Sadd Sports Club

Sadd Sports Club
Sadd SC
Full name Sadd Sports Club
Nickname(s) Al-Zaeem (The Boss)
Al-Dheeb (The Wolf)
Founded 21 October 1969
Ground Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Doha, Qatar
(Capacity: 15,000)
Chairman Mohammed bin Hamad
Manager Jorge Fossati
League Qatar Stars League
2010-11 6th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Sadd Sports Club known as Al-Sadd Club (Arabic: نادي السد الرياضي‎) is a Qatari sports club, best known for its football team of the Qatar National First Division, from the city of Doha. The club goes with the Nickname "Al-Zaeem", which translates to "The Boss", and was founded by four students (led by Nasser) on the October 21, 1969 in Qatar's capital city. Al Sadd is undoubtedly the country's most successful team. The club also has handball, basketball, volleyball, table tennis and athletics sides.[1]


Club history

The club was established by four students who excelled in playing football. They refused to join other clubs of the time and decided to make their own club, resulting in the formation of Al-Sadd Sports Club.

The club won the first ever Qatari League in 1971–72. It, along with Al-Arabi and Al-Rayyan, went on to dominate Qatari football in the 70's and the 80's by winning many Qatari League trophies and Emir Cups. In 1989, Al-Sadd became the first Arab side to win the Asian Champions League when they defeated Al Rasheed of Iraq in the final.

The 1990s were a lean phase for Al-Sadd, regarding the Qatari League. They could not win even one league championship during that period. However, they did manage to open their account in the Heir Apparent Trophy and also won the Gulf Club Champions Cup in 1991.

The new millennium opened up a new era for Al-Sadd. They returned to winning ways in the Qatari League, won many Emir Cups and Heir Apparent trophies. They also managed a triple crown in regional football by winning the Arab Champions League in 2001.

In 2007, under the command of Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati, they achieved a quadruple by winning all four domestic cups. They were the first Qatari team to do so.

History in the Champions League

AFC Champions League - championship squads

1988 [2]

    • Qatar Ahmed Matwi
    • Qatar Saeed Mahboob
    • Qatar Yousef Adsani
    • Qatar Wasif Soufi
    • Qatar Marzouk Juma
    • Qatar Mohammed Amari
    • Qatar Khalid Salman
    • Qatar Moh Ghanim
    • Qatar Khalid Habib
    • Qatar Hassan Joher
    • Qatar Khalifa Khamis
    • Qatar Salah Salman
    • Qatar Qasim Boor
    • Iran Ebrahim Kyumarth



Al Sadd has a long and storied history in the AFC Champions League. They have taken part in all Champions League tournaments since the cup was revamped in 2003, except for the 2009 edition, boasting more appearences than any other team except Pakhtakor Tashkent. The club won their Champions League debut in 1988 (then known as Asian Club Championship), where they secured the top position in their group. They faced Al-Rasheed of Iraq in the final, defeating them on away goals, thus fending the Iraqis off to claim the title of the first Arab team to ever win the championship. Al Sadd also reached the semi-finals of the Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 2002, losing 1-0 to Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.


In the 2004 AFC Champions League, Al Sadd was tangled up in a controversy with Kuwaiti club Al Qadsiya when they faced up against Al Qadsiya in a group stage match in Kuwait City in April 2004. It was a bad tempered encounter which saw an Al Qadsiya player sent off prior to the incident which subsequently ensued. During stoppage time, a huge fracas broke out between the players. In the chaos that followed, local security personnel came onto the pitch, but to the amazement of the fans, they appeared to attack some of the visiting Al Sadd players rather than trying to stop the fighting. After a grueling 14-minute delay, the referee sent off a player from each match, but more sanctions were to follow after an official investigation by AFC. Then-president of AFC, Qatari football president Mohammed Bin Hammam described the whole event as a 'boxing match'.

Al Qadsiya, who had gone to the top of their group, were expelled from the Champions League, disqualified from all AFC competitions for three seasons, fined US$20,000 and had a blanket suspension imposed on all of its players and officials from AFC competitions for two years. On the other hand, Al Sadd were allowed to remain in the competition, but five of their players were handed two-year suspensions from all AFC tournaments. On further review, the punishments were reduced, although five Al Sadd players had to sit out the AFC Champions League the following year.[3]

The results of all of Al Qadsiya's matches in that season's competition were expunged from the official records, thus erasing their record against Al Sadd. Al Sadd, only demanding only a single win over the bottom side Al Quwa Al Jawiya in their last group game to advance to the quarter-finals, lost the game 1-0, thus handing the quarter-final spot to Emirati club Al Wahda.


