Al-Wehdat SC

Al-Wehdat Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الوحدات الرياضي‎) is a Jordanian sports club founded in 1956. The club is based in and represents the Amman New Camp, a Palestinian refugee camp which is also known as Al-Wehdat. Al-Wehdat's home games are played at King Abdullah II Stadium (cap. 13,000), also known as the Stadium of fire and victory. There are several other sports offered in the club, such as volleyball, and basketball.

Al-Wehdat
Al-Wehdat SC (logo).png
Full nameAl-Wehdat Sports Club
Nickname(s)المارد الأخضر
(The Green Giant)
Short nameWEH
FoundedFebruary 8, 1956; 65 years ago (1956-02-08), as Al-Wehdat Youth Center
GroundKing Abdullah II Stadium
Capacity13,000[1]
ChairmanBashar Al-Hawamdeh
ManagerAbdullah Abu Zema
LeagueJordanian Pro League
2020Jordanian Pro League, 1st of 12 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Active departments of Al-Wehdat
Football pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg
Football Basketball Volleyball

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1956[2] under the name Al-Wehdat Youth Center. In 1974, they changed their name to Al-Wehdat Sports Club and have been called that since then (with the exception of 1986–1989 when it was named Al-Diffatain Sports Club.)

Al-Wehdat has 50 local trophies from 1980 and appears in 11 AFC Cup but did not achieve the title. Al-Wehdat won the second division in 1975 and were promoted to the first division for the first time ever, but were relegated in their first season. The next season, the club was promoted again and has not been relegated since then. In the last 15 years from 2005 to 2020 Al-Wehdat won the league 10 times . Since 2005, Al-Faisaly won the league 4 times which made Al-Wehdat the dominant team in Jordanian football in the last 15 years , Al-Wehdat is the only Jordanian team that has won the four Jordanian competitions (Jordan League , FA Cup , Super Cup , FA Shield ) in a single season in the 2008–09, 2010–11 seasons.

ColoursEdit

Ever since the club's foundation, the traditional and primary colors of Al-Wehdat are green and red. The kit has varied over the years. Currently the away kit is a full white. The home kit however is a green top with white socks and red shorts.

Al Quwaysimah incidentEdit

After a 1–0 win in the Derby of Jordan versus Al-Faisaly on 10 December 2010, rioting broke out following the game between rival Amman clubs. Some Al-Faisaly fans threw bottles at Al-Wehdat players and their fans. About 250 people were injured. 243 of them Al-Wehdat fans, according to senior officials from the hospitals. A similar riot occurred in 2009.[3]

HonoursEdit

Source:[4]

Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Premier League 17   1980, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004–2005, 2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2008–2009, 2010–2011, 2013–2014, 2014–2015, 2015–2016, 2017–2018, 2020
FA Cup 10 1982, 1985, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2008–2009, 2009–2010, 2010–2011, 2013–2014
FA Shield 10 1982, 1983, 1988, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2017, 2020
Super Cup 13 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018
Total 50
  •   record
  • s shared record

Performance in AFC and UAFA competitionsEdit

1989–90: Qualifying stage
1995: First round
2002–03: Preliminary round 2
2015: Preliminary round 2
2016: Play-off round
2017: Play-off round
2019: Preliminary round 1
2021: Group stage
2006: Semi-finals
2007: Semi-finals
2008: Group stage
2009: Group stage
2010: Group stage
2011: Semi-finals
2012: Quarter-finals
2015: Round of 16
2016: Round of 16
2017: Zonal semi-finals
2019: Zonal semi-finals
2000–01: Quarter-finals
2001–02: Second round
1988: Preliminary round
1995: Group stage
1996: Group stage
1997: Group stage
1998: Group stage
1999: Group stage
2003–04: Second round
2005–06: Semi-finals
2007–08: Round of 16
2008–09: Quarter-finals
1996: Group stage
1997: Group stage
1998: Preliminary round
2000: Group stage

IFFHS RankingsEdit

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of the 2021 season.[6]

