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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Cup
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Founded1957; 66 years ago (1957)
RegionSaudi Arabia
Number of teams16
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
Current championsAl-Fayha (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Al-Ahli (13 titles)
Television broadcastersShahid
2022–23 King Cup

The King Cup (sometimes spelled King's Cup),[1] officially known as The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Cup (Arabic: كأس خادم الحرمين الشريفين), is the Saudi Arabian football knockout cup competition, run by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

The cup was created in 1957 and was played until 1990. It was re-launched again in 2007 as King's Cup of Champions, and was played by only the top 6 finishers of the Professional League plus the Crown Prince Cup and Federation Cup winners. Since 2014, it was renamed as King's Cup, the competition returned to its roots by implementing the old format. 153 clubs have taken part in the tournament.[2]

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country in the Middle East. It covers the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia and the Middle East. It is bordered by the Red Sea to the west; Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north; the Persian Gulf, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to the east; Oman to the southeast; and Yemen to the south. Bahrain is an island country off its east coast. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northwest separates Saudi Arabia from Egypt and Israel. Saudi Arabia is the only country with a coastline along both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland, steppe, and mountains. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh. The country is home to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam.

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Single-elimination tournament

Single-elimination tournament

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Saudi Arabian Football Federation

Saudi Arabian Football Federation

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation is the football governing body of Saudi Arabia. Founded in 1956, its responsibilities include administration of club competitions and national teams. The founder of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation is Prince Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud.

Saudi Professional League

Saudi Professional League

The Saudi Pro League, known as the Roshn Saudi League for sponsorship reasons, is the top division of association football in the Saudi Arabian league system. It has been operating as a round-robin tournament from it inaugural season until the 1989–90 season, after that the Saudi Federation decided to merge the football League with the King's Cup in one tournament and the addition of the Golden Box. The Golden Box would be an end of season knockout competition played between the top four teams of the regular league season. These teams would play at a semi-final stage to crown the champions of Saudi Arabia. The league reverted to a round-robin system in the 2007–08 season.

Saudi Crown Prince Cup

Saudi Crown Prince Cup

The Saudi Crown Prince's Cup was the Saudi Arabian annual cup competition. It was the oldest domestic football competition in Saudi Arabia, its first edition was held in 1956–57, but was not crowned from 1975 until 1990. The competition consists of teams from the top two tiers of Saudi league football, as well as the competition runs from August until February.

Qualification and prize money

The cup winner will be guaranteed a place in the AFC Champions League.[3]

Prize money:[3]

  • Final winners: 5,500,000 Saudi Riyals.
  • Final runners-up: 4,000,000 Saudi Riyals.

Winners by year

King's Cup

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Performance by club

Trophies

Club Winners Winning years
Al-Ahli
13
1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973,1977, 1978, 1979, 1982 ,2011, 2012, 2016[4]
Al-Ittihad
9
1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1988, 2010, 2013, 2018
Al-Hilal
9
1961, 1964, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1989, 2015, 2017, 2020
Al-Nassr
6
1974, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1990
Al-Shabab
3
2008, 2009, 2014
Al-Ettifaq
2
1968, 1985
Al-Wehda
2
1957, 1966
Al-Taawoun
1
2019
Al-Faisaly
1
2021
Al-Fayha
1
2022
Total
47

Source:[5][6]

Finals

Club Finalists Finals years
Al-Ahli
18
1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
Al-Ittihad
18
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2018, 2019
Al-Hilal
17
1961, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2022
Al-Nassr
14
1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2020
Al-Wehda
7
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1970
Al-Ettifaq
6
1965, 1966, 1968, 1983, 1985, 1988
Al-Shabab
6
1969, 1980, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
Al-Taawoun
3
1990, 2019, 2021
Al-Riyadh
2
1962, 1978
Al-Faisaly
2
2018, 2021
Al-Fayha
1
2022
Total
94

Source:[5][6]

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1977 King Cup

1977 King Cup

The 1977 King Cup was the 19th season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Nassr were the defending champions; however, they were eliminated in the semi-finals by Al-Hilal. The final saw Al-Ahli beat Al-Hilal 3–1, with Al-Ahli scoring all three goals in the final fifteen minutes. Al-Ahli won their seventh title and first since 1973.

