Al Nassr FC

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Al-Nassr Football Club (Arabic: نادي النصر السعودي‎; Naṣr meaning Victory) is a Saudi Arabian football club based in Riyadh. Formed in 1955, the club plays its home games at King Fahd Stadium and Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. Its home colours are yellow and blue.

Al Nassr FC
Logo Al-Nassr.png
Full nameAl Nassr Football Club
Nickname(s)"The International" “Najd’s Knight”
Founded24 October 1955; 65 years ago (1955-10-24)[1]
GroundKing Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
ChairmanSafwan Al-Suwaiket
ManagerRui Vitória
LeaguePro League
2019–20Pro League, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Nassr is one of the most popular clubs in Saudi Arabia, with 27 national top-flight trophies as well as various regional and friendly championships.[3]

At domestic level, the club has won 9 Premier League titles, 6 King Cups titles, 3 Crown Prince Cup titles, 3 Federation Cup titles and 1 Super Cup title. At international level the club won 2 GCC Champions League titles and holds the impressive feat of pulling a historic Asian double in 1998, by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and Asian Super Cup.[3] This achievement landed Al-Nassr a spot in the first FIFA Club World Cup where it won the Fair Play award, thus, making Al-Nassr the first club from Asia to play on an international level, as well as becoming the first team in the world to win such an award.[4] This in turn gave the club its famous nickname, "The International".[5]


Beginnings and triumphs (1955–1989)Edit

Al-Nassr was established in 1955 by Zeid Bin Mutlaq Al-Ja'ba Al-Dewish Al-Mutairi . Training took place in an old playground at Gashlat Al-Shortah west of Al-Fotah Garden where there was a small football field and a small room to store balls and shirts. In addition to Al-Ja'ba Brothers, Ali and Issa Al-Owais were among the first workers at the club.

The club operated as an amateur club until 1960 when it was registered officially with the General Presidency of Youth Welfare. It was at this time that Prince Abdulrahman Bin Saud became head of Al-Nassr. Al-Nassr started in the second division of the league. They were promoted to the first division in 1963. During the 1970s and 1980s, the club won eight Saudi Premier League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince Cups and three Federation Cup. The team's success was built around the "Saudi Golden Trio" of Majed Abdullah, Fahd Al-Herafy and Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan.

Majed Ahmed Abdullah is Al-Nassr's all-time leader in goals scored and appearances.

90s era (1989–2002)Edit

In the 1990s, Al-Nassr won two further Saudi Premier League titles, a King's Cup and a Federation Cup. They also had success in several international tournaments, winning two GCC Champions Leagues, one Asian Cup Winners' Cup and one Asian Super Cup. As a champion of Asian Super Cup Al-Nasser FC represent the AFC region in the first FIFA Club World Cup in Brazil in 2000. In the competition Al-Nassr played against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Real Madrid and Raja Casablanca, and finished 3rd in the group. Al-Nassr won the competition's Fair Play award.

Setbacks (2003–2007)Edit

After the Golden Trio's retirement, Al-Nassr went into some major setbacks. In 2006–07, the club only avoided relegation on the last day of the season, which prompted honorary members of the club to begin an effective long-term plan, to revolutionize management and team members.

Return to the Competitions (2014–present)Edit

After a major overhaul of playing staff, Al-Nassr went on to win the Federation Cup 2008 against city rivals, Al Hilal. The club finished third in 2009–10 securing Asian Champions League football for the following season. In 2011–12, Al-Nassr saw itself on the King Cup's final, only to finish as a runners-up, and in 2012–13, Al-Nassr continued its steady steps into returning to the Saudi giant it once was, where it reached the Crown Prince Cup final, only to lose to Al-Hilal on penalties.

In 2013–14, Al-Nassr finally achieved its long-term goal of returning to crowning stages, by earning an impressive double against city rivals Al-Hilal on both league and Crown Prince cups. The team subsequently qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League following the astonishing accomplishment.

In the 2014–15 season, Al-Nassr continued defending the title as holding champion, by winning the league, and reaching the King's Cup final, as well as qualifying for the Crown Prince's semi-final. The identity of a returning champion still persists within club halls.

In the 2018-19 season, Al-Nassr won the league. As well as making it to the King’s Cup semi finals, and the Asian Champions league quarter finals.

Crest and colorsEdit

old crest

Al-Nassr is the Arabic word for "victory." Clubs with the same name are found in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Libya but the Saudi Arabian club was the first to take the name.

