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The 2016–17 Saudi Professional League (also known as the Jameel League for sponsorship reasons) was the 41st season of Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its inception in 1976. The season started on 11 August 2016 and concluded on 4 May 2017.[7]

Professional League
Season2016–17
ChampionsAl-Hilal
RelegatedAl-Khaleej
Al-Wehda
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Hilal
Al-Ahli
Matches played182
Goals scored549 (3.02 per match)
Top goalscorerOmar Al Somah (24 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Hilal 6–0 Al-Wehda
(8 December 2016)
Biggest away winAl-Khaleej 1–6 Al-Hilal
(20 October 2016)
Highest scoringAl-Faisaly 3–6 Al-Ahli
(1 December 2016)
Longest winning run7 games[1]
Al-Ahli
Longest unbeaten run19 games[2]
Al-Hilal
Longest winless run11 games[3]
Al-Ettifaq
Longest losing run6 games[4]
Al-Wehda
Highest attendance59,174[5]
Al-Hilal 5–1 Al-Nassr
(4 May 2017)
Lowest attendance63[5]
Al-Qadisiyah 1–1 Al-Batin
(18 February 2017)
Average attendance6,980[6]
All statistics correct as of 4 May 2017.

Al-Hilal won their fourteenth league title, and first since the 2010–11 season, with two matches to spare following a 2–1 win over Al-Shabab on 20 April.[8] The defending champions were Al-Ahli [9] who finished as runners-up.

Al-Ettifaq and Al-Batin entered as the two promoted teams from the 2015–16 Saudi First Division.

Contents

TeamsEdit

The league comprises 14 teams, 11 from the 2015–16 campaign, as well as two teams promoted from the 2015–16 First Division and the relegation play-off winners.

On the final day of the season Al-Mojzel won the First Division title and their first-ever promotion to the top flight after a 3–2 win against Al-Jeel.[10] Al-Ettifaq were also promoted after they finished in 2nd place,[10] it will be their first participation in the Pro League since the 2013–14 season. The two promoted teams replaced Najran and Hajer. Al-Raed were relegation play-off winners.[11]

On 3 August 2016, Al-Mojzel were stripped of their tile and were instead relegated to the Second Division due to a match fixing scandal. The SAFF decided to promote Al-Batin instead.[12][13]

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,000
Al-Batin Hafar Al-Batin Al-Batin Club Stadium 6,000
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 21,701
Al-Faisaly Harmah King Salman Sport City Stadium (Al Majma'ah) 5,200
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 19,096
Al-Hilal[A] Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium 62,685
Al-Ittihad Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,000
Al-Khaleej Saihat Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium (Khobar) 11,000
Al-Nassr[A] Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium 62,685
Al-Qadisiyah Khobar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 11,000
Al-Raed Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600
Al-Shabab[A] Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium 62,685
Al-Taawoun Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600
Al-Wehda Makkah King Abdul Aziz Stadium 33,195
Notes
  1. ^ Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr and Al-Shabab use Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium (22,500 seats) as home stadium.

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Al-Ahli   Christian Gross   Taisir Al-Jassim Puma
Al-Batin   Khalid Al Koroni   Naif Eisa skillano
Al-Ettifaq   Eelco Schattorie   Hassan Kadesh Kappa Al-Majdouie Hyundai
Al-Faisaly   Giovanni Solinas   Omar Abdulaziz Erreà Aldrees
Al-Fateh   Fathi Al-Jabal   Hamdan Al-Hamdan Romai Al-Majdouie Hyundai
Al-Hilal   Ramón Díaz   Yasser Al-Qahtani Nike Mobily
Al-Ittihad   José Sierra   Adnan Fallatah Joma
Al-Khaleej   Jalal Qaderi   Abdulla Al Salem Joma Al-Majdouie Hyundai
Al-Nassr   Patrice Carteron   Hussein Abdulghani Saudi Sporta Mobily
Al-Qadisiyah   Bandar Basreh   Naif Hazazi Lotto Hokail Dental Clinic
Al-Raed   Nacif Beyaoui   Jufain Al-Bishi Hattrick
Al-Shabab   Sami Al-Jaber   Ahmed Otaif Romai
Al-Taawoun   José Gomes   Jehad Al-Hussain Joma Herfy
Al-Wehda   Adel Abdel Rahman   Waleed Mahboob Erreà

