Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah)

Al-Ittihad Club Saudi Arabia (Arabic: نادي الإتّحاد 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 Football Club
Ittihad logo 2019.png
Full nameAl-Ittihad Football Club
Nickname(s)Tigers
The People's Club
Almundiali
The Yellow Demon
The Dean
Founded4 January 1927; 94 years ago (1927-01-04)
GroundKing Abdullah Sports City
Capacity62,345[1]
ChairmanAnmar al-Ha'ili
ManagerCosmin Contra
LeaguePro League
2020–21Pro League, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded on 4 January 1927 before the third Saudi state was declared, making it the oldest and first sports 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 one of the only three Asian clubs to have won the AFC Champions League twice in a row.

HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

The club was founded after a meeting, on 4 January 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 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.

Club name "United"Edit

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

— Mazen Mohammed

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 1950s, 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

Saudi 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. On the other side, Al Ittihad has won two titles in two years, they produced 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 is known to have a strong fanbase.

Saudi ClassicoEdit

Al-Ittihad also has a rivalry with the capital city Riyadh club, Al-Hilal. Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal have the biggest fansbase in Saudi Arabia. Also It's a fierce rivalry between the middle and lower class represented by Al Ittihad where are Al Hilal represent the high class of the people. Al-Ittihad is known to always play fiercely in the Classico no matter how much the team was going through difficulties.

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.[2] 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.[3]

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[4] 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

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,

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

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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 25 January 2019[7][8]

No Position Player Nation
1 GK Rakan Al-Najjar   Saudi Arabia
3 FW Abdulrahman Al-Yami   Saudi Arabia
4 DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi   Saudi Arabia
5 DF Omar Hawsawi   Saudi Arabia
6 MF Khaled Al-Samiri   Saudi Arabia
8 MF Fahad Al-Muwallad   Saudi Arabia
9 FW Youssouf Niakaté   France
11 MF Abdulaziz Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia
12 GK Mohammed Abo Asidah   Saudi Arabia
13 DF Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti   Saudi Arabia
14 MF Awad Al-Nashri   Saudi Arabia
15 MF Omar Al-Jadani   Saudi Arabia
16 MF Abdulaziz Al-Jebreen   Saudi Arabia
17 DF Abdullah Al-Hafith (on loan from Al-Wehda)   Saudi Arabia
19 MF Bruno Henrique   Brazil
20 MF Karim El Ahmadi   Morocco
21 DF Abdulmohsen Fallatah   Saudi Arabia
22 GK Saleh Al-Ohaymid   Saudi Arabia
23 DF Mohammed Al-Oufi   Saudi Arabia
24 MF Abdulrahman Al-Aboud   Saudi Arabia
26 DF Ahmed Hegazi   Egypt
27 DF Hamdan Al-Shamrani   Saudi Arabia
29 MF Ahmed Bahusayn   Saudi Arabia
32 DF Hazim Al-Zahrani   Saudi Arabia
34 GK Marcelo Grohe   Brazil
66 DF Saud Abdulhamid   Saudi Arabia
70 FW Haroune Camara   Saudi Arabia
77 MF Igor Coronado   Brazil
88 MF Abdulellah Al-Malki   Saudi Arabia
90 FW Romarinho   Brazil

Unregistered playersEdit

No Position Player Nation
25 DF Hassan Al-Asmari   Saudi Arabia
35 DF Basel Al-Hudhaif   Saudi Arabia
MF Younes Abdulwahed   Saudi Arabia
MF Ali Al-Rie   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
28 MF Essam Al-Muwallad (on loan to Al-Kholood)   Saudi Arabia
55 MF Saher Al-Suraihi (on loan to Al-Kawkab)   Saudi Arabia
98 MF Abdulmajeed Al-Zahrani (on loan to Jeddah)   Saudi Arabia
GK Malek Tolah (on loan to Al-Kholood)   Saudi Arabia
DF Aseel Abed (on loan to Melilla)   Saudi Arabia
MF Abdulelah Hawsawi (on loan to Jeddah)   Saudi Arabia
MF Abdulaziz Al-Dhuwayhi (on loan to Al-Shoulla)   Saudi Arabia
MF Mohammed Sawaan (on loan to Al-Kholood)   Saudi Arabia
FW Abdulaziz Al-Aryani (on loan to Al-Batin)   Saudi Arabia

Notable playersEdit

Players with senior international caps:

KSA ASIA AFRICA UEFA CONMEBOL CONCACAF

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Cosmin Contra
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

Source:[9]

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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. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Al-Ittihad at Wikimedia Commons

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