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2014–15 Saudi Professional League

The 2014–15 Saudi Professional League (officially known as the Abdul Latif Jameel League, because of its sponsorship) was the 39th season of Saudi Professional League since its establishment in 1976.

Professional League
Season2014–2015
ChampionsAl-Nassr (7th title)
RelegatedAl-Shoalah, Al-Orobah
Champions LeagueAl-Nassr
Al-Ahli
Al-Hilal
Al-Ittihad
Matches played182
Goals scored528 (2.9 per match)
Top goalscorerOmar Al Soma
(22 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Ahli 6–1 Hajer (16 August 2014)
Biggest away winAl-Faisaly 1–5 Al Nassr (26 April 2015)
Highest scoringHajer 4–4 Al-Shabab (19 February 2015)
Longest winning run8 games
Al-Ahli
Longest unbeaten run26 games
Al-Ahli
Longest losing run7 games
Al-Oruba
Highest attendance60,134[1]
Al-Ittihad – Al-Hilal (1 December 2014)
Lowest attendance45[2]
Najran – Hajer (18 May 2015)
Average attendance9,191[3]

Al-Nassr were the defending champions for this season, having won the previous 2013–14 season and 6th title in total.[4] The season was featured 14 teams, 12 from the 2013–14 campaign and two new teams promoted from the 2013–14 First Division, champions Hajer and Al-Khaleej who replace relegated Al-Ettifaq and Al-Nahda.

The title was won by Al-Nassr on May 10, 2015 after defeating rivals Al-Hilal 1-0 in the Riyadh derby. Al-Ahli became the only team in Saudi football history to lose the league and not lose any preceding matches (26), with 9 draws. Furthermore, they defeated champions Al-Nassr home (2-1) and away (4-3), and were still not crowned, the last time they won the league was in the 1983–84 season.

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TeamsEdit

Hajer were back in the top flight bouncing straight back after relegation in the 2012–13 campaign. Al-Khaleej also were back for the first time in seven years, last competing in the 2006–07 Saudi Premier League season.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Locations of teams in the 2014–15 Saudi Professional League
Club Location Stadium Capacity Coach
Al-Ahli Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City Stadium 62,241   Christian Gross
Al-Faisaly Harmah King Salman Sport City Stadium 7,000   Toni Conceição
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27,550   Nacif Beyaoui
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 62,685   Giorgos Donis
Al-Ittihad Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City Stadium 62,241   Victor Pițurcă
Al-Khaleej Saihat Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 20,100   Jalal Qaderi
Al Nassr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 62,685   Jorge da Silva
Al-Oruba Sakakah Al-Oruba Club Stadium 5,000   Laurent Banide
Al Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000   Marc Brys
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 62,685   Jaime Pacheco
Al-Shoalah Al Kharj Al-Shoalah Club Stadium 8,000   Eusebiu Tudor
Al Taawon Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 25,000   José Manuel Gomes
Hajer Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 27,550   Nebojša Jovović
Najran Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 2,800   Fouad Bouali

Kit manufacturer and sponsorsEdit

Club Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Al-Ahli Umbro Qatar Airways
Al-Faisaly Macron ALDREES
Al-Fateh
Al-Hilal Nike Mobily
Al-Ittihad Erreà
Al-Khaleej Uhlsport Hyundai Motor Company
Al Nassr Made by club Mobily
Al-Oruba
Al Raed
Al-Shabab Adidas
Al-Shoalah
Al Taawon
Hajer Erreà Al-Ajmi Company
Najran Made by club

Foreign playersEdit

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries and a marquee player. A team could use four foreign players on the field during each game including at least one player from the AFC country.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player
Al-Ahli   Bruno César   Osvaldo   Mohamed Abdel-Shafy   Omar Al Soma
Al-Faisaly   André Ndame Ndame   Macoumba Kandji   Ashraf Nu'man   Khalil Bani Attiah
Al-Fateh   Elias Luiz   Élton   Doris Fuakumputu   Hussain Ali Baba
Al-Hilal   Thiago Neves   Digão   Georgios Samaras   Kwak Tae-Hwi
Al-Ittihad   Marquinho   Łukasz Szukała   Lucian Sânmărtean   Saif Salman
Al-Khaleej   Aminou Bouba   Habib Meite   Ibrahim Al-Zawahreh   Hamza Al-Dardour
Al-Nassr   Armando Wila   Adrian Mierzejewski   Fabián Estoyanoff   Mohamed Husain
Al-Oruba   Moussa Narry   Isaac Obang Owsai   Khodor Salame   Musaed Neda
Al-Raed   Alexis Mondomo   Amjad Radhi   Hassan Tair   Anas Bani Yaseen
Al-Shabab   Rafinha   Mohamed Awal   John Antwi   Tareq Khattab
Al-Shoalah   Sadat Bukari   Bojan Božović   Lassana Fané   Orestes Júnior
Al-Taawon   Paul Alo'o   Shadi Abu Hash'hash   David Ochieng   Jehad Al-Hussain
Hajer   Jildemar   Dario Jertec   Đorđe Đikanović   Alaa' Al-Shaqran
Najran   Farid Cheklam   Jandson   Winful Cobbinah   Mussab Al-Laham

Managerial ChangesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Incoming manager
Al Hilal   Sami Al-Jaber Mutual consent[5]   Laurențiu Reghecampf
Al Ittihad   Khalid Al Koroni Sacked[6]   Amr Anwar
Al Ittihad   Amr Anwar Temporary mandate over   Victor Pițurcă
Najran   Denis Lavagne Resigned   Marc Brys
Al Nassr   Raúl Caneda Resigned   Jorge da Silva
Hajer   Nacif Beyaoui Resigned to join Al Fateh   Nebojša Jovović
Al Fateh   Juan Maqueda Sacked   Nacif Beyaoui
Najran   Marc Brys Resigned to join Al Raed   Fouad Bouali
Al Raed   Vlatko Kostov Sacked   Marc Brys
Al Shabab   José Morais Sacked   Reinhard Stumpf
Al Tawoon   Tawfiq Rawabeh Sacked   José Manuel Gomes
Al Shabab   Reinhard Stumpf Sacked   Jaime Pacheco
Al Hilal   Laurențiu Reghecampf Sacked[7]   Ciprian Panait
Al Hilal   Ciprian Panait Temp mandate over   Giorgos Donis
Al-Faisaly   Stéphane Demol Sacked   Toni Conceição[8]

League tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Nassr (C) 26 20 4 2 62 20 +42 64 Qualification to the AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Ahli 26 17 9 0 59 22 +37 60
3 Al-Hilal 26 16 6 4 46 17 +29 54
4 Al-Ittihad 26 16 4 6 44 33 +11 52 Qualification to the AFC Champions League qualifying play-off1
5 Al-Shabab 26 11 7 8 37 31 +6 40
6 Al-Fateh 26 9 6 11 35 43 −8 33 Qualification to the GCC Champions League group stage
7 Al-Faisaly 26 8 6 12 31 42 −11 30
8 Al-Khaleej 26 7 8 11 35 43 −8 29
9 Al-Taawon 26 7 7 12 42 46 −4 28
10 Hajer 26 8 4 14 29 56 −27 28
11 Al-Raed 26 7 5 14 33 45 −12 26
12 Najran 26 7 3 16 28 41 −13 24
13 Al-Shoalah (R) 26 5 6 15 26 48 −22 21 Relegation to 2015–16 First Division
14 Al-Orobah (R) 26 4 5 17 21 43 −22 17

Source: FIFA.com (in English)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th goal difference; 5th number of goals scored;
1Al-Ittihad secured qualification for the 2016 AFC Champions League due to Al-Hilal winning the 2015 King Cup.
(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.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] AHI FSL FAT HIL ITT KHJ NAS ORO RAE SHB SHL TWN HJR NAJ
Al-Ahli 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 6–1 2–1
Al-Faisaly 1–4 4–2 2–2 0–3 1–2 1–5 2–0 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–2 2–0 0–1
Al-Fateh 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 0–2 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–1
Al-Hilal 0–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 0–1 4–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 5–1 2–1
Al-Ittihad 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–1 3–2 4–3 0–1 2–1
Al-Khaleej 1–1 4–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–1
Al-Nassr 3–4 0–0 4–2 1–0 2–1 4–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 5–0 2–1 3–0 4–1
Al-Orobah 1–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–3 2–3 0–1
Al-Raed 2–4 2–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–2
Al-Shabab 2–3 2–1 2–2 0–1 3–4 2–0 0–3 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–1
Al-Shoalah 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 4–3 3–1 2–1
Al-Taawoun 1–4 0–1 1–2 0–1 4–3 4–4 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0
Hajer 0–3 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–4 1–0 2–1 4–4 2–1 2–0 0–3
Najran 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–4 0–4 2–0 1–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–2

