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The 2012 Arab Cup (Arabic: كأس العرب 2012‎) was the tenth edition of the Arab Nations Cup, also referred to as the Arab Cup for national football teams affiliated with the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA).

2012 Arab Cup
2012-arab-nations-cup-logo.png
Tournament details
Host countrySaudi Arabia
Dates22 June – 6 July
Teams11 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Morocco (1st title)
Runners-up Libya
Third place Iraq
Fourth place Saudi Arabia
Tournament statistics
Matches played19
Goals scored47 (2.47 per match)
Top scorer(s)Morocco Yassine Salhi
(6 goals)
Best player(s)Morocco Yassine Salhi
2009

The tournament was hosted by Saudi Arabia between 22 June and 6 July 2012.[1] It is the second time that the nation has hosted the tournament, the first being in 1985. This edition witnessed the return of Iraq – the most successful team and record holder of the Arab Nations Cup with four titles – after a 25-year absence due to the Gulf War.

Contents

Prize moneyEdit

The tournament's lead sponsor was Singaporean company World Sport Group[2] who describe themselves as "Asia's leading sports marketing, media and event management company."[3]

The winner received USD$1million, the runner-up will receive $600,000, the third placed team will receive $300,000, while the other participating football associations will receive $200,000 each.[4]

TeamsEdit

ParticipatingEdit

Country Confederation Previous appearances in tournament
  Bahrain AFC 4 (1966, 1985, 1988, 2002)
  Egypt (Olympic team)[5] CAF 3 (1988, 1992, 1998)
  Iraq AFC 4 (1964, 1966, 1985, 1988)
  Kuwait AFC 7 (1963, 1964, 1966, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2002)
  Lebanon AFC 6 (1963, 1964, 1966, 1988, 1998, 2002)
  Libya1 CAF 3 (1964, 1966, 1998)
  Morocco (Local team) CAF 2 (1998, 2002)
  Palestine AFC 3 (1966, 1992, 2002)
  Saudi Arabia AFC 5 (1985, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2002)
  Sudan CAF 2 (1998, 2002)
  Yemen AFC 2 (1966, 2002)
Bold indicates champion for that year
1Libya were due to send their under-21 team but instead sent its senior national team.[6][7]

Did not enterEdit

DrawEdit

The official draw was held on 6 May 2012 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The remaining 11 teams were ranked based on the FIFA World Rankings of May 2012 before the draw.

Seeding pots Nation FIFA Rankingas of May 2012
Pot A   Saudi Arabia 89
  Libya 39
  Egypt 55
Pot B   Morocco 62
  Iraq 70
  Kuwait 87
Pot C   Bahrain 93
  Sudan 113
  United Arab Emirates 121
Pot D   Lebanon 128
  Palestine 153
  Yemen 156

The United Arab Emirates withdrew from the competition after the group draw had been made; they were initially drawn into group A.[10]

It will be played as tournament with three groups made of four teams each. The organizer country, Saudi Arabia was assigned to Group A.

VenuesEdit

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Saudi Arabia 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4 4
  Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 3
  Palestine 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 1
Saudi Arabia  4 – 0  Kuwait
Al-Sahlawi   22'90+3'
Al-Mehyani   51'56'
Report

Kuwait  2 – 0  Palestine
Khamis   27'
Al-Rashidi   90+2'
Referee: Hamad Al-Sheikh (United Arab Emirates)

Saudi Arabia  2 – 2  Palestine
Al-Ruwaili   9'
Al-Zylaeei   85'
Report Abu Saleh   45+1' (pen.)
Al Amour   73'
Referee: Khalid Abdel Rahman (Sudan)

Group BEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Morocco A' 3 2 1 0 8 0 +8 7
  Libya 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
  Yemen 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3
  Bahrain 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Morocco A'  4 – 0  Bahrain
El Bahri   17'
Salhi   78'
Al-Hayam   83' (o.g.)
Benjelloun   90+'
Libya  3 – 1  Yemen
Saad   17' (pen.)
Salama   53'
Al-Ghuwail   89'
Al-Sasi   69'
Referee: Suleiman Jaber (Jordan)

Bahrain  0 – 2  Yemen
Al-Selwi   53' (pen.)
Baroies   65'

Libya  2 – 1  Bahrain
Saad   71' (pen.)
Al Ghanodi   74'
Al-Khataal   38'
Referee: Hamad Al-Sheikh (UAE)
Yemen  0 – 4  Morocco A'
Salhi   10' (pen.)48'58'63' (pen.)
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia)

Group CEdit

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Iraq 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
  Sudan 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
  Egypt U23 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
  Lebanon 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Iraq  1 – 0  Lebanon
Karim   89'
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
Egypt U23  1 – 1  Sudan
Magdi   38' El-Amin   80'
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia)

Lebanon  0 – 2  Sudan
Ankba   55'
Bashir   83'
Referee: Suleiman Jaber (Jordan)
Iraq  2 – 1  Egypt U23
Karim   49'
Abdul-Zahra   75'
Gomaa   45' (pen.)

