2009 Gulf Cup of Nations
Gulf Cup of Nations 2009, or Khaleeji 19
2009 Gulf Cup of Nations official logo
|Dates||4 January to 17 January|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Oman (1st title)|
|Goals scored||31 (2.07 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Hassan Rabia (4)|
|Best player||Majed Al-Marshedi|
The 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations was the nineteenth edition of the biannual Gulf Cup competition, and took place in Muscat, Oman, from 4 January to 17 January 2009 and was won by Oman for the first time in its history, in a penalty shootout against regional rivals, Saudi Arabia.
The 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations marked as a milestone in the competition when it was broadcast for the first time in HD, and featured virtual graphics, such as distance between free kick barrier and the goal, 9.15 m circle for free-kicks, and off-side line detection with help from Al-Jazeera Sports. Many praised Al-Jazeera for their excellent coverage of the competition, noting that the camerawork was very similar to Euro 2008.
The postponing of the competition
The 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations was originally planned out to be held in 2008, but due to Cyclone Gonu damaging Muscat six months before the planned time of the event, it was then postponed to early 2009.
8 teams participated in the tournament.
- The draw was held in Oman on 29 October 2008.
- Eight teams were divided into two groups, Oman (The host nation) was in group A, The UAE (The holder) in group B, while the rest of the teams were placed in a pot based on October 2008's FIFA ranking.
- Oman played the opening match at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
|United Arab Emirates (Holder)||
January 5, 2009
|Bahrain||3 – 1||Iraq|
Adnan 69' (pen.)
|Mahmoud 81' (pen.)|
January 7, 2009
|Iraq||0 – 4||Oman|
|Rabia 23', 65', 79'
|United Arab Emirates||3||1||1||1||3||4||-1||4|
January 5, 2009
|United Arab Emirates||3 – 1||Yemen|
|M. Omar 6' (pen.)
Al Hammadi 14'
|Ali Al Nono 90+1'|
January 8, 2009
|Saudi Arabia||6 – 0||Yemen|
Mouath 11', 83'
January 11, 2009
|Qatar||2 – 1||Yemen|
January 11, 2009
|United Arab Emirates||0 – 3||Saudi Arabia|
January 14, 2009
|Kuwait||0 – 1||Saudi Arabia|
January 17, 2009
|Oman||0 - 0 (aet)||Saudi Arabia|
|2009 Gulf Cup of Nations Winners|
Total goals by team
- FIFA president Sepp Blatter came to Oman for the second time, and attended the Oman/Qatar, and the Saudi Arabia/Kuwait games.
- UEFA president, and French football legend, Michel Platini attended the Oman/Kuwait, and the Bahrain/Iraq games, both in the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
- Singer Mohammed Abdo attended the final match between Oman and his native, Saudi Arabia.
- The Tournament took place during the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, also known as the Gaza War, as a sign of solidarity toward the Palestinians, many fans waved pro-Palestinian banners and chanted pro-Palestinian slogans. Omani footballer Badr Al-Maimani also revealed a pro-Gaza undershirt after his free-kick goal against Bahrain. Also before the opening match played by Yemen, players wore shirts representing solidarity with Palestine. The Kuwaiti team also did the same in their opening match against Oman, but instead wore scarves.
- http://goalzz.com/main.aspx?g=51&winners=true - Oman win the Gulf Cup 1 time in their history
- http://www.wtvision.com/290/wtvision-broadcasts-real-time-statistics-at-2009-gulf-cup-in-oman.htm - Al-Jazeera Sports plays HD for the Gulf Cup.
- http://gulfcup19.com/english/Match-Schedule.aspx#football - Match schedule from official 2009 Gulf Cup site
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y96is3Fld7Q - Mohammed Abdo short interview in the stadium before the penalty shootout
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bCvhk1X1qg - Al-Maimani revealing a pro-Gaza shirt after his goal
- http://sports.makcdn.com/imgs/News/197406/Feature.jpg - Yemen t-shirts, "Our hearts with Gaza"
- http://gulfcup19.com/Media/Photos/155-d52d5c91-e.jpg - Team photo of Kuwait with their "Palestine scarves"