Visualising the

2021 FIFA Arab Cup

The 2021 FIFA Arab Cup is from November 30 to December 18 in Qatar.

The Arab World’s 16 best teams will compete for the region’s most coveted trophy over 32 matches.

In this interactive experience, Al Jazeera visualises nearly 2,000 international football matches played between Arab countries from 1957 to 2021.

See how your favourite team has performed over the decades and explore key stats for more than 500 players.

Tournament schedule

FIFA 2021 Arab Cup


How the teams compare

Twenty-three nations can contest the FIFA Arab Cup: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the UAE and Yemen.

Since 1957, they have played one another in nine tournaments and hundreds of friendly matches. With at least 1,992 matches played and 4,817 goals scored, the average is 2.4 goals per match.

According to FIFA world rankings, the top five Arab teams are: Tunisia (27th), Morocco (29th), Algeria (30th), Egypt (44th) and Qatar (46th).

The interactive visualisation below shows the results of every match played between Arab countries over six decades.

Each dot is an individual match. Blue is a win, red is a loss and yellow is a draw.

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Compare head-to-head



The players

The most valuable Arab national teams are Morocco ($239m), Algeria ($195m) and Tunisia ($36m) according to football website Transfermarkt.

The most valuable player by trade value is Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, the 29-year-old right-winger who plays for Liverpool FC in the UK. He has a market value of some $113m.

Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain) and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) are worth $79m and $47m respectively.

The average player age is 27 years old. Jordan’s Moataz Yaseen is the oldest player at 39 and Morocco’s Sami Tlemcani is the youngest at 17.

The interactive below shows the trade value, club and age of all 582 players on the Arab national teams.

Each circle represents an individual player. Players in blue play locally, players in red play for an international team.

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Countdown to Qatar 2022

For the first time ever, the FIFA World Cup will be hosted in the Middle East.

Thirty-two qualifying countries will be placed in eight groups following the main draw on April 1, 2022.

The 28-day tournament will kick off on November 21, 2022, with the final taking place on December 18.

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