Iraq sign co-op deal with Qatar and confirm they will play in end of year Gulf Cup

Iraq

November 2 – The head of the Iraqi Football Association, Abdulkhaliq Massoud, has confirmed his country’s participation in the Gulf Cup scheduled to be held in Doha in December and January.

Massoud made the announcement after signing a five-year co-operation agreement with the Qatar Football Association.

The Gulf Cup has been held roughly every couple of years since 1970. It is usually an eight-team affair with two groups of four, with the top two going through to the semi-finals.

Kuwait hold the record for most wins with 10, while Qatar are the holders having won the last edition held in Saudi Arabia in 2014.

The draw for the next event was held in September but it remains to be seen whether the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain – all of whom boycotted the ceremony – will take part because of the diplomatic and commercial blockade of  Qatar in the region.

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