Bahrain national football team

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Bahrain
Nickname(s)محاربي ديلمون (Muharabi Dilmun, Dilmun's Warriors)
AssociationBahrain Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachVacant
CaptainAbdulwahab Al-Safi
Most capsSalman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorerIsmail Abdul-Latif (40)[1]
Home stadiumBahrain National Stadium
FIFA codeBHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Increase 2 (7 February 2019)[2]
Highest44 (September 2004)
Lowest139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 100 Increase 7 (2 February 2019)[3]
Highest49 (September 2000)
Lowest138 (March 1979)
First international
 Bahrain 4–4 Kuwait 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 2 April 1966)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 10–0 Indonesia 
(Riffa, Bahrain; 29 February 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Iraq 10–1 Bahrain 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 5 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1988)
Best resultFourth place, 2004

The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب البحرين لكرة القدم‎) is the national team of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is controlled by the Bahrain Football Association, which was founded in 1951 and joined FIFA in 1966. They have never reached the World Cup, but have twice come within one match of doing so. Bahrain won the FIFA's most improved team award in 2004, and finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup, beating Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals but losing to Japan in the semi-finals 4–3. Bahrain then lost to Iran in the third-place match, thus finishing in fourth place overall.

History[edit]

The 1959 national football team

2006 World Cup[edit]

After Uzbekistan and Bahrain both finished third in their respective groups during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain entered a two-legged playoff with Uzbekistan, which they won on away goals with an aggregate score of 1–1. This allowed Bahrain to enter another two-legged playoff with the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, (Trinidad and Tobago), for a spot in the World Cup. But a 0–1 Bahrain loss in Manama after a 1–1 draw in Port of Spain saw the CONCACAF nation go through.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uzbekistan  1–1 (a)  Bahrain 1–1 0–0

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC – CONCACAF play-off) play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  1–2  Trinidad and Tobago 1–1 0–1

2007 Asian Cup[edit]

Bahrain played in group D in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification group games. Bahrain fielded a side which was essentially the Olympic (under 23) team against Australia, and they lost 2–0. Bahrain qualified for the 2007 Asian Cup after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stage via two losses against Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, despite a win against Korea Republic.

2010 World Cup[edit]

The Bahrain national football team playing Australia on 10 June 2009 in a World Cup qualifier

In the third round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain were drawn into group B along with Japan, Oman, and Thailand. They finished second overall to qualify to the final round, in which Bahrain finished third overall in their group, below Australia and Japan, but above Uzbekistan and Qatar. In the second leg of the playoff against Saudi Arabia to decide Asia's fifth best team, Bahrain drew 2–2 with Saudi Arabia after scoring in stoppage time which allowed them to go through on away goals, after drawing their home leg 0–0. They went on to play New Zealand in the final playoff in which the victory would qualify them for the World Cup, but after a goalless draw in Manama on 10 October 2009, Bahrain lost the return leg 1–0 in Wellington, missing out on qualification at the last hurdle for the second time running.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fifth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  (a) 2–2  Saudi Arabia 0–0 2–2

AFC 5th place v OFC winner play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

2014 World Cup[edit]

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain did considerably worse. In the third round, they were drawn against Indonesia, Iran and Qatar. Although they managed to defeat Indonesia both home and away, they also lost 6–0 by Iran away from home, and drew their other 3 games. Although they had a higher goal difference than Qatar, they needed an extra point to advance to the next round. If they had drawn to Iran away from home, they would have advanced. But they failed to do so, and their campaign ended in the third round, their worst result since the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 3 3 0 17 5 +12 12
 Qatar 6 2 4 0 10 5 +5 10
 Bahrain 6 2 3 1 13 7 +6 9
 Indonesia 6 0 0 6 3 26 −23 0
  Bahrain Indonesia Iran Qatar
Bahrain  10–0 1–1 0–0
Indonesia  0–2 1–4 2–3
Iran  6–0 3–0 2–2
Qatar  0–0 4–0 1–1


Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[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 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 4 6
Spain 1982 4 1 0 3 1 6
Mexico 1986 4 1 2 1 8 6
Italy 1990 Withdrew Withdrew
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 9 6
France 1998 4 1 0 3 3 9
South Korea Japan 2002 14 7 4 3 17 13
Germany 2006 16 5 6 5 21 14
South Africa 2010 20 7 7 6 19 17
Brazil 2014 6 2 3 1 13 7
Russia 2018 6 2 0 4 7 9
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 86 30 25 31 102 93

Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea 1960 Did not enter
Israel 1964 Did not enter
Iran 1968 Did not enter
Thailand 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Iran 1976 Withdrew - - - - - -
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew after qualifying - - - - - -
Singapore 1984 Withdrew - - - - - -
Qatar 1988 Group stage 4 0 2 2 1 3 - - - - - -
Japan 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 1996 Withdrew - - - - - -
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
China 2004 Fourth place 6 1 3 2 13 14 - - - - - -
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 7 - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 5 - - - - - -
Australia 2015 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5 - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 2019 Round of 16 4 1 1 2 3 4 - - - - - -
Total 6/17 23 5 6 12 29 38 - - - - - -

Arabian Gulf Cup record[edit]

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Bahrain 1970 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 4
Saudi Arabia 1972 Record Annulled
Kuwait 1974 Group stage 2 0 0 2 1 8
Qatar 1976 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 9 15
Iraq 1979 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 8 9
United Arab Emirates 1982 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 10 7
Oman 1984 Fifth place 6 1 2 3 3 6
Bahrain 1986 Fifth place 6 1 4 1 4 5
Saudi Arabia 1988 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 4 4
Kuwait 1990 Third place 4 1 2 1 1 1
Qatar 1992 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 6 4
United Arab Emirates 1994 Third place 5 1 3 1 5 6
Oman 1996 Fifth place 5 0 2 3 4 8
Bahrain 1998 Fifth place 5 0 3 2 3 6
Saudi Arabia 2002 Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 6
Kuwait 2003 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 13 3
Qatar 2004 Third place 5 2 2 1 10 6
United Arab Emirates 2007 Semi-finals 4 1 1 2 4 5
Oman 2009 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
Yemen 2010 Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 7
Bahrain 2013 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 4 9
Saudi Arabia 2014 Group stage 3 0 2 1 0 3
Kuwait 2017 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 3
Total 24/24 102 30 32 40 106 129

Arab Nations Cup[edit]

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966 Group stage 4 0 1 3 7 22
Saudi Arabia 1985 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 4 3
Jordan 1988 Group stage 4 0 3 1 2 3
Syria 1992 Did not enter
Qatar 1998 Withdrew
Saudi Arabia 2002 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 8 5
Saudi Arabia 2012 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
Total Best: Runners-up 21 4 7 10 22 41

Asian Games[edit]

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
India 1951 Did Not Enter
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974 15th place 3 0 0 3 1 15
Thailand 1978 14th place 3 0 0 3 1 12
India 1982 Did Not Enter
South Korea 1986 12th place 3 1 1 1 4 5
China 1990 Did Not Enter
Japan 1994 10th place 4 1 2 1 6 5
Thailand 1998 Did Not Enter
2002–present See Bahrain national under-23 football team
Total 4/13 14 3 3 8 12 37

Pan Arab Games[edit]

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953
Did Not Enter
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985
Lebanon 1997
Jordan 1999
First Round 2 0 0 2 0 6
Egypt 2007
No football tournament
Qatar 2011
Champions 4 3 1 0 9 3
2/10
Champions
6
3
1
2
9
9

