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نادي الوصل لكرة القدم
Al-Wasl FC
Full nameAl Wasl Football Club
Nickname(s)El Embrator (The Emperor)
Founded1960; 64 years ago (1960) (as Zamalek)
Ground Zabeel Stadium
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Owner Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum [1]
ChairmanAhmad Bin Shafar
Manager Miloš Milojević
League UAE Pro League
2023–24 UAE Pro League, 1st
Website Club website
Current season

Al Wasl Football Club ( Arabic: نادي الوصل لكرة القدم) is an Emirati professional football club based in Dubai, that competes in the United Arab Emirates Football League. It is a part of the multi-sports club Al Wasl SC. The club is located in Zabeel, where it plays in Zabeel stadium. Al-Wasl is amongst the most successful teams in the UAE and Dubai, winning 8 league titles since its establishment. The club is also the host of the second largest fanbase in the whole UAE.



Football was first introduced in the UAE in the 1940s, specifically in the city of Dubai.

Al Orouba, one of the original clubs which joined to make al Wasl, is established in the Jumeirah Area of Dubai. It competed with other Bur Dubai and Deira based teams and clubs. They wore the colour green. It was established by the young men and youth of the neighbourhood of Jumeirah as a common place to practice football in the area.

One of Al Orouba's notable members is Abdallah Salem Al-Rumeithi, who went on to be one of the founders of Al Wasl SC in 1972, and is the founder of the Al Wasl museum.

Al Orouba, like all other teams and clubs wishing to play football in the region, played on pitches made of sand. This was due to the fact that at the time, grass was hard to maintain due to the hot climate and tough conditions.

Other teams in this time period include Al-Nasr, Al-Shabab, and Al-Shoulla.


In the 1960s the second team which joined to form al Wasl was established. The idea of starting a football club in Zabeel first emerged in 1958, as a result of discussions and meetings by various youths living in the area. The times were very difficult, as there were still  no grass pitches or fields to play on, as football was still not a popular pastime. Two years later, a team was finally established, This team was called Al-Zamalek based in the famous area of Zabeel in Bur-Dubai. Al-Zamalek was established in the year 1960, in the house of Bakheet Salem in Zabeel and was established so that the youth of the Area can practice their hobbies of sport and football, later they rented a small house in the same area and each paid 10 Dirhams each in order to support the club's budget and finances.

In 1962, the club moved to different house owned by Madia bint Sultan under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H. Sheikh Butti Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. Later, the team elected His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to be their club president, he agreed and even participated with the team in matches, He is still leading the club to this day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was one of the players in Al-Zamalek, he played as a defender and was one of the best players in the team, winning many games before Travelling to the United Kingdom to continue his Studies. During this period, Al-Zamalek was arguably the best team In Dubai, winning against traditional giant Al-Nasr 2–1, Al-Wahda 3–1, and the English Country Club in Dubai 3–2. They even played against teams outside Dubai like Ras Al Khaimah, winning the game easily with a crushing 6–1 result.

Al-Zamalek was one of the strongest teams in not only Bur-Dubai, but all of the Emirate of Dubai as a whole, it had a strong reputation of winning games and matches. In 1966 Al-Zamalek got their first taste of success by defeating Al-Shabab to win the final of the Canada Dry Football Cup in Dubai. This was only the beginning for the club as it would continue to shine and build up its story and history in the following years.


In 1972 H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, vice president of U.A.E. and ruler of Dubai had privileged Al-Zamalek by building the 1st headquarters of the club in Za’abeel. This headquarters is still in use in the same location where Zabeel stadium is located.

In 1973, the first edition of the UAE League was started, Al-Zamalek was one of the inaugural members of the UAE league. It was placed in a four team group consisting of Al Nasr, Al Shaab, Al Shoala, Al Najah, and Al-Oruba. Al Zamalek was eliminated along with all other members of the group except for Al-Oruba who went on to win the inaugural league title. During this season, the Coach for the team was Zaki Osman, who was a former player for Al-Zamalek in Egypt.

