Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah)

Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabian Club (Arabic: نادي الإتحاد العربي السعودي), referred to as Al-Ittihad, is a professional football club based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, founded in 1927.[1] The club has spent its entire history in the top flight of football in Saudi Arabia, currently known as the Saudi Professional League.[3]

Al-Ittihad Club
Ittihad logo 2019.png
Full nameAl-Ittihad Saudi Arabian Club
Nickname(s)
  • Tigers
  • The People's Club
  • Ittawi
  • King of Asia
Founded4 January 1927; 95 years ago (1927-01-04)[1]
GroundKing Abdullah Sports City
Capacity62,345[2]
ChairmanAnmar al-Ha'ili
ManagerNuno Espírito Santo
LeaguePro League
2021–22Pro League, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Ittihad matches are played at its main stadium in King Abdullah Sports City, is the second-largest stadium in Saudi Arabia, which has a capacity of 62,000 spectators.[1] Al Ittihad has a long-standing rivalry with Al-Hilal, which is referred as Saudi El Clasico, which is considered the most prominent and most followed match in Saudi football.[4]

It is considered as the oldest sports club still surviving in Saudi Arabia, as the club was founded after a meeting of some prominent football fans in Jeddah.[4] The most successful period in the club history was the 1990s and mid 2000s, when the club achieved a large number of titles and achievements.[1]

Al-Ittihad is considered one of the most successful clubs at the domestic and continental level, as it has achieved the AFC Champions League title twice in a row (one of only three Asian teams to achieve this), the Asian Cup Winners' Cup once, the Gulf Cup and the Arab Champions League title for each of them.[5] Domestically, its the second most successful club in Saudi Arabia, having won 8 league titles, 9 King's Cup titles, 8 Crown Prince Cup titles and also three Saudi Federation Cup titles.[4][5][6]

HistoryEdit

Creation (1927–1949)Edit

The club was founded after a meeting of some of the notable football enthusiasts of the city of Jeddah, on 26 December 1927.[1] 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.[1] Everyone agreed that they should create the team that unites them and Ittihad Jeddah was born. The attendees were Hamza Fitaihi, Fahad Badkook, 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.

As long as we are here together, let's call it Al-Ittihad.

— Mazen Mohammed

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

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. In their first meeting with Al-Riyadhi, Al-Ittihad make it victory with 3–0 won. The club has achieved a historic first tournament, which was called The Cup of Nishan Nazer, counted as an official tournament at the time, 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 the club's 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 The periods of 1940 to 1950 remained difficult, as the Football Association was not established until 1956.[7]

The Start of The Official Tournaments, The First League Title, The Treble (1950–1999)Edit

In late 1950s, it is considered as the first club to achieve both the Crown Prince Cup and the King's Cup for two consecutive times. On 2 May 1960, Al-Ittihad faced their traditional rivals Al-Ahli in the King's Cup, which ended with a big 7–0 victory, which is the largest victory in the derby. The tournament ended and the club became champions for the third time in a row over Al-Wehda, which completed the 1958, 1959, and 1960 series. The club went through its worst period since its founding, after winning the King's Cup in 1967, with the exception of achieving the Saudi Association Cup in 1974, after defeating Al-Hilal on penalties. In the following decade, the Premier League and the First Division were merged due to the many matches of the national team in 1982, which Al-Ittihad won its first league title in its history, which is the first and only club to achieve it. After an absence for 21 years, the club won the King's Cup after defeated Al Ettifaq in 1988.

In mid 1990s, Which is considered as the beginning of the golden age of the club, where a numerous of titles were achieved. In 1996–97, the club delivered a cup treble, winning the Premier League, Crown Prince Cup, and Federation Cup. After two seasons, the club won the league title for the third time in its history after eliminating rivals Al-Hilal in the final 2–0. The first continental championship was also achieved after winning 3–2 over Jeonnam Dragons with a golden goal, scored by Ahmed Bahja. GCC Champions League was also achieved, as the season ended with winning four trophies.[8] In 1999, The club was a runner-up in the Asian Super Cup, after losing 2–3 on aggregate to Júbilo Iwata.

