Afghanistan national football team

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Afghanistan
افغانستان
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationAFF
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachAnoush Dastgir
CaptainFaysal Shayesteh
Most capsZohib Islam Amiri (47)
Top scorerBalal Arezou (9)
Home stadiumGhazi Stadium
FIFA codeAFG
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 149 Decrease 2 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest122 (April 2014)
Lowest204 (January 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 173 Decrease 3 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest83 (August 1941)
Lowest210 (November 2010)
First international
Afghanistan Afghanistan 0–0 Iran Iran
(Kabul, Afghanistan; 25 August 1941)
Biggest win
 Bhutan 1–8 Afghanistan Afghanistan
(New Delhi, India; 7 December 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Turkmenistan 11–0 Afghanistan Afghanistan
(Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; 19 November 2003)

The Afghanistan national football team (Pashto: د افغانستان د فوټبال ملي لوبډله Da Afghānestān da Fūṭbāl Millī Lobḍala; Dari: تیم ملی فوتبال افغانستان) is the national football team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation. Founded in 1922, they played their first international game against Iran in Kabul, 1941. Afghanistan then joined FIFA in 1948 and the AFC in 1954, as one of the founding members. They play their home games at the Ghazi National Olympic Stadium in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. In 2013, Afghanistan won the 2013 SAFF Championship and earned the "FIFA Fair Play Award".[3]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Afghanistan national football team in the 1920s

Formed in 1922 and affiliated to FIFA since 1948, the Afghanistan Football Federation was one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation in 1954.[4]

The first football club established in the country, Mahmoudiyeh F.C., was founded in 1934. Three years later the team traveled to India and took part in 18 games of which they won 8, lost 9 and drew 1. The second football club founded was Ariana Kabul F.C. which was established in 1941. This team traveled to Tehran, Iran upon invitation, played 3 games, winning one game and losing two.

Afghanistan's only appearance and first FIFA international match was at the Olympic Games football tournament in the 1948 Summer Olympic Games when they played Luxembourg on 26 July 1948 and lost 6–0. Prior to 2002, Afghanistan was last seen on the international stage during the 1984 AFC Asian Cup qualification, with its last match lost 6–1 against Jordan on 20 September 1984. Afghanistan played no international games from 1984 to 2002, due to the latter years of the Soviet–Afghan War, civil war in Afghanistan (1992–1996), and the Taliban regime.

2001–2010[edit]

Following the demise of the Taliban regime, the Afghan national team eventually returned to the international arena in 2002, when they played South Korea in the Asian Games, losing 2–0. Afghanistan participated in their first international tournament in the 2003 SAFF Gold Cup where they lost all three group stage matches to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Later in the same year, Afghanistan took part in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification where they won against Kyrgyzstan but lost to Nepal and failed to make it to the next round. Afghanistan started its FIFA World Cup campaign for the first time in 2003 where they played Turkmenistan in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. They lost both matches in aggregate of 13–0. This was the first time Afghanistan participated in FIFA World Cup qualification though they had been affiliated since 1948. The team went to Pakistan to take part in the 2005 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup, which they lost to the Maldives.

Match scene between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan in a FIFA World Cup qualification match in Kabul, 2003.

They also participated in the first edition of the AFC Challenge Cup in 2006, for which they drew both matches with Chinese Taipei and the Philippines with Afghan footballers Hafizullah Qadami and Sayed Maqsood Hashemi both scoring to produce a drawn result, and on their second world cup campaign in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification were eliminated by Syria. In the SAFF Championship 2008 Afghanistan lost to Bhutan but drew with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Afghanistan entered the second round of the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008,[5] by winning in group D of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualification, drawing with Bangladesh and winning against Kyrgyzstan. In the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, Afghanistan lost all group matches to India, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. In 2009 SAFF Championship Afghanistan lost all its matches to Maldives, India and Nepal. Hashmatullah Barakzai scored Afghanistan's only goal against Maldives in that loss.

