2012 Arab Nations Cup

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2012 Arab Cup
Tournament details
Host country Saudi Arabia
Dates 22 June – 6 July
Teams 11 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Morocco (1st title)
Runners-up  Libya
Third place  Iraq
Fourth place  Saudi Arabia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 19
Goals scored 47 (2.47 per match)
Top scorer(s) Morocco Yassine Salhi
(6 goals)
Best player Morocco Yassine Salhi
2009

The 2012 Arab Cup (Arabic: كأس العرب 2012‎) was the 10th edition of the Arab Nations Cup, also referred to as the Arab Cup for national football teams affiliated with the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA).

The tournament was hosted by Saudi Arabia between 22 June and 6 July 2012.[1] It is the second time that the nation has hosted the tournament, the first being in 1985. This edition witnessed the return of Iraq – the most successful team and record holder of the Arab Nations Cup with four titles – after a 25 year absence due to the Gulf War.

Prize money[edit]

The tournament's lead sponsor was Singaporean company World Sport Group[2] who describe themselves as "Asia's leading sports marketing, media and event management company."[3]

The winner received USD$1million, the runner-up will receive $600,000, the third placed team will receive $300,000, while the other participating football associations will receive $200,000 each.[4]

Teams[edit]

Participating[edit]

Country Confederation Previous appearances in tournament
 Bahrain AFC 4 (1966, 1985, 1988, 2002)
 Egypt (Olympic team)[5] CAF 3 (1988, 1992, 1998)
 Iraq AFC 4 (1964, 1966, 1985, 1988)
 Kuwait AFC 7 (1963, 1964, 1966, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2002)
 Lebanon AFC 6 (1963, 1964, 1966, 1988, 1998, 2002)
 Libya1 CAF 3 (1964, 1966, 1998)
 Morocco (Local team) CAF 2 (1998, 2002)
 Palestine AFC 3 (1966, 1992, 2002)
 Saudi Arabia AFC 5 (1985, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2002)
 Sudan CAF 2 (1998, 2002)
 Yemen AFC 2 (1966, 2002)
Bold indicates champion for that year
1Libya were due to send their under-21 team but instead sent its senior national team.[6][7]

Did not enter[edit]

Draw[edit]

The official draw was held on 6 May 2012 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The remaining 11 teams were ranked based on the FIFA World Rankings of May 2012 before the draw.

Seeding pots Nation FIFA Rankingas of May 2012
Pot A  Saudi Arabia 89
 Libya 39
 Egypt 55
Pot B  Morocco 62
 Iraq 70
 Kuwait 87
Pot C  Bahrain 93
 Sudan 113
 United Arab Emirates 121
Pot D  Lebanon 128
 Palestine 153
 Yemen 156

The United Arab Emirates withdrew from the competition after the group draw had been made; they were initially drawn into group A.[10]

It will be played as tournament with three groups made of four teams each. The organizer country, Saudi Arabia was assigned to Group A.

Venues[edit]

Jeddah Ta’if
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium King Fahd Stadium
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 17,000
Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium 2009.jpg No image available.svg

Squads[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2012 Arab Nations Cup squads.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Saudi Arabia 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4 4
 Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 3
 Palestine 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 1
22 June 2012
19:45
Saudi Arabia  4 – 0  Kuwait
Al-Sahlawi Goal 22'90+3'
Al-Mehyani Goal 51'56'

25 June 2012
19:45
Kuwait  2 – 0  Palestine
Khamis Goal 27'
Al-Rashidi Goal 90+2'
King Fahd Stadium
Referee: Hamad Al-Sheikh (United Arab Emirates)

28 June 2012
19:45
Saudi Arabia  2 – 2  Palestine
Abdullah Goal 9'
Al-Zylaeei Goal 85'
Abu Saleh Goal 45+1' (pen.)
Al Amour Goal 73'
King Fahd Stadium
Referee: Khalid Abdel Rahman (Sudan)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Morocco A' 3 2 1 0 8 0 +8 7
 Libya 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Yemen 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3
 Bahrain 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
23 June 2012
18:15
Morocco A'  4 – 0  Bahrain
El Bahri Goal 17'
Salhi Goal 78'
Al-Hayam Goal 83' (o.g.)
Benjelloun Goal 90+'
23 June 2012
21:00
Libya  3 – 1  Yemen
Saad Goal 17' (pen.)
Salama Goal 53'
Al-Ghuwail Goal 89'
Al-Sasi Goal 69'
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
Referee: Suleiman Jaber (Jordan)