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   JOR Ahmed Abdel-Sattar
2 DF   JOR Feras Shelbaieh (4th captain)
3 DF   JOR Abdullah Naseeb
4 DF   JOR Mohammad Al-Dmeiri (captain)
5 DF   JOR Yazan Al-Arab
6 MF   JOR Ahmad Tannous
7 FW   JOR Ibrahim Al-Jawabreh
8 FW   JOR Khaled Essam
10 MF   JOR Saleh Rateb
11 MF   JOR Ahmad Elias (vice-captain)
15 MF   JOR Anas Al-Awadat
16 MF   JOR Yazan Thalji
17 MF   JOR Rajaei Ayed
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   JOR Tareq Khattab (3rd captain)
19 DF   JOR Daniel Afaneh
21 FW   SEN Abdulaziz N'Diaye
23 MF   JOR Ahmad Tha'er
25 MF   JOR Malek Allan
29 MF   JOR Mohanad Simreen
30 MF   LBN Ahmad Zreik (on loan from Al Ahed)
55 DF   JOR Ahmed Hisham
77 MF   JOR Fadi Awad
88 GK   JOR Feras Saleh
90 MF   JOR Ahmed Samir
99 GK   JOR Abdallah Al-Fakhouri

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   JOR Basil Al-Saoudi
GK   JOR Mohammad Irshidat
DF   JOR Mohammad Hisham
DF   JOR Tha'er Simreen
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JOR Jafar Al-Mahsiri
MF   JOR Mohammad Abu Taha
FW   JOR Tha'er Al-Dirabany

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   JOR Moaz Al-Qadi (at Mughier Al-Sarhan until 31 December 2021)
MF   JOR Yazan Shawkat (at Al-Baqa'a until 31 December 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   JOR Ibrahim Al-Mashaleh (at That Ras until 31 December 2021)
FW   JOR Shaher Shelbaieh (at Al-Salt until 31 December 2021)

PersonnelEdit

Technical staffEdit

Source:[7]

Position Name
Head coach Abdullah Abu Zema
Director general Mohammad Jamal
Assistant coach Amjad Al-Taher
Assistant coach Ghiath Al-Tamimi
Goalkeeping coach Ali Mahmoud
Fitness coach Mohammad Abdelrahman
Massuer Mohammad Shkleh
Physiotherapist Ma'mun Harb
Doctor Moayad Omar

Source:[citation needed]

ManagementEdit

Position Name
President Bashar Al-Hawamdeh
Vice-president Ghasab Khalil
Members Ziad Shelbaieh
Abdelrahman Al-Najjar
Awad Al-Asmar
Basam Shelbaieh
Naser Doghmesh
Khaled Abu Quta
Waleed Al-Saoudi
Abdelhakem Al-Sinawy

Source:[citation needed]

Managerial historyEdit

Last update: 30 May 2019[8]

 
Name Nationality Years
Fat'hi Keshek   1976–1979
Ezzat Hamza   1979–1980
Othman Al-Qurayni   1980–1981
Fat'hi Keshek   1981–1982
Vojo Gardašević   1983–1985
Math'har Al-Saeed   1985–1986
Vojo Gardašević   1986–1987
Mohammed Mustafa   1987–1988
Ezzat Hamza   1988–1989
Wathiq Naji   1989–1991
Mohammed Mustafa   1991–1992
Mohammed Thamer   1992–1993
Nazar Ashraf   1993–1994
Yuve   1994–1995
Kadhim Khalaf   1995–1996
Wathiq Naji   1996
Ali Kadhim   1996
Kadhim Khalaf   1996–1997
Anwar Jassim   1997
Mohammed Mustafa   1997
Badr Al-Khatib   1997–1998
Anwar Jassim   1998
Hassan Farhan   1998–1999
Ezzat Hamza   1999–2000
Kadhim Khalaf   2000
Nazar Ashraf   2000–2001
Mohammed Mustafa   2001
Druvko   2001
 
