Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait)

Al-Arabi Sporting Club [3][4] (Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي) is a Kuwaiti professional club based in Mansuriya, Kuwait City, that sponsors a number of teams, the most notable of which is the football team in the VIVA Premier League. Al-Arabi SC was named Al-Uruba (Arabic: العُروبَة, "Arabians") at the beginning of 1953, and changed to Al-Arabi SC (The Arabian) in 1960. As winners of the Kuwait Emir Cup in 2008,[5] Al-Arabi SC was the first Kuwaiti team to compete in the AFC Cup. Al-Arabi SC has 57 official trophies next to its name (55 domestic and 2 GCC), the most of any Kuwaiti football team. Al-Arabi SC's stadium is Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Mansūriya, a suburb of the capital of the country, Kuwait City. It is the second largest stadium in Kuwait. Al-Arabi has never won any league title since the 2001–02 season. It had the same points as Kuwait SC in 2014–15 season, but the title went to Kuwait by the principle of the results of the matches between the two team. Al-Arabi SC is the only team in Kuwait that has never lost in the Kuwait Super Cup. Holding both records to be in the final of the Kuwait Crown Prince Cup 4 consecutive times tied with Kuwait SC and in Kuwait Emir Cup going to the final 11 consecutive times since 1962 to 1973, more than any Kuwaiti team.

Al-Arabi SC
النادي العربي
Full nameAl-Arabi Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Al-Za'eem (The Boss)
El-Akhthar (The Green)
The Castle Of Trophies
Founded1953 (1953), as Al-Uruba
1960 (1960), as Al-Arabi [1]
GroundSabah Al-Salem Stadium
Al-Mansouriah (Kuwait City)
ChairmanAbdulaziz Ashour
ManagerJuan Ignacio Martínez
LeagueVIVA Premier League
2018–19VIVA Premier League, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Active departments of Al-Arabi












The Beginning

Al-Arabi SC[6] Started as Al-Uruba[7] in mid-1953 as one of the first Kuwaiti teams in Kuwait football. Some of the most notable players were Abdulwahab Al-Awadie, Abdulaziz Al-Khatieb, Musad Al-Musad, Mohammed Al-Dawlee, Abdulmajied Mohammed, Mohammed Al-Somale, Dasman Bakhiet, Ahmad Bodha, Monaier Al-Dagag, Fuad Al-Ashgar, Ahmad Hussain, Abbas Al-Shemaly, Mossa Al-Somale, Nayef Dalool and Mohhamed Salah Al-Roomy.

At first in 1960 after been officially affiliated to sports and football Al-Arabi SC was structured on playing football, basketball, volleyball and weightlifting.

At the start Al-Arabi SC made many achievements, thanks to his players, loyal and submitted boards chip set provide all the possibilities, whether physically or human, were bringing many qualified trainers who have a long experience helped them to their work and the implementation of their plans, the training, and organizational and the presence of facilities contributed to the state to build and is made up of the Green Castle. Abdulaziz Al-Khatib multi-purpose hall is used for basketball, handball, volleyball and can accommodate about 2,000 spectators and also six squash courts, fully equipped, swimming pool Olympian capacity to 1,500 spectators (currently is creating an Olympic swimming pool, which is nearing completion), and in addition to the 4 tennis courts ground covered with tartan, and two handball courts, one covered with tartan, gymnastics hall are fully equipped, and 4 other teams are judo, table tennis teams and boxing teams.

1960–1980 (starting of Il-Za'īm)

Through the years Al-Arabi SC has won many achievements and made Kuwait proud by domestic wins or international by winning the Kuwaiti Premier League/ VIVA Premier League 7 times also 3 Joint League, 6 Emir Cup's and 1 Federation Cup as they were the first ever Kuwaiti team to play outside Kuwait in football by competing in friendly matches against many teams through the Arabian Peninsula showing competitive playing from Kuwaiti clubs in friendly tournaments.

