Al-Ahli Saudi FC

Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي السعودي لكرة القدم) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Jeddah, that competes in the Saudi Pro League, the top flight of Saudi Arabian football. The club was founded in 1937.

Al-Ahli Saudi FC
Full nameAl-Ahli Football Club
Nickname(s)Al Malaki (The Royal)
Qale'at Al Ku'us (Fortress of Trophies)
Al Raqi (The Elegant)
Founded17 March 1937 (1937-03-17)
GroundKing Abdullah Sports City
Capacity62,345
ChairmanAhmed Al-Sayegh
ManagerChristian Gross
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 4th of 16
WebsiteClub website

Domestically, Al-Ahli have won 9 Professional League titles and 13 King Cups, 6 Crown Prince Cups, and 1 Super Cup. In international club football, Al-Ahli have won 3 GCC Champions League and 1 Arab Club Championship and have reached two AFC Champions League finals. The first Saudi club combined the league and the King's Cup in the same season in 1968, the only club that did it 3 times in 1978, 1984, 2016.

Al-Ahli is one of the four founding members of the Saudi Pro League that have never been relegated from the top flight, along with Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Nassr. Al-Ahli have a record-breaking 51-match unbeaten run from 2014 to 2016.

Al Ahli's home games are played at King Abdullah Sports City, also known as the KASC Stadium. The stadium, which is shared with long-lasting city rivals Al-Ittihad, is the second largest stadium in Saudi Arabia, with a total capacity of 62,000.

The club's most famous Saudi players are Taisir Al-Jassim, Khalid Massad, Amin Dabo, Mohamed Abd Al-Jawad, Malek Mouath, and Yasser Al Mosailem. And the most famous foreign players are Omar Al Soma, Victor Simões, Nabil Maâloul, Imad Al Hosni and Mohamed Barakat.

History

Founded in 1355 AH in 1937 by four young men, Al Ahli Club is located in the heart of Jeddah's dream city and is the largest sports beacon in its strategic location on its largest street Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Street (Tahlia). The idea of establishing was founded among a number of students in Al-Falah school. The oldest school in the city of Jeddah was the beginning of the launch of Ahli towards a wider horizons and progress to lead gradually to become in the past and present a giant name pioneer and successful ambassador to the sport of homeland in many games, and the culmination of this success called the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, may God have mercy on him Ambassador of the nation on Friday, 10/7/1430 July 3, 2009.

Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the Honorary Members and Honorary Members of the club throughout its history received management of the club headed by Abdul Aziz Al Anqari and the club's players on a historic day that will not be forgotten in general and especially for Al Ahlawi as the biggest honor achieved by Al-Ahli club in its history after achieving a unique achievement in the same year in 2008, where he achieved four foreign championships the handball team who won the Asian Club League Handball Championship and then the Gulf Cup. The first football team and Volleyball team also won the Gulf Cup.

Former and famous Brazilian coach Telê Santana coached Al-Ahli from 1983 to 1985 and won 2 titles, one is league 1984 and the second is King Cup in 1983. Al Ahli has played eighteen King Cup finals, won thirteen and lost only five.

From 2014 to 2016, under the management of Swiss coach Christian Gross, the team won four titles with him. 2014–15 Saudi Crown Prince Cup, 2015–16 Saudi Professional League and 2016 King Cup. Al Ahli has won every major competition in which it has competed, with the exception of the AFC Champions League (in this competition they have lost two finals, in 1985–86 Asian Club Championship and 2012 AFC Champions League. They are also the first Saudi Club who played the Asian Final. Al Ahli is one of the big 4 clubs at Saudi Arabia along with Al Hilal, Al Nasser, and the local rivals Al Ittihad.

Shield of Sports Excellence and the title of ambassador of the homeland

In 2009, the club completed its seventy-five years with a lot of historical and successful achievements. On 3 July 2009, Al-Ahli Club and its fans won't forget the day when the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz received the heads and members of the honor of the club and its board of directors after winning four International titles in 2008. The club was awarded the highest honor, where he was presented with the shield of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for sports excellence and the title "Ambassador of the Homeland".