26 June 2012
18:15
Bahrain  0 – 2  Yemen
Al-Selwi Goal 53' (pen.)
Baroies Goal 65'
26 June 2012
21:00
Libya  0 – 0  Morocco A'

29 June 2012
19:45
Libya  2 – 1  Bahrain
Saad Goal 71' (pen.)
Al-Ghannoudi Goal 74'
Al-Khataal Goal 38'
King Fahd Stadium
Referee: Hamad Al-Sheikh (UAE)
29 June 2012
19:45
Yemen  0 – 4  Morocco A'
Salhi Goal 10' (pen.)48'58'63' (pen.)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iraq 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 Sudan 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Egypt U23 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
 Lebanon 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
24 June 2012
18:15
Iraq  1 – 0  Lebanon
Karim Goal 89'
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
24 June 2012
21:00
Egypt U23  1 – 1  Sudan
Magdi Goal 38' El-Amin Goal 80'
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia)

27 June 2012
18:15
Lebanon  0 – 2  Sudan
Ankba Goal 55'
Bashir Goal 83'
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
Referee: Suleiman Jaber (Jordan)
27 June 2012
21:00
Iraq  2 – 1  Egypt U23
Karim Goal 49'
Abdul-Zahra Goal 75'
Gomaa Goal 45' (pen.)

30 June 2012
19:45
Egypt U23  1 – 1  Lebanon
Hamoudi Goal 45+1' (pen.) Moghrabi Goal 80'
King Fahd Stadium
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
30 June 2012
19:45
Sudan  1 – 1  Iraq
Hamad Goal 9' Shakir Goal 5'

Best placed runner-up[edit]

The team that finish highest of all group runner-ups will also proceed to the semi-final stage. Due to Group A only having three teams in their group, results against teams finishing fourth will not be counted. The best runner-ups will face the winner of group A in the semifinals while the winner of group B will face the winner of group C.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Libya 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
 Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 3
 Sudan 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2

Knockout phase[edit]

The semi-final winners proceed to the final and those who lost compete in the third place playoff.

Semi-finals Final
3 July - Jeddah
  Saudi Arabia   0  
  Libya   2  
 
6 July - Jeddah
      Libya   1 (1)
    Morocco A' (pens.)   1 (3)
Third place
3 July - Jeddah 5 July - Jeddah
  Morocco A'   2   Saudi Arabia   0
  Iraq   1     Iraq   1

Semi-finals[edit]

3 July 2012
18:15
Saudi Arabia  0 – 2  Libya
Al-Sebaee Goal 75'
Saad Goal 90+6' (pen.)

3 July 2012
21:30
Morocco A'  2 – 1  Iraq
El Gharib Goal 23'
Salhi Goal 28'
Karim Goal 90+6' (pen.)

Third place play-off[edit]

5 July 2012
21:00
Saudi Arabia  0 – 1  Iraq
Abdul-Zahra Goal 16'
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
Referee: Khalid Abdurrahman (Sudan)

Final[edit]

Winners[edit]

 2012 Arab Nations Cup Champions 

Morocco
First title

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Awards[edit]

  • Morocco Yassine Salhi – was named the player of the tournament, and was the top scorer of the tournament with a total of 6 goals.[11]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "World Sports : About us". worldsportgroup.com. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
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  6. ^ "9th Arab Cup: Easy Win for Libya Against Yemen". Tripoli Post. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. "Contrary to expectations Libya fielded the national team instead of the Under 21 side and they proved much too strong for their opponents." 
  7. ^ "9th Arab Nations Cup: Libya in action against Yemen Saturday". Tripoli Post. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. "In Group B, Libya, which is scheduled to field its Under 21 team, has to contend with Yemen, its first opponents, Morocco and Bahrain." 
  8. ^ "الجزائر تعتذر عن المشاركة في بطولة كأس العرب للأمم" (in Arabic). Al Jazeera Sport. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
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  10. ^ a b "UAE pulls out of Arab Cup of Nations after loss of players hits squad". The National (United Arab Emirates). 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "حصاد كأس العرب .. 47 هدفاً و اسود أطلس يعانقون اللقب للمرة الأولى". كووورة - أحمد التيمومي. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.