Al Hilal SFC
|Full name||Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club|
|Founded||16 October 1957,|
as Al-Olempy Club
|Ground||King Saud University Stadium|
|President||Fahad Bin Saad Bin Nafil Al Otaibi|
|2018–19||Pro League, 2nd of 16|
Overall, they have won 59 official titles on the national and international stage, and 99 counting friendly trophies. In domestic competitions, they have won a record 15 Professional League titles, a record 13 Crown Prince Cup titles, a record 7 Saudi Federation Cup titles, 8 King Cup titles, a record 2 Super Cup title, and also the Saudi Founder's Cup an official Centennial football tournament, held every hundred years.
Internationally, Al Hilal has a record 7 Asian Football Confederation trophies – the AFC Champions League in 1991, 2000 and 2019, the Asian Cup Winners Cup in 1997 and 2002, and the Asian Super Cup in 1997, 2000. In September 2009, Al Hilal was awarded Best Asian Club of the 20th Century by the IFFHS.
Al Hilal Club was originally known as the Olympic Club during its founding by Abdul Rahman bin Saad bin Saeed on 15 October 1957 in Riyadh. The club's name lasted for only one year before it was changed to its current name on 3 December 1958 by King Saud. He changed the name after he attended a tournament that was contested between the Olympic Club, Al Shabab, Al Riyadh and El Kawkab clubs. As soon as the club's establishment, Al Hilal enjoyed not only grassroots support but also royal attention.
After spending their formative years building a squad, the club made their first mark by lifting the King's Cup trophy in 1961. That began a period in which the club won 50 official competitions. Al Hilal recaptured the King's Cup in 1964, with a penalty shootout victory over two-time Asian champions Al-Ittihad.
The club were the inaugural winners when the Saudi Premier League came into existence in the 1976–77 season. Al Hilal won the title another 14 times and finished runners-up on 12 occasions in the space of 32 years. Al Hilal also have seven King's Cup, twelve Crown Prince Cup and eight Saudi Federation Cup titles.
In 1991, they won the first Asian title, Asian Club Championship, beating Iranian club Esteghlal F.C. in penalties in the final. They won it again in 1999–2000, when they scored an equaliser in the 89th minute and won the match against Júbilo Iwata in the extra-time. Lastly, they won again in 2019. In the final, they played against the Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds, to whom they lost in the final 2 years before. They successfully took a revenge and won 3-0 in two legs.
Al Hilal were also the runners-up for four times. They were second after the round-robin in the final round in 1986. They reached the final in 1987, but Yomiuri FC were crown the champion automatically as Al-Hilal were unable to field a team for the final due to nine of the starting players being chosen for the Saudi team's preparation camp that clashed with the date fixed for the first leg. Al Hilal reached the final of AFC Champions League in 2014, 14 years after their last appearance in the final. This time they faced Western Sydney Wanderers. The Australian club won 1–0 on aggregate. Al Hilal reached the final again in 2017 but they lost to the Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds.
Al Hilal currently plays their home games at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh and rarely at King Fahd International Stadium a stadium that was constructed in 1987 with a capacity of 67,000 supporters. The club's reserve team stadium, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, was used in 2011–12 when King Fahd Stadium was under renovation. When prince Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad became the owner of the club in 2008, there was some serious idea of making Al-Hilal home avenue but it was shortly declined. Later on, King Saud University had their new spectacular stadium offered for an annual contract and Al-Hilal was the club with the best offer.
Al Hilal has a long-standing rivalry with Al-Ittihad. From the start of national competition the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival cities: Riyadh and Jeddah. Matches between the two are often called 'El Clasico's. While Al Hilal have won three Asian Club Championship in years 1991, 1999–2000 and 2019, Al Ittihad has won AFC Champions League two times in a row, in 2004 and 2005. Al Hilal won the clasico 62 times, while Al-Ittihad has won it 50 times and two sides have drawn 35 times. The biggest win was when Al Hilal defeated Al-Ittihad 5–0 in 2009–2010.
Another rivalry is with their neighbors Al-Nassr, which is called Riyadh's Derby. They have met 148 times, Al Hilal has won 59 times, and lost 48 times, while 41 ties have ended in a draw. The biggest win is for Al Hilal when they defeated Al-Nassr 5–1 in 2016–17. The rivalry with Al-Nasser is violent between them more than the rivalry with Al-Ittihad. As an example, when Al Hilal reached the 2014 AFC Champions League Final, in 2nd leg Al-Nassr fans awaited Western Sydney Wanderers arrival at the airport to spur them on against Al Hilal and tried to sabotage Al Hilal's ticket plan.
