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The 2014–15 Qatari League, also known as Qatari Stars League, was the 42nd edition of top level football championship in Qatar. The season started on 21 August 2014. Lekhwiya, the defending champions, won their fourth league title with one matchday remaining by winning against Al-Ahli on 12 April 2015.

Qatar Stars League
Season2014–15
ChampionsLekhwiya (4th title)
RelegatedAl-Shahania
Al-Shamal
2016 AFC Champions LeagueLekhwiya
Al-Sadd
El Jaish
Matches played182
Goals scored613 (3.37 per match)
Top goalscorerDemocratic Republic of the Congo Dioko Kaluyituka
(24 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Gharafa 7–0 Al-Shamal (21 March 2015)
Biggest away winAl-Wakrah 0–7 Qatar SC (29 November 2014)
Highest scoringAl Kharaitiyat 4–4 Al-Arabi (28 February 2015)
Longest winning runLekhwiya (5 matches)
Longest unbeaten runAl-Sadd (13 matches)
Longest winless runAl-Shamal (17 matches)
Longest losing runAl-Wakrah (5 matches)
All statistics correct as of 16 April 2015.

TeamsEdit

Al Shamal were promoted as champions from the 2nd Division. They last played in the top flight in 2009–10. They are joined by 2nd Division runners up Al-Shahania who enter the top flight for the first time in their history. Relegated were Al Mu'aidar who lasted one season in the top flight and former power-house outfit Al Rayyan.

Stadia and locationsEdit

 
 
Doha
 
Umm Salal
 
Al Khor
Locations of teams in the 2014–15 Qatari League
Club City/Town Stadium Capacity Coach
Al-Ahli Doha Grand Hamad Stadium 13,000   Zlatko Kranjčar
Al-Arabi Doha Al-Arabi SC Stadium [1] 13,000   Daniel Carreño
Al-Gharafa Al Gharafa Al-Gharafa Stadium 25,000   Habib Al Sadiq
Al-Kharitiyath Al Khor Al-Khor SC Stadium 13,000   Amar Osim
Al-Khor Al Khor Al-Khor SC Stadium 13,000   László Bölöni [2]
Al-Sadd Doha Al-Sadd SC Stadium 14,000   Hussein Amotta
Al-Sailiya Doha Al-Sadd SC Stadium 14,000   Sami Trabelsi
Al-Shahania Al Gharafa Al-Gharafa Stadium 25,000   Luka Bonačić
Al-Shamal Madinat ash Shamal Al-Shamal Stadium 5,000   Dragan Cvetković
Al-Wakrah Al Wakrah Al-Wakrah Stadium 12,000   Goran Tufegdžić
El Jaish Doha Lekhwiya SC Stadium 15,000   Sabri Lamouchi
Lekhwiya Doha Lekhwiya SC Stadium 15,000   Michael Laudrup
Qatar SC Doha Qatar SC Stadium 13,000   Radhi Shenaishil
Umm-Salal Umm Salal Qatar SC Stadium 13,000   Bülent Uygun

Kit manufacturer and sponsorsEdit

Teams Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Al-Ahli Jako Regency Group
Al-Arabi Adidas
Al-Gharafa Burrda Sport
Al-Kharitiyath Burrda Sport ORYX GTL
Al-Khor Adidas Al Sultan Beach Resort
Al-Sadd Burrda Sport Vodafone
Al-Sailiya Adidas QIB
Al-Shahania Macron
Al-Shamal Hummel
Al-Wakrah Jako Alijarah Holding
El Jaish Nike NAPT
Lekhwiya Burrda Sport Masraf Al Rayan
Qatar SC Hummel QNB
Umm-Salal Nike MSC Qatar

