Qatar national under-20 football team
|Association||Qatar Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Felix Sanchez|
|Home stadium||Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium|
| Qatar 13–0 Bhutan
(Doha, Qatar; 8 November 2007)
Qatar's U-20 national team played a great role in the development of the game in Qatar and gave it its first shining moment on the global stage when the youth squad finished second in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia.
Qatar's response to the newly created World Youth Championship came in the form of establishing a youth team of its own in 1976, however the team failed to qualify for the first two inaugural tournament in 1977 in Tunisia and in 1979 in Japan, however; Qatar U-20s got their best result two years later in Australia, who after a lackluster first round, set the tournament alight. Coached by Brazilian legend Evaristo de Macedo, they impressed in every facet of the game. Against Brazil in the quarter-finals, it was their dynamism and enterprising attack and an intelligent deployment of the offside trap that won the match (3-2). In the semis, up against a compact English eleven, they were able to rely on an inspired performance from their goalkeeper Ahmed. A solid defense, mettle in the tackle and effective opportunism in the penalty area did the rest.
They finished second suffering a 0-4 defeat to West Germany in the final on a wet pitch which was extremely unfavorable to the Qatari's as they were not used to playing in such conditions. As a result of achieving runners-up position, each Qatari player received 100,000 Qatari riyals, a Mercedes Benz, and a bungalow. The population of Qataris was only 120,000 at the time of this achievement.
Qatar's second international U-20 World Cup appearance came in fourteen years later, while Nigeria was setting up the stage to host the 1995 version, an epidemic of Ebola broke out in the Western parts of Africa, thus, forcing FIFA to relocate the tournament to Qatar, where the local officials proved exceptional efficiency in organizing such a big event in a period of twenty days.
Qatar's youth team were also runners-up to South Korea in the 1980 AFC Youth Championship held in Thailand.
AFC U-19 Championship record
FIFA U-20 World Cup
- Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Head coach: Felix Sanchez
Head coach: Yusef Ahmed
Assistant coach: Hassan Al-Kuwari
Fitness coach: Salman Hassan
Goalkeeping coach: Younes Ahmed
Results and fixtures
2014 Toulon Tournament
22 May 2014
|England||3 – 0||Qatar|
- "Mercedes, $15,000 and bungalow each is Qatar's way". Singapore Monitor. 12 April 1984. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
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