Al Ettifaq Football Club (Arabic: نادي الاتفاق لكرة القدم) is a professional football club in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. 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. Al Ettifaq is also the first side from Saudi Arabia to win the GCC Champions League. Al Ettifaq have a total of 13 different titles to their name. The Club also has its own futsal section.

Al-Ettifaq
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Full nameAl-Ettifaq Football Club
Nickname(s)Faris Ad-Dahna (The Knight of Ad-Dahna)
The Commandos
Founded1945; 77 years ago (1945)
GroundPrince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Capacity26,000
ChairmanKhalid Al-Dabal
CoachPatrice Carteron
LeaguePro League
2020–21Pro League, 5th of 16
WebsiteClub website
colours
colours
Current season

HistoryEdit

Before the establishment of Al-Ettifaq, there were three clubs in Dammam that were founded in 1941 (Al-Taawoun, Al-Sha'ab and Al-Shabab). These clubs began practicing their sporting activities and gathering the people of the region. In 1945, the presidents met in Faris Al-Hamid's house and decided to merge into one club. Al-Hamid suggested that new club would be named be Al-Ettifaq, which meant agreement in Arabic. They also agreed that the new clubs' colors would be green and white, which eventually changed into green and red afterwards.[1]

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 23 January 2022.[2][3]

No Position Player Nation
1 GK Abdullah Al-Oaisher   Saudi Arabia
2 DF Saeed Al Mowalad   Saudi Arabia
3 DF Ali Masrahi   Saudi Arabia
4 DF Fahad Ghazi   Saudi Arabia
5 DF Ayoub Abdellaoui   Algeria
6 MF Ibrahim Mahnashi   Saudi Arabia
7 MF Mohammed Al-Kuwaykibi   Saudi Arabia
8 MF Hamed Al-Ghamdi   Saudi Arabia
10 MF Naïm Sliti   Tunisia
11 MF Ali Hazazi   Saudi Arabia
12 DF Sanousi Hawsawi   Saudi Arabia
14 MF Filip Kiss   Slovakia
15 MF Ahmed Al-Ghamdi   Saudi Arabia
16 MF Faisal Al-Ghamdi   Saudi Arabia
17 FW Abdulla Al Salem   Saudi Arabia
18 DF Abdullah Al-Khateeb   Saudi Arabia
19 FW Hassan Al Salis   Saudi Arabia
20 MF Amin Younes   Germany
23 GK Raïs M'Bolhi   Algeria
24 MF Saad Al-Selouli   Saudi Arabia
25 DF Saeed Al-Rubaie   Saudi Arabia
26 DF Saad Al-Mousa   Saudi Arabia
29 MF Fahad Al-Dossari   Saudi Arabia
30 GK Abdullah Al-Saleh   Saudi Arabia
35 GK Mohammed Al-Haiti   Saudi Arabia
40 MF Majed Al-Najrani   Saudi Arabia
42 MF Salem Al-Maqadi   Saudi Arabia
43 MF Abdulmohsen Al-Dossari   Saudi Arabia
45 MF Rakan Al-Kaabi   Saudi Arabia
49 FW Abdulrahman Omar   Saudi Arabia
50 DF Saad Al Khayri   Saudi Arabia
77 FW Youssouf Niakaté   France
99 FW Robin Quaison   Sweden

Unregistered playersEdit

No Position Player Nation
90 MF Hisham Al-Farhan   Saudi Arabia

Out on loanEdit

No Position Player Nation
9 FW Hazaa Al-Hazaa (on loan to Al-Taawoun)   Saudi Arabia
27 FW Rayan Al-Bloushi (on loan to Al-Fayha)   Saudi Arabia
44 DF Hamad Al-Sayyaf (on loan to Al-Sahel)   Saudi Arabia
DF Ahmed Al Muhaimeed (on loan to Al-Jabalain)   Saudi Arabia

Managerial historyEdit

Note: The table is currently being updated.

1944–69
19??–69   Mohammed Hassan Kheiri
1969–76
1976–78   Khalil Al-Zayani
1979–80
1980–84   Khalil Al-Zayani Won the 1982–83 Saudi Premier League and the 1983 Gulf Club Champions Cup
1984–86   Chico Formiga Won the 1984 Arab Club Champions Cup and the 1985 King Cup
1986–90   Khalil Al-Zayani Won 3 titles
1990–91   Procópio Cardoso
1991–93
July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1995   Wojciech Łazarek
1994–96   Khalil Al-Zayani
1996–97
1997   João Francisco
1997–99
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
(2016–2017)   Juan Carlos Garrido
(2017)   Miodrag Ješić
(2017–2018)   Saad Al-Shehri
(2018)   Leonardo Ramos
(2018–2019)   Sergio Piernas
(2019)   Hélder
(2019– )   Khaled Al-Atwi

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).[4]
        • 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.[5]
        • 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.

