Ittihad FC

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Ittihad FC
Ittihad logo 2016.png
Full name Ittihad Club
Nickname(s) Al Ameed (The Dean),
The Mundialist,
The People's Club,
Tigers Of Asia,
Club Of The Nation,
The Yellow Giant
Short name ITFC
Founded 4 January 1927; 89 years ago
Ground King Abdullah Sports City Stadium
Ground Capacity 62,000[1]
President Hatem Baashen
Head coach José Luis Sierra
League Professional League
2015–16 Professional League, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Al-Ittihad Club (Arabic: نادي الاتحاد‎‎), also simply known as Al-Ittihad, literally meaning The Union, is a Saudi Premier League football club based in Jeddah. Al-Ittihad has won 8 League titles and also holds 47 official championship wins, three of them being Asian championships.

The club was founded on the 4th of January 1927 before the third Saudi state was declared, making it the oldest club in Saudi Arabia. The most successful period in Al-Ittihad's history was the 1990s and mid 2000s, when the club won numerous honours both domestically and continental. The team won Cup Winners Cup in 1999 and two Champions League titles in 2004 and 2005 and as far as going on to compete in the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup. The club has the distinction of being the only Asian club to have won the AFC Champions League twice in a row.

Al-Ittihad has a record of home average attendance for Asia clubs in domestic league matches with the average of 42,371 on 2014/2015 season and that is for the club's big popularity which is the first in Saudi Arabia And Asia.

The club's most famous Saudi players are Saeed Ghorab, Hamzah Idris, Ahmad Jamil, Al Hasan Al-Yami, Mohammed Noor and with the most famous foreign players being the famous Brazilian international player Bebeto who played for Al-Ittihad from 2001 to 2002 and The Brazilian Attacking Midfielder Tcheco who played for Al-Ittihad from 2003 to 2005 and came back on in 2008 for one season.

Nowadays Al-Ittihad club is featured in video games like FIFA (12–16) and the PES (14–16) series as one of the best clubs in Asia.

In May 2015, Al-Ittihad entered The Guinness Book Of Records, as the first and only Saudi Arabian/Asian club entering it, because the club had won 232 different local and regional championships in games in Mansour Albalawi's reign as a chairman of the club from 2002 to 2008, and for back-to-back wins of the AFC Champions League in 2004 and 2005, as the only Asian team to accomplish it.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The club was founded after a meeting, on January 4, 1927, of some of the notable football enthusiasts of the city of Jeddah. They met in the offices of the radio broadcasting company and discussed the idea of forming a football club to compete with various traveling teams and be a source of entertainment for inhabitants and an outlet for the city youth to practice organised sport. Everyone agreed that they should go ahead with creating the team that unites them and Ittihad Jeddah was born. The attendees were Hamza Fitaihi, Abdulsamad Najeeb Alsaady, Ismail Zahran, Ali Yamani, Abdulaziz Jameel, Abdulateef Jameel, Abdulateef Linjawi, Othman Banajah, Ahmad Abu Talib, Ali Sultan, Ahmed Almir and Saleh Salamah.

Club name "United"[edit]

the name of club which contains from this wisdom, Mazen Mohammed words that created the current club name. Club owners agrees with him to put the club name Al-Ittihad (United or Union, jointly) in Arabic.

Earlier[edit]

Ismail Zahran team player who was working as in Radio Office in Jeddah to the possibility of electing the head of the works Mr. Sultan to be a President of the Club, However, Ali Sultan became the first official president of the club. Al-Ittihad did not find at first a strong support, there wasn't an official clubs (communities) such as Al Riyadhi, Because the presence of powerful culture in the city of Jeddah only. the established of Saudi Federation was slowly in the 50s, was established after 29 years from Ittihad foundation year. In their first meeting with Al-Riyadhi, Al-Ittihad make it victory with 3–0 won.

