Qatar national under-23 football team

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Qatar Under-23
Nickname(s) Annabi (The Maroon)
Association Qatar Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Fahad Thani
Home stadium Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA code QAT
First colours
Second colours
Asian Games
Appearances 3 (First in 2002)
Best result Winners (2006)

Qatar national under-23 football team (also known as Qatar Under-23 or Qatar Olympics Team) represents Qatar in international football competitions in Gulf Cup of Nations Under 23 and Football at the Summer Olympics, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments.

History[edit]

Compared to regional neighbors; Qatar has a decent record to show for in Olympic football, with two prior Summer Olympics qualifications and a gold medal in the 2006 Asian games.

Qatar’s first attempt to compete in the Olympic level proved fruitful, they cruised past Jordan and Syria in the preliminary stages of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then finished atop of Group B in the final qualifications round after beating Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Iraq.

Qatar’s Olympic debut under Brazilian legend Evaristo de Macedo came as stunning as it gets, a 2-2 draw with a Platini captained France (who went on to claim the gold medal eventually), sent ripples of shock across the football world, however; suffering two defeats to Chile and Norway deprived the first timers of a last 16 berth.

Eight years later, a new young squad dominated its qualifying campaign on the expense of Japan, China and Saudi Arabia, in the finals; the Qataris were given a tough draw next to host nation Spain, Colombia and Egypt. Qatar kicked off their matches at Barcelona with a crucial 1-0 win over fellow Arab nation Egypt, before registering a 1-1 draw with Colombia to secure a place in the knockout stage, turning the last group match against Spain into a formality.

A loss to Poland in the second stage fell a little bit short of rising expectations, but reaching the second stage led to the country’s best Olympic result.

When hosting the 2006 Asian Games, Qatar found itself with a double objective; to show that it was capable of hosting a major event of that caliber, and demonstrate that its football team was worthy of standing alongside Asia’s elite.

Undefeated throughout the whole tournament; Qatar’s momentum escalated from one match to another, reaching its peak in the 2-0 final against Iraq.

Tournament records[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Since 1992, football at the Summer Olympics changes into Under-23 tournament.

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Spain 1992 Quarter-finals - 4 1 1 2 2 5
United States 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Australia 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Greece 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - -

U-22 Asian Cup[edit]

AFC U-22 Asian Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
2013 Did not qualify - - - - - - -

Asian Games[edit]

Since 2002, football at the Asian Games changes into Under-23 tournament.

Asian Games Record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
South Korea 2002 Group stage 3 1 2 0 13 2
Qatar 2006 Champions 6 5 0 1 13 2
China 2010 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 4 2
South Korea 2014 Withdrew - - - - - -

Gulf Cup of Nations[edit]

Gulf Cup of Nations Under 23 Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 2008 Final group 3rd 4 1 2 1 8 5
Qatar 2010 Semi-finals 4th 4 0 2 2 2 6
Qatar 2011 Semi-finals 4th 4 1 0 3 3 9

Current squad[edit]

Head coach: Qatar Fahad Thani

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Salam Fawaz (1991-01-10) 10 January 1991 (age 24) Qatar Qatar SC
18 1GK Ahmed Soufiane (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 24) Qatar Al Wakrah
22 1GK Muhannad Naim (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 22) 4 Belgium Eupen
4 2DF Almahdi Ali Mukhtari (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 23) Qatar Al Sadd
3 2DF Abdul Ghafoor Murad (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 26) Qatar Al Rayyan
5 2DF Mohammed Al Rabeei (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 25) Qatar Qatar SC
7 2DF Khalid Muftah (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 22) Qatar Lekhwiya
17 2DF Nasser Nabeel (1990-02-11) 11 February 1990 (age 25) Qatar Al Sadd
6 3MF Abdulaziz Hatem (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 30) Qatar Al Arabi
8 3MF Nasser Khalfan (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 21) Qatar Al Arabi
12 3MF Abdulla Afifa (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 23) Qatar Al Rayyan
16 3MF Saleh Al Yazidi (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 (age 22) Qatar Al Sadd
69 3MF Don Dealio (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 (age 24) 5 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
9 4FW Muayed Hassan Fadli (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 23) Qatar Al Gharafa
10 4FW Hassan Al Haidos (Captain) (1990-12-11) 11 December 1990 (age 24) Qatar Al Sadd
11 4FW Mohammed Elneel (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 24) Qatar Al Rayyan
13 4FW Ahmed Alaaeldin (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 22) Qatar Al Rayyan
14 4FW Fahad Khalfan (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 23) Qatar Al Rayyan

Former managers[edit]

Period Manager
1998–1999 Netherlands Jo Bonfrere
1999–2000 Brazil José Paulo
2003 France Alex Dupont
2007 Morocco Hassan Hormatallah
2011–2012 Brazil Paulo Autuori
2012–2013 France Alain Perrin
2013 Netherlands Marcel Van Buuren
2013–14 Chile Julio César Moreno
2014– Qatar Fahad Thani

See also[edit]