Qatar national football team

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Qatar
Nickname(s) Al-Annabi (The Maroons) (العنابي), Al-Ad'am (الادعم)
Association Qatar Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Jorge Fossati
Captain Hassan Al-Haidos
Most caps Wesam Rizik (111)
Top scorer Mansoor Muftah (53)[1]
FIFA code QAT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 85 Decrease 5 (15 September 2016)
Highest 51 (August 1993, October 1993)
Lowest 113 (November 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 71 (June 2015)
Highest 51 (September 2001)
Lowest 135 (April 1975)
First international
 Bahrain 2–1 Qatar Qatar
(Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
Biggest win
Qatar Qatar 15–0 Bhutan 
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 9–0 Qatar Qatar
(Kuwait; 8 January 1973)
World Cup
Appearances 0
Asian Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1980)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2000 and 2011

The Qatar national football team is the national team of Qatar and is overseen by the Qatar Football Association. The team has appeared in nine Asian Cup tournaments and Qatar also hosted the 2011 Asian Cup. They play their home games at Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The latter is the home stadium for the team.[2]

Honours[edit]

Winners (3): 1992, 2004, 2014
Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 2006

Overview[edit]

Pre–1970[edit]

Football was brought to Qatar during a time which coincided with initial discovery of oil reserves in Dukhan in 1940.[3] By 1948, expatriate oil workers played the first official football match in Qatar. The Qatar Football Association was formed in 1960, and the QFA joined FIFA in 1970.[4] Simultaneously during this period, the Bahrain Football Association were drawing up plans for the establishment of a regional football competition within the GCC and Qatari officials were involved with the corroboration of this proposal.[5] The plans came to fruition and in March 1970 the Gulf Cup of Nations was inaugurated.

1970–1980[edit]

The Qatar national team played its first official match on March 27, 1970 against hosts Bahrain, losing 1–2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the sole goal for Qatar.[6] The newly formed Qatar national team posted underwhelming results in the first Gulf Cup tournament, coming in last place with a single point, with the highlight of their tournament being a 1–1 draw with the Saudis in their final match.[7]

In the next edition of the Gulf Cup in 1972, Qatar was again relegated to last place after suffering 3 straight defeats.[8] The next tournament in 1974 proved to be somewhat of a break-through for the Qataris as they achieved their first triumph in international football with a 4–0 victory over Oman. The Qataris lost out to Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals, but achieved a 3rd place standing after emerging the victors of a penalty shoot-out against UAE.[9]

The first time they entered the qualifying stages for the AFC Asian Cup was in 1975. They were not successful in qualifying for the 1976 AFC Asian Cup, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia booking the group's two qualifying berths. Despite this setback, Qatar finished in 3rd place in the 4th Gulf Cup as the host nation the next year.[10]

The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Qatar was set to play UAE on 11 March 1977, but the last minute withdrawal of the UAE from the competition merely postponed Qatar's debut until two days later when Bahrain were defeated 2–0 in Doha.[11]

1980–1990[edit]

Their Asian Cup debut came in 1980 under legendary head coach Evaristo de Macedo. They had qualified for the tournament after topping a relatively easy group composing of Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Their showing in the main tournament was unimpressive, making an early exit from the group stages with two defeats, one draw and one win.[12]

Qatar narrowly lost to Iraq in the finals of the 1984 Gulf Cup of Nations; nonetheless they were named runners-up, their most impressive accolade until 1992.[13]

They failed to make it out of the preliminary stages of the 1982 and 1986 World Cup qualifying rounds. However, the team qualified for both the 1984 and 1988 editions of the Asian Cup. They fell short of qualifying for the semi-finals of the 1984 tournament, with Saudi Arabia's Mohaisen Al-Jam'an's 88th-minute goal against Kuwait ensuring a semi-final position for both teams. They also missed out on a semi-final place in 1988; however, they notably defeated Japan by a score of 3–0.[14]

1990–2000[edit]

Qatar arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, attaining its highest-ever FIFA rating (53) in August 1993.[15] Qatar started off with an emphatic qualifying campaign for the 1990 World Cup, finishing at the top of their group. They were denied a spot in the World Cup after finishing below UAE and South Korea in the final round of qualifying.

