List of Pakistan football champions

The Pakistan football champions are the winners of the highest league in Pakistani football, which is currently the Pakistan Premier League.

Pakistan’s first football tournament began on May 28, 1948 as the National Football Championship, a knock-out competition, which remained as the top football competition in the country until 2004 with the introduction of the Pakistan Premier League. In 1979, a domestic cup was added to Pakistani football, known as the Pakistan National Football Challenge Cup.[1]

The 1948–49 Pakistan National Football League was the first season of the NFL and ended with Sindh Blue being crowned champions. The National Football League era though saw Karachi based Pakistan Airlines with most championships, winning the competition nine times. The Pakistan Premier League era is different though as most of the champions of the league have come from Punjab side with Khan Research Laboratories from Rawalpindi winning the league five times.[2]

Currently, the team with the most championships in Pakistan Premier League is Khan Research Laboratories, who have won five championships in the league. However, Pakistan Airlines are the team with the most championships overall, winning National Football League nine times.[3]

ChampionsEdit

  • Bold indicates double winners – i.e. League and Domestic (National Challenge) Cup.
  • Italic indicates team winning the season unbeaten – i.e. (invincible).

National Football League (1948–2003)Edit

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up
1948–49 Sindh Blue (1) Sindh Red
1949–50 Balochistan Red (1) Sindh
1951–52 Punjab (1) NWFP
1952–53 Punjab (2) NWFP Blue
1953–54 Punjab Blue (1) Pakistan Railways
1954–55 Punjab (3) NWFP
1955–56 Balochistan (1) Pakistan Railways
1956–57 Punjab (4) East Pakistan White
1957–58 Punjab Blue (1) Pakistan Railways
1958–59 Balochistan (2) East Pakistan
1959–60 East Pakistan (1) Karachi Blue
1960–61 Dacca (1) Karachi White
1961–62 Dacca (2) Karachi
1962–63 Karachi (1) Pakistan Railways
1963–64 Karachi (2) Pakistan Railways
1965–66 Karachi (3) Pakistan Railways
1967–68 Peshawar (1) Lahore
1968–69 Pakistan Railways (1) Karachi
1969–70 Chittagong (1) Peshawar
1970–71 Pakistan Airlines (1) Karachi
1971–72 Pakistan Airlines (2) Peshawar White
1972–73 Karachi Yellow (1) Rawalpindi
1974–75 (I) Pakistan Airlines (3) Punjab A
1974–75 (II) Sindh Red (1) Balochistan Red
1975–76 Pakistan Airlines (4) Pakistan Railways
1977–78 Pakistan Airlines (5) Sindh Red
1978–79 Karachi Red (1) Pakistan Airlines
1979–80 Karachi Red (2) Pakistan Army
1980–81 Pakistan Airlines (6) Pakistan Air Force
1981–82 Habib Bank (1) Pakistan Railways
1982–83 WAPDA (1) Habib Bank
1983–84 Pakistan Railways (2) WAPDA
1984–85 Quetta (1) Pakistan Airlines
1985–86 Pakistan Air Force (1) Pakistan Airlines
1986–87 Crescent Textiles Mills (1) Karachi Port Trust
1988–89 (I) Punjab Red (1) Pakistan Railways
1988–89 (II) Pakistan Airlines (7) Sindh Government Press
1989–90 Punjab Red (2) Pakistan Airlines
1990–91 WAPDA (2) Habib Bank
1991–92 Pakistan Airlines (8) Pakistan Army
1992–93 Pakistan Army (1) WAPDA
1993–94 Crescent Textiles Mills (2) WAPDA
1994–95 Pakistan Army (2) Allied Bank
1996–97 (I) Allied Bank (1) Pakistan Airlines
1996–97 (II) Pakistan Airlines (9) Allied Bank
1998–99 Allied Bank (2) Pakistan Navy
1999-00 Allied Bank (3) Habib Bank
2000-01 WAPDA (3) Khan Research Laboratories
2002-03 WAPDA (4) Pakistan Army

