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Al-Ain Football Club ( ; transliterated: Nady al-'Ayn) is a professional association football club based in the city of Al Ainmarker in the United Arab Emiratesmarker. Al-Ain won the 2003 Asian Champions League competition with a 2-1 aggregate victory over BEC Tero Sasana of Thailandmarker.

Al Ain FC is by far the most successful club in the UAE and among the best in Asia. The team was established in 1968 in the quiet garden city of Al Ainmarker. The team quickly gained popularity and recognition throughout the country, being the team with the most tournament titles (24 in Total) and the team with the most UAE league titles (9). Furthermore, the club was the first and only UAE side so far to win the AFC Champions League.

Club staff

Honorary President: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (President of the UAE/Ruler of Abu Dhabi)

President: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi)

Vice President 1: Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Vice President 2: Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Stadiums

Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadiummarker, capacity: 15,000

Sheikh Khalifa International Stadiummarker, capacity: 15,000

New venue rumor

It has been rumored that a new 45,000 capacity all seater stadium will be built for the club as part of a new major residential and commercial project called Ain Al Emarat (Eye of the Emirates) which will be conducted by the Al Qudra Holding company in Al Ain, however the completion date for this project is yet to have been confirmed. Many news articles on the internet stated that the new stadium will be one of the world's most technologically advanced sports stadiums with movable seat tiers similar to that of Japans Sapporo Domemarker, the stadium will also be fully covered with climate control features in order to protect the spectators from the suns heat and the new score board will be suspended above the playing pitch by four powerful steel cables.

Jersey

The Al Ain purple jersey was inspired by the Belgian Club Anderlecht's colours during a football training camp in Morrocomarker in 1977. Al Ain's previous colours were green and then red but they are now permanently purple.

Current squad

Transfers

In

Out

 ( On loan to Raja Casablanca)


Notable players



Notable former coaches



Titles



AFC Competitions history

:2002-03: Champion
:2004: Quarter-Finals
:2005: Finalist
:2006: Quarter-Finals
:2007: Group Stage
:1986: Qualifying Stage
:1999: 3rd place
:2001: Second Round
:1995/96: Second Round
:1999/00: First Round
:2001/02: Quarter-Final


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