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 the Mrsool Park. Their home colours are yellow and blue.

Al Nassr
Logo Al-Nassr.png
Full nameAl Nassr Football Club
Nickname(s)Al-Aalami (The International Club)
Faris Najd (Knights of Najd)
Founded24 October 1955; 66 years ago (1955-10-24)[1]
GroundMrsool Park
Capacity25,000
ChairmanMusalli Al Muammar
Head coachRudi Garcia
LeaguePro League
2021–22Pro League, 3th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, Victory championships are estimated at 27 championships at the level of all competitions .[2]

At domestic level, the club has won nine Premier League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince's Cups, three Federation Cups and two Saudi Super Cups. At international level, they have won two GCC Champions Leagues and held the impressive feat of pulling a historic Asian double in 1998, by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

HistoryEdit

Beginnings and triumphs (1955–1989)Edit

Al Nassr was established in 1955 by Zeid Bin Mutlaq Al-Ja'ba Al-Dewish Al-Mutairi. 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 the Al-Ja'ba brothers, Ali and Issa Al-Owais were among the first to work 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 Abdul Rahman bin Saud Al Saud became the 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 four 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.

90s 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. As a champion of Asian Super Cup Al-Nasser FC represent 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 to the Competitions (2014–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.

In the 2018–19 season, Al Nassr won the league. As well as making it to the King's Cup semi finals, and the Asian Champions league quarter finals.

In both 2020 and 2021, Al Nassr saw themselves win the Saudi Super Cup In succession, beating Al Taawoun FC 1-1 (5-4p) in 2020, and beating their fierce city rivals, Al Hilal SFC, 3–0.

Crest and colorsEdit

 
Former club 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 Arabian 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.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor
2006–2008 Lotto Al-Jawal
2008–2010 STC
2010–2012 Nike
2012–2013 NFC
2013–2014 Nassrawi.com
2014–2017 Mobily
2017–2018 New Balance None
2018– Victory Etihad Airways

PlayersEdit

As of 31 August 2022[3]

No Position Player Nation
1 GK Amin Bukhari   Saudi Arabia
2 DF Sultan Al-Ghanam   Saudi Arabia
3 DF Abdullah Madu   Saudi Arabia
4 DF Mohammed Al-Fatil   Saudi Arabia
5 DF Abdulelah Al-Amri   Saudi Arabia
7 MF Jaloliddin Masharipov   Uzbekistan
8 MF Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem   Saudi Arabia
9 FW Vincent Aboubakar   Cameroon
10 MF Pity Martínez   Argentina
11 MF Khalid Al-Ghannam   Saudi Arabia
13 DF Ghislain Konan   Ivory Coast
14 MF Sami Al-Najei   Saudi Arabia
16 FW Mohammed Maran   Saudi Arabia
17 MF Abdullah Al-Khaibari   Saudi Arabia
18 MF Luiz Gustavo   Brazil
19 MF Ali Al-Hassan   Saudi Arabia
20 DF Hamad Al Mansour   Saudi Arabia
21 DF Álvaro González   Spain
23 MF Ayman Yahya   Saudi Arabia
24 DF Mansour Al-Shammari   Saudi Arabia
25 GK David Ospina   Colombia
27 DF Majed Qasheesh   Saudi Arabia
29 MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb   Saudi Arabia
30 FW Meshari Al-Nemer   Saudi Arabia
33 GK Waleed Abdullah   Saudi Arabia
44 GK Nawaf Al-Aqidi   Saudi Arabia
45 MF Abdulfattah Asiri   Saudi Arabia
46 MF Abdulaziz Al-Aliwa   Saudi Arabia
55 DF Abdulaziz Al Faraj   Saudi Arabia
59 DF Yousef Haqawi   Saudi Arabia
78 DF Ali Lajami   Saudi Arabia
94 FW Talisca   Brazil

Unregistered playersEdit

No Position Player Nation
50 DF Abdulaziz Al-Alawi   Saudi Arabia
58 DF Aser Hawsawi   Saudi Arabia
DF Mohammed Qassem   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
28 DF Kim Jin-su (on loan to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)   South Korea
52 MF Khalil Al-Absi (on loan to Al-Tai)   Saudi Arabia
53 MF Sultan Al-Anazi (on loan to Al-Qaisumah)   Saudi Arabia
54 MF Basil Al-Sayyali (on loan to Al-Hazem)   Saudi Arabia
57 GK Raed Ozaybi (on loan to Al-Faisaly)   Saudi Arabia
86 DF Nawaf Al-Mutairi (on loan to Al-Orobah)   Saudi Arabia
GK Abdulrahman Al-Shammari (on loan to Najran)   Saudi Arabia
MF Mukhtar Ali (on loan to Al-Tai)   Saudi Arabia
MF Nawaf Al-Osaimi (on loan to Al-Arabi)   Saudi Arabia
FW Abdulfattah Adam (on loan to Abha)   Saudi Arabia

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Miguel Angel Russo
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

Board membersEdit

Office Name
President Masli Al-Muamr
Vice President – There is not yet -
Member of the Board, Executive Director Ahmed Ghamdi
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 and Communication Dept. Abdulrahman Al-Shehri
Member of the Board, Director of Football