International CompetitionsEdit

OverviewEdit

As of 1 May 2013
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League 18 8 2 8 32 23
AFC Cup 11 7 2 2 24 13
Arab Club Champions Cup 23 11 8 4 41 25
GCC Champions League 33 17 9 7 45 30
TOTAL 85 43 21 21 142 91

Record By CountryEdit

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
  Algeria 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
  Bahrain 7 4 2 1 10 3 +7 057.14
  Bangladesh 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
  Egypt 2 1 0 1 3 3 +0 050.00
  Indonesia 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
  Iran 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 033.33
  Iraq 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00
  Jordan 1 0 1 0 4 4 +0 000.00
  Kuwait 14 6 4 4 24 19 +5 042.86
  Lebanon 4 2 2 0 5 2 +3 050.00
  Malaysia 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00
  Maldives 2 2 0 0 8 3 +5 100.00
  Morocco 4 3 0 1 4 2 +2 075.00
  North Korea 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
  Oman 8 7 1 0 15 6 +9 087.50
  Qatar 10 3 3 4 10 11 −1 030.00
  Palestine 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 100.00
  Saudi Arabia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00
  Tunisia 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 000.00
  United Arab Emirates 11 5 2 4 19 13 +6 045.45
  Uzbekistan 5 2 0 3 8 5 +3 040.00
  Yemen 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 050.00

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1983 Gulf Club Champions Cup Group Stage   Al-Muharraq 0–0 2−0 1st
  Al-Arabi 2–0 0−2
Final   Al-Arabi
1–0
1–0
1984 Arab Club Champions Cup Final Stage   West Riffa
1–1
1st
  Kénitra
1–0
  Al Ansar
1–0
1988 Gulf Club Champions Cup Group Stage   Fanja
1–0
1st
  Sharjah
1–0
  West Riffa
3–1
  Kazma
1–1
Final   Kazma
2–1
2–1
Arab Club Champions Cup Group B   Sharjah
2–2
1st
  Al-Shabab Baghdad
2–2
  Kazma
3–1
  KAC Marrakech
1–0
Semi-finals   Fanja
3–1
3–1
Final   Club Africain
1–1
1–1 (4–2 p)
1988–89 Asian Club Championship Semi-final League Group B   Pahang
4–1
2nd
  Mohammedan Sporting Club
3–1
  April 25
1–1
  Al-Sadd
1–2
1989 Arab Club Champions Cup Group B   Wydad
0–2
3rd
  ES Sahel
1–1
  Fanja
2–0
  Al Ansar
1–1
1993 Arab Club Champions Cup Group B   Al-Qadsia
0–1
3rd
  WA Tlemcen
1–2
  Hilal Al-Quds
5–1
2003 Arab Unified Club Championship PO   Shaab Ibb 3–0 2−2 5–2
Group A   Al-Faisaly
4–4
1st
  Riffa
2–0
  Raja
2–0
  ENPPI
2–0
Semi-finals   Zamalek
1–3
1–3
2005 Gulf Club Champions Cup Group Stage   Muscat
2–2
6th
  Al-Qadsia
1–2
  Riffa
0–1
  Umm Salal
0–0
  Al-Wasl
0–2
2006 Gulf Club Champions Cup Group B   Qatar
2–0
2nd
  Al Jazira
0–1
  Al-Nasr
2–1
Semi-finals   Al-Salmiya 3–0 3−3 6–3
Final   Al-Qadsia 1–1 1−0 2–1
2007 Gulf Club Champions Cup Group A   Al-Najma
2–0
2nd
  Al-Wakrah
2–1
  Al Jazira
1–1
Semi-finals   Al-Hilal 1–1 1−0 2–1
Final   Al Jazira 2–0 1−3 3–3 (6–7 p)
2009 AFC Champions League Group D   Bunyodkor 4–0 1−2 1st
  Sepahan 2–1 0−3
  Al-Shabab Al-Arabi 4–1 4−1
Round of 16   Pakhtakor 1–2 1–2
2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup Group C   Qatar 1–1 2−3 2nd
  Al-Orouba 3–2 1−0
2012 AFC Champions League 2Q   Sepahan 1–3 1–3
AFC Cup Group C   Al-Kuwait 2–2 5−1 1st
  Al-Ahed 0–0 3−1
  VB 2–0 6−3
Round of 16   Al-Suwaiq 1–0 1–0
Quarter-finals   Arema 2–0 2–0 4–0
Semi-finals   Al-Kuwait 0–2 1–4 1–6
2013 AFC Champions League Group B   Pakhtakor 2–0 0−1 3rd
  Lekhwiya 0–0 0−2
  Al-Shabab Al-Arabi 4–1 0−1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "تاريخ النادي".
  2. ^ "Ettifaq - Squad".
  3. ^ "الفريق الأول".
  4. ^ Asian Club Championship 1989 – Schedule & Results. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  5. ^ AFC Champions League 2009 – Schedule & Results, Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  6. ^ AFC Champions League 2012 – Draw, Retrieved 9 December 2011.

External linksEdit

Preceded by GCC Champions League
Runner up: Al-Arabi

1983
Succeeded by
Preceded by GCC Champions League
Runner up: Kazma

1988
Succeeded by
Preceded by GCC Champions League
Runner up: Qadsia SC

2006
Succeeded by