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Afghanistan competed in their third World Cup qualifying campaign playing the first leg of their first match against Palestine in Tajikistan due to security reasons, which they lost, and the second leg of the match in Palestine which they drew with Balal Arezou scoring, meaning they failed to advance to the second round and were eliminated.

2011 SAFF Championship[edit]

Players are celebrating after winning their 2011 SAFF Championship Semi-final against Nepal

In 2011 SAFF Championship Afghanistan defeated Bhutan 8–1, the biggest victory in the history of the Afghanistan football team. In this match, Balal Arezou scored the only hat-trick of the competition with 4 goals and the team scored the quickest goal of the tournament through Ata Yamrali in the third minute. It was Afghanistan's first Semi-final. In the Semi-final of the tournament, the Afghans faced Nepal whom they beat 1–0 in extra time with the only goal scored by Balal Arezou in the 101st minute. It was the first win of Afghanistan over Nepal. In the final, Afghanistan played India to whom they lost 4–0.

2012 AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

Afghanistan defeated Bhutan 5–0 in 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification. In the first leg, they beat Bhutan 3–0 with Sidiq Walizada scoring all 3 goals, and 2–0 in the second leg. In the second qualification round, Afghanistan lost to Nepal and North Korea, whilst beating Sri Lanka but failed to qualify for the next stage.

Afghan Premier League[edit]

For the first time in the football history of Afghanistan the AFF announced a league where 8 teams will compete against each other. The league was established in 2012 with the first season running through September and October of that year. 8 teams were concurrently established in 2012 to become the inaugural competitors.[6]

Players for the league were found through a reality television show called Maidan e Sabz ("Green Field").[7] The concept came from the Afghanistan Football Federation and the Afghanistan-based MOBY Group, which owns a number of TV channels and radio stations and is the largest media group in the country. MOBY Group channels will broadcast matches. Players were voted onto teams by a jury and by the television audience. Eight teams of 18 players, one from every region, were formed.[8]

The Afghan High Peace Council has praised the creation and development of the League as an, "opportunity to bring peace and stability" to Afghanistan.[6]

2013 SAFF Championship winners[edit]

Hamidullah Karimi with the SAFF Championship trophy after their win against India

On 20 August 2013 before the 2013 SAFF Championship Afghanistan played Pakistan in a FIFA approved friendly for the first time in 36 years. This was also the first time on home ground after a decade which ended with a 3–0 victory over Pakistan with goals from Sandjar Ahmadi, Ahmad Hatifi and Maruf Mohammadi.[9]

Afghanistan entered the 2013 SAFF Championship as the highest ranked team by FIFA in the tournament placed at 139th. Afghanistan started the campaign with a 3-goal victory over Bhutan, with goals from Amiri, Azadzoy and Barakzai. The second match again ended with a 3–1 victory over Sri Lanka with goals from Rafi, Amiri and Barakzai. The Semi-final of the tournament was the repeat of last year's edition with Afghanistan again defeating Nepal with a solitary goal of Sandjar Ahmadi, that took Afghanistan in to the final of the tournament against India once again. Mansur Faqiryar of Afghanistan showed an outstanding goalkeeping performance by saving two back to back penalty kicks from Nepal in the last minutes of the match. The Final match of the tournament saw the 2011 SAFF Championship finalists again at Dashrath Stadium Nepal, where Afghanistan outplayed the defending champions India by 2 goals.[10] Afghanistan showed an outstanding performance. Goals from Azadzoy and Sandjar Ahmadi in each half of the game put the Afghan football team in front, to claim their first SAFF Championship title in their history.[11] Mansur Faqiryar was named the best player of the tournament, for his outstanding goal keeping skills throughout the tournament.

