Al Hilal is a professional football club based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The full name of the club is Al Hilal Saudi Football Club. It was founded in 1957 and has since become one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Asia.
Al Hilal has a rich history of success both domestically and internationally. They have won the Saudi Professional League, the top-tier football league in Saudi Arabia, a record 17 times. The club has also won the King’s Cup, the prestigious national cup competition, 15 times.
Internationally, Al Hilal has had notable achievements in the AFC Champions League, the premier club competition in Asia. They have won the tournament a record six times, with victories in 1991, 2000, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. Al Hilal has consistently been a strong contender in Asian football, reaching the finals and semifinals on several occasions.
The team plays its home matches at the King Saud University Stadium, which has a seating capacity of over 25,000 spectators. Al Hilal enjoys a large and passionate fan base and is known for its enthusiastic support during matches.
The club’s colors are royal blue and white, and their nickname is “The Crescent,” reflecting the symbol found on the Saudi Arabian flag. Al Hilal has a long-standing rivalry with another Saudi club, Al Nassr, and their matches, known as the Riyadh Derby, generate intense excitement among football fans in Saudi Arabia.
Over the years, Al Hilal has attracted talented players from around the world and has had notable footballers, both domestic and international, represent the club. The success and popularity of Al Hilal have made it an iconic institution in Saudi Arabian and Asian football.