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2012–13 Saudi Professional League

The 2012–13 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Zain League, because of its sponsorship) was the 37th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Professional League
Season2012–2013
ChampionsAl Fateh (1st title)
RelegatedHajer
Al-Wahda
Champions LeagueAl Fateh
Al-Ittihad
Al-Hilal
Al-Shabab
Matches played182
Goals scored531 (2.92 per match)
Top goalscorerSebastián Tagliabué (19 Goals)
Highest scoringAl-Faisaly 6–1 Najran
Longest winning runAl-Hilal 10 Games
Longest unbeaten runAl Fateh 17 Games
Longest losing runAl-Wahda 11 Games
Highest attendance28,188
Al-Ahli 1–1 Al-Ittihad
Lowest attendance60
Al-Shoalah 1–1 Al-Faisaly
Average attendance3,544

Al-Shabab were the defending champions, having won the previous 2011–12 League season. The season featured 12 teams from the 2011–12 and two new teams promoted from the 2011–12 First Division: Al-Shoalah and Al-Wahda who replace relegated Al-Qadisiyah and Al-Ansar.

On 14 April 2013, Al Fateh won the title after a 1–0 home win over Al-Ahli. It was their first ever league title.[1]

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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 were relegated.

Prize money:

  • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
  • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Locations of teams in the 2012–13 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 23,000
Al-Shoalah Al Kharj Al-Shoalah Club Stadium 8,000
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-Wahda Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium 38,000
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

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Position
Al-Ittihad Beñat San José SportOne STC 5th
Al-Hilal Zlatko Dalić Adidas Mobily 3rd
Al-Ahli Aleksander Ilic Umbro STC 2nd
Al Fateh Fathi Al Jebali Lotto Kia 6th
Hajer Tareq Yahya Hattrick Al-Ghadeer co. 11th
Al-Ettifaq Maciej Skorza Puma 4th
Al-Nassr José Daniel Carreño NFC STC 7th
Al-Shoalah Ahmad Alajlani Puma Tania Co. 1st In 1st Division
Al Raed Vlatko Kostov Hattrick Al-Remikhani 10th
Al-Shabab Michel Preud'homme Adidas STC 1st
Al-Wahda Wajdi Esside Hattrick 2nd in 1st Division
Najran Gjoko Hadžievski Adidas 9th
Al-Faisaly Marc Brys Hattrick Al-Bana'a 8th
Al Taawon Tawfiq Rawabeh JAKO 12th

Managerial changesEdit

Managerial changes during the 2012–13 campaign.

Pre-seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Ettifaq Sameer Hilal Temporary mandate over Alain Geiger
Al-Faisaly Zlatko Dalić Contract expired Marc Brys
Al-Hilal Ivan Hasek Antoine Kombouaré
Al Taawon Khalid Kamal Temporary mandate over Gjoko Hadžievski
Najran Gjoko Hadžievski Miodrag Ješić

During the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Nasr Francisco Maturana Sacked José Daniel Carreño[2]
Ettifaq Alain Geiger Sacked Maciej Skorza[3]
Al-Wahda Basheer Abdulsamad Resigned Wajdi Esside
Hajer Ednaldo Patricio Sacked Tareq Yahya
Al-Shoalah Mohammed Salah Sacked[4] Ahmad Alajlani[4]
Al-Hilal Antoine Kombouaré Sacked[5] Zlatko Dalić
Al Raed Ammar Souayah Resigned[6] Vlatko Kostov
Najran Miodrag Ješić Sacked[7] AlKhamis Alobidi
Al Taawon Gjoko Hadžievski Sacked[8] Tawfiq Rawabeh
Al-Ittihad Raúl Caneda Sacked[9] Beñat San José
Al-Ahli Karel Jarolím Sacked[10] Aleksander Ilic
Najran AlKhamis Alobidi Sacked[11] Alhassan Al-Yami
Najran Alhassan Al-Yami Temporary mandate over Gjoko Hadžievski

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Fateh (C) 26 20 4 2 52 23 +29 64 AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Hilal 26 17 5 4 62 26 +36 56
3 Al-Shabab 26 17 5 4 53 36 +17 56
4 Al-Nassr 26 14 8 4 41 24 +17 50
5 Al-Ahli 26 12 8 6 51 33 +18 44
6 Ettifaq 26 9 8 9 33 38 −5 35
7 Al-Ittihad 26 8 9 9 36 36 0 33 AFC Champions League group stage[a]
8 Al-Raed 26 7 11 8 30 41 −11 32
9 Al-Shoalah 26 8 6 12 32 42 −10 30
10 Najran 26 6 7 13 31 52 −21 25
11 Al-Faisaly 26 6 6 14 35 43 −8 24
12 Al-Taawon 26 3 10 13 25 37 −12 19
13 Hajer (R) 26 3 7 16 24 48 −24 16 Relegation to 2013–14 First Division
14 Al-Wahda (R) 26 2 6 18 26 52 −26 12
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-Ittihad secured qualification for the 2014 AFC Champions League through winning the 2013 King Cup of Champions

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Home \ Away ITT HIL AHI SHB NAS ETT HJR WAH NAJ RAE FAT SHL TWN FSL
Al-Ittihad 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–2
Al-Hilal 4–2 4–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 6–0 1–2 4–2 0–0 1–0
Al-Ahli 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 5–1 1–2 3–3 5–0 1–1 2–1
Al-Shabab 2–2 3–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–4 2–1 2–1 3–2
Al-Nassr 0–1 1–3 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 0–0 3–1 3–2 2–1
Ettifaq 0–0 2–2 1–4 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–4 0–2 2–0 1–1
Hajer 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–2 0–1 2–3 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–4 0–1 3–3
Al-Wahda 2–1 1–2 1–3 2–5 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–2
Najran 2–0 0–6 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–1
Al-Raed 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–0
Al-Fateh 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 4–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0
Al-Shoalah 1–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–5 0–0 2–3 1–0 1–1
Al-Taawon 3–3 1–4 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–0
Al-Faisaly 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–3 1–2 2–3 3–0 4–3 6–1 2–2 0–0 0–2 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 20 April 2013. Source: FIFA.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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