2009–10 Saudi Professional League

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Professional League
Season 2009–2010
Champions Al-Hilal (12th title)
Champions League Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Shabab
Matches played 132
Goals scored 377 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorer Mohammad Al-Shalhoub (12)
Biggest home win Al-Ittihad 7-1 Al-Qadisiya
Biggest away win Najran 0-5 Al-Wahda FC
Highest scoring Al-Ittihad 7-1 Al-Qadisiya
Longest winning run Al-Hilal (6)
Longest unbeaten run Al-Hilal (14)
Longest losing run Najran (8)

The 2009–10 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Zain League, because of its sponsorship) was the 34th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Al-Ittihad were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2008–09 season. The season featured 10 teams from the 2008–09 and two new teams promoted from the 2008–09 First Division: Al-Qadisiya and Al-Fateh who replace relegated Abha and Al-Watani.

On 28 January 2010, Al-Hilal won the title with two games to spare after a 1–0 home win over Al-Ettifaq. It was their twelfth league title overall. No team was relegated.

Qualification and Prize money[edit]

  • The Top four teams of the league qualified for the AFC Champions League.
  • The Top six teams qualified for Champions Cup.
  • Prize money:
    • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
    • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
    • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

Stadia and locations[edit]

2009–10 Saudi Professional League is located in Saudi Arabia
Jeddah
Jeddah
Al-Hasa
Al-Hasa
Ar Rass
Ar Rass
Riyadh
Riyadh
Dammam
Dammam
Al Khubar
Al Khubar
Buraydah
Buraydah
Mecca
Mecca
Najran
Najran
Locations of teams in the 2009-10 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium
Al Hazm Ar Rass Al Hazm Club Stadium
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Al-Ittihad Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al-Nasr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Qadisiya Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
Al Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Wahda Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium
Najran Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium

Members clubs[edit]

Club Coach Nationality City Stadium Capacity 2008-2009 season Notes
Al-Ahli Sergio Farias Brazil Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 3rd 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifier
Al-Fateh Fathi Al-Jabal Tunisia Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 2nd In 1st Division
Al Hazm Luiz Ribeiro Pinto Neto Brazil Ar Rass Al Hazm Club Stadium 11,000 8th 2008–09 Arab Champions League Qualifier
Al-Hilal Eric Gerets Belgium Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 2nd 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifier
Al-Ettifaq Stoycho Mladenov Bulgaria Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 30,000 6th 2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup Qualifier
Al-Ittihad Enzo Trossero Argentina Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 Champions 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifier
Al-Nasr Jorge da Silva Uruguay Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 5th 2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup Qualifier
Al Qadsiya Daniel Lanata Argentina Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 10,000 1st In 1st Division
Al Raed Acácio Casimiro Portugal Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 35,000 10th
Al-Shabab Jaime Pacheco Portugal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 4th 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifier
Al-Wahda Patrick Gomez Portugal Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium 28,550 7th 2008–09 Arab Champions League Qualifier
Najran Jose Rachao Portugal Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 10,000 9th

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by Date
Al-Nassr Argentina Edgardo Bauza Contract not renewed [1] Uruguay Jorge da Silva July 2009
Al-Shabab Argentina Enzo Trossero Contract not renewed [2] Portugal Jaime Pacheco July 2009
Al-Ahli Argentina Gustavo Alfaro Sacked [3] Brazil Sergio Farias December 2009
Al-Ittihad Argentina Gabriel Calderón Sacked [4] Argentina Enzo Trossero January 2010
Al-Shabab Portugal Jaime Pacheco Sacked [5] Brazil Edgar Parreira April 2010

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Hilal (C) 22 18 2 2 56 18 +38 56 AFC Champions League 1
and King Cup of Champions
2 Al-Ittihad 22 14 3 5 46 30 +16 45
3 Al-Nassr 22 12 7 3 38 23 +15 43
4 Al-Shabab 22 11 7 4 36 24 +12 40
5 Al-Wahda 22 7 7 8 34 27 +7 28 King Cup of Champions
6 Al-Ahli 22 7 7 8 28 29 −1 28
7 Al Hazm 22 6 6 10 29 38 −9 24
8 Al-Fateh 22 6 6 10 26 38 −12 24
9 Ettifaq 22 5 7 10 24 30 −6 22
10 Al-Qadisiyah 22 5 5 12 20 40 −20 20
11 Al Raed 22 3 7 12 19 35 −16 16
12 Najran 22 4 4 14 22 46 −24 16

Source: [1], League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Since Al-Ittihad also won the 2010 King Cup of Champions, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the 2011 AFC Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

  • After the league season commenced, no teams appeared to be relegated and the next domestic seaosn would be expanded.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT WAH HZM NAJ RAE FAT QAD
Al-Ittihad 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 5–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 7–1
Al-Hilal 5–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–0 3–1 4–0 5–0 2–1 5–1 2–1
Al-Ahli 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–2
Al-Shabab 1–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 4–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–1
Al-Nassr 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 4–2 3–1 3–0
Al-Ettifaq 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–3 3–1 3–0 0–2 0–2
Al-Wahda 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 2–0 4–1 6–0 2–1
Al Hazm 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–1
Najran 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–5 2–4 0–1 1–1 0–0
Al Raed 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0
Al-Fateh 1–2 0–4 3–1 2–1 0–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 5–0
Al-Qadisiya 3–3 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–1

Updated to games played on 18 March 2010.
Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals

Source: [3]

1 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 12
2 Brazil Thiago Neves Al-Hilal 11
Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Al-Nassr 11
4 Saudi Arabia Waleed Al-Gizani Al Hazm 10
5 Saudi Arabia Yasser Al Qahtani Al-Hilal 9
Sweden Christian Wilhelmsson Al-Hilal 9
Argentina Víctor Figueroa Al-Nassr 9
Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 9
Saudi Arabia Muhannad Assiri Al-Wehda 9
Saudi Arabia Ahmad Boabeed Al Fateh 9

Assist[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Assists [6]
1 Sweden Christian Wilhelmsson Al-Hilal 10
2 Brazil Thiago Neves Al-Hilal 7
Brazil Camacho Al-Shabab 7
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor Al-Ittihad 7
Saudi Arabia Manaf Abushgeer Al-Ittihad 7
6 Morocco Youssef Kaddioui Al-Wehda 6
7 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 5
Nigeria Moussa Soulaimane Najran 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/news-centre/member-association-news/222-west-asia-/24671-nasr-turn-to-uruguayan-da-silva-to-end-coaching-woes Nasr turn to Uruguayan Da Silva to end coaching woes
  2. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/member-association-news/west-asia-news/24762-pacheco-is-new-shabab-coach Pacheco is new Shabab coach
  3. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/afc-champions-league-2010/26415-farias-joins-al-ahli Farias joins Al Ahli
  4. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/member-association-news/west-asia-news/26543-al-ittihad-lose-patience-with-calderon-sack-him Al Ittihad lose patience with Calderon, sack him
  5. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/tournaments/clubs/afc-champions-league/28319-shabab-al-ain-boot-out-their-coaches Shabab, Al Ain boot out their coaches
  6. ^ "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 

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