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Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club (Arabic: النادي الاهلی 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.

Al-Ahli Saudi FC
Al Ahli Logo.png
Full nameAl-Ahli Football Club
Nickname(s)Al Malaki (The Royal)
Qale'at Al Ku'us (Fortress of Trophies)
Al Raqi (The Elegant)
Founded17 March 1937; 82 years ago (1937-03-17)
GroundKing Abdullah Sports City
Capacity62,345
ChairmanAhmed Al-Sayegh
ManagerBranko Ivanković
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 4th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Domestically, Al-Ahli have won 9 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.

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HistoryEdit

 
Al-Ahli v FC Barcelona in 2016

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 3 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 the highest honor, where he was presented with the shield of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for sports excellence and the title "Ambassador of the Homeland".

HonoursEdit

Al-Ahli holds 28 honours officially recognized by FIFA

DomesticEdit

Continental TournamentsEdit

FriendlyEdit

*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

PlayersEdit

As of Saudi Professional League:

As of 4 March 2018[3][4]
No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem (vice-captain)   Saudi Arabia
2 Defender Saeed Al Mowalad   Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Mohammed Al Fatil   Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Khaled Al-Barakah   Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Mohammed Al-Khabrani   Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Josef de Souza   Brazil
7 Midfielder Salman Al-Moasher   Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Elvis Sarić   Bosnia and Herzegovina
9 Forward Omar Al Somah   Syria
10 Midfielder Abdulfattah Asiri   Saudi Arabia
11 Midfielder Housain Al-Mogahwi   Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Yazeed Al-Bakr   Saudi Arabia
14 Forward Muhannad Assiri   Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Nooh Al-Mousa   Saudi Arabia
18 Forward Othman Alhaj   Chad
21 Forward Djaniny   Cape Verde
22 Midfielder Danijel Aleksić   Serbia
23 Defender Abdullah Tarmin   Saudi Arabia
24 Defender Hussein Abdulghani (captain)   Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Motaz Hawsawi   Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Sultan Mendash   Saudi Arabia
29 Forward Abdulrahman Ghareeb   Saudi Arabia&
33 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais   Saudi Arabia
35 Midfielder Yousef Al-Harbi   Saudi Arabia
37 Defender Abdulbassit Hindi   Saudi Arabia
40 Midfielder Ali Al-Asmari   Saudi Arabia
44 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Robeai   Saudi Arabia
47 Midfielder Mustafa Bassas   Saudi Arabia
66 Goalkeeper Basem Atallah   Saudi Arabia
70 Defender Mohammed Bassas   Saudi Arabia
77 Midfielder Omar Al-Zayni   Saudi Arabia
87 Defender Ervin Zukanović   Bosnia and Herzegovina

For recent transfers, see 2018–19 Al-Ahli Saudi FC season.

Other players under contractEdit

No Position Player Nation
26 Midfielder Ali Awagi   Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Abdullah Al-Khateeb   Saudi Arabia
55 Goalkeeper Bakr Eisa   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
15 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani (on loan to Damac)   Saudi Arabia
20 Defender Ali Al-Zubaidi (on loan to Al-Wehda)   Saudi Arabia
30 Defender Hani Al-Sebyani (on loan to Al-Fayha)   Saudi Arabia
75 Defender Aderlan Santos (on loan to Rio Ave)   Brazil
Defender Faisal Darisi (on loan to Al-Raed)   Saudi Arabia
Defender Mohammed Al-Zubaidi (on loan to Al-Hazem)   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Nasser Al-Daajani (on loan to Al-Taawoun)   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdulrahman Al-Harthi (on loan to Al-Khaleej)   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Yahya Al-Qarni (on loan to Ohod)   Saudi Arabia

