Al Sadd SC

Al-Sadd Sports Club (Arabic: نادي السد الرياضي) is a Qatari sports club based in the Al Sadd district of the city of Doha. It is best known for its association football team, which competes in the top level of Qatari football, the Qatar Stars League. Locally, it is known primarily by the nickname "Al Zaeem", which translates to "The Boss". It is known as the best team in Qatar and is the only Qatari team that has won the AFC Champions League in Asia. Al Sadd will play in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup. In addition to football, the club has teams for handball, basketball, volleyball, table tennis and athletics.[1] It is the most successful sports club in the country, and holds a national record of 53 official football championships.[2]

Al-Sadd SC
Full nameAl Sadd Sports Club
Nickname(s)Al Zaeem (The Boss)
Al Dheeb (The Wolf)
Al Aalami (The World Class)
Malik alqulub (King of Hearts)
Founded21 October 1969 (1969-10-21)
GroundJassim Bin Hamad Stadium
ChairmanMohammed bin Hamad
LeagueQatar Stars League
2018–19Qatar Stars League, 1st (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Al Sadd's active sections







The origin of Al Sadd's conception began with four Qatari students who excelled in football, but did not wish to join any of the existing football clubs. After consulting with the minister of Youth and Sports, the group, led by Abdulla bin Ahmed bin Mubarak Al Ali and Ali bin Mohammad bin Ali bin Sultan Al Ali, founded the club on 21 October 1969 in Qatar's capital city.

In the 1989 season, they became the first Arab club side to triumph in the Asian Club Championship by defeating Al Rasheed of Iraq on an aggregate of away goals. Twenty-two years later, they won the 2011 Asian Champions League and earned a spot in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, in which Qatar finished third.


1969–1980: Foundation and beginnings

Al Sadd was established by eleven high school students who excelled in playing football, with the oldest member being 17 years old. They refused to join other clubs at the time and decided to make their own club. Four of them consulted with Sheikh Qassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who was the minister of Youth and Sports at the time. He obliged their request, resulting in the formation of Al Sadd Sports Club. Many of the early players and supporters were remnants of Al Ahrar SC, a club which was dissolved in the 1966/67 season. In their initial year of establishment, the father of one of the founders, Hamad bin Mubarak Al Attiyah, coached the club and the team trained on a football pitch in a local high school.[3]

The club won the first ever league title in 1971–72. However, this was one year before the league was officially recognized. Thus, they won their first official QSL title in 1973–74. Sadd, along with Al Arabi and Al Rayyan, went on to dominate Qatari football in the 70s and the 80s by winning many Qatari League trophies and Emir Cups. Youssef Saad, a Sudanese forward who played for the club since its inception, was the first ever professional player to officially join the ranks of Al Sadd.[4] In 1974, while Al Sadd was still in its infancy, they dubiously transferred 14 players, including Mubarak Anber and Hassan Mattar, and head coach Hassan Othman from Al Esteqlal (later to be known as Qatar SC), much to the dismay of club président Hamad bin Suhaim. Transfers could be made unconditionally during this time, meaning Esteqlal's protests were in vain. This was a major factor in them winning their first cup championship the next year in 1975. They defeated Al Ahli 4–3 in a tightly contested match under the leadership of Hassan Osman in order to claim the Emir Cup. Their goals came from Youssef Saad, who scored a brace, and Ali Bahzad and Abdullah Zaini. Till this day, it is the joint-largest score in an Emir Cup final match.[5]

They won the first ever Sheikh Jassim Cup held in 1977–78, as well as winning it two more times in the next two years. In 1978–79, the club succeeded in achieving their first domestic double by winning both, the Sheikh Jassim Cup and the league, accomplishing the same feat the next season.

1980–2000: First international success

In the 1981–82, they won the Emir Cup and Sheikh Jassim Cup, once again under the reigns of Hassan Osman. During this period, Badr Bilal and Hassan Mattar, both of whom were top scorers in the league at one point, led the team to victories in both of the finals. Al Sadd also succeeded in setting an Emir Cup record by defeating Al Shamal 16–2, the largest recorded win in the history of the tournament. They nearly completed a domestic triple in 1987, but lost 2–0 to Al Ahli in the Emir Cup final that year.[5]

They were the first team to play against English side Cheadle Town on their home grounds, Park Road Stadium, under the leadership of Jimmy Meadows in 1982. They were victorious by a 4–1 margin.[6]

