Everything you need to know about Gulf Cup 23

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Everything you need to know about Gulf Cup 23; the teams, the timings, the matches, the channels.


The countdown for the 23rd Gulf Cup of Nations begins with the tournament hosted by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Assocation kicking off this December.

After Qatar won the latest edition in 2014 against the hosts of that tournament, Saudi Arabia, Goal.com provides you with everything you need to know about the Gulf Cup of Nations, which first kicked off in 1970

?When does the tournament begin

After choosing to be hosted in Kuwait instead of Qatar, the GCC FA released the fixtures and results for the competition.

Kuwait vs. Saudi Arabia Opening Match

December 22, 2017

19:30 Abu Dhabi Time


Jaber International Stadium


BeIN Sports

Dubai Sports

Abu Dhabi Sports

Saudi Sports

Kuwait Sport

Broadcasting Channels

Broadcasting Channels

It is expected that the Gulf Nations will broadcast the matches:

Channel Satellite
beIN SPORTS HD Nilesat
Saudi Sports 1 Nilesat
Kuwait Sport 3 Badr 4
Oman Sport Nilesat
Abu Dhabi Sports 1 Nilesat
Iraq Sport Nilesat

Road to the FInal - Groups and Matches

السعودية - الإمارات - نواف العابد - عموري

The groups will be split into two groups of four teams each with the group stage being played from the 22nd of December until the 29th, with the top two from each group qualifying until the next round, the semi finals.

 The Groups and Fixtures

Group A: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman

Group B: Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq

The semi-finals will be played on the 2nd of January between the winners of Group A and runners-up of Group B, and the winners of Group B against the runners-up of Group A.

The final will be played on the 5th of January. 

Group Stage Results

Group A

Matchday 1 Kuwait 1-2 Saudi Arabia
Matchday 1 Oman 0-1 UAE
Matchday 2 UAE 0-0 Saudi Arabia
Matchday 2 Kuwait 0-1 Oman
Matchday 3 Saudi Arabia 0-2 Oman
Matchday 3 Kuwait 0-0 UAE
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Oman 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
UAE 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 5
Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
Kuwait 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1
Group B
Matchday 1 Qatar 4-0 Yemen
Matchday 1 Iraq 1-1 Bahrain
Matchday 2 Yemen 0-1 Bahrain
Matchday 2 Iraq 2-1 Qatar
Matchday 3 Qatar 1-1 Bahrain
Matchday 3 Iraq 3-0 Yemen
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
Bahrain 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
Qatar 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 4
Yemen 3 0 0 3 0 8 -8 0


2 January 2018 Jaber International Stadium | 17:15 Bahrain vs. Oman
2 January 2018 Jaber International Stadium | 20:30 UAE vs. Iraq


5 January 2018

Jaber International Stadium | 20:00

Winner of SF 1 vs. Winner of SF 2

The Stadiums

Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium

The games will be hosted at two stadiums: Jaber International Stadium (capacity of 63,000) and Kuwait Stadium (capacity of 16,000).

?Which nation won it the most

 Kuwait have won the Gulf Cup of Nations 10 times, followed by Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Qatar who won it three times.

Kuwait 20th Gulf Cup of Nations 2010

.The UAE won it twice, in 2007 and 2013 meanwhile Oman won it once in 2009. Bahrain and Yemen were the only nations to never win the tournament

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