A similar controvery occurred during the 2011 AFC Champions League. Al Sadd was placed in the qualifying play-offs courtesy of the disqualification of Vietnamese teams due to the non-submission of documents. They beat Al-Ittihad of Syria and Indian club Dempo SC 5-1[4] and 2-0 respectively to acquire a spot in the group stage. Al Sadd, who were the definite underdogs, overcame the odds and topped their group to play against Al-Shabab, whom they beat 1-0.

The quarter-final against Sepahan would mark the first sign of controversy for the club. Sepahan had initially won the first-leg match against Al Sadd 1-0, however, after the match, Al Sadd lodged a formal complaint to the AFC as Sepahan had fielded an inelligible player, Rahman Ahmadi, who previously receieved two yellow cards in the tournament with his former club Persepolis. The match was overturned 3-0 in favor of Al Sadd, virtually ensuring the club a place in the semi-finals.[5]

They faced Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a highly publicized semi-final. Suwon were favorites to win after knocking last year's champions, Zob Ahan, out of the running. The first-leg match was played in Suwon, South Korea. In the 70th minute of the match, Mamadou Niang of Al Sadd had a deflected shot veer past the goalkeeper in the back of the net, settling the score 1-0.

In the 80th minute of the match, a Suwon player was inadvertently kicked in the head by an Al Sadd defender, prompting Suwon to kick the ball out of play. While the injured Suwon player was being tended to, Keita took the free kick quickly, passing it through the Suwon defense who believed they would have posession returned, to Niang who sprinted past the keeper to score a second goal. This infuriated the Suwon players. The chaos was elevated when a Suwon fan had run onto the pitch, sparking a mass melee which involved both, coaching staff and players, between the two teams. After the fight was brought to a halt, the referee sent off a player from each team while Niang later got a red card and Al Sadd's Lee Jung-Soo had walked off the pitch in frustration.[6] The melee prompted official investigation from the AFC, who suspended three players from both teams for six games.[7]

Despite an inspired performance by Khalfan Ibrahim, Al Sadd lost the 2nd leg 1-0, however this allowed them to advance to the final with a 2-1 aggregate to face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Al Sadd earned the nickname "Al Badd" from the Korean media as a result of their heated semi-final confrontations.

Sadd won the 2011 AFC Champions League Final against Jeonbuk, 4-2 on penalties.[8][9]

To date, this is the best result achieved by a Qatari team in the AFC Champions League under its new format. Al Sadd also became the first team to reach the AFC Champions League knockout stage after starting their campaign in the play-offs in February.[10]


First-team squad

As of 1 July 2011 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 Qatar GK Saad Al Sheeb
3 Algeria DF Nadir Belhadj
Qatar DF Abdulkarim Hasan
5 Qatar DF Almahdi Ali Mukhtari
6 Qatar DF Mohammed Kasola
7 Qatar FW Yusef Ahmed
8 Qatar DF Mesaad Al-Hamad
9 Senegal FW Mamadou Niang
10 Qatar MF Mohammed Al-Yazeedi
11 Qatar FW Hassan Al Haidos
12 Côte d'Ivoire FW Abdul Kader Keïta
13 Qatar MF Ali Asadallah Qambar
14 Qatar FW Khalfan Ibrahim
15 Qatar MF Talal Al-Bloushi
16 Qatar FW Abdulaziz Al Ansari
17 Qatar FW Magid Mohamed
No. Position Player
18 Qatar FW Fahad Saket Al-Shammari
19 Qatar DF Nasser Nabeel
20 Qatar FW Ali Afif
21 Qatar DF Abdulla Koni
25 Qatar MF Wesam Rizik
26 Qatar DF Taher Zakaria
27 Qatar MF Jaser Yahya Zakaria
30 Qatar GK Mohamed Saqr
32 Qatar DF Ibrahim Majid
40 South Korea DF Lee Jung-Soo
66 Qatar MF Diab Hassan Al Annabi
90 Qatar DF Hamad Faraj Al-Mas
96 Qatar DF Abdulrahman Nasser Al-Dhahri
97 Qatar MF Ahmed Mawla Al Hashemi
98 Qatar MF Omar Yahya Rabah
99 Brazil FW Leandro

Out on loan

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
Ghana FW Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (at Panathinaikos)

Notable players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps (in bold) while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

South America

Club officials


Last updated 1 July 2011.