New Century, A Miracle, Two Champions League Titles (2000–2010)Edit

With the beginning of the new century during the period of president Ahmed Masoud, which is considered one of the most successful periods, winning 8 titles within 3 years. The 1999–2000 league season was achieved at the beginning of the century, after a 3–1 win over Al-Ahli in the final, also, Hamza Idris scored an unprecedented 33 goals, a record in that period, which made him the league's top scorer, and the most scored in a single season.[9] In the following season - the club winning the League for fifth time, and Crown Prince Cup. In the 2001–02 season, on May 1, 2002, Al-Ittihad lost the league final to Al-Hilal, a cross from a corner kick went to Al Hasan Al-Yami, who hit it and the ball entered the goal clearly before Al Hilal's Mohammed Al-Nazhan took it out with his hand. A goal was not awarded by the referee, even as a penalty kick, which in turn ended with a loss 1–2, where the referee was suspended six months after the final - and later apologized, declaring, “I am innocent of your defeat, and God bears witness to that.” The match created a great controversy at all levels, as it faced a lot of criticism, which was considered by many and critics as a “robbery”.[10][11]

When Ahmed Masoud left the club, Mansour Al-Balawi became president, which is considered by many including the fans as the most prominent and successful period in the club's history. In the 2002–03 season, many players have been brought in, such as Tukar, Saud Kariri, Muhammad Al-Khilaiwi, and Tcheco; who is considered as one of the greatest deals in the club's history, while both the League and the Crown Prince Cup were achieved. Despite leading the league and ending it without a loss, Al-Ittihad lost the league final to Al-Shabab in the championship-playoff finals. In the 2004 AFC Champions League, Al-Ittihad finished the group in first place with only one loss. In quarter-finals, it was successfully passed with a 1–1 draw in Dalian, followed by a home 1–0 victory scored by Tukar, against Chinese Dalian Shide, of which led them to reach the semi-finals. Both matches ended in the last minutes, as Hamad Al-Montashari finished the first leg's 2–1, and Osama Al-Muwallad scored the deadly equalizer in the second leg, with a 4–3 aggregate over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, as the club qualified for the final for the first time.[1][12] The final was out of the ordinary; Al-Ittihad were thrashed at home 1–3 by Korean side Seongnam in the first leg—leading to the sacking of Croatian coach Tomislav Ivić, as assistant coach Dragan Talajić was given the opportunity. Who, in turn, started the return match in Seongnam, Redha Tukar opened the scoring, rising to a ball from a corner kick to score the first goal, Idris scored the second late minute goal in the first half, Mohammed Noor scored the two decisive goals in the second half, before Abushgeer scored the fifth and the last goal.[13] Overcoming the 1–3 loss with a miraculous 5–0 victory, to achieve the first title,[13] Dragan Talajić achievement was unforgettable and almost impossible, this second leg match became one of the most surprising and unforgettable comebacks in AFC Champions League history, which was called "the miracle".[5][12][13][14] Recalling the tournament, Talajić said, “I was initially an assistant to the compatriots Tomislav Ivic, and I learned a lot from him, and I considered the opportunity to work with a great team as a wonderful thing, which is why I agreed to work with him, I was with the team eight months after we arrived at the beginning of the season, and I knew all about the players.” and continued, “I was young at the time, and maybe I was crazy by playing with five strikers, I told everyone before the match that we would win, I always knew we would win, but I didn’t know if the difference would be enough.”[12][15]

Al-Ittihad achieved its first Arab championship, after defeated Tunisian Club Sportif Sfaxien in the final.[16] On 5 November 2005, Al-Ittihad won the Champions League for the second time in a row, after a 5–3 victory over Al-Ain. Mohammed Kallon, which loaned from AS Monaco, became the top scorer of the tournament with six goals; of which two were in the final—which helped to achieve the second title.[17] Mohammed Noor, was awarded the best player in the tournament. The club remaining as the only to win back-to-back AFC Champions League titles in its current edition.[1][5][6] The club qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time, in the edition that was held in Japan, after achieving the Champions League title—as it became the second Saudi team to qualify for the tournament. On December 11, 2005, Al-Ittihad defeated African champions Al-Ahly after Mohamed Noor’s only goal, to qualify for the semi-finals. Al-Ittihad faced the CONMEBOL champion São Paulo, and it was ended by a 2–3 loss. Al-Ittihad played the match to determine the third place against the Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa and lost with a 2–3, were two goals scored by Mohamed Kallon and Joseph-Désiré Job—to end the Club World Cup with fourth place. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter expressed his admiration, saying, “In 25 years, I have not seen an Asian team this great.”[18][19]

RivalriesEdit

Jeddah DerbyEdit

The Jeddah derby between Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli is known to be one of the most competitive games in the Saudi League. From the start of national competitions both clubs were seen as representatives of two rivals from the same city: Jeddah.

Saudi ClassicoEdit

Saudi El Classico, or the Saudi Derby, is a long-running competitive match in Saudi football, between Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal. The competition represents the largest and most important two clubs in the city of Jeddah and the capital, Riyadh, the largest and most culturally prominent cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The two clubs are considered the most successful at the domestic and continental level. Al-ittihad is the oldest sports club still surviving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is seen as the People's Club. While Al-Hilal represents the culture of the Capital Club, it is called by the masses the Leader. The two teams meet twice a year in the league, and they may also meet in the King's Cup, Saudi Super Cup and the AFC Champions League. It is considered as the most prominent and most followed match in Saudi football.

The first meeting between the two teams was held on July 27, 1962, a friendly match, in the capital, Riyadh, and ended with a 2-0 victory for Al-Ittihad. The first official meeting between the two teams was on January 10, 1964, the King's Cup Final, which in turn also ended with a 3-0 victory for Al-Ittihad.

Al-Hilal has the largest number of wins in the official meetings that brought the two teams together. The two teams faced each other in 148 official meetings, Al-Hilal won 63, while Al-Ittihad won 50, and the tie occurred in 35 meetings. Together with Al-Nassr, and Al-Ahli they are the only teams that have not been relegated to the Second Division since its founding.

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 8,649 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.[20] On 27 January 2010, the club hired Argentinean coach Enzo Trossero to take over the reins of the team. On 15 December 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 13 March 2016.[21]

Support and StadiumEdit

Al-Ittihad has built a strong fan-base across Saudi Arabia, amongst the Arab League and in Asia. The club supporters are renowned for being spirited and for their chants. Since its opening on 1 May 2014, Al-Ittihad shares the newly built King Abdullah Sports City Stadium with local rival Al-Ahli, with their previous home the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium facing construction delays.

SponsorshipEdit

Official sponsorEdit

In a press conference on 9 January 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[22] Bridgestone / Unionaire / Almosafer / Mobil 1
2017–2018 Bridgestone / Unionaire / Mobil 1
2018-2019 Noon / faqih / Mobil 1
2019 Stribes /S.Team Noon / faqih / C. Hub / Al Wefaq Rent A Car / Ibrahim Al-Qurashi
2020 Tamim faqih / C. Hub / Al Wefaq Rent A Car / Ibrahim Al-Qurashi
2021 Erreà Yelo / Emkan

Club statisticsEdit

HonoursEdit

Al-Ittihad is one of the most of successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, it has 33 official honours, 28 of which are domestic. In addition to their continental successes, the club is one of the only three Asian clubs to have won the AFC Champions League twice in a row.

Al-Ittihad honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Pro League 8 1982, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009
King Cup 9 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1988, 2010, 2013, 2018
Crown Prince Cup 8 1958, 1959, 1963, 1991, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2017
Saudi Federation Cup 3 1986, 1997, 1999
Continental AFC Champions League 2 2004, 2005
Asian Cup Winners Cup 1 1999
Regional Arab Champions League 1 2005
GCC Champions League 1 1999
  •   record

Records & statisticsEdit

Other recordsEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Domestic cups Asia Other competitions Top scorer Manager
1998–99 SPL 1 22 15 3 4 45 32 +13 48 CPC PFC ACWC, ASC GCC       Davidovic
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,

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
2019 Quarter-finals
2020 Did Not Qualify
2021 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.[23][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

PlayersEdit

As of 8 August 2022[24][25]

