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Nicknames: Al-Azraq (The Blue)
Head coach: Goran Tufegdžic
Most caps: Bashar Abdullah (134)
Top scorer: Bashar Abdullah (75)
Home stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium
Kuwait is one of the most successful football nations in the Middle East, having won the Asian Cup once in 1980 and finished second in 1998 and third in 1994. On top of that, the Kuwaitis have triumphed on nine occasions in the Gulf Cup (a high-ranking tournament in the region), qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup? finals in Spain, and taken part in three Olympic Football Tournaments (in Moscow in 1980, Barcelona in 1992, and Sydney in 2000). Many talented footballers have emerged from Kuwait. The most famous player in the 1980s was Jassem Yaquob, who ranked among the most prolific goalscorers on the Arabian peninsula. In later years, first Al-Houwaidi, Al-Buloushi and Tarabilsi and more recently Bashar Abdullah, Al-Habashi, Mubarak and Al-Shammari have thrilled Kuwait's football-mad youth with their performances in the professional leagues of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Although Kuwaiti football's success on the international stage has not been repeated in recent times, it is flourishing on the domestic scene, with the Premier League, Emir's Cup, Crown Prince Cup and Federation Cup keeping up the level of interest in the game.
On 22 October 2008 the Goal Bureau gave the green light to the construction of a mini-stadium for 1,800 spectators around the existing playing surface on a plot of land adjacent to the headquarters of the Kuwaiti FA. These facilities, which constitute a logical expansion of the Kuwaiti FA's infrastructure, will be used by both youth players and the national team. The stadium is also intended to host youth festivals.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.