Al-Arabi SC
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Full nameAl-Arabi Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Al-Za'eem (The Boss)
El-Akhthar (The Green)
The Castle Of Trophies
Founded1953; 69 years ago (1953) as Al-Uruba
October 20, 1960; 61 years ago (1960-10-20) as Al-Arabi [1]
GroundSabah Al-Salem Stadium
Al-Mansouriah (Kuwait City)
ChairmanHussain Ashour
ManagerJugoslav Trenchovski
LeagueKuwait Premier League
2021–223rd of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Active departments of Al-Arabi
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Al-Arabi Sporting Club[3][4] (Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي) is a Kuwaiti sports club club based in Mansuriya, Kuwait City. The most notable section is football team in the Kuwait Premier League.

Al-Arabi SC was named Al-ʿUrūba (Arabic: العُروبَة, lit.'The Arabism') at the beginning of 1953, and changed to Al-Arabi SC (The Arabian) in 1960. As winners of the Kuwait Emir Cup in 2008,[5] Al-Arabi SC was the first Kuwaiti team to compete in the AFC Cup. Al-Arabi SC has 45 official trophies next to its name (57 domestic and 2 GCC), the most of any Kuwaiti football team. Al-Arabi SC's stadium is Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Mansūriya, a suburb of the capital of the country, Kuwait City. It is the second-largest stadium in Kuwait. It had the same points as Kuwait SC in 2014–15 season, but the title went to Kuwait by the principle of the results of the matches between the two teams.

Al-Arabi SC is the only team in Kuwait that has never lost in the Kuwait Super Cup. Holding both records for appearances in the final of the Kuwait Crown Prince Cup 4 consecutive times tied with Kuwait SC and in Kuwait Emir Cup going to the final 11 consecutive times since 1962 to 1973, more than any Kuwaiti team.


The beginning

The club was founded as Al-Uruba in mid-1953 as one of the first Kuwaiti teams.[6] Some of the most notable players were Abdulwahab Al-Awadie, Abdulaziz Al-Khatieb, Musad Al-Musad, Mohammed Al-Dawlee, Abdulmajied Mohammed, Mohammed Al-Somale, Dasman Bakhiet, Ahmad Bodha, Monaier Al-Dagag, Fuad Al-Ashgar, Ahmad Hussain, Abbas Al-Shemaly, Mossa Al-Somale, Nayef Dalool and Mohhamed Salah Al-Roomy.

At first in 1960s Al-Arabi SC was structured with divisions of football, basketball, volleyball and weightlifting.

At the beginning Al-Arabi SC made many achievements, thanks to their players and submitted board members. Al-Arabi has many sports with separate facilities. Abdulaziz Al-Khatib multi-purpose hall is used for basketball, handball, volleyball, squash, and can accommodate about 2,000 spectators. The swimming pool has a capacity of 1,500 spectators.[citation needed] Club also has 4 tennis courts, gymnastics hall, judo, table tennis and boxing sections.

1960–1980 (starting of Il-Za'īm)

Through the years Al-Arabi SC has won the Kuwait Premier League 7 times. They have also won 3 Joint Leagues, 6 Emir Cup's and 1 Federation Cup. They were the first-ever Kuwaiti team to play outside Kuwait, by competing in friendly matches against teams through the Arabian Peninsula, showing competitive play.

On 3 December 1974 Al-Arabi SC faced Lazio from Italy and beat them 1–0 in a friendly match.[7]


In 1982 Al-Arabi SC was the first-ever team to win Gulf Club Champions Cup (GCC Champions League), and then won it again in 2003.[8]

Al-Arabi SC had changed their logo in 1991. From 1990-2005 they have won 26 titles. Their then-last league title came in 2001–02, with occasional AFC Cup appearances.


Through these 2 seasons they won 2 titles: the Kuwait Super Cup and Kuwait Crown Prince Cup. On 27 December 2011, they were crowned champions of the Crown Prince Cup after 3 trophy-less seasons.

