The club was formed by Keith Young in 2014 to comply with QFA and QAL standards to enter the third tier of the Qatar Football Association. The team were already a dominant force in the community league and the step up through application was to be part of a five year plan to take an amateur football team on a journey to achieve be part of the highest level of football possible here in Qatar.
The original name for the club derived from the majority of it's current playing squad from England, Ireland and Scotland (EIS) working and living in Doha with the Pearl area in being home to many. The name of the team EIS Pearl was agreed and branded to start the journey of this football vision and plan. The club appointed FAI ex professional footballer Steven Gough as assistant Manager to Keith Young and coaching staff Mikey Brady, Roy Gadsby and Kennie Gammie for the 2014/15 season with Niall Keogh captaining the team who's home kit color of light blue stayed with the club from the community playing days.
The first season playing in the QAL was a tough introduction to the level of fitness and structure required to not only move up but to survive. In September 2014 EIS Pearl played there first game in Al Wakra stadium versus the league champions of 2013/14 Al Waab a game which was to be the biggest defeat in the clubs history of 8-0. The season started to take shape halfway through with player additions and removals and changes to coaching the club started to pick up points with a number of draws against established opposition. A memorable 1-0 victory in January against Al-Tadenum then a 3-2 win against Al-Qud followed by a 3-1 victory against Copros at Aspire on a February evening giving the club it's first real taste of performing well and winning in the league. The club finished 12th in the league 18 points clear of relegation.
The second season welcomed some valued sponsors, new players and a very good pre-season. The club started the season with a well deserved draw in October 2015 v Karahmaa and the club went on to lay down strong challenges against the higher spectrum of the league. Some memorable wins in Al-Arabi sports club against Doha and a superb finish to the campaign ensured the club finished mid-table.
Close season in March 2017 started the planning of the next phase in the clubs plans with key recruitment top priority. Manager Keith Young appointed Simon Pratt as head coach bringing a wealth of UEFA A experience from Newport County and Aberdeen. Etihad joined the ranks of sponsorship along with statistical analysis company Pro-Stas. Soon the player recruitment drive started Spanish, Moroccan, English and African ex professional and semi professional players joining the club some leaving top sides in the league to be part of the vision to push into the top half of the QAL. An unbeaten pre-season ensured the club started strong late October beating Al Bidda 4-0 and the eventual top goalscorer for the club and league Noor Baouseridine netting two and the club starting an 8 game unbeaten run taking them to the top of the league by December. Come January it became a two horse race for the title Al-Waab always within 2 points, in the penultimate game at Ah-Ahli stadium the title was to be decided between the two clubs. A tight game resulting in a 1-0 defeat meant it was league runners up spot for the club, an incredible and momentous achievement for everybody involved in such a short time and a huge step forward bringing plans firmly ahead of schedule.
From March 2017 last season's preparation was the toughest close season to date, the implementation of Qatari players as a new league rule meant the plans to push from last season were disrupted, yet the club embraced the challenge and new recruitment began. A rebranded name change to conform to area allocation from the QFA meant the club announced Pearl FC as the new branding to support a new image. The club managed to secure the services of Ciaran Kelly, another UEFA Coach bringing professional club level experience to the club and Paul Horesman a UEFA B coach another coach with a wealth of experience rounding off a superb coaching team at the club.
This is the fifth season for The Pearl senior team participating in QFA's third tier of football. The club has quickly grown into a highly regarded and well-structured football club, recently receiving legal operational approval from the ministry of sports and gaining approval from the QFA technical committee and a partnership with Doha Golf Club to operate all of its football activities in the fantastic Doha Sports Park development makes this season already a huge success.
The senior team operates with a superb skillset of coaching staff all previously involved in high-level football and having UEFA experience ensuring the structure of the senior team is operational at a recognized professional level that has the club on the cusp of promotion.
This is a special season, with the launch of Doha Pearl Academy and several agreements in place with highly recognized companies to tailor the season's ambitions to win the league. Twelve new players out of the pre-season sessions have recently signed terms; the club welcomes back Noor Basaurdinne and Mourad Benzarmid with several Qatari players bringing further quality and dimension to the current excellent squad of players who are already in preparation for a strong November kick off to 2018/19.
The five year plan was achieved on February 24th 2019 As Manager Keith Young lead Pearl F.C to the title and paid tribute to the staff and players who have helped achieve this amazing football fairytale.
“Winning this title and becoming the first English manager to do so is a testament to hard work, belief and being very fortunate to have amazing staff Kennie Gammie, Roy Gadsby, Mike Brady, Alex Jeannin, Simon Pratt, Paul Horseman, Ciaran Kelly and Steven Gough.
We have had and still have some exceptional players at key times throughout the five year campaign since we started in 2014, a big mention to both skippers Niall Keogh and Nacho Romero two top footballers with hearts of steel. I’d like to thank Steven Gough my assistant who has been right there through thick and thin and he will agree we didn’t achieve this by luck, it was by design as we have grown stronger over many obstacles and testing times to become champions.
We have gotten over 7-0 defeats and bottom half finishes to keep progressing every season to accomplish winning the Qatar Amateur League, something can make so many life changing differences for many people. Our Academy is situated in one of the best facilities in Doha and from 2017 has grown in the community and is a flagship of youth progression and opportunity. We are blessed to have Qatari President Nawaf Al Mudahka who remains a pillar of support and a fantastic structure as we now move into the realms of professional football.
I also would like to thank all of our past and present sponsors and supporting suppliers, our families and the QFA supporting this dream to become reality on February 23rd 2019”.
The next chapter with Lusail SC is going to be huge, built on these foundations.
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