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.