Al Sadd Sports Club (Arabic: نادي السد الرياضي, lit.'Dam Sports Club') is a Qatari sports club based in the Al Sadd district of the city of Doha. It is best known for its association football team, which competes in the top level of Qatari football, the Qatar Stars League. Locally, it is known primarily by the nickname "Al Zaeem", which translates to "The Boss". It is known as the best team in Qatar and is the only Qatari team that has won the AFC Champions League in Asia. In addition to football, the club has teams for handball, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and athletics.[1] It is the most successful sports club in the country, and holds a national record of 57 official football championships.[2]

Al Sadd SC
Logo of Al Sadd 2020.png
Full nameAl Sadd Sports Club
Nickname(s)Al Zaeem (The Boss)
Al Dheeb (The Wolf)
Malik Al Qulub (King of Hearts)
Short nameSAD
Founded21 October 1969 (52 years ago) (1969-10-21)
GroundJassim bin Hamad Stadium
ChairmanMohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani
ManagerJuanma Lillo
LeagueQatar Stars League
2021–22Qatar Stars League, 1st (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The origin of Al Sadd's conception began with Al-Attiyah students who excelled in football, but did not wish to join any of the existing football clubs. After consulting with the minister of Youth and Sports, the Al-Attiyah family decided to make a profound Qatari team called alsadd. Namely, Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, founded the club on 21 October 1969 in Qatar's capital city, He called it Alsadd because he was born and raised there.

In the 1989 season, they became the first Arab club side to triumph in the Asian Club Championship by defeating Al Rasheed of Iraq on an aggregate of away goals. Twenty-two years later, they won the 2011 Asian Champions League and earned a spot in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, in which Al Sadd finished third. They also earned a spot in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup automatically as host club, in which Al Sadd finished sixth.


1969–1980: Foundation and beginningsEdit

Al Sadd was established by 11 high school students who excelled in playing football, with the oldest member being 17 years old. They refused to join other clubs at the time and decided to make their own club. Four of them consulted with Sheikh Qassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who was the minister of Youth and Sports at the time. He obliged their request, resulting in the formation of Al Sadd Sports Club. Many of the early players and supporters were remnants of Al Ahrar SC, a club which was dissolved in the 1966/67 season. In their initial year of establishment, the father of one of the founders, Hamad bin Mubarak Al Attiyah, coached the club and the team trained on a football pitch in a local high school.[3]

Badr Bilal played for the club from 1979 to 1991.

The club won the first ever league title in 1971–72. However, this was one year before the league was officially recognized. Thus, they won their first official QSL title in 1973–74. Sadd, along with Al Arabi and Al Rayyan, went on to dominate Qatari football in the 70s and the 80s by winning many Qatari League trophies and Emir Cups. Youssef Saad, a Sudanese forward who played for the club since its inception, was the first ever professional player to officially join the ranks of Al Sadd.[4] In 1974, while Al Sadd was still in its infancy, they dubiously transferred 14 players, including Mubarak Anber and Hassan Mattar, and head coach Hassan Othman from Al Esteqlal (later to be known as Qatar SC), much to the dismay of club président Hamad bin Suhaim. Transfers could be made unconditionally during this time, meaning Esteqlal's protests were in vain. This was a major factor in them winning their first cup championship the next year in 1975. They defeated Al Ahli 4–3 in a tightly contested match under the leadership of Hassan Osman in order to claim the Emir Cup. Their goals came from Youssef Saad, who scored a brace, and Ali Bahzad and Abdullah Zaini. Till this day, it is the joint-largest score in an Emir Cup final match.[5]

They won the first ever Sheikh Jassim Cup held in 1977–78, as well as winning it two more times in the next two years. In 1978–79, the club succeeded in achieving their first domestic double by winning both, the Sheikh Jassim Cup and the league, accomplishing the same feat the next season.

