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Al-Ittihad Club Saudi Arabia (Arabic: نادي الاتحاد العربي السعودي‎), also known as Al-Ittihad Jeddah or simply Al-Ittihad, meaning The Union, is a Saudi Premier League football club based in Jeddah. Al-Ittihad has won 8 League titles and three Asian championships. Overall, it holds 33 official trophy wins in its history.

Al-Ittihad
Full nameIttihad Jeddah Club Of Saudi Arabia
FoundedJanuary 4, 1927; 92 years ago (1927-01-04)
GroundKing Abdullah Sports City
Capacity62,000[1]
PresidentLoay Hisham Nazer
Head coachJosé Luis Sierra
LeagueSaudi Professional League
2017–18Saudi Professional League, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded on January 4, 1927 before the third Saudi state was declared, making it the oldest club in Saudi Arabia. The most successful period in Al-Ittihad's history was the 1990s and mid 2000s, when the club won numerous honours both domestically and continental. The team won Cup Winners Cup in 1999 and two Champions League titles in 2004 and 2005 and as far as going on to compete in the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup. The club has the distinction of being the only Asian club to have won the AFC Champions League twice in a row.

Al-Ittihad has a record of home average attendance for Asia clubs in domestic league matches with the average of 42,371 on 2014/2015 season and that is for the club's big popularity which is the first in Saudi Arabia And Asia.

The club's most famous Saudi players are Saeed Ghorab, Hamzah Idris, Ahmad Jamil, Al Hasan Al-Yami, Mohammed Noor and with the most famous foreign players being the famous Brazilian international player Bebeto who played for Al-Ittihad from 2001 to 2002, the Brazilian Attacking Midfielder Tcheco who played for Al-Ittihad from 2003 to 2005 and came back on in 2008 for one season and the portuguese Paulo Jorge Alves, also known as Jójó, who starred in Al- Ittihad from 2010 to 2012.

In May 2015, Al-Ittihad entered The Guinness Book Of Records, as the first and only Saudi Arabian/Asian club entering it, because the club had won 232 different local and regional championships in games in Mansour Albalawi's reign as a chairman of the club from 2002 to 2008, and for back-to-back wins of the AFC Champions League in 2004 and 2005, as the only Asian team to accomplish it.

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HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

The club was founded after a meeting, on January 4, 1927, of some of the notable football enthusiasts of the city of Jeddah. They met in the offices of the radio broadcasting company and discussed the idea of forming a football club to compete with various traveling teams and be a source of entertainment for inhabitants and an outlet for the city youth to practice organised sport. Everyone agreed that they should go ahead with creating the team that unites them and Ittihad Jeddah was born. The attendees were Hamza Fitaihi, Abdulsamad Najeeb Alsaady, Ismail Zahran, Ali Yamani, Abdulaziz Jameel, Abdulateef Jameel, Abdulateef Linjawi, Othman Banajah, Ahmad Abu Talib, Ali Sultan, Ahmed Almir and Saleh Salamah.

Club name "United"Edit

the name of club which contains from this wisdom, Mazen Mohammed words that created the current club name. Club owners agrees with him to put the club name Al-Ittihad (United or Union, jointly) in Arabic.

EarlierEdit

Ismail Zahran team player who was working as in Radio Office in Jeddah to the possibility of electing the head of the works Mr. Sultan to be a President of the Club, However, Ali Sultan became the first official president of the club. Al-Ittihad did not find at first a strong support, there wasn't an official clubs (communities) such as Al Riyadhi, Because the presence of powerful culture in the city of Jeddah only. the established of Saudi Federation was slowly in the 50s, was established after 29 years from Ittihad foundation year. In their first meeting with Al-Riyadhi, Al-Ittihad make it victory with 3–0 won.

Their first championship (1933)Edit

The club has achieved a historic first tournament, which was called the cup of Nishan Nazer, counted as an official tournament, The cup have formed a popularity of Al-Ittihad, Because of a challenge between them in the final. Depending on the narrator, the winner can burn the Embassy wood's. the Championship attended by several of the clubs, communities, fought Al-Ittihad where several games to achieve access to the final. with Al-Mukhtalat. The weather was dust, did not complete the first half, the match was stopped about 10 minutes. the referee stopped the game to rest for 8 minutes, the weather was changed for the better with the second half, Al-Mukhtalat squad had led to fail, it was a low attacking level. The most prominent player in the game is Al-Itithad defender Safwan which was sacrificed for his team. the club won the championship by 3–0 against Al-Mukhtalat. The most important characteristic of this tournament is the first sporting event held in the reign of the founder King Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud.

