Al Shabab FC (Riyadh)

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Full nameAl Shabab Football Club
Nickname(s)Al Leith (White Lion)
Founded1947; 74 years ago (1947)
GroundKing Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
ChairmanKhalid Al Baltan
ManagerCarlos Inarejos
LeaguePro League
2019–20Pro League, 7th of 16
WebsiteClub website

Al-Shabab Football Club (Arabic: نادي الشباب‎) is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Riyadh. It was founded in 1947, and was named at first Shabab Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (شباب الرياض), but in 1967* was renamed Al Shabab Fc.


Al Shabab was the First football club in Riyadh. The club began before 1947, with many conflicts before with its numerous members, but it was settled in 1947 and Abdulrahman Bin Saeed was the president. Five years later, Al Shabab won its first tournament beating Sakit Al Hadeed (Railway Club) in Riyadh. Three years later, in 1955 Al Shabab beat the Military College to win the King Saud Cup. Two years passed, and a new conflict arose in 1957. The player, Saleh Jaber, was assigned captain, but then was fired, and the new captain was Ahmed Lmfoon. This did not please some members of the club. Soon the conflict was impossible to solve, and Abdulrahman Bin Saeed and some members, left Al Shabab and took the best players that played for the club back then in an injustice way leaving Al Shabab to a chaos, The club stopped for half a year due to financial weakness, a new football club was born from the conflicts and separation with Abdulrahman Bin Saeed as the president which is the club known today as Al-Hilal. Then in the beginning of 1959 another problem began, Abdullah Bin Ahmed, the president then, was all alone taking care of the club. He couldn't take the pressure of handling the club alone, and decided to take a vacation abroad. Before traveling, he disbanded the first team, and most of the players signed for other clubs mainly Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. What was left was the youth team, and the player Abdulrahman Bin Ahmed decided to take care of the youth, and from that they got there name Shabab Al Riyadh which means Riyadh’s youth. Soon Abdullah Bin Ahmed returned, and many members returned and supported the club. Then Abdullah Bin Ahmed announced the return of forming the first team, and some players returned, but some stayed at Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Also in 1959 was the formation of the Saudi Football Federation, and all football clubs were announced official. In 1960 in the first official tournament called King Saud Cup for the Central Province, Al Shabab faced Al Hilal in their first official games between the two, and won 3–0 to win their first cup.

In the 1960s, everyone wanted to play and be part of the club, and after the request of Al Najmah FC and Al Marekh in 1967, they were united as one club and changed their name from Shabab Riyadh, to simply Al Shabab. The colors of the team were at first white and green, then they were changed after the unification to orange and blue, but in 1977 it was changed to white, gray, and black, the current colors. In 1975 Al Shabab was delegated to the 1st Division. But the next season it was able to win 1st place, and was relegated back to the Premier League in 1976. In 1993, Al Shabab became the first club in Saudi Arabia to win 3 premier leagues in a row. In 2007, Al Shabab became the first club in Saudi Arabia to build projects to increase the club's revenue, and began a 200 million dollar project which contains a 5 star hotel, and a shopping mall. During a visit to the club in January 2008, Al Shabab's main supporter, Khalid bin Sultan, announced the launch of two new projects, Al Laith TV Channel, and Al Shabab Museum.


Performance in AFC competitions[edit]


  • First Saudi club to win three Saudi Premier League in a row (1991, 1992, and 1993).[2]
  • First Saudi club to win the professional and new Saudi Premier League, in 1991.
  • Only club in the world to play two games in one day, in 1999 in the afternoon in the Arab Elite Cup final, and at night in the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal. This was due to bad planning by the Saudi FA, in which Al Shabab decided to use two teams, one in Syria to play the Arabic final, and another composed of the starting players in Riyadh to play the Crown Prince Cup final against Al-Hilal, in which they lost the Arabic final, but won the Crown Prince Cup.
  • Largest margin win was against Al Shoalah during a friendly tournament in 2007, 8–0. Largest margin win in an official game was against Al-Ta'ee in the Saudi Premier League in 2003, 7–0. Largest margin win against a high-ranked club was 6–1 against Al-Nasr in the Saudi Premier League 2004.

