Bahrain national football team

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Bahrain
Nickname(s) Al-Ahmar (The Red)
Association Bahrain Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Anthony Hudson
Most caps Salman Isa (144)[1]
Top scorer Husain Ali (33)[1]
Home stadium Bahrain National Stadium
FIFA code BHR
FIFA ranking 105 Increase +1
Highest FIFA ranking 44 (September 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking 98
Highest Elo ranking 49 (September 2000)
Lowest Elo ranking 138 (March 1979)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bahrain 4–4 Kuwait 
(Baghdad, Iraq; April 2, 1966)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 10–0 Indonesia 
(Riffa, Bahrain; 29 February 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Iraq 10–1 Bahrain Bahrain
(Baghdad, Iraq; 5 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1988)
Best result Fourth place: 2004

The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب البحرين لكرة القدم‎) is the national team of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is controlled by the Bahrain Football Association; it was founded in 1951 and joined FIFA in 1966. They have never reached the finals of the World Cup, but have twice come within one match of doing so. Bahrain won the FIFA's most improved team award in 2004, and finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup, beating Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals but losing to Japan in the semi-finals 4–3. Bahrain then lost to Iran in the third-place match, thus finishing in fourth place overall.

Honors[edit]

Arab Games Football[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games Football[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

History[edit]

The 1959 national football team

2006 World Cup[edit]

After Uzbekistan and Bahrain both finished third in their respective groups during the World Cup 2006 qualifiers, Bahrain entered a two-legged playoff with Uzbekistan, which they won on away goals with an aggregate score of 1–1. This allowed Bahrain to enter another two-legged playoff with the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, (Trinidad and Tobago), for a spot in the World Cup. But a 0–1 Bahrain loss in Manama after a 1–1 draw in Port of Spain saw the CONCACAF nation go through.


2006 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uzbekistan  1–1 (a)  Bahrain 1–1 0–0

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC – CONCACAF play-off) play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  1–2  Trinidad and Tobago 1–1 0–1

2007 Asian Cup[edit]

Bahrain played in group D in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification group games. Bahrain fielded a side which was essentially the Olympic (under 23) team against Australia, and they lost 2–0. Bahrain qualified for the Asian Cup 2007 after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stages via two losses against Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, despite a win against Korea Republic.

2010 World Cup[edit]

The Bahrain national football team playing Australia on June 10, 2009 in a World Cup qualifier

In the third round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain were drawn into group B along with Japan, Oman, and Thailand. They finished second overall to qualify to the final round, in which Bahrain finished third overall in their group, below Australia and Japan, but above Uzbekistan and Qatar. In the second leg of the playoff against Saudi Arabia to decide Asia's fifth best team, Bahrain drew 2–2 with Saudi Arabia after scoring in stoppage time which allowed them go through on away goals, after drawing their home leg 0–0. They went on to play New Zealand in the final playoff in which the victory would qualify for the World Cup, but after a goalless draw in Manama on 10 October 2009, Bahrain lost the return leg 1–0 in Wellington, missing out on qualification at the last hurdle for the second time running. This was desperately unlucky as they even had a penalty which was missed and allowed the Kiwi's to take advantage. At the end of the match, the Prime Minister of Bahrain vowed never to promise financial incentives in the form of Bentley cars in exchange for footballing success again.[citation needed]

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fifth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  (a) 2–2  Saudi Arabia 0–0 2–2

AFC 5th place v OFC winner play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

2014 World Cup[edit]

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification, Bahrain did considerably worse. In the third round They were drawn against Indonesia, Iran & Qatar. Although they managed to defeat Indonesia both home and away, they also got thrashed 6-0 by Iran away from home, and drew their other 3 games. Although they had a higher goal difference than Qatar, they needed an extra point to advance to the next round. If they had drawn to Iran away from home though, they would have advanced. This is the final group;


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 3 3 0 17 5 +12 12
 Qatar 6 2 4 0 10 5 +5 10
 Bahrain 6 2 3 1 13 7 +6 9
 Indonesia 6 0 0 6 3 26 −23 0
  Bahrain Indonesia Iran Qatar
Bahrain  10–0 1–1 0–0
Indonesia  0–2 1–4 2–3
Iran  6–0 3–0 2–2
Qatar  0–0 4–0 1–1


