Qatar national football team

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Qatar
Nickname(s)العنابي
(The Maroon)
AssociationQatar Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachFélix Sánchez
CaptainHassan Al-Haydos[1]
Most capsHassan Al-Haydos (146)
Top scorerMubarak Mustafa (41)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeQAT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 58 Steady (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest51 (August 1993, October 1993)
Lowest113 (November 2010)
First international
 Bahrain 2–1 Qatar 
(Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
Biggest win
 Qatar 15–0 Bhutan 
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 9–0 Qatar 
(Kuwait; 8 January 1973)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2022)
Best resultTBD
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1980)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Copa América
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup Stage (2019)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultSemi-Finals (2021)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1992, 2004, 2014)

The Qatar national football team (Arabic: منتخب قطر لكرة القدم‎) represents Qatar in international football, and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association and AFC.

The team has appeared in ten Asian Cup tournaments and won it once in 2019. They play their home games at Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The latter is considered the home stadium for the team.[4]

Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and therefore qualify automatically for what will be their first appearance in the finals. This will be the first time that an Arab nation will host the competition.

History[edit]

Pre-1970[edit]

Football was brought to Qatar during a time which coincided with initial discovery of oil reserves in Dukhan in 1940.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] The plans came to fruition and in March 1970 the Arabian Gulf Cup was inaugurated.

1970–1980[edit]

The Qatar national team played its first official match on 27 March 1970 against hosts Bahrain, losing 1–2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the sole goal for Qatar.[8] 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.[9]

In the next edition of the Gulf Cup in 1972, Qatar was again relegated to last place after suffering 3 straight defeats.[10] 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 the United Arab Emirates.[11]

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 Asian Cup, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia booking the group's two qualifying berths. Despite this setback, Qatar finished in 3rd place in the 1976 Gulf Cup as the host nation the next year.[12]

The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Qatar was set to play the United Arab Emirates on 11 March 1977, but the last minute withdrawal of the Emirati team from the competition merely postponed Qatar's debut until two days later when Bahrain were defeated 2–0 in Doha.[13]

1980–1990[edit]

Their Asian Cup debut came in 1980 under 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.[14]

Qatar narrowly lost to Iraq in the finals of the 1984 Gulf Cup, nonetheless they were named runners-up, their most impressive accolade until 1992.[15]

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.[16]

1990–2000[edit]

Qatar arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, attaining its highest-ever FIFA rating (53) in August 1993.[17] 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 the United Arab Emirates and South Korea in the final round of the qualifiers.

In 1990, the national team once again finished runners-up in the Gulf Cup as Kuwait won the final two matches of the tournament.[18] 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.[19] 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, where a victory would have earned qualification. However, they lost out as Saudi Arabia won 1–0 to reach the finals.

As 1998 Arab Cup hosts, they finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia.[20]

2000–2010[edit]

Sebastián Soria is Qatar's top scorer.

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.[21]

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 the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24] 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 three 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.[25]

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

Qatar's campaign in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a surprise. Their start in the second round of World Cup qualifying in the AFC was nearly perfect, with seven wins and only one loss. However, their success in the second round didn't follow them to the third round. Qatar finished bottom of their group, ensuring they will play their first World Cup match on home soil in 2022, the first team to do so since Italy in 1934.

Qatar's players celebrating the country's first-ever Asian Cup title in the 2019.

Qatar continued its poor form in the 2017 Gulf Cup, which was hosted by Kuwait. Qatar opened the tournament with a 4–0 win against Yemen, but that was followed by a 1–2 loss to Iraq and an unconvincing 1–1 draw to Bahrain. Qatar took the third place in Group B with four points and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition, which was considered as an upset of the tournament, especially after winning the 2014 edition.

Qatar starting line-up against Japan at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final, a match they won 3–1.

However, Qatar had an excellent campaign at the 2019 Asian Cup. Their opener saw them defeat Lebanon 2–0. This was followed by a 6–0 thrashing of North Korea and a 2–0 win against three-time champions Saudi Arabia, which sealed the team getting first place in the group. They had a 1–0 win against Iraq in the Round of 16 and a late win against defending runners-up South Korea in the quarter-finals, seeing them through to the semi-finals for the first time ever, where they defeated the hosts United Arab Emirates 4–0 to set up a final against 4-time winners Japan. Qatar ended up winning the final 3–1 over Japan, marking their first ever major tournament title in their history, and capping off one of the most improbable Asian Cup runs in the tournament's history, especially since they conceded only one goal in all their games.[26]

Qatar was invited to the 2019 Copa América. They were placed in Group B with Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay. Their first game was against Paraguay where they came back from a 2–0 deficit to tie it 2–2 but marked for the first time Qatar suffered more than one goal in any major competition since winning the Asian Cup in UAE.[27] It was followed by a 0–1 loss to Colombia, ending the team's undefeated streak in any major competition to eight.[28] A 0–2 loss to Argentina meant Qatar took the last place in Group B with a single point and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition.[29]

Qatar was invited for the first time to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. They will play in Group D with Honduras, Panama and Grenada.

