1988 Gulf Cup of Nations

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1988 Gulf Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Saudi Arabia
Dates 2 March – 18 March
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Iraq (3rd title)
Runners-up  United Arab Emirates
Third place  Saudi Arabia
Fourth place  Bahrain

The 1988 Gulf Cup of Nations was the 9th edition of this tournament. It was held between March 2 and March 18, 1988 in Saudi Arabia. It was the second time after 1972, that Saudi Arabia hosted this regional football tournament. The tournament was won by Iraq. It was the third title for Iraq after having won the tournament 1979 in Baghdad and 1984 in Muscat.

All games were played at the newly built King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. The stadium was built to host the 1988 Gulf Cup and the FIFA World Youth Championship one year later.

Having scored four goals each, Ahmed Radhi from Iraq and Zuhair Bakhit from the UAE shared the top-scorer award. Habib Jaafar (Iraq) was voted as best player, Oman's goalkeeper Yousif Obaid won the best-goalkeeper-award.

Oman achieved their first victory in the Gulf Cup tournament after beating Qatar 2–1. Before so, the Oman had failed to win a single match in the 14 years prior.

Matches[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iraq 10 6 4 2 0 8 1 +7
 United Arab Emirates 8 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3
 Saudi Arabia 6 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1
 Bahrain 6 6 3 0 3 4 4 0
 Kuwait 4 6 1 2 3 3 4 −1
 Qatar 4 6 1 2 3 4 8 −4
 Oman 3 6 1 1 4 3 9 −6

March 3, 1988
Kuwait  1 – 1  Qatar





March 7, 1988
Bahrain  2 – 0  Oman


March 8, 1988
Iraq  1 – 0  Kuwait
Ahmad Radhi Goal 39'



March 10, 1988
Oman  2 – 1  Qatar


March 13, 1988
Iraq  3 – 0  Qatar
Habib Jaafar Goal 58'
Ahmad Radhi Goal 80' Goal 81'


March 14, 1988
Kuwait  2 – 0  Oman


March 16, 1988
Bahrain  1 – 0  Qatar



Result[edit]

 1988 Gulf Cup of Nations Winners 

Iraq
Third title

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