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Al Taawoun
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Full nameAl Taawoun Football Club
Nickname(s)Sukri Al-Qasim
Al Dhiaab (The Wolves)
Founded1956; 67 years ago (1956)
GroundKing Abdullah Sport City Stadium,
Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Capacity25,000[1]
ChairmanSaud Al-Rashoodi
ManagerPéricles Chamusca
LeaguePro League
2021–22Pro League, 12th of 16
Current season

Al Taawoun Football Club (Arabic: التعاون, lit.'Cooperation') is a professional multi-sports club based in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. The football team competes in the Saudi Professional League, the top tier of Saudi Football.

The club play their home games at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Buraidah, sharing the stadium with city rivals Al-Raed with whom they contest the Qasim Derby with.

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Literal translation

Literal translation

Literal translation, direct translation or word-for-word translation, is a translation of a text done by translating each word separately, without looking at how the words are used together in a phrase or sentence.

Buraidah

Buraidah

Buraidah is the capital and largest city of Al-Qassim Region in north-central Saudi Arabia in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula. Buraydah lies equidistant from the Red Sea to the west and Persian Gulf to the east. Its known for its dates festival which is the biggest in the world with various types of dates. It has been called the city of dates. On November 8, 2021, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization "UNESCO" included the city of Buraidah within the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities, in the field of gastronomy.

Association football

Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players who primarily use their feet to propel a ball around a rectangular field called a pitch. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposite team by moving the ball beyond the goal line into a rectangular-framed goal defended by the opposing side. Traditionally, the game has been played over two 45-minute halves, for a total match time of 90 minutes. With an estimated 250 million players active in over 200 countries and territories, it is considered the world's most popular sport.

Saudi Professional League

Saudi Professional League

The Saudi Pro League, known as the Roshn Saudi League for sponsorship reasons, is the top division of association football in the Saudi Arabian league system. It has been operating as a round-robin tournament from it inaugural season until the 1989–90 season, after that the Saudi Federation decided to merge the football League with the King's Cup in one tournament and the addition of the Golden Box. The Golden Box would be an end of season knockout competition played between the top four teams of the regular league season. These teams would play at a semi-final stage to crown the champions of Saudi Arabia. The league reverted to a round-robin system in the 2007–08 season.

Football in Saudi Arabia

Football in Saudi Arabia

Football is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia. Football in Saudi Arabia is governed by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF). It was founded in 1956. It administers both the club competitions and the national football teams of Saudi Arabia.

King Abdullah Sport City Stadium

King Abdullah Sport City Stadium

The King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, previously known as the Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, is a football stadium in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. It is used mainly for football and hosts the home matches of Al Taawon and Al-Raed of the Saudi Professional League. The stadium has a seating capacity of 25,000 spectators.

History

Al-Taawoun were founded in the year of 1956 under the name of "Al-Shabab" by their founder Saleh Al Wabili. Four years after the founding of the club, they were officially registered as a professional club in 1960.

On the 25th of May 1990 Al-Taawoun reached the 1990 king cup final to face Al-Nasser but eventually lost 0-2. By reaching the final Al-Taawoun became the second First Division side to reach the final after Al-Riyadh in 1978. In the 2009–10 season Al-Taawoun won promotion to the Pro League for the first time in over thirteen years as runners-up in the first division, their last appearance in the top flight was in the 1997-98 season. They have been playing consecutively in the Saudi Professional League since the 2010–2011 season.[2] On 29 May 2016, Al-Taawoun qualified to their debut AFC Champions League campaign for the first time ever by finishing fourth in the league during the 2015–16 season.[3]

Their best ever top-flight season came in the 2018–19 season when the club successfully challenged for the Asian Champions League spots, eventually finishing in third place in the Saudi Professional League, their highest ever league position to date. And to top off their season, Al-Taawoun reached the King Cup final by thrashing Al-Hilal 5-0 at the King Saud Stadium in the semi-final, and went on to defeat Al-Ittihad 2-1 in the final to claim their first-ever top-flight trophy, with the winning goal coming in the 90th minute.[4] Al-Taawoun also became the first club from Al-Qassim Region to win the King Cup.

