Qatar national handball team

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Association Qatar Handball Association
Coach Valero Rivera López
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Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances 1 (First in 2016)
Best result 8th (2016)
World Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 2003)
Best result 2nd (2015)
Asian Championship
Appearances 13 (First in 1983)
Best result 1st (2014, 2016)
Last updated on Unknown.
Qatar national handball team
Medal record
World Championship
Silver medal – second place 2015 Qatar
Asian Championship
Gold medal – first place 2014 Bahrain
Gold medal – first place 2016 Bahrain
Silver medal – second place 2002 Iran
Silver medal – second place 2012 Saudi Arabia
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Qatar
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Thailand

The Qatar national handball team is the national handball team of Qatar and is controlled by the Qatar Handball Association, made up primarily of foreign players who have been nationalized and is thus considered by most people a World Team.

Honours[edit]

Winners: 2014, 2016
Winners: 2014

Results[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

World Championship[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2017 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Valero Rivera López

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
4 P Hassan Mabrouk (1982-07-29) 29 July 1982 (age 34) 1.90 m 36 65 Qatar El Jaish
5 RB Mustafa Al-Karad (1987-03-16) 16 March 1987 (age 30) 1.86 m 14 22 Qatar Al Sadd
7 LB Bertrand Roiné (1981-02-17) 17 February 1981 (age 36) 1.96 m 46 81 Qatar Lekhwiya
9 LB Rafael Capote (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 29) 1.98 m 40 170 Qatar El Jaish
10 RW Abdulla Al-Karbi (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 26) 1.77 m 42 112 Qatar Al Sadd
11 LW Abdulrazzaq Murad (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 26) 1.86 m 78 180 Qatar Al-Gharafa
12 GK Danijel Šarić (1977-06-27) 27 June 1977 (age 39) 1.95 m 28 0 Qatar Al Qiyada
13 RB Ahmed Abdelhak (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 29) 1.85 m 7 17 Qatar Al-Gharafa
14 P Bassel Al-Rayes (1979-03-04) 4 March 1979 (age 38) 1.80 m 45 159 Qatar Al-Rayan
20 CB Omar Al-Safadi (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 22) 1.82 m 23 48 Qatar Al-Rayan
24 LB Wajdi Sinen (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 26) 1.93 m 60 221 Qatar Lekhwiya
25 CB Kamalaldin Mallash (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 25) 1.80 m 68 120 Qatar El Jaish
31 LW Ahmad Madadi (1994-08-31) 31 August 1994 (age 22) 1.80 m 23 60 Qatar Lekhwiya
41 P Youssef Benali (1987-05-28) 28 May 1987 (age 29) 1.93 m 37 94 Tunisia Espérance Sportive de Tunis
55 CB Abdelrahman Abdalla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 23) 1.89 m 23 38 Qatar El Jaish
85 GK Yousuf Al-Abdulla (1985-02-26) 26 February 1985 (age 32) 1.78 m 33 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa
86 CB Mahmoud Hassaballa (1986-11-22) 22 November 1986 (age 30) 1.84 m 31 70 Qatar Al Sadd
92 LW Anis Zouaoui (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 25) 1.84 m 2 10 Qatar Al Sadd

2016 Olympics squad[edit]

The following is the Qatari roster in the men's handball tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2][3] view · talk

Head coach: Spain Valero Rivera López

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 RB Žarko Marković (1986-06-01)1 June 1986 (aged 30) 1.96 m 22 152 Qatar El Jaish
4 LB Hassan Mabrouk (1982-07-29)29 July 1982 (aged 34) 1.90 m 30 64 Qatar El Jaish
5 LB Marko Bagarić (1985-12-31)31 December 1985 (aged 30) 2.01 m Qatar Al Rayyan
6 RB Mustafa Alsaltialkrad (1987-03-16)16 March 1987 (aged 29) 1.86 m
7 LB Bertrand Roiné (1981-02-17)17 February 1981 (aged 35) 1.98 m 40 70 Qatar Al Ahli
9 LB Rafael Capote (1987-10-05)5 October 1987 (aged 28) 1.96 m 34 131 Qatar El Jaish
11 LW Abdulrazzaq Murad (1990-06-29)29 June 1990 (aged 26) 1.86 m 77 169 Qatar Al-Gharafa
12 GK Danijel Šarić (1977-06-27)27 June 1977 (aged 39) 1.95 m 22 0 Spain Barcelona
13 RW Eldar Memišević (1992-06-21)21 June 1992 (aged 24) 1.78 m 100 196 Qatar El Jaish
14 P Bassel Al-Rayes (1979-03-04)4 March 1979 (aged 37) 1.80 m 36 146 Qatar Al Rayyan
15 RW Nasreddine Megdich (1991-08-29)29 August 1991 (aged 24) 1.78 m 16 27 Qatar Al Rayyan
16 GK Goran Stojanović (1977-02-24)24 February 1977 (aged 39) 1.91 m 37 0 Qatar El Jaish
19 P Borja Vidal (1981-12-25)25 December 1981 (aged 34) 2.06 m 34 79 Qatar Al-Qiyada
25 CB Kamalaldin Mallash (1992-01-01)1 January 1992 (aged 24) 1.80 m 62 109 Qatar El Jaish
94 LB Ameen Zakkar (1994-06-15)15 June 1994 (aged 22) 1.95 m 35 62 Qatar Al Rayyan

