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Qatar national football team

Qatar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al-Annabi (The Maroon) (العنابي), AL-Ad'am (الادعم)
Association Qatar Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach José Daniel Carreño
Captain Bilal Mohammed
Most caps Wesam Rizik (111)[1]
Top scorer Mansoor Muftah (53)[2]
FIFA code QAT
FIFA ranking
Current 92 Increase 2 (1 October 2015)
Highest 51 (August 1993)
Lowest 114 (December 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 71 (June 2015)
Highest 51 (September 2001)
Lowest 135 (April 1975)
First international
 Bahrain 2–1 Qatar
(Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
Biggest win
Qatar 15–0 Bhutan 
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 9–0 Qatar
(Kuwait; 8 January 1973)
World Cup
Appearances 0
Asian Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1980)
Best result Quarter-finals: 2000, 2011

The Qatar national football team is the national team of Qatar and is overseen by the Qatar Football Association. They will be the host team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The team has also appeared in nine Asian Cup tournaments and recently hosted the 2011 Asian Cup. They play their home games at Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The latter serves as the de facto home stadium for the team.[3]

Contents

  • Honours 1
  • Overview 2
    • Pre–1970 2.1
    • 1970–1980 2.2
    • 1980–1990 2.3
    • 1990–2000 2.4
    • 2000–2010 2.5
    • 2010–present 2.6
  • Competitive record 3
    • FIFA World Cup 3.1
    • FIFA Confederations Cup 3.2
    • Asian Cup 3.3
    • Gulf Cup of Nations 3.4
    • WAFF Championship 3.5
    • Arab Nations Cup 3.6
  • Results and fixtures 4
  • Players 5
    • Current squad 5.1
    • Recent call-ups 5.2
  • Current coaching staff 6
  • Coaches 7
  • Records 8
  • Kit providers 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Honours

Winners (3): 1992, 2004, 2014
Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 2006

Overview

Pre–1970

Football was brought to Qatar during a time which coincided with initial discovery of oil reserves in Dukhan in 1940.[4] By 1948, expatriate oil workers played the first official football match in Qatar. The Qatar Football Association was formed in 1960, and the QFA joined FIFA in 1970.[5] Simultaneously during this period, the Bahrain Football Association were drawing up plans for the establishment of a regional football competition within the GCC and Qatari officials were involved with the corroboration of this proposal.[6] The plans came to fruition and in March 1970 the Gulf Cup of Nations was inaugurated.

1970–1980

The Qatar national team played its first official match on March 27, 1970 against hosts Bahrain, losing 1–2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the sole goal for Qatar.[7] The newly formed Qatar national team posted underwhelming results in the first Gulf Cup tournament, coming in last place with a single point, with the highlight of their tournament being a 1–1 draw with the Saudis in their final match.[8]

In the next edition of the Gulf Cup in 1972, Qatar was again relegated to last place after suffering 3 straight defeats.[9] The next tournament in 1974 proved to be somewhat of a break-through for the Qataris as they achieved their first triumph in international football with a 4–0 victory over Oman. The Qataris lost out to Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals, but achieved a 3rd place standing after emerging the victors of a penalty shoot-out against UAE.[10]

The first time they entered the qualifying stages for the AFC Asian Cup was in 1975. They were not successful in qualifying for the 1976 AFC Asian Cup, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia booking the group's two qualifying berths. Despite this setback, Qatar finished in 3rd place in the 4th Gulf Cup as the host nation the next year.[11]

The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Qatar was set to play UAE on 11 March 1977, but the last minute withdrawal of the UAE from the competition merely postponed Qatar's debut until two days later when Bahrain were defeated 2–0 in Doha.[12]

1980–1990

Their Asian Cup debut came in 1980 under legendary head coach Evaristo de Macedo. They had qualