Jordan to host first King Hussein International Cup
Following a meeting in Amman, Jordan in February by representatives from some of the eight competing nations, it was agreed that the first 'King Hussein International Cup' will be held in Jordan, with the opening game starting on the 23rd May 2000. Together with host country Jordan, national sides from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will be competing in the tournament. The event takes a group format in the first round and concludes with the two finalists competing for the USD $50,000 prize on 2nd June in Amman's King Abdullah stadium. Second and third placed teams will win USD $25,000 and USD $15,000 respectively. The tournament marks a positive development for international football in the Middle East and it has been proposed that the headquarters for organising the event be based in Jordan, under the stewardship of the West Asian Football Federation. This body will be composed of the presidents of the Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese, Iranian, Palestinian and Iraqi football federations, together with a representative from the Asian Football Confederation, AFC Marketing Ltd and FIFA. For further information on this tournament, check Sportcal.com's Soccer calendar.