Qatar’s most succesful club, Al Sadd was established by four students who excelled in playing football. They refused to join other clubs at the time and decided to make their own club. They consulted with Sheikh Qassem bin Hamad Al-Thani, who was the minister of Youth and Sports at the time. He approved their request, resulting in the formation of Al Sadd Sports Club. Many of the early players and supporters were remnants of Al Ahrar SC, a club which was dissolved in the 1966/67 season.
They won their first official QSL title in 1973–74. Sadd, along with Al Arabi andAl Rayyan, went on to dominate Qatari football in the 70s and the 80s by winning many Qatari League trophies and Emir Cups.
They became the first Arab club side to triumph in the Asian Club Championship by defeating Al Rasheed of Iraq on an aggregate of away goals. Twenty-three years later they were once again victorious in the top regional competition, now known as the Asian Champions League, earning a spot in theFIFA Club World Cup. They finished third, becoming the first West Asian side to claim third place in the competition. They also managed a triple crown in regional football by winning the Arab Champions League in 2001 and the Gulf Club Champions Cup in 1991.