Qatar national under-23 football team

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Qatar Under-23
Nickname(s) Annabi (The Maroon)
Association Qatar Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Fahad Thani
Home stadium Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA code QAT
First colours
Second colours
Olympics
Appearances 2 (first in 1984)
Best result Quarter-finals: 1992

Qatar national under-23 football team (also known as Qatar Under-23 or Qatar Olympics Team) represents Qatar in international football competitions in Gulf Cup of Nations Under 23 and Football at the Summer Olympics, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments.

History[edit]

Compared to regional neighbors; Qatar has a decent record to show for in Olympic football, with two prior Summer Olympics qualifications and a gold medal in the 2006 Asian games.

Qatar’s first attempt to compete in the Olympic level proved fruitful, they cruised past Jordan and Syria in the preliminary stages of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then finished atop of Group B in the final qualifications round after beating Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Iraq.

Qatar’s Olympic debut under Brazilian legend Evaristo de Macedo came as stunning as it gets, a 2-2 draw with a Platini captained France (who went on to claim the gold medal eventually), sent ripples of shock across the football world, however; suffering two defeats to Chile and Norway deprived the first timers of a last 16 berth.

Eight years later, a new young squad dominated its qualifying campaign on the expense of Japan, China and Saudi Arabia, in the finals; the Qataris were given a tough draw next to host nation Spain, Colombia and Egypt. Qatar kicked off their matches at Barcelona with a crucial 1-0 win over fellow Arab nation Egypt, before registering a 1-1 draw with Colombia to secure a place in the knockout stage, turning the last group match against Spain into a formality.

A loss to Poland in the second stage fell a little bit short of rising expectations, but reaching the second stage led to the country’s best Olympic result.

When hosting the 2006 Asian Games, Qatar found itself with a double objective; to show that it was capable of hosting a major event of that caliber, and demonstrate that its football team was worthy of standing alongside Asia’s elite.

Undefeated throughout the whole tournament; Qatar’s momentum escalated from one match to another, reaching its peak in the 2-0 final against Iraq.

Tournament records[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Since 1992, football at the Summer Olympics changes into Under-23 tournament.

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Spain 1992 Quarter-finals 8 4 1 1 2 2 5
United States 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Australia 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Greece 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2016 Did not qualify - - - - - - -

U-23 Asian Cup[edit]

AFC U-23 Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
2013 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2016 Semi Finalist 4th 6 4 0 2 13 10

Asian Games[edit]

Since 2002, football at the Asian Games changes into Under-23 tournament.

Asian Games Record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
South Korea 2002 Group stage 3 1 2 0 13 2
Qatar 2006 Champions 6 5 0 1 13 2
China 2010 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 4 2
South Korea 2014 Withdrew - - - - - -

Gulf Cup of Nations[edit]

Gulf Cup of Nations Under 23 Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 2008 Final group 3rd 4 1 2 1 8 5
Qatar 2010 Semi-finals 4th 4 0 2 2 2 6
Qatar 2011 Semi-finals 4th 4 1 0 3 3 9

Current squad[edit]

Head coach: Spain Félix Sánchez Bas

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Yousef Hassan (1996-05-24)24 May 1996 (aged 19) Qatar Al-Gharafa
2 2DF Musab Kheder (1993-01-01)1 January 1993 (aged 23) Qatar Al Sadd
3 2DF Abdelkarim Hassan (1993-08-28)28 August 1993 (aged 22) Qatar Al Sadd
4 3MF Ahmed Moein (1995-10-20)20 October 1995 (aged 20) Qatar El Jaish
5 3MF Ahmed Fadhel (1993-04-07)07 April 1993 (aged 22) Qatar Al-Wakrah
6 2DF Ahmed Yasser (1994-05-17)17 May 1994 (aged 21) Qatar Lekhwiya
7 4FW Ahmed Alaaeldin (1993-01-31)31 January 1993 (aged 22) Qatar Al-Rayyan
8 3MF Ali Assadalla (1993-01-19)19 January 1993 (aged 22) Qatar Al Sadd
9 3MF Abdullah Ali Abdulsalam (1997-05-10)10 May 1997 (aged 18) Qatar Lekhwiya
10 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18)18 November 1996 (aged 19) Belgium Eupen
11 4FW Mohammed Muntari (1993-12-20)20 December 1993 (aged 22) Qatar Lekhwiya
12 1GK Mohammed Al Bakari (1997-03-28)28 March 1997 (aged 18) Qatar Lekhwiya
13 2DF Sultan Al-Brake (1996-04-07)7 April 1996 (aged 19) Spain Al-Wakra
14 3MF Ahmed Al Saadi (1995-10-02)2 October 1995 (aged 20) Qatar Lekhwiya
15 2DF Salem Al-Hajri (1996-04-10)10 April 1996 (aged 19) Qatar Al Sadd
16 2DF Tameem Al-Muhizea (1996-07-21)21 July 1996 (aged 19) Qatar Al-Gharafa
17 2DF Mohammed Alaaeldin (1994-01-24)24 January 1994 (aged 21) Qatar Al-Rayyan
18 3MF Assim Madibo (1996-10-22)22 October 1996 (aged 19) Austria LASK Linz
19 4FW Almoez Ali (1996-08-19)19 August 1996 (aged 19) Spain Cultural Leonesa
20 2DF Bassam Alrawi (1997-12-16)16 December 1997 (aged 18) Qatar Al-Rayyan
21 3MF Abdurahman Mostafa (1997-04-05)5 April 1997 (aged 18) Qatar Al-Rayyan
22 1GK Muhannad Naim (1993-01-01)1 January 1993 (aged 23) Qatar Al Sadd
23 2DF Fahad Ali Shanin (1995-04-06)6 April 1995 (aged 20) Belgium Eupen

Former managers[edit]

Period Manager
1998–1999 Netherlands Jo Bonfrere
1999–2000 Brazil José Paulo
2003 France Alex Dupont
2007 Morocco Hassan Hormatallah
2011–2012 Brazil Paulo Autuori
2012–2013 France Alain Perrin
2013 Netherlands Marcel Van Buuren
2013–14 Chile Julio César Moreno
2014– Qatar Fahad Thani

See also[edit]