16||10||4||2||29||14||+15||34||RU||RU||SF1||Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi||14|
|2000–01||QSL||4°||16||8||4||4||30||22||+8||28||SF||W||SF||Asian Club Championship||QF||Frank Seator||14|
|2003–04||QSL||5°||18||8||3||7||38||32||+6||27||W||DNQ||GS||Bouchaib El Moubarki||13|
|2004–05||QSL||2°||27||15||7||5||66||34||+22||52||QF||SF||GS||AFC Champions League||GS||Sonny Anderson||20|
|2006–07||QSL||27||9||10||8||40||42||−2||37||QF||SF||RU||AFC Champions League||GS||Sabri Lamouchi||10|
|2009–10||QSL||5°||22||11||4||7||41||30||+11||37||W||DNQ||GS||AFC Cup||R16||Afonso Alves||9|
|2010–11||QSL||3°||22||12||6||4||39||22||+17||42||SF||GS||AFC Champions League||GS||Jaralla Al Marri||9|
|2011–12||QSL||22||10||9||3||49||26||+23||39||QF||W||GS||AFC Champions League||GS||Rodrigo Tabata||17|
- Note 1: Al Gharafa withdrew from semifinals; Rayyan replaced them.
Al Rayyan in Asia
|AFC Champions League||28||6||5||19||23||45|
- Q = Qualification
- GS = Group stage
- R16 = Round of 16
- QF = Quarter-final
- SF = Semi-final
Performance in AFC competitions
- AFC Champions League: 5 appearances
- AFC Cup: 1 appearance
- 2010: Quarter-Final
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