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Wihdat play Ahli in highlight of JFA Shield matches

By Aline Bannayan - Aug 16,2017 - Last updated at Aug 16,2017

AMMAN — The second football competition of the season — the Jordan Football Association (JFA) Shield — kicks off on Thursday as the 2017/18 football season gets into full swing.

The season started last weekend when Jordan Professional Football League and Jordan Cup champs Faisali beat runners-up Jazira 2-1 to win the 35th Jordan Super Cup — the first major competition on the 2017/18 football calendar.

Faisali just returned from the Arab Championship where they finished runners-up to Tunisia’s Tarajji after an impressive performance, which included two wins over Egyptian veterans Ahli. Jazira who were about to win the league last season, are hoping to capture as local titles. 

The league teams will play in three groups: Jazira, newcomers Aqaba, Shabab Urdun and Manshieh are in Group A, while Group B includes Baqa’a, Yarmouk, Hussein and Faisali and Group C includes Ahli, That Ras, Wihdat and Ramtha. The top team from each group as well as the best second placed team move to the knock-out semifinal round.

The JFA brought back the Shield on the calendar last year following an absence of four seasons. Faisali, twice winner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, won the league and Jordan Cup titles last year while Ahli beat Wihdat to win the Super Cup and Shabab Urdun won the JFA Shield.

Looking back at the history of the Shield tournament, Wihdat are a record eight time winners, Faisali (7), Ramtha (5), Hussein (3), Jazira and Amman and Shabab Urdun twice each, Kufrsoum and Yarmouk once each. Hussein were finalists seven times. Amman, have since scrapped football, while Qadissieh were relegated and have since merged with Shabab Urdun.

The winner will get JD15,000 in prize money ahead of the Jordan Football Association League and Jordan Cup kick off on September 7 and September 18 respectively.

 

JFA Shield record

(Runner-up in parenthesis)

1981 — Jazira (Wihdat)

1982 — Wihdat (Amman)

1983 — Wihdat (Ramtha)

1984 — Amman (Hussein)

1985 — Amman (Faisali

1986 — Jazira (Faisali)

1987 — Faisali (Wihdat)

1988 — Wihdat (Hussein)

1989 — Ramtha (Wihdat)

1990 — Ramtha (Hussein)

1991 — Faisali (Wihdat)

1992 — Faisali (Hussein)

1993 — Ramtha (Qadissieh)

1994 — Hussein (Faisali) 

1995 — Wihdat (Jalil)

1996 — Ramtha (Hussein)

1997 — Faisali (Wihdat)

1998 — Kufrsoum (Hussein)

1999 —  not held

2000 — Faisali (Shabab Al Hussein)

2001 — Ramtha (Baqa’a)

2002 — Wihdat (Faisali)

2003 — Hussein (Shabab Al Hussein)

2004 — Wihdat (Hussein)

2005 — Hussein (Faisali)

2006 —Yarmouk (Wihdat)

2007 — Shabab al Urdun (Jazira)

2008 —Wihdat (Baqa’a)

2009 — Faisali (Arabi)

2010 —Wihdat (Jazira)

2011 — Faisali (Shabab Urdun)

2012 — 2015 --Not held

 

2016 — Shabab Urdun (Faisali)

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