Al Saad Sports Club
The Al Saad Sports Club is yet another Qatari football hotshot which is owned by the Royal Football Fund. The club has one of the longest histories in Qatari football being founded in 1969. In the last season of the Qatar Stars League they secured the bronze medal ending up as third. The team is known among locals as Al Zaeem which means The Boss.
This sports club is not only known for its renowned football club, but they are also successful in handball, table tennis, basketball, and athletics. In Qatar, this club is known as the most successful one, and only the football team holds a record of 67 championships.
The club’s history is very unique since it started with only eleven students who were extraordinarily talented but did not want to join any existing clubs, so they formed their own.
The club has also won the Asian Club Championship back in 1989 and in 2012 the team qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup, which was an extreme success, not only for the club, but for Qatar as a football nation. Not only did they qualify for the international cup, but they brought the bronze medal back home, as the first Western Asia club to rank so high in an international competition.
The club dominated the Qatari football scene throughout the 1970's and 1980's and they also won the first official season of the QSL League in 1973/1974.
In the early 1980s the club secured the titles in the Emir Cup and Sheikh Jassim Cup, as well as the winning the Arab Championship in 2001. The club showed amazing results and broke Qatari records throughout the years, i.e. they were the first club to win all four major domestic cups. One of the historic club moments was also when they imported Mauro Zarate from Argentina for $22 million which was the best paid transfer in Qatar until then.
The club is proud to feature some of the awarded players who won the best scorer award. One of them was Hassan Mattar back in the 1980s, Hussein Amottain 1998, Carlos Tenorio, 2006, etc.
The club’s stadium is located in central Doha and is called Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium and has the capacity of 18,000 with VIP sections, as well as a cooling system. The stadium was renovated in 2004 and attracts a large audience.
The team’s head coach is Jesualdo Ferreira from Portugal who was assistant manager for the Portuguese national team in the 1990s. The coach had managed many clubs in the past in Portugal, Greece, Egypt, etc.
El-Jaish Sports Club
The El-Jaish football team ranks also high on the ranking table, occupying right now position 3 in points. The club was formed a decade ago in 2007 and is also located in Doha. They play their home games on their Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium with a 12,000 capacity. Before 2011, the club was playing in the second division for a very long time. The team showed great results in the last 2015/2016 season by being third, since they just recently joined the first division.
They are led by coach Sabri Lamouchi, a former player from France. Lamouchi played for different clubs like Parma, Italy, Monaco, Auxiere, France, etc. Before he came to the scene, the club had experienced some harsh times by being relegated and promoted multiple times, and one or the other scandal is also associated with the club. Despite the hardships, the club seems now stronger than ever under the strong leadership of Lamouchi. Maybe they will also secure the title in the most promising Qatari League in the future.
The QSL and the Teams
The Qatar Stars League becomes more prominent with each day and the effort that the Qatar Football Association slowly pays off. Qatar has the potential to dominate the football world in decade or two, if they continue to fight so hard for prominence in the football section. All of these clubs, as well as many others, are not afraid to bring in some of the most popular players and managers. They certainly have the budge for it, since a lot of money is invested in Qatari football. The Qatari Stars League has its own rules, including the famous (or yet better infamous) promotion- relegation rule, whereby a team in the top division can never be sure if they will be there next season, especially if they occupy the bottom of the ranking list.