Jordan national football team
|Association||Jordan Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Vital Borkelmans|
|Most caps||Amer Shafi (176)|
|Top scorer||Hassan Abdel-Fattah|
Badran Al-Shaqran (30)
|Home stadium||Amman International Stadium|
King Abdullah II Stadium
|Current||95 (7 April 2021)|
|Highest||37 (August – September 2004)|
|Lowest||152 (July 1996)|
| Syria 3–1 Jordan |
(Alexandria, Egypt: 30 July 1953)
| Jordan 9–0 Nepal |
(Amman, Jordan: 23 July 2011)
| China PR 6–0 Jordan |
(Guangzhou, China: 15 September 1984)
Japan 6–0 Jordan
(Saitama, Japan: 8 June 2012)
|Appearances||4 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2004 and 2011|
|Appearances||9 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Runners-up, (2002, 2008, 2014)|
|Website||jfa.jo (in Arabic)|
The Jordan national football team (Arabic: المنتخب الأردني لكرة القدم) represents Jordan in international football and is controlled by the Jordan Football Association, the governing body for football in Jordan. Jordan's home ground/stadium is the Amman International Stadium and King Abdullah II Stadium. Jordan have never qualified for the World Cup finals, but have appeared four times in the Asian Cup and reached its quarter-final stage in the 2004 and 2011 editions.
Jordan is a two-time champion of the Pan Arab Games, having won the 1997 and 1999 editions of the tournament. So far, Jordan has hosted the West Asian Football Federation Championship three times in (2000, 2007 and 2010), the Arab Nations Cup once in 1988, and the Pan Arab Games once in 1999.
The Jordanian national football team's first international match was played in 1953 in Egypt where the team were defeated by Syria 3–1. The first FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Jordan took part in was the 1986 qualifiers, but they are yet to qualify for a World Cup. For the first time in their history, Jordan have qualified for the final round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.
The first (Jordanian) football coach, Mohammad Awad, to attain achievements for the Jordan national team between 1992 and 1999, when he first helped his country Jordan win the Jordan International tournament of 1992 and both tournaments of the Pan Arab Games, starting in 1997 in Beirut, and 1999 in Amman.
The Jordan national football team had begun making much more improvements, under the Serbian head coach Branko Smiljanić, who had helped Jordan attain great match results in the first round of the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, but failed to help Jordan qualify for the next round. Brapanko also helped Jordan reach the semifinals of the 2002 Arab Nations Cup and got Jordan to win the fourth place in the 2000 West Asian Football Federation Championship and the second place in the 2004 edition in Syria, but failed to help Jordan win these tournaments. After he resigned from coaching Jordan, the Egyptian Mahmoud El-Gohary agreed to take Branko's place as head coach. Under the leadership of El-Gohary, the Jordan national team was able to qualify for their first AFC Asian Cup tournament, in China 2004, and helped Jordan reached the quarter-finals of the tournament, but failed to qualify for the semi-finals after losing to Japan in a penalty shoot-out after the match had ended with extra time in a 1–1 draw. But thanks to El-Gohary, the Jordan team reached its highest FIFA world ranking, which was the 37th place in 2004. Just like Serbian Branko, El-Gohary also helped Jordan achieve great match results in FIFA World Cup qualifications for 2006 in Jordan's first round, but also failed to help Jordan qualify. In the WAFF championship tournaments of 2004 and 2007, El-Gohary helped Jordan win the third place in 2004 and helped Jordan reach the semi-finals in 2007. After coaching Jordan for five out of six matches in the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers, El-Gohary retired as a football coach, the Portuguese Nelo Vingada took over as head coach of Jordan but was not able to help Jordan qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup.
Another opportunity to show Vingada's worthiness as head coach came in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. But after failing to help Jordan qualify for the 2010 World Cup, Vingada was able to help Jordan win second place in the 2008 West Asian Football Federation Championship. Next up were the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches starting from January 2009. After getting off to an awful start by not winning the first two matches of the six, he was sacked by the Jordan Football Association and replaced by the Iraqi Adnan Hamad, one of the best coaches in Asia known for his big successes with his national team Iraq as head coach, as well as Iraq U-23 and other Iraq youth teams, and clubs. His first experiences with Jordanian football players took place as he was coaching Jordanian football club Al-Faisaly from 2006–2008 and achieved great results with that team as well.
