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The 2015–16 UAE Pro-League (also known as Arabian Gulf League for sponsorship reasons) was the 41st top-level football season in the United Arab Emirates. Fourteen teams participated with Al-Ain as the defending champions after securing the championship last season for the twelfth time. Al-Ahli won its 7th title on the 29th of April despite being held to a 2-2 draw at home.

Arabian Gulf League
Season2015–16
ChampionsAl-Ahli (7th title)
RelegatedAl-Fujairah
Al-Shaab
2017 AFC Champions LeagueAl-Ahli
Al-Jazira
Al-Ain
Al-Wahda
2017 GCC Champions LeagueAl-Wasl
Al-Dhafra
Matches played182
Goals scored573 (3.15 per match)
Average goals/game3.15
Top goalscorerSebastián Tagliabué
(25 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Ahli 8-1 Al-Fujairah
(19 August 2015)
Biggest away winDibba 0-4 Al-Wahda
(20 August 2015)
Dibba 0-4 Al-Dhafra
(23 April 2016)
Highest scoringAl-Shaab 3-6 Al-Fujairah
(22 January 2016)
Longest winning run8 games
Al-Ahli
Longest unbeaten run16 games
Al-Ahli
Longest winless run16 games
Al-Shaab
Longest losing run8 games
Emirates
Highest attendanceAl-Ain vs. Al-Wahda (18,126)
Lowest attendanceDibba vs. Al-Shaab (168)
Average attendance2,557

Contents

TeamsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Ahli (C) 26 21 3 2 60 20 +40 66 Qualification to the 2017 AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Ain 26 18 3 5 53 24 +29 57 Qualification to the 2017 AFC Champions League group stage and the 2016–17 Arab Club Championship Group Stage
3 Al-Wahda 26 13 4 9 45 28 +17 43 Qualification to the 2017 AFC Champions League play-off round
4 Al-Nasr 26 11 8 7 47 36 +11 41
5 Al-Shabab 26 11 7 8 34 27 +7 40
6 Al-Wasl 26 11 6 9 42 36 +6 39 Qualification to the 2017 GCC Champions League
7 Al-Jazira 26 11 4 11 51 50 +1 37 Qualification to the 2017 AFC Champions League group stage
8 Al-Dhafra 26 9 7 10 37 39 −2 34 Qualification to the 2017 GCC Champions League
9 Baniyas 26 8 9 9 41 47 −6 33
10 Dibba Al Fujairah 26 8 5 13 32 46 −14 29
11 Al-Sharjah 26 7 7 12 32 40 −8 28
12 Emirates 26 7 6 13 34 47 −13 27
13 Al-Fujairah (R) 26 7 5 14 43 62 −19 26 Relegation to the UAE Division One
14 Al-Shaab (R) 26 1 4 21 22 71 −49 7

Updated to games played on 8 May 2016.
Source: UAE League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

StatisticsEdit

Top ScorersEdit

As of matches played 8 May 2016
Rank Player Club Goals Penalty Goals
1   Sebastián Tagliabué Wahda 25 1
2   Ali Mabkhout Al Jazira 23 5
3   Fábio Lima Al Wasl 20 1
4   Wanderley Sharjah 15 2
5   Joaquín Larrivey Baniyas 15 1
6   Patrick Friday Eze Al-Fujairah 14 0
7   Makhete Diop Dhafra 13 3
8   Moussa Sow Al Ahli Dubai 13 2
9   Ishak Belfodil Baniyas 11 1
10   Nilmar Al Nasr 11 0

Source: Soccerway

AssistsEdit

As of matches played 8 May 2016
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Omar Abdulrahman Al-Ain 12
2   Everton Ribeiro Al-Ahli 9
3   Thiago Neves Al Jazira 8
4   Hugo Viana Al Wasl 7
5   Rodrigo Pimpão Emirates 7

Source: Soccerway

Fair Play RankingEdit

As of matches played 8 May 2016
Pos Team Yellow Cards Red Cards Points
1 Al-Ain 41 2 46
2 Al-Ahli 60 2 64
3 Al-Nasr 57 5 69
4 Dibba Al Fujairah 51 7 69
5 Al-Sharjah 59 5 71
6 Al-Dhafra 64 4 75
7 Emirates 65 5 76
8 Al-Shaab 62 6 77
9 Al-Fujairah 69 4 79
10 Al-Shabab 69 5 80
11 Baniyas 71 5 83
12 Al-Jazira 72 5 84
13 Al-Wasl 62 10 84
14 Al-Wahda 82 5 94

Rules for fair play ranking: 1) 3 points for direct red card. 2) 2 points for indirect red card 3) 1 point for every yellow card

The team with the lowest number of points will be ranked top.

Source: Fairplay - Arabian Gulf League

ReferencesEdit