Al Nassr Football Club (Arabic: نادي النصر السعودي; Naṣr meaning Victory) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Riyadh. Formed in 1955, the club plays its home games at the Al-Awwal Park. Their home colors are yellow and blue.

Al Nassr FC
Full nameAl Nassr Football Club
Nickname(s)Al-Alami (The Global One)
Faris Najd (Knights of Najd)
Founded24 October 1955; 67 years ago (1955-10-24)[1]
GroundAl-Awwal Park
OwnerPublic Investment Fund (75%)
Al Nassr Non-Profit Foundation (25%)[2]
PresidentMusalli Al-Muammar
Head coachLuís Castro
LeaguePro League
2022–23Pro League, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Al Nassr active departments




Al Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, with 28 official trophies.[3] At the domestic level, the club has won nine Pro League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince's Cups, three Federation Cups, and two Saudi Super Cups. At international level, they have earned a historic Asian double in 1998 by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and the Asian Super Cup, and won the Arab Club Champions Cup in 2023. Al Nassr has also won two GCC Club Cup titles.

History Edit

Beginnings and triumphs (1955–1989) Edit

Al Nassr was established in 1955 by the Al-Ja’ba brothers. 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 Al-Owais. Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud Al Saud became the head of Al Nassr, he spent more than 39 years as the president for 3 stints till his death. His love of the team made him accept the challenge of being the president of a second division club and turning it to a champion and for that reason he is known as Al Nassr's Godfather. 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 Cups. 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.

The End of Abdul Majeed Era (1989–2000) Edit

In the 1990s, Al Nassr managed to win two further Saudi Premier League titles in 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 season, 1990 King's Cup and 1997-1998 Federation Cup. Towards the end of Majeed Abdullah's career, he still wasn't able to lift the ultimate prize in UAFA region; the Arab Club Champions Cup while the other top clubs in Saudi already succeeded in doing this. Despite that, AFC Al Nassr managed triumph in the continental tournaments. 37 Years old striker Majeed Abdullah at the time managed to win two GCC Club Cups, one Asian Cup Winners' Cup and one Asian Super Cup. Majed Abdullah announced his retirement on 12 April 1998 following Al-Nassr's win in the 1998 Asian Cup Winner's Cup against Suwon Samsung Bluewings from South Korea in front of 70,000 fans in Riyadh. Majed retired at 39 years old as the all-time top scorer of the Saudi League with 189 goals and is also Al-Nassr's all-time top scorer with 260 goals. A record that was considered untouchable until the coming of Abderrazak Hamdallah

After becoming champion of Asian Super Cup, Al Nassr were eligible to represent AFC region in the first FIFA Club World Cup Brazil 2000. In that championship 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.

Slow Decline (2001–2007) Edit

After the Golden Trio's retirement, Al Nassr fresh squad at the time made an impressive performance during the first run in FIFA Club World Cup. The Club then went on to sign some internationally recognized players, such as Ivory Coast Fadel Keïta and former Barcelona Attacking Middlefielder Julio César Baldivieso.

Despite the expensive signing at the time, Al Nassr failed to keep their position in the league and soon got into some major setbacks. Things got worse as the next season went by. In 2006–07, the club only managed to avoid relegation on their last day of the season, which prompted honorary members including the legendary Majed Abdullah to intervene for the club. Their plan was to begin an effective long-term plan to restructure the new management.

Recent resurgence (2008–2015) Edit

After a major overhaul of playing staff, Al Nassr went on to win the Federation Cup 2008 against city rivals, Al-Hilal. On the next season Al Nassr went on record breaking transfer by signing young Al Sahlawi from Al Qadsiah in 2009 with SR32 million ($8 million) fee, breaking Yasser Al-Qahtani record from Al Hilal with the same team as Sahlawi. Yasser record transfer are $2,5 million fee, he is also regarded as the best player of Asia defeating Nashat Akram and Younis Mahmoud whose national team clinching victory at 2007 Asian Cup.

Newly reformed Al Nassr put lot of hope in their young striker shoulder. In his first season with Al-Nassr, Al-Sahlawi scored 21 goals in 36 matches and received the Young Player of the Year award from STC. But the club only finished third in 2009–10. Despite that, Al Nassr are elegible at securing its place in Asian Champions League football for the following season.

Bader Al-Mutawa finest hours Edit

The first match of Al Nassr in 2011 Asia Champions League are against Pakhtakor FK in which resulted in 2-2 with loaned player from Kuwaiti club Bader Al-Mutawa scoring decisive goal and he is also part of Kuwaiti military. In the second match against Esteghlal, Al Nassr managed to secure their first 3+ point by defeating them 2-1 with Hussein Abdulghani scoring. The third match, Al Nassr saw defeat by Al Sadd with them scoring 1 goal by Lee Jung-Soo.

