Qatar national under-20 football team

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Qatar Under-20
Association Qatar Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Spain Felix Sanchez
Home stadium Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA code QAT
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
 Qatar 13–0  Bhutan
(Doha, Qatar; 8 November 2007)

The Qatar national under-20 football team is the national youth team of Qatar and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association. Qatar's U-20 national team played an important role in the development of football in Qatar and gave it one its first shining moment on the global stage when the youth squad finished second in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

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.

1981 World Youth Championship[edit]

Qatar's youth team were runners-up to South Korea in the 1980 AFC Youth Championship held in Thailand, and as a result they were allotted a berth in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship being hosted by Australia. Qatar U-20s would achieve their most valued accolade 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.[1] The population of Qataris was only 120,000 at the time of this achievement.

1995 World Youth Championship[edit]

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.[2]

2014 AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

Qatar's youth team won the AFC U-19 Championship for the first time in its history after defeating DPR Korea 1–0 in the final of the 2014 edition which took place in Myanmar.[3] Advancing undefeated from a group which included DPR Korea and Iraq, they defeated China 4–2 in the quarter-finals, and earned a 3–2 victory after extra time against the hosts in the semi-finals. In the finals, the Qataris would be victorious against DPR Korea for a second time in the tournament, having defeated them 3–1 in the group stage, courtesy of a single goal scored by Akram Afif in the second half.

Competitive record[edit]

  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Current Squad[edit]

Head coach: Spain Félix Sánchez Bas

The following 24 players were called up to the squad for 2014 AFC U-19 Championship which took place from 9 October to 23 October 2014 at Yangon and Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
Goalkeepers
1 1GK Youssef Hassan (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 18) Spain Villarreal B
13 1GK Mohammed Al Bakari (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 17) Qatar Lekhwiya
22 1GK Yazan Naim (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 17) Qatar Al Sadd
Defenders
2 2DF Hatem Kamal Hassanin (1997-05-09) 9 May 1997 (age 17) Qatar Al Sadd
5 2DF Serigne Abdou (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 19) Qatar Al Khor
6 2DF Abdulaziz Mahmoud Al-Khalosi (1995-11-13) 13 November 1995 (age 19) Belgium Eupen Reserves
12 2DF Jasem Omer (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 19) Austria Red Bull Salzburg U–19
16 2DF Tameem Al Muhaiza (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 18) Spain Atlético Madrid C
17 2DF Salem Al Hajri (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Sadd
Midfielders
4 3MF Abdullah Ali (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 17) Spain Real Madrid Juvenil B
7 3MF Husam Kamal Hassanin (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 18) France Auxerre C
8 3MF Ahmed Moein Doozandeh (1995-10-20) 20 October 1995 (age 19) Belgium Eupen Reserves
15 3MF Abdulrahman Anad Al Deri (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Rayyan
18 3MF Assim Omar (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 18) France Auxerre C
20 3MF Tarek Salman (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 17) Qatar Al Wakrah
21 3MF Nasser Ibrahim Al Nasr (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 19) Spain Villarreal B
Forwards
9 4FW Jassim Al-Jalabi (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 18) Qatar Al Wakrah
10 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 18) Spain Sevilla U–19
11 4FW Said Brahmi (1995-04-26) 26 April 1995 (age 19) Qatar Al Khor
14 4FW Ahmed Al Saadi (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 19) Belgium Eupen Reserves
19 4FW Almoez Ali (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 18) Qatar Lekhwiya
23 4FW Fahad Ali (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 19) Belgium Eupen Reserves

Coaching staff[edit]

Assistant coach: Iraq Haidar Abdul-Razzaq
Goalkeeping coach: Qatar Younes Ahmed

Results and fixtures[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercedes, $15,000 and bungalow each is Qatar's way". Singapore Monitor. 12 April 1984. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ U-20 Profile
  3. ^ "Qatar colts crowned Asian champions". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 

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