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2011–12 Saudi Professional League

The 2011–12 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Zain League, because of its sponsorship) was the 36th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Professional League
Season2011–2012
ChampionsAl-Shabab (6th title)
RelegatedAl-Ansar
Al-Qadisiya
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Shabab
Al-Ahli
Al-Hilal
Al-Ettifaq
UAFA Club CupAl-Fateh
Al-Nassr
GCC Champions LeagueAl-Faisaly
Najran
Matches played182
Goals scored537 (2.95 per match)
Top goalscorerVictor Simões
Nasser Al-Shamrani
(21 Goals)
Biggest home winAl-Ittihad 7-0 Hajer
Biggest away winAl-Qadisiya 0-8 Al-Ittihad
Highest scoringAl-Qadisiya 4-5 Al-Hilal
Longest winning runAl-Hilal 9 games
Longest unbeaten runAl-Shabab 26 games
Longest losing runAl-Ansar 17 games
Highest attendance22,996
Al-Hilal 4–0 Al-Ahli
Lowest attendance28
Al-Qadisiya 2–2 Al-Faisaly
Average attendance4,374

Al-Hilal were once again the defending champions for this season, having won the previous two editions in 2009–10 and 2010–11 respectively. The season featured 12 teams from the 2010–11 and two new teams promoted from the 2010–11 First Division: Hajer and Al-Ansar who replace relegated Al-Wahda and Al Hazm.

On 14 April 2012, Al-Shabab won the title after a 1–1 away game with Al-Ahli. It was their first league title since 2006 and their sixth league title overall. Al-Qadisiyah and Al-Ansar were relegated.

Qualification and Prize moneyEdit

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

The Top eight 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 2011-12 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23.000
Al-Ansar Medina Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Stadium 20.000
Al Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27.550
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67.000
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 26.000
Al-Ittihad Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23.000
Al-Nasr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67.000
Al Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25.000
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 67.000
Al-Qadisiya Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 20.100
Najran SC Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 2.800
Al-Faisaly Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium 7.000
Al Taawon Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25.000
Hajer Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27.550

Members clubsEdit

Club Coach Nationality City Stadium Capacity 2010-2011 season Notes
Ahli Jeddah Karel Jarolím   Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 6th
Al Fateh Fathi Al Jebali   Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 9th
Hajer Club Ednaldo Patricio   Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27,550 1st In 1st Division
Al-Hilal Ivan Hasek   Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 Champions AFC Champions League 2012 Qualifier
Ettifaq Sameer Hilal   Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 30,000 3rd AFC Champions League 2012 Qualifier
Ittihad Jeddah Raúl Caneda   Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 2nd AFC Champions League 2012 Qualifier
Al-Nasr Francisco Maturana   Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 5th
Al-Ansar Jalal Qaderi   Medina Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Stadium 25,000 2nd In 1st Division
Al Raed Ammar Souayah   Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 10th
Al-Shabab Michel Preud'homme   Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 4th
Al Qadsiyah FC Mariano Barreto   Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 12th
Najran SC Gjoko Hadžievski   Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 10,000 11th
Al-Faisaly Zlatko Dalić   Harmah Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium 7,000 8th
Al Taawon Khalid Kamal   Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000 7th

Managerial changesEdit

Managerial changes during the 2011-12 campaign.

Pre-seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Shabab   Enzo Trossero Contract not renewed [1]   Michel Preud'homme
Al-Hilal   Gabriel Calderon Sacked [2]   Sami Al Jaber
Al-Hilal   Sami Al Jaber Caretaker role ended   Thomas Doll
Al-Nasr   Dragan Skočić Sacked   Gustavo Costas
Ettifaq   Youssef Zouaoui Contract ended [3]   Branko Ivanković
Al-Ahli   Aleksandar Ilic Contract ended   Karel Jarolím

