Oman national football team

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Oman
سلطنة عُمان
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Red Warriors
Association Oman Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach France Paul Le Guen
Asst coach Muhanna Al-Adawi
Captain Ali Al-Habsi
Top scorer Hani Al-Dhabit (46)
Home stadium Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
FIFA code OMA
FIFA ranking 69 Increase 10 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (August 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 117 (July 2003)
Elo ranking 65
Highest Elo ranking 50 (December 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 174 (March 1984)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Sudan 15–0 Muscat and Oman Flag of Muscat.svg
(Cairo, Egypt; 2 September 1965) [1]
Biggest win
 Oman 12–0 Laos 
(Muscat, Oman; 30 April 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Libya 21–0 Muscat and Oman Flag of Muscat.svg
(Baghdad, Iraq; 1 April 1966)
Asian Cup
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.

History[edit]

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;[1] 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.[2]

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.

Achievements[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Asian Cup[edit]

Gulf Cup of Nations performance[edit]

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,[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] Once again Ali Al-Habsi had received the "Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup" award[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] Ali Al-Habsi also received his fourth consecutive "Best Goalkeeper Award".[12]

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.

Year Host Country Place
1970  Bahrain Did not enter
1972  Saudi Arabia Did not enter
1974  Kuwait 6th place
1976  Qatar 7th place
1979  Iraq 7th place
1982  UAE 6th place
1984  Oman 7th place
1986  Bahrain 7th place
1988  Saudi Arabia 7th place
1990  Kuwait 4th place
1992  Qatar 6th place
1994  UAE 6th place
1996  Oman 6th place
1998  Bahrain 4th place
2002  Saudi Arabia 5th place
2003  Kuwait 4th place
2004  Qatar 2nd place
2007  UAE 2nd place
2009  Oman 1st place
2010  Yemen Group Stage
2013  Bahrain Group Stage

Team awards[edit]

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.

Oman vs. Australia
Facing Thailand
Oman performing in the 2007 Asian Cup
Year Award Competition
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[edit]

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.[13] Then in the third round, Oman advanced by finishing second to Australia in Group D.[14] 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


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 8 5 2 1 16 5 +11 17
 Australia 8 3 4 1 12 7 +5 13
 Jordan 8 3 1 4 7 16 −9 10
 Oman 8 2 3 3 7 10 −3 9
 Iraq 8 1 2 5 4 8 −4 5
  Australia Iraq Japan Jordan Oman
Australia  1–0 1–1 4–0 2–2
Iraq  1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Japan  1–1 1–0 6–0 3–0
Jordan  2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
Oman  0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1


3 June 2012
19:31 UTC+9
Japan  3 – 0  Oman
Honda Goal 11'
Maeda Goal 51'
Okazaki Goal 54'
Report

8 June 2012
17:00 UTC+4
Oman  0 – 0  Australia
Report

12 June 2012
17:45 UTC+3
Iraq  1 – 1  Oman
Mahmoud Goal 37' (pen.) Report Sheiba Goal 8'

16 October 2012
17:00 UTC+4
Oman  2 – 1  Jordan
Mubarak Goal 62'
Darwish Goal 87'
Report Bawab Goal 90'

14 November 2012
15:30 UTC+4
Oman  1 – 2  Japan
Kano Goal 77' Report Kiyotake Goal 20'
Okazaki Goal 90'

26 March 2013
19:30 UTC+11
Australia  2 – 2  Oman
Cahill Goal 52'
Holman Goal 85'
Report Al-Muqbali Goal 6'
Jedinak Goal 49' (o.g.)

4 June 2013
17:00 UTC+4
Oman  1 – 0  Iraq
Al-Ajmi Goal 45+3' Report

18 June 2013
19:00 UTC+3
Jordan  1 – 0  Oman
Hayel Goal 57' Report

Schedule[edit]

