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Al Nassr Football Club (Arabic: نادي النصر السعودي; Naṣr meaning Victory) is a Saudi Arabian football club based in Riyadh. Formed in 1955, the club plays its home games at the Mrsool Park. Their home colours are yellow and blue.

Al Nassr
Logo Al-Nassr.png
Full nameAl Nassr Football Club
Nickname(s)Al-Aalami (The Worldwide)
Faris Najd (Knights of Najd)
Founded24 October 1955; 67 years ago (1955-10-24)[1]
PresidentMusalli Al-Muammar
Head coachRudi Garcia
LeaguePro League
2021–22Pro League, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Al Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, with an estimated 28 championships in all competitions, 27 of which are official championships.[2]

At domestic level, the club has won nine Premier League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince's Cups, three Federation Cups and two Saudi Super Cups. At international level, they have won two GCC Champions Leagues and earned a historic Asian double in 1998 by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners' Cup and the Asian Super Cup. The club gained international attention in early 2023 when Cristiano Ronaldo signed for the club on a two and a half year deal, after leaving former club Manchester United via mutual consent.[3]

History

Beginnings and triumphs (1955–1989)

Al Nassr was established in 1955 by Al-Ja’ba brothers. Training took place in an old playground at Gashlat Al-Shortah west of Al-Fotah Garden where there was a small football field and a small room to store balls and shirts. In addition to the Al-Ja'ba brothers, Ali and Al-Owais. Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud Al Saud became the head of Al Nassr, he spent more than 39 years as the president for 3 stints till his death. His love of the team made him accept the challenge of being the president of a second division club and turning it to a champion and for that reason he is known as [Al Nassr Godfather] they were promoted to the first division in 1963. During the 1970s and 1980s, the club won four Saudi Premier League titles, six King's Cups, three Crown Prince Cups and three Federation Cup. The team's success was built around the "Saudi Golden Trio" of Majed Abdullah, Fahd Al-Herafy and Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan.

 
Majed Ahmed Abdullah is Al-Nassr's all-time leader in goals scored and appearances.

90s era (1989–2002)

In the 1990s, Al Nassr won two further Saudi Premier League titles, a King's Cup and a Federation Cup. They also had success in several international tournaments, winning two GCC Champions Leagues, one Asian Cup Winners' Cup and one Asian Super Cup. As a champion of Asian Super Cup, Al-Nassr FC represented the AFC region in the first FIFA Club World Cup in Brazil in 2000. In the competition Al Nassr played against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Real Madrid and Raja Casablanca, and finished 3rd in the group. Al Nassr won the competition's Fair Play award.

Setbacks (2003–2007)

After the Golden Trio's retirement, Al Nassr went into some major setbacks. In 2006–07, the club only avoided relegation on the last day of the season, which prompted honorary members of the club to begin an effective long-term plan, to revolutionize management and team members.

Recent resurgence (2008–present)

After a major overhaul of playing staff, Al Nassr went on to win the Federation Cup 2008 against city rivals, Al Hilal. The club finished third in 2009–10 securing Asian Champions League football for the following season. In 2011–12, Al Nassr saw itself on the King Cup's final, only to finish as a runners-up, and in 2012–13, Al Nassr continued its steady steps into returning to the Saudi giant it once was, where it reached the Crown Prince Cup final, only to lose to Al Hilal on penalties.

In 2013–14, Al Nassr finally achieved its long-term goal of returning to crowning stages, by earning an impressive double against city rivals Al Hilal in both league and Crown Prince cups. The team subsequently qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League following the astonishing accomplishment.

In the 2014–15 season, Al Nassr continued defending the title as holding champion, by winning the league, and reaching the King's Cup final, as well as qualifying for the Crown Prince's semi-final. The identity of a returning champion still persists within club halls.

In the 2018–19 season, Al Nassr won the league, as well as making it to the King's Cup semi-finals, and the Asian Champions League quarter-finals.

In both 2020 and 2021, Al Nassr saw themselves win the Saudi Super Cup in succession, beating Al Taawoun FC 1–1 (5–4 pen.) in 2020, and beating their fierce city rivals, Al Hilal SFC, 3–0 in 2021.

