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2013–14 Saudi Professional League

The 2013–14 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Abdul Latif Jameel League, because of its sponsorship) was the 38th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Professional League
Season2013–2014
ChampionsAl-Nassr (6th title)
RelegatedAl-Nahda
Al-Ettifaq
Champions LeagueAl-Nassr
Al-Hilal
Al-Shabab
Al-Ahli
Matches played182
Goals scored515 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorerNasser Al-Shamrani
(21 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Shabab 6–0 Al-Nahda
Biggest away winAl-Shabab 1–4 Al-Ittihad
Highest scoringAl-Ittihad 4–4 Al-Nahda
Longest winning run13 games
Al-Nassr
Longest unbeaten run22 games
Al-Nassr
Longest losing run6 games
Al-Shoalah
Highest attendance52,551
Al-Nassr 1-1 Al-Taawon
Lowest attendance184
al-NahdaAl-Shoalah
Average attendance4910

Al Fateh were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2012–13 season.[1] The season was featured 12 teams from the 2012–13 League and two new teams promoted from the 2012–13 First Division: Al-Oruba and Al-Nahda who replace relegated Hajer and Al-Wahda.

On 28 March 2014, Al-Nassr won the title after a 1–1 away game with Al-Shabab. It was their first league title since 1995 and their seventh league title overall.

TeamsEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Locations of teams in the 2013–14 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 Nassr 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-Oruba FC Sakakah Al-Oruba Club Stadium 5,000
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
Al-Nahda Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 26,000

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Position
Al-Ittihad   Amro Anwar SportOne 7th
Al-Hilal   Sami Al-Jaber Nike Mobily 2nd
Al-Ahli   Vítor Pereira Umbro 5th
Al Fateh   Fathi Al Jebali Lotto Kia 1st
Al-Nahda   Jalal Qaderi Adidas 2nd In 1st Division
Al-Ettifaq   Eusebiu Tudor Puma 6th
Al-Nassr   José Daniel Carreño NFC 4th
Al-Shoalah   José Maqueda Puma 9th
Al Raed   Noureddine Zekri Hattrick 8th
Al-Shabab   Emilio Ferrera Adidas Sanabel Al Salam 3rd
Al-Oruba   Djamel Belkacem Herfy 1st in 1st Division
Najran   Gjoko Hadžievski Adidas 10th
Al-Faisaly   Marc Brys Hattrick 11th
Al Taawon   Tawfiq Rawabeh JAKO 12th

Managerial changesEdit

Managerial changes during the 2013-14 campaign.

Pre-seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Hilal   Zlatko Dalić Contract not renewed   Sami Al-Jaber [2]
Al-Ahli   Aleksander Ilic Contract not renewed   Vítor Pereira [3]
Ettifaq   Maciej Skorza Contract not renewed [4]   Theo Bucker
Al Raed   Vlatko Kostov Contract not renewed   Noureddine Zekri

During the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by
Al-Nahda   Ilie Balaci Sacked   Ayman Makhlouf
Al-Shabab   Michel Preud'homme Resigned [5]   Emilio Ferrera
Al-Ettifaq   Theo Bucker Sacked   Eusebiu Tudor
Al-Shoalah   Ahmad Al-Ajlani Sacked   José Maqueda
Al-Ittihad   Beñat San José Sacked   Amro Anwar
Al-Nahda   Ayman Makhlouf Caretaker role over   Jalal Qaderi
Ettifaq   Goran Tufegdžić Sacked   Ioan Andone
Al-Raed   Noureddine Zekri Sacked

Foreign playersEdit

The number of foreign players is restricted to four per SPL team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries.