Al Sadd won their Champions League debut in 1988 (then known as Asian Club Championship), where they secured the top position in their group. They faced Al-Rasheed of Iraq in the final, defeating them on away goals, thus fending the Iraqis off in order to claim the title of the first Arab team to ever win the championship. The victorious team was largely made up locals, with the exception of Lebanese Wassef Soufi and Iranian Amir Ghalenoii, who did not participate in the final due to the Iran–Iraq War.[7] In addition to winning the Asian Champions League, they won the Sheikh Jassim Cup and the league on that year. They were the first team to play in Iran after the Iran–Iraq War, losing 1–0 to Esteghlal in an ACC match in 1991.[7] The 1990s were a lean phase for Al Sadd, regarding the league. They could not win even one league championship during that period. However, they did manage to open their account in the Heir Apparent Trophy and also won the Gulf Club Champions Cup in 1991.

2000–2010: New century, new possibilities

The new millennium opened up a new era for Al Sadd. They returned to winning ways in the Qatari League, won many Emir Cups and Heir Apparent trophies. They also managed a triple crown in regional football by winning the Arab Champions League in 2001.

They recorded the largest-ever win in the Sheikh Jassim Cup in 2006, when they defeated Muaither 21–0.

In 2007, under the command of Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati, they achieved a quadruple by winning all four domestic cups. They were the first Qatari team to do so, and had also set a league record for the highest winning streak by winning 10 leagues games in a row.[8] In addition, they made a record signing in Qatari football by paying $22 million for the Argentinian Mauro Zárate the same year. In 2010, they were the second team to ever win the QNB Cup by defeating Umm Salal in the final.

2010–2012: Second Fossatti era

Al Sadd was placed in the qualifying play-offs of the 2011 Champions League, courtesy of the disqualification of Vietnamese teams due to the non-submission of documents. They beat Al-Ittihad of Syria and Indian club, Dempo SC, 5–1[9] and 2–0 respectively, to acquire a spot in the group stage. Al Sadd, who were the definite underdogs, overcame the odds and topped their group to play against Al-Shabab, whom they beat 1–0.

The quarter-final against Sepahan would mark the first sign of controversy for the club. Sepahan had initially won the first-leg match against Al Sadd 1–0; however, after the match, Al Sadd lodged a formal complaint to the AFC as Sepahan had fielded an ineligible player, Rahman Ahmadi, who previously received two yellow cards in the tournament with his former club. The match was overturned 3–0 in favor of Al Sadd, virtually ensuring the club a place in the semi-finals.[10]

They later faced Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a highly publicized semi-final. Suwon were favorites to win after knocking last year's runners-up, Zob Ahan, out of the running. The first-leg match was played in Suwon, South Korea. In the 70th minute of the match, Mamadou Niang of Al Sadd had a deflected shot veer past the goalkeeper, settling the score 1–0. Ten minutes later, a Suwon player was inadvertently kicked in the head by an Al Sadd defender, prompting Suwon to kick the ball out of play. While the injured Suwon player was being tended to, Niang sprinted past the keeper to score a second goal, infuriating the Suwon players. The chaos was elevated when a Suwon fan had run onto the pitch, sparking a mass melee which involved both coaching staff and players. After the fight was brought to a halt, the referee sent off a player from each team while Niang later got a red card and Al Sadd's Korean defender Lee Jung-soo had walked off the pitch in frustration.[11]

The melee prompted official investigation from the AFC, who suspended three players from both teams for six games.[12] Al Sadd lost the second leg 1–0, though this allowed them to advance to the final with a 2–1 aggregate to face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Al Sadd later received the nickname "Al-Badd" from the Korean media as a result of their semi-final confrontations.[13]

They won the 2011 AFC Champions League Final against Jeonbuk, 4–2 on penalties.[14][15] This earned them a spot in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

To date, this is the best result achieved by a Qatari team in the AFC Champions League under its new format. Al Sadd also became the first team to reach the AFC Champions League knockout stage after starting their campaign in the play-offs in February.[16] Furthermore, Al Sadd was crowned "AFC Club of the Year" in 2011 by AFC after their Champions League conquest. Championship 2011 in honor of the club's owner changed the team logo and stars to commemorate the AFC Champions League 1988.2011 was etched on the shirt Wolves.[17]

During the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, Al Sadd were eliminated in the semi-final stage by Barcelona, which set up a third-place meeting between them and Kashiwa Reysol. This was the first time two clubs from the same confederation faced off each other in a third-place match. Al Sadd won the encounter on penalties in order to be the first West Asian club to claim the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup.[18]

2012–present: Post-ACL champions

After the departure of Fossati, former Al-Sadd midfielder Hussein Amotta was named as the new coach in May 2012. The Moroccan had finished as the Qatar League top scorer during his four-year stay at the club from 1997 to 2001. He was working as the club's technical director prior to being promoted to the top job.[19]

Just days before Amouta's appointment, Al-Sadd announced the high-profile signing of former Real Madrid captain Raúl, who arrived on a free transfer from Schalke 04.[20]

Managed by Amouta and led by new captain Raúl, Al Sadd set a league record for the best start to the league season ever by winning all of their first nine games, shattering the previous record set by Al Gharafa, who had won seven.[8] The team went on to break Lekhwiya's two-year dominance by winning the 2012–13 Qatar Stars League title, five years after their last triumph in the competition.[21]

Al-Sadd faltered in the next two seasons, however, finishing third and second in 2013–14 and 2014–15 respectively, as Lekhwiya returned to win back-to-back titles once again. In 2015, Al-Sadd achieved the coup of signing Barcelona's storied Spanish international Xavi.[22]

With Qatar as host of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup when announced by the FIFA Council on 3 June 2019, Al Sadd SC automatically qualified as the host club team.

Stadium and facilities

Home matches are played in the state-of-the-art (football-specific) Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (also known as Al Sadd Stadium), with a capacity which adds up to 18,000, including VIP stands.[23] The stadium, originally built in 1974, was renovated in 2004 for the Gulf Cup. Situated near central Doha, the venue attracts large numbers of spectators. It is the de facto home stadium of the Qatar national football team.[24]

Jassim Bin Hamad is a very distinct stadium in the Middle East because of its unique features, such as the cooling system which is implemented.[25]

Stadium Period
Tariq bin Zayed Stadium[3]1969–1975
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium1975–present

Colours and crest

Among Al Sadd's most popular nicknames are Al Zaeem (The Boss) and Al Dheeb (The Wolf). From the foundation of the club, the common home kit includes a white shirt, black or white shorts, and white socks. White and black colours are also seen in the crest. The away kit of the club is associated with a black background. Pink was adopted as the club's primary colour for their third uniform in 2007.[26]

Their first crest was designed in Lebanon in 1969, and was similar to other football clubs in the region, in the sense that it depicted a football with Arabic writing on it.[27] This crest was an hommage to former football club Al Ahrar. Originally, the club wanted to use the same crest as Al Ahrar, but this idea was rejected by the QFA.[3] A second crest was designed in the eighties, and was designed by the founder of the club, Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali. It was used until 1999, the year in which their third crest was designed, also by Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali, in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the founding of the club. Following their impressive AFC Champions League campaign in 2011, the logo was modified and released in June 2012 to include two golden stars on the top to mark the two Asian titles of 1989 and 2011.[27]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacture Shirt sponsor(s)
?–2016 Burrda Vodafone
2017–present Puma Qatar Airways

International club winnings

Country Club From Ref
Al Hilal2010[28]
Al Hilal2014[30]
Schalke 042015[31]

Youth development

The club hosts numerous âge brackets with a number of youth coaches. Many notable local footballers have graduated from Al Sadd's academy, including Jafal Al Kuwari, Khalid Salman, Hassan Al Haidos and former Asian player of the year, Khalfan Ibrahim. There have been foreign graduates as well, such as UAE's Mutaz Abdulla. They have a youth development programme, which instills philosophies and enforces training ideals among the youth players.[33] The programme had 284 participants enrolled as of 2011.[34]

