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Al-Ain FC
نادي العين
Full nameAl-Ain Football Club
نادي العين لكرة القدم
Nickname(s)Al Zaeem (The Boss)
FoundedAugust 1968; 52 years ago (1968-08)
GroundHazza Bin Zayed Stadium
OwnerMohamed Bin Zayed
ManagerPedro Emanuel
LeagueUAE Pro League
2019–20UAE Pro League, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al-Ain Football Club (Arabic: نادي العين لكرة القدم‎; transliterated: Nady al-'Ayn) or Al-Ain FC or simply Al-Ain is a professional football club, based in the city of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is one of many sport sections of the multi-sports club Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club (Arabic: نادي العين الرياضي الثقافي‎) Al Ain SCC for short.

The club was founded in 1968 by players from Al Ain, members of a Bahraini group of exchange students and the Sudanese community working in the United Arab Emirates.[1] The team quickly gained popularity and recognition throughout the country, being the team with the most trophies (34 in total).[2]

Al Ain is by far the most successful club in the UAE.[3] Al Ain has won a record 13 UAE Pro League titles, 7 President's Cups, 3 Federation Cups, 1 Arabian Gulf Cup, a record 5 Super Cups, two Abu Dhabi Championship Cups, one Joint League Cup, Emirati-Moroccan Super Cup, Gulf Club Champions Cup and AFC Champions League. The club is the first and only UAE side so far to win the AFC Champions League.[4]


Foundation and early years[edit]

In the early 1960s, a group of young men learned the rules of the game by watching British soldiers playing football and formed their own team. The first pitch was very simple and small, taking the shape of a square sandy plot of land on the main street near the Clock Roundabout in Al Ain.[5] In August 1968, the club was officially established, taking its name from the city they lived. The founders thought it was necessary to have a permanent headquarters for the club and rented a house on the current Khalifa Road for club meetings. The club's founders took responsibility for all the club's affairs, from planning the stadium to cleaning the club headquarters and washing the kit.[5] Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was approached for assistance and he provided the club with a permanent headquarters in the Al Jahili district and a Land Rover to serve the club and the team.[6] Al Ain made a successful debut by beating a team made up of British soldiers and went on to play friendly matches against other Abu Dhabi clubs. In 1971, the team played their first match against international opposition when they were defeated 7–0 by the Egyptian club Ismaily in a friendly match for the war effort. In 1971, a group members of the club (Hadher Khalaf Al Muhairi, Saleem Al Khudrawi, Mohammed Khalaf Al Muhairi and Mahmoud Fadhlullah) broke away and founded Al Tadhamun Club.[7] In 1971, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan provided the club with new headquarters with modern specifications: the Khalifa Stadium in Al Sarooj district.[6] In 1974 Al Ain combined with the breakaway Al Tadhamun, to form the Al Ain Sports Club. The first board of directors of the club was formed after the merger under the chairmanship Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri.[7]

The founders were Mohammed Saleh Bin Badooh and Khalifa Nasser Al Suwaidi, Saeed Bin Ghannoum Al Hameli, Abdullah Hazzam, Salem Hassan Al Muhairi, Abdullah and Mane'a Ajlan, Abdullah Al Mansouri, Saeed Al Muwaisi, Nasser Dhaen, Abdullah Matar, Juma Al Najem, Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Ibrahim Rasool and Ali Al Maloud and Ali Bu Majeed, who were the members of the Bahraini group of exchange students, and Maamoun Abdul Qader, Mahmoud Fadhlullah, Al Fateh Al Talib, Hussain Al Mirghani and Abbas Ali from the Sudanese community working in the UAE.[1]

First titles and Entry to the Football League (1974–1997)[edit]

In February 1974,.. the club won its first title, the Abu Dhabi League. On 13 November 1974, Sheikh Khalifa was named honorary president of Al Ain, in recognition of his continuing support for the club.[7] On 21 May 1975, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected Chairman of Board of Directors. In 1975, Al Ain won its second Abu Dhabi League[8] In the same year on 21 March 1975, the club played its first UAE President Cup losing 4–5 on penalties in the Round of 16 against Al Shaab after drawing 1–1 in normal time. In 1975–76 season, the team participated for the first time in the UAE Football League, finishing runners-up behind Al Ahli. Al Ain won its first League title in the 1976–77 season, after drawing 1–1 with Al Sharjah in the last match. In the following season, they finished runners-up to Al Nasr; Mohieddine Habita was the top scorer with 20 goals. In the 1978–79 season, Al Ain secure third place with 27 points in the league and defeated by Al Sharjah in the President Cup final.

Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan became president of Al Ain on 19 January 1979. Al Ain won the League again in the 1980–81 season and lost the President Cup final to Al Shabab of Dubai. In 1983–84, the team won Joint League Cup and followed with its third League title, becoming the second with Al Ahli to have won the championship three times. The team had the strongest attack with 35 goals, and Ahmed Abdullah, with 20 goals was the joint-winner of the Arab League Golden Boot award for top scorer, alongside Al Wasl striker Fahad Khamees. This season was the first season in which foreign players were excluded from the UAE League, a restriction which was opposed by Al Ain. The team were eliminated in the qualifying stages of the 1986 Asian Club Championship. After winning the League title in 1983–84 season, Al Ain failed to win any trophies till 1989 when they won the Federation Cup. In the following year they reached the final of the President Cup, losing to Al Shabab.

The 1992–93 season began with several new signings: Saif Sultan (Ittihad Kalba), Salem Johar (Ajman), Majed Al Owais (Al Thaid), Saeed Juma (Emirates). Al Ain won their fourth League title with three games left to play, after a 5–0 win at Al Khaleej. In the following season, they finished second in the Football League and were runners-up the 1993 UAE Super Cup losing 2–1 against Al Shaab of Sharjah. They also reached the President Cup final but were beaten 1–0 by Al Shabab, failing for the fourth time to win the Cup. In 1994 and 1995, Al Ain lost two President Cup finals, finished second in the League, won the 1995 UAE Super Cup and lost out in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup second round to the Kuwaiti team Kazma. In the 1996–97 season, Al Ain were eliminated in the round of 16 of the President Cup by Hatta of Dubai and finished fourth in the Football League.

The Golden Age (1997–2003)[edit]

Al Ain celebrating their 2017–18 UAE President's Cup win against Al Wasl

Before the start of the 1997–98 season, the honorary board was formed on 7 June 1997.[9] After this initiative, Al Ain won the league championship. In the following season, they won the President Cup and finished runner-up in the league and secured the third place in their second appearance in Asian Club Championship, after the 1985. Ilie Balaci took charge in 1999. He led them to their sixth League championship, while in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup they were eliminated by Al Jaish on the away goals rule in the first round.

In 2003, Al Ain contested the AFC Champions League competition. In the Group stage they won all three matches, beating Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, Al Sadd of Qatar and Esteghlal of Iran. In the semi-final they were matched against the Chinese side Dalian Shide over two legs. In the first game, Al Ain won 4–2 at home, with Boubacar Sanogo scoring twice. In the return match in China Al Ain went 4–2 down with six minutes to play but won 7–6 on aggregate after a late goal by Farhad Majidi the Iranian legend. The final saw Al Ain face BEC Tero Sasana of Thailand. In the home leg, Al Ain prevailed 2–0 with goals from Salem Johar and Mohammad Omar. At the Rajamangala Stadium on 11 October, Al Ain were beaten 1–0 by Tero Sasana, but won 2–1 on aggregate to become the first Emirati club to win the Champions League.

New Era (2016–present)[edit]

In December 2018, Al Ain which celebrated the 50th anniversary participating in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, representing the host nation as the reigning champions of the UAE Pro-League. Al Ain beat Team Wellington from New Zealand in the first round and Espérance de Tunis of 2018 CAF Champions League champions to enter semifinal. On 18 December 2018, Al Ain defeated Copa Libertadores champions River Plate by penalties hosted in their home stadium Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium to enter the final for the first time in team history and became the first Emirati club to reach the decisive match. The final, on 22 December, Al Ain lost 4–1 to UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Crest and colours[edit]


The Al Jahili Castle is considered as a symbol of the club, because it reflects the history of the city and also was the formal home of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan since 1946 when he was a ruler's representative. It officially became a crest for the club in 1980.[10] They import a single star in their emblem because of their 2003 AFC Champions League victory.


