Arab Cup


Held at irregular intervals. The 1992 edition was held as the football tournament of the Arab Games.

During the long interruption between 1966 and 1985, the tournament was replaced by (or renamed to) the Palestine Cup, of which three editions were held in the 1970s.


Palmares

year  winners         runners-up        venue
1963  Tunisia         Syria             Lebanon 
1964  Iraq            Libya             Kuwait
1966  Iraq            Syria             Iraq
1985  Iraq            Bahrain           Saudi Arabia
1988  Iraq            Syria             Jordan
1992  Egypt Ol.       Saudi Arabia      Syria
1998  Saudi Arabia    Qatar             Qatar
2002  Saudi Arabia    Bahrain           Kuwait
2009    abandoned
2012  Morocco         Libya             Saudi Arabia 


Number of wins

 4 Iraq

 2 Saudi Arabia

 1 Egypt
   Morocco
   Tunisia


1963 Beirut, Lebanon (April 7-13)

 7- 4-1963 Tunisia       1-0 Syria         1.Tunisia      4  4  0  0  11- 1  8
           Kuwait        4-0 Jordan        2.Syria        4  3  0  1   9- 4  6
 8- 4-1963 Syria         3-2 Lebanon       3.Lebanon      4  2  0  2   9- 7  4
           Tunisia       4-0 Jordan        4.Kuwait       4  1  0  3   8-12  2
 9- 4-1963 Syria         3-1 Kuwait        5.Jordan       4  0  0  4   1-14  0
           Lebanon       3-1 Jordan 
10- 4-1963 Tunisia       5-1 Kuwait  
           Syria         3-0 Jordan      
12- 4-1963 Lebanon       0-1 Tunisia
13- 4-1963 Lebanon       4-2 Kuwait 


1964 Kuwait (November 13-20)

13-11-1964 Iraq          1-0 Kuwait        1.Iraq         4  3  1  0   6- 2  7
           Jordan        0-0 Lebanon       2.Libya        4  2  2  0   9- 5  6
15-11-1964 Libya         2-1 Lebanon       3.Kuwait       4  1  1  2   5- 5  3
           Kuwait        2-0 Jordan        4.Lebanon      4  1  1  2   4- 5  3
17-11-1964 Iraq          1-0 Lebanon    
           Libya         5-2 Jordan    
 ?-11-1964 Kuwait        1-1 Libya         5.Jordan       4  0  1  3   3-10  1
           Iraq          3-1 Jordan
19-11-1964 Lebanon       3-2 Kuwait
           Iraq          1-1 Libya


1966 Iraq (April 1-10?)

Group 1
 1- 4-1966 Iraq          0-0 Lebanon       1.Iraq         4  3  1  0  15- 3  7
           Kuwait        4-4 Bahrain       2.Lebanon      4  3  1  0  10- 3  7
 3- 4-1966 Iraq          2-1 Jordan        3.Jordan       4  1  1  2   6- 7  3
           Lebanon       6-1 Bahrain       4.Kuwait       4  0  2  2   8-11  2
 5- 4-1966 Iraq          3-1 Kuwait        5.Bahrain      4  0  1  3   7-22  1
           Lebanon       2-1 Jordan 
 7- 4-1966 Iraq         10-1 Bahrain      
           Jordan        2-2 Kuwait
 9- 4-1966 Lebanon       2-1 Kuwait
           Jordan        2-1 Bahrain

Group 2
Libya        21-0 Oman [*]      1.Syria        3  2  1  0   7- 2  5
Libya         0-0 Palestine     2.Libya        3  1  2  0  13- 0  4
Syria         4-1 North Yemen   3.Palestine    3  1  1  1   8- 3  3
Syria         0-0 Libya         4.North Yemen  3  0  0  3   1-22  0
Palestine     7-0 North Yemen     Oman withdrew after first match.
Syria         3-1 Palestine   
Libya        13-0 North Yemen  
[*] abandoned in 80'

Scorers Libya:
vs Oman: 
Ahmed Ben Suwed (9), Ali Al-Baski (7), Mahmoud Al-Jahani (4), Mahmoud Zand
NB: Oman walked off with 10 minutes left contesting the award of a
    penalty to Libya
vs Yemen:
Ali Al-Baski (5), Ahmed Ben Suwed (5), Ahmed Al-Hawal (2), 
Abdul-Kadir Al-Khatiti

Semifinals
Iraq          3-1 Libya
  [Qasim Mahmoud, Hassan Ali, Husham Atta Ajaj; Ali Al-Baski]
Syria         1-0 Lebanon

Third Place Match
Lybia         6-1 Lebanon
  [Ali Al-Baski (3), Mahmoud Al-Jahani (2), Ahmed Al-Hawal; ?]

