His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa congratulated the national team players on winning the 24th Gulf Cup in Qatar for the first time in the history of Bahraini football ever since the championship was first launched almost fifty years ago.

HM the King extended deepest thanks to all the national team on the historic and honourable achievement, hailing their impressive performance during the championship.

He praised the team’s high spirit and determination which enabled them to honour the homeland and lift the coveted trophy with merit.

He hailed the achievement which reflects Bahrain’s football standing in the Gulf, regional, continental and international arenas, expressing the hope that the achievement would serve as a catalyst for players to look forward to more trophies in future championships.

HM the King extended thanks and appreciation to H Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of HM the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, National Security Advisor, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, hailing his dedicated and strenuous efforts to motivate and encourage the national team players to clinch the much-coveted GCC trophy.

He also commended the efforts exerted by the Bahrain Football Association, chaired by Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa for the team’s good preparation which ensured their success in winning the trophy.


The Bahraini team beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final played in the Qatari capital Doha.


HM the King praised all national efforts to support and encourage the national team to attain this landmark honourable achievement, hailing the administrative and technical staff.

He saluted Bahrainis and residents who supported the national team during the championship and encouraged the players to win the historic title, commending the press and the media for supporting the national team.

HM the King hailed the historic achievement which, he said, represents a crucial turning point in the march of football in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

“The achievement attained by the Bahraini champions in this Gulf champion has brought joy to all the people of Bahrain and expatriates as well” said HM the King, expressing confidence in the ability of this generation of players to continue the march of excellence and winning more trophies.

HM the King also congratulated the brotherly Saudi national team, healing their outstanding performance and wishing them further success in the march.

HM the King reiterated keenness on support the youth and sports movement and develop all sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the national team to continue their march and honour Bahrain in future championships.