Their first championship (1933)[edit]

The club has achieved a historic first tournament, which was called the cup of Nishan Nazer, counted as an official tournament, The cup have formed a popularity of Al-Ittihad, Because of a challenge between them in the final. Depending on the narrator, the winner can burn the Embassy wood's. the Championship attended by several of the clubs, communities, fought Al-Ittihad where several games to achieve access to the final. with Al-Mukhtalat. The weather was dust, did not complete the first half, the match was stopped about 10 minutes. the referee stopped the game to rest for 8 minutes, the weather was changed for the better with the second half, Al-Mukhtalat squad had led to fail, it was a low attacking level. The most prominent player in the game is Al-Itithad defender Safwan which was sacrificed for his team. the club won the championship by 3–0 against Al-Mukhtalat. The most important characteristic of this tournament is the first sporting event held in the reign of the founder King Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud.

Rivalries[edit]

Main article: Saudi El Clasico

Al-Ittihad has long-standing rivalry with Al-Hilal. From the start of national competitions the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival cities: Riyadh and Jeddah. After the success of Al-Hilal in Asia and won two Champions League in years 1991 and 1999, on the other side, Al Ittihad has won two titles in two years, they produced arguably the biggest shock in Asian club history when they overturned a 3–1 home defeat by Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, pulling off a 5–0 away win to secure the Asian crown. Al Ittihad is also known as club of the people such as Barcelona, Liverpool and Boca Juniors. the club has strong support for being the club of the people. While Al-Hilal for its royalty, Al-Hilal has large amount of supporters most in the capital city and the eastern region.

Al-Ittihad also has a rivalry with other Jeddah club, their neighbors Al-Ahli. Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli have a lot of fans who are the most dangerous fans in Saudi Arabia, which Al-Ittihad's lovers consider Al-Ahli's fans a hated-rivals. The duo played their match at Jeddah, which named "Derby Jeddah" or "The Western Derby". The largest victory was for Al-Ittihad when they defeated Al-Ahli 8–2 in 1966.

Present-day[edit]

Ittihad's success is not limited only to football, but also in basketball, water polo, table tennis, volleyball, and swimming, amongst others. In total, Ittihad has won 8649 trophies. However, football remains the primary sport.

Ittihad is now based in Sahafa street, Mushrefa district, in east Jeddah, where they have a large sports complex. Senior teams play official games at the municipal sports centre, in the south of the city, while youth teams play at the club.[citation needed]

In December 2006, the club offered what was thought to be the most lucrative deal in Arabian football to Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo. It was said that Luís Figo will join the club on July 1, 2007 after his current contract with Internazionale expires. However, not long after, Figo's current club, Internazionale released report that Figo had yet to sign a contract with Al-Ittihad and will not be joining. Figo has since extended his contract at Inter until the end of the 2007–08 season citing that the terms of the agreement were not kept and thus voided the contract.

In January 2010, the club convened an extraordinary club meeting after losing their 4th game of the 2009–10 season 1–2 to Al-Nasr. A decision was made to sack the head coach Gabriel Calderón and replace him with local coach Hassan Khalifa assisted by former striker Hamzah Idris.[2] On January 27, 2010, the club hired Argentinean coach Enzo Trossero to take over the reins of the team. On Dec 15, 2015 Ittihad FC appointed Victor Piturca as their manager for the second time after a string of bad results by the other coach. He lost his first game in AFC this season against Al-Nasr FC 2-1 on March 13, 2016.[3]

Support and Stadium[edit]

Al-Ittihad has built a strong fan-base in Jeddah, across Saudi Arabia and amongst the Arab League and in Asia. The club supporters are renowned for being spirited and for their chants. The wonderful huge stadium opened officially on May 1, 2014 King Abdullah Sports City Stadium is their new home now, there they can express their passion and love, that stadium accommodates above 60,000 (b.s.). Al-Ittihad shares the newly built state of the art King Abdullah Sports City Stadium with local rival Al-Ahli, with their previous home the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal stadium facing massive delays in construction works, having been expected to be fully functional before the new King Abdullah Stadium.

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Sponsorship[edit]

Official sponsor[edit]

In a press conference on January 9, 2006; president of the club Mansour Albalawi announced that Sela Sport Co (which is the sponsor of Saudi National Team) will pay 350 million riyals to sponsor Al-Ittihad for 5 seasons. Al-Ittihad was later on sponsored by the Saudi Telecom Company, however the team has not renewed STC's contract. This season 2015–16 they have many sponsors (around 10) and the most important one is Etihad Airways.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1999–03 Umbro Multiple
2003–05 Lotto Lingo
2006–07 Hattrick STC
2007–08 Nike
2008–10 Lotto
2010–12 Nike
2012–14 One
2014–15 Erreà
2015–2016 Adidas None
2016– Joma[4] None

Club statistics[edit]

Club honours[edit]

The club holds 47 championship, officially recognized by FIFA as 33[5]

1The tournament was held on 25 February 1933.

Records & statistics[edit]

Other records[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Domestic cups AFC Other Competitions Top scorer Manager
2000–01 SPL 1 22 11 5 6 35 23 +12 38 CPC EC  —  — Argentina Ardiles
2001–02 SPL 2 22 15 4 3 59 25 +34 49 CPC  —  — Brazil Oscar
2002–03 SPL 1 22 15 4 3 53 24 +29 49 CPC PFC SSC EC  —  — Brazil Oscar
2003–04 SPL 2 22 17 5 0 57 15 +42 56 CPC ACL  —  — Croatia Talajić
2004–05 SPL 3 22 11 5 6 53 37 +16 38 CPC ACL ARCL  —  — Romania Iordănescu
2005–06 SPL 3 22 11 9 2 47 28 +19 42 CPC ACL Quarter-finals  —  — France Metsu
2006–07 SPL 1 22 15 3 4 52 25 +27 48 CPC PFC  —  — Belgium Dimitri
2007–08 SPL 2 22 14 6 2 40 16 +24 48 CC ACL Group Stage Magno Alves 14 Argentina Calderón
2008–09 SPL 1 22 17 4 1 57 21 +36 55 CC PFC ACL Aboucherouane 17 Argentina Calderón
2009–10 ZPL 2 22 14 3 5 46 30 +16 45 CC ACL Group Stage Ziaya 15 Argentina Enzo
2010–11 ZPL 2 26 13 12 1 49 23 +20 51 CC ACL Semi-finals Hazazi 18 Belgium Dimitri
2011–12 ZPL 5 26 10 7 9 49 35 +14 37 CPC ACL Semi-finals Hazazi 20 Slovenia Kek, Spain Raul Caneda
2012–13 ZPL 7 26 8 9 9 36 36 0 33 CC Fahad 9 Spain Raul Caneda, Spain Beñat
2013–14 ALJ 6 26 8 8 10 45 46 −1 32 CC ACL Quarter-finals  —  — Spain Beñat, Egypt Amro Anwar
2014–15 ALJ 4 26 16 4 6 44 33 +11 52 CC  —  — Romania Victor Pițurcă


Div. = Division; SPL = Saudi Premier League; ZPL = Zain Professional League; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost
GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; GD = Goal difference P = Points
CC = Champions Cup; CPC = Crown Prince Cup; PFC = Prince Faisal Cup
ARCL = Arab Champions League; ARWC = Arab Cup Winners' Cup; ACL = AFC Champions League; GCC = Gulf Club Champions Cup; EC = Egypt Super Cup; SSC = Saudi Super Cup
Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up; Bronze = third,Semi-final .

