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Al-Rayyan SC
Full name Al-Rayyan Sports Club
( Arabic : نادي الريان الرياضي )
Nickname(s) The Lions & Al-Raheeb (The Fierce)
Founded 1967; 51 years ago (1967)
Ground Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Al-Rayyan, Qatar
Ground Capacity 27,000
Chairman Sheik Saoud Bin Khalid Al Thani
Manager Michael Laudrup
League Qatar Stars League
2016–17 3rd
Website Club website
Al Rayyan's active sections
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Futsal pictogram.svg
Athletics pictogram.svg

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 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 numerous GCC basketball, handball and volleyball championships. 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][2]


1967–1973: Founding[edit]

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 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.[3]

In 1967, Al Rayyan began as a combination of two groups called " new Al Rayyan’sons and old al-Rayyan’son". In 1967, Al-Rayyan started its factory. From 1967 until now, Al-Rayyan has accomplished many trophies not only in soccer even in the rest of the games such as handball, basketball and volleyball. The people who contributed to build Al Rayyan knew that this team would not be a regular team, but it will also represent the culture of the city of Al Rayyan outside of Qatar. In 2008, the club established magazine called SOUT AL RAYYAN (The Voice of Al Rayyan) which is the first magazine that cares about Al Rayyan news, and it is the only team’s magazine in Qatar.[4]

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 that time.[3]

1973–1988: Early history[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

1988–2000: Relegation and return to glory[edit]

In the 1987–88 season, much to the surprise of critics and fans, they got relegated for the first time in league history.[7] 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.[5] They won back promotion to the premier league in their first season in the second division.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

2000–2013: League title drought[edit]

They inaugurated their home ground, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, in 2003 during the reign of Sheikh Mishaal Al Thani. The first match held on the grounds was the 2003 Emir Cup finals.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

2014–: Return to Success[edit]

In 2014–15 the club won the Qatargas League and returned to Qatar Stars League. On 28 November 2015 Al-Rayyan Broke the record of most consecutive league matches won to 11.[citation needed]

On March 5, 2016 After 21 years Al-Rayan won the league once again, and became the first ever team to win both leagues in 2 years.[8]


Al Rayyan fans in an Emir Cup final.

They club is supported throughout the entire Gulf region, as well as other parts of the world due to their high-profile signings.[2] In 2010 they had the highest attendance in the Qatar Stars League.[9] The fan club won the QFA-sanctioned award of "Best fans" in the 2008/09 season, and shared the award with Al Sadd in the 2012/13 season.[10]


[citation needed]

1975–76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1994–95, 2015–16
1988–89, 2014–15
1995, 1996, 2001, 2012
1999, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013
1992, 2000, 2012, 2013


Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan Stadium)
Al-Rayyan Stadium
Full name Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Location Umm Al-Afai, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Capacity 44,740 (football)
Surface Grass
Built 2003
Opened 2003

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.[citation needed]

Stadium history[citation needed]
  • New Rayyan School (1967–196?)
  • Doha Stadium (196?–1983)
  • Nasser bin Ahmed Stadium (1983–2003)
  • Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (2003–2015)
  • Jassim bin Hamad stadium (2015–present)

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mahmoud Rostom  Qatar
2 Defender Mohammed Alaaeldin  Qatar
4 Defender Musa Haroon  Qatar
6 Midfielder Abdurahman Al-Korbi  Qatar
9 Forward Abderrazak Hamdallah  Morocco
10 Midfielder Rodrigo Tabata (Captain)  Qatar
11 Midfielder Mouhcine Moutouali  Morocco
12 Defender Mohammed Khalvani  Qatar
13 Defender Gonzalo Viera  Uruguay
14 Forward Sultan Al Kuwari  Qatar
15 Midfielder Mowafak Awadh  Qatar
16 Midfielder Saoud Farhan  Qatar
17 Midfielder Al Dokali Al Seyed  Libya
18 Midfielder Ahmed Al Saadi  Qatar
19 Forward Ibrahim Abdelhalim Masoud  Qatar
20 Defender Ali Sanad  Qatar
21 Defender Mohammed Al-Alawi  Qatar
22 Midfielder Koh Myong-jin  South Korea
23 Forward Sebastián Soria  Qatar
25 Midfielder Riadh Mekideche  Qatar
26 Defender Abdulhameed Enad  Qatar
29 Defender Younes Yaqoub  Qatar
30 Goalkeeper Omar Bari  Qatar
31 Midfielder Daniel Goumou  Qatar
32 Midfielder Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud  Qatar
33 Goalkeeper Saoud Al Khater (on loan from Al-Duhail)  Qatar
66 Defender Mohammed Kasola (on loan from Al-Sadd)  Qatar
77 Midfielder Babou Sidiki Barro  Ivory Coast
98 Forward Ziad Ali Toni  Qatar

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
-- Defender Taher Zakaria  Qatar
-- Defender Mohammed Ibrahim Shami  Qatar
-- Forward Jaralla Al-Marri  Qatar

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
7 Midfielder Abdurahman Al-Harazi (on loan to Al-Sailiya)  Qatar
27 Midfielder Mohammed Salah Al-Neel (on loan to Al-Markhiya)  Qatar
-- Defender Khaled Al Zakiba (on loan to Umm Salal)  Qatar

Current technical staff[edit]

Last update: July 2015.[11]

First team[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Denmark Michael Laudrup
Assistant Coach Spain Albert Fernandez
Assistant Coach Spain Gerard Mullet
Fitness Coach Spain Ramon Catala
Assis. Fit. Coach Spain Javier Alvarez
GoalKeeper Coach Spain Josep Pascual
Perf. Analyst Brazil Yuri O. de Souza

Notable players[edit]

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.

Local players

Foreign players

Managerial history[edit]

Old Al Rayyan[edit]

  • State of Palestine Jamal Zakout (19??–67)1

Al Rayyan[edit]

Present and past managers of Al-Rayyan from 1967 (incomplete):

Administrative managers[edit]

  • Egypt Ashraf Mehdi (1984–85)
  • Egypt Saad Abu El Dahab (1985–)[17]
  • 1. Non-professional coach; worked as local physical education teacher.
  • 2. First professional coach.
  • 3. First non-Arab coach.

Presidential history[edit]


No. President No. President
Qatar Engineer Hamad Abdullah Al Marri
Qatar HE Sheikh Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani
Qatar Majid Abdullah Aman
Qatar HE Mohammed bin Hammam
Qatar HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Faisal Al Thani
Qatar HE Sheikh Saud bin Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani
Qatar Mohamed Abdulrahman Al-Darwish Al-Fakhro
Qatar HE Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Qatar HE Mohammed bin Hammam
Qatar HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al Thani
Qatar HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani
Qatar HE Sheikh Saud bin Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani


Position Staff
President Sheikh Saoud Bin Khalid Al-Thani
Vice-president Rashid Nasser Al-Khalifa
Secretary general Abdulla Azzeddin Al-Mutawa
Assistant secretary Ali bin Daafer Al-Ahbabi
Treasurer Nasser Al-Humaidi
Communication director Sahan Al-Shammari
Board member Ajlan Al-Enzi
Board member Khalid bin Hassan Al-Thani

Last updated: 13 December 2015
Source: Board of Directors

Al-Rayyan in Asia[edit]

They participated in the AFC Champions League in 2005,[19] 2007,[20] 2011,[21] 2012[22] and 2013.[23]


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