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Al Nassr FC
Logo Al-Nassr.png
Full nameAl Nassr Football Club
Nickname(s)The International Najd's Knight
Founded24 October 1955; 65 years ago (1955-10-24)[1]
ChairmanMusalli Al-Muammar
ManagerMano Menezes
LeaguePro League
2019–20Pro League, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Nassr Football Club (Arabic: نادي النصر السعودي‎; Naṣr meaning Victory) is a Saudi Arabian football club based in Riyadh. Formed in 1955, the club plays its home games at King Saud University Stadium. Its home colours are yellow and blue.

Al-Nassr is one of the popular clubs in Saudi Arabia, with 45 national top-flight trophies as well as various regional and friendly championships.[2]

At domestic level, the club has won nine Premier League titles, six King Cups titles, three Crown Prince Cup titles, three Federation Cup titles and two Super Cup titles. At international level the club have won two GCC Champions League titles and hold the impressive feat of pulling a historic Asian double in 1998, by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and Asian Super Cup.[2] This achievement landed Al-Nassr a spot in the first FIFA Club World Cup where they won the Fair Play award, thus, making Al-Nassr the first club from Asia to play on an international level, as well as becoming the first team in the world to win such an award.[3] This in turn gave the club its famous nickname, "The International".[4]


Beginnings and triumphs (1955–1989)[edit]

Al-Nassr was established in 1955 by Zeid Bin Mutlaq Al-Ja'ba Al-Dewish Al-Mutairi . Training took place in an 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 club operated 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 were promoted to the first division in 1963. During the 1970s and 1980s, the club won eight Saudi Premier League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince Cups and three Federation Cup. The team's success was built around the "Saudi Golden Trio" of Majed Abdullah, Fahd Al-Herafy and Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan.

Majed Ahmed Abdullah is Al-Nassr's all-time leader in goals scored and appearances.

90s era (1989–2002)[edit]

In the 1990s, Al-Nassr won two further Saudi Premier League titles, a King's Cup and a Federation Cup. They also had success in several international tournaments, winning two GCC Champions Leagues, one Asian Cup Winners' Cup and one Asian Super Cup. As a champion of Asian Super Cup Al-Nasser FC represent the AFC region in the first FIFA Club World Cup in Brazil in 2000. In the competition Al-Nassr played against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Real Madrid and Raja Casablanca, and finished 3rd in the group. Al-Nassr won the competition's Fair Play award.

Setbacks (2003–2007)[edit]

After the Golden Trio's retirement, Al-Nassr went into some major setbacks. In 2006–07, the club only avoided relegation on the last day of the season, which prompted honorary members of the club to begin an effective long-term plan, to revolutionize management and team members.

Return to the Competitions (2014–present)[edit]

After a major overhaul of playing staff, Al-Nassr went on to win the Federation Cup 2008 against city rivals, Al Hilal. The club finished third in 2009–10 securing Asian Champions League football for the following season. In 2011–12, Al-Nassr saw itself on the King Cup's final, only to finish as a runners-up, and in 2012–13, Al-Nassr continued its steady steps into returning to the Saudi giant it once was, where it reached the Crown Prince Cup final, only to lose to Al-Hilal on penalties.

In 2013–14, Al-Nassr finally achieved its long-term goal of returning to crowning stages, by earning an impressive double against city rivals Al-Hilal on both league and Crown Prince cups. The team subsequently qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League following the astonishing accomplishment.

In the 2014–15 season, Al-Nassr continued defending the title as holding champion, by winning the league, and reaching the King's Cup final, as well as qualifying for the Crown Prince's semi-final. The identity of a returning champion still persists within club halls.

In the 2018–19 season, Al-Nassr won the league. As well as making it to the King's Cup semi finals, and the Asian Champions league quarter finals.

In both 2020 and 2021, Al-Nassr saw themselves win the Saudi Super Cup In succession, beating Al-Taawoun FC 1-1 (5-4p) in 2020, and beating their fierce city rivals, Al Hilal SFC, 3–0.

Crest and colors[edit]

old crest

Al-Nassr is the Arabic word for "victory." Clubs with the same name are found in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Libya but the Saudi Arabian club was the first to take the name.