On December 30, 2022, Al Nassr signed Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Portuguese player left Manchester United by mutual agreement. Ronaldo’s contract will run for two-and-a-half years until 2025, with a total salary of €200 million per year, thought to be the highest salary ever paid to a professional footballer.[4] He made an immediate impact on the global following of the club, with their Instagram account growing from 860,000 followers before his move to over 10 million followers less than a week later.[5]

Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing into Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr national team attracted a mix of reactions, especially concerning the exceptions that the Gulf nation was ready to make for the football star. The Portuguese player has been in a long-term relationship with his Argentine-born Spanish model girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez. The Islamic laws practiced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia forbid “cohabitation without a marriage contract,” overlooking which, the Saudi government apparently agreed to make an exception for the footballer and his girlfriend, as per some experts, who claim that the country was willing to overlook any legal complications brought along with Ronaldo’s transfer.[6]

Crest and colors

 
Former club crest

Al Nassr is the Arabic word for "victory." Clubs with the same name are found in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Libya but the Saudi Arabian club was the first to take the name.

The club's logo represents the map of Arabia with yellow and blue colors. Yellow for the sand of the Arabian deserts, and blue for the water in the Arabian Sea, the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. Recently the old logo has been replaced by a "more modern version", but still is heavily influenced by the old club logo. The new logo only represents the football team while the old logo represents the club as a whole.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt main sponsor
2006–2008LottoAl-Jawal
2008–2010STC
2010–2012Nike
2012–2013NFC
2013–2014Nassrawi.com
2014–2017Mobily
2017–2018New BalanceNone
2018–2021VictoryEtihad Airways
2021–2022Lebara
2022–DuneusShurfah

Players

As of 7 January 2023

NoPositionPlayerNation
1GKAmin Bukhari   Saudi Arabia
2DFSultan Al-Ghannam   Saudi Arabia
3DFAbdullah Madu   Saudi Arabia
4DFMohammed Al-Fatil   Saudi Arabia
5DFAbdulelah Al-Amri   Saudi Arabia
7FWCristiano Ronaldo (captain)  Portugal
8MFAbdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem   Saudi Arabia
10MFPity Martínez   Argentina
11MFKhalid Al-Ghannam   Saudi Arabia
12DFNawaf Boushal   Saudi Arabia
13DFGhislain Konan   Ivory Coast
14MFSami Al-Najei   Saudi Arabia
16FWMohammed Maran   Saudi Arabia
17MFAbdullah Al-Khaibari   Saudi Arabia
18MFLuiz Gustavo   Brazil
19MFAli Al-Hassan   Saudi Arabia
20DFHamad Al Mansour   Saudi Arabia
21DFÁlvaro González   Spain
22GKAgustín Rossi (on loan from Boca Juniors)  Argentina
23MFAyman Yahya   Saudi Arabia
27DFMajed Qasheesh   Saudi Arabia
29MFAbdulrahman Ghareeb   Saudi Arabia
30FWMeshari Al-Nemer   Saudi Arabia
33GKWaleed Abdullah   Saudi Arabia
44GKNawaf Al-Aqidi   Saudi Arabia
46MFAbdulaziz Al-Alawi   Saudi Arabia
55DFAbdulaziz Al-Faraj   Saudi Arabia
59DFYousef Haqawi   Saudi Arabia
62GKAbdulaziz Al-Awairdhy   Saudi Arabia
77MFJaloliddin Masharipov   Uzbekistan
78DFAli Lajami   Saudi Arabia
94FWTalisca   Brazil

Unregistered players

NoPositionPlayerNation
25GKDavid Ospina   Colombia
45MFAbdulfattah Asiri   Saudi Arabia
DFMohammed Qassem   Saudi Arabia
MFKhalid Haqawi   Saudi Arabia
FWMuhannad Barah   Saudi Arabia

Out on loan

NoPositionPlayerNation
24DFMansour Al-Shammari (on loan to Al-Ahli)  Saudi Arabia
28DFKim Jin-su (on loan to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)  South Korea
52MFKhalil Al-Absi (on loan to Al-Tai)  Saudi Arabia
53MFSultan Al-Anazi (on loan to Al-Qaisumah)  Saudi Arabia
54MFBasil Al-Sayyali (on loan to Al-Hazem)  Saudi Arabia
57GKRaed Ozaybi (on loan to Al-Faisaly)  Saudi Arabia
58DFAser Hawsawi (on loan to A-Okhdood)  Saudi Arabia
86DFNawaf Al-Mutairi (on loan to Al-Orobah)  Saudi Arabia
GKAbdulrahman Al-Shammari (on loan to Najran)  Saudi Arabia
MFMukhtar Ali (on loan to Al-Tai)  Saudi Arabia
MFNawaf Al-Osaimi (on loan to Al-Arabi)  Saudi Arabia
FWAbdulfattah Adam (on loan to Abha)  Saudi Arabia

Personnel

Current technical staff

PositionName
Head Coach  Rudi Garcia
Assistant Coach  Claude Fichaux
Assistant Coach  Marcelo Salazar
Goalkeeping Coach  Guido Nanni
Athletic Coach  Manuel De Maria
Video Analyst  Alexandre Kerveillant
Sporting Director  Goran Vučević