2012–13 UAFA Cup

Al-Arabi had qualified for the final match of UAFA CUP. They were faced against Al-Fateh SC of Saudi Arabia. In the first leg they won 3–2 in Kuwait City, and in the away leg played in Saudi Arabia they tied 2-2, but they qualified to the next round on aggregate (5-4). In the quarter finals, they were matched up against Al-Nassr, again of Saudi Arabia. They lost 3-2 in the first leg played away in Saudi Arabia, however they won 2-0 at home, thus qualifying to the semi-final on aggregate (4-3). In the semi-final, they were matched up against Raja Casablanca. They tied at home 1-1 and in the away leg 2-2. However, they moved on to the final because of the away goals rule.

In the final, they played against USM Alger from Algeria. They tied 0-0 in Kuwait and lost they away leg 3-2, with several controversial refereeing decisions.


In the 2013–14 season, Al-Arabi SC qualified for the Kuwait Crown Cup final third time in a row, losing to Al-Qadsia SC (2–1), with more controversial refereeing decisions. In the same season Al-Arabi SC finished 5th in the league and got knocked out of the Kuwait Emir Cup[9] by Al-Qadsia penalties, but ended their season winning Kuwait Federation Cup[10] 4–2 over Al-Salmiya SC.


In the 2014–15 season Al-Arabi signed Firas Al-Khatib,[11] showing how strong they want to win Kuwaiti Premier League. They also signed Ivusa from Sahel SC,[12] sent Mahmoud Al-Maowas on loan,[13] and eventually released Ivusa,[14] resigning Maowas and buying Hashem Al-Ramzi. However, Boris Bunjak told Khaled Khalaf he is not needed in Al-Arabi SC.[15][16][17] When Al-Arabi SC left for a 2-week pre-season in Turkey,[18][19] they took Ahmad Hawas,[20] former Al-Salmiya player.

They have claimed seasonal seats to be sold the first time, for a fee of $385.[21][22]

On 16 October 2014 Al-Arabi SC became the first Kuwaiti team to have an anthem.[23]

After defeating Kuwait SC 4–2 (aet) in the Crown Prince Cup final, it was Al-Arabi's 57th official title.[24]

ِAl-Arabi lost the crucial Kuwait City Derby on 10 April 2015 vs Kuwait SC 1–0. The match had all the seats filled to the last, for the first time in the history of Kuwaiti football.[25]

Manager Bunjak has requested preparation tour to Italy which was announced,[26] but on 17 July 2015 it was officially stated that he has left the club.

Return to old ways

On 7 December 2015 it was announced that Luiz Felipe has left the club immediately after defeat to Al-Salmiya SC in the Crown Prince Cup.[27] Boris Bunjak returned to manage the team right after.

After the loss of Emir Cup Final to Kuwait SC, the club went into war between fans and head office. After signing with Miodrag Ješić on 13 November 2016, they became the first club in the middle east to have seven managers across two seasons.

By 2021, Al-Arabi managed to win the seventeenth league title in its history, with the help of its Croatian coach Ante Miše after nineteen years, without any loss in 18 games.[28]

Popular culture

One of the first songs was in 2004, "Panorama Al-Arabi", dedicated to the fans and goal celebrations.

Hello Za'eem

As of 2012 the next song was released, "Hello Za'eem".[29] It was used for the 2011–12 Kuwait Crown Prince Cup.


On 16 October 2014 Al-Arabi SC became the first Kuwaiti team to have an anthem, first introduced VS Al-Yarmouk.[30]

Crest and colors

Crest evolution


Al-Arabi SC have changed their colors over the years. Since 1960–90 their colors were light green and white as the away kit.

From 2000–present, they changed to a darker green and the away color was still white.

By 2012 it was announced that Al-Arabi SC will be wearing dark green as their home kit, the away kit will be blue, and the third kit will be white with green.

In the 2013–14 season, Al-Arabi SC wore only the home kit and third kit.