On 3 December 1974 Al-Arabi SC Faced Lazio and beat them 1–0 in a friendly match.[8]


In 1982 Al-Arabi SC was the first ever team to win Gulf Club Champions Cup,[9] (and then won it again in 2003)[10] through that time they were called the best team in the GCC.

Al-Arabi SC had changed their logo in 1991 to a better looking logo through the 20 years they have won 26 titles between them the GCC Champions League in 2003 and their last Kuwaiti Premier League/ VIVA Premier League Trophy in 2001–02, but through the years between 2005–10 they were rough years for Al-Arabi SC by going down the table League to 4th–6th, but competed in the AFC Cup but only made it to the quarter-final of the cup. After that Al-Arabi SC never competed in an Asian tournament hopes were raising for the team by their fans for the upcoming future.


Through that times Al-Arabi SC had retained their confidence through football and trying their best to win titles through these 2 seasons they won 2 titles the Kuwait Super Cup and Kuwait Crown Prince Cup[11]

But eventually the club didn't win the league and was out of the race to win the league after first 10 weeks which Al-Arabi lost 6 games.

2012–13 UAFA Cup

Al-Arabi Sporting Club has qualified in 2013 for the final match of the UAFA CUP in the first leg they tied 0–0 in Kuwait and in Algeria lost 3–2 while they were 0–2 down in the first half due to a mistake by the referee denying a goal for Al-Arabi Sporting Club and then giving them an offside goal which after that they scored their second goal, after the second half started Al-Arabi sporting club scored their first goal from a header from Kader Fall at the 58th minute which gave the team motivation to score the second goal from a long shot distance at the 61st minute from Hussain Al-Moussawi after that the team was playing much better and at the 75th minute of the game the ref gave USM Alger a penalty kick for a weird reason for trying to keep the ball in his possession so the USM Alger player jumped on him and fell. The referee gave him a penalty which they scored in the 76th minute which gave them the championship by a win of 3–2 on aggregate that day was the day Al-Arabi Sporting Club was rightfully the real winner if it wasn't due to bad referees.[12]


In the 2013–14 season Al-Arabi SC qualified for the final match of the Kuwait Crown Cup for the third time in a row vs Al-Qadsia SC and lost 2–1 with one of the worst referred matches in Kuwait where the referee canceled a goal for the Greens where there was nothing wrong and it was a clean goal then gave Al-Qadsia a penalty on the 70th minute of the match and due to the referee being this bad Al-Arabi wanted to forfeit but continued for the Prince's honor and Al-Qadsia scored the penalty was scored on the 75th minute. and on the 83rd minute Al-Qadsia scored the second goal leading 2–0 and at the 90th minute the referee gave 15 minute extra time due to the match stopping several times which Al-Arabi SC scored on the 93rd minute by Mahmoud Maowas. By the rest of the extra time Al-Arabi SC raised their offense and attacked to try and tie the game but couldn't by the referee who wouldn't let them score and giving many offsides and gave 2 red cards for Al-Arabi SC for no reason saying that the 2 players are exaggerating and offending me, but the referee pushed them and said leave which ended 2–1 which crowned Al-Qadsia Champions, but the Prince was not satisfied with the outcome of the match and left disappointed. In the same season Al-Arabi SC finished 5th in the league and got knocked out of the Kuwait Emir Cup[13] by Al-Qadsia 2–0 on penalties after tied 0–0 on aggregate but ended their season with winning the Kuwait Federation Cup[14] after the match ended 2–2 with Al-Salmiya SC went on penalties and won 4–2 which crowned them champions for the 6th time in the history of the Cup.