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Pos. Incoming manager Date of appointment
Al-Faisaly   Liviu Ciobotariu 17 May 2016[14] Sacked Pre-season   Hélio dos Anjos 23 May 2016[15]
Al-Hilal   Giorgos Donis 18 May 2016[16]   Abdullatif Al-Hussaini (interim) 18 May 2016[16]
Al-Fateh   Nacif Beyaoui 29 May 2016[17] End of contract   Ricardo Sá Pinto 29 May 2016[17]
Al-Taawoun   José Gomes 29 May 2016[18] Signed for Al-Ahli   Darije Kalezić 2 June 2016[19]
Al-Ahli   Christian Gross 30 May 2016[20] End of contract   José Gomes 31 May 2016[21]
Al-Khaleej   Jalal Qaderi 30 May 2016   Patrick De Wilde 9 June 2016[22]
Al-Nassr   Raúl Caneda 21 June 2016 Sacked   Zoran Mamić 21 June 2016
Al-Hilal   Abdullatif Al-Hussaini 12 June 2016[23] Interim period ended   Gustavo Matosas 12 June 2016[23]
Al-Raed   Aleksandar Ilić 16 June 2016[24] End of contract   Nacif Beyaoui 12 June 2016[24]
Al-Shabab   Fathi Al-Jabal 22 June 2016 Resigned   Sami Al-Jaber 22 June 2016
Al-Ittihad   Victor Pițurcă 28 July 2016   José Sierra 28 July 2016
Al-Khaleej   Patrick De Wilde 30 August 2016[25] Mutual consent 12th   Jalal Qaderi 30 August 2016[25]
Al-Hilal   Gustavo Matosas 22 September 2016[26] Sacked 3rd   Ciprian Panait (interim) 22 September 2016[26]
Al-Fateh   Ricardo Sá Pinto 23 September 2016[27] Mutual consent 14th   Fathi Al-Jabal 11 October 2016[28]
Al-Ahli   José Gomes 30 September 2016[29] Sacked 5th   Christian Gross 3 October 2016[29]
Al-Hilal   Ciprian Panait 15 October 2016 Interim period ended 2nd   Ramón Díaz 15 October 2016
Al-Taawoun   Darije Kalezić 16 October 2016[30] Sacked 11th   Constantin Gâlcă 18 October 2016[30]
Al-Qadisiyah   Hamad Al-Dossari 29 October 2016[31] Resigned 13th   Riadh Belkhir (interim) 29 October 2016[31]
Al-Ettifaq   Djamel Belkacem 29 October 2016[32] Sacked 7th   Eelco Schattorie (interim) 29 October 2016[32]
Al-Batin   Adel Abdelrahman 6 November 2016 [33] Resigned 9th   Khalid Al Koroni 6 November 2016 [34]
Al-Qadisiyah   Riadh Belkhir 9 November 2016 [35] Interim period ended 13th   Hélio dos Anjos 9 November 2016
Al-Faisaly   Hélio dos Anjos 9 November 2016 Signed for Al-Qadisiyah 10th   Fahd Elouarga (interim) 9 November 2016
Al-Ettifaq   Eelco Schattorie 10 November 2016 [36] Interim period ended 6th   Juan Garrido 10 November 2016
Al-Faisaly   Fahd Elouarga 19 November 2016 [37] Interim period ended 9th   Tomislav Ivković 19 November 2016
Al-Wehda   Kheïreddine Madoui 9 December 2016 [38] Sacked 11th   Badreldin Hamed (interim) 9 December 2016
Al-Wehda   Badreldin Hamed 15 December 2016 [39] Interim period ended 13th   Adel Abdelrahman 15 December 2016
Al-Nassr   Zoran Mamić 28 January 2017 [40] Resigned 4th   Patrice Carteron 31 January 2017 [41]
Al-Ettifaq   Juan Garrido 18 February 2017[42] Mutual consent 8th   Eelco Schattorie 18 February 2017
Al-Faisaly   Tomislav Ivković 19 February 2017 [43] Sacked 11th   Giovanni Solinas 20 February 2017 [44]
Al-Taawoun   Constantin Gâlcă 20 March 2017 [45] Resigned 5th   José Gomes 21 March 2017 [46]
Al-Qadisiyah   Hélio dos Anjos 22 April 2017 [47] Sacked 12th   Bandar Basreh (interim) 22 April 2017