Green White



Classicos and derbies

The Kuwaiti Classico

Main article: Kuwaiti El Clásico

Kuwait City Derby

The Kuwait City derby is match between Al-Arabi SC and Kuwait SC.

Al-Arabi SC vs Al-Salmiya SC

Matches between Al-Salmiya SC and Al-Arabi SC are often high-profile.[citation needed]

As of the 2014–15 season, Al-Salmiya had many new signings to the team and won their first encounter in the league.

Top scorers

Season First Second Third
2007–08 Firas Al-Khatib 24 Khaled Khalaf 14 Hussain Al-Moussawi 7
2008–09 Firas Al-Khatib 25 Khaled Khalaf 8 Hussain Al-Moussawi 7
2009–10 Mohamed Al Zeno 12 Hussain Al-Moussawi 9 Ali Maqseed 7
2010–11 Abdelmajid Eddine 17 Hussain Al-Moussawi 13 Ali Maqseed 5
2011–12 Mohammed Za'abia 8 Ali Magseed 6 Khaled Khalaf 5
2012–13 Ahmad Hayel 20 Fahad Al Rashidi 14 Kader Fall 12
2013–14 Ahmad Hayel 20 Fahad Al Rashidi 15 Mahmoud Al-Mawass 8
2014–15 Firas al-Khatib 24 Ahmad Hayel 15 Hussain Al-Moussawi 13
2015–16 Firas al-Khatib 27 Fahad Al Rashidi 9 Tiago Queiroz Bezerra 8
2016–17 Amine Chermiti 16 Hussain Al-Moussawi 15 Ali Maqseed 7
2017–18 Hussain Al-Moussawi 10 Bobby Clement 9 Ali Maqseed &
Said Al-Ruzaiqi 7


Board of directors

Position Name
Club Chairman Abdulaziz Ashour
Chief Executive Osama Hussain
secret keeper Fuad Almazidi
Football Chairman Khaled AbdulQudos
Commercial and Promotion Manager


Position Name
Manager Croatia Ante Miše
Assistant Manager Kuwait Youssef Al Rashidi
Performance Consultant
Goalkeeping Coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Feđa Kulaglić
Medical Coach
Medical Coach

Al Arabi SC managers

Dave Mackay, the second foreign manager of Al Arabi
Dave Mackay, the second foreign manager of Al Arabi
Dragan Skočić coached Al Arabi in 2009–10
Dragan Skočić coached Al Arabi in 2009–10
Al Arabi SC Coach since 2011 and left in 2014 he had 3 seasons with Al-Zaeem and added 3 titles to their closets and came runner-up to 3 other titles[31]
Al Arabi SC Coach since 2011 and left in 2014 he had 3 seasons with Al-Zaeem and added 3 titles to their closets and came runner-up to 3 other titles[31]
Years Name Nationality
1974–1976 Todor Velev Bulgaria Bulgaria
1978 Dave Mackay Scotland Scotland
1981–82 Frank Upton England England
1987 Dave Mackay Scotland Scotland
1987–89 Bobby Ferguson England England
1992–93 Colin Addison England England
1993–94 Bobby Campbell England England
1994–95 Mohamed Karam Kuwait Kuwait
1995–96 Dragan Mihajlović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1996 Jawad Maqseed Kuwait Kuwait
1996–97 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait Kuwait
1998–99 Ján Pivarník Slovakia Slovakia
1999–01 Dragan Mihajlović Serbia Serbia
2001–03 Valdeir Vieira Brazil Brazil
2003–04 Sebastião Lazaroni Brazil Brazil
2004–05 Mohsen Saleh Egypt Egypt
2005 Valdeir Vieira Brazil Brazil
2006 Nenad Jestrović Serbia Serbia
2007–08 José Rachão Portugal Portugal
2008–09 Ahmed Khalaf Kuwait Kuwait
2009–10 Dragan Skočić Croatia Croatia
2010–11 Marcelo Cabo Brazil Brazil
2011 Zoran Petrović Serbia Serbia
2011 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait Kuwait
2011–14 José Romão Portugal Portugal
2014–15 Boris Bunjak Serbia Serbia
2015 Luiz Felipe Portugal Portugal
2015 Ahmad Askar (interim) Kuwait Kuwait
2015–2016 Boris Bunjak Serbia Serbia
2016 Fawzi Ibrahim Kuwait Kuwait
2016 Ahmad Askar (Interim) Kuwait Kuwait
2016–2017 Miodrag Ješić Serbia Serbia
2017–2018 Mohammed Ebrahim Kuwait Kuwait
2017 Darko Nestorović[32] (alongside Mohammed Ebrahim) Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2018–2019 Hussam Al Sayed Syria Syria
2019–2020 Juan Martínez Spain Spain
2019–2020 Darko Nestorović[33] (alongside Juan Martínez) Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2020 Bassem Marmar Lebanon Lebanon
2020 Ahmed Othman Kuwait Kuwait
2020–2022 Ante Miše[34] Croatia Croatia
2022– Jugoslav Trenchovski[35] North Macedonia North Macedonia