Board members

OfficeName
PresidentMusalli Al-Muammar
Vice PresidentVacant
Member of the Board, Executive DirectorAhmed Ghamdi
Member of the Board, Secretary-GeneralMuhammad Al-Musbil
Member of the Board, TreasurerMuhammad Al-Shanifi
Member of the BoardMuhammad Al-Shetawi
Member of the BoardTurki Al-Shweier
Member of the BoardIbrahim Al-Deghether
Member of the BoardAbdulKarim Al Mansour
Member of the BoardMajed Al-Jam'an
Member of the Board, Director of the Media and Communication Dept.Abdulrahman Al-Shehri
Member of the Board, Director of Football

Former coaches

Presidential history

 
Abdul Rahman bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Al-Nassr president for more than 39 years.
NoNameFromTo
1  Zeid Al-Ja'ba19551956
2  Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed19561960
3  Mohammed Asaad Al-Wehaibi19601960
4  Mohammed Ahmed Al-Odaini19601960
5  Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud19601969
6  Prince Sultan bin Saud19691975
7  Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud19751997
8  Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud19972000
9  Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud20002005
10  Prince Mamdouh bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud20052006
11  Prince Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Saud20062009
12  Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Nasser2009 2017
13  Musalli Al-Muammar2018 

Honours

Al-Nassr have won a combined total of 27 championship . The club holds various domestic and international records.[7] The club is recognized by FIFA as the first Asian club to play on an international level, as well as the first club in the world to win the FIFA Fair Play Award in the FIFA Club World Cup.[8][9] On a continental level, Al-Nassr appeared on 4 Asian finals, with two victories, and two times as runners-up.[10][11][12]

National titles

International titles

Records and statistics

League Records

Asian Record

Overview

    As of 26 April 2021
CompetitionPldWDLGFGA
Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League582715168463
Asian Cup Winners' Cup1410221917
Asian Super Cup202011
TOTAL7437191810481

Matches

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
1991–92Asian Cup Winners' Cup1R  Al-Ansar2–12–14−2
QF  Kazma2–11–03−1
SF  Al-Ramtha2–11–03−1
Final  Nissan1–10–51−6
1995Asian Club Championship2R  Yelimay Semipalatinsk1–03−0[A]4−0
QF  Al-Arabi
2–1
1st
  Saipa
0–0
  Köpetdag Aşgabat
1–0
SF  Thai Farmers Bank
1–0
1–0
Final  Ilhwa Chunma
0–1
0–1
1996–97Asian Club Championship1R  Sharjah
w/o[B]
2R  Al-Nejmeh4–00−14−1
QF  Al-Rayyan
1–2
3rd
  Persepolis
3–2
  Al-Zawraa
0–0
1997–98Asian Cup Winners' Cup2R  Al-Shabab
w/o[C]
QF  Al-Ittihad0–03–23−2
SF  Köpetdag Aşgabat
2–1
2−1
Final  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1–0
1−0
1998Asian Super CupFinal  Pohang Steelers0–01–11−1 (a)
1998–99Asian Cup Winners' Cup2R  Kazma2–10–32−4
2011AFC Champions LeagueGroup B  Pakhtakor4–02−22nd
  Esteghlal2–11−2
  Al-Sadd1–10−1
R16  Zob Ahan1−41−4
2015AFC Champions LeagueGroup A  Bunyodkor1–11−03rd
  Lekhwiya1–31−1
  Persepolis3–00−1
2016AFC Champions LeagueGroup B  Bunyodkor3–31−03rd
  Lekhwiya1–10−4
  Zob Ahan0–30−3
2019AFC Champions LeaguePO  AGMK4–04–0
Group A  Al-Wasl3–10−12nd
  Zob Ahan2–30−0
  Al-Zawraa4–12−1
R16  Al-Wahda1−13−24–3
QF  Al-Sadd2−11−33–4
2020AFC Champions LeagueGroup D  Al-Sadd2–21–11st
  Al-Ain0−12−1
  Sepahan2−02−0
R16  Al-Taawoun1−01–0
QF  Al-Ahli2−02–0
SF  Persepolis1–1 (3–5 p)1–1 (3–5 p)
2021AFC Champions LeagueGroup D  Al-Wehdat1–20–01st
  Al-Sadd3−12–1
  Foolad2−01−1
R16  Tractor1−01–0
QF  Al Wahda5–15–1
SF  Al Hilal1–21–2

Key: PO – Play-off round; 1R/2R – First/Second round; R16 – Round of 16; QF – Quarter-final; SF – Semi-final;

