Qatar national football team

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Qatar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al-Annabi (The Maroon) (العنابي)
Association Qatar Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Djamel Belmadi
Captain Bilal Mohammed
Most caps Adel Khamis (110)[1]
Top scorer Mansoor Muftah (53)[2]
Home stadium Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA code QAT
FIFA ranking 95 Increase +6
Highest FIFA ranking 51 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 113 (November 2010)
Elo ranking 97
Highest Elo ranking 51 (September 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking 135 (April 1975)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bahrain 2–1 Qatar Qatar
(Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
Biggest win
Qatar Qatar 8–0 Afghanistan 
(Guangzhou, China; 13 September 1984)
Qatar Qatar 8–0 Lebanon 
(Qatar; 27 March 1985)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 9–0 Qatar Qatar
(Kuwait; 8 January 1973)
Asian Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1980)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2000, 2011
Gulf Cup of Nations
Appearances 20 (First in 1970)
Best result Champion, 1992, 2004

The Qatar national football team is the national team of Qatar and is overseen by the Qatar Football Association. They have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup, but will be the host team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The team has also appeared in seven AFC Asian Cup tournaments and hosted the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

History and overview[edit]

Football was brought to Qatar in the 1940s and 50s by expatriate oil workers. Soon after the formation of the Qatar Football Association in 1970, the national team played its first match against Bahrain in the Gulf Cup. It was the first match in the history of the Gulf Cup, which Qatar lost 1-2 with Mubarak Faraj scoring Qatar's only goal. Qatar have only once progressed beyond the group stage in continental championships. However, they have won the Gulf Cup twice, in 1992 and 2004, both times as host, and qualified for the Asian Cup finals in 1980, 1984, 1988(host), 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007, and as hosts for 2011.

Qatar reached the Asian Zone's final qualifying round for France 1998 when they beat China and Iran to enter the last match against Saudi Arabia needing just a point to gain an automatic qualifying place. However, they lost out as the Saudis went through 1–0.

They reached the final qualifying round again four years later, but were defeated by Bora Milutinovic's China team, who topped the section to progress to their first FIFA World Cup. Frenchman Philippe Troussier took the manager's job after Korea–Japan 2002, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006.

Troussier was sacked after the World Cup qualifying campaign, and under Bosnian Dzemaludin Musovic the team won the Gulf Cup in 2004 and the Asian Games gold in 2006. Musovic stepped down after Qatar took just two points from three matches in the AFC Asian Cup 2007. The job of coaching the team in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup fell to Uruguayan Jorge Fossati, who led the team throughout the first and second AFC rounds up to the third one. After leaving them at the top of their group in the third round with only two played matches, Fossati had to undergo surgery. Subsequently, the Qatar FA ended their co-operation with him, who supposedly needed too long to recover from surgery. Bruno Metsu was called up for the job, but Qatar failed to qualify after finishing fourth in their qualifying group. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar have qualified to the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games football tournaments.

Their U-17 youth team won the Asian Cup one time, while their Youth team made a famous appearance in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, where they finished as runners-up to Germany in the final match.

Honors[edit]

Winners: 1992, 2004
Runners-up: 1998
Runners-up: 1981
Gold Medal: 2006

FIFA World Cup[edit]

World Cup Finals World Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 to
West Germany 1974
Did not enter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 1 0 3 3 9
Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 2 0 2 5 3
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 2 0 2 6 3
Italy 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 11 4 6 1 12 8
United States 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 8 5 1 2 22 8
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 11 6 1 4 21 10
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 14 7 4 3 24 13
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 3 0 3 16 8
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 16 6 4 6 16 20
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - 14 5 5 4 18 14
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022 Host
Total - - - - - - - 92 41 21 30 143 96

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 8 5 1 2 8 2 +6 16
 South Korea 8 4 2 2 13 7 +6 14
 Uzbekistan 8 4 2 2 11 6 +5 14
 Qatar 8 2 1 5 5 13 −8 7
 Lebanon 8 1 2 5 3 12 −9 5
  Iran Lebanon Qatar South Korea Uzbekistan
Iran  4–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Lebanon  1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1
Qatar  0–1 1–0 1–4 0–1
South Korea  0–1 3–0 2–1 1–0
Uzbekistan  0–1 1–0 5–1 2–2


FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021 Hosts

Asian Cup record[edit]

Gulf Cup of Nations Record[edit]

The Gulf Cup of Nations has been played on a bi-annual basis since 1970. The tournament has changed since the first edition from a round-robin basis to a knockout tournament in the latter years. Notably, the 2000 edition was cancelled and the 2003 and 2010 were moved due to congested fixture lists with other tournaments, such as the AFC Asian Cup.