The club's logo represents the map of Arabia with yellow and blue colors. Yellow for the gorgeous sand of the Arabian deserts, and blue for the magnificent water in the Arabian Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. Recently the old logo has been replaced by a "more modern version," but still is heavily influenced by the old club logo. The new logo only represents the football team while the old logo represents the club as a whole.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor
2006–2008 Lotto Al-Jawal
2008–2010 STC
2010–2012 Nike
2012–2013 NFC
2014–2017 Mobily
2017–2018 New Balance None
2018– Victory Etihad Airways


First-team squadEdit

As of 28 September 2019:[6][7]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Brad Jones   Australia
2 Defender Sultan Al-Ghanam   Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Abdullah Madu   Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Abdulelah Al-Amri   Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Petros   Brazil
8 Midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem   Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Abderrazak Hamdallah   Morocco
10 Midfielder Pity Martínez   Argentina
11 Midfielder Nordin Amrabat   Morocco
13 Defender Abdulrahman Al-Obaid   Saudi Arabia
14 Midfielder Sami Al-Najei   Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Abdullaziz Al-Dawsari   Saudi Arabia
17 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Khaibari   Saudi Arabia
18 Defender Maicon   Brazil
19 Midfielder Ali Al-Hassan   Saudi Arabia
21 Midfielder Mukhtar Ali   Saudi Arabia
23 Midfielder Ayman Yahya   Saudi Arabia
24 Midfielder Khalid Al-Ghannam   Saudi Arabia
27 Defender Osama Al-Khalaf   Saudi Arabia
28 Defender Kim Jin-su   South Korea
30 Midfielder Sultan Al-Enezi   Saudi Arabia
33 Goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah   Saudi Arabia
39 Midfielder Abdulrahman Al-Dawsari   Saudi Arabia
42 Forward Firas Al-Buraikan   Saudi Arabia
44 Goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Aqidi   Saudi Arabia
45 Midfielder Abdulfattah Asiri   Saudi Arabia
50 Defender Abdulaziz Al-Alawi   Saudi Arabia
51 Forward Khalil Al-Absi   Saudi Arabia
55 Defender Abdullah Al-Shenqeeti   Saudi Arabia
66 Midfielder Basel Al-Sayali   Saudi Arabia
70 Forward Raed Al-Ghamdi (on loan from Al-Raed)   Saudi Arabia
78 Defender Ali Lajami   Saudi Arabia

Other players under contractEdit

No Position Player Nation
Goalkeeper Abdulrahman Al-Shammari   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Faraj Al-Ghashayan   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Yahya Al-Shehri   Saudi Arabia
Forward Yahya Naji   Saudi Arabia
Forward Mohammed Marran   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
12 Defender Mohammed Al-Shanqiti (on loan to Al-Tai)   Saudi Arabia
20 Defender Hamad Al Mansor (on loan to Al-Ittihad)   Saudi Arabia
25 Goalkeeper Amin Bukhari (on loan to Al-Ain)   Saudi Arabia
29 Forward Abdulfattah Adam (on loan to Al-Raed)   Saudi Arabia
32 Midfielder Saud Zidan (on loan to Abha)   Saudi Arabia
34 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Shahrani (on loan to Al-Adalah)   Saudi Arabia
37 Defender Naif Almas (on loan to Al-Batin)   Saudi Arabia
38 Midfielder Fahad Al-Jumeiah (on loan to Abha)   Saudi Arabia
41 Goalkeeper Waleed Al-Enezi (on loan to Al-Nojoom)   Saudi Arabia
43 Goalkeeper Saleh Al-Ohaymid (on loan to Al-Ain)   Saudi Arabia
46 Midfielder Khalid Al-Ghwinem (on loan to Al-Tai)   Saudi Arabia
48 Defender Mansour Al-Shammari (on loan to Al-Tai)   Saudi Arabia
90 Forward Muteb Al-Hammad (on loan to Al-Thoqbah)   Saudi Arabia
98 Midfielder Abdulrahman Al-Shanar (on loan to Al-Diriyah)   Saudi Arabia
Defender Osama Al-Bawardi (on loan to Al-Diriyah)   Saudi Arabia
Defender Abdulkareem Al-Muziel (on loan to Al-Taawoun)   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Nawaf Al-Farshan (on loan to Al-Ain)   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Ali Yahya (on loan to Al-Riyadh)   Yemen
Forward Saleh Al Abbas (on loan to Al-Batin)   Saudi Arabia

