Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium

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Coordinates: 29°16′17.14″N 47°55′07″E / 29.2714278°N 47.91861°E / 29.2714278; 47.91861

Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium
Shiekh Jaber Stadium
Kuwait International Stadium
Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium-2.JPG
LocationKuwait City, Kuwait
OwnerKuwait national football team, Kuwait Football Association
OperatorKuwait national football team
Capacity60,000
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground2 June 2006
Built2006–2010 (4 years)
Opened10 September 2010
Renovated2015
Reopened18 December 2015
Construction cost120 million Kuwaiti dinar (US$394.6 million)
Tenants
Kuwait national football team 2010–2011, 2015–
2010 AFC Cup Final
Kuwait Champions Challenge:2015
Kuwait Crown Prince Cup Finals: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Kuwait Emir Cup Finals: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Kuwait Super Cup: 2016, 2017
VIVA Premier League: 2016–17
2017 Gulf Cup of Nations

Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium (Arabic: ملعب جابر الأحمد الدولي‎) is a multi-purpose stadium in the Ardhiyah area of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Completed in 2009, it is used mostly for football matches and athletics. The stadium has a capacity of 60,001 seated spectators, the building is constructed in 4 levels, with 54 corporate boxes and parking lot with a 6,000 car capacity. It was expected to open in second quarter of 2010, but the building failed structural-integrity testing and remained closed due to a miscalculation by structural engineers for nearly half a decade. However it was finally opened on 18 December 2015. Jaber Al-Ahmad stadium is currently the new home of the Kuwait national football team.[1] The stadium was named after late Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. Kuwait celebrated their winning of Gulf Cup 20 in that stadium.

History[edit]

First match[edit]

Was an International Friendly between Kuwait National Team and Bahrain National Team ended 3-1 win to Bahrain.

Second match[edit]

AFC Cup 2010[edit]

The first ever official match held in the stadium was the 2010 AFC Cup Final between Qadsia SC and Al-Ittihad SC the match ended with a total of 59,783 total attendance and a scored of 1–1. The final score was 5–3 on penalties for the Syrian Team.

Renovations[edit]

In 2010 after the 2010 AFC Cup Final problems started to occur to the stadium which led to closing the stadium in 2011.

Renovations started in 2014 and ended in 2015.

Re-opening[edit]

The Re-Opening was announced on 28 November 2015 for the 2015 Kuwait Champions Challenge where Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah came to the opening. The match was between Kuwait XI and World Stars XI, it ended in a 4–2 win for the Kuwaiti's. LET'S PLAY!, the opening show was performed right before the match. That multimedia show was produced by Laser System Europe and Groupe F. It was written and directed by Rodolph Nasillski[2]

FIFA banned Kuwait in October 2015 so Steven Gerrard, Xavi and Andrea Pirlo could not come cause they play in leagues that are in associations that are still on FIFA and not banned.[3]

2015–16[edit]

Crown Prince Cup[edit]

The Crown Prince Cup Final between Kuwait SC and Al-Salmiya SC was hosted there. The KFA was given 150,000 KD to host the final. The final show was right before the match, and it included prizes for the visitors, including phones, cars, computers. There was also a firework show before and after the match.[4]

The match was played on Tuesday 12 January 2016.[5] The referee was Ahmed Al-Ali.[6]

The match ended a 1–0 win for Al-Salmiya SC over Kuwait SC in the final of 2015–16 Kuwait Crown Prince Cup and gave Al-Salmiya their 9th official Championship and the first ever team to win a championship in this stadium.

Emir's Cup[edit]

KFA decided to just host the final of the Kuwait Emir Cup.[7] It will be Al-Arabi SC against Kuwait SC The match was played on 5 April 2016 6:30 GMT+3, and ended 3-1 win for Kuwait SC.[8] Kuwait SC won their 11th Emir Cup and the second team to win a domestic championship in the stadium.[9]

2016–17[edit]

Super Cup 2016[edit]

KFA decided that Jaber International Stadium will host the Super Cup on 23 September after being delayed twice, and the dates were 21 September and 9 September.[10] The Game will be the league champions Qadsia SC against the emir cup champions Kuwait SC.[11] Kuwait won 3-2 on penalties after drawing 2-2 at full time.

2016-17 league matches[edit]

During the season a couple of match weeks were played on the stadium due to lack of stadiums available due to Burgan SC joining the league, while 2 other teams renovating their own respectful stadiums, one of these matches include the Kuwaiti Classico.

28-10-2016 Kuwait Al-Jahra SC0 – 2Qadsia SCKuwaitWeek 5
3-1-2017 Kuwait Kazma SC0 – 2Kuwait SCKuwaitWeek 10

2016-17 Crown Prince Cup[edit]

Same as the league that season due to lack of available stadiums some matches will be played on this stadium.

