Bahraini Premier League

The Bahraini Premier League is the main football competition in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Currently known as the Nasser bin Hamad Premier League, the first season was held in 1957. The winners of the domestic championship qualify for the AFC Cup. The championship is currently contested by 10 clubs.

Bahraini Premier League
Founded1956; 64 years ago (1956)
CountryBahrain
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toBahraini Second Division
Domestic cup(s)King's Cup
FA Cup
Crown Prince Cup
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
AFC Cup
Current championsAl-Riffa (12th title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsAl-Muharraq (34 titles)
2018–19 Bahraini Premier League

StructureEdit

Current structureEdit

10 clubs currently play a two round robin set of fixtures totaling 18 games in order to determine the league champions. Although games are played on a home and away basis, almost all games are played at the National Stadium.

The bottom placed club is relegated with the team finishing second bottom entering a relegation/promotion play-off match.

Previous structuresEdit

In earlier seasons, the league has been radically overhauled to feature all the professional clubs of Bahrain. Instances being the 2008–09 and 2002 league seasons. The leagues featuring up to 19 teams would play each other on one occasion with the top 10 teams staying in the Premier League top flight and the bottom sides (from 11 to 19) forming the next seasons 2nd division.

Between the seasons of 2002 and 2009, the top four sides of the league would also play in the Crown Prince Cup.

Clubs (2018-19)Edit

Team re-structuringEdit

In 2002, a host of clubs were amalgamated together:

[*1] Bahrain are an amalgamation of Bahrain and Al-Khaleej
[*2] Riffa are an amalgamation of West Riffa and Zallaq
[*3] Al-Najma are an amalgamation of Al-Hilal, Al-Qadisiya and Ras Al-Rumman
[*4] Al-Sahel are an amalgamation of Qalali and Hadd
[*5] Al-Tadamun are an amalgamation of Boori, Karazkan, Hamla, Reef Union and Damastan
[*6] Al-Shabab are an amalgamation of Deyya, Sanabis, Jadd Hafs, Naeem, Karrana, Sahla and Karbabad
[*7] Al-Ittifaq are an amalgamation of Al-Arabi, Maqaba and Bani Jumra

List of championsEdit

Champions are:[1]

Total championshipsEdit

The number of national championships that clubs in Bahrain have attained.

Club
Number of Championships
Al-Muharraq SC 34
Al-Riffa (includes West Riffa) 12
Bahrain SC (includes Al-Nasr) 6
Al-Ahli SC 5
Al-Arabi (Al-Najma now) 1
Al Hala 1
East Riffa SCC 1
Busaiteen 1
Hidd SCC 1
Malkiya SCC 1

Top scorersEdit

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2003–04   Duaij Naser Abdulla
Yousif Zowaid
Al-Muharraq 14 [2]
2004–05   Salman Isa Al-Riffa 15 [3]
2005–06   Jaycee John Okwunwanne Al-Ahli 17 [4]
2006–07   Rico Al-Riffa 25 [5]
2007–08   Jaycee John Okwunwanne Al-Muharraq 24 [6]
2008–09   Abdulrahman Mubarak Al-Riffa 14 [7]
2009–10   Rico Al-Muharraq 17 [8]
2010–11  
 
Diego Silva
Abdulrahman Mubarak
Al-Ahli
Al-Riffa
13
2011-12   Ahmed Al Khattal Al Hala 14 [9]
2012-13   Mohammed Al Shamrani Manama 10 [10]
2013-14   Pele Al-Muharraq 4 [11]
2014-15   Ismail Abdullatif Al-Muharraq 16 [12]
2015-16   Mohammed Saad Al Romehi Al-Hidd 7 [13]
2016-17   Everton Manama Club 11 [14]
2017-18   Uche Al Najma Club 18 [15]

ReferencesEdit

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