After helping Jordan qualify for their second Asian Cup tournament, Qatar 2011, Hamad began shouting 'Allahu Akbar' for the Jordan national team in September 2010, when they had the 2010 West Asian Football Federation Championship hosted in the country of Jordan. Hamad prepared for that tournament with a couple of friendlies as well as three more to prepare for the Asian Cup tournament in Qatar. Just like Mahmoud El-Gohary, Hamad also helped Jordan qualify for the quarterfinals in the Asian Cup, but failed to progress to the semi-finals as they were defeated by Uzbekistan 2–1. Hamad was also got Jordan to win second place in the 2011 Pan Arab Games in Qatar. Hamad helped Jordan finish third in the final round of Asian group qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. He was replaced ahead of the final stages by the Egyptian Hossam Hassan to lead them to the play-off round against Uzbekistan to determine the AFC participant in the intercontinental play-off. The games took place on 6 and 10 September 2013. With the two teams still evenly matched at full-time in the second leg, Jordan eventually progressed to the intercontinental playoff after winning 9–8 on penalties. Unfortunately, the Jordanians missed their very first FIFA World Cup debut after losing 5–0 against the formidable Uruguayan team, after the goalless draw from the second leg. Hassan also helped Jordan to qualify to the 2015 Asian Cup. On 3 September 2014, Ray Wilkins was appointed as the new head coach of Jordan. He led Jordan at the 2015 Asian Cup, where they were eliminated in group-stages for the first time after two losses against Iraq and Japan and a win over Palestine.
Jordan's performance remained in stagnation when the Jordanian Chivalrous could not make it to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, losing 0–1 to Kyrgyzstan and 1–5 to Australia. After that, Jordan would qualify for 2019 Asian Cup, where Jordan made an outstanding performance at the group stage, beating Australia and Syria to become the first team to reach the round of sixteen; but they were stunned by Vietnam after penalty shootout 2–4.
The Jordan national football team has two home stadiums, the Amman International Stadium and the King Abdullah II Stadium. The Amman International Stadium was built in 1964 in Amman and opened in 1968. It is the largest stadium in Jordan, it is owned by the Jordanian government and operated by the higher council of youth. It is not only the home stadium of the Jordan national football team but for Al-Faisaly as well. It has a current capacity of 17,619 spectators. Some 12 kilometres away from Amman International Stadium lies The King Abdullah II Stadium. It was built and opened in 1998 in Amman. It has a current capacity of 13,000 spectators. It is not only the home stadium of the Jordan national football team but for Al-Wehdat as well. In addition to Jordan home games, the stadiums also host other major games in Jordanian football including Jordanian Pro League, Jordan FA Cup, Jordan FA Shield and Jordan Super Cup games, in addition to hosting other tournaments such as the 1988 Arab Nations Cup, 1996 Arab Cup Winners' Cup, 1999 Pan Arab Games, 2003 Arab Athletics Championships, 2005 WAFF Women's Championship, 2007 Arab Athletics Championships, 2007 WAFF Women's Championship, 2007 WAFF Championship, 2006–07 Arab Champions League Finals, 2007 AFC Cup Finals, 2007 Asian Athletics Championships, 2010 WAFF Championship and 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup amongst many others.
Results and fixtures
The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the past or in the upcoming 12 months.
|16 November 2020 Friendly||Jordan||1–0||Syria||Sharjah, UAE|
||Report||Stadium: Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium|
|1 February 2021 Friendly||Jordan||2–0||Tajikistan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|17:00||Report||Stadium: Theyab Awana Stadium|
|5 February 2021 Friendly||Jordan||0–1||Tajikistan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
||Stadium: Dubai Sports City Football Academy|
|15 February 2021 Friendly||Uzbekistan||2–0||Jordan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|18:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Theyab Awana Stadium|
|20 March 2021 Friendly||Jordan||0–0||Oman||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|17:00||Report||Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium|
|24 March 2021 Friendly||Jordan||1–0||Lebanon||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
||Report||Stadium: Theyab Awana Stadium|
|30 March 2021 Friendly||Jordan||2–1||Bahrain||Riffa, Bahrain|
|Report||Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium|
Referee: Sultan Mohamed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
|Head coach||Vital Borkelmans|
|General coach||Stéphane Van Der Heyden|
|Assistant coach||Ahmad Hayel|
|Goalkeeping coach||Alexander Vencel|
|Fitness coach||Karim Maloush|
|Team manager||Osama Talal|
|Team doctor||Nizar Al-Bashtawi|
- Shehadeh Mousa (1963–64)
- Miklós Vadas (1966–67)
- George Skinner (1968–69)
- Shehadeh Mousa (1971–72)
- Mohammad Awad (1972–75)
- Josef Steiger (1975–76)
- Danny McLennan (1978–80)
- Mudhar Al-Saeed (1981)
- Tony Banfield (1983)
- Mohammad Awad (1985–86)
- Edson Tavares (1986–87)
- Slobodan Ogsananovic (1988–89)
- Tony Banfield (1989)
- Ezzat Hamza (1992)
- Aleksandr Maksimenkov (1992–93)
- Ezzat Hamza (1995)
- Mohammad Awad (1997–98)
- Vukašin Višnjevac (1998)
- Mohammad Awad (1998–2000)
- Branko Smiljanić (2001–2002)
- Mahmoud El-Gohary (2002–07)
- Nelo Vingada (2007–09)
- Adnan Hamad (2009–13)
- Hossam Hassan (2013–14)
- Ahmed Abdel-Qader (2014)
- Ray Wilkins (2014–15)
- Ahmed Abdel-Qader (2015)
- Paul Put (2015 – January 2016)
- Abdullah Abu Zema (January 2016 – March 2016)
- Harry Redknapp (March 2016)
- Abdullah Abu Zema (March 2016 – December 2016)
- Abdullah Mesfer (December 2016 – October 2017)
- Jamal Abu-Abed (October 2017 – September 2018)
- Vital Borkelmans (September 2018 – )
- The following 30 players were called up for the International Friendly.