No Position Player Nation
3 MF Tarek Hamed   Egypt
5 DF Omar Hawsawi   Saudi Arabia
7 MF Mutasim Sediq   Saudi Arabia
9 FW Abderrazak Hamdallah   Morocco
10 MF Igor Coronado   Brazil
11 MF Abdulaziz Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia
12 DF Zakaria Hawsawi (on loan from Ohod)   Saudi Arabia
13 DF Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti   Saudi Arabia
14 MF Awad Al-Nashri   Saudi Arabia
17 MF Hélder Costa (on loan from Leeds United)   Angola
19 MF Bruno Henrique   Brazil
20 DF Ahmed Sharahili   Saudi Arabia
21 GK Abdullah Al-Jadaani   Saudi Arabia
22 GK Saleh Al-Ohaymid   Saudi Arabia
24 MF Abdulrahman Al-Aboud   Saudi Arabia
26 DF Ahmed Hegazi   Egypt
27 DF Hamdan Al-Shamrani   Saudi Arabia
33 DF Madallah Al-Olayan   Saudi Arabia
34 GK Marcelo Grohe   Brazil
36 MF Marwan Al-Sahafi   Saudi Arabia
37 DF Suwailem Al-Menhali   Saudi Arabia
38 DF Sultan Al-Sulayli   Saudi Arabia
44 MF Noureddine El Bahhar   Egypt
70 FW Haroune Camara   Saudi Arabia
80 FW Mohammed Al-Saiari   Saudi Arabia
88 GK Osama Al-Marmash   Saudi Arabia
90 FW Romarinho   Brazil
95 DF Ahmed Bamsaud   Saudi Arabia

Unregistered playersEdit

No Position Player Nation
28 MF Omar Al-Jadani   Saudi Arabia
29 MF Ahmed Bahusayn   Saudi Arabia
MF Essam Al-Muwallad   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
4 DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (on loan to Al-Taawoun)   Saudi Arabia
6 MF Khaled Al-Samiri (on loan to Al-Khaleej)   Saudi Arabia
15 MF Mohammed Sawaan (on loan to Al-Kholood)   Saudi Arabia
23 DF Mohammed Al-Oufi (on loan to Al-Adalah)   Saudi Arabia
25 DF Naif Asiri (on loan to Al-Shoulla)   Saudi Arabia
32 DF Hazim Al-Zahrani (on loan to Al-Khaleej)   Saudi Arabia
35 MF Hussain Al-Eisa (on loan to Hajer)   Saudi Arabia
41 GK Raghdan Matri (on loan to Al-Bukiryah)   Saudi Arabia
GK Malek Tolah (on loan to Al-Kholood)   Saudi Arabia
GK Mohammed Abu Aseda (on loan to Wej)   Saudi Arabia
DF Basil Al-Hedaif (on loan to Al-Bukiryah)   Saudi Arabia
DF Aseel Abed (on loan to Al-Okhdood)   Saudi Arabia
DF Hassan Al-Asmari (on loan to Najran)   Saudi Arabia
MF Abdulaziz Al-Dhuwayhi (on loan to Jeddah)   Saudi Arabia
MF Abdulelah Hawsawi (on loan to Jeddah)   Saudi Arabia
MF Meshal Sani (on loan to Al-Bukiryah)   Saudi Arabia
FW Abdulaziz Al-Hassani (on loan to Al-Bukiryah)   Saudi Arabia

Notable playersEdit

Players with senior international caps:

KSA ASIA AFRICA UEFA CONMEBOL CONCACAF

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Nuno Santo
Assistant Coach   Laurențiu Roșu
Assistant Coach   Hasan Khalifa
Fitness Coach   Ivan Rafael Diaz
Senior Performance Analyst   German Rodriguez Montes
Goalkeeping Coach   Daniel Tudor

ManagementEdit

President Anmar al-Ha'ili
Vice President Ahmed Kaaki
Chief Executive Officer Abdulwahab Abed
Director of Football Hamed Al-Balawi
Director of Investments Area Louai Ghalayini
board member Mohammed Qutub

Managerial historyEdit

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Achievements
Preceded by Champions of Asia
2004
Succeeded by
Holders
Preceded by
Holders
Champions of Asia
2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Chunnam Dragons

1999
Succeeded by