Al-Khaldiya SC

Al-Khaldiya Sports Club is a football club based in Hamad Town, Bahrain that competes in the Bahraini Premier League. It is the newest formed football club in Bahrain, established in 2020. Financially it is the richest Bahrain football club and most ambitious. The home ground of the team is Bahrain National Stadium with a capacity of 28.900.In the team name الخالدية It's Arabic, which means "eternity".

Al-Khaldiya SC
Full nameAl-Khaldiya Sports Club
Founded27 October 2020; 20 months ago (27 October 2020)
StadiumBahrain National Stadium
Riffa Bahrain[1]
Capacity28,900
ManagerDragan Talajić
LeagueBahraini Premier League
2021–22Bahraini Premier League, 3rd of 10
Current season

HistoryEdit

Al-Khaldiya Sports Club was formed on 27 October 2020 and started off play in the Bahraini Second Division. In their first season, they finished 2nd with 12 wins, five draws, and just one loss, getting promoted to the Bahraini Premier League. In the qualifying round of the King's Cup, they beat Bahrain SC 6–1 but lost 1–0 to Al Riffa in the round of 16.[2][3]

Season 2021/2022Edit

Season 2021/2022 is the first season of the club in the top-flight of Bahrain Football. Huge names of Bahrain football and 7 regular national team players were brought into the club. Croatian coach and Asian Champions League winner Dragan Talajić signed with the club. Instantly from an underdog position, the club became one of the most powerful teams in Bahrain. On 29 December 2021, the club reached the semifinals of the Bahrain King Cup and will play the semifinals on the 5th of February 2022 becoming the first club to do so in the first top-flight season of Bahrain football. On the 10th of February 2022, Talajić took Al Khaldiya's side to the King of Bahrain Cup 2022 Final for the first time in the club's history. On March 5, Al Khaldiya won the Bahraini King's Cup against East Riffa Club winning the first-ever top-tier trophy in the history of the club.

PlayersEdit

Sources:[4][5][6]

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BHR Ebrahim Lutfalla
4 DF   BHR Ahmed Bughammar
7 FW   BEL Mohammed Aoulad
9 MF   JOR Saleh Rateb
10 FW   BHR Mahdi Faisal Al-Humaidan
11 FW   BHR Ismail Abdullatif
18 DF   BHR Ahmed Abdulla
GK   BHR Sayed Shubbar Alawi
DF   BHR Sayed Mohammed Amin
22 DF   SRB Lazar Đorđević
DF   BHR Kameel Abdulla
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BHR Abd Al Aziz Al Sheikh
DF   BHR Kameel Al Adhem
DF   BHR Mohamed Adel
MF   BHR Yoones Moosa
MF   BHR Ahmed Al Qasser
21 MF   SEN Dominique Mendy
MF   BHR Mohammed Al-Hardan
19 FW   CIV Ibrahim Ouattara
FW   BHR Sayed Dhiya Saeed
DF   CMR Ernest Thierry Anang
MF   BHR Mahdi Tarada

Former playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BHR Thiago Augusto
MF   BHR Habib Haroon
MF   BLR Alexander Hleb (Apparently only signed for publicity, never played for the club)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BRA Cleylton Santos
FW   BRA Taylon Correa

Managerial historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://azscore.com/football/team/al-khalidiyah
  2. ^ "40yo Alexander Hleb comes out of retirement to sign for new club". 13 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Alexander Hleb signs up with Bahrain's FC Khaldiya". 7 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Bahrain - Khalidiya - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway".
  5. ^ "Al Khalidiyah live score, schedule and results - Football - SofaScore".
  6. ^ "Al Khalidiyah live scores, results, fixtures, al Khalidiyah v Al-Ahli live | Football, Bahrain".