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Asian Player Non-Visa Foreign1 Former Players2
Al-Ahli   Eric de Oliveira   Mossoró    Luís Leal   Suk Hyun-Jun   Majed Al Khaibari   Younis Mahmoud
Al-Faisaly   Reinaldo   Marcelo Nicácio   Khalil Bani Attiah   Yaseen Al-Bakhit None None
Al-Fateh   Élton   Doris Salumo   Ammar Jemal   Mohamad Haidar None None
Al-Hilal   Thiago Neves   Digao   Segundo Castillo   Kwak Tae-Hwi None   Adil Hermach
Al Nassr   Mourad Delhoum   Élton Brandão   Amad Al Hosni   Mohamed Husain None   Rafael Bastos
  Everton
Al-Nahda   Saddick Adams   Habib Meïté   Amine Abbes None None   Adama Traoré
  Ismaeel Abdulatif
Al-Orobah   Jean Bapidi Fils   Charles Edoa   Ibrahim Salah   Abdallah Deeb None   Eliassou Issiaka
Al-Raed   Bruno Moreno   Alexis Mondomo   Issoumaila Dao   Hussain Al-Hadhri None   Lawrence Doe
Al-Taawon   Vinícius Reche   Paul Alo'o   David Ochieng   Shadi Abu Hash'hash None None
Al Shabab   Rafinha   Fernando Menegazzo   Macnelly Torres    Imad Khalili None None
Al-Shoalah   Lassana Fané   Mamoudou Kondo   Hassan Taïr   Mohammad Mustafa None None
Ettifaq   Danny Morais   Nicolae Grigore   Papa Waigo   Murilo de Almeida None   Ahmed Kano
Ittihad   Leandro Bonfim   Kiril Ognjevski   Juan Rodríguez None None   Jóbson
Najran   Farid Cheklam   Jandson   Matheus Gotler   Mossab Al-Laham None   Waheed Oseni
  • ^1 Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Saudi Arabia Residency.
  • ^2 Foreign players who left their clubs after first half of the season.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Nassr (C) 26 20 5 1 60 21 +39 65 AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Hilal 26 20 3 3 60 24 +36 63
3 Al-Ahli 26 12 9 5 48 24 +24 45 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
4 Al-Shabab 26 9 10 7 42 38 +4 37 AFC Champions League group stage[a]
5 Al-Taawon 26 8 11 7 33 28 +5 35 GCC Champions League group stage
6 Al-Ittihad 26 8 8 10 45 46 −1 32
7 Al-Faisaly 26 8 8 10 28 35 −7 32 GCC Champions League group stage
8 Al-Orobah 26 5 14 7 24 33 −9 29
9 Al-Raed 26 7 8 11 21 33 −12 29
10 Al-Fateh 26 7 7 12 33 39 −6 28
11 Najran 26 8 4 14 32 43 −11 28
12 Al-Shoalah 26 6 8 12 30 42 −12 26
13 Ettifaq (R) 26 6 8 12 30 41 −11 26 Relegation to 2014–15 First Division
14 Al-Nahda (R) 26 3 7 16 29 68 −39 16
Source: thesaff.com (in Arabic)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th goal difference; 5th number of goals scored;
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Al-Shabab are ensured a spot to the 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage as 2014 King Cup of Champions winners.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AHI ETT FSL FAT HIL ITT NAH NAS ORO RAE SHB SHL TWN NAJ
Al-Ahli 2–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 5–2 1–2 3–2
Ettifaq 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–5 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 3–3 0–0
Al-Faisaly 1–3 0–3 2–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
Al-Fateh 0–3 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 4–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 5–2
Al-Hilal 1–0 5–1 2–1 2–0 5–2 6–0 1–2 3–0 1–2 4–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
Al-Ittihad 0–0 1–1 1–2 4–2 2–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 3–2
Al-Nahda 1–5 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 4–4 1–4 2–2 1–0 4–1 2–2 0–2 2–5
Al-Nassr 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–0 3–4 3–1 4–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 2–0
Al-Orobah 0–4 1–4 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1
Al-Raed 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–4 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0
Al-Shabab 1–0 0–0 4–3 1–1 1–0 1–4 6–0 1–1 1–3 5–2 1–3 1–0 5–1
Al-Shoalah 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 0–3 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2
Al-Taawon 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 0–1 2–0
Najran 0–5 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 5–1 2–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: thesaff.com (in Arabic)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Position Player Club Goals
1   Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Hilal 21
2   Mukhtar Fallatah Ittihad 20
3   Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Al-Nassr 17
4   Élton Al-Nassr 16
5   Jandson Najran 14
6   Thiago Neves Al-Hilal 13

Last updated: 17 May 2015

Top AssistantsEdit

Position Player Club Assists
1   Yahya Al-Shehri Al-Nassr 10
  Hassan Taïr Al-Shoulla
2   Mussab Al-Laham Najran 8
3   Taisir Al-Jassim Al-Ahli 7
  Nawaf Al-Abed Al-Hilal
  Hussein Abdulghani Al-Nassr
4   Thiago Neves Al-Hilal 6

Last Update: 17 May 2015

Average home attendancesEdit

Team GP Average
Al-Nassr 13 16,714
Al-Hilal 13 12,617
Al-Ahli 13 7,959
Al-Ittihad 13 7,596
Al-Taawoun 13 5,926
Al-Shabab 13 3,588
Al-Ettifaq 13 2,917
Al-Orobah 13 2,803
Al-Fateh 13 2,242
Al-Nahda 13 1,912
Al-Raed 13 1,784
Al-Shoulla 13 989
Najran 13 976
Al-Faisaly 13 722
Total 182 4,910

Clubs season-progressEdit

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Al-AhliWDDWDDWDWLLWLDLWWLWDWWDDWW
EttifaqLLWDLLWDDDWWWLLLDDDLLLWLDL
Al-FaisalyLDLWDLWLLWLLDDDLDLWWLWDWDW
Al-FatehDWLDDWLDLWLDLLWDWLLLWLDWLL
Al-HilalWWWWDLWWWLDWWWWWDWWWLWWWWW
Al-IttihadWLWLWDLDDWLLWDDDDDLLWWLLWL
Al-NahdaDLLLDLLLDLDLDDLLLWLWLLWDLL
Al-NassrWDWWWDWWDWWWWWWWWWWWWWLWDD
Al-OrobahLWDLDDDLDDDWDLDLDWLDDWLDDW
Al-RaedWLLLDWDDWLLDLWWDLLLDLLWDWD
Al-ShababLWWDDWWLDWWLDDLDLWDDWWLDDL
Al-ShoalahDLLLLLLDDLDWWDWWWLWDLLDLLD
Al-TaawonDDWDLWLWDWWLLWDWDDLLWLDDDD
NajranLWLWWWLWLLWLLLLLLDWDDLDLLW
Source: SL Stats
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Prize moneyEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Outsiders Al Fath celebrate Saudi success". FIFA.com. fifa.com. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013.
  2. ^ The club's management named Sami Al Jaber as a head coach of Al-Hilal's First football team
  3. ^ Porto’s Pereira to coach Saudi’s Al-Ahli
  4. ^ Bucker leaves Lebanon
  5. ^ Shabab and Preud’homme part company