Once again Al Nassr are pitted against Al Sadd from Qatar with Abdulghani clutching 1 goal to force the draw result. In fifth match however, Al Nassr secure big victory against Pakhtakor with Saud Hamood and Sahlawi each scoring 1 goal, while the Kuwaiti soldier score his 2 goal. In the final group stage, Al Nassr are beaten by Esteghlal 2-1 and Bader score for the club again. Al Nassr narrowly avoid elimination by getting 2nd position in group chart.

In the round of sixteen however, Al Nassr dream to win continental again since the time of Majeed Abdullah perish when Zob Ahan defeat Al Nassr 4-1 with Bader once again listing his name in goal chart. Shortly after the continental campaign was over, Bader choose to depart back to Kuwait to return into his club and resume military duties. In his short time in Al Nassr, he managed to make a good record by securing 5 goal, one of the top ten most scorer on AFC 2011 year. The main young expensive striker of the club only capable to make 1.

2011 to 2015 Season Edit

In 2011–12, Al Nassr saw itself on the King Cup's only to be beaten by their rival, Al Hilal 2-0 and fail to qualify in Asia Champions League 2012. In 2012–13 season, Al Nassr coach from Colombia, Francisco Maturana aim for the club to become the Saudi giant it once was. Once again Al Nassr are denied to become champion where in the final of Crown Prince Cup match, Al-Hilal defeat them on penalties shootout.

In 2013–14 season, the club coach are replaced with Jose Daniel Carreno. Al Nassr then went on with 22 longest streak win without defeat and almost becoming second club in Saudi that managed to get treble by winning against city rivals Al-Hilal in both league and Crown Prince cups. Securing their place for the 2015 AFC Champions League following the astonishing accomplishment.

The Age of the 3 Strikers (2015–2022) Edit

2010s mark grow spurth of football in most of Asian country both in league quality and its national team. AFC Champion League also starting to spark interest among football enthusiast worlwide.

In the 2014–15 season, Al Nassr continued to defend the title as holding champion, by winning the league. However the team keep failing to get their treble after losing in the King's Cup final, as well as only reaching the Crown Prince's semi-final. The identity of a Asian Giant Club returning as champion it once was are still far under their grasp. Many fans feel let down by their club after losing in group stage of AFC Champions League against Bunyodkor from Uzbekistan, Al Duhail and Persepolis.

Al Sahlawi, who are 27 years old at that time only able to score 25 goal out of his 37 appearance that season. For these reason, the coach are replaced by profilic former goalkeeper from Colombia, Rene Higuita. Even with the Trickster training the team, Al Nassr still fail to break through AFC Chanpions League. After defeated by Al Duhail and Zob Ahan even though Al Nassr finally defeat their opponent in which they are losing from previous championship, Bunyodkor back to back.

The start of 2016-2017 season mark the transfers of two Croatian player into the club such as Ivan Tomecak and Marin Tomasov are loaned to Al Nassr. Abdullah Madu the new center-back at that time also start to play in the club. In this season however, the club only get 3rd position in Roshn Saudi League, behind their El Classico rival Al Ahli and city rival Al Hilal.

On that season Al Nassr only reaching runner up in Crown Prince Cup again defeated by Al Hilal and Al Ahli in the final of Kings Cup. Al Nassr failed to qualify for AFC Champions League 2017 and AFC Champions League 2018. In 2015-2016 season, Sahlawi score 10 goals out of his 29 appearance, in the season 2016-2017, Sahlawi only score 11 goals out of his 27 appearance and for the next season 12 goals from 24 appearance. Sahlawi score 33 goal in span of 3 years.

Al Nassr coach Gustavo Quinteros from Bolivia, decided to sign Wingback Sultan Al Ghannam on 12 march 2018 in free transfer by Al Faisaly, Ghannam quickly prove his talent by becoming key player for defense and offense also the most notable one. The club also signed arguably the two best Moroccan Player at the time, Abderrazek Hamdallah and Nordin Amrabat. Both of them joined in the Saudi Professional League on 16 July and 23 August 2018. Hamdallah once play for Aalesund FK in Norwegian League and Guangzhou R&F in Chinese League.

The nicknamed executioner prove himself to be a menace when he made his debut against Al Qadsiah FC, he made two assists. In his second match, he scored his first goal for the club against Al Taawoun FC after that time, Sahlawi position as club favorite striker began to slowly shifted into Hamdallah as the former Chinese League star player adapt with his teammates. April 2019 Hamdallah already had scored 100 league goals even though he joined in Saudi League just one year prior. The Morrocan Forward broke the record since the league became professional in 2007 and carrying his team to qualify for 2019 AFC Champions League by defeating FK AGMK Olmaliq.

