Oman national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Red Warriors|
|Association||Oman Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Paul Le Guen|
|Top scorer||Hani Al-Dhabit (46)|
|Home stadium||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
|FIFA ranking||67 2 (14 August 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||50 (August 2004)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||117 (July 2003)|
|Highest Elo ranking||49 (12 April 2005)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||174 (March 1984)|
| Sudan 15–0 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; 2 September 1965) 
| Oman 12–0 Laos
(Muscat, Oman; 30 April 2001)
| Libya 21–0 Muscat and Oman
(Baghdad, Iraq; 1 April 1966)
|Appearances||2 (First in 2004)|
|Best result||First round|
The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب سلطنة عُمان لكرة القدم) is the national team of the Sultanate of Oman that has represented Oman in international competition since 1978. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the squad was formed long before, and a proper football association was formed only in December, 2005. The team is governed by the Oman Football Association.
- 1 History
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Players
- 5 Oman Statistics
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Kits and sponsors
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Prior to the turn of the 21st century, Oman's senior team had generally finished in the last place in all the competitions in which it competed. It was not until the mid 1990s under the OFA chairmanship of Sheikh Saif bin Hashil Al-Maskary did Oman start be extremely successful on the Asian football stage. During this period, Oman won the Asian Under 17 Championship in 1996 and the year 2000, as well as reaching the semi finals of the under 17 World Cup in 1995. Oman nowadays exports players to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and also has their captain playing in England. Former Omani captain, Hani Al-Dhabit was awarded the RSSSF 2001 World Top Scorer, with 22 goals; the most goals scored by a player who won the World Top Scorer award till date, and also being the third Arab and only the first Omani to win the award.
The senior team has never qualified for the World Cup, but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004, 2007 and most recently in 2015. They have reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and have won it on their third attempt as hosts.
- 1956 to 1980 – Did not enter
- 1984 – Did not qualify
- 1988 – Withdrew
- 1992 to 2000 – Did not qualify
- 2004 – Round 1
- 2007 – Round 1
- 2011 – Did not qualify
- 2015 – Qualified
Gulf Cup of Nations performance
Prior to the new millennium, Oman generally struggled in the Gulf Cup of Nations, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the cup was held in Oman. It was only in 1998 when the national team began to improve its performance, and in the 2003 and 2004 Gulf Cups new talents like Amad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Sultan Al-Touqi, Badr Al-Maimani and Khalifa Ayil made the team more successful.
In the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations which was held in Saudi Arabia, Oman had once again finished at an unimpressive 5th place, but under the captaincy of Dhofar F.C.'s Hani Al-Dhabit, Oman had accomplished something which was never done before in the team's history in the Gulf Cup, defeating 9-time winners, Kuwait. The match had ended 3–1 with captain Hani Al-Dhabit scoring a hat-trick. Hani also netted a goal against Bahrain, and a consolation goal in a 2–1 loss against Qatar. At the end of the competition, Hani was the only Omani to score goals, and was also awarded the "Top Goal Scorer" of the competition, with a total of 5 goals.
In the 2004 Gulf Cup which was held in Doha, Oman reached the final for the first time in the team's history, which was eventually lost to the hosts Qatar in a penalty shootout after the goalkeeping sensation Ali Al-Habsi missed a penalty. Qatar won the match 6-5 on penalties after the match had ended 1-1 at normal time. Amad Al-Hosni was awarded the "Top Goal Scorer" award of the competition with a total of 4 goals.
In the 2007 Gulf Cup which was held in the United Arab Emirates, the national team again reached the final for a second consecutive time and again lost 1-0 to the hosts U.A.E.. Although Oman lost to the Emirates in the final, they had maintained an undefeated record throughout the competition excluding the final. Once again Ali Al-Habsi had received the "Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup" award for the third consecutive time in a row, the most won by any goalkeeper in the 40 years of the Gulf Cup tournament. Oman had tied the Emirates in goal scoring with 9 goals each after the competition.