In 1974, the merge happened between Al Shoula club in the Al Fahidi historic region and Al Orouba club in Jumeirah. Later, The two teams members and staff joined in to Al-Zamalek, making it one of the biggest clubs in Dubai once again, during this time, it was proposed to change the identity of the club due to the new members, this change of identity could be symbolic of a fresh start for the team, and the beginning of a new era for what would later be the most historic and prolific team in the United Arab Emirates. The new team's location would be based in Zabeel, the former location of Al-Zamalek.

Abdallah Salem Al-Rumaithi at this time suggested that the colour of the club be changed to yellow, the other administrators of the new and big club all were happy with the idea, as yellow was a unique colour which no other team used in the country, and so yellow became the official and iconic colour of the team which separates it from the rest of the teams In the UAE. The New name of the team was to be Al-Wasl which can be interpreted as one meaning, officially it is the previous name of the city of Dubai, and its other meaning can be the Arabic word for “connection” as in the club connects the youth through sport and other cultural activities. Al Wasl played its first season as a new team in the 1974–1975 season, it played 10 games in the season and lost 5, won 2 and drew 3, finishing 4th out of 6. The next season was still tough for the newly formed team, as they won 4 games, lost 7, and drew 5, finishing the league 6th out of 9. The next few seasons were trophy less, other Dubai-based teams like Al-Nasr and Al-Ahli enjoyed nationwide success but The team still needed more time to develop its players and bring In new talent.

In the late 1970s things were finally beginning to change for the team, more local young players were being added to the ranks of the youth teams and the team was playing more consistently, The International Ghanaian Football Legend Mohammed Polo was signed into the team and enjoyed a prolific career and seasons in the team, making a name for himself in Al Wasl as one of the greatest players to join the team and play for the team.


The 1980s were the golden ages for Al Wasl, the team saw the best lineup in its history, and clinched onto various trophies, winning the league 5 times, the most out of any team in the history of the league at the time, and the record was not broken until the early 2000s. The new decade began with yet another trophy less season, but the patience of Al Wasl was met with reward later on in the 1980s. During the 1980-81 season, the team was under the leadership of the Brazilian coach Valinhos. It was around this time that the team went to an official training camp in Germany, where they not only trained but played friendly games against various German teams, the team was also visited by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This TrainingIt was after this training camp that the team gained vital knowledge and skills necessary to develop the play style and experience required to go back home and challenge for the league title and the cups along with other championships.

Later that year, a 3-man group was sent to Brazil in order to scout for a coach for the team and even players, amongst these three men was Saeed Hareb. There in Brazil, the men were introduced by a taxi driver to Gilson Nunes who at the time was a local assistant coach for the Brazilian national team. Gílson Nunes was flown back to Dubai and became the assistant coach for Al Wasl, under the leadership of Joel Santana.

In 1980, Al Wasl's stadium, Zabeel Stadium was opened in Zabeel, Dubai. It holds around 9,000 people and is the home for Al Wasl to this day. It underwent many renovations and will get upgraded to 25,000 in 2025 after a decision from H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Maktoum.

Notable Players of this time period include

Fahad Khamees - Al Wasl club legend and former UAE national team player, one of the iconic players who led Al Wasl to many championships and the UAE national team to the World Cup in Italy in 1990. Known for his shirt number 17 and for his nickname “the dark cheetah

Mohammed Polo - Ghanaian Legendary player and nicknamed “The dribbling magician” widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time and the greatest Ghanaian player in history. Played in Al Wasl from 1979 to 1985

Zuhair Bakheet - One of the greatest Emirati players in the history of football Zuhair Bakhit spent his entire career in Al Wasl, making him one of the favourites of the fans and an undisputed club legend, one of the players who led the UAE national team to the World Cup.

Hamad Yousuf - The goalkeeper that played for Al wasl that was astounding and played like a champion. he was in Al Wasl his entire career and lead them to winning the presidents cup in 86-87 Season.

In the 1981–1982 season, armed with the skills gained in the German training camp, the new coaches, and new players and young talents, Al Wasl won their maiden league title, leaving Al Ain in second place. The team gained a huge following at this time, and the Al wasl fan base was widely considered to be one of the strongest in the UAE, and it still is to this day with most of Dubai supporting Al Wasl and many more people across the UAE. Al Wasl won the league for the second time in a row in the 1982–1983 season, leaving Sharjah in the second place. Al wasl finished the season with 25 points and fortified its position as one of the leaders in UAE football, in the following season in 1983–84, Al Wasl came second with only a 2-point difference, but the team was able to bounce back and win the league the following season with ease. However, in the same season, Al Wasl lost the final of the presidents cup 2–0 against Sharjah.

