Arabian Gulf Cup

The Arabian Gulf Cup (Arabic: كأس الخليج العربي, Kass Al-Khaleej Al-Arabi),[1][2][3] also known as the Gulf Cup of Nations and often referred to simply as the Gulf Cup,[4][5][6] is a biennial football competition for the Arabian Peninsula countries, and is governed by the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation. The history of the competition has also seen it held every three to four years due to political or organisational problems.[7]

Arabian Gulf Cup
Organising bodyArab Gulf Cup Football Federation
Founded1970
Number of teams8
Current champions Bahrain
 (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Kuwait
 (10 titles)
WebsiteAGCFF.com
24th Arabian Gulf Cup

History

The idea for the tournament was established at the 1968 Summer Olympics, and the first Arabian Gulf Cup took place in 1970 which was won by Kuwait. Kuwait has been the most successful team in the tournament's history, winning 10 tournaments out of 24 in total, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq all have three titles. The current champions are Bahrain, who defeated Saudi Arabia in 2019 to win their first title.

In 2017, the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. In July 2019, the AGCFF announced that the 24th edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup will be held in Doha. In October 2019, the three countries also announced to boycott the tournament.[8]. Later in November 2019, the three countries announced to take part in the 24th edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup tournament to be hosted by Qatar.[9]

Developments

A major point that helped Qatar improve the competition was the fact that Al Jazeera Sports, the leading sports channel in Western Asia, and North Africa is based in Doha. Al Jazeera Sports won broadcasting rights to the 2004, and exclusively in the 19th Arabian Gulf Cup in 2009[10] after a deal ending in million,[11] and dramatically reformed the Arabian Gulf Cup by hosting numerous talk shows and documentaries, on top of filming in HD and perfecting camerawork of matches.[12]

The tournament marked the presence of some of the most influential personalities of the football world, including FIFA President, Sepp Blatter,[13] and UEFA president, Michel Platini.[14][15] The FIFA Executive Committee has also put on their October 4, 2013 meeting agenda to hear the proposal for the Arabian Gulf Cup to be included in the international match calendar.[16]

Results

Edition Year Host Final Third place match or losing semi-finalists
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1st
Details
1970  Bahrain
Kuwait
round-robin
Bahrain

Saudi Arabia
round-robin
Qatar
2nd
Details
1972  Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
round-robin
Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates
round-robin
Qatar
3rd
Details
1974  Kuwait
Kuwait
4 – 0
Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates
1 – 1
(3–0)
penalties

Qatar
4th
Details
1976  Qatar
Kuwait
4 – 2
Iraq

Qatar
round-robin
Bahrain
5th
Details
1979  Iraq
Iraq
round-robin
Kuwait

Saudi Arabia
round-robin
Bahrain
6th
Details
1982  United Arab Emirates
Kuwait
round-robin
Bahrain

United Arab Emirates
round-robin
Saudi Arabia
7th
Details
1984  Oman
Iraq
1 – 1
(4–3)
penalties

Qatar

Saudi Arabia
round-robin
United Arab Emirates
8th
Details
1986  Bahrain
Kuwait
round-robin
United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia
round-robin
Qatar
9th
Details
1988  Saudi Arabia
Iraq
round-robin
United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia
round-robin
Bahrain
10th
Details
1990  Kuwait
Kuwait
round-robin
Qatar

Bahrain
round-robin
Oman
11th
Details
1992  Qatar
Qatar
round-robin
Bahrain

Saudi Arabia
round-robin
United Arab Emirates
12th
Details
1994  United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
round-robin
United Arab Emirates

Bahrain
round-robin
Qatar
13th
Details
1996  Oman
Kuwait
round-robin
Qatar

Saudi Arabia
round-robin
United Arab Emirates
14th
Details
1998  Bahrain
Kuwait
round-robin
Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates
round-robin
Oman
15th
Details
2002  Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
round-robin
Qatar

Kuwait
round-robin
Bahrain
16th
Details
2003–04  Kuwait
Saudi Arabia
round-robin
Bahrain

Qatar
round-robin
Oman
17th
Details
2004  Qatar
Qatar
1 – 1
(6–5)
penalties

Oman

Bahrain
3 – 1
Kuwait
18th
Details
2007  United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
1 – 0
Oman
 Saudi Arabia and  Bahrain
19th
Details
2009  Oman
Oman
0 – 0
(6–5)
penalties

Saudi Arabia
 Kuwait and  Qatar
20th
Details
2010  Yemen
Kuwait
1 – 0
Saudi Arabia
 Iraq and  United Arab Emirates
21st
Details
2013  Bahrain
United Arab Emirates
2 – 1
(a.e.t.)