Honours


Domestic

Continental tournaments

Asian Record

Overview

As of 13 August 2019
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League 89 41 22 26 149 109
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 4 3 0 1 9 3
TOTAL 93 44 22 27 158 112

Record By Country

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 China 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 050.00
 India 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
 Indonesia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Iran 20 10 4 6 34 24 +10 050.00
 Iraq 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 100.00
 Kuwait 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
 Qatar 18 6 6 6 29 21 +8 033.33
 Saudi Arabia 4 2 0 2 5 5 +0 050.00
 South Korea 4 0 1 3 2 8 −6 000.00
 Syria 7 5 2 0 12 2 +10 071.43
 United Arab Emirates 21 9 8 4 42 31 +11 042.86
 Uzbekistan 12 6 1 5 19 13 +6 050.00

Matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1985–86 Asian Club Championship Group A East Bengal
2–1
1st
Tiga Berlian
1–0
Semi-final Al-Ittihad Aleppo
1–0
1–0
Final Daewoo Royals
1–3
1–3
1999–2000 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2Q Al-Jaish 1–0 2−0 3–0
Quarter-finals Navbahor Namangan 6–1 0−2 6–3
Semi-finals Al-Zawraa
Withdrew
2002–03 AFC Champions League 3Q Al-Ahli 2–2 2−3 4–5
2005 AFC Champions League Group D Al-Zawraa 5–1 2−1 1st
Al-Jaish 3–1 4−0
Pakhtakor 3–0 1−2
Quarter-finals Shenzhen Jianlibao 2–1 1−3 3–4
2008 AFC Champions League Group C Al-Sadd 2–2 1−2 4th
Al-Karamah 1–1 0−0
Al-Wahda 0–0 1−2
2010 AFC Champions League Group A Esteghlal 1–2 1−2 3rd
Al-Gharafa 0–1 2−3
Al-Jazira 5–1 2−0
2012 AFC Champions League Group C Lekhwiya 3–0 0−1 2nd
Sepahan 1–1 1−2
Al-Nasr 3–1 2−1
Round of 16 Al-Jazira 3−3 3–3 (p)
Quarter-finals Sepahan 4–1 0−0 4–1
Semi-finals Al-Ittihad 2–0 0−1 2–1
Final Ulsan Hyundai
0–3
0–3
2013 AFC Champions League Group C Al-Gharafa 2–0 2−2 1st
Al-Nasr 2–2 2−1
Sepahan 4–1 4−2
Round of 16 El Jaish 2−0 1−1 3–1
Quarter-finals FC Seoul 1–1 0−1 1–2
2015 AFC Champions League PO Al-Qadsia 2–1[A] 2–1
Group D Al-Ahli 2–1 3−3 1st
Nasaf Qarshi 2–1 0−0
Tractor Sazi 2–0 2−2
Round of 16 Naft Tehran 2−1 0−1 2–2 (a)
2016 AFC Champions League Group D Nasaf Qarshi 2–1 1−2 3rd
Al-Ain 1–2 0−1
El Jaish 2–0 4−1
2017 AFC Champions League Group C Bunyodkor 2–0 0−2 2nd
Zob Ahan 2–0 2−1
Al-Ain 2–2 2−2
Round of 16 Al-Ahli 1−1 3−1 4–2
Quarter-finals Persepolis 1–3 2−2 3–5
2018 AFC Champions League Group A Tractor Sazi 2–0 1−0 1st
Al-Jazira 2–1 2−1
Al-Gharafa 1–1 1−1
Round of 16 Al-Sadd 2−2 1–2 3–4
2019 AFC Champions League Group D Al-Sadd 2–0 1−2 2nd
Pakhtakor 2–1 0−1
Persepolis 2–1 0−2
Round of 16 Al-Hilal 2−4 1–0 3–4

Notes

  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • A ^ After extra time.


