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Umm Salal Sports Club was founded in 1979 under the name of Al Tadamun Sports Club.
The name was changed to Umm Salal in 2004 due to the club’s location.
Nicknamed the ‘Barzan’s Falcons and The Orange Fortress’, Umm Salal made their debut in the Qatar League in the 2006-07 season. They have since been playing regularly in the First Division.
Umm Salal have remarkable achievements to their credit, the most notable being the Amir Cup triumph in 2008 and third place in the AFC Champions League in 2009.
Raul Caneda took over Umm Salal from French coach Laurent Banide. He has extensive experience in the Gulf region, where he had managed Al Ittihad and Al Nasr.
The Spaniard started his coaching career in 2006 at Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa before taking over Spanish clubs Real Sociedad and Almeria.
Caneda also worked with his compatriot Pep Guardiola at Manchester City as a performance analyst and club scout.