In the 2014–15 season Al-Arabi signed Firas Al-Khatib[15] Showing how strong they wan to win the VIVA Premier League for the 17th time and showing the world that they still are Al-Zaeem of Kuwait and the GCC and want to win all the competition they compete in Also signed Ivusa from Sahel SC,[16] released Mushari Al-Kandri, because him wanting to continue his study in Jordan and would join the University's team or a nearby Football Team and after his return would re-join to Al-Arabi SC and also Al-Arabi put Mahmoud Al-Maowas on loan for a 1-season loan or a short loan deal[17] but eventually released Ivusa from his contract [18] and resigned from putting Mahmoud Al-Maowas on loan and bought the free agent Hashem Al-Ramzi age 29 MF but Bunjak told Khaled Khalaf he is not needed in Al-Arabi SC next season after only 2 days of training [19] but eventually saw the talent that is needed and was a minor mistake between them[20][21] on 22 July Al-Arabi SC left for a 2-week pre-season in Turkey[22][23] through that they took Ahmad Hawas[24] former Al-Salmiya SC player with them on a 2-week trial in Turkey and then decide if Boniyak wants to sign him. They have set seats to be sold and claimed for the hole season for a fee of $385 with a restaurant and snack bar for league matches held at the club.[25][26]

As the season started Al-Arabi won their first match in the league over Kazma 2–0 with the first appearance of Firas Al-Khatib and scoring the second goal.[27] As the 3rd week past Al-Arabi SC was at top of the league with 9 points ahead of Kuwait SC with 7 points those Al-Arabi SC has not been seen at the top of the league since 2010–11 for the first few weeks. As the first derby came along vs Al-Salmiya SC Al-Arabi SC lost 3–2 And fell to second place where Firas Al-Khatib scored his 100th league goal.[28]

On 16 October 2014 Al-Arabi SC became the first Kuwaiti team to have an anthem first introduced vs Al-Yarmouk.[29] On 24 November 2014 Al-Arabi's journey to Kuwait Crown Prince Cup after beating Kazma in a Penalty shootout 5–4.[30] As the Kuwait City Derby came the match ended with a 0–0 Draw. While making it to the final of Kuwait Crown Prince Cup for the 4th consecutive year vs Kuwait SC and played the first Classico match of the season vs Qadsia SC which ended in a draw 0–0.[31]

After defeating Kuwait SC 4–2 (aet) in the Kuwait Crown Prince Cup final match this was Al-Arabi's 57th official title.[32] After the 2015 AFC Asian Cup ended sports in Kuwait came back after Al-Arabi defeated Kazma in the quarter-final of Kuwait Emir Cup[33] in the semi-final they faced Al-Salmiya SC. Al-Arabi lost the final 4–2 (aet) and was recognized as one of the worst referred matches in Kuwaiti Football history as Al-Arabi should have won the match.[34] As of 26 February 2015 Al-Arabi's fans were named best fans of 2014 from Al-khaleeji Sport.[35]

After losing twice this season to Al-Salmiya SC Al-Arabi beat them in week 18 3–1.

On 5 April 2015 made it through to the semi-finals of the Kuwait Federation Cup.[36]

ِAl-Arabi lost the crucial Kuwait City Derby on 10 April 2015 vs Kuwait SC 1–0, reducing its points difference with Kuwait SC to only 2. The match had all the seats filled to the last seat, for the first time in the history of Kuwaiti football.[37] lost the semi-final to Khaitan SC 5–4 on penalties after 1–1 (AGG). With the final classico of the season came to a draw 0–0 they fell to 2nd place with 1 week left to win the league tied with Kuwait SC with 63 points. Ended as 2nd place in the league after defeating Al Tadamun SC (Kuwait) 7–0.

Bunjak has requested pre-season tour to Italy which was announced.[38] Signed with Karim Matmour on a two-year deal.[39] Signed Akram Djahnit on a Two-year deal.[40] Signed Tiago Queiroz Bezerra on a three-year deal[41] on 17 July 2015 the club officially stated that Boris Bunjak has left the club.

Return to old ways 2015–

After being placed 2nd in the league it secured the club a place in international tournaments either the GCC Champions League, AFC Cup and UAFA Arab Champions League.