In December 2020, UEFA invited Qatar to play friendlies against the teams in Group A of the 2022 World Cup qualifying groupAzerbaijan, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Serbia – as five teams in one group means one team will not be playing on any given match day. These friendlies do not count in the qualifying group standings. Qatar will play their "home" matches in Europe in order to allow short travel times for their opponents.[30][31]

In the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Qatar claimed 7 points in Group D. Their debut was against Panama with a 3–3 draw, ensuring them their first point. This was followed by a 4–0 victory over Grenada and a 2–0 win over Honduras ensuring a quarter final place where they would face El Salvador, ultimately securing a semi-final place against the United States with a 3–2 win. However, against the hosts with its squad made up the majority of MLS players, Qatar failed to find the way to the net, in spite of having a penalty in 60th minute, ultimately paid a price with a late goal from Gyasi Zardes to end Qatar's campaign with a 0–1 loss.

Naturalised players[edit]

While it is reasonably common for footballers to represent national teams other than their birth nations,[32] the nature and extent of the practice for the Qatari team has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism at various points during the twenty-first century. In 2004, FIFA cited the intention of three Brazilian players – Aílton, Dedé and Leandro – to play for the Qatar national team as the immediate trigger to their decision to tighten eligibility rules to ensure players have ties to the country they represent.[33][34]

Qatar continued to pursue a strategy of naturalising foreign-born players, within the limitations of the new rules, and it continued to prove controversial. The "Aspire Football Dreams" program of recruitment of boys from Africa to an academy in Qatar drew a substantial amount of criticism. While Qatari authorities described it as a humanitarian effort and a way to provide competition for native Qatari players, critics claimed that it was merely another exploitative way of acquiring naturalised players,[35] with Vice linking it to human rights abuses and the kafala system.[36]

In a 2015 friendly against Algeria, six of the eleven players in the starting team were born outside of Qatar.[37] Then president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter warned Qatar that FIFA would monitor their player selection to ensure that they were not relying too heavily on naturalised players. He made comparisons to the Qatar men's national handball team, referring to the team's selection for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship as an "absurdity".[38] The following year, naturalised players formed the backbone of the team and were sufficiently integral that head coach Jorge Fossati threatened to resign if they were removed.[39][40]

The reliance on naturalised players has subsequently reduced, with only two members of the squad that beat Switzerland in a 2018 friendly being born outside the country.[41] However, at the 2019 Asian Cup, amidst diplomatic tensions between the two countries, the United Arab Emirates Football Association lodged a formal complaint against Qatar, alleging that Almoez Ali and Bassam Al-Rawi were not eligible to play for them.[42] These complaints were dismissed by the AFC.[43][44]

Team image[edit]

Kits and crest[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

As of July 30, 2021[45]

Bahrain[edit]

Statistics vs.  Bahrain
Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD+-
38 7 19 11 32 36 −4

Qatar has a major rivalry against Bahrain due to historical tension between the two countries. Qatar has an overall negative performance to Bahrain. Qatar has played 38 matches with Bahrain, won 7 matches, lost 11 matches while 19 matches ended in a tie.


United Arab Emirates[edit]

Statistics vs.  United Arab Emirates
Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD+-
31 13 8 10 40 35 −5

The rivalry with United Arab Emirates is a competitive one in the Arabian Gulf Cup meeting in multiple occasions, due to Qatar diplomatic crisis, increasing tensions had been witnessed, with the captain of UAE under-19 youth team refused to shake hands with Qatar's youth captain in 2018 AFC U-19 Championship held in Indonesia; in this tournament, the UAE beat Qatar 2–1 but still crashed out from the group stage while Qatar would recover to qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[46] As of 2020, Qatar and UAE have played 31 official matches, most of which was held competitively in the Arabian Gulf Cup, it started off with the United Arab Emirates beating Qatar 1–0. They only played 2 friendly games and the last friendly was held in 2011 which ended with an Emirati victory. In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, hosted by the UAE, Qatar overran the UAE for the first time since 2001 with the result 4–0, with heavy tensions and violence occurred between two and Emirati supporters cheering anti-Qatari chants.[47]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Statistics vs.  Saudi Arabia
Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD+-
41 8 16 17 31 53 −22

Qatar has a major rivalry against Saudi Arabia due to historical tension between the two countries and to Qatar diplomatic crisis. Qatar has an overall negative performance to Saudi Arabia. Qatar has played 41 matches with Saudi Arabia, won 8 matches, lost 17 matches while 16 matches ended in a tie.