1980–2000: First international successEdit

In the 1981–82, they won the Emir Cup and Sheikh Jassim Cup, once again under the reigns of Hassan Osman. During this period, Badr Bilal and Hassan Mattar, both of whom were top scorers in the league at one point, led the team to victories in both of the finals. Al Sadd also succeeded in setting an Emir Cup record by defeating Al-Shamal SC 16–2, the largest recorded win in the history of the tournament. They nearly completed a domestic triple in 1987, but lost 2–0 to Al Ahli in the Emir Cup final that year.[5]

They were the first team to play against English side Cheadle Town on their home grounds, Park Road Stadium, under the leadership of Jimmy Meadows in 1982. They were victorious by a 4–1 margin.[6]

Al Sadd won their Champions League debut in 1988 (then known as Asian Club Championship), where they secured the top position in their group. They faced Al-Rasheed of Iraq in the final, defeating them on away goals, thus fending the Iraqis off in order to claim the title of the first Arab team to ever win the championship. The victorious team was largely made up locals, with the exception of Lebanese Wassef Soufi and Iranian Amir Ghalenoii, who did not participate in the final due to the Iran–Iraq War.[7] In addition to winning the Asian Champions League, they won the Sheikh Jassim Cup and the league on that year. They were the first team to play in Iran after the Iran–Iraq War, losing 1–0 to Esteghlal in an ACC match in 1991.[7] The 1990s were a lean phase for Al Sadd, regarding the league. They could not win even one league championship during that period. However, they did manage to open their account in the Heir Apparent Trophy and also won the Gulf Club Champions Cup in 1991.

2000–2010: New century, new possibilitiesEdit

The new millennium opened up a new era for Al Sadd. They returned to winning ways in the Qatari League, won many Emir Cups and Heir Apparent trophies. They also managed a triple crown in regional football by winning the Arab Champions League in 2001.

Fossati helped the club achieve a domestic quadruple.

They recorded the largest-ever win in the Sheikh Jassim Cup in 2006, when they defeated Muaither 21–0.

In 2007, under the command of Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati, they achieved a quadruple by winning all four domestic cups. They were the first Qatari team to do so, and had also set a league record for the highest winning streak by winning 10 leagues games in a row.[8] In addition, they made a record signing in Qatari football by paying $22 million for the Argentinian Mauro Zárate the same year. In 2010, they were the second team to ever win the QNB Cup by defeating Umm Salal in the final.

2010–2012: Second Fossatti eraEdit

Al Sadd was placed in the qualifying play-offs of the 2011 Champions League, courtesy of the disqualification of Vietnamese teams due to the non-submission of documents. They beat Al-Ittihad of Syria and Indian club, Dempo SC, 5–1[9] and 2–0 respectively, to acquire a spot in the group stage. Al Sadd, who were the definite underdogs, overcame the odds and topped their group to play against Al-Shabab, whom they beat 1–0.

The quarter-final against Sepahan would mark the first sign of controversy for the club. Sepahan had initially won the first-leg match against Al Sadd 1–0; however, after the match, Al Sadd lodged a formal complaint to the AFC as Sepahan had fielded an ineligible player, Rahman Ahmadi, who previously received two yellow cards in the tournament with his former club. The match was overturned 3–0 in favor of Al Sadd, virtually ensuring the club a place in the semi-finals.[10]

They later faced Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a highly publicized semi-final. Suwon were favorites to win after knocking last year's runners-up, Zob Ahan, out of the running. The first-leg match was played in Suwon, South Korea. In the 70th minute of the match, Mamadou Niang of Al Sadd had a deflected shot veer past the goalkeeper, settling the score 1–0. Ten minutes later, a Suwon player was inadvertently kicked in the head by an Al Sadd defender, prompting Suwon to kick the ball out of play. While the injured Suwon player was being tended to, Niang sprinted past the keeper to score a second goal, infuriating the Suwon players. The chaos was elevated when a Suwon fan had run onto the pitch, sparking a mass melee which involved both coaching staff and players. After the fight was brought to a halt, the referee sent off a player from each team while Niang later got a red card and Al Sadd's Korean defender Lee Jung-soo had walked off the pitch in frustration.[11]

The melee prompted official investigation from the AFC, who suspended three players from both teams for six games.[12] Al Sadd lost the second leg 1–0, though this allowed them to advance to the final with a 2–1 aggregate to face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Al Sadd later received the nickname "Al-Badd" from the Korean media as a result of their semi-final confrontations.[13]

Al Sadd celebrate after winning 2011 AFC Champions League.

