2009–10 Saudi Professional League

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Professional League
Season2009–2010
Dates18 August 2009 – 18 March 2010
ChampionsAl-Hilal (12th title)
Champions LeagueAl-Hilal
Al-Ittihad
Al-Nassr
Al-Shabab
Matches played132
Goals scored377 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorerMohammad Al-Shalhoub (12 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Ittihad 7–1 Al-Qadisiyah
(26 August 2009)
Biggest away winNajran 0–5 Al-Wehda
(7 January 2010)
Highest scoringAl-Ittihad 7–1 Al-Qadisiyah
(26 August 2009)
Longest winning run6 games[1]
Al-Hilal
Longest unbeaten run14 games[1]
Al-Hilal
Longest winless run14 games[1]
Al-Raed
Longest losing run8 games[1]
Najran

The 2009–10 Saudi Professional League (known as the Zain Professional League for sponsorship reasons) was the 34th season of the Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1976. The season began on 18 August 2009, and ended on 18 March 2010.[2] Al-Ittihad were the defending champions.[3]

Al-Hilal secured the title with a 2–0 win away to Al-Hazem on 24 January 2010.[4] Al-Hilal won the league with three games to spare. Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, Al-Shabab and Al-Nassr all secured a berth for the 2011 AFC Champions League. No teams were relegated at the end of the season following the decision to increase the number of teams from 12 to 14.[5]

Name sponsorship[edit]

On 16 June 2009, the Saudi Professional League announced a sponsorship with telecommunication company Zain. As part of the sponsorship deal the Saudi Professional League would be known as the Zain Professional League for the next 4 seasons.[6]

Qualification and Prize Money[edit]

The League champions, runners-up and third-placed team, as well as the winners of the King Cup of Champions, qualify for the 2011 AFC Champions League.

The top six teams, and the Crown Prince Cup winners and runners-up qualify for King Cup of Champions.

  • Prize money:
    • First place: 2.5 million Saudi Riyals
    • Second place: 1.5 million Saudi Riyals
    • Third place: 1 million Saudi Riyals

Teams[edit]

Twelve teams competed in the league – the top nine teams from the previous season, the relegation play-off winner and the two teams promoted from the First Division. Al-Raed defeated Abha 4–3 on aggregate to confirm their top-flight status.[7] The promoted teams were Al-Qadisiyah (returning after a season's absence) and Al-Fateh (playing top-flight football for the first time ever). They replaced Abha (relegated after a season's presence) and Al-Watani (ending their two-year top-flight spell).

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Club Location Stadium
Al-Ahli Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al-Ettifaq Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Al-Fateh Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium
Al-Hazem Ar Rass Al-Hazem Club Stadium
Al-Hilal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Ittihad Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
Al-Nassr Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Qadisiyah Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
Al-Raed Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium
Al-Shabab Riyadh King Fahd Stadium
Al-Wehda Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium
Najran Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium

Personnel[edit]

Club Coach Nationality City Stadium Capacity 2008–09 season Notes
Al-Ahli Sergio Farias Brazil Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 3rd Qualified to the 2010 AFC Champions League
Al-Ettifaq Marin Ion Romania Dammam Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium 30,000 6th Qualified to the 2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup
Al-Fateh Fathi Al-Jabal Tunisia Al-Hasa Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium 20,000 First Division runners-up
Al-Hazem Lula Brazil Ar Rass Al-Hazem Club Stadium 11,000 8th
Al-Hilal Eric Gerets Belgium Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 2nd Qualified to the 2010 AFC Champions League
Al-Ittihad Enzo Trossero Argentina Jeddah Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 24,000 1st Qualified to the 2010 AFC Champions League
Al-Nassr Jorge da Silva Uruguay Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 5th Qualified to the 2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup
Al-Qadisiyah Dimitar Dimitrov Bulgaria Al Khubar Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium 10,000 First Division champions
Al-Raed Edison Mario Souza Brazil Buraydah King Abdullah Sport City Stadium 35,000 10th
Al-Shabab Jaime Pacheco Portugal Riyadh King Fahd Stadium 69,000 4th Qualified to the 2009–10 Gulf Club Champions Cup
Al-Wehda Eurico Gomes Portugal Mecca King Abdul Aziz Stadium 28,550 7th
Najran Mourad Okbi Tunisia Najran Al Akhdoud Club Stadium 10,000 9th