On 7 December it was announced that Luiz Felipe has left the club after immediately after the defeat to Al-Salmiya SC in the Crown Prince Cup 1–2.[42] Boris Bunjak returned to manage the team right after.

After the loss of Emir Cup Final to Kuwait SC the club's went into war between fans and head office and the management team of the club, after that many known faces of the club promised that they would reconstruct the club back to its normal ways. After signing with Miodrag Ješić on 13 November 2016 the club became the first club in the middle east to have 7 managers across 2 seasons.

As one of the first teams to be established in Kuwait, it also is one of the first teams to dictate a song for the fans and teams, with lots of playlists.[43] One of the first songs was in 2004, "Panorama Al-Arabi", dedicated to the fans and their reaction to the team from goals and celebrations. The last song was at the end of 2008–09 football season, called "Arabi to the Sky".

Hello Za'eem

As of 2012 the latest song was released, "Hello Za'eem".[44] It was made by the song group and producers of Miami, which was first used on TV as winners of the 2011–12 Kuwait Crown Prince Cup.


On 16 October 2014 Al-Arabi SC became the first Kuwaiti team to have an anthem first introduced vs Al-Yarmouk.[45]

Crest and colors

Crest evolution

The Crest of Al-Arabi SC has changed only once through their entire lives as a football club. The first crest was used from 1960–80 due to the club changing from Al-Uruba to Al-Arabi SC in 1960. This lasted until 1980 where the design was drawn on paper then scanned to make it, but changed in 1991 to the present design using Photoshop and other graphic designing applications.

It is said that the current design is set to change, due to it not having an English name on it, to a new design with the founded date of 1953 or 1960 on it.[46][47]


Al-Arabi SC have changed their colors over the years. Since 1960–90 their colors were light green and white as the away kit.

From 2000–present, they changed to a darker green and the away color was still white.

By 2012 it was announced that Al-Arabi SC will be wearing dark green as their home kit, the away kit will be blue, and the third kit will be white with green.

In the 2013–14 season, Al-Arabi SC wore only the home kit and third kit.


Green White

Classicos and derbies

The Kuwaiti Classico

The Kuwaiti classico is between Al-Arabi SC and Al-Qadsia which is named one of the big games in the GCC from sport section which Al-Qadsia want to break the record of the number of championships Al-Arabi SC have of 57 and qadsia have 52 so they can name themselves Al-Zaeem but they underestimate Al-Arabi SC a lot, due to Al-Qadsia getting domestic championships in the twentieth century it has been better than Al-Arabi SC and has more wins in the Classico.[48]

Kuwait City Derby

The Kuwait City derby is between Al-Arabi SC and Kuwait SC due to have a great impact from Kuwait SC since dominating in the AFC Cup by winning the title 3 times and make the derby a great match. Throughout the years Al-Arabi have dominated the Kuwaiti football throughout its championships, but in the 2009 Kuwait Emir Cup final after beating Al-Arabi 2–1 and defeating them in 2010–11 league 5–1 those made the Kuwait City Derby a derby to watch through the Kuwaiti football.

Al-Arabi SC vs Al-Salmiya SC

Matches between Al-Salmiya SC and Al-Arabi SC are often high-profile.

As of the 2014–15 season, Al-Salmiya SC had many new signings to the team and won their first encounter in the league.


Sabah Al Salem Stadium
The Castle of Cups
Full nameSabah Al Salem Stadium
Location Mansuriyah, Kuwait City, Kuwait
OwnerPublic Authority For Youth And Sport
OperatorAl Arabi Kuwait
Broke ground1977
Opened5 January 1979
ArchitectPublic Authority For Youth And Sport (1977)
Al-Arabi SC (1979–present)

Al-Arabi plays in home matches in Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Kuwait City, Al Mansouriah. Opened on 5 January 1979, the stadium holds 22,000 people and is the second-largest stadium in Kuwait. It hosted the Final of the Asian Cup, between Kuwait – Korea. Also held the First-leg final of the UAFA Cup in 2013. Also held many Finals through the years from the Kuwait Federation Cup final in 2012. But it won't host any major Tournaments due to it not having VIP stand to crown The Champions. It is also set to host Tournaments held and organized by Al-Arabi SC in Kuwait.

