Al Nassr FC

Al Nassr
Logo Al-Nassr.png
Full nameAl Nassr Football Club
Nickname(s)Al-Aalami (The International Club)
Faris Najd (Knights of Najd)
Founded24 October 1955; 67 years ago (1955-10-24)[1]
GroundMrsool Park
Capacity25,000
ChairmanMusalli Al Muammar
Head coachRudi Garcia
LeaguePro League
2021–22Pro League, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al Nassr Football Club (Arabic: نادي النصر السعودي; Naṣr meaning Victory) is a Saudi Arabian football club based in Riyadh. Formed in 1955, the club plays its home games at the Mrsool Park. Their home colours are yellow and blue.

Al Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, Victory championships are estimated at 27 championships at the level of all competitions.[2]

At domestic level, the club has won nine Premier League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince's Cups, three Federation Cups and two Saudi Super Cups. At international level, they have won two GCC Champions Leagues and held the impressive feat of pulling a historic Asian double in 1998, by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and the Asian Super Cup.

History

Beginnings and triumphs (1955–1989)

Al Nassr was established in 1955 by Zeid Bin Mutlaq Al-Ja'ba Al-Dewish Al-Mutairi. Training took place in an old playground at Gashlat Al-Shortah west of Al-Fotah Garden where there was a small football field and a small room to store balls and shirts. In addition to the Al-Ja'ba brothers, Ali and Issa Al-Owais were among the first to work at the club.

The club operated as an amateur club until 1960 when it was registered officially with the General Presidency of Youth Welfare. It was at this time that Abdul Rahman bin Saud Al Saud became the head of Al Nassr. Al Nassr started in the second division of the league. They were promoted to the first division in 1963. During the 1970s and 1980s, the club won four Saudi Premier League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince Cups and three Federation Cup. The team's success was built around the "Saudi Golden Trio" of Majed Abdullah, Fahd Al-Herafy and Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan.

Majed Ahmed Abdullah is Al-Nassr's all-time leader in goals scored and appearances.

90s era (1989–2002)

In the 1990s, Al Nassr won two further Saudi Premier League titles, a King's Cup and a Federation Cup. They also had success in several international tournaments, winning two GCC Champions Leagues, one Asian Cup Winners' Cup and one Asian Super Cup. As a champion of Asian Super Cup Al-Nasser FC represent the AFC region in the first FIFA Club World Cup in Brazil in 2000. In the competition Al Nassr played against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Real Madrid and Raja Casablanca, and finished 3rd in the group. Al Nassr won the competition's Fair Play award.

Setbacks (2003–2007)

After the Golden Trio's retirement, Al Nassr went into some major setbacks. In 2006–07, the club only avoided relegation on the last day of the season, which prompted honorary members of the club to begin an effective long-term plan, to revolutionize management and team members.

Return to the Competitions (2014–present)

After a major overhaul of playing staff, Al Nassr went on to win the Federation Cup 2008 against city rivals, Al Hilal. The club finished third in 2009–10 securing Asian Champions League football for the following season. In 2011–12, Al Nassr saw itself on the King Cup's final, only to finish as a runners-up, and in 2012–13, Al Nassr continued its steady steps into returning to the Saudi giant it once was, where it reached the Crown Prince Cup final, only to lose to Al Hilal on penalties.

In 2013–14, Al Nassr finally achieved its long-term goal of returning to crowning stages, by earning an impressive double against city rivals Al Hilal on both league and Crown Prince cups. The team subsequently qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League following the astonishing accomplishment.

In the 2014–15 season, Al Nassr continued defending the title as holding champion, by winning the league, and reaching the King's Cup final, as well as qualifying for the Crown Prince's semi-final. The identity of a returning champion still persists within club halls.

In the 2018–19 season, Al Nassr won the league. As well as making it to the King's Cup semi finals, and the Asian Champions league quarter finals.

In both 2020 and 2021, Al Nassr saw themselves win the Saudi Super Cup In succession, beating Al Taawoun FC 1-1 (5-4p) in 2020, and beating their fierce city rivals, Al Hilal SFC, 3–0.

Crest and colors

Former club crest

Al Nassr is the Arabic word for "victory." Clubs with the same name are found in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Libya but the Saudi Arabian club was the first to take the name.

The club's logo represents the map of Arabia with yellow and blue colors. Yellow for the gorgeous sand of the Arabian deserts, and blue for the magnificent water in the Arabian Sea, the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. Recently the old logo has been replaced by a "more modern version", but still is heavily influenced by the old club logo. The new logo only represents the football team while the old logo represents the club as a whole.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor
2006–2008 Lotto Al-Jawal
2008–2010 STC
2010–2012 Nike
2012–2013 NFC
2013–2014 Nassrawi.com
2014–2017 Mobily
2017–2018 New Balance None
2018– Victory Etihad Airways

Players

As of 31 August 2022[3]

No Position Player Nation
1 GK Amin Bukhari  Saudi Arabia
2 DF Sultan Al-Ghannam  Saudi Arabia
3 DF Abdullah Madu  Saudi Arabia
4 DF Mohammed Al-Fatil  Saudi Arabia
5 DF Abdulelah Al-Amri  Saudi Arabia
7 MF Jaloliddin Masharipov  Uzbekistan
8 MF Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem  Saudi Arabia
9 FW Vincent Aboubakar  Cameroon
10 MF Pity Martínez  Argentina
11 MF Khalid Al-Ghannam  Saudi Arabia
13 DF Ghislain Konan  Ivory Coast
14 MF Sami Al-Najei  Saudi Arabia
16 FW Mohammed Maran  Saudi Arabia
17 MF Abdullah Al-Khaibari  Saudi Arabia
18 MF Luiz Gustavo  Brazil
19 MF Ali Al-Hassan  Saudi Arabia
20 DF Hamad Al Mansour  Saudi Arabia
21 DF Álvaro González  Spain
23 MF Ayman Yahya  Saudi Arabia
24 DF Mansour Al-Shammari  Saudi Arabia
25 GK David Ospina  Colombia
27 DF Majed Qasheesh  Saudi Arabia
29 MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb  Saudi Arabia
30 FW Meshari Al-Nemer  Saudi Arabia
31 GK Abdulaziz Al-Owairdhi  Saudi Arabia
33 GK Waleed Abdullah  Saudi Arabia
44 GK Nawaf Al-Aqidi  Saudi Arabia
45 MF Abdulfattah Asiri  Saudi Arabia
46 MF Abdulaziz Al-Aliwa  Saudi Arabia
55 DF Abdulaziz Al Faraj  Saudi Arabia
59 DF Yousef Haqawi  Saudi Arabia
78 DF Ali Lajami  Saudi Arabia
94 FW Talisca  Brazil

Unregistered players

No Position Player Nation
50 DF Abdulaziz Al-Alawi  Saudi Arabia
58 DF Aser Hawsawi  Saudi Arabia
DF Mohammed Qassem  Saudi Arabia
MF Khalid Haqawi  Saudi Arabia
FW Muhannad Barah  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan

No Position Player Nation
28 DF Kim Jin-su (on loan to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)  South Korea
52 MF Khalil Al-Absi (on loan to Al-Tai)  Saudi Arabia
53 MF Sultan Al-Anazi (on loan to Al-Qaisumah)  Saudi Arabia
54 MF Basil Al-Sayyali (on loan to Al-Hazem)  Saudi Arabia
57 GK Raed Ozaybi (on loan to Al-Faisaly)  Saudi Arabia
86 DF Nawaf Al-Mutairi (on loan to Al-Orobah)  Saudi Arabia
GK Abdulrahman Al-Shammari (on loan to Najran)  Saudi Arabia
MF Mukhtar Ali (on loan to Al-Tai)  Saudi Arabia
MF Nawaf Al-Osaimi (on loan to Al-Arabi)  Saudi Arabia
FW Abdulfattah Adam (on loan to Abha)  Saudi Arabia

Personnel

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head Coach France Rudi Garcia
Assistant Coach Portugal Arnaldo Teixeira
Fitness Coach Portugal Paulo Mourão
Assistant Fitness Coach Portugal Sérgio Botelho
Goalkeeping Coach Portugal Luis Esteves
Head of Medical Department Portugal Filipe Cymbron
Sport Nutritionist Portugal Luís Patrício
Physiotherapist Portugal Frederico Delgado
Physiotherapist Portugal Tiago Araújo
Physiotherapist Jordan Azeim Deeb
Masseur Romania Alexander Vlad
Translator Morocco Khaled Baker
Head Coach Youth Team Portugal Hélder Cristóvão
Assistant Coach Youth Team Portugal André de Sousa
Assistant Coach Youth Team Portugal Nuno Alves

Board members

Office Name
President Masli Al-Muamr
Vice President – There is not yet -
Member of the Board, Executive Director Ahmed Ghamdi
Member of the Board, Secretary-General Muhammad Al-Musbil
Member of the Board, Treasurer Muhammad Al-Shanifi
Member of the Board Muhammad Al-Shetawi
Member of the Board Turki Al-Shweier
Member of the Board Ibrahim Al-Deghether
Member of the Board AbdulKarim Al Mansour
Member of the Board Majed Al-Jam'an
Member of the Board, Director of the Media and Communication Dept. Abdulrahman Al-Shehri
Member of the Board, Director of Football