Final
Iraq          2-1 Syria


1985 Taif, Saudi Arabia (July 3-12)

Group 1
 3- 7-1985 Saudi Arabia  4-0 Jordan        1.Saudi Arabia 2  2  0  0   5- 0  4
 5- 7-1985 Qatar         2-0 Jordan        2.Qatar        2  1  0  1   2- 1  2
 7- 7-1985 Saudi Arabia  1-0 Qatar         3.Jordan       2  0  0  2   0- 6  0

Group 2
 4- 7-1985 Bahrain       1-1 Iraq          1.Bahrain      2  1  1  0   3- 1  3
 6- 7-1985 Bahrain       2-0 Mauritania    2.Iraq         2  1  1  0   3- 1  3
 8- 7-1985 Iraq          2-0 Mauritania    3.Mauritania   2  0  0  2   0- 4  0

Semifinals
10- 7-1985 Iraq          3-2 Saudi Arabia
10- 7-1985 Bahrain       1-1 Qatar         [aet, Bahrain 4-2 on penalties]

Third Place Match
12- 7-1985 Saudi Arabia  0-0 Qatar         [aet, Saudi Arabia 4-1 on penalties]

Final
12- 7-1985 Iraq          1-0 Bahrain


1988 Amman, Jordan (July 8-21)

Qualifying Tournament

In Alger.

11-12-1987 Algeria 0-0 Tunisia
13-12-1987 Tunisia 2-1 Mauritania
             [Nabil Maaloul 36, Mohamed Mahjoubi 90; Papa Seki 16]
15-12-1987 Algeria 3-0 Mauritania
             [Mustapha Boukar 44, Kamel Djahmoun 52,
              Abderrezak Dahmani 85]

 1.ALGERIA     2  1  1  0  3- 0  3
 2.TUNISIA     2  1  1  0  2- 1  3
 3.Mauritania  2  0  0  2  1- 5  0

NB: it is not sure whether any other qualifying tournaments were
    played

Final Tournament

The Algerian team was a University XI 
The Saudi Arabia team was not an A team (their A team was in
  Australia at the time), but its exact status is not clear.

Group 1

 1.Egypt        4  2  2  0   4- 0  6
 2.Iraq         4  1  3  0   3- 1  5
 3.Lebanon      4  1  2  1   2- 4  4
 4.Tunisia      4  0  3  1   3- 4  3
 5.Saudi Arabia 4  0  2  2   1- 4  2

 9- 7-1988 Egypt         0-0 Saudi Arabia 
           Iraq          1-1 Tunisia      
             [Ahmad Radhi 32; Mohammed Al Mahjoub 62]
11- 7-1988 Iraq          0-0 Lebanon      
           Saudi Arabia  1-1 Tunisia      
             [Mohammad Farhan 80; Ma'alool 90]
13- 7-1988 Egypt         1-0 Tunisia      
             [Tareq Suleiman 62]
           Lebanon       1-0 Saudi Arabia
             [Mahmoud Hamoud 81]
15- 7-1988 Iraq          2-0 Saudi Arabia 
             [Ahmad Radi 13, 35] 
           Egypt         3-0 Lebanon   
             [Iman Shawqi 29, Taher Abu Zeid 68, Hossam Hassan 88]
17- 7-1988 Lebanon       1-1 Tunisia
             [Mahmoud Hammoud 65; Tawfiq Muhazabi 46]
           Egypt         0-0 Iraq      

NB: only Egypt vs Saudi Arabia and Egypt vs Iraq considered official 
    A-internationals by FIFA; criteria for this are unclear

Group 2

 1.Jordan       4  2  1  1   4- 2  5
 2.Syria        4  2  1  1   4- 4  5
 3.Algeria      4  1  2  1   3- 3  4
 4.Kuwait       4  1  1  2   2- 3  3
 5.Bahrain      4  0  3  1   2- 3  3