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Replaced by Date
Al-Hilal Belgium Georges Leekens Sacked[8] Belgium Eric Gerets May 2009
Al-Ahli Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov Sacked[9] Argentina Gustavo Alfaro June 2009
Al-Raed Brazil Luiz Antonio End of contract[10] Portugal Acácio Casimiro June 2009
Al-Hazem Tunisia Ammar Souayah End of contract[11] Egypt Mohsen Saleh July 2009
Al-Nassr Argentina Edgardo Bauza End of contract[12] Uruguay Jorge da Silva July 2009
Al-Shabab Argentina Enzo Trossero End of contract[13] Portugal Jaime Pacheco July 2009
Al-Qadisiyah Argentina Daniel Lanata Sacked[14] Tunisia Ammar Souayah September 2009
Al-Raed Portugal Acácio Casimiro Sacked[15] Brazil Edison Mario Souza October 2009
Najran Argentina Marcelo Javier Zuleta Sacked[16] Tunisia Samir Jouili October 2009
Al-Ettifaq Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov Sacked[17] Egypt Saber Eid (caretaker) October 2009
Al-Ettifaq Egypt Saber Eid (caretaker) End of caretaker period[18] Romania Marin Ion October 2009
Al-Ahli Argentina Gustavo Alfaro Resigned[19] France Alan Guido (caretaker) November 2009
Al-Qadisiyah Tunisia Ammar Souayah Resigned[20] Tunisia Anas Al Zerqati (caretaker) November 2009
Al-Hazem Egypt Mohsen Saleh Resigned[21] Tunisia Emad Al Solami (caretaker) November 2009
Al-Hazem Tunisia Emad Al Solami (caretaker) End of caretaker period[22] Brazil Lula December 2009
Al-Ahli France Alan Guido (caretaker) End of caretaker period[23] Brazil Sergio Farias December 2009
Al-Qadisiyah Tunisia Anas Al Zerqati (caretaker) End of caretaker period[24] Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov December 2009
Najran Tunisia Samir Jouili Sacked[25] Tunisia Mourad Okbi January 2010
Al-Ittihad Argentina Gabriel Calderón Sacked[26] Saudi Arabia Hassan Khalifah (caretaker) January 2010
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia Hassan Khalifah (caretaker) End of caretaker period[27] Argentina Enzo Trossero January 2010
Al-Shabab Portugal Jaime Pacheco Sacked [28] Brazil Edgar Parreira April 2010

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Hilal (C) 22 18 2 2 56 18 +38 56 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
and the King Cup of Champions[a]
2 Al-Ittihad 22 14 3 5 46 30 +16 45
3 Al-Nassr 22 12 7 3 38 23 +15 43
4 Al-Shabab 22 11 7 4 36 23 +13 40
5 Al-Wehda 22 7 7 8 34 27 +7 28 Qualification for the King Cup of Champions
6 Al-Ahli 22 7 7 8 28 29 −1 28
7 Al-Hazem 22 6 6 10 29 38 −9 24
8 Al-Fateh 22 6 6 10 26 38 −12 24
9 Al-Ettifaq 22 5 7 10 24 30 −6 22
10 Al-Qadisiyah 22 5 5 12 20 40 −20 20
11 Al-Raed 22 3 7 12 18 35 −17 16
12 Najran 22 4 4 14 22 46 −24 16
Source: SLstat
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Total goal difference; 3) Total goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Play-off (only for deciding champion, relegation and AFC competitions participation).
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the King Cup of Champions, Al-Ittihad, qualified for the Champions League, the spot given to the King Cup of Champions winners (Champions League group stage) was passed to the fourth-placed team.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AHL ETT FAT HAZ HIL ITT NSR QAD RAE SHB WHD NAJ
Al-Ahli 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 3–3 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1
Al-Ettifaq 0–0 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 1–3 3–1
Al-Fateh 3–1 0–3 1–1 0–4 1–2 0–2 5–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–1
Al-Hazem 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–1
Al-Hilal 3–1 1–0 5–1 4–0 5–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 5–0
Al-Ittihad 2–1 1–1 1–1 5–2 2–1 1–2 7–1 3–2 1–2 2–0 3–1
Al-Nassr 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 4–2 0–2 1–0 3–2
Al-Qadisiyah 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 3–3 0–2 0–0 0–3 1–0 1–0
Al-Raed 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Al-Shabab 2–1 4–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–0
Al-Wehda 1–1 2–2 6–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–1 4–1 1–1 2–0
Najran 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–4 1–2 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–5
Updated to match(es) played on 18 March 2010. Source: Slstat.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[29]
1 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 12
2 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Al-Nassr 11
Brazil Thiago Neves Al-Hilal
4 Saudi Arabia Waleed Al-Gizani Al-Hazem 10
5 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Shabab 9
Saudi Arabia Muhannad Assiri Al-Wehda
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia Ahmed Abo Obaid Al-Fateh
Sweden Christian Wilhelmsson Al-Hilal
Argentina Víctor Figueroa Al-Nassr

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref
Angola Flávio Amado Al-Shabab Najran 3–1 (A) 19 August 2009 [30]
Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi Al-Ittihad Al-Qadisiyah 7–1 (H) 26 August 2009 [31]
Brazil Thiago Neves Al-Hilal Al-Ittihad 5–0 (H) 10 December 2009 [32]
Morocco Hicham Aboucherouane Al-Ittihad Al-Hazem 5–2 (H) 6 January 2010 [33]
Saudi Arabia Muhannad Assiri Al-Wehda Najran 5–0 (A) 7 January 2010 [34]
Morocco Abdelkarim Benhenia4 Al-Wehda Al-Fateh 6–0 (H) 28 January 2010 [35]
Notes

