Football in Bahrain
Football is the leading sport in Bahrain, who hit the heights in 2002 as runners-up in the Arab Cup and in 1989 when they came fourth in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Scotland. The national team then reached the second round of the preliminary competition for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan? for the first time. In the 1990s, Humood Sultan was voted the best player in the region and Mohamed Jaffar the best forward. Mohamed Hussain, who played for top Saudi Arabian football clubs for many years, is also a household name. Most of the teams and tournaments are sponsored by a marketing group that acts as a consultant to the national association.
The first Goal Project
The association headquarters inaugurated by the AFC President and Goal Bureau chairman on 11 May 2003 were funded by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme and the association itself, and play a key role in the development of football in Bahrain. The government supplied the land on which the offices were built.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Manama
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened 11 May 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 368,200 Association USD 55,555 Total cost USD 823,755