AFC Challenge Cup 2014[edit]

In the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, Afghanistan did well to reach the Semi-final, losing to the eventual champions Palestine, 2–0. They finished their campaign in fourth spot, the country's highest finishing place in the short term the cup has existed, losing to Maldives on a penalty shoot out: (7–8) after a 1–1 draw for third spot of the competition. On 10 June 2014 Afghanistan Football Federation moved from South Asian Football Federation SAFF to the CAFF. At the 2014 Ballon D'or ceremony, the Afghanistan Football Federation won the FIFA Fair Play Award. Afghanistan was honored with the award for the outstanding performance of the Afghanistan football during the year, despite the chaos of war and difficult political situations the country is facing. FIFA made a statement and posted on its website that "Following a year of remarkable achievement in grassroots level football, building infrastructure to further develop football throughout the country and nurturing a professional league despite enduring over a decade of disorder stemming from war, Afghanistan has been presented the 2013 FIFA Fair Play Award."

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Afghan national team before the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Japan, Azadi Stadium

On 9 February 2015, it was confirmed that the AFF signed a new coach for the national team. German-Bosnian trainer Slaven Skeledzic, signed a 1-year contract with the AFF. The new trainer had earlier coached the under 17 and under 19 teams in Germany. Skeledzic played football in Germany and coached youth teams in the Bundesliga.[12] On 27 April 2015 the AFF signed a contract with a new sponsor called Alokozay Group of Companies.

Afghanistan began the qualification with a 6–0 loss against Syria. After this match they had to play against lower ranked Cambodia. They won their first World Cup qualification match ever in the history of Afghanistan football. In their 3rd match against Japan, Afghanistan lost again 6–0. Against Singapore they lost 1–0 but deserved a win. With the position they were in they had to do something else. But unfortunately they lost against Syria with 5–2. In October 2015 the AFF forced Skeledzic to resign from his position, after the 5–2 defeat against Syria. In November 2015, the Afghan National Team announced that Petar Segrt was appointed as the new head coach. With a new coach and new players Afghanistan won their 2nd match against Cambodia with 3–0. After the qualifications the SAFF Championship started.

2015 SAFF Championship[edit]

This was the last edition of the SAFF Championship where the national team of Afghanistan would play. After the team was announced Afghanistan began preparing for the tournament. They were in a group of 4 countries which was: Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan. Afghanistan won the first match 4–0 against Bangladesh. After they won the second match against Bhutan 3–0 they qualified for the semi-finals. They won their last match against Maldives 4–1. In the semi-final Afghanistan had to play against Sri Lanka. The match ended in a 5–0 win for Afghanistan. Eventually after reaching the final quite easily, Afghanistan had to play against tournament favorite India. This was a replay of the finals in the 2011 and 2013 SAFF Championships. After 90 minutes the match ended in a 1–1 draw. After this moment India scored the 2–1 and won the 2015 SAFF Championship for the 7th time. Khaibar Amani was given the topscorer of the tournament award with 4 goals.

2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification[edit]

Afghan supporters watching their national team play against Japan during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification in Azadi Stadium, Tehran.

When the tournament ended Afghanistan still had a chance to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. After their second loss against Japan with a 5–0 defeat, Afghanistan had to win against Singapore to qualify as 4th best in their group. And so they did with a 2–1 win against Singapore and a qualification spot for the 3rd round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

After the World Cup qualification ended Afghanistan played some friendly games. In September against Lebanon which the game ended in a 2–0 win for Lebanon. In October against Malaysia which ended in a 1–1 draw. Before the match against Tajikistan Segrt called up 24 players which did not include the player Zohib Islam Amiri because the player previously made the decision to not play anymore for Afghanistan. But without letting Segrt know the AFF did included Amiri in the squad. Segrt disagreed with the AFF and made the decision to quit as the headcoach of the national team. This was just after his 1-year anniversary with the national team. The match against Tajikistan ended in a 1–0 loss for Afghanistan. Anoush Dastgir led the team as interim coach for this match.

In February 2017 the AFF announced the signing of Otto Pfister as the new head coach of the national team.[13] Afghanistan played a friendly game against Singapore before the Asian Cup qualification match against Vietnam. Afghanistan won the game with 2–1 with goals from Mukhammad and Azadzoy.[14] The important Asian Cup qualification match against Vietnam ended in a 1–1 draw with a goal from Hassan Amin.[15] However, Afghanistan since then has suffered a serious setback. In the match against opponent Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which Afghanistan once defeated 4–0, Afghanistan had shocked by losing 0–1 against the same rival. Later, Afghanistan suffered second defeat, this time against Jordan, with the score 1–4 in Amman. Between two official qualification matches, Afghanistan also lost 0–2 to Oman in a friendly match. Afghanistan's late effort later only helped them to manage a 3–3 draw against Jordan, and Afghanistan was near the verge of being eliminated if they could not defeat Vietnam in the fifth match. At the crucial match against Vietnam in Hanoi, despite Afghanistan had nearly outplayed the host, failed efforts and bad lucks had prevented Afghanistan to seal a victory, as the match ended 0–0, effectively eliminated Afghanistan from the qualification while Vietnam went to seal the ticket to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with Jordan, after 1–0 victory over Cambodia. Afghanistan played their last match against Cambodia who also failed to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The match ended in a 2–1 victory for Afghanistan.[16] After the match it was announced that Pfister will leave his job and that Anoush Dastgir will be the new headcoach of the national team with the addition of Shabir Isoufi as the new assistant coach of Afghanistan.[17][18] On 13 July 2018 it was announced that Afghanistan will play a friendly game in Kabul, Afghanistan for the first time since 2013 against Palestine.[19]

Kit[edit]

In 2002, the Japanese sports brand ASICS was the sponsor for the national team until 2004. In 2005, the German sports brand Adidas was the sponsor of the national team till 2008. In 2009, the Danish sports brand Hummel equipped the national team. In 2011 the Afghanistan Football Federation had signed a four-year contract with Hummel, to provide both the men's and women's national teams with all of the sportswear from 2011 to 2015.[20] On 6 March 2015, the Afghan Football Federation signed a new four-year contract with Hummel till 2019. On 27 April 2015, the AFF signed a contract with a new sponsor called Alokozay Group of Companies. This sponsor will be on the shirts of the national team.[21] Hummel released in 2016 the new kits for Afghanistan. It included an integrated hijab for the female Afghanistan footballers to play with while being covered from head to toe.[22] In December 2018, Hummel announced that it will no longer sponsor Afghanistan's football association after allegations emerged of physical, psychological and sexual abuse committed by male employees against players from the country's women's national team.[23]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2009–2018 Hummel AGC (Alokozay Group of Companies)
2019 - Present Peak AGC (Alokozay Group of Companies)

Sponsors[edit]

Alokozay, MOBY Group, Lemar & TOLO are the national team's sponsors.

Home stadium[edit]

The Ghazi Stadium in Kabul, which is now referred to as the Afghan Football Federation Stadium

Major football matches in Afghanistan are held at the Afghan Football Federation Stadium (popularly known as the Ghazi Stadium) in Kabul. It was built in 1923 during the reign of King Amanullah Khan, who is regarded as Ghazi (Hero) for the Afghan victory in the Third Anglo-Afghan War and gaining independence for his nation after the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919. The stadium has the capacity to house 25,000 people. The first international football match hosted there was played between Iran and Afghanistan in 1941 and ended as a draw, 0–0. Their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification second leg match was played at the Ghazi Stadium against Turkmenistan which Afghanistan lost 2–0, having previously lost the first leg 11–0. The stadium is maintained and controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation. The Afghan Premier League and other local football tournaments take place in the stadium. The Ghazi Stadium was renovated in 2011 after the entire ground was removed and replaced with new soil and artificial turf placed on top. The stadium now holds bigger sporting events. The proposed construction of a new national stadium was completed in the 2013/2014 season which cost 25 million euros.[24] In 2015 FIFA helped the AFF with the reconstruction of new youth teams and develop also women's football for the national team.[25]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Friendly