In the 1985–1986 season, Al Wasl came second place for the second time in its history when its rival Al Nasr lifted the league with yet again a two-point difference, and this happened yet again in the following season as Al Wasl placed second with a three-point difference behind Sharjah. But this was historic as no team finished either first or second for this long, and it was now fully clear that Al Wasl was going to remain a strong and powerful team from the results shown previously. In the same season Al Wasl was the runner up of the presidents cup, losing 2–0 against rivals Al Nasr.

In 1986 Al Wasl made it to the Asian Club Championship but was eliminated in the qualifying stage. They were qualified due to their good performance in the GCC champions league in the same year.

In the 1986–87 season, Al Wasl lifted the presidents cup for the first time after defeating Al Khaleej (now Khorfakkan) 2–0.

In 1987–88, Al Wasl won the league with an 18-point difference, and this was the fourth time that Al Wasl would win the league, crowning Al Wasl as the leader of most league wins in the UAE league across the entire history at the time. Al wasl would hold onto this honour until the early two thousands as previously mentioned before.

From 1988 to 1990, Al Wasl finished second for two more seasons in a row, meaning that they now came first or second for 9 years in a row. They also competed in the Asian club championship for the second time, getting eliminated in the qualifying stage once again.

They ended the decade as the most successful team, and as the leader of UAE football.


The 1990s saw Al Wasl's performance hinder greatly in stark contrast to the performances in the 1980s. The 1990–91 season had been cancelled in the UAE due to the events in Kuwait, and the Gulf War.

Things were back to normal in the 1991–1992 season, and Al Wasl lifted the League trophy once again and for the fifth time, maintaining their lead at the top of the pyramid of UAE clubs. In the 1992–93 reason, Al was made many great achievements, both for itself and for the entirety of UAE football; the first of these achievements came in the form of winning the UAE Federation cup. In 1994–95, Al Wasl lost the final of the Federtation cup to Al Wahda.

Al Wasl was one of the Emirati teams nominated to compete in the Asian Club Championship. In the Qualifying stages, Al Wasl defeated Jordanian Giants Al Wehdat 7–1, winning 4–0 at home and 1–3 away. An account states that the Jordanian fans “had never seen such play before” and were “shocked from the playstyle of Al-Wasl.” Al Wasl was placed in group B of the qualified teams along with PAS Tehran of Iran, and Wohaib FC of Pakistan. Al wasl won both of its two games in the group stage, being the top team in the table. They defeated PAS Tehran 1-0 and proceeded to defeat Wohaib 10–1 which was the greatest result out of any game in Asian Championship history. Al wasl qualified with 4 points and PAS Tehran with 1 point. Wohaib FC had 1 point too but was eliminated due to goal difference. In the semi final of the Asian Championship, Al Wasl faced off against Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia who were the strongest Saudi team at the time. The game ended with a 2–2 draw, but Al Wasl was just barely defeated on penalties. Al Shabab went on to lose the final against PAS Tehran, the same team which al wasl defeated in Group B. Al Wasl finished third in the whole championship, defeating Yomiuri (now Tokyo Verdy) FC 4–3 in Bahrain. Al Wasl finishing third made it the first Emirati team to finish on the podium in an Asian competition, and was one of the reasons for Al Wasl winning the award for Emirati club of the century in 2000.

The next two seasons were trophyless for Al Wasl, and they didn't finish second either which broke their 11-year streak of finishing first or second. However, in 1994–1995, Al Wasl once again competed in the Asian club championship, losing in the Quarterfinals. In 1995–96, Al Wasl finished second behind Sharjah with a 3-point difference. Despite a lack of trophies, Al Wasl was still a force to be reckoned with. However, in the following season in 1996–1997, Al Wasl won the league for the sixth time in a row, finishing ahead of their fierce opponents Al Wasl. In the final match of the league where al Wasl lifted the league trophy, they introduced a unique celebration of bringing in a small model train and driving it onto the field making for a unique entrance. This was later called قطار الوصل or the Al Wasl train in Arabic, and was an iconic celebration unique to Al Wasl.

It was around this time that Al Wasl gained the nickname شمس الدوري or The Sun of the League in Arabic. The reason being that despite Al wasls long absence from championships, it returns and wins once again, just like how the sun will always dawn but come back and rise.

In 1998, Al Wasl played in the Arab Club Cup, reaching the semi final. They defeated Al Ittihad 1–0 and drawed with Al Tahaddi 0–0 before defeating Al Wehdat 5–1, finishing at the top of their group. In the semifinal, Al wasl lost 3–1 to WA Tlemcen who eventually went onto win the championship.

In between 1999 and 2000, Al Wasl was named the UAE's Club of the century. This is due to being the team who won the uae league the most, winning 6 league titles up until then, and also being the best performing Emirati Club in international competitions and the most frequently qualified Emirati team to international trophies.


In the 2000s Al Wasl would win only three championships, the team wasn't able to challenge on many titles initially but still have good performances regardless.

In 2000, Al Wasl lost the final of the presidents cup to Al Wahda, and would later finish the league In 7th place.

In 2001–2002, Al Wasl finished 6th, during this time period Al Wasl as well as many other clubs were overshadowed as the league was dominated by Al Ain and Al Wahda exclusively, as they were in fierce competition of who was the strongest team, and their teams were far better than the rest of the league.

In 2002, the legend Zuhair Bakhit retired from football, having spent his entire career in Al Wasl.

This theme would continue for a majority of the early to mid two thousands, but al wasl did come second in group B behind Al Ahli (who came behind Al Ain by goal difference) when the league was split into a different format, but this format was changed back to normal later.

Some notable players of this time period include Rachid Daoudi of Morocco and Farhad Majidi of Iran, both of whom are regarded as international legends of their respective countries. Alexander Oliveria is a widely regarded club legend and one of the best players of the decade, as well as being a fan favourite. In 2006–2007, this would all change. Al wasl, seemingly out of nowhere, came back and took the league with ease, losing only once in the whole season. Al wasl only had two foreign players, Anderson Barbossa who was on loan from Sharjah and also the leagues top scorer, and Alexandre Oliviera, one of the best players in the season. Al Wasl also went on to lift the presidents cup after defeating Al Ain with a crushing 4–1 result in the Zayed Sports City stadium in front of tens of thousands of spectators. This was however, Al wasl's last domestic title to this day. Al wasl is one of the only clubs to achieve the double. The following year in the 2007–2008 season, Al Wasl would play in the same seasons edition of the AFC Champions League, this was the first time al wasl would play in the new edition of the Asian continental championship. They qualified due to winning both the UAE League and presidents cup. In their group they won against Kuwait 1–0 at home but lost 2–1 away, and would lose to Al-Quwa al Jawiya 0–1 at home but winning 2–1 away, and finally losing 2–1 away but drawing 1–1 at home. Al Wasl was thus eliminated from the AFC Champions League from the group stages. Al wasl would finish 7th that year.

In the 2008–2009 season, Al wasl finished seventh but still qualified to the GCC club cup. In the 2009–2010 season, Al Wasl played in the GCC club cup after qualifying during the previous season. In the group stage, al wasl defeated Kuwait 2–1, and drew in the away match. They played against Al Riffa and drew away but won at home 1–0. Al wasl finished top of the group and qualified to the next round. In the semi final, they faced off against Al-Nassr FC of Saudi Arabia and lost 3–1 away. But the team picked up the pace and struck back with a comeback, taking down Al-Nassr 4–2 in the home game and winning 4–2 on penalties. During that game, a famous and infamous incident occurred where the doctor for Al-Nassr FC taunted Al Wasl FC fans, which upset them and caused them to jump down to the field in a large amount, starting a physical conflict with the doctor and certain players. Players from both teams attempted to stop the rowdy crowd, and the Dubai police officers on the sight were able to quickly and effectively stop the scene, and the perpetrators were banned from attending future games. In the Final game, Al Wasl faced off against Qater SC. in the away fixture, it was a 2–2 draw. In the Home fixture and second leg, al wasl fans were barred from attending the game due to the incidents and events that unfolded during the Al-Nassr Game. Therefore, they resorted and had to watch the game on a large projector outside the stadium. Al-Wasl won the game 1–1 on away goals and were crowned champions of the Arabian Gulf. This was however the last championship al wasl would win to this day.

