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The 20th Arabian Gulf Cup (Arabic: كأس الخليج العربي‎) was the twentieth edition of the biannual Gulf Cup competition, and took place in Aden, Yemen, from 22 November to 5 December 2010.[1] The tournament was held in Yemen for the first time in the tournament's history, and this edition celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cup as well as the 20th anniversary of the tournament.

20th Arabian Gulf Cup
كأس الخليج العربي 2010 ، أو خليجي 20
Kass Al-Khaleej ِAl-Arabi 2010, or Khaleeji 20
20th Arabian Gulf Cup Logo.png
Tournament details
Host countryYemen
Dates22 November – 5 December 2010
Teams8
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Kuwait (10th title)
Runners-up Saudi Arabia
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored27 (1.8 per match)
Top scorer(s)Kuwait Bader Al-Mutawa
Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra
(3 goals)
Best player(s)Kuwait Fahad Al-Enezi
Best goalkeeperKuwait Nawaf Al-Khaldi
2009
2013

The opening match was played between the host Yemen and Saudi Arabia at the 22 May Stadium in Aden.[2][3]

Kuwait won the tournament for the tenth time in the team's history,[4] against 2-time consecutive second-place finishers, Saudi Arabia in a 1–0 score that ended with extra time.

TeamsEdit

8 teams participated in the tournament.[5]

VenuesEdit

Cities Venues Capacity Build Year
Aden 22 May Stadium 30,000 2003
Zinjibar Al-Wihda Stadium 30,000 2010

Competition mascotEdit

The competition mascot (rather a secondary competition logo) depicts a Yemeni juggling a football in a traditional Yemeni wizaar while wearing headgear consisting of colors from the Yemeni flag.

The design has been featured in many advertising campaigns for the competition as well as many talk-shows, and has emerged as a well-known symbol for the competition, even more so than the primary competition logo.

The drawEdit

  • The draw for the tournament was held on 22 August 2010.
  • Eight teams were divided into two groups, Yemen (The host nation) was in group A, Oman (The holder) in group B, while the rest of the teams were placed in a pot based on August 2010's FIFA rankings.

SeedingsEdit

Pot
National Team
FIFA Ranking
A   Yemen (Host)
109
  Oman (Holder)
81
B   Bahrain
68
  Saudi Arabia
70
C   Kuwait
85
  United Arab Emirates
90
D   Qatar
98
  Iraq
106

Group stageEdit

  • All times are Yemen Time – UTC+3

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Kuwait 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
  Saudi Arabia 3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 5
  Qatar 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
  Yemen 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Yemen  0–4  Saudi Arabia
Al-Muwallad   4'
Al-Shalhoub   58'
Assiri   72' (pen.)
Al-Saeed   90+2'

Kuwait  1–0  Qatar
Nasser   28'
Referee: Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Oman)

Saudi Arabia  0–0  Kuwait

Qatar  2–1  Yemen
Al-Marri   35'55' Akram   17'
Referee: Sabah Abid Iddan (Iraq)

Yemen  0–3  Kuwait
Al Ateeqi   18' (pen.)
Al-Mutawa   34'69'
Referee: Salah Mohammed Al Abassi (Bahrain)

Qatar  1–1  Saudi Arabia
Al-Ghanim   84' Shami Zaher   89' (o.g.)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
  Iraq 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
  Oman 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
  Bahrain 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1
Oman  1–1  Bahrain
Al Hosni   37' Al Mishkhas   67'
Referee: Naser Al Enezi (Kuwait)

Iraq  0–0  United Arab Emirates
Referee: Abdelrahman Al Qathani (Saudi Arabia)

United Arab Emirates  0–0  Oman
Referee: Hamdy Raaban Shaaban (Egypt)

Bahrain  2–3  Iraq
Ayesh   44'
Abdullatif   90+6'
Abdul-Zahra   24'57'
Hawar   90'
Referee: Khalaf Mohammad Allabany (Yemen)

Oman  0–0  Iraq
Referee: Yasser Younis (Egypt)

United Arab Emirates  3–1  Bahrain
Khater   4'
F. Juma   8'
A. Juma   64'
Fatadi   35'
Referee: Khamis Al Marry (Qatar)

Knockout stageEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Kuwait  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Al-Mutawa   1'
Al-Enezi   58'
Hawar   6'
Abdul-Zahra   14'
Penalties
5–4
Referee: Hamdy Raaban Shaaban (Egypt)
United Arab Emirates  0–1  Saudi Arabia
Abbas   55'

FinalEdit

Kuwait  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Saudi Arabia
Ali   93'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abdullah Al-Harrasi (Oman)

WinnersEdit

 20th Arabian Gulf Cup Winners 
 
Kuwait
Tenth title

GoalscorersEdit

Team statisticsEdit

This table shows all team performance.

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

Total goals by teamEdit

TriviaEdit

  • For the first time in the tournament's history all matches were played on artificial grass fields.
  • The broadcasting rights for the tournament was sold for the highest price ever in Gulf Cup history to Abu Dhabi Sports in a deal worth 560 million dollars.[6]
  • For the third consecutive time previous champions of the tournament failed to pass the group stages after 2009 winners, Oman failed to qualify to the final four.
  • Ali Al-Habsi's record for 4 consecutive "Best Tournament Goalkeeper" was broken after Kuwait's Nawaf Al-Khaldi won the award due to Ali's absence in the competition.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arabian Gulf Cup in 2010". Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Arabian Gulf Cup 20 - Yemen 2010 Fixtures' schedule". goalzz.com. Kooora. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Yemen welcomes Gulf nations". FIFA.com. FIFA. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Kuwait wins the 2010 Gulf Cup for the tenth time". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  5. ^ Arabian Gulf Cup in Yemen 2010
  6. ^ "AD Sports pay 560 million for rights to the 20th Gulf Cup". forum.kooora.com (in Arabic). Kooora. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010.

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