Notable PlayersEdit

South Korea
South America


Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Rui Vitória
Assistant Coach   Arnaldo Teixeira
Fitness Coach   Paulo Mourão
Assistant Fitness Coach   Sérgio Botelho
Goalkeeping Coach   Luis Esteves
Head of Medical Department   Filipe Cymbron
Sport Nutritionist   Luís Patrício
Physiotherapist   Frederico Delgado
Physiotherapist   Tiago Araújo
Physiotherapist   Azeim Deeb
Masseur   Alexander Vlad
Translator   Khaled Baker
Head Coach Youth Team   Hélder Cristóvão
Assistant Coach Youth Team   André de Sousa
Assistant Coach Youth Team   Nuno Alves

Board membersEdit

Office Name
President Safwan Al-Swaiket
Vice President Abdulaziz Al-Jalil
Member of the Board, Executive Director Ahmed Al-Breiki
Member of the Board, Secretary-General Muhammad Al-Musbil
Member of the Board, Treasurer Muhammad Al-Shanifi
Member of the Board Muhammad Al-Shetawi
Member of the Board Turki Al-Shweier
Member of the Board Ibrahim Al-Deghether
Member of the Board AbdulKarim Al Mansour
Member of the Board Majed Al-Jam'an
Member of the Board, Director of the Media and Communication Dept. Abdulrahman Al-Shehri
Member of the Board, Director of Football Moshabab Al-Qahtani

Former coachesEdit

Presidential historyEdit

Abdul Rahman bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Al-Nassr president for more than 39 years.
No Name From To
1   Mr. Zeid Al-Ja'ba 1955 1956
2   Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed 1956 1960
3   Mr. Mohammed Asaad Al-Wehaibi 1960 1960
4   Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Odaini 1960 1960
5   Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1960 1969
6   Prince Sultan bin Saud 1969 1975
7   Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1975 1997
8   Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1997 2000
9   Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2000 2005
10   Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2005 2006
11   Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2006 2009
12   Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Nasser 2009  2017


Al-Nassr have won a combined total of 20 national top-flight trophies as well as 8 regional and various friendly tournaments. The club holds various domestic and international records.[8] The club is recognized by FIFA as the first Asian club to play on an international level, as well as the first club in the world to win the FIFA Fair Play Award in the FIFA Club World Cup.[9][10] On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.[11][12][13]

National titlesEdit

International titlesEdit


  • Riyadh Region league
    • Winners (8): 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974


Records and statisticsEdit

League RecordsEdit

Asian RecordEdit


As of 18 February 2020
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League 50 23 12 15 71 57
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 14 10 2 2 19 17
Asian Super Cup 2 0 2 0 1 1
TOTAL 60 29 15 16 85 73

Record by countryEdit

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
  Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 066.67
  Iran 13 5 2 6 16 19 −3 038.46
  Japan 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 000.00
  Jordan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
  Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
  Kuwait 4 3 0 1 5 5 +0 075.00
  Lebanon 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 075.00
  Qatar 14 3 6 5 16 23 −7 021.43
  Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
  South Korea 4 1 2 1 2 2 +0 025.00
  Thailand 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
  Turkmenistan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
  United Arab Emirates 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 050.00
  Uzbekistan 7 4 3 0 16 6 +10 057.14


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Al-Ansar 2–1 2–1 4−2
QF   Kazma 2–1 1–0 3−1
SF   Al-Ramtha 2–1 1–0 3−1
Final   Nissan 1–1 0–5 1−6
1995 Asian Club Championship 2R   Yelimay Semipalatinsk 1–0 3−0[A] 4−0
QF   Al-Arabi
  Köpetdag Aşgabat
SF   Thai Farmers Bank
Final   Ilhwa Chunma
1996–97 Asian Club Championship 1R   Sharjah
2R   Al-Nejmeh 4–0 0−1 4−1
QF   Al-Rayyan
1997–98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R   Al-Shabab
QF   Al-Ittihad 0–0 3–2 3−2
SF   Köpetdag Aşgabat
Final   Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1998 Asian Super Cup Final   Pohang Steelers 0–0 1–1 1−1 (a)
1998–99 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R   Kazma 2–1 0–3 2−4
2011 AFC Champions League Group B   Pakhtakor 4–0 2−2 2nd
  Esteghlal 2–1 1−2
  Al-Sadd 1–1 0−1
R16   Zob Ahan 1−4 1−4
2015 AFC Champions League Group A   Bunyodkor 1–1 1−0 3rd
  Lekhwiya 1–3 1−1
  Persepolis 3–0 0−1
2016 AFC Champions League Group B   Bunyodkor 3–3 1−0 3rd
  Lekhwiya 1–1 0−4
  Zob Ahan 0–3 0−3
2019 AFC Champions League PO   AGMK 4–0 4–0
Group A   Al-Wasl 3–1 0−1 2nd
  Zob Ahan 2–3 0−0
  Al-Zawraa 4–1 2−1
R16   Al-Wahda 1−1 3−2 4–3
QF   Al-Sadd 2−1 1−3 3–4
2020 AFC Champions League Group D   Al-Sadd 2–2 1–1 1st
  Al-Ain 0−1 2−1
  Sepahan 2−0 2−0
R16   Al-Taawoun 1−0 1–0
QF   Al-Ahli 2−0 2–0