Seasons overview


QFAseason-by-season record of Al-Sadd Sports Club
Season Championship Qatar Emir Cup Crown Prince Cup Sheikh Jassim Cup Continental Comp.
Div. Pos. Pts P W D L F A GD Goalscorer
Al-Sadd Sports Club (ASSC)
1978–79D1Champion-------- Mattar (11 goals)NCWinner--
1980–81D1Champion-------- Mattar (9 goals)NCWinner--
1987–88D1Champion-------- Jowhar (11 goals)WinnerNCWinner--
1988–89D1Champion---------NC-Asian Club ChampionshipWinner
1989–90D1----------NCWinnerAsian Club ChampionshipQS
1990–91D1----------WinnerNC-Asian Club ChampionshipQS
1991–92D1Third---------NC-Cup Winners' CupFR
1994–95D1----------Did not qualify-Cup Winners' CupQF
1996–97D15th2716763199+10 Daei 10 goalsSemi-final---
1997–98D1Third26167542513+12 Amotta (10 goals)WinnerWinner--
1999–00D1Champion38161222368+28- Al Kuwari (8 goals)WinnerSemi-finalWinnerAsian Club ChampionshipSR
2000–01D16th24167362521+4-WinnerDid not qualify-Cup Winners' CupSR
2001–02D14th25167453130+1-Runners-upSemi-finalWinnerCup Winners' Cup3rd place
2002–03D1Runner-up31189453014+16-WinnerWinnerGroup stageChampions LeagueGS
2003–04D1Champion421813323810+28 Tenorio (18 goals)Semi-finalRunners-upGroup stageChampions LeagueGS
2004–05QSL7th342797135350 Abdul Kader Keïta (10goals)WinnerDid not qualifyGroup stageChampions LeagueQF
2005–06QSLChampion522716474832+16 Tenorio (21 goals)Semi-finalWinnerSemi-finalChampions LeagueGS
2006–07QSLChampion552717465229+23 Emerson (18 goals)WinnerWinnerWinnerChampions LeagueGS
2007–08QSLRunner-up532716565438+16 Tenorio (13 goals)Semi-finalWinnerSemi-finalChampions LeagueGS
2008–09QSLRunner-up522715936025+35 Ibrahim (15 goals)Semi-finalSemi-finalSemi-final--
2009–10QSLRunner-up502215525522+33 Leandro (20 goals)Semi-finalSemi-finalSemi-finalChampions LeagueGS
2010–11QSL6th362211383226+6 Afif (8 goals)Quarter-finalsDid not qualifySemi-finalChampions LeagueWinner
2011–12QSL4th362210663524+11 Ibrahim (7 goals)Runners-upRunners-upGroup stage--
2012–13QSLChampion512216334723+24 Mahmoud (10 goals)
Ibrahim (10 goals)
2013–14QSLThird472613855430+24 Ibrahim (14 goals)WinnerSemi-finalGroup stageChampions LeagueQF
2014–15QSLRunner-up572617636835+33 Al Haidos (11 goals)
Ibrahim (11 goals)
2015–16QSLThird472613855438+16 Al Haidos (12 goals)Runners-upSemi-finalRunners-up--
2016–17QSLRunner-up612618717723+54 Bounedjah (23 goals)WinnerWinner-Champions LeaguePR
2017–18QSLRunner-up492216156825+43 Bounedjah (16 goals)Semi-finalRunners-upWinnerChampions LeagueSF
2018–19QSLChampion5722183110022+78 Bounedjah (39 goals)Runner-up--Champions LeagueRound of 16
  • Note 1: The first official Qatari League season was held in 1972–73.
  • Note 2: Competition was not held that year.
Winner or champion
Runner-up or second
Semi-finalist or third
Promotion on top division
Relegation on lower division

Pts = points; P = play; W = wins; D = draws; L = losses; F = goals for; A = goals against; GD = goal difference; n.c. : not known