Al Arabi statistics

International Competitions (friendly)

1971: Al-Arabi SC 3–0 Malaysia Perak
3/11/1974: Al-Arabi SC 1–0 Italy Lazio[36]
2/8/2014: Al-Arabi SC 2–0 Turkey Bursaspor U-21[37]
5/8/2014: Al-Arabi SC 2–1 Turkey Bursa Nilüferspor

Against National Teams

1977–78: Al-Arabi SC 1–1 Poland
2005–06: Al-Arabi SC 2–0 Syria
2007–08: Al-Arabi SC 1–1 Ivory Coast
2013–14: Al-Arabi SC 1–0 Kyrgyzstan[38]

Al Arabi in Asia

Al Arabi in UAFA

Notes: * Round Rubin tournament

Club presidents

The Founding Committee in 1953 through 1960 involved Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf and Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf.

Years Chairman
1960 Kuwait Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf
1960–61 Kuwait Mohalhel Mohammed Al-Mudhaf
1961–62 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1962–63 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1963–64 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1964–65 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1965–66 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1966–67 Kuwait Khalid Ahmed Al-Mudhaf
1967–68 Kuwait Moussa Rashid Al-Fahad
1969–70 Kuwait Mohammed Saleh Al-Mulla
1970–71 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1971–72 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1972–73 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1973–74 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1974–76 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1976–78 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
1978–79 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1979–81 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1981–83 Kuwait Sheikh Nayef Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
1983–85 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1985–87 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1987–89 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1989–92 Kuwait Sheikh Ali Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
1992–93 Kuwait Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Humaiadhan
1993–94 Kuwait Mohammed Saleh Al-Mulla
1994–97 Kuwait Ahmed Sayed Abdelsamad
1997–00 Kuwait Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Shehab
2000–03 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2003–06 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2006–10 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2010 Kuwait Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah
2010–19 Kuwait Jamal Shaker Al-Kazemi
2019– Kuwait Aziz Ashour

Current squad

First-team squad

As of 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF Kuwait KUW Ahmad Ibrahim
5 DF Kuwait KUW Juma Obud
6 MF Kuwait KUW Sultan Al Enezi
7 MF Libya LBY Mohammed Soulah
9 FW Nigeria NGA Stephen Gopey
10 MF Kuwait KUW Bandar Al Salamah
11 MF Kuwait KUW Saif Al Hashan
13 DF Kuwait KUW Mohammad Frieh
15 MF Libya LBY Senosi Al Hadi
16 DF Kuwait KUW Ali Abdelrasoul
17 MF Kuwait KUW Ali Khalaf
21 DF Algeria ALG Tarek Bouabta
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK Kuwait KUW Sulaiman Abdulghafour
24 MF Kuwait KUW Abdullah Al Shemali
27 DF Kuwait KUW Essa Waleed
32 MF Kuwait KUW Abdulaziz Al Salimi
33 DF Kuwait KUW Abdullah Ammar
35 GK Kuwait KUW Jassim Al-Awadhi
39 MF Kuwait KUW Salman Al Awadhi
43 DF Kuwait KUW Hussein Ashkanani
44 DF Kuwait KUW Hassan Hamadan
97 MF Kuwait KUW Bader Al-Fadhel
GK Kuwait KUW Ahmed Dashti
MF Kuwait KUW Mahdi Hussain

