Al-Faisaly
Full nameAl-Faisaly Sports Club
Nickname(s)النسر الأزرق[1]
(The Blue Eagles)
Founded10 August 1932; 89 years ago (1932-08-10), as Al-Ashbal Club
GroundAmman International Stadium
Capacity17,619
ChairmanBakr Al Adwan
ManagerMohammed Aqeel
League2021 Jordanian Pro League
2020Jordanian Pro League, 5th of 12
WebsiteClub website

Al-Faisaly Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الفيصلي الرياضي‎) is a professional football club based in Amman, Jordan, that competes in the Jordanian Pro League, the top flight of Jordanian football. Nicknamed "the Blue Eagles", they were founded as Al-Ashbal Club in 1932.

They are considered the most successful football club in the country and one of the most successful in the region, having won 34 official league titles, 20 Jordan FA Cups and 17 Jordan Super Cups, being the record holder for all these competitions; seven Jordan FA Shields and two AFC Cups.

Their main rival is Al-Wehdat, a club formed by a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman which is also one of the best clubs in the country.

History

Foundation and first years

The club was founded in 1932 under the name Al-Ashbal Club. Football was not the only sport they played: they also played handball, basketball, volleyball, boxing, and swimming. However, because of a lack of financial resources, they focused on the most popular sport in Jordan which is football.

As the club was gathering peoples of Jordan through which many activities that stand in the face of British colonialism in defense of the country, the British colonialism close club after they accused them that they are making a disturbance, preventing young people from exercising their right to express their rejection of this colonialism.

In 1941, Al-Faisaly restarted, but they realized that they need a large budget. They decided to issue a charity lottery and set up a committee to meet with the Jordanian army chief John Bagot Glubb to obtain official approval to sell the lottery tickets to Jordanian army units who were enthusiastic about the national direction of the club and agreed to them. The cultural committee, which was later headed by Mr. Ahmad Al-Tarawneh and the membership of lawyer Subhi Al-Qutb and Mamdouh Al-Sarayra, was active in distributing the Lottery, which resulted in the collection of 3,700 Jordanian dinars at the time, and this amount was enough to get a piece of land next to the Islamic Scientific College "currently" in Jabal Amman near "first" circle and "rainbow" street, and intend to rebuild the club and to raise the declaration again, they had what they wanted The club returned under the name of Al-Faisaly this time.[2]

Colours

Al-Faisaly's home kit is all sky blue shirts and white shorts, while their away kit is all white shirts and black shorts.

Stadium

Al-Faisaly plays their home games at Amman International Stadium in Amman. The stadium was built in 1964 and opened in 1968, it is owned by The Jordanian government and operated by The higher council of youth. It is also the home stadium of Jordan national football team and Al-Jazeera. It has a current capacity of 17,619 spectators.

Support

The heads of the Al-Faisaly fan club (ultras) are currently Mazin Al-Binni and Khaled Al-Zarqawi.

Rivalries

Riots have repeatedly broken out for the past years between supporters and fans of Jordan's top rival clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Wehdat, which is also a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman. The riots are regarded as reflecting tensions between the Palestinian fans of Al-Wehdat and the Jordanian fans of Al-Faisaly.[3][4]

The Derby of Jordan is a football traditional game which combines clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Wehdat and these games received great interest among the sports community on the domestic and Arab level to afford the sensitivities and long history between the two teams with meetings since 28 November 1976.[5]

Players

Current squad

As of 23 May 2021[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF Jordan JOR Ibrahim Daldoum
4 DF Jordan JOR Bara' Marei (captain)
5 DF Jordan JOR Ibrahim Al-Zawahreh
6 MF Jordan JOR Yousef Abu Jalboush
77 FW Jordan JOR Ahmed Hamdouni
8 MF Jordan JOR Saeed Murjan
9 FW Jordan JOR Odai Khadr
10 MF Jordan JOR Mehdi Alamah
11 DF Jordan JOR Oday Zahran
12 GK Jordan JOR Yazid Abu Layla
13 MF Jordan JOR Khalil Bani Attiah
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF Jordan JOR Ahmed Al-Sughair
17 DF Jordan JOR Salem Al-Ajalin
19 MF Jordan JOR Mohammad Bani Attiah
20 MF Jordan JOR Anas Al-Jbarat
22 GK Jordan JOR Moataz Yaseen
23 GK Jordan JOR Khaled Zakaria
24 GK Jordan JOR Abdullah Awad
94 DF Syria SYR Mardik Mardikian
99 FW Senegal SEN Moustapha Bayal Sall
7 FW Lebanon LBN Hilal El-Helwe

Former players

Further information: Category:Al-Faisaly SC players

Captains

Name[7] No. Position From To
Jordan Mustafa Sedo Al-Kurdi 1932 1940
Jordan Rashad Al-Mufti 1940 1945
Jordan Abd Rabo Abu Jassar 1945 1950
Jordan Shahada Musa 1950 1965
Jordan Sultan Al-Odwan 1959 1965
Jordan Mohammad Awad 1965 1972
Jordan Mustafa Al-Odwan 1972 1974
Jordan Nader Srour 1 GK 1974 1977
Jordan Adnan Massoud 1977 1979
Jordan Ibrahim Mustafa 1979 1991
Jordan Milad Abasi 1 GK 1991 1994
Jordan Anis Shafiq 1 GK 1994 1995
Jordan Jamal Abu-Abed 16 MF 1995 2001
Jordan Subhi Sulaiman 8 MF 2001 2003
Jordan Adnan Al-Shuaibat 5 DF 2003 2005
Jordan Mohannad Mahadeen 19 DF 2005 2005
Jordan Hassouneh Al-Sheikh 6 MF 2005 2006
Jordan Hatem Aqel 17 DF 2006 2009
Jordan Lo'ai Al-Amaireh 1 GK 2009 2011
Jordan Hassouneh Al-Sheikh 6 MF 2011 2014
Jordan Mohammad Khamees 7 DF 2014 2015
Jordan Shareef Adnan 15 DF 2015 2016
Jordan Baha' Abdel-Rahman 8 MF 2016 2020
Jordan Bara' Marei 4 DF 2020 Present

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head coach Mohammed Aqeel


Assistant coach Hatem Aqel
Goalkeeping coach Ahmad Abu Nasuh
Fitness coach
Physiotherapist Shadi Assi
Managing director Tamer Al-Odwan
Media official/coordinator Rami Al-Dabubi

Managerial history

 
Name[7] From To
Jordan Rashad Al-Mufti 1944 1954
Jordan Shahada Musa 1954 1970
Jordan Nabil Hamarneh 1970 1972
Jordan Mohammad Awad 1972 1981
Jordan Math'har Al-Saeed 1981 1985
Egypt Ahmed Hassan 1985 1986
Jordan Adnan Massoud 1986 1986
Jordan Mohammad Awad 1986 1987
Jordan Math'har Al-Saeed 1987 1989
Jordan Adnan Massoud 1989 1990
Jordan Math'har Al-Saeed 1990 1997
Jordan Nihad Souqar 1997 1998
Jordan Mohammad Al-Yamani 1998 1998
Jordan Khaled Awad 1998 2003
Serbia Branko Smiljanić 2003 2006
Iraq Adnan Hamad 2006 2008
Egypt Alaa Nabiel 2008 2008
Syria Nizar Mahrous 2008 2009
Iraq Thair Jassam 2009 2009
Jordan Math'har Al-Saeed 2009 2010
Iraq Akram Salman 2010 2010
 
Name[7] From To
Jordan Mohammad Al-Yamani 2010 2011
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat 2011 2011
Iraq Thair Jassam 2011 2011
Jordan Math'har Al-Saeed 2012 2012
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat 2012 2012
Romania Valeriu Tița 2012 2013
Syria Ayman Hakeem 2013 2013
Saudi Arabia Ali Kmeikh 2013 2013
Jordan Mohammad Al-Yamani November 2013 March 2014
Egypt Mohamed Azima March 2014 August 2014
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat August 2014 October 2014
Syria Nizar Mahrous February 2015 April 2015
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat April 2015 October 2015
Jordan Ahmed Abdel-Qader 2 October 2015 24 October 2015
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat November 2015 February 2016
Jordan Mohammad Al-Yamani February 2016 April 2016
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat April 2016 May 2016
 
Name[7] From To
Jordan Jamal Abu-Abed June 2016 July 2016
Iraq Thair Jassam August 2016 November 2016
Serbia Branko Smiljanić November 2016 March 2017
Montenegro Nebojša Jovović March 2017 July 2017
Montenegro Fisco July 2017 September 2017
Croatia Dragan Talajić September 2017 December 2017
Montenegro Nebojša Jovović January 2018 May 2018
Tunisia Nabil Kouki June 2018 September 2018
Tunisia Tarik Jeraea September 2018 February 2019
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat February 2019 December 2019
Tunisia Chiheb Ellili January 2020 March 2020
Jordan Haitham Al-Shboul June 2020 August 2020
Jordan Rateb Al-Awadat August 2020 November 2020
Jordan Adnan Awad November 2020 January 2021
Syria Hussam Al Sayed February 2021 August 2021
Iraq Hakeem Shaker August 2021 August 2021
Syria Mohammed Aqeel August 2021 present