Gulf Cup of Nations
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Bahrain 1970 4th 3 0 1 2 4 7
Saudi Arabia 1972 4th 3 0 0 3 0 10
Kuwait 1974 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 5 4
Qatar 1976 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 6
Iraq 1979 5th 6 2 1 3 4 13
United Arab Emirates 1982 5th - - - - - -
Oman 1984 Runner-up 7 4 1 2 10 6
Bahrain 1986 4th - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1988 6th 6 1 2 3 4 8
Kuwait 1990 Runner-up 4 1 2 1 4 4
Qatar 1992 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
United Arab Emirates 1994 4th - - - - - -
Oman 1996 Runner-up - - - - - -
Bahrain 1998 6th - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 2002 Runner-up - - - - - -
Kuwait 2003 3rd 6 2 3 1 5 3
Qatar 2004 Champions 5 3 2 0 10 7
United Arab Emirates 2007 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 4
Oman 2009 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 2 2
Yemen 2010 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3
Bahrain 2013 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Total Best: Champions - 24 18 23 - -

West Asian Football Federation Championship[edit]

West Asian Football Federation Championship
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
2000 to 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
Iran 2008 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 2 9
2010 to 2012 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 2014 Winners 4 4 0 0 10 1
Total Best: Winners 7 5 0 2 12 10

Arab Nations Cup[edit]

Arab Nations Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1963 to 1966 Did not enter - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1985 4th 4 1 0 3 3 2
1988 to 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 1998 Runner-up 4 3 0 1 5 5
Kuwait 2002 Did not enter - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 2012 Did not enter
Total Best: Runner-up 8 4 0 4 8 7

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following are Qatar's results and fixtures in the last 12 months.