Recent and forthcoming matches[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following 24 players were called up for friendly matches:
  • Match date: 27 May 2014 and 29 May 2014
  • Opposition:  Uzbekistan.
  • Caps and goals as of 29 May 2014 vs.  Uzbekistan.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ali Al-Habsi (Captain) (1981-12-30) December 30, 1981 (age 32) 94 0 England Wigan Athletic
1GK Faiz Al-Rushaidi (1988-07-19) July 19, 1988 (age 26) 14 0 Oman Saham
1GK Mazin Al-Kasbi (1993-04-27) April 27, 1993 (age 21) 13 0 Oman Fanja
2DF Hassan Mudhafar Al-Gheilani (1980-06-26) June 26, 1980 (age 34) 111 6 Oman Saham
2DF Saad Al-Mukhaini (1987-09-06) September 6, 1987 (age 26) 58 0 Oman Fanja
2DF Mohammed Al-Balushi (1989-08-27) August 27, 1989 (age 24) 44 2 Oman Al-Nahda
2DF Abdul Salam Al-Mukhaini (1988-04-07) April 7, 1988 (age 26) 29 1 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
2DF Mohammed Al-Maslami (1990-04-20) April 20, 1990 (age 24) 28 0 Oman Fanja
2DF Jaber Al-Owaisi (1989-11-04) November 4, 1989 (age 24) 22 2 Oman Al-Shabab
2DF Ali Salim Al-Nahar (1992-08-21) August 21, 1992 (age 21) 12 0 Oman Dhofar
2DF Azan Al-Balushi (1988-09-07) September 7, 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Oman Al-Msnaa
3MF Ahmed Mubarak Al Mahaijri (1985-02-23) February 23, 1985 (age 29) 101 11 Oman Fanja
3MF Hussain Al-Hadhri (1990-05-21) May 21, 1990 (age 24) 35 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Ra'ed
3MF Juma Darwish Al-Mashari (1984-09-29) September 29, 1984 (age 29) 34 2 Oman Al-Oruba
3MF Raed Ibrahim Saleh (1992-06-09) June 9, 1992 (age 22) 33 0 Oman Fanja
3MF Eid Al-Farsi (1987-01-31) January 31, 1987 (age 27) 37 4 Oman Al-Nahda
3MF Ali Al-Jabri (1990-01-29) January 29, 1990 (age 24) 31 0 Oman Al-Nahda
3MF Fahad Al-Jalabubi (1990-08-14) August 14, 1990 (age 23) 13 0 Oman Saham
3MF Mohammed Al-Mashari (1990-12-04) December 4, 1990 (age 23) 11 0 Oman Fanja
3MF Saud Al-Farsi (1993-12-21) December 21, 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Oman Sur
3MF Mohsin Johar Al-Khaldi (1980-09-22) September 22, 1980 (age 33) 1 0 Oman Saham
4FW Amad Al-Hosni (1984-07-18) July 18, 1984 (age 30) 100 39 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
4FW Qasim Said (1989-04-20) April 20, 1989 (age 25) 53 8 Oman Al-Nasr
4FW Yaqoob Abdul-Karim (1985-09-04) September 4, 1985 (age 28) 32 3 Oman Saham
4FW Sami Al-Hasani (1992-01-29) January 29, 1992 (age 22) 4 1 Oman Sur

