Syria national football team

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Syria
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)
Head coach Ayman Hakeem
Captain Sanharib Malki
Most caps Mosab Balhous (100)
Top scorer Raja Rafe (32)
Home stadium Abbasiyyin StadiumAleppo International Stadium
FIFA code SYR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 114 Decrease 9 (15 September 2016)
Highest 78 (August 1993)
Lowest 152 (September 2014, March 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 73 (June 2015)
Highest 53 (October 1974)
Lowest 125 (September 1984)
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria 
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
 Syria 12–0 Maldives 
(Damascus, Syria; June 4, 1997)
 Maldives 0–12 Syria 
(Tehran, Iran; June 9, 1997)
 Syria 12–0 Philippines 
(Aleppo, Syria; April 30, 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria 
(Athens, Greece; November 25, 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria 
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 16, 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1980)
Best result Group stage, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2011


The Syria national football team (Arabic: المنتخب السوري 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.[1]

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.

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 10 6 1 3 26 12
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total 0/22 - - - - - - 74 33 16 25 163 87
*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 - - - - - -
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.

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
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, 40' Ajan, 70' Al Hussain, 75' Malki, 90+3' Khribin
3 September 2015  Singapore W 1–0 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 59' Jafal
8 September 2015  Cambodia W 6–0 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 29',39' Khribin, 31' Malki, 44' Al Mawas, 50' Midani, 81' Omari
2 October 2015  Oman L 1–2 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman International Friendly 90' Jafal
8 October 2015  Japan L 0–3 Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
13 October 2015  Afghanistan W 5–2 Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 9',21',83' Omari, 32',90' Al Mawas
17 November 2015  Singapore W 2–1 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 20',90+3' Khribin
18 March 2016  Iraq W 1–0 Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran, Iran International Friendly 29' Omari
24 March 2016  Cambodia W 6–0 Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 7',19' Khribin, 57' Kallasi, 70' Makara (o.g), 80' Al Hussain, 84' Malki
29 March 2016  Japan L 0–5 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
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, Tajikstan 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 Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an, China 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
11 October 2016  Qatar Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
15 November 2016  Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
23 March 2017  Uzbekistan 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
28 March 2017  South Korea 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
13 June 2017  China PR 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
31 August 2017  Qatar 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  Uzbekistan 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 6 Oct '16 5 Sep '17 11 Oct '16 1–0 28 Mar '17
2  Iran 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4 13 Jun '17 11 Oct '16 28 Mar '17 5 Sep '17 2–0
3  South Korea 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to fourth round 15 Nov '16 31 Aug '17 3–2 28 Mar '17 6 Oct '16
4  China PR 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1 31 Aug '17 0–0 23 Mar '17 6 Oct '16 15 Nov '16
5  Syria 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 23 Mar '17 15 Nov '16 0–0 13 Jun '17 31 Aug '17
6  Qatar 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 0–1 23 Mar '17 13 Jun '17 5 Sep '17 11 Oct '16
Updated to match(es) played on 6 September 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

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
China PR  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

11 October 2016
Qatar  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

15 November 2016
Syria  v  Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

23 March 2017
Syria  v  Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

28 March 2017
South Korea  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 June 2017
Syria  v  China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

31 August 2017
Syria  v  Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

5 September 2017
Iran  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 24) 19 0 Syria Al-Ittihad
1GK Mahmoud Al-Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 28) 4 0 Maldives United Victory
1GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Syria Al-Jaish

2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 26) 30 1 Kuwait Al-Arabi
2DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 26) 24 2 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 23) 23 1 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 13 0 Iraq Al-Zawra'a
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 22) 13 1 Syria Al-Wahda
2DF Jehad Al Baour (1987-06-27) 27 June 1987 (age 29) 11 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda
2DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Oman Al-Shabab
2DF Hadi Al Masri (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Bahrain

3MF Abdelrazaq Al Hussain Captain sports.svg (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 30) 55 12 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 29) 34 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 32 5 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 24) 18 5 Syria Al-Wahda
3MF Hamid Mido (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 23) 16 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 23) 13 0 Iraq Zakho
3MF Fahd Youssef (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 29) 7 0 Jordan Al-Jazeera
3MF Tamer Haj Mohamad (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 26) 3 0 Iraq Erbil
3MF Youssef Kalfa (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Syria Al-Jaish

4FW Omar Khribin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 22) 28 13 United Arab Emirates Al-Dhafra
4FW Ahmad Al Douni (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 27) 15 7 Iraq Al-Najaf
4FW Rafat Mohtadi (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 20) 2 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 23) 0 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016
GK Mosab Balhous (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 32) 100 0 Syria Al-Karamah 2016 King's Cup

DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 31) 35 4 Iraq Al-Zawra'a v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016
DF Hamdi Al Masri (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 33) 33 1 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  Japan, 29 March 2016
DF Ahmad Kallasi (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 26) 12 1 Syria Al-Ittihad v.  Japan, 29 March 2016
DF Saad Ahmad (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 27) 2 0 Oman Muscat v.  Japan, 29 March 2016

MF Thaer Krouma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Iraq Naft Al-Janoob v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016
MF Ahmad Ashkar (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 20) 4 0 Syria Al-Hurriya v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016
MF Burhan Sahyouni (1986-04-07) 7 April 1986 (age 30) 32 2 Syria Al-Wahda 2016 King's Cup
MF Khaled Al Saleh (1988-01-15) 15 January 1988 (age 28) 0 0 Syria Al-Ittihad 2016 King's Cup
MF Oday Al Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 26) 30 5 Iraq Al-Najaf v.  Cambodia, 24 March 2016

FW Nasouh Al Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 23) 8 0 Syria Al-Wahda v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016
FW Mohammad Hamadko (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 30) 1 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  South Korea, 6 September 2016
FW Abdul Fattah Al Agha (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 32) 40 6 Iraq Baghdad 2016 King's Cup
FW Sanharib Malki (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 32) 26 7 Unattached 2016 King's Cup
FW Mahmoud Al Baher (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Iraq Zakho v.  Japan, 29 March 2016
FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 24) 10 1 Qatar Al-Markhiya v.  Afghanistan, 13 October 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 (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 5 1 3 1

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