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Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia)

Al-Shabab FC
Full name Al Shabab Football Club
Nickname(s) White Lions
The Sheikh (Chief) فخر الوطن
Founded 1947
Ground King Fahd Stadium
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ground Capacity 61,781
Chairman Khalid bin Sa'ad
Manager Reinhard Stumpf
League Saudi Premier League

Al-Shabab FC (Arabic: نادي الشباب‎) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Riyadh. It was founded in 1947, and was named at first Shabab AlRiyadh, but later in 1967 was named Al Shabab. Al Shabab is well known in Saudi Arabia as one of the best in football. Al Shabab club is also well known for producing great players, as Saeed Al-Owairan who scored the crucial goal for Saudi Arabia against Belgium in the 1994 World Cup. Also Fuad Amin, who scored Saudi Arabia's first World Cup goal against Netherlands. Al Shabab is also known for selling many players to other Saudi clubs, as Ruda Tokar (Ittihad) and Abdulaziz AlKhatran (Al-Hilal).


Al Shabab was the first football club in Riyadh. The club began in 1947, with many conflicts before with its numerous members, but it was settled in 1947 and Abdulrahman Bin Saeed was the president. 5 years later, Al Shabab won its first tournament beating Sakit AlHadeed (Railway Club) in Riyadh. Then 3 years later, in 1955 Al Shabab beat the Military College to win the King Saud Cup. 2 years passed, and a new conflict arose in 1957. The player, Saleh Jaber, was assigned captain, but then was fired, and the new captain was Ahmed Lmfoon. This did not please some members of the club. Soon the conflict was impossible to solve, and Abdulrahman Bin Saeed and some members, left Al Shabab and created a new football club, which is the club known today as Al-Hilal. The club stopped for half a year due to financial weakness after the departure of its founder Abdulrahman Bin Saeed. Then in the beginning of 1959 another problem began, Abdullah Bin Ahmed, the president then, was all alone taking care of the club. He couldn't take the pressure of handling the club alone, and decided to take a vacation abroad. Before traveling, he disbanded the first team, and most of the players signed for other clubs mainly Ahli Jeddah and Al-Hilal FC. What was left was the youth team, and the player Abdulrahman Bin Ahmed decided to take care of the youth team. Soon Abdullah Bin Ahmed returned, and many members returned and supported the club. Then Abdullah Bin Ahmed announced the return of forming the first team, and some players returned, but some stayed at Ahli and Al-Hilal FC. Also in 1959 was the formation of the Saudi Football Federation, and all football clubs were announced official. In 1960 in the first official tournament called King Saud Cup for the Central Province, Al Shabab faced Al Hilal in their first official games between the two, and won 3–0 to win their first cup.

In the 1960s, everyone wanted to play and be part of the club, and after the request of Al Najmah FC and Al Marekh in 1967, they were united as one club and changed their name from Shabab Riyadh, to simply Al Shabab. The colors of the team were at first white and green, then they were changed after the unification to orange and blue, but in 1977 it was changed to white, gray, and black, the current colors. In 1975 Al Shabab was delegated to the 1st Division. But the next season it was able to win 1st place, and was relegated back to the Premier League in 1976. In 1993, Al Shabab became the first club in Saudi Arabia to win 3 premier leagues in a row. In 2007, Al Shabab became the first club in Saudi Arabia to build projects to increase the club's revenue, and began a 200 million dollar project which contains a 5 star hotel, and a shopping mall. During a visit to the club in January 2008, Al Shabab's main supporter, Khalid bin Sultan, announced the launch of two new projects, Al Laith TV Channel, and Al Shabab Museum.


Performance in AFC competitions


  • First Saudi club to win three Saudi Premier League in a row (1991, 1992, and 1993).
  • First Saudi club to win the professional and new Saudi Premier League, in 1991. Also first Saudi club to win the Saudi Champions Cup in 2008.
  • Only club in the world to play two games in one day, in 1999 in the afternoon in the Arab Elite Cup final, and at night in the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal. This was due to bad planning by the Saudi FA, in which Al Shabab decided to use two teams, one in Syria to play the Arabic final, and another composed of the starting players in Riyadh to play the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal, in which they lost the Arabic final, but won the Crown Prince Cup.
  • Largest margin win was against Al Shoalah during a friendly tournament in 2007, 8–0. Largest margin win in an official game was against Al Tai in the Saudi Premier League in 2003, 7–0. Largest margin win against a high-ranked club was 6–1 against Al-Nasr in the Saudi Premier League 2004.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Waleed Abdullah
2 DF Abdullah Al-Astaa
3 DF Sayyaf Al-Beeshi
4 DF Amer Haroon
5 DF Tareq Khattab
6 MF Omar Al-Ghamdi
7 MF Rafinha
8 MF Abdulmagid Al-Sulaihem
9 FW Naif Hazazi
10 FW Rogério
11 MF Ahmed Otaif
12 MF Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri
13 DF Hassan Muath
No. Position Player
14 DF Abdullah Shuhail
15 MF Abdoh Otaif
16 FW Essa Al-Mehyani
17 DF Abduallh Al Dossari
18 MF Abdul-Majid Al-Ruwaili
20 FW Park Chu-young
25 DF Majed Al-Marshedi
27 MF Saeed Al-Dosari
28 DF Hamad Al-Jizani
30 MF Badr Al-Sulaitin
31 MF Abdulaziz Al-Bishi
33 GK Mohammed Al-Owais
45 MF Nader Al-Mowalad