Recent Callups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Oman squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sulaiman Al-Buraiki 0 0 Oman Saham v.  Jordan, 31 January 2014
GK Qaysar Al-Habsi 0 0 Oman Sur v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
GK Abdullah Al-Mamari (1992-05-08) May 8, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Oman Al-Nahda v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
GK Mohannad Al-Zaabi (1992-10-25) October 25, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Oman Al-Khaburah v.  Syria, 19 November 2013
GK Ahmed Al-Qulhati 0 0 Oman Al-Oruba v.  Singapore, 14 August 2013
DF Nadhir Sloum (1992-08-09) August 9, 1992 (age 21) 8 0 Oman Fanja v.  Singapore, 5 March 2014
DF Nasser Al-Shimli (1989-02-15) February 15, 1989 (age 25) 7 0 Oman Al-Nahda v.  Jordan, 31 January 2014
DF Muheeb Al-Balushi (1991-01-23) January 23, 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Oman Al-Nasr v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
DF Basil Al-Rawahi (1993-09-25) September 25, 1993 (age 20) 4 0 Oman Fanja v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
DF Sami Mubarak 4 0 Oman Al-Nasr v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
DF Ahmed Al-Quraini (1991-02-14) February 14, 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Oman Al-Suwaiq v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
DF Muhanad Al-Hasani 0 0 v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
DF Mohammed Faraj (1993-04-26) April 26, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Oman Dhofar v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
DF Fahad Nasib Bamasila (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Oman Dhofar v.  Syria, 19 November 2013
MF Ali Al-Busaidi (1991-01-21) January 21, 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Oman Sohar v.  Singapore, 5 March 2014
MF Mohammed Al-Siyabi (1988-12-21) December 21, 1988 (age 25) 8 1 Oman Al-Shabab v.  Jordan, 31 January 2014
MF Abdullah Al-Hamar 7 0 Oman Al-Nasr v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
MF Badar Nasib Bamasila (1992-01-25) January 25, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Oman Dhofar v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
MF Mana Al-Mukhaini 0 0 Oman Sur v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
MF Rashadi Al-Shakyli 0 0 Oman Al-Suwaiq v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
MF Yaseen Al-Sheyadi (1994-02-05) February 5, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Oman Al-Suwaiq v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
MF Basim Al-Rajaibi (1992-04-13) April 13, 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Oman Dhofar v.  Singapore, 14 August 2013
FW Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali (1989-04-23) April 23, 1989 (age 25) 31 10 Oman Fanja v.  Singapore, 5 March 2014
FW Abdullah Abdul-Hadi (1992-04-25) April 25, 1992 (age 22) 12 1 Oman Al-Oruba v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
FW Hatem Al-Hamhami (1994-04-22) April 22, 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Oman Al-Suwaiq v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
FW Hamoud Al-Saadi (1992-01-26) January 26, 1992 (age 22) 6 1 Oman Dhofar v.  Iraq, 31 December 2013
FW Ismail Al-Ajmi (1984-06-09) June 9, 1984 (age 30) 84 15 Kuwait Al-Naser v.  Syria, 19 November 2013
FW Al-Abd Al-Noufali (1985-03-30) March 30, 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Oman Saham v.  Singapore, 14 August 2013

Former squads[edit]

AFC Asian Cup
Gulf Cup

Oman Statistics[edit]

As of 16 August 2011[16]

Played Win Draw Loss
924 316 306 302

Coaches[edit]

Manager Years as manager
Egypt Mamadoh Mohammed Al-Khafaji 1974-1976
England George Smith (Manager) 1979
Tunisia Hamed El-Dhiab 1980-1982
Tunisia Mansaf El-Meliti 1982
Brazil Paulo Henrique Souza de Oliveira 1984
Brazil Antônio Clemente 1986
Brazil Jorge Vitório 1986-1988
Germany Karl-Heinz Heddergott 1988-1989
Germany Bernd Patzke 1990-1992
Iran Heshmat Mohajerani 1992-1994
Oman Rashid Jaber Al-Yafi’i 1995-1996
Egypt Mahmoud El-Gohary 1996
Slovakia Jozef Vengloš 1996-1997
England Ian Porterfield 1997
Iran Homayoun Shahrokhi 1997-1998
Brazil Valdeir Vieira 1998-1999
Brazil Carlos Alberto Torres 2000-2001
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2001
Germany Bernd Stange 2001
Oman Rashid Jaber Al-Yafi’i 2002
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2003-2005
Croatia Srečko Juričić 2005-2006
Oman Hamad Al-Azani 2006
(caretaker role)
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2006-2007
Argentina Gabriel Calderón 2007-2008
Uruguay Julio César Ribas 2008
Oman Hamad Al-Azani 2008
(caretaker role)
France Claude Le Roy 2008-2010
Oman Hamad Al-Azani Jan 2010
(in charge of friendlies during Le Roy absence)
France Paul Le Guen June 2011-

Kits and sponsorships[edit]

The well-known "confettied" kit provided by Grand Sport during Oman's attempted qualification for the 1998 World Cup

Over the years Oman has had multiple kit providers, of which Grand Sport held the contract for the longest period. Oman has also worn kits provided by Puma, Umbro, Lotto and Adidas.

The national team signed a contract in 2006 with Gulf Air,[17][18] but the deal ended abruptly in early 2008 and was replaced with a signed sponsorship by Omantel's Oman Mobile.

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.[19] Later in June 2012, Oman's lone airline Oman Air became the official carrier of the Oman Football Association.[20]

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 team and on all retail items.[21] Oman Air also renewed its deal on the same day with the OFA till the end of the 2013-14 season.

Period Kit Manufacturer
1978−1996 Puma
1996−2005 Grand Sport
2005–2006 Umbro
2006–2008 Lotto
2008–2012 Adidas
2012-2014 Taj Oman
2014-present Taj Oman and Kappa

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.[15]

References[edit]

External links[edit]