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.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

Qatar's youth team were also runners-up to South Korea in the 1980 AFC Youth Championship held in Thailand.

Competitive record[edit]

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

Current Squad[edit]

Head coach: Felix Sanchez

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
Goalkeepers
1 1GK Youssef Hassan (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 18) Spain Villarreal B
22 1GK Mohamed Al Bakri (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 17) Qatar Lekhwiya
Defenders
5 2DF Serigne Abdou (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 19) Qatar Al Khor
6 2DF Abdulaziz Al Khalosi (1995-11-13) 13 November 1995 (age 18) Belgium Eupen II
12 2DF Jassim Omar (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 19) Austria Red Bull Salzburg U–19
16 2DF Tamim Al Muhaize (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 18) Spain Atlético Madrid C
25 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 U–19
7 3MF Husam Kamal (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 18) France Auxerre C
8 3MF Ahmed Doozandeh (1995-10-20) 20 October 1995 (age 18) Belgium Eupen II
14 3MF Ahmed Al Saadi (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 18) Belgium Eupen II
17 3MF Jassim Al-Shammari (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 17) Spain Villarreal B
18 3MF Assim Madebo (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 17) France Auxerre C
20 3MF Muath Salemi (1996-08-15) 15 August 1996 (age 18) Austria Red Bull Salzburg U–19
21 3MF Nasser Ibrahim Al-Nasr (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 (age 19) Spain Villarreal B
Forwards
10 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 17) Spain Sevilla U–19
11 4FW Said Brahmi (1995-04-26) 26 April 1995 (age 19) Qatar Al Khor
13 4FW Sultan Al Berik (1995-04-07) 7 April 1995 (age 19) France AS Monaco C
19 4FW Muath Al Abdien (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 18) Qatar Lekhwiya
23 4FW Fahad Abdulrahman (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 19) Belgium Eupen II

B−team[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach: Qatar Yusef Ahmed
Assistant coach: Qatar Hassan Al-Kuwari
Fitness coach: Qatar Salman Hassan
Goalkeeping coach: Qatar Younes Ahmed

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014 Toulon Tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group B[edit]
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 England 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
 Brazil 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
 Colombia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 South Korea 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
 Qatar 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0
  Team qualified for finals
  Team qualified for 3rd place match
22 May 2014
19:30 CEST
England  3 – 0  Qatar
Obita Goal 30'
Forster-Caskey Goal 54'
Cousins Goal 80+3'
Report
Stade Léo-Lagrange, Toulon
Referee: José Alfredo Peñaloza (Mexico)
24 May 2014
15:45 CEST
South Korea  v  Qatar
Stade Perruc, Hyères
Referee: Eduardo Gamboa (Chile)
28 May 2014
17:15 CEST
Colombia  v  Qatar
Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny, Aubagne
30 May 2014
19:30 CEST
Brazil  v  Qatar
Stade Léo-Lagrange, Toulon

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

External links[edit]

See also[edit]