Syria national football team

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Syrian Arab Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Qasioun Eagles
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون‎‎)
(French: Les aigles du Qasioun)
Association Fédération Arabe Syrienne de Football
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
UAFA (Arab world)
Head coach Ayman Hakeem
Captain Ahmad Al Salih
Most caps Mosab Balhous (81)[1]
Top scorer Raja Rafe (32)
Home stadium Abbasiyyin StadiumAleppo International Stadium
FIFA code SYR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 80 Increase 2 (10 August 2017)
Highest 77 (June 2017)
Lowest 152 (September 2014, March 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 67 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest 53 (October 1974)
Lowest 125 (September 1984)
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
Official
Syria Syria 12–0 Maldives 
(Damascus, Syria; June 4, 1997)
 Maldives 0–12 Syria Syria
(Tehran, Iran; June 9, 1997)
Syria Syria 12–0 Philippines 
(Aleppo, Syria; April 30, 2001)
Unofficial
Syria 13–0 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; September 6, 1965)[note 1]
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria Syria
(Athens, Greece; November 25, 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 16, 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1980)
Best result Group stage, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2011

The Syrian Arab Republic national football team (Arabic: منتخب الجمهورية العربية السورية الوطني لكرة القدم‎‎) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Arab Federation for Football, the governing body for football in Syria. Syria's home grounds are Abbasiyyin Stadium and Aleppo International Stadium. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup finals.

History[edit]

Syria participated in the 1950 and 1958 World Cup qualifiers, one of the first teams in the region to do so. Between 1958 and 1961, the team combined with Egypt to form the United Arab Republic national football team, although the team's records are attributed only to Egypt by FIFA. In the 1966 World Cup qualifiers they were one of two teams from the Asian zone (the other being Israel) to be allocated to the European qualifying zone and were originally placed with Spain and the Republic of Ireland. However, they joined the Asian and African boycott of the 1966 qualifiers, due to the decision of FIFA to allocate just one place between Asia and Africa.

Syria has never qualified for the World Cup. The farthest they've gone in qualification was in the 1986 qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq. They were disqualified from the 2014 World Cup due to the use of an ineligible player.[3]

Syria has, however, competed in five Asian Cups, the last being 2011, but on each occasion were eliminated before reaching the quarterfinals.

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia Cup to collect its first major trophy.

Ever since war broke out in the country, Syria have been banned from playing home games in their own country and in fact were one day away from being thrown out of the 2018 World Cup only for Malaysia to swoop in the last minute and host all of Syria's home games. Having said that, Syria have had a large upturn in fortune as they made it to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round and are now within touching distance of qualifying for the first time in their history. [4]

Competition history[edit]

Syria national football team in Tehran – 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Withdrew 1 0 0 1 0 7
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
Chile 1962 Withdrew
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did Not Enter
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify 6 3 1 2 6 6
Argentina 1978 Withdrew 4 1 0 3 2 6
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify 4 0 0 4 2 7
Mexico 1986 8 4 3 1 8 4
Italy 1990 4 2 1 1 7 5
United States 1994 6 3 3 0 14 4
France 1998 5 2 1 2 27 5
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 1 1 40 6
Germany 2006 6 2 2 2 7 7
South Africa 2010 10 6 2 2 23 10
Brazil 2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
Russia 2018 To Be Determined 16 8 3 5 30 16
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total 0/22 - - - - - - 80 35 18 27 167 91
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup Record[edit]

Olympic Games record[edit]

Olympic Games record Olympic Games qualifications record
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1900 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - - - - - - - -
West Germany 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - - 2 0 1 1 0 1
Canada 1976 Did not enter - - - - - - - - - - - -
Soviet Union 1980 Round 1 3 0 1 2 0 8 4 2 0 2 3 1
United States 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - - 6 2 1 3 6 10
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - - 2 0 0 2 0 5
1992 – present See Syria national under-23 team
Total 0 Titles 3 0 1 2 0 8 14 4 2 8 9 17
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

WAFF Championship Record[edit]

WAFF Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Jordan 2000 Runners-up 5 2 1 2 5 2
Syria 2002 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 5 6
Iran 2004 Runners-up 4 1 1 2 6 13
Jordan 2007 Semi-Finals 3 2 0 1 2 3
Iran 2008 Semi-Finals 3 1 1 1 2 3
Jordan 2010 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
Kuwait2012 Champions 4 2 2 0 5 3
Qatar2014 Withdrew - - - - - -
Jordan2017 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 25 9 7 9 27 33
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Arab Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Lebanon 1963 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 9 4
Kuwait 1964 Did not enter - - - - - -
Iraq 1966 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
Saudi Arabia 1985 Did not enter - - - - - -
Jordan 1988 Runners-up 6 2 2 2 5 5
Syria 1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
Qatar1998 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
Kuwait2002 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 8 6
Saudi Arabia2012 Did not enter - - - - - -
Total 0 Title 25 10 6 9 34 28
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan Arab Games record[edit]