The club's logo represents the map of Arabia with yellow and blue colors. Yellow for the gorgeous sand of the Arabian deserts, and blue for the magnificent water in the Arabian Sea, the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. 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 represents the football team while the old logo represents the club as a whole.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor
2006–2008 Lotto Al-Jawal
2008–2010 STC
2010–2012 Nike
2012–2013 NFC
2014–2017 Mobily
2017–2018 New Balance None
2018– Victory Etihad Airways


First-team squad[edit]

As of 28 September 2019:[5]

No Position Player Nation
1 GK Brad Jones  Australia
2 DF Sultan Al-Ghanam  Saudi Arabia
3 DF Abdullah Madu  Saudi Arabia
5 DF Abdulelah Al-Amri  Saudi Arabia
6 MF Petros  Brazil
8 MF Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem  Saudi Arabia
9 FW Abderrazak Hamdallah  Morocco
10 MF Pity Martínez  Argentina
11 MF Nordin Amrabat  Morocco
13 DF Abdulrahman Al-Obaid  Saudi Arabia
14 MF Sami Al-Najei  Saudi Arabia
15 MF Abdullaziz Al-Dawsari  Saudi Arabia
17 MF Abdullah Al-Khaibari  Saudi Arabia
18 MF Maicon  Brazil
19 MF Ali Al-Hassan  Saudi Arabia
21 MF Mukhtar Ali  Saudi Arabia
23 MF Ayman Yahya  Saudi Arabia
24 MF Khalid Al-Ghannam  Saudi Arabia
27 DF Osama Al-Khalaf  Saudi Arabia
28 DF Kim Jin-su  South Korea
33 GK Waleed Abdullah  Saudi Arabia
39 MF Abdulrahman Al-Dawsari  Saudi Arabia
42 FW Firas Al-Buraikan  Saudi Arabia
44 GK Nawaf Al-Aqidi  Saudi Arabia
45 MF Abdulfattah Asiri  Saudi Arabia
50 DF Abdulaziz Al-Alawi  Saudi Arabia
52 FW Khalil Al Absi  Saudi Arabia
53 MF Sultan Al-Anazi  Saudi Arabia
55 DF Abdullah Al-Shanqiti  Saudi Arabia
56 FW Mohammed Maran  Saudi Arabia
57 GK Raed Azybi  Saudi Arabia
66 MF Basel Al-Sayali  Saudi Arabia
70 FW Raed Al-Ghamdi (on loan from Al-Raed)  Saudi Arabia
78 DF Ali Lajami  Saudi Arabia
86 DF Nawaf Al-Mutairi  Saudi Arabia
88 MF Yahya Al-Shehri  Saudi Arabia

Unregistered players[edit]

No Position Player Nation
MF Faraj Al-Ghashayan  Saudi Arabia
MF Nawaf Al-Osaimi  Saudi Arabia
FW Yahya Naji  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
12 DF Mohammed Al-Shanqiti (on loan to Al-Tai)  Saudi Arabia
20 DF Hamad Al Mansour (on loan to Al-Ittihad)  Saudi Arabia
25 GK Amin Bukhari (on loan to Al-Ain)  Saudi Arabia
29 FW Abdulfattah Adam (on loan to Al-Raed)  Saudi Arabia
32 MF Saud Zidan (on loan to Abha)  Saudi Arabia
34 DF Abdulmajeed Al Abbas (on loan to Al-Jabalain)  Saudi Arabia
37 DF Naif Almas (on loan to Al-Batin)  Saudi Arabia
38 MF Fahad Al-Jumayah (on loan to Abha)  Saudi Arabia
41 GK Waleed Al-Enezi (on loan to Al-Nojoom)  Saudi Arabia
43 GK Saleh Al-Ohaymid (on loan to Al-Ain)  Saudi Arabia
46 MF Khalid Al-Ghwinem (on loan to Al-Thoqbah)  Saudi Arabia
48 DF Mansour Al-Shammari (on loan to Al-Tai)  Saudi Arabia
90 FW Muteb Al-Hammad (on loan to Al-Thoqbah)  Saudi Arabia
98 MF Abdulrahman Al-Shanar (on loan to Al-Diriyah)  Saudi Arabia
GK Abdulrahman Al-Shammari (on loan to Najran)  Saudi Arabia
DF Osama Al-Bawardi (on loan to Al-Diriyah)  Saudi Arabia
DF Abdulkareem Al-Muziel (on loan to Al-Taawoun)  Saudi Arabia
MF Nawaf Al-Farshan (on loan to Al-Ain)  Saudi Arabia
MF Mohammed Al-Shahrani (on loan to Al-Adalah)  Saudi Arabia
MF Ali Yahya (on loan to Al-Riyadh)  Yemen
MF Jaloliddin Masharipov (on loan to Shabab Al-Ahli)  Uzbekistan
FW Saleh Al Abbas (on loan to Al-Batin)  Saudi Arabia

Notable players[edit]

South Korea

Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov

South America


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Brazil Mano Menezes
Assistant Coach Portugal Arnaldo Teixeira
Fitness Coach Portugal Paulo Mourão
Assistant Fitness Coach Portugal Sérgio Botelho
Goalkeeping Coach Portugal Luis Esteves
Head of Medical Department Portugal Filipe Cymbron
Sport Nutritionist Portugal Luís Patrício
Physiotherapist Portugal Frederico Delgado
Physiotherapist Portugal Tiago Araújo
Physiotherapist Jordan Azeim Deeb
Masseur Romania Alexander Vlad
Translator Morocco Khaled Baker
Head Coach Youth Team Portugal Hélder Cristóvão
Assistant Coach Youth Team Portugal André de Sousa
Assistant Coach Youth Team Portugal Nuno Alves

Board members[edit]

Office Name
President Safwan Al-Swaiket
Vice President – There is not yet -
Member of the Board, Executive Director Ahmed Al-Breiki
Member of the Board, Secretary-General Muhammad Al-Musbil
Member of the Board, Treasurer Muhammad Al-Shanifi
Member of the Board Muhammad Al-Shetawi
Member of the Board Turki Al-Shweier
Member of the Board Ibrahim Al-Deghether
Member of the Board AbdulKarim Al Mansour
Member of the Board Majed Al-Jam'an
Member of the Board, Director of the Media and Communication Dept. Abdulrahman Al-Shehri
Member of the Board, Director of Football

Former coaches[edit]

Presidential history[edit]

Abdul Rahman bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Al-Nassr president for more than 39 years.
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 Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1960 1969
6 Saudi Arabia Prince Sultan bin Saud 1969 1975
7 Saudi Arabia Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1975 1997
8 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 1997 2000
9 Saudi Arabia Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2000 2005
10 Saudi Arabia Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2005 2006
11 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud 2006 2009
12 Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Nasser 2009  2017


Al-Nassr have won a combined total of 20 national top-flight trophies as well as 8 regional and various friendly tournaments. The club holds various domestic and international records.[6] The club is recognized by FIFA as the first Asian club to play on an international level, as well as the first club in the world to win the FIFA Fair Play Award in the FIFA Club World Cup.[7][8] On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.[9][10][11]

National titles[edit]

International titles[edit]


  • Riyadh Region league
    • Winners (8): 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974


Records and statistics[edit]

League Records[edit]

Asian Record[edit]


As of 18 February 2020
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League 50 23 12 15 71 57
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 14 10 2 2 19 17
Asian Super Cup 2 0 2 0 1 1
TOTAL 60 29 15 16 85 73

Record by country[edit]

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 066.67
 Iran 14 5 3 6 17 20 −3 035.71
 Japan 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 000.00
 Jordan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
 Kuwait 4 3 0 1 5 5 +0 075.00
 Lebanon 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 075.00
 Qatar 14 3 6 5 16 23 −7 021.43
 Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
 South Korea 4 1 2 1 2 2 +0 025.00
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Turkmenistan 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00
 United Arab Emirates 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 050.00
 Uzbekistan 7 4 3 0 16 6 +10 057.14