In the following season (2019-20), Al-Taawon's performances were one of their worst in their league history. Al-Taawoun booked their spot in the 2019 super cup by winning the King Cup title the previous season. Al-Taawoun lost to Al-Nasser 4–5 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time. The club were almost relegated and needed a win in the final matchday against relegation threatened Al-Fayha, the highly tense match continued as a draw until the 91st minute when Mohammad Al-Sahlawi converted a cross with a tap in to make it 1-0 and avoid relegation in the final moments of the season. In the 2020-21 season Al-Taawoun reached their 3rd king cup final in the 2020–21 edition to face Al-Faisaly, in the end Al-Faisaly won their first title after a 3–2 win over Al-Taawoun in the final on 27 May 2021.

Al-Taawoun Qualified to the 2020 AFC Champions League as 2019 King Cup winners and 2018–19 Saudi Professional League 3rd place, Al-Taawoun finished the group as runners-up with a record of (3W,3L) to qualify to the knockout stages for the first time in their history. Al-Taawoun faced Al-Nasser in the round of 16 but eventually lost 0-1.

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1990 King Cup

1990 King Cup

The 1990 King Cup was the 32nd season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Hilal were the defending champions but they were eliminated by Al-Riyadh in the Round of 16. This season was the final season of the competition. The King Cup then returned under the name of King Cup of Champions in 2008.

1978 King Cup

1978 King Cup

The 1978 King Cup was the 20th season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Ahli were the defending champions and successfully defended the title, winning their second one in a row. Al-Ahli beat Al-Riyadh who became the first First Division side to reach the final.

1997–98 Saudi Premier League

1997–98 Saudi Premier League

Statistics of the 1997–98 Saudi Premier League.

AFC Champions League

AFC Champions League

The AFC Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation, and contested by Asia's top-division football clubs. It is the most prestigious club competition in Asian football, played by the national league champions of their national associations.

2018–19 Saudi Professional League

2018–19 Saudi Professional League

The 2018–19 Saudi Professional League was the 44th edition of the Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1975. The season started on 30 August 2018 and concluded on 16 May 2019.

2019 King Cup

2019 King Cup

The 2019 King Cup, or The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, was the 44th edition of the King Cup since its establishment in 1957, and the 1st under the current format. It started on 1 January and concluded with the final on 2 May 2019. As winners of the tournament, Al-Taawoun qualified for the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage.

Al Hilal SFC

Al Hilal SFC

Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club, simply known as Al-Hilal, is a professional multi-sports club based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Their football team competes in the Saudi Professional League. They are the most decorated club in Asia winning 65 official trophies. They also hold the record for the most continental trophies in Asia, as well as a record 18 Professional League titles.

Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah)

Al-Ittihad Club (Jeddah)

Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabian Club, simply known as Al-Ittihad and also referred to as Ittihad Jeddah, is a professional football club based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, founded in 1927. The club spent its entire history in the top flight of football in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Professional League, and is the second most decorated club in Saudi Arabia. Ittihad means "union" in Arabic.

2019–20 Saudi Professional League

2019–20 Saudi Professional League

The 2019–20 Saudi Professional League was the 44th edition of the Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1976. The season started on 22 August 2019 and concluded on 9 September 2020.

2019 Saudi Super Cup

2019 Saudi Super Cup

The 2019 Saudi Super Cup was the 6th edition of the Saudi Super Cup, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Saudi Pro League and King's Cup. It was played on 4 January 2020 by Al-Nassr, the winners of the 2018–19 Saudi Pro League, and Al-Taawoun, the winners of the 2019 King Cup. The match was held at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the first time. Al-Nassr won 5–4 on a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time, securing their first title in the competition.

Al-Fayha FC

Al-Fayha FC

Al Fayha FC is a professional football club based in Al Majma'ah, that plays in the Saudi Professional League, the first tier of Saudi Football. It was founded in 1953.

2020–21 Saudi Professional League

2020–21 Saudi Professional League

The 2020–21 Saudi Professional League was the 45th edition of the Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1976. The season began on 17 October 2020 as a consequence of the postponement of the previous season's conclusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fixtures for the 2020–21 season were announced on 29 September 2020.