RivalriesEdit

Al-Ittihad has long-standing rivalry with Al-Hilal. From the start of national competitions the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival cities: Riyadh and Jeddah. After the success of Al-Hilal in Asia and won two Champions League in years 1991 and 1999, on the other side, Al Ittihad has won two titles in two years, they produced arguably the biggest shock in Asian club history when they overturned a 3–1 home defeat by Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, pulling off a 5–0 away win to secure the Asian crown. Al Ittihad is also known as club of the people such as Barcelona or Liverpool. the club has strong support for being the club of the people. While Al-Hilal for its royalty, Al-Hilal has large number of supporters most in the capital city and the eastern region.

Al-Ittihad also has a rivalry with other Jeddah club, their neighbors Al-Ahli. Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli have a lot of fans who are the most dangerous fans in Saudi Arabia, which Al-Ittihad's lovers consider Al-Ahli's fans a hated-rivals. The duo played their match at Jeddah, which named "Derby Jeddah" or "The Western Derby". The largest victory was for Al-Ittihad when they defeated Al-Ahli 8–2 in 1966.

Present-dayEdit

Ittihad's success is not limited only to football, but also in basketball, water polo, table tennis, volleyball, and swimming, amongst others. In total, Ittihad has won 8649 trophies. However, football remains the primary sport.

Ittihad is now based in Sahafa street, Mushrefa district, in east Jeddah, where they have a large sports complex. Senior teams play official games at the municipal sports centre, in the south of the city, while youth teams play at the club.[citation needed]

In December 2006, the club offered what was thought to be the most lucrative deal in Arabian football to Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo. It was said that Luís Figo will join the club on July 1, 2007 after his current contract with Internazionale expires. However, not long after, Figo's current club, Internazionale released report that Figo had yet to sign a contract with Al-Ittihad and will not be joining. Figo has since extended his contract at Inter until the end of the 2007–08 season citing that the terms of the agreement were not kept and thus voided the contract.

In January 2010, the club convened an extraordinary club meeting after losing their 4th game of the 2009–10 season 1–2 to Al-Nasr. A decision was made to sack the head coach Gabriel Calderón and replace him with local coach Hassan Khalifa assisted by former striker Hamzah Idris.[2] On January 27, 2010, the club hired Argentinean coach Enzo Trossero to take over the reins of the team. On Dec 15, 2015 Ittihad FC appointed Victor Piturca as their manager for the second time after a string of bad results by the other coach. He lost his first game in AFC this season against Al-Nasr FC 2-1 on March 13, 2016.[3]

Support and StadiumEdit

Al-Ittihad has built a strong fan-base in Jeddah, across Saudi Arabia and amongst the Arab League and in Asia. The club supporters are renowned for being spirited and for their chants. The wonderful huge stadium opened officially on May 1, 2014 King Abdullah Sports City Stadium is their new home now, there they can express their passion and love, that stadium accommodates above 60,000 (b.s.). Al-Ittihad shares the newly built state of the art King Abdullah Sports City Stadium with local rival Al-Ahli, with their previous home the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal stadium facing massive delays in construction works, having been expected to be fully functional before the new King Abdullah Stadium.

SponsorshipEdit

Official sponsorEdit

In a press conference on January 9, 2006; president of the club Mansour Albalawi announced that Sela Sport Co (which is the sponsor of Saudi National Team) will pay 350 million riyals to sponsor Al-Ittihad for 5 seasons. Al-Ittihad was later on sponsored by the Saudi Telecom Company, however the team has not renewed STC's contract.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1999–03 Umbro Multiple
2003–05 Lotto Lingo
2006–07 Hattrick STC
2007–08 Nike
2008–10 Lotto
2010–12 Nike
2012–13 One
2013–2014 One None
2014–2015 Errea
2015–2016 Adidas Bupa Arabia / Mobil 1
2016–2017 Joma[4] Bridgestone / Unionaire / Almosafer / Mobil 1
2017–2018 Bridgestone / Unionaire / Mobil 1
2018– Noon / faqih / Mobil 1

Club statisticsEdit

Club honoursEdit

1The tournament was held on February 25, 1933.

