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The 2012–13 Qatari League, also known as Qatari Stars League was the 40th edition of top level football championship in Qatar. The season started on 15 September 2012 and took a monthlong break from 21 December to 21 January 2013 due to the Gulf Cup of Nations. Lekhwiya were the defending champions. Al-Sadd won the league for the 13th time in their history, making them the most successful team in the Qatar Stars League.

Qatar Stars League
Season2012–13
ChampionsAl-Sadd
13th title
RelegatedAl Sailiya
Champions LeagueAl-Sadd
Lekhwiya
El Jaish
Top goalscorerSebastián Soria
(19 goals)

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TeamsEdit

Al Ahli were relegated to the second level league after finishing bottom in the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League campaign.

Al-Sailiya were promoted as the 2nd level champions and are back after one season away from the top flight.

Stadia and locationsEdit

 
 
Doha
 
Umm Salal
 
Al Rayyan
 
Al Khor
Locations of teams in the 2012–13 Qatari League
Club City/Town Stadium Capacity
Al-Arabi Doha Grand Hamad Stadium 13,000
Al-Gharrafa Al Gharafa Al-Gharafa Stadium 22,000
Al Kharitiyath Al-Rayyan Al-Khawr Stadium 12,000
Al-Khor Al Khor Al-Khawr Stadium 12,000
Al-Rayyan Al Rayyan Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 22,000
Al-Sadd Doha Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium 10,000
Al-Sailiya Doha Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 1 22,000
Al-Wakrah Al Wakrah Al-Wakrah Stadium 12,000
El Jaish Doha Qatar SC Stadium 12,000
Lekhwiya Doha Lekhwiya Sports Stadium 10,000
Qatar SC Doha Qatar SC Stadium 12,000
Umm-Salal Umm Salal Grand Hamad Stadium 13,000

1 Al Sailiya do not have a stadium of their own so will share with Al Rayyan.[1]

Personnel and kitsEdit

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Al-Arabi   Abdelaziz Bennij   Masoud Zeraei Adidas QPM
Al-Gharafa   Habib Sadek   Alex Errea Vodafone
Al Kharitiyath   Bernard Simondi   Nabeel Anwar BURRDA Al-Khuratiyat Co.
Al-Khor   László Bölöni   Mostafa Jalal Adidas Qatar Airlines
Al-Rayyan   Diego Aguirre   Fábio César Adidas Rayan Co.
Al-Sadd   Hussein Amotta   Abdulla Koni BURRDA Vodafone
Al-Sailiya   Abdullah Mubarak   Abdulla Darwish Nike Qatar Islamic Bank
Al-Wakrah   Mehmed Baždarević   Ali Rehema Nike Opel
El Jaish   Razvan Lucescu   Karim Ziani Nike Masrat Rayan
Lekhwiya   Eric Gerets   Dame Traoré BURRDA Masrat Rayan
Qatar SC   Sebastiao Lazaroni   Hussain Al Romaihi Adidas Qatar Petroleum
Umm-Salal   Bertrand Marchand   Saša Ognenovski Nike Global Sports

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
El Jaish   Péricles Chamusca Contract expired [2] 9 May 2012   Razvan Lucescu [3] 9 May 2012
Al-Sadd   Jorge Fossati Contract expired 19 May 2012   Hussein Amotta [4] 1 June 2012
Al-Khor   Alain Perrin Signed by Qatar U-23[5] 21 May 2012   László Bölöni [6] 21 June 2012
Al-Wakrah   Adnan Dirjal Resigned [7] 23 May 2012   Mehmed Baždarević 23 May 2012
Umm-Salal   Gérard Gili Contract expired 20 June 2012   Bertrand Marchand [8] 27 June 2012
Qatar SC   Saïd Chiba Contract expired 8 July 2012   Sebastiao Lazaroni [9] 9 July 2012
Al Kharitiyath   Laurent Banide Contract expired 20 July 2012   Bernard Simondi [10] 23 July 2012
Al Arabi   Pierre Lechantre Sacked [11] 30 September 2012   Hassan Shehata [12] 11 October 2012
Lekhwiya   Djamel Belmadi Resigned 8 October 2012   Eric Gerets [13] 8 October 2012
Al-Sailiya   Uli Stielike Sacked 8 October 2012   Maher Kanzari [14] 8 October 2012
Al-Gharrafa   Paulo Silas Sacked 27 November 2012   Habib Sadek [15] 27 November 2012
Al Arabi   Hassan Shehata Sacked [16] 6 December 2012   Abdelaziz Bennij 6 December 2012
Al-Gharrafa   Habib Sadek Temp mandate over 20 December 2012   Alain Perrin [17] 20 December 2012
Al-Sailiya   Maher Kanzari Resigned[18] 31 January 2013   Abdullah Mubarak 31 January 2013
Al-Gharrafa   Alain Perrin Resigned[19] 21 February 2013   Habib Sadek 21 February 2013
Umm Salal   Bertrand Marchand ? ?   Alain Perrin ?

League ExpansionEdit

At the end of the season it was announced that the 2013–14 season would feature 14 teams. The decision to increase the numbers of teams means Al Sailiya – who finished bottom of the league – will avoid relegation. Meanwhile, Muaither – who lost to Al Arabi in the play-offs – will join as the 14th team.

The Second Division and the reserve league will also merge to create a stronger second tier.[20]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al Sadd (C) 22 16 3 3 47 23 +24 51 2014 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Lekhwiya 22 14 4 4 42 22 +20 46 2014 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 El Jaish 22 13 1 8 25 23 +2 40
4 Al Rayyan 22 11 4 7 49 37 +12 37 2014 AFC Champions League Group stage
5 Umm Salal 22 9 4 9 30 37 −7 31
6 Al Gharafa 22 8 6 8 26 28 −2 30
7 Al Khor 22 7 8 7 26 24 +2 29
8 Qatar SC 22 7 5 10 31 34 −3 26
9 Al Wakra 22 7 5 10 27 31 −4 26
10 Al Kharitiyath 22 4 8 10 21 27 −6 20
11 Al-Arabi 22 3 8 11 25 40 −15 17 Promotion/Relegation Playoff
12 Al Sailiya (R) 22 3 4 15 29 52 −23 13 Relegation
Updated to match(es) played on 18 April 2013. Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

Relegation PlayoffEdit

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Home \ Away ARA GHA KHA KHO RAY SAD SAI WAK JAI LEK QSC UMM
Al-Arabi 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–3 0–2 0–1
Al Gharafa 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1
Al Kharitiyath 4–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–1
Al Khor 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–2
Al Rayyan 0–0 5–1 2–2 1–3 1–4 1–4 0–2 3–1 2–1 3–1
Al Sadd 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–4 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0
Al Sailiya 2–2 2–3 1–1 3–7 1–4 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–3 2–3
Al Wakra 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–3 1–3 3–2 0–1 0–4 0–0 2–0
El Jaish 3–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–2
Lekhwiya 4–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–3 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–0
Qatar SC 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–2 1–3 2–5 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–2
Umm Salal 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–5 0–1 2–1 3–2 0–1 1–3 3–1
Updated to match(es) played on 26 January 2013. Source: Qatar Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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