Al-Arabi SC (Qatar)

Al-Arabi Sports Club (Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي‎), is a Qatari sports club based in Doha, Qatar. Founded in 1952, the most prominent team of the club is the football team which plays in the Qatar Stars League.[1] The club's home ground is the 13,000-seat Grand Hamad Stadium, where they have played since their establishment.

Al-Arabi SC
Full nameAl-Arabi Sports Club
(Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي‎)
Nickname(s)"Fareeg Al-Ahlam" ("The Dream Team")
"Century Club in Qatar"
Short nameARB
Founded1 April 1952 (68 years ago) (1952-04-01)
GroundGrand Hamad Stadium
PresidentSheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani
ManagerHeimir Hallgrímsson
LeagueQatar Stars League
2019-20Qatar Stars League, 7th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Al Arabi's active sections
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Al-Arabi had their first major success in 1978, winning the Emir of Qatar Cup, and won various titles during the 1980s and 1990s. The club enjoyed their greatest period of success in those two decades, winning 17 major trophies. Domestically, Al-Arabi have won seven league titles, eight Emir of Qatar Cups, one Qatar Crown Prince Cup and six Qatar Sheikh Jassem Cups.

Al-Arabi's regular kit colours are red shirts and shorts with red socks. The club's crest has been changed several times in attempts to re-brand the club and modernise its image. The current crest, featuring a ceremonial falcon, is a modification of the one introduced in the early 1950s. They are known for having one of the largest fan bases in Qatar next to rivals Al Rayyan. In terms of championships won, they are the second most successful club on a local level after Al Sadd. Al-Arabi is known by various nicknames including "Dream Team", "The Red Devils", and "Century Club".


Foundation (1952–1990)Edit

The club was founded in 1952 under the name "Al-Tahrir", making them the second oldest team in Qatar. In 1957, the club merged with Al-Wehda, a club founded which was founded on that year led by Mohamed Ali Ahmed Al-Ansari, after playing a friendly. They merged under the name of Al-Wehda. Al-Wehda did not play out Qatar or host any foreign clubs due to lack of financial possibilities for the club. In 1972, the club integrated under their current name, Al Arabi.[2] The first president of the club was Ahmed Ali Ahmed Al-Ansari.

Al-Arabi was known for having one of the largest fan bases in all of Qatar, as well as other Gulf states, and was well-known overseas. Their popularity outside of the Middle East was bolstered by their achievements and national team players, until 2003 when it reached its peak with the signing of Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta.

It placed 14th place in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics's 1901–2000 Asian Club of the Century.


Golden era (1990–2000)Edit

The 1990s marked the start of a continuous chain of succession for Al-Arabi. The dream team had come to fruition with the likes of Marco Antônio and Richard Owebukeri who were the top scorers in the league at one point. Perhaps the most significant player was Mubarak Mustafa, who is still considered one of the best Qatari footballers in history. The team, impressing many with its versatile squad, took the Qatari league by storm, winning it 5 times out of 10. Not satisfied merely with local success, the team achieved runners-up position in the AFC Champions League in 1995.

They won their first Heir Apparent cup in 1997.

Decline (2000–2011)Edit

The new century saw a significant slump in Al-Arabi's performance. Factors which impacted this may include the departure of Mubarak Mustafa and the increase of competitiveness from local clubs. In the 2002 season, Al Arabi finished in 7th place, the lowest position since its debut in the Qatar Stars League.

The arrival of Gabriel Batistuta in 2003 saw a glimpse of hope for Al-Arabi as they finished significantly higher in the league than the last 2 previous seasons, however they ended up finished 9th in the league at the end of the 2007 season, a new low. They did not win a single domestic title during this period, and had limited success in international competitions. Furthermore, they suffered their largest-ever defeat against Al Sadd that season when they were beaten 7–0, which resulted in the sacking of their coach Cabralzinho.[3]

In 2006, due to popular dissent accosting the club president Sheikh Falah bin Jassim, there was an administration change which resulted in Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak being elected as president.

Management crisis (2011–present)Edit

The beginning of the 2011–12 season looked bright for Al Arabi, with the club winning their first domestic silverware in 13 years by defeating Umm Salal SC in the final of the 2011 Sheikh Jassem Cup. However, a string of bad results in the league resulted in the sacking of their coach, Paulo Silas.

