Al Taawoun FC

Al Taawoun
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Full nameAl Taawoun Football Club
Nickname(s)Sukri Al-Qasim
Al Dhiaab (The Wolves)
Founded1956; 67 years ago (1956)
GroundKing Abdullah Sport City Stadium,
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
ChairmanMohammed Al-Qasim
ManagerPéricles Chamusca
LeaguePro League
2021–22Pro League, 12th of 16
Current season

Al Taawoun Football Club (Arabic: التعاون, lit.'Cooperation') is a professional multi-sports club based in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. The football team competes in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

The club play their home games at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Buraidah, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Raed with whom they contest the Qasim Derby with.


Al-Taawoun were founded in the year of 1956 under the name of "Al-Shabab" by their founder Saleh Al Wabili. Four years after the founding of the club, they were officially registered as a professional club in 1960.[citation needed]

On the 25th of May 1990 Al-Taawoun reached the 1990 king cup final to face Al-Nasser but eventually lost 0-2. By reaching the final Al-Taawoun became the second First Division side to reach the final after Al-Riyadh in 1978. In the 2009–10 season Al-Taawoun won promotion to the Pro League for the first time in over thirteen years as runners-up in the first division, their last appearance in the top flight was in the 1997-98 season. They have been playing consecutively in the Saudi Professional League since the 2010–2011 season.[2] On 29 May 2016, Al-Taawoun qualified to their debut AFC Champions League campaign for the first time ever by finishing fourth in the league during the 2015–16 season.[3]

Their best ever top-flight season came in the 2018–19 season when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in third place in the Saudi Professional League, their highest ever league position to date. And to top off their season, Al-Taawoun reached the King Cup final by thrashing Al-Hilal 5-0 at the King Saud Stadium in the semi-final, and went on to defeat Al-Ittihad 2-1 in the final to claim their first-ever top-flight trophy, with the winning goal coming in the 90th minute.[4] Al-Taawoun also became the first club from Al-Qassim Region to win the King Cup.

In the following season (2019-20), Al-Taawon's performances were one of their worst in their league history. Al-Taawoun booked their spot in the 2019 super cup by winning the King Cup title the previous season. Al-Taawoun lost to Al-Nasser 4–5 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time. The club were almost relegated and needed a win in the final matchday against relegation threatened Al-Fayha, the highly tense match continued as a draw until the 91st minute when Mohammad Al-Sahlawi converted a cross with a tap in to make it 1-0 and avoid relegation in the final moments of the season. In the 2020-21 season Al-Taawoun reached their 3rd king cup final in the 2020–21 edition to face Al-Faisaly, in the end Al-Faisaly won their first title after a 3–2 win over Al-Taawoun in the final on 27 May 2021.

Al-Taawoun Qualified to the 2020 AFC Champions League as 2019 King Cup winners and 2018–19 Saudi Professional League 3rd place, Al-Taawoun finished the group as runners-up with a record of (3W,3L) to qualify to the knockout stages for the first time in their history. Al-Taawoun faced Al-Nasser in the round of 16 but eventually lost 0-1.


King Cup

Super Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 2019

Saudi First Division (Level 2)

  • Winners (1): 1996–97
  • Runners-up (2): 1994–95, 2009–10

Saudi Second Division (Level 3)

  • Winners (1): 1977–78

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams

  • Winners (4): 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09


Coaching Staff

Position Staff
Manager Brazil Péricles Chamusca
Assistant manager Cameroon André Bikey
First team coach Netherlands Denny Landzaat

