Qatar national handball team

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AssociationQatar Handball Association
CoachValero Rivera
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Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances1 (First in 2016)
Best result8th (2016)
World Championship
Appearances7 (First in 2003)
Best result2nd (2015)
Asian Championship
Appearances14 (First in 1983)
Best result1st (2014, 2016, 2018)
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
Gold medal – first place 2018 South Korea
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 controlled by the Qatar Handball Association and take part in international handball competitions.

Honours[edit]

Winners: 2014, 2016, 2018
Winners: 2014, 2018

Results[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

World Championship[edit]

Asian Championship[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Valero Rivera

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Rasheed Yusuff (1994-10-16) 16 October 1994 (age 24) 1.89 m 74 0 Qatar Al Sadd
7 LB Bertrand Roiné (1981-02-17) 17 February 1981 (age 38) 1.98 m 76 165 Qatar Al Ahli SC
9 LB Rafael Capote (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 31) 2.00 m 67 269 Qatar Al-Duhail
10 LB Frankis Marzo (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 31) 1.91 m 16 85 Portugal Sporting CP
12 GK Danijel Šarić (1977-06-27) 27 June 1977 (age 42) 1.91 m 57 0 Qatar Al-Duhail
16 GK Anadin Suljaković (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 21) 1.96 m 18 1 Qatar Al Ahli SC
17 P Firas Chaieb (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 27) 1.94 m 45 79 Qatar Al-Duhail
23 RW Allaedine Berrached (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 25) 1.86 m 45 93 Qatar Al-Duhail
24 CB Wajdi Sinen (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 28) 1.93 m 71 257 Qatar Al-Gharafa
25 CB Kamalaldin Mallash (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 27) 1.85 m 86 155 Qatar Al-Rayan
29 RW Nidhal Aissa (1991-06-08) 8 June 1991 (age 28) 1.82 m 18 20 Qatar Al-Wakrah SC
31 LW Ahmad Madadi (1994-08-31) 31 August 1994 (age 24) 1.75 m 50 131 Qatar Al-Duhail
41 P Youssef Benali (1987-05-28) 28 May 1987 (age 32) 1.93 m 63 195 France US Ivry Handball
86 LW Mahmoud Hassaballa (1986-11-22) 22 November 1986 (age 32) 1.82 m 52 90 Qatar Al Ahli SC
92 LW Anis Zouaoui (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 27) 1.84 m 25 105 Qatar Al-Wakrah SC
93 LW Hamdi Ayed (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 26) 1.78 m 37 102 Qatar Al Sadd
94 P Ameen Zakkar (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 25) 1.98 m 53 80 Qatar Al-Rayan
97 CB Moustafa Heiba (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 22) 1.84 m 57 157 Qatar Al-Wakrah SC

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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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."[5] 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."[6] At a press conference during the championship, Qatar head coach Valero Rivera declined to comment on the matter.[6] Spanish player Joan Cañellas did not think it was an issue, saying "If they can do it, why not."[4]

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.[7]

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Qatar flew in about 60 Spanish fans to cheer for Qatar during the 2015 World Championship.[8]

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,[9][10][11] the quarterfinal against Germany[9][12][13] and the semifinal against Poland.[14][15][16][17] After the final whistle, the Polish players showed their disgust by sarcastically applauding the three referees.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2019 World Championship squad
  2. ^ Qatar stops naturalizing foreign players
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ a b "Qatar's foreign legion primed for handball date with Germany". dw.de. Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Al Shaabi says no to further naturalisation". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Qatar handball team coach faces questions over foreign players". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. ^ http://eurosport.onet.pl/pilka-reczna/mistrzostwa-swiata-pilkarzy-recznych/danijel-saric-to-on-zabral-polakom-final-ms/ygpjd
  8. ^ Qatar 'buys' noisy Spanish handball fans
  9. ^ a b Team, Fans und Schiris gekauft? (German)
  10. ^ Handball-WM in Katar: Österreich hält sich für verpfiffen (German)
  11. ^ Österreich von Referees und Katar aus WM gekickt (German)
  12. ^ Reaktionen auf deutsches WM-Aus: "Man muss aufpassen, was man sagt" (German)
  13. ^ WM-Aus der deutschen Handballer: "Im Schiedsrichterwesen gibt es Grauzonen" (German)
  14. ^ Sramotno: Pogledajte trenutak kad su srpski suci pretjerali s navlačenjem za Katar (Croatian) Archived 1 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Polský smutek. Katar je ve finále MS v házené, pomohli mu rozhodčí (Czech)
  16. ^ Polska – Katar – czemu Katar awansował? Kontrowersje wokół drużyny gospodarzy, nie byli faworytami (Polish)
  17. ^ Michał Jurecki: Każdy wie, co tutaj się dzieje... (Polish)
  18. ^ Polacy nagrodzili postawę sędziów ironicznymi brawami

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