In 1990, the national team once again finished runners-up in the Gulf Cup as Kuwait won the final two matches of the tournament.[16] Two years later, they won the competition on home soil for the first time under the leadership of Sebastião Lapola, despite a 1–0 loss against Saudi Arabia in their final game.[17] They were also named runners-up in the 1996 Gulf Cup.

Qatar reached the Asian Zone's final qualifying round for France 1998. After wins against China and Iran, they played their last match against Saudi Arabia, needing just a point to gain an automatic qualifying place. However, they lost out as the Saudis went through 1–0.

As 1998 Arab Nations Cup hosts, they finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia.[18]

2000–2010[edit]

They made it to the quarter-finals of the 2000 Asian Cup despite finishing 3rd in their group, but lost to China in their quarter-final confrontation.[19]

They reached the final qualifying round again in 2001, but were defeated by Bora Milutinovic's China team, who topped the section to progress to their first FIFA World Cup. Frenchman Philippe Troussier took the manager's job after Korea–Japan 2002, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006.

Troussier was sacked after the World Cup qualifying campaign, and under Bosnian Džemaludin Mušović the team won the Gulf Cup in 2004 and the Asian Games gold in 2006. Mušović stepped down after Qatar only earned two points from three matches in the 2007 Asian Cup.

The job of coaching the team in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup fell to Jorge Fossati, who led the team throughout the first and second AFC rounds up to the third round. After leaving them at the top of their group with only two played matches, Fossati had to undergo stomach surgery. Subsequently, the Qatar Football Association ended their co-operation with him in September 2008, as the QFA claimed he needed too long to recover from surgery.[20] Bruno Metsu was called up for the job, but Qatar failed to qualify after finishing fourth in their qualifying group.

2010–present[edit]

Qatar national team in 2011 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds.

Qatar was announced as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December 2010.[21]

In 2011, as hosts of the 2011 Asian Cup, they advanced to the quarter-finals. They succumbed to a late 2–3 defeat to eventual champions Japan after a goal was scored by Masahiko Inoha in the 89th minute.

Also as hosts, they went on to win the 2014 WAFF Championship after defeating Jordan 2–0 in the final. The competition was made up primarily of youth and reserve teams, of which Qatar's was the latter.[22] Djamel Belmadi, the head coach of the B team, replaced Fahad Thani as the head coach of the senior team as a result of the team's positive performances. 10 months later, Djamel Belmadi led Qatar to gold in the 2014 Gulf Cup. They advanced from the group stages after 3 draws, going on to defeat Oman 3–1 in the semi-final, and were victorious in the final against Saudi Arabia, who were playing in front of a home crowd, by a margin of 2–1.[23]

Despite winning the Gulf Cup and finished the 2014 year with only one defeat, Qatar showed a poor form in 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar was defeated 1–4 by United Arab Emirates in their opener. This was continued with a 0–1 loss to Iran and 1–2 to Bahrain. Qatar eliminated in the group stages with no points and placed 4th in Group C.

However, Qatar's campaign in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia had been more successful. They have qualified to the third round in the AFC region, with 7 wins and only lost 1, on the hand of China at the last match when Qatar had surely participated in the Third Round. But ultimately, Qatar's defeat on the hand of China, had started a poor performance of the team. After two matches in the last round, Qatar lost all two matches on the hand of Iran and Uzbekistan without scoring a single goal.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

World Cup Finals World Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA GP W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Mexico 1970
Did Not Enter
West Germany 1974 Withdrew From Qualifying
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify 4 1 0 3 3 9
Spain 1982 4 2 0 2 5 3
Mexico 1986 4 2 0 2 6 3
Italy 1990 11 4 6 1 12 8
United States 1994 8 5 1 2 22 8
France 1998 11 6 1 4 21 10
South KoreaJapan 2002 14 7 4 3 24 13
Germany 2006 6 3 0 3 16 8
South Africa 2010 16 6 4 6 16 20
Brazil 2014 14 5 5 4 18 14
Russia 2018 To be determined 2 0 0 2 0 3
Qatar 2022 Qualified as Hosts
Total - 1/22 - - - - - - 94 41 21 32 143 99

