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The GCC Champions League (Arabic: دوري أبطال الخليج للأندية‎), formerly known as the Gulf Cup for Clubs (Arabic: كأس الخليج للأندية‎), is an annually organized football league tournament for clubs of the Arabian peninsula. The tournament was first organized in 1982 and is currently in its 31st edition.

GCC Champions League
دوري أبطال الخليج للأندية
Gulf Club Champions Cup 2015 Official Image.jpg
Founded1982
RegionUAFA (Arab world)
Number of teams8 teams (current format 2017)
Current championsUnited Arab Emirates Al Shabab
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s)Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
United Arab Emirates Al Shabab
(3 titles each)
Television broadcastersAl-Kass
beIN Sports
2017 GCC Champions League

Although having much popularity in its initial first decades, the tournament faced decline as the Asian Champions League and AFC Cup forced many Gulf clubs to be unable to participate in the competition.

On June 26, 2016 it was announced to be a yearly tournament by the host country in the summer starting in the 2017 GCC Champions League.

Contents

LogosEdit

Winners of GCC Champions LeagueEdit

Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
Gulf Club Champions Cup
1982
  Al-Arabi 3–0   Al-Riffa Sabah Al Salem Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait
1983
  Al-Ettifaq 1–0   Al-Arabi Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
1985
  Al-Ahli 2–0   Al-Arabi Zabeel Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1986
  Al-Hilal
RR
  Al-Arabi Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1987
  Kazma
RR
  Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
1988
  Al-Ettifaq
RR
  Kazma Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
1989
  Fanja
1(4)-1(2)
  Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
1991
  Al-Sadd
RR
  Bahrain SC Doha, Qatar
1992
  Al-Shabab
RR
  Al-Hilal Oman
1993
  Al-Shabab
RR
  Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1994
  Al-Shabab
RR
  Al-Arabi Kuwait City, Kuwait
1995
  Kazma
RR
  Al-Riffa Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
1996
  Al-Nassr
RR
  Dhofar Riffa, Bahrain
1997
  Al-Nassr
RR
  Kazma Doha, Qatar
1998
  Al-Hilal
RR
  East Riffa Sur, Oman
1999
  Al-Ittihad
RR
  Al-Salmiya Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2000
  Al-Qadisiya
RR
  Al-Hilal Kuwait City, Kuwait
2001
  Al-Ain
RR
  Al-Ittihad Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
2002
  Al-Ahli
RR
  Al-Muharraq Riffa, Bahrain
2003
  Al-Arabi
RR
  Al-Muharraq Doha, Qatar
2005
  Al-Qadisiya
RR
  Al-Wasl
Season Home team Score Away team Venue
2006   Al-Qadisiya 0–1   Al-Ettifaq Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City
  Al-Ettifaq 1–1   Al-Qadisiya Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
Al-Ettifaq won 2 – 1 on aggregate.
2007   Al-Ettifaq 2–0   Al-Jazira Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
  Al-Jazira 3–1   Al-Ettifaq Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Al-Jazira won 7 – 6 on penalties after a 3 – 3 draw on aggregate.
2008   Al-Ahli 1–0   Al-Nassr Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
  Al-Nassr 0–2   Al-Ahli Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Al-Ahli won 3 – 0 on aggregate.
2010   Qatar SC 2–2   Al-Wasl Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
  Al-Wasl 1–1   Qatar SC Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Al-Wasl won 3 – 3 on away goals.
GCC Champions League
2011   Al-Ahli 3–2   Al-Shabab Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
  Al-Shabab 2–0   Al-Ahli Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Al-Shabab won 4 – 3 on aggregate
2012   Al-Muharraq 1–3   Al-Wasl National Stadium, Riffa
  Al-Wasl 1–3   Al-Muharraq Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Al-Muharraq won 5 – 4 on penalties after a 4 – 4 draw on aggregate
2013   Al-Khor 1–1   Baniyas Al-Khor SC Stadium, Al Khor
  Baniyas 2–0   Al-Khor Baniyas Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Baniyas won 3 – 1 on aggregate
Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2014
  Al-Nasr 2–1   Saham Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, UAE
2015
  Al Shabab 1–1 (4–3 pen.)   Al-Seeb Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb, Oman
2016
Postponed[1]
2017
Postponed[2]

PerformancesEdit

Performance by nationEdit

The following table lists countries by number of winners and runners-up in GCC Champions League.
Saudi Arabia is the current leader by nation with 13 titles.

# Nation Winners Runners-up
1   Saudi Arabia 13 6
2   United Arab Emirates 8 4
3   Kuwait 6 7
4   Bahrain 1 7
5   Qatar 1 3
6   Oman 1 3

Performance by clubEdit

The following table lists clubs by number of winners and runners-up in the Cup.

Team Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
  Al-Ettifaq 3 1 (1983, 1988, 2006) (2007)
  Al-Shabab 3 1 (1992, 2011, 2015) (1993)
  Al-Ahli 3 (1985, 2002, 2008)
  Al-Hilal 2 3 (1986, 1998) (1987, 1992, 2000)
  Al-Arabi 2 3 (1982, 2003) (1983, 1985, 1994)
  Kazma 2 2 (1987, 1995) (1988, 1997)
  Al-Nassr 2 1 (1996, 1997) (2008)
  Al-Qadisiya 2 1 (2000, 2005) (2006)
  Al-Shabab 2 (1993, 1994)
  Al-Muharraq 1 3 (2012) (1989, 2002, 2003)
  Al-Wasl 1 2 (2010) (2005, 2012)
  Al-Ittihad 1 1 (1999) (2001)
  Fanja 1 (1989)
  Al-Sadd 1 (1991)
  Al-Ain 1 (2001)
  Al-Jazira 1 (2007)
  Baniyas 1 (2013)
  Al-Nasr 1 (2014)
  Al-Riffa 2 (1982, 1995)
  Al-Arabi 1 (1986)
  Bahrain SC 1 (1991)
  Dhofar 1 (1996)
  East Riffa 1 (1998)
  Al-Salmiya 1 (1999)
  Qatar SC 1 (2010)
  Al-Ahli 1 (2011)
  Al-Khor 1 (2013)
  Saham 1 (2014)
  Al-Seeb 1 (2015)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "اللجنة التنظيمية تقرر تأجيل كأس الأندية الخليجية 31". كووورة (in Arabic). Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  2. ^ "اللجنة التنظيمية تقرر تأجيل كأس الأندية الخليجية 31". كووورة (in Arabic). Retrieved 25 December 2016.

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