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Al Rayyan were established in 1967 after the merging of old Al Rayyan and Al Nusoor sports clubs. The Lions, as they are nicknamed, have enjoyed a trophy-laden past and have won the league championship eight times.
Al Rayyan last lifted the league shield in the 2015-16 season, which was their first title in 21 years.
Al Rayyan have a large and passionate fan base, and are a regular presence in all tournaments. They have a special place in Qatar football and contributed a huge number of players to various national teams.
Uruguayan Diego Aguirre is back as Al Rayyan coach, having managed them for two seasons starting in 2011. He helped The Lions to Amir Cup triumph in 2013.
Aguirre has also coached Al Gharafa for one season.
He is a well-known coach in South America and has guided several clubs.
During his playing career, Aguirre represented a number of clubs, including River Plate, Fiorentina, Ourense, Olympiacos, Internacional and Sao Paulo.
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