Bahrain national football team

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Bahrain
Nickname(s) الأحمر (Al-Ahmar, The Red)
Association Bahrain Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Miroslav Soukup
Captain Mohamed Husain
Most caps Salman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorer Ismail Abdul-Latif (34)[1]
Home stadium Bahrain National Stadium
FIFA code BHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 127 Decrease 4 (24 November 2016)
Highest 44 (September 2004)
Lowest 139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 97 (October 2016)
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 5 (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 World Cup 2006 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 Asian Cup 2007 after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stages 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 FIFA 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 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 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, 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 2006 qualification.


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
2015
26 March 2015 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Colombia Friendly 0–6 L
30 March 2015 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Philippines Friendly 2–1 W 29' Aaish, 31' Yaser
5 June 2015 Thailand Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok  Thailand Friendly 1–1 D 81' Eissa
11 June 2015 Philippines Philippine Sports Stadium, Bocaue  Philippines 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L 90+3' Al-Malood
3 September 2015 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  North Korea 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
8 September 2015 Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Yemen 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 4–0 W 31' Ali Baba, 45+1' Al-Husaini, 66' Omar, 77' Adnan
8 October 2015 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Uzbekistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–4 L
13 October 2015 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Philippines 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–0 W 53' Abdullatif, 61' Adnan
17 November 2015 North Korea Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang  North Korea 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–2 L
2016
5 February 2016 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Lebanon Friendly 2–0 W 15' Hashem, 45' Abdulla
24 March 2016 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Yemen 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W 32' Abdullatif, 63' Al-Malood, 90+2' Al Romaihi
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' Okwunwanne, 90+1' Al Romaihi

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 January 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sayed Jaffer (1985-08-25) 25 August 1985 (age 31) 56 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
21 1GK Hamed Al-Doseri (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 27) 2 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
22 1GK Ashraf Waheed Al Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Bahrain Manama

2 2DF Mohamed Husain RET (1980-07-31) 31 July 1980 (age 36) 145 8 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3 2DF Waleed Al-Hayam (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 28) 9 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
5 2DF Abdulla Shallal (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
6 2DF Abdulla Yaser (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 (age 28) 6 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
13 2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 26) 28 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
17 2DF Hussain Ali Baba (1982-02-11) 11 February 1982 (age 34) 74 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
18 2DF Mohamed Duaij Mahorfi (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 27) 24 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
23 2DF Rashed Al Hooti (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 26) 19 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa

4 3MF Sayed Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 24) 19 5 Bahrain Al-Riffa
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 32) 39 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiyah
8 3MF Sayed Ahmed (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 25) 14 1 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen
9 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 27) 18 1 Bahrain Al-Hidd
12 3MF Faouzi Aaish (1985-02-27) 27 February 1985 (age 31) 62 16 Qatar Al-Sailiya
15 3MF Abdullah Omar (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 29) 45 3 Bahrain Al-Muharraq

10 4FW Mohammed Tayeb Al Alawi (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 27) 10 5 Bahrain Al-Riffa
11 4FW Ismail Abdul-Latif (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 30) 97 34 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
14 4FW Jaycee John Okwunwanne (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 31) 48 22 Thailand Bangkok United
16 4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Bahrain East Riffa
19 4FW Faisal Bodahoom (1988-09-25) 25 September 1988 (age 28) 0 0 Bahrain East Riffa
20 4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 27) 40 4 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen

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
GK Ashraf Al-Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Unattached 2014 WAFF Championship

DF Abdulla Al-Marzooqi (1980-12-12) 12 December 1980 (age 35) 113 8 Bahrain Al-Riffa 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Abdulhakeem Al-Oraibi 0 0 Bahrain Al-Shabab 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Abdulla Zayed 0 0 Unattached 2014 WAFF Championship

MF Fahad Al-Hardan (1987-01-14) 14 January 1987 (age 29) 14 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Hassan Jameel (1991-10-17) 17 October 1991 (age 25) 7 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa 2014 WAFF Championship

FW Ahmed Al-Khattal (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 28) 6 0 Bahrain Al-Hala 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Saif Al Saif (2000-05-15) 15 May 2000 (age 16) 12 20 Bahrain Manama 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Isa Moosa (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 28) 5 0 Bahrain Manama 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Hamad Aldakheel (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 25) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 2014 WAFF Championship

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

Current Staff[edit]

Role Name
Head coach Miroslav Soukup
Assistant coach Martyn Pert
Goalkeeper coach Vladimir Ciric
Fitness coach Carlos Heira
Technical director Mahmood Fakhro

Coaches[edit]

Source

Honors[edit]

Arab Games Football[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games Football[edit]

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

Kit providers[edit]

See also[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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