Sabah Al-Salem Stadium Hosted WWE Raw tour in Kuwait in 1996 [50] with the WWF Kuwait Cup held there 8–12 May 1996 [51]

Future Venue

it is said that Sabah Al-Salem Stadium would be renewed into a larger, better venue instead of stadium because they will remove the running tracks and build a larger stadium up to 35,000–45,000 seats with a VIP Seats for famous people and many other place. Also the other side would be re=built to make it bigger with more seats and places e.g. shops, restaurants, toilets and praying rooms.

May take a larger area from the Clubs location into a larger space wear homes would be bought or plain areas would be replaced and Build Al-khatib's new hall and demolish the current one to expand the stadium.

Top scorers

season first second third
2007–08 Firas Al-Khatib 24 Khaled Khalaf 14 Hussain Al-Moussawi 7
2008–09 Firas Al-Khatib 25 Khaled Khalaf 8 Hussain Al-Moussawi 7
2009–10 Mohamed Al Zeno 12 Hussain Al-Moussawi 9 Ali Maqseed 7
2010–11 Abdelmajid Eddine 17 Hussain Al-Moussawi 13 Ali Maqseed 5
2011–12 Mohammed Za'abia 8 Ali Magseed 6 Khaled Khalaf 5
2012–13 Ahmad Hayel 20 Fahad Al Rashidi 14 Kader Fall 12
2013–14 Ahmad Hayel 20 Fahad Al Rashidi 15 Mahmoud Al-Mawass 8
2014–15 Firas al-Khatib 24 Ahmad Hayel 15 Hussain Al-Moussawi 13
2015–16 Firas al-Khatib 27 Fahad Al Rashidi 9 Tiago Queiroz Bezerra 8
2016–17 Amine Chermiti 16 Hussain Al-Moussawi 15 Ali Maqseed 7
2017–18 Hussain Al-Moussawi 10 Bobby Clement 9 Ali Maqseed &
Said Al-Ruzaiqi 7


Board of directors

Position Name
Club ChairmanAbdulaziz Ashour
Chief ExecutiveOsama Hussain
secret keeperFuad Almazidi
Football ChairmanKhaled AbdulQudos
Commercial and Promotion Manager[[]]


Manager Juan Ignacio Martínez
Assistant Manager Juanma Guerrero
Performance Consultant
Goalkeeping Coach
Medical Coach
Medical Coach

Al Arabi SC Managers

Years Coach Name Nationality
1978 Dave Mackay Scotland
1981–82 Frank Upton England
1987 Dave Mackay Scotland
1993–94 Bobby Campbell England
1994–95 Mohamed Karam Kuwait
1994–95 Colin Dobson England
1995–96 Dragan Mihajlović Yugoslavia
1996 Jawad Maqseed Kuwait
1996–97 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait
1998–99 Ján Pivarník Slovakia
1999–01 Dragan Mihajlović Serbia
2001–03 Valdeir Vieira Brazil
2003–04 Sebastião Lazaroni Brazil
2004–05 Mohsen Saleh Egypt
2005 Valdeir Vieira Brazil
2006 Nenad Jestrović Serbia
2007–08 José Rachão Portugal
2008–09 Ahmed Khalaf Kuwait
2009–10 Dragan Skočić Croatia
2010–11 Marcelo Cabo Brazil
2011 Zoran Petović Serbia
2011 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait
2011–14 José Romão Portugal
2014–15 Boris Bunjak Serbia
2015 Luiz Felipe Portugal
2015 Ahmad Askar (interim) Kuwait
2015–2016 Boris Bunjak Serbia
2016 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait
2016 Ahmad Askar (Interim) Kuwait
2016–2017 Miodrag Ješić Serbia
2017–2018 Mohammed Ebrahim Kuwait
2018–2019 Hussam Al Sayed Syria
2019- Juan Martínez Spain

Al Arabi statistics

Season Pos. Crown Prince Cup Emir Cup Kuwait Federation Cup(renewed in 2008) Al Khurafi Cup (defunct in 2007)
2000–01 4 First-Round Quarter-final Quarter-final Champion
2001–02 1 Quarter-final Quarter-final = Champion
2002–03 2 Runner-up Quarter-final = First-Round
2003–04 3 Quarter-final Quarter-final = Runner-up
2004–05 3 First-Round Champion = First-Round
2005–06 4 Quarter-final Champion = Runner-up
2006–07 6 Champion Semi-final = First Round (Final Tournament Edition)
2007–08 4 Quarterfinal Champion First-round Kuwait Super Cup (First Tournament Edition in 2008)
2008–09 5 First-Round Runner-up Runner-up Champion (1st edition of the tournament)
2009–10 5 Runner-up Semi-final Group Stage =
2010–11 3 Semi-final First-Round Group Stage =
2011–12 3 Champion Quarter-final Quarter-final Champion
2012–13 3 Runner-up Semi-final Runner-up =
2013–14 5 Runner-up Semi-final Champion =
2014–15 2 Champion Semi-final Semi-final =
2015–16 5 Quarter-Final Runner-up Semi-final =

International Competitions (friendly)

1971: Al-Arabi SC 3–0 Perak
3/11/1974: Al-Arabi SC 1–0 Lazio[53]
2/8/2014: Al-Arabi SC 2–0 Bursaspor U-21[54]
5/8/2014: Al-Arabi SC 2–1 Bursa Nilüferspor

Against National Teams

1977–78: Al-Arabi SC 1–1 Poland
2005–06: Al-Arabi SC 2–0 Syria
2007–08: Al-Arabi SC 1–1 Ivory Coast
2013–14: Al-Arabi SC 1–0 Kyrgyzstan [55]

Al Arabi in Asia

Al Arabi in UAFA

Notes: * Round Rubin tournament

Club presidents

The Founding Committee in 1953 through 1960 involved Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf.

Years Chairman
1960 Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf
1960–61 Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf
1961–62 Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1962–63 Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1963–64 Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1964–65 Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1965–66 Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1966–67 Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1967–68 Moussa Rashid Al-Fahad
1969–70 Mohammed Saleh Al-Mulla
1970–71 Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1971–72 Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1972–73 Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1973–74 Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1974–76 Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1976–78 Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1978–79 Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1979–81 Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1981–83 Sheikh Nayef Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
1983–85 Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1985–87 Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1987–89 Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1989–92 Sheikh Ali Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
1992–93 Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Humaiadhan
1993–94 Mohammed Saleh Al-Mulla
1994–97 Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1997–00 Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Shehab
2000–03 Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2003–06 Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2006–10 Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2010 Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
2010–19 Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2019– Aziz Ashour

Current squad

First-team Squad

    As of 14 September 2019

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    No. Position Player
    1 GK Ammar Al bloushi
    2 DF Ali Ateej
    3 DF Raúl Rodríguez
    4 DF Ahmad Ibrahim
    5 DF Juma Obud
    6 DF Ahmad Raheel
    7 FW Bader Al-Fadhel
    9 FW Mashari Al-Kanderi
    10 MF Youssef Kalfa
    11 FW Hussain Al-Moussawi
    13 DF Mohammad Frieh
    14 MF Xavi Torres
    15 MF Al Senosi al Hadi
    16 MF Hamad Aman
    17 MF Ali Khalaf
    19 FW Faisal Al-Azemi
    21 MF Mahmoud Dashti
    22 GK Sulaiman Abdulghafour
    23 GK Haider Sattar
    24 MF Abdullah Al Shemali
    No. Position Player
    27 DF Essa Waleed
    30 MF Bander Al Salamah
    31 DF Ali Maqseed
    33 FW Marion Silva Fernandes
    90 FW Mubarak Al-Nass'ar
    DF Mohammed Al-Hadad
    MF Ahmad Al-Nasr
    MF Mahdi Hussain

    Players registered as professionals

    KPL/VPL clubs are limited to 5 foreign professionals (4 + 1 Asian) per squad while signing 2 non-nationality Kuwaitis where 5 play on the pitch and 6 Kuwaitis play on the pitch.