They won the 2011 AFC Champions League Final against Jeonbuk, 4–2 on penalties.[14][15] This earned them a spot in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

To date, this is the best result achieved by a Qatari team in the AFC Champions League under its new format. Al Sadd also became the first team to reach the AFC Champions League knockout stage after starting their campaign in the play-offs in February.[16] Furthermore, Al Sadd was crowned "AFC Club of the Year" in 2011 by AFC after their Champions League conquest. Championship 2011 in honor of the club's owner changed the team logo and stars to commemorate the AFC Champions League 1988.2011 was etched on the shirt Wolves.[17]

During the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, Al Sadd were eliminated in the semi-final stage by Barcelona, which set up a third-place meeting between them and Kashiwa Reysol. This was the first time two clubs from the same confederation faced off each other in a third-place match. Al Sadd won the encounter on penalties in order to be the first West Asian club to claim the bronze medal in the FIFA Club World Cup.[18]

2012–present: Post-ACL championsEdit

After the departure of Fossati, former Al-Sadd midfielder Hussein Amotta was named as the new coach in May 2012. The Moroccan had finished as the Qatar League top scorer during his four-year stay at the club from 1997 to 2001. He was working as the club's technical director prior to being promoted to the top job.[19]

Just days before Amouta's appointment, Al-Sadd announced the high-profile signing of former Real Madrid captain Raúl, who arrived on a free transfer from Schalke 04.[20]

Managed by Amouta and led by new captain Raúl, Al Sadd set a league record for the best start to the league season ever by winning all of their first nine games, shattering the previous record set by Al Gharafa, who had won seven.[8] The team went on to break Lekhwiya's two-year dominance by winning the 2012–13 Qatar Stars League title, five years after their last triumph in the competition.[21]

Al-Sadd faltered in the next two seasons, however, finishing third and second in 2013–14 and 2014–15 respectively, as Lekhwiya returned to win back-to-back titles once again. In 2015, Al-Sadd achieved the coup of signing Barcelona's storied Spanish international Xavi.[22] In 2019 he ended his career as a professional player at the club to start there his career as football manager.

With Qatar as host of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup when announced by the FIFA Council on 3 June 2019, Al Sadd SC automatically qualified as the host club team.

With Xavi as manager, Al-Sadd won six cups and one championship title between 2019 and 2021.

Stadium and facilitiesEdit

Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium

Home matches are played in the state-of-the-art (football-specific) Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (also known as Al Sadd Stadium), with a capacity which adds up to 18,000, including VIP stands.[23] The stadium, originally built in 1974, was renovated in 2004 for the Gulf Cup. Situated near central Doha, the venue attracts large numbers of spectators. It is the de facto home stadium of the Qatar national football team.[24]

Jassim Bin Hamad is a very distinct stadium in the Middle East because of its unique features, such as the cooling system which is implemented.[25]

Stadium Period
Tariq bin Zayed Stadium[3] 1969–1975
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium 1975–present

Colours and crestEdit

Among Al Sadd's most popular nicknames are Al Zaeem (The Boss) and Al Dheeb (The Wolf). From the foundation of the club, the common home kit includes a white shirt, black or white shorts, and white socks. White and black colours are also seen in the crest. The away kit of the club is associated with a black background. Pink was adopted as the club's primary colour for their third uniform in 2007.[26]

Their first crest was designed in Lebanon in 1969, and was similar to other football clubs in the region, in the sense that it depicted a football with Arabic writing on it.[27] This crest was an hommage to former football club Al Ahrar. Originally, the club wanted to use the same crest as Al Ahrar, but this idea was rejected by the QFA.[3] A second crest was designed in the eighties, and was designed by the founder of the club, Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali. It was used until 1999, the year in which their third crest was designed, also by Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali, in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the founding of the club. Following their impressive AFC Champions League campaign in 2011, the logo was modified and released in June 2012 to include two golden stars on the top to mark the two Asian titles of 1989 and 2011.[27]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
–2016   Burrda Vodafone
2017–2022   Puma Qatar Airways
2022–present   New Balance Qatar Airways