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Result Win/
Loss/
Draw
Goalscorer(s) Competition
January 31, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Lebanon 1-0 W Abdelkarim Hassan (64') International Friendly
February 6, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Malaysia 2-0 W Khalfan Ibrahim (55'), Yusef Ahmed (90+3') 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
March 7, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Egypt 3-1 W Abdelkarim Hassan (29'), Ibrahim Majid (54'), Yusef Ahmed (90') International Friendly
March 17, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Thailand 1-0 W Khalfan Ibrahim (55') International Friendly
March 26, 2013 Seoul, South Korea  South Korea 1-2 L Khalfan Ibrahim (63') 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifications
April 17, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Palestine 2-0 W Mohammed Kasola (79'), Yusef Ahmed (88') International Friendly
May 24, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Latvia 3-1 W Ibrahim Majid (35'), Magid Mohamed (66'), Jaralla Al-Marri (81') International Friendly
June 4, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Iran 0-1 L 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifications
June 11, 2013 Doha, Qatar  North Korea 0-0 D International Friendly
June 18, 2013 Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 1-5 L Abdulgadir Ilyas (37') 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifications
September 5, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Mauritius 3-0 W Abdulgadir Ilyas (35'), Majed Mohammed (86'), Ali Afif (90+2') International Friendly
September 9, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Lebanon 1-1 D Sebastián Soria (48') International Friendly
October 9, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Vietnam 1-2 L Mohamed El-Sayed (14') International Friendly
October 13, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Yemen 6-0 W Khalfan Ibrahim (4', 61', 76'), Hassan Khalid (24'), Sebastián Soria (70'), Ali Hassan Afif (90') 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
November 15, 2013 Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  Yemen 1-4 W Sebastián Soria (3'), Abdelkarim Hassan (32'), Mohammed Kasola (54'), Mohamed El-Sayed (68') 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
November 19, 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Malaysia 0-1 W Abdulkarim Al-Ali (65') 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
December 25, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Palestine 1-0 W Moayad Hassan (90') 2014 WAFF Championship
December 31, 2013 Doha, Qatar  Saudi Arabia 4-1 W Boualem Khoukhi (15', 55'), Adel Ahmed (57', 62') 2014 WAFF Championship
2014
January 4, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Kuwait 3-0 (a.e.t.) W Boualem Khoukhi (93', 112'), Ali Assadalla (120') 2014 WAFF Championship
January 7, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Jordan 2-0 W Boualem Khoukhi (52', 81') 2014 WAFF Championship
March 5, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Bahrain 0–0 D 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Qasem Burhan (1985-12-15) 15 December 1985 (age 28) 50 0 Qatar Al-Gharrafa
22 1GK Ahmed Soufiane (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Qatar El-Jaish
23 1GK Saad Al Sheeb (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 24) 10 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
2 2DF Murad Naji (1991-06-12) 12 June 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan
3 2DF Mohammed Kasola (1986-08-13) 13 August 1986 (age 27) 34 5 Qatar Al-Sadd
4 2DF Almahdi Ali Mukhtar (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 22) 6 1 Qatar Al-Sadd
5 2DF Abdelkarim Hassan (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 20) 22 3 Qatar Al-Sadd
6 2DF Bilal Mohammed (Captain) (1986-06-02) 2 June 1986 (age 27) 59 3 Qatar Al-Gharrafa
13 2DF Mosaab Mahmoud (1983-04-12) 12 April 1983 (age 31) 10 0 Qatar El-Jaish
14 2DF Ibrahim Al-Ghanim (1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 (age 30) 41 1 Qatar Al-Gharrafa
19 2DF Khalid Muftah (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 21) 22 0 Qatar Lekhwiya
7 3MF Wesam Rizik (1981-02-25) 25 February 1981 (age 33) 61 4 Qatar El-Jaish
8 3MF Abdulla Afifa (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 22) 5 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan
10 3MF Khalfan Ibrahim (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 26) 55 17 Qatar Al-Sadd
15 3MF Khalid Abdulraouf (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 24) 3 0 Qatar El-Jaish
17 3MF Mohammed Al-Maliki (1990-12-06) 6 December 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Qatar Al-Ahli
9 4FW Abdulgadir Ilyas (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 24) 7 2 Qatar El-Jaish
11 4FW Hassan Al Haidos (1990-12-11) 11 December 1990 (age 23) 36 1 Qatar Al-Sadd
12 4FW Magid Mohamed (1985-10-11) 11 October 1985 (age 28) 39 8 Qatar El-Jaish
16 4FW Al Moez Ali 1 0 Qatar Lekhwiya
18 4FW Jeddo (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 29 5 Qatar El-Jaish
20 4FW Meshal Abdullah (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 29) 24 3 Qatar Al-Ahli
23 4FW Sebastián Soria (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 30) 85 28 Qatar Lekhwiya