    Former Players

    List of Al-Arabi former Players

    Out on loan

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    No. Position Player
    GK Yousef Al-Saraff (on loan at Burgan SC until 30 June 2018)
    MF Fahad Al Hashash (on loan at Kazma until 30 June 2018)
    FW Fahad Al Rashidi (on loan at Al-Salmiya SC until 30 June 2018)
    No. Position Player
    GK Ahmad Dashti (on loan at Al-Salmiya SC until 30 June 2018)
    DF Ali Ford (on loan at Al-Shabab SC until 30 June 2018)
    GK Hameed Al-Qallaf (on loan at Kuwait SC until 30 June 2019)

    Retired numbers

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    No. Position Player
    7 MF Khaled Abd Al Kudos (posthumous honour) [56]
    10 FW Ahmed Mousa (posthumous honour) [57][58]
    17 FW Khaled Khalaf (posthumous honour)
    No. Position Player
    19 DF Ahmed Saad Al Rashidi (posthumous honour)
    22 GK Samir Said (posthumous honour) [59]
    30 MF Ali Omar (posthumous honour) [60]


    Team records

    • First Kuwaiti team to win the league 3 times in a row:
    1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64
    • First Kuwaiti team to win the league 4 times in a row:
    1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85
    • First Kuwaiti team to win the league without a loss or draw:
    • First Kuwaiti team to win the league without a loss:
    • longest unbeaten run in the league:
    33 matches straight
    • Record league victory:
    10–0 v Al-Fahaheel 9/10 1964
    • Record biggest league loss:
    1–5 v Kuwait SC 3/2 2011

    Individual records

    • Most goals:
    1. Abdulrahman Al-Dawla – ?
    2. Firas Al-Khatib – 186
    3. Khaled Khalaf – 66
    4. Ahmad Hayel – 55
    5. Fahad Al-Rashidi – 51

    Most appearances:

    Abdulrahman Al-Dawla

    Affiliated Clubs

    Celtic officially announced their affiliation with Al-Arabi SC in order to help both teams assist one another through ideas, experience and scouting. The agreement encompasses all sports mutually practiced by both clubs, but is mainly focused on cooperation in football.

    Also included in the deal was an agreement for Celtic to open an academy in Kuwait under the sponsorship of Al Arabi.

    FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Players

    FIFA World Cup 1982

    1984 AFC Asian Cup

    1996 AFC Asian Cup

    2000 AFC Asian Cup

    2011 AFC Asian Cup

    2015 AFC Asian Cup



    Al-Arabi SC first trophy was in 1956–57 when Kuwait football was not yet official and Al-Arabi won the league under the name Al-Uruba before 1960.

    Al-Arabi SC has 57 official Championships.

    As of May 8, 2018


    1961–62*, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1996–97, 2001–02

    (* First ever winners)

    • (Runner-up): 12
    1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1989–90, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15
    1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1984–85, 1988–89
    1961–62*, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08

    (* First ever winners)

    • (Runner-up): 13
    1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2008–09, 2015–16, 2017–18
    1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15
    • (Runner-up): 4
    2002–03, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14
    2008*, 2012

    (* First ever winners)

    1969–70 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2013–14
    • (Runner-up): 2
    2009–10, 2012–13
    1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02
    • (Runner-up): 2
    2003–04, 2005–06


    1982*, 2003

    (* First ever winners)