Eventually after losing twice in the Gulf Cup final consecutively, Oman had managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations tournament as hosts, by defeating regional giants, Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout. Oman won the match 6-5 on penalties after the match had ended 0-0 at extra time. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition. The competition in Muscat was the first for Hassan Rabia, and despite this he managed to score 4 goals making him receive the "Top Goal Scorer" award. Ali Al-Habsi also received his fourth consecutive "Best Goalkeeper Award".
However, Ali Al-Habsi would not go on to feature in the next two Gulf Cup's due to his commitments with his English club team Wigan Athletic. In the 2010 Gulf Cup which was held in Yemen, Oman once again after great performances in the three previous tournaments put up an unimpressive performance, drawing all the three matches of the group stage against Bahrain, the U.A.E and Iraq. Oman could manage to score only one goal in the tournament against Bahrain which was scored by Amad Al-Hosni and hence could not go further in the tournament. Following the bad performances of the team in the regional tournament, the Oman Football Association sacked their then-manager Claude Le Roy on 9 January 2011 who won them their maiden tournament in 2009.
In the 2013 Gulf Cup which was held in Bahrain, Oman again put up an unimpressive performance which was criticized a lot by fans in Oman. Oman could manage to draw only one match against the hosts Bahrain and lost in their other two matches against Qatar and the U.A.E. Oman again could score only one goal and this time it was from the spot by youngster Hussain Al-Hadhri against Qatar which Oman eventually lost 2-1.
|1970||Bahrain||Did not enter|
|1972||Saudi Arabia||Did not enter|
|1988||Saudi Arabia||7th place|
|2002||Saudi Arabia||5th place|
Oman has not won many team titles. What they have achieved, though, is qualifying for Asian Cup twice in 2004 and 2007. However, both the times they were eliminated in the first round itself. Later in 2009, Oman won their first Gulf Cup trophy at home in Muscat.
|2004||Won second place trophy||17th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2007||Won second place trophy||18th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2009||Won first place trophy||19th Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2009||Won fair play team award||19th Gulf Cup of Nations|
2014 World Cup qualification
Oman began its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in the second round of AFC qualifying, where it advanced by beating Myanmar in a two-game series 5-0 on aggregate. Then in the third round, Oman advanced by finishing second to Australia in Group D. Oman entered the last game of group play with a chance to qualify for at least the playoff-round, but a 1-0 loss to Jordan eliminated them from contention.
- Additional information: 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round
3 June 2012
|Japan||3 – 0||Oman|
8 June 2012
|Oman||0 – 0||Australia|
12 June 2012
|Iraq||1 – 1||Oman|
|Mahmoud 37' (pen.)||Report||Sheiba 8'|
16 October 2012
|Oman||2 – 1||Jordan|
14 November 2012
|Oman||1 – 2||Japan|
|Kano 77'||Report||Kiyotake 20'
26 March 2013
|Australia||2 – 2||Oman|
Jedinak 49' (o.g.)
4 June 2013
|Oman||1 – 0||Iraq|
18 June 2013
|Jordan||1 – 0||Oman|
Recent and forthcoming matches
|Friendly 24 January 2014||Oman||0 – 0||Finland||Nizwa Sports Complex, Nizwa, Oman|
|18:30 UTC+4||Report 1
|Referee: Abdul Ameer Hassan (Bahrain)
|2015 ACQ 31 January 2014||Oman||0 – 0||Jordan||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman|
|16:45 UTC+4||Report 1
Referee: Mohamed Al Zarouni (United Arab Emirates)
|2015 ACQ 5 March 2014||Oman||3 – 1||Singapore||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman|
|17:30 UTC+4||Al-Hosni 19'
|Ishak 78'||Attendance: 6,700
Referee: Ko Hyung-Jin (Korea Republic)
|Friendly 27 May 2014||Uzbekistan||0 – 1||Oman||Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|19:00 UTC+5||Report 1
||Mubarak 20'||Attendance: 6,644
Referee: Vladislav Tseytlin (Uzbekistan)
|Friendly 29 May 2014||Uzbekistan||0 – 1||Oman||Metallurg Stadium (Olmaliq), Olmaliq, Uzbekistan|
|19:00 UTC+5||Report 1
||Al-Farsi 30'||Attendance: 1,415
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|Friendly 6 August 2014||Guingamp||2 - 1||Oman|
|Friendly 9 August 2014||Stade Brest||1 - 2||Oman|
|Friendly 3 September 2014||Republic of Ireland||v||Oman||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Friendly 7 September 2014||Kosovo||v||Oman||Pristina City Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo|
|Friendly 10 October 2014||Oman||v||Venezuela|
|2014 Gulf Cup 14 November 2014||United Arab Emirates||v||Oman||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|2014 Gulf Cup 17 November 2014||Iraq||v||Oman||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|2014 Gulf Cup 20 November 2014||Kuwait||v||Oman||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Friendly 5 January 2015||China PR||v||Oman|
|2015 Asian Cup 10 January 2015||South Korea||v||Oman||Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia|
|2015 Asian Cup 13 January 2015||Oman||v||Australia||Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia|
|2015 Asian Cup 17 January 2015||Oman||v||Kuwait||Newcastle International Sports Centre, Newcastle, Australia|
- The following 23 players were called up for friendly matches:
- Caps and goals as of 29 May 2014 vs. Uzbekistan.