Performance in domestic competitions

As of 26 April 2013.
Domestic cup finals
No. Season Opposition Result Scorer(s) Head coach
Emir Cup[5]
11974Qatar SC1–2Youssef Saad Said Musa
21975Al Ahli4–3Youssef Saad (2), Ali Behzad, Abdulla Zaini Hassan Othman
31977Al Rayyan1–0Ali Behzad Hassan Othman
41982Al Rayyan2–1Badr Bilal, Hassan Mattar Hassan Othman
51983Al Arabi0–1N/A Jimmy Meadows
61985Al Ahli2–1Hassan Jowhar, Khalid Salman Hassan Othman
71986Al Arabi2–0Khalifa Khamis, Hassan Jowhar Procópio Cardoso
81987Al Ahli0–2N/A Procópio Cardoso
91988Al Wakrah0–0 (4–3 pen.)Yousef Adsani, Ebrahim Ghasempour, Salah Salman, Mohammed Al Ammari Ahmed Omar
101991Al Rayyan1–0Ali Abdel Razak Cleyton Silas
111993Al Arabi0–3N/A Sebastião Lapola
121994Al Arabi3–2Isaac Debra (2), Khalid Al Merreikhi Ahmed Omar
132000Al Rayyan2–0Diène Faye, Ezzat Jadoua Džemaludin Mušović
142001Qatar SC3–2Ahmed Khalifa, Radhi Shenaishil, Ali Benarbia René Meulensteen
152002Al Gharafa1–4Jafal Rashed Ilie Balaci
162003Al Ahli2–1Mohammed Gholam (2) Luka Peruzović
172005Al Wakrah0–0 (5–4 pen.)N/A Bora Milutinović
182007Al Khor0–0 (5–4 pen.)N/A Jorge Fossati
192012Al Gharafa0–0 (3–4 pen.)N/A Jorge Fossati
Crown Prince Cup[35]
11998Al Arabi3–2Sérgio (2), Hussein Amotta Abdelkadir Bomir
22003Al Gharafa2–0Zamel Al Kuwari, Mohammed Gholam Luka Peruzovic
32004Qatar SC1–2Medhat Mostafa (o.g.) Bora Milutinovic
42006Qatar SC2–1Carlos Tenorio, Emerson Sheik Jorge Fossati
52007Al Gharafa2–1Carlos Tenorio (2) Jorge Fossati
62008Al Gharafa1–0Carlos Tenorio Hassan Hormutallah
72012Al Rayyan1–1 (4–5 pen.)Khalfan Ibrahim Jorge Fossati
82013Lekhwiya2–3Younis Mahmoud, Lee Jung-Soo Hussein Amotta

Current squad

See also: 2018–19 Al Sadd SC season

As of 20 May 2019.[36]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Saad Al-Sheeb  Qatar
2 Defender Pedro Miguel  Qatar
3 Defender Abdelkarim Hassan  Qatar
4 Midfielder Ahmed Sayyar  Qatar
5 Midfielder Jung Woo-young  South Korea
6 Defender Tarek Salman U23  Qatar
8 Midfielder Ali Asad  Qatar
9 Forward Abdulaziz Al-Ansari (on loan from Al-Kharaitiyat)  Qatar
10 Midfielder Hassan Al-Haidos (Captain)  Qatar
11 Forward Baghdad Bounedjah  Algeria
12 Defender Hamid Ismail  Qatar
14 Midfielder Gabi  Spain
16 Midfielder Boualem Khoukhi  Qatar
17 Midfielder Khaled Al-Yazidi U23  Qatar
19 Midfielder Nam Tae-hee  South Korea
20 Midfielder Salem Al-Hajri  Qatar
21 Midfielder Ayoub Mashhor  Qatar
22 Goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham U23  Qatar
23 Midfielder Hashim Ali U23  Qatar
27 Midfielder Meshal Ibrahim U23  Qatar
30 Goalkeeper Jehad Mohammed U23  Qatar
45 Midfielder Akram Afif (on loan from Villarreal)  Qatar
52 Defender Hussain Bahzad U23  Qatar
57 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Ali U23  Qatar
61 Midfielder Mostafa Tareq U23  Qatar
66 Defender Yasser Abubakar  Qatar
77 Midfielder Adam Faisel  Qatar
83 Goalkeeper Yousef Abdullah U23  Qatar
85 Midfielder Faisal Mohammed U23  Qatar
87 Midfielder Saoud Al-Nassr U23  Qatar
99 Forward Rami Suhail U23  Qatar

Other players under contract

No Position Player Nation
26 Midfielder Aladeen Younes  Libya

Out on loan

No Position Player Nation
7 Forward Hamza Sanhaji (on loan to Al-Markhiya)  Qatar
13 Defender Ibrahim Majid (on loan to Al-Sailiya)  Qatar
15 Midfielder Bahaa Ellethy U23 (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
33 Forward Yusuf Abdurisag U23 (on loan to Al-Arabi)  Qatar
70 Defender Musab Kheder (on loan to Al-Arabi)  Qatar
73 Midfielder Mohammed Jadoua U23 (on loan to Al-Wakrah)  Qatar
Goalkeeper Saud Al Hajiri (on loan to Al-Rayyan)  Qatar
Defender Ahmed SuhailU23 (on loan to Al-Wakrah)  Qatar
Midfielder Hamad Mansor (on loan to Qatar)  Qatar
Forward Hassan Palang U23 (on loan to Al-Wakrah)  Qatar


As of 1 July 2019.[37]