Presidential history

The management of the club from 1970 has always been run by Al-Odwan family and still till today, with head of the club Al-Shiekh Baker Al-Odwan.[7]

Name From To
JordanAl-Sharif Fawaz Ibn Sharaf AL Muhana 1932 1935
Jordan Dr. Qasem Al-Malhas 1935 1953
Jordan Dawlat Suleiman Al-Nabulsi 1953 1956
JordanAl-Sharif Nasser Ibn Jamil 1956 1970
Jordan Al-Sheikh Sultan Majed Al-Odwan 1970 1978
Jordan Al-Sheikh Mustafa Majed Al-Odwan 1978 1992
Jordan Al-Sheikh Sultan Majed Al-Odwan 1992 2008
Jordan Al-Sheikh Bakr Sultan Al-Odwan 2008 2008
Jordan Al-Sheikh Sultan Majed Al-Odwan 2008 2018
Jordan Al-Sheikh Bakr Sultan Al-Odwan 2018 Present

Honours

Domestic

Continental

Regional

Asian record

AFC competitions

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1990–91 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round Kuwait Qadisiya w/o
Second round United Arab Emirates Al Shabab 0–1 0–1 0–2
1994–95 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round Yemen Al-Tilal w/o
2002–03 AFC Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round West Lebanon Al Ansar 3–0 0–1 3–1
3rd Qualifying Round West Iran Esteghlal 0–1 0–2 0–3
2005 AFC Cup Group stage Turkmenistan Nebitçi Balkanabat 1–1 3–3 1st
India East Bengal 5–0 1–0
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad 2–1 3–0
Quarter-final Singapore Tampines Rovers 1–0 1–0 2–0
Semi-final Maldives New Radiant 4–1 1–1 5–2
Final Lebanon Nejmeh 1–0 3–2 4–2
2006 AFC Cup Group stage Turkmenistan HTTU 4–3 1–1 1st
Lebanon Nejmeh 2–0 1–2
Quarter-final Hong Kong Sun Hei 1–1 1–1 2–2 (5–4 pen.)
Semi-final Jordan Al-Wehdat 1–0 1–1 2–1
Final Bahrain Al-Muharraq 3–0 2–4 5–4
2007 AFC Cup Group stage Oman Dhofar 2–1 0–1 1st
Lebanon Al Ansar 1–1 0–2
Turkmenistan Nebitçi Balkanabat 2–0 0–0
Quarter-final Singapore Tampines Rovers 5–2 2–1 7–3
Semi-final Jordan Al-Wehdat 1–1 2–1 3–2
Final Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 0–1 1–1 1–2
2009 AFC Cup Group stage Syria Al-Majd 1–2 3–4 4th
India Dempo 3–4 1–3
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 3–2 0–0
2011 AFC Cup Group stage Iraq Duhok 0–0 2–4 2nd
Syria Al-Jaish 2–0 1–1
Kuwait Al-Nasr 2–1 1–0
Round of 16 Uzbekistan Nasaf 1–2
2012 AFC Cup Group stage Kuwait Qadisiya 1–1 2–1 3rd
Oman Suwaiq 2–3 0–0
Syria Al-Ittihad 1–1 4–1
2013 AFC Cup Group stage Iraq Duhok 1–0 1–0 1st
Oman Dhofar 2–3 1–1
Yemen Shaab Ibb 2–1 2–0
Round of 16 Bahrain Riffa 3–1
Quarter-final Hong Kong Kitchee 2–1 2–1 4–2
Semi-final Kuwait Qadisiya 0–1 1–2 1–3
2016 AFC Cup Group stage Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 2–1 0–1 2nd
Tajikistan Istiklol 0–0 4–2
Lebanon Tripoli 3–1 1–1
Round of 16 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 0–1
2018 AFC Champions League Play-off round Uzbekistan Nasaf 1–5
2018 AFC Cup Group stage Syria Al-Wahda 2–2 2–1 1st
Lebanon Al Ansar 1–0 3–1
Oman Dhofar 2–0 0–1
Semi-final (West) Jordan Al-Jazeera 0–1 1–1 1–2
2020 AFC Champions League Preliminary round 1 Kuwait Kuwait 1–2
2020 AFC Cup Group stage Syria Al-Wathba 0–0
Lebanon Al Ansar 3–4

UAFA competitions

1986: Preliminary round
1987: Preliminary round
1992: Semi-finals
2000: Semi-finals
2001: Group stage
2003: Group stage
2003–04: Group stage
2004-05: Group stage
2006-07: Runner-up
2007-08: Semi-finals
2008-09: Quarter-finals
2017: Runner-up
1993: Group stage
1994: Group stage
1995: Group stage
1996: Runner-up
1999: Semi-finals
1997: Third place
2000: Runner-up

References

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