Football at the 1999 Pan Arab Games
The 1999 Pan Arab Games football tournament was the 9th edition of the Pan Arab Games men's football tournament. The football tournament was held in Amman, Jordan between 19–31 August 1999 as part of the 1999 Pan Arab Games.
|Dates||19–31 August 1999|
|Teams||11 (from 2 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Jordan (2nd title)|
|Third place|| Libya|
|Goals scored||72 (2.88 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Badran Al-Shagran|
The following countries have participated for the final tournament:
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||1||0||3||1||+2||4|
|Al-Shagran 90'||Zein 42' 61' 88'|
|Mohammed 87'||Hamarsheh 59'
|Mohammed 7' 54'
|United Arab Emirates||3||0||1||2||2||4||−2||1|
|Palestine||1–0||United Arab Emirates|
Al Nims 88'
|El Masli 27'
Mohamed 82' (pen.)
El Masli 33'
|Al Manasri 1'
|29 August – Amman|
|31 August – Amman|
|Jordan (p)||4 (3)|
|29 August – Amman|
|Al-Kord 90'||Al-Shagran 14' 67' 75'
|El Masli 16'|
Jordan and Iraq faced off at the Amman International Stadium, with a capacity 25,000 crowd packed into the Jordanian capital; the home fans were hoping to see their side retain the title, while Iraq were enjoying the occasion after a tournament which defied expectations. The Jordanian king Abdullah II, along with his wife, were present in the crowd, with the king donning a national team shirt to show his support.
In a relatively quiet first half, it was the hosts who struck first, Abdullah Abu Zema sending Hashim Khamees the wrong way from the spot after half an hour.
The home side continued to dominate and grabbed a second five minutes after the break, a short corner fooling the Iraqi defence, and the tournament's top scorer Badran Al-Shagran lofted the ball over Khamees. It was 3–0 on 65 minutes, a similar routine from a corner seeing defender Radhee Shneishel slice wickedly into his own net. Jordan looked to have the trophy in their hands just five minutes later, Bashar Bani Yaseen racing clear down the left and drilling in a cross which Al- Shagran met with a diving header.
But then came one of the most astonishing comebacks of all time, rivalling the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in its suddenness. In the 73rd minute, after some pinball in the Jordan box, striker Husaam Fawzi swivelled and cracked a low shot from 10 yards into the bottom corner. The crowd, still celebrating, were then stunned into silence when the forward outpaced Amjad al Taher and then earned a penalty when the defender tripped him. The striker dusted himself down and sent Muhammad Abu Dawud the wrong way from the spot for his 6th goal of the tournament. The Iraqis then cut the deficit to just one on 77 minutes when Haidar Mahmoud got a free header from six yards. The Iraqis, smelling blood, completed the comeback with just three minutes left when Mahmoud knocked on a cross for Razzaq Farhan to half volley home from just inside the box. The home fans were stunned into submission, and their team could not get going. Iraq, still tired from their exerts, could not find a fifth, and so the match went to penalties.
Shneishel converted the first for Iraq, his spot kick too powerful for Abu Dawud, before Abu Zema equalized. Fawzi then hit the post with Iraq's second effort, giving Jordan the chance to take the lead in the shootout, which they didn't take, Hassouneh Al-Sheikh's weak effort saved. However, Iraq's Riyadh Mezher hit the other post with his spot kick, and Badran Al-Shagran made no mistake, giving the Jordanians the advantage with two penalties left. It seemed as though the Iraqis' luck was out, as Abaas Abdulraheem's penalty also hit the post and went out of play, giving substitute Sufian Abdullah the chance to win Jordan's second title. The midfielder's shot was too precise for Khamees, who dived the right way, and he brought this fantastic match to a close.
|Jordan||4 – 4 (a.e.t.)||Iraq|
|Abu Zema 30' (pen.)
Al-Shagran 51', 70'
Shneishel 67' (o.g.)
|Fawzi 73', 75' (pen.)
|3 – 1
Iraq went first
|Jordan (H)||7||5||1||1||18||9||+9||16||Gold Medal|
|7||United Arab Emirates||5||1||2||2||5||5||0||5|
|9||Saudi Arabia||2||0||1||1||2||3||−1||1||Eliminated in|