Al-Riyadh SC

Al-Riyadh
Full nameAl-Riyadh Saudi Club[1]
Founded1953; 71 years ago (1953) (as Ahli Al-Riyadh)
GroundPrince Turki bin Abdul Aziz Stadium
Capacity15,000[2]
ManagerOdair Hellmann
LeagueSaudi Pro League
2022–23FDL, 4th of 18 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Al-Riyadh active departments

Football
(men's)

Football
(women's)

Al-Riyadh SC (Arabic: نادي الرياض السعودي) is a professional football club based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It currently plays in the Saudi Pro League (the first tier of professional football in Saudi Arabia). It was established in 1953 as Ahli Al-Riyadh, then changed its name to Al-Yamamah and finally to Al-Riyadh. Best known for its football team, Al-Riyadh also have squads in other sports.

Al-Riyadh have won one major title: the Crown Prince Cup in 1994.[3] The team also finished as runners-up in the Saudi Premier League in 1994;[4] they have never won the top league.

Al-Riyadh was promoted to the Saudi Pro League in 2023.[3]

History

Early history

The club was founded in 1953 under the name "Ahli Al-Riyadh", before changing to "Al-Yamama" and then to "Al-Riyadh."[5] It is currently based in west Riyadh.[6] They reached the final of the Kings Cup in 1962 and 1978, but triumphed on neither occasion.[7]

Golden era

Al-Riyadh was promoted to the Saudi Premier League at the end of the 1988/89 season after winning the Saudi First Division League.[8]

In the early 1990s, under the leadership of the Brazilian coach Zumario and players such as Khalid Al-Qarouni, Talal Al-Jabreen, Yasser Al-Taafi and Fahd Al-Hamdan, Al-Riyadh won the Crown Prince Cup in 1994.[4] They were unable to retain the Cup in 1995, losing in the final to Al-Hilal.[9] However, they did win the 1995 Federation Cup[7] and reached the semi-final of the 1995 Asian Cup Winners' Cup.[10] In 1998, Al-Riyadh once again reached the finals of the Crown Prince Cup, and lost to Al-Ahli.[11]

Al-Riyadh were relegated at the end of the 2004/5 season.[12]

Return to the top flight

Al-Riyadh finished fourth in the Saudi First Division League in the 2022/23 season.[13] Normally, a fourth-place finish would not be good enough for promotion, but the Saudi Premier League was expanding from 16 teams to 18, offering an additional promotion spot.[3]

Honours

Domestic

Continental

Current squad

As of 14 August 2023:

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Saudi Arabia KSA Rakan Al-Najjar
2 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Amiri Kurdi
4 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Mohammed Al-Shwirekh
5 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Khalid Al-Shuwayyi
6 DF Romania ROU Alin Toșca (on loan from Benevento)
7 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Mohammed Al-Aqel
8 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulelah Al-Khaibari
9 FW Jamaica JAM Andre Gray
11 MF Zimbabwe ZIM Knowledge Musona
12 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdullah Al-Dossari
13 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Humood Al-Dossari
14 FW Saudi Arabia KSA Saleh Al Abbas
15 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulhadi Al-Harajin
16 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Saleh Al-Saeed
18 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Mohamed Al Oqil
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF Gabon GAB Didier Ndong
22 GK Saudi Arabia KSA Zaid Al-Bawardi
24 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulmohsen Al-Qahtani
25 GK Uruguay URU Martín Campaña
26 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Ali Al-Zaqaan
27 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Hussain Al-Nowaiqi
28 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Bader Al-Mutairi
29 DF Saudi Arabia KSA Ahmed Assiri
36 DF Belgium BEL Dino Arslanagić
40 GK Saudi Arabia KSA Abdulrahman Al-Shammari
60 MF Mali MLI Birama Touré
66 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Majed Al-Qahtani
77 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Moayed Al-Houti
80 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Fahad Al-Rashidi
88 MF Saudi Arabia KSA Yahya Al-Shehri

Management staff

Position Name
Manager Brazil Odair Hellmann
Assistant Manager Brazil Jânio Melo
Brazil Lucas Borba
First-Team Coach Brazil Vinícius Martins
Brazil Hércules Júnior
Brazil Laércio Pimenta
Goalkeeper Coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušan Remić
Austria Walter Franta
Rehab Coach Brazil Dyogo Frazão
Fitness Coach Brazil Admilson Pinheiro
Youth Coach Brazil Rafael Torres
Development Coach Brazil Igor Luna
Head of Medical Brazil Carlos Henrique Mendes
Doctor Brazil Pedro Bernardes
Sporting Director Brazil Victor Manuzzi

