Syria national football team

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Syria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Qasioun Eagles
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون‎)
(French: Les aigles du Qasioun)
Association Fédération Arabe Syrienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Muhannad Al Fakeer
Captain Mosab Balhous
Home stadium Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
FIFA code SYR
FIFA ranking 151 Increase 1 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 78 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 152 (September 2014)
Elo ranking 95
Highest Elo ranking 53 (October 1974)
Lowest Elo ranking 125 (September 1984)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria  Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
 Syria 13–0 Muscat and Oman Flag of Muscat.svg
(Cairo, Egypt; Unknown date August 1965)
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria  SYR
(Athens, Greece; November 25, 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria  SYR
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 12, 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1980)
Best result Round 1; 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011

The Syria national football team (Arabic: منتخب سوريا لكرة القدم‎) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Football Association, the governing body for football in Syria. Syria's home grounds are Abbasiyyin Stadium and Aleppo International Stadium. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup finals.

History[edit]

Syria participated in the 1950 and 1958 World Cup qualifiers,one of the first teams in the region to do so. Between 1958 and 1961, the team combined with Egypt to form the United Arab Republic national football team, although the team's records are attributed only to Egypt by FIFA. In the 1966 World Cup qualifiers they were one of two teams from the Asian zone (the other being Israel) to be allocated to the European qualifying zone and were originally placed with Spain and the Republic of Ireland. However, they joined the Asian and African boycott of the 1966 qualifiers, due to the decision of FIFA to allocate just one place between Asia and Africa.

Syria's best showing was in the 1986 qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq.

Syria have competed in five Asian Cups, the last being 2011, but on each occasion were eliminated before reaching the quarterfinals. They have been disqualified from the 2014 World Cup due to the use of an ineligible player.[1]

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia cup to collect its first major trophy.

Competition history[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934 Did Not Enter
France 1938 Did Not Enter
Brazil 1950 Withdrew 1 0 0 1 0 7
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
Chile 1962 Withdrew
England 1966 Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did Not Enter
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify 6 3 1 2 6 6
Argentina 1978 Withdrew 4 1 0 3 2 6
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify 4 0 0 4 2 7
Mexico 1986 Did Not Qualify 8 4 3 1 8 4
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 7 5
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify 6 3 3 0 14 4
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 5 2 1 2 27 5
South Korea Japan 2002 Did Not Qualify 6 4 1 1 40 6
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify 6 2 2 2 7 7
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 23 10
Brazil 2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total - 0/20 - - - - - - 64 27 15 22 137 75
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup Record[edit]

WAFF Championship Record[edit]

WAFF Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Jordan 2000 Runners-up 5 2 1 2 5 2
Syria 2002 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 5 6
Iran 2004 Runners-up 4 1 1 2 6 13
Jordan 2007 Semi-Finals 3 2 0 1 2 3
Iran 2008 Semi-Finals 3 1 1 1 2 3
Jordan 2010 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
Kuwait2012 Champions 4 2 2 0 5 3
Qatar2014 Withdrew - - - - - -
Bahrain2016 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 25 9 7 9 27 33
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Arab Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Lebanon 1963 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 9 4
Kuwait 1964 Did not enter - - - - - -
Iraq 1966 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
Saudi Arabia 1985 Did not enter - - - - - -
Jordan 1988 Runners-up 6 2 2 2 5 5
Syria 1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
Qatar1998 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
Kuwait2002 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 8 6
Saudi Arabia2012 Did not enter - - - - - -
Total 0 Title 25 10 6 9 34 28
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan Arab Games record[edit]

Pan Arab Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Egypt 1953 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 5
Lebanon 1957 Champions 5 2 2 1 12 6
Morocco 1961 Did not enter - - - - - -
Egypt 1965 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 20 8
Syria 1976 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 4
Morocco 1985 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 4
Syria1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
Lebanon 1997 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 5
Jordan 1999 Group Stage 4 0 4 0 5 5
Egypt 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Withdrew - - - - - -
Morocco 2015 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 33 12 11 10 57 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2004
Fourth place (1): 2002
Semi-finals (2): 2007, 2008
Runners-up (3): 1963, 1966, 1988
Fourth place (3): 1992
Winners (1): 1957
Runners-up (2): 1953, 1997
Third place (1): 1976
Fourth place (1): 1992

Schedule and recent results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Scorers
6 February 2013  Oman L 0–1 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
26 March 2013  Iraq L 1–2 Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad, Iraq International Friendly 81' Khribin
15 August 2013  Jordan D 1–1 Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification 49' Sahyouni
6 September 2013  Lebanon L 0–2 Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon International Friendly
15 October 2013  Singapore L 1–2 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification 89' Rafe
11 November 2013  Iraq L 1–2 Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa, Jordan International Friendly 18' Khribin
15 November 2013  Singapore W 4–0 Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification 10' Malki, 83' Al Douni, 86' Jafal, 90+1' Al Agha
19 November 2013  Oman L 0–1 Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5 March 2014  Jordan L 1–2 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification 80' Khribin
7 November 2014  Iraq Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, UAE International Friendly
11 November 2014  Malaysia Kuala Lampur, Malaysia International Friendly

* Syria score always listed first

2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification[edit]