Later during that season, al wasl signed Spanish player Fran yeste, who stayed for a season. He was An audacious player and created many good memories at al wasl, one of which including scoring a goal from the halfway line, this goal was called “the fastest equaliser in football history.”

The team played against Hamburg in a friendly, losing 3–2 in the last minute.


The 2010s are considered the worst decade for al wasl as a club, as not a single trophy has been won during this period. The team went into a state of decline and would constantly finish in either the mid table or the bottom, but was still far from relegation. In the year 2010, Ultras Junoon was founded. Ultras Junoon is the first Ultras group in the Gulf, having been established before all other groups of the same Ultras culture elsewhere. They began a new wave and era of supporting for al wasl fans, including tifos, banners, and pyros which were never seen before. Ultras Junoon changed the ways that the rest of the league would show support in the stands. They have an official page on all socials, and a club anthem called دولة زعبيل or the Nation of Zaabeel in Arabic.

In the 2010–11 season, Al Wasl reached the semi finals of both the etisalat cup and presidents cup, and would finish sixth in the league. The top scorer for the team was Fran yeste with 16 goals across all competitions.

Diego Maradona during his tenure as Al Wasl's Coach

In 2011–2012, came the shock of the Century, Al-Wasl's Administration had managed to Sign international football legend Diego Armando Maradona as the clubs new coach. This deal shocked the whole world and all eyes were on Al-Wasl for the next season. Al wasl became the most popular Emirati team for years to come thanks to the move. Diego's stay at al wasl was difficult, as it was one of his first seasons as a coach and had actually led the team to the semi final of the cup. They finished eighth that season. Diego was very popular with the fans, and was great at building bonds between him and his players during his tenure. Al wasl shirt sales increased all across the UAE and even worldwide, and many people supported the club in other countries like Argentina and other Latin American countries. By the end of the season Maradona was sacked, but remained a club legend. He expressed his wishes to return to the team and try again. One of the players he brought into the team was Mariano Donda who he had scouted personally, Donda was named the maestro by fans and was notoriously a tough opponent.

In 2012–2013, It was another lackluster season for al wasl, they did not finish in a good position again. They were under the leadership of Bruno Metsu, the French coach. During his time at al wasl, Bruno Metsu passed away from cancer. Notable players of this player include Mariano Donda, and Shikabala. At this season, al Wasl's kit sponsor was Romai, an Emirati sportswear company.

In the 2013–14 season, Al Wasl's new kit sponsor was Adidas, Shikabala returned from his loan back to Al Zamalek, And this was Donda's last season with Al Wasl. In the 2014–2015 season, Al Wasl signed two new Brazilian players and future club Icons, Caio Canedo and Fabio De Lima. They went on to provide a spectacular first season at al wasl, despite the team finishing 6th. The team qualified to the GCC champions league and during that tournament, it was cancelled and the team did not proceed.

In 2015–16, Al Wasl finished 6th once again, and almost as if the previous season was repeated, they qualified to the GCC champions league but it was cancelled due to the Kuwaiti FA being suspended from FIFA and due to a lack of a sponsor for the tournament.

In the 2016–17 season, al wasl gave one of its best performances in recent times. The new coach Rodolfo Arruabuena was introduced to the team, and the club performed greatly during his tenure. Waheed Ismail was the club captain, and Caio and Lima gave great and notable performances. Other notable players include Hassan Zahran, Ali Salmon, and Hugo Viana. Unfortunately, Al Wasl finished second behind Al Jazira during the end of the league, but gained qualification the AFC Champions League for the following season. During this season, an iconic game happened and one of the greatest comebacks of UAE football history. Al wasl was losing 3–0, but returned to make the result 4–3 in the last minutes. Al Wasl during this season won the game with the highest score, winning 8–0 against dibba al Fujairah.

Al Wasl finished third in the following season, and gained qualification to the AFC Champions League once again. During this season Al Wasl made it to the final of the UAE presidents cup but lost 2–1 to Al Ain, and qualified to the final of the league cup but lost to Al Wahda.