 8- 7-1988 Jordan        0-0 Bahrain      
           Syria         1-1 Algeria     
             [Mohammed Jakalan 31; Haji Adlan 62] 
10- 7-1988 Jordan        0-1 Kuwait      
             [Walid Al Breiki ?] 
           Algeria       0-0 Bahrain      
12- 7-1988 Syria         2-1 Bahrain    
             [Hussain Deeb 9, Mohammed Jakalan 83; Adil Salim 16]
           Algeria       1-0 Kuwait
             [Haji Adlan 32]
14- 7-1988 Syria         1-0 Kuwait  
             [Abdul Qader Khardagli 81]
           Jordan        2-1 Algeria  
             [Nart Yadaje 61, Jihad A Muneim 75; Rashid Krood 74]
16- 7-1988 Jordan        2-0 Syria      
             [Nart Yadje 12, Tawfiq Al Sahob 35]
           Kuwait        1-1 Bahrain     

NB: only Syria vs Algeria, Jordan vs Kuwait, Syria vs Bahrain, Algeria vs Kuwait
    and Jordan vs Syria considered official A-internationals by FIFA; criteria 
    for this are unclear

Semifinals
19- 7-1988 Syria         0-0 Egypt         [aet, Syria 4-3 on penalties]
           Iraq          3-0 Jordan
             [Ahmad Radhi 22, Younis Ali 45, Ismail Mohammad Sharif 80]

Third Place Match
21- 7-1988 Egypt         2-0 Jordan    
             [Ala Mahyoub 49, Hossam Hassan 90]

Final
21- 7-1988 Iraq          1-1 Syria         [aet, Iraq 4-3 on penalties]
             [Bassil Korkees 34; Walid Al-Nasser 33]

NB: of the knock-out stage, only the final considered an official A-international
    by FIFA; criteria unclear


1992 Syria (Sep 8-17)

NB: tournament organised as part of Arab Games, counted for Arab Cup.

Group 1 (Aleppo)
 8- 9-92 Egypt Ol.     1-1 Jordan        1.Egypt Ol.    2  1  1  0   2- 1  3
10- 9-92 Kuwait        4-1 Jordan        2.Kuwait       2  1  0  1   4- 2  2
12- 9-92 Egypt Ol.     1-0 Kuwait        3.Jordan       2  0  1  1   2- 5  1

Group 2 (Damascus)
 9- 9-92 Syria         1-1 Saudi Arabia  1.Saudi Arabia 2  1  1  0   3- 2  3
11- 9-92 Syria         0-0 Palestine     2.Syria        2  0  2  0   1- 1  2
13- 9-92 Saudi Arabia  2-1 Palestine     3.Palestine    2  0  1  1   1- 2  1

Semifinals (Aleppo)
15- 9-92 Egypt         0-0 Syria         [aet, Egypt 4-3 on penalties]
         Saudi Arabia  2-0 Kuwait

Third Place Match (Aleppo)
17- 9-92 Kuwait        2-1 Syria

Final (Aleppo)
17- 9-92 Egypt Ol.     3-2 Saudi Arabia
  [Sami El-Sheshini (pen), Ahmed El-Kass, Hossam Hassan; Al Roumi, Al Owairan]

NB: only Kuwait vs Jordan, Saudi Arabia vs Kuwait and Syria vs Kuwait 
    considered official A-internationals by FIFA; unclear why Syria vs
    Saudi Arabia is not considered as such

Arab Games 1985
Arab Games 1997


1998 Qatar

Preliminary Round

Qualifying Group 1
Qatar qualified as hosts. 
Bahrain and Oman withdrew. 
Kuwait and United Arab Emirates qualified for finals. 

Qualifying Group 2
Egypt qualified as holders.
Saudi Arabia qualified as World Cup qualifiers.
Comores and Somalia withdrew.
15- 6-98 Sudan          -  Yemen
29- 6-98 Yemen          -  Sudan
Yemen withdrew, Sudan qualified.

Qualifying Group 3
Morocco qualified as World Cup Qualifiers. 
Mauritania and Tunisia withdrew. 
Algeria and Libya qualified for finals. 