International club twinningsEdit

Country Club From Ref.
  Al Hilal 2010 [28]
  Zamalek 2012 [29]
  Al Hilal 2014 [30]
  Schalke 04 2015 [31]
  Trabzonspor 2017 [32]

Youth developmentEdit

The club hosts numerous age brackets with a number of youth coaches. Many notable local footballers have graduated from Al Sadd's academy, including Jafal Al Kuwari, Khalid Salman, Hassan Al-Haydos, and 2006 Asian Footballer of the Year, Khalfan Ibrahim, who is the first Qatari to receive this award. There have been foreign graduates as well, such as UAE's Mutaz Abdulla. They have a youth development programme, which instills philosophies and enforces training ideals among the youth players.[33] The programme had 284 participants enrolled as of 2011.[34]

Performance in domestic competitionsEdit

No. Season Opponent Result Scorer(s) Head coach
Emir Cup[5]
1 1974 Qatar SC 1–2 Youssef Saad   Said Musa
2 1975 Al Ahli 4–3 Youssef Saad (2), Ali Behzad, Abdulla Zaini   Hassan Othman
3 1977 Al Rayyan 1–0 Ali Behzad   Hassan Othman
4 1982 Al Rayyan 2–1 Badr Bilal, Hassan Mattar   Hassan Othman
5 1983 Al Arabi 0–1 N/A   Jimmy Meadows
6 1985 Al Ahli 2–1 Hassan Jowhar, Khalid Salman   Hassan Othman
7 1986 Al Arabi 2–0 Khalifa Khamis, Hassan Jowhar   Procópio Cardoso
8 1987 Al Ahli 0–2 N/A   Procópio Cardoso
9 1988 Al Wakrah 0–0 (4–3 pen.) Yousef Adsani, Ebrahim Ghasempour, Salah Salman, Mohammed Al Ammari   Ahmed Omar
10 1991 Al Rayyan 1–0 Ali Abdel Razak   Cleyton Silas
11 1993 Al Arabi 0–3 N/A   Sebastião Lapola
12 1994 Al Arabi 3–2 Isaac Debra (2), Khalid Al Merreikhi   Ahmed Omar
13 2000 Al Rayyan 2–0 Diène Faye, Ezzat Jadoua   Džemaludin Mušović
14 2001 Qatar SC 3–2 Ahmed Khalifa, Radhi Shenaishil, Ali Benarbia   René Meulensteen
15 2002 Al Gharafa 1–4 Jafal Rashed   Ilie Balaci
16 2003 Al Ahli 2–1 Mohammed Gholam (2)   Luka Peruzović
17 2005 Al Wakrah 0–0 (5–4 pen.) N/A   Bora Milutinović
18 2007 Al Khor 0–0 (5–4 pen.) N/A   Jorge Fossati
19 2012 Al Gharafa 0–0 (3–4 pen.) N/A   Jorge Fossati
Crown Prince Cup[35]
1 1998 Al Arabi 3–2 Sérgio (2), Hussein Amotta   Abdelkadir Bomir
2 2003 Al Gharafa 2–0 Zamel Al Kuwari, Mohammed Gholam   Luka Peruzovic
3 2004 Qatar SC 1–2 Medhat Mostafa (o.g.)   Bora Milutinovic
4 2006 Qatar SC 2–1 Carlos Tenorio, Emerson Sheik   Jorge Fossati
5 2007 Al Gharafa 2–1 Carlos Tenorio (2)   Jorge Fossati
6 2008 Al Gharafa 1–0 Carlos Tenorio   Hassan Hormutallah
7 2012 Al Rayyan 1–1 (4–5 pen.) Khalfan Ibrahim   Jorge Fossati
8 2013 Lekhwiya 2–3 Younis Mahmoud, Lee Jung-Soo   Hussein Amotta


