Al-Ahli Saudi FC
Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club (Arabic: النادي الأهلي السعودي ) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Jeddah, that competes in the Saudi Pro League, the top flight of Saudi Arabian football. The club was founded in 1937.
|Full name||Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club|
|Founded||17 March 1937|
|Ground||King Abdullah Sports City|
|Chairman||Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Batterjee|
|League||Saudi Professional League|
|2017–18||Saudi Professional League, 2nd|
Domestically, Al-Ahli have won 3 Professional League titles and 10 unofficial league titles, 13 King Cups, 6 Crown Prince Cups, and 1 Super Cup. In international club football, Al-Ahli have won 3 GCC Champions League and 1 Arab Club Championship and have reached two AFC Champions League finals. The first Saudi club combined the league and the King's Cup in the same season in 1968, the only club that did it 3 times in 1978, 1984, 2016.
Al-Ahli is one of the four founding members of the Saudi Pro League that have never been relegated from the top flight, along with Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Nassr. Al-Ahli have a record-breaking 51-match unbeaten run from 2014 to 2016.
Al Ahli's home games are played at King Abdullah Sports City, also known as the KASC Stadium. The stadium, which is shared with long-lasting city rivals Al-Ittihad, is the second largest stadium in Saudi Arabia, with a total capacity of 62,000.
The club's most famous Saudi players are Taisir Al-Jassim, Khalid Massad, Amin Dabo, Mohamed Abd Al-Jawad, Malek Mouath, and Yasser Al Mosailem. And the most famous foreign players are Omar Al Soma, Victor Simões, Nabil Maâloul, Imad Al Hosni and Mohamed Barakat.
Founded in 1355 AH in 1937 by four young men, Al Ahli Club is located in the heart of Jeddah's dream city and is the largest sports beacon in its strategic location on its largest street Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Street (Tahlia). The idea of establishing was founded among a number of students in Al-Falah school. The oldest school in the city of Jeddah was the beginning of the launch of Ahli towards a wider horizons and progress to lead gradually to become in the past and present a giant name pioneer and successful ambassador to the sport of homeland in many games, and the culmination of this success called the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, may God have mercy on him Ambassador of the nation on Friday, 10/7/1430 July 3, 2009.
Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the Honorary Members and Honorary Members of the club throughout its history received management of the club headed by Abdul Aziz Al Anqari and the club's players on a historic day that will not be forgotten in general and especially for Al Ahlawi as the biggest honor achieved by Al-Ahli club in its history after achieving a unique achievement in the same year in 2008, where he achieved four foreign championships the handball team who won the Asian Club League Handball Championship and then the Gulf Cup. The first football team and Volleyball team also won the Gulf Cup.
Former and famous Brazilian coach Telê Santana coached Al-Ahli from 1983 to 1985 and won 2 titles, one is league 1984 and the second is King Cup in 1983. Al Ahli has played eighteen King Cup finals, won thirteen and lost only five.
From 2014 to 2016, under the management of Swiss coach Christian Gross, the team won four titles with him. 2014–15 Saudi Crown Prince Cup, 2015–16 Saudi Professional League and 2016 King Cup. Al Ahli has won every major competition in which it has competed, with the exception of the AFC Champions League (in this competition they have lost two finals, in 1985–86 Asian Club Championship and 2012 AFC Champions League. They are also the first Saudi Club who played the Asian Final. Al Ahli is one of the big 4 clubs at Saudi Arabia along with Al Hilal , Al Nasser, and the local rivals Al Ittihad.
Shield of Sports Excellence and the title of ambassador of the homelandEdit
In 2009, the club completed its seventy five years with a lot of historical and successful achievements. On 3rd July 2009, Al-Ahli Club and its fans won't forget the day when the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz received the heads and members of the honor of the club and its board of directors after winning four International titles in 2008. The club was awarded with highest honor, where he was presented with the shield of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for sport excellence and the title "Ambassador of the Homeland".
Al-Ahli holds 28 honours officially recognized by FIFA
- Saudi Professional League: 
- King Cup: 
- Saudi Super Cup:
- Winners (1) : 2016
- Crown Prince Cup: 
- Saudi Federation Cup (Youth): 
- Winners (4) : 2001, 2002, 2007,2012
- Runners-up (6) : 1976, 1989, 1991, 1996, 2003, 2006
- Saudi Founder's Cup: 
- Runners-up (1) : 1999
- AFC Champions League: 
- Arab Champions League: 
- Winners (1) : 2002-03
- Gulf Club Champions Cup: 
*Massef Cup: Champions (3):1966, 1974, 1982
*Cup of the Regions of Mecca and Medina:
Champions (1): 1967
*League of Jeddah: Champions (2): 1961, 1962
*Western Region Championship:
Champions (10): 1962, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976
Performance in AFC competitionsEdit
- AFC Champions League: 11 appearances
|2002–03||Qualification Round 3|
|2015||Round of 16|
|2018||Round of 16|
For recent transfers, see 2018–19 Al-Ahli Saudi FC season.
Other players under contractEdit
|22||Goalkeeper||Ahmed Al-Rehaili||Saudi Arabia|
|47||Midfielder||Mustafa Bassas||Saudi Arabia|
|70||Defender||Mohammed Bassas||Saudi Arabia|
|—||Defender||Abdullah Al-Khateeb||Saudi Arabia|
|—||Midfielder||Rayan Al-Harbi||Saudi Arabia|
|—||Midfielder||Maher Othman||Saudi Arabia|
|—||Midfielder||Ali Awagi||Saudi Arabia|
|—||Midfielder||Ahmed Al-Zain||Saudi Arabia|
Out on loanEdit
Player of the YearEdit
Current Board of Directors and AdministratorsEdit