The club kit in 1975

The team began playing in green and white in 1968. After merging with Al Tadhamun in 1974, their red color became Al Ain's from season 1974–75 till the start of season 1976–77. During the first team training camp in Morocco in 1977, a friendly tournament was held by Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca with the Nice, Sporting CP, and Anderlecht. Al Ain admired Anderlecht's purple colors, and an idea came to change Al Ain's colors to purple. The idea was presented to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who agreed to change the club colors officially to the purple with the beginning of the season 1977–78.[11]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor
2002–2004 Nike
2004–2009 Lotto
2009 Adidas
2009–2010 Erreà First Gulf Bank
2010–2011 Macron
2011 Kappa
2011–2013 Adidas[12]
2013– Nike[13]


Hazza Bin Zayed
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Opened14 January 2014 (2014-01-14)
ArchitectPattern Design Limited (2014)

Al Ain first playground was set up on the main street near the Clock Roundabout. Took the shape of a square sandy plot of land.[14] Al Ain owns three home grounds, Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium, Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium which opened on 14 January 2014.

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of UAE Pro-League:

No Position Player Nation
1 GK Mohammed Abo Sandah  United Arab Emirates
3 DF Salem Abdullah  United Arab Emirates
4 DF Mohammed Ali Shaker  United Arab Emirates
5 DF Ismail Ahmed  United Arab Emirates
6 MF Yahia Nader  United Arab Emirates
7 FW Caio Canedo  Brazil
9 FW Kodjo Laba  Togo
11 MF Bandar Al-Ahbabi  United Arab Emirates
12 GK Hamad Al-Mansouri  United Arab Emirates
13 MF Ahmed Barman  United Arab Emirates
15 DF Erik Menezes  Brazil
16 MF Mohamed Abdulrahman  United Arab Emirates
17 GK Khalid Eisa  United Arab Emirates
19 DF Mohanad Salem  United Arab Emirates
20 MF Wilson Eduardo  Angola
21 MF Mohammed Hilal  United Arab Emirates
22 MF Shoya Nakajima (on loan to Porto)  Japan
23 DF Mohamed Ahmed  United Arab Emirates
26 MF Omar Yaisien  Egypt
27 MF Mohsen Abdullah  United Arab Emirates
30 MF Mohammed Khalfan  United Arab Emirates
33 DF Tsukasa Shiotani  Japan
34 DF Rafael Pereira  Brazil
44 DF Saeed Juma  United Arab Emirates
50 DF Mohammed Fayez  United Arab Emirates
71 DF Ali Al Haidhani  United Arab Emirates
77 GK Ibrahim Al-Kaebi  United Arab Emirates
88 MF Fahad Hadeed  United Arab Emirates
99 FW Jamal Maroof  United Arab Emirates

Reserve U21[edit]

No Position Player Nation
2 DF Saoud Al-Mahri  United Arab Emirates
18 MF Khalid Al-Balochi  United Arab Emirates
24 MF Andrija Radovanovic  Serbia
25 MF Ali Al-Balochi  United Arab Emirates
29 MF Abdullah Sameer  United Arab Emirates
31 DF Saoud Al-Abri  United Arab Emirates
35 DF Ahmed Jamal  Egypt
42 MF Jonathan Santos  Brazil
53 DF Mansour Al-Shamsi  United Arab Emirates
54 MF Abdalla Mazen  Palestine
61 GK Zayed Khaled  United Arab Emirates
66 MF Mohammed Al-Zaabi  United Arab Emirates
70 MF Mohammed Abbas  United Arab Emirates
72 FW Mohamed Awadalla  Sudan
74 MF Naser Al-Shikali  United Arab Emirates
75 DF Saif Ghazi  United Arab Emirates
90 FW Eisa Khalfan  United Arab Emirates

Unregistered players[edit]

No Position Player Nation
8 MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan  Kazakhstan
14 MF Rayan Yaslam  United Arab Emirates
38 DF Saeed Al-Menhali  United Arab Emirates
MF Angelo Barbosa  Portugal

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
28 MF Idriss Mzaouiyani (on loan to Al-Dhafra)  France
DF Waleed Siraj (on loan to Khor Fakkan)  Sudan
MF Falah Waleed (on loan to Khor Fakkan)  United Arab Emirates
MF Mohammed Jamal (on loan to Al Jazira)  United Arab Emirates
MF Hazem Muhanaeh (on loan to Al-Taawon)  Syria
FW Ali Eid (on loan to Al-Fujairah)  United Arab Emirates