Pakistan Premier League (2004-present)Edit

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Points Runners-up Points Third place Points Top goalscorer Goals
2004-05 WAPDA (1) 74 Pakistan Army 74 Khan Research Laboratories 73   Arif Mehmood (WAPDA) 20
2005-06 Pakistan Army (1) 51 WAPDA 45 Khan Research Laboratories 41   Imran Hussain (Pakistan Army) 21
2006–07 Pakistan Army (2) 49 WAPDA (2) 44 Khan Research Laboratories 44   Arif Mehmood (WAPDA) 20
2007–08 WAPDA (2) 58 Pakistan Army 57 Khan Research Laboratories 53   Arif Mehmood (WAPDA) 21
2008–09 WAPDA (3) 54 Pakistan Army 50 Khan Research Laboratories 47   Muhammad Rasool (Khan Research Laboratories) 22
2009–10 Khan Research Laboratories (1) 60 Pakistan Army 60 WAPDA 57   Arif Mehmood (WAPDA) 20
2010–11 WAPDA (4) 67 Khan Research Laboratories 58 PIA 57   Arif Mehmood (WAPDA) 21
2011–12 Khan Research Laboratories (2) 77 Afghan 57 Pakistan Army 57   Jadid Khan Pathan (Afghan) 22
2012–13 Khan Research Laboratories (3) 71 K-Electric 62 Muslim 62   Kaleemullah Khan (Khan Research Laboratories) 35
2013–14 Khan Research Laboratories (4) 66 K-Electric 64 WAPDA 63   Kaleemullah Khan (Khan Research Laboratories) 18
2014–15 K-Electric (1) 48 Pakistan Army 45 Air Force 42   Muhammad Rasool (K-Electric) 22
2018–19 Khan Research Laboratories (5) 51 Air Force 51 Sui Southern Gas 50   Ansar Abbas (Pakistan Army) 15

Total titles wonEdit

Teams in bold compete in the Premier League as of the 2018–19 season.[4]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Pakistan Airlines1
9
5
1970–71, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1996–97
WAPDA
8
5
1982–83, 1990–91, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
Punjab2
8
1
1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1988–89, 1989–90
Karachi3
6
5
1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1978–79, 1979-80
Khan Research Laboratories
5
2
2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2018–19
Pakistan Army
4
4
1992–93, 1994–95, 2005-06, 2006–07
Allied Bank†
3
2
1996–97, 1998–99, 1999-00
Pakistan Railways
2
9
1968–69, 1983–84
Balochistan4
3
1
1949–50, 1955–56, 1958–59
Sindh5
2
3
1948–49, 1974–75
Crescent Textiles Mills†
2
0
1986–87, 1993–94
Dacca
2
0
1960–61, 1961–62
K-Electric
1
2
2014–15
East Pakistan
1
1
1959–60
Pakistan Air Force
1
1
1985–86
Peshawar
1
1
1967–68
Chittagong
1
0
1969–70
Quetta
1
0
1984–85
NWFP
0
3
Afghan Chaman
0
1
Habib Bank
0
1
Karachi Port Trust
0
1
Lahore
0
1
Pakistan Navy
0
1
Sindh Government Press
0
1

Note: † represents dissolved teams.

Total titles won by provincesEdit

Punjab has dominated the football league in Pakistan with a total of 31 league titles won between three cities; Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Sindh based Karachi and East Bengal based Dacca dominated the league from 1960 to 1965; Dacca winning consecutive titles from 1960-61 and 1961-62, and Karachi winning back to back three titles from 1962-63, 1963-64 and 1964-65.[1][2]

Province Number of titles Clubs
  Punjab
32
WAPDA (8), Punjab (8), Khan Research Laboratories (5), Pakistan Army (4), Allied Bank (3), Pakistan Railways (2), Crescent Textiles Mill (2)
  Sindh
18
Pakistan Airlines (9), Karachi (6), Sindh (2), K-Electric (1)
  Balochistan
4
Balochistan (3), Quetta (1)
  East Bengal (now Bangladesh)
3
Dacca (2), Chittagong (1)
  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP)
2
Pakistan Air Force (1), Peshawar (1)

By City / TownEdit

City / Town Championships Clubs
Lahore
19
WAPDA (8), Punjab (8), Allied Bank (3)
Karachi
18
Pakistan Airlines (9), Karachi (6), Sindh (2), K-Electric (1)
Rawalpindi
11
Khan Research Laboratories (5), Pakistan Army (4), Pakistan Railways (2)
Quetta
4
Balochistan (3), Quetta (1)
Peshawar
2
Pakistan Air Force (1), Peshawar (1)
Dhaka
2
Dacca (2)
Faisalabad
2
Crescent Textile Mill (2)
Chittagong
1
Chittagong (1)

Multiple trophy winsEdit

Only three clubs have won double in Pakistan football.

Team Season Trophies
Allied Bank Limited 1998–99 National Football League, PFF President's Cup
Crescent Textile Mills 1986–87 National League Football, President-PFF Cup
Khan Research Laboratories 2009–10 Pakistan Premier League, National Football Challenge Cup
2011–12 Pakistan Premier League, National Football Challenge Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ahsan, Ali (December 23, 2010). "A history of football in Pakistan — Part II". DAWN News. DAWN. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ahsan, Ali (December 23, 2010). "A history of football in Pakistan — Part III". DAWN News. DAWN. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Ali Wahidi, Syed Akber (March 17, 2016). "Pakistan - List of Champions". RSSSF. RSSSF. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Safi, Ali Zeb (July 30, 2018). "PPFL TO BEGIN FROM SEPTEMBER 1". Football Pakistan. FPDC. Retrieved October 8, 2018.