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1991–92 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1R Lebanon Al-Ansar 2–1 2–1 4−2
QF Kuwait Kazma 2–1 1–0 3−1
SF Jordan Al-Ramtha 2–1 1–0 3−1
Final Japan Nissan 1–1 0–5 1−6
1995 Asian Club Championship 2R Kazakhstan Yelimay Semipalatinsk 1–0 3−0[A] 4−0
QF Qatar Al-Arabi
Iran Saipa
Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat
SF Thailand Thai Farmers Bank
Final South Korea Ilhwa Chunma
1996–97 Asian Club Championship 1R United Arab Emirates Sharjah
2R Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 4–0 0−1 4−1
QF Qatar Al-Rayyan
Iran Persepolis
Iraq Al-Zawraa
1997–98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
QF Qatar Al-Ittihad 0–0 3–2 3−2
SF Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat
Final South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1998 Asian Super Cup Final South Korea Pohang Steelers 0–0 1–1 1−1 (a)
1998–99 Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2R Kuwait Kazma 2–1 0–3 2−4
2011 AFC Champions League Group B Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 4–0 2−2 2nd
Iran Esteghlal 2–1 1−2
Qatar Al-Sadd 1–1 0−1
R16 Iran Zob Ahan 1−4 1−4
2015 AFC Champions League Group A Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 1–1 1−0 3rd
Qatar Lekhwiya 1–3 1−1
Iran Persepolis 3–0 0−1
2016 AFC Champions League Group B Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 3–3 1−0 3rd
Qatar Lekhwiya 1–1 0−4
Iran Zob Ahan 0–3 0−3
2019 AFC Champions League PO Uzbekistan AGMK 4–0 4–0
Group A United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl 3–1 0−1 2nd
Iran Zob Ahan 2–3 0−0
Iraq Al-Zawraa 4–1 2−1
R16 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 1−1 3−2 4–3
QF Qatar Al-Sadd 2−1 1−3 3–4
2020 AFC Champions League Group D Qatar Al-Sadd 2–2 1–1 1st
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 0−1 2−1
Iran Sepahan 2−0 2−0
R16 Saudi Arabia Al-Taawoun 1−0 1–0
QF Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2−0 2–0
SF Iran Persepolis 1–1 (3–5 p) 1–1 (3–5 p)

Key: PO – Play-off round; 1R/2R – First/Second round; R16 – Round of 16; QF – Quarter-final; SF – Semi-final;

  • ^
    Yelimay Semipalatinsk withdrew after the 1st leg.
  • ^
    Al-Sharjah withdrew.
  • ^
    Al-Shabab withdrew.
  • Top scorers in Asian competitions[edit]

    Player Country Goals
    1 Abderrazak Hamdallah  Morocco 11
    2 Giuliano  Brazil 8
    3 Fahad Al-Huraifi  Saudi Arabia 7
    4 Ohene Kennedy  Ghana 5
    Bader Al-Mutawa  Kuwait
    6 Waleed Al-Torair  Saudi Arabia 4

    International records[edit]

    Internationally, Al-Nassr boasts many appearances, both in the Arab world and on the international scale. In 1996 and 1997, Al-Nassr won the GCC Champions League twice in a row, and ran for runners-up in 2008. Al-Nassr appeared in Syria's international tournament, the Damascus International Championship in 2004, and won. Al-Nassr also had successful appearances in Emirati international tournaments, such the Bani Yas International Tournament, winning it two times in 2011 and 2013, as well as winning Al-Wehda International Cup in 2012. Other UAFA participations include a single appearance in the Arab Cup Winners' Cup in the year 2000, as well as the Arab Super Cup in 2001. The club reached finals on both occasions, only to finish course as runners-up, with the two cups going defunct ever since.

    2000 FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

    Winning the Asian Super Cup in 1998 allowed Al-Nassr to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. In doing so, they became the first team to officially represent Asia in an international tournament, which was held in Brazil from 5 January till 14 January, in the year 2000. The nickname "The International Club" was obtained following their respective participation in the Club World Cup. Al-Nassr won the FIFA Fair play award following the end of the Club World Cup, and were the first team in the world to win such an award.[8]

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

    Al-Nassr results[edit]
    Real Madrid Spain3–1Saudi Arabia Al Nassr
    Anelka Goal 21'
    Raúl Goal 62'
    Sávio Goal 69' (pen.)
    (Report) Al Husseini Goal 45' (pen.)
    Attendance: 12,000
    Raja Casablanca Morocco3–4Saudi Arabia Al Nassr
    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'
    Attendance: 3,000
    Referee: Derek Rugg (New Zealand)
    Al Nassr Saudi Arabia0–2Brazil Corinthians
    (Report) Ricardinho Goal 24'
    Rincón Goal 81'
    Attendance: 31,000
    Group A final standings[edit]
    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
    Participating squad[edit]
    Number Player
    1 Saudi Arabia Mansoor Alqahtani
    22 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Khojali
    9 Saudi Arabia Mohamed Shareefy
    2 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Halawi
    5 Morocco Smahi Triki
    4 Saudi Arabia Saleh Aboshahin
    12 Saudi Arabia Hamad Al Khathran
    16 Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Al-Janoubi
    20 Saudi Arabia Mohsin Harthi
    21 Saudi Arabia Hadi Sharify
    23 Saudi Arabia Ibrahim Al Shokia
    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
    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
      Serbia Milan Živadinović


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