During the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Ansar   Blaz Sliskovic Resigned   Ayub Ghulam
Al-Ansar   Ayub Ghulam Caretaker role ended   Jalal Qaderi
Al Raed   Eurico Gomes Sacked, Al Raed 2nd bottom of league   Hafez Al-Hoarbi
Al Raed   Hafez Al-Hoarbi Caretaker role ended   Ammar Souayah
Al Ittihad   Dimitri Davidovic Sacked [4]   Abdullah Gurab
Al-Nasr   Gustavo Costas Sacked   Ali Kamikh
Al-Nasr   Ali Kamikh Caretaker role ended   Francisco Maturana
Al-Ittihad   Abdullah Gurab Caretaker role ended   Matjaž Kek
Al Taawon   Florin Motroc Resigned   Grigore Sichitiu
Al Taawon   Grigore Sichitiu Caretaker role ended   Srecko Juricic
Al Taawon   Srecko Juricic Sacked   Grigore Sichitiu
Al-Hilal   Thomas Doll Sacked   Heiko Bonon &   Sami Al Jaber
Al-Hilal   Heiko Bonon &   Sami Al Jaber Temporary mandate   Ivan Hasek [5]
Al Ittihad   Matjaž Kek Sacked [6]   Abdullah Gurab
Al-Ittihad   Abdullah Gurab Caretaker role ended [7]   Raul Caneda
Ettifaq   Branko Ivanković Sacked [8]   Sameer Hilal
Al Taawon   Grigore Sichitiu Caretaker role ended   Khalid Kamal

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Shabab (C) 26 19 7 0 50 16 +34 64 AFC Champions League group stage[a]
2 Al-Ahli 26 19 5 2 60 22 +38 62
3 Al-Hilal 26 18 6 2 58 22 +36 60
4 Al-Ettifaq 26 13 8 5 41 26 +15 47
5 Al-Ittihad 26 10 7 9 49 35 +14 37
6 Al-Fateh 26 10 7 9 37 41 −4 37 UAFA Club Cup
7 Al-Nassr 26 10 5 11 39 37 +2 35
8 Al-Faisaly 26 7 9 10 36 41 −5 30 GCC Champions League
9 Najran 26 7 9 10 34 49 −15 30
10 Al-Raed 26 8 4 14 28 39 −11 28
11 Hajer 26 6 7 13 23 45 −22 25
12 Al-Taawon 26 4 7 15 28 52 −24 19
13 Al-Qadisiyah (R) 26 4 6 16 34 52 −18 18 Relegation to First Division
14 Al-Ansar (R) 26 3 1 22 19 60 −41 10
Source: FIFA.COM، League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Al-Ettifaq secured qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League due to Al-Ahli winning the 2012 King Cup of Champions

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT HJR ANS NAJ RAE FAT QAD TWN FSL
Al-Ittihad 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 7–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 5–3 4–2
Al-Hilal 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–0 3–3 3–1 6–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–1
Al-Ahli 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–3 5–1 4–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 4–2 2–0
Al-Shabab 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 6–1 3–0 4–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Al-Nassr 1–3 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–0 4–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 3–2 5–0 1–1
Ettifaq 1–0 2–2 0–4 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–0 3–2 5–1 1–2
Hajer 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–4 1–0 2–1 1–1
Al-Nassr 1–3 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 2–1
Najran 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–4 2–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1
Al-Raed 2–0 1–1 1–5 1–2 1–4 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–4
Al-Fateh 3–2 0–5 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–6 0–0 2–1
Al-Qadisiyah 0–8 4–5 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Al-Taawon 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–4 0–2 3–3 2–2 1–2
Al-Faisaly 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 18 April 2012. Source: FIFA.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Preud'Homme to coach Al Shabab". AFC. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Al Hilal show Calderon the door". AFC. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Ivankovic is new Al Ittifaq coach". AFC. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Al Ittihad dismiss Davidovic". AFC. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Hasek set for Hilal hot seat". AFC. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Al Ittihad call time on Kek". AFC. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Raul Caneda unveiled as new Al Ittihad coach". Goal. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Al Ettifaq sack coach Ivancovic". AFC. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Saudi League Statistics". slstat.com. slstat.com. Retrieved 14 October 2011.

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