Ettifaq FC

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Al-Ettifaq FC
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Full nameAl-Ettifaq Football Club
Nickname(s)Faris Ad-Dahna (The Knight of Ad-Dahna)
The Commandos
Itti Al-Sharqiya (Itti of the Eastern Province, a nod to Al-Ittihad)
Founded1945; 73 years ago (1945)
GroundPrince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
ChairmanKhalid Al-Dabal
ManagerUruguay Leonardo Ramos
LeagueSaudi Professional League
2017–18Saudi Professional League, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Ettifaq Football Club (Arabic: نادي الاتفاق لكرة القدم‎) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Dammam. 'Ittifaq' is Arabic for cooperation. Al Ettifaq was established after the merging of three clubs in the city of Dammam at the year 1944. Al Ettifaq is the first Saudi team to win an international title – the 1984 Arab Club Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq is also the first team to win the Saudi Premier League without any defeat. They are also the only Arab team to have won a game in England after turning Everton over in an exhibition match. Al Ettifaq is also the first side from Saudi Arabia to win the Gulf Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq have a total of 13 different titles to their name.


Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

    • Semi-final (Group Stage): Al Ettifaq finished second in their group after losing their penultimate game against the eventual champions, Qatari side Al-Sadd (2–1) in a highly controversial game. Apart from the two clubs, the group contained April 25 SC (North Korea), Mohammedan SC (Bangladesh), and Pahang (Malaysia).[1]
        • Group Stage – Round of 32: Al Ettifaq was arguably one of the best performers in the group stage after finishing top of the group with 12 points. They won 4 games, lost 2, and scored 15 goals in 6 games, recording the third best attacking stats in the continent in that round. Al Ettifaq were placed in Group D along FC Bunyodkor (led by Brazilian ace Rivaldo), Sepahan Isfahan, and Al Shabab (UAE).
        • Round of 16: Al Ettifaq were knocked from the Round of 16 against Pakhtakor (UZB). After leading 1–0 at halftime, they conceded two late goals that ended their hopes in qualifying to the quarter-final.[2]
        • After failing to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Al-Ettifaq qualified automatically to the 2012 AFC Cup, and were drawn in Group C with Kuwait SC of Kuwait, Al Ahed of Lebanon, and VB Sports Club of the Maldives.
        • Al Ettifaq started the competition as favorites and a strong candidate to win the competition, winning 5–1 in their first group game against Kuwait SC in Kuwait. The second game was frustrating to the Saudis as they drew in their own stadium 0–0 with Al Ahed. They defeated the underdogs of the group VB Sports Club by 6–3 in the Maldives and 2–0 in the reverse fixture. Al Ettifaq sealed their promotion with a 2–2 draw against Kuwait SC before finishing the group with a 3–1 victory in Lebanon against Al Ahed.
        • Al Ettifaq finished off their season with a hard-fought 1–0 victory against Omani side Al-Suwaiq SC in the Round of 16 to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 27 September 2018:[4]

No Position Player Nation
4 Defender Faisel Abu Bakr  Somalia
6 Midfielder Hamed Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Kwikbi  Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Osama Al-Khalaf  Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Hazaa Al-Hazaa  Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Hassan Al-Habib  Saudi Arabia
11 Midfielder Ali Hazazi  Saudi Arabia
12 Defender Hussein Salem  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Osama Al-Selim  Saudi Arabia
14 Midfielder Filip Kiss  Slovakia
19 Midfielder Cristian Guanca (on loan from Colón)  Argentina
20 Midfielder Abdulaziz Majrashi  Saudi Arabia
21 Defender Ramon Arias  Uruguay
22 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Bahri  Saudi Arabia
23 Midfielder Brahian Alemán  Uruguay
24 Midfielder Abdurahman Al-Aboud  Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Saeed Al-Robeai  Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Sobeai  Saudi Arabia
30 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Saleh  Saudi Arabia
33 Defender Hussein El Sayed (on loan from Al Ahly)  Egypt
34 Defender Ali Al-Khaibari  Saudi Arabia
35 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Haiti  Saudi Arabia
40 Midfielder Ibrahim Mahnashi  Saudi Arabia
47 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Dohaim  Saudi Arabia
50 Defender Saad Al Khairi  Saudi Arabia
70 Defender Omar Al-Sonain  Saudi Arabia
72 Defender Khalifah Al-Masrahi  Saudi Arabia
77 Defender Ahmed Al-Habib  Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Farley  Brazil
88 Midfielder Saad Al-Selouli  Saudi Arabia
92 Goalkeeper Raïs M'Bolhi  Algeria
99 Forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef  Tunisia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
17 Forward Nawaf Bo Amer (on loan to Al-Khaleej)  Saudi Arabia
18 Midfielder Fawaz Al-Trais (on loan to Al-Khaleej)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Hassan Ghazwani (on loan to Al-Nahda)  Saudi Arabia
Forward Mohammed Al-Saiari (on loan to Al-Hazem)  Saudi Arabia

Managerial history[edit]

Note: The table is currently being updated.

19??–69 Sudan Mohammed Hassan Kheiri
1976–78 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1980–84 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Coincided with the most successful period of the club (4 titles).
1986–90 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Won 3 titles.
1990–91 Brazil Procópio Cardoso
July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1995 Poland Wojciech Łazarek
1994–96 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1997 Brazil João Francisco
1999–00 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
2003–04 Netherlands Jan Versleijen
Jan 1, 2004 – May 30, 2004 Argentina Jorge Habegger
2005–06 Brazil Ednaldo Patricio
2006–07 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh 2006 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Winner).
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008 Portugal Toni Oliveira 2007 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Runner-up).
Jan 8, 2009 – June 8, 2009 Romania Ioan Andone Achieved club's best performance in the AFC Champions League (Round of 16).
Oct 23, 2009 – March 23, 2011 Romania Ion Marin
March 23, 2011 – June 30, 2011 Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui
July 22, 2011 – April 30, 2012 Croatia Branko Ivanković
2012 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh
July 1, 2012 – Sept 25, 2012 Switzerland Alain Geiger
Sept 26, 2012 – June 13, 2013 Poland Maciej Skorża
July 1, 2013 – Oct 1, 2013 Germany Theo Bücker
Sept 30, 2013 – Oct 26, 2013 Romania Eusebiu Tudor
Oct 26, 2013 – Feb 13, 2014 Serbia Goran Tufegdžić
Feb 13, 2014–July, 2014 Romania Ioan Andone
July 2014 – Feb 17, 2015 Spain Beñat San José
(2015) Romania Gheorghe Mulțescu
(2015–16) Germany Reinhard Stumpf
(2016) Tunisia Djamel Belkacem 2015–16 Saudi First Division
(2016) Netherlands Eelco Schattorie


External links[edit]

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Runner up: Al-Arabi

Succeeded by
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Fanja SC
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