Former coachesEdit

Presidential historyEdit

 
Abdul Rahman bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, 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 Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1960 1969
6   Prince Sultan bin Saud 1969 1975
7   Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1975 1997
8   Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1997 2000
9   Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2000 2005
10   Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2005 2006
11   Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman 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.[4] 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.[5][6] On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.[7][8][9]

National titlesEdit

International titlesEdit

RegionalEdit

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

FriendlyEdit

Records and statisticsEdit

League RecordsEdit

Asian RecordEdit

OverviewEdit

As of 26 April 2021
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League 58 27 15 16 84 63
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 14 10 2 2 19 17
Asian Super Cup 2 0 2 0 1 1
TOTAL 74 37 19 18 104 81

Record by countryEdit

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
  Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 066.67
  Iran 17 7 4 6 21 21 +0 041.18
  Japan 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 000.00
  Jordan 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 050.00
  Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
  Kuwait 4 3 0 1 5 5 +0 075.00
  Lebanon 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 075.00
  Qatar 16 5 6 5 21 25 −4 031.25
  Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
  South Korea 4 1 2 1 2 2 +0 025.00
  Thailand 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
  Turkmenistan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
  United Arab Emirates 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 050.00
  Uzbekistan 7 4 3 0 16 6 +10 057.14

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Al-Ansar 2–1 2–1 4−2
QF   Kazma 2–1 1–0 3−1
SF   Al-Ramtha 2–1 1–0 3−1
Final   Nissan 1–1 0–5 1−6
1995 Asian Club Championship 2R   Yelimay Semipalatinsk 1–0 3−0[A] 4−0
QF   Al-Arabi
2–1
1st
  Saipa
0–0
  Köpetdag Aşgabat
1–0
SF   Thai Farmers Bank
1–0
1–0
Final   Ilhwa Chunma
0–1
0–1
1996–97 Asian Club Championship 1R   Sharjah
w/o[B]
2R   Al-Nejmeh 4–0 0−1 4−1
QF   Al-Rayyan
1–2
3rd
  Persepolis
3–2
  Al-Zawraa
0–0
1997–98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R   Al-Shabab
w/o[C]
QF   Al-Ittihad 0–0 3–2 3−2
SF   Köpetdag Aşgabat
2–1
2−1
Final   Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1–0
1−0
1998 Asian Super Cup Final   Pohang Steelers 0–0 1–1 1−1 (a)
1998–99 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R   Kazma 2–1 0–3 2−4
2011 AFC Champions League Group B   Pakhtakor 4–0 2−2 2nd
  Esteghlal 2–1 1−2
  Al-Sadd 1–1 0−1
R16   Zob Ahan 1−4 1−4
2015 AFC Champions League Group A   Bunyodkor 1–1 1−0 3rd
  Lekhwiya 1–3 1−1
  Persepolis 3–0 0−1
2016 AFC Champions League Group B   Bunyodkor 3–3 1−0 3rd
  Lekhwiya 1–1 0−4
  Zob Ahan 0–3 0−3
2019 AFC Champions League PO   AGMK 4–0 4–0
Group A   Al-Wasl 3–1 0−1 2nd
  Zob Ahan 2–3 0−0
  Al-Zawraa 4–1 2−1
R16   Al-Wahda 1−1 3−2 4–3
QF   Al-Sadd 2−1 1−3 3–4
2020 AFC Champions League Group D   Al-Sadd 2–2 1–1 1st
  Al-Ain 0−1 2−1
  Sepahan 2−0 2−0
R16   Al-Taawoun 1−0 1–0
QF   Al-Ahli 2−0 2–0
SF   Persepolis 1–1 (3–5 p) 1–1 (3–5 p)
2021 AFC Champions League Group D   Al-Wehdat 1–2 0–0 1st
  Al-Sadd 3−1 2–1
  Foolad 2−0 1−1
R16   Tractor 1−0 1–0
QF   Al Wahda 5–1 5–1
SF   Al Hilal 1–2 1–2

Key: PO – Play-off round; 1R/2R – First/Second round; R16 – Round of 16; QF – Quarter-final; SF – Semi-final;

Notes
  • ^
    Yelimay Semipalatinsk withdrew after the 1st leg.
  • ^
    Al-Sharjah withdrew.
  • ^
    Al-Shabab withdrew.
  • Top scorers in Asian competitionsEdit

    Player Country Goals
    1 Abderrazak Hamdallah   Morocco 15
    2 Giuliano   Brazil 8
    3 Fahad Al-Huraifi   Saudi Arabia 7
    4 Ohene Kennedy   Ghana 5
    Bader Al-Mutawa   Kuwait
    6 Waleed Al-Torair   Saudi Arabia 4

    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.[6]

    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-Bishi   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-Bishi   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   Mansoor Al-Qahtani
    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   Fahad Al-Bishi
    10   Fuad Amin
    14   Nassib 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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    2. ^ "Al Nassr FC Trophies". Al Nassr FC. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
    3. ^ "كووورة: الموقع العربي الرياضي الأول". www.kooora.com.
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    5. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup 2000". FIFA. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
    6. ^ a b Pierrend, José. "FIFA Awards". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
    7. ^ Halchuk, Stephen. "Asian Champions' Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
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