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following are Qatar's results in the last 12 months and upcoming fixtures.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Loss   Void or Postponed   Fixture

2020[edit]

12 October 2020 Friendly Ghana  5–1  Qatar Aksu, Turkey
18:30 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
13 November 2020 (2020-11-13) Friendly Costa Rica  1–1  Qatar Maria Enzersdorf, Austria
18:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: BSFZ-Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sebastian Gishamer (Austria)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) Friendly South Korea  2–1  Qatar Maria Enzersdorf, Austria
14:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: BSFZ-Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
4 December 2020 (2020-12-04) 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers Qatar  5–0  Bangladesh Doha, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Attendance: 2000
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)

2021[edit]

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) Friendly Qatar  1–0  Luxembourg Debrecen, Hungary
12:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Nagyerdei Stadion
Referee: Miloš Đorđić (Serbia)
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Friendly Qatar  2–1  Azerbaijan Debrecen, Hungary
18:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Nagyerdei Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) Friendly Qatar  1–1  Republic of Ireland Debrecen, Hungary
20:30 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Nagyerdei Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Balázs Berke (Hungary)
3 June 2021 (2021-06-03) 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers India  0–1  Qatar Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3 Bheke Yellow card 9' Yellow-red card 17' Report
Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
7 June 2021 (2021-06-07) 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers Oman  0–1  Qatar Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
30 June 2021 (2021-06-30) Non FIFA Friendly Qatar  3–1  Croatia Pula, Croatia
Report Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina
4 July 2021 (2021-07-04) Friendly Qatar  1–0  El Salvador Pula, Croatia
Report Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia B)
13 July 2021 (2021-07-13) CONCACAF Gold Cup Qatar  3–3  Panama Houston, United States
19:57 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Attendance: 10,625
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
17 July 2021 (2021-07-17) CONCACAF Gold Cup Grenada  0–4  Qatar Houston, United States
18:30 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)
20 July 2021 (2021-07-20) CONCACAF Gold Cup Honduras  0–2  Qatar Houston, United States
20:00 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
24 July 2021 (2021-07-24) CONCACAF Gold Cup QF Qatar  3–2  El Salvador Glendale, United States
16:30 UTC−7
Report
Stadium: State Farm Stadium
Referee: Fernando Hernández (Mexico)
29 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup SF Qatar  0–1  United States Austin, United States
18:30 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: Q2 Stadium
Attendance: 20,500
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderón (Costa Rica)
1 September 2021 (2021-09-01) Friendly Qatar  v  Serbia
4 September 2021 (2021-09-04) Friendly Qatar  v  Portugal
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) Friendly Luxembourg  v  Qatar Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) Friendly Portugal  v  Qatar Faro/Loulé, Portugal
Stadium: Estádio Algarve
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) Friendly Republic of Ireland  v  Qatar Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) Friendly Serbia  v  Qatar Serbia
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) Friendly Azerbaijan  v  Qatar Baku, Azerbaijan
Stadium: Olympic Stadium
30 November 2021 (2021-11-30) FIFA Arab Cup Qatar  v  Bahrain Qatar
13:00 UTC+3
3 December 2021 (2021-12-03) FIFA Arab Cup Oman  v  Qatar Qatar
16:00 UTC+3
6 December 2021 (2021-12-06) FIFA Arab Cup Qatar  v  Iraq Qatar
22:00 UTC+3

2022[edit]

21 November 2022 (2022-11-21) FIFA World Cup Qatar  v A2 Al Khor, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
25 November 2022 (2022-11-25) FIFA World Cup Qatar  v A3 Qatar
29 November 2022 (2022-11-29) FIFA World Cup A4 v  Qatar Qatar

Coaching staff[edit]

Coach Félix Sánchez with his coaching staff in January 2019

Last update: January 2019.[48]

Technical staff
Head coach Spain Félix Sánchez
Assistant coach Spain Sergio Alegre
Goalkeeping coach Germany Julius Büscher
Official Spain David Rodriguez
Fitness coach Spain Alberto Mendez-Villanueva
Fitness coach Spain Carlos Domenech Monforte
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Poland Przemysław Tokarek
Physiotherapist Jordan Ahmad Al Sharairi
Doctor England John McGuinness
Administrative staff
Administrator Qatar Mohamed Salem Al Etawi
Media co-ordinator Qatar Ali Hassan Al-Salat