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017

Asian Cup[edit]

Gulf Cup of Nations[edit]

Gulf Cup of Nations
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Bahrain 1970 4th 3 0 1 2 4 7
Saudi Arabia 1972 4th 3 0 0 3 0 10
Kuwait 1974 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 5 4
Qatar 1976 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 6
Iraq 1979 5th 6 2 1 3 4 13
United Arab Emirates 1982 5th - - - - - -
Oman 1984 Runner-up 7 4 1 2 10 6
Bahrain 1986 4th - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1988 6th 6 1 2 3 4 8
Kuwait 1990 Runner-up 4 1 2 1 4 4
Qatar 1992 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
United Arab Emirates 1994 4th - - - - - -
Oman 1996 Runner-up - - - - - -
Bahrain 1998 6th - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 2002 Runner-up - - - - - -
Kuwait 2003 3rd 6 2 3 1 5 3
Qatar 2004 Champions 5 3 2 0 10 7
United Arab Emirates 2007 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 4
Oman 2009 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 2 2
Yemen 2010 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3
Bahrain 2013 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Saudi Arabia 2014 Champions 5 2 3 0 6 3
Total Best: Champions 72 27 20 23 81 86

The Gulf Cup of Nations has been played on a bi-annual basis since 1970. The tournament has changed since the first edition from a round-robin basis to a knockout tournament in the latter years. Notably, the 2000 edition was cancelled and the 2003 and 2010 were moved due to congested fixture lists with other tournaments, such as the Asian Cup.

WAFF Championship[edit]

West Asian Football Federation Championship
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
2000 to 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
Iran 2008 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 2 9
2010 to 2012 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 2014 Winners 4 4 0 0 10 1
Total Best: Winners 7 5 0 2 12 10

Arab Nations Cup[edit]

Arab Nations Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1963 to 1966 Did not enter - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1985 4th 4 1 0 3 3 2
1988 to 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 1998 Runner-up 4 3 0 1 5 5
Kuwait 2002 Did not enter - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 2012 Did not enter
Total Best: Runner-up 8 4 0 4 8 7

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following are Qatar's results in the last 21 months and upcoming fixtures.