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Oman 6 4 2 0 7 1 +6 14
 Jordan 6 3 3 0 10 3 +7 12
 Syria 6 1 1 4 7 7 0 4
 Singapore 6 1 0 5 4 17 −13 3
  Jordan Oman Singapore Syria
Jordan  0–0 4–0 1-0
Oman  0-0 3-1 1–0
Singapore  1-3 0–2 2–1
Syria  1–1 0–1 4–0
6 February 2013
17:15 UTC+4
Oman  1–0  Syria
Al-Muqbali Goal 39' Report

15 August 2013
19:00 UTC+4:30
Syria  1–1  Jordan
Sahyouni Goal 49' Report Al-Laham Goal 57'

15 October 2013
19:30 UTC+8
Singapore  2–1  Syria
Amri Goal 62'
Quak Goal 82'
Report Rafe Goal 89'

15 November 2013
14:00 UTC+3:30
Syria  4–0  Singapore
Malki Goal 10'
Al Douni Goal 83'
Jafal Goal 86'
Al Agha Goal 90+1'
Report

19 November 2013
14:00 UTC+3:30
Syria  0–1  Oman
Report Al-Farsi Goal 90+1'

5 March 2014
16:00 UTC+2
Jordan  2–1  Syria
Bawab Goal 24'61' Report Khribin Goal 80'

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the match against Jordan, 5 March 2014.
Caps and goals as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mosab Balhous (Captain) (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 31) 95 0 Oman Dhofar
22 1GK Tarek Kharboutli (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 27) 0 0 Syria Al-Shorta
23 1GK Taha Mosa (1987-05-24) 24 May 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Syria Al-Wahda
2 2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 24) 17 1 Kuwait Al-Arabi
3 2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 21) 11 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
4 2DF Hamdi Al Masri (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 31) 19 0 Iraq Al-Shorta (Baghdad)
5 2DF Abd Al Naser Hasan (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 23) 11 0 Iraq Dohuk
12 2DF Izzeddin Al Awad (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Syria Al-Jaish
13 2DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Oman Al-Shabab
14 2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 21) 10 0 Iraq Al-Zawra'a
15 2DF Omar Al Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Iraq Al-Mina'a
6 3MF Burhan Sahyouni (1986-04-07) 7 April 1986 (age 28) 24 2 Iraq Erbil
8 3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Syria Al-Wahda
10 3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 21) 15 0 Kuwait Al-Arabi
16 3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 27) 18 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
21 3MF Hamid Mido (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 21) 10 0 Iraq Al-Mina'a
9 4FW Ahmad Al Douni (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 25) 14 7 Iraq Dohuk
11 4FW Nasouh Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Oman Al-Khabourah
17 4FW Omar Khribin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 20) 14 3 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Syria squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Syria Al-Shorta v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
GK Mahmoud Al Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Oman Sohar v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
DF Ali Diab (1982-05-23) 23 May 1982 (age 32) 96 3 Syria Al-Wahda v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 29) 20 5 Iraq Erbil v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 24) 9 3 Iraq Zakho v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
MF Oday Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 24) 20 4 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
MF Qusay Habib (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 27) 15 0 Iraq Baghdad v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
MF Louay Chanko (1979-11-29) 29 November 1979 (age 34) 7 0 Sweden Syrianska v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
MF Yasser Shoshara (1988-04-11) 11 April 1988 (age 26) 6 0 Syria Al-Wahda v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
FW Abdul Fattah Al Agha (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 30) 38 5 Egypt Wadi Degla v.  Oman, 19 November 2013
FW Sanharib Malki (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 30) 16 2 Turkey Kasımpaşa v.  Oman, 19 November 2013

Previous squads[edit]

Asian Cup

Coaches[edit]

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Albert József Hungary 1956 1959
Vadas Miklós Hungary 1960 1965
Cornel Drăgușin Romania 1965 1966
Ezzat Abdel-Wahab Syria 1969
Moussa Shammas Syria 1980
Avedis Kavlakian Syria 1983 1985
Valeriy Yaremchenko Soviet Union 1985 1987
Anatoliy Azarenkov Soviet Union 1987 1989
Anatoliy Azarenkov Ukraine 1992
Virgil Dridea Romania 1992 1993
Yuri Kurnenin Belarus 1996
Mircea Rădulescu Romania 1997 1998
Moussa Shammas Syria Mar 1999 Sept 1999
Dragoslav Popović Serbia Sept 1999 - Feb 2000
Dragoslav Sridović Serbia Mar 2000 - Apr 2000
Bozidar Vukotić Serbia Mar 2001 - Oct 2001
Nizar Mahrous Syria Oct 2011 Dec 2011
Jalal Talebi Iran Nov 2001 - Sept 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik Poland Mar 2003 - Aug 2003
Bozidar Vukotić Serbia Sep 2003 - Nov 2003
Ahmed Rifaat Egypt Dec 2003 Nov 2004
Miloslav Radenović Serbia 2005 Aug 2006
Fajr Ibrahim Syria Aug 5, 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Mohammed Kwid Syria May 10, 2008 Aug 20, 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim Syria Nov 13, 2008 Sep 13, 2010 28 13 9 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009
Ayman Hakeem (caretaker) Syria Sep 14, 2010 Dec 20, 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković Serbia Oct 28, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa Romania Dec 21, 2010 Feb 9, 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy France Apr 16, 2011 May 4, 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous Syria May 22, 2011 August 18, 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury Syria July 7, 2012 August, 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed Syria October 21, 2012 April 10, 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf Syria April 13, 2013 October 23, 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim) Syria November 9, 2013 November 20, 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar Syria February 13, 2014 March 5, 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer Syria September 18, 2014

Head-to-Head records against other countries[edit]