As of 25 November 2020.[36]
No Position Player Nation
1 GK Saad Al-Sheeb   Qatar
2 DF Ró-Ró   Qatar
3 DF Abdelkarim Hassan   Qatar
4 MF Ahmed Sayyar   Qatar
5 MF Jung Woo-young   South Korea
6 DF Tarek Salman   Qatar
7 MF Mohammed Waad   Qatar
8 MF Ali Assadalla   Qatar
9 FW Yusuf Abdurisag   Qatar
10 MF Hassan Al-Haydos (captain)   Qatar
11 FW Baghdad Bounedjah   Algeria
12 MF Rodrigo Tabata   Qatar
13 MF Abdullah Al-Yazidi   Qatar
14 MF Mostafa Tarek   Qatar
15 FW Akram Afif   Qatar
16 DF Boualem Khoukhi   Qatar
17 FW Hassan Palang   Qatar
18 MF Guilherme   Brazil
19 MF Santi Cazorla   Spain
20 MF Salem Al-Hajri   Qatar
21 DF Abdelrahman Rashid   Qatar
22 GK Meshaal Barsham   Qatar
23 MF Hashim Ali   Qatar
24 MF André Ayew   Ghana
25 MF Mohammed Al-Quraishi U19   Qatar
26 DF Talal Bahzad   Qatar
27 DF Bahaa Ellethy   Qatar
28 FW Ahmed Al-Saeed U19   Qatar
30 GK Jehad Hudib   Qatar
31 GK Yousef Baliadeh   Qatar
33 MF Moaz Al-Wadia U19   Qatar
37 DF Ahmed Suhail   Qatar
44 MF Mahdi Salem U19   Qatar
47 MF Faisal Azadi   Qatar
66 DF Abdulrahman Al-Ameen U19   Qatar
70 DF Musab Kheder   Qatar
77 DF Mouz Abdalla   Qatar
90 GK Ivandildo Rodrigues (on loan from Al-Ahli)   Qatar
92 DF Mohamed Al-Manai   Qatar
97 MF Abdullah Mahdi U19   Qatar
98 DF Nayef Hamid   Qatar
99 GK Abdulllah Ibrahim U19   Qatar


As of 21 June 2022.
Coaching staff[37]
Manager   Juanma Lillo
Assistant manager   Zigor Aranalde
Assistant manager   Juan Solla
Goalkeeper coach   Ferdinando Scarpello
Goalkeeper coach   Iñigo Arteaga
Technical Analyst   Isidre Ramón Madir
Technical Analyst   Ibrahim Boughanmi
U23 team coach Vacant
U23 team assistant coach Vacant
Medical staff
Team doctor   António Tramullas
Team doctor   Mohamed Soltani
Physiotherapist   Akram Abid
Physiotherapist Vacant
Physiotherapist   Raouf Bougamra
Medical Therapist   Admir Cehic
Administrative staff[38]
Director of football   Mohammed Al Ali
Sporting director   Mohammed Gholam
Media officer   Ahmad Al Ansari
Team manager   Abdulla Al Berik
First team officer   Mohammed Saeed
U23 team manager   Abdulaziz Al Jaiedi
Audience & marketing officer   Ahmed Al Sayed








  • Largest victory: Al Sadd 21–0 Muaither (2006–07)
  • Longest winning run: 9 matches (2011–12) (Record)
  • Largest Asian victory: Al Sadd 6–2 Lokomotiv (2014–15)
  • Largest Asian defeat: Al Hilal 5–0 Al Sadd (2013–14)


Qatar Stars League Top scorers

The following players have won the QSL top goalscorer award while playing for Al Sadd:


As of 31 August 2022.

Notes: Early years statistics are primarily unknown.
Names in bold are players who are still at the club at present.

All-time top goalscorersEdit

Rank Nation Name Years Goals
1   Baghdad Bounedjah 2016– 184
2   Hassan Al Haidos 2007– 124
3   Carlos Tenorio 2003–2009 104
4   Khalfan Ibrahim 2004–2017 104
5   Akram Afif 2018– 83
6   Yusef Ahmed 2005–2015 54
7   Emerson Sheik 2005–2007
8   Leandro Montera 2009–2012 50
9   Hussein Amotta 1997–2001 49
10   Felipe Jorge 2005–2010 40

All-time most appearancesEdit

Rank Nation Name Years Apps
1   Hassan Al Haidos 2007– 441
2   Abdulla Koni 1996–2014 342
3   Khalfan Ibrahim 2004–2017 316
4   Abdelkarim Hassan 2010– 312
5   Mohamed Saqr 2003–2012 287
7   Talal Al-Bloushi 2003–2017 286
6   Saad Al-Sheeb 2008– 274
8   Mubarak Anber 1975–1987 246
9   Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari 1990–2009 245
10   Mesaad Al-Hamad 2004–2014 239

Youth teamsEdit

As of 18 July 2012.
Coaching staff
U–19 assistant coach     Mubarak Ghanim Al Ali
U–17 head coach   Abdul Aziz Abdo
U–15 head coach   Mudhakar Mouloud
U–14 head coach   Nabil Belkhodja
U–13 head coach   Marcos dos Santos
U–13 assistant coach   Abdullah Al-Shamlan
U–11 head coach   Alaeddin Al Mendoh
U–10 head coach   Abdulaziz Zakaria
U–9 head coach   Mohammed Fathi
Goalkeeping coach   Mehdi Cerbah
Goalkeeping coach   Mauro Sergio
Goalkeeping coach   Mohammed Abdulwahab
Medical staff
Physiotherapist   Rauf Mustafa
Physiotherapist   Salem Mohammed
Technical staff
Technical supervisor     Hassan Othman
Technical director   Barnabás Tornyi
Head of youth teams   Hassan Mattar
Deputy head   Khalid Saad
U–19 director   Abdulrazak Al Mansouri
U–19 director   Abdullah Al-Yami
U–17 director   Mohammed Dalloul
U–15 director   Salim Saud
U–14 manager   Mahmoud Diab
U–13 manager   Mohammed Mustafa
U–13 coordinator   Khalid Al Kanish
U–11 manager   Eid Johar Said
U–10 manager   Badr Al Yazidi
U–9 manager   Kaid Daifallah
U–9 manager   Shukri Hussein

Noted playersEdit

Updated 20 May 2019.

This list includes players whom have made significant contributions to their national team and to the club. At least 100 caps for either the national team or club is needed to be considered for inclusion.

Managerial historyEdit

As of September 2022.
Years Months Manager
1969 Unknown   Hamad Al Attiyah1
1969 Unknown   Said Musa1
1969–73 Unknown Unknown
1973–74 Unknown   Said Musa1
1974 Unknown   Abdulla Balash
1974–77 Unknown   Hassan Othman
1977–79 Unknown Unknown
1979–82 Unknown   José Faria
1982 Unknown   Hassan Othman
1982–83 Unknown   Jimmy Meadows
1983–84 Unknown   Pepe
1984–85 Unknown   Hassan Othman
1985–87 Unknown   Procópio Cardoso
1987–88 Unknown   Ahmed Omar
1988–89 Unknown   José Carbone
1989 Unknown   Obeid Jumaa
1989 Unknown   José Carbone
1989–90 Unknown   Cabralzinho
1990–91 Unknown   Silas
1991–92 Unknown   Obeid Jumaa
1993 Unknown   Sebastião Lapola
1993–94 Unknown   Ahmed Omar
1994 Unknown   Flamarion Nunes
1994–95 Unknown   Džemaludin Mušović
1995 Unknown   Khalifa Khamis[39]
1995–96 Unknown   Sebastião Rocha
1996–97 Unknown   Ahmed Omar[40][41]
Years Months Manager
1997 Unknown   Abdelkadir Bomir
1997 Unknown   Evaristo de Macedo
1997 Unknown   Zé Mário
1997–98 Unknown   Rabah Madjer
1998–99 Unknown   Abdelkadir Bomir
1999 Unknown   Luiz Gonzaga2[42]
1999 Unknown   Evaristo de Macedo
1999 Unknown   Adnan Dirjal
1999–00 Unknown   Procópio Cardoso
2000 Unknown   Džemaludin Mušović
2000–01 July – Oct   René Meulensteen
2001–02 Oct – Oct   Ilie Balaci
2002–04 Oct – May   Luka Peruzović
2004–05 May – Oct   Bora Milutinović
2005–06 Oct – May   Mohammed Al Ammari
2006–07 May – Aug   Jorge Fossati
2007–08 Aug – Jan   Co Adriaanse
2008 Feb – June   Hassan Hormutallah
2008 June – Nov   Émerson Leão
2008–09 Nov – June   Džemaludin Mušović
2009–10 June – Dec   Cosmin Olăroiu
2010–12 Dec – May   Jorge Fossati
2012–15 June – Nov   Hussein Amotta
2015–19 Nov – May   Jesualdo Ferreira
2019–21 May – Nov   Xavi
2021–22 Nov – Jul   Javi Gracia
2022– Jul –   Juanma Lillo


  • Note 1 denotes player–manager role.
  • Note 2 denotes caretaker role.
Xavi, former coach of Al Sadd.