Foreign playersEdit

The number of foreign players is limited to 4 per team, and should not be a goalkeeper.[48]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Al-Ahli   Mohamed Abdel-Shafy   Giannis Fetfatzidis   Saad Abdul-Amir   Omar Al Somah
Al-Batin   Jhonnattann   Jorge Santos   Tarabai   William Alves
Al-Ettifaq   Mohamed Koffi   Aminou Bouba   Juanmi Callejón   Michael Eneramo
Al-Faisaly   Igor Rossi   Luisinho   Martin Maloča   Mircea Axente
Al-Fateh   Sandro Manoel   Ukra   Abdelkader Oueslati   Lamjed Chehoudi
Al-Hilal   Carlos Eduardo   Léo Bonatini   Omar Kharbin   Nicolás Milesi
Al-Ittihad   Carlos Villanueva   Mahmoud Kahraba   Fahad Al Ansari   Ahmed Akaïchi
Al-Khaleej   Jandson   Boubacar Fofana   Ismaël Diakité   Adama François
Al-Nassr   Bruno Uvini   Ivan Tomečak   Marin Tomasov   Víctor Ayala
Al-Qadisiyah   Bismark   Élton   Ahmed Al-Dhefiri   Patrick Eze
Al-Raed   Adriano Alves   Daniel Amora   Wander   Ismaël Bangoura
Al-Shabab   Djamel Benlamri   Mohamed Benyettou   Heberty   Saif Al Hashan
Al-Taawoun   Mounir El Hamdaoui   Ricardo Machado   Lucian Sânmărtean   Jehad Al-Hussain
Al-Wehda   Ahmed Magdy   Sherif Hazem   Torric Jebrin   Adolfo Lima

ResultsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Hilal (C) 26 21 3 2 63 16 +47 66 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Ahli (Q) 26 17 4 5 57 30 +27 55
3 Al-Nassr 26 16 4 6 44 25 +19 52
4 Al-Ittihad[a] 26 17 4 5 57 37 +20 52
5 Al-Raed 26 11 2 13 37 47 −10 35
6 Al-Shabab 26 8 9 9 28 32 −4 33
7 Al-Taawoun 26 9 4 13 33 40 −7 31
8 Al-Fateh 26 7 8 11 33 39 −6 29
9 Al-Faisaly 26 6 10 10 30 41 −11 28
10 Al-Qadisiyah 26 6 10 10 38 38 0 28
11 Al-Ettifaq 26 7 6 13 31 45 −14 27
12 Al-Batin (O) 26 6 8 12 31 43 −12 26 Qualification to relegation play-off
13 Al-Khaleej (R) 26 5 8 13 32 51 −19 23 Relegation to First Division
14 Al-Wehda (R) 26 5 2 19 35 65 −30 17
Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2017. Source: slstat.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Total goal difference; 5) Total goals scored; 6) Play-off (only for deciding champion, relegation and AFC competitions participation).[50]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Al-Ittihad were docked 3 points for failing to pay over debts.[49]