In the 2019 AFC Champions League, Al Nassr managed to secure 2nd position just below Zob Ahan and advancing past round of sixteen with Hamdallah scoring. In the quarter final Al Nassr defeated by Al Sadd with that club scoring 4 in 2 leg while Al Nassr only managed to score three. Hamdallah score 4 goal for his club in the 2019 AFC Champions League.

Despite the bad start due to a previous ankle injury for the league, Hamadallah was able to end his first season in the Saudi Professional League as the top scorer after impressively scoring 68 goals. By this time, Hamdalllah completely replace Sahlawi as the main striker.

In the 2018–19 Season he won league title with his team. He scored a record of 34 goals with his teammate Nordin Amrabat. He scored in the final match against Al Batin. On 3 January 2019, Hamdallah scored his first hat-trick for the club against Al Jandal SC in Round of 64 in the 2019 King Cup.

10 days later, he scored a super hat-trick against Al Ansar FC. He scored consecutive super hat-trick against Al-Fayha FC in the Round of 16. On 27 April 2019, Hamdallah scored a double in a 4–2 loss in the semi-final against Al Ittihad of the 2019 King Cup. By the end of 2019, Hamdallah managed to beat several stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi as the world's top scorer after reaching 57 club goals. Al Sahlawi also leaving the club for Al-Shabab.

On 4 January 2020, Hamdallah scored in a 1–1 draw against Al Taawoun FC to win the 2019 Saudi Super Cup. On 30 January 2021, Hamdallah scored in a 3–0 victory against Al Hilal SFC to win the 2020 Saudi Super Cup.

2020 AFC Champions League Campaign Edit

Al Nassr are eligible to join 2020 AFC Champions after winning one of the domestic cup and the league. As the Nassrawi enter the Group Stage, Al Nassr equalize 2–2 draw against Al Sadd SC from Qatar with Hamdallah scoring one of the 2 goal. In the next match against Al Ain from UAE Hamdallah scored again out of 2 goal. In the third match, Hamdallah scored double in a 2–0 win against Sepahan S.C and in the next consecutive match against the same team, Hamdallah scored again and giving assist to his fullback teammate Abdullah Madu.

In the later match however Al Sadd SC force the team to draw and concede loss afterwards due to opponent forward Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba single goal from Al Ain. After reaching knockout stage in the round of sixteen, Hamdallah scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory against Al Taawoun FC and the club dance to the next stage. Al Nassr meet their old rival, Al Ahli in the quarter finals of AFC Champions league. Riyadh and Jeddah Club have long history of rivalry. Al Nassr win in their El Classico after Gonzalo Nicolas Martines and Abdulfatah Asiri each score goal with Hamdallah creating key moment for both to score.

Al Nassr however lost in the semi-finals in after a dramatic penalty shootout against Persepolis F.C. ending their dream of lifting Asian Champions League cup, despite that Hamdallah managed to lift the Asian Champions League golden boot despite tying with Junior Negrao with 7 goals due to more assist. However the manager are dissatisfied with Hamdallah performance.

2021-2022 Season and Key Role of Talisca Edit

Al Nassr FC officially terminate Hamdallah contract on 23 November 2020, however Hamdallah are still allowed to play for his remaining time at club. Al Nassr went on to scout for the suitable club executioner replacement in which at the same time, many European player who previously sign for the Chinese league quitting due to outrageous policy for foreign player. Its seen by many others Asian Club from different countres as a golden opportunity to snatch talented player for cheap price.

Before joining Al Nassr, Talisca is the winner of 2019 Chinese Super League for his club Guangzhou Evergrande. 27 Years old striker officialy joined Al Nassr on 17 May 2021 with reported transfer fee of $9.5 Million. On 8 june 2021, Vincent Aboubakar player from Cameroon national team sign for Al Nassr with reported transfer fee of $6 Million. Both of new top player will play after the leg 2 of the Saudi league season started.

Talisca dan Vincent Aboubakar made their debut in match against Damac FC on 13 August 2021 in which Aboubakar, Talisca and Hamdallah each score 1 out of 4-1 victory. On the next match Talisca score sole goal against Al Faisaly which further solidified Talisca role for the club next matches. Hamdallah played his final match for the club in a 1–0 loss against Ettifaq FC in which Filip Kiss from Slovakia clinch the victory for his team.

