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The 2011–12 Pro-League season (known as Etisalat Pro-League for sponsorship reasons) was the 37th top-level football season in the UAE, and the fourth Professional season.

Pro-League
Season2011–12
ChampionsAl Ain
10th title
RelegatedEmirates Club
Al Sharjah
Champions LeagueAl Ain
Al Jazira
Al Nasr
Al Shabab
Matches played132
Goals scored449 (3.4 per match)
Top goalscorerGhana Asamoah Gyan (22)
Biggest home winAl Jazira 5–0 Al Sharjah
Biggest away winEmirates Club 1–5 Al Shabab
Al Wasl 2–6 Al Ahli
Al Jazira 1–5 Al-Nasr
Highest scoringAl Sharjah 4–5 Al-Nasr (9 goals)
Highest attendance21,455
Al Jazira 1–3 Al Ain

Al Jazira was the defending champions, having won their 1st Pro-League title in the 2010–11 campaign after being runner-up for three times in a row. Al Dhafra and Ittihad Kalba were relegated from the previous season. Ajman and Emirates were promoted from the UAE Division 1 Group A.[1] The campaign began on 15 October 2011[2] and finished on 27 May 2012.

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TeamsEdit

Ittihad Kalba and Al Dhafra were relegated to the 2011–12 UAE Division 1 Group A after finishing in the bottom two spots of the table at the end of the 2010-11 season. The two relegated teams were replaced by 2nd level champions Ajman Club and runners up Emirates Club.[1]

Stadia and locationsEdit

 
 
Dubai
 
Ajman
 
Abu Dhabi
 
Al Ain
 
Sharjah
 
Ras al-Khaimah
Locations of teams in the 2011–12 UAE Pro-League
Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Al Ahli Dubai Rashed Stadium 18,000
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi Al Jazira Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium 42,056
Al Ain Al Ain Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium 15,000
Al Wahda Abu Dhabi Al-Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Shabab Dubai Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Wasl Dubai Zabeel Stadium 12,000
Al Nasr Dubai Al-Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Sharjah Sharjah Sharjah Stadium 18,000
Ajman Ajman Ajman Stadium 10,000
Dubai Dubai Police Officers Club Stadium 6,500
Bani Yas Abu Dhabi Bani Yas Stadium 9,570
Emirates Club Ras al-Khaimah Emirates Club Stadium 5,000

PersonnelEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain
Al Ahli   Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum   Quique Flores   Mohammed Qassim
Al Jazira   Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan   Caio Junior   Lucas Neill
Al Wahda   Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan   Josef Hickersberger   Fahed Masoud
Al Ain   Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan   Cosmin Olăroiu   Rami Yaslam
Al Sharjah    Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani   Valeriu Tiţa   Nawaf Mubarak
Al Nasr   Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid   Walter Zenga   Abdallah Mousa
Ajman   Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi   Abdulwahab Abdulkadir   Mohamed Zahran
Emirates   Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qassimi   Ghazi Ghrairi   Karim Kerkar
Baniyas   Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan   Gabriel Calderón   Fawzi Bashir
Al Wasl   Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum   Diego Maradona   Khalid Darwish
Al Shabab   Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum   Paulo Bonamigo   Hassan Al Sharif
Dubai   Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum   Ayman Ramadi   Jamal Abdullah

Managerial changesEdit

Managerial changes during the 2011-12 campaign.

Pre-seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al Wasl   Khalifa Mubarak Caretaker role ended[3]   Diego Maradona
Al Jazira   Abel Braga Contract finished   Franky Vercauteren[4]
Al Ain   Alexandre Gallo Contract finished[5]   Cosmin Olăroiu
Baniyas   Mahdi Ali[6] Caretaker role ended   Jorvan Vieira
Al-Ahli   Abdulhameed al Mishtiki Caretaker role ended[7]   Ivan Hašek[8]
Al Sharjah   Carlos Azenha Resigned before season started[9]   Valeriu Tiţa[10]

During the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Dubai   Néstor Clausen Resigned   Umberto Barberis
Dubai   Umberto Barberis Caretaker role ended   Ion Marin[11]
Baniyas   Jorvan Vieira Sacked   Salem Al-Orfi
Al-Ahli   Ivan Hašek Sacked   Quique Flores
Baniyas   Salem Al-Orfi Sacked   Gabriel Calderón[12]
Dubai   Ion Marin Sacked [13]   Pierre-Andre Schurmann
Dubai   Pierre-Andre Schurmann Caretaker role ended   Ayman Ramadi
Al Sharjah   Valeriu Tiţa Sacked[14]   Jorvan Vieira
Al Sharjah   Jorvan Vieira Sacked[15]   Valeriu Tiţa
Al Jazira   Franky Vercauteren Sacked[16]   Caio Junior
Al Sharjah   Valeriu Tiţa Sacked[17]   Abdulmajeed Al Nimr

League tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al Ain (C) 22 17 4 1 52 16 +36 55 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Al Nasr 22 11 8 3 49 33 +16 41 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 Al Shabab 22 10 8 4 39 27 +12 38
4 Al Jazira 22 11 2 9 47 38 +9 35 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
5 Al-Ahli 22 10 4 8 45 42 +3 34
6 Al-Wahda 22 8 9 5 32 30 +2 33
7 Ajman 22 9 4 9 36 35 +1 31
8 Al Wasl 22 7 5 10 32 40 −8 26
9 Baniyas 22 6 6 10 34 39 −5 24 2012–13 GCC Champions League
10 Dubai Club 22 5 5 12 29 40 −11 20
11 Emirates Club (R) 22 5 2 15 28 56 −28 17 Promotion/Relegation Stage
12 Sharjah (R) 22 2 5 15 26 53 −27 11

Updated to games played on 27 May 2012.
Source: Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Al Jazira secured qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League through winning the 2011–12 UAE President's Cup
(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.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] AJM ALI AIN JAZ NAS SHA WAH WAS YAS DUB EMI SHR
Ajman 0–1 1–4 3–4 1–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–1
Al-Ahli 2–0 0–2 2–1 3–3 2–3 2–2 1–2 6–4 5–2 2–0 2–2
Al Ain 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 2–1
Al Jazira 1–0 4–0 1–3 1–5 2–0 4–2 1–0 3–1 0–2 4–1 5–0
Al Nasr 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 5–3 3–2
Al Shabab 4–4 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–1
Al-Wahda 1–0 3–3 2–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0
Al Wasl 2–4 2–6 2–2 0–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 4–1 3–0
Baniyas 1–2 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 4–1 2–2
Dubai Club 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–4 1–2 1–1 0–0 5–2 1–2 2–4 3–0
Emirates Club 1–3 2–1 1–4 3–2 1–3 1–5 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–2
Sharjah 1–3 1–2 1–4 2–2 4–5 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1

Updated to games played on 11 May 2012.
Source: UFL
^ 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.

GoalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Emirates and Ajman to the Pro-League". ufl.ae. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  2. ^ "The UFL Board of Directors approved the agenda of the next season 2011-2012". ufl.ae. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Maradona Confirmed as Al Wasl Coach Football legend to start his managerial role from next season". UFL. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Vercauteren asked to delay UAE switch to Al Jazira". The National. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Al Ain announce officially signing with Cosmin Olaroiu". Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Ali defends his record as Baniyas coach". UFL. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Al Ahli focus on quality coach". The National. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  8. ^ Al Ahli appoint Ivan Hasek as new coach
  9. ^ "Azenha resignation stuns Sharjah". The National. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Sharjah plug their coach gap with Romanian". The National. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Pro League club Dubai unveil Ion Marin as new coach". The National. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Pro League: Baniyas appoint Calderon". The National. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Pierre-Andre Schurmann to become Dubai's fourth manager of the season". The National. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Viera: Sincere respect to Dubai". Pro League. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Pro League news: Bobby Zamora turned down Al Jazira". The National. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Franky Vercauteren dismissed by Al Jazira". The National. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Tita dismissed as Sharjah coach for the second time". The National. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Goals: 2011-2012". Etisalat Pro-League Statistics. Pro League. Retrieved 27 June 2012.

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