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AFC Champions League: Know Bengaluru FC's rivals - Al Wehdat SC

5:17 PM WAT 30/01/2017
Al Wehdat vs Al Faisaly @ jordan
Goal tells you everything there is to know about Bengaluru's opponents from Jordan...
Quick Facts

 

Team Name:  Al Wehdat SC

Country: Jordan 

Nicknames: Al-Mared Al-Akhdar (The Green Giants)

Home Ground:  King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman

League: Jordan League

Last official match played: Al Hussein 0-3 Al Wehdat (13th January 2017)

Coach:  Adnan Hamad

 

Team Highlights

The Green Giants have been in existence for the past sixty odd years and are the second most successful club in Jordan, having won a massive 15 top division titles. 

While traditional rivals, Al-Faisaly with whom they play the eponymous Derby of Jordan have historically been the superior team, Wehdat have been dominant domestically at least of late, winning 8 league titles since 2005. 

In addition to that, they have also been victorious in cup competitions as well winning the Jordan FA Cup 10 times and Jordan Super Cup 12 times. 

Interestingly Al Wehdat have faced Indian opponents before as they have teed up against Mohun Bagan, East Bengal as well as Salgaocar in AFC Cup competitions. 

While Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar were easily crushed as the Jordanian side won all four matches against them, East Bengal actually managed to win away against them in 2008, while they lost the home tie 2-4. 

Coming into the contest, the team is on a five-match winning streak in the domestic league and are second on the table after 11 matches played, trailing the league leaders by a solitary point. 

Performances at the Continental Stage

 

In spite of their undisputed domestic success, Al Wehdat have struggled when it came to performances on the continental stage. 

Here too they trail behind Al Faisaly and Shabab-Al-Ordon who have won the AFC Cup twice and once respectively while Wehdat's best performance has been reaching the semi-finals thrice in 9 appearances in the competition.

In the AFC Champions League too, they have participated in the qualifications five times but have never managed to progress beyond the qualifiers. 

In the first two semi-finals in 2006 and 2007, they were thwarted by familiar foes Al-Faisaly while in 2011, it was eventual champions Nasaf Qarshi who stopped them in the penultimate stages. 

In the last two years in the AFC Champions League qualifiers, they were eliminated in the first round itself, by Al-Qadsia and Al-Ittihad respectively.

Predicted Line-up

Al Wehdat have three foreigners in tow - Brazilian striker Francisco Wagsley, Croatian defender Sebastijan Antic and new recruit Ahmad Maher from Palestine - who would be available for selection against Bengaluru FC

Their defence is helmed by Tareq Khattab who already has 27 caps even though he is just 24 years old while national team goalkeeper Amer Shafi who has 136 caps for Jordan will bring his tonnes of experience into play.

Midfield is the strongest area for the team from Jordan with goal scoring players aplenty, including the massively experienced Abdelfattah, Abdallah Deeb and skipper Amer Deeb, who between them have a combined 319 national caps and 75 goals for the Jordan national team. 

The 36-year-old Amer Deeb is widely considered to be the best ever player for Jordan and even though he is retired from national football, he still is raring to go for Al Wehdat, having been a one club man, plying his career at Wehdat since 1999.

Wagsley will be joined up front by Munther Abu-Amrah who has also been among goals locally.
 

Amer Shafi

Mustafa- Antic - Tareq Khattab - Al-Dmeiri

 Amer Deeb - Abdullah Deeb  

Ahmad Maher - Abdelfattah - Abu-Amrah

 Wagsley 

 


Skipper Amer Deeb is recovering from a slight niggle but has joined training while second choice goalkeeper Mohammad Abu Nabhan is out with an injury.
 
Players To Watch Out For

Abdallah Deeb:  Having the vastly experienced Amar Deeb behind him, Abdallah can take up the play-making role with aplomb and the Bengaluru midfielders will have to nullify him if they are to sail through this match.

Hassan Abdelfattah : The 34-year-old veteran attacking midfielder can not only create but is equally capable of finishing off chances as evidenced by his tremendous goal scoring form (four goals) in the last four matches of the Jordan Premier League.


Ahmad Maher: The 25-year-old Palestinian winger has recently been signed by Al-Wehdat and he will be expected to bring all his pace and trickery to the game. He will be the pacy outlet to complement the plethora of creative players in the side.

Personnel Speak

Adnan Hamad (Manager) -  “Our goal is to become the first Jordanian team in the Champions League and I hope we can reach the group stages.”

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