2015 GCC U-23 Championship

The 2015 GCC U-23 Championship took place in Manama, Bahrain.[1] It was initially going to be hosted by Qatar in September, but later moved to Bahrain and scheduled for January 2015[2][3] It is the 6th edition of the tournament and used as preparation for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification rounds. The semi final and final were delayed by a number of days due to the death of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

2015 GCC U-23 Championship
Tournament details
Host countryBahrain
Dates16 January 2015 - 29 January 2015
Teams6 (from UAFA confederations)
Final positions
Champions Saudi Arabia (3rd title)
Runners-up Kuwait
Third place Oman
Fourth place United Arab Emirates
Tournament statistics
Matches played11
Goals scored30 (2.73 per match)
2013

GroupsEdit

The draw was conducted on 4 June 2014.[4]

Group A Group B

  Kuwait
  Qatar
  United Arab Emirates

  Bahrain (Hosts)
  Oman
  Saudi Arabia

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United Arab Emirates 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
  Kuwait 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
  Qatar 2 0 1 1 0 3 −3 1
United Arab Emirates  2–0  Kuwait
Yousef Ahmed   71'
Ali Salmeen   90+2'

Kuwait  3–0  Qatar
Al Tararwa   23'
Hazzam   56'
Mohammed   60'

Qatar  0–0  United Arab Emirates
Referee: Mahmood Al-Majarafi (Oman)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Oman 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
  Saudi Arabia 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 3
  Bahrain 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
Bahrain  2–3  Saudi Arabia
Ali Hassan   47'
Matar   51'
Al-Sulayhem   32'
Al-Nadhri   77'
Al-Saiari   90+1'

Saudi Arabia  2–3  Oman
Al-Bishi   63'
Al-Nadhri   72'
Al-Rushaidi   9'43'
Al-Hamdani   48'

Bahrain  0–0  Oman
Referee: Sultan Al-Marzooqi (UAE)

Semi-finalsEdit

United Arab Emirates  1–1  Saudi Arabia
Mubarak   25' Al-Kharaa   6'
Penalties
3–5
Referee: Abdulaziz Abdulla (Bahrain)

Oman  1–1  Kuwait
Al Fazari   42' Hezam   7'
Penalties
4–5
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)

5th/6th place playoffEdit

Bahrain  2 – 1  Qatar

3rd/4th place playoffEdit

United Arab Emirates  1 – 2  Oman

FinalEdit

Saudi Arabia  5–2  Kuwait
Al-Bishi   32'
Al-Saiari   40'
Al-Nadhri   67'
Al-Sulayhem   74' (pen.)
Othman   90+4'
Hezam   46'86'

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bahrain to host GCC olympic and U-17 tournaments". Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  2. ^ "GCC U-23 Tournament date moved to August 30". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  3. ^ UAE prepare for the GCC U-23 Cup
  4. ^ "U-23 drawn in Group B". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-07.