- The draw for the FIFA Arab Cup will take place this Tuesday in Doha (Qatar)
- A total of 23 countries will take part in this competition, scheduled for the end of the year.
- FIFA.com has put together the most interesting statistics on the competing teams
Twenty-three Arab countries are set to play the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, the draw of which will take place on Tuesday April 27 at 9 p.m. local time at the Katara Opera House in Doha.
Six Qatar 2022 venues will host posters for this tournament. The organizers will have the opportunity to put their equipment and operations to the test, one year before the first edition of the FIFA World Cup ™ in the Middle East. The FIFA Arab Cup will start at the end of the year and will end on December 18, Qatar’s National Day.
The 23 participants in the 2021 edition are: Qatar (host country), Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
As the draw approaches, FIFA.com invites you to discover some intriguing statistics on the teams involved in the competition.
Reigning African champion, Algeria remains in 24 matches without defeat (17 wins and 7 draws). His last setback dates back to October 2018, against Benin.
Qatar scored 19 goals in seven matches before celebrating their first AFC Asian Cup coronation in 2019. Nine of them are to the credit of Almoez Ali, the tournament’s top scorer, which tied the record for efficiency in one edition.
Egypt remain on 18 home games unbeaten in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup ™. The Egyptian selection is also the most successful team in Africa with seven CAF African Cups of Nations. The Pharaohs have notably won the event three times in a row (2006, 2008 and 2010).
Between March 2016 and September 2018, Lebanon has chained 15 consecutive victories in official matches. During this period, the Cedars signed their first qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup (UAE 2019). Until then, their only participation was limited to an appearance as hosts of the 2000 edition.
With 10 coronations (the last in 2010), Kuwait is the most successful country in the history of the Arab Gulf Cup. In 1980, the country made a name for itself by winning the AFC Asian Cup, before validating its ticket for the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain ™.
Iraq have participated in the AFC Asian Cup nine times. Its last appearance, the seventh in a row, dates back to 2019. The Mesopotamian lions put their name on the record of the event in 2007, after beating Saudi Arabia in the final.
Tunisia have validated their ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ™ after a series of eight unbeaten matches (six wins and two draws). The Eagles of Carthage are also the first Africans to win a match in the final phase: in 1978, in their first participation, they had beaten Mexico 3-1.
Syria have appeared in six AFC Asian Cups (most recently in 2019), but never made it through the group stage. However, she remains on a five-game winning streak in the 2022 FIFA World Cup ™ qualifiers.
Saudi Arabia is one of the heavyweights of the Asian scene, as evidenced by its five appearances at the FIFA World Cup ™. If his last participation dates back to Russia 2018, his best performance is to be found in the United States 1994: for their first appearance at this level, the Falcons reached the round of 16.
Oman has taken part in four of the last five editions of the AFC Asian Cup. The Sultanate entered the group stage for the first time in its history in 2019.
Under the leadership of Portuguese technician Helio Sousa, Bahrain had a prosperous 2019, punctuated by two titles in the space of five months: the WAFF championship and a first Arab Gulf Cup.
The UAE reached the finals of the FIFA World Cup ™ on their second attempt in 1990. The country had made its debut in qualifying for the supreme event just four years before.
By qualifying for the 1986 Mexico knockout round, Morocco became the first African country to advance to the group stage of a FIFA World Cup ™. The Atlas Lions total five participations in the great world event. They are also the first to have won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations twice in a row.