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Al-Taawoun ("Cooperation" Arabic: التعاون‎) is a professional football club based in Buraidah, that plays in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

Al-Taawoun
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Full nameAl-Taawoun Football Club
Nickname(s)Sukri Al-Qasim
Al Dhiaab (The Wolves)
Founded1956; 63 years ago (1956)
GroundKing Abdullah Sport City Stadium,
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Capacity30,000[1]
ChairmanMohammed Al-Qasim
ManagerPaulo Sérgio
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 3rd of 16

Al-Taawoun have won the King Cup once, in 2019, defeating Al-Ittihad in the final. Their best ever top flight season came in 2018–19 when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in third place in the top division, their highest league position to date, as well as winning the King Cup. Thus the club became the first team from the Qasim region to play in the Asian Champions League. Al-Taawoun have been second tier champions once and runners-up twice. The club holds the distinct achievement as being the only second tier team to play in the final of the King Cup.

The club play their home games at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Buraidah, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Raed with whom they contest the Qasim Derby with.

HistoryEdit

Al-Taawoun were founded in the year of 1956 under the name of "Al-Shabab" and were founded by Saleh Al Wabili. Four years after the founding of the club, they were officially registered as a professional club in 1960. Under the guidance of Zayed Al-Omrani, as president, the club tasted top flight football for the first time in its history, before being relegated back to the first division in the next season. 2 years after that Al-Taawoun once again won promotion to the Pro League, but this time as champions of the first division. The club were then relegated to first division after 1 year. In the 2009–10 season Al-Taawoun won promotion to the Pro League for the first in over a decade as runners-up of the league. They have been playing in the Saudi Professional League since the 2010–2011 season.[2] On May 2, 2019, Al-Taawoun won their first ever King Cup, as well as their first ever top flight trophy, by defeating Al-Ittihad in the final.[3] Al-Taawoun also became the first club from Al-Qassim Region to win the King Cup.

HonoursEdit

King Cup

  • Winners (1): 2019
  • Runners-up (1): 1990

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams

  • Winners (4): 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09

Saudi First Division (Level 2)

  • Winners (1): 1996–97
  • Runners-up (2): 1994–95, 2009–10

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Current squadEdit

As of Saudi Professional League:

As of 26 December 2018[5]
No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cássio   Brazil
2 Defender Yassin Barnawi   Saudi Arabia
3 Forward Léandre Tawamba   Cameroon
4 Defender Ricardo Machado   Portugal
5 Defender Talal Al-Absi (captain)   Saudi Arabia
6 Midfielder Ryan Al-Mousa   Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Rabee Sufyani   Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Nildo Petrolina   Brazil
9 Forward Mansour Al-Muwallad   Saudi Arabia
11 Midfielder Nasser Al-Daajani (on loan from Al-Ahli)   Saudi Arabia
12 Defender Mohammed Al-Shanqiti (on loan from Al-Nassr)   Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Ibrahim Al-Zubaidi   Saudi Arabia
15 Midfielder Fahad Al-Rashidi   Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Fahad Al-Hamad   Saudi Arabia
17 Midfielder Cédric Amissi   Burundi
18 Defender Madallah Al-Olayan   Saudi Arabia
19 Midfielder Ibrahim Al-Otaibi   Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Héldon Ramos   Cape Verde
21 Goalkeeper Moataz Al-Baqaawi   Saudi Arabia
23 Goalkeeper Hussain Shae'an   Saudi Arabia
27 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Dhelaife   Saudi Arabia
29 Midfielder Abdullah Al-Jouei   Saudi Arabia
33 Defender Ahmed Assiri   Saudi Arabia
35 Midfielder Yahya Khormi   Saudi Arabia
44 Midfielder Saleh Al-Saeed   Saudi Arabia
55 Midfielder Sandro Manoel   Brazil
77 Midfielder Mohammad Mohsin   Saudi Arabia
80 Midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Swat   Saudi Arabia
88 Defender Hamdan Al-Ruwailli   Saudi Arabia

Asian CompetitionsEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2017 AFC Champions League Group   Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–0 4-4
Group   Esteghlal 1–2 0–3
Group   Al-Ahli 1–4 0-0

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "King Abdullah Sport City Stadium". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ http://altawen.sa/pages-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B3
  3. ^ "التعاون يكتب التاريخ.. ويتوج بطلاً لكأس الملك".
  4. ^ "الإنجازات". Taawoun. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  5. ^ "التعاون". kooora. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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