Former coaches

Presidential history

Abdul Rahman bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Al-Nassr president for more than 39 years.
No Name From To
1 Saudi Arabia Mr. Zeid Al-Ja'ba 1955 1956
2 Saudi Arabia Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed 1956 1960
3 Saudi Arabia Mr. Mohammed Asaad Al-Wehaibi 1960 1960
4 Saudi Arabia Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Odaini 1960 1960
5 Saudi Arabia Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1960 1969
6 Saudi Arabia Prince Sultan bin Saud 1969 1975
7 Saudi Arabia Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1975 1997
8 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1997 2000
9 Saudi Arabia Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2000 2005
10 Saudi Arabia Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2005 2006
11 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2006 2009
12 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Nasser 2009  2017

Honours

Al-Nassr have won a combined total of 20 national top-flight trophies as well as 8 regional and various friendly tournaments. The club holds various domestic and international records.[4] The club is recognized by FIFA as the first Asian club to play on an international level, as well as the first club in the world to win the FIFA Fair Play Award in the FIFA Club World Cup.[5][6] On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.[7][8][9]

National titles

International titles

Regional

  • Riyadh Region league
    • Winners (8): 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974

Friendly

Records and statistics

League Records

Asian Record

Overview

As of 26 April 2021
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League 58 27 15 16 84 63
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 14 10 2 2 19 17
Asian Super Cup 2 0 2 0 1 1
TOTAL 74 37 19 18 104 81

Record by country

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 066.67
 Iran 17 7 4 6 21 21 +0 041.18
 Japan 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 000.00
 Jordan 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 050.00
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
 Kuwait 4 3 0 1 5 5 +0 075.00
 Lebanon 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 075.00
 Qatar 16 5 6 5 21 25 −4 031.25
 Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
 South Korea 4 1 2 1 2 2 +0 025.00
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Turkmenistan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
 United Arab Emirates 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 050.00
 Uzbekistan 7 4 3 0 16 6 +10 057.14

Matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1R Lebanon Al-Ansar 2–1 2–1 4−2
QF Kuwait Kazma 2–1 1–0 3−1
SF Jordan Al-Ramtha 2–1 1–0 3−1
Final Japan Nissan 1–1 0–5 1−6
1995 Asian Club Championship 2R Kazakhstan Yelimay Semipalatinsk 1–0 3−0[A] 4−0
QF Qatar Al-Arabi
2–1
1st
Iran Saipa
0–0
Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat
1–0
SF Thailand Thai Farmers Bank
1–0
1–0
Final South Korea Ilhwa Chunma
0–1
0–1
1996–97 Asian Club Championship 1R United Arab Emirates Sharjah
w/o[B]
2R Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 4–0 0−1 4−1
QF Qatar Al-Rayyan
1–2
3rd
Iran Persepolis
3–2
Iraq Al-Zawraa
0–0
1997–98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
w/o[C]
QF Qatar Al-Ittihad 0–0 3–2 3−2
SF Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat
2–1
2−1
Final South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1–0
1−0
1998 Asian Super Cup Final South Korea Pohang Steelers 0–0 1–1 1−1 (a)
1998–99 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R Kuwait Kazma 2–1 0–3 2−4
2011 AFC Champions League Group B Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 4–0 2−2 2nd
Iran Esteghlal 2–1 1−2
Qatar Al-Sadd 1–1 0−1
R16 Iran Zob Ahan 1−4 1−4
2015 AFC Champions League Group A Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1–1 1−0 3rd
Qatar Lekhwiya 1–3 1−1
Iran Persepolis 3–0 0−1
2016 AFC Champions League Group B Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 3–3 1−0 3rd
Qatar Lekhwiya 1–1 0−4
Iran Zob Ahan 0–3 0−3
2019 AFC Champions League PO Uzbekistan AGMK 4–0 4–0
Group A United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl 3–1 0−1 2nd
Iran Zob Ahan 2–3 0−0
Iraq Al-Zawraa 4–1 2−1
R16 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 1−1 3−2 4–3
QF Qatar Al-Sadd 2−1 1−3 3–4
2020 AFC Champions League Group D Qatar Al-Sadd 2–2 1–1 1st
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 0−1 2−1
Iran Sepahan 2−0 2−0
R16 Saudi Arabia Al-Taawoun 1−0 1–0
QF Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2−0 2–0
SF Iran Persepolis 1–1 (3–5 p) 1–1 (3–5 p)
2021 AFC Champions League Group D Jordan Al-Wehdat 1–2 0–0 1st
Qatar Al-Sadd 3−1 2–1
Iran Foolad 2−0 1−1
R16 Iran Tractor 1−0 1–0
QF United Arab Emirates Al Wahda 5–1 5–1
SF Saudi Arabia Al Hilal 1–2 1–2

Key: PO – Play-off round; 1R/2R – First/Second round; R16 – Round of 16; QF – Quarter-final; SF – Semi-final;