Iraq

Kuwait
6 – 1
Bahrain
22nd
Details
2014  Saudi Arabia
Qatar
2 – 1
Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates
1 – 0
Oman
23rd
Details
2017–18  Kuwait
Oman
0 – 0
(5–4)
penalties

United Arab Emirates
 Iraq and  Bahrain
24th
Details
2019  Qatar
Bahrain
1 – 0
Saudi Arabia
 Iraq and  Qatar

Summary

Team Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semifinals Total
 Kuwait 10 (1970, 1972, 1974*, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990*, 1996, 1998, 2010) 1 (1979) 2 (2002, 2013) 1 (2004) 1 (2009) 15
 Saudi Arabia 3 (1994, 2002*, 2003) 7 (1972*, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014*, 2019) 7 (1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988*, 1992, 1996) 1 (1982) 1 (2007) 19
 Qatar 3 (1992*, 2004*, 2014) 4 (1984, 1990, 1996, 2002) 2 (1976*, 2003) 5 (1970, 1972, 1974, 1986, 1994) 2 (2009, 2019) 16
 Iraq 3 (1979*, 1984, 1988) 2 (1976, 2013) 3 (2010, 2017, 2019) 8
 United Arab Emirates 2 (2007*, 2013) 4 (1986, 1988, 1994*, 2017) 5 (1972, 1974, 1982*, 1998, 2014) 3 (1984, 1992, 1996) 1 (2010) 15
 Oman 2 (2009*, 2017) 2 (2004, 2007) 4 (1990, 1998, 2003, 2014) 8
 Bahrain 1 (2019) 4 (1970*, 1982, 1992, 2003) 3 (1990, 1994, 2004) 5 (1976, 1979, 1988, 2002, 2013*) 2 (2007, 2017) 15
 Yemen 0

Note:

  • An asterisk (*) beside the year in the above table means that country hosted the tournament.

Participating nations

Team
1970

1972

1974

1976

1979

1982

1984

1986

1988

1990

1992

1994

1996

1998

2002

2003

2004

2007

2009

2010

2013

2014

2017

2019
Total
 Bahrain 2ndWDGS4th4th2ndGSGS4th3rd2nd3rdGSGSGS2nd3rdSFGSGS4thGSSF1st24
 Iraq 2nd1stWD1stGS1stWDGSGSGSSF2ndGSSFSF15
 Kuwait 1st1st1st1st2nd1stGS1stGS1stGSGS1st1st3rdGS4thGSSF1st3rdGSGSGS24
 Oman GSGSGSGSGSGSGS4thGSGSGS4thGS4th2nd2nd1stGSGS4th1stGS22
 Qatar 4th4th3rd3rdGSGS2nd4thGS2nd1st4th2ndGS2nd3rd1stGSSFGSGS1stGSSF24
 Saudi Arabia 3rd2nd2ndGS3rd4th3rd3rd3rd3rd1st3rd2nd1st1stGSSF2nd2ndGS2ndGS2nd23
 United Arab Emirates 3rd4thGSGS3rd4th2nd2ndGS4th2nd4th3rdGSGSGS1stGSSF1st3rd2ndGS23
 Yemen GSGSGSGSGSGSGSGSGS9
Total456777777666666788888888

Legend:

  • #: Invitee
  • Red border: Host Nation
  • Blank: Did Not Enter
  • TBD: To Be Determined
  • GS: Group Stage
  • SF: Semifinalists (No 3rd Place Match)
  • WD: Withdrew

Note:

  •  Iraq was banned from the competition from 1992 to 2003.
  •  Yemen have not yet won the championship.
  • There were no third place playoffs for the Arabian Gulf Cup in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2019.

General statistics

As of 2019 Cup

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Saudi Arabia 23109562528163102+61193
2  Kuwait 24113562333194112+82191
3  United Arab Emirates 23111412839117135−18151
4  Qatar 24112412541130129+1148
5  Bahrain 23107323441113135−22130
6  Iraq 155826211110456+4899
7  Oman 2210419275881176−9584
8  Yemen 9300624977−686

Source: [17]

All-time goal records

All-time goal records by Tournaments:[18]

Tournaments Games Goals Scored Goals per Game
1970 6 19 3.17
1972 6 25 4.17
1974 10 40 4.00
1976 22 84 3.82
1979 21 70 3.33
1982 15 38 2.53
1984 22 51 2.32
1986 21 53 2.52
1988 21 34 1.62
1990 10 21 2.10
1992 15 30 2.00
1994 15 34 2.27
1996 15 35 2.33
1998 15 40 2.67
2002 15 33 2.20
2003–04 21 46 2.19
2004 16 59 3.69
2007 15 34 2.27
2009 15 31 2.07
2010 15 30 2.00
2013 16 36 2.25
2014 16 33 2.06
2017–18 15 23 1.53
2019 15 45 3.00

Does not include goals from annulled or abandoned games (1972 – Bahrain games, 1982 & 1990 Iraq games)

