Al-Fayha FC

Al Fayha FC
Al Fayha FC logo.png
Full nameAl Fayha Football Club
Nickname(s)Al Burtuqali (The Orange)
Tawahin Sudair (The Mills of Sudair)
Founded1953; 70 years ago (1953)
GroundKing Salman Sport City Stadium
Capacity7,000
ChairmanAbdullah Abanmy
ManagerVuk Rašović
LeaguePro League
Pro LeaguePro League, 10th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al Fayha FC (Arabic: نادي الفيحاء السعودي) is a professional football club based in Al Majma'ah, that plays in the Saudi Professional League, the first tier of Saudi Football. It was founded in 1953.

Al Fayha's colors are orange and blue, hence the nickname "Al-Burtuqali." Al-Fayha have won the Saudi Second Division once in the 2013–14 season and have finished runners-up once in the 2003–04. On 29 April 2017, Al-Feiha won their first promotion to the Pro League and on 5 May 2017 won their first ever First Division title.[1]

The club plays their home games at King Salman Sport City Stadium in Al Majma'ah, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Faisaly and Al-Mujazzel.[2]

History

Al Fayha (Arabic: الفيحاء, romanizedal-fayḥāʿ, lit.'wide, extensive')[3] was founded in 1953 in Al Majma'ah and were officially registered on August 15, 1966. Al Fayha is one of the oldest clubs in the country and the oldest club in Al Majma'ah. Al Fayha is a merging of two different clubs, Minikh and Al-Fayha, who joined to become the only representative of Al Majma'ah.

Since the formation of the club, Al Fayha has played a continuous role in the service of the youth in Al-Majma'ah. Al Fayha is considered to be one of the most active and interactive clubs in the city, often acting as a safe haven for the youth.[4]

Al Fayha won their first-ever promotion to the First Division in 1985 and spent five consecutive seasons in the First Division before getting relegated at the end of the 1989–90 season. After an absence of 14 years, Al-Fayha returned to the First Division after finishing as runners-up in the 2003–04 Second Division. Al Fayha spent 4 consecutive seasons in the First Division before getting relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season. They were then promoted once again during the 2013–14 season when they won the Second Division title. On 29 April 2017, Al-Fayha won promotion to the Pro League for the first time in their history following their 2–1 home win against Ohod.[5] They were crowned champions of the 2016–17 Saudi First Division for the first time on 5 May 2017 after drawing Wej 1–1 away from home.[6]

Al-Fayha spent three consecutive seasons in the Saudi top flight, performing above expectations in their debut season and barely escaping relegation in their second season, however they couldn't avoid relegation in the 2019–20 season, losing 0-1 to Al-Taawoun in the final matchday. In their first season back in the Saudi First Division Al-Fayha managed to achieve promotion back to the top flight following a 0–0 home draw with Al-Tai on the 20th of May 2021, as well as finishing the season as runners-up with 81 points. In their first season back in the Pro League Al Fayha acquired the services of players such as; veteran Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković, Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Macedonian international Aleksandar Trajkovski. Vuk Rašović managed his squad with a direct play approach along with disciplined organisation, and as a result the club has had the best defensive record in the 2021-22 league.

Al-Fayha partook in the 2021–22 King Cup, with their first match being against Abha whom they routed 4-0 to progress to the quarter-finals. In the quarter-final they faced Al-Batin, whom they beat 2-1. In the semi-final they were up against Al-Ittihad in a highly contested and hard fought match in which Al-Fayha came up on top to win 1-0 and advance to a historic first cup final. Al-Fayha would face Al-Hilal in the final. The two sides were locked at 1-1 after extra time with Al Fayha prevailing in the penalty shootout thanks to a superb performance from their Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic to clinch their maiden Saudi King’s Cup at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.[7] In doing so, Al-Fayha qualified for the 2023–24 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs.

Honours

Saudi First Division

Saudi Second Division

  • Winners (2): 1984–85, 2013–14
  • Runners-up (1): 2003–04 [1]

King Cup

Current squad

As of 24 July 2021:[8][9]

No Position Player Nation
1 GK Moslem Al Freej  Saudi Arabia
2 DF Mukhair Al-Rashidi  Saudi Arabia
3 DF Bander Nasser  Saudi Arabia
4 DF Sami Al-Khaibari (captain)  Saudi Arabia
5 DF Naif Almas  Saudi Arabia
6 MF Saud Zidan  Saudi Arabia
7 MF Aleksandar Trajkovski  North Macedonia
8 MF Abdulrahman Al-Safri  Saudi Arabia
9 FW Anthony Nwakaeme  Nigeria
10 MF Víctor Ruiz  Spain
11 MF Khalid Kaabi  Saudi Arabia
14 DF Sultan Al-Harbi  Saudi Arabia
16 MF Ali Al-Nemer  Saudi Arabia
17 DF Abdullah Al-Shamekh  Saudi Arabia
18 MF Paulinho (on loan from Al-Shabab)  Brazil
19 FW Mohammed Majrashi  Saudi Arabia
22 DF Mohammed Al-Baqawi  Saudi Arabia
23 FW Milan Pavkov  Serbia
26 MF Ali Al-Zaqaan  Saudi Arabia
27 MF Sultan Mandash  Saudi Arabia
30 GK Rayan Al-Enezi  Saudi Arabia
33 DF Hussein Al-Shuwaish  Saudi Arabia
37 MF Ricardo Ryller  Brazil
55 GK Faisel Masrahi  Saudi Arabia
66 MF Mohammed Abousaban  Saudi Arabia
80 DF Osama Al-Khalaf  Saudi Arabia
88 GK Vladimir Stojković  Serbia
98 DF Muhannad Al-Qaydhi  Saudi Arabia
99 FW Malek Al-Abdulmenem  Saudi Arabia

