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2017–18 Saudi Professional League

The 2017–18 Saudi Professional League (also known formerly as a Jameel League for sponsorship reasons),[6] was the 42nd season of the Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1976. The season started on 10 August 2017 and concluded on 12 April 2018.[7]

Professional League
Season2017–18
ChampionsAl-Hilal
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Hilal
Al-Ahli
Al-Nassr
UAFA Club ChampionshipAl-Hilal
Al-Ahli
Al-Nassr
Al-Ittihad
Matches played182
Goals scored542 (2.98 per match)
Top goalscorerRonnie Fernández
(13 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Ahli 5–0 Al-Batin
(12 January 2018)
Biggest away winAl-Raed 0–5 Al-Nassr
(17 November 2017)
Al-Fateh 0–5 Al-Faisaly
(25 November 2017)
Highest scoringAl-Ahli 5–3 Al-Raed
(30 September 2017)
Longest winning run5 matches[1]
Al-Ahli
Longest unbeaten run11 matches[2]
Al-Hilal
Longest winless run9 matches[3]
Al-Batin
Longest losing run6 matches[4]
Ohod
Highest attendance45,913[5]
Al-Ittihad 0–0 Al-Ahli
(4 February 2018)
Lowest attendance275[5]
Al-Faisaly 3–0 Al-Ettifaq
(30 September 2017)
Average attendance5,726
All statistics correct as of 4 May 2018.

Al-Hilal are the defending champions. Al-Fayha and Ohod have entered as the promoted teams from the 2016–17 Saudi First Division.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Locations of teams in the 2017–18 Saudi Professional League

Fourteen teams will compete in the league – the top eleven teams from the previous season, the playoff winner and two teams promoted from the First Division.

Teams who were promoted to the Pro League

The first club to be promoted was Al-Fayha, following their 2–1 win at home to Ohod on 29 April 2017. Al-Fayha will play in the top flight of Saudi football for the first time in their history.[8] They were crowned champions on 5 May 2017 after drawing Wej 1–1 away from home, coupled with Al-Tai's 0–0 draw against fellow promoted club Ohod.[9]

The second and final club to be promoted was Ohod, following their 0–0 draw at home to Al-Tai on 5 May 2017. Ohod will play in the top flight of Saudi football for the first time since 2005.[10]

Teams who were relegated to the First Division

The first club to be relegated was Al-Wehda, ending their 2-year stay in the Pro League after a 2–1 home defeat to Al-Fateh on 20 April 2017.[11]

The second and final club to be relegated was Al-Khaleej, ending their 3-year stay in the Pro League following a 2–2 draw to Al-Faisaly on 4 May 2017.[12]

StadiumsEdit

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location 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[1] 5,200
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 19,096
Al-Fayha Al Majma'ah King Salman Sport City Stadium 5,200
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium[2] 62,685
Al-Ittihad Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,000
Al-Nassr Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium [3] 62,685
Al-Qadsiah Khobar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 11,000
Al-Raed Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium [4] 62,685
Al-Taawoun Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600
Ohod Medina Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Stadium 24,000

1: ^ Al-Faisaly play their home games in Al-Majma'ah.
2: ^ Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr and Al-Shabab also use Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium (22,500 seats) as a home stadium.

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Al-Ahli   Serhiy Rebrov   Taisir Al-Jassim Umbro Saudia
Al-Batin   Ciprian Panait   Naif Eisa skillano Al-Fowzan ProMan, Al Shallal Raya Hotel1, Al Maali Hospital2
Al-Ettifaq   Saad Al-Shehri   Ahmed Al-Kassar Kappa Al-Majdouie Hyundai, Kanaf, Sahara Net1, Almana General Hospital1, Innosoft2, APSCO Mobil 12
Al-Faisaly   Vuk Rasovic   Omar Abdulaziz Joma ALDREES, Al Riyadh Travel & Tourism, Roco, Shmagh Albassam1, Hayat3, PhysioTrio3
Al-Fateh   Fathi Al-Jabal   Mohammed Al-Fuhaid Romai Al Kifah1, AlMoosa Hospital1
Al-Fayha   Gustavo Costas   Sami Al-Khaibari Macron Herfy, The Fourth Triangle, Shmagh Al-Bassam1, Kooz Karak1, Ghaya2, Enmaar2, PhysioTrio3
Al-Hilal   Juan Brown   Yasser Al-Qahtani Nike Volkswagen, Abdul Samad Al Qurashi1, Sun & Sand Sports1, Jawwy from STC2, APSCO Mobil 12
Al-Ittihad   José Sierra   Adnan Fallatah Joma Bridgestone, Unionaire1, APSCO Mobil 12
Al-Nassr   Krunoslav Jurčić   Ibrahim Ghaleb New Balance
Al-Qadsiah   Bandar Basreh   Élton José Offside GREE, Almana General Hospital, Al Asasyah1
Al-Raed   Aleksandar Ilić   Yahya Al-Musalem Hattrick Hana, AlMosa Group, Al-Qassim National Hospital1
Al-Shabab   Marius Șumudică   Nasser Al-Shamrani Joma
Al-Taawoun   José Gomes   Essam El-Hadary skillano Shmagh Al-Bassam1
Ohod   Maher Kanzari   Abdoh Besisi ProIcon Mozn, Al Safeer Thobe1, FrawLaty3
  • 1 On the back of the strip.
  • 2 On the right sleeve of the strip.
  • 3 On the shorts.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Al-Ettifaq   Eelco Schattorie End of caretaker spell 5 May 2017 Pre-season   Miodrag Ješić 14 June 2017[13]
Al-Faisaly   Giovanni Solinas End of contract 5 May 2017   Vuk Rašović 29 May 2017[14]
Al-Nassr   Patrice Carteron Sacked 5 May 2017[15]   Ricardo Gomes 14 June 2017[16]
Al-Qadsiah   Bandar Basreh End of caretaker spell 5 May 2017   Nacif Beyaoui 16 June 2017[17]
Al-Fayha   Al Habeeb bin Ramadan End of contract 10 May 2017   Constantin Gâlcă 20 May 2017[18]
Al-Raed   Nacif Beyaoui Resigned 14 May 2017[19]   Taoufik Rouabah 4 June 2017[20]
Al-Batin   Khalid Al-Koroni End of contract 17 May 2017[21]   Quim Machado 24 May 2017[22]
Al-Ahli   Christian Gross Mutual consent 31 May 2017[23]   Serhiy Rebrov 21 June 2017[24]
Al-Shabab   Sami Al-Jaber Sacked 16 September 2017[25] 9th   Mike Newell (interim) 16 September 2017[25]
Al-Nassr   Ricardo Gomes 22 September 2017[26] 4th   Rogério Lourenço (interim) 22 September 2017[27]
Al-Shabab   Mike Newell Interim period ended 23 September 2017 6th   José Daniel Carreño 23 September 2017[28]
Al-Raed   Taoufik Rouabah Sacked 1 October 2017[29] 14th   Ciprian Panait 4 October 2017[30]
Al-Nassr   Rogério Lourenço Interim period ended 3 October 2017 5th   Gustavo Quinteros 3 October 2017[31]
Al-Fayha   Constantin Gâlcă Sacked 1 November 2017[32] 12th   Gustavo Costas 1 November 2017[33]
Al-Qadsiah   Nacif Beyaoui Mutual consent 2 November 2017 7th   Paulo Bonamigo 2 November 2017[34]
Ohod   Abdulwahab Al-Harbi Resigned 5 November 2017[35] 14th   Nabil Neghiz 10 November 2017[36]
Al-Ettifaq   Miodrag Ješić Sacked 10 December 2017[37] 13th   Saad Al-Shehri 10 December 2017[38]
Al-Nassr   Gustavo Quinteros 31 January 2018[39] 4th   Krunoslav Jurčić 31 January 2018[40]
Al-Batin   Quim Machado 4 February 2018[41] 10th   Ciprian Panait 6 February 2018[42]
Al-Qadsiah   Paulo Bonamigo 5 February 2018[43] 12th   Bandar Basreh (interim) 5 February 2018[43]
Al-Raed   Ciprian Panait 5 February 2018[44] 14th   Aleksandar Ilić 5 February 2018[45]
Ohod   Nabil Neghiz 18 February 2018[46] 13th   Maher Kanzari 23 February 2018[47]
Al-Hilal   Ramón Díaz 20 February 2018[48] 1st   Juan Brown (interim) 20 February 2018[48]
Al-Shabab   José Daniel Carreño Mutual consent 8 March 2018[49] 10th   Khalid Al-Koroni 8 March 2018[49]
Ohod   Maher Kanzari Sacked 12 April 2018[50] 14th   Sadio Demba 12 April 2018[50]
Al-Ahli   Serhiy Rebrov 19 April 2018[51] 2nd   Fathi Al-Jabal (caretaker) 19 April 2018[51]

Foreign playersEdit

The number of foreign players was increased from 4 players to 6 players, and for the first time in the history of the Pro League foreign goalkeepers are allowed.[52] On January 11, 2018 the Saudi FF increased the number of foreign players from 6 players to 7 players.[53]

Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Player 7
Al-Ahli   Mark Milligan   Claudemir   Leonardo   Moamen Zakaria   Giannis Fetfatzidis   Omar Al Somah   Mohamed Amine Ben Amor
Al-Batin   Guilherme Schettine   Jhonnattann   Jorge Silva   Pitty   Tinga   Ousmane Diabaté   Aymen Mathlouthi
Al-Ettifaq   Raïs M'Bolhi   Ahmed El Sheikh   Hussein El Sayed   Ahmad Ibrahim Khalaf   Liban Abdi   Filip Kiss   Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
Al-Faisaly   Evson Patrício   Igor Rossi   Luisinho   Rogerinho   Zé Eduardo   Saleh Gomaa   Khaleem Hyland
Al-Fateh   Ibrahim Chenihi   João Pedro   Sandro Manoel   Mohamed Abdel-Shafy   Abdelkader Oueslati   Saith Sakala
Al-Fayha   Jonathan Gómez   Gegé   Ronnie Fernández   Danilo Asprilla   John Jairo Ruiz   Alexandros Tziolis   Emilio Izaguirre
Al-Hilal   Ezequiel Cerutti   Carlos Eduardo   Achraf Bencharki   Ali Al-Habsi   Omar Kharbin   Nicolás Milesi   Gelmin Rivas
Al-Ittihad [54]   Carlos Villanueva   Mahmoud Kahraba   Fahad Al Ansari   Ahmed Akaïchi
Al-Nassr   Abdelmoumene Djabou   Bruno Uvini   Leonardo Pereira   Junior Kabananga   Mohamed Fouzair   Saad Suhail   Ferjani Sassi
Al-Qadsiah   Bismark   Élton   Jorginho   Paulo Sérgio   Mohammed Fatau   Hervé Guy   Stanley Ohawuchi
Al-Raed   Daniel Amora   Eli Sabiá   Tarabai   Mohamed Atwa   Mahmoud Shikabala   Ismaël Bangoura   Issam Erraki
Al-Shabab   Djamel Benlamri   Mohamed Benyettou   Sebastián Ubilla   Amr Barakat   Saad Abdul-Amir   Muaid Ellafi   Farouk Ben Mustapha
Al-Taawoun   Cedric Amissi   Emad Moteab   Essam El-Hadary   Mostafa Fathi   Ricardo Machado   Adrian Popa   Jehad Al-Hussain
Ohod   Azzedine Doukha   Mohamed Boulaouidet   Nacereddine Khoualed   Isaac Vorsah   Mamoutou N'Diaye   Mohsin Johar   Hichem Essifi

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Hilal (C) 26 16 8 2 47 23 +24 56 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Ahli 26 16 7 3 59 26 +33 55
3 Al-Nassr 26 12 8 6 47 34 +13 44 Qualification to AFC Champions League play-off round
4 Al-Ettifaq 26 10 6 10 37 46 −9 36[a]
5 Al-Fateh 26 9 9 8 34 39 −5 36[a]
6 Al-Faisaly 26 9 8 9 39 33 +6 35
7 Al-Taawoun 26 9 7 10 43 36 +7 34
8 Al-Fayha 26 8 10 8 36 40 −4 34
9 Al-Ittihad 26 8 9 9 34 41 −7 33 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage
10 Al-Shabab 26 8 7 11 36 36 0 31
11 Al-Batin 26 8 7 11 35 46 −11 31
12 Al-Qadsiah 26 6 7 13 28 41 −13 25
13 Al-Raed 26 5 9 12 43 53 −10 24 Qualification to relegation play-off
14 Ohod 26 4 6 16 24 48 −24 18
Updated to match(es) played on 12 April 2018. 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).[55]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Al-Ettifaq is ahead of Al-Fateh on head-to-head points: Al-Ettifaq 2–1 Al-Fateh, Al-Fateh 1–1 Al-Ettifaq

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-Hilal42211422222212211111111111
Al-Ahli85632111111121122222222222
Al-Nassr23575543434333334443343333
Al-Ettifaq648111213131110101012131313121313121111118694
Al-Fateh141412886668567991110101099997445
Al-Faisaly139344354343444443334434566
Al-Taawoun1679101077997877978876669857
Al-Fayha11131313111111121213121311118977887710778
Al-Ittihad128101067886786555566555551089
Al-Shabab1079699101011111191010765567881191010
Al-Batin3112323556556668991010101011111111
Al Qadsiah5114578997891088101111111112121212121212
Al-Raed912141414141413131414141414141414141414141414131313
Ohod710111213121214141213111212121312121313131313141414
Leader
2018 AFC Champions League group stage
2018 AFC Champions League play-off round
Qualification to relegation play-off
Relegation to 2017–18 First Division
Source: slstat.com

ResultsEdit

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

Updated to games played on 12 April 2018.
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-AhliLWDWWWWWDDWLDWWLWWWDWDWWDW
Al-BatinWWWLDWLLDDDWLLDLLLDLLWLWWD
Al-EttifaqWDLLLLDWWLDLLLWWLDDWDWWWLW
Al-FaisalyLWWDWWLLWDWLWDDDWDDLLWLLLD
Al-FatehLLWWDWDDLWLLDDLDDWWLWDWWDL
Al-FayhaLLDDWLDLDLWLWWWLWWDWDDLDDD
Al-HilalWWWDWWWWDDDWDLWWDWWWDWWLDW
Al-IttihadLWLDWDLDWDLWWWLDDLWDDDLLWL
Al-NassrWDDDWWDLDWWWLDLWLWLWDLWWDW
Al QadsiahWLWDLLDDWDLLWDLLLLLLDDWLWL
Al-RaedLLLDLLDWLLDWLDDDDLLDWLLWDW
Al-ShababLWLWLLDDDDLWLWWWWLLDLLWDLD
Al-TaawounWLDDLLWWLDDLWDLWDWWWLDLLWL
OhodWLLLLDDLLWDWDLDLDLLLWLLLLL
Source: slstat.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Relegation play-offsEdit

On March 7, 2018, the Saudi Football Federation announced that the number of teams in the Saudi Professional League will be increased from 14 teams to 16 teams. The relegation was removed and in its place, they announced a relegation play-off. The bottom 2 teams will face the 3rd and 4th place team in the Prince Mohammad bin Salman League.[56]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Raed 5–1 Al-Kawkab 4–1 1–0
Ohod 7–1 Al-Tai 5–0 2–1
Al-Raed4–1Al-Kawkab
Bangoura   11' (pen.)
Al-Shehri   47'
Tarabai   73'
Erraki   88' (pen.)
Report Diouf   64'
Al-Kawkab0–1Al-Raed
Report Tarabai   68'

Al-Raed won 5–1 on aggregate.


Ohod5–0Al-Tai
Khoualed   2'
Essifi   19'46'86'
Al-Khaldi   61'
Report
Al-Tai1–2Ohod
Abdoh Jaber   89' Report Attiyah   59'
Al-Khaldi   66'

Ohod won 7–1 on aggregate.

StatisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

AttendancesEdit

By roundEdit

2017–18 Professional League Attendance
Round Total GP. Avg. Per Game
Round 1 34,900 7 4,986
Round 2 36,791 7 5,256
Round 3 19,341 7 2,763
Round 4 66,932 7 9,562
Round 5 21,239 7 3,034
Round 6 25,431 7 3,633
Round 7 56,556 7 8,079
Round 8 28,010 7 4,001
Round 9 31,203 7 4,458
Round 10 37,546 7 5,364
Round 11 33,441 7 4,777
Round 12 25,655 7 3,665
Round 13 27,335 7 3,905
Round 14 21,611 7 3,087
Round 15 23,898 7 3,414
Round 16 34,767 7 4,967
Round 17 61,441 7 8,777
Round 18 39,973 7 5,710
Round 19 58,770 7 8,396
Round 20 59,291 7 8,470
Round 21 51,047 7 7,292
Round 22 34,328 7 4,904
Round 23 66,973 7 9,568
Round 24 42,595 7 6,085
Round 25 65,232 7 9,319
Round 26 37,765 7 5,395
Total 1,042,071 182 5,726

Source:[61]

By teamEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Al-Ahli 216,456 43,794 4,831 16,650 −19.5%
2 Al-Ittihad 210,757 45,913 3,470 16,212 −36.2%
3 Al-Hilal 158,523 26,602 3,319 12,194 −20.8%
4 Ohod 79,325 16,529 991 6,102 n/a

5 Al-Nassr 71,246 17,879 1,166 5,480 −28.2%
6 Al-Raed 62,000 17,003 1,864 4,769 −18.4%
7 Al-Taawoun 50,385 8,084 1,238 3,876 −22.9%
8 Al-Ettifaq 40,175 14,618 503 3,090 −18.0%
9 Al-Fateh 38,709 7,924 871 2,978 −12.0%
10 Al-Batin 34,952 6,500 832 2,689 +3.1%
11 Al-Shabab 27,764 9,511 553 2,136 −23.7%
12 Al Qadsiah 26,948 8,443 498 2,073 +20.6%
13 Al-Faisaly 12,632 2,316 275 972 +27.9%
14 Al-Fayha 12,199 1,781 279 938 n/a

League total 1,042,071 45,913 275 5,726 −18.0%

Updated to games played on 12 April 2018
Source: [62][5][63]
Notes:
Teams played previous season in First Division.

AwardsEdit

For the first time in the history of the competition, the Saudi Football Federation announced annual awards for the best player in each position, best young player and the perfect team.

[64]

See alsoEdit

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