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Al-Nassr
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Full name Al-Nassr Sports, Cultural, and Social Club
Nickname(s) The Global Club (العالمي)
Najd's Knight (فارس نجد)
Founded 1955
Ground King Fahd Stadium, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium,
Riyadh
(Capacity: 67,000/27,000)
Chairman Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal Bin Turkey
Manager Uruguay Jorge da Silva
League Saudi Premier League
2008-09 5th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Al-Nassr (Arabic: Victory النصر) is one of the premier football clubs in Saudi Arabia located at the Saudi Capital (Riyadh). It has produced some of Saudi Arabia's brightest stars such as Majed Abdullah, Fahd Al-Herafy and Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan. The club is well known throughout the Middle East and Asia.

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Foundation

Al-Nassr was established in 1955 by the brothers Husein and Zeid Al-Ja'ba. At the beginning, Al-Ja'ba Brothers have used their own house at "Al-Ataif Street" to be the club's first site. The training took place in the 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 Al-Ja'ba Brothers, Ali and Issa Al-Owais were among the first workers at the club.

The early stages

Abdulrahman bin Saud

The club operated unofficially as an amateur club until 1960 when it was registered officially with the General Presidency of Youth Welfare. It was at this time that Prince Abdulrahman Bin Saud became head of Al-Nassr. Al-Nassr started in the second division of the league. They officially got promoted to the first division in 1963. Al-Nassr remained as a middle class club all the way until the 70's.

Beginning of glory

The 70's was the beginning of Al-Nassr as a real champion. During the 70's and 80's, the club has won 4 Saudi league titles, 6 King Cups, 2 Crown Prince Cups and 1 Federation Cup. The main reason for such success was the shine of new generation of talented players. Among them : Mohammed Saad Al-Abdaly, Mabrok Al-Turki, Tawfiq Al-Meqren, Salim Marwan, Yousif Khamis, plus the Saudi Golden Trio, Majed Abdullah, Fahd Al-Herafy, and Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan.

The Golden Era

In the 90's, Al-Nassr went on to move from a local champion to a regional and continental one. In addition to 2 Saudi League titles, 1 King Cup and 1 Federation Cup, Al-Nassr has won 2 Gulf Club Champions Cup, 1 Asian Cup Winners Cup and 1 Asian Super Cup and Al-Nassr represented Asia in the first Clubs World Cup in Brazil in 2000

FIFA Club World Cup Memories

Winning the Asian Super Cup in 1998 Al-Nassr been candidates by drawing lots and participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. In doing so they became the first team to represent Asia in this big event which was held in Brazil in the period 5-14 January 2000. The nickname ( The Global Club ) was obtained following their participation in this worldwide event.

Al-Nassr received The FIFA Fair play award following the Club World Cup and were the first team in the world to have such an award.

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

Al-Nassr Results

2000-01-05
18:45
Real Madrid Spain 3 – 1 Saudi Arabia Al Nassr Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)
Anelka Goal 21'
Raúl Goal 62'
Sávio Goal 69' (pen.)
(Report) Al Husseini Goal 45' (pen.)
2000-01-07
21:15
Raja Casablanca Morocco 3 – 4 Saudi Arabia Al Nassr Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Rugg (New Zealand)
Nejjary Goal 13'
El Moubarki Goal 81'
El Karkouri Goal 87'
(Report) Amin Goal 3'
Bahja Goal 48'
Al-Husseini Goal 50'
Saïb Goal 87'
2000-01-10
21:15
Al Nassr Saudi Arabia 0 – 2 Brazil Corinthians Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Dick Jol (Netherlands)
(Report) Ricardinho Goal 24'
Rincón Goal 81'

Group A Standing

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

Al-Nassr Squad

Number Player
Goalkeepers
1 Saudi Arabia Madhi Al-Dosari
22 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Khojali
9 Saudi Arabia Mohamed Shareefy
Defenders
2 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Halwi
5 Morocco Smahi Triki
4 Saudi Arabia Saleh Aboshahin
12 Saudi Arabia Hamad Al-Kathran
16 Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Al-Janoubi
20 Saudi Arabia Mohsin Harthi
21 Saudi Arabia Hadi Sharifi
23 Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Shokia
Midfielders
3 Saudi Arabia Faisal Al-Dosari
6 Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al-Harbi
8 Saudi Arabia Fahd Al-Herafy
10 Saudi Arabia Fuad Amin
14 Saudi Arabia Nassip 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 Milan Živadinović

The decline

Recently, Al-Nassr faced a serious financial and lack of talents problems. Such problems hit the club seriously. However, Al-Nassr was qualified to the World Cup in 2000 and has been qualified to 4 Finals in 2001. In addition, Al-Nassr won Damascus International Cup in 2004.

The club today

After a very negative season in 2006-2007, where the club was almost relegated before managing a last day survival, the club's management made a major squad elimination and promoting the club's youth players plus attracting 3 influential foreign players. That policy paid dividends almost immediately and the club in 2007-2008 is performing way above expectations. Finally, after 4 years without a trophy, Al-Nassr has won the Federation Cup 2008 against city rivals, Al-Hilal, and beat Real Madrid 4-1 in an exciting match in King Fahad International Stadium in Riyadh. Al-Nassr today is one of the four biggest clubs in the Saudi league, with new players and president the team won the best team in the second round of the Saudi league and captain Hussain Abdul-Ghani won the best player award.

Name, Logo and Colors

old crest

Al-Nassr is the Arabic word for "victory".[1] Such a name is very appropriate for a sports club, therefore the name is popular among many Arab countries, not only Saudi Arabia. Clubs with the same name could be found in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Libya, and Algeria But the Saudi Arabian club was the first to name the team Alnasser.