Players registered as professionals

KPL/VPL clubs are limited to 5 foreign professionals (4 + 1 Asian) per squad while signing 2 non-nationality Kuwaitis where 5 play on the pitch and 6 Kuwaitis play on the pitch.

Former players

List of Al-Arabi former Players

Retired numbers

Main article: Retired numbers in football

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
7 MF Kuwait KUW Khaled Abd Al Kudos [39]
10 FW Kuwait KUW Ahmed Mousa [40][41]
17 FW Kuwait KUW Khaled Khalaf
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Kuwait KUW Ahmed Saad Al Rashidi
22 GK Kuwait KUW Samir Said (posthumous honour) [42]
30 MF Yemen YEM Ali Omar [43]


Team records

1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64
1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85
33 matches straight
10–0 v Al-Fahaheel 9/10[clarification needed] 1964
1–5 v Kuwait SC 3/2[clarification needed] 2011

Individual records

1. Abdulrahman Al-Dawla – ?
2. Firas Al-Khatib – 186
3. Khaled Khalaf – 66
4. Ahmad Hayel – 55
5. Fahad Al-Rashidi – 51

Most appearances:

Abdulrahman Al-Dawla

Affiliated clubs

Celtic officially announced their affiliation with Al-Arabi SC in order to help both teams assist one another through ideas, experience and scouting. The agreement encompasses all sports mutually practiced by both clubs, but is mainly focused on cooperation in football.

FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup players

FIFA World Cup 1982 Spain

1984 AFC Asian Cup Singapore

1996 AFC Asian Cup United Arab Emirates

2000 AFC Asian Cup Lebanon

2011 AFC Asian Cup Qatar

2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia



61 Official Trophies As of March 28, 2022


1961–62*, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2020–21

(* First ever winners)

1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1989–90, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2014–15
1961–62*, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2019–20

(* First ever winners)

1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2008–09, 2015–16, 2017–18
1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2021–22
2002–03, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2019–20
2008*, 2012, 2021

(* First ever winners)

1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1984–85, 1988–89
1969–70 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2013–14
2009–10, 2012–13, 2021-22
1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02
2003–04, 2005–06


1982*, 2003

(* First ever winners)

1983, 1985, 1994


Not counted with the other 61 Official Championships

1954–55, 1955–56

International Award

Khaleeji sport KUW:

Best fans of the year(1): 2014

Kems Awards:

Fans of the season(1): 2014–15

Performance in UAFA and AFC competitions




Asian record

9 1 2 6 8 19 −11
20 6 4 10 28 31 −3
9 4 4 1 13 7 +6



2014–15, 2015–16


In the Al-Arabi SC signed a 4-year deal with Adidas and then signed with ANTA Sports in the 2013–14 season Due to Adidas not willing to renew their contract after that in 2014–15 season Macron[50] bought ANTA Sports contract and made a contract with Al-Arabi SC. Extended Contract with Macron,[51] while after negotiations with the brand ended the club signed with Erreà.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1976–82 Puma none
1982–96 Adidas
1996–03 Warrior Hyundai
2003–04 Nike
2004–09 Wataniya Telecom
+ Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
2009–12 Adidas
2012–13 Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
2013–14 ANTA
2014–15 Macron
2015–16 Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
+ Health House Nutrition*
2016– Erreà Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait

Notes: 1:* Sponsor on arm side of Kit



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Preceded byFirst winner GCC Champions League 1982 Succeeded byAl-Ittifaq Preceded byAl-Ahli GCC Champions League 2003/04 Succeeded byAl Qadsia