Egypt U23  1 – 1  Lebanon
Hamoudi   45+1' (pen.) Moghrabi   80'
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
Sudan  1 – 1  Iraq
Hamad   9' Shakir   5'

Best placed runner-upEdit

The team that finish highest of all group runners-up will also proceed to the semi-final stage. Due to Group A only having three teams in their group, results against teams finishing fourth will not be counted. The best runners-up will face the winner of group A in the semifinals while the winner of group B will face the winner of group C.

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
  Libya 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
  Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 3
  Sudan 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2

Knockout phaseEdit

The semi-final winners proceed to the final and those who lost compete in the third place playoff.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
3 July - Jeddah
 
 
  Saudi Arabia 0
 
6 July - Jeddah
 
  Libya 2
 
  Libya 1 (1)
 
3 July - Jeddah
 
  Morocco A' (pen.) 1 (3)
 
  Morocco A' 2
 
 
  Iraq 1
 
Third place
 
 
5 July - Jeddah
 
 
  Saudi Arabia 0
 
 
  Iraq 1

Semi-finalsEdit

Saudi Arabia  0 – 2  Libya
Al-Sebaee   75'
Saad   90+6' (pen.)

Morocco A'  2 – 1  Iraq
El Gharib   23'
Salhi   28'
Karim   90+6' (pen.)

Third place play-offEdit

Saudi Arabia  0 – 1  Iraq
Report Abdul-Zahra   16'
Referee: Khalid Abdurrahman (Sudan)

FinalEdit

Libya  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Morocco A'
Al Badri   89' El Bahri   5'
Penalties
Al Badri  
Al Ghanodi  
Salama  
Al-Sebaee  
1 – 3   Salhi
  Jahouh
  Abdessamad
  Bourhim
  Belmaalem
Attendance: 2 500
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)

WinnersEdit

 2012 Arab Nations Cup Champions 
 
Morocco
First title

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

6 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

AwardsEdit

  •   Yassine Salhi – was named the player of the tournament, and was the top scorer of the tournament with a total of 6 goals.[11]

Team statisticsEdit

Pos. Team Pld W D L Pts GF GA GD
1   Morocco 5 3 2 0 11 11 2 +9
2   Libya 5 3 2 0 11 8 3 +5
3   Iraq 5 3 1 1 10 6 4 +2
4   Saudi Arabia 4 1 1 2 4 6 5 +1
Eliminated in the group stage
5   Kuwait 2 1 0 1 3 2 4 -2
6   Sudan 3 1 2 0 5 4 2 +2
7   Yemen 3 1 0 2 3 3 7 -4
8   Egypt 3 0 2 1 2 3 4 -1
9   Palestine 2 0 1 1 1 2 4 -2
10   Lebanon 3 0 1 2 1 1 4 -3
11   Bahrain 3 0 0 3 0 1 8 -7
Total 19(1) 13 6(2) 13 51 47 47 0

Team(s) rendered in italics represent(s) the host nation(s). The competition's winning team is rendered in bold.
(1) – Total games lost not counted in total games played (total games lost = total games won)
(2) – Total number of games drawn (tied) for all teams = Total number of games drawn (tied) ÷ 2 (both teams involved)

MediaEdit

BroadcastingEdit

Territory Channel
  Qatar BeIN Sports
  Saudi Arabia Al-Riyadiah

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ الإتحاد المغربي يرفض مشاركة المنتخب في البطولة العربية بالمحترفين (in Arabic). kooora.com. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  2. ^ جوائز مالية محفزة للمنتخبات المشاركة في كأس العرب (in Arabic). Middle East Online. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  3. ^ "World Sports : About us". worldsportgroup.com. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" مليون دولار للفائز بكأس العرب و200 ألف لكل منتخب مشارك (in Arabic). alyaum.net. 5 April 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ المنتخب الأوليمبى يشارك فى كأس العرب بجدة. EFA.com (in Arabic). Egyptian Football Association. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  6. ^ "9th Arab Cup: Easy Win for Libya Against Yemen". Tripoli Post. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. Contrary to expectations Libya fielded the national team instead of the Under 21 side and they proved much too strong for their opponents.
  7. ^ "9th Arab Nations Cup: Libya in action against Yemen Saturday". Tripoli Post. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. In Group B, Libya, which is scheduled to field its Under 21 team, has to contend with Yemen, its first opponents, Morocco and Bahrain.
  8. ^ الجزائر تعتذر عن المشاركة في بطولة كأس العرب للأمم (in Arabic). Al Jazeera Sport. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  9. ^ الأردن يعتذر عن المشاركة في كأس العرب (in Arabic). Al Jazeera Sport. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  10. ^ a b "UAE pulls out of Arab Cup of Nations after loss of players hits squad". The National. United Arab Emirates. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  11. ^ "حصاد كأس العرب .. 47 هدفاً و اسود أطلس يعانقون اللقب للمرة الأولى". كووورة - أحمد التيمومي. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.