Current squad

As of 17 October 2020[6]
No Position Player Nation
1 GK Mailson  Brazil
2 DF Yazeed Al-Bakr  Saudi Arabia
3 FW Léandre Tawamba  Cameroon
4 DF Naldo  Brazil
5 DF Tareq Abdullah  Saudi Arabia
6 DF Mohammed Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
7 MF Fahad Al-Rashidi  Saudi Arabia
8 MF Sumayhan Al-Nabit  Saudi Arabia
9 MF Saad Al-Nasser (on loan from Al-Hilal)  Saudi Arabia
10 MF Álvaro Medrán  Spain
11 MF Yaqoub Alhassan  Mali
12 DF Sulaiman Hazazi  Saudi Arabia
13 MF Abdulrahman Al-Mughais  Saudi Arabia
14 DF Hassan Kadesh  Saudi Arabia
15 MF Abdulmalik Al-Oyayari  Saudi Arabia
17 MF Kaku  Paraguay
18 MF Aschraf El Mahdioui  Netherlands
20 MF Nawaf Al-Rashwodi  Saudi Arabia
21 MF Abdullah Al-Hammad  Saudi Arabia
22 GK Ammar Al-Ammar  Saudi Arabia
24 MF Flávio Medeiros (on loan from Trabzonspor)  Brazil
25 MF Faisal Darwish  Saudi Arabia
30 MF Faisal Al-Mutairi  Saudi Arabia
31 DF Saad Balobaid  Saudi Arabia
33 DF Awn Al-Saluli  Saudi Arabia
36 GK Raghid Al-Najjar  Saudi Arabia
40 DF Hassan Rabea  Saudi Arabia
44 DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (on loan from Al-Ittihad)  Saudi Arabia
49 FW Abdullah Radif (on loan from Al-Hilal)  Saudi Arabia
50 GK Mohammed Al-Dossari  Saudi Arabia
52 DF Motaz Hawsawi  Saudi Arabia
70 FW Rayan Al-Johani  Saudi Arabia
77 MF Hassan Al-Omari  Saudi Arabia
90 MF Basil Al-Mehawes  Saudi Arabia
99 FW Turki Al-Mutairi (on loan from Al-Hilal)  Saudi Arabia

Unregistered players

No Position Player Nation
91 MF Rakan Al-Tulayhi  Saudi Arabia
97 FW Khalid Al-Muntashiri  Saudi Arabia
FW Basim Al-Arini  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan

No Position Player Nation
16 FW Hussain Al-Moeini (on loan to Al-Orobah)  Saudi Arabia
27 GK Mohammed Al-Dhulayfi (on loan to Al-Lewaa)  Saudi Arabia
66 MF Mostafa Fathi (on loan to Pyramids)  Egypt
DF Abdulaziz Al-Meblesh (on loan to Al-Saqer)  Saudi Arabia
DF Mubarak Motrib (on loan to Al-Rayyan)  Saudi Arabia

International competitions


As of 26 April 2022
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 20 6 4 10 25 34
GCC Champions League 5 1 4 0 7 6
TOTAL 25 7 8 10 32 40

Record by country

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Iran 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 016.67
 Oman 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 050.00
 Qatar 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 050.00
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
 Syria 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
 United Arab Emirates 5 1 2 2 3 10 −7 020.00
 Uzbekistan 4 1 1 2 9 10 −1 025.00
TOTAL 25 7 8 10 32 40 −8 028.00

International record


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015 GCC Champions League Group A Oman Al-Suwaiq 1–0 2−2 2nd
Qatar Al-Rayyan 1–1 2–2
Quarter-finals United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1−1 (p) 1–1 (p)
2017 AFC Champions League Group A Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–0 4−4 3rd
Iran Esteghlal 1–2 0−3
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1–3 0−0
2020 AFC Champions League Group C United Arab Emirates Sharjah 0–6 1–0 2nd
Qatar Al-Duhail 2–0 1–0
Iran Persepolis 0–1 0–1
Round of 16 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 0–1 0–1
2022 AFC Champions League Play-off round Syria Al-Jaish 1–1 (5–4 p) 1–1 (5–4 p)
Group D Qatar Al-Duhail 3–4 2–1 2nd
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 0–1 4–5
Iran Sepahan 3–0 1–1



  1. ^ "King Abdullah Sport City Stadium". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ "التأسيس". Archived from the original on 2017-06-28. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  3. ^ "رسمياً.. التعاون يتأهل إلى دوري أبطال آسيا".
  4. ^ "التعاون يكتب التاريخ.. ويتوج بطلاً لكأس الملك".
  5. ^ "الإنجازات". Taawoun. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  6. ^ "التعاون". kooora. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

External links

  • Al-Taawoun's official website
  • Al-Taawoun page at
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