Out on Loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player

World Cup Players


Current board of directors and Administrators

Office Name
President Khalid Bin Sa'ad
Vice-president Abdullah Bin Saeed
Member of the Board,Investment Officer TBA
Member of the Board,Secretary-General Abdullah Al Qurini
Member of the Board, Director of the Media Center Khaled Al Nowaiser

Current technical staff

Position Name
Manager Reinhard Stumpf
U 23 team coach Adel Abdulrahman
U 20 team coach TBA
U 17 team coach TBA
Goalkeeping coach khoder Abdulaziz
Fitness coach João Pedro Cunha
technical assistant TBA
Club doctor Carl William


Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P CC CPC PFC AFC Other Competitions Manager
2000–01 SPL 7 22 7 6 9 28 29 −1 27 Winner Winner
2001–02 SPL 9 22 5 7 10 24 30 −6 22 Runner-up
2002–03 SPL 6 22 11 5 6 36 22 14 38 Quarter-final Semi-final
2003–04 SPL 2 22 12 6 4 50 27 23 42 Quarter-final Semi-final Zé Mario
2004–05 SPL 1 22 14 6 2 42 16 26 48 Quarter-final Group Stage Group Stage Daniel Romeo
2005–06 SPL 1 22 13 6 3 47 22 25 45 Semi-final Semi-final Quarter-final Abdulateef Alhusayni
2006–07 SPL 4 22 14 2 6 45 27 18 44 Quarter-final Semi-final Group Stage Humberto Coelho
2007–08 SPL 3 22 11 9 2 39 21 18 42 Winner Semi-final Semi-final Round 32 Enzo Trossero
2008–09 SPL 4 22 10 5 7 37 29 8 35 Winner Runner-up Winner Round of 16 Enzo Trossero
2009–10 SPL 4 22 11 7 4 36 23 +13 40 Semi-final Semi-final Winner Semi-final Jaime Pacheco
2010–11 SPL 4 26 13 7 6 42 30 +11 46 Quarter-final Round of 16 Winner Round of 16 Jorge Fossati
2011–12 SPL 1 26 19 7 0 50 16 +34 64 Quarter-final Quarter-final 4th Did not qualify Michel Preud'homme
2012–13 SPL 3 26 17 5 4 53 36 +17 56 Runner-up Round of 16 6th Quarter-final Michel Preud'homme
2013–14 SPL 4 26 9 10 7 42 38 +4 37 Winner Semi-final 4th Round of 16 Ammar Souayah

Last updated: 10 September 2011
Div. = Division; SPL = Saudi Premier League; ZSL = Zain Saudi League; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost
GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; GD = Goal difference P = Points
CC = Champions Cup; CPC = Crown Prince Cup; PFC = Prince Faisal Cup
ARCL = Arab Champions League; ACL = AFC Champions League;GCC = Gulf Club Champions Cup;CWC = Asian Cup Winners Cup;ASC = Asian Super Cup
Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up.


Top 10 AFC Champions League Clubs

Games W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Ittihad FC 66 37 14 15 134 67 67 125
2 Sepahan FC 60 29 15 16 91 63 28 102
3 FC Pakhtakor Tashkent 63 29 11 23 87 79 8 98
4 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 51 31 3 17 111 65 46 96
5 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 44 28 8 8 108 47 61 92
6 Al-Hilal FC 53 25 15 13 86 60 26 90
7 Gamba Osaka 45 24 8 13 101 54 47 80
8 Sadd Sports Club 51 19 14 18 68 60 8 71
9 Al-Shabab Riyadh 43 21 7 15 57 47 10 70
10 FC Bunyodkor 44 20 10 14 60 57 3 70


  1. ^ "Mais de 40 anos vivendo futebol" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

External links

  • Official Website
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Preceded by
Shimizu S-Pulse
Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Dalian Shide

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