Managerial history

  • Tunisia Youssef Baati (2001 – 2002)
  • Tunisia Habibe Othmani (August 1, 2002 – November 2, 2002)
  • Tunisia Hassan Oueslati (November 2, 2002 – May 1, 2003)
  • Tunisia Rasheed Ben Ammar (August 1, 2003 – June 6, 2004)
  • Brazil Lula (October 11, 2004 – April 23, 2005)
  • Saudi Arabia Ali Komaikh (April 23, 2005 – May 18, 2005)
  • Saudi Arabia Turki Al-Sultan (caretaker) (May 18, 2005 – June 1, 2005)
  • Tunisia Zouhair Louati (June 25, 2005 – March 10, 2006)
  • Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Qarmalah (caretaker) (March 10, 2006 – May 1, 2006)
  • Tunisia Hichem Grioui (July 14, 2006 – November 25, 2006)
  • Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Qarmalah (caretaker) (November 25, 2006 – December 17, 2006)
  • Tunisia Zouhair Louati (December 17, 2006 – May 10, 2007)
  • Tunisia Ghazi Ghrairi (July 30, 2007 – February 19, 2008)
  • Egypt Bahaaeddine Qebisi (February 19, 2008 – April 27, 2008)
  • Tunisia Zouhair Ghodbani (April 27, 2008 – April 30, 2008)
  • Saudi Arabia Hamdan Al-Jara'ah (caretaker) (April 30, 2008 – May 17, 2008)
  • Tunisia Nasser Nefzi (July 1, 2008 – January 13, 2009)
  • Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Qarmalah (January 13, 2009 – March 23, 2009)
  • Egypt Mohammed Farouk (March 23, 2009 – October 18, 2009)
  • Tunisia Selim Al Manga (October 20, 2009 – May 10, 2010)
  • Tunisia Yousri bin Kahla (July 1, 2010 – December 5, 2010)
  • Tunisia Selim bin Gholis (caretaker) (December 5, 2010 – December 11, 2010)
  • Tunisia Selim Al Manga (December 11, 2010 – May 10, 2011)
  • Egypt Mohammed Farouk (July 1, 2011 – December 1, 2011)
  • Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Qarmalah (caretaker) (December 1, 2011 – December 17, 2011)
  • Tunisia Moncef Mcharek (December 17, 2011 – April 17, 2013)
  • Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat (April 17, 2013 – August 21, 2013)
  • Tunisia Makram Abdullah (August 23, 2013 – May 1, 2014)
  • Tunisia Ahmed Labyad (May 7, 2014 – November 12, 2014)
  • Tunisia Abderrazek Chebbi (November 13, 2014 – May 1, 2015)
  • Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Masri (June 9, 2015 – September 20, 2015)
  • Tunisia Lassaad Maamar (September 28, 2015 – May 2, 2016)
  • Tunisia Habib Ben Romdhane (May 2, 2016 – May 10, 2017)
  • Romania Constantin Gâlcă (May 20, 2017 – November 1, 2017)
  • Argentina Gustavo Costas (November 1, 2017 – October 15, 2018)
  • Serbia Slavoljub Muslin (October 15, 2018 – February 2, 2019)
  • Algeria Noureddine Zekri (February 5, 2019 – May 17, 2019)
  • Portugal Jorge Simão (June 8, 2019 – August 27, 2020)
  • Saudi Arabia Yousef Al-Ghadeer (August 27, 2020 – September 10, 2020)
  • Tunisia Habib Ben Romdhane (September 24, 2020 – June 1, 2021)
  • Serbia Vuk Rašović (June 21, 2021 – )

References

  1. ^ a b "رسالة - نادي الفيحاء السعودي". www.alfiha.com.
  2. ^ "ملعب مدينة المجمعة الرياضية". www.kooora.com.
  3. ^ Wortabet, John; Porter, Harvey (December 5, 1995). "Arabic-English English-Arabic Dictionary". Hippocrene Books – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "رسالة - نادي الفيحاء السعودي". www.alfiha.com.
  5. ^ "رسمياً.. الفيحاء أول الصاعدين إلى دوري جميل". dawriplus. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  6. ^ "مسيرة للاعبي الفيحاء بـ "الباص المكشوف" بعد الصعود لدوري جميل". sportksa. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Al Fayha upset Al Hilal to win historic Saudi King's Cup". the-AFC. Retrieved 2022-06-20.
  8. ^ "التشكيلة". kooora.
  9. ^ "اللاعبين". Retrieved 1 January 2019.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Official Twitter
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