Senior team

Coaching staff
Head coach Xavi
Assistant coach Nuno Miguel Palmeiro
Technical Analyst Pedro Antonio
Goalkeeping coach Eduardo Perez
Fitness coach Jose Pedro Pinto
Reserve team coach Hesham Zahed
Medical staff
Team doctor Mohamed Soltani
Physiotherapist Hussein Manae
Physiotherapist Akram Abid
Technical staff
Team manager Abdulla Al-Berik
Reserve team manager Abdulaziz Al Jaiedi
Sports officer Mohammed Gholam
Media officer Ahmad Al Ansari
Audience & marketing Ahmad Al Sayed
First team officer Mohammed Saeed


As of 17 August 2019 the club holds 55 football championship titles.[2]

Domestic competitions
  • Emir of Qatar Cup
    • Winners (16) (record): 1974–75, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014, 2015, 2017
    • Runners-up (7): 1973–74, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1992–93, 2001–02, 2012, 2013
Continental competitions
International competitions
Reserve League titles are not included.


  • Largest victory: Al Sadd 21–0 Muaither (2006/07)
  • Longest winning run: 9 matches (2011/12) (Record)
  • Largest Asian victory: Al Sadd 6–2 Lokomotiv (2014/15)
  • Largest Asian defeat: Al Hilal 5–0 Al Sadd (2013/14)


Qatar Stars League Top scorers

The following players have won the top scorer award in the league:

Club record holders

As of 6 December 2019.
Note: Early league statistics are primarily unknown.
Players who are still active with the club are in bold.
Most appearances
# Nat. Name Career Apps
1 Hassan Al Haidos 2007– 365
2 Abdulla Koni 1996–2014 342
3 Khalfan Ibrahim 2004–2017 298
4 Mohamed Saqr 2003–2012 287
5 Talal Al-Bloushi 2003–2017 286
8 Saad Al-Sheeb 2008– 249
7 Mubarak Anber 1975–1987 246
8 Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari 1990–2009 245
9 Abdelkarim Hassan 2011– 242
10 Mesaad Al-Hamad 2004–2014 239
Most goals
# Nat. Name Career Goals
1 Baghdad Bounedjah 2016 – 124
2 Carlos Tenorio 2003–2009 104
3 Hassan Al Haidos 2007– 103
4 Khalfan Ibrahim 2004–2017 101
5 Yusef Ahmed 2005–2015 54
6 Emerson Sheik 2005–2007
7 Leandro 2009–2012 50
8 Felipe Jorge 2005–2010 47
9 Abdul Kader Keïta 2002–2005
10 Hussein Amotta 1997–2001 46

Youth teams

As of 18 July 2012.[38][39]
Coaching staff
U–19 assistant coach Mubarak Ghanim Al Ali
U–17 head coach Abdul Aziz Abdo
U–15 head coach Mudhakar Mouloud
U–14 head coach Nabil Belkhodja
U–13 head coach Marcos dos Santos
U–13 assistant coach Abdullah Al-Shamlan
U–11 head coach Alaeddin Al Mendoh
U–10 head coach Abdulaziz Zakaria
U–9 head coach Mohammed Fathi
Goalkeeping coach Mehdi Cerbah
Goalkeeping coach Mauro Sergio
Goalkeeping coach Mohammed Abdulwahab
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Rauf Mustafa
Physiotherapist Salem Mohammed
Technical staff
Technical supervisor Hassan Othman
Technical director Barnabás Tornyi
Head of youth teams Hassan Mattar
Deputy head Khalid Saad
U–19 director Abdulrazak Al Mansouri
U–19 director Abdullah Al-Yami
U–17 director Mohammed Dalloul
U–15 director Salim Saud
U–14 manager Mahmoud Diab
U–13 manager Mohammed Mustafa
U–13 coordinator Khalid Al Kanish
U–11 manager Eid Johar Said
U–10 manager Badr Al Yazidi
U–9 manager Kaid Daifallah
U–9 manager Shukri Hussein

Noted players

As of 20 May 2019.

This list includes players whom have made significant contributions to their national team and to the club. At least 100 caps for either the national team or club is needed to be considered for inclusion.

