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Ettifaq FC
Full name Ettifaq Football Club
Nickname(s) Faris Ad-Dahna (The Knight of Ad-Dahna)
The Commandos
Itti Al-Sharqiya (Itti of the Eastern Province, as a pose to Ittihad FC)
Founded 1945
Ground Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Ground Capacity 26,000
Chairman Khalid Aldabal
Manager Djamel Belkacem
League Saudi Professional League
2015–16 Saudi First Division, 2nd (promoted)

Ettifaq Football Club (Arabic: نادي الاتفاق لكرة القدم‎‎) also known as Al-Ettifaq is a Saudi Arabian professional football club based in Dammam. 'Ittifaq' is Arabic for cooperation. Al Ettifaq was established after the merging of three clubs in the City of Dammam at the year 1944. Al Ettifaq is the first Saudi team to win an international title – the 1984 Arab Club Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq is also the first team to win the Saudi Premier League without any defeat. Al Ettifaq is also the first side from Saudi Arabia to win the Gulf Champions Cup. Al Ettifaq have a total of 13 different titles to their name.


Performance in AFC competitions

    • Semi-final (Group Stage): Al Ettifaq finished second in their group after losing their penultimate game against the eventual champions, Qatari side Al-Sadd (2–1) in a highly controversial game. Apart from the two clubs, the group contained April 25 SC (North Korea), Mohammedan SC (Bangladesh), and Pahang (Malaysia).[1]
        • Group Stage – Round of 32: Al Ettifaq was arguably one of the best performers in the group stage after finishing top of the group with 12 points. They won 4 games, lost 2, and scored 15 goals in 6 games, recording the third best attacking stats in the continent in that round. Al Ettifaq were placed in Group D along FC Bunyodkor (led by Brazilian ace Rivaldo), Sepahan Isfahan, and Al Shabab (UAE).
        • Round of 16: Al Ettifaq were knocked from the Round of 16 against Pakhtakor (UZB). After leading 1–0 at halftime, they conceded two late goals that ended their hopes in qualifying to the quarter-final.[2]
        • After failing to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Al-Ettifaq qualified automatically to the 2012 AFC Cup, and were drawn in Group C with Kuwait SC of Kuwait, Al Ahed of Lebanon, and VB Sports Club of the Maldives.
        • Al Ettifaq started the competition as favorites and a strong candidate to win the competition, winning 5–1 in their first group game against Kuwait SC in Kuwait. The second game was frustrating to the Saudis as they drew in their own stadium 0–0 with Al Ahed. They defeated the underdogs of the group VB Sports Club by 6–3 in the Maldives and 2–0 in the reverse fixture. Al Ettifaq sealed their promotion with a 2–2 draw against Kuwait SC before finishing the group with a 3–1 victory in Lebanon against Al Ahed.
        • Al Ettifaq finished off their season with a hard-fought 1–0 victory against Omani side Al-Suwaiq SC in the Round of 16 to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.


As of Saudi Premier League:

No Position Player Nation
22 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Bahri      Saudi Arabia
28 Goalkeeper Ahmed Al-Kassar      Saudi Arabia
30 Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Saleh      Saudi Arabia

3 Defender Aymen Masrahi      Saudi Arabia
4 Defender Mubarak Wajdi      Saudi Arabia
5 Defender Mortadha Al-Breh      Saudi Arabia
13 Defender Hassan Kadesh      Saudi Arabia
45 Defender Fawaz Al-Tomaihi      Saudi Arabia
70 Defender Omar Al-Sonain      Saudi Arabia

6 Midfielder Yahya Otain      Saudi Arabia
7 Midfielder Hassan Ghazwani      Saudi Arabia
8 Midfielder Mohamed Kanno      Saudi Arabia
10 Midfielder Aiedh Al-Sohaimi      Saudi Arabia
12 Midfielder Osama Al-Salim      Saudi Arabia
14 Midfielder Abdoh Hakami (Captain)     Saudi Arabia
16 Midfielder Khaled Al-Hamdhi      Saudi Arabia
17 Midfielder Ahmed Al-Shehri      Saudi Arabia
18 Midfielder Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim      Saudi Arabia
20 Midfielder Jaber Al-Ziyadi      Saudi Arabia
23 Midfielder Hassan Al-Habib      Saudi Arabia
26 Midfielder Ali Al-Zaqaan      Saudi Arabia
85 Midfielder Ricardinho      Brazil
88 Midfielder Al Baraa Ba Adheem      Saudi Arabia

9 Forward Hazaa Al-Hazaa      Saudi Arabia
11 Forward Zamil Al-Sulim      Saudi Arabia
19 Forward Turki Sufyani      Saudi Arabia
55 Forward Marei Al-Moqaadi      Saudi Arabia
90 Forward Khaled Al-Aboud      Saudi Arabia
99 Forward Mahmoud Al-Sayegh      Saudi Arabia

-- Defender Saoud Fallatah      Saudi Arabia
-- Midfielder Nasser Al-Abdeli      Saudi Arabia
-- Forward Mohammed Al-Saiari      Saudi Arabia
-- Forward Leo Alves      Brazil

Out on loan

Managerial history

Note: The table is currently being updated.

19??–69 Sudan Mohammed Hassan Kheiri
1976–78 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1980–84 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Coincided with the most successful period of the club (4 titles).
1986–90 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani Won 3 titles.
1990–91 Brazil Procópio Cardoso
July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1995 Poland Wojciech Łazarek
1994–96 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
1997 Brazil João Francisco
1999–00 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani
2003–04 Netherlands Jan Versleijen
Jan 1, 2004 – May 30, 2004 Argentina Jorge Habegger
2005–06 Brazil Ednaldo Patricio
2006–07 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh 2006 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Winner).
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008 Portugal Toni Oliveira 2007 Gulf Club Champions Cup (Runner-up).
Jan 8, 2009 – June 8, 2009 Romania Ioan Andone Achieved club's best performance in the AFC Champions League (Round of 16).
Oct 23, 2009 – March 23, 2011 Romania Ion Marin
March 23, 2011 – June 30, 2011 Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui
July 22, 2011 – April 30, 2012 Croatia Branko Ivanković
2012 Tunisia Ammar Al-Suwayeh
July 1, 2012 – Sept 25, 2012 Switzerland Alain Geiger
Sept 26, 2012 – June 13, 2013 Poland Maciej Skorża
July 1, 2013 – Oct 1, 2013 Germany Theo Bücker
Sept 30, 2013 – Oct 26, 2013 Romania Eusebiu Tudor
Oct 26, 2013 – Feb 13, 2014 Serbia Goran Tufegdžić
Feb 13, 2014–July, 2014 Romania Ioan Andone
July 2014 – Feb 17, 2015 Spain Beñat San José
(2015) Romania Gheorghe Mulțescu
(2015–16) Germany Reinhard Stumpf


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