2016–17 Saudi Professional League

Professional League
Season2016–17
ChampionsAl-Hilal
RelegatedAl-Khaleej
Al-Wehda
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Hilal
Al-Ahli
Matches played182
Goals scored549 (3.02 per match)
Top goalscorerOmar Al Somah (24 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Hilal 6–0 Al-Wehda
(8 December 2016)
Biggest away winAl-Khaleej 1–6 Al-Hilal
(20 October 2016)
Highest scoringAl-Faisaly 3–6 Al-Ahli
(1 December 2016)
Longest winning run7 games[1]
Al-Ahli
Longest unbeaten run19 games[2]
Al-Hilal
Longest winless run11 games[3]
Al-Ettifaq
Longest losing run6 games[4]
Al-Wehda
Highest attendance59,174[5]
Al-Hilal 5–1 Al-Nassr
(4 May 2017)
Lowest attendance63[5]
Al-Qadisiyah 1–1 Al-Batin
(18 February 2017)
Average attendance6,980[6]
All statistics correct as of 4 May 2017.

The 2016–17 Saudi Professional League (also known as the Jameel League for sponsorship reasons) was the 41st season of Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its inception in 1976. The season started on 11 August 2016 and concluded on 4 May 2017.[7]

Al-Hilal won their fourteenth league title, and first since the 2010–11 season, with two matches to spare following a 2–1 win over Al-Shabab on 20 April.[8] The defending champions were Al-Ahli[9] who finished as runners-up.

Al-Ettifaq and Al-Batin entered as the two promoted teams from the 2015–16 Saudi First Division.

Teams

The league comprises 14 teams, 11 from the 2015–16 campaign, as well as two teams promoted from the 2015–16 First Division and the relegation play-off winners.

On the final day of the season Al-Mojzel won the First Division title and their first-ever promotion to the top flight after a 3–2 win against Al-Jeel.[10] Al-Ettifaq were also promoted after they finished in 2nd place,[10] it will be their first participation in the Pro League since the 2013–14 season. The two promoted teams replaced Najran and Hajer. Al-Raed were relegation play-off winners.[11]

On 3 August 2016, Al-Mojzel were stripped of their tile and were instead relegated to the Second Division due to a match fixing scandal. The SAFF decided to promote Al-Batin instead.[12][13]

Stadiums and locations

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Al-Ahli Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,000
Al-Batin Hafar al-Batin Al-Batin Club Stadium 6,000
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 21,701
Al-Faisaly Harmah King Salman Sport City Stadium (Al Majma'ah) 5,200
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 19,096
Al-Hilal[A] Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium 62,685
Al-Ittihad Jeddah King Abdullah Sports City 62,000
Al-Khaleej Saihat Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium (Khobar) 11,000
Al-Nassr[A] Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium 62,685
Al-Qadisiyah Khobar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 11,000
Al-Raed Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600
Al-Shabab[A] Riyadh King Fahd International Stadium 62,685
Al-Taawoun Buraidah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 23,600
Al-Wehda Makkah King Abdul Aziz Stadium 33,195
Notes
  1. ^
    Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr and Al-Shabab use Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium (22,500 seats) as home stadium.

Personnel and kits

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Al-Ahli Switzerland Christian Gross Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim Puma
Al-Batin Saudi Arabia Khalid Al Koroni Saudi Arabia Naif Eisa skillano
Al-Ettifaq Netherlands Eelco Schattorie Saudi Arabia Hassan Kadesh Kappa Al-Majdouie Hyundai
Al-Faisaly Italy Giovanni Solinas Saudi Arabia Omar Abdulaziz Erreà Aldrees
Al-Fateh Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal Saudi Arabia Hamdan Al-Hamdan Romai Al-Majdouie Hyundai
Al-Hilal Argentina Ramón Díaz Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani Nike Mobily
Al-Ittihad Chile José Sierra Saudi Arabia Adnan Fallatah Joma
Al-Khaleej Tunisia Jalal Qaderi Saudi Arabia Abdulla Al Salem Joma Al-Majdouie Hyundai
Al-Nassr France Patrice Carteron Saudi Arabia Hussein Abdulghani Saudi Sporta Mobily
Al-Qadisiyah Saudi Arabia Bandar Basreh Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi Lotto Hokail Dental Clinic
Al-Raed Tunisia Nacif Beyaoui Saudi Arabia Jufain Al-Bishi Hattrick
Al-Shabab Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber Saudi Arabia Ahmed Otaif Romai
Al-Taawoun Portugal José Gomes Syria Jehad Al-Hussain Joma Herfy
Al-Wehda Egypt Adel Abdel Rahman Saudi Arabia Waleed Mahboob Erreà

