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Saudi League History:

Up until the late seventies, football in Saudi Arabia was organised on a regional basis, with the only nationwide tournament being the King's Cup. In 1976, it was deemed that local football, and transportation links, have improved sufficiently to organise a national league. Hence the Saudi League was launched with 8 clubs participating.

In 1981 it was decided to increase the number of clubs and add a second division. The league competition for the 1981/1982, known as the ranking league, featured 18 clubs with the top eight qualifying for the first division and the bottom ten to the new second division. The number of first division clubs was later increased to 12 in the 1984/1985 season.

In 1990 it was decided to revamp local competitions and to introduce professional football. A new league championship was formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques League Cup", which was a two stage championship. The first stage was a regular double round-robin league competition with the top 4 qualifying to the final knockout stage, called the golden square. Clubs were allowed to sign players on a professional basis making the league semi professional.

In 2007 It was decided to split the two stages, with the league reverting to a standard double round-robin competition, and a new domestic competition cup competition formed called "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Champions Cup". This cup will feature the top six finishers in the league plus the winners of the Crown Prince Cup and the Prince Faisal Cup. This format will take effect from the 2007/2008 season onwards.

Current Clubs:
* Al-Ahli
* Al Hazm
* Al-Hilal
* Al Tai
* Al Qadisiyah Club
* Al-Ittihad
* Nassr
* Al-Watani
* Ettifaq Club
* Najran SC
* Shabab Club
* Al-Wahda
Current Fixtures:

Thursday 25th October:

Al-Nassr V Najran
Al Watani V Al Qadisiyah
Al-Ahli V Al Ittihad

Sunday 28th October:

Al Hilal V Al Hazm
Al Wahda V Al Tai
Al Ittifaq V Al Shabab

Current Standings
1- Al-Ittihad
2- Al-Ettifaq
3- Al-watani
4- Al-Hazm
5- Al-Shabab
6- Al-Nasr
7- Najran
8- Al-Hilal
9- Al-Wehda
10- Al-Ahli
11- Al-Tai
12- Al-Qadasiya
 

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Ittihad 2-0 Al-Ahli

Goals by:
Keita Minute 83
Noor Minute 89

Al-Watani 2-1 Al Qadisiyah

Goals by:
Essa Abu Qaada (Al Watani)
Ahmad Al Zowe (Al Qadisiya)
Hima Yaseen (Al Watani)

Najran 1-2 Al-Nassr

Goals by:

Hassan Al-Yami (Penalty Kick) (Najran)
Saad Al-Harthi (Al-Nassr)
Mohammed Al-Shahrani (Al-Nassr)
 

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Just out of interest: Al Wahda is a team from Mecca but they have a Dutch coach. I thought non-muslims were not allowed to enter the city. Has the coach converted before taking the job or is there an exceptional entrance to the city for the staff and players of the local football club.

PS: "The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Champions Cup" is a great name for a cup!
 

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HiJazzey said:
both the training ground and the stadium are in the outskirts of the city, which are technically outside the sanctuary zone.
yup , exactly !

so , there is no problems for the Whedah club to have any non-muslim manager or players .
 

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Latest results:

Ittihad 1-1 Watani
This was surprisingly the top of table fixture in the league! Ittihad went ahead through Keita but Watani equalised deep in injury time.

Qadessia 2-5 Shabab
Bani Qades must feel very aggrieved. They went into half time commanding a 2-0 lead, but the second half was a disaster. Qadessia had two players sent off, which gave Shabab the numerical advantage to turn it round. Oh and 3 of Shabab's goals were penalties, two of which were controversial.


I didn't see the game, but it stinks to high heaven
 

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Tuesday Results:

AlHilal 3-1 Al Nassr
Great 1st half, Amazing goal by Saad Al-Harthi, Though al hilal scored 3 goals.
Al Mfarij scored a Bicycle kick, though it was lucky IMO

Al Ettifaq 2-2 Al Ahli
Lovely game, ended 2-2, Nuff Said

Current Rankings

1- Al-Ittihad
2- Al Watani
3- Al-Ettifaq
4- Al-Hilal
5- Al-Shabab
6- Al-Nassr
7- Al-Wehda
8- Al-Hazm
9- Al-Ahli
10- Najran
11- Al-Tai
12- Al-Qadasiya

Though Take in mind that They are big differences between The Teams' Played Games

Al-Ittihad played 9 Games
Al-Hilal Played 5 Games


Top Goalscorers

1-Mohammed Nour 5 goals
2-Badra Khaled 4 goals
3-Ahmad Al-sweelh 4 goals
4-Ahmed Alzowi 4 goals
5-Essa Al-Mehyani 4 goals
6-Essa Abu-Gadah 4 goals
7-Alhassane Keita 4 goals
8-Robert de Pinho de Souza 4 goals
9-Prince Tagoe 4 goals
 

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Sure, after Ittihad drew with Watani, Hilal can catch up if they win every game in hand. Logically the game between them will most likely decide who leads the league at the midseason break. But it's still early days.
 

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Al Nassr Interested in Musaed Nada

Some of the honorary Members of Al-Nasr Club ordered getting Musaed Nada the Qadisiyah Kuwait team player which participated last season in recent weeks, especially as the coach was impressed By the player having watched him some participants to be found swap for Almrdasi

The Team coach Fuki Boy:

The transaction is expected to receive acceptance from Talal al-Fahad, President of the Kuwaiti-Qadissiya Club, which was responsive quickly with the club loan for Nada last season and the team continue the search for the most prominent players in the professional football most importantly the Colombian Ferreira who playes Atletico Parananise in Brazil and the only obstacle facing the deal is the high cost contract

Source: Al Shams Newspaper

I hope i did a good job in translating :D
 

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well its after 2 mins, sadly im out of home and i forgot to get the Card for the Receiver so i can't watch the match

not sure about online coverage
 

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I'm surprised that Nero hasn't yet posted in this thread.
 

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Well El Classico was yesterday as Ittihad Tied With Al-Hila{Merda}l

While Al Naser {The Best :proud:} Won 4-1 Against Al Etifaq
 

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It's a shame their aren't more fans of the Saudi league on XT. I like Al-Ittihad myself, and I've really become a big fan of the AFC Champions League.
 
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