Current technical staff[edit]

Pedro Emanuel is the current head coach of Al Ain.
Position Name
Head coach Portugal Pedro Emanuel
Assistant coach Portugal Rui Gomes[15]
Fitness coach Brazil André Galve
Goalkeeping coach Portugal Luis Miguel
First team tehnical analyst Portugal Virgilio Fernandes
Physiotherapist Portugal Fabio Santos
U-21 team head coach Iraq Ghazi Fahad
Team Manager United Arab Emirates Matar Obaid Al Sahbani
Team Supervisor United Arab Emirates Mohammed Obeid Hammad
Team Administrator United Arab Emirates Essam Abdulla
Director of football United Arab Emirates Sultan Rashed

Last updated: 4 January 2020
Source: [1]


Board of directors[edit]

Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed is the current club Vice President.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is the current club president.
Office Name
President United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Vice President United Arab Emirates Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Chairman of Board of Directors United Arab Emirates Matar Al Darmaki
Vice Chairman of Board of Directors United Arab Emirates Khaled Al Dhaheri
Board of Directors Member United Arab Emirates Matar Al Dhaheri
Board of Directors Member United Arab Emirates Salem Al Jneibi
Board of Directors Member United Arab Emirates Majid Al Owais

Last updated: 22 June 2019
Source: Al Ain Club


34 official Championships

Bruno Metsu Al Ain's most successful coach with 4 trophies.
Al Ain FC honours[16]
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic National Pro League 13 1976–77, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18
President's Cup[17] 7 1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2017–18
Super Cup 5S 1995, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2015
League Cup 1 2008–09
Federation Cup 3S 1988–89, 2004–05, 2005–06
Joint League Cup[18] 1S 1982–83
State Abu Dhabi Championship[7] 2 1974, 1975
Regional GCC Champions League 1 2001
Continental AFC Champions League 1 2003
Other Emirati-Moroccan Super Cup[19] 1 2015[20]
  •   record
  • S shared record

Managerial history[edit]

No. Nationality Head coach From Until Honours
1 United Arab Emirates Nasser Dhaen (No such name in FIFA)* 1968 1971[21][22][23]
2 Egypt Abdel Aziz Hammami 1971[22] 1973
3 Syria Ahmed Hajeer 1973 1976
4 Tunisia Hamid Dhib 1976 1976
5 Syria Ahmed Alyan 1976 1979 1 Championship
6 Tunisia Abdelmajid Chetali 1979 1980
7 Morocco Ahmed Nagah 1980 1982 1 Championship
8 Brazil Nelsinho Rosa 1982 1984 1 Championship
9 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miljan Miljanić 1984 1986
10 Brazil Jair Picerni 1986 1986
11 Brazil João Francisco 1986 1988
12 Brazil Zé Mario 1988 1990 1 Federation Cup
13 Algeria Mahieddine Khalef 1990 1992
14 Egypt Yusri Abdul Ghani 1992 1992
15 Brazil Amarildo 1992 1995 1 Championship
16 Egypt Shaker Abdel-Fattah 1995 1995 1 Supercup
17 Argentina Ángel Marcos 1995 1996
18 Brazil Lori Sandri 1996 1996
19 Brazil Cabralzinho 1997 1997
20 Egypt Shaker Abdel-Fattah 1997 1998 1 Championship
21 Portugal Nelo Vingada 1998 1999 1 President's Cup
22 Romania Ilie Balaci 1999 2000 1 Championship
23 Argentina Oscar Fulloné 2000 2000
24 Tunisia Mrad Mahjoub 2000 2001 1 Gulf Club Champions Cup
25 Romania Anghel Iordănescu 2001 2002 1 President's Cup
26 United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah* 2002 2002
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemal Hadžiabdić Jan 2002 2002 1 Championship
28 France Bruno Metsu Aug 2002 May 2004 2 Championships,
1 Champions League,
1 Supercup
29 France Alain Perrin July 2004 21 Oct 2004
30 Tunisia Mohammad El Mansi* 23 Oct 2004 Jan 2005 1 Federation Cup
No. Nationality Head coach From Until Honours
31 Czech Republic Milan Máčala Jan 2005 Jan 2006 1 President's Cup
32 Tunisia Mohammad El Mansi* 2006 2006 1 President's Cup,
1 Federation Cup
33 Romania Anghel Iordănescu June 2006 Dec 2006
34 Netherlands Tiny Ruys* 2006 2007
35 Italy Walter Zenga Jan 2007 June 2007
36 Brazil Tite July 2007 Dec 2007
37 Germany Winfried Schäfer 2007 Dec 2009 1 Cup,
1 President's Cup,
1 Supercup
38 Morocco Rasheed Mahmoud* Dec 2009 Dec 2009
39 Brazil Toninho Cerezo Dec 2009 April 2010
40 United Arab Emirates Abdul Hameed Al Mistaki* April 2010 Dec 2010
41 United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah* 2010 2010
42 Brazil Alexandre Gallo 21 Dec 2010 6 June 2011
43 Romania Cosmin Olăroiu 6 June 2011 6 July 2013 2 Championships,
1 Supercup
44 Uruguay Jorge Fossati 29 July 2013 13 Sept 2013
45 United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah* 13 Sept 2013 27 Sept 2013
46 Spain Quique Sánchez Flores 27 Sept 2013 8 March 2014
47 Croatia Zlatko Dalić 8 March 2014 23 January 2017 1 Championship,
1 President's Cup,
1 Supercup
Croatia Joško Španjić* January 2017 February 2017
49 Croatia Zoran Mamić February 2017 January 2019 1 Championship,
1 President's Cup
Croatia Željko Sopić* January 2019 February 2019
51 Spain Juan Carlos Garrido February 2019 June 2019
52 Croatia Ivan Leko June 2019 December 2019
Iraq Ghazi Fahad* December 2019 January 2020
54 Portugal Pedro Emanuel January 2020

