24th Arabian Gulf Cup 2019 Football Tournament – Bahrain Lifts the Cup

Bahrain claimed the Title of Gulf Cup 24, Amir Crowns the Winners

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The Emir of Qatar, H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will attend the final of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup today. H H the Amir will also crown the winners of the match which will be held at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium of Al Duhail Sports Club.

Saudi Arabia beat Qatar 1-0 to meet Bahrain in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Final on Sunday.

NEWS ALERT: Bahrain reached the final of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup 2019, beating Iraq in the penalty shootouts. Final Schor: Bahrain 7 – Iraq 5

1st Semi fianl between Bahrain and Iraq at 5pm Qatar time. 2nd Semi final between Qatar and Saudi Arabia at 8pm

Qatar through to the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup after beating UAE 4 goals to 2

Result of Matches Played on 12th December 2019

24th Arabian Gulf Cup: Qatar Beats Yemen 6-0

Qatar defeated Friday Yemen 6-0, in the match they played today at Khalifa International Stadium as part of Group A of the Arabian Gulf Cup of Nations 2019 hosted by Doha until December 8.

Abdulkarim Hassan scored a hattrick. His goals came in the 29th, 37th, and 72nd minute. Al Moez Ali added one in the 57th minute, Abdullah Al Ahraq added another in the 85th minute, and Akram Afif completed the scoring with a goal in the 90th minute.

The result helped Qatar get back in the group, after they lost the opening match to Iraq. Qatar are now second in the group behind Iraq, who have reached the semi-finals of the competition. Yemen for its part became the first team to get knocked out of the competition.

Team Loss Due to Many Missed Chances – Sanchez

Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said the loss of the team is due to the many missed chances that did not translate into goals, especially with the start of the game, which the team lost today to Iraq 2-1 against the account of the first group matches of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.

Sanchez said that they need to work in the next matches to qualify for the semis.

“Of course no one wants to lose, especially in such a game like this. You are playing at home in front of your fans. And its the first game in the competition and we know that we are the champions of Asia. But it does not give you the three points before the start of the game. You need to play,” said Sanchez at the post match media conference.

“What we can do is work hard in this strong group and ensure that we are stronger in the next game and take the points.

“I believe we deserved something from this game because of the chances we create. we tried but as I said we need to be better in the next game.


Coach Sanchez Names Qatar’s Squad for Arabian Gulf Cup

Coach Felix Sanchez on Sunday named the Qatar squad for 24th Arabian Gulf Cup, which starts on Tuesday in Doha and lasts until December 8.

Squad: Saad Al Sheeb, Pedro Miguel, Salem Al Hajri, Tariq Salman Suleiman, Bualem Khoukhi, Hassan Khaled Al Haydos, Akram Afif (Al Sadd Sports Club), Bassam Hisham Al Rawi, Almoez Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Almoaz Ali, Ismail Mohammed, Mohammed Muntari (Al Duhail Sports Club), Ahmed Fathi, Youssef Abdel Razzaq, Mohamed Salah El Nil, Fahd Shanin and Musab Khader (Al Arabi Sports Club), Abdul Aziz Hatem and Fahd Younis (Al Rayyan), Mahdi Ali (Al Gharafa Sports Club), Abdullah Al Ahrq (Al Ahli Sports Club), and Mohammed Al Bakri (Al Shahaniya Sports Club).

Qatar start their campaign on Tuesday against Iraq at Khalifa International Stadium.

24th Arabian Gulf Cup 2019 – Matches Schedule

Four Qatari Referees Selected to Participate in Officiating 24th Arabian Gulf Cup

The referees committee of the Arab Gulf Cup Federation has selected four international referees to join the list of referees participating in officiating the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup matches, which will kick off Tuesday in Doha at the Khalifa International Stadium and will run until December 8.

The committee selected international referees Khamis Mohammed Al Marri and Mohammed Ahmed Al Shammari, and the international assistant referees Mohammed Jaber Zerman and Ramzan Saeed Al Nuaimi to be among the referees participating in officiating the tournament matches. The referees’ list comprises 32 referees and assistant referees from nine countries, namely: Kuwait; Oman; Iraq; Qatar; Yemen; UAE; Bahrain; Belgeum and Switzerland.

On the other hand, a delegation of Qatari football officials team arrived in the Belgian city of Kinok to participate in the referees exchange program with the Belgian Football Association. The delegation comprises Meshary Ali Al Shammari; Majid Hudaires Al Shammari; Mohammed Abdullah Al Oun; Fahd Mohammed Al Jassim; Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Saud and Yousef Abdul Aziz Al-Marzouqi.

During the program, Qatari referees will participate in officiating a number of official matches, in addition to participating in fitness training and analytical meetings of the Referees Committee of the Belgian Football Association.

Hosting Arabian Gulf Cup 2019 and Club World Cup Confirm Readiness of Qatar’s Facilities for 2022 World Cup

November 22, 2019 – With exactly three years to go until Qatar 2022 kicks off, the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has said the country and region are excited to host fans from all over the world.

HE Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi said preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 were in full swing. He described the upcoming Arabian Gulf Cup and FIFA Club World Cup as golden opportunities to test readiness for 2022, and said fans should expect great weather, outstanding hospitality and a raft of entertainment options when Qatar hosts the biggest single-sport event in the world.

Al Thawadi, who has led Qatar’s drive to host the FIFA World Cup since 2009, also outlined his vision for the tournament’s legacy, which includes breaking down stereotypes about the country and region.

Al Thawadi said that preparations for Qatar 2022 are coming along very well and we have two stadiums already operational and by the end of the first half of next year, we will have three more stadiums ready and operational. By the end of 2021, all eight of our stadiums will have been inaugurated, tested and be tournament-ready.

“All the national infrastructure work is also being completed according to schedule. The metro system is being tested and commissioned and will be operational by the end of this year. The entire system will be ready by the first half of next year.” he added.

Al Thawadi said: “The Arabian Gulf Cup and FIFA Club World Cup are great tournaments as rehearsals for 2022. First, they’re helping us in crowd management, communication, fan experience and identifying the areas where we can improve. We’re looking to welcome the fans and also communicate with them and get their feedback as to their experience. In addition, our infrastructure is being tested – on a smaller scale – in preparation for the World Cup. Next year we have another Club World Cup, and in 2021 we are looking for another event in preparation for 2022”. 

His Excellency added: ” The fans can expect sun, the beach, entertainment and hospitality. In November and December, we have great weather and fans will be able to experience cultural events, concerts, trips to the desert and trips to the beach. All of them will give a flavour of the Middle East, Arab countries and Qatar, of course.”

HE Al Thawadi added: “We’re working hard to ensure there is an economic and social benefit that this tournament leaves in Qatar and the region. As of today, the World Cup has spurned a lot of industries in Qatar, some of them related to environmental sustainability and hospitality. For example, we are building a solar farm thanks to the World Cup.

On a social level, we have Generation Amazing, which uses football for development to develop leadership skills, life skills and communication skills for people in underprivileged areas in Qatar and other countries. And of course, one of the most visible legacies is the workers’ welfare reforms. The SC has made global achievements in this area, in particular when it comes to the reimbursement of recruitment fees. We understand there is still a long way to go but the progress made since we won the World Cup has been extensive. “

His Excellency said: “I think the World Cup offers a unique opportunity for any host country and region to have people from different parts of the world congregate in your country and appreciate your culture. They get to break down the stereotypes and ideas they had previously. No doubt, for the Middle East, Arab world and Qatar, there is a predetermined concept people have, when in reality, we’re just like everyone else. We have a great sense of humour, we have great hospitality. We love football and are passionate about it, just like any other fan all over the world. And once we find the commonality between us, I think we begin to appreciate the differences, and it’s the differences that enrich us as human beings. And that is what we want to invest in.”