Finance and sponsorshipEdit
Mobily was the main sponsor of Al Hilal, and as part of the sponsorship deal, their logo was displayed on the front of the club's shirts and a plethora of other merchandise. The Mobily deal was announced by the club's previous President Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad on 14 October 2008, and is worth a Saudi record SAR 517 million, to be paid over six years (SAR 69.1 million per year).
Also, the previous president Prince Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad made a contract with Omar Almady, CEO of Volkswagen Group in Saudi Arabia. the contract period is 6 years and was signed on September 18, 2014.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor(s)|
|2014–2017||Mobily / Volkswagen / ABDUL SAMAD Al QURASHI / TASNEE / APSCO Mobil 1 / Bupa Arabia|
|2017–2019||Kingdom Holding Company / Volkswagen / ABDUL SAMAD Al QURASHI / Sun & Sand Sports / Jawwy from STC / APSCO Mobil 1|
|2019–2020||S Team||Kingdom Holding Company / Emaar / Tawuniya / Flyin / Jahez / Tamkeen Technologies / Sayyar Shemagh / National Medical Care|
Television match broadcasting rightsEdit
Al Hilal receives SR 4.5 million per year (US$1.2 million/year) from the Saudi Arabia Football Federation as the federation sell the complete matches' right in one package and all the clubs in the Saudi Professional League share the revenue equally. The income may increase dramatically in near future as clubs will have the rights to sell their own matches' broadcasting rights.
Other income sourcesEdit
The club's president and other board members pay any extra money required to run the club as the total expenses of the club in recent seasons surpassed SR 140 million (US$38 million). This increase in expenses is due to the high level foreign and national players the club signed with such as Andre Carrillo, Bafétimbi Gomis, Gustavo Cuellar, Sebastian Giovinco and others.
Charity and philanthropyEdit
Special seats have been allocated for the disabled to watch the training. Twenty-five percent of the income of tickets sold goes to charities. Players and board members arrange and attend social activities for charities during Eid and other holidays.
In 2009, the club opened a new camp in Riyadh. It contains 25 rooms, meeting rooms, smart room for lectures, library, eating room, living rooms, a big salon and a medical clinic. It also has entertainment corners for video games, table tennis, billiards, table football and many others. There are two training fields for the senior team.
As of Saudi Professional League:
Other players under contractEdit
|21||Goalkeeper||Yazan Jari||Saudi Arabia|
|31||Goalkeeper||Abdullah Al-Bishi||Saudi Arabia|
|33||Forward||Turki Al-Mutairi||Saudi Arabia|
|36||Defender||Muteb Al-Mufarrij||Saudi Arabia|
|54||Defender||Mohammed Al-Kunaydiri||Saudi Arabia|
|88||Midfielder||Salem Al-Saleem||Saudi Arabia|
Out on loanEdit
|15||Midfielder||Ahmed Ashraf (on loan to Al-Faisaly)||Saudi Arabia|
|32||Defender||Mohammed Al-Dossari (on loan to Al-Raed)||Saudi Arabia|
|38||Forward||Khaled Al Gubaie (on loan to Al-Shoulla)||Saudi Arabia|
|39||Midfielder||Nawaf Sharahili (on loan to Al-Jabalain)||Saudi Arabia|
|41||Midfielder||Thaar Al-Otaibi (on loan to Al-Taawoun)||Saudi Arabia|
|Head coach||Razvan Lucescu|
|Assistant coach||Longo Diego|
|Assistant coach||Cristiano Bacci|
|Fitness coach||Matteo Spatafora|
|Assistant fitness coach||Milan Snjaric|
|Goalkeeping coach||Miralem Ibrahimovic|
|Doctor||Juan David Peña Duque|
|Team B coach||Rodolfo Miguens|
|Director of Football||Saud Kariri|
|President||Fahad bin Nafil Alotaibi|
|Vice President||Ahmed Al Khames|
|Secretary General||Sami Abu Khudair|
|Director of Fans Supplies||Rashid Al-Anzan|
|Director of Legal Affairs||Thamer Al-Jasser|
|Director of Facilities Development and Maintenance||Badr Al-Mayouf|
|Director of Other Sports||Ibraheem Al-Youssef|
|Director of Youth Football||Abdullateef Al-Hosainy|
|Director of Investments Area||Abdullah Al-Abduljabbar|
|board member||Abdullah Al-Jarbou|
This is a list of Al Hilal SFC presidents and chairmen from its foundation in 1957.
