GCC Champions League

The GCC Champions League (Arabic: دوري أبطال الخليج للأندية), formerly known as the Gulf Cup for Clubs (Arabic: كأس الخليج للأندية), is an annually organized football league tournament for clubs of the Arabian peninsula. The tournament was first organized in 1982 and is currently in its 31st edition.

GCC Champions League
دوري أبطال الخليج للأندية
Founded1982
RegionUAFA (Arab world)
Number of teams8 teams (current format 2017)
Current champions Al Shabab
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s) Al-Ahli
Al-Ettifaq
Al Shabab
(3 titles each)
Television broadcastersAl-Kass
beIN Sports
2017 GCC Champions League

Although having much popularity in its initial first decades, the tournament faced decline as the Asian Champions League and AFC Cup forced many Gulf clubs to be unable to participate in the competition.

On June 26, 2016 it was announced to be a yearly tournament by the host country in the summer starting in the 2017 GCC Champions League.

Logos

Winners of GCC Champions League

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
Gulf Club Champions Cup
1982
Al-Arabi 3–0 Al-Riffa Sabah Al Salem Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait
1983
Al-Ettifaq 1–0 Al-Arabi Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
1985
Al-Ahli 2–0 Al-Arabi Zabeel Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1986
Al-Hilal
RR
Al-Arabi Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1987
Kazma
RR
Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
1988
Al-Ettifaq
RR
Kazma Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
1989
Fanja
1(4)-1(2)
Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
1991
Al-Sadd
RR
Bahrain SC Doha, Qatar
1992
Al-Shabab
RR
Al-Hilal Oman
1993
Al-Shabab
RR
Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1994
Al-Shabab
RR
Al-Arabi Kuwait City, Kuwait
1995
Kazma
RR
Al-Riffa Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
1996
Al-Nassr
RR
Dhofar Riffa, Bahrain
1997
Al-Nassr
RR
Kazma Doha, Qatar
1998
Al-Hilal
RR
East Riffa Sur, Oman
1999
Al-Ittihad
RR
Al-Salmiya Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2000
Al-Qadisiya
RR
Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
2001
Al-Ain
RR
Al-Ittihad Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
2002
Al-Ahli
RR
Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
2003
Al-Arabi
RR
Al-Muharraq Doha, Qatar
2005
Al-Qadisiya
RR
Al-Wasl
Season Home team Score Away team Venue
2006 Al-Qadisiya 0–1 Al-Ettifaq Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City
Al-Ettifaq 1–1 Al-Qadisiya Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
Al-Ettifaq won 2 – 1 on aggregate.
2007 Al-Ettifaq 2–0 Al-Jazira Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
Al-Jazira 3–1 Al-Ettifaq Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Al-Jazira won 7 – 6 on penalties after a 3 – 3 draw on aggregate.
2008 Al-Ahli 1–0 Al-Nassr Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Al-Nassr 0–2 Al-Ahli Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Al-Ahli won 3 – 0 on aggregate.
2010 Qatar SC 2–2 Al-Wasl Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Al-Wasl 1–1 Qatar SC Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Al-Wasl won 3 – 3 on away goals.
GCC Champions League
2011 Al-Ahli 3–2 Al-Shabab Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Al-Shabab 2–0 Al-Ahli Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Al-Shabab won 4 – 3 on aggregate
2012 Al-Muharraq 1–3 Al-Wasl National Stadium, Riffa
Al-Wasl 1–3 Al-Muharraq Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Al-Muharraq won 5 – 4 on penalties after a 4 – 4 draw on aggregate
2013 Al-Khor 1–1 Baniyas Al-Khor SC Stadium, Al Khor
Baniyas 2–0 Al-Khor Baniyas Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Baniyas won 3 – 1 on aggregate
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2014
Al-Nasr 2–1 Saham Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, UAE
2015
Al Shabab 1–1 (4–3 pen.) Al-Seeb Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb, Oman
2016
Postponed[1]
2017
Postponed[2]

Performances

Performance by nation

The following table lists countries by number of winners and runners-up in GCC Champions League.
Saudi Arabia is the current leader by nation with 13 titles.

# Nation Winners Runners-up
1 Saudi Arabia136
2 United Arab Emirates84
3 Kuwait67
4 Bahrain17
5 Qatar13
6 Oman13

Performance by club

The following table lists clubs by number of winners and runners-up in the Cup.

Team Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
Al-Ettifaq31(1983, 1988, 2006)(2007)
Al-Shabab31(1992, 2011, 2015)(1993)
Al-Ahli3(1985, 2002, 2008)
Al-Hilal23(1986, 1998)(1987, 1992, 2000)
Al-Arabi23(1982, 2003)(1983, 1985, 1994)
Kazma22(1987, 1995)(1988, 1997)
Al-Nassr21(1996, 1997)(2008)
Al-Qadisiya21(2000, 2005)(2006)
Al-Shabab2(1993, 1994)
Al-Muharraq13(2012)(1989, 2002, 2003)
Al-Wasl12(2010)(2005, 2012)
Al-Ittihad11(1999)(2001)
Fanja1(1989)
Al-Sadd1(1991)
Al-Ain1(2001)
Al-Jazira1(2007)
Baniyas1(2013)
Al-Nasr1(2014)
Al-Riffa2(1982, 1995)
Al-Arabi1(1986)
Bahrain SC1(1991)
Dhofar1(1996)
East Riffa1(1998)
Al-Salmiya1(1999)
Qatar SC1(2010)
Al-Ahli1(2011)
Al-Khor1(2013)
Saham1(2014)
Al-Seeb1(2015)

References

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