Top Scorers in Asian Competitions

Player Country Goals
1 Omar Al Somah  Syria 19
2 Victor Simões  Brazil 14
3 Taisir Al-Jassim  Saudi Arabia 9
4 Amad Al-Hosni  Oman 8
Muhannad Assiri  Saudi Arabia
6 Abdulrahim Jaizawi  Saudi Arabia 6
7 Alessandro Cambalhota  Brazil 5
Mustafa Bassas  Saudi Arabia

Players

As of Saudi Professional League:

As of 4 March 2018[3][4]
No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem (vice-captain)  Saudi Arabia
2 Defender Saeed Al Mowalad  Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Mohammed Al Fatil  Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Khaled Al-Barakah  Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Mohammed Al-Khabrani  Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Josef de Souza  Brazil
7 Midfielder Salman Al-Moasher  Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Elvis Sarić  Bosnia and Herzegovina
9 Forward Omar Al Somah  Syria
10 Midfielder Abdulfattah Asiri  Saudi Arabia
11 Midfielder Housain Al-Mogahwi  Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Yazeed Al-Bakr  Saudi Arabia
14 Forward Muhannad Assiri  Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Mohammad Al-Majhad  Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Nooh Al-Mousa  Saudi Arabia
19 Midfielder Youcef Belaïli  Algeria
21 Forward Djaniny  Cape Verde
23 Defender Abdullah Hassoun  Saudi Arabia
24 Defender Hussein Abdulghani (captain)  Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Motaz Hawsawi  Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Sultan Mendash  Saudi Arabia
29 Forward Abdulrahman Ghareeb  Saudi Arabia
33 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais  Saudi Arabia
35 Midfielder Yousef Al-Harbi  Saudi Arabia
37 Defender Abdulbassit Hindi  Saudi Arabia
40 Midfielder Ali Al-Asmari  Saudi Arabia
44 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Rubaie  Saudi Arabia
47 Midfielder Mustafa Bassas  Saudi Arabia
60 Defender Lucas Lima  Brazil
66 Goalkeeper Basem Atallah  Saudi Arabia
70 Defender Mohammed Bassas  Saudi Arabia
87 Defender Ervin Zukanović  Bosnia and Herzegovina

For recent transfers, see 2018–19 Al-Ahli Saudi FC season.

Other players under contract

No Position Player Nation
26 Forward Fares Al-Khoraimi  Saudi Arabia
45 Midfielder Badr Al-Johani  Saudi Arabia
48 Midfielder Manaf Abo Yabes  Saudi Arabia
49 Midfielder Firas Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Badr Monshi  Saudi Arabia
99 Midfielder Abdulaziz Noor  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Ali Al-Shikhi  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Ali Awagi  Saudi Arabia
Forward Hussain Al-Meani  Saudi Arabia
Forward Safi Al-Zaqrati  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan

No Position Player Nation
18 Forward Othman Alhaj (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Chad
20 Defender Ali Al-Zubaidi (on loan to Al-Wehda)  Saudi Arabia
30 Defender Hani Al-Sebyani (on loan to Al-Fayha)  Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Faisal Darisi (on loan to Al-Raed)  Saudi Arabia
75 Defender Aderlan Santos (on loan to Rio Ave)  Brazil
77 Midfielder Omar Al-Zayni (on loan to Al-Qadsiah)  Saudi Arabia
Defender Mohammed Al-Zubaidi (on loan to Al-Hazem)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Nasser Al-Daajani (on loan to Al-Taawoun)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Yahya Al-Qarni (on loan to Ohod)  Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani (on loan to Damac)  Saudi Arabia