Controversy[edit]

2015 World Men's Handball Championship final, Qatar vs France

Player naturalisation[edit]

The Qatari national team naturalized a large number of foreign players to their squad for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship.[4]

According to IHF rules, to gain eligibility for a new national team, a player cannot have played for another nation for three years in an official match.[5][6] This allowed several foreign-born players, including Spanish-born Borja Vidal, Goran Stojanović and Jovo Damjanović from Montenegro, and Bertrand Roiné who previously played for France, to play for the Qatar team at the championship.

Head of the Qatar Handball Federation, Ahmed Mohammed Abdulrab Al Shaabi, acknowledged the policy in a statement in June 2013, saying "We're a small nation with limited human resources, so we had to bring players from outside in the past." He also announced an end to the policy at the time, adding however that they "[might] make an exception only in the case of an experienced goalkeeper."[7] In January 2014, Danish sports agent Mads Winther said he had met with "contacts involved with Qatar" regarding the possibility of naturalising Danish players.

The practice was criticised by Austrian goalkeeper after his team's loss to Qatar in the quarter-final, saying "It [felt] like playing against a world selection team" and "I think it is not the sense of a world championship."[8] At a press conference during the championship, Qatar head coach Valero Rivera declined to comment on the matter.[8] Spanish player Joan Cañellas did not think it was an issue, saying "If they can do it, why not."[6]

After the controversial semi-final against Poland, and reaching the final as a result the practice was even more criticised, with players such as Danijel Šarić having now represented four different national teams.[9]

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Qatar flew in about 60 Spanish fans to cheer for Qatar during the 2015 World Championship.[10]

Refereeing favouritism[edit]

The referees were widely accused of being one-sided in favour of Qatar during its biggest success, 2nd place in the 2015 World Championship. Especially at the last-16 encounter against Austria,[11][12][13] the quarterfinal against Germany[11][14][15] and the semifinal against Poland.[16][17][18][19] After the final whistle, the Polish players showed their disgust by sarcastically applauding the three referees.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2017 World Championship roster
  2. ^ "Qatar Men's Handball Team". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on September 20, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cumulative Statistics: QAT - Qatar" (PDF). International Handball Federation. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Qatar stops naturalizing foreign players
  5. ^ "Player Eligibility Code" (PDF). ihf.info. International Handball Federation. p. 5. Retrieved 29 January 2015. They shall not have played in any national team of another country in the three years preceding their first appearance in the national team in an official match. 
  6. ^ a b "Qatar's foreign legion primed for handball date with Germany". dw.de. Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Al Shaabi says no to further naturalisation". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Qatar handball team coach faces questions over foreign players". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  9. ^ http://eurosport.onet.pl/pilka-reczna/mistrzostwa-swiata-pilkarzy-recznych/danijel-saric-to-on-zabral-polakom-final-ms/ygpjd
  10. ^ Qatar 'buys' noisy Spanish handball fans
  11. ^ a b Team, Fans und Schiris gekauft? (German)
  12. ^ Handball-WM in Katar: Österreich hält sich für verpfiffen (German)
  13. ^ Österreich von Referees und Katar aus WM gekickt (German)
  14. ^ Reaktionen auf deutsches WM-Aus: "Man muss aufpassen, was man sagt" (German)
  15. ^ WM-Aus der deutschen Handballer: "Im Schiedsrichterwesen gibt es Grauzonen" (German)
  16. ^ Sramotno: Pogledajte trenutak kad su srpski suci pretjerali s navlačenjem za Katar (Croatian)[dead link]
  17. ^ Polský smutek. Katar je ve finále MS v házené, pomohli mu rozhodčí (Czech)
  18. ^ Polska - Katar - czemu Katar awansował? Kontrowersje wokół drużyny gospodarzy, nie byli faworytami (Polish)
  19. ^ Michał Jurecki: Każdy wie, co tutaj się dzieje... (Polish)
  20. ^ Polacy nagrodzili postawę sędziów ironicznymi brawami

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