2009–10 Qatar Stars League
The Qatar Stars League has slowly expanded since the turn of the decade, moving from 9 to 10 clubs and then latest setup of 12 clubs for the Qatari League 2009-10 campaign.
There are 2 divisions in the Qatari football structure and the league has previously seen one club promoted and relegated each year except in 'expansion' years.
It was announced on 15 April 2009 that no clubs would be relegated from the top flight in the Qatari League 2008-09 season, due to expansion reasons. The announcement was made with only one game remaining.
The expansion benefited relegated Al Kharatiyat, who will now stay in the first division, and will be joined by two second division clubs Al Ahli and Al Shamal, to bring the number up to 12.
Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah said the expansion would help in improving league action, which was also curtailed to two rounds instead of the prevailing system where the teams played each other three times.
Stadia and locations
|Team||Outgoing manager||Reason of departure||Replaced by||Date Replaced|
|Al-Gharrafa||Marcos Paqueta||Contract not renewed ||Caio Junior||July 2009|
|Al Ahli||Carlos Manuel||Contract not renewed ||Richardo||July 2009|
|Al-Rayyan||Paulo Autuori||Contract not renewed ||Marcos Paquetá||July 2009|
|Al Ahli||Richardo||Contract not renewed ||Cesa||November 2009|
|Al-Rayyan||Marcos Paquetá||Sacked ||Paulo Autuori||November 2009|
|Al-Shamal||Robertinho||Sacked ||Alain Michel||November 2009|
|Umm-Salal Sports Club||Gerard Gili||Sacked ||Henk Ten Cate||March 2010|
Final league table
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Al Gharafa||22||16||5||1||55||16||+39||53||2011 AFC Champions League group stage and 2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup|
|2||Al Sadd||22||15||5||2||55||22||+33||50||2011 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off and 2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup|
|3||Al-Arabi||22||12||4||6||52||30||+22||40||2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup and 2011 GCC Champions League|
|4||Qatar SC||22||11||5||6||32||23||+9||38||2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup|
|5||Al Rayyan||22||11||4||7||41||30||+11||37||2011 AFC Champions League group stage[a]|
|6||Al Kharitiyath||22||8||5||9||23||36||−13||29||2011 GCC Champions League|
|11||Al Sailiya||22||4||7||11||16||28||−12||19||Promotion/Relegation Playoff|
|12||Al Shamal (R)||22||2||2||18||17||72||−55||8||Relegation|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
- Qualified by winning the 2010 Emir of Qatar Cup.
- Al-Sailiya defeated Al-Mesaimeer 2-0 in the end of season relegation playoff to stay in the top flight
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Fixtures and results
- 21 goals
- 20 goals
- 17 goals
- 15 goals
- 11 goals
- 10 goals
- 9 goals
- Q-League expands to 12 Archived 2 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Snubbed by Paqueta, Gharafa turn to Caio Junior
- Richardo installed as Al Ahli manager[permanent dead link]
- Paqueta coup for Rayyan
- Al Ahli sack Richardo
- Autuori to take over at Al Rayyan
- Michel named new Shamal coach
- Ten Cate replaces Gili