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2010–11 Saudi Professional League

The 2010–11 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Zain League, because of its sponsorship) was the 35th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Professional League
Season2010–2011
ChampionsAl-Hilal (13th title)
RelegatedAl Hazm
Al-Wahda
Champions LeagueAl-Hilal
Al-Ahli
Al-Ittihad
Al-Ettifaq
Matches played182
Goals scored534 (2.93 per match)
Top goalscorerNasser Al-Shamrani (17)
Biggest home winAl-Wahda 8–1 Al Hazm
(24 February 2011)
Biggest away winNajran 1–5 Al-Wahda
(22 April 2011)
Highest scoringAl-Wahda 8–1 Al Hazm
(24 February 2011)
Longest winning runAl-Ittihad (7 games)
Longest unbeaten runAl-Hilal (26 games)
Longest losing runAl Hazm (14 games)
Highest attendance21,174
Al-Ettifaq 2–3 Al-Hilal
Lowest attendance6 (spectator ban)
Al Hazm 1–4 Al-Ettifaq
Average attendance4,204

Al-Hilal were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2009–10 season.[1] The season featured 12 teams from the 2009–10 and two new teams promoted from the 2009–10 First Division: Al-Faisaly and Al Taawon.

On 29 April 2011, Al-Hilal won the title again after a 2–1 home win over Al-Raed. It was their second league title in a row and their thirteenth league title overall. Al-Wahda and Al Hazm were relegated.

Qualification and Prize moneyEdit

The Top three teams of the league plus the winner of Champions Cup qualified for the Champions League.

Saudi football federation announced that Saudi teams will not participate in the next Gulf Club Champions Cup.[2]

The Top six teams qualified for Champions Cup.

and The bottom two teams in the end of the season were relegated.

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

Locations of teams in the 2010-11 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
Al-Faisaly Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium
Al Taawon Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium

Members clubsEdit

Club Coach Nationality City Stadium Capacity 2000-2010 season Notes
Ahli Jeddah Aleksandar Ilic   Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 6th
Al Fateh Fathi Al Jebali   Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 8th
Al Hazm Goran Miscevic   Ar Rass Al Hazm Club Stadium 11,000 7th
Al-Hilal Gabriel Calderon   Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 Champions AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Ettifaq Youssef Zouaoui   Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 30,000 9th
Ittihad Jeddah Hassan Khalifa (caretaker)   Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 2nd AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Al-Nasr Dragan Skočić   Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 3rd AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Al Qadsiyah FC Dimitar Dimitrov   Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 10,000 10th
Al Raed Eurico Gomes   Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 11th
Al-Shabab Enzo Trossero   Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 4th AFC Champions League 2011 Qualifier
Al-Wahda Lotfi Benzarti   Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium 28,550 5th
Najran SC Jose Rachao   Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 10,000 12th
Al-Faisaly Zlatko Dalić   Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium 10,000 1st In 1st Division
Al Taawon Florin Motroc   Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 2nd In 1st Division

Managerial ChangesEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Shabab   Edgar Parreira Short term contract [3]   Jorge Fossati
Al-Ahli   Sergio Farias Joined Al Wasl [4]   Trond Sollied

During the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Ahli   Trond Sollied Sacked [5]   Khaled Badra (Caretaker role)
Al-Ahli   Khaled Badra Full-time coach appointed [6]   Milovan Rajevac
Al-Hilal   Eric Gerets Joined Morocco National Team   Gabriel Calderón [7]
Al-Raed   Luiz Nizzo   Eurico Gomes
Al-Ittihad   Manuel José Resigned   Toni
Al-Shabab   Jorge Fossati Resigned   Enzo Trossero
Al-Nassr   Walter Zenga Sacked   Dragan Skočić
Al-Wehda   Jean-Christian Lang Sacked   Mukhtar Ali Muktar
Al Taawon   Gheorghe Mulţescu Sacked   Florin Motroc
Al-Ahli   Milovan Rajevac Resigned to coach Qatar national team   Aleksandar Ilic
Al-Ettifaq   Marin Ion Sacked   Youssef Zouaoui
Al-Ittihad   Toni Sacked   Dimitri Davidovic
Al-Wehda   Mukhtar Ali Muktar Sacked   Lutfi Binzerti
Al-Nassr   Dragan Skočić Sacked last match day, replaced by Gomes for Kings Cup competition only   Eurico Gomes

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Hilal (C) 26 19 7 0 52 18 +34 64 AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Ittihad 26 13 12 1 49 23 +26 51
3 Al-Ettifaq 26 15 3 8 45 30 +15 48 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
4 Al-Shabab 26 13 7 6 42 30 +12 46
5 Al-Nassr 26 11 10 5 44 34 +10 43
6 Al-Ahli 26 11 4 11 48 41 +7 37 AFC Champions League group stage[a]
7 Al-Faisaly 26 10 5 11 39 47 −8 35
8 Al-Taawon 26 9 8 9 37 31 +6 32[b]
9 Al-Fateh 26 8 7 11 27 35 −8 31
10 Al Raed 26 7 9 10 31 40 −9 30
11 Najran 26 8 2 16 33 52 −19 26
12 Al-Qadisiyah 26 4 11 11 31 39 −8 23
13 Al-Wahda (R) 26 6 6 14 43 44 −1 21[b] Relegated to First Division
14 Al Hazm (R) 26 1 3 22 13 70 −57 6
Source: [1], League Table, RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Al-Ahli secured qualification for the 2012 AFC Champions League through winning the 2011 King Cup of Champions
  2. ^ a b Al-Taawon and Al-Wahda 3 points deducted

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT WAH HZM NAJ RAE FAT QAD TWN FSL
Al-Ittihad 0–0 2–0 2–2 5–2 2–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 3–3
Al-Hilal 0–0 3–3 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 5–1
Al-Ahli 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 5–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–0
Al-Shabab 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 4–3 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–1 4–1 4–1
Al-Nassr 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 6–1 1–0 4–2 0–0 2–2 3–2
Ettifaq 2–1 2–3 4–3 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0
Al-Wahda 1–2 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–1 8–1 2–0 2–3 3–0 0–0 0–0 3–3
Al Hazm 0–3 0–2 1–3 0–4 2–5 1–4 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–3 0–3
Najran 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–4 1–5 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–1
Al Raed 1–2 0–4 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–3 3–2 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–4 0–0 0–0
Al-Fateh 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–1
Al-Qadisiyah 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–2
Al-Taawon 0–1 2–2 2–1 4–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–3 1–0 0–0 1–1 4–1
Al-Faisaly 0–2 2–3 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–2 1–3 1–2 2–1 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 15 May 2011. Source: FIFA.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

AssistEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Saudi Gazette. "Al-Hilal handed Saudi Professional League trophy". saudigazette.com.sa. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. ^ Saudi Gazette. "Leagues to raise number of teams". saudigazette.com.sa. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Al Shabab put faith in Fossati". The AFC. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Farias moves to UAE's Al Wasl". The AFC. 6 July 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Al Ahli show coach Sollied the door". The AFC. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Rajevac takes over Al Ahli reins". The AFC. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Former Argentina International Gabriel Calderon Takes Over At Saudi Giants Al Hilal". Goal.com. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.

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