Syria national football team

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Syria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Qasioun Eagles
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون‎)
(French: Les aigles du Qasioun)
Association Fédération Arabe Syrienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Fajr Ibrahim
Captain Mosab Balhous
Home stadium Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA code SYR
FIFA ranking 117 Steady (6 August 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 78 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 152 (September 2014)
Elo ranking 73 (June 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 53 (October 1974)
Lowest Elo ranking 125 (September 1984)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
 Syria 12–0  Maldives
(Damascus, Syria; Juni, 4 1997)
 Maldives 0-12)  Syria
(Tehran, Iran; Juni, 9 1997
 Syria 12–0  Philippines
(Aleppo, Syria; April, 30 2001)
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 Round 1: 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011

The Syria national football team (Arabic: المنتخب السوري لكرة القدم‎) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Football Association, 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's best showing was in the 1986 qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq.

Syria have competed in five Asian Cups, the last being 2011, but on each occasion were eliminated before reaching the quarterfinals. They have been disqualified from the 2014 World Cup due to the use of an ineligible player.[1]

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia cup to collect its first major trophy. Since then, due to Syrian Civil War, Syria started to decline.

Competition history[edit]

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 Did Not Enter
France 1938 Did Not Enter
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 Withdrew
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 Did Not Qualify 8 4 3 1 8 4
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 7 5
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify 6 3 3 0 14 4
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 5 2 1 2 27 5
South Korea Japan 2002 Did Not Qualify 6 4 1 1 40 6
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify 6 2 2 2 7 7
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 23 10
Brazil 2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
Russia 2018 To Be Determined 1 1 0 0 6 0
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total - 0/20 - - - - - - 65 28 15 22 143 75
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup Record[edit]

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 - - - - - -
Bahrain2016 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.

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

Schedule and recent results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Scorers
5 March 2014  Jordan L 1–2 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification 80' Khribin
12 November 2014  Malaysia W 3–0 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia International Friendly 4' Sabagh, 48' Malki, 66' Khribin
15 November 2014  Indonesia W 2–0 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia International Friendly 5' Malki, 85' Khribin
26 March 2015  Jordan W 1–0 King Abdullah Stadium, Amman, Jordan International Friendly 18' Al Masri
31 March 2015  Tajikistan W 3–2 Central Republican Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan International Friendly 23',37' Rafe, 62' Al Hussain
24 May 2015  Lebanon D 2–2 Saida International Stadium, Sidon, Lebanon International Friendly 7' Al Hussain, 61' Mardikian
5 June 2015  Oman W 2–1 Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman International Friendly 7' Jafal, 18' Khribin
11 June 2015  Afghanistan W 6–0 Samen Stadium, Mashhad, Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 19',35' Rafe, 42' Ajan, 70' Al Hussain, 75' Malki, 90+4' Khribin
3 September 2015  Singapore Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
8 September 2015  Cambodia Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
8 October 2015  Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
13 October 2015  Afghanistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
17 Novemebr 2015  Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
24 March 2016  Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
29 March 2016  Japan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification

* Syria score always listed first

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification)[edit]

Group E

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Singapore 2 1 1 0 4 0 +4 4
 Syria 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 3
 Afghanistan 2 1 0 1 1 6 −5 3
 Japan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
 Cambodia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
  Japan Syria Afghanistan Singapore Cambodia
Japan  29 Mar'16 24 Mar'16 0–0 3 Sep'15
Syria  8 Oct'15 13 Oct'15 3 Sep'15 24 Mar'16
Afghanistan  8 Sep'16 0–6 29 Mar'16 12 Nov'15
Singapore  12 Nov'15 17 Nov'15 8 Oct'15 13 Oct'15
Cambodia  17 Nov'15 8 Sep'15 0–1 0–4

11 June 2015
20:00 UTC+4:30
Afghanistan  0–6  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Rafe Goal 19'35'
Ajan Goal 42'
Al Hussain Goal 70'
Malki Goal 75'
Khribin Goal 90+4' (pen.)
Samen Stadium, Mashhad (Iran)
Attendance: 7,647
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

3 September 2015
20:00 UTC+4
Syria  v  Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015
18:30 UTC+7
Cambodia  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 October 2015
Syria  v  Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015
Syria  v  Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015
Singapore  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016
Syria  v  Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016
Japan  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches against Singapore, 3 September 2015 and Cambodia, 8 September 2015 .
Caps and goals as of 11 June 2015, after the match against Afghanistan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mosab Balhous (captain) (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 31) 99 0 Oman Dhofar
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Syria Al-Wathba
1GK Mahmoud Al Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 27) 3 0 Oman Al-Musannah
2DF Hamdi Al Masri (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 32) 25 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
2DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 30) 25 5 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 25) 19 1 Iraq Al-Shorta
2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 22) 15 1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 25) 14 2 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
2DF Ahmad Deeb (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 28) 8 0 Kuwait Al-Salmiya
2DF Ahmad Kalasi (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 25) 8 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Iraq Al-Mina'a
3MF Wael Ayan (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 30) 47 1 Unattached
3MF Abdelrazaq Al Hussain (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 28) 45 11 Saudi Arabia Al-Riyadh
3MF Burhan Sahyouni (1986-04-07) 7 April 1986 (age 29) 29 2 Iraq Al-Najaf
3MF Oday Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 25) 24 3 Iraq Al-Zawra'a
3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 28) 22 0 Iraq Al-Zawra'a
3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 22) 20 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Faisaly
3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Syria Al-Wahda
3MF Anas Balhous (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 29) 1 0 Syria Al-Muhafazaa
4FW Raja Rafe (1983-05-01) 1 May 1983 (age 32) 67 32 Syria Al-Wahda
4FW Sanharib Malki (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 31) 20 5 Turkey Kasımpaşa
4FW Omar Khribin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 21) 18 7 Iraq Al-Mina'a
4FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 23) 8 1 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Syria squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tarek Kharboutli (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Syria Al-Shorta v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
GK Mohamed Daoud 0 0 Syria Al-Taliya v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 22) 12 0 Iraq Al-Zawra'a v.  Afghanistan, 11 June 2015
DF Zain Al Fandi (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 32) 11 0 Syria Al-Muhafazaa v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Jihad Busmar (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Syria Al-Karamah v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Obaida Al Sakka (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Syria Al-Wahda v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Hasan Abo Zainab (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Syria Al-Wahda v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Abd Al Naser Hasan (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 24) 12 0 Iraq Naft Al-Janoob v.  Indonesia, 15 November 2014
DF Khaled Al-Brijawi (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 25) 4 0 Oman Fanja v.  Indonesia, 15 November 2014
DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Oman Al-Shabab v.  Indonesia, 15 November 2014
MF Momen Naji (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Syria Al-Shorta v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
MF Qusay Habib (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 28) 17 0 Iraq Baghdad v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Thaer Kroma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Syria Al-Wahda v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Ahmad Miresh (1985-01-03) 3 January 1985 (age 30) 0 0 Syria Musfat Baniyas v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Mohamad Mido (1990-06-11) 11 June 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Egypt Ghazl El Mahalla v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
FW Nasouh Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 22) 4 0 Oman Al-Khabourah v.  Afghanistan, 11 June 2015
FW Asaad Al Khuder (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Syria Al-Muhafazaa v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015

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 (caretaker) 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, 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 5 4 1 0

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