Afghanistan national football team all opponents

Coaching staff[edit]

Anoush Dastgir, on the right with Kanischka Taher on the left during the 2015 SAFF Championship.
Head Coach Afghanistan Anoush Dastgir
Assistant Coach Afghanistan Shabir Isoufi
National Team Manager Afghanistan Mustafa Mehrzad
Coordinator Afghanistan Sayed Ali Kazemi
Goalkeeping Coach Afghanistan Mansur Faqiryar
Physiotherapist Netherlands Kevin van Geel
Sports-masseur Netherlands Marcel van Baardwijk
Conditioning coach Afghanistan Siyar Kabiri
Equipment Manager Afghanistan Sharif Sarwari

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for any upcoming matches.

Caps and goals are correct as of 23 August 2018, after the match against Palestine.[26]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ovays Azizi (1992-01-29) 29 January 1992 (age 27) 22 0 Denmark B.1908
1GK Hamidullah Wakily (1994-06-30) 30 June 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Afghanistan Toofaan Harirod F.C.

2DF Zohib Islam Amiri (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 32) 47 7 Maldives New Radiant S.C.
2DF Mustafa Hadid (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 30) 36 2 Germany Altona 93
2DF Hassan Amin (1991-10-12) 12 October 1991 (age 27) 22 2 Germany SV Meppen
2DF Kanischka Taher (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 28) 15 1 Germany VfL 08 Vichttal
2DF Sharif Mukhammad (1990-03-21) 21 March 1990 (age 29) 11 1 Cyprus Karmiotissa
2DF Milad Intezar (1992-11-04) 4 November 1992 (age 26) 10 0 Netherlands FC Lienden
2DF Benjamin Nadjem (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 24) 6 0 Germany TSV Sasel
2DF Zelfy Nazary (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Australia Olympic FC

3MF Faysal Shayesteh (captain) (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 27) 34 7 Thailand Air Force United
3MF Abassin Alikhil (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 28) 33 0 Germany SC Hessen Dreieich
3MF Mustafa Zazai (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 26) 24 2 Malaysia Kelantan F.A.
3MF Norlla Amiri (1991-08-23) 23 August 1991 (age 27) 20 3 Sweden Ariana FC
3MF Omid Popalzay (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 23) 19 3 unattached
3MF Farshad Noor (1994-10-02) 2 October 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Cyprus Nea Salamis
3MF Maziar Kouhyar (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 21) 2 0 England Walsall
3MF Adam Najem (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 24) 1 0 United States Memphis 901
3MF Noor Husin (1997-03-03) 3 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0 England Notts County

4FW Zubayr Amiri (1990-05-02) 2 May 1990 (age 29) 22 3 Germany SC Hessen Dreieich
4FW Jabar Sharza (1994-04-06) 6 April 1994 (age 25) 2 2 Denmark Fremad Amager
4FW Omran Haydary (1998-01-13) 13 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands FC Dordrecht
4FW Fareed Sadat (1998-11-10) 10 November 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Finland FC Lahti

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Afghanistan squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Baktash Akbari (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Afghanistan Shaheen Asmayee F.C. v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
GK Khaiss Wahab (1999-07-17) 17 July 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Germany TS Ober-Roden v.  Cambodia, 27 March 2018

