A great club back at apex of Qatari football Apr 06, 2019 0 12603 12345 AYENI OLUSEGUNDohafounded by four students in 1969 with the only goal of just playing football without joining other established teams, Al Sadd have probably succeeded beyond the expectations of its establishers. Adjudged to have the best fanbase in Qatar, Al Sadd on Thursday broke their six-year-long barren spell as Qatar Stars League champions in scintillating fashion with a 7-2 thrashing of Al Ahli, who happened to be in their way of greatness. The Wolves had a thing to prove this season having watched Al Rayyan and particularly Al Duhail control a trophy they have won a record 13 times prior to Thursday’s thundering triumph. Leading the league in almost every statistics – just six goals shy of reaching 100 for the season and have lost just one game so far, Al Sadd’s dominance has been brewing for years. The Wolves have also been a top destination for some of Europe’s top players notably amongst the crop being Real Madrid icon Raul Gonzalez, who captained the team to their 13th league success in 2012-13 season. Other stars to have graced the Al Sadd dressing room include Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez and Atletico Madrid’s Gabi Fernandez both in the current squad. The club has also groomed some of Qatar’s top players like former AFC Player of the Year, Khalfan Ibrahim and currently Qatar national team captain Hassan al Haydos. Speaking after the game, Haydos who joined the club as a boy and is now an integral member of the side said, “The team deserved the title after a long journey throughout the season. Our main goal since the start of the year was to regain the title which has been absent from the club for years.”“This achievement will be the beginning of more honours and we will continue to work with the support of the fans,” he added. Top goal scorer with 39 goals in the season Baghdad Bounedjah has enjoyed his most productive season in front of goal. The Algerian praised his colleagues for their contributions. “Our goal was to win the title and thank God we were able to do it. The team showed enough fighting spirit and hunger which helped us a lot. “Personally, reaching a historical milestone in front of goal has been down to my colleagues. The title is more important but personal achievements also come with team success. The Falcon Shield has returned home and we have given our fans joy after so many years.” Also, Qatar Stars League (QSL) CEO Hani Taleb Ballan congratulated the Board of Directors of Al Sadd club on their triumph. In a statement on the league’s website, Ballan said, “On behalf of all members and staff of the QSL, I congratulate the Al Sadd Club, players, technical and administrative staff as well as fans on showing excellence in the championship. The results and achievements by Al Sadd prove they fully deserved to be crowned.”Al Sadd will soon be back in action at the AFC Champions League on Tuesday when Al Sadd visit Uzbekistan side Pakhtakor in Tashkent.Established in 1969, Al Sadd has come a long way in Qatari footballing history Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Juve poised to win 8th straight Serie A title Apr 06, 2019 0 589 Al Meer triumphs in T2 at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Apr 06, 2019 0 449 Qatar eves retain West Asian Rugby crown Apr 06, 2019 0 544 Naib made Afghanistan ODI captain ahead of World Cup Afghanistan replaced long-serving One-Day International captain Asghar Afghan with Gulbadin Naib on Friday, less than two months before this year’s 50-over World Cup in England and Wales. Afghan, 31, took over the .. Russell steals Kohli’s thunder as RCB lose fifth game in a row AFP Bangalore Skipper Virat Kohli smashed 84 off 49 deliveries but his knock went in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to their fifth successive defeat in the Indian Premier League on Friday. Batsman Andre .. Pakistan name 23 probables DubaicTypeface:> Experienced Pakistan cricketers Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are likely to miss the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as they have not been included in the list of 23 probables for the 15-member ..