    • (Runner-up): 3
    1983, 1985, 1994


    Not counted with the other 57 Official Championships

    • Kuwait unofficial league: 1
    • (Runner-up): 2
    1954–55, 1955–56
    • Shot Cup: 1
    • Binjab FC Cup: 1
    • Qasion Cup: 1
    • Farul Romania Friendly: 1

    International Award

    Khaleeji sport KUW:

    Best fans of the year(1): 2014

    Kems Awards:

    Fans of the season(1): 2014–15

    Performance in UAFA and AFC competitions



    • AFC Champions League: 6
    • 1994: 1st round
    • 1998: 1st round
    • 2003: 4th round
    • 2004: Group stage
    • 2006: Group stage
    • 2007: Group stage
    • AFC Cup: 1
    • 2008–09: Quarter-final


    Asian record

    P W D L GF GA GD
    9 1 2 6 8 19 −11
    P W D L GF GA GD
    20 6 4 10 28 31 −3
    P W D L GF GA GD
    9 4 4 1 13 7 +6


    Al-Arabi Futsal team was established in 2009 and had a strong outcome in the Kuwaiti futsal league.


    • (Runner-up): 1
    • (Runner-up): 2
    2014-15, 2015-16

    Beach Football


    • Kuwait Beach Football league:1
    2011-12, 2015-16, 2018
    • Kuwait Beach Football Cup:2
    2012-13, 2018
    • Kuwait Beach Football Super Cup:3
    2017, 2018, 2019
    • (Runners-up):1

    Other sports

    Besides football, handball, basketball, and volleyball, the club sponsors teams in waterpolo, squash, athletics, Gymnastics, Swimming, Boxing, Judo, Weightlifting and Futsal.



    • Premier League: 4
    2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2013–14
    • Division One League: 1
    • Kuwait Cup: 8
    2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2013–14

    dawn of the EAGLES

    In the 2013–14 season Al-Arabi Volleyball club won both the League [68] and Cup[69] and was said that they have come back to win championships and be a competitive team in the Kuwaiti volleyball league after a season of 2 losses in the whole season and only conceding 6 runs through the hole year.


    After 5 of the first team squad suspended for 1 year due to problems woth the KVF and the council they finished 6th (relegation) in the league and 4th in the Gulf Championship and runner-up to Kuwait SC in the Kuwait Cup with most of the team are underaged.

    On 12 January 2016 the club won the Division One title and bounced back to the Premier League.[70]

    Beach Volleyball


    • Kuwait Beach Volleyball league:1
    • Kuwait Beach Volleyball Cup:1
    • Kuwait Beach Volleyball Super Cup:0
    • (Runners-up):1

    Basketball [71]


    # Championship Years
    8 times National League 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78
    9 times Federation Cup 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 2007–08



    # Championship
    10 times Premier League
    10 times Federation Cup
    1 time Al Khurafi Cup

    Al-Arabi Handball team has won my championships and competed in many others by winning the league 10 times the last time in 2011–12 and 10 federation cups and 1 defunct Khurafi cup and has started competing in international tournaments and championships since 2015–14.


    Started in 2015

    • Kuwait paintball Cup: 1


    In the Al-Arabi SC signed a 4-year deal with Adidas and then signed with ANTA Sports in the 2013–14 season Due to Adidas not willing to renew their contract after that in 2014–15 season Macron[73] bought ANTA Sports contract and made a contract with Al-Arabi SC. Extended Contract with Macron,[74] while after negotiations with the brand ended the club signed with Erreà.

    Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
    1976–82 Puma none
    1982–96 Adidas
    1996–03 Warrior Hyundai
    2003–04 Nike
    2004–09 Wataniya Telecom
    + Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
    2009–12 Adidas
    2012–13 Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
    2013–14 ANTA
    2014–15 Macron
    2015–16 Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
    + Health House Nutrition*
    2016– Erreà Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait

    Notes: 1:* Sponsor on arm side of Kit


    See also


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    Preceded by
    First winner
    GCC Champions League
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by
    GCC Champions League
    Succeeded by
    Al Qadsia

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