Emir Cup, in simple words, is the country’s most popular sports event. Fans and players, sponsors and organizers all wait eagerly for the time when Emir Cup is set for kick-off. The launch of the Emir Cup is nothing short of a festival as sports fans in Qatar impatiently wait for this event.
Since the very beginning, the Emir Cup has had enjoyed a special place in the country’s national sports calendar. A dream for any football player, Emir Cup matches bring out the best in every team and coaches. The chance of receiving the trophy from none other than the Emir is often described as a dream by players.
The Emir Cup was first played in 1972 and was won by Al Ahli. The event is contested every season by 17 Qatar Stars League (QSL) and Second Division teams. The most successful team are Al Sadd who won the tournament 16 times followed by Al Arabi who have bagged the title on 8 occasions. Al Sadd are the defending champions.
The Emir Cup has undergone a few changes since it was first played in the early 70s. In 1999, it was decide to include Second Division sides along with the top tier teams playing for Qatar national league title. In 2004, the tournament was planed in such a manner that the event would last five stages.