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2008–09 Saudi Professional League

The 2008–09 Saudi Professional League was the 33rd season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Professional League
Season2008–2009
ChampionsAl-Ittihad (8th title)
RelegatedAl-Watani
Abha
Champions LeagueAl-Ittihad
Al-Hilal
Al-Ahli
Al-Shabab
Matches played134
Goals scored371 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorerHicham Aboucherouane
Nasser Al-Shamrani
(12 goals each)
Biggest home winAl-Hilal 7–0 Najran
(20 December 2008)
Biggest away winAl-Shabab 0–4 Al-Ittihad
(28 January 2009)
Al-Raed 0–4 Al-Shabab
(30 November 2008)
Highest scoringAl-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.

On 12 April 2009, the final round of the season, Al-Ittihad won the title after a 2–1 victory over Al-Hilal. It was their eighth league title overall. Al-Watani and Abha were relegated.

Contents

Qualification and Prize moneyEdit

Members clubsEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by Date
Al-Nasr   Edgar Sacked [1]   Edgardo Bauza January 2009
Al-Hilal   Cosmin Olaroiu Sacked [2]   Catalin Necula (caretaker) March 2009
Al-Hilal   Catalin Necula Necula was temporary replacement [3]   Georges Leekens April 2009
Al-Ahli   Stoycho Mladenov Sacked at end of the season [4][5]   Gustavo Alfaro April 2009
Al-Hilal   Georges Leekens Sacked after 1 month [6]   Eric Gerets May 2009

League tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Ittihad (C) 22 17 4 1 57 21 +36 55 AFC Champions League Group Stage
2 Al-Hilal 22 15 5 2 41 9 +32 50
3 Al-Ahli 22 11 7 4 33 20 +13 40
4 Al-Shabab 22 10 5 7 37 29 +8 35
5 Al-Nassr 22 10 4 8 24 22 +2 34
6 Al-Ettifaq 22 7 8 7 23 20 +3 29
7 Al-Wahda 22 7 5 10 33 39 −6 26
8 Al Hazm 22 6 7 9 25 31 −6 25
9 Najran 22 6 3 13 22 42 −20 21
10 Al-Raed (O) 22 6 1 15 28 43 −15 19 Qualification to relegation play-off
11 Abha (R) 22 4 7 11 19 40 −21 19
12 Al-Watani (R) 22 2 6 14 22 48 −26 12 Relegated to 2009–10 First Division

Source: slstat.com
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[1] AlITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT WAT WAH NAJ RAE ABH HZM
Al-Ittihad 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 7–2 2–1 3–2 5–1 3–0 3–0
Al-Hilal 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 7–0 2–0 4–1 3–0
Al-Ahli 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 2–1 1–0
Al-Shabab 0–4 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 4–2 2–1 1–4 5–0 2–0
Al-Nassr 2–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1
Al-Ettifaq 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–0
Al-Watani 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 3–1 3–1 0–0 3–3
Al-Wahda 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–1 3–1 4–1 2–1
Najran 1–4 2–1 1–4 0–2 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1
Al-Raed 0–2 0–2 2–3 0–4 0–1 1–2 3–2 6–3 0–1 3–1 1–0
Abha 1–2 0–3 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–0
Al Hazm 3–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–1

Source: Goalzz.com
^ 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.

Season statisticsEdit

AssistEdit

Relegation play-offsEdit

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
Abha 3–4 Al-Raed 1–1 2–3

First legEdit

Abha1–1Al-Raed
Yaseen   20' Report   57' Al-Amri

Second legEdit

Al-Raed3–2Abha
Felipe Campos   37'
Al-Shereaf   65'
Boris Kabi   88'
Report   2' Al-Faraj
  49' Morjan

Al-Raed won 4–3 on aggregate.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168493833.html Edgardo Bauza takes over as Al-Nasr Coach
  2. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168527995.html Olaroiu abruptly dismissed in bizarre circumstances
  3. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168624529.html Leekens takes over at Al Hilal
  4. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168690337.html Sweeping changes as Al Ahli eye ACL
  5. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168692596.html Alfaro is new Ahli coach
  6. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/eng/articles/viewArticle.jsp_168690574.html Hilal boot out Leekens
  7. ^ "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.

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