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Result Win/
Loss/
Draw
Goalscorer(s) Competition
2015
January 11, 2015 Canberra, Australia  United Arab Emirates 1–4 L Khalfan (23') 2015 AFC Asian Cup
January 15, 2015 Sydney, Australia  Iran 0–1 L 2015 AFC Asian Cup
January 19, 2015 Sydney, Australia  Bahrain 1–2 L Al Haidos (68') 2015 AFC Asian Cup
March 26, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Algeria 1–0 W Assadalla (32') International Friendly
March 30, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Slovenia 1–0 W Hassan (46') International Friendly
May 31. 2015 Crewe, England  Northern Ireland 1–1 D Boudiaf (70') International Friendly
June 5, 2015 Edinburgh, Scotland  Scotland 0–1 L International Friendly
June 11, 2015 Malé, Maldives  Maldives 1–0 W Maqsoud (90+9') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
August 28, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Singapore 4–0 W Musa (57'), Muntari (69'), Al Haidos (79'), Mohammad (80') International Friendly
September 3, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Bhutan 15–0 W Musa (8', 27'), Kasola (18'), Assadalla (20', 45', 63'), Al Haidos (26', 87'), Muntari (38', 41', 48'), Afif (56'), Khoukhi (61', 69'), Mohammad (75') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
September 8, 2015 Mong Kok, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 3–2 W Boudiaf (22'), Hassan (62'), Musa (84') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
October 8, 2015 Doha, Qatar  China PR 1–0 W Boudiaf (22') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
October 13, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Maldives 4–0 W Khoukhi (28', 70'), Kasola (69'), Musa (90+2') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
November 13, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Turkey 1–2 L Assadalla (26') International Friendly
November 17, 2015 Thimphu, Bhutan  Bhutan 3–0 W Muntari (22'), Al Haidos (36', 90') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
2016
March 24, 2016 Doha, Qatar  Hong Kong 2–0 W Al-Haidos (20'), Soria (87') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
March 29, 2016 Xi'an, China  China PR 0–2 L 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
May 29, 2016 Kapfenberg, Austria  Albania 1–3 L Hassan (1') International Friendly
August 8, 2016 Doha, Qatar  Iraq 2–1 W Tabata (38'), Assadalla (50') International Friendly
August 18, 2016 Zurich, Switzerland  Jordan 3–2 W Soria (16', 54', 80') International Friendly
August 24, 2016 Doha, Qatar  Thailand 3–0 W Al-Haidos (8', 77'), Tabata (62') International Friendly
September 1, 2016 Tehran, Iran  Iran 0–2 L 2018 World Cup Qualifier
September 6, 2016 Doha, Qatar  Uzbekistan 0–1 L 2018 World Cup Qualifier
October 6, 2016 Suwon, South Korea  South Korea 2018 World Cup Qualifier
October 11, 2016 Doha, Qatar  Syria 2018 World Cup Qualifier
November 15, 2016 Wuhan, China  China PR 2018 World Cup Qualifier
2017
March 23, 2017 Doha, Qatar  Iran 2018 World Cup Qualifier
March 28, 2017 Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 2018 World Cup Qualifier
June 13, 2017 Doha, Qatar  South Korea 2018 World Cup Qualifier
August 31, 2017 Beirut, Lebanon  Syria 2018 World Cup Qualifier
September 5, 2017 Doha, Qatar  China PR 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Saad Al Sheeb (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 26) 21 0 Qatar Al Sadd
1GK Amine Lecomte (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 26) 13 0 Qatar Lekhwiya
1GK Omar Bari (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 30) 3 0 Qatar Al Rayyan
1GK Khalifa Ababacar (1989-07-07) 7 July 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Qatar El Jaish

2DF Mohammed Kasola (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 31) 56 6 Qatar Al Sadd
2DF Abdelkarim Hassan (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 23) 51 7 Qatar Al Sadd
2DF Khalid Muftah (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 24) 44 1 Qatar Lekhwiya
2DF Mohammed Musa (1986-03-23) 23 March 1986 (age 30) 42 5 Qatar Lekhwiya
2DF Boualem Khoukhi (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 26) 25 12 Qatar Al-Arabi
2DF Ahmed Yasser (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 22) 14 0 Qatar Lekhwiya
2DF Abdurahman Abubakar (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 26) 6 1 Qatar El Jaish
2DF Musab Kheder (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Qatar Al Sadd
2DF Pedro Miguel (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Qatar Al Sadd

3MF Hassan Al-Haidos Captain sports.svg (1989-12-11) 11 December 1989 (age 26) 74 11 Qatar Al Sadd
3MF Abdulaziz Hatem (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 25) 34 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa
3MF Ali Assad (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 23) 29 8 Qatar Al Sadd
3MF Karim Boudiaf (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 26) 26 3 Qatar Lekhwiya
3MF Abdurahman Mohammed (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 (age 28) 10 0 Qatar Al-Wakrah
3MF Luiz Júnior (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 27) 6 0 Qatar Lekhwiya
3MF Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 19) 3 1 Spain Sporting Gijón
3MF Rodrigo Tabata (1980-11-19) 19 November 1980 (age 35) 2 0 Qatar Al Rayyan

4FW Sebastián Soria (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 32) 109 32 Qatar Al Rayyan
4FW Magid Mohamed (1985-10-01) 1 October 1985 (age 30) 77 13 Qatar El Jaish
4FW Meshal Abdullah (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 (age 32) 44 9 Qatar Al Ahli
4FW Ismaeel Mohammad (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 26) 29 3 Qatar Lekhwiya
4FW Mohammed Muntari (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 22) 16 6 Qatar Lekhwiya
3MF Ahmed Alaa' (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Qatar Al Rayyan