Coaching history[edit]

Bruno Metsu, former manager of Qatar.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Saad Al Sheeb (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 31) 66 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
21 1GK Yousef Hassan (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 25) 6 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa
22 1GK Meshaal Barsham (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 23) 9 0 Qatar Al-Sadd

2 2DF Ró-Ró (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 30) 66 1 Qatar Al-Sadd
3 2DF Abdelkarim Hassan (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 27) 100 14 Qatar Al-Sadd
5 2DF Tarek Salman (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 23) 40 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
8 2DF Ahmed Suhail (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
13 2DF Musab Kheder (1993-09-26) 26 September 1993 (age 27) 19 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
14 2DF Homam Ahmed (1999-08-25) 25 August 1999 (age 21) 11 1 Qatar Al-Gharafa
15 2DF Bassam Al-Rawi (1997-12-16) 16 December 1997 (age 23) 38 2 Qatar Al-Duhail
16 2DF Boualem Khoukhi (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 30) 81 17 Qatar Al-Sadd

6 3MF Abdulaziz Hatem (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 30) 78 9 Qatar Al-Rayyan
4 3MF Mohammed Waad (1999-09-18) 18 September 1999 (age 21) 7 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
12 3MF Karim Boudiaf (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 30) 90 5 Qatar Al-Duhail
20 3MF Abdullah Al-Ahrak (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 24) 20 1 Qatar Al-Duhail
23 3MF Assim Madibo (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 24) 30 0 Qatar Al-Duhail

11 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 24) 68 21 Qatar Al-Sadd
7 4FW Ahmed Alaaeldin (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 28) 37 1 Qatar Al-Gharafa
9 4FW Mohammed Muntari (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 27) 37 11 Qatar Al-Duhail
10 4FW Hassan Al-Haydos (1990-12-11) 11 December 1990 (age 30) 138 30 Qatar Al-Sadd
17 4FW Ismaeel Mohammad (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 31) 54 4 Qatar Al-Duhail
18 4FW Yusuf Abdurisag (1999-08-06) 6 August 1999 (age 21) 11 1 Qatar Al-Sadd
19 4FW Almoez Ali (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 24) 64 34 Qatar Al-Duhail

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 Mahmud Abunada (2000-02-05) 5 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Oman, 7 June 2021
GK Salah Zakaria (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Qatar Al-Duhail v.  India, 3 June 2021 PRE
GK Fahad Younes (1994-07-30) 30 July 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan v.  Bangladesh, 4 December 2020
GK Mohammed Al-Bakri (1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Qatar Al-Duhail v.  Ghana, 12 October 2020

DF Sultan Al-Brake (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Qatar Al-Duhail v.  El Salvador, 4 July 2021
DF Salem Al-Hajri (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 25) 22 0 Qatar Al-Sadd v.  India, 3 June 2021
DF Tameem Al-Muhaza (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Azerbaijan, 27 March 2021
DF Jassem Gaber (2002-02-20) 20 February 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Bangladesh, 4 December 2020
DF Mohammed Emad (2001-02-27) 27 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Qatar Al-Duhail v.  Bangladesh, 4 December 2020
DF Al-Mahdi Ali Mukhtar (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 29) 36 3 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  South Korea, 17 November 2020

MF Hashim Ali (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Qatar Al-Sadd v.  Oman, 7 June 2021
MF Abdullah Marafee (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Oman, 7 June 2021
MF Ahmed Fatehi (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 28) 11 0 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Republic of Ireland, 30 March 2021
MF Moayad Hassan (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 29) 10 1 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Azerbaijan, 27 March 2021
MF Abdelrahman Moustafa (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Qatar Al-Duhail v.  Bangladesh, 4 December 2020
MF Ahmed Moein (1995-10-20) October 20, 1995 (age 25) 8 0 Qatar Al-Wakrah v.  Costa Rica, 13 November 2020

FW Abdulrasheed Umaru (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Qatar Al-Ahli v.  India, 3 June 2021
FW Khalid Muneer (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Qatar Al-Wakrah v.  India, 3 June 2021 PRE
FW Mohammed Salah (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 30) 3 0 Qatar Al-Arabi v.  Ghana, 12 October 2020
FW Eisa Palangi (1999-02-21) 21 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Qatar Qatar v.  Ghana, 12 October 2020

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player records[edit]