Positions by roundEdit

The following table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve the chronological evolution, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. If a club from the Saudi Professional League wins the King Cup, they will qualify for the AFC Champions League, unless they have already qualified for it through their league position. In this case, an additional AFC Champions League group stage berth will be given to the 3rd placed team, and the AFC Champions League play-off round spot will be given to 4th.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-Hilal42432122111121111111111111
Al-Ahli11353555354432222243334432
Al-Nassr28565333233344343322222323
Al-Ittihad53111211422213434434443244
Al-Raed95979767778878879676776555
Al-Shabab811886444545555555555655676
Al-Taawoun10131011111110111087787787868567767
Al-Fateh141414141414141414141314141414141212131314121110108
Al-Faisaly346479111091111131212911101111111099999
Al Qadsiah710121313131313121312121091091199781010121110
Al-Ettifaq1362246766666666667899888811
Al-Batin1277108899111010991013108101010111112111212
Al-Khaleej111213910121212131214101111111213131414121313131313
Al-Wehda691112121088899111313121314141212131414141414
Leader
2018 AFC Champions League group stage
2018 AFC Champions League play-off round
Qualified for relegation play-off
Relegation to 2017–18 First Division
Source: slstat.com

Results tableEdit

Home \ Away[1] AHL BAT ETT FSY FAT HIL ITT KHJ NSR QDS RAE SHB TWN WHD
Al-Ahli 1–1 4–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 4–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 4–0
Al-Batin 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 4–3 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Al-Ettifaq 1–4 2–1 3–1 2–2 0–1 1–4 3–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 3–0 1–3
Al-Faisaly 3–6 2–2 3–3 0–0 0–2 2–4 3–1 1–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1
Al-Fateh 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–4 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 4–2
Al-Hilal 0–0 2–0 1–2 4–0 1–0 0–2 4–0 5–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 4–2 6–0
Al-Ittihad 1–4 2–0 4–1 2–2 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–1 4–2 3–2 0–1 3–1 1–0
Al-Khaleej 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–6 2–3 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 4–2
Al-Nassr 1–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
Al Qadsiah 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 0–1 3–1
Al-Raed 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 0–3 2–3 3–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 3–2 3–1
Al-Shabab 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–0
Al-Taawoun 2–3 4–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–1
Al-Wehda 1–3 5–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–3 3–5 1–2 0–3 2–5 2–1 1–2 3–2

Updated to games played on 4 May 2017.
Source: slstat.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season progressEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-AhliWWLDWLWWWLWWWWWWWLLDWDDWWW
Al-BatinLWDLWDLLLDLWDLLWWLDDLDLWLD
Al-EttifaqLWWWDLLWWWLDDLLLLDLLLWDLDL
Al-FaisalyWDDWLLLLDLLLDDWLWLDDWWDLDD
Al-FatehLLDLDDLLDDWLLLLWWDLDLWWWDW
Al-HilalWWLWWWLWWWWWDWWWDWWWWWDWWW
Al-IttihadWWWDWLWWLWWWWWDWLWWLWDWWDL
Al-KhaleejLLDWLLLDLWLWLDDLLDLDWLWDDL
Al-NassrWLWLWWWWWLWDDWWLWWWDWDWLWL
Al QadsiahDDLLLDLDDLWDWDLWDWDWLLLLDW
Al-RaedLWLWLWWLLDLLWLLWLWDWLLWWLW
Al-ShababDLWDWWWWDDLDDDWLLDLDLWLLLW
Al-TaawounLLWDLDWLDWWLLWLLWLWLWLLDWL
Al-WehdaWLLLLWWLDLLLLLWLLLWDLLLLLL
Source: slstat.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Relegation play-offsEdit

Al-Batin which finished 12th will face Najran, the 3rd-placed 2016–17 Saudi First Division side for a two-legged play-off. Al-Batin beat Najran 3–2 on aggregate.[51]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Najran 2–3 Al-Batin 0–1 2–2