In the 2018–19 season Al Wasl finished 9th in the league but gave a good run in the Arab champions league, notably taking down the Egyptian Giants Al Ahly on away goals but getting eliminated in the quarter final.

The 2019–2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.


In the 2020–21 season, al wasl provided a season with a 9th place.

In the 2021–22 season, and after the campaign by the Al Wasl Fans, there was a change in the administration and board of directors of the club after poor results and bad relations between the club and its fans for the past few years. The new Administration led by His excellency Mr Ahmad Bin Shafar was debuting. Im a mediately there was change in the team's spirit and performance, and there was a greater attendance effort from the fans. A 6th-place finish was an improvement from the previous season.

In the 2022–23 season Al Wasl had one of the greatest fan displays in the UAE league, great effort was on display and everyone was hopeful that the team would return to its glory. Al Wasl reached the semi final of the presidents cup, narrowly losing 1–0 to Al Ain across two legs. The team also finished 4th in that season. The 2023–24 season is by far the most successful season in the past decade. Al Wasl lost only one game in the league to this day, and has maintained first place since the start of the season. Al Wasl defeated rivals Shabab Al Ahli 3 times in one month, with a total score of 8–3 goals across all performances. Al Wasl also lifted the Presidents Cup in may 17 after humiliating their derby rivals al Nasr 4–0, in front of a sold-out stadium of 25,000 fans. Al Wasl eventually clinched their 8th UAE Pro League title, following a 3–0 victory over second-place Shabab Al Ahli with two games remaining. [2]

Al-Wasl Fans

Al-Wasl Fanbase Al-Wasl is known for its dedicated and loyal fans. Widely considered to be the best Fan and supporter base in the United Arab Emirates, and the Arabian Gulf simultaneously. Despite Al-Wasl's absence from championships for 17 years, Al-Wasl's Stands are always mostly full, whether their team is playing its games home or away. A Majority of Dubai's local population supports Al-Wasl, with Shabab Al-Ahli and Al-Nasr coming close behind. Al Wasl Fan made the world's longest football scarf for his team.

Ultras Junoon

Ultras Junoon Death note tifo.

Al-Wasl fans have the achievement of founding the very first Ultras Group in the Arabian Gulf, which was named Ultras Junoon, Junoon meaning craziness/madness in Arabic, a description of the excitement and passion found in Al-Wasl's Stands. Ultras Junoon are also considered to be the most creative fans group in the Arabian Gulf, as their Tifos are made with nothing short of Creativity and Hard work, and frequently make headlines not only in the UAE, but also in the Middle East football scene and even all the way to Japan and Italy. Some of their most popular works include their Iconic Death Note series of tifos displayed against Bur Dubai Derby Rivals Al Nasr Home and Away, Their symbolic Peaky Blinders (TV series) Tifo displayed against Sharjah FC and even 3D fighter Jet soaring in front of the Flag of the UAE to commemorate the UAE Army's efforts.

Ultras Junoon have their very own Clothing line, which are popular amongst match attendees who make sure to back their club and supporters group. Every season they release a new shirt for each respective season.


Al Wasl's main competitors would be Al Nasr who they compete with in the Bur Dubai Derby and Al Ain who they challenge in the 'UAE Classico'. [3] [4]

Current squad

As of UAE Pro-League:

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK United Arab Emirates  UAE Khaled Al-Senani
2 DF Colombia  COL Daniel Pedrozo U21
3 DF United Arab Emirates  UAE Yousif Al-Mheiri
4 DF Morocco  MAR Soufiane Bouftini
5 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Ali Salmeen
6 MF Mali  MLI Siaka Sidibe U21
7 FW United Arab Emirates  UAE Ali Saleh
8 FW Switzerland  SUI Haris Seferovic
9 FW United Arab Emirates  UAE Caio Canedo
10 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Fábio Lima
11 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Omar Abdulrahman
12 DF United Arab Emirates  UAE Abdulrahman Saleh
13 DF United Arab Emirates  UAE Faris Khalil
14 DF Brazil  BRA Rodrigo Oliveira
18 MF Syria  SYR Malek Janeer U21
20 MF Argentina  ARG Gerónimo Poblete
21 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Hassan Ibrahim Saqer
23 DF United Arab Emirates  UAE Ali Abdulla Ali
25 DF Colombia  COL Alexis Pérez
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 DF Iran  IRN Ramin Rezaeian
31 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Nicolás Giménez
32 GK United Arab Emirates  UAE Mohamed Qayoudhi
33 FW Algeria  ALG Oussama Amar U21
40 MF Ivory Coast  CIV Jean N'Guessan
44 DF United Arab Emirates  UAE Salem Al-Azizi
53 DF United Arab Emirates  UAE Omar Haikal U21
55 GK United Arab Emirates  UAE Abdullah Al-Moqademi
59 FW United Arab Emirates  UAE Atiq Esam U21
70 FW Brazil  BRA Luizão U21
77 DF United Arab Emirates  UAE Hazza Salem
78 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Rabee Hassan U21
85 DF Serbia  SRB Aleksandar Vasiljević
87 MF Brazil  BRA Gabrielzinho
88 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Abdulla Al-Shamsi U21
89 FW United Arab Emirates  UAE Mohammed Al-Mehairi U21
90 FW Ivory Coast  CIV Adama Diallo

Unregistered players

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
38 DF Argentina  ARG Julián Glavocic
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW United Arab Emirates  UAE Waleed Al-Hammadi

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
17 GK United Arab Emirates  UAE Suhail Abdulla (on loan to Emirates)
40 DF Ghana  GHA George Dwubeng (on loan to Al-Hamriyah)
60 MF United Arab Emirates  UAE Ghanem Ahmad (on loan to Hatta)
No. Pos. Nation Player
GK United Arab Emirates  UAE Ibrahim Essa (on loan to Al Bataeh)
MF Brazil  BRA Gabrielzinho (on loan to Hatta)


Domestic competitions

Winner: 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2006–07 , 2023–24
Winner: 1987, 2007, 2024
Winner: 1992–93
  • The IFFHS named Al Wasl as the UAE's Club of the 20th Century. [7]

Regional competitions

Winner (1) : 2009–10
Runners-up (2): 2005, 2012
Semi-finals: 1998
Quarter-finals: 2018–19

Performance in AFC competitions

2008: Group stage
2018: Group stage
2019: Group stage
1986: Qualifying Stage
1989–90: Qualifying Stage
1992–93: Third Place
1994–95: Quarter finals

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Managers Serbia Miloš Milojević
Assistant managers United Arab Emirates Yaqoob Iman Yameen
United Arab Emirates Saeed Anwar
United Arab Emirates Alaa Tareeq

Managerial history

* Served as caretaker coach.

Name Nat. From To Ref.
Bakhit Salem Trucial States 1960 1970
Ismail Al-Jarman United Arab Emirates 1971 1971
Zaki Osman Egypt 1972 1973
Valinhos Brazil 1980 1981
Joel Santana Brazil 1981 1986
Hassan Shehata Egypt 1986 1988
Antônio Lopes Brazil 1988 1989
Gílson Nunes Brazil 1989 1990
Dimitri Davidovic Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1991 1992
Arthur Bernardes Brazil 1996 1998 [9]
Alain Laurier France 1998 December 1998
Paulo Campos Brazil January 1999 May 1999
Henryk Kasperczak Poland September 1999 February 2000
Alain Laurier* France March 2000 May 2000
Josef Hickersberger Austria June 2000 June 2001
Johan Boskamp Netherlands July 2001 2002
Martín Lasarte Uruguay 2002 2002
Khalifa Al Shamsi* United Arab Emirates 2002 March 2003
Arthur Bernardes Brazil March 2003 May 2004 [9]
Vinko Begović Croatia 2004 2005 [10]
Zé Mário Brazil 2006 2007
Miroslav Beránek Czech Republic 2007 2008
Alexandre Guimarães Costa Rica July 2009 May 2010 [11]
Khalifa Al Shamsi United Arab Emirates June 2010 June 2011
Sérgio Farias Brazil August 2010 April 2011 [12]
Diego Maradona Argentina May 2011 July 2012 [13]
Bruno Metsu France July 2012 October 2012
Guy Lacombe France November 2012 February 2013 [14]
Eid Baroot United Arab Emirates February 2013 May 2013 [15]
Laurent Banide France June 2013 October 2013 [16]
Héctor Cúper Argentina November 2013 March 2014 [17]
Jorginho* Brazil March 2014 October 2014
Gabriel Calderón Argentina October 2014 May 2016 [18]
Rodolfo Arruabarrena Argentina July 2016 June 2018
Gustavo Quinteros Bolivia July 2018 October 2018
Hassan Al Abdouli* United Arab Emirates October 2018 December 2018
Laurențiu Reghecampf Romania December 2018 October 2020 [19]
Salem Rabie* United Arab Emirates October 2020 December 2020
Odair Hellmann Brazil December 2020 June 2022 [20]
Juan Antonio Pizzi Spain July 2022 May 2023
Miloš Milojević Serbia June 2023 present