Name Nationality Years
Miroslav Maksimović   2001–2002
Amer Jamil   2002
Hisham Abdul-Munam   2002
Nader Zatar   2002
Issa Al-Turk   2002–2003
Nader Zatar   2003–2004
Mohammed Omar   2004–2005
Kes   2005
Adil Yousuf   2005–2006
Tha'er Jassam   2006–2007
Mohammed Omar   2007
Akram Ahmad Salman   2008–2009
Jamal Mahmoud   2009
Omar Meziane   2009
Tha'er Jassam   2009–2010
Dragan Talajić   2010–2011
Mohammed Qwayed   2011–2012
Hisham Abdul-Munam   2012
Branko Smiljanić   2012
Mohammed Omar   2012–2013
Abdullah Abu Zema   2013–2015
Emad Khankan   2015
Akram Ahmad Salman   2015
Ra'ed Assaf   2016
Adnan Hamad   2016–2017
Jamal Mahmoud   2017–2018
Kais Yâakoubi   2018–2019
Abdullah Abu Zema   2019–

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

 
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1980–1982 Adidas None
1982–1984 Puma
1984–1986 Under Armour
1986–1988 Adidas
1988–1991 Diadora
1991–1992 Umbro Pepsi
1992–1993 Under Armour National Paints
1993–1998 Diadora None
1998–1999 Pepsi
1999–2002 Adidas
2002–2004 Mobilecom
2004–2007 Fastlink
2007–2010 Diadora Zain
2010–2012 Adidas
2012–2014 Uhlsport
2014–2015 Errea
2015–2017 Jako
2017–2018 Givova Umniah
2019 Joma
2020– Jako

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

FansEdit

Al Wehdat has one of the largest number of fans in Jordan and the club has fans in almost every city in Jordan. There are about 3 million Al Wehdat fans in Jordan. The fan's most popular chant is "Allah, Wehdat, Al Quds Arabiya" (God, Wehdat, Jerusalem is Arabian).[9] Al-Wehdat has an ultras named Wehdaty Group (WG) that was founded on 13 September 2012. Their motto is "We support until death".[10]

Derby of JordanEdit

Derby of Jordan is a football traditional game between Al-Wehdat and Al-Faisaly. These games receive great interest among the sports community on the Domestic and Arab level due to its intensity and a long history between the two teams. According to Al Jazeera, supporters of Al-Wehdat are generally of Palestinian origin, while Faisaly fans are of Jordanian origin. The Derby is as known for its intensity on the pitch as it is for the tensions off the pitch. The two clubs first met on 28 November 1976.[11]

# Tournament Al-Faisaly Wins Al-Wehdat Wins Draws Total Al-Faishaly Goals Al-Wehdat Goals
1 Premier League 29 31 26 86 77 86
2 FA Cup 8 8 7 23 38 37
3 FA Shield 9 6 2 17 30 24
4 Super Cup 5 5 2 12 13 13
5 AFC Cup 2 0 2 4 5 3
6 Total 53 50 39 142 163 163

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 - Amman - FIFA.com". FIFA.com.
  2. ^ Tuastad, Dag (2 May 2010). "Al-Wihdat: The Pride of the Palestinians in Jordan". Washington, DC: Middle East Institute. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Rival Jordan football fans clash". Al Jazeera. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  4. ^ "History". Al Wehdat Club. nd. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Club World Ranking by footballdatabase". footballdatabase. 31 October 2019.
  6. ^ "فريق: الوحدات". m.kooora.com.
  7. ^ "The team". KOOORA. nd. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  8. ^ "هؤلاء من درّبوا الوحدات عبر التاريخ". alweehdat.net. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  9. ^ Montague, James (28 October 2008). "No place like home as Palestine redefine the meaning of winning". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  10. ^ "وراء كل صورة حكاية .... مجموعة وحداتي .... - ::.. منتديات جماهير الوحدات ..::". www.alweehdat.net.
  11. ^ http://jo.gitsport.net/?p=5940

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