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the Qatar squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ahmed Soufiane (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Qatar Al Kharaitiyat v.  Hong Kong, 9 September 2015
GK Qasem Burhan (1985-12-15) 15 December 1985 (age 30) 78 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa 2015 AFC Asian Cup

DF Almahdi Ali Mukhtar (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 24) 22 2 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Hong Kong, 9 September 2015
DF Hamid Ismail (1987-09-12) 12 September 1987 (age 29) 49 0 Qatar Al Rayyan v.  Hong Kong, 9 September 2015
DF Dame Traoré (1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 (age 30) 8 0 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Hong Kong, 9 September 2015
DF Mosaab Mahmoud (1983-04-12) 12 April 1983 (age 33) 19 0 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
DF Bilal Mohammed (1986-06-02) 2 June 1986 (age 30) 102 5 Qatar Al-Gharafa 2015 AFC Asian Cup
DF Ibrahim Majid (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 26) 89 6 Qatar Al Sadd 2015 AFC Asian Cup

MF Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 26) 12 1 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Hong Kong, 9 September 2015
MF Tresor Kangambu (1987-04-08) 8 April 1987 (age 29) 10 0 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Maldives, 11 June 2015
MF Majdi Siddiq (1985-09-03) 3 September 1985 (age 31) 36 5 Qatar Al-Sailiya v.  Scotland, 5 June 2015
MF Khalfan Ibrahim (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 28) 90 21 Qatar Al Sadd v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
MF Nasser Khalfan (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Qatar Umm Salal v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
MF Khalid Abdulraouf (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 25) 9 0 Qatar El Jaish 2015 AFC Asian Cup

FW Moayad Hassan (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 24) 5 1 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Hong Kong, 9 September 2015
FW Jeddo (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 29) 31 5 Qatar El Jaish v.  Maldives, 11 June 2015
FW Abdulgadir Ilyas Bakur (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 27) 18 4 Qatar Al-Sailiya v.  Maldives, 11 June 2015
FW Yusef Ahmed (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 (age 27) 37 9 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
FW Hussain Shehab (1985-06-23) 23 June 1985 (age 31) 19 1 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015

Notes:

  • SUS Player suspended
  • RC Player suspended for yellow or red card accumulation.
  • 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

Current coaching staff[edit]

Last update: September 2016.[24]

Technical staff
Head coach Uruguay Jorge Fossati [25]
Assistant coach Uruguay Edgardo Rodriguez
Assistant coach Uruguay Maxi Viera
Goalkeeping coach Uruguay Gerardo Priore
Fitness coach Uruguay Gabriel Moreira
Fitness coach Uruguay Guillermo Gonzales
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Netherlands Johannes Franciscus
Physiotherapist France Pascal Félix Roche
Physiotherapist France Frederic Mankowski
Administrative staff
Director of administration Qatar Farid Ghulam Ali
Administrator Qatar Ahmed Al-Mohammedi
Media co-ordinator Qatar Ali Hassan Al-Salat

Coaches[edit]

The late Bruno Metsu, former manager of Qatar.

Records[edit]

Most caps
# Name Appearances Years active Ref
1 Wesam Rizik 111 2001–2014 [1]
2 Adel Khamis 110 1984–2000 [2]
3 Bilal Mohammed 108 2006–present [3]
4 Sebastián Soria 104 2006–present [4]
5 Jassim Al Tamimi 100 1996–2004 [5]
Most goals
# Name Goals Years active Ref
1 Mansour Muftah 53 1976–1990 [6]
2 Mubarak Mustafa 34 1992–2004 [7]
3 Mohammed Al Enazi 33 1996–2003 [8]
4 Sebastián Soria 33 2006–present [9]
5 Khalfan Ibrahim 23 2006–present [10]

Players in bold are still active.
Last update: 9 October 2015

Kit providers[edit]

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