The following players have also been called up to the Oman squad within the last 12 months.
- AFC Asian Cup
- Gulf Cup
As of 16 August 2011
|Manager||Years as manager|
|Mamadoh Mohammed Al-Khafaji||1974-1976|
|George Smith (Manager)||1979|
|Paulo Henrique Souza de Oliveira||1984|
|Rashid Jaber Al-Yafi’i||1995-1996|
|Carlos Alberto Torres||2000-2001|
|Rashid Jaber Al-Yafi’i||2002|
|Julio César Ribas||2008|
|Claude Le Roy||2008-2010|
|Hamad Al-Azani||Jan 2010
(in charge of friendlies during Le Roy absence)
|Paul Le Guen||June 2011-|
Kits and sponsors
On 9 May 2012, the Oman Football Association launched the new official team kit to be worn by Oman in their push for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round. The new kit was launched together with a new OFA logo. The new kit was designed for Oman by Taj Oman, an Oman-based company. Later in June 2012, Oman's lone airline Oman Air became the official carrier of the Oman Football Association.
On February 3 2014, Oman Football Association is currently confirmed tie-up with Italian sports apparel manufacturer Kappa. A joint venture agreement was signed by sportswear giant Kappa and the OFA's apparel brand Taj Oman. In a 4-year deal, Kappa will produce the kit worn by all the Oman National football teams bearing the Taj mark, and will provide Oman with a large range of sportswear specific for the country. The deal will see both the names (Kappa & Taj) on the kit worn by the National teams and on all retail items. Oman Air also renewed its deal on the same day with the OFA till the end of the 2013-14 season.
|2014-present||Taj Oman and Kappa|
- Iraq will have to play their remaining home games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at a neutral venue following a ban by FIFA on playing in Iraq.
- – Al-Dhabit scored 22 goals in 2001
- – 3rd Arab to receive the award, and first Omani.
- 9-time winners of the Gulf Cup of Nations
- – match results from the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations.
- – Hani Al-Dhabit, top goal scorer of the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations with a total of 5 goals.
- Gulf Cup 17 – Qatar – goalzz.com
- – Oman's performance in the 2007 Gulf Cup.
- – Al-Habsi receiving the Best Goalkeeper award.
- – Oman's goal scoring record in the 18th Gulf Cup.
- – Oman's 19th Gulf Cup record.
- Hassan Rabia—19th Gulf Cup top goal scorer.
- – BWFC – Ali 4 time winner of Best Goalkeeper award.
- "Oman beats Myanmar in World Cup qualifying". OneOman.com. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- "Oman advances in 2014 World Cup qualifying". Fox Sports. 29 February 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- "FIFA decision on Iraq matches". Asian Football Confederation. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- – Gulf Air signs deal with Oman
- – SportsOman reports the signed deal
- "OMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION UNVEILS OFFICIAL LOGO AND KIT". http://theweek.co.om/.
- "Oman National Team Announce Major Local Sponsor". Oman Air. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- "Oman National Team Announce Major Local Sponsor". Times of Oman.
- Official Oman Football Association Website
- Oman national football team FIFA.com
- Oman national football team - Football-Lineups
- Oman national football team - NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS