Al Wahda FC

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Al Wahda FC
نادي الوحـدة لكرة القدم
Al Wahda logo (2018).png
Full nameAl Wahda Football Club
Nickname(s)The Clarets
Founded1984
GroundAl-Nahyan Stadium
Capacity12,000[1]
OwnerDhiab Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
ChairmanDhiab Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
ManagerMaurice Steijn
LeagueUAE Pro League
2018–19UAE Pro League, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Al Nahyan Stadium

Al Wahda Football Club (Arabic: نادي الوحدة لكرة القدم‎) is a football club based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates that plays in the UAE Pro League. The club was founded in 1974 and plays its home games at the Al-Nahyan Stadium. The club's colours are maroon, grey and white.

Al Wahda has won the League, with the most recent title coming in the 2009–10 UAE Pro-League season.

History[edit]

The first team created in Abu Dhabi was Al-Ahli in 1966, followed respectively by Al-Ittihad in 1968, Al-Falah and Al-Wahda in 1969.

In 1974, a decision was made by the Minister of youth and sport to create Abu Dhabi SC by merging Al-Ittihad and Al-Wahda on 13 March 1974, and to create Al-Emirates SC by merging Al-Ahli and Al-Falah on 3 June 1974.

In 1984, Abu Dhabi SC and Al-Emirates SC merged to create Al-Wahda (the actual club).

In 1999, Al Wahda won their first UAE Pro League title with 8 points ahead second place Al Ain.

In 2018, Al Wahda changed its official logo as part of a new club redesign.

Gallery[edit]

Honours[edit]

Champion: 1999, 2001, 2005, 2010
Champion: 1976–77, 1984-85
Champion: 2000, 2017
Champion: 2002, 2011, 2017, 2018
Champion: 1986, 1995, 2001
Champion: 2015-16, 2017-18

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2004: Quarter-Finals
2006: Group Stage
2007: Semi-Finals
2008: Group Stage
2010: Group Stage
2011: Group Stage
2015: Play-Off
2017: Group Stage
2018: Group Stage
2019: Round of sixteen (On going )
2000: First Round
2002: Group Stage
1998/99: First Round
2000/01: First Round

Al Nahyan stadium[edit]

The Al Nahyan stadium is the home of Al Wahda, and although Al-Nahyan Stadium is perhaps less impressive in terms of infrastructure (15,000 seats) it still boasts a fervent atmosphere on match days and has the added advantage of being only three kilometres from the city centre.

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of UAE Pro-League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Shamsi  United Arab Emirates
2 Defender Mohammed Barqesh  United Arab Emirates
4 Defender Salem Sultan  United Arab Emirates
5 Midfielder Mohammed Abdulbasit  United Arab Emirates
6 Midfielder Sultan Al Ghaferi  United Arab Emirates
8 Defender Hamdan Al-Kamali  United Arab Emirates
10 Midfielder Ismail Matar (Captain)  United Arab Emirates
11 Forward Sebastián Tagliabué  Argentina
12 Goalkeeper Saif Al-Zaabi U21  United Arab Emirates
18 Midfielder Ahmed Ali  United Arab Emirates
19 Defender Khaled Ibrahim  United Arab Emirates
20 Forward Yahya Ghassani  Tanzania
21 Defender Abdullah Al-Korbi U21  United Arab Emirates
23 Defender Rim Chang-woo  South Korea
24 Defender Rashed Abdullah U21  United Arab Emirates
30 Midfielder Tareq Al-Khodaim  United Arab Emirates
33 Defender Majed Abdullah U21  United Arab Emirates
36 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Akbari  United Arab Emirates
37 Defender Ahmed Rashed  United Arab Emirates
42 Midfielder Leonardo  Brazil
43 Midfielder Ismaeel Al-Zaabi U21  United Arab Emirates
46 Midfielder Mansor Al-Harbi U21  United Arab Emirates
50 Goalkeeper Rashed Ali  United Arab Emirates
52 Defender Hussain Abbas  United Arab Emirates
56 Midfielder Tahnon Al-Zaabi U21  United Arab Emirates
64 Defender Ismaeel Al-Harbi U21  United Arab Emirates
70 Forward Mohammed Al-Hammadi  United Arab Emirates
77 Midfielder Khalil Ibrahim  United Arab Emirates
88 Goalkeeper Saeed Mesmari  United Arab Emirates
Midfielder Sem Steijn U21 (on loan from ADO Den Haag)  Netherlands
Midfielder Al Hussain Saleh (on loan from Al-Nasr)  United Arab Emirates
Midfielder Nicolás Milesi (on loan from Al-Dhafra)  Uruguay

Other players under contract[edit]

No Position Player Nation
9 Forward Mourad Batna  Morocco
27 Defender Abdullah Al-Dhanhani  United Arab Emirates
Defender Abdullah El Refaey  Egypt
Defender Abduraheem Abdurahman  United Arab Emirates

Past managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "نبذة عن منشآت نادي الوحدة الرياضي". Archived from the original on 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2015-03-10.

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