Updated to games played on 18 May 2015.
Source: ALJLeague.com (in English)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Clubs season-progressEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-HilalWWDWWWLDWWLDDWLDWWWWWWWDLW
Al-ShoalahLDLLLLLWLDWLDLDLLLLWDWLLDW
Al-NassrWWWWWWLWWWDWWWDWDWWLWWWWWD
Al-OrobahLWWLDLLDLDDLLDWLLLLLLLWLLL
Al-ShababWWWWDWWWDLDWLLDDWLLLWLDWLD
Al-FaisalyLWWWDDWLDDLDDLLWWWWLLLLLLL
Al-TaawonLLDDLDWLWWLLWDWWWLLLLLDLDD
Al-FatehLLLLWLWLDWLLWDDLDWLWDWDLWW
Al-AhliWDDWDWWWWDWWDWDDWWWWWWWWDD
HajerLWLLWDWLWLLWDLLDLLDWWLLWLL
NajranLDDLLLLWWLWWLLLLLLWWLLDLWL
Al-KhaleejLDLLLDLDDWLWLWDLDLDLWLWWWD
Al-IttihadWWWWWWWLLDLLDDWWWWWWLWLWWD
Al-RaedLLLDLLLLDLLWWWDWLWLLLWLDDW
Source: ALJ Stats
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Position Player Club Goals
1   Omar Al Soma Al-Ahli 22
2   Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Al-Nassr 21
3   Paul Alo'o Al Taawon 16
4   Naif Hazazi Al-Shabab 14
5   Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Hilal 13
6   Jandson Najran 12

Last updated: 17 May 2015

Top AssistantsEdit

Position Player Club Assists
1   Jehad Al-Hussain Al-Taawon 9
2   M. Bassas Al-Ahli 8
  Élton Al-Fateh
4   Taisir Al-Jassim Al-Ahli 6
  Marquinho Al-Ittihad
  Adrian Mierzejewski Al-Nassr
7   Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 5

Last Update: 17 May 2015

Clean SheetsEdit

Position Player Club G.Played Clean Sheets
1   Abdullah Al-Enezi Al-Nassr 24 9
  Abdullah Al-Maiouf Al-Ahli 25
3   Waleed Abdullah Al-Shabab 17 8
4   Khalid Sharhili Al-Hilal 10 7
5   Basem Alatalah Al-Taawon 21 5

Last updated: 17 May 2015.
Source: ALJ Stats

AttendancesEdit

By roundEdit

2014–15 Saudi Pro League Attendance
Round Total Games Avg. Per Game
Round 1 139,173 7 19,882
Round 2 34,802 7 4,972
Round 3 31,136 7 4,448
Round 4 86,586 7 12,369
Round 5 43,471 7 6,210
Round 6 29,017 7 4,151
Round 7 115,246 7 16,464
Round 8 27,127 7 3,875
Round 9 86,696 7 12,385
Round 10 78,823 7 11,260
Round 11 31,342 7 4,477
Round 12 63,776 7 9,111
Round 13 85,384 7 12,198
Round 14 23,436 7 3,348
Round 15 50,236 7 7,177
Round 16 122,641 7 17,520
Round 17 26,215 7 3,745
Round 18 71,086 7 10,155
Round 19 69,109 7 9,873
Round 20 52,536 7 7,505
Round 21 115,986 7 16,569
Round 22 23,998 7 3,428
Round 23 59,097 7 8,442
Round 24 47,950 7 6,850
Round 25 43,619 7 6,231
Round 26 105,164 7 17,527
TOTALS
1,663,652
182 9,191

Top 10 Season AttendancesEdit

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue City Weekday
60,134 10 1 December 2014 Al-Ittihad 0–0 Al-Hilal King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Monday
60,010 7 18 October 2014 Al-Ahli 2–1 Al-Nassr King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Saturday
59,731 16 20 February 2015 Al-Ittihad 3–2 Al-Shoalah King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Friday
59,174 26 15 May 2015 Al-Nassr 0–0 Al Shabab King Fahd International Stadium Riyadh Friday
59,137 21 4 April 2015 Al-Ittihad 1–3 Al-Nassr King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Saturday
59,026 13 19 December 2014 Al-Ahli 1–1 Al-Ittihad King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Friday
58,896 1 13 August 2014 Al-Ittihad 1-0 Al-Fateh King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Wednesday
58,600 1 16 August 2014 Al-Ahli 6–1 Hajer King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Saturday
48,763 21 3 April 2015 Al-Ahli 1–0 Al-Raed King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Friday
47,300 9 31 October 2014 Al-Ittihad 0–1 Hajer King Abdullah Sports City Jeddah Friday

Last updated: 17 May 2015.
Source: slstat com

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Saudi Pro League Statistics 2014/2015". slstat.com.
  2. ^ "Saudi Pro League Statistics 2014/2015". slstat.com.
  3. ^ "Saudi Pro League Statistics 2014/2015". slstat.com.
  4. ^ "Live Scores". FIFA.com.
  5. ^ "Al Hilal appoint Reghecampf". The AFC.com. 27 May 2014. Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Al Ittihad part company with head coach Al Koroni". The AFC.com. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  7. ^ "More domestic disappointment for Al Hilal". The AFC.com. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  8. ^ "الفيصلي يتعاقد مع البرتغالي آوليفيرا". mbc.net.