4 Player scored 4 goals
(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team

Most assists[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Assists
1 Sweden Christian Wilhelmsson Al-Hilal 10
2 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor Al-Ittihad 7
Brazil Marcelo Camacho Al-Shabab
Brazil Thiago Neves Al-Hilal
Saudi Arabia Manaf Abushgeer Al-Ittihad
6 Morocco Youssef Kaddioui Al-Wehda 6
7 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Shalhoub Al-Hilal 5
Nigeria Moussa Soulaimane Najran

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Saudi Arabia Khalid Radhy Al-Nassr 8
2 Saudi Arabia Mohamed Al-Deayea Al-Hilal 7
3 Saudi Arabia Mohammad Khouja Al-Ettifaq 5
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Khojali Al-Raed
Saudi Arabia Waleed Abdullah Al-Shabab
Saudi Arabia Mohammad Sharifi Al-Fateh
7 Saudi Arabia Faisal Al-Merqeb Al-Wehda 4
8 Saudi Arabia Mabrouk Zaid Al-Ittihad 3
Saudi Arabia Jaber Al-Ameri Najran

Discipline[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Most yellow cards: 56[36]
    • Al-Hazem
  • Most red cards: 8[36]
    • Al-Ittihad

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "جدول الدوري". Archived from the original on 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ "الاتحاد بطلا لدوري المحترفين السعودي بفوزه على الهلال".
  4. ^ "الهلال بطلاً للدوري السعودي 2010".
  5. ^ "هل ستتغير خارطة دوري "زين"؟".
  6. ^ "تغيير مسمى دوري المحترفين السعودي إلى "دوري زين"".
  7. ^ ""رائد التحدي" يعلن البقاء في دوري الأضواء".
  8. ^ "رسمياً..البلجيكي غيرتس مدرباً للهلال لموسمين مقبلين".
  9. ^ "الأرجنتيني جوستافو الفارو يقود الأهلي الموسم المقبل مع خمسة مساعدين".
  10. ^ "البرتغالي أكاسيو الفريدو مدربا للرائد".
  11. ^ "الحزم يوقع مع محسن صالح رسمياً".
  12. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/news-centre/member-association-news/222-west-asia-/24671-nasr-turn-to-uruguayan-da-silva-to-end-coaching-woes Nasr turn to Uruguayan Da Silva to end coaching woes
  13. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/member-association-news/west-asia-news/24762-pacheco-is-new-shabab-coach Pacheco is new Shabab coach
  14. ^ "دانيال يرفض حضور اجتماع القادسية.. والإدارة تقيله رسمياً".
  15. ^ "الرائد يقيل البرتغالي أكاسيو.. والبديل البرازيلي ماريو".
  16. ^ "شرط جزائي يحول تعاقد نجران من الغرايري إلى الجويلي".
  17. ^ "الاتفاق أقال ملادينوف أمس .. ورئيسه يؤكد".
  18. ^ "الروماني إيوان مدربا للاتفاق.. ويبدأ مهمته أمام العروبة".
  19. ^ "أفضل مدرب في إفريقيا لعام 2008 يقود الأهلي خلفاً للفارو".
  20. ^ "السويح يترك القادسية ويعود للحزم".
  21. ^ "الحزم يودع محسن صالح والسلمي يبدأ مهمته".
  22. ^ "رسمياً لولا بيريرا مدرباً للحزم".
  23. ^ "فارياس يصل جدة والأمير عبدالله بن فيصل يفتتح المركز الإعلامي".
  24. ^ "ديمتروف وقَّع للقادسية ودجلاس وصل البحرين".
  25. ^ "العقبي يخلف الجويلي في نجران".
  26. ^ "الاتحاد يقيل (كالديرون) ويعين خليفة مدربا مؤقتا".
  27. ^ "الاتحاد يتعاقد مع (هيكتور) حتى نهاية الموسم".
  28. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/tournaments/clubs/afc-champions-league/28319-shabab-al-ain-boot-out-their-coaches[permanent dead link] Shabab, Al Ain boot out their coaches
  29. ^ "Zain Saudi Professional League 2009/2010 - scorers".
  30. ^ "Najran 1 – 3 Al Shabab". Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  31. ^ "Al Ittihad 7 – 1 Al Qadisiyah". Archived from the original on 20 May 2016.
  32. ^ "Al Hilal 5 – 0 Al Ittihad". Archived from the original on 20 May 2016.
  33. ^ "Al Ittihad 5 – 2 Al Hazem". Archived from the original on 21 May 2016.
  34. ^ "Najran 0 – 5 Al Wehda". Archived from the original on 21 May 2016.
  35. ^ "Al Wehda 6 – 0 Al Fateh". Archived from the original on 21 May 2016.
  36. ^ a b c d "الكروت". Archived from the original on 27 April 2016.

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