2021 FIFA Arab Cup

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Template:Infobox international football competition The 2021 FIFA Arab Cup[1] (Template:Language with name and transliteration‎) was the 10th edition of the Arab Cup, the Arab world'sTemplate:NoteTag national team football tournament;[2][3] it was the first edition under FIFA's jurisdiction.[4] It took place between 30 November and 18 December in Qatar, as a prelude to the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will also be held in Qatar.[3]

The tournament phase involved 16 teams, of which seven came through the qualifying round; all 23 teams competing were under the auspices of either the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) or the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Of the 16 teams, eight had also appeared in the 2012; no team made their debut appearance at the Arab Cup. The 32 finals matches were played in six venues, which will also be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[5] Host nation Qatar beat Egypt in the third-place match. In the final, Algeria played Tunisia on 18 December at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. Algeria won the match 2–0 after extra time to claim their first Arab Cup.

Algerian player Yacine Brahimi was voted the tournament's best player, winning the Golden Ball. Tunisia's Seifeddine Jaziri won the Golden Boot as he scored the most goals during the tournament with four. Algeria's Raïs M'Bolhi won the Golden Glove, awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. It has been estimated that more than 500,000 people attended games during the tournament. Semi-automated offside technology was tested for the first time in this tournament.[6]

References

  1. "FIFA President confirms 22 national teams will participate in FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 November 2020. https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/fifa-president-confirms-22-national-teams-will-participate-in-fifa-arab-cup-2021. 
  2. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}Template:Namespace detect showall" (in ar). Union of Arab Football Associations. 25 April 2021. http://uafaac.com/5167/. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Libya receives invitation to participate in FIFA-backed pan-Arab tournament 2021 in Qatar". 25 July 2020. https://www.libyaobserver.ly/sports/libya-receives-invitation-participate-fifa-backed-pan-arab-tournament-2021-qatar. 
  4. "FIFA Arab Cup 2021 – Teams – Lebanon" (in en-GB). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. https://www.fifa.com/arabcup/teams/lebanon. 
  5. "Draw sets the stage for an exciting FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021" (in en-GB). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 April 2021. https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/draw-sets-the-stage-for-an-exciting-fifa-arab-cup-qatar-2021tm. 
  6. "Semi-automated offside technology explained ahead of FIFA Arab Cup" (in en). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 November 2021. https://www.fifa.com/news/semi-automated-offside-technology-explained-ahead-of-fifa-arab-cup.