|Abdul Rahman bin Saeed||1957||1965||3|
|Abdulrahman Al Hamdan||1965||1966||×|
|Abdul Rahman bin Saeed||1966||1970||×|
|Faisal Al Shehail||1970||1972||×|
|Abdullah bin Nasser||1972||1976||×|
|Hazloul bin Abdulaziz Al Saud||1976||1978||1|
|Abdullah bin Nasser||1978||1982||2|
|Hazloul bin Abdulaziz Al Saud||1982||1983||1|
|Abdullah bin Saad||1983||1990||9|
|Abdul Rahman bin Saeed||1990||1992||1|
|Abdullah bin Saeed||1993||1994||×|
|Khalid bin Mohammed||1994||1996||4|
|Bandar bin Mohammad||1997||2000||9|
|Saud bin Turki||2000||2003||6|
|Abdullah bin Musa'ad||2003||2004||1|
|Mohammed bin Faisal||2004||2008||7|
|Abdulrahman bin Musa'ad||2008||2015||7|
|Mohammad Al Homaidani (caretaker)||2015||2015||1|
|Nawaf bin Sa'ad||2015||2018||4|
|Mohammed bin Faisal||2018||2019||×|
|Abdullah Al-Jarbou (caretaker)||2019||2019||×|
|Fahad bin Nafil Alotaibi||2019||Present||1|
The club holds 59 official titles.
|Saudi Arabian competitions||Titles||Runners-up|
|Professional League (15/15)||1976–77*, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2016–17, 2017–18 (Record)||1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2018–19 (Record)|
|King Cup (8/7)||1961, 1964, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1989, 2015, 2017||1963, 1968, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 2010|
|Crown Prince Cup (13/4)||1963–64, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2003, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16 (Record)||1956–57, 1998–99, 2013–14, 2014–15|
|Super Cup (2/1)||2015, 2018 (Record)||2016|
|Federation Cup (7/5)||1986–87, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2005–06 (Record)||1985–86, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2009–2010|
|Saudi Founder's Cup (1/0)||2000 (Record)|
|AFC Champions League (3/4)||1991, 2000, 2019 (Shared Record)||1986, 1987, 2014, 2017 (Record)|
|Asian Cup Winners Cup (2/0)||1997, 2002 (Shared Record)|
|Asian Super Cup (2/1)||1997, 2000 (Shared Record)||2002|
|Intercontinental Competition||Titles||Runners-up||Third Place||Fourth Place|
|FIFA Club World Cup 0/0||2019|
|Afro-Asian Cup 0/1||1992|
|Arab Club Champions Cup (2/2)||1994, 1995||1989, 2018–19 (Record)|
|Arab Cup Winners' Cup (1/0)||2000|
|Arab Super Cup (1/2)||2001||1992, 1995 (Record)|
|Gulf Club Champions Cup (2/3)||1986, 1998||1987, 1992, 2000 (Record)|
|Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup (King of Saudi Arabia Cup) (1/0)||2001|
|Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup (President of Egypt Cup) (0/1)||2018|
The table below chronicles the achievements of Al Hilal in various competitions since 1999.
|Champions||Runners-up||3rd Place or Losing semi-finalists|
|Season||Division||P||W||D||L||F||A||Pts||Pos||King Cup||Crown Prince Cup||Competition||Result||Competition||Result|
|1999–00||Premier League||22||11||6||5||39||19||39||5th||Not held||W||Asian Club Championship||
|2001–02||Premier League||22||14||7||1||54||17||49||1st||R16||Asian Cup Winners Cup||
|2003–04||Premier League||22||12||4||6||40||18||40||4th||SF||AFC Champions League||QS|
|2005–06||Premier League||22||13||5||4||41||21||44||2nd||W||AFC Champions League||QS||Federation Cup|
|2006–07||Premier League||22||17||2||3||38||15||53||2nd||SF||AFC Champions League||QF||QS|
|2008–09||Pro League||22||15||5||2||41||9||50||2nd||SF||W||AFC Champions League||R16||Federation Cup|
|2009–10||Pro League||22||18||2||2||56||18||56||1st||RU||W||AFC Champions League||
|2010–11||Pro League||26||19||7||0||52||18||64||1st||SF||W||AFC Champions League||R16||—||—|
|2011–12||Pro League||26||18||6||2||58||22||60||3rd||SF||W||AFC Champions League||QF||—||—|
|2012–13||Pro League||26||17||5||4||62||26||56||2nd||QF||W||AFC Champions League||R16||—||—|
|2013–14||Pro League||26||20||3||3||60||24||63||2nd||QF||RU||AFC Champions League||
|2014–15||Pro League||26||16||6||4||46||17||54||3rd||W||RU||AFC Champions League||
|2015–16||Pro League||26||17||4||5||52||23||55||2nd||SF||W||AFC Champions League||R16||Saudi Super Cup|
|2016–17||Pro League||26||21||3||2||63||16||66||1st||W||SF||AFC Champions League||
|Saudi Super Cup|
|2017–18||Pro League||26||16||8||2||47||23||56||1st||R16||Cancelled||AFC Champions League||GS||—||—|
|2018–19||Pro League||30||21||6||3||66||33||69||2nd||SF||Not held||AFC Champions League||
|Saudi Super Cup
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