The Club's logo represents the map of Saudi Arabia with yellow and blue colors. Yellow for the gorgeous sand in the Saudi deserts, and blue for the magnificent water in the Saudi seas. 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 represent the Football team while the old logo represent the Club as a whole.

Sponsorship

Official sponsor

In a press conference on Jun 19, 2008, Vice President of the club, Prince Al-Waleed bin Bader bin Saud and Saud Bin Majed Al Daweesh, Saudi Telecommunications President, announced that STC will sponsor Al-Nassr’s football team for 5 seasons. The STC logo can also be spotted on Al-Ittihad's kit.

Kit providers

Current first team squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Saudi Arabia GK Khalid Radhy
2 Saudi Arabia DF Majed Hazzazi
3 Saudi Arabia DF Abdoh Baker Bernaoy
4 Saudi Arabia DF Mohamed Eid
5 Saudi Arabia DF Ahmad Al-Bahri
6 Saudi Arabia MF Ahmad Abbas
7 South Korea FW Lee Chun-Soo
8 Argentina MF Víctor Figueroa
10 Saudi Arabia FW Mohammad Al-Sahlawi
11 Saudi Arabia FW Saad Al-Harthi
14 Egypt MF Hossam Ghaly
15 Saudi Arabia MF Ahmed Al-Mobarak
No. Position Player
16 Saudi Arabia MF Ibrahim Ghaleb
17 Saudi Arabia MF Saud Hamood
18 Saudi Arabia DF Abdullah Al-Garnei
20 Guinea MF Pascal Feindouno (on loan from Al-Rayyan)
21 Saudi Arabia GK Kameel Al-Wabary
23 Saudi Arabia MF Abdullah Al-Waked
24 Saudi Arabia DF Hussein Sulaimani Captain sports.svg
25 Saudi Arabia MF Khaled Al-Zylaeei
27 Saudi Arabia MF Abdulla Al-Mousa
29 Saudi Arabia FW Ryan Belal
32 Saudi Arabia DF Ahmed Dokhi
33 Saudi Arabia DF Saleh Sadeeq

Squad Changes

(2009/2010 Transfer window)

Players In

Saudi Arabia DF Hussein Sulaimani (from Neuchâtel Xamax)
Saudi Arabia DF Abdullah Al-Garni (from Abha)
Saudi Arabia MF Khaled Al-Zylaai (from Abha)
Saudi Arabia FW Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (from Al-Qadisiyah)
Saudi Arabia DF Saleh Sadeeq (from Al-Shabab)
Argentina MF Víctor Figueroa (from Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba)
South Korea FW Lee Chun-Soo (from Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Saudi Arabia DF Mohamed Eid (from Al-Ahli)
Guinea MF Pascal Feindouno (from Al-Rayyan)

Players Out

Saudi Arabia DF Ibraheam Shraheali (on loan at Al-Raed)
Saudi Arabia MF Ahmed Al-Hadramy (on loan at Al-Fateh)
Saudi Arabia MF Fahad Al-Zahrani (to Al-Fateh)
Saudi Arabia DF Hamad Al-Sagoor (to Al-Raed)
Saudi Arabia DF Mishal Al-Mutairi (to Al-Faisaly)
Brazil DF Éder Gaúcho (Release Contract)

Notable former players

Asia

Europe

Central America

South America

Africa

Former coaches

Presidential history

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 Abdulrahman Bin Saud 1960 1969
6 Saudi Arabia Prince Sultan Bin Saud 1969 1975
7 Saudi Arabia Prince Abdulrahman Bin Saud 1975 1997
8 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Saud 1997 2000
9 Saudi Arabia Prince Abdulrahman Bin Saud 2000 2005
10 Saudi Arabia Prince Mamdoh Bin Abdulrahman Bin Saud 2005 2006
11 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Saud 2006 2009
12 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal Bin Turki Bin Nasser 2009 --

Club's Champions and Honors

National titles

1980, 1981, 1989, 1994, 1995
1974, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1990
1973, 1974
1977, 1998, 2008

International titles

1998
1998
1996, 1997

International Award

  • FIFA Fair play award in FIFA Club World Championship Brazil: 1
2000

Achievements

  • Eastern Province (1st place): 2
1971, 1972

Friendly Tournaments

  • Cup, Prince Turki bin Nasser: 2
1987, 1989
  • Damascus International Cup: 1
2004

Al-Nassr Club TV

Al-Nassr signed a contract with ART to re-launch the official channel. A contract that would make the club earns SAR 5 million annually. A subscription fee of SAR 40 to be monthly paid for potential subscribers.

References

  1. ^ http://translate.google.com/#ar|en|%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%B1 - The word Al-Nasr translated by Google Translate.

External links

Preceded by
Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia
Asian Cup Winners Cup
1998
Succeeded by
Al-Ittihad
Saudi Arabia
Preceded by
Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia
Asian Super Cup
1998
Succeeded by
Júbilo Iwata
Japan
Preceded by
Kazma
Kuwait
Gulf Club Champions Cup
1996,1997
Succeeded by
Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia

Simple English

Al-Nassr is a Saudi Football club that was formed in 1955. The club is located in Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia. Al-Nassr is well known through Asia and the Middle East. The club has a large supporters base some says the most supported club in Saudi Arabia.

Many legends of Saudi Arabia were playing in Al-Nassr such as The Saudi Legend Majed Abdullah, Fahad Al-Herafy, Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan, Yousef Khamees and many other legends.

Al-Nassr's kit is colored Yellow and Blue. The logo is resembled by The Arabian Peninsula with the same colors which refers to the sand of Saudi Arabia and the sea.

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