The staunchest fan of Jordanian football is the King of Jordan
himself no less. It comes as no surprise therefore to learn that the government donated land to the national association for the construction of ten football pitches for the country's first-division clubs. Jordan
was the first country to win two successive Panarabian Games (in 1997 and 1999). Coach Mohd Abu Alawad, former national team captain, was awarded the highest accolade for coaching in the country for this achievement - the Golden Coach prize. Other impressive results were runners-up and third place at the West Asian Games and Arab Nations Cup respectively, both staged in 2002.