DF Saber Azizi (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 23) 4 0 Sweden Ariana FC v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
DF Hosain Alizada (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Afghanistan Toofaan Harirod F.C. v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
DF Masih Saighani (1986-08-22) 22 August 1986 (age 32) 13 2 Bangladesh Abahani Limited Dhaka v.  Cambodia, 27 March 2018
DF Mujtaba Ameen (1993-11-25) 25 November 1993 (age 25) 0 0 unattached v.  Cambodia, 27 March 2018
DF Wais Said Ansary (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 26) 0 0 unattached v.  Cambodia, 27 March 2018
DF Faisal Sakhizada (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 28) 17 0 Australia Kingston City FC v.  Vietnam, 14 November 2017
DF Farzad Ataie (1991-12-30) 30 December 1991 (age 27) 10 0 Afghanistan Shaheen Asmayee F.C. v.  Jordan, 10 October 2017
DF Roholla Iqbalzadeh (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Norway Kolstad Fotball v.  Jordan, 10 October 2017
DF Modjieb Jamali (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 28) 8 0 unattached v.  Jordan, 10 October 2017
DF Amanullah Sardari (1999-12-02) 2 December 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Afghanistan Shaheen Asmayee F.C. v.  Jordan, 10 October 2017

MF Hassan Rahmani (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Norway Lysekloster IL v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
MF Fardin Hakimi (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Afghanistan Toofaan Harirod F.C. v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
MF Milad Salem (1988-03-03) 3 March 1988 (age 31) 7 0 unattached v.  Cambodia, 27 March 2018
MF Mustafa Azadzoy (1992-07-24) 24 July 1992 (age 26) 26 3 Thailand Chiangmai v.  Cambodia, 27 March 2018

FW Amredin Sharifi (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 27) 15 1 Kyrgyzstan FC Alay v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
FW Khaibar Amani (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 32) 18 7 Germany FC Hanau 93 v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
FW Suliman Shah Khorami (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 unattached v.  Palestine, 19 August 2018
FW Meraj Allahdad (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Netherlands ADO '20 v.  Cambodia, 27 March 2018
FW Balal Arezou (1988-12-28) 28 December 1988 (age 30) 26 9 Norway Arendal Fotball v.  Vietnam, 14 November 2017

Notes:

  • SUS Player suspended
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET Retired from the national team
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

Statistics[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Updated 2 December 2017.

Still active national team players are highlighted

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Zohib Islam Amiri 2005– 46 7
2 Djelaludin Sharityar 2007–2015 38 1
3 Mustafa Hadid 2007– 35 2
4 Ahmad Hatifi 2011–2016 34 4
5 Faysal Shayesteh 2014– 33 7
6 Abassin Alikhil 2011– 31 0
7 Hashmatullah Barakzai 2007–2015 27 5
Israfeel Kohistani 2006–2013 27 1
9 Mansur Faqiryar 2011–2015 23 0
10 Balal Arezou 2011– 26 9

Top goalscorers[edit]

Updated 2 December 2017.

Still active national team players are highlighted

# Player Period Goals Caps
1 Balal Arezou 2011– 9 26
2 Zohib Islam Amiri 2005– 7 46
Faysal Shayesteh 2014– 7 33
Khaibar Amani 2015– 7 14
5 Sandjar Ahmadi 2011–2015 6 22
6 Hashmatullah Barakzai 2007–2015 5 27
Hafizullah Qadami 2003–2008 5 10
8
Harez Habib 2007–2013 4 16
Ahmad Hatifi 2011–2016 4 34
Sediq Walizada 2010–2014 4 10

Manager history[edit]

Updated 3 August 2018.

Manager Career Start Career End
Unknown (1941–74)[note 2]
Soviet Union Vladimir Salenko 1975 1976
Soviet Union Sergei Salnikov 1976 1977
Soviet Union Nikolai Efimov 1976 1977
Afghanistan Islam Gul 1978 1979
Afghanistan Sayed Ahmad Zia Muzafari 1980 1981
India Khwaja Aziz 1981 1987
Soviet Union Gennadi Sarychev 1987 1988
Caretaker (1988–2003)[note 3]
Afghanistan Mir Ali Asghar Akbarzada 10 January 2003 18 March 2003
Afghanistan Mohammad Yousef Kargar 19 November 2003 23 November 2003
Germany Klaus Stärk 9 November 2005 8 June 2008
Afghanistan Mohammad Yousef Kargar 30 July 2008 10 September 2013
Germany Erich Rutemöller (Interim) 13 April 2014 29 May 2014
Iran Hossein Saleh (Interim) 6 February 2015 7 February 2015
Germany Slaven Skeledzic 28 May 2015 13 October 2015
Croatia Petar Segrt 12 November 2015 11 October 2016
Afghanistan Anoush Dastgir (Interim) 13 November 2016 14 November 2016
Germany Otto Pfister 23 March 2017 31 March 2018
Afghanistan Anoush Dastgir 10 July 2018 Present

