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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)Faris Najd (The Knight of Najd)
Al A'alami (The Global)
Founded24 October 1955; 63 years ago (1955-10-24)[1]
GroundKing Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Capacity68,752[2]
ChairmanSafwan Al-Suwaiket
ManagerRui Vitória
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Nassr is one of the most popular clubs in Saudi Arabia, with 20 national top-flight trophies as well as various regional and friendly championships.[3]

The club have won 8 Premier League titles, 2 GCC Champions League titles, 3 Saudi Crown Prince Cup, 6 Saudi King's Cups, 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]

HistoryEdit

Beginnings and triumphs (1955–1989)Edit

Al-Nassr was established in 1955 by an unknown person. 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 sixteen 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.

90's 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. The club represented 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 of The Global (2008–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.

Name, Logo 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.

SponsorshipEdit

Since the start of the 2013/2014 season, Al-Nassr lacked any sponsors. Yet, still managed to pull through with a double, by winning the Crown Prince's cup, as well as finishing first in the SPL. In the 2014/2015 season, Al-Nassr managed to land on multiple sponsors, including electronic manufacturer UGINE, and telecom giants Mobily for a developing partnership that spans for 5 years. [6][7]

Kit providersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 28 September 2019:[8][9]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Brad Jones   Australia
2 Defender Sultan Al-Ghanam   Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Abdullah Madu   Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Omar Hawsawi   Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Abdulelah Al-Amri   Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Petros   Brazil
7 Forward Ahmed Musa   Nigeria
8 Midfielder Yahya Al-Shehri   Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Abderrazak Hamdallah   Morocco
10 Midfielder Giuliano   Brazil
11 Midfielder Nordin Amrabat   Morocco
13 Defender Abdulrahman Al-Obaid   Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Abdulaziz Al-Jebreen   Saudi Arabia
17 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Khaibari   Saudi Arabia
18 Defender Maicon (on loan from Galatasaray)   Brazil
20 Defender Hamad Al Mansor   Saudi Arabia
21 Midfielder Mukhtar Ali   Saudi Arabia
23 Forward Ayman Yahya   Yemen
25 Midfielder Nawaf Al-Farshan   Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Awadh Khamis   Saudi Arabia
31 Goalkeeper Zaid Al-Bawardi   Saudi Arabia
33 Goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah   Saudi Arabia
37 Defender Naif Almas   Saudi Arabia
38 Midfielder Fahad Al-Jumeiah   Saudi Arabia
39 Midfielder Abdurahman Al-Dossari   Saudi Arabia
42 Forward Firas Al-Buraikan   Saudi Arabia
43 Goalkeeper Saleh Al-Ohaymid   Saudi Arabia
45 Midfielder Faraj Al-Ghashayan   Saudi Arabia
46 Midfielder Khalid Al-Ghwinem   Saudi Arabia
Forward Abdulfattah Adam   Saudi Arabia

Other players under contractEdit

No Position Player Nation
28 Defender Ahmad Akash   Saudi Arabia
Forward Yahya Al-Najei   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
12 Defender Mohammed Al-Shanqiti (on loan to Al-Taawoun)   Saudi Arabia
14 Forward Saleh Al Abbas (on loan to Abha)   Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Owaishir (on loan to Al-Shabab)   Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Rakan Al-Shamlan (on loan to Al-Wehda)   Saudi Arabia
30 Midfielder Abdulrahman Al-Dhefiri (on loan to Al-Khaleej)   Saudi Arabia
32 Midfielder Saud Zidan (on loan to Al-Jabalain)   Saudi Arabia
34 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Shahrani (on loan to Damac)   Saudi Arabia
35 Defender Khaled Al-Showaie (on loan to Al-Tai)   Saudi Arabia
41 Goalkeeper Waleed Al-Enezi (on loan to Al-Nojoom)   Saudi Arabia
90 Forward Muteb Al-Hammad (on loan to Damac)   Saudi Arabia
98 Midfielder Abdulrahman Al-Shanar (on loan to Al-Kawkab)   Saudi Arabia
Defender Osama Al-Bawardi (on loan to Al-Jabalain)   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Sami Al-Najei (on loan to Damac)   Saudi Arabia

Scholarships abroadEdit

No Position Player Nation
Goalkeeper Abdulrahman Al-Shammari   Saudi Arabia
Goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Oqaidi   Saudi Arabia

PersonnelEdit

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

ManagementEdit

Current board of directors and administratorsEdit

Office Name
President Saud Al Suwailem
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 Center Abdullah Bnznan
Member of the Board, Director of Football Mohsin Harthi

Former coachesEdit

Presidential historyEdit

 
Abdul-Rahman bin Saud bin Abdul-Aziz, 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 Abdulrahman Bin Saud 1960 1969
6   Prince Sultan Bin Saud 1969 1975
7   Prince Abdulrahman Bin Saud 1975 1997
8   Prince Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Saud 1997 2000
9   Prince Abdulrahman Bin Saud 2000 2005
10   Prince Mamdoh Bin Abdulrahman Bin Saud 2005 2006
11   Prince Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Saud 2006 2009
12   Prince Faisal Bin Turki Bin Nasser 2009  2017


HonoursEdit

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.[10] 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.[11][12] On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.[13][14][15]

National titlesEdit

  • Kings Cup Official
    • Winners (6): 1974, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1990
    • Runners-up (7): 1967, 1971, 1973,1989, 2012, 2015, 2016

International titlesEdit

RegionalEdit

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

FriendlyEdit

International awardsEdit

2000

Records and statisticsEdit

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.[12]

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
Goalkeepers
1   Madhi Al Dosari
22   Mohammed Al-Khojali
9   Mohamed Shareefy
Defenders
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
Midfielders
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
Forwards
7   Fahad Al-Mehallel
11   Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan
13   Ahmed Bahja
15   Nahar Al Dhaferi
19   Moussa Saïb
Manager
    Milan Živadinović

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ Rayan, Abu. "Coverage of Mobily partnership". Nassr Official Media Center. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  7. ^ Al Otaibi, Bandar. "Al-Nassr and Mobily Sign a 5-Year Partnership". Al Riyadh Newspaper. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/AlNassrFC/status/1034852535708905472
  9. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?team=146&cz=15887&mode=p
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