Pro-League record

Season Lvl. Tms. Pos. President's Cup League Cup
2008–09 1 12 7th Round of 16 First Round
2009–10 1 12 5th Round of 16 First Round
2010–11 1 12 6th Semi-Finals Semi-Finals
2011–12 1 12 8th Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals
2012–13 1 14 9th Round of 16 First Round
2013–14 1 14 12th Quarter-Finals First Round
2014–15 1 14 6th Round of 16 First Round
2015–16 1 14 6th Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals
2016–17 1 14 2nd Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals
2017–18 1 12 3rd Runner-ups Runner-ups
2018–19 1 14 9th Semi-Finals Quarter-Finals
2019–20 a 1 14 8th Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals
2020–21 1 14 9th Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals
2021–22 1 14 6th Semi-Finals Quarter-Finals
2022–23 1 14 4th Semi-Finals First Round
2023–24 1 14 1st Champions Semi-Finals

Notes ^ 2019–20 UAE football season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates.


  • Pos. = Position
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Lvl. = League

See also


  1. ^ HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum;
  2. ^ "Al-Wasl claim UAE Pro League with Shabab Al Ahli win to complete double". Reuters. 26 May 2024.
  3. ^ "Arabian Gulf Cup Quarter-finals: Fight breaks out after Bur Dubai Derby between Al Nasr and Al Wasl". Goal.
  4. ^ "UAE Clasico to be hosted at Zabeel Stadium by Al Wasl against Al Ain". Goal.
  5. ^ Atsushi Fujioka (6 September 2018). "United Arab Emirates – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b Hans Schöggl and Karel Stokkermans (31 January 2019). "United Arab Emirates – List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  7. ^ "IFFHS – Asia's Club of the Century". Archived from the original on 18 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Club Milestones". Al Ain FC. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.
  9. ^ a b Arthur Bernardes Profile; Archived 19 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ (in Croatian) Novi list Toni Bilić: Vinko Begović, trener iranskog "Pegah Dilana", komentira status izbornika iranske reprezentacije, 1 December 2005
    "Splićanin Vinko Begović već šest godina radi kao trener u Iranu, jednu je sezonu proveo u Ujedinjenim Arapskim Emiratima..."
  11. ^ "Guimaraes, willing to lead Honduras". DIEZ.HN (in Spanish). 5 July 2010. Archived from the original on 24 January 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Khalifa takes the reins for Al Wasl against Kalba". The National. Abu Dhabi. 24 April 2011.
  13. ^ "Maradona hired to coach UAE club Al Wasl". CBC Sports. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 12 October 2022. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  14. ^ Dispensing services French coach Guy Lacombe;
  15. ^ باروت يقود اول تمرين له مع الفهود;
  16. ^ Gary Meenaghan (21 October 2013). "Laurent Banide dismissed as Al Wasl coach". The National. Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Media. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  17. ^ Ahmed Rizvi (2014). "Al Wasl part ways with Hector Cuper after brief, disappointing tenure". The National. Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Media. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Gabriel Calderon replaces Jorginho as Al Wasl coach". 14 October 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  19. ^ Monaghan, Matt (6 January 2019). "Football news: New Al Wasl coach Laurentiu Reghecampf vows to drag them out of AGL relegation 'crisis' - Sport360 News". Sport360.
  20. ^ "مقابل 2 مليون دولار.. هيلمان يقود الوصل في قمة الجزيرة" (in Arabic). albayan. 8 December 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2020.

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