Qualifying Group 4 (in Lebanon)
20- 7-98 Syria         3-0 Jordan        1.Syria        3  3  0  0   6- 1  9
         Lebanon       3-1 Palestine     2.Jordan       3  1  1  1   3- 4  4
23- 7-98 Palestine     1-2 Syria         3.Lebanon      3  1  0  2   3- 4  3
         Lebanon       0-2 Jordan        4.Palestine    3  0  1  2   3- 6  1
26- 7-98 Jordan        1-1 Palestine  
         Lebanon       0-1 Syria      
Iraq disqualified.
Jordan, Syria and Lebanon qualified for finals. 

Final Tournament

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Group 1
22- 9-98 Qatar         2-1 Libya         1.Qatar        2  2  0  0   4- 1  6
24- 9-98 Libya         1-2 Jordan        2.Jordan       2  1  0  1   2- 3  3
26- 9-98 Qatar         2-0 Jordan        3.Libya        2  0  0  2   2- 4  0

Group 2
22- 9-98 Egypt Ol.     2-1 Syria         1.Kuwait       2  2  0  0   8- 1  6
24- 9-98 Egypt Ol.     1-4 Kuwait        2.Egypt Ol.    2  1  0  1   3- 5  3
26- 9-98 Kuwait        4-0 Syria         3.Syria        2  0  0  2   1- 6  0

Group 3
23- 9-98 Morocco Ol.   1-0 UAE           1.UAE          2  1  0  1   4- 2  3
25- 9-98 Morocco Ol.   1-2 Sudan         2.Morocco Ol.  2  1  0  1   2- 2  3
27- 9-98 UAE           4-1 Sudan         3.Sudan        2  1  0  1   3- 5  3

Group 4
23- 9-98 Algeria Ol.   0-0 Lebanon       1.Saudi Arabia 2  2  0  0   7- 1  6
25- 9-98 Saudi Arabia  3-0 Algeria Ol.   2.Lebanon      2  0  1  1   1- 4  1
27- 9-98 Saudi Arabia  4-1 Lebanon       3.Algeria Ol.  2  0  1  1   0- 3  1

Semifinals
29- 9-98 Saudi Arabia  2-1 Kuwait      
         Qatar         2-1 UAE      

Third Place Match
 1-10-98 Kuwait        4-1 UAE      

Final
 1-10-98 Saudi Arabia  3-1 Qatar

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2002 Kuwait

December 16-30.  Draw November 17.

Participants: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan, Yemen, Morocco, 
              Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria
              (Libya were also announced originally but apparently withdrew)

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Group 1
16-12-02 Kuwait        1-1 Morocco       1.Jordan       4  2  2  0   6- 4  8
         Palestine     1-1 Jordan        2.Morocco      4  1  2  1   5- 4  5
18-12-02 Morocco       1-1 Jordan        3.Kuwait       4  1  2  1   6- 6  5
         Kuwait        1-0 Sudan         4.Sudan        4  1  1  2   4- 5  4
20-12-02 Jordan        2-1 Sudan         5.Palestine    4  0  3  1   7- 9  3
         Morocco       3-1 Palestine
23-12-02 Sudan         2-2 Palestine
         Jordan        2-1 Kuwait
25-12-02 Sudan         1-0 Morocco
         Kuwait        3-3 Palestine

Group 2
17-12-02 Saudi Arabia  2-1 Bahrain       1.Saudi Arabia 4  3  1  0   8- 3 10
         Yemen         0-4 Syria         2.Bahrain      4  2  1  1   6- 3  7
19-12-02 Bahrain       2-0 Syria         3.Syria        4  2  0  2   8- 6  6
         Saudi Arabia  1-0 Lebanon       4.Lebanon      4  1  1  2   5- 7  4
21-12-02 Syria         4-1 Lebanon       5.Yemen        4  0  1  3   5-13  1
         Bahrain       3-1 Yemen
24-12-02 Lebanon       4-2 Yemen
         Syria         0-3 Saudi Arabia
26-12-02 Yemen         2-2 Saudi Arabia
         Lebanon       0-0 Bahrain

Semifinals
28-12-02 Jordan        1-2 Bahrain       [asdet]
         Saudi Arabia  2-0 Morocco

Final
30-12-02 Saudi Arabia  1-0 Bahrain       [asdet]
  [Mohammed Noor 94]

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2009


The country to host the finals will be chosen from the eight qualifiers.