8-12-2016 Kuwait Al-Shabab SC2 – 7Kazma SCKuwaitGroup B Week 5
12-12-2016 Kuwait Kazma SC4 – 2Burgan SCKuwaitGroup B Week 6
16-12-2016 Kuwait Al-Arabi SC0 – 0Kuwait SCKuwaitGroup B Week 7
Semi-Finals[edit]
21-12-2016 Kuwait Qadsia SC4 – 0Al-Salmiya SCKuwaitJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
21-12-2016 Kuwait Kuwait SC5 – 0Al-Jahra SCKuwaitJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Final[edit]

2016–17 Emir Cup[edit]

2017–18[edit]

2017 Super Cup[edit]

2017–18 Kuwait Crown Prince Cup[edit]

16-11-2017 Kuwait Al-Salmiya SC1 – 1Qadsia SCKuwaitGroup B Week 1
28-11-2017 Kuwait Kazma SC3 – 1Al-Jahra SCKuwaitGroup B week 3
9-12-2017 Kuwait Kuwait SC2 – 1Al-Arabi SCKuwaitGroup A Week 4
Final[edit]
30-1-2018 Kuwait Kuwait SC 1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(5 – 6 p)
Qadsia SCKuwaitFinal

2017 Gulf Cup of Nations[edit]

the Gulf Cup returns to Kuwait after 3 years and after the Ban by FIFA has been lifted the AGCFF all decided to switch the host country to Kuwait. Oman were crowned Champions for the 2nd time after beating UAE on penalties in the final.

Group Stage[edit]
Semi-Finals[edit]
Final[edit]

National Team friendlies[edit]

2017-18 Emir Cup[edit]

25-4-2018 Kuwait Qadsia SC 0 – 3Al-Arabi SCKuwaitRound of 16
Final[edit]

2018–19[edit]

With the start of Evolution and expansions in Kuwait organized by Kuwait Football Association this is the first time the football season starts this early in August.

2018–19 Crown prince Cup final[edit]

28-2-2019 Kuwait Qadsia SC0-1Kuwait SC KuwaitFinal

Statistics[edit]

Most appearances & wins[edit]

As of 28 February 2019

Club[edit]

Club appearances wins draws loses
KuwaitKuwait SC
13
10 1 2
KuwaitKazma SC
6
4 0 2
KuwaitAl-Salmiya SC
7
3 3 1
KuwaitQadsia SC
10
4 1 5
SyriaAl-Ittihad SC
1
1 0 0
KuwaitAl-Tadhamon SC
2
1 1 0
KuwaitAl-Fahaheel FC
2
1 0 1
KuwaitAl-Nasr SC
1
0 1 0
KuwaitAl-Arabi SC
6
1 2 3
KuwaitKhaitan SC
1
0 0 1
KuwaitAl-Shabab SC
3
0 1 2
KuwaitBurgan SC
1
0 0 1
KuwaitSahel SC
2
0 1 1
KuwaitAl-Sulaibikhat SC
2
0 1 1
KuwaitAl-Jahra SC
3
0 0 3

Country[edit]

Club appearances wins draws loses
OmanOman
4
3 0 1
United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
5
2 2 1
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
2
1 1 0
CameroonCameroon
1
1 0 0
BahrainBahrain
3
1 1 1
KuwaitKuwait
7
1 2 4
QatarQatar
1
0 1 0
EgyptEgypt
1
0 1 0
IraqIraq
1
0 0 1
VietnamVietnam
1
0 0 1

Goals[edit]

  • Number of goals scored in the stadium: 106
  • Scored in First Half: 44
  • Scored in Second Half: 62
  • Scored at Extra Time: 0

Records[edit]

Most team played in the stadium: Kuwait SC 10 times
Highest scoring Match: 9 Goals Kazma SC 7-2 Al-Shabab SC
Most team winning in the stadium: Kuwait SC 7 times
Most team losing: Qadsia SC 3 times
First goal in the stadium: Ismail Abdul-Latif
First red card: Hussain Ali Baba

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Stadiums - Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City".
  2. ^ "LET'S PLAY! - The Pictures".
  3. ^ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/535c61bfe62b473b9c24f7d6bd923909/fifa-stops-gerrard-pirlo-playing-game-banned-kuwait
  4. ^ "الكشف عن ميزانية نهائي كأس سمو ولي العهد الكويتي".
  5. ^ "تأجيل نهائي كأس سمو ولي العهد الكويتي".
  6. ^ "أحمد العلي حكما لنهائي كأس سمو ولي العهد الكويتي".
  7. ^ "استاد جابر الدولي يستضيف نهائي كأس سمو أمير الكويت فقط!".
  8. ^ "5 أبريل - العربي x الكويت".
  9. ^ http://www.youm7.com/story/2016/4/5/بالفيديو-فريق-الكويت-بطلا-لكأس-الأمير-للمرة-الـ11-فى-تاريخه/2662464#.VwQNpIjXerU
  10. ^ "رسميًا.. استاد جابر الدولي يستضيف السوبر الكويتي".
  11. ^ "كأس السوبر الكويتي - هداف - الموقع العربي الوحيد المختص بإحصائيات و مباريات كرة القدم".