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2009–10 Saudi Professional League

The 2009–10 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Zain League, because of its sponsorship) was the 34th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Professional League
Season2009–2010
ChampionsAl-Hilal (12th title)
Champions LeagueAl-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Shabab
Matches played132
Goals scored377 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorerMohammad Al-Shalhoub (12)
Biggest home winAl-Ittihad 7-1 Al-Qadisiya
Biggest away winNajran 0-5 Al-Wahda FC
Highest scoringAl-Ittihad 7-1 Al-Qadisiya
Longest winning runAl-Hilal (6)
Longest unbeaten runAl-Hilal (14)
Longest losing runNajran (8)

Al-Ittihad were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2008–09 season. The season featured 10 teams from the 2008–09 and two new teams promoted from the 2008–09 First Division: Al-Qadisiya and Al-Fateh who replace relegated Abha and Al-Watani.

On 28 January 2010, Al-Hilal won the title with two games to spare after a 1–0 home win over Al-Ettifaq. It was their twelfth league title overall. No team was relegated.

Contents

Qualification and Prize moneyEdit

  • The Top four teams of the league qualified for the AFC Champions League.
  • The Top six teams qualified for Champions Cup.
  • Prize money:
    • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
    • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
    • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

Stadia and locationsEdit

 
 
Jeddah
 
Al-Hasa
 
Ar Rass
 
Riyadh
 
Dammam
 
Al Khubar
 
Buraydah
 
Mecca
 
Najran
Locations of teams in the 2009-10 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium
Al Hazm Ar Rass Al Hazm Club Stadium
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Al-Ittihad Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al-Nasr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Qadisiya Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
Al Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Wahda Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium
Najran Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium

Members clubsEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by Date
Al-Nassr   Edgardo Bauza Contract not renewed [1]   Jorge da Silva July 2009
Al-Shabab   Enzo Trossero Contract not renewed [2]   Jaime Pacheco July 2009
Al-Ahli   Gustavo Alfaro Sacked [3]   Sergio Farias December 2009
Al-Ittihad   Gabriel Calderón Sacked [4]   Enzo Trossero January 2010
Al-Shabab   Jaime Pacheco Sacked [5]   Edgar Parreira April 2010

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Al-Hilal (C) 22 18 2 2 56 18 +38 56 AFC Champions League and King Cup of Champions[a]
2 Al-Ittihad 22 14 3 5 46 30 +16 45
3 Al-Nassr 22 12 7 3 38 23 +15 43
4 Al-Shabab 22 11 7 4 36 24 +12 40
5 Al-Wahda 22 7 7 8 34 27 +7 28 King Cup of Champions
6 Al-Ahli 22 7 7 8 28 29 −1 28
7 Al Hazm 22 6 6 10 29 38 −9 24
8 Al-Fateh 22 6 6 10 26 38 −12 24
9 Ettifaq 22 5 7 10 24 30 −6 22
10 Al-Qadisiyah 22 5 5 12 20 40 −20 20
11 Al Raed 22 3 7 12 19 35 −16 16
12 Najran 22 4 4 14 22 46 −24 16
Source: [1], League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Al-Ittihad also won the 2010 King Cup of Champions, the fourth-placed team of the league also qualified for the 2011 AFC Champions League.
  • After the league season commenced, no teams appeared to be relegated and the next domestic season would be expanded.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT WAH HZM NAJ RAE FAT QAD
Al-Ittihad 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 5–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 7–1
Al-Hilal 5–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–0 3–1 4–0 5–0 2–1 5–1 2–1
Al-Ahli 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–2
Al-Shabab 1–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 4–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–1
Al-Nassr 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 4–2 3–1 3–0
Al-Ettifaq 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–3 3–1 3–0 0–2 0–2
Al-Wahda 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 2–0 4–1 6–0 2–1
Al Hazm 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–1
Najran 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–5 2–4 0–1 1–1 0–0
Al Raed 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0
Al-Fateh 1–2 0–4 3–1 2–1 0–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 5–0
Al-Qadisiya 3–3 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 18 March 2010. Source: [2]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

AssistEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/news-centre/member-association-news/222-west-asia-/24671-nasr-turn-to-uruguayan-da-silva-to-end-coaching-woes Nasr turn to Uruguayan Da Silva to end coaching woes
  2. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/member-association-news/west-asia-news/24762-pacheco-is-new-shabab-coach Pacheco is new Shabab coach
  3. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/afc-champions-league-2010/26415-farias-joins-al-ahli Farias joins Al Ahli
  4. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/member-association-news/west-asia-news/26543-al-ittihad-lose-patience-with-calderon-sack-him Al Ittihad lose patience with Calderon, sack him
  5. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/tournaments/clubs/afc-champions-league/28319-shabab-al-ain-boot-out-their-coaches[permanent dead link] Shabab, Al Ain boot out their coaches
  6. ^ http://www.goalzz.com/main.aspx?c=4624&scorers=true
  7. ^ "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.

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