Key: PO – Play-off round; 1R/2R – First/Second round; R16 – Round of 16; QF – Quarter-final; SF – Semi-final;

  • ^
    Yelimay Semipalatinsk withdrew after the 1st leg.
  • ^
    Al-Sharjah withdrew.
  • ^
    Al-Shabab withdrew.
  • Top scorers in Asian competitionsEdit

    Player Country Goals
    1 Abderrazak Hamdallah   Morocco 10
    2 Giuliano   Brazil 8
    3 Fahad Al-Huraifi   Saudi Arabia 7
    4 Ohene Kennedy   Ghana 5
    Bader Al-Mutawa   Kuwait
    6 Waleed Al-Torair   Saudi Arabia 4

    International recordsEdit

    Internationally, Al-Nassr boasts many appearances, both in the Arab world and on the international scale. In 1996 and 1997, Al-Nassr won the GCC Champions League twice in a row, and ran for runners-up in 2008. Al-Nassr appeared in Syria's international tournament, the Damascus International Championship in 2004, and won. Al-Nassr also had successful appearances in Emirati international tournaments, such the Bani Yas International Tournament, winning it two times in 2011 and 2013, as well as winning Al-Wehda International Cup in 2012. Other UAFA participations include a single appearance in the Arab Cup Winners' Cup in the year 2000, as well as the Arab Super Cup in 2001. The club reached finals on both occasions, only to finish course as runners-up, with the two cups going defunct ever since.

    2000 FIFA Club World CupEdit

    Winning the Asian Super Cup in 1998 allowed Al-Nassr to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. In doing so, they became the first team to officially represent Asia in an international tournament, which was held in Brazil from 5 January till 14 January, in the year 2000. The nickname "The International Club" was obtained following their respective participation in the Club World Cup. Al-Nassr won the FIFA Fair play award following the end of the Club World Cup, and were the first team in the world to win such an award.[10]

    Al-Nassr were drawn in Group A along with Corinthians (tournament champion), Real Madrid and Raja Casablanca.

    Al-Nassr resultsEdit
    Real Madrid  3–1  Al Nassr
    Anelka   21'
    Raúl   62'
    Sávio   69' (pen.)
    (Report) Al Husseini   45' (pen.)
    Attendance: 12,000
    Raja Casablanca  3–4  Al Nassr
    Nejjary   13'
    El Moubarki   81'
    El Karkouri   87'
    (Report) Amin   3'
    Bahja   48'
    Al-Husseini   50'
    Saïb   87'
    Attendance: 3,000
    Referee: Derek Rugg (New Zealand)
    Al Nassr  0–2  Corinthians
    (Report) Ricardinho   24'
    Rincón   81'
    Attendance: 31,000
    Group A final standingsEdit
    Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
      Corinthians 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
      Real Madrid 3 2 1 0 8 5 +3 7
      Al-Nassr 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3
      Raja Casablanca 3 0 0 3 5 9 −4 0
    Participating squadEdit
    Number Player
    1   Mansoor Alqahtani
    22   Mohammed Al-Khojali
    9   Mohamed Shareefy
    2   Nasser Al Halawi
    5   Smahi Triki
    4   Saleh Aboshahin
    12   Hamad Al Khathran
    16   Abdulaziz Al-Janoubi
    20   Mohsin Harthi
    21   Hadi Sharify
    23   Ibrahim Al Shokia
    3   Faisal Al Dosari
    6   Ibrahim Al-Harbi
    8   Fahd Al-Herafy
    10   Fuad Amin
    14   Nassip Al Ghamdi
    17   Mansour Al-Mousa
    18   Abdullah Al Karni
    7   Fahad Al-Mehallel
    11   Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan
    13   Ahmed Bahja
    15   Nahar Al Dhaferi
    19   Moussa Saïb
        Milan Živadinović


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