League records[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Top scorers in AFC competitions[edit]

Ranking Nationality Name Years Goals
1  Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor 1996–13 18
2  Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi 2006–13 14
3  Saudi Arabia Hamzah Idris 1997–07 9
4  Algeria Abdelmalek Ziaya 2009–11 7
5  Saudi Arabia Marzouk Al-Otaibi 2000–07 7
6  Saudi Arabia Osama Al-Muwallad 2000– 6
7  Sierra Leone Mohammed Kallon 2005–06 6
8  Morocco Ahmed Bahja 1996–99 6
9  Morocco Hicham Aboucherouane 2008–10 5

AFC club rankings[edit]

Rankings are calculated by the AFC.[6]

Last update: August 6, 2015

Rank Country Team Points
7 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 75.665
8 Iran Esteghlal F.C. 73.387
9 United Arab Emirates Al Ain FC 72.608
10 Saudi Arabia Al Shabab FC 71.000
11 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 70.000
12 Uzbekistan FC Bunyodkor 69.690
13 South Korea Pohang Steelers 64.665
14 China Beijing Guoan F.C. 63.796

Asian Record[edit]

Al-Ittihad results
Season Round Result Opponent Venue
2004 Group stage 2–0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3–1 Uzbekistan Neftchi Fergana, Uzbekistan
2–3 Iran Sepahan Fuladshahr, Iran
4–0 Iran Sepahan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Kuwait City, Kuwait
3–0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Quarter-final 1–1 China Dalian Shide Dalian, China
1–0 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Semi-final 2–1 South Korea Jeonbuk H.M. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2–2 Jeonju, South Korea
Final 1–3 South Korea Seongnam I.C. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5–0 Seongnam, South Korea
2005 Quarter-final 1–1 China Shandong Luneng Jinan, China
7–2 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Semi-final 5–0 South Korea Busan IPark Busan, South Korea
2–0 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Final 1–1 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Al Ain, UAE
4–2 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2006 Quarter-final 2–0 Syria Al-Karamah Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–4 Homs, Syria
2008 Group stage 1–0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1–0 Syria Al-Ittihad Aleppo, Syria
1–2 Iran Sepahan Fuladshahr, Iran
0–1 Iran Sepahan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–2 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Tashkent, Uzbekistan
3–0 Syria Al-Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2009 Group stage 2–1 Iran Esteghlal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3–1 Qatar Umm Salal Doha, Qatar
0–0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira Dubai, UAE
1–1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1–1 Iran Esteghlal Tehran, Iran
7–0 Qatar Umm Salal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Round of 16 2–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Quarter-final 1–1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent, Uzbekistan
4–0 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Semi-final 6–2 Japan Nagoya Grampus Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2–1 Nagoya, Japan
Final 1–2 South Korea Pohang Steelers Tokyo, Japan
2010 Group stage 0–3 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Tashkent, Uzbekistan
2–2 Iran Zob Ahan Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Abu Dhabi, UAE
4–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–1 Iran Zob Ahan Fuladshahr, Iran
2011 Group stage 3–1 Iran Persepolis Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1–0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Tashkent, Uzbekistan
3–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Abu Dhabi, UAE
0–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2–3 Iran Persepolis Tehran, Iran
1–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Round of 16 3–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Quarter-final 3–1 South Korea FC Seoul Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–1 Seoul, South Korea
Semi-final 2–3 South Korea Jeonbuk H.M. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1–2 Jeonju, South Korea
2012 Group stage 4–0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3–1 Qatar Al-Arabi Doha, Qatar
1–0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas Abu Dhabi, UAE
2–1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent, Uzbekistan
3–2 Qatar Al-Arabi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Round of 16 3–0 Iran Persepolis Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Quarter-final 4–2 China Guangzhou Evergrande Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1–2 Guangzhou, China
Semi-final 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–2 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2014 Group stage 0–1 Iran Tractor Sazi Tabriz, Iran
2–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Makkah, Saudi Arabia
0–2 Qatar Lekhwiya Doha, Qatar
3–1 Qatar Lekhwiya Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2–0 Iran Tractor Sazi Makkah, Saudi Arabia
1–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Al Ain, UAE
Round of 16 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3–1 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Quarter-final 0–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Al Ain, UAE
1–3 Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2016 Qualifying play-off 2–1 Jordan Al-Wehdat Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Group stage 1–1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent, Uzbekistan
1–1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
0–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Dubai, UAE
4–0 Iran Sepahan Doha, Qatar (H)
2–0 Iran Sepahan Muscat, Oman (A)