Honours

King Cup

Super Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 2019

Saudi First Division (Level 2)

  • Winners (1): 1996–97
  • Runners-up (2): 1994–95, 2009–10

Saudi Second Division (Level 3)

  • Winners (1): 1977–78

Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup for Division 1 and 2 Teams

  • Winners (4): 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09

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2019 King Cup

2019 King Cup

The 2019 King Cup, or The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, was the 44th edition of the King Cup since its establishment in 1957, and the 1st under the current format. It started on 1 January and concluded with the final on 2 May 2019. As winners of the tournament, Al-Taawoun qualified for the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage.

1990 King Cup

1990 King Cup

The 1990 King Cup was the 32nd season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Hilal were the defending champions but they were eliminated by Al-Riyadh in the Round of 16. This season was the final season of the competition. The King Cup then returned under the name of King Cup of Champions in 2008.

2020–21 King Cup

2020–21 King Cup

The 2020–21 King Cup, or The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, was the 46th edition of the King Cup since its establishment in 1957. The tournament commenced on 16 December 2020 and concluded with the final on 27 May 2021.

Saudi Super Cup

Saudi Super Cup

The Saudi Super Cup is an annual super cup football match organized by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. Founded in 2013 as a two-team competition, the current version has been contested since 2022–23 by four teams: the winners and runners-up of the King Cup and Pro League. The competition was held the week before the season begins in Saudi Arabia from 2013 until 2018. Since the 2019 edition it has been held mid-season.

2019 Saudi Super Cup

2019 Saudi Super Cup

The 2019 Saudi Super Cup was the 6th edition of the Saudi Super Cup, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Saudi Pro League and King's Cup. It was played on 4 January 2020 by Al-Nassr, the winners of the 2018–19 Saudi Pro League, and Al-Taawoun, the winners of the 2019 King Cup. The match was held at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the first time. Al-Nassr won 5–4 on a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time, securing their first title in the competition.

Saudi Second Division

Saudi Second Division

The Saudi Second Division, also known as the Second Division League (SDL), is a football league that is the third tier of the Saudi Arabian football league system. The league consists of 32 teams divided into two groups and was founded in 1976.

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Brazil Péricles Chamusca
Assistant manager Cameroon André Bikey
First team coach Netherlands Denny Landzaat

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Brazil

Brazil

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America and in Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 217 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the only country in the Americas to have Portuguese as an official language. It is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world, and the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

Péricles Chamusca

Péricles Chamusca

Péricles Raimundo Oliveira Chamusca, known as Péricles Chamusca, is a Brazilian football manager who is the current manager of Saudi club Al-Taawoun.

Cameroon

Cameroon

Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in west-central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west and north; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Its coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its strategic position at the crossroads between West Africa and Central Africa, it has been categorized as being in both camps. Its nearly 27 million people speak 250 native languages.

André Bikey

André Bikey

André Stéphane Bikey-Amougou is a Cameroonian former footballer who is now an assistant manager of Spanish club SD Ponferradina. Primarily a defender, he could also play in midfield, and was known for his physical presence. He is generally known by his first surname Bikey except between 2011 and 2012 while playing for Burnley, when he decided to officially use his second surname Amougou.

Netherlands

Netherlands

The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in northwestern Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces; it borders Germany to the east, and Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coastline to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium in the North Sea. The country's official language is Dutch, with West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland. Dutch, English and Papiamento are official in the Caribbean territories.

Denny Landzaat

Denny Landzaat

Denny Domingues Landzaat is a Dutch former footballer who mostly played as a central midfielder or defensive midfielder and current assistant manager of Ekstraklasa side Lech Poznań.