Managerial history

As of May 2019
Years Months Manager
1969 Unknown Hamad Al Attiyah1
1969 Unknown Said Musa1
1969–73 Unknown Unknown
1973–74 Unknown Said Musa1
1974 Unknown Abdulla Balash
1974–77 Unknown Hassan Othman
1977–79 Unknown Unknown
1979–82 Unknown José Faria
1982 Unknown Hassan Othman
1982–83 Unknown Jimmy Meadows
1983–84 Unknown Pepe
1984–85 Unknown Hassan Othman
1985–87 Unknown Procópio Cardoso
1987–88 Unknown Ahmed Omar
1988–89 Unknown José Carbone
1989 Unknown Obeid Jumaa
1989 Unknown José Carbone
1989–90 Unknown Cabralzinho
1990–91 Unknown Silas
1991–92 Unknown Obeid Jumaa
1993 Unknown Sebastião Lapola
1993–94 Unknown Ahmed Omar
1994 Unknown Flamarion Nunes
1994–95 Unknown Džemaludin Mušović
1995 Unknown Khalifa Khamis[40]
1995–96 Unknown Sebastião Rocha
Years Months Manager
1996–97 Unknown Ahmed Omar[41][42]
1997 Unknown Abdelkadir Bomir
1997 Unknown Evaristo de Macedo
1997 Unknown Zé Mário
1997–98 Unknown Rabah Madjer
1998–99 Unknown Abdelkadir Bomir
1999 Unknown Luiz Gonzaga2[43]
1999 Unknown Evaristo de Macedo
1999 Unknown Adnan Dirjal
1999–00 Unknown Procópio Cardoso
2000 Unknown Džemaludin Mušović
2000–01 July – Oct René Meulensteen
2001–02 Oct – Oct Ilie Balaci
2002–04 Oct – May Luka Peruzović
2004–05 May – Oct Bora Milutinović
2005–06 Oct – May Mohammed Al Ammari
2006–07 May – Aug Jorge Fossati
2007–08 Aug – Jan Co Adriaanse
2008 Feb – June Hassan Hormutallah
2008 June – Nov Émerson Leão
2008–09 Nov – June Džemaludin Mušović
2009–10 June – Dec Cosmin Olăroiu
2010–12 Dec – May Jorge Fossati
2012–15 June – Nov Hussein Amotta
2015–19 Nov – May Jesualdo Ferreira
2019– May – Xavi Hernandez


  • Note 1 denotes player–manager role.
  • Note 2 denotes caretaker role.

Club officials

Office Name
Président Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani
Vice-président Nasser bin Mubarak Al Ali
Board member Jassim Al Romaihi
Board member Khalifa Al Attiyah
Treasurer Fahad Al Kaabi
Board member Abdulaziz Al Mana
Board member Fahad Al Kuwari
Board member Mohammed Al Ali
Board of directors
Presidential history
1 HE Ahmad bin Jassim bin Fahad Al-Thani
2 HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiya
3 HE Jassim bin Hamad bin Jaber Al-Thani
4 HE Mohammed bin Mubarak Al-Ali
5 HE Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali
6 HE Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani


Al Rayyan

A rivalry which stems from early in the history of the league, it is popularly known as the 'Qatari El Clasico'.[44]


As of 6 January 2014[45]

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League461812166763+4
Sheikh Jassem Cup622276+1
Emir Cup105051413+1
Crown Prince Cup113531210+2
Reserve League521297+2
Qatar Stars cup201123−1
Arab Champions League110051+4

Al Arabi

This is the clash of Qatar's two most successful teams: Al Sadd and Al Arabi. For some fans, winning this derby is more noteworthy than winning the league itself. The derby is an important component of the country's culture.[46]

Al Arabi always regarded themselves as the club of Qatar's working class, in contrast with the more upper-class support base of Al Sadd. The social class divide between the two fan bases eventually diminished.[46]

Memorable matches

Bold indicates a win.

Season Result Competition Notes
1981–82 0–1 Emir Cup
1985–86 3–2 Emir Cup
1995–96 0–0 Qatar Stars League Al Arabi crowned champions.
2001–02 6–2 Qatar Stars League
2003–04 7–0 Qatar Stars League
2005–06 2–1 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd crowned champions.
2009–10 3–3 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd came back from 3–0 down to deny Al Arabi an ACL spot.


From 1996 to 2015.

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League472212138152+29
Sheikh Jassem Cup6501138+5
Emir Cup116231811+7
Crown Prince Cup1101330
Reserve League4220104+6
Qatar Stars Cup4121128+4


Historically, Al Sadd has been the favoured club of Qatar's upper-class.[46] The club garnered many supporters in the early years of the Qatar Stars League, along with Al Rayyan and Al-Arabi, who were the three main powers of the league.

The new millennium saw an influx of new fans as a result of recruiting many foreign nationals to play for the club, as well as the club's performance in regional competitions.

