1980–82 Arab Club Champions Cup

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1980–82 Arab Club Champions Cup
بطولة الأندية العربية 1980–82
Tournament details
Teams 3 (from 1 association)
Final positions
Champions Iraq Al-Shorta (1st title)
Runners-up Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Third place Jordan Al-Ahli
Tournament statistics
Matches played 3
Goals scored 9 (3 per match)

The 1980–82 Arab Club Champions Cup was the first edition of what was later to be known more internationally as the Arab Champions League.

The first edition featured three teams and Iraqi club Al-Shorta were crowned champions after a playoff victory against Lebanese champions Al-Nejmeh, whom in fact were crowned Lebanese Premier League champions back in 1975 but no championship had been played since due to the Lebanese Civil War. Al-Ahli of Jordan were the other team to take part.


Team Qualifying method
Iraq Al-Shorta 1979–80 Iraqi National League champions
Jordan Al-Ahli 1979 Jordan League champions
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 1974–75 Lebanese Premier League champions (most recent Lebanese championship)


In 1980, UAFA invited the champions of all Arab countries to participate in the inaugural edition of the Arab Club Champions Cup. After several withdrawals, only three teams (from Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq) ended up participating. Al-Ahli of Jordan would face Al-Nejmeh of Lebanon in the semi-final, with the winner qualifying to a two-legged final with Iraqi champions Al-Shorta.

The semi-final was played in 1980, hosted in Amman, Jordan (the Lebanese Civil War meant that games could not be hosted in Lebanon). The away side Al-Nejmeh managed to win the game 2–1 to advance to the final. The final match was a two-legged tie, with one leg supposed to be held in Lebanon and the other in Iraq. However, the Lebanese Civil War continued and therefore this was not possible. The final match was continually postponed, with the hope that it would soon become safe enough to play in Lebanon. In February 1982, with the civil war still ongoing, UAFA decided that the final had to be played, and thus both legs would be played in Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Shorta won the tie 4–2 on aggregate to become the first ever Arab champions.


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Al-Ahli Jordan 1–2 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Al-Shorta Iraq bye
Al-Ahli Jordan 1 – 2 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Shorta Iraq 4–2 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 2–0 2–2
Al-Nejmeh Lebanon 0 – 2 Iraq Al-Shorta
Goal 40'83', Penalty missed Mahmoud
Al-Shorta Iraq 2 – 2 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Radhi Goal 40'
Nouri Goal 61'
Goal 11' Kader
Goal 78' Mahid


1980–82 Arab Club Champions Cup
1st Title

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