Emir of Qatar Cup

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Emir of Qatar Cup
Country Qatar Qatar
Founded 1972; 42 years ago (1972)
Current champions Al Sadd
(2014)
Most championships Al Sadd (14)
2014

Emir of Qatar Cup is a tournament played every season by 18 first and second division teams. The most successful is Al Sadd who won the tournament 13 times. Emir of Qatar Cup was played for the first time in 1972, and was won by Al Ahli.[1]

History[edit]

Al Ahli SC won the first ever Emir of Qatar Cup, defeating Al-Rayyan SC 6-1 under the leadership of Sudanese coach Mohammed Kheiri. Till this day, it is the joint-largest scoreline ever recorded in an Emir Cup final. It was refereed by Ali al-Absi, while Abdullah Siddiqi scored the first ever goal in an Emir Cup final. Two years later, Al Ahli were denied another Emir Cup title in a tight match against Al-Sadd SC which Al Sadd won 4-3. In this match, the first ever hat-trick in an Emir Cup was scored by Iranian player Qassim Falah who played for Al Ahli.

The first ever Emir Cup final to be broadcast on color television was the 1975 final which took place in Al-Ahly Stadium. It was commentated by Qatari Mohammed Nuah.

The largest scoring match in the Emir Cup took place in 1981/82 between Al Sadd and Al-Shamal SC. Al Shamal were defeated 16-2.

1991/92 is the only season to ever be held in an away/home format. Al Ahli SC won that year, defeating Al-Rayyan SC.

In the 1992/93 edition, the tournament saw a record number of red cards handed out - Al Sadd players received 4 red cards, while Al-Arabi SC only received 1. Al Arabi won the match 3-0 thanks to a brace by Khalifa Salem and a goal by Edison.

Ali Absi was the first foreign referee to officiate a match in the first edition of the Emir Cup.[2]

On March 20 2012, the QFA signed a deal with Al Nahdi Group to be an official sponsor of the Emir Cup.[3] They also authorized another deal on March 28 to allow The Look Company to be an official sponsor[4]

Previous winners[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Referees of finals[edit]

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Winning club captains[edit]

Top-Performing Clubs[edit]

Club Champions
Al Sadd 14
Al Arabi 8
Al-Gharrafa 7 (5 as Al-Ittihad)
Al Rayyan 6
Al Ahli 4
Qatar SC 2 (2 as Al-Esteqlal)
Umm-Salal Sports Club 1

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