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The '''Gulf Cup of Nations''' ({{lang-ar| كأس الخليج}}), also known as '''Khaleeji''' followed by the edition of the games (''e.g. Khaleeji 17, Khaleeji 18, Khaleeji 19, etc''), is a [[football (soccer)]] tournament currently held every two years rotating the host city every edition. Previously the competition was usually held on a [[biannual]] basis, but the history of the competition has also seen it held every 3, or even 4 years, due to political, or organizational problems. The Gulf Cup of Nations was founded at the [[1968 Summer Olympics]] in Mexico by [[Persian Gulf]] nations, [[Bahrain]], [[Kuwait]], [[Saudi Arabia]] and Qatar. The First Gulf Cup tournament took place in Bahrain in [[1970 Gulf Cup of Nations|1970]], and was won by [[Kuwait national football team|the Kuwaiti team]]. For the first time, the [[2004 Gulf Cup of Nations|17th edition]] of the tournament, held in [[Doha]], [[Qatar]] in 2004, featured sports such as [[team handball|handball]], [[basketball]], and [[volleyball]]. The [[2007 Gulf Cup of Nations|2007]] and [[2009 Gulf Cup of Nations|2009]] tournaments included these sports as well. The [[2009 Gulf Cup of Nations|2009 Gulf Cup]], the 19th edition, took place in [[Muscat, Oman|Muscat]], [[Oman]], from 4 January to 17 January 2009 and was won by [[Oman national football team|Oman]], for the first time in their history by beating regional leaders, Saudi Arabia in a [[penalty shootout (association football)|penalty shootout]]. ==An increasing popularity== [[Image:Gulf Cup (36).jpg|150px|thumb|left|alt=2007 Gulf Cup Stadium|View of the jam-packed stadium during the [[2007 Gulf Cup of Nations|2007 Gulf Cup]] in [[Abu Dhabi]]]]. The Gulf Cup has dramatically featured increased [[attendance]] in the [[stadium|stadia]], as well as increased public, and [[world]]wide attention. This has been in particular due to [[Qatar]]'s role in expanding and improving the competition. Due to Qatar spending big on [[sports]], and hosting competitions such as the [[2006 Asian Games]], as well as various international [[tennis]] events, the Qatari Ministry of Sports, and the State of Qatar was more than happy to improve the local competition. During the [[2004 Gulf Cup of Nations]], which was held in Qatar, the stadiums were generally full, due to Qatar's advertising and impressive planning and handling of the [[competition]]. Also during the 2004 competition, a new trophy was constructed in [[Italy]] to further push the Gulf Cup of Nations to become a competition on the worldwide level. Another impressive difference between this competition, and previous ones was the fact that more than [[football (soccer)|football]] was competed for, but this time [[volleyball]], [[team handball|handball]], and [[basketball]] were also included in the competition. Another major point that helped Qatar improve the competition was the fact that [[Al Jazeera Sports]], the leading sports channel in [[West Asia]], and [[North Africa]] is based in [[Doha]]. Al Jazeera Sports won [[broadcast|broadcasting rights]] to the 2004, and exclusively in the [[2009 Gulf Cup of Nations|2009 Gulf Cup]] after a deal ending in $23.5 million, and dramatically reformed the Gulf Cup of Arabian Nations by hosting numerous talk shows and documentaries, on top of filming in [[High definition video|HD]] and perfecting camerawork of matches. The Gulf Cup of Nations tournament is a tournament not officially recognized by [[FIFA]], but recent steps have been taken to make the competition official, such as the attending of matching from powerful people in football, such as FIFA [[president]], [[Sepp Blatter]], and [[UEFA]] president, [[Platini|Michel Platini]]. ==Future hosts and past winners of the Gulf Cup of Nations== {| class="wikitable" !Year!!Host!!Champion!!Runner Up |- |[[2015 Gulf Cup of Nations|2015]]||{{IRQ}}|| || |- |[[2013 Gulf Cup of Nations|2013]]||{{BHR}}|| || |- |[[2010 Gulf Cup of Nations|2010]]||{{YEM}}||{{fb|KUW}} ||{{fb|KSA}} |- |[[2009 Gulf Cup of Nations|2009]]||{{OMA}}||{{fb|OMA}}||{{fb|KSA}} |- |[[2007 Gulf Cup of Nations|2007]]||{{UAE}}||{{fb|UAE}}||{{fb|OMA}} |- |[[2004 Gulf Cup of Nations|2004]]||{{QAT}}||{{fb|QAT}}||{{fb|OMA}} |- |[[2003 Gulf Cup of Nations|2003]]||{{KUW}}||{{fb|KSA}}||{{fb|BHR}} |- |[[2002 Gulf Cup of Nations|2002]]||{{KSA}}||{{fb|KSA}}||{{fb|QAT}} |- |2000|| Cancelled || none awarded || none awarded |- |[[1998 Gulf Cup of Nations|1998]]||{{BHR}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|KSA}} |- |[[1996 Gulf Cup of