Jorge Fossati helped Al Sadd achieve a domestic quadruple and win the 2011 AFC Champions League.
Name Nat From To
Abdul Mallalah Qatar October 1969 December 1979
Carlos Roberto Pereira Brazil December 1979 February 1985
Ali Mahmoud Qatar February 1985 June 1986
Obeid Jumma Qatar June 1986 February 1993
René Meulensteen Netherlands February 1993 November 1993
Nasser Hamad Qatar November 1993 June 1995
Džemaludin Mušović Bosnia and Herzegovina June 1995 December 1996
Zé Mario Brazil July 1997 July 1998
Nasser Hamad Qatar December 1998 November 2000
Džemaludin Mušović Bosnia and Herzegovina January 2000 October 2001
Ilie Balaci Romania October 2001 October 2002
Doru Isac Romania October 2002 May 2004
Nasser Hamad Qatar May 2004 May 2006
Jorge Fossati Uruguay May 2006 August 2007
Co Adriaanse Netherlands August 2007 January 2008
Émerson Leão Brazil January 2008 January 2009
Cosmin Olăroiu Romania January 2009 January 2011
Jorge Fossati Uruguay January 2011 Present

Current technical staff

Position Staff
Team manager Qatar Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari
Reserve team manager Qatar Essa Al Kuwari
Coach Uruguay Jorge Fossati
Assistant coach Uruguay Leonardo Favio
Fitness coach Uruguay Alejandro Valenzuela
Goalkeeping coach Iraq Suhail Saber
Sports officer Qatar Mohammed Gholam
Director of football Qatar Mohammed Al Ali
Deputy director Qatar Salem Al Ali
Media officer Qatar Ali Al Ammari
Audience & marketing Qatar Ahmad Al Ansari
1st team officer Qatar Mohammed Saeed
Technical director Morocco Hussain Amotta
Team doctor Algeria Mohamed Soltani
Physiotherapist Tunisia Hussein Manae
Physiotherapist (2nd) Tunisia Akram Abid

Last updated: October 2011
Source: Al Sadd


Chairperson Tenure
Qatar Yusuf bin Oghad
October 1969 - June 1979
Qatar Saeed Mahmoud
June 1979 – June 1999
Qatar Ali bin Salah
July 1999 – January 2011
Qatar Mohammed bin Hamad
January 2011–present

Stadium and facilities

Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium

The matches are played in the state-of-the-art (soccer-specific) Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, whose capacity adds up to 18,000, including VIP stands. Such a capacity reflects the demand expected from the Qatari population, which has yet to reach 1 million people. The stadium, originally built in 1974, was rebuilt in 2004 for the Gulf Cup. The stadium has a unique atmosphere, and being close to the city centre it attracts lots of fans. For these reasons, the Qatar national football team plays most of its matches in this stadium, the stadium is also the first and only stadium that has air conditioning.

Colours and crest

One of Al-Sadd's nicknames are Al-Zaeem (The Boss) and Al-Dheeb (The Wolf). From the foundation of the club, the common home kit includes a white shirt, black or white shorts, and white or yellow socks. White and black colours are also seen in the crest. The away kit of the club is commonly with a black background.

Football Performance in AFC (Asian) Competitions

2002–03: Group Stage
2004: Group Stage
2005: Quarter-Finals
2006: Group Stage
2007: Group Stage
2008: Group Stage
2011: Champion
  • Asian Club Championship: 4 appearances
1989: Champion
1990: Qualifying Stage
1991: Qualifying Stage
2000: Second Round
1991/92: First Round
1994/95: Quarter-Final
2000/01: Second Round
2001/02: 3rd place
2010/11: 1st place



1989, 2011


  • Qatari League: 12 (Record)
1971-72, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–89, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07
1975, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008
1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007
  • Qatari Stars Cup: 1 (Record)


  • GCC Champions League: 1

Reserves Team

  • Qatar Reserves League: 2 (Record)
2009, 2011

Futsal Team

  • Qatar Futsal League: 1 (Record)

Handball Team

  • AFC Champions League: 5 (Record)
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
  • World Clubs Handball Championship: 1

Asian Football Clubs (by IFFHS)

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[11]

AFC IFFHS Club Points
1 80 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 130,5
2 82 Iran Zob Ahan Isfahan FC 128,0
3 90 Japan Kashima Antlers 123,5
4 94 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 121,0
5 100 Japan Gamba Osaka 119,5
6 113 Thailand Muangthong United F.C. 113,5
7 116 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal FC 112,0
8 125 Japan Cerezo Osaka 108,0
9 131 Jordan Al-Wahdat Club 105,0
10 136 Iran Sepahan Esfahan FC 103,5
11 148 Japan Nagoya Grampus 100,0
12 156 South Korea FC Seoul 98,5
13 158 KuwaitAl-Qadsia (Kuwait) 97,5
14 176 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 93,5
15 185 South Korea Jeju United 91,0
16 200 Uzbekistan FC Bunyodkor 87,5
17 201 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab Riyadh 87,0
= 201 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Jeddah 87,0
19 204 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 86,0
= 204 Qatar Al-Sadd Club 86,0


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