GCC Champions League

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GCC Champions League
دوري أبطال الخليج للأندية
Gulf Club Champions Cup 2015 Official Image.jpg
Founded 1982
Region UAFA (Arab world)
Number of teams 8 teams (current format 2017)
Related competitions Gulf Cup Winners Cup
Current champions United Arab Emirates Al Shabab
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s) Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
United Arab Emirates Al Shabab
(3 titles each)
Television broadcasters Al-Kass
beIN Sports
2017 GCC Champions League

The GCC Champions League (Arabic: دوري أبطال الخليج للأندية‎), formerly known as the Gulf Cup for Clubs (Arabic: كأس الخليج للأندية‎), is an annually organized football league tournament for clubs of the Arabian peninsula. The tournament was first organized in 1982 and is currently in its 31st edition.

Although having much popularity in its initial first decades, the tournament faced decline as the Asian Champions League and AFC Cup forced many Gulf clubs to be unable to participate in the competition.

On June 26, 2016 it was announced to be a yearly tournament by the host country in the summer alongside the newly founded Gulf Cup winners Cup starting in the 2017 GCC Champions League

Logos[edit]

Winners of GCC Champions League[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
Gulf Club Champions Cup
1982
Kuwait Al-Arabi 3–0 Bahrain Al-Riffa Sabah Al Salem Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait
1983
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 1–0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
1985
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2–0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Zabeel Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1986
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
RR
Qatar Al-Arabi Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1987
Kuwait Kazma
RR
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
1988
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
RR
Kuwait Kazma Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
1989
Oman Fanja
1(4)-1(2)
Bahrain Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
1991
Qatar Al-Sadd
RR
Bahrain Bahrain SC Doha, Qatar
1992
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
RR
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Oman
1993
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
RR
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1994
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
RR
Kuwait Al-Arabi Kuwait City, Kuwait
1995
Kuwait Kazma
RR
Bahrain Al-Riffa Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
1996
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
RR
Oman Dhofar Riffa, Bahrain
1997
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
RR
Kuwait Kazma Doha, Qatar
1998
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
RR
Bahrain East Riffa Sur, Oman
1999
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
RR
Kuwait Al-Salmiya Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2000
Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
RR
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
2001
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
RR
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
2002
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
RR
Bahrain Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
2003
Kuwait Al-Arabi
RR
Bahrain Al-Muharraq Doha, Qatar
2005
Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
RR
United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl
Season Home team Score Away team Venue
2006 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya 0–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 1–1 Kuwait Al-Qadisiya Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
Al-Ettifaq won 2 – 1 on aggregate.
2007 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 3–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Al-Jazira won 7 – 6 on penalties after a 3 – 3 draw on aggregate.
2008 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 0–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Al-Ahli won 3 – 0 on aggregate.
2010 Qatar Qatar SC 2–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl 1–1 Qatar Qatar SC Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Al-Wasl won 3 – 3 on away goals.
GCC Champions League
2011 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 3–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 2–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Al-Shabab won 4 – 3 on aggregate
2012 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 1–3 United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl National Stadium, Riffa
United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl 1–3 Bahrain Al-Muharraq Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Al-Muharraq won 5 – 4 on penalties after a 4 – 4 draw on aggregate
2013 Qatar Al-Khor 1–1 United Arab Emirates Baniyas Al-Khor SC Stadium, Al Khor
United Arab Emirates Baniyas 2–0 Qatar Al-Khor Baniyas Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Baniyas won 3 – 1 on aggregate
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2014
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 2–1 Oman Saham Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, UAE
2015
United Arab Emirates Al Shabab 1–1 (4–3 pen.) Oman Al-Seeb Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb, Oman
2016
Postponed[1]
2017

Performances[edit]

Performance by nation[edit]

The following table lists countries by number of winners and runners-up in GCC Champions League.
Saudi Arabia is the current leader by nation with 13 titles.

# Nation Winners Runners-up
1  Saudi Arabia 13 6
2  United Arab Emirates 8 4
3  Kuwait 6 7
4  Bahrain 1 7
5  Qatar 1 3
6  Oman 1 3

Performance by club[edit]

The following table lists clubs by number of winners and runners-up in the Cup.

Team Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 3 1 (1983, 1988, 2006) (2007)
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 3 1 (1992, 2011, 2015) (1993)
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 3 (1985, 2002, 2008)
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2 3 (1986, 1998) (1987, 1992, 2000)
Kuwait Al-Arabi 2 3 (1982, 2003) (1983, 1985, 1994)
Kuwait Kazma 2 2 (1987, 1995) (1988, 1997)
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2 1 (1996, 1997) (2008)
Kuwait Al-Qadisiya 2 1 (2000, 2005) (2006)
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2 (1993, 1994)
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 1 3 (2012) (1989, 2002, 2003)
United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl 1 2 (2010) (2005, 2012)
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1 1 (1999) (2001)
Oman Fanja 1 (1989)
Qatar Al-Sadd 1 (1991)
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1 (2001)
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 1 (2007)
United Arab Emirates Baniyas 1 (2013)
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 1 (2014)
Bahrain Al-Riffa 2 (1982, 1995)
Qatar Al-Arabi 1 (1986)
Bahrain Bahrain SC 1 (1991)
Oman Dhofar 1 (1996)
Bahrain East Riffa 1 (1998)
Kuwait Al-Salmiya 1 (1999)
Qatar Qatar SC 1 (2010)
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1 (2011)
Qatar Al-Khor 1 (2013)
Oman Saham 1 (2014)
Oman Al-Seeb 1 (2015)

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