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The 2018–19 Arab Club Champions Cup, known officially as the 2018–19 Zayed Champions Cup (Arabic: كأس زايد للأندية الأبطال 2018–19‎) to mark 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was the 28th season (not including 1990) of the Arab World's inter-club football tournament organised by UAFA, and the first season since it was renamed from the Arab Club Championship to the Arab Club Champions Cup.[1]

2018–19 Zayed Champions Cup
2018–19 Arab Club Champions Cup
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Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
5–24 May 2018
Competition proper:
31 July 2018 – 18 April 2019
Teams40 (from 2 confederations) (from 19 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsTunisia ES Sahel (1st title)
Runners-upSaudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Tournament statistics
Matches played69
Goals scored177 (2.57 per match)
Top scorer(s)Sudan Mohamed Abdel Rahman
(7 goals)
Best player(s)Tunisia Yassine Chikhaoui
Best goalkeeperSaudi Arabia Abdullah Al-Mayouf
2017
All statistics correct as of 18 April 2019.

The final was played at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, between Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Étoile du Sahel of Tunisia. It was the fourth time Al-Hilal reached the final in their history, while it marked the first appearance of Étoile du Sahel in this stage. Étoile du Sahel defeated Al-Hilal 2–1 in the final and won the title for the first time in their history, becoming the third Tunisian team to win the competition in the last five editions.

Espérance de Tunis were the defending champions, having won the title in the previous edition. They were eliminated by Al-Ittihad Alexandria in the first round.

Prize moneyEdit

The prize money was as follows:[2]

  • Winners: $6 million
  • Runners-up: $2.5 million

TeamsEdit

A total of 40 teams participated in the tournament; 20 from Asia and 20 from Africa. 10 clubs started in the qualifying play-off where two of them advanced to the first round which consisted of 32 teams. From then on, the tournament was played in a knockout format with home and away legs, until the final which was a one-leg match played in the United Arab Emirates. Due to the new format of the competition only being announced after the 2016–17 season had already ended, UAFA decided that for this edition of the tournament, teams would be invited to participate rather than strictly qualifying through performance in the 2016–17 season's domestic competitions.

Associations which did not enter a team
Notes
  1. ^ Not including the club's appearance in the cancelled 1990 edition.

ScheduleEdit

 
The Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain hosted the final.

The schedule of the competition was as follows:

Phase Round Draw date Dates
Qualifying play-off Preliminary round 24 April 2018 5–9 May 2018
Play-off round 17–24 May 2018
Knockout stage First round 31 July – 30 September 2018
Second round 6 October 2018 27 October – 11 December 2018
Quarter-finals 17 December 2018 26 January – 25 February 2019
Semi-finals 27 February – 15 April 2019
Final 18 April 2019

Qualifying roundsEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   ASAS Djibouti Télécom (H) 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 4 Advance to Play-off round
2   Banadir 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4
3   Ngazi de Mirontsi 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3 0
Source: Goalzz
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.
(H) Host.



ASAS Djibouti Télécom  3−1  Ngazi de Mirontsi
Obayo   3'
  71' (pen.)
  74' (pen.)
Report  

Play-off roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Al-Nejmeh 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to First round
2   Club Africain 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3   ASAC Concorde 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
4   Al-Faisaly 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1
Source: Goalzz
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.

Club Africain  2–2  Al-Faisaly
Report
Referee: Mohanad Qasim Sarray (Iraq)

Al-Nejmeh  4–0  ASAC Concorde
Report
Referee: Sabri Mohammed Fadul (Sudan)

Al-Faisaly  1–2  Al-Nejmeh
Report
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

ASAC Concorde  1–2  Club Africain
Report
Referee: Lahlou Benbraham (Algeria)

Al-Nejmeh  1–0  Club Africain
Report
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

Al-Faisaly  1–3  ASAC Concorde
Referee: Lahlou Benbraham (Algeria)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Al-Ittihad Alexandria 3 2 1 0 14 1 +13 7 Advance to First round
2   FUS Rabat 3 2 1 0 13 1 +12 7
3   Al-Salmiya 3 1 0 2 4 10 −6 3
4   ASAS Djibouti Télécom 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0
Source: Goalzz
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.
Al-Ittihad Alexandria  1–1  FUS Rabat
Report
Referee: Mohammed Al Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
Al-Salmiya  4–0  ASAS Djibouti Télécom
Report
Referee: Ahmed Yacoub Ibrahim (Jordan)

