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FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup
Organising bodyUAFA
FIFA (from 2021)
Founded1963; 58 years ago (1963)
RegionArab world (UAFA)
Number of teams16 (finals)
Current champions
Most successful team(s)
WebsiteOfficial website
2021 FIFA Arab Cup

The FIFA Arab Cup (Arabic: ‎, romanizedKa?s al-?Arab), or simply Arab Cup, is an international association football competition which has been organized by FIFA since 2021, and is contested by the senior men's national teams of the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA), the sport's governing body for countries in the Arab world.[1]

The championship's inaugural edition was in 1963, held in Lebanon, which was won by Tunisia. After having been played in 1964 and 1966, the Arab Cup was halted for almost 20 years, before being contested in 1985. The tournament was played five more times until 2012, the last competition organized by the UAFA. The 2021 edition will be the first organized by FIFA.

The nine Arab Cup tournaments have been won by five national teams. Iraq have won four times; the other Arab Cup winners are Saudi Arabia, with two titles; Egypt, Morocco, and inaugural winner Tunisia, with one title each.

Seven countries have hosted the Arab Cup. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have each hosted twice, while Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Qatar have each hosted once. Qatar will host the 2021 tournament, and will become the third country to host games in two Arab Cups.

History

The Lebanese Football Association (LFA) was the first to call for the establishment of the tournament, through their president Georges Dabbas who called to organize a general Arab assembly in 1962 for the organization of the Arab Cup.[2] The first Arab Cup was held in Beirut between April and May 1963, with the participation of five teams.[3]

During the 16-year hiatus between 1966 and 1982, the Arab Cup was de facto replaced by the Palestine Cup, which was held three times in the 1970s and then became a youth tournament after the return of the Arab Cup in the 1980s.[2][4] The 1992 Arab Cup was also organized as part of the 1992 Pan Arab Games.[4]

The 2021 edition will be the first edition to be organized by FIFA; the competition was renamed FIFA Arab Cup.[5][6]

Results

Edition Year Hosts Champions Score and Venue Runners-up Third place Score and Venue Fourth place No. of teams
1 1963  Lebanon
Tunisia
[note 1]
Syria

Lebanon
[note 1]
Kuwait
5
2 1964  Kuwait
Iraq
[note 1]
Libya

Kuwait
[note 1]
Lebanon
5
3 1966  Iraq
Iraq
2-1
Al-Kashafa Stadium, Baghdad

Syria

Libya
6-1
Al-Kashafa Stadium, Baghdad

Lebanon
10
1982 Edition cancelled during qualification because of the 1982 Lebanon War
4 1985  Saudi Arabia
Iraq
1-0
King Fahd Stadium, Taif

Bahrain

Saudi Arabia
0-0 (a.e.t.)
(4-1 p)
King Fahd Stadium, Taif

Qatar
6
5 1988  Jordan
Iraq
1-1 (a.e.t.)
(4-3 p)
Amman International Stadium, Amman

Syria

Egypt
2-0
Amman International Stadium, Amman

Jordan
10
6 1992[a]  Syria
Egypt
3-2
Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo

Saudi Arabia

Kuwait
2-1
Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo

Syria
6
7 1998  Qatar
Saudi Arabia
3-1
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

Qatar

Kuwait
4-1
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

United Arab Emirates
12
8 2002  Kuwait
Saudi Arabia
1-0 (a.e.t.)
Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City

Bahrain
 Jordan and  Morocco 10
2009 Edition cancelled during qualification because of no sponsor[7]
9 2012  Saudi Arabia
Morocco
1-1 (a.e.t.)
(3-1 p)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah

Libya

Iraq
1-0
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah

Saudi Arabia
11
10 2021  Qatar TBD TBD 16
  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • p: after penalty shoot-out
  • TBD: to be determined
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d A round-robin tournament determined the final standings.
  1. ^ The 1992 edition organized as part of the 1992 Pan Arab Games football tournament was also counted as a part of the Arab Cup.

Teams reaching the top four

Teams reaching the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalists Total
 Iraq 4 (1964, 1966,[a] 1985, 1988) 1 (2012) 5
 Saudi Arabia 2 (1998, 2002) 1 (1992) 1 (1985[a]) 1 (2012[a]) 5
 Egypt 1 (1992) 1 (1988) 2
 Morocco 1 (2012) 1 (2002) 2
 Tunisia 1 (1963) 1
 Syria 3 (1963, 1966, 1988) 1 (1992[a]) 4
 Libya 2 (1964, 2012) 1 (1966) 3
 Bahrain 2 (1985, 2002) 2
 Qatar 1 (1998[a]) 1 (1985) 2
 Kuwait 3 (1964,[a] 1992, 1998) 1 (1963) 4
 Lebanon 1 (1963[a]) 2 (1964, 1966) 3
 Jordan 1 (1988[a]) 1 (2002) 2
 United Arab Emirates 1 (1998) 1
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hosts

Comprehensive team results by tournament

Legend

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament are shown (in parentheses).