Club officialsEdit

Office Name
Président   Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani
Vice-président   Nasser bin Mubarak Al Ali
Board member   Jassim Al Romaihi
Board member   Khalifa Al Attiyah
Treasurer   Fahad Al Kaabi
Board member   Abdulaziz Al Mana
Board member   Fahad Al Kuwari
Board member   Mohammed Ghanem Al Ali
Board of directors
Presidential history
1   HE Ahmad bin Jassim bin Fahad Al-Thani
2   HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiya
3   HE Jassim bin Hamad bin Jaber Al-Thani
4   HE Mohammed bin Mubarak Al-Ali
5   HE Nasser bin Mubarak Al-Ali
6   HE Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani


Al RayyanEdit

A rivalry which stems from early in the history of the league, it is popularly known as the 'Qatari El Clasico'.[43]


Updated 6 January 2014[44]

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 46 18 12 16 67 63 +4
Sheikh Jassem Cup 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1
Emir Cup 10 5 0 5 14 13 +1
Crown Prince Cup 11 3 5 3 12 10 +2
Reserve League 5 2 1 2 9 7 +2
Qatar Stars cup 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1
Arab Champions League 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
Total 81 32 19 30 116 103 +13

Al ArabiEdit

This is the clash of Qatar's two most successful teams: Al Sadd and Al Arabi. For some fans, winning this derby is more noteworthy than winning the league itself. The derby is an important component of the country's culture.[45]

Al Arabi always regarded themselves as the club of Qatar's working class, in contrast with the more upper-class support base of Al Sadd. The social class divide between the two fan bases eventually diminished.[45]

Memorable matchesEdit

Bold indicates a win.

Season   Result Competition   Notes  
1981–82 0–1 Emir Cup
1985–86 3–2 Emir Cup
1995–96 0–0 Qatar Stars League Al Arabi crowned champions.
2001–02 6–2 Qatar Stars League
2003–04 7–0 Qatar Stars League
2005–06 2–1 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd crowned champions.
2009–10 3–3 Qatar Stars League Al Sadd came back from 3–0 down to deny Al Arabi an ACL spot.


From 1996 to 2015.

Competition P W D L GF GA GD
Qatar Stars League 47 22 12 13 81 52 +29
Sheikh Jassem Cup 6 5 0 1 13 8 +5
Emir Cup 11 6 2 3 18 11 +7
Crown Prince Cup 1 1 0 1 3 3 0
Reserve League 4 2 2 0 10 4 +6
Qatar Stars Cup 4 1 2 1 12 8 +4
Total 73 36 18 19 134 85 +49


Al Sadd Fan Club's logo

Historically, Al Sadd has been the favoured club of Qatar's upper-class.[45] The club garnered many supporters in the early years of the Qatar Stars League, along with Al Rayyan and Al-Arabi, who were the three main powers of the league.

The new millennium saw an influx of new fans as a result of recruiting many foreign nationals to play for the club, as well as the club's performance in regional competitions.

In order to better communicate with the fans, Al Sadd's fan club was established in the 2003–04 season of the QSL and was then an unprecedented idea in most Gulf and Arab clubs. The fan club serves many roles; it is not merely restricted to organizing fan groups within the stadium, but it is also used as a means to discuss ways in which to improve the club. In addition, annual general meetings are held between the management and fans in order to have an open platform to discuss issues in an open environment. This was greatly criticized at the beginning, while now other clubs are following suit.[46]

The club also has annual and monthly awards for the best players of the club which is sponsored by Givenchy. The fan club has won the QFA-sanctioned title of best fan club in Qatar for three successive years – 2006, 2007 and 2008.[46]