Al-Salmiya  0–5  Al-Ittihad Alexandria
Report
Referee: Mohanad Qasim Sarray (Iraq)
ASAS Djibouti Télécom  0–7  FUS Rabat
Report
Referee: Khalid Saleh Al-Turais (Saudi Arabia)

Al-Ittihad Alexandria  8–0  ASAS Djibouti Télécom
Report
Referee: Khalid Saleh Al-Turais (Saudi Arabia)
FUS Rabat  5–0  Al-Salmiya
Report

Knockout phaseEdit

BracketEdit

First round   Second round   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
   Al-Hilal 1 1 2  
   Al-Shabab 0 0 0        Al-Hilal 4 2 6  
   Al-Naft (a) 1 2 3      Al-Naft 0 0 0  
   CS Sfaxien 1 2 3          Al-Hilal 3 0 3  
   Al-Ittihad Alexandria (a) 1 2 3          Al-Ittihad Alexandria 0 0 0  
   Espérance de Tunis 1 2 3        Al-Ittihad Alexandria (p) 0 1 1 (4)
   Zamalek (a) 0 1 1      Zamalek 1 0 1 (3)  
   Al-Qadsia 0 1 1          Al-Hilal (p) 1 0 1 (3)  
   Al-Ahly 0 4 4          Al-Ahli Jeddah 0 1 1 (2)  
   Al-Nejmeh 0 1 1        Al-Ahly 2 1 3  
   Al-Ittihad Jeddah 1 0 1      Al-Wasl (a) 2 1 3  
   Al-Wasl (a) 1 0 1          Al-Wasl 2 1 3
   Al-Ain 1 1 2          Al-Ahli Jeddah 2 2 4  
   ES Sétif (a) 2 0 2        ES Sétif 0 1 1
   Al-Muharraq 0 0 0      Al-Ahli Jeddah 1 1 2  
   Al-Ahli Jeddah 2 3 5          Al-Hilal 1
   Ismaily (p) 2 0 2 (4)          Étoile du Sahel 2
   Al-Kuwait 0 2 2 (2)        Ismaily 0 0 0 (2)  
   Salam Zgharta 1 1 2      Raja Casablanca (p) 0 0 0 (4)  
   Raja Casablanca 2 1 3          Raja Casablanca 0 1 1  
   Wydad Casablanca (p) 1 1 2 (4)          Étoile du Sahel 2 0 2  
   Al-Ahli Tripoli 1 1 1 (2)        Wydad Casablanca 0 0 0
   Étoile du Sahel 3 3 6      Étoile du Sahel 0 1 1  
   Al-Ramtha 1 1 2          Étoile du Sahel 1 0 1
   Al-Jazira 1 1 2          Al-Merrikh 0 0 0  
   Al-Nassr 2 4 6        Al-Nassr 0 1 1  
   Al-Riffa 1 0 1      MC Alger 1 2 3  
   MC Alger 2 0 2          MC Alger 0 0 0
   Al-Jaish 1 1 2          Al-Merrikh 0 3 3  
   Al-Merrikh 3 1 4        Al-Merrikh 4 0 4
   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 0 0 0      USM Alger 1 2 3  
   USM Alger 1 3 4  

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Zamalek   1–1 (a)   Al-Qadsia 0–0 1–1
Al-Ain   2–2 (a)   ES Sétif 1–2 1–0
Ismaily   2–2 (4–2 p)   Al-Kuwait 2–0 0–2
Salam Zgharta   2–3   Raja Casablanca 1–2 1–1
Al-Ittihad Jeddah   1–1 (a)   Al-Wasl 1–1 0–0
Al-Naft   3–3 (a)   CS Sfaxien 1–1 2–2
Al-Hilal   2–0   Al-Shabab 1–0 1–0
Al-Riffa   1–2   MC Alger 1–2 0–0
Étoile du Sahel   6–2   Al-Ramtha 3–1 3–1
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   0–4   USM Alger 0–1 0–3[a]
Al-Jazira   2–6   Al-Nassr 1–2 1–4
Al-Ittihad Alexandria   3–3 (a)   Espérance de Tunis 1–1 2–2
Wydad Casablanca   2–2 (4–2 p)   Al-Ahli Tripoli 1–1 1–1
Al-Jaish   2–4   Al-Merrikh 1–3 1–1
Al-Ahly   4–1   Al-Nejmeh 0–0 4–1
Al-Muharraq   0–5   Al-Ahli Jeddah 0–2 0–3

Zamalek  0–0  Al-Qadsia

1–1 on aggregate. Zamalek won on away goals.


Al-Ain  1–2  ES Sétif
Report
Referee: Turki Al Khudair (Saudi Arabia)

ES Sétif  0–1  Al-Ain
Report
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

2–2 on aggregate. ES Sétif won on away goals.


Ismaily  2–0  Al-Kuwait
Report
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

2–2 on aggregate. Ismaily won 4–2 on penalties.


Salam Zgharta  1–2  Raja Casablanca
Report
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)

Raja Casablanca  1–1  Salam Zgharta
Report

Raja Casablanca won 3–2 on aggregate.


Al-Ittihad Jeddah  1–1  Al-Wasl

Al-Wasl  0–0  Al-Ittihad Jeddah
Report
Attendance: 5,780
Referee: Ahmed Al Kaf (Oman)

1–1 on aggregate. Al-Wasl won on away goals.


Al-Naft  1–1  CS Sfaxien
Report

CS Sfaxien  2–2  Al-Naft
Report
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)

3–3 on aggregate. Al-Naft won on away goals.


Al-Hilal  1–0  Al-Shabab
Report
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)

Al-Shabab  0–1  Al-Hilal
Report

Al-Hilal won 2–0 on aggregate.


Al-Riffa  1–2  MC Alger
Report

MC Alger won 2–1 on aggregate.


Étoile du Sahel  3–1  Al-Ramtha
Referee: Ayman El Sharif (Libya)

Al-Ramtha  1–3  Étoile du Sahel
Report
Referee: Masoud Tufaylieh (Syria)

Étoile du Sahel won 6–2 on aggregate.


Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya  0–1  USM Alger
Report
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

USM Alger won 4–0 on aggregate. They were awarded a 3–0 walkover win in the second leg after Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya's players withdrew from the match at 71 minutes while losing 2–0 in protest at offensive chants from the home fans.


Al-Jazira  1–2  Al-Nassr

Al-Nassr  4–1  Al-Jazira
Report

Al-Nassr won 6–2 on aggregate.


Al-Ittihad Alexandria  1–1  Espérance de Tunis
Report
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Mohammed Al Hoish (Saudi Arabia)

Espérance de Tunis  2–2  Al-Ittihad Alexandria

3–3 on aggregate. Al-Ittihad Alexandria won on away goals.


Al-Ahli Tripoli  1–1  Wydad Casablanca
Report
Penalties
2–4
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)

2–2 on aggregate. Wydad Casablanca won 4–2 on penalties.


Al-Jaish  1–3  Al-Merrikh
Report

Al-Merrikh  1–1  Al-Jaish
Report
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)

Al-Merrikh won 4–2 on aggregate.


Al-Ahly  0–0  Al-Nejmeh
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)

Al-Nejmeh  1–4  Al-Ahly
Report

Al-Ahly won 4–1 on aggregate.


Al-Muharraq  0–2  Al-Ahli Jeddah

Al-Ahli Jeddah  3–0  Al-Muharraq
Report
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)

Al-Ahli Jeddah won 5–0 on aggregate.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Merrikh   4–3   USM Alger 4–1 0–2
Al-Nassr   1–3   MC Alger 0–1 1–2
Al-Ahly   3–3 (a)   Al-Wasl 2–2 1–1
Wydad Casablanca   0–1   Étoile du Sahel 0–0 0–1
Al-Hilal   6–0   Al-Naft 4–0 2–0
Ismaily   0–0 (2–4 p)   Raja Casablanca 0–0 0-0
Al-Ittihad Alexandria   1–1 (4–3 p)   Zamalek 0–1 1–0
ES Sétif   1–2   Al-Ahli Jeddah 0–1 1–1

Al-Merrikh  4–1  USM Alger
Report
Referee: Turki Al Khudair (Saudi Arabia)

USM Alger  2–0  Al-Merrikh
Report

Al-Merrikh won 4–3 on aggregate.


Al-Nassr  0–1  MC Alger
Report

MC Alger  2–1  Al-Nassr
Report

MC Alger won 3–1 on aggregate.


Al-Ahly  2–2  Al-Wasl
Report

Al-Wasl  1–1  Al-Ahly
  • Oh   82'
Report
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)

3–3 on aggregate. Al-Wasl won on away goals.