Stadium changesEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Al Arabi   Paulo César Mutual contest 11 April 2014 Pre-season   Dan Petrescu[3] 11 April 2014
Al Gharrafa   Diego Aguirre Resigned 5 June 2014   Marcos Paquetá[4] 7 June 2014
Qatar SC   Sebastiao Lazaroni Mutual contest 1 July 2014   Ivan Hašek[5] 1 July 2014
Lekhwiya   Eric Gerets 1 July 2014   Michael Laudrup[6] 1 July 2014
Qatar SC   Ivan Hašek Sacked 11 September 2014 9th   Radhi Shenaishil 11 September 2014
Al-Shahania   Miguel Lotina Resigned 22 September 2014 13th   Luka Bonačić 21 November 2014
Al-Wakrah   Maher Kanzari Sacked 28 October 2014 12th   Noureddine Zekri[7] 28 October 2014
Al-Arabi   Dan Petrescu 1 December 2014 8th   Daniel Carreño 1 December 2014
El Jaish   Nabil Maâloul[8] Signed by Kuwait 13 December 2014 4th   Sabri Lamouchi 27 December 2014
Al Kharaitiyat   Bertrand Marchand Sacked 15 December 2014 12th   Amar Osim 27 December 2014
Al Ahli   Milan Máčala 7 February 2015 7th   Zlatko Kranjčar 7 February 2015
Al-Wakrah   Noureddine Zekri 20 February 2015 12th   Goran Tufegdžić 23 February 2015
Al-Shamal   Silvio Diliberto 14th   Dragan Cvetković
Al-Gharafa   Marcos Paquetá 7th   Habib Al Sadiq[9] 15 April 2015

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Lekhwiya (C) 26 19 5 2 59 25 +34 62 2016 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Al Sadd 26 17 6 3 68 35 +33 57 2016 AFC Champions League 2nd qualifying round[a]
3 El Jaish 26 15 2 9 54 33 +21 47
4 Qatar SC 26 14 4 8 51 40 +11 46
5 Al Ahli 26 11 5 10 48 40 +8 38 2016 GCC Champions League
6 Umm Salal 26 10 7 9 43 37 +6 37
7 Al-Gharafa 26 11 3 12 48 54 −6 36
8 Al-Arabi 26 9 8 9 43 38 +5 35 2016 GCC Champions League
9 Al Kharaitiyat 26 8 10 8 37 38 −1 34
10 Al-Khor 26 7 9 10 38 48 −10 30
11 Al Sailiya 26 8 5 13 40 54 −14 29
12 Al-Wakrah 26 6 5 15 34 52 −18 23
13 Al-Shahania (R) 26 5 5 16 26 57 −31 20 Relegation to 2015–16 Qatari 2nd Division
14 Al Shamal (R) 26 1 8 17 24 62 −38 11
Updated to match(es) played on 16 April 2015. Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Al-Sadd, winners of 2015 Emir of Qatar Cup, was already qualified for the 2016 AFC Champions League via QSL, third-placed El Jaish earned a spot in the same tournament.

Season statisticsEdit

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August   Michael Laudrup Lekhwiya   Mojtaba Jabbari Al Ahli [11][12]
September   Radhi Shenaishil Qatar SC   Hamdi Harbaoui Qatar SC [13][14]
October   Hussein Amotta Al Sadd   Rodrigo Tabata Al Sadd [15][16]
November   Bülent Uygun Umm Salal   Alain Dioko Al Ahli
December   Michael Laudrup Lekhwiya   Hassan Al Haidos Al Sadd [17][18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AL ARABI: AN INTRODUCTION". 9 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-06-24. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. ^ "BOLONI AGREES NEW DEAL". QSL. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Dan Petrescu Takes Over At Al Arabi". QSL. 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Al Gharafa sign Brazilian coach Paquetá". QSL. 8 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Qatar SC organize farewell party for Lazaroni". QSL. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Qatar SC organize farewell party for Lazaroni". QSL. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Al Wakrah to organise fare well ceremony for former head coach". QSL. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  8. ^ "El Jaish appoint new coach". QFA. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.qfa.com.qa/al-sadiq-replaces-paqueta-as-al-gharafa-coach/
  10. ^ "Qatar Stars League". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  11. ^ "August: QSL Player of the Month – Mojtaba Jabari". QSL. 3 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  12. ^ "August: QSL Coach of the Month – Michael Laudrup". QSL. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "September: QSL Player of the Month – Hamdi Harbaoui". QSL. 29 September 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  14. ^ "September: QSL Coach of the Month – Radhi Shenaishil". QSL. 29 September 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  15. ^ "October: QSL Player of the Month – Rodrigo Tabata". QSL. 4 November 2014. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  16. ^ "October: QSL Coach of the month – Hussein Amotta". QSL. 4 November 2014. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Al-Sadd Star Al-Haydoos is the most valuable player for December 2014". QSL. 24 December 2014. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Lekhwiya Head Coach Michael Laudrop is the best in December 2014". QSL. 24 December 2014. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.

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