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Al-Rayyan Sports Club

Al-Rayyan SC
Full name Al Rayyan Sports Club
( Arabic : نادي الريان الرياضي )
Nickname(s) The Lions & Al-Raheeb (The Fierce)
Founded 1967;  (1967)
Ground Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Al-Rayyan, Qatar
Ground Capacity 27,000
Chairman Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Thani
Manager Diego Aguirre
League Qatar Stars League
2012–13 4th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Al Rayyan's active sections







Al Rayyan Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الريان الرياضي‎) is a Qatari professional 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 Omm Alafai 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. The team is nicknamed is 'The Lions' and also 'Al-Raheeb' which means the The Fierce.

They have won numerous titles in all sports, including two Asian championships in basketball, the Arab championship in handball, futsal domestic titles, table tennis and volleyball, as well as the GCC basketball championship. Both the basketball and handball teams have qualified for the world championships. However, the football team gets the most attention from the club officials as well as the media and the fans. The club has the largest fan base in Qatar.


1967–1988: Early history

Al Rayyan SC was founded in 1967 with the announcement by the Al Rayyan Sports Committee that it would merge with Al Nusoor, a local sports club.

The club had success in the Qatar Stars League within the first decade of its formation, with the club participating in their first official season in 1972–73. They first won the league in 1976. In the 1977 season, the QFA annulled the results of Al Rayyan due to actions which took place in a match against Al Arabi. The perpetrator, who was an Al Arabi player by the name of Yassin Mustafa, was banned permanently from all league matches whereas the two clubs were warned.[1] They went on to win their second title in 1978. During this period, Al Rayyan dominated the league along with Al Arabi and Al Sadd.

They won the league with a negative goal difference in 1983–84, making them one of the only 6 teams in the world and the only Qatari team in history to achieve this feat.[2]

1988–2000: Relegation and controversy

In the 1987–88 season, much to the surprise of critics and fans, they got relegated for the first time in league history.[3] The relegation was preceded by a 0–1 loss to Al Sadd, as Hassan Jowhar scored a header goal which would prove to be the final nail in the coffin of Al Rayyan.[1] They won back promotion to the premier league in their first season in the second division. They would go on to win the league in 1990 under controversial circumstances involving Bahraini referee Jassim Mandi. Mandi, who was working in the Qatari league during that period, refereed two crucial games which would ensure Al Rayyan emerged as league champions.

In the first game, Al Arabi v Al Sadd, he awarded Al Arabi a penalty kick in the 91st minute after a player threw himself in front of Al Sadd player Yousef Adsani. Al Arabi converted, resulting in a 1–1 draw against the league leaders. The next game he was to referee was Al Sadd against Al Rayyan. Al Rayyan went in the match requiring only a draw in order to win the league. Mandi controversially decided not to award Al Sadd two penalties after their players had been fouled, allowing Al Rayyan to be crowned league champions after the match ended in a goalless draw. At the same time, Al Arabi defeated Al Wakrah in a relegation play-off with a 3–0 scoreline after the Saudi referee Fallaj Al-Shanar awarded them 3 penalty kicks.[4] Allegations began to spread that match fixing was involved.

2000–present: Gradual decline

They inaugurated their home ground, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, in 2003 during the reign of Sheikh Mishaal Al Thani. The first match held on the grounds was the 2003 Emir Cup finals.

The club has not experienced much league success as of late, with the last successful league campaign being in 1994–95; however they finished 3rd in the 2010–11 season under Paulo Autuori.


Al Raheeb is the most supported club in the whole country.[5] They constantly draw the largest attendance rates in the Qatar Stars League.[6] They are supported throughout the entire Gulf region, as well as other parts of the world due to their high-profile signings.[5]

The club has a mascot, a lion called "Al Muheeb". The concept of the mascot was designed and developed in the USA by a well known animations studio. It is notable for being one of the candidates for the official mascot of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[7]

A fan club was established on 4/10/2006 in an inaugural ceremony which included players from all sections of the clubs sports activities, a number of supporters, and the board of directors. It did not have a significant role in club activities until Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Thani took presidency of the fan club in 2008, a season which saw Al Rayyan boost its attendance numbers by a significant margin. Members of the club receive emails, texts, and notifications of the clubs upcoming games.

The fan club won the QFA-sanctioned award of Best fans in the 2008/09 season, and shared the award with Al Sadd in the 2012/13 season.[8]


Winners (7): 1975-76, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1994–95
Winners (4): 1995, 1996, 2001, 2012
Winners (5): 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • FA Cup
Winners (4): 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983
Winners (3): 1992, 2000, 2012


Main article: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium

Current squad

First team

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Qatar GK Saud Al Hajiri
2 Qatar DF Mohammed Alaa Eddine
3 Guinea MF Daniel Goma
4 Qatar MF Hamad Al Abedy
5 Brazil DF Nathan Otávio
6 Qatar DF Abdullah Alawi
7 Qatar FW Ahmed Alaa Eddine
8 Qatar MF Abdulla Afifa
9 Brazil FW Nilmar
10 Brazil MF Rodrigo Tabata
11 Qatar MF Abdulkarim Al-Ali
12 Qatar DF Hamid Ismail (captain)
13 South Korea DF Cho Yong-Hyung
14 Qatar MF Nasser Sheryan
15 Qatar DF Saleh Al-Zewaidi
16 Qatar FW Mohammed Salah
No. Position Player
18 Qatar MF Sayaf Al-Korbi
19 Qatar MF Abdulmagid Enad
20 Qatar FW Jaralla Al Marri
22 Qatar GK Mohammed Jasser
23 Qatar FW Fahad Khalvan
24 Qatar DF Musa Haroon
25 Qatar DF Ibrahim Dami
27 Argentina MF Juan Forlin
28 Qatar DF Taher Al Bloushi
29 Qatar DF Younes Yaqoub
30 Qatar GK Omar Bari
31 Qatar DF Yousef Mustafa
33 Qatar DF Saleh Hamad
37 Qatar FW Nasser Al Kaabi
45 Qatar DF Abdulhameed Enad
77 Qatar MF Saeed Al Othman

For recent squad changes see: List of Qatari football transfers winter 2011–12 and List of Qatari football transfers summer 2012.

  • On loan from Chicago Fire

Players with dual nationality


  • On loan from Chicago Fire

Notable players

For a list of all former and current Al-Rayyan players with a World Heritage Encyclopedia article, see Category:Al-Rayyan Sports Club players.

Current technical staff

Position Staff
Team manager Qatar Farid Ghulam
Head coach Uruguay Diego Aguirre
Physical coach Uruguay Fernando Pinatares
Goalkeeper coach Uruguay Enrique Carrera "Quique"
Assistant coach Uruguay Roland Marcenaro
Physical Coach Uruguay Marcelo Sanches
Video editor Brazil Yuri Souza
Translator Brazil Wildmark Silva

Managerial history

Present and past managers of Al-Rayyan (incomplete):

Administrative managers

  • Egypt Ashraf Mehdi (1984–85)
  • Egypt Saad Abu El Dahab (1985–)[11]

Presidential history

No. President No. President
Qatar Engineer Hamad Abdullah Al Marri
Qatar  HE Sheikh Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani
Qatar Majid Abdullah Aman
Qatar HE Sheikh Saud bin Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani
Qatar HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Faisal Al Thani
Qatar HE Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Qatar Mohamed Abdulrahman Darwish Fakhro
Qatar HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al Thani
Qatar HE Mohammed bin Hammam
Qatar HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani


Position Staff
President Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Thani
Vice-president Ali Mohammed Al-Naimi
Secretary General Ali Salem Afaifa
Assistant Secretary Sheikh Khalid bin Hassan Al-Thani
Treasurer Mohammad Ali Hobash
board member Husayn ibn Said
board member Sheikh Khalid bin Hassan Al-Thani
Communication & Marketing Director Ali Atiq Al-Abdallah

Last updated: 20 October 2011
Source: Board of Directors


Recent seasons
Season League EC CPC SJ Asia Top scorer
Division Pos G W D L GF GA GD Pts Name Goals
1995–96 QSL 16 11 2 3 28 11 +17 35 RU W
1996–97 QSL 16 9 5 2 21 12 +9 32 RU Asian Club Championship QF Qatar Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi ?
1997–98 QSL 16 9 2 5 20 14 +6 29 SF SF Asian Club Championship R2
1998–99 QSL 16 6 5 5 29 23 +6 23 W DNQ GS
1999-00 QSL 16 10 4 2 29 14 +15 34 RU RU SFNC Qatar Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi 14
2000–01 QSL 16 8 4 4 30 22 +8 28 SF W SF Asian Club Championship QF Liberia Frank Seator 14
2001–02 QSL 16 8 1 7 30 27 +3 25 SF SF QF Brazil Algato Ricardo 7
2002–03 QSL 18 8 4 6 24 22 +2 28 R2 DNQ SF Algeria Abdelhafid Tasfaout 7
2003–04 QSL 18 8 3 7 38 32 +6 27 W DNQ GS Morocco Bouchaib El Moubarki 13
2004–05 QSL 27 15 7 5 66 34 +22 52 QF SF GS AFC Champions League GS Brazil Sonny Anderson 20
2005–06 QSL 27 12 5 10 30 28 +2 41 W SF GS Brazil Sonny Anderson 6
2006–07 QSL 27 9 10 8 40 42 −2 37 QF SF RU AFC Champions League GS France Sabri Lamouchi 10
2007–08 QSL 27 12 3 12 39 42 −3 39 QF DNQ SF Brazil Wílton Figueiredo 12
2008–09 QSL 27 15 7 5 62 35 +27 52 RU RU RU Ivory Coast Amara Diané 19
2009–10 QSL 22 11 4 7 41 30 +11 37 W DNQ GS AFC Cup R16 Brazil Afonso Alves 9
2010–11 QSL 22 12 6 4 39 22 +17 42 SF GS AFC Champions League GS Qatar Jaralla Al Marri 9
2011–12 QSL 22 10 9 3 49 26 +23 39 QF W GS AFC Champions League GS Brazil Rodrigo Tabata 17
  • Note 1: Al-Ittihad withdrew from semifinals; Rayyan replaced them.

Al Rayyan in Asia

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Champions League 28 6 5 19 23 45
Total 28 6 5 19 23 45
  • Q = Qualification
  • GS = Group stage
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • SF = Semi-final

AFC Champions League

Round Country Club Home Away
GS Iran PAS 1–2 1–2
GS Kuwait Al Salmiya 2–1 0–2
GS Iraq Al-Shorta 2–0 0–0
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 0–1 0–3
GS Iraq Al-Zawraa 0–0 1–3
GS Kuwait Al-Arabi 1–2 1–1
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–1 0–1
GS United Arab Emirates Emirates 2–0 0–2
GS Iran Zob Ahan 0–1 1–3
Round Country Club Home Away
GS Iran Esteghlal 0–1 0–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 3–4 2–3
GS Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 3–1 0–1
GS Iran Esteghlal 3–3 0–3
GS Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–2 1–3
GS United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 2–1 1–2

Other sports


Main article: Al Rayyan Basketball Team


Main article: Al Rayyan Futsal Team


Main article: Al Rayyan Handball Team


Main article: Al Rayyan Volleyball Team

Performance in AFC competitions

2005: Group stage
2007: Group stage
2011: Group stage
2012: Group stage
2013: Group stage
2010: Round of 16


External links

  • Official website (Arabic)
  • Rayyani TV on Youtube

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