2008–09 Saudi Professional League
The 2008–09 Saudi Professional League was the 33rd season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.
|Champions||Al-Ittihad (8th title)|
|Goals scored||371 (2.77 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Hicham Aboucherouane|
(12 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Al-Hilal 7–0 Najran|
(20 December 2008)
|Biggest away win||Al-Shabab 0–4 Al-Ittihad|
(28 January 2009)
Al-Raed 0–4 Al-Shabab
(30 November 2008)
|Highest scoring||Al-Ittihad 7–2 Al-Watani|
(15 December 2008)
Al-Raed 6–3 Al-Wehda
(8 April 2009)
Al-Hilal were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2007–08 season. The season featured 10 teams from the 2007–08 and two new teams promoted from the 2007–08 First Division: Al-Raed and Abha who replace relegated Al-Qadisiya and Al-Tai.
Qualification and Prize moneyEdit
The Top eight qualified to Champions Cup.
- First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
- Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
- Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals
Stadiums and locationsEdit
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Replaced by||Date|
|Al-Nasr||Edgar||Sacked ||Edgardo Bauza||January 2009|
|Al-Hilal||Cosmin Olaroiu||Sacked ||Catalin Necula (caretaker)||March 2009|
|Al-Hilal||Catalin Necula||Necula was temporary replacement ||Georges Leekens||April 2009|
|Al-Ahli||Stoycho Mladenov||Sacked at end of the season ||Gustavo Alfaro||April 2009|
|Al-Hilal||Georges Leekens||Sacked after 1 month ||Eric Gerets||May 2009|
||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Al-Ittihad (C)||22||17||4||1||57||21||+36||55||AFC Champions League Group Stage|
|10||Al-Raed (O)||22||6||1||15||28||43||−15||19||Qualification to relegation play-off|
|12||Al-Watani (R)||22||2||6||14||22||48||−26||12||Relegated to 2009–10 First Division|
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.
Fixtures and resultsEdit
|Home \ Away||AlITT||HIL||AHI||SHB||NAS||ETT||WAT||WAH||NAJ||RAE||ABH||HZM|
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
Al-Raed, who finished 10th, faced Abha, who finished 11th for a two-legged play-off. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2009–10 Professional League. Al-Raed won 4–3 on aggregate and retained their place in the next edition.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Yaseen 20'||Report||57' Al-Amri|
|Felipe Campos 37'
Boris Kabi 88'
|Report|| 2' Al-Faraj
Al-Raed won 4–3 on aggregate.
- http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168493833.html Edgardo Bauza takes over as Al-Nasr Coach
- http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168527995.html Olaroiu abruptly dismissed in bizarre circumstances
- http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168624529.html Leekens takes over at Al Hilal
- http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168690337.html Sweeping changes as Al Ahli eye ACL
- http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168692596.html Alfaro is new Ahli coach
- http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168690574.html Hilal boot out Leekens
- "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.