Jalolidin Masharipov, who are previously loaned to Shabab Al Ahli from UAE are returned to Al Nassr. The Uzbekistan national team Midfielder started his appearance on 0-1 victory against Al Fateh on 1 January 2022. Despite the team best effort under leadership of Miguel Ángel Russo the team still dont manage to lift a singgle trophy on the season. For this reason the coach position are replaced by Rudi Garcia.

Rudi implement a major overhaul and sign some new players, including profillic Villareal Fullback Alvaro Gonzalez Soberon, who at the time are free agent. With strong set of players, the coach are aiming for domestic treble, which so far only Ettifaq FC who are doing so. Talisca score his first hat-trick for the club in league match, helping his side to a 4–1 away league victory against Al-Raed and he become League top scorer before Christiano Ronaldo arrival.

Cristiano Ronaldo era (2023–present) Edit

Ronaldo (left) captaining Al Nassr in 2023
Ronaldo (left) playing for Al Nassr against Persepolis in 2023
Al Nassr supporters in a match against Al Raed

On 30 December 2022, Al Nassr signed Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese player left Manchester United by mutual agreement. Ronaldo's contract runs for two-and-a-half years until summer 2025, with a total salary of €200 million per year, thought to be the highest ever paid to a professional footballer. He made an immediate impact on the global following of the club, with their Instagram account growing from 860,000 followers before his move to over 10 million followers less than a week later.[4] Al Nassr finished in second place in the 2022–23 season.

Ronaldo's impact in Saudi Arabia helped the club sign players like Sadio Mané and Marcelo Brozović ahead of the 2023–24 season, and saw many other players like Neymar, Karim Benzema and N'Golo Kanté join the league.

2023 Arab Club Champions Cup Edit

Arab Club Champions Cup are one of top prestigous tournament in North Africa, East Africa and Middle East region. For a long time, players from the club longing to lift the cup 40 years after its creation including the club legend Majeed Abdullah who in his prime and later years dont have much success in doing so. Most of the winner from 2000s era are from Africa Club.

On 28 July 2023, just one day after Al Nassr finished their Japan World Tour in a friendly match against Inter Milan, Al Nassr main squad that are weary from their last match and journey facing their opponent, Al Shabab in group stage of Arab Club Champions Cup which resulted in a draw. Al Nassr success came later when facing US Monastir in which Ronaldo scored a goal from total of 4. In the final match in the group stage against Zamalek from Egypt, Ronaldo managed to equalize in the last minute securing the club place on the next stage.

On 6 August 2023, Al Nassr faced Raja Casablanca defending champion in the first knockout game, in which they won 3–1 to reach the next round. In the semifinal on 9 August 2023, Ronaldo secured the club position in the final for the first time in the championship history after scoring penalty against Al Shorta from Iraq.

On 12 August 2023, the Arab Club Champions Cup final was played. Even though Ronaldo was injured in the match, Al Nassr managed to secure their victory in their run of the tournament with Ronaldo scoring 2 goals to come back against Al Hilal in the final. Ronaldo was the top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals and won the golden boot while Nawaf Al-Aqidi won the golden glove.

Crest and colors Edit

Al Nassr (Arabic: النصر) 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 sand of the Arabian deserts and blue for the water in the Arabian Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. Recently the old logo has been replaced by a "modernised" 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 sponsors Edit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor
1989–1990 Duarig None
1997–2001 Nike None
2006–2008 Lotto Al-Jawal
2008–2010 STC
2010–2012 Nike
2012–2013 NFC
2014–2017 Mobily
2017–2018 New Balance None
2018–2021 Victory Etihad Airways
2021–2022 Lebara
2022–2023 Duneus Shurfah
2023– Nike KAFD

Players Edit

First-team squad Edit

As of 9 September 2023[5]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   KSA Sultan Al-Ghannam
3 DF   KSA Abdullah Madu
4 DF   KSA Mohammed Al-Fatil
5 DF   KSA Abdulelah Al-Amri
6 MF   CIV Seko Fofana
7 FW   POR Cristiano Ronaldo (captain)
8 MF   KSA Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem
10 FW   SEN Sadio Mané (vice-captain)
11 MF   KSA Khalid Al-Ghannam
12 DF   KSA Nawaf Boushal
14 MF   KSA Sami Al-Najei
15 DF   BRA Alex Telles
16 FW   KSA Mohammed Maran
17 MF   KSA Abdullah Al-Khaibari
19 MF   KSA Ali Al-Hassan
23 MF   KSA Ayman Yahya
24 DF   KSA Mohammed Qassem
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 MF   POR Otávio
27 DF   ESP Aymeric Laporte
29 MF   KSA Abdulrahman Ghareeb
30 FW   KSA Meshari Al-Nemer
31 MF   KSA Mohammed Sahlouli
33 GK   KSA Waleed Abdullah
36 GK   KSA Raghed Al-Najjar
41 GK   KSA Mohammed Al-Otaibi
44 GK   KSA Nawaf Al-Aqidi
46 MF   KSA Abdulaziz Al-Elewai
55 DF   KSA Abdulaziz Al-Faraj
66 DF   KSA Waleed Saber
69 DF   KSA Marzouq Tambakti
77 MF   CRO Marcelo Brozović
78 DF   KSA Ali Lajami
94 MF   BRA Talisca

