Qatar hosts draw for 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
Doha: Five nations will contest the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar, with all the matches taking place at Khalifa International Stadium between November 24 and December 6.
Tickets will be available to buy online from Thursday, October 24 from www.GulfCup2019.qa and at outlets across the country from November 1.
At the draw ceremony in Doha, it was announced that hosts Qatar would be joined in the tournament by defending champions Oman and ten-time winners Kuwait, along with Iraq and Yemen. The teams will compete in a round-robin format, with the side which finishes top of the group claiming the coveted trophy.
This will be the fourth time Qatar has hosted the tournament, which is organised by the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation (AGCFF). The Maroons have twice won the event on home soil – in 1992 and 2004 – and will be aiming for a glorious double in 2019 after lifting the AFC Asian Cup in February.
The Arabian Gulf Cup was conceptualised in the 1960s, with the first edition taking place in 1970. Kuwait became the first country to win the title after defeating Bahrain.
Jassim Al Rumaihi, General Secretary of the AGCFF, said: “We are pleased to announce that five teams will compete in this year’s edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup, including the reigning champions of Asia and nations who, between them, have claimed this prestigious trophy 18 times.”
Al Rumaihi continued: “We are looking forward to hosting thousands of fans from across the region as Qatar continues its preparations for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.”
The tournament’s opening match will be contested by Qatar and Yemen on 24 November.
The tournament venue, Khalifa International Stadium, reopened in May 2017 following an extensive redevelopment to prepare it for Qatar 2022. Located in Aspire Zone, this historic venue has previously hosted the Arabian Gulf Cup, the Asian Games and the AFC Asian Cup.
The stadium, which recently hosted the IAAF World Athletics Championships, is equipped with state-of-the-art cooling technology, which allows it to be used all-year-round.
Tickets for the tournament will go on sale online on Thursday 24 October.