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pieter
Joined: 03 Nov 2006, 16:49

20 Nov 2010, 10:56 #1

Where will the Gulf Cup be played: in Sanaa or in Aden : FIFA mentions Sanaa, Wikipedia and Futbolplanet mention Aden?
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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

20 Nov 2010, 16:24 #2

It will be held in Aden, and also they were meant to hold matches in Abyan, also in former South Yemen. Not sure if they are still holding matches in Abyan though. The government is apparently hosting it here to test its control of the south. There have already been a few terrorist threats from separatists in the buildup to the tournament.
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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

22 Nov 2010, 00:59 #3

http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.ph ... Y3NTg1NTAy
Kuwait announced that they might be withdrawing because of the security situation, and Bahrain and UAE were expected to follow.
This was a 15th November article - not sure how credible it is.
But it just shows how stupid a decision it was to host it in such an unsafe area.
Also, from http://www.yemag.com/news/gulf-cup-kick ... yemen.html
"Gamal Al-Yamani, a board member of the committee organizing the tournament in Aden, said there were upward of 30,000 troops protecting the teams and that a joint American-British security team checked all the stadiums to ensure they were safe."
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jonny
Joined: 02 Nov 2006, 22:03

22 Nov 2010, 07:36 #4

BAHRAIN's national soccer team conducted their first training session in Sana'a, Yemen, as the 20th Gulf Cup gets underway today at the 22 May Stadium in the Southern Port Town of Aden.
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDeta ... yid=292290
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pieter
Joined: 03 Nov 2006, 16:49

27 Nov 2017, 17:30 #5

S.Arabia and friends not travelling to Qatar for the Gulf cup.....is this a political inspired choice? seems we will have a restricted tournament
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pieter
Joined: 03 Nov 2006, 16:49

27 Nov 2017, 18:39 #6

pieter wrote: S.Arabia and friends not travelling to Qatar for the Gulf cup.....is this a political inspired choice? seems we will have a restricted tournament
if the suspension of Kuwait is lifted before 30.11, they will participate, otherwise the Gulf Cup will be postponed... 
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

27 Nov 2017, 20:01 #7

Surely they could rejig the format to run with 4 teams? Have them play a Group Stage then a '1 v 4' & '2 v 3' knockout bracket, each team gets 5 matches.
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pieter
Joined: 03 Nov 2006, 16:49

10 Dec 2017, 08:39 #8

mattsanger92 wrote: Surely they could rejig the format to run with 4 teams? Have them play a Group Stage then a '1 v 4' & '2 v 3' knockout bracket, each team gets 5 matches.
seems Kuwait can play.....and they are a neutral venue, so everybody will participate or aù I wrong?
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

10 Dec 2017, 11:56 #9

pieter wrote:seems Kuwait can play.....and they are a neutral venue, so everybody will participate or aù I wrong?
Apparently Kuwait had hosting rights before their suspension, and after it was lifted Qatar have given it back to them, everyone now plays (not that their approach for 7 teams is exactly a neat format).
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