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Al-Ettifaq Football Club (Arabic: نادي الاتفاق لكرة القدم‎) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Dammam. 'Ittifaq' is Arabic for agreement. Al Ettifaq was established after the merging of three clubs in the city of Dammam at the year 1944. Al Ettifaq is the first Saudi team to win an international title – the 1984 Arab Club Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq is also the first team to win the Saudi Premier League without any defeat. They are also the only Arab team to have won a game in England after turning Everton over in an exhibition match. Al Ettifaq is also the first side from Saudi Arabia to win the Gulf Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq have a total of 13 different titles to their name.

Al-Ettifaq FC
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Full nameAl-Ettifaq Football Club
Nickname(s)Faris Ad-Dahna (The Knight of Ad-Dahna)
The Commandos
Itti Al-Sharqiya (Itti of the Eastern Province, a nod to Al-Ittihad)
Founded1945; 74 years ago (1945)
GroundPrince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
ChairmanKhalid Al-Dabal
ManagerKhaled Al-Atwi
LeaguePro League
2018–19Pro League, 11th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

    • Semi-final (Group Stage): Al Ettifaq finished second in their group after losing their penultimate game against the eventual champions, Qatari side Al-Sadd (2–1) in a highly controversial game. Apart from the two clubs, the group contained April 25 SC (North Korea), Mohammedan SC (Bangladesh), and Pahang (Malaysia).[1]
        • Group Stage – Round of 32: Al Ettifaq was arguably one of the best performers in the group stage after finishing top of the group with 12 points. They won 4 games, lost 2, and scored 15 goals in 6 games, recording the third best attacking stats in the continent in that round. Al Ettifaq were placed in Group D along FC Bunyodkor (led by Brazilian ace Rivaldo), Sepahan Isfahan, and Al Shabab (UAE).
        • Round of 16: Al Ettifaq were knocked from the Round of 16 against Pakhtakor (UZB). After leading 1–0 at halftime, they conceded two late goals that ended their hopes in qualifying to the quarter-final.[2]
        • After failing to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Al-Ettifaq qualified automatically to the 2012 AFC Cup, and were drawn in Group C with Kuwait SC of Kuwait, Al Ahed of Lebanon, and VB Sports Club of the Maldives.
        • Al Ettifaq started the competition as favorites and a strong candidate to win the competition, winning 5–1 in their first group game against Kuwait SC in Kuwait. The second game was frustrating to the Saudis as they drew in their own stadium 0–0 with Al Ahed. They defeated the underdogs of the group VB Sports Club by 6–3 in the Maldives and 2–0 in the reverse fixture. Al Ettifaq sealed their promotion with a 2–2 draw against Kuwait SC before finishing the group with a 3–1 victory in Lebanon against Al Ahed.
        • Al Ettifaq finished off their season with a hard-fought 1–0 victory against Omani side Al-Suwaiq SC in the Round of 16 to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Current squadEdit

As of 21 August 2019:[4]

No Position Player Nation
2 Defender Ali Masrahi   Saudi Arabia
3 Defender Ahmed Al Muhaimeed   Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Oussama Haddadi   Tunisia
6 Midfielder Ibrahim Mahnashi   Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Mohammed Al-Kwikbi   Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Hamed Al-Ghamdi   Saudi Arabia
9 Forward Hazaa Al-Hazaa   Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Rogério   Brazil
11 Midfielder Ali Hazazi   Saudi Arabia
12 Defender Hussein Qassem   Saudi Arabia
13 Midfielder Naïm Sliti   Tunisia
14 Midfielder Filip Kiss   Slovakia
15 Forward Saleh Al-Amri   Saudi Arabia
17 Defender Saleh Al-Qumaizi   Saudi Arabia
18 Defender Cédric Yambéré   Central African Republic
19 Forward Souleymane Doukara   Senegal
20 Midfielder Majed Al-Najrani   Saudi Arabia
21 Midfielder Faisel Al-Ghamdi   Saudi Arabia
22 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Bahri   Saudi Arabia
25 Defender Saeed Al-Robeai   Saudi Arabia
27 Midfielder Fawaz Al-Torais   Saudi Arabia
30 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Saleh   Saudi Arabia
34 Defender Ali Al-Khaibari   Saudi Arabia
35 Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Haiti   Saudi Arabia
50 Defender Saad Al Khairi   Saudi Arabia
70 Defender Abdullah Al-Khateeb   Saudi Arabia
88 Midfielder Saad Al-Selouli   Saudi Arabia
90 Midfielder Hisham Al-Farhan   Saudi Arabia
92 Goalkeeper Raïs M'Bolhi   Algeria

Other players under contractEdit

No Position Player Nation
29 Midfielder Mohammad Al-Sobiay   Saudi Arabia
99 Forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef   Tunisia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
47 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Daheem (on loan to Al-Kawkab)   Saudi Arabia
77 Midfielder Hassan Ghazwani (on loan to Al-Mujazzal)   Saudi Arabia
Midfielder Abdulaziz Majrashi (on loan to Al-Hazem)   Saudi Arabia

Managerial historyEdit

Note: The table is currently being updated.

19??–69   Mohammed Hassan Kheiri
1976–78   Khalil Al-Zayani
1980–84   Khalil Al-Zayani Coincided with the most successful period of the club (4 titles)
1986–90   Khalil Al-Zayani Won 3 titles
1990–91   Procópio Cardoso
July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1995   Wojciech Łazarek
1994–96   Khalil Al-Zayani
1997   João Francisco
1999–00   Khalil Al-Zayani
2003–04   Jan Versleijen
Jan 1, 2004 – May 30, 2004   Jorge Habegger
2005–06   Ednaldo Patricio
2006–07   Ammar Al-Suwayeh 2006 Gulf Club Champions Cup (winner)
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008   Toni 2007 Gulf Club Champions Cup (runner-up)
Jan 8, 2009 – June 8, 2009   Ioan Andone Achieved club's best performance in the AFC Champions League (round of 16)
Oct 23, 2009 – March 23, 2011   Ion Marin
March 23, 2011 – June 30, 2011   Youssef Zouaoui
July 22, 2011 – April 30, 2012   Branko Ivanković
2012   Ammar Al-Suwayeh
July 1, 2012 – Sept 25, 2012   Alain Geiger
Sept 26, 2012 – June 13, 2013   Maciej Skorża
July 1, 2013 – Oct 1, 2013   Theo Bücker
Sept 30, 2013 – Oct 26, 2013   Eusebiu Tudor
Oct 26, 2013 – Feb 13, 2014   Goran Tufegdžić
Feb 13, 2014–July, 2014   Ioan Andone
July 2014 – Feb 17, 2015   Beñat San José
(2015)   Gheorghe Mulțescu
(2015–16)   Reinhard Stumpf
(2016)   Djamel Belkacem 2015–16 Saudi First Division
(2016)   Eelco Schattorie


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Preceded by
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Al-Arabi

Succeeded by
Preceded by
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Kazma

Succeeded by
Fanja SC
Preceded by
Qadsia SC
GCC Champions League
Runner up: Qadsia SC

Succeeded by
Al Jazira