Palestine Cup of Nations

Short History

     The Palestine Cup of Nations is a football competition which was held between Arab countries. The cup was established in 1972 at the initiative of Said al-Sabeh, president of the Supreme Council for Palestinian Youth Welfare. Iraq was chosen to host the first edition in the same year. The aim of the initiative was to create a new Arab championship that would reunite sport in the Arab countries, as well as with the aim of proving Arab affiliation and support for the Palestinian cause. The tournament was also created to be an alternative to the Arab Cup of Nations during the long interruption between 1966 and 1985 and did not account as the Arab Cup. The third and last edition was held in 1975.

Tournaments

Editions

Edition Year Host Date Nations Matches Venues Cities
1. 1972 Iraq 1 - 14 January 1972 9 nations 24 matches 1 venues 1 cities
2. 1973 Libya 11 - 26 August 1973 10 nations 24 matches 2 venues 2 cities
3. 1975 Tunisia 19 - 28 December 1975 10 nations 14 matches 1 venues 1 cities

Final positions

Edition Year Host Champions Runners-up Third place
1. 1972 Iraq EGYPT Iraq Algeria
2. 1973 Libya TUNISIA Syria Algeria
3. 1975 Tunisia EGYPT Iraq Sudan

Results

Edition Year Host Final 3. place play-off Semi-finals
1. 1972 Iraq Egypt - Iraq 3-1 Algeria - Syria 3-1 Egypt - Syria 4-2 (a.e.t.)
Iraq - Algeria 3-1
2. 1973 Libya Tunisia - Syria 4-0 Algeria - Iraq 0-0 (p 3-0) Tunisia - Iraq 2-0
Syria - Algeria 0-0 (p 3-2)
3. 1975 Tunisia Egypt - Iraq 1-0 (a.e.t.) Sudan - Syria 1-0 Egypt - Sudan 3-1
Iraq - Syria 4-0

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