Recent seasonsEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P CC CPC PFC ARCL CL GCC Saudi Super Cup Top scorer Manager
2000–01 SPL 1 22 15 6 1 50 19 31+ 51  – Quarter-final Winner Semi-final  –  –  –  –  –   Lucca
2001–02 SPL 4 22 12 4 6 39 26 13+ 40  – Winner Winner  –  – Winner  –  –  –   Lucca,   Anbar
2002–03 SPL 2 22 15 2 5 54 23 31+ 47  – Runner-up Runner-up Winner QW-3rd Round  –  –   Barakat 10   Eilian,   Dmitry
2003–04 SPL 4 22 10 8 4 31 21 10+ 38  – Runner-up Group Stage Group Stage  –  –  –   Kim 7   Lechantre
2004–05 SPL 5 22 10 8 4 41 21 20+ 34  – Round 16 Semi-final Semi-final Quarter-final  –  –   Perera 13   Geninho,   Vučković
2005–06 SPL 4 22 9 9 4 45 23 22+ 36  – Runner-up Runner-up  –  –  –  –   Mouath 8   Vučković
2006–07 SPL 5 22 7 8 7 29 33 −4 29  – Winner Winner Semi-final  –  –  –   Mouath 20   Vučković
2007–08 SPL 8 22 7 5 10 30 31 −1 26 Quarter-final Semi-final Semi-final  – Group Stage  –  –   Mouath 14   Vučković
2008–09 SPL 3 22 11 7 4 33 20 +13 40 Quarter-final Round 16 Group Stage  –  – Winner  –   Al-Raheb 10   Mladenov
2009–10 SPL 6 22 7 7 8 28 29 −1 28 Quarter-final Runner-up Semi-final  – Group Stage  –  –   Victor Simões 13   Alfaro,   Farias
2010–11 SPL 6 26 11 4 11 48 41 +7 37 Winner Quarter-final Runner-up  –  –  –  –   Victor Simões 20   Rajevac,   Ilić
2011–12 SPL 2 26 19 5 2 60 22 +38 62 Winner Semi-final Winner  – Runner-up  –  –   Victor Simões 27   Jarolím
2012–13 SPL 5 26 12 8 6 51 33 +18 44 Semi-final Quarter-finals Winner  – Quarter-finals  –  –   Victor Simões 17   Jarolím,   Ilić
2013–14 ALJ 3 26 12 9 5 48 24 +24 45 Runner-up Quarter Finals Runner-up  –  –  –  –   Taisir Al-Jassim 9   Vítor Pereira
2014–15 ALJ 2 26 17 9 0 59 22 +37 60 Round 16 Winner  – Round 16  –  –   Omar Al Soma 31   Christian Gross
2015–16 ALJ 1 26 19 6 1 55 21 +34 63 Winner Runner-up  –  – Group Stages  –  –   Omar Al Soma 34   Christian Gross
2016–17 ALJ 2 26 17 4 5 57 30 +27 55 Runner-up Semi-finals  –  – Quarter-finals  – Winner   Omar Al Soma 40   José Manuel Gomes,   Christian Gross
2017–18 SPL 2 26 16 7 3 59 26 +33 55 Semi-final  –  –  – Round of 16  –  –   Muhannad Assiri 13   Serhiy Rebrov
2018–19 SPL 4 30 17 4 9 68 41 +27 55 Round of 16  –  – Semi-final Round of 16  –  –   Omar Al Somah 27   Pablo Guede,   Jorge Fossati,   Yousef Anbar

Player of the YearEdit

Year Winner
2009–10   Abdulrahim Jaizawi
2010–11   Victor Simões
2011–12   Taisir Al-Jassim
2012–13   Mustafa Al-Bassas
2013–14   Taisir Al-Jassim
2014–15   Omar Al Soma
2015–16   Omar Al Soma
2016–17   Omar Al Soma

Technical StaffEdit

Current Technical StaffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Branko Ivanković
Assistant coaches   Zlatko Ivanković
  Yousef Anbar
Goalkeeping coach   Igor Panadić
Fitness coach   Marko Stilinović


ManagementEdit

Current Board of Directors and AdministratorsEdit

[5]

Office Name
President Majed Al-Nefaie
Vice-president Waleed Muath
Director of Football Bassem Abo Dawood
Director of Other Sports Yaser Mahrous
Secretary-General Mohammed Al Qanb
Treasurer Waddah Bakhsh
Investment Officer Abdullah A'ajaj
Commercial Director Majed Al-Oufi
Board Member Mohammed Al-Harthi

PresidentsEdit

No Name From To
1   Hassan Hamood Al-Shams 1937 1940
2   Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1950 1952
3   Hassan Saroor Al-Sabyan 1952 1954
4   Abdullah Bahery 1955 1955
5   Omar Hamood Al-Shams 1956 1956
6   Ali Al-Jassem Al-Na'kly 1957 1957
7   Mohammed Fashlan 1958 1958
8   Abdulrahman bin Saead 1959 1960
9   Jameel Al-Gosani 1961 1961
10   Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1962 1962
11   Abdullah Al-Bahry 1963 1963
12   Abdulfatah Abdulrabho 1964 1964
13   Omar Yousef 1965 1969
14   Mohammed bin Saleh Hamed 1970 1972
15   Abdullah bin Al-Ganb 1973 1974
16   Abdulmageed Yousef 1975 1975
17   Khaled bin Abdullah 1976 1980
18   Abdullah bin Faisal 1981 1981
19   Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Faisal 1982 1984
20   Abdulraziq Abu Dawod 1985 1986
21   Ahmed Eid Al-Harbi 1987 1987
22   Khaled bin Abdullah 1988 1994
23   Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki 1994 1995
24   Badr bin Fahd 1995 1996
25   Zaki Raheme 1996 1997
26   Abdulaziz Abdulha'a 1997 1998
27   Salman Al-Sudairy 1998 1998
28   Nawaf bin Abdulaziz bin Turki 1999 2003
29   Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2004 2005
30   Abdulraziq abu Dawod 2005 2005
31   Aymin Fadel 2005 2007
32  Abdulraziq abu Dawod 2007 2007
33   Ahmed Moahmmed Marzoqi 2007 2008
34   Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-A'aqary 2008 2009
35   Fahd bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Mohammed 2009 2015
36   Musad Al Zuwaihary 2015 2016
37   Ahmad Al-Marzouqi 2016 2017
38   Fahd bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Mohammed 2017 2017
39   Turki bin Mohammed 2017 2018
40   Majed Al-Nefaie 2018 2018

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia – List of Champions". RSSSF.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Saudi Arabia – List of Cup Winners". RSSSF.
  3. ^ "Al-Ahli information for 2018–2019 league season". alahlifc.sa. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?team=147&cz=15887&mode=p
  5. ^ "مجلس الإدارة - موقع النادي الأهلي السعودي". www.alahlifc.sa. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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