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Pos. Incoming manager Date of appointment
Al-Faisaly Romania Liviu Ciobotariu 17 May 2016[14] Sacked Pre-season Brazil Hélio dos Anjos 23 May 2016[15]
Al-Hilal Greece Giorgos Donis 18 May 2016[16] Saudi Arabia Abdullatif Al-Hussaini (interim) 18 May 2016[16]
Al-Fateh Tunisia Nacif Beyaoui 29 May 2016[17] End of contract Portugal Ricardo Sá Pinto 29 May 2016[17]
Al-Taawoun Portugal José Gomes 29 May 2016[18] Signed for Al-Ahli Netherlands Darije Kalezić 2 June 2016[19]
Al-Ahli Switzerland Christian Gross 30 May 2016[20] End of contract Portugal José Gomes 31 May 2016[21]
Al-Khaleej Tunisia Jalal Qaderi 30 May 2016 Belgium Patrick De Wilde 9 June 2016[22]
Al-Nassr Spain Raúl Caneda 21 June 2016 Sacked Croatia Zoran Mamić 21 June 2016
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia Abdullatif Al-Hussaini 12 June 2016[23] Interim period ended Uruguay Gustavo Matosas 12 June 2016[23]
Al-Raed Serbia Aleksandar Ilić 16 June 2016[24] End of contract Tunisia Nacif Beyaoui 12 June 2016[24]
Al-Shabab Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal 22 June 2016 Resigned Saudi Arabia Sami Al-Jaber 22 June 2016
Al-Ittihad Romania Victor Pițurcă 28 July 2016 Chile José Sierra 28 July 2016
Al-Khaleej Belgium Patrick De Wilde 30 August 2016[25] Mutual consent 12th Tunisia Jalal Qaderi 30 August 2016[25]
Al-Hilal Uruguay Gustavo Matosas 22 September 2016[26] Sacked 3rd Romania Ciprian Panait (interim) 22 September 2016[26]
Al-Fateh Portugal Ricardo Sá Pinto 23 September 2016[27] Mutual consent 14th Tunisia Fathi Al-Jabal 11 October 2016[28]
Al-Ahli Portugal José Gomes 30 September 2016[29] Sacked 5th Switzerland Christian Gross 3 October 2016[29]
Al-Hilal Romania Ciprian Panait 15 October 2016 Interim period ended 2nd Argentina Ramón Díaz 15 October 2016
Al-Taawoun Netherlands Darije Kalezić 16 October 2016[30] Sacked 11th Romania Constantin Gâlcă 18 October 2016[30]
Al-Qadisiyah Saudi Arabia Hamad Al-Dossari 29 October 2016[31] Resigned 13th Algeria Riadh Belkhir (interim) 29 October 2016[31]
Al-Ettifaq Tunisia Djamel Belkacem 29 October 2016[32] Sacked 7th Netherlands Eelco Schattorie (interim) 29 October 2016[32]
Al-Batin Egypt Adel Abdelrahman 6 November 2016 [33] Resigned 9th Saudi Arabia Khalid Al Koroni 6 November 2016 [34]
Al-Qadisiyah Algeria Riadh Belkhir 9 November 2016 [35] Interim period ended 13th Brazil Hélio dos Anjos 9 November 2016
Al-Faisaly Brazil Hélio dos Anjos 9 November 2016 Signed for Al-Qadisiyah 10th Morocco Fahd Elouarga (interim) 9 November 2016
Al-Ettifaq Netherlands Eelco Schattorie 10 November 2016 [36] Interim period ended 6th Spain Juan Garrido 10 November 2016
Al-Faisaly Morocco Fahd Elouarga 19 November 2016 [37] Interim period ended 9th Croatia Tomislav Ivković 19 November 2016
Al-Wehda Algeria Kheïreddine Madoui 9 December 2016 [38] Sacked 11th Egypt Badreldin Hamed (interim) 9 December 2016
Al-Wehda Egypt Badreldin Hamed 15 December 2016 [39] Interim period ended 13th Egypt Adel Abdelrahman 15 December 2016
Al-Nassr Croatia Zoran Mamić 28 January 2017 [40] Resigned 4th France Patrice Carteron 31 January 2017 [41]
Al-Ettifaq Spain Juan Garrido 18 February 2017[42] Mutual consent 8th Netherlands Eelco Schattorie 18 February 2017
Al-Faisaly Croatia Tomislav Ivković 19 February 2017 [43] Sacked 11th Italy Giovanni Solinas 20 February 2017 [44]
Al-Taawoun Romania Constantin Gâlcă 20 March 2017 [45] Resigned 5th Portugal José Gomes 21 March 2017 [46]
Al-Qadisiyah Brazil Hélio dos Anjos 22 April 2017 [47] Sacked 12th Saudi Arabia Bandar Basreh (interim) 22 April 2017