* Served as caretaker coach.

Pro-League Record[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. President's Cup League Cup
2008–09 PL 12 3rd Champions Champions
2009–10 PL 12 3rd Round of 16 Semi-Finals
2010–11 PL 12 10th Round of 16 Runner-ups
2011–12 PL 12 1st Quarter-Finals Group Stage
2012–13 PL 14 1st Semi-Finals Group Stage
2013–14 PL 14 6th Champions Group Stage
2014–15 PL 14 1st Quarter-Finals Group Stage
2015–16 PL 14 2nd Runner-ups Group Stage
2016–17 PL 14 4th Quarter-Finals Group Stage
2017–18 PL 12 1st Champions Quarter-Finals
2018–19 PL 14 4th Round of 16 Quarter-Finals
2019–20a PL 14 2nd Finalists Semi-Finals

Notes^ 2019–20 UAE football season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates.


  • Pos. = Position
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • PL = Pro-League

Asian Record[edit]


  • Q : Qualified, GS : Group Stage, R16 : Round of 16, QF : Quarterfinals, SF : Semifinals, RU : Runners-Up, W : Winners
Qualified 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2010 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

AFC Club Rankings[edit]

As of 2019

This is the current AFC coefficient, the rankings are calculated by AFC.[24]

AFC Club Points
1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 128.48
2 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 119.855
3 China Guangzhou Evergrande 102.409
4 South Korea FC Seoul 101
5 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 89
6 Qatar Al-Duhail 87.368
7 China Shanghai SIPG 75.409
8 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 74.527
9 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 72.48
10 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli 68.855

FootballDatabase Rankings[edit]

As of 2 February 2020[25]


AFC ranking Club Points
14 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 1542


World ranking Club Points
206 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 1542

Top scorers[edit]

Note: this includes goals scored in all competitions.[26]

No. Nationality Player Goals
1 United Arab Emirates Ahmed Abdullah 180
2 Ghana Asamoah Gyan 128
3 Tunisia Mohieddine Habita 71
4 United Arab Emirates Majed Al Owais 70
5 United Arab Emirates Omar Abdulrahman 62
6 United Arab Emirates Matar Al Sahbani 60
United Arab Emirates Salem Johar 60
8 United Arab Emirates Saif Sultan 55
9 Sweden Marcus Berg 48
Brazil Caio Lucas 48
11 United Arab Emirates Abdul Hameed Al Mistaki 45
12 Argentina José Sand 44
13 Ivory Coast Boubacar Sanogo 43
14 United Arab Emirates Subait Khater 38


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Preceded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
South Korea
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia