The 21st Arabian Gulf Cup (Arabic: كأس الخليج العربي) was the twenty-first edition of the biennial football competition. It took place in Bahrain in January 2013. The competition was originally scheduled to be hosted in the city of Basra, Iraq, but was moved to Bahrain in October 2011 to ensure that Iraq could suitably host the competition in the 22nd edition.
|كأس الخلیج العربي 2013، خليجي 21|
|Dates||5–18 January 2013|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||United Arab Emirates (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||36 (2.25 per match)|
|Attendance||319,000 (19,938 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Abdulhadi Khamis|
|Best player(s)||Omar Abdulrahman|
|Best goalkeeper||Noor Sabri|
|Fair play award||Iraq|
Seeding of teamsEdit
The eight participating teams were divided into two groups, Bahrain (the host nation) were placed in Group A, Kuwait (the holder) in Group B, while the rest of the teams were placed in a pot based on FIFA rankings. The draw was held in Bahrain on 18 October 2012.
|D||United Arab Emirates|
|Bahrain National Stadium||Khalifa Sports City Stadium|
|Capacity: 35,000||Capacity: 20,000|
The opening ceremony of the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup took place in the Bahrain National Stadium on 5 January. The event featured the attendance of Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, members of the ruling family, Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, Michel Platini, the president of UEFA as well as other officials. Blatter commended the ceremony, stating that "The opening ceremony was very nice: 9.5 out of 10 because perfection does not exist". Following the ceremony, Blatter also stated that the organisational level of the Gulf Cup would have to be improved if it was to be a FIFA-sanctioned event and wanted the cup to be played simultaneously with the Africa Cup of Nations.
All times are local time (UTC+03:00).
|United Arab Emirates||3||3||0||0||7||2||+5||9|
|Qatar||1–3||United Arab Emirates|
|Ibrahim 11' (pen.)||Report||Abdulrahman 13'
|Ibrahim 56' (pen.)
|Report||Al-Hadhri 71' (pen.)|
|Bahrain||1–2||United Arab Emirates|
|Al Malood 75'||Report||Mabkout 40'
|United Arab Emirates||2–0||Oman|
|Khalil 83', 86'||Report|
|Aaish 25' (pen.)||Report|
Hawsawi 72' (o.g.)
F. Al-Muwallad 86'
|15 January – Riffa|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
|18 January – Riffa|
|United Arab Emirates (a.e.t.)||2|
|15 January – Riffa|
|18 January – Isa Town|
|United Arab Emirates||1–0||Kuwait|
|Mahmoud 18'||Report||Baba 61'|
Third place play-offEdit
|Khamis 35', 38', 54' (pen.)
Abdul Rahman Al Shammari 65'
Al Salimi 71'
|United Arab Emirates||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Iraq|
Al Hammadi 107'
|21st Arabian Gulf Cup Winners|
United Arab Emirates
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
- Osama Hawsawi (playing against Iraq)
This table shows all team performance.
|1||United Arab Emirates||5||5||0||0||10||3||+7|
|Eliminated in the group stage|
Prize money and awardsEdit
- First Place: 2,000,000 Riyals
- Second Place: 1,500,000 Riyals
- Third Place: 500,000 Riyals
- Fourth Place: 250,000 Riyals
The following awards were given:
|Fair Play Award||Iraq||200,000 Riyals|
|Top Scorer|| Abdulhadi Khamis
|Most Valuable player||Omar Abdulrahman||100,000 Riyals|
|Best Goalkeeper||Noor Sabri||100,000 Riyals|
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