Players[edit]

As of Saudi Premier League:

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ali Al-Aamri      Saudi Arabia
12 Goalkeeper Assaf Al-Qarni      Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Fawaz Al-Qarni      Saudi Arabia
25 Goalkeeper Hani Al-Nahedh      Saudi Arabia

2 Defender Abdurahman Al-Rio      Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Mansor Namazi      Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Bader Al-Nakhli      Saudi Arabia
6 Defender Basem Al-Montashari      Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Ahmed Assiri (Vice-captain)     Saudi Arabia
16 Defender Mohammed Qassem      Saudi Arabia
17 Defender Turki Al-Jalfan      Saudi Arabia
19 Defender Adnan Fallatah (captain)     Saudi Arabia
24 Defender Ammar Al-Daheem      Saudi Arabia
27 Defender Awadh Khrees      Saudi Arabia
30 Defender Ziyad Al-Sahafi      Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Omar Al-Muziel      Saudi Arabia
33 Defender Yassin Hamzah      Saudi Arabia
45 Defender Abdullah Shuhail      Saudi Arabia
51 Defender Majed Al-Khaibari      Saudi Arabia

8 Midfielder Fahad Al-Muwallad      Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Mahmoud Kahraba (on loan from El Zamalek)     Egypt
11 Midfielder Fahad Al Ansari (on loan from Al Qadsia)     Kuwait
14 Midfielder Moataz Tombakti      Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Jamal Bajandouh      Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Turki Al-Khodair      Saudi Arabia
21 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Aoufi      Saudi Arabia
23 Midfielder Carlos Villanueva      Chile
29 Midfielder Sultan Mendash      Saudi Arabia
35 Midfielder Yahya Khormi      Saudi Arabia
50 Midfielder Qusai Al-Khaibari      Saudi Arabia

9 Forward Ahmed Akaïchi      Tunisia
26 Forward Abdulaziz Al-Aryani      Saudi Arabia
49 Forward Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi      Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
-- Defender Ahmed Al-Shamrani (on loan from Al-Batin)     Saudi Arabia
-- Defender Faisel Al-Kharaa (on loan from Al-Khaleej)     Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Mohammed Al-Bladi (on loan from Al-Adalh)     Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Ahmed Al-Nadhri (on loan from Al-Qadisiyah )     Saudi Arabia

Management[edit]

Current Board of Directors and Administrators[edit]

Office Name
President Hatem Baashen
Vice-president
Investment Officer Khaled Al-Tmerk
Director of Football Hatem Baashen
Secretary-General Omar Masoud
Media Center Representative Adel Essamaddin
Treasurer Ahmed Al-Saqqaf

Presidents[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King Abdullah Sports City". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Saudi League champs Al Ittihad sack Calderon. footballnet.espn.go.com (2010-01-13). Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  3. ^ "Al-Ittihad FC live scores, results, fixtures | Soccer, Saudi Arabia". www.flashscore.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  4. ^ "AL ITTIHAD FC JOINS JOMA SPORT". Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  5. ^ official championship. Ittihadclub.sa (2012-05-23). Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  6. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2012‐2015)" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.ittihadnet.net/net/showthread.php?t=29310
  8. ^ "Mais de 40 anos vivendo futebol" (in Portuguese). luxemburgo.com.br. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Al-Ain
United Arab Emirates
Champions of Asia
2004
Succeeded by
Holders
Preceded by
Holders
Champions of Asia
2005
Succeeded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
South Korea
Preceded by
Al Nassr
Saudi Arabia
Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Chunnam Dragons

1999
Succeeded by
Shimizu S-Pulse
Japan