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 February 2021:[3][4]

No Position Player Nation
2 DF Igor Lichnovsky  Chile
3 DF Khalid Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
4 DF Abdullah Al-Zori  Saudi Arabia
5 DF Hassan Tambakti  Saudi Arabia
6 MF Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri  Saudi Arabia
7 MF Turki Al-Ammar  Saudi Arabia
8 MF Cristian Guanca  Argentina
10 MF Éver Banega  Argentina
11 MF Fábio Martins (on loan from Braga)  Portugal
12 DF Mohammed Salem  Saudi Arabia
13 DF Khalid Al-Dubaysh  Saudi Arabia
14 MF Nawaf Al-Abed  Saudi Arabia
15 MF Hussain Al-Qahtani  Saudi Arabia
17 DF Abdullah Al-Shamekh  Saudi Arabia
19 MF Jamal Bajandouh  Saudi Arabia
20 DF Ahmed Sharahili  Saudi Arabia
21 MF Nasser Al-Omran  Saudi Arabia
23 GK Marwan Al-Haidari  Saudi Arabia
24 DF Moteb Al-Harbi  Saudi Arabia
26 MF Hamad Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
27 DF Fawaz Al-Sqoor  Saudi Arabia
33 GK Zaid Al-Bawardi  Saudi Arabia
38 MF Ammar Al-Najjar  Saudi Arabia
47 FW Fares Al-Garzae  Saudi Arabia
50 GK Mohammed Al-Dossari  Saudi Arabia
81 MF Alfred N'Diaye  Senegal
89 FW Odion Ighalo  Nigeria
92 FW Sebá  Brazil

Unregistered players[edit]

No Position Player Nation
31 FW Abdulaziz Al-Shahrani  Saudi Arabia
43 MF Marzouq Al Dossary  Saudi Arabia
46 FW Fares Al-Owais  Saudi Arabia
48 MF Nawaf Al-Shahrani  Saudi Arabia
MF Muaiad Al-Showaifey  Saudi Arabia
MF Abdullah Al-Rubaie  Saudi Arabia
FW Dhaidan Al-Mutairi  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan[edit]

No Position Player Nation
16 MF Mohammed Attiyah (on loan to Damac)  Saudi Arabia
28 DF Ali Majrashi (on loan to Al-Faisaly)  Saudi Arabia
29 FW Bubacarr Trawally (on loan to Ajman)  Gambia
32 MF Abdulelah Al-Shammeri (on loan to Al-Tai)  Saudi Arabia
35 MF Abdullah Haqawi (on loan to Al-Lewa)  Saudi Arabia
56 MF Hassan Al-Qeed (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Saudi Arabia
MF Abdulmalek Al-Shammeri (on loan to Al-Batin)  Saudi Arabia


Current board of directors and Administrators[edit]

Office Name
President Khalid AlBaltan
Vice-president Kholaif AlHweshan
Member of the Board, Investment Officer
Member of the Board, Secretary-General
Member of the Board, Director of the Media Center Ahmad AlMasoud
CEO Pat Janssen[5]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Spain Carlos Inarejos
Assistant Manager
Fitness coach
Goalkeeping coach
Video analist
U 23 team coach Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
U 20 team coach CroatiaMladen Posavec
U 17 team coach Saudi Arabia Omar Islam

Recent seasons[edit]

The table below chronicles the achievements of Al Shabab in various competitions since 2000.

Year Division Position Crown Prince Cup King Cup ACL
2000–01 Premier League 7th Semi-final Not held  –
2001–02 Premier League 9th Quarter-final  –
2002–03 Premier League 6th Quarter-final  –
2003–04 Premier League 1st Quarter-final  –
2004–05 Premier League 2nd Quarter-final Group stage
2005–06 Premier League 1st Semi-final Quarter-finals
2006–07 Premier League 4th Quarter-final Group stage
2007–08 Premier League 3rd Semi-final Champion  –
2008–09 Pro League 4th Runners-up Champion Round of 16
2009–10 Pro League 4th Semi-final Semi-final Semi-final
2010–11 Pro League 4th Round of 16 Quarter-final Round of 16
2011–12 Pro League 1st Quarter-final Quarter-final  –
2012–13 Pro League 3rd Round of 16 Runners-up Quarter-finals
2013–14 Pro League 4th Semi-final Champion Round of 16
2014–15 Pro League 5th Round of 16 Quarter-final Group stage
2015–16 Pro League 6th Semi-finals Round of 16  –
2016–17 Pro League 6th Quarter-finals Round of 32  –
2017–18 Pro League 10th  – Quarter-finals  –
2018–19 Pro League 5th  – Round of 16  –


AFC Club ranking[edit]

Rankings are calculated by the AFC[8]

Rank Club Points
8 Iran Esteghlal 38.768
9 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 67.608
10 Saudi Arabia Al Shabab 30.537
11 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 90.000
12 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 20.990


  1. ^ "King Fahad International Stadium". Saudi Pro League Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia - List of Champions".
  3. ^
  4. ^ "فريق: الشباب".
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Mais de 40 anos vivendo futebol" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  7. ^ "المصري عادل عبد الرحمن مدربًا للشباب بدلاً من باتشيكو".
  8. ^ "The AFC".

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Shimizu S-Pulse
Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Dalian Shide

Succeeded by
Saudi Arabia