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Al-Taawoun ("Cooperation" Arabic: التعاون‎) 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
Founded1956; 62 years ago (1956)
GroundKing Abdullah Sport City Stadium,
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Capacity23,600[1]
ChairmanMohammed Al-Qasim
ManagerPortugal Pedro Emanuel
LeagueProfessional League
2017–18Professional League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Taawoun have been King Cup finalists once, in 1990, finishing runners-up to Al-Nassr. Their best ever top flight season came in 2015–16 when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in fourth place in the top division, their highest league position to date. Thus 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 only second tier team 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.

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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 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]

HonoursEdit

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams

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

Saudi First Division (Level 2)

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

King Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 1990

[3]

> 5 trophies in cabinet ☆

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 9 June 2018
No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cássio   Brazil
2 Defender Abdulaziz Al-Moghir   Saudi Arabia
3 Forward Léandre Tawamba   Cameroon
4 Defender Ricardo Machado   Portugal
5 Defender Talal Al-Absi   Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Ryan Al-Mousa   Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Rabee Sufyani   Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Abdulfattah Adam   Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Jehad Al-Hussain (Captain)   Syria
12 Midfielder Jhonnattann Benites   Brazil
13 Defender Ibrahim Al-Zubaidi   Saudi Arabia
16 Defender Naif Al-Mousa   Saudi Arabia
17 Midfielder Cédric Amissi   Burundi
18 Defender Madallah Al-Olayan   Saudi Arabia
19 Midfielder Ibrahim Al-Otaibi   Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Héldon Ramos   Cape Verde
21 Goalkeeper Moataz Al-Baqaawi   Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al Arraf   Saudi Arabia
23 Goalkeeper Hussain Shae'an   Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Saeed Al-Dossari   Saudi Arabia
28 Defender Jufain Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia
30 Defender Abdurazaq Abdullah   Saudi Arabia
32 Defender Muteb Al-Mufarrej (on loan from Al-Hilal)   Saudi Arabia
35 Midfielder Yahya Khormi   Saudi Arabia
55 Midfielder Sandro Manoel   Brazil
70 Forward Ismael Al-Maghrebi   Saudi Arabia
77 Midfielder Mohammed Mohsen   Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sawat   Saudi Arabia
88 Defender Hamdan Al-Ruwailli   Saudi Arabia

Asian CompetitionsEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2017 AFC Champions League Group   Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–0 4-4
Group   Esteghlal 0–3
Group   Al-Ahli 1–4 0-0

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. ^ "الإنجازات". Taawoun. Retrieved 24 April 2007.

External linksEdit