As part of coverage of the league championship that went by, the Qatar Stars League website analyses all 12 teams’ performance in the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League, which witnessed strong and exciting competition right till the final week.
Al Arabi, a club with traditional and passionate fan base in Qatar, did extremely well by securing a top-four finish in the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League with 36 points, one point less than third-placed Al Wakrah.
The Dream Team registered 11 victories, three draws and eight defeats, and had a goal difference of +3 (34 goals for and 31 against).
Al Arabi were in third position at the end of the tournament’s first leg with 20 points (six victories, two draws and three defeats).
It was after a long gap that Al Arabi finished among the top four. The last time they did so was in the 2010-2011 season under Brazilian coach Pericles Chamusca when they ended up fourth.
All members of the team, be they players or technical staff, deserved credit for the team’s creditable achievement this time around.
Al Arabi recruited former Qatar international midfielder Younes Ali in July, 2021, replacing Icelandic coach Heimir Hallgrimsson.
And Younes, who got good results with Qatar SC last season, proved that he is one of the best coaches in Qatar at the moment.
He was adjudged the Best Coach in the QNB Stars League for the months of October/November (combined) and February/March (combined), according to the Qatar Stars League’s official statistics provider STATS.
Ahead of the season, Al Arabi strengthened their ranks with a number of new deals, the prominent among them being Gabonese forward Aaron Boupendza, Yousef Muftah, Abdulqadir Ilyas, Hamed Ismail and Abdulrahman Mohammed.
Iranian Mehrdad Mohammadi, who got injured at the beginning of the season, was replaced by his compatriot Farshid Ismaili.
During the January transfer window, Norwegian player Adama Diomand was included in the squad till the end of the season instead of injured Spanish defender Marc Muniesa and Abdulrahman Mohammed returned to Al Duhail.
Boupendza, Msakni joint top scorers
Boupendza and Msakni were Al Arabi’s joint top scorers in the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League with eight goals each.
Many other players, such as Gunnarsson, Ahmed Fathi, Abdullah Marafi and Abdulaziz Al Ansari, too put up outstanding displays.