1981–82 Arab Club Champions Cup

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1981–82 Arab Club Champions Cup
بطولة الأندية العربية 1981–82
Tournament details
Dates19 June 1981 – 7 February 1982
Teams3 (from 1 association)
Final positions
ChampionsIraq Al-Shorta (1st title)
Runners-upLebanon Al-Nejmeh
Third placeJordan Al-Ahli
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored9 (2.25 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iraq Ali Hussein Mahmoud
Lebanon Hassan Chatila
(2 goals each)
1984

The 1981–82 Arab Club Champions Cup was the first edition of what was later to be known more internationally as the Arab Champions League. The first edition featured three teams, after the withdrawals of Libyan side Al-Ahli Tripoli, Saudi team Al-Nassr and Somali club Horseed.

Iraqi club Al-Shorta were crowned champions after a playoff victory against Lebanese side Al-Nejmeh, whom in fact were crowned Lebanese Premier League champions back in 1975 but no championship had been played since due to the Lebanese Civil War. Al-Ahli of Jordan were the other team to take part.

Both legs of the semi-final were held in Amman, Jordan and both legs of the final were held in Baghdad, Iraq as the Lebanese Civil War meant that games could not be held in Lebanon.

Teams[edit]

Participants
Team Qualifying method
Iraq Al-Shorta 1979–80 Iraqi National League champions
Jordan Al-Ahli 1979 Jordan League champions
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 1974–75 Lebanese Premier League champions (most recent Lebanese championship)
Withdrawals
Team Qualifying method
Libya Al-Ahli Tripoli 1977–78 Libyan Premier League champions (most recent Libyan championship)
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1979–80 Saudi Premier League champions
Somalia Horseed 1979–80 Somali First Division champions

Group stage[edit]

The group stage was scrapped after the withdrawals of Al-Nassr and Al-Ahli Tripoli, and the tournament progressed directly to the semi-finals.[1]

Group 1
Team
Iraq Al-Shorta
Somalia Horseed
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr Withdrew
Group 2
Team
Jordan Al-Ahli
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Libya Al-Ahli Tripoli Withdrew

Semi-finals[edit]

Horseed were set to travel to Baghdad on 2 February for a semi-final match with Al-Shorta, but they withdrew from the tournament and Al-Shorta received a bye to the final.[2]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Nejmeh Lebanon 2–1 Jordan Al-Ahli 2–1 0–0
Al-Shorta Iraq bye Somalia Horseed (withdrew)
Al-Nejmeh Lebanon2 – 1Jordan Al-Ahli
Al-Khatib Goal 8'
Chatila Goal 37'
Salamah Goal 24'
Al-Ahli Jordan0 – 0Lebanon Al-Nejmeh

Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Shorta Iraq 4–2 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 2–0 2–2
Al-Shorta Iraq2 – 0Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
Mahmoud Goal 40'83'

Winner[edit]

1981–82 Arab Club Champions Cup
Winners
Iraq
Al-Shorta
1st Title

References[edit]

  1. ^ "الأهلي ..أول سفير أردني لبطولات الأندية الآسيوية" (in Arabic). Al-Ahli Amman Club. 2 January 2017.
  2. ^ "الــزيـارة الـتي لــم تـتـم" (in Arabic). Mondial AR. 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ Gamal, Khaled (14 August 2018). "الخطيب سجل أول هدف في بطولة الأندية العربية عام 1981" (in Arabic).
  4. ^ "نعود بالذاكرة الى زمن كرة القدم الجميل بلقاء مع اللاعب علي ابراهيم" (in Arabic). LFC Sports. 29 November 2020.
  5. ^ "في مثل هذا اليوم 5 شباط من عام 1982 لعب نادي الشرطة اولى مباراة في نهائيات بطولة الاندية العربية الاولى امام نادي النجمة اللبناني" (in Arabic). Old Iraqi Football Days. 5 February 2018.
  6. ^ "في مثل هذا اليوم 7 شباط من عام 1982 لعب نادي الشرطة تاني مباراة في نهائيات بطولة الاندية العربية الاولى امام نادي النجمة اللبناني" (in Arabic). Old Iraqi Football Days. 7 February 2018.

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