21st Arabian Gulf Cup

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21st Arabian Gulf Cup
كأس الخلیج العربي 2013، خليجي 21
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Tournament details
Host countryBahrain
Dates5–18 January 2013
Teams8
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United Arab Emirates (2nd title)
Runners-up Iraq
Third place Kuwait
Fourth place Bahrain
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored36 (2.25 per match)
Attendance319,000 (19,938 per match)
Top scorer(s)Kuwait Abdulhadi Khamis
United Arab Emirates Ahmed Khalil
(3 goals)
Best player(s)United Arab Emirates Omar Abdulrahman
2010
2014

The 21st Arabian Gulf Cup (Arabic: كأس الخليج العربي‎) was the twenty first edition of the biennial football competition. It took place in Bahrain in 2013. The competition was originally scheduled to be hosted in the city of Basra, Iraq, but was moved to Bahrain in October 2011 to ensure that Iraq could suitably host the competition in the 22nd edition.[1]

Seeding of teams[edit]

The eight participating teams were divided into two groups, Bahrain (the host nation) were placed in Group A, Kuwait (the holder) in Group B, while the rest of the teams were placed in a pot based on FIFA rankings. The draw was held in Bahrain on 18 October 2012.[2]

Pot
National Team
FIFA Ranking
A  Bahrain (hosts)
115
 Kuwait (holders)
112
B  Iraq
80
 Oman
95
C  Qatar
101
 Saudi Arabia
113
D  United Arab Emirates
116
 Yemen
157

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony of the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations took place in the Bahrain National Stadium on 5 January. The event featured the attendance of Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, members of the ruling family, Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, Michel Platini, the president of UEFA as well as other officials.[3] Blatter commended the ceremony, stating that "The opening ceremony was very nice: 9.5 out of 10 because perfection does not exist".[4] Following the ceremony, Blatter also stated that the organisational level of the Gulf Cup would have to be improved if it was to be a FIFA-sanctioned event and wanted the cup to be played simultaneously with the Africa Cup of Nations.[4]

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

All times are local time (UTC+03:00).

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 United Arab Emirates 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 9
 Bahrain 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Qatar 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
 Oman 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Bahrain 0–0 Oman
Report
Qatar 1–3 United Arab Emirates
Ibrahim Goal 11' (pen.) Report Abdulrahman Goal 13'
Mabkhout Goal 29'
Ahmed Goal 66'

Qatar 2–1 Oman
Ibrahim Goal 56' (pen.)
El-Sayed Goal 88'
Report Al-Hadhri Goal 71' (pen.)
Bahrain 1–2 United Arab Emirates
Al Malood Goal 75' Report Mabkout Goal 40'
Hassan Goal 85'

United Arab Emirates 2–0 Oman
Khalil Goal 83'86' Report
Bahrain 1–0 Qatar
Aaish Goal 25' (pen.) Report

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Iraq 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
 Kuwait 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
 Yemen 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
Kuwait 2–0 Yemen
Nasser Goal 63'
Al-Mutawa Goal 82'
Report
Saudi Arabia 0–2 Iraq
Report Shaker Goal 18'
Hawsawi Goal 72' (o.g.)

Iraq 1–0 Kuwait
Ahmad Goal 29' Report
Yemen 0–2 Saudi Arabia
Report Al-Qahtani Goal 33'
F. Al-Muwallad Goal 86'

Kuwait 1–0 Saudi Arabia
Nasser Goal 13' Report
Iraq 2–0 Yemen
Ismail Goal 16'
Ahmad Goal 36'
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

The third place match with Bahrain and Kuwait.
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
15 January – Riffa
 
 
 United Arab Emirates1
 
18 January – Riffa
 
 Kuwait0
 
 United Arab Emirates (a.e.t.)2
 
15 January – Riffa
 
 Iraq1
 
 Iraq1 (4)
 
 
 Bahrain 1 (2)
 
Third place
 
 
18 January – Isa Town
 
 
 Kuwait6
 
 
 Bahrain1

Semi-finals[edit]

United Arab Emirates 1–0 Kuwait
Khalil Goal 89' Report

Iraq 1–1 (a.e.t.) Bahrain
Mahmoud Goal 18' Report Baba Goal 61'
Penalties
Yasin Penalty missed
Ismail Penalty scored
Salem Penalty scored
Mahmoud Penalty scored
Sabri Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty missed Husain
Penalty scored Aaish
Penalty scored Dhiya
Penalty missed Al Malood

Third place play-off[edit]

Kuwait 6–1 Bahrain
Khamis Goal 35'38'54' (pen.)
Abdul Rahman Al Shammari Goal 65'
Al-Mutawa Goal 66'
Al Salimi Goal 71'
Report Yusuf Goal 1'

Final[edit]

United Arab Emirates 2–1 (a.e.t.) Iraq
Abdulrahman Goal 28'
Al Hammadi Goal 107'
Report Mahmoud Goal 81'


 21st Arabian Gulf Cup Winners 

United Arab Emirates
Second title

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Team statistics[edit]

This table shows all team performance.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
Final phase
1  United Arab Emirates 5 5 0 0 10 3 +7
2  Iraq 5 4 0 1 7 3 +4
3  Kuwait 5 3 0 2 9 3 +6
4  Bahrain 5 1 2 2 4 9 −5
Eliminated in the group stage
5  Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
6  Qatar 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2
7  Oman 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3
8  Yemen 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6

Prize money and awards[edit]

Prize money[edit]

The football associations were given prize money for a fourth place and above finish in the competition in riyals.[5]

  • First Place: 2,000,000 Riyals
  • Second Place: 1,500,000 Riyals
  • Third Place: 500,000 Riyals
  • Fourth Place: 250,000 Riyals

Playing awards[edit]

The following awards were given:[5]

Award Player Prize money
Fair Play Award  Iraq 200,000 Riyals
Top Scorer Kuwait Abdulhadi Khamis
United Arab Emirates Ahmad Khalil
100,000 Riyals
Most Valuable player United Arab Emirates Omar Abdulrahman 100,000 Riyals
Best Goalkeeper Iraq Noor Sabri 100,000 Riyals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bahrain to host 21st Gulf Cup". QFA.com.qa. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Draw of 21st Gulf Cup in October". QFA.com.qa. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  3. ^ "21st Gulf Cup, opening ceremony kicks off tournament in Bahrain". Qatar Football Association. Retrieved 7 January 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Meenaghan, Gary (6 January 2013). "Gulf Cup: Tournament must be reorganised to get Fifa approval, warns Blatter". The National. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b "All ready for kick-off". Gulf Weekly. 2 January 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.

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