FIFA Arab Cup
Organising bodyUAFA
FIFA (from 2021)
Founded1963; 59 years ago (1963)
RegionArab world
Number of teams16 (finals)
Current champions Algeria (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iraq (4 titles)
Websitefifa.com/arabcup
2021 FIFA Arab Cup
Tournaments

The FIFA Arab Cup (Arabic: كأس العرب, romanizedKaʾs al-ʿArab), or simply Arab Cup, is an international association football competition which has been organized by FIFA since 2021, and is contested by the senior men's national teams of the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA), the sport's governing body for countries in the Arab world.[1] The current champion is Algeria, which won its first title at the 2021 tournament in Qatar.

The championship's inaugural edition was in 1963, held in Lebanon, which was won by Tunisia. After having been played in 1964 and 1966, the Arab Cup was halted for almost 20 years, before being contested in 1985. The tournament was played five more times until 2012, the last competition organized by the UAFA. The 2021 edition was the first organized by FIFA.

The nine Arab Cup tournaments have been won by five national teams. Iraq have won four times; the other Arab Cup winners are Saudi Arabia, with two titles; Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and inaugural winner Tunisia, with one title each.

Seven countries have hosted the Arab Cup. Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have each hosted twice, while Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Syria have each hosted once. All Arab Cups have been held in Asia.

History

The initial idea for the conception of an Arab Cup came in 1957 from Lebanese journalist Nassif Majdalani and the Secretary General of the Lebanese Football Association (LFA) Izzat Al Turk.[2][3] In 1962, the LFA called for the formal establishment of the tournament through their president Georges Dabbas, who organised a general Arab assembly for the formation of the Arab Cup.[4] The first Arab Cup was held in Beirut between April and May 1963, with the participation of five teams.[5]

During the 16-year hiatus between 1966 and 1982, the Arab Cup was de facto replaced by the Palestine Cup, which was held three times in the 1970s and then became a youth tournament after the return of the Arab Cup in the 1980s.[4][6] The 1992 Arab Cup was also organised as part of the 1992 Pan Arab Games.[6]

The 2021 edition was the first edition to be organised by FIFA; the competition was renamed FIFA Arab Cup.[7][8] Following the 2021 final, FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced that FIFA would continue to oversee future editions.[9]

Results

Edition Year Hosts Champions Score and Venue Runners-up Third place Score and Venue Fourth place No. of teams
1 1963  Lebanon
Tunisia
[note 1]
Syria

Lebanon
[note 1]
Kuwait
5
2 1964  Kuwait
Iraq
[note 1]
Libya

Kuwait
[note 1]
Lebanon
5
3 1966  Iraq
Iraq
2–1
Al-Kashafa Stadium, Baghdad

Syria

Libya
6–1
Al-Kashafa Stadium, Baghdad

Lebanon
10
1982 Edition cancelled during qualification because of the 1982 Lebanon War
4 1985  Saudi Arabia
Iraq
1–0
King Fahd Stadium, Taif

Bahrain

Saudi Arabia
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–1 p)
King Fahd Stadium, Taif

Qatar
6
5 1988  Jordan
Iraq
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Amman International Stadium, Amman

Syria

Egypt
2–0
Amman International Stadium, Amman

Jordan
10
6 1992[a]  Syria
Egypt
3–2
Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo

Saudi Arabia

Kuwait
2–1
Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo

Syria
6
7 1998  Qatar
Saudi Arabia
3–1
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

Qatar

Kuwait
4–1
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha

United Arab Emirates
12
8 2002  Kuwait
Saudi Arabia
1–0 (a.e.t.)
Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City

Bahrain
 Jordan and  Morocco[b] 10
2009 Edition cancelled during qualification due to lack of sponsors[10]
9 2012  Saudi Arabia
Morocco
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–1 p)
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah

Libya

Iraq
1–0
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah

Saudi Arabia
11
10 2021  Qatar
Algeria
2–0 (a.e.t.)
Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Tunisia

Qatar
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
Stadium 974, Doha

Egypt
16
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d A round-robin tournament determined the final standings.
  1. ^ The 1992 edition organized as part of the 1992 Pan Arab Games football tournament was also counted as a part of the Arab Cup.
  2. ^ No third place match was played.

Teams reaching the top four

Teams reaching the top four
Team Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finals Total
 Iraq 4 (1964, 1966*, 1985, 1988) 1 (2012) 5
 Saudi Arabia 2 (1998, 2002) 1 (1992) 1 (1985*) 1 (2012*) 5
 Tunisia 1 (1963) 1 (2021) 2
 Egypt 1 (1992) 1 (1988) 1 (2021) 3
 Morocco 1 (2012) 1 (2002) 2
 Algeria 1 (2021) 1
 Syria 3 (1963, 1966, 1988) 1 (1992*) 4
 Libya 2 (1964, 2012) 1 (1966) 3
 Bahrain 2 (1985, 2002) 2
 Qatar 1 (1998*) 1 (2021*) 1 (1985) 3
 Kuwait 3 (1964*, 1992, 1998) 1 (1963) 4
 Lebanon 1 (1963*) 2 (1964, 1966) 3
 Jordan 1 (1988*) 1 (2002) 2
 United Arab Emirates 1 (1998) 1
* hosts

Best performances by confederations

Records and statistics

Main article: FIFA Arab Cup records and statistics

Comprehensive team results by tournament

Legend

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament are shown (in parentheses).

Team 1963
Lebanon
(5)
1964
Kuwait
(5)
1966
Iraq
(10)
1985
Saudi Arabia
(6)
1988
Jordan
(10)
1992
Syria
(6)
1998
Qatar
(12)
2002
Kuwait
(10)
2012
Saudi Arabia
(11)
2021
Qatar
(16)
Total
 Algeria × × × × GS × GS × × 1st 3
 Bahrain × × GS 2nd GS × × 2nd GS GS 6
 Egypt × × × × 3rd 1st GS × GS 4th 5
 Iraq × 1st 1st 1st 1st × × × 3rd GS 6
 Jordan GS GS GS GS 4th GS GS SF × QF 9
 Kuwait 4th 3rd GS × GS 3rd 3rd GS GS 8
 Lebanon 3rd 4th 4th × GS × GS GS GS GS 8
 Libya × 2nd 3rd × × × GS × 2nd 4
 Mauritania × × × GS × × × × GS 2
 Morocco × × × × × × GS SF 1st QF 4
 Oman × × GS × × × × × × QF 2
 Palestine × × GS × × GS GS GS GS 5
 Qatar × × × 4th × × 2nd × × 3rd 3
 Saudi Arabia × × × 3rd GS 2nd 1st 1st 4th GS 7
 Sudan × × × × × GS GS GS GS 4
 Syria 2nd × 2nd × 2nd 4th GS GS × GS 7
 Tunisia 1st × × × GS × × × × 2nd 3
 United Arab Emirates × × × × × × 4th × × QF 2
 Yemen × × GS × × × × GS GS 3
Team 1963
Lebanon
(5)
1964
Kuwait
(5)
1966
Iraq
(10)
1985
Saudi Arabia
(6)
1988
Jordan
(10)
1992
Syria
(6)
1998
Qatar
(12)
2002
Kuwait
(10)
2012
Saudi Arabia
(11)
2021
Qatar
(16)
Total

See also

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