Bahrain national football team

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Bahrain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) الأحمر (Al-Ahmar, The Red)
Association Bahrain Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Miroslav Soukup
Captain Sayed Jaffer
Most caps Salman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorer Ismail Abdul-Latif (38)[1]
Home stadium Bahrain National Stadium
FIFA code BHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 122 Decrease 7 (18 January 2018)
Highest 44 (September 2004)
Lowest 139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 107 (15 January 2018)
Highest 49 (September 2000)
Lowest 138 (March 1979)
First international
 Bahrain 4–4 Kuwait 
(Baghdad, Iraq; April 2, 1966)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 10–0  Indonesia
(Riffa, Bahrain; 29 February 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Iraq 10–1 Bahrain Bahrain
(Baghdad, Iraq; 5 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1988)
Best result Fourth 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 finals of 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 June 10, 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 got thrashed 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]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Bahrain scorers
2016
29 March 2016 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
4 September 2016 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Jordan Friendly 0–0 D
7 October 2016 Philippines Philippine Stadium, Bocaue  Philippines Friendly 3–1 W 5' 46' Jaycee John, 90+1' Mohamed Al Romaih
15 November 2016 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Kyrgyzstan Friendly 0–0 D
2017
23 March 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Tajikistan Friendly 1–1 D 90' Kamil Al Aswad
28 March 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–0 D
6 June 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Palestine Friendly 0–2 L
13 June 2017 Turkmenistan Ashgabat Stadium, Ashgabat  Turkmenistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W 55' Mohamed Al Romaihi, 80' Abdulla Yaser
29 August 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Jordan Friendly 0–0 D
5 September 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Chinese Taipei 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 5–0 W 11' Komail Al-Aswad, 45+4' Ali Jaafar Mohamed Madan, 56',89' Mahdi Abduljabbar, 74' Abdulla Yusuf Helal
10 October 2017 Chinese Taipei Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei  Chinese Taipei 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 L 19' Ismail Abdullatif, 90' Chen Po-Liang, 93' Hao-Wei Chen
14 November 2017 Singapore Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang  Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W 63', 85' Mahdi Abduljabbar, 81' Jamal Rashid
23 December 2017 Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Iraq 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 1–1 D 79' Jamal Rashid
26 December 2017 Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Yemen 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 1–0 W 39' (P) Jamal Rashid
29 December 2017 Kuwait Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City  Qatar 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 1–1 D 57' Ali Madan
2 January 2018 Kuwait Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City  Oman 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 0–1 L

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 2 January 2018 after the match against Oman.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 32) 4 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
21 1GK Ashraf Waheed Al Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 26) 0 0 Bahrain Manama
22 1GK Abdulkarim Fardan (1992-04-25) 25 April 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Bahrain Malkiya

2 2DF Sayed Mahdi Baqer (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 23) 4 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
3 2DF Waleed Al-Hayam (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 26) 12 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
5 2DF Mohammed Adel Hasan (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Bahrain Manama
13 2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 27) 28 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
16 2DF Sayed Reda Issa Hasn (1994-08-07) 7 August 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Bahrain Malkiya
17 2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30) 30 December 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
18 2DF Ahmed Abdulla Ali (1983-10-29) 29 October 1983 (age 34) 1 0 Bahrain East Riffa Club

4 3MF Sayed Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 25) 20 5 Bahrain Al-Riffa
6 3MF Abdulla Yaser (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 (age 29) 7 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 33) 40 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
8 3MF Ibrahim Ahmed Habib (1989-02-05) 5 February 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
10 3MF Ali Habib Haji (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Bahrain Manama
11 3MF Ali Jaafar Mohamed Madan (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 22) 4 1 Bahrain Al-Najma
12 3MF Mohmmed Sahwan (1989-06-24) 24 June 1989 (age 28) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Shabab
15 3MF Ali Haram (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 29) 12 1 Bahrain Manama

19 3MF Kamil Al Aswad (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 23) 13 4 Bahrain Al-Riffa
23 3MF Jamal Rashid (1988-11-07) 7 November 1988 (age 29) 3 2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
9 4FW Mahdi Abduljabbar (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 26) 4 0 Bahrain Al-Ittihad
14 4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
20 4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 28) 41 29 Bahrain East Riffa Club

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 Miroslav Soukup
Assistant coach Adnan Ebrahim Abdulla Showaiter
Goalkeeper coach Andrej Kostolansky
Fitness coach Jiri Ryba

Coaches[edit]

Source

Honours[edit]

Arab Games Football[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games Football[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

Kit providers[edit]

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 2011-07-12. 

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