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The 2013–14 UAE Pro-League, known as the Arabian Gulf League for sponsorship reasons,[1] is the 39th top-level football season in the United Arab Emirates, and the sixth professional season. Fourteen teams participate, once again with Al Ain as the defending champions after winning the previous two seasons.

Arabian Gulf League
Season2013–14
ChampionsAl-Ahli
RelegatedDubai
Al-Shaab
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Ahli
Al-Wahda
Al-Jazira
Al-Ain
Gulf Champions LeagueAl-Nasr
Al-Shabab
Matches played182
Goals scored571 (3.14 per match)
Average goals/game3.13
Top goalscorerAsamoah Gyan (29)

The league started on 14 September and finished on 11 May 2014 in accordance with FIFA guidelines ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[2]

The league was previously known as the Pro League. Starting from the 2013–14 season the name was changed to UAE Arabian Gulf League.[3] The name change has been viewed as a revival of the Persian Gulf naming dispute[4] with Iran accusing the United Arab Emirates of racism,[5][6] and the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran barring the transfer of Javad Nekounam to a UAE club.[7]

Contents

TeamsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

 
 
Dubai
 
Ajman
 
Abu Dhabi
 
Al Ain
 
Sharjah
 
Ras al-Khaimah
 
Madinat Zayed
 
Sharjah
 
Ras al-Khaimah
Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Arabian Gulf League
Team Home city Manager Stadium Capacity
Ajman Ajman   Abdul Wahab Abdul Qader[8] Ajman Stadium 10,000
Al Ahli Dubai   Cosmin Olăroiu Rashed Stadium 18,000
Al Ain Al Ain   Quique Flores Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
15,000
25,000
Al Dhafra Madinat Zayed   Abdullah Ahmed Mesfer Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Jazira Abu Dhabi   Walter Zenga Al Jazira Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium 42,056
Al Nasr Dubai   Ivan Jovanovic[9] Al-Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Shaab Sharjah Sharjah   Zeljko Petrovic Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium 10,000
Al Shabab Dubai   Marcos Paqueta Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000
Al Sharjah Sharjah   Paulo Bonamigo[10] Sharjah Stadium 18,000
Al Wahda Abu Dhabi   Jose Peseiro Al-Nahyan Stadium 12,000
Al Wasl Dubai   Hector Cuper Zabeel Stadium 12,000
Bani Yas Abu Dhabi   Adnan Hamad Bani Yas Stadium 9,570
Dubai Dubai   Umberto Barberis Police Officers Club Stadium 6,500
Emirates Ras al-Khaimah   Paulo Comelli Emirates Club Stadium 5,000

Managerial changesEdit

Managerial changes during the 2013-14 campaign.

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al Wahda   Josef Hickersberger End of contract   Karel Jarolim[12]
Al Ahli   Quique Flores[13] End of contract   Cosmin Olăroiu [14]
Al Nasr   Walter Zenga[15] Mutual Consent   Ivan Jovanovic [16]
Baniyas   Salem Al Orafi[17] End of contract   Jorge da Silva[18]
Dubai   Rene Marsiglia[17] End of contract   Martin Rueda [19]
Al Wasl   Eid Baroot End of contract   Laurent Banide[20]
Al Ain   Cosmin Olăroiu Joined Al Ahli   Jorge Fossati [21]
Al Ain   Jorge Fossati Sacked   Ahmad Abdullah [22]
Al Wasl   Laurent Banide [23] Sacked   Saleem Abdelrahman
Al Jazira   Luis Milla Sacked   Walter Zenga [24]
Al Ain   Ahmad Abdullah Temp mandate over   Quique Flores
Dubai   Martin Rueda Sacked [25]   Umberto Barberis
Al Wahda   Karel Jarolim Sacked [26]   Jose Peseiro [27]
Emirates   Eid Baroot Sacked [28]   Paulo Comelli [29]
Al Shaab   Marius Șumudică Sacked [30]   Jamsheer Muratocalo
Al Shaab   Jamsheer Muratocalo Caretaker role finished [31]   Zeljko Petrovic
Baniyas   Jorge da Silva Sacked   Adnan Hamad
Al Wasl   Hector Cuper Sacked   Saleem Abdelrahman

Foreign playersEdit

The number of foreign players is restricted to four per AGL team.

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Former Players1
Ajman   Simon Feindouno   Boris Kabi   Bakari Koné   Ahmad Ibrahim   Driss Fettouhi
Al Ahli   Grafite   Ciel   Luis Jiménez   Hugo Viana   Esad Bajrić
Al Ain   Alex Brosque   Yassine El Ghanassy   Asamoah Gyan   Mirel Rădoi   Michel Bastos
  Jirès Kembo
Al Dhafra   Rogério   Bilal Najjarin   Kamel Chafni   Makhete Diop   Emmanuel Clottey
Al Jazira   Jucilei   Felipe Caicedo   Abdelaziz Barrada   Shin Hyung-Min None
Al-Nasr   Brett Holman   Léo Lima   Éder Luís   Ibrahima Toure None
Al-Shaab   Josimar Lima   Michaël N'dri   Oybek Kilichev   Jesús Meza   Billy Celeski
  Thiago Quirino
  Julius Wobay
Al Shabab   Adeílson   Edgar   Carlos Villanueva   Azizbek Haydarov   Éder
Al Sharjah   Maurício Ramos   Zé Carlos   Fellype Gabriel   Kim Jung-Woo None
Al-Wahda   Damián Díaz   Sebastián Tagliabué   Adil Hermach None   Dino Djulbic
  Marco Estrada
Al Wasl   Emmanuel Culio   Mariano Donda   Ricardo Oliveira   Edson Puch   Milan Susak
  Abdelfettah Boukhriss
  André Senghor
Baniyas   Luis Fariña   Sebastián Prediger   Carlos Muñoz   Abdul Salam Amer   Marcelinho
Dubai   Gilles Yapi Yapo   Moustapha Kondé   Salaheddine Saidi   Jehad Al-Hussain   Bruno Correa
  Andre Alves
  Dramane Traoré
Emirates   Germán Herrera   Derley   Luiz Henrique   Rodrigo   Diego
  Jair

Note:
^1 Foreign players who left their clubs after first half of the season;
^2 Injury Replacement Players;

League tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Ahli (C) 26 20 4 2 55 28 +27 64 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Al-Wahda 26 13 9 4 53 33 +20 48 2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Al Jazira 26 12 9 5 46 35 +11 45
4 Al Shabab 26 13 5 8 42 28 +14 44 2015 GCC Champions League Group Stage
5 Al Nasr 26 13 5 8 42 32 +10 44
6 Al Ain 26 12 7 7 52 33 +19 43 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
7 Al Sharjah 26 10 10 6 29 25 +4 40
8 Al-Dhafra 26 9 8 9 44 44 0 35
9 Baniyas 26 8 7 11 43 42 +1 31
10 Ajman 26 7 7 12 39 46 −7 28
11 Emirates Club 26 6 7 13 40 53 −13 25
12 Al Wasl 26 7 4 15 32 47 −15 25
13 Dubai Club (R) 26 3 6 17 24 63 −39 15 Relegation to UAE Division 1 Group A
14 Al-Shaab (R) 26 3 4 19 28 61 −33 13

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source: Arabian Gulf League 2013-2014 table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

  • Al Ain qualified through winning the Presidents Cup.

ResultsEdit

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

Updated to games played on 11 May 2014.
Source: Soccerway
^ 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.

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