Recent seasons

SeasonDiv.Pos.Pl.WDLGSGAGDPCCCPCPFCARCLCLGCCSaudi Super CupTop scorerManager
2000–01 SPL1221561501931+51   Quarter-final Winner Semi-final           Lucca
2001–02 SPL4221246392613+40   Winner Winner     Winner       Lucca, Anbar
2002–03 SPL2221525542331+47   Runner-up Runner-up Winner QW-3rd Round     Barakat 10 Eilian, Dmitry
2003–04 SPL4221084312110+38   Runner-up Group stage Group stage       Kim 7 Lechantre
2004–05 SPL5221084412120+34   Round 16 Semi-final Semi-final Quarter-final     Perera 13 Geninho, Vučković
2005–06 SPL422994452322+36   Runner-up Runner-up         Mouath 8 Vučković
2006–07 SPL5227872933−429   Winner Winner Semi-final       Mouath 20 Vučković
2007–08 SPL82275103031−126 Quarter-final Semi-final Semi-final   Group stage     Mouath 14 Vučković
2008–09 SPL32211743320+1340 Quarter-final Round 16 Group stage     Winner   Al-Raheb 10 Mladenov
2009–10 SPL6227782829−128 Quarter-final Runner-up Semi-final   Group stage     Victor Simões 13 Alfaro, Farias
2010–11 SPL626114114841+737 Winner Quarter-final Runner-up         Victor Simões 20 Rajevac, Ilić
2011–12 SPL22619526022+3862 Winner Semi-final Winner   Runner-up     Victor Simões 27 Jarolím
2012–13 SPL52612865133+1844 Semi-final Quarter-finals Winner   Quarter-finals     Victor Simões 17 Jarolím, Ilić
2013–14 ALJ32612954824+2445 Runner-up Quarter-finals Runner-up         Taisir Al-Jassim 9 Vítor Pereira
2014–15 ALJ22617905922+3760 Round 16 Winner   Round 16     Omar Al Soma 31 Christian Gross
2015–16 ALJ12619615521+3463 Winner Runner-up     Group stages     Omar Al Soma 34 Christian Gross
2016–17 ALJ22617455730+2755 Runner-up Semi-finals     Quarter-finals   Winner Omar Al Soma 40 José Manuel Gomes, Christian Gross
2017–18 SPL22616735926+3355 Semi-final       Round of 16     Muhannad Assiri 13 Serhiy Rebrov
2018–19 SPL43017496841+2755 Round of 16     Semi-final Round of 16     Omar Al Somah 27 Pablo Guede, Jorge Fossati, Yousef Anbar

Player of the Year

Year Winner
2009–10 Abdulrahim Jaizawi
2010–11 Victor Simões
2011–12 Taisir Al-Jassim
2012–13 Mustafa Al-Bassas
2013–14 Taisir Al-Jassim
2014–15 Omar Al Soma
2015–16 Omar Al Soma
2016–17 Omar Al Soma

Technical staff

Current Technical staff

Position Staff
Head coach Christian Gross
Assistant coaches Zlatko Ivanković
Yousef Anbar
Goalkeeping coach Igor Panadić
Fitness coach Marko Stilinović

Management

Current board of directors and Administrators

Office Name
President Majed Al-Nefaie
Vice-president Waleed Muath
Director of Football Bassem Abo Dawood
Director of Other Sports Yaser Mahrous
Secretary-General Mohammed Al Qanb
Treasurer Waddah Bakhsh
Investment Officer Abdullah A'ajaj
Commercial Director Majed Al-Oufi
board member Mohammed Al-Harthi

Source:[5]

Presidents

No Name From To
1 Hassan Hamood Al-Shams 1937 1940
2 Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1950 1952
3 Hassan Saroor Al-Sabyan 1952 1954
4 Abdullah Bahery 1955 1955
5 Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1956 1956
6 Ali Al-Jassem Al-Na'kly 1957 1957
7 Mohammed Fashlan 1958 1958
8 Abdulrahman bin Saead 1959 1960
9 Jameel Al-Gosani 1961 1961
10 Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1962 1962
11 Abdullah Al-Bahry 1963 1963
12 Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1964 1964
13 Omar Yousef 1965 1969
14 Mohammed bin Saleh Hamed 1970 1972
15 Abdullah bin Al-Ganb 1973 1974
16 Abdulmageed Yousef 1975 1975
17 Khaled bin Abdullah 1976 1980
18 Abdullah bin Faisal 1981 1981
19 Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Faisal 1982 1984
20 Abdulraziq Abu Dawod 1985 1986
21 Ahmed Eid Al-Harbi 1987 1987
22 Khaled bin Abdullah 1988 1994
23 Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki 1994 1995
24 Badr bin Fahd 1995 1996
25 Zaki Raheme 1996 1997
26 Abdulaziz Abdulha'a 1997 1998
27 Salman Al-Sudairy 1998 1998
28 Nawaf bin Abdulaziz bin Turki 1999 2003
29 Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2004 2005
30 Abdulraziq abu Dawod 2005 2005
31 Aymin Fadel 2005 2007
32 Abdulraziq abu Dawod 2007 2007
33 Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2007 2008
34 Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-A'aqary 2008 2009
35 Fahd bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Mohammed 2009 2015
36 Musad Al Zuwaihary 2015 2016
37 Ahmad Al-Marzouqi 2016 2017
38 Fahd bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Mohammed 2017 2017
39 Turki bin Mohammed 2017 2018
40 Majed Al-Nefaie 2018 2018

Managers

References

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