    Notes
  • ^
    Yelimay Semipalatinsk withdrew after the 1st leg.
  • ^
    Al-Sharjah withdrew.
  • ^
    Al-Shabab withdrew.
  • Top scorers in Asian competitions

    PlayerCountryGoals
    1Abderrazak Hamdallah  Morocco16
    2Giuliano  Brazil8
    3Fahad Al-Huraifi  Saudi Arabia7
    4Ohene Kennedy  Ghana5
    Bader Al-Mutawa  Kuwait
    6Waleed Al-Torair  Saudi Arabia4

    International records

    Internationally, Al-Nassr boasts many appearances, both in the Arab world and on the international scale. In 1996 and 1997, Al-Nassr won the GCC Champions League twice in a row, and ran for runners-up in 2008. Al-Nassr appeared in Syria's international tournament, the Damascus International Championship in 2004, and won. Al-Nassr also had successful appearances in Emirati international tournaments, such the Bani Yas International Tournament, winning it two times in 2011 and 2013, as well as winning Al-Wehda International Cup in 2012. Other UAFA participations include a single appearance in the Arab Cup Winners' Cup in the year 2000, as well as the Arab Super Cup in 2001. The club reached finals on both occasions, only to finish course as runners-up, with the two cups going defunct ever since.

    2000 FIFA Club World Cup

    Winning the Asian Super Cup in 1998 allowed Al-Nassr to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. In doing so, they became the first team to officially represent Asia in an international tournament, which was held in Brazil from 5 January till 14 January, in the year 2000. The nickname "The International Club" was obtained following their respective participation in the Club World Cup. Al-Nassr won the FIFA Fair play award following the end of the Club World Cup, and were the first team in the world to win such an award.[9]

    Al-Nassr were drawn in Group A along with Corinthians (tournament champion), Real Madrid and Raja Casablanca.

    Al-Nassr results
    Real Madrid  3–1  Al-Nassr
    Anelka   21'
    Raúl   62'
    Sávio   69' (pen.)
    (Report)Al-Bishi   45' (pen.)
    Attendance: 12,000
    Raja Casablanca  3–4  Al-Nassr
    Nejjary   13'
    El Moubarki   81'
    El Karkouri   87'
    (Report)Amin   3'
    Bahja   48'
    Al-Bishi   50'
    Saïb   87'
    Attendance: 3,000
    Referee: Derek Rugg (New Zealand)
    Al-Nassr  0–2  Corinthians
    (Report)Ricardinho   24'
    Rincón   81'
    Attendance: 31,000
    Group A final standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
      Corinthians321062+47
      Real Madrid321085+37
      Al-Nassr310258−33
      Raja Casablanca300359−40
    Participating squad
    NumberPlayer
    Goalkeepers
    1 Mansoor Al-Qahtani
    22 Mohammed Al-Khojali
    9 Mohamed Shareefy
    Defenders
    2 Nasser Al Halawi
    5 Smahi Triki
    4 Saleh Aboshahin
    12 Hamad Al Khathran
    16 Abdulaziz Al-Janoubi
    20 Mohsin Harthi
    21 Hadi Sharify
    23 Ibrahim Al Shokia
    Midfielders
    3 Faisal Al Dosari
    6 Ibrahim Al-Harbi
    8 Fahad Al-Bishi
    10 Fuad Amin
    14 Nassib Al Ghamdi
    17 Mansour Al-Mousa
    18 Abdullah Al Karni
    Forwards
    7 Fahad Al-Mehallel
    11 Mohaisn Al-Jam'aan
    13 Ahmed Bahja
    15 Nahar Al Dhaferi
    19 Moussa Saïb
    Manager
      Milan Živadinović

    Notable players

    Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

    References

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    2. ^ "Al Nassr FC Trophies". Al Nassr FC. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
    3. ^ "Official: Cristiano Ronaldo completes move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr". CNBC. Retrieved 7 January 2023.
    4. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo: Former Manchester United forward signs for Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr". Sky Sports. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
    5. ^ "Al-Nassr now boast more Instagram followers than every Premier League club outside 'Big Six' after Cristiano Ronaldo's move sparked incredible increase". TalkSport. 5 January 2023. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
    6. ^ "Welcome to your new home: Saudi sports minister welcomes Cristiano Ronaldo". Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
    7. ^ Abdulaziz, Al Sharif. "39 tournaments". Sabq Media Group. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
    8. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup 2000". FIFA. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
    9. ^ a b Pierrend, José. "FIFA Awards". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
    10. ^ Halchuk, Stephen. "Asian Champions' Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
    11. ^ Halchuk, Stephen. "Asian Cup Winners' Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
    12. ^ Halchuk, Stephen. "Asian Super Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 31 October 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2014.

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