Furthermore, the fan club was also the first in Qatar to put the free SMS service for mobiles in place. This attracted more than 8000 subscribers who received a number of over 3 million SMS' during the first one and a half years.[46]

Also active on social networking sites, the club has official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Asian recordEdit

Updated 28 May 2014.[47]
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 51 22 11 18 75 61
Asian Club Championship 9 6 2 1 16 8
Total 60 28 13 19 91 69
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

Asian Club Championship

Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
Asian Club Championship GS   Al-Futowa 4–1
GS   Al-Ansar 1–0
GS   Al-Rasheed 0–0
SF   Pahang FA 2–0
SF   Mohammedan SC 2–2
SF   25 April 2–1
SF   Al-Ittifaq 2–1
Final   Al-Rasheed 1–0 2–3 3–3 (A)

AFC Champions League

Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
AFC Champions League GS   Esteghlal 1–2 1–2
GS   Al Ain 2–0 2–0
GS   Al-Hilal 1–3 1–3
AFC Champions League GS   Al Wahda 0–0 0–0 0–0
GS   Al Quwa Al Jawiya 1–0 0–1 1–1
GS   Al Qadisiya 1 0–0 0–0
AFC Champions League GS   Al Ahli 2–0 1–2 3–2
GS   Al Kuwait 1–0 1–0 2–0
GS   Neftchi 3–2 0–2 3–4
QF   Busan I'Park 1–2 0–3 1–5
AFC Champions League GS   Al Shabab 2–3 0–0 2–3
GS   Al Arabi 4–1 2–1 6–2
GS   Al Quwa Al Jawiya 3–0 2–0 5–0
AFC Champions League GS   Al-Karamah 1–1 1–2 2–3
GS   Najaf FC 1–4 0–1 1–5
GS   Neftchi Farg'ona 2–0 1–2 3–2
AFC Champions League GS   Al-Ahli Jeddah 2–1 2–2 4–3
GS   Al-Wahda 0–0 2–2 2–2
GS   Al-Karamah 0–2 0–1 0–3
AFC Champions League GS   Al-Hilal 0–3 0–0 0–3
GS   Al-Ahli 2–2 5–0 7–2
GS   Mes Kerman 4–1 1–3 5–4
AFC Champions League Q1   Al-Ittihad 5–1
Q1   Dempo 2–0
GS   Esteghlal 2–2 1–1 3–3
GS   Pakhtakor 2–1 1–1 3–2
GS   Al-Nassr 1–0 1–1 2–1
R16   Al-Shabab 1–0
QF   Sepahan 1–2 3–02 4–2
SF   Suwon Samsung 0–1 2–0 2–1
Final   Jeonbuk Hyundai 4–2 pen

^1 Following the match between Al-Qadisiya and Al Sadd, Kuwaiti security personnel assaulted the visiting players; Al-Qadisiya were ejected from the competition and banned from AFC competitions for three years. Their record was expunged.

^2 The AFC Disciplinary Committee decided to award the quarter-final first leg to Al Sadd against Sepahan as a 3–0 forfeit win after Sepahan were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The match originally ended 1–0 to Sepahan.[48]


  • PO: Play-off Round, Q : Qualified, GS : Group stage, R16 : Round of 16, QF : Quarterfinals, SF : Semi-finals, RU : Runners-up, W : Winners
Qualified 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2011 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1989: Champion
1990: Qualifying Stage
1991: Qualifying Stage
2000: Second Round
1991/92: First Round
1994/95: Quarter-Final
2000/01: Second Round
2001/02: 3rd place

AFC Club rankingsEdit

This is the current AFC coefficient. Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[49]

Updated 1 January 2012
Al Sadd competing against FC Barcelona in the 2011 Club World Club.
Rank Country Team Points
1   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 159.0
2   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 157.5
3   Al Sadd 128.5
4   Nasaf Qarshi 124.0
5   FC Seoul 120.5
6   Sepahan 120.5
7   Al Hilal 120.0
8   Nagoya Grampus 114.5
9   Al-Wehdat 111.5

International recordEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
FIFA Club World Cup 3 2 0 1 2 5
Total 3 2 0 1 2 5

Other sportsEdit





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Preceded by Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Champions of Asia
Succeeded by