Records & statisticsEdit

Other recordsEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Domestic cups AFC Other Competitions! Top scorer Manager
1998–99 SPL 1 22 15 3 4 45 32 +13 48 CPC PFC ACWC, ASC GCC       Dimitri
1999–2000 SPL 1 22 16 3 3 69 23 +46 51 CPC    Hamzah Idris  33   Oscar
2000–01 SPL 1 22 11 5 6 35 23 +12 38 CPC EC  —  —   Ardiles
2001–02 SPL 2 22 15 4 3 59 25 +34 49 CPC  —  —   Oscar
2002–03 SPL 1 22 15 4 3 53 24 +29 49 CPC PFC SSC EC    Cleberson  8   Oscar,   Khalid Al Koroni
2003–04 SPL 2 22 17 5 0 57 15 +42 56 CPC ACL    Mohammed Noor  8   Tomislav Ivić,   Talajić,   Luka Peruzović
2004–05 SPL 3 22 11 5 6 53 37 +16 38 CPC ACL ARCL    Sérgio Ricardo Messias Neves  13   Iordănescu
2005–06 SPL 3 22 11 9 2 47 28 +19 42 CPC ACL Quarter-finals    Mohamed Kallon  12   Metsu
2006–07 SPL 1 22 15 3 4 52 25 +27 48 CPC PFC    Alhassane Keita  21   Dimitri
2007–08 SPL 2 22 14 6 2 40 16 +24 48 CC ACL Group Stage   Magno Alves 14   Calderón
2008–09 SPL 1 22 17 4 1 57 21 +36 55 CC PFC ACL   Hicham Aboucherouane 17   Calderón
2009–10 ZPL 2 22 14 3 5 46 30 +16 45 CC ACL Group Stage   Abdelmalek Ziaya 15   Calderón,   Enzo Héctor
2010–11 ZPL 2 26 13 12 1 49 23 +20 51 CC ACL Semi-finals     Naif Hazazi 18   Manuel José,   Toni,   Dimitri
2011–12 ZPL 5 26 10 7 9 49 35 +14 37 CPC ACL Semi-finals     Hazazi 20   Kek,   Raul Caneda
2012–13 ZPL 7 26 8 9 9 36 36 0 33 CC     Fahad Al-Muwallad   9   Raul Caneda,   Beñat
2013–14 ALJ 6 26 8 8 10 45 46 −1 32 CC ACL Quarter-finals    Mukhtar Fallatah  31   Beñat,   Amro Anwar,   Juan Verzeri,   Khalid Al Koroni
2014–15 ALJ 4 26 16 4 6 44 33 +11 52 CC    Marquinho  13   Khalid Al Koroni,   Victor Pițurcă
2015–16 ALJ 3 26 15 4 7 54 37 +17 49 CC CPC ACL Group Stage    Gelmin Rivas  24   László Bölöni,   Amro Anwar,   Victor Pițurcă
2016–17 ALJ 4 26 17 4 5 57 37 +20 52 (-3) CPC    Kahraba  19   José Luis Sierra
2017–18 SPL 9 26 8 9 9 34 41 -7 33 CC    Ahmed Akaïchi  10   José Luis Sierra
2018–19 MBS 10 30 9 7 14 44 45 -1 34 CC     Fahad Al-Muwallad   11   Ramón Díaz, |   Slaven Bilić,   José Luis Sierra,


Div. = Division; SPL = Saudi Premier League; ZPL = Zain Professional League; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost
GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; GD = Goal difference P = Points
CC = Champions Cup; CPC = Crown Prince Cup; PFC = Prince Faisal Cup
ARCL = Arab Champions League; ARWC = Arab Cup Winners' Cup; ACL = AFC Champions League; GCC = Gulf Club Champions Cup; EC = Egypt Super Cup; SSC = Saudi Super Cup
Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up; Bronze = third,Semi-final .

League recordsEdit

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

Season Stage
2001 Quarter-finals
2002 Second Round
2003 Did Not Qualify
2004 Champions
2005 Champions
2006 Quarter-finals
2007 Did Not Qualify
2008 Group Stage
2009 Runner-up
2010 Group Stage
2011 Semi-finals
2012 Semi-finals
2013 Did Not Qualify
2014 Quarter-finals
2015 Did Not Qualify
2016 Group stage
2017 Did Not Meet Qualification
2018 Did Not Meet Qualification

Top scorers in AFC competitionsEdit

Ranking Nationality Name Years Goals
1   Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor 1996–13 18
2   Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi 2006–13 14
3   Saudi Arabia Hamzah Idris 1997–07 9
4   Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Muwallad 2012– 8
5   Algeria Abdelmalek Ziaya 2009–11 7
6   Saudi Arabia Marzouk Al-Otaibi 2000–07 7
7   Saudi Arabia Osama Al-Muwallad 2000–16 6
8   Sierra Leone Mohammed Kallon 2005–06 6
9   Morocco Ahmed Bahja 1996–99 6
10   Morocco Hicham Aboucherouane 2008–10 5

AFC club rankingsEdit

Rankings are calculated by the AFC.[6][citation needed]

Last update: December 1, 2017

Ranking Club Association Coefficient
44 15   +29 Persepolis   Iran 10.902 0 21 0 26 57.902
25 16   +9 Gamba Osaka   Japan 13.527 0 29 5 10 57.527
14 17   -3 Shandong Luneng Taishan   China 13.409 8 10 25.5 0 56.909
11 18   -7 Pohang Steelers   South Korea 18 27 0 11 0 56
19 19   Al-Ittihad   Saudi Arabia 13.48 23 0 15 0 51.48
22 20   +2 Al Sadd   Qatar 8.868 18 19.5 2 2 50.368