Notes
  • ^
    Yelimay Semipalatinsk withdrew after the 1st leg.
  • ^
    Al-Sharjah withdrew.
  • ^
    Al-Shabab withdrew.
  • Top scorers in Asian competitions

    Player Country Goals
    1 Abderrazak Hamdallah  Morocco 15
    2 Giuliano  Brazil 8
    3 Fahad Al-Huraifi  Saudi Arabia 7
    4 Ohene Kennedy  Ghana 5
    Bader Al-Mutawa  Kuwait
    6 Waleed Al-Torair  Saudi Arabia 4

    International records

    Internationally, Al-Nassr boasts many appearances, both in the Arab world and on the international scale. In 1996 and 1997, Al-Nassr won the GCC Champions League twice in a row, and ran for runners-up in 2008. Al-Nassr appeared in Syria's international tournament, the Damascus International Championship in 2004, and won. Al-Nassr also had successful appearances in Emirati international tournaments, such the Bani Yas International Tournament, winning it two times in 2011 and 2013, as well as winning Al-Wehda International Cup in 2012. Other UAFA participations include a single appearance in the Arab Cup Winners' Cup in the year 2000, as well as the Arab Super Cup in 2001. The club reached finals on both occasions, only to finish course as runners-up, with the two cups going defunct ever since.

    2000 FIFA Club World Cup

    Winning the Asian Super Cup in 1998 allowed Al-Nassr to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. In doing so, they became the first team to officially represent Asia in an international tournament, which was held in Brazil from 5 January till 14 January, in the year 2000. The nickname "The International Club" was obtained following their respective participation in the Club World Cup. Al-Nassr won the FIFA Fair play award following the end of the Club World Cup, and were the first team in the world to win such an award.[6]

    Al-Nassr were drawn in Group A along with Corinthians (tournament champion), Real Madrid and Raja Casablanca.

    Al-Nassr results
    Real Madrid Spain3–1Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
    Anelka 21'
    Raúl 62'
    Sávio 69' (pen.)
    (Report) Al-Bishi 45' (pen.)
    Attendance: 12,000
    Raja Casablanca Morocco3–4Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
    Nejjary 13'
    El Moubarki 81'
    El Karkouri 87'
    (Report) Amin 3'
    Bahja 48'
    Al-Bishi 50'
    Saïb 87'
    Attendance: 3,000
    Referee: Derek Rugg (New Zealand)
    Al-Nassr Saudi Arabia0–2Brazil Corinthians
    (Report) Ricardinho 24'
    Rincón 81'
    Attendance: 31,000
    Group A final standings
    Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    Brazil Corinthians 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
    Spain Real Madrid 3 2 1 0 8 5 +3 7
    Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3
    Morocco Raja Casablanca 3 0 0 3 5 9 −4 0
    Participating squad
    Number Player
    Goalkeepers
    1 Saudi Arabia Mansoor Al-Qahtani
    22 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Khojali
    9 Saudi Arabia Mohamed Shareefy
    Defenders
    2 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Halawi
    5 Morocco Smahi Triki
    4 Saudi Arabia Saleh Aboshahin
    12 Saudi Arabia Hamad Al Khathran
    16 Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Al-Janoubi
    20 Saudi Arabia Mohsin Harthi
    21 Saudi Arabia Hadi Sharify
    23 Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al Shokia
    Midfielders
    3 Saudi Arabia Faisal Al Dosari
    6 Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Harbi
    8 Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Bishi
    10 Saudi Arabia Fuad Amin
    14 Saudi Arabia Nassib Al Ghamdi
    17 Saudi Arabia Mansour Al-Mousa
    18 Saudi Arabia Abdullah Al Karni
    Forwards
    7 Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Mehallel
    11 Saudi Arabia Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan
    13 Morocco Ahmed Bahja
    15 Saudi Arabia Nahar Al Dhaferi
    19 Algeria Moussa Saïb
    Manager
      Serbia and Montenegro Milan Živadinović

    References

    1. ^ "Club History". Al Nassr FC. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
    2. ^ "Al Nassr FC Trophies". Al Nassr FC. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
    3. ^ "كووورة: الموقع العربي الرياضي الأول". www.kooora.com.
    4. ^ Abdulaziz, Al Sharif. "39 tournaments". Sabq Media Group. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
    5. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup 2000". FIFA. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
    6. ^ a b Pierrend, José. "FIFA Awards". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
    7. ^ Halchuk, Stephen. "Asian Champions' Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
    8. ^ Halchuk, Stephen. "Asian Cup Winners' Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
    9. ^ Halchuk, Stephen. "Asian Super Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 31 October 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2014.

    External links

    • Official website (in English)
    • fifa.com
    • the-afc.com
    • The Saudi Professional League
    • Saudi Arabia Football Federation
    • Al-Nassr FC Official English Website
    • Saudi Arabian football federation
    • fifa.com
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