The first preliminary round involves the Arab countries ranked 15th
to 22nd (among Arab countries) in the FIFA ranking, divided into 2
groups of 4 teams; the 2 group winners qualify for the second round,
divided into 4 groups of 4 teams from which the group winners and
runners-up qualify for the finals in 2009.

check here for more detailed information

First Preliminary Round     

Group 1 (in Yemen)
14-12-06 Yemen         2-0 Comoros       1.Yemen        2  2  0  0   6- 1  6
17-12-06 Djibouti      2-4 Comoros       2.Comoros      2  1  0  1   4- 4  3
20-12-06 Yemen         4-1 Djibouti      3.Djibouti     2  0  0  2   3- 8  0
NB: Palestine withdrew as Israel did not allow them to travel to Yemen

Group 2 (in Lebanon)
21-12-06 Lebanon       0-0 Mauritania    1.Sudan        3  2  1  0   8- 1  7
         Sudan         6-1 Somalia       2.Lebanon      3  1  2  0   4- 0  5
24-12-06 Lebanon       4-0 Somalia       3.Mauritania   3  1  1  1   8- 4  4
         Mauritania    0-2 Sudan         4.Somalia      3  0  0  3   3-18  0
27-12-06 Somalia       2-8 Mauritania
         Lebanon       0-0 Sudan

NB: in addition to Yemen and Sudan, also Lebanon qualified as best
    runners-up due to the withdrawal of Qatar

NB: tournament abandoned; second round never played


2012 Saudi Arabia

Group A
22- 6-12 Saudi Arabia  4-0 Kuwait        1.SAUDI ARABIA 2  1  1  0   6- 2  4
25- 6-12 Kuwait        2-0 Palestine     2.Kuwait       2  1  0  1   2- 4  3
28- 6-12 Saudi Arabia  2-2 Palestine     3.Palestine    2  0  1  1   2- 4  1
                                         -.UAE          withdrew

Group B
23- 6-12 Morocco A'    4-0 Bahrain       1.MOROCCO A'   3  2  1  0   8- 0  7
         Libya         3-1 Yemen         2.LIBYA        3  2  1  0   5- 2  7
26- 6-12 Bahrain       0-2 Yemen         3.Yemen        3  1  0  2   3- 7  3
         Libya         0-0 Morocco A'    4.Bahrain      3  0  0  3   1- 8  0
29- 6-12 Libya         2-1 Bahrain
         Yemen         0-4 Morocco A'    

Group C
24- 6-12 Iraq          1-0 Lebanon       1.IRAQ         3  2  1  0   4- 2  7
         Egypt U-23    1-1 Sudan         2.Sudan        3  1  2  0   4- 2  5
27- 6-12 Lebanon       0-2 Sudan         3.Egypt U-23   3  0  2  1   3- 4  2
         Iraq          2-1 Egypt U-23    4.Lebanon      3  0  1  2   1- 4  1
30- 6-12 Egypt U-23    1-1 Lebanon
         Sudan         1-1 Iraq

Semifinals
 3- 7-12 Saudi Arabia  0-2 Libya
         Morocco A'    2-1 Iraq

Third Place Match
 5- 7-12 Saudi Arabia  0-1 Iraq

Final
 6- 7-12 Morocco A'    1-1 Libya         [aet, 3-1 pen]

About this document

Sources included: [sss 7], Al-Azraq.

Thanks to Bojan Jovanovic (bojan@go.cc) for information on venues, dates and FIFA status, Mikael Jönsson (mikcat@frisurf.no) for confirming 1963, Maher Busedra (libya50@hotmail.com) for confirming some of Libya's scores, Josef Bobrowsky (jrjb@chello.at) for 1992 details, Refel Hashim (rha-rusul@uruklink.net) for confirming Iraq vs Saudi Arabia 1988, Ian King (worldsoccer@btinternet.com) for providing scorer details 1988, Hassanin Mubarak (Iraqifootball@yahoo.com) for details on Libya matches 1966, to Pieter Veroeveren (Pieter.Veroeveren@tvd.be) for confirming Tunisia's scores in 1963, and to Ahmed Laïdi for pointing out the relationship with the Palestine Cups, the 1988 qualifying tournament, and various other informations

Prepared and maintained by John Abboud, Jostein Nygård and Mohammed Qayed for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Authors: John Abboud (electronicsts@yahoo.ca), Jostein Nygård (jostein_nygard@hotmail.com) and Mohammed Qayed (mhqayed@hotmail.com)
Last updated: 20 Nov 2014

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