Competition records[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Qatar on 5 March 2014.
Caps and goals updated as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sayed Jaffer (1985-08-25) 25 August 1985 (age 28) 54 0 Bahrain Malkiya
21 1GK Hamed Al-Doseri (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
22 1GK Ebrahim Lutfalla (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Unattached
2 2DF Mohamed Husain (Captain) (1980-07-31) 31 July 1980 (age 33) 71 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3 2DF Waleed Al-Hayam (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 25) 8 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
5 2DF Abdulla Saleh 3 1 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen
14 2DF Abdulla Shallal 0 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
15 2DF Faisal Ali Budahoo (1983-08-12) 12 August 1983 (age 30) 6 1 Bahrain Al-Riffa
17 2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 23) 13 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
18 2DF Mohamed Duaij (1981-07-24) 24 July 1981 (age 32) 13 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
6 3MF Abdulla Abdi Omar (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 (age 26) 6 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 29) 36 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiyah
8 3MF Sayed Ahmed (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 23) 9 0 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen
9 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 24) 15 1 Bahrain Al-Hidd
13 3MF Mahmood Abdulrahman (1984-11-22) 22 November 1984 (age 29) 55 10 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
16 3MF Ahmed Mirza 1 0 Bahrain Al-Ittihad
19 3MF Issa Muthanna (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 23) 12 0 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen
4 4FW Abbas Al-Sari (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Bahrain Al-Sitra
5 4FW Abdulla Al-Bakheet 0 0 Unattached
10 4FW Saad Al-Amer (1991-04-28) 28 April 1991 (age 22) 3 1 Bahrain Al-Riffa
11 4FW Ismail Abdul-Latif (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 27) 61 29 Saudi Arabia Al-Nahda
12 4FW Ibrahim Ahmed Habib (1989-02-05) 5 February 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
20 4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 24) 20 2 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen

Recent Callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the Bahrain squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ashraf Al-Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Unattached 2014 WAFF Championship
GK Abbas Ahmed Khamis (1983-06-13) 13 June 1983 (age 30) 13 0 Bahrain Al-Ahli Manama v.  Yemen, 19 November 2013
DF Abdulla Al-Marzooqi (1980-12-12) 12 December 1980 (age 33) 81 1 Bahrain Al-Riffa 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Rashed Al-Hooti (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 24) 24 0 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Abdulhakeem Al-Oraibi 0 0 Bahrain Al-Shabab 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Abdulla Zayed 0 0 Unattached 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Dawood Saad (1986-07-09) 9 July 1986 (age 27) 20 0 Bahrain Manama v.  Malaysia, 15 October 2013
DF Saleh Abdulhameed (1983-02-06) 6 February 1983 (age 31) 18 0 Bahrain Al-Najma v.  Malaysia, 15 October 2013
MF Fahad Al-Hardan (1987-01-14) 14 January 1987 (age 27) 14 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Hassan Jameel (1991-10-17) 17 October 1991 (age 22) 7 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Mohamed Salmeen (1980-11-04) 4 November 1980 (age 33) 94 7 Bahrain Al-Muharraq v.  Yemen, 19 November 2013
MF Abdullah Omar (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 27) 51 3 Qatar Al-Ahli Doha v.  Yemen, 19 November 2013
MF Faouzi Aaish (1985-02-27) 27 February 1985 (age 29) 34 9 Qatar Al-Sailiya v.  Yemen, 19 November 2013
MF Sayed Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 21) 16 4 Bahrain Al-Muharraq v.  Lebanon, 9 November 2013
FW Ahmed Al-Khattal (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 25) 6 0 Bahrain Al-Hala 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Isa Moosa (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 26) 5 0 Bahrain Manama 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Hamad Aldakheel (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Husain Ali (1981-12-31) 31 December 1981 (age 32) 91 33 Bahrain Al-Muharraq v.  Yemen, 19 November 2013
FW Mohammed Tayeb (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 24) 10 5 Bahrain Al-Najma v.  Malaysia, 15 October 2013

Note: Caps and goals may be incomplete for certain players, therefore being inaccurate.

Current Staff[edit]

Name Position
Head Coach Anthony Hudson
Assistant Coach Martyn Pert
Goal Keeper Coach Vladimir Ciric
Technical Director Mahmood Fakhro
Head Coach U22 TBD

Coaches[edit]

Source

Kit providers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 

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