Qatar national under-17 football team

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Qatar Under-17
Association Qatar Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Spain Óscar Fernández
Home stadium Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA code QAT
First colours
Second colours

Qatar national under-17 football team is the national U-17 team of Qatar and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association.

History[edit]

Despite being a country with a small base of footballers; Qatar has a respectable amount of achievements at the youth level. In addition to becoming champions of Asia in 1990 after winning the 1990 AFC U-17 Championship held in UAE, they also finished runners up at least four times in 1986, 1992, 1994, and 1998. In addition, Qatar were the hosts of four of the U-17 championships; a record.

The youth players became consistent finalists in the Asian U-17 championships since they first reached the final in 1986 when they lost to South Korea in a dramatic penalty shoot-out on home soil, which was tightly clinched 5-4. This was followed by another appearance in 1988 before winning it 1990 after defeating China by a scoreline of 2-0.

One year later, they managed an Asian record high fourth place finish in the FIFA-17 World Cup, even with a relatively slow start as they failed to gain more than a single point in the first two group B matches, however, a Jassim Al Tammimi goal against Australia was enough for a quarterfinal place.

Qatar advanced to the semis on the expense of the United States, whom they defeated 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the score had settled 1-1 at the end of regulation time. Shortly after, they themselves went down in a penalty shootout to eventual champions, Ghana, in the semi-finals, before suffering the same fate against Argentina in the third-place match respectively.

Qatar's tradition of youth teams' excellence was to be prolonged for another decade; they reached the World Cup three more times on 1993, 1995 and 2005.

In the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Qatar were drawn 2-2 with the mighty Netherlands before half-time in their first group match. Although Qatar went on to lose the match 5-3, many future talents were discovered during the tournament, including Khalfan Ibrahim who went on to win the Asian Player of the Year award one year later.

AFC U-17 Championship record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round
Qatar 1985 Unknown
Qatar 1986 Runners-up
Thailand 1988 Group stage
United Arab Emirates 1990 Champions
Saudi Arabia 1992 Runners-up
Qatar 1994 Runners-up
Thailand 1996 Did not qualify
Qatar 1998 Runners-up
Vietnam 2000 Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 2002 Quarter-finals
Japan 2004 Third place
Singapore 2006 Did not qualify
Uzbekistan 2008 Did not qualify
Uzbekistan 2010 Did not qualify
Iran 2012 Did not qualify
Thailand 2014 Group stage

FIFA U-17 World Cup record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round
Italy 1991 Fourth place
Japan 1993 Group stage
Ecuador 1995 Group stage
Peru 2005 Group stage
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Current squad[edit]

Squad for 2012 AFC U-16 Championship qualification on 22 September 2011 (link)

Head coach: Spain Óscar Fernández

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Suleiman Abdullah (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Sadd
28 1GK Yazan Naiem (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 17) Qatar Al Ahli
2 2DF Salim Ali Shahwani (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Ahli
3 2DF Hamad Muftah (1996-03-22) 22 March 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Sadd
5 2DF Jassim Al-Mulla (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Ahli
16 2DF Faisal Jaidi (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Sadd
10 3MF Muath Salemi (1996-08-15) 15 August 1996 (age 18) Spain Sevilla
14 3MF Husam Kamal (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Sadd
18 3MF Osama Bassam (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al-Gharafa
21 3MF Ali Al Balushi (1996-09-21) 21 September 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Rayyan
9 4FW Jassim Jalabi (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al-Wakrah
11 4FW Jassim Al-Shammari (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Sadd
19 4FW Yousef Safar (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 (age 18) Qatar Qatar SC
20 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 18) Spain Sevilla

Current coaching staff[edit]

Last update: February 2014.[1]

Technical staff
Head coach Spain Óscar Fernández
Assistant coach Egypt Ibrahim El-Shafei
Goalkeeping coach Spain Onala Iñaki
Fitness coach Spain Xavier Pedro
Fitness coach Belgium Olivier Materne
Administrative staff
Director of administration Qatar Mohammed Al Obaidly
Administrator Qatar Faraj Saleh Al Marri
Media co-ordinator Qatar Abdullah Saleh Sulaiti

Managerial history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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