2013–14 UAE Pro-League
The 2013–14 UAE Pro-League, known as the Arabian Gulf League for sponsorship reasons, 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.
|AFC Champions League||Al-Ahli|
|Gulf Champions League||Al-Nasr|
|Goals scored||571 (3.14 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Asamoah Gyan (29)|
The league was previously known as the Pro League. Starting from the 2013–14 season the name was changed to UAE Arabian Gulf League. The name change has been viewed as a revival of the Persian Gulf naming dispute with Iran accusing the United Arab Emirates of racism, and the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran barring the transfer of Javad Nekounam to a UAE club.
Stadia and locationsEdit
|Ajman||Ajman||Abdul Wahab Abdul Qader||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
|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||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||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 changes during the 2013-14 campaign.
The number of foreign players is restricted to four per AGL team.
^1 Foreign players who left their clubs after first half of the season;
^2 Injury Replacement Players;
|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[a]|
|2||Al-Wahda||26||13||9||4||53||33||+20||48||2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round|
|4||Al Shabab||26||13||5||8||42||28||+14||44||2015 GCC Champions League Group Stage|
|6||Al Ain||26||12||7||7||52||33||+19||43||2015 AFC Champions League Group stage[a]|
|13||Dubai Club (R)||26||3||6||17||24||63||−39||15||Relegation to UAE Division 1 Group A|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Al Ain qualified through winning the Presidents Cup.
|Home \ Away||AJM||ALI||AIN||DHA||JAZ||NAS||SHB||SHA||SHR||WAH||WAS||YAS||DUB||EMI|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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- "New coach Paulo Comelli intent on proving he is no 'tourist'". The National. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "Emirates unveil new Head Coach Paulo Comelli". Pro League Committee. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "Shaab coach sacked in seventh casualty of Arabian Gulf League this season". The National. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- "Al Shaab turn to Zeljko Petrovic to save Arabian Gulf League campaign". The National. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.