Competitive record[edit]

As of 2 May 2018

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 13
South Africa 2010 2 0 0 2 1 5
Brazil 2014 2 0 1 1 1 3
Russia 2018 8 3 0 5 8 24
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Best: None 0 titles 14 3 1 10 10 45

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Asian Cup record Asian Cup Qualification record
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
Hong Kong1956 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea1960 Did not enter
Israel 1964 Did not enter
Iran 1968 Did not enter
Thailand 1972 Did not enter
Iran 1976 to Singapore 1984 Did not qualify
Qatar 1988 to Lebanon 2000 Did not enter
China 2004 Did not qualify
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 to Australia 2015 Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 2019 Did not qualify
Total Best: None

Central Asian Championship[edit]

CAFA Championship record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
TBD
Total - - - - - - -

Summer Olympics[edit]

Young teams were favoured by FIFA and the IOC, and since 1992, male competitors must be under 23 years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad.

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
France 1900 to Germany 1936 Did not enter
United Kingdom 1948 Preliminary 1 0 0 1 0 6
Finland 1952 Did not enter
Australia 1956 Withdrew
Italy 1960
Japan 1964 to Greece 2004 Did not enter
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Did not enter
Brazil 2016 Did not qualify
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total Best: Preliminary 1 0 0 1 0 6

Asian Games[edit]

From 2002 onwards played by Afghanistan under-23 team.

Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
India 1951 4th place 2 0 0 2 0 5
Philippines 1954 Group stage 2 0 0 2 4 12
Japan 1958 to Thailand 1998 Did not enter
Qatar 2002 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 32
Qatar 2006 Did not enter
China 2010
South Korea 2014 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
Indonesia 2018 Did not enter
Total Best: 4th place 10 0 0 10 5 57

AFC Challenge Cup (2006–2014)[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006 Group stage 3 0 2 1 3 5
India 2008 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 10
Sri Lanka 2010 Withdrew
Nepal 2012 Did not qualify
Maldives 2014 4th place 5 1 2 2 4 4
Total Best: 4th place 11 1 4 6 7 19

SAFF Championship (2003–2015)[edit]

SAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Pakistan 1993 to India 1999 Did not enter
Bangladesh 2003 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 6
Pakistan 2005 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 11
Maldives Sri Lanka 2008 Group stage 3 0 2 1 5 7
Bangladesh 2009 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 7
India 2011 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 13 7
Nepal 2013 Champions 5 4 1 0 9 1
India 2015 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 17 3
Total Best: Champions 27 12 4 11 48 42

South Asian Games (2004–2010)[edit]

South Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Nepal 1984 to Nepal 1999 Did not enter
Pakistan 2004 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 2006 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 5
Bangladesh 2010 Runners-up 3 3 0 0 5 1
Total Best: Runners-up 9 3 2 4 7 13

Honours[edit]

Regional[edit]

Champions : 2013
Runners-up : 2011, 2015
Silver Medal : 2010

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Afghanistan played their home matches in Tajikistan due to security concerns from the war in Afghanistan.
  2. ^ From 1941 to 1974, Afghanistan had many managers but many of them were never recorded.
  3. ^ From 1988 to 2003, Afghanistan didn't play any matches due to security concerns within the country.

References[edit]

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