Iraq Hosts 25th Arabian Gulf Cup in Al Basra


Mubarak Alkhoori, Staff Writer

The Arabian Gulf Cup 2023 is an international football tournament organized by the Arabian Gulf Football Association. This tournament is set to take place in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and will feature teams from the Arab world competing for regional glory. 

The tournament has a rich history, with the first edition being held in 1970. Over the years, the tournament has seen some of the biggest names in Arab football compete for the title. The tournament has also been a platform for players to showcase their skills and attract interest from top clubs around the world.

Eight teams from the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) countries including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen, participated in the tournament. The teams were divided into two groups of four, with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

The opening match was held in the Basra Sports City Stadium, which was recently renovated and expanded to accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. The stadium was filled with enthusiastic fans who came to support their teams. The atmosphere was electric and the excitement was palpable, as the teams took to the field to compete for the coveted trophy. According to the junior Omar Al Jeil, “Iraq organized and hosted the event really well, and really made us proud by portraying the country in a very respectful and clean manner” 

The tournament was filled with thrilling matches and nail-biting finishes. One of the highlights of the tournament was the semi-final match between Qatar and the UAE, which was played in a high-stakes environment and was a closely contested match that ended with a score of 1-1.

In the final, Oman faced off against Iraq and emerged as the champions of the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup, with a final score of 2-3. Iraq’s captain, Jalal Hassan, was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award for his outstanding goalkeeping performance throughout the tournament. According to Junior Mohammed Al Zaabi, “Iraq deserved to win because they played so well and tried so hard to get the cup to have something to add to the country Iraq.”

The 25th Arabian Gulf Cup was a successful event, both in terms of the quality of football and the enthusiasm of the fans. It was also a testament to the great strides that Iraq has made in terms of security and stability since the days of conflict and unrest. The tournament was seen as a major milestone in the country’s journey toward peace and stability and was an opportunity for the Iraqi people to showcase their culture, hospitality, and love of football to the world.

The 25th Arabian Gulf Cup was an unforgettable experience for all those who participated and will remain an important part of the football history of the Arab Gulf region for years to come. The tournament has set the bar high for future editions and it is exciting to think about what the next tournament will bring. According to sophomore student Matthew Freiwah, Iraq hosted one of the best Arabian Gulf cups in the world. It was a really organized event for a poor and developing country and many tourists have visited this historical event.