Foreign players

The number of foreign players is limited to 4 per team, and should not be a goalkeeper.[48]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Al-Ahli Egypt Mohamed Abdel Shafy Greece Giannis Fetfatzidis Iraq Saad Abdul-Amir Syria Omar Al Somah
Al-Batin Brazil Jhonnattann Brazil Jou Silva Brazil Tarabai Brazil William Alves
Al-Ettifaq Burkina Faso Mohamed Koffi Cameroon Aminou Bouba Spain Juanmi Callejón Nigeria Michael Eneramo
Al-Faisaly Brazil Igor Rossi Brazil Luisinho Croatia Martin Maloča Romania Mircea Axente
Al-Fateh Brazil Sandro Manoel Portugal Ukra Tunisia Abdelkader Oueslati Tunisia Lamjed Chehoudi
Al-Hilal Brazil Carlos Eduardo Brazil Léo Bonatini Syria Omar Khribin Uruguay Nicolás Milesi
Al-Ittihad Chile Carlos Villanueva Egypt Kahraba Kuwait Fahad Al Ansari Tunisia Ahmed Akaïchi
Al-Khaleej Brazil Jandson Guinea Boubacar Fofana Mauritania Ismail Diakhité Senegal Adama François
Al-Nassr Brazil Bruno Uvini Croatia Ivan Tomečak Croatia Marin Tomasov Paraguay Víctor Ayala
Al-Qadisiyah Brazil Bismark Brazil Élton Kuwait Ahmed Al-Dhefiri Nigeria Patrick Friday Eze
Al-Raed Brazil Adriano Brazil Daniel Amora Brazil Wander Luiz Guinea Ismaël Bangoura
Al-Shabab Algeria Djamel Benlamri Algeria Mohamed Benyettou Brazil Heberty Kuwait Saif Al Hashan
Al-Taawoun Morocco Mounir El Hamdaoui Portugal Ricardo Machado Romania Lucian Sânmărtean Syria Jehad Al-Hussain
Al-Wehda Egypt Ahmed Magdy Egypt Sherif Hazem Ghana Torric Jebrin Uruguay Adolfo Lima

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Hilal (C) 26 21 3 2 63 16 +47 66 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage
2 Al-Ahli 26 17 4 5 57 30 +27 55
3 Al-Nassr 26 16 4 6 44 25 +19 52[a]
4 Al-Ittihad[b] 26 17 4 5 57 37 +20 52[a]
5 Al-Raed 26 11 2 13 37 47 −10 35
6 Al-Shabab 26 8 9 9 28 32 −4 33
7 Al-Taawoun 26 9 4 13 33 40 −7 31
8 Al-Fateh 26 7 8 11 33 39 −6 29
9 Al-Faisaly 26 6 10 10 30 41 −11 28[c]
10 Al-Qadisiyah 26 6 10 10 38 38 0 28[c]
11 Al-Ettifaq 26 7 6 13 31 45 −14 27
12 Al-Batin (O) 26 6 8 12 31 43 −12 26 Qualification to relegation play-off
13 Al-Khaleej (R) 26 5 8 13 32 51 −19 23 Relegation to First Division
14 Al-Wehda (R) 26 5 2 19 35 65 −30 17
Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2017. Source: slstat.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Total goal difference; 5) Total goals scored; 6) Play-off (only for deciding champion, relegation and AFC competitions participation).[50]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Al-Nassr finished ahead of Al-Ittihad on head-to-head points: Al-Ittihad 0–1 Al-Nassr, Al-Nassr 1–1 Al-Ittihad
  2. ^ Al-Ittihad were docked 3 points for failing to pay over debts.[49]
  3. ^ a b Al-Faisaly finished ahead of Al-Qadisiyah on head-to-head points: Al-Qadisiyah 1–1 Al-Faisaly, Al-Faisaly 3–2 Al-Qadisiyah

