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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.
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.