Current squad

As of 17 October 2020[6]
No Position Player Nation
1 GK Mailson  Brazil
2 DF Yazeed Al-Bakr  Saudi Arabia
3 FW Léandre Tawamba  Cameroon
4 DF Naldo  Brazil
5 DF Tareq Abdullah  Saudi Arabia
6 DF Mohammed Al-Ghamdi  Saudi Arabia
7 MF Fahad Al-Rashidi  Saudi Arabia
8 MF Sumayhan Al-Nabit  Saudi Arabia
9 MF Saad Al-Nasser (on loan from Al-Hilal)  Saudi Arabia
10 MF Álvaro Medrán  Spain
11 MF Yaqoub Alhassan  Mali
12 DF Sulaiman Hazazi  Saudi Arabia
13 MF Abdulrahman Al-Mughais  Saudi Arabia
14 DF Hassan Kadesh  Saudi Arabia
15 MF Abdulmalik Al-Oyayari  Saudi Arabia
17 MF Kaku  Paraguay
18 MF Aschraf El Mahdioui  Netherlands
20 MF Nawaf Al-Rashwodi  Saudi Arabia
21 MF Abdullah Al-Hammad  Saudi Arabia
22 GK Ammar Al-Ammar  Saudi Arabia
24 MF Flávio Medeiros (on loan from Trabzonspor)  Brazil
25 MF Faisal Darwish  Saudi Arabia
30 MF Faisal Al-Mutairi  Saudi Arabia
31 DF Saad Balobaid  Saudi Arabia
33 DF Awn Al-Saluli  Saudi Arabia
36 GK Raghid Al-Najjar  Saudi Arabia
40 DF Hassan Rabea  Saudi Arabia
44 DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (on loan from Al-Ittihad)  Saudi Arabia
49 FW Abdullah Radif (on loan from Al-Hilal)  Saudi Arabia
50 GK Mohammed Al-Dossari  Saudi Arabia
52 DF Motaz Hawsawi  Saudi Arabia
70 FW Rayan Al-Johani  Saudi Arabia
77 MF Hassan Al-Omari  Saudi Arabia
90 MF Basil Al-Mehawes  Saudi Arabia
91 MF Rakan Al-Tulayhi  Saudi Arabia
97 FW Khalid Al-Muntashiri  Saudi Arabia
99 FW Turki Al-Mutairi (on loan from Al-Hilal)  Saudi Arabia

Unregistered players

No Position Player Nation
FW Basim Al-Arini  Saudi Arabia

Out on loan

No Position Player Nation
16 FW Hussain Al-Moeini (on loan to Al-Orobah)  Saudi Arabia
27 GK Mohammed Al-Dhulayfi (on loan to Al-Lewaa)  Saudi Arabia
66 MF Mostafa Fathi (on loan to Pyramids)  Egypt
DF Abdulaziz Al-Meblesh (on loan to Al-Saqer)  Saudi Arabia
DF Mubarak Motrib (on loan to Al-Rayyan)  Saudi Arabia

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Goalkeeper (association football)

Goalkeeper (association football)

The goalkeeper is a position in association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's main role is to stop the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by having the goalkeeper move into the trajectory of the ball to either catch it or direct it further from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands, giving them the sole rights on the field to handle the ball. The goalkeeper is indicated by wearing a different coloured kit from their teammates and opposition.

Mailson (footballer, born 1996)

Mailson (footballer, born 1996)

Mailson Tenório dos Santos, simply known as Mailson, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Saudi Arabian club Al-Taawoun.

Brazilian Football Confederation

Brazilian Football Confederation

The Brazilian Football Confederation is the governing body of football in Brazil. It was founded on Monday, 8 June 1914, as Federação Brasileira de Sports, and renamed Confederação Brasileira de Desportos in 1916. The football confederation, as known today, separated from other sports associations on 24 September 1979. Between 1914 and 1979 it was the governing body, or at least the international reference, for other olympic sports, such as tennis, athletics, handball, swimming and waterpolo. It currently has the most wins on FIFA world cups, with a total of five.

Defender (association football)

Defender (association football)

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.

Forward (association football)

Forward (association football)

Forwards are outfield positions in an association football team who play the furthest up the pitch and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals as well as assisting them. As with any attacking player, the role of the forward relies heavily on being able to create space for attack.

Léandre Tawamba

Léandre Tawamba

Léandre Gaël Tawamba Kana is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Al-Taawoun as a forward.

Cameroonian Football Federation

Cameroonian Football Federation

The Cameroonian Football Federation is the governing body of football in Cameroon. It is known as FECAFOOT.

Naldo (footballer, born 1988)

Naldo (footballer, born 1988)

Edinaldo Gomes Pereira, known as Naldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Saudi Arabian club Al-Taawoun.

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Mohammed Zayed Al-Ghamdi is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Saudi Professional League side Al-Taawoun.

Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively right back role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Fahad Al-Rashidi (footballer, born 1997)

Fahad Al-Rashidi (footballer, born 1997)

Fahad Al-Rashidi is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Al-Taawoun.