As of 29 July 2021[65]
Players in bold text are still active with Qatar.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Mexico 1970 Protectorate of  United Kingdom Protectorate of  United Kingdom
West Germany 1974 Withdrew from qualifiers Withdrew from qualifiers
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 Korea Japan 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 16 9 1 6 35 14
Qatar 2022 Qualified as hosts Qualified as hosts
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 1/22 - - - - - - - 108 50 22 36 178 110

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Protectorate of  United Kingdom Protectorate of  United Kingdom
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972
Iran 1976 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 5 8
Kuwait 1980 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 8 4 3 1 0 10 2
Singapore 1984 Group stage 5th 4 1 2 1 3 3 4 3 0 1 11 1
Qatar 1988 Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 7 6 Qualified as hosts
Japan 1992 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 8 2
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 5 4
Lebanon 2000 Quarter-finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 5 4 3 1 0 11 3
China 2004 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 4 6 3 2 1 10 7
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Group stage 14th 3 0 2 1 3 4 6 5 0 1 14 4
Qatar 2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 5 Qualified as hosts
Australia 2015 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 2 7 6 4 1 1 13 2
United Arab Emirates 2019 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 19 1 8 7 0 1 29 4
China 2023 Qualified 8 7 1 0 18 1
Total Best: Champions 11/18 39 13 11 15 52 47 58 41 7 10 134 36

Copa América[edit]

Qatar was the second team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, and were invited for the first time in 2019.

Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Brazil 2019 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 2 5

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

Qatar was the second team from Asia to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and were invited for the first time in 2021.

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
United States 2021 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 12 6
Total Semi-finals 1/26 5 3 1 1 12 6

Arabian Gulf Cup[edit]

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Bahrain 1970 Fourth place 3 0 1 2 4 7
Saudi Arabia 1972 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 0 10
Kuwait 1974 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 5 4
Qatar 1976 Third place 6 4 1 1 11 6
Iraq 1979 Fifth place 6 2 1 3 4 13
United Arab Emirates 1982 Fifth place 5 2 0 3 5 4
Oman 1984 Runners-up 7 4 1 2 10 6
Bahrain 1986 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 7 8
Saudi Arabia 1988 Sixth place 6 1 2 3 4 8
Kuwait 1990 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 4 4
Qatar 1992 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
United Arab Emirates 1994 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 6 8
Oman 1996 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 5
Bahrain 1998 Sixth place 5 0 3 2 3 8
Saudi Arabia 2002 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 7 4
Kuwait 2003 Third place 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
Kuwait 2017 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 3
Qatar 2019 Semi-finals 4 2 0 2 11 5
Iraq 2021 TBD
Total 25/25 107 41 25 41 130 129

The Arabian Gulf Cup 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.

Pan Arab Games[edit]

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Position 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 group stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 4
Egypt 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Group stage 6th 2 0 2 0 2 2
Total 2/10 6th 4 0 2 2 2 6

WAFF Championship[edit]

WAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Jordan 2000 Did not enter
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 2 9
Jordan 2010 Did not enter
Kuwait 2012
Qatar 2014 Champions 4 4 0 0 10 1
Iraq 2019 Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 2021 TBD
Total 2/10 7 5 0 2 12 10

FIFA Arab Cup[edit]

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985 Fourth place 4 1 2 1 3 2
Jordan 1988 Did not enter
Syria 1992
Qatar 1998 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 7 5
Kuwait 2002 Did not enter
Saudi Arabia 2012
Qatar 2021 Qualified
Total 2/9 8 4 2 2 10 7

Olympic Games[edit]

Since 1992, the Olympic team has been drawn from a squad with a maximum of three players over the age of 23, and the achievements of this team are not regarded as part of the national team's records, nor are the statistics credited to the players' international records.

Summer Olympics record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
West Germany 1972 Did not qualify Unknown
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 5
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify
1992 – present See Qatar national under-23 team See Qatar national under-23 team
Total Group stage 1/17 3 0 1 2 2 5 Unknown

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
Thailand 1978 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
India 1982 Did not enter
South Korea 1986 Group stage 3 0 2 1 2 3
China 1990 Did not enter
Japan 1994 Group stage 3 0 3 0 5 5
Thailand 1998 Quarter-finals 6 4 1 1 9 4
2002–present See Qatar national under-23 football team
Total 4/13 15 4 7 4 19 19

Head-to-head record[edit]

The following table shows Qatar's all-time international record, correct as of 29 July 2021.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Honours[edit]

Major[edit]

Winners (1): 2019
Winners (3): 1992, 2004, 2014
Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 2006

Minor[edit]

  • International Friendship Championship:
Winners (1): 2018

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