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Bahrain scorers
2018
2 January 2018 Kuwait Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City  Oman 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 0–1 L
22 March 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Palestine Friendly 0–0 D
27 March 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Turkmenistan 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 4–0 W 12', 24' Helal, 64' Issa, 67' Yaser
6 September 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Philippines Friendly 1–1 D 90+7' Issa
10 September 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  China PR Friendly 0–0 D
11 October 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Syria Friendly 0–1 L
16 October 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Myanmar Friendly 4–1 W 45' (P) Rashid, 48', 68' Marhoon, 70' Issa
19 November 2018 Oman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman Friendly 1–2 L 68' Al-Humaidan
20 December 2018 Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Tajikistan Friendly 5–0 W 29' Al Romaihi, 43', 75' Rashid, 61' Madan, 85' Al-Husaini
27 December 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Lebanon Friendly 1–0 W 46' (P) Habib
29 December 2018 Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  North Korea Friendly 4–0 W
2019
5 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 2019 Asian Cup 1–1 D 78' Al Romaihi
10 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai  Thailand 2019 Asian Cup 0–1 L
14 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah  India 2019 Asian Cup 1–0 W 90+1' (P) Rashid
22 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Rashid Stadium, Dubai  South Korea 2019 Asian Cup 1–2 L (a.e.t.) 77' Al Romaihi

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 6 January 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11)11 August 1985 (aged 33) 8 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
2 2DF Sayed Baqer (1994-04-14)14 April 1994 (aged 24) 5 0 Kuwait Al-Nasr
3 2DF Waleed Al Hayam (1991-02-03)3 February 1991 (aged 27) 46 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
4 3MF Sayed Dhiya Saeed (1992-07-17)17 July 1992 (aged 26) 66 5 Kuwait Al-Nasr
5 2DF Hamad Al-Shamsan (1997-09-29)29 September 1997 (aged 21) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
6 2DF Ahmed Merza (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 27) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04)4 June 1984 (aged 34) 82 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
8 3MF Mohamed Marhoon (1998-02-12)12 February 1998 (aged 20) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
9 4FW Mahdi Al-Humaidan (1993-05-19)19 May 1993 (aged 25) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Ahli
10 4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12)12 June 1993 (aged 25) 40 5 Czech Republic Bohemians
11 3MF Ali Madan (1995-11-30)30 November 1995 (aged 23) 22 4 Bahrain Al-Najma
12 2DF Ahmed Juma (1992-10-08)8 October 1992 (aged 26) 3 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
13 4FW Mohamed Al Romaihi (1990-09-09)9 September 1990 (aged 28) 17 8 Bahrain Manama Club
14 3MF Ali Haram (1988-12-11)11 December 1988 (aged 30) 3 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
15 3MF Jasim Al-Shaikh (1996-02-01)1 February 1996 (aged 22) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Ahli
16 2DF Sayed Redha Isa (1994-08-07)7 August 1994 (aged 24) 13 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
17 2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30)30 December 1997 (aged 21) 3 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
18 2DF Ahmed Abdulla (1987-04-01)1 April 1987 (aged 31) 17 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
19 3MF Komail Al Aswad (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 (aged 24) 26 2 Bahrain Al-Riffa
20 4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29)29 September 1989 (aged 29) 62 8 Bahrain East Riffa
21 1GK Yusuf Habib (1998-01-09)9 January 1998 (aged 20) 0 0 Bahrain Malkiya Club
22 1GK Abdulkarim Fardan (1992-04-25)25 April 1992 (aged 26) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
23 3MF Jamal Rashid (1988-11-07)7 November 1988 (aged 30) 39 8 Bahrain Al-Muharraq

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the Bahrain squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


Note: Caps and goals may be incomplete for certain players, therefore being inaccurate.

Current staff[edit]

Role Name
Head coach
Assistant coach
Goalkeeper coach
Fitness coach

Coaches[edit]

Source

Honours[edit]

Pan Arab Games[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games Football[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

Kit providers[edit]

Manufacturer Period
Italy Legea
Germany Puma
United Arab Emirates Romai[4][5] 2014–2018
Italy Macron[6] 2019–

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Khamis Al Rumaithi: No commercial objectives behind Romai's sponsorship of Palestine's national team". UAE Today. Emaratalyoum. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  5. ^ "The president of the football union hosts a press conference in the presence of several club managers". Akhbar Alkhaleej. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ "MACRON APPROVED AS OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIER". BFA. Bahrain Football Association. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

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