Nations|1996]]||{{OMA}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|QAT}} |- |[[1994 Gulf Cup of Nations|1994]]||{{UAE}}||{{fb|KSA}}||{{fb|UAE}} |- |[[1992 Gulf Cup of Nations|1992]]||{{QAT}}||{{fb|QAT}}||{{fb|BHR}} |- |[[1990 Gulf Cup of Nations|1990]]||{{KUW}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|QAT}} |- |[[1988 Gulf Cup of Nations|1988]]||{{KSA}}||{{fb|IRQ|1963}}||{{fb|UAE}} |- |[[1986 Gulf Cup of Nations|1986]]||{{BHR}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|UAE}} |- |[[1984 Gulf Cup of Nations|1984]]||{{OMA}}||{{fb|IRQ|1963}}||{{fb|QAT}} |- |[[1982 Gulf Cup of Nations|1982]]||{{UAE}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|BHR}} |- |[[1979 Gulf Cup of Nations|1979]]||{{fb|IRQ|1963}}||{{fb|IRQ|1963}}||{{fb|KUW}} |- |[[1976 Gulf Cup of Nations|1976]]||{{QAT}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|IRQ|1963}} |- |[[1974 Gulf Cup of Nations|1974]]||{{KUW}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|KSA}} |- |[[1972 Gulf Cup of Nations|1972]]||{{KSA}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|KSA}} |- |[[1970 Gulf Cup of Nations|1970]]||{{BHR}}||{{fb|KUW}}||{{fb|BHR}} |} ==Most Gulf Cup of Nations champions== {| class="wikitable" |- !Champion(s)!!Nation!!Year(s)!!Runner-Up!!Third Place!!Fourth Place |- |align=center| 10 times || |{{fb|KUW}}||1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2010||1979||||2002, 2004 |- |align=center| 3 times || |{{fb|KSA}} ||1994, 2002, 2003||1972, 1974, 1992, 1998, 2009, 2010||1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1996||1982 |- |align=center| 3 times || |{{fb|IRQ}} ||1979, 1984, 1988||1976 |- |align=center| 2 times || {{fb|QAT}} ||1992, 2004||1984, 1990, 1996, 2002||1974, 2003||1970, 1972, 1986, 1994 |- |align=center| 1 time || {{fb|UAE}} ||2007||1986, 1988, 1994||1972, 1976, 1982, 1998||1974, 1984, 1992, 1996 |- |align=center| 1 time || {{fb|OMA}} || 2009||2004, 2007||||1990, 1998, 2003 |- |align=center| 0 times || {{fb|BHR}} ||||1970, 1982, 1992, 2003||1990, 1994, 2002, 2004||1976, 1979, 1988 |- |align=center| 0 times || {{fb|YEM}} || |- |} was banned from the competition from 1991 to 2003. and {{fb|BHR}} have not yet won the championship. and {{fb|KSA}} had a joint second place in 1992. *There was no third place for the Gulf Cup in 2007 and 2009. ==All-time goal records== {| class="wikitable" |- !Nation!!Goals Scored!!Tournaments!!Games Played!!Goals per Game |- |{{fb|KUW}}||181||20||99||1.83 |- |{{fb|KSA}}||144||19||94||1.61 |- |{{fb|QAT}}||110||20||97||1.16 |- |{{fb|BHR}}||103||19||91||1.14 |- |{{fb|UAE}}||94||19||93||1.02 |- |{{fb|IRQ}}||88||9||45||2.13 |- |{{fb|OMA}}||69||18||91||0.73 |- |{{fb|YEM}}||9||5||18||0.50 |- |} *[[Kuwait]] reached 100 goals on 03-03-1988 vs [[Qatar]] *[[Saudi Arabia]] reached 100 goals on 19-10-1996 vs [[Qatar]] *[[Qatar]] reached 100 goals on 16-12-2004 vs [[Oman]] ''Does not include goals from annulled or abandoned games (1972 - [[Bahrain]] games, 1982 & 1990 [[Iraq]] games)'' ''Includes 1974 Preliminary Round games'' ''Does not include penalty shoot-out goals'' ==Other records== * '''Biggest Win''' - 8 Goals : {{fb|KUW}} 8 – 0 {{fb|OMA}} (29-03-1976) * '''Most Goals in a game''' - 8 Goals : {{fb|KUW}} 8 – 0 {{fb|OMA}} (29-03-1976) * '''Most Individual Goals in a Single Game''' - 5 Goals : [[Majed Abdullah]] {{fb|KSA}} (03-04-1979 vs. [[Qatar]]) : [[Jassem Al Houwaidi]] {{fb|KWT}} 1998 vs. [[Qatar]] * '''Most Individual Goals in a Single Tournament''' - 10 Goals : [[Hussein Saeed]] {{fb|IRQ|1963}} (1979) ==FIFA== The Gulf Cup of Nations tournament is a tournament not officially recognized by [[FIFA]], but recent steps have been taken to make the competition official, such as the attending of matching from powerful people in football, such as FIFA [[president]], [[Sepp Blatter]], and [[UEFA]] president, [[Platini|Michel Platini]]. ==See also== *[[Under 23 Gulf Cup of Nations]] *[[Under 17 Gulf Cup of Nations]] *[[Asian Football Confederation|AFC]] *[[AFC Asian Cup]] *[[Arab Nations Cup]] *[[East Asian Cup]] *[[South Asian Football Federation Cup]] *[[ASEAN Football Championship]] *[[West Asian Football Federation Championship]] ==External links== * [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesg/gulf.html RSSSF] * [http://www.goalzz.com/main.aspx?g=51 Kooora (Goalzz)] * [http://www.gulf-cup.net Official Gulf Cup website] * [http://www.gulfcup.com Qatari-run Gulf Cup website] * [http://www.gulfcup19.com/english/index.aspx Official site of the 19th Gulf Cup] {{Gulf Cup of Nations}} {{UAFA Football}} {{coord missing}}