Team 1963
Lebanon
(5)
1964
Kuwait
(5)
1966
Iraq
(10)
1985
Saudi Arabia
(6)
1988
Jordan
(10)
1992
Syria
(6)
1998
Qatar
(12)
2002
Kuwait
(10)
2012
Saudi Arabia
(11)
2021
Qatar
(16)
Total
 Algeria × × × × GS × GS × × Q 3
 Bahrain × × GS 2nd GS × × 2nd GS Q 6
 Egypt × × × × 3rd 1st GS × GS Q 5
 Iraq × 1st 1st 1st 1st × × × 3rd Q 6
 Jordan GS GS GS GS 4th GS GS SF × Q 9
 Kuwait 4th 3rd GS × GS 3rd 3rd GS GS o 8
 Lebanon 3rd 4th 4th × GS × GS GS GS Q 8
 Libya × 2nd 3rd × × × GS × 2nd o 4
 Mauritania × × × GS o × × × × Q 2
 Morocco × × × × × × GS SF 1st Q 4
 Oman × × GS × × × × × × Q 2
 Palestine × × GS × × GS o GS GS Q 5
 Qatar × × × 4th × × 2nd × × Q 3
 Saudi Arabia × × × 3rd GS 2nd 1st 1st 4th Q 7
 Sudan × × × o × × GS GS GS Q 4
 Syria 2nd × 2nd × 2nd 4th GS GS × Q 7
 Tunisia 1st × × × GS × × × × Q 3
 United Arab Emirates × × × × × × 4th × × Q 2
 Yemen × × GS × × × × GS GS o 3
Team 1963
Lebanon
(5)
1964
Kuwait
(5)
1966
Iraq
(10)
1985
Saudi Arabia
(6)
1988
Jordan
(10)
1992
Syria
(6)
1998
Qatar
(12)
2002
Kuwait
(10)
2012
Saudi Arabia
(11)
2021
Qatar
(16)
Total

Records and statistics

All-time table

Rank Team[8] Participations Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Avg
Pts
Trophies
1  Iraq 5 25 16 8 1 46 16 +30 56 2.24 4
2  Syria 6 25 10 7 8 34 28 +6 37 1.48
3  Kuwait 8 30 10 6 14 48 50 -2 36 1.20
4  Lebanon 7 27 8 7 12 33 39 -6 31 1.15
5  Libya 4 16 7 6 3 39 16 +23 27 1.69
6  Saudi Arabia 6 26 13 7 6 43 23 +20 27 1.04 2
7  Jordan 8 29 6 7 16 25 57 -32 25 0.86
8  Egypt 4 15 5 7 3 17 12 +5 22 1.47 1
9  Morocco 3 12 6 3 2 18 10 +8 21 1.75 1
10  Bahrain 5 21 3 9 9 21 40 -19 18 0.86
11  Tunisia 2 8 4 3 1 14 5 +9 15 1.88 1
12  Qatar 2 8 4 2 2 10 7 +3 14 1.75
13  Sudan 3 9 3 3 3 11 12 -1 12 1.33
14  Palestine 4 11 1 6 4 18 18 0 9 0.82
15  Algeria 2 6 1 3 2 3 6 -3 6 1.00
16  Yemen 3 10 1 1 8 9 44 -35 4 0.40
17  United Arab Emirates 1 4 1 0 3 6 8 -2 3 0.75
18  Mauritania 1 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0 0.00
19  Oman 1 3 0 0 3 1 24 -23 0 0.00

See also

References

  1. ^ ? ? ? ? [The results of the General Meeting of UAFA's Executive Committee]. UAFA (in Arabic). 20 December 2017. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ a b ... [Encyclopedia of Iraqi football from A to Z ... Arab Cup Championship]. Kooora.com (in Arabic). 18 September 2005. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ Morrison, Neil. "Arab Cup 1963 Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ a b Abboud, John; Nygård, Jostein; Qayed, Mohammed. "Arab Cup". RSSSF. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "? " ? [The "Arab Union" announces its competitions for the next season]. UAFA (in Arabic). 25 April 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "FIFA Arab Cup 2021 - Teams - Lebanon". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "UAFA : 44 millions dollars pour la relance des compétitions". ES Tunis media site. TAP. 2012.
  8. ^ "General stats for all teams - Arab Nations Cup". Mundial 11. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 2021.

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