Unregistered players Edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
53 MF   KSA Sultan Al-Anazi
57 FW   KSA Muhannad Barah
58 DF   KSA Aser Hawsawi
No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   COL David Ospina
MF   KSA Fahad Al-Taleb
MF   KSA Khalid Haqawi

Out on loan Edit

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   KSA Amin Bukhari (on loan to Al-Ettifaq)
13 DF   CIV Ghislain Konan (on loan to Al-Fayha)
20 DF   KSA Hamad Al Mansour (on loan to Al-Okhdood)
21 MF   KSA Mukhtar Ali (on loan to Al-Fateh)
No. Pos. Nation Player
42 DF   KSA Mansour Al-Shammari (on loan to Al-Hazem)
56 FW   KSA Fahad Al-Zubaidi (on loan to Al-Orobah)
59 DF   KSA Yousef Haqawi (on loan to Al-Fayha)
DF   KSA Majed Qasheesh (on loan to Al-Hazem)

Personnel Edit

Current technical staff Edit

Position Name
Head Coach   Luís Castro
Assistant Coach   Dzemal Adilji
Assistant Coach   João Brandão
Assistant Coach   Vítor Severino
Goalkeeping Coach   Daniel Correia
Rehab Coach   Hugo Camarero
Youth Coach   Ivan Matić
Director of Football   Guido Fienga
Sporting Director   Goran Vučević
Sporting Director   Marcelo Salazar
Development Coach   Nuno Batista

Board members Edit

Office Name
President Musalli Al-Muammar
Member of the Board, Executive Director Ahmed Ghamdi
Member of the Board, Secretary-General Mohammed Al-Musbil
Member of the Board, Treasurer Mohammed Al-Shanifi
Member of the Board Mohammed 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

Former coaches Edit

Presidential history Edit

Abdul Rahman bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Al Nassr president for more than 39 years.
No Name From To
1   Zeid Al-Ja'ba 1955 1956
2   Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed 1956 1960
3   Mohammed Asaad Al-Wehaibi 1960 1960
4   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
13   Musalli Al-Muammar 2018  

Honours Edit

Al Nassr have won a combined total of 28 championships. The club holds various domestic and international records.[6] 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.[7][8] On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.[9][10][11]

National titles Edit

Continental titles Edit

Regional titles Edit

Records and statistics Edit

League records Edit

Asian record Edit

Overview Edit

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

Matches Edit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Al-Ansar 2–1 2–1 4−2
QF   Kazma 1–0 3−1
SF   Al-Ramtha 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
  Köpetdag Aşgabat
SF   Thai Farmers Bank 1–0
Final   Ilhwa Chunma
1996–97 1R   Sharjah
2R   Al-Nejmeh 4–0 0−1 4−1
QF   Al-Rayyan
1997–98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R   Al-Shabab
QF   Al-Ittihad 0–0 3–2 3−2
SF   Köpetdag Aşgabat
Final   Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1998 Asian Super Cup   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 Group A   Bunyodkor 1–1 1−0 3rd
  Lekhwiya 1–3 1−1
  Persepolis 3–0 0−1
2016 Group B   Bunyodkor 3–3 1−0 3rd
  Lekhwiya 1–1 0−4
  Zob Ahan 0–3 0−3
2019 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 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 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;

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

    Player Country Goals
    1 Abderrazak Hamdallah   Morocco 16
    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 records Edit

    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 Club Cup 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 Cup Edit

    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.[8]

    Al Nassr were drawn in Group A along with Corinthians (tournament champion), Real Madrid, and Raja Casablanca.

    Al Nassr results Edit
    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 standings Edit
    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 squad Edit
    Number Player
    1   Mansoor Al-Qahtani
    22   Mohammed Al-Khojali
    9   Mohamed Shareefy
    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
    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
    7   Fahad Al-Mehallel
    11   Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan
    13   Ahmed Bahja
    15   Nahar Al Dhaferi
    19   Moussa Saïb
        Milan Živadinović

    Notable players Edit

    Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

    See also Edit

    References Edit

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