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Saoud Mubarak (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Qatar El-Jaish 2014 WAFF Championship
GK Basel Samih (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 32) 0 0 Qatar Al-Ahli 2014 WAFF Championship
GK Muhannad Naim (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Qatar Al-Sadd v.  Yemen, 13 October 2013
DF Mohammed Musa (1986-03-23) 23 March 1986 (age 28) 14 0 Qatar Lekhwiya 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Dame Traoré (1986-05-19) 19 May 1986 (age 27) 5 0 Qatar Lekhwiya 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Ahmed Yasser (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 19) 4 0 Qatar Lekhwiya 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Hamid Ismail (1987-09-02) 2 September 1987 (age 26) 41 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
DF Yousuf Muftah (1988-05-16) 16 May 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Qatar El-Jaish v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
DF Ibrahim Majid (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 23) 46 2 Qatar Al-Sadd v.  Uzbekistan, 18 June 2013
MF Abdulaziz Hatem (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 23) 10 0 Qatar Al-Arabi 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Boualem Khoukhi (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 23) 5 6 Qatar Al-Arabi 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Adel Ahmed (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 23) 5 2 Qatar Lekhwiya 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Ali Assadalla (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 21) 5 1 Qatar Al-Sadd 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Karim Boudiaf (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 24) 5 0 Qatar Lekhwiya 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Luiz Júnior (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Qatar Lekhwiya 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Ismaeel Mohammad (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Qatar Lekhwiya 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Talal Al-Bloushi (1986-05-22) 22 May 1986 (age 27) 50 1 Qatar Al-Sadd v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
MF Ali Afif (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 26) 27 6 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
MF Abdulkarim Al-Ali (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 23) 5 1 Qatar Al-Rayyan v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
MF Hamad Al Abedy (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 22) 5 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
MF Ali Ahmad Ghaderi (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Unattached v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
MF Adel Lami (1985-11-13) 13 November 1985 (age 28) 20 3 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Lebanon, 9 September 2013
MF Hussain Ali Shehab (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 29) 11 0 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Uzbekistan, 18 June 2013
MF Abdulaziz Al Sulaiti (1988-06-11) 11 June 1988 (age 25) 12 1 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Latvia, 24 May 2013
FW Mohammed Razak (1986-04-04) 4 April 1986 (age 28) 13 3 Qatar Al-Arabi 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Moayad Hassan (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 22) 5 1 Qatar Al-Gharrafa 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Abdulaziz Al-Ansari (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Qatar Al-Sadd 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Mohamed Salah (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 22) 1 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Ahmed Alaaeldin (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan v.  Malaysia, 19 November 2013
FW Jaralla Al-Marri (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 26) 17 4 Qatar Al-Rayyan v.  Lebanon, 9 September 2013
FW Yusef Ahmed (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 (age 25) 35 9 Qatar Al-Sadd v.  Mauritius, 5 September 2013

Coaches[edit]

Paulo Autuori, former manager of Qatar.
Bruno Metsu, former manager of Qatar.
Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Achievements
Sudan Mohammed Hassan Kheiri 1969–1972
Egypt Helmi Hussein Mahmoud 1974
England Frank Wignall 1974–1977
England John Cardone 197?
Sudan Hassan Othman 1979
Brazil Evaristo de Macedo 1980–1986
Brazil Procópio Cardoso 1987–1988
Soviet Union Anatoly Prokopenko 1988
Brazil Cabralzinho 1989
Brazil Dino Sani 1989–1990
Germany Uli Maslo 1990
Brazil Luís Fernandes 1992
Brazil Evaristo de Macedo 1992
Brazil Ivo Wortmann 1992
Brazil Sebastião Lapola 1992–1993
Qatar Adel Malallah 1993
Brazil Evaristo de Macedo 1994
Scotland Dave Mackay 1994–1995
Denmark Jørgen E. Larsen 1995–1996
Netherlands Jo Bonfrere 1996–1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemal Hadžiabdić 1997
Brazil Luiz Gonzaga Milioli 1998
Brazil Zé Mario July 1998 Nov 1998
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemal Hadžiabdić 2000 2001
Brazil Paulo Luiz Campos ? Dec 2001
France Pierre Lechantre Jan 2002 May 2003
France Philippe Troussier June 2003 July 2004
Qatar Saeed Al-Misnad (CT) July 2004 Aug 2004
Bosnia and Herzegovina Džemaludin Mušović Aug 2004 July 2007
Uruguay Jorge Fossati Aug 2007 Sept 2008
France Bruno Metsu Sept 2008 Feb 2011 43 13 13 17
Serbia Milovan Rajevac Feb 2011 Aug 2011 7 1 2 4
Brazil Sebastião Lazaroni Aug 2011 Dec 2011 10 2 6 2
Brazil Paulo Autuori Feb 2012 Jan 2013 10 1 5 4
Qatar Fahad Thani Jan 2013 March 2014 13 6 3 4
Algeria Djamel Belmadi March 2014 present 0 0 0 0

Kit Providers[edit]

  • BURRDA (until Asian cup 2011)
  • Nike (from February 2011)

References[edit]

External links[edit]