Will tradition continue in QSL Cup? That’s the question


The history of QSL Cup is unique that its past five editions saw different champions. And the tradition is likely to continue unless Al Gharafa win this time as they are the only previous winners among the semifinalists, the others being Umm Salal, Al Rayyan and Al Kharaitiyat.

The tournament was revived this time after a gap of three seasons.

Al Gharafa won the inaugural edition by defeating Al Ahli 5-0 in the final. Iraqi striker Younis Mahmoud, and Brazilians Clemerson Soares and Juninho were the stars in The Cheetahs’ ranks then.

Al Sadd emerged as victorious the following season with a 1-0 win over Umm Salal in the title clash, Yousef Ahmed netting the all-important goal.

The 2011-12 season saw Al Wakrah being crowned the winners. They beat Al Kharaitiyat 10-9 in shoot-out, enforced to break the deadlock.

The now-defunct El Jaish won the fourth edition, while Qatar SC got the better of Al Sadd in the final of last edition in 2013-14.

Who will be the new champions? Will it be Al Rayyan or Umm Salal or Al Kharaitiyat? Or Al Gharafa again? That is the question doing the rounds.