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The 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations is the twenty first edition of the biennial football competition, and will take place in Bahrain, in 2013. The competition was originally scheduled to be hosted in the city of Basra, Iraq but was moved to Bahrain in October 2011 to ensure that Iraq could suitably host the competition in the 22nd edition.
The opening ceremony of the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations took place in the Bahrain National Stadium on 5 January. The event featured the attendance of Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, members of the ruling family, Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, Michel Platini, the president of UEFA as well as other officials. Blatter commended the ceremony, stating that “The opening ceremony was very nice: 9.5 out of 10 because perfection does not exist”. Following the ceremony, Blatter also stated that the organisational level of the Gulf Cup would have to be improved if it was to be a FIFA-sanctioned event and wanted the cup to be played simultaneously with the Africa Cup of Nations.
The eight participating teams will be divided into two groups, Bahrain (the host nation) will be in Group A, Kuwait (the holder) in Group B, while the rest of the teams will be placed in a pot based on FIFA rankings. The draw was held in Bahrain on 18 October 2012.
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