Managerial history

  • Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Koroni (January 11, 2010 – April 12, 2010)
  • Saudi Arabia Fahd Al-Hamdan (caretaker) (April 12, 2010 – May 1, 2010)
  • Romania Marian Bondrea (July 1, 2010 – February 19, 2011)
  • Tunisia Mohamed Aldo (February 19, 2011 – May 30, 2011)
  • Tunisia Djamel Belkacem (July 26, 2011 – May 30, 2012)
  • Egypt Ayman El Yamani (July 3, 2012 – December 12, 2012)
  • Tunisia Habib Ben Romdhane (December 12, 2012 – May 1, 2014)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Amir Alagić (June 17, 2014 – September 15, 2014)
  • Tunisia Lotfi Kadri (September 16, 2014 – December 15, 2014)
  • Tunisia Zouhair Louati (December 15, 2014 – July 28, 2015)
  • Brazil Leandro Simpson (August 7, 2015 – December 18, 2015)
  • Tunisia Abderrazek Chebbi (December 18, 2015 – April 30, 2016)
  • Saudi Arabia Sultan Khamees (June 23, 2016 – November 18, 2016)
  • Saudi Arabia Hani Anwar (November 18, 2016 – May 30, 2017)
  • Tunisia Adel Latrach (July 13, 2017 – November 26, 2017)
  • Saudi Arabia Yousef Khamees (November 26, 2017 – February 14, 2018)
  • Saudi Arabia Bandar Al-Jaithen (February 14, 2018 – April 1, 2018)
  • Egypt Amro Anwar (August 15, 2018 – December 2, 2018)
  • Saudi Arabia Bandar Al-Jaithen (December 2, 2018 – January 27, 2019)
  • Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Koroni (January 27, 2019 – October 15, 2019)
  • Saudi Arabia Saad Al-Subaie (October 15, 2019 – January 25, 2020)
  • Tunisia Yousri bin Kahla (January 25, 2020 – February 7, 2021)
  • Tunisia Anis Chaieb (February 10, 2021 – June 1, 2021)
  • Tunisia Moncef Mcharek (June 24, 2021 – May 1, 2022)
  • Serbia Dejan Arsov (May 3, 2022 – September 8, 2022)
  • Croatia Teo Pirija (caretaker) (September 8, 2022 – September 18, 2022)
  • Croatia Damir Burić (September 18, 2022 – June 1, 2023)
  • Belgium Yannick Ferrera (June 6, 2023 – September 20, 2023)
  • Saudi Arabia Bandar Al-Kubaishan (caretaker) (September 20, 2023 – October 8, 2023)
  • Brazil Odair Hellmann (October 8, 2023 – )

International competitions

Overview

As of 1 July 2023
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
Arab Cup Winners' Cup 15 7 2 6 21 18
Arab Super Cup 2 0 2 0 1 1
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 4 3 0 1 7 2
TOTAL 21 10 4 7 29 21

Record by country

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Algeria 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00
 Egypt 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 000.00
 Jordan 2 1 0 1 1 1 +0 050.00
 Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 2 +0 050.00
 Lebanon 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 100.00
 Qatar 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 000.00
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
 Syria 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 050.00
 Tunisia 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 000.00
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00
 Yemen 1 1 0 0 5 3 +2 100.00
TOTAL 21 10 4 7 29 21 +8 047.62

Matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1995 Arab Cup Winners' Cup Group B Egypt Al-Ahly 2–2 2nd
Tunisia Club Africain 0–1
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 2–0
Syria Al-Ittihad Aleppo 2–0
SF Tunisia ES Sahel 0–2 0–2
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R Lebanon Homenmen 3–0 2−0 5–0
QF Kuwait Kazma 2–1 0−1 2–2[A]
SF Iraq Al-Talaba Withdrew
1996 Arab Super Cup Final Tunisia ES Tunis 1–1 2nd
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–0
Arab Cup Winners' Cup Group A Bahrain Al-Muharraq 2–0 1st
Jordan Al-Wehdat 1–0
Algeria Olympique Médéa 1–1
SF Jordan Al-Faisaly 0–1 0–1
1999 Arab Cup Winners' Cup QR Sudan Al-Merrikh 2–1 2nd
Egypt Al-Masry 1–2
Yemen Al-Ittihad Ibb 5–3
Group B Syria Al-Jaish 1–2 3rd
Qatar Al-Gharafa 1–3
Algeria MC Oran 1–0

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

Notes
  • ^
    Al-Riyadh advanced after Kazma withdrew.
  • See also

    References

    1. ^ "Al Riyadh Saudi Club". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
    2. ^ "Goalzz.com: live sports scores and news". www.goalzz.com. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
    3. ^ a b c Hankinson, Andrew (18 August 2023). "Behind the scenes of the Saudi Pro League: What really awaits stars like Neymar". The Athletic. Archived from the original on 19 August 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    4. ^ a b Novello, Alberto. "Saudi Arabia 1993/94". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 3 December 2022. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    5. ^ "مكافأة فوزنا على النصر بخمسة.. طاسة لبن من "أم حسين"!!". Al-Riyadh. 11 July 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    6. ^ "مكافأة فوزنا على النصر بخمسة.. طاسة لبن من "أم حسين"!!". alriyadh.com. 2 June 2006. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
    7. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 20 August 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    8. ^ "Saudi Arabia 1988/89". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 9 June 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    9. ^ Bobrowsky, Josef (4 May 2001). "Saudi Arabia 1994/95". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 1 January 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    10. ^ "Asian Club Competitions 1995/96". RSSSF. 22 December 2016. Archived from the original on 5 April 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    11. ^ Qayed, Mohammad (12 December 2002). "Saudi Arabia 1997/98". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 9 June 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    12. ^ Qayed, Mohammed (6 December 2006). "Saudi Arabia 2004/05". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 26 March 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
    13. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. "Saudi Arabia 2022/23". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 20 August 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.

    External links

    • Team profile at Soccerway
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