First legEdit

Najran0–1Al-Batin
Report Tarabai   16'

Second legEdit

Al-Batin2–2Najran
Jorge Santos   39'
Dakheel   55'
Report Al-Mansor   51'
Al-Robeai   52'
Referee: Turki Al-Khudair

StatisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Ref.
  Mansor Hamzi Al-Faisaly Al-Khaleej 3–1 12 August 2016 [54]
  Kahraba4 Al-Ittihad Al-Wehda 5–3 18 September 2016 [55]
  Mohamed Benyettou Al-Shabab Al-Ahli 3–2 18 September 2016 [55]
  Mukhtar Fallatah Al-Wehda Al-Batin 5–1 29 October 2016 [56]
  Omar Al Somah4 Al-Ahli Al-Khaleej 4–1 29 October 2016 [56]
  Jandson Al-Khaleej Al-Wehda 4–2 14 April 2017
  Omar Kharbin Al-Hilal Al-Nassr 5–1 4 May 2017

4 Player scored four goals

Clean sheetsEdit

As of 4 May 2017
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1   Abdullah Al-Mayouf Al-Hilal 13
2   Fahad Al-Shammari Al-Taawoun 7
  Waleed Abdullah Al-Nassr
4   Mazyad Freeh Al-Batin 6
5   Hussain Shae'an Al-Nassr 5
6   Ahmed Al-Rehaili Al-Ahli 4
  Mustafa Malayekah Al-Faisaly

AttendancesEdit

By roundEdit

2016–17 Professional League Attendance
Round Total GP. Avg. Per Game
Round 1 42,303 7 6,043
Round 2 33,135 7 4,734
Round 3 20,361 7 2,909
Round 4 66,445 7 9,492
Round 5 45,460 7 6,494
Round 6 61,352 7 8,765
Round 7 48,886 7 6,984
Round 8 50,102 7 7,157
Round 9 36,805 7 5,258
Round 10 67,399 7 9,628
Round 11 51,322 7 7,332
Round 12 37,001 7 5,286
Round 13 59,460 7 8,494
Round 14 59,107 7 8,444
Round 15 37,047 7 5,292
Round 16 88,613 7 12,659
Round 17 75,441 7 10,777
Round 18 25,890 7 3,699
Round 19 51,509 7 7,358
Round 20 82,696 7 11,814
Round 21 32,435 7 4,634
Round 22 28,931 7 4,133
Round 23 27,060 7 3,866
Round 24 38,754 7 5,536
Round 25 30,719 7 4,388
Round 26 72,199 7 10,314
Total 1,270,432 182 6,949

Source:[57]

By teamEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Al-Ittihad 330,291 53,661 6,686 25,407 +11.8%
2 Al-Ahli 268,951 51,659 2,241 20,689 −25.4%
3 Al-Hilal 200,037 59,174 3,921 15,387 +29.6%
4 Al-Nassr 99,258 27,181 1,422 7,635 +20.7%
5 Al-Raed 75,953 15,192 1,723 5,843 +23.5%
6 Al-Taawoun 65,329 11,966 2,404 5,025 −10.4%
7 Al-Ettifaq 48,976 14,640 506 3,767 n/a

8 Al-Fateh 43,989 8,071 1,097 3,384 +18.3%
9 Al-Shabab 36,407 12,815 525 2,801 −4.7%
10 Al-Batin 33,921 5,222 473 2,609 n/a

11 Al Qadsiah 22,341 5,820 63 1,719 −36.2%
12 Al-Wehda 20,284 5,006 276 1,560 −46.6%
13 Al-Khaleej 14,813 5,242 103 1,139 −19.7%
14 Al-Faisaly 9,882 2,506 204 760 +58.0%
League total 1,270,432 59,174 63 6,980 +1.1%

Updated to games played on 4 May 2017
Source: [58][5][59]
Notes:
Teams played previous season in First Division.

See alsoEdit

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