Pan Arab Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Egypt 1953 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 5
Lebanon 1957 Champions 5 2 2 1 12 6
Morocco 1961 Did not enter - - - - - -
Egypt 1965 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 20 8
Syria 1976 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 4
Morocco 1985 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 4
Syria1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
Lebanon 1997 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 5
Jordan 1999 Group Stage 4 0 4 0 5 5
Egypt 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Withdrew - - - - - -
Lebanon 2019 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 33 12 11 10 57 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

West Asian Games record[edit]

West Asian Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Iran 1997 Runners-up
Kuwait 2002 Runners-up 4 1 3 0 5 4
Qatar 2005 Runners-up 4 1 3 0 7 5
Total 0 Titles
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2004
Fourth place (1): 2002
Semi-finals (2): 2007, 2008
Runners-up (3): 1963, 1966, 1988
Fourth place (3): 1992
Winners (1): 1957
Runners-up (2): 1953, 1997
Third place (1): 1976
Fourth place (1): 1992
Runners-up (3): 1997, 2002, 2005

Schedule and recent results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Scorers
31 May 2016  Vietnam L 0–2 Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam Unofficial Friendly
3 June 2016  Thailand D 2–2
(6–7 p)
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand 2016 King's Cup 60' Al Mawas, 86' Al Agha
5 June 2016  United Arab Emirates W 1–0 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand 2016 King's Cup 50' Al Mawas
27 August 2016  Tajikistan D 0–0 20 Years of Independence Stadium, Khujand, Tajikistan International Friendly
1 September 2016  Uzbekistan L 0–1 Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
6 September 2016  South Korea D 0–0 Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Seremban, Malaysia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
6 October 2016  China PR W 1–0 Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an, China 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round 54' Al Mawas
11 October 2016  Qatar L 0–1 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
9 November 2016  Singapore W 2–0 Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Seremban, Malaysia International Friendly 65' Jenyat, 70' Al Mobayed
15 November 2016  Iran D 0–0 Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Seremban, Malaysia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
23 March 2017  Uzbekistan W 1–0 Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round 90+1' Khribin (Pen)
28 March 2017  South Korea L 0–1 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
2 June 2017  Oman D 1–1 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman International Friendly 90+2' Mardikian
7 June 2017  Japan D 1–1 Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Japan Kirin Cup 2017 48' Mardikian
13 June 2017  China PR D 2–2 Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round 12' Al Mawas (Pen), 90+3' Al Salih
22 August 2017  Malaysia Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia International Friendly
31 August 2017  Qatar Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
5 September 2017  Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round

* Syria score always listed first

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round[edit]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran (Q) 8 6 2 0 8 0 +8 20 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 1–0 2–0 5 Sep 2–0 1–0
2  South Korea 8 4 1 3 11 10 +1 13 31 Aug 2–1 1–0 3–2 3–2
3  Uzbekistan 8 4 0 4 6 6 0 12 Advance to fourth round 0–1 5 Sep 1–0 1–0 2–0
4  Syria 8 2 3 3 4 5 −1 9 0–0 0–0 1–0 31 Aug 2–2
5  Qatar (Y) 8 2 1 5 6 10 −4 7 0–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 5 Sep
6  China PR (Y) 8 1 3 4 5 9 −4 6 0–0 1–0 31 Aug 0–1 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 June 2017. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (Y) Cannot qualify directly to 2018 FIFA World Cup, but may still advance to the fourth round.

1 September 2016
20:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  1–0  Syria
Geynrikh Goal 74' Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 29,100
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

6 September 2016
20:00 UTC+8
Syria  0–0  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

6 October 2016
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  0–1  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Al Mawas Goal 54'
Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an
Attendance: 37,368
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)

11 October 2016
19:00 UTC+3
Qatar  1–0  Syria
Al Haidos Goal 37' (pen.) Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 9,940
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

15 November 2016
20:00 UTC+8
Syria  0–0  Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)


28 March 2017
20:00 UTC+9
South Korea  1–0  Syria
Hong Jeong-ho Goal 4' Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
Attendance: 30,352
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)

13 June 2017
21:45 UTC+8
Syria  2–2  China PR
Al-Mawas Goal 12' (pen.)
Al Salih Goal 90+3'
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Gao Lin Goal 68' (pen.)
Wu Xi Goal 75'


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the friendly matches against  Oman and  Japan on 2 and 7 June 2017, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against  China PR on 13 June 2017.
Caps and goals as of 11 June 2017 after the match against China.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 25) 28 0 Syria Al-Ittihad
22 1GK Mahmoud Al-Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 29) 4 0 Maldives Maziya
23 1GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 27) 3 0 Syria Al-Jaish