Positions by round

The following table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve the chronological evolution, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. If a club from the Saudi Professional League wins the King Cup, they will qualify for the AFC Champions League, unless they have already qualified for it through their league position. In this case, an additional AFC Champions League group stage berth will be given to the 3rd placed team, and the AFC Champions League play-off round spot will be given to 4th.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-Hilal42432122111121111111111111
Al-Ahli11353555354432222243334432
Al-Nassr28565333233344343322222323
Al-Ittihad53111211422213434434443244
Al-Raed95979767778878879676776555
Al-Shabab811886444545555555555655676
Al-Taawoun10131011111110111087787787868567767
Al-Fateh141414141414141414141314141414141212131314121110108
Al-Faisaly346479111091111131212911101111111099999
Al-Qadisiyah710121313131313121312121091091199781010121110
Al-Ettifaq1362246766666666667899888811
Al-Batin1277108899111010991013108101010111112111212
Al-Khaleej111213910121212131214101111111213131414121313131313
Al-Wehda691112121088899111313121314141212131414141414
Leader
2018 AFC Champions League group stage
2018 AFC Champions League play-off round
Qualified for relegation play-off
Relegation to 2017–18 First Division
Source: slstat.com

Results

Home \ Away AHL BAT ETT FSY FAT HIL ITT KHJ NSR QAD RAE SHB TWN WHD
Al-Ahli 1–1 4–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 4–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 4–0
Al-Batin 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 4–3 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Al-Ettifaq 1–4 2–1 3–1 2–2 0–1 1–4 3–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 3–0 1–3
Al-Faisaly 3–6 2–2 3–3 0–0 0–2 2–4 3–1 1–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1
Al-Fateh 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–4 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 4–2
Al-Hilal 0–0 2–0 1–2 4–0 1–0 0–2 4–0 5–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 4–2 6–0
Al-Ittihad 1–4 2–0 4–1 2–2 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–1 4–2 3–2 0–1 3–1 1–0
Al-Khaleej 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–6 2–3 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 4–2
Al-Nassr 1–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
Al-Qadisiyah 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 0–1 3–1
Al-Raed 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 0–3 2–3 3–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 3–2 3–1
Al-Shabab 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–0
Al-Taawoun 2–3 4–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–1
Al-Wehda 1–3 5–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–3 3–5 1–2 0–3 2–5 2–1 1–2 3–2
Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2017. Source: slstat.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season progress

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Al-AhliWWLDWLWWWLWWWWWWWLLDWDDWWW
Al-BatinLWDLWDLLLDLWDLLWWLDDLDLWLD
Al-EttifaqLWWWDLLWWWLDDLLLLDLLLWDLDL
Al-FaisalyWDDWLLLLDLLLDDWLWLDDWWDLDD
Al-FatehLLDLDDLLDDWLLLLWWDLDLWWWDW
Al-HilalWWLWWWLWWWWWDWWWDWWWWWDWWW
Al-IttihadWWWDWLWWLWWWWWDWLWWLWDWWDL
Al-KhaleejLLDWLLLDLWLWLDDLLDLDWLWDDL
Al-NassrWLWLWWWWWLWDDWWLWWWDWDWLWL
Al-QadisiyahDDLLLDLDDLWDWDLWDWDWLLLLDW
Al-RaedLWLWLWWLLDLLWLLWLWDWLLWWLW
Al-ShababDLWDWWWWDDLDDDWLLDLDLWLLLW
Al-TaawounLLWDLDWLDWWLLWLLWLWLWLLDWL
Al-WehdaWLLLLWWLDLLLLLWLLLWDLLLLLL
Source: slstat.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lose