Fahad Al-Rashidi (footballer, born 1997)

Fahad Al-Rashidi (footballer, born 1997)

Fahad Al-Rashidi is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Saudi Pro League side Al-Taawoun.

International competitions

Overview

As of 26 April 2022
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 20 6 4 10 25 34
GCC Champions League 5 1 4 0 7 6
TOTAL 25 7 8 10 32 40

Record by country

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Iran 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 016.67
 Oman 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 050.00
 Qatar 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 050.00
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
 Syria 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
 United Arab Emirates 5 1 2 2 3 10 −7 020.00
 Uzbekistan 4 1 1 2 9 10 −1 025.00
TOTAL 25 7 8 10 32 40 −8 028.00

International record

Matches

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015 GCC Champions League Group A Oman Al-Suwaiq 1–0 2−2 2nd
Qatar Al-Rayyan 1–1 2–2
Quarter-finals United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1−1 (p) 1–1 (p)
2017 AFC Champions League Group A Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 1–0 4−4 3rd
Iran Esteghlal 1–2 0−3
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1–3 0−0
2020 AFC Champions League Group C United Arab Emirates Sharjah 0–6 1–0 2nd
Qatar Al-Duhail 2–0 1–0
Iran Persepolis 0–1 0–1
Round of 16 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 0–1 0–1
2022 AFC Champions League Play-off round Syria Al-Jaish 1–1 (5–4 p) 1–1 (5–4 p)
Group D Qatar Al-Duhail 3–4 2–1 2nd
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 0–1 4–5
Iran Sepahan 3–0 1–1

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AFC Champions League

AFC Champions League

The AFC Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation, and contested by Asia's top-division football clubs. It is the most prestigious club competition in Asian football, played by the national league champions of their national associations.

GCC Champions League

GCC Champions League

The GCC Champions League, formerly known as the Gulf Cup for Clubs, was an annually organized football league tournament for clubs of the Arabian peninsula. The tournament was first organized in 1982 and was last played in 2015, the 31st edition. Attempts to play the 2016 and 2017 editions failed.

Iran

Iran

Iran, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran and also called Persia, is a country located in Western Asia. It is bordered by Iraq and Turkey to the west, by Azerbaijan and Armenia to the northwest, by the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan to the north, by Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east, and by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to the south. It covers an area of 1.64 million square kilometres, making it the 17th-largest country. Iran has an estimated population of 86.8 million, making it the 17th-most populous country in the world, and the second-largest in the Middle East. Its largest cities, in descending order, are the capital Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Karaj, Shiraz, and Tabriz.

Oman

Oman

Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country located in Western Asia. It is situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and spans the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Oman shares land borders with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, while sharing maritime borders with Iran and Pakistan. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast, and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Musandam exclaves are surrounded by the United Arab Emirates on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman forming Musandam's coastal boundaries. Muscat is the nation's capital and largest city.

Qatar

Qatar

Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a country in Western Asia. It occupies the Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East; it shares its sole land border with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. The Gulf of Bahrain, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Qatar from nearby Bahrain. The capital is Doha, home to over 80% of the country's inhabitants, and the land area is mostly made up of flat, low-lying desert.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country in Western Asia. It covers the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia and the Middle East. It is bordered by the Red Sea to the west; Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north; the Persian Gulf, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to the east; Oman to the southeast; and Yemen to the south. Bahrain is an island country off its east coast. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northwest separates Saudi Arabia from Egypt and Israel. Saudi Arabia is the only country with a coastline along both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland, steppe, and mountains. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh. The country is home to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam.

Syria

Syria

Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a Western Asian country located in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant. It is a unitary republic that consists of 14 governorates (subdivisions), and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east and southeast, Jordan to the south, and Israel and Lebanon to the southwest. Cyprus lies to the west across the Mediterranean Sea. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including the majority Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Circassians, Armenians, Albanians, Greeks, and Chechens. Religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Alawites, Druze, and Yazidis. The capital and largest city of Syria is Damascus. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunni Muslims are the largest religious group. Syria is the only country that is governed by Ba'athists, who advocate Arab socialism and Arab nationalism. Syria is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates, or simply the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia. It is located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula and shares borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia, while having maritime borders in the Persian Gulf with Qatar and Iran. Abu Dhabi is the nation's capital, while Dubai, the most populated city, is an international hub.