They were also eligible to play in the 2012 AFC Champions League, which they were the first team to be eliminated from. During this period, the club had been in charge of 3 coaches in a span of 3 months. They infamously made history by being the first team since 2007 to lose every match in the group stage, as well as the first Qatari team to achieve this.[4] As a result, the club's Director of Football, Mubarak Mustafa, announced his departure from the club.[5] Furthermore, Dr. Abdullah al-Mal, president of the club, announced his retirement from sports.[6] He was replaced by Hitme Bin Ali Al Hitmi. The fiscal budget of the club was reduced from 15 million riyals to 9 million riyals.[7]

The title of Dream TeamEdit

Al Arabi Club called by the nickname " Dream Team ", an old launched by the local press in the season title (1992/1993) proportions team American dreams of basketball where the team has achieved in the early nineties all titles and was the win significant results of all the teams at least three goals in every game.

Most notably Matches at that time, win 6–1 against Al Rayyan, Win 9–0 against Al itthad ( Al Gharafa), and win 6–0 against Al Ahli.

Al Arabi Fans ClubEdit

Al Arabi Fans Club was established on 21 October 2015, it was created to support the team in all Sports and to gather the fans to think of innovative ways to support and cheer the teams throughout the season [8] in 21 October 2015, The same day the Fan Club was established, Al Arabi Club management decided to withhold the Number (1) jersey permanently from the list of the first team players and award it to the Fans, whom officially became the number (1) player in Al Arabi Club, Where Captain Masoud Zeraei waived his number (1) and awarded it to the Fans, who will retains its permanently under resolution. They have the most supporters in Qatar and that is one of the reasons why the gave them shirt number (1).


Grand Hamad Stadium (Arabic: استاد حمد الكبير), also known as the Al-Arabi Sports Club Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The football team Al-Arabi SC play there. The stadium holds 13,000 people. The stadium was used extensively during the 2006 Asian Games, and was a venue for several different sports; these include football, table tennis, rugby sevens and fencing. Iraq national football team played their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) games at the ground. Now they use the Stadium as a home for Yemen national football team in 2015 Fifa World qualification (AFC).


Al RayyanEdit

Al Rayyan and Al Arabi are often the most considered the most passionate sets of fans in Qatar. This derby known as "Fans Derby".


From 1994 to 2017.

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 49 11 17 21 63 88 −25
Sheikh Jassem Cup 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6
Emir Cup 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1
Crown Prince Cup 7 1 1 5 6 16 −10
Reserve League 5 1 1 3 12 15 −3
Qatar Stars Cup 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
Total 72 18 21 33 98 133 −35

Al SaddEdit

This is the clash of Qatar's two most successful teams: Al Sadd and Al Arabi. For some fans, winning this derby is more noteworthy than winning the league itself. The derby is an important component of the country's culture.[9]

Al Arabi always regarded themselves as the club of Qatar's working class, in contrast with the more upper-class support base of Al Sadd. The social class divide between the two fan bases eventually diminished.[9]

Memorable matchesEdit

Bold indicates a win.

Season   Result Competition   Notes  
1981–82 0–1 Emir Cup
1985–86 1–0 Emir Cup
1992–93 2–0 Emir Cup
1995–96 0–0 Qatar Stars League Al Arabi crowned champions.
2009–10 3–3 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd come back from 3–0 down to deny Al Arabi an ACL spot.


From 1996 to 2017.

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 49 13 12 24 54 91 −37
Sheikh Jassem Cup 6 1 0 5 8 13 −5
Emir Cup 11 3 2 6 11 17 −6
Crown Prince Cup 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
Reserve League 6 2 2 2 11 11 0
Qatar Stars Cup 4 1 2 1 8 12 −4
Total 78 21 18 39 95 147 −52



Qatar Stars League

Emir of Qatar Cup

  • Champions (8): 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1992–93

Qatar Crown Prince Cup

Qatar Sheikh Jassem Cup

  • Champions (6): 1980, 1982, 1994, 2008, 2010, 2011

League resultsEdit

Qatar Stars League

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

1987: Group stage
1993: Qualifying – 1st round
1995: Runners-up to   Thai Farmers Bank
1996: Group stage
1999: First Round
1990–91: Second Round
1993–94: Semi-final
2012: Group stage

Performance in UAFA competitionsEdit

1986: Runners-up to   Al-Hilal
2002: Group stage
2006: Group stage
2011: Quarter-finals

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of Qatar Stars League:

No Position Player Nation
3 Defender Feras Dahboor   Qatar
4 Midfielder Abdurahman Enad   Qatar
5 Defender Marc Muniesa   Spain
6 Midfielder Abdullah Marafee   Qatar
7 Midfielder Mehrdad Mohammadi   Iran
8 Midfielder Ahmed Fatehi   Qatar
9 Forward Hamdi Harbaoui   Tunisia
10 Forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga   Germany
11 Midfielder Mohammed Salah Al-Neel   Qatar
12 Defender Khalifah Al-Malki   Qatar
13 Forward Sebastián Soria   Qatar
14 Forward Fahad Khalfan   Qatar
17 Midfielder Aron Gunnarsson   Iceland
19 Forward Ibrahim Nasser   Qatar
20 Forward Abdulaziz Al Ansari   Qatar
23 Defender Fahad Shonain   Qatar
27 Midfielder Jasser Yahya   Qatar
35 Midfielder Mohammed Al Badr   Qatar
66 Defender Yasser Abubakar   Qatar
74 Goalkeeper Satea Abdelnasser   Qatar
96 Goalkeeper Louay Ashour   Qatar
98 Forward Yaghob Eissa   Qatar

Reserve U23Edit

No Position Player Nation
2 Defender Abdulrahman Bilal   Qatar
15 Defender Jassem Gaber   Qatar
16 Forward Abdullah Al-Sulaiti   Qatar
18 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Mohammedi   Qatar
21 Goalkeeper Mahmud Abunada   Qatar
22 Defender Khaled Al-Naemi   Qatar
26 Midfielder Barakat Jaafer   Iraq
33 Midfielder Abdulrahim Al-Bloushi   Qatar
36 Midfielder Mohammed Essam   Qatar
39 Midfielder Mohamed Abo Obaidah   Qatar
71 Goalkeeper Muaiad Shanan   Qatar
72 Forward Ahmed Aboutrika   Egypt
81 Midfielder Abdullah Abdulrahman   Qatar
Defender Abdullah Khaled   Qatar

Club staffEdit

Technical and administrative staff

Last updated: April 2019.

Coaching staff
Head coach   Heimir Hallgrímsson
Assistant coach   Jordi Condom Aulí
2nd assistant coach   Bjarki Már Ólafsson
Physical coach   Miguel Angel Garcia
Performance Analyst   Thiago Cardoso Souza
Goalkeeper coach   Ferdinando Scarpello
Administration staff
Team manager   Adel Al Busairi[10]
Reserve team manager   Hamad Al-Sulaiti[10]
Deputy director   Ali Sulaiti
Youth team technical director
Technical director   Petrus In 't Groen
Youth team coaching staff
U–19 head coach   Teo Pirija
U–17 head coach   Omer Khalid
U–15 head coach   Abderrazak Kniss
U–14 head coach   Yousif Hamoor
U–13 head coach   Gideon Dijks
Goalkeeper coach   Sandro Daros
  Orlando Ribecaro

Club officialsEdit

Managerial historyEdit

Present and past managers of Al-Arabi (incomplete):[11][12]
(* denotes caretaker role)

Al-Wehda (1957–72)Edit

  •   Tayeb Fadel (1957–??)
  •   Hassan Djidjo (1968–??)
  •   Ahmed Ali Al-Ansari (1969)

Al-Arabi (1972–present)Edit

Former managers with unknown dates

  •   Mohammed Atatash
  •   J. Mustafa
  •   Atha Al-Shatti
  •   Hilmi Al-Qut
  •   Medhat Mohammed
  •   Al-Makki
  •   Flamarion Nunes
  •   Ahmed Jassim Al-Jassim "Menotti"


Position Staff
President Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Jaber Al-Thani
general secretary Talal Al-Kuwari
Director General Faleh AlHader

Last updated: 8 October 2011
Source: Board of Directors


Club rankingsEdit

National rankingEdit

As of 1 July 2016.[14]
Current Rank Country Team Points
5   Al Gharrafa 1386
6   Qatar SC 1365
7   Al-Arabi SC 1331
8   Umm Salal 1312
9   Al-Khor 1281

Asian rankingEdit

As of 1 July 2016.[14]
Current Rank Country Team Points
91   Police Tero FC 1340
92   Guangzhou R&F F.C. 1336
93   Al-Arabi SC 1331
94   Gyeongnam FC 1331
95   Ratchaburi FC 1328

World rankingEdit

As of 1 July 2016.[14]
Current Rank Country Team Points
1022   Znojmo 1331
1023   Bella Vista 1331
1024   Al-Arabi SC 1331
1025   Gyeongnam FC 1331
1026   Iraklis 1331


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