2013–14 Qatar Stars League

The 2013–14 Qatari League, also known as Qatari Stars League was the 41st edition of top-level football championship in Qatar. The season was started on 1 September 2013 and was finished on 11 April 2014. Al-Sadd were the defending champions. Lekhwiya won its third league title with 53 points.

Qatar Stars League
Season2013–14
ChampionsLekhwiya
3rd title
RelegatedAl Mu'aidar
Al Rayyan
AFC Champions LeagueLekhwiya
El Jaish
Al-Sadd
Matches played182
Goals scored553 (3.04 per match)
Top goalscorerDioko Kaluyituka (22 goals)

League expansionEdit

At the end of the previous 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.[1] On the 6 October 2013 it was announced that the second tier would be known as the QatarGas League due to sponsorship reasons.[2]

TeamsEdit

Al Ahli were promoted as champions from the 2nd Division. They were joined by Al-Mu'aidar who came in second place and failed to win the end of season playoff against Al-Arabi but secured promotion due to the league expansion

Stadia and locationsEdit

 
 
Doha
 
Umm Salal
 
Al Rayyan
 
Al Khor
Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Qatari League
Club City/Town Stadium Capacity
Al Ahli Doha Al-Ahly Stadium 20,000
Al-Arabi Doha Grand Hamad Stadium[3] 13,000
Al-Gharrafa Al Gharafa Al-Gharafa Stadium 22,000
Al Kharitiyath Al-Rayyan Al-Khawr Stadium 13,000
Al-Khor Al Khor Al-Khawr Stadium 13,000
Al-Muaither Doha Khalifa International Stadium 50,000
Al-Rayyan Al Rayyan Ahmed bin Ali Stadium 22,000
Al-Sadd Doha Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium 18,000
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 13,000
Lekhwiya Doha Lekhwiya Sports Stadium 15,000
Qatar SC Doha Qatar SC Stadium 13,000
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.[4]

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 Ahli   Milan Máčala
Al-Arabi   Paulo César Carpegiani
Al-Gharafa   Diego Aguirre
Al Kharitiyath   Bertrand Marchand
Al-Khor   László Bölöni[5]
Al-Muaither   Ladislas Lozano
Al-Rayyan   Manolo Jiménez
Al-Sadd   Hussein Amotta
Al-Sailiya   Sami Trabelsi
Al-Wakrah   Adnan Dirjal
El Jaish   Nabil Maloul
Lekhwiya   Eric Gerets
Qatar SC   Sebastião Lazaroni
Umm-Salal   Bülent Uygun

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
Al Kharitiyath   Bernard Simondi[6] Contract not renewed 23 May 2013   Bertrand Marchand[7] 26 May 2013
Al Sailiya   Abdullah Mubarak Resigned [8] 8 June 2013   Sami Trabelsi[9] 8 June 2013
Al Arabi   Abdelaziz Bennij Contract not renewed 8 June 2013   Uli Stielike[10] 8 June 2013
Al Wakrah   Mehmed Baždarević Contract not renewed 20 June 2013   Adnan Dirjal[11] 20 June 2013
Umm Salal   Alain Perrin Sacked 30 September 2013   Gérard Gili[12] 30 September 2013
Al Rayyan   Diego Aguirre Sacked 30 October 2013   Manolo Jiménez[13] 6 November 2013
Umm Salal   Gérard Gili Sacked 14 December 2013   Bülent Uygun[14] 14 December 2013
El Jaish   Răzvan Lucescu Sacked 16 January 2014   Nabil Maloul[15] 21 January 2014
Al Arabi   Uli Stielike Sacked [16] 28 January 2014   Paulo César Carpegiani 18 February 2014
Al-Gharafa   Zico Mutual Consent [17] 29 January 2014   Diego Aguirre 6 February 2014
Al Wakrah   Adnan Dirjal Resigned [18] 12 March 2014   Maher Kanzari 1 June 2014

Foreign playersEdit

The number of foreign players is restricted to seven (including an Asian player) per team, with no more than five on pitch during matches.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Asian Player
Al Ahli   Abdullah Omar   Alain Dioko   Mulota Kabangu   John Benson   Ró-Ró   Semih Aksoy   Mojtaba Jabbari
Al-Arabi   Karim Ziani   Wanderley   Bruno Rangel   Thamer Jamal   Mohammed Muddather   Orestes Júnior
Al-Gharrafa   Lisandro López   Nenê   Lassina Diaby   Yousef Ramadan   Miku   Mark Bresciano
Al Kharitiyath   Jaycee John   Domingos   Yahia Kébé   Vivien Assie   Youssef Kaddioui   Mohammed Salam   Naief Al Enezi
Al-Khor   Júlio César   William   Madson   Salam Shaker   Papa Djibril   Farri Agri   Ali Hasan Kamal
Al-Muaither   Jhasmani Campos   Johnson Kendrick   Rodrigo da Costa   Sahilou Ndiaye
Al-Rayyan   Lucho González   Nathan Otávio   Babou Sidiki Barro   Yakubu   Kalu Uche
Al-Sadd   Nadir Belhadj   Rodrigo Tabata   Hamza Sanhaji   Raúl   Lee Jung-soo
Al-Sailiya   Marcelo Tavares   Marcelo Camacho   Moumouni Dagano   Yves Diba Ilunga   Grégory Gomis   Omar Ibrahim   Faouzi Aaish
Al-Wakrah   Sebastián Sáez   Michel Souza   Pejman Khoubiari   Muhannad Darjal   Said Boutahar   Hassan Idriss Dicko   Ali Rehema
El Jaish   Nilmar   Anderson Martins   Wagner Ribeiro   Ivanildo Rodrigues   Jires Kembo Ekoko   Mohammad Mothnani   Go Seul-ki
Lekhwiya   Madjid Bougherra   Tresor Kangambu   Amine Lecomte   Vladimír Weiss   Youssef Msakni   Nam Tae-hee
Qatar SC   Douglao   Adriano   Marcinho   Mostafa Mido   Han Kook-young
Umm-Salal   Cabore   Victor Simões   Khalid Jaberti   Jawad Ahnash   Otmane El Assas   Rashid Mohammed   Pejman Montazeri

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Lekhwiya (C) 26 16 5 5 55 30 +25 53 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 El Jaish 26 14 6 6 39 27 +12 48 2015 AFC Champions League 2nd qualifying round
3 Al Sadd 26 13 8 5 54 30 +24 47
4 Al Sailiya 26 11 9 6 45 37 +8 42
5 Al-Arabi 26 11 6 9 41 41 0 39 2015 GCC Champions League Group Stage
6 Al Ahli 26 9 7 10 48 50 −2 34
7 Umm Salal 26 9 7 10 34 36 −2 34
8 Al-Wakrah 26 8 8 10 41 40 +1 32
9 Al-Gharafa 26 8 8 10 40 41 −1 32
10 Qatar SC 26 8 7 11 34 40 −6 31
11 Al-Khor 26 5 15 6 29 30 −1 30
12 Al Kharaitiyat 26 7 8 11 31 34 −3 29
13 Al Rayyan (R) 26 7 8 11 34 40 −6 29
2015 GCC Champions League Group Stage
Relegation to the 2014–15 Qatari 2nd Division
14 Al Mu'aidar (R) 26 4 2 20 28 69 −41 14 Relegation to the 2014–15 Qatari 2nd Division
Updated to match(es) played on 11 April 2014. Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated

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