2007 Gulf Cup of Nations

The 18th edition of the Gulf Cup (Arabic كاس ألخليج 18, English: Gulf Cup of Nations ) was held until January 30, 2007 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates on 17. The national soccer teams of the seven Arab countries bordering the Persian Gulf and Yemen played this to the competition has been held since 1970. Hosts United Arab Emirates won the tournament with a 1-0 win over Oman.

The United Arab Emirates taught this tournament after 1982 and 1994 for the third time. For the first time there was no match for the third place.

  • 6.1 Group A
  • 6.2 Group B
  • 6.3 Semi-finals
  • 6.4 final


Each participating team received a starting bonus of 300,000 dirhams ( translated: 80.000 € ).

Live transmitted Sports and ART all 16 games of Al Jazeera Sports, Dubai Sports, Abu Dhabi. In Europe, the games are not shown. The broadcasters of the individual participating states each incident from the games of their national team.

The overall budget of the tournament was 60 million dirhams, of which 35 million dirhams for the opening ceremony.

The tickets were provided free of charge, this was at the request of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


Overall, the tournament was held in four stages of Abu Dhabi, the largest stadium had a maximum capacity of 50,000 spectators. The venues were:

  • Al- Zayed Sports Center ( مدينة زايد الرياضية ) was the largest stadium in the UAE. The 50,000- capacity stadium was built in 1979 and was Austragunsstätte of golf trophies from 1982 and 1994 and the Asian Cup 1996. This stadium two preliminary matches and the finals were held.
  • Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium ( ستاد محمد بن زايد ) with 24,800 seats was the second largest stadium, were played in the games. There all matches in Group B and a semi-final were played.
  • Al- Nuheyan Stadium ( استاد آل نهيان ) comprised 12,000 spectators and hosted the games in Group A and a semi-final game.


At the finals the following eight teams participated:

  • Bahrain Bahrain
  • Iraq 2004 Iraq
  • Qatar Qatar
  • Kuwait Kuwait
  • Oman Oman
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen Yemen

Six of the eight participants took part in the Asia Cup in July of the same year, only Kuwait and Yemen did not qualify for the finals.

Group stage draw

The draw for the groups took place in Abu Dhabi on 18 September 2006. Guests were the scorers Mubarak Mustafa (Qatar, 1992), Hussain Said ( Iraq, 1979 and 1984), Ibrahim Zwayed (Bahrain, 1982), Fuad Amin (Saudi Arabia, 1994), Jassem Al- Houwaidi (Kuwait, 1998), Hani Al- Dhabet (Oman, 2002) and the Italian world Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro.

The host UAE and defending champions Qatar was set as head of the groups A and B respectively, then each group was randomly assigned one other of the six remaining teams. The draw gave the following group constellations:

Game Mode

On the Golf Cup, the eight teams played in two phases from the winner. A total of 15 matches were played.

Preliminary round

The four teams played in two groups in the league format against each other, ie, each team played once against every other team in the group. In the group stage, scored a victory three, one for a draw, a defeat brought no points. In each group table, the points were added.

Case of a tie between two teams decided in the following order over the place in the table and getting ahead: the goal difference and greater number of goals scored in all group matches, the matches between the teams in question (larger number of points, goal difference, goals scored ) or the lot.

Final round

In the semi-finals and the final was played in the knockout system. Stand it at the games of the final round after the regular time of 90 minutes in a draw, it was the extension of two periods of 15 minutes, and possibly (if still firmly stands no winner) the penalty shoot-out.

Match Results

Group A

Group B



The hosts won the final against Oman a goal by Ismael Mattar in the 72nd minute. For the UAE, it was the first Gulf Cup title. Was led the game from the Slovakian referee Ľuboš Micheľ.


Best player United Arab Emirates Ismael Mattar

Best goalkeeper Oman Ali al - Habsi

Top scorers

  • 5 goals: United Arab Emirates Ismael Mattar
  • Saudi Arabia Yasser al - Qahtani

Bahrain 1970 | Saudi Arabia 1972 | Kuwait 1974 | Qatar 1976 | Iraq 1979 | UAE 1982 | Oman 1984 | 1986 Bahrain | Saudi Arabia 1988 | Kuwait in 1990 | Qatar 1992 | UAE 1994 | 1996 Oman | Bahrain 1998 | Saudi Arabia 2002 | Kuwait 2003 | Qatar 2004 | UAE 2007 | 2009 Oman | Yemen 2010 | Bahrain 2013