2 2DF Ahmad Al Salih Captain sports.svg (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 27) 38 2 China Henan Jianye
3 2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 24) 32 1 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
4 2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 24) 14 0 Iraq Al-Zawra'a
5 2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 23) 21 1 United Arab Emirates Hatta
15 2DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 27) 30 2 Egypt Al-Zamalek
17 2DF Ahmad Deeb (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 30) 9 0 Kuwait Al-Salmiya

6 3MF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 24) 11 1 Oman Dhofar
8 3MF Oday Al Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 27) 33 5 Jordan Al-Jazeera
9 3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 24) 41 7 Qatar Umm Salal
11 3MF Youssef Kalfa (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 24) 7 0 Kuwait Al-Nasr
12 3MF Fahd Youssef (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 30) 12 0 Jordan Al-Wehdat
13 3MF Wael Al Rifai (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 26) 2 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
14 3MF Tamer Haj Mohamad (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 27) 12 0 Oman Dhofar
18 3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 30) 40 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
20 3MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 24) 22 1 Syria Al-Wahda

16 4FW Ahmad Al Douni (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 28) 21 7 Jordan Al-Ramtha
19 4FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 25) 15 3 Qatar Al-Arabi
21 4FW Nasouh Al Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 24) 12 0 Syria Al-Ittihad

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Syria squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Shaher Al Shaker (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016

DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 32) 35 4 Iraq Al-Zawraa v.  Japan, 7 June 2017 INJ
DF Hadi Al Masri (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 31) 3 0 Syria Al-Wahda v.  South Korea, 28 March 2017
DF Jehad Al Baour (1987-06-27) 27 June 1987 (age 30) 11 0 Jordan Al-Ramtha v.  China PR, 6 October 2016 INJ

MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 25) 20 5 Syria Al-Wahda v.  South Korea, 28 March 2017
MF Izzeddin Al Awad (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  South Korea, 28 March 2017
MF Hamid Mido (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 24) 17 0 Kuwait Al-Kuwait v.  Iran, 15 November 2016
MF Abdelrazaq Al Hussain (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 30) 56 12 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh v.  Qatar, 11 October 2016
MF Thaer Krouma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 27) 5 0 Iraq Naft Al-Janoob v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016
MF Ahmad Ashkar (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Syria Al-Hurriya v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016

FW Firas Al Khatib (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 33) 53 26 Kuwait Al-Kuwait v.  Oman, 2 June 2017 INJ
FW Omar Khribin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 23) 33 14 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Oman, 2 June 2017 INJ
FW Sanharib Malki (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 33) 28 7 Qatar Al-Wakrah v.  Iran, 15 November 2016
FW Rafat Mohtadi (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Syria Al-Ittihad v.  Iran, 15 November 2016
FW Mohammad Hamadko (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 31) 1 0 Syria Al-Wahda v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016

Previous squads[edit]

Asian Cup

Coaches[edit]

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Albert József Hungary 1956 1959
Miklós Vadas Hungary 1960 1965
Cornel Drăgușin Romania 1965 1966
Ezzat Abdel-Wahab Syria 1969
Moussa Shammas Syria 1980
Avedis Kavlakian Syria 1983 1985
Valeriy Yaremchenko Soviet Union 1985 1987
Anatoliy Azarenkov Soviet Union 1987 1989
Anatoliy Azarenkov Ukraine 1992
Virgil Dridea Romania 1992 1993
Yuri Kurnenin Belarus 1996
Mircea Rădulescu Romania 1997 1998
Moussa Shammas Syria Mar 1999 Sept 1999
Dragoslav Popović Serbia Sept 1999 - Feb 2000
Dragoslav Sridović Serbia Mar 2000 - Apr 2000
Božidar Vukotić Serbia Mar 2001 - Oct 2001
Nizar Mahrous Syria Oct 2011 Dec 2011
Jalal Talebi Iran Nov 2001 - Sept 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik Poland Mar 2003 - Aug 2003
Božidar Vukotić Serbia Sep 2003 - Nov 2003
Ahmed Rifaat Egypt Dec 2003 Nov 2004
Miloslav Radenović Serbia 2005 Aug 2006
Fajr Ibrahim Syria Aug 5, 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Mohammed Kwid Syria May 10, 2008 Aug 20, 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim Syria Nov 13, 2008 Sep 13, 2010 28 13 9 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009
Ayman Hakeem (Interim) Syria Sep 14, 2010 Dec 20, 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković Serbia Oct 28, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa Romania Dec 21, 2010 Feb 9, 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy France Apr 16, 2011 May 4, 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous Syria May 22, 2011 August 18, 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury Syria July 7, 2012 August 30, 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed Syria October 21, 2012 April 10, 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf Syria April 13, 2013 October 23, 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim) Syria November 9, 2013 November 20, 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar Syria February 13, 2014 March 5, 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer Syria September 18, 2014 January 5, 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim Syria January 6, 2015 March 29, 2016 14 10 1 3
Ayman Hakeem Syria May 9, 2016 14 4 7 3

Head-to-Head records against other countries[edit]

As of 9 July 2017[5]