Wydad Casablanca  0–0  Étoile du Sahel
Report
Referee: Turki Al Khudair (Saudi Arabia)

Étoile du Sahel  1–0  Wydad Casablanca
Report

Étoile du Sahel won 1–0 on aggregate.


Al-Hilal  4–0  Al-Naft
Report

Al-Naft  0–2  Al-Hilal
Report
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)

Al-Hilal won 6–0 on aggregate.


Ismaily  0–0  Raja Casablanca
Report
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

Raja Casablanca  0–0  Ismaily
Report
Penalties
4–2

0–0 on aggregate. Raja Casablanca won 4–2 on penalties.


Al-Ittihad Alexandria  0–1  Zamalek
Report
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)

Zamalek  0–1  Al-Ittihad Alexandria
Report
Penalties
3–4

1–1 on aggregate. Al-Ittihad Alexandria won 4–3 on penalties.


ES Sétif  0–1  Al-Ahli Jeddah
Report
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)

Al-Ahli Jeddah  1–1  ES Sétif
Report

Al-Ahli Jeddah won 2–1 on aggregate.

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Hilal   3–0   Al-Ittihad Alexandria 3–0 0–0
Al-Wasl   3–4   Al-Ahli Jeddah 2–2 1–2
Raja Casablanca   1–2   Étoile du Sahel 0–2 1–0
MC Alger   0–3   Al-Merrikh 0–0 0–3

Al-Hilal  3–0  Al-Ittihad Alexandria
Report
Attendance: 15,184
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)

Al-Ittihad Alexandria  0–0  Al-Hilal
Report
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)

Al-Hilal won 3–0 on aggregate.


Al-Wasl  2–2  Al-Ahli Jeddah
Report

Al-Ahli Jeddah  2–1  Al-Wasl
Report
Attendance: 10,450
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

Al-Ahli Jeddah won 4–3 on aggregate.


Raja Casablanca  0–2  Étoile du Sahel
Report

Étoile du Sahel  0–1  Raja Casablanca
Report

Étoile du Sahel won 2–1 on aggregate.


MC Alger  0–0  Al-Merrikh
Report
Attendance: 25 000
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)

Al-Merrikh  3–0  MC Alger
Report
Referee: Turki Al Khudair (Saudi Arabia)

Al-Merrikh won 3–0 on aggregate.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Hilal   1–1 (3–2 p)   Al-Ahli Jeddah 1–0 0–1
Étoile du Sahel   1–0   Al-Merrikh 1–0 0–0

Al-Ahli Jeddah  1–0  Al-Hilal
Report
Penalties
2–3
Attendance: 33,257
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)

1–1 on aggregate. Al-Hilal won 3–2 on penalties.


Étoile du Sahel  1–0  Al-Merrikh
Report

Al-Merrikh  0–0  Étoile du Sahel
Report
Referee: Sultan Al Marzooqi (United Arab Emirates)

Étoile du Sahel won 1–0 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 18 April 2019
  Team eliminated / inactive for this round.
Rank Player Team PMR PR1 PR2 PR3 FR1 FR2 SR1 SR2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 F Total
1   Mohamed Abdel Rahman   Al-Merrikh 2 3 2 7
2   Emmanuel Banahene   Al-Ittihad Alexandria 3 1 1 5
  Bafétimbi Gomis   Al-Hilal 1 1 2 1
4   Razack Cissé   Al-Ittihad Alexandria 1 2 1 4
  Gedo   Al-Ittihad Alexandria 3 1
6   Abdukadir Benteke   Banadir 3 3
  Abdulrahman Ghareeb   Al-Ahli Jeddah 2 1
  Yahya Al-Shehri   Al-Nassr 1 1 1
  Carlos Eduardo   Al-Hilal 1 1 1

BroadcastingEdit

2018–19 Zayed Champions Cup Media Coverage
Country Television Channel
  United Arab Emirates AD Sports[3]

Notes & referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ USM Alger were awarded a 3–0 walkover win in the second leg after Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya's players withdrew from the match at 71 minutes while losing 2–0 in protest at offensive chants from the home fans.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ @UAFAAC (24 Apr 2018). "Regards to success in the teams participating in the Arab Cup of Clubs" كأس العرب للأندية الأبطال ، جدول البطولة (Tweet) (in Arabic) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Winners of Arab club tournament to earn $6 mln
  3. ^ "‏قنوات أبوظبي الرياضية تفوز بحقوق البث الحصري لبطولة كأس العرب للأندية الأبطال" (in Arabic). uafaac.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.

External linksEdit