Relegation play-offs

Al-Batin which finished 12th will face Najran, the 3rd-placed 2016–17 Saudi First Division side for a two-legged play-off. Al-Batin beat Najran 3–2 on aggregate.[51]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Najran 2–3 Al-Batin 0–1 2–2

First leg

Najran0–1Al-Batin
Report Tarabai 16'

Second leg

Al-Batin2–2Najran
Jorge Santos 39'
Dakheel 55'
Report Al-Mansor 51'
Al-Robeai 52'
Referee: Turki Al-Khudair

Statistics

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date Ref.
Saudi Arabia Mansor Hamzi Al-Faisaly Al-Khaleej 3–1 12 August 2016 [54]
Egypt Kahraba4 Al-Ittihad Al-Wehda 5–3 18 September 2016 [55]
Algeria Mohamed Benyettou Al-Shabab Al-Ahli 3–2 18 September 2016 [55]
Saudi Arabia Mukhtar Fallatah Al-Wehda Al-Batin 5–1 29 October 2016 [56]
Syria Omar Al Somah4 Al-Ahli Al-Khaleej 4–1 29 October 2016 [56]
Brazil Jandson Al-Khaleej Al-Wehda 4–2 14 April 2017
Syria Omar Kharbin Al-Hilal Al-Nassr 5–1 4 May 2017

4 Player scored four goals

Clean sheets

As of 4 May 2017
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Mayouf Al-Hilal 13
2 Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Shammari Al-Taawoun 7
Saudi Arabia Waleed Abdullah Al-Nassr
4 Saudi Arabia Mazyad Freeh Al-Batin 6
5 Saudi Arabia Hussain Shae'an Al-Nassr 5
6 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Al-Rehaili Al-Ahli 4
Saudi Arabia Mustafa Malayekah Al-Faisaly

Attendances

By round

2016–17 Professional League Attendance
Round Total GP. Avg. Per Game
Round 1 42,303 7 6,043
Round 2 33,135 7 4,734
Round 3 20,361 7 2,909
Round 4 66,445 7 9,492
Round 5 45,460 7 6,494
Round 6 61,352 7 8,765
Round 7 48,886 7 6,984
Round 8 50,102 7 7,157
Round 9 36,805 7 5,258
Round 10 67,399 7 9,628
Round 11 51,322 7 7,332
Round 12 37,001 7 5,286
Round 13 59,460 7 8,494
Round 14 59,107 7 8,444
Round 15 37,047 7 5,292
Round 16 88,613 7 12,659
Round 17 75,441 7 10,777
Round 18 25,890 7 3,699
Round 19 51,509 7 7,358
Round 20 82,696 7 11,814
Round 21 32,435 7 4,634
Round 22 28,931 7 4,133
Round 23 27,060 7 3,866
Round 24 38,754 7 5,536
Round 25 30,719 7 4,388
Round 26 72,199 7 10,314
Total 1,270,432 182 6,949

Source:[57]

By team

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Al-Ittihad 330,291 53,661 6,686 25,407 +11.8%
2 Al-Ahli 268,951 51,659 2,241 20,689 −25.4%
3 Al-Hilal 200,037 59,174 3,921 15,387 +29.6%
4 Al-Nassr 99,258 27,181 1,422 7,635 +20.7%
5 Al-Raed 75,953 15,192 1,723 5,843 +23.5%
6 Al-Taawoun 65,329 11,966 2,404 5,025 −10.4%
7 Al-Ettifaq 48,976 14,640 506 3,767 n/a

8 Al-Fateh 43,989 8,071 1,097 3,384 +18.3%
9 Al-Shabab 36,407 12,815 525 2,801 −4.7%
10 Al-Batin 33,921 5,222 473 2,609 n/a

11 Al-Qadisiyah 22,341 5,820 63 1,719 −36.2%
12 Al-Wehda 20,284 5,006 276 1,560 −46.6%
13 Al-Khaleej 14,813 5,242 103 1,139 −19.7%
14 Al-Faisaly 9,882 2,506 204 760 +58.0%
League total 1,270,432 59,174 63 6,980 +1.1%

Updated to games played on 4 May 2017
Source: [58][5][59]
Notes:
Teams played previous season in First Division.

See also

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