1978 King Cup

1978 King Cup

The 1978 King Cup was the 20th season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Ahli were the defending champions and successfully defended the title, winning their second one in a row. Al-Ahli beat Al-Riyadh who became the first First Division side to reach the final.

1979 King Cup

1979 King Cup

The 1979 King Cup was the 21st season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Ahli were the defending champions and successfully defended the title, winning their third one in a row.

2011 King Cup of Champions

2011 King Cup of Champions

The 2011 King Cup of Champions, or The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, was the 36th season of King Cup of Champions since its establishment in 1957, and the 4th under the current edition.

2012 King Cup of Champions

2012 King Cup of Champions

The 2012 King Cup of Champions, or The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, was the 37th season of King Cup of Champions since its establishment in 1957, and the 5th under the current edition. Al-Ahli were the defending champions.

1988 King Cup

1988 King Cup

The 1988 King Cup was the 30th season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Nassr were the defending champions but they were eliminated by eventual champions Al-Ittihad in the semi-finals.

2010 King Cup of Champions

2010 King Cup of Champions

The 2010 King Cup of Champions, or The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, was the 35th season of King Cup of Champions since its establishment in 1957, and the 3rd under the current edition. Al-Shabab were the defending champion but they were eliminated by Al-Ittihad in semi-finals.

2013 King Cup of Champions

2013 King Cup of Champions

The 2013 King Cup of Champions, or The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, was the 38th season of King Cup of Champions since its establishment in 1957, and the 6th under the current edition. The top eight in the Professional League competed in the King cup which kicked off on 4 May. Al-Ahli were the defending champion but they were eliminated by Al-Shabab in semifinals.

1980 King Cup

1980 King Cup

The 1980 King Cup was the 22nd season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Ahli were the defending champions but were eliminated by Ohod in the Round of 32. Al-Hilal defeated city rivals Al-Shabab to win their 3rd title and first since 1964.

1982 King Cup

1982 King Cup

The 1982 King Cup was the 24th season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Nassr were the defending champions but they were eliminated by Al-Shabab in the Round of 16.

1984 King Cup

1984 King Cup

The 1984 King Cup was the 26th season of the knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Ahli were the defending champions but they finished as runners-up.

1989 King Cup

1989 King Cup

The 1989 King Cup was the 31st season of knockout competition since its establishment in 1956. Al-Ittihad were the defending champions for this season, but they were eliminated by Al-Nassr in Round of 16.

Hat-tricks

Rank Player Club Goals Date
Saudi Arabia Yousef Al-Anbar Ohod Al-Nahda 4-1 11 May 1989
Saudi Arabia Saad Al-Harthi Al-Nassr Al-Ahli 0-3 5 April 2010
Brazil Victor Simões Al-Ahli Al-Nassr 1-3 9 April 2010
Saudi Arabia Mokhtar Fallatah Al-Ettifaq Al-Wahda 4-3 11 January 2011
Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Al-Hilal Al-Faisaly 1-3 1 May 2015
Poland Adrian Mierzejewski Al-Nassr Al-Diriyah 0-7 20 January 2016
Nigeria Patrick Eze Al-Qadisiyah Al-Safa 0-4 20 January 2017
Guinea Ismael Bangoura Al-Raed Al-Jabalain 3-0 21 January 2017
Syria Omar Kharbin Al-Hilal Al-Taawoun 4-3 13 May 2017
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Saiari Al-Ettifaq Al-Tai 6-0 3 January 2018
Morocco Abderrazak Hamdallah Al-Nassr Al-Jandal 0-6 3 January 2019
Eritrea Ahmed Abdu Jaber4 Al-Wehda Al-Nairyah 6-1 3 January 2019
Venezuela Gelmin Rivas Al-Hilal Al-Dera'a 9-0 5 January 2019
France Bafetimbi Gomis4
Morocco Abderrazak Hamdallah4 Al-Nassr Al-Ansar 5-0 18 January 2019
Saudi Arabia Hazaa Al-Hazaa Al-Ettifaq Al-Amjad 9-1 18 January 2019
Morocco Abderrazak Hamdallah Al-Nassr Al-Fayha 0-6 21 January 2019
Madagascar Carolus Andriamatsinoro5 Al-Adalah Al-Rawdhah 8-0 5 December 2019
Morocco Abderrazak Hamdallah Al-Nassr Damac 2-4 24 December 2019
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Kwikbi Al-Ettifaq Ohod 7-1 3 January 2020
Cape Verde Julio Tavares Al-Faisaly Al-Taawoun 2-3 29 May 2021

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country in the Middle East. It covers the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia and the Middle East. It is bordered by the Red Sea to the west; Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north; the Persian Gulf, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to the east; Oman to the southeast; and Yemen to the south. Bahrain is an island country off its east coast. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northwest separates Saudi Arabia from Egypt and Israel. Saudi Arabia is the only country with a coastline along both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland, steppe, and mountains. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh. The country is home to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam.

Saad Al-Harthi

Saad Al-Harthi

Saad Mish'al Al-Harthi - also transliterated Sa'ad Al-Harthi - is a Saudi Arabian former football striker who played for Saudi Premiership side Al-Nassr FC. He retired from playing football in 2013.

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America and in Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 217 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the only country in the Americas to have Portuguese as an official language. It is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world, and the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

Victor Simões

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Nasser Al-Shamrani

Nasser Al-Shamrani

Nasser Al-Shamrani is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays former the Saudi Arabia national team as a forward. Often considered one of the most versatile, effective Saudi Arabian strikers of all time, he won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2014.

Poland

Poland

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivodeships, covering an area of 312,696 km2 (120,733 sq mi). Poland has a population of 38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. Warsaw is the nation's capital and largest metropolis. Other major cities include Kraków, Wrocław, Łódź, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.

Adrian Mierzejewski

Adrian Mierzejewski

Adrian Mierzejewski is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese Super League club Henan Songshan Longmen.

Nigeria

Nigeria

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa. It is situated between the Sahel to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south in the Atlantic Ocean. It covers an area of 923,769 square kilometres (356,669 sq mi), and with a population of over 230 million, it is the most populous country in Africa, and the world's sixth-most populous country. Nigeria borders Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Nigeria is a federal republic comprising 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world and the second-largest in Africa.

Guinea

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Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a coastal country in West Africa. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Guinea-Bissau to the northwest, Senegal to the north, Mali to the northeast, Cote d'Ivoire to the southeast, and Sierra Leone and Liberia to the south. It is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry after its capital Conakry, to distinguish it from other territories in the eponymous region such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea. It has a population of 13.5 million and an area of 245,857 square kilometres (94,926 sq mi).

Syria

Syria

Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a Western Asian country located in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant. It is a unitary republic that consists of 14 governorates (subdivisions), and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east and southeast, Jordan to the south, and Israel and Lebanon to the southwest. Cyprus lies to the west across the Mediterranean Sea. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including the majority Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Circassians, Armenians, Albanians, Greeks, and Chechens. Religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Alawites, Druze, and Yazidis. The capital and largest city of Syria is Damascus. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunni Muslims are the largest religious group. Syria is the only country that is governed by Ba'athists, who advocate Arab socialism and Arab nationalism. Syria is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Mohammed Al-Saiari

Mohammed Al-Saiari

Mohammed Eidah Al-Saiari is a Saudi football player who plays as a forward for Al-Ittihad.

Morocco

Morocco

Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and has land borders with Algeria to the east, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the south. Mauritania lies to the south of Western Sahara. Morocco also claims the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta, Melilla and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, and several small Spanish-controlled islands off its coast. It spans an area of 446,300 km2 (172,300 sq mi) or 710,850 km2 (274,460 sq mi), with a population of roughly 37 million. Its official and predominant religion is Islam, and the official languages are Arabic and Berber; the Moroccan dialect of Arabic and French are also widely spoken. Moroccan identity and culture is a mix of Arab, Berber, and European cultures. Its capital is Rabat, while its largest city is Casablanca.

Source: "King Cup", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 15th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Cup.

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References
  1. ^ Official SAFF site in English
  2. ^ "بيان: موافقة على تغيير نظامي كأس الملك وولي العهد". TheSAFF.com.sa. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "لائحة المسابقات والبطولات بالإتحاد العربي السعودي لكرة القدم" [Regulations of Saudi Arabian Football Federation Competitions] (PDF) (in Arabic). Saudi Arabian Football Federation. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  4. ^ @ALAHLI_FC (November 18, 2022). "سجل بطولات الفريق الأول لكرة القدم بالنادي الاهلي" (Tweet) (in Arabic) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia - List of Cup Winners".
  6. ^ a b "Saudi King Cup of Champions's history".
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