2017 Arab Club Championship

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2017 Arab Club Championship
2017 Arab Club Championship (logo).png
Tournament details
Host countryEgypt (from group stage onwards)
DatesQualifying:
14 September 2016 – 4 March 2017
Competition proper:
22 July 2017 – 6 August 2017
Teams20 (from 2 confederations) (from 18 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsTunisia Espérance de Tunis (3rd title)
Runners-upJordan Al-Faisaly
Tournament statistics
Matches played36
Goals scored83 (2.31 per match)
Attendance755,000 (20,972 per match)
Top scorer(s)Competition proper:
Morocco Mohamed Fouzair
(3 goals)

The 2017 Arab Club Championship, also known as the 2017 UAFA Club Championship, was the 27th season (not including 1990) of the Arab World's inter-club football tournament organised by UAFA, and the first season since it was renamed from the UAFA Club Cup to the Arab Club Championship. The competition was won by Tunisian club Espérance de Tunis, who defeated Jordanian side Al-Faisaly 3–2 after extra time in the final to secure a joint-record third title.

Allocation of entries[edit]

The following team entries allocation was announced by the Union of Arab Football Associations on 20 June 2016.[1] Each association was given entry either to the qualifying play-off or to the group stage based on the FIFA World Ranking of the associations on 2 June 2016.[2] Only teams who were champions or runners-up of either their nation's league or one of their nation's cup competitions were allowed to participate in the tournament.

Participation for 2017 Arab Club Championship
Allocated group stage slot(s)
Allocated qualifying play-off slot
Did not participate
Notes
  1. ^
    Qatar were allocated one group stage slot, but chose not to participate due to scheduling difficulties with other tournaments.
  2. ^
    Kuwait were allocated one qualifying play-off slot, but could not participate due to FIFA's suspension of its football association.
  3. ^
    Yemen were allocated one qualifying play-off slot, but did not participate due to the suspension of footballing activity in the country.
  4. ^
    As the tournament's hosts (from the group stage onwards), Egypt were allocated two group stage slots as opposed to one, and Algeria were therefore allocated just one group stage slot rather than two.
  5. ^
    Libya were allocated one qualifying play-off slot, but did not participate due to the suspension of footballing activity in the country.

Teams[edit]

The following 20 teams from 18 associations entered the competition.

Notes
  1. ^
    Al-Wahda were a late replacement for Al-Ain (2015–16 UAE Pro-League runners-up and 2015–16 UAE President's Cup runners-up), who decided to withdraw from the tournament.
  2. ^
    Not including Al-Faisaly's appearance in the cancelled 1990 edition.

Venues[edit]

The following three venues were chosen to host all matches from the group stage onwards.

Alexandria Alexandria
Borg El Arab Stadium Alexandria Stadium
Capacity: 86,000 Capacity: 13,660
Borg El Arab Stadium Alexandria Stadium
Cairo
Al Salam Stadium
Capacity: 30,000
Al Salam Stadium

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows.[1][3]

Stage Round Date
Qualifying play-off Round 1 14 September 2016 – 4 March 2017
Round 2
Play-off round
Group stage Matchday 1 22 July – 6 August 2017
Matchday 2
Matchday 3
Knockout stage Semi-finals
Final

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The qualifying play-off was held between 14 September 2016 and 4 March 2017. The three winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the nine direct entrants.

Preliminary round 1[edit]

Asia Zone
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Riffa Bahrain 1–5 Lebanon Al-Ahed 0–1 1–4
Africa Zone
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts DJI DEK VOL
1 Djibouti ASAS Djibouti Télécom[Note DJI] (H) 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 1–1 0–0
2 Somalia Dekedaha 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 0–0
3 Comoros Volcan Club 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Source: UAFA
(H) Host.
Notes
  1. ^
    ASAS Djibouti Télécom qualified via a drawing of lots.

Preliminary round 2[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Asia Zone
Al-Ahed Lebanon 3–0 State of Palestine Shabab Al-Khalil 1–0 2–0
Africa Zone
ASAS Djibouti Télécom Djibouti 1–2 Sudan Al-Merrikh 1–1 0–1

Play-off round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Asia Zone
Al-Jaish Syria 0–1 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 0–0 0–1
Al-Ahed Lebanon 6–1 Oman Fanja 2–1 4–0
Africa Zone
FC Tevragh-Zeina Mauritania 2–3 Sudan Al-Merrikh 0–1 2–2

Group stage[edit]

From the group stage onwards, the tournament was held in Egypt in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria. Twelve teams participated in the group stage, divided into three groups. The draw for the groups took place on 5 May 2017 in Cairo.[4][5] The top team of each group along with the best runner-up advanced to the semi-finals.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Jordan Al-Faisaly 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2 Egypt Al-Ahly 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3 Algeria NA Hussein Dey 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
4 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: Soccerway
NA Hussein Dey Algeria2–0United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Addadi Goal 11'
Gasmi Goal 45+1'
Report
Attendance: 3,000
Al-Ahly Egypt0–1Jordan Al-Faisaly
Report Al-Rawashdeh Goal 55'
Attendance: 10,000

Al-Faisaly Jordan1–0Algeria NA Hussein Dey
Mendy Goal 52' Report
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates0–2Egypt Al-Ahly
Report Goal 32' Barakat
Goal 84' Mohareb
Attendance: 6,000

Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates1–2Jordan Al-Faisaly
Batna Goal 41' Report Goal 76' Łukasz
Goal 90+2' Zuway
Al-Ahly Egypt2–1Algeria NA Hussein Dey
Gomaa Goal 74' (pen.)
Barakat Goal 90+2'
Report Goal 61' Boulaouidet
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Morocco Fath Union Sport 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5 Advance to knockout stage
2 Lebanon Al-Ahed 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3 Egypt Zamalek 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
Source: Soccerway
Al-Nassr Saudi Arabia1–1Lebanon Al-Ahed
Al-Shehri Goal 37' Report Goal 49' Diop
Zamalek Egypt2–2Morocco Fath Union Sport
Morsy Goal 43' (pen.)
Shikabala Goal 65'
Report Goal 8'89' Diakité

Fath Union Sport Morocco4–0Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
Fouzair Goal 11'29' (pen.)32' (pen.)
El-Bahraoui Goal 60'
Report
Al-Ahed Lebanon1–0Egypt Zamalek
Zreik Goal 84' Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Qasim Al-Hatmi (Oman)

Al-Ahed Lebanon1–1Morocco Fath Union Sport
Haidar Goal 54' (pen.) Report Goal 45' Ait Khoursa
Zamalek Egypt2–1Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
Emam Goal 1'
Hamdy Goal 37'
Report Goal 11' Pereira

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2 Sudan Al-Merrikh 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2
4 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
Source: Soccerway
Al-Merrikh Sudan1–1Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Al-Madina Goal 71' Report Goal 26' Al-Dawsari

Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia2–2Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
Al-Qahtani Goal 52'
Zabani Goal 58'
Report Goal 45+2' Ahmed
Goal 80' Ayad Sadir
Espérance de Tunis Tunisia2–0Sudan Al-Merrikh
Badri Goal 21'70' Report

Espérance de Tunis Tunisia3–2Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Matri Goal 45'
Jouini Goal 58'
Chaaleli Goal 74'
Report Goal 49' Al-Yami
Goal 60' Al-Rashidi

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

The highest ranked second-placed team from the groups advanced to the knockout stage; the rest were eliminated.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Egypt Al-Ahly 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Advance to knockout stage
2 B Lebanon Al-Ahed 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3 C Sudan Al-Merrikh 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
Source: Soccerway

Knockout stage[edit]

Matches were determined by a random draw.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
2 August – Alexandria
 
 
Egypt Al-Ahly1
 
6 August – Alexandria
 
Jordan Al-Faisaly2
 
Jordan Al-Faisaly2
 
3 August – Alexandria
 
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis (a.e.t.)3
 
Morocco Fath Union Sport1
 
 
Tunisia Espérance de Tunis (a.e.t.)2
 

Semi-finals[edit]

Al-Ahly Egypt1–2Jordan Al-Faisaly
Azaro Goal 90+8' Report Goal 26' Mendy
Goal 37' (o.g.) Fathy

Final[edit]

Al-Faisaly Jordan2–3 (a.e.t.)Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
Zuway Goal 72'
Attiah Goal 88'
Report Goal 46'54' Bguir
Goal 101' Dhaouadi

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
Qualifying play-off Group stage onwards Total
1 Lebanon Ahmad Zreik Lebanon Al-Ahed 4 1 5
Sudan Bakri Al-Madina Sudan Al-Merrikh 3 2
3 Morocco Mohamed Fouzair Morocco Fath Union Sport N/A 3 3
4 Egypt Amr Barakat Egypt Al-Ahly N/A 2 2
Iraq Ziyad Ahmed Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 0 2
Libya Akram Zuway Jordan Al-Faisaly N/A 2
Senegal Dominique Mendy Jordan Al-Faisaly N/A 2
Lebanon Mohamad Haidar Lebanon Al-Ahed 1 1
Ivory Coast Lamine Diakité Morocco Fath Union Sport N/A 2
Nigeria Kelechi Osunwa Sudan Al-Merrikh 1 1
Tunisia Anice Badri Tunisia Espérance de Tunis N/A 2
Tunisia Saad Bguir Tunisia Espérance de Tunis N/A 2
Tunisia Taha Yassine Khenissi Tunisia Espérance de Tunis N/A 2

Prize money[edit]

UAFA announced that the winner will receive $2.5 million, while $600,000 will go to the runner-up and the losing semi-finalists will each get $200,000.[6][7]

Media[edit]

The tournament gained international coverage for being the first football tournament to be broadcast live on Twitter, with all 21 matches from the group stage and knockout stage being shown for free on the competition's official Twitter account.[8]

Broadcasting[edit]

Territory Channel
 Egypt ONTV
 Saudi Arabia Al-Riyadiah
 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi TV

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Inviting the Arab Associations to Participate in the Arab Club Cup" (in Arabic). UAFA. 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Men's Ranking". FIFA.com. 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ تصفيات الدور الأول لكأس العرب للأندية بجيبوتي (in Arabic). UAFA. 14 September 2016.
  4. ^ اللجنة المنظمة للبطولة العربية للأندية تعقد اجتماعها الثاني بالخرطوم (in Arabic). UAFA. 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ "UAFA : 12 clubs retenus pour la Coupe" (in French). Dzfoot.com. 7 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Arab Club Championship Awards" (in Arabic). Ahram Sport. 5 May 2017. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  7. ^ "The Development Arab Club Championship Awards from 2004 to 2017" (in Arabic). Goal. 21 July 2017.
  8. ^ "The Twitter tournament: This week in Middle East football". The New Arab. 26 July 2017.

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