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


Winners of GCC Champions League[edit]

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
Gulf Club Champions Cup
Kuwait Al-Arabi 3–0 Bahrain Al-Riffa Sabah Al Salem Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 1–0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2–0 Kuwait Al-Arabi Zabeel Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Qatar Al-Arabi Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Kazma
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
Kuwait Kazma Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Oman Fanja
Bahrain Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
Qatar Al-Sadd
Bahrain Bahrain SC Doha, Qatar
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Oman
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Kuwait Al-Arabi Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kuwait Kazma
Bahrain Al-Riffa Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
Oman Dhofar Riffa, Bahrain
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
Kuwait Kazma Doha, Qatar
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Bahrain East Riffa Sur, Oman
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Kuwait Al-Salmiya Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Bahrain Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
Kuwait Al-Arabi
Bahrain Al-Muharraq Doha, Qatar
Kuwait Al-Qadisiya
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
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 2–1 Oman Saham Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, UAE
United Arab Emirates Al Shabab 1–1 (4–3 pen.) Oman Al-Seeb Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb, Oman


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)


Appearances by team[edit]

[citation needed]

As of 2015 season

11 Bahrain Al-Muharraq Oman Dhofar SCSC
9 Bahrain Riffa
8 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
7 Kuwait Al-Arabi United Arab Emirates Al Shabab
6 Qatar Al-Arabi Kuwait Kazma
5 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq
Kuwait Al-Salmiya Kuwait Qadsia
United Arab Emirates Al Sharjah United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
4 Oman Fanja SC
3 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr Saudi Arabia Al Nassr
Kuwait Kuwait SC Qatar Qatar SC
Oman Muscat Oman Sur Club
Qatar Al-Khor Qatar Al Rayyan
2 Qatar Al Kharitiyath Qatar Al-Gharafa
Kuwait Al Jahra SC Bahrain Al-Najma
Qatar Umm Salal SC
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli SC Saudi Arabia Ittihad
United Arab Emirates Al Ahli United Arab Emirates Al Jazira Club
Oman Al-Oruba Oman Al Nahda
Saudi Arabia Al Shabab
1 Bahrain East Riffa Oman Oman FC Oman Al-Suwaiq Club
Bahrain Busaiteen Bahrain Al-Ahli
United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Al Wahda
Kuwait Al Naser United Arab Emirates Al Dhafra
Qatar Al-Wakrah Qatar Al Sadd
Oman Saham Club
Saudi Arabia Al-Taawon FC


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