Source: Global Football Ranks |}

Asian RecordEdit

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of Saudi Professional League: As of 3 January 2019:[7][8]

No Position Player Nation
2 Defender Abdullah Al-Ammar   Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Tareq Abdullah   Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Khaled Al-Sumairi   Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Jaber Mustafa   Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Romarinho   Brazil
10 Midfielder Carlos Villanueva   Chile
12 Goalkeeper Assaf Al-Qarni   Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Ahmed Assiri (Vice-captain)   Saudi Arabia
14 Defender Ziyad Al-Sahafi   Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Jamal Bajandouh   Saudi Arabia
17 Defender Manuel da Costa   Morocco
19 Defender Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti   Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi   Morocco
22 Goalkeeper Fawaz Al-Qarni   Saudi Arabia
23 Midfielder Garry Rodrigues   Cape Verde
24 Defender Ammar Al-Daheem   Saudi Arabia
26 Forward Abdulaziz Al-Aryani   Saudi Arabia
28 Midfielder Essam Al-Muwallad   Saudi Arabia
30 Defender Awn Al-Selouli   Saudi Arabia
31 Defender Mansour Al-Harbi   Saudi Arabia
33 Forward Omar Al-Jadaani   Saudi Arabia
34 Goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe   Brazil
35 Midfielder Sékou Sanogo   Ivory Coast
44 Goalkeeper Ameen Bokhari   Saudi Arabia
49 Forward Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi   Saudi Arabia
66 Defender Saud Abdulhamid   Saudi Arabia
77 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia
99 Forward Aleksandar Prijović   Serbia
Defender Hamdan Al-Shamrani   Saudi Arabia

Other players under contractEdit

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Rakan Al Najar   Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Matthew Jurman   Australia
8 Midfielder Fahad Al-Muwallad   Saudi Arabia
21 Defender Mohammed Reeman   Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Jonas   Brazil
39 Forward Maen Al Hudaifi   Saudi Arabia
Defender Abdurahman Al-Rio   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Hussain Al-Hajoj   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
45 Forward Aleksandar Pešić (on loan to FC Seoul)   Serbia

Notable playersEdit

Players with senior international caps:
KSA ASIA AFRICA UEFA CONMEBOL

AFC

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   José Luis Sierra
Assistant coach   Aljoša Asanović
Assistant coach   Marijo Tot
Assistant coach   Mohammed Al-Abdali
Goalkeeping coach   Tonči Gabrić
Fitness coach   Frano Leko
Data Analyst   Danilo Butorović
Scout   Dean Računica

ManagementEdit

Position Staff
Board Chairman Loay Hesham Nazer
Vice president Hamad Al-Sanea
Secretary General ٍSaeed Bawazir
Board Member Mohyedin bin Saleh Kamel
Board Member Abdullah Kaboha
Board Member Ahmed Kaaki
Board Member Dr. Yasser Nassief
Treasurer Faisal Al-Sabban
Director of the General Relations Bandar Yaghmour
General Supervisor of Media Management & Official Speaker Hussain Al-Sharif
Director of Media Center Yahya Bakhsh
Director of Professional Area Mohammed Al-Amari
General Supervisor of Football Saad Ali Al Shehri
Executive director of Youth football Teams Dr. Mohammed Al-Sulaiman
Players affairs officer of Football Khaled Al-Alwani
Technical affairs officer of Football Marwan Mahdi

PresidentsEdit

Managerial historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "King Abdullah Sports City". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ Saudi League champs Al Ittihad sack Calderon[permanent dead link]. footballnet.espn.go.com (2010-01-13). Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  3. ^ "Al-Ittihad FC live scores, results, fixtures | Soccer, Saudi Arabia". www.flashscore.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  4. ^ "AL ITTIHAD FC JOINS JOMA SPORT". Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ not official by Saudi FA nor Egyptian FA
  6. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2012‐2015)" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  7. ^ "الفريق الاول لكرة القدم". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  8. ^ "الاتحاد - Al Ittihad". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  9. ^ "نادي الاتحاد السعودي لكرة القدم - منتدى الاتحاد السعودي - #شبكة_الاتحاد".
  10. ^ "Mais de 40 anos vivendo futebol" (in Portuguese). luxemburgo.com.br. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

External linksEdit

Achievements
Preceded by
Al-Ain
 
Champions of Asia
2004
Succeeded by
Holders
Preceded by
Holders
Champions of Asia
2005
Succeeded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
 
Preceded by
Al Nassr
 
Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Chunnam Dragons

1999
Succeeded by
Shimizu S-Pulse