In order to better communicate with the fans, Al Sadd's fan club was established in the 2003–04 season of the QSL and was then an unprecedented idea in most Gulf and Arab clubs. The fan club serves many roles; it is not merely restricted to organizing fan groups within the stadium, but it is also used as a means to discuss ways in which to improve the club. In addition, annual general meetings are held between the management and fans in order to have an open platform to discuss issues in an open environment. This was greatly criticized at the beginning, while now other clubs are following suit.[47]

The club also has annual and monthly awards for the best players of the club which is sponsored by Givenchy. The fan club has won the QFA-sanctioned title of best fan club in Qatar for three successive years – 2006, 2007 and 2008.[47]

Furthermore, the fan club was also the first in Qatar to put the free SMS service for mobiles in place. This attracted more than 8000 subscribers who received a number of over 3 million SMS' during the first one and a half years.[47]

Also active on social networking sites, the club has official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Asian record

As of 28 May 2014.[48]
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League512211187561
Asian Club Championship9621168
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

Asian Club Championship

Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
Asian Club Championship GS Al-Futowa 4–1
GS Al-Ansar 1–0
GS Al-Rasheed 0–0
SF Pahang FA 2–0
SF Mohammedan SC 2–2
SF 25 April 2–1
SF Al-Ittifaq 2–1
Final Al-Rasheed 1–0 2–3 3–3 (A)

AFC Champions League

Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
AFC Champions League GS Esteghlal 1–2 1–2
GS Al Ain 2–0 2–0
GS Al-Hilal 1–3 1–3
AFC Champions League GS Al Wahda 0–0 0–0 0–0
GS Al Quwa Al Jawiya 1–0 0–1 1–1
GS Al Qadisiya 1 0–0 0–0
AFC Champions League GS Al Ahli 2–0 1–2 3–2
GS Al Kuwait 1–0 1–0 2–0
GS Neftchi 3–2 0–2 3–4
QF Busan I'Park 1–2 0–3 1–5
AFC Champions League GS Al Shabab 2–3 0–0 2–3
GS Al Arabi 4–1 2–1 6–2
GS Al Quwa Al Jawiya 3–0 2–0 5–0
AFC Champions League GS Al-Karamah 1–1 1–2 2–3
GS Najaf FC 1–4 0–1 1–5
GS Neftchi Farg'ona 2–0 1–2 3–2
AFC Champions League GS Al-Ahli Jeddah 2–1 2–2 4–3
GS Al-Wahda 0–0 2–2 2–2
GS Al-Karamah 0–2 0–1 0–3
AFC Champions League GS Al-Hilal 0–3 0–0 0–3
GS Al-Ahli 2–2 5–0 7–2
GS Mes Kerman 4–1 1–3 5–4
AFC Champions League Q1 Al-Ittihad 5–1
Q1 Dempo 2–0
GS Esteghlal 2–2 1–1 3–3
GS Pakhtakor 2–1 1–1 3–2
GS Al-Nassr 1–0 1–1 2–1
R16 Al-Shabab 1–0
QF Sepahan 1–2 3–02 4–2
SF Suwon Samsung 0–1 2–0 2–1
Final Jeonbuk Hyundai 4–2 pen

^1 Following the match between Al-Qadisiya and Al Sadd, Kuwaiti security personnel assaulted the visiting players; Al-Qadisiya were ejected from the competition and banned from AFC competitions for three years. Their record was expunged.

^2 The AFC Disciplinary Committee decided to award the quarter-final first leg to Al Sadd against Sepahan as a 3–0 forfeit win after Sepahan were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The match originally ended 1–0 to Sepahan.[49]


  • Q : Qualified, GS : Group stage, R16 : Round of 16, QF : Quarterfinals, SF : Semi-finals, RU : Runners-up, W : Winners
Qualified 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
1989: Champion
1990: Qualifying Stage
1991: Qualifying Stage
2000: Second Round
1991/92: First Round
1994/95: Quarter-Final
2000/01: Second Round
2001/02: 3rd place

AFC Club rankings

This is the current AFC coefficient. Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[50]

As of 1 January 2012
1Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors159.0
2Suwon Samsung Bluewings157.5
3Al Sadd128.5
4Nasaf Qarshi124.0
5FC Seoul120.5
7Al Hilal120.0
8Nagoya Grampus114.5

International record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
FIFA Club World Cup320125

Other sports





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Preceded by
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Liaoning FC
Preceded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Ulsan Hyundai


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