Includes 1974 Preliminary Round games

Does not include penalty shoot-out goals

All-time top scorers

Updated on 4 December 2019.
Player Country Goals
1 Jasem Yaqoub  Kuwait 18
2 Majed Abdullah  Saudi Arabia 17
Hussein Saeed  Iraq 17
4 Jasem Al Huwaidi  Kuwait 14
Faisal Al-Dakhil  Kuwait 14
6 Ali Mabkhout  United Arab Emirates 13
Mansour Muftah  Qatar 13
8 Bader Al-Mutawa  Kuwait 12
Yussef Al-Suwayed  Kuwait 12
10 Fahad Khamees  United Arab Emirates 10
Mahmoud Soufi  Qatar 10
Yasser Al-Qahtani  Saudi Arabia 10

Players in bold are still active

Golden boot history

Year Player Goals scored
1970 Mohammed Masawd3
Jawad Khalif
1972 Hamad Bu Hamood6
1974 Jasem Yaqoub6
1976 Jasem Yaqoub9
1979 Hussein Saeed10
1982 Ebrahim Zwaeed3
Saleem Khalifa
Yussif Swaid
Majed Abdullah
1984 Hussain Saeed7
1986 Fahad Khamees6
1988 Zuhair Bukheet4
Ahmad Radhi
1990 Mohammed Ebrahim Hajeyah5
1992 Mubarak Mustafa3
1994 Fuad Anwar4
Mahmoud Soufi
1996 Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi4
1998 Jasem Al Huwaidi9
2002 Hani Al-Dhabit5
2003–04 Talal Yousef5
2004 Amad Al Hosni4
2007 Ismail Matar5
2009 Hassan Rabia4
2010 Bader Al-Mutawa3
Alaa Abdul-Zahra
2013 Ahmed Khalil3
Abdulhadi Khamis
2014 Ali Mabkhout5
2017–18 Ali Husni2
Ali Faez
Jamal Rashid
Almoez Ali
Said Al-Ruzaiqi
2019 Ali Mabkhout5
Country Players Years
 Kuwait 8 9 (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2010, 2013)
 United Arab Emirates 6 7 (1982, 1986, 1988, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2019)
 Iraq 4 5 (1979, 1984, 1988, 2010, 2017)
 Oman 4 (2002, 2004, 2009, 2017)
 Qatar 4 (1992, 1994, 1996, 2017)
 Bahrain 3 3 (1982, 2003, 2017)
 Saudi Arabia 2 2 (1982, 1994)
 Yemen 0 0

Other records

  • Biggest Win – 8 Goals
 Kuwait 8 – 0  Oman (29 March 1976)
  • Most Goals in a game – 8 Goals
 Kuwait 8 – 0  Oman (29 March 1976)
  • Most Individual Goals in a Single Game – 5 Goals
Majed Abdullah  Saudi Arabia (3 April 1979 vs. Qatar)
Jassem Al Houwaidi  Kuwait (1998 vs. Qatar)
  • Most Individual Goals in a Single Tournament – 10 Goals
Hussein Saeed  Iraq (1979)

See also

References

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  2. "Arabian Gulf Cup 23 2017". Kooora.
  3. "The Official Logo of the Arabian Gulf Cup". Kuwait Football Association.
  4. AS, Diario (December 13, 2017). "Gulf Cup of Nations: Hosts Kuwait the most successful side". AS.com.
  5. "Summary - Gulf Cup of Nations - Asia - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  6. "Dozens injured during Oman's Gulf Cup win celebrations". www.aljazeera.com.
  7. Editorial, Reuters. "Iraq pull out of Gulf Cup in spat with Saudi Arabia".
  8. "Five teams to compete in 24th Arabian Gulf Cup next month". FOX Sports Asia. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  9. "Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain to play in Gulf Cup in Qatar". The Arabian Stories News. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  10. http://gulfnews.com/sport/football/uae-fans-could-be-deprived-of-gulf-cup-action-1.43346 – Al Jazeera win rights from Abu Dhabi & Dubai Sports, in a competition that was broadcast freely just a decade ago
  11. http://m.sportbusiness.com/news/168199/al-jazeera-acquires-gulf-cup-rights Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine – Al Jazeera Sports receive full broadcasting rights for 23.5 million dollars
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2010-02-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) – Al Jazeera Sports offer the Gulf Cup in HD for the first time, and offer further enhanced visual graphics
  13. http://www.gulf-cup.net/index.asp?IDNews=125&id=100001 – Sepp Blatter on the 19th Gulf Cup
  14. http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/84173262/AFP – Michel Platini attending the 19th Gulf Cup
  15. http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/84167684/AFP – Michel Platini attending the 19th Gulf Cup
  16. https://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/bodies/02/17/94/91/13920_excooctober_agenda_en_13-02270_101_en_en_13-02410_101_en_en_neutral.pdf
  17. "General stats for all teams – Mundial 11". Mundial 11. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  18. Statistics made by contributor based on information found on gulfcup.com Archived 2006-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
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