2015 GCC Champions League

2015 GCC Champions League

The GCC Champions League, is an annually organized football league tournament for club of the Arabian peninsula.

Suwaiq Club

Suwaiq Club

Al-Suwaiq Club is an Omani sports club based in Al-Suwaiq. The club is currently playing in the Oman Professional League, top division of Oman Football Association. Their home ground is Al-Seeb Stadium. The stadium is government owned, but they also own their own personal stadium and sports equipment, as well as their own training facilities.

Al-Rayyan SC

Al-Rayyan SC

Al-Rayyan Sports Club is a Qatari multi-sports club fielding teams in a number of sports such as football, futsal, basketball, volleyball, handball, athletics, table tennis, and swimming. It is based at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Umm Al Afaei in the city of Al Rayyan. The club was founded in 1967 after merging the old Rayyan team with Nusoor Club. The official team colours are red and black.

2017 AFC Champions League

2017 AFC Champions League

The 2017 AFC Champions League was the 36th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 15th under the current AFC Champions League title.

Managers

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Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe consisting of 26 of the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, on the eastern side of the island. Around 2.1 million of the country's population of 5.13 million people reside in the Greater Dublin Area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann; an upper house, Seanad Éireann; and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

Eoin Hand

Eoin Hand

Eoin Kevin Joseph Colin Hand is an Irish former footballer and football manager. As a player, his normal position was centre-half. He works as a television and radio football commentator for RTÉ in Ireland.

Hungary

Hungary

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Spanning 93,030 square kilometres (35,920 sq mi) of the Carpathian Basin, it is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Romania to the east and southeast, Serbia to the south, Croatia and Slovenia to the southwest, and Austria to the west. Hungary has a population of 9.7 million, mostly ethnic Hungarians and a significant Romani minority. Hungarian, the official language, is the world's most widely spoken Uralic language and among the few non-Indo-European languages widely spoken in Europe. Budapest is the country's capital and largest city; other major urban areas include Debrecen, Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs, and Győr.

Antal Szentmihályi

Antal Szentmihályi

Antal Szentmihályi is a former Hungarian footballer. He played for Győri ETO, Vasas SC and Újpesti Dózsa as a goalkeeper. He played 31 games for the Hungary national football team. Szentmihályi is most famous for his participation in the gold medal-winning Hungarian team in the 1964, and for playing in the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cup, and the 1964 European Nations' Cup. He retired in 1977.

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America and in Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 217 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the only country in the Americas to have Portuguese as an official language. It is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world, and the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

Abderrazek Chebbi

Abderrazek Chebbi

Abderrazek Chebbi is a Tunisian football coach and former player who played for Étoile du Sahel. He is the current manager of FDL club Al-Kholood.

Romania

Romania

Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. It borders Bulgaria to the south, Ukraine to the north, Hungary to the west, Serbia to the southwest, Moldova to the east, and the Black Sea to the southeast. It has a predominantly temperate-continental climate, and an area of 238,397 km2 (92,046 sq mi), with a population of approximately 19 million inhabitants. Romania is the twelfth-largest country in Europe and the sixth-most populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city is Bucharest, followed by Iași, Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Constanța, Craiova, Brașov, and Galați.

Grigore Sichitiu

Grigore Sichitiu

Grigore Sichitiu is a Romanian professional football manager. He also held several positions as technical director or club president at various clubs such as Rapid Bucharest, Sportul Studențesc, Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț, Politehnica Iași and Fortuna Poiana Câmpina.

Gheorghe Mulțescu

Gheorghe Mulțescu

Gheorghe Mulțescu is a Romanian professional football manager and a former football player.

Florin Motroc

Florin Motroc

Florin Motroc is a Romanian former footballer and current head coach, who previously coached Bahrain club East Riffa.

Croatia

Croatia

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe. Its coast lies entirely on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Italy to the west and southwest. Its capital and largest city, Zagreb, forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, with twenty counties. The country spans 56,594 square kilometres, and has a population of nearly 3.9 million.

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip of Palestine and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northeast separates Egypt from Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt, while Alexandria, the second-largest city, is an important industrial and tourist hub at the Mediterranean coast. At approximately 100 million inhabitants, Egypt is the 14th-most populated country in the world.

Source: "Al Taawoun FC", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, February 13th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Taawoun_FC.

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