Al-Taawoun FC

Al-Taawoun ("Cooperation" Arabic: التعاون‎), sometimes known as Al-Tawen, is a professional football club based in Buraidah, that plays in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

Al-Taawoun
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Full nameAl-Taawoun Football Club
Nickname(s)Sukri Al-Qasim
Al Dhiaab (The Wolves)
Founded1956; 64 years ago (1956)
GroundKing Abdullah Sport City Stadium,
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Capacity25,000[1]
ChairmanMohammed Al-Qasim
ManagerVítor Campelos
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 3rd of 16

Al-Taawoun have won the King Cup once, in 2019, defeating Al-Ittihad in the final. Their best ever top-flight season came in 2018–19 when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in third place in the top division, their highest league position to date, as well as winning the King Cup. In 2017, the club became the first team from the Qasim region to play in the Asian Champions League. Al-Taawoun have been second-tier champions once and runners-up twice. The club holds the distinct achievement as being the one of the two second-tier teams to play in the final of the King Cup.

The club play their home games at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Buraidah, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Raed with whom they contest the Qasim Derby with.

HistoryEdit

Al-Taawoun were founded in the year of 1956 under the name of "Al-Shabab" and were founded by Saleh Al Wabili. Four years after the founding of the club, they were officially registered as a professional club in 1960. Under the guidance of Zayed Al-Omrani, as president, the club tasted top flight football for the first time in its history, before being relegated back to the first division in the next season. 2 years after that Al-Taawoun once again won promotion to the Pro League, but this time as champions of the first division. The club were then relegated to the first division after 1 year. In the 2009–10 season Al-Taawoun won promotion to the Pro League for the first in over a decade as runners-up of the league. They have been playing in the Saudi Professional League since the 2010–2011 season.[2] On 29 May 2016, Al-Taawoun qualified for the AFC Champions League for the first time ever by finishing fourth in the league during the 2015–16 season.[3] On 2 May 2019, Al-Taawoun won their first-ever King Cup, as well as their first-ever top-flight trophy, by defeating Al-Ittihad in the final.[4] Al-Taawoun also became the first club from Al-Qassim Region to win the King Cup.

HonoursEdit

King Cup

Super Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 2019

Saudi First Division (Level 2)

  • Winners (1): 1996–97
  • Runners-up (2): 1994–95, 2009–10

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams

  • Winners (4): 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09

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Current squadEdit

As of 26 December 2018[6]
No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cássio   Brazil
2 Defender Yassin Barnawi   Saudi Arabia
3 Forward Léandre Tawamba   Cameroon
4 Defender Ricardo Machado   Portugal
5 Defender Talal Al-Absi (captain)   Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Ryan Al-Mousa   Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Rabee Sufyani   Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Nildo Petrolina   Brazil
11 Midfielder Nasser Al-Daajani (on loan from Al-Ahli)   Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Ibrahim Al-Zubaidi   Saudi Arabia
14 Defender Hassan Kadesh   Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Fahad Al-Rashidi   Saudi Arabia
16 Defender Fahad Al-Hamad   Saudi Arabia
17 Midfielder Cédric Amissi   Burundi
19 Midfielder Ibrahim Al Otaybi   Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Héldon Ramos   Cape Verde
21 Goalkeeper Moataz Al-Baqaawi   Saudi Arabia
23 Goalkeeper Hussain Shae'an   Saudi Arabia
24 Forward Mohammad Al-Sahlawi   Saudi Arabia
25 Midfielder Faisel Darwish   Saudi Arabia
26 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Dhulayfi   Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Sultan Mendash (on loan from Al-Ahli)   Saudi Arabia
28 Midfielder Sumayhan Al-Nabit   Saudi Arabia
33 Defender Ahmed Assiri   Saudi Arabia
41 Midfielder Thaar Al-Otaibi (on loan from Al-Hilal)   Saudi Arabia
44 Midfielder Saleh Al-Saeed   Saudi Arabia
55 Midfielder Sandro Manoel   Brazil
66 Midfielder Mohammed Abousaban   Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Swat   Saudi Arabia
88 Defender Hamdan Al-Ruwaili   Saudi Arabia
99 Forward Malek Al-Abdulmenem   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
9 Forward Mansour Al-Muwallad (on loan to Damac)   Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Jouei (on loan to Damac)   Saudi Arabia

International CompetitionsEdit

OverviewEdit

As of 18 February 2020
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 8 3 2 3 10 12
GCC Champions League 5 1 4 0 7 6
TOTAL 13 4 6 3 17 18

Record By CountryEdit

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
  Iran 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00
  Oman 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 050.00
  Qatar 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 033.33
  United Arab Emirates 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1 025.00
  Uzbekistan 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1 050.00

Asian RecordEdit

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2017 AFC Champions League Group A   Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–0 4−4 3rd
  Esteghlal 1–2 0−3
  Al-Ahli 1–3 0−0
2020 AFC Champions League Group C   Sharjah 1–0 2nd
  Al-Duhail 2–0
  Persepolis

Gulf RecordEdit

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015 GCC Champions League Group A   Al-Suwaiq 1–0 2−2 2nd
  Al-Rayyan 1–1 2–2
Quarter-finals   Al-Nasr 1−1 (p) 1–1 (p)

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "King Abdullah Sport City Stadium". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ http://altawen.sa/pages-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B3
  3. ^ "رسمياً.. التعاون يتأهل إلى دوري أبطال آسيا".
  4. ^ "التعاون يكتب التاريخ.. ويتوج بطلاً لكأس الملك".
  5. ^ "الإنجازات". Taawoun. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  6. ^ "التعاون". kooora. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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