- Match dates: 12 and 16 November 2020.
- Opposition: Iraq and Syria.
- Caps and goals correct as of: 16 November 2020, after the match against Syria.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Amer Shafi||14 February 1982||175||1||Unattached|
|GK||Abdullah Al-Zubi||8 October 1989||6||0||Al-Ramtha|
|GK||Abdallah Al-Fakhouri||22 January 2000||3||0||Al-Wehdat|
|GK||Mahmoud Al-Kawamleh||24 December 1997||0||0||Al-Hussein|
|DF||Mohammad Al-Dmeiri||30 August 1987||78||2||Al-Wehdat|
|DF||Tareq Khattab||6 May 1992||60||2||Al-Wehdat|
|DF||Ihsan Haddad||5 February 1994||29||1||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya|
|DF||Feras Shelbaieh||27 November 1993||23||2||Al-Wehdat|
|DF||Salem Al-Ajalin||18 February 1988||21||2||Al-Faisaly|
|DF||Yazan Abu Arab||31 January 1996||18||0||Al-Wehdat|
|DF||Mohammad Al-Basha||5 February 1988||9||0||Al-Jazeera|
|DF||Rawad Abu Khizaran||13 July 1991||0||0||Al-Salt|
|DF||Ahmed Al-Sughair||27 September 1991||0||0||Al-Faisaly|
|DF||Hadi Al-Hourani||14 March 2000||0||0||Al-Ramtha|
|MF||Mahmoud Al-Mardi||6 October 1993||19||2||Al-Jazeera|
|MF||Saleh Rateb||8 December 1994||7||0||Al-Wehdat|
|MF||Nour Al-Rawabdeh||24 February 1997||5||0||Al-Jazeera|
|MF||Mohammad Abu Zrayq||30 December 1997||1||0||Al-Ramtha|
|MF||Anas Al-Awadat||29 May 1998||1||0||Al-Wehdat|
|MF||Fadel Haikal||24 July 1996||0||0||Shabab Al-Ordon|
|MF||Ahmad Tha'er||2 April 1997||0||0||Al-Wehdat|
|MF||Nizar Al-Rashdan||23 March 1999||0||0||Al-Hussein|
|MF||Waseem Ryalat||16 August 2001||0||0||Shabab Al-Ordon|
|FW||Ali Olwan||26 March 2000||2||0||Al-Jazeera|
|FW||Mohammad Al-Akash||1 January 1996||0||0||Al-Faisaly|
The following players have been called to Jordan's national team in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
- As of 5 February 2021
- These lists include games and goals in competitions that are not recognised as full A-internationals by FIFA, but they are official for the Jordan FA.
- Players in bold are still active at international level.
Most capped players
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1930 to 1982||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||3||7|
|2022||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1956||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1972||Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||5||9|
|1976||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1984||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||7||10|
|1992||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||4||1|
|2007||Did not qualify||6||3||1||2||10||5|
|2019||Round of 16||4||2||2||0||4||1||9||6||1||2||28||7|
|2023||To be determined||To be determined|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
West Asian Championship record
|West Asian Football Federation Championship|
Arab Nations Cup record
|Arab Nations Cup|
|2012||Did not enter|
Pan Arab Games record
|Pan Arab Games|
|2004||Did not enter|
Asian Games record
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record|
|1951||Did not participate|
|2002–present||See Jordan national under-23 football team|
Palestine Cup of Nations
All-time team record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||0||1||1||1||2||−1|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3|
|United Arab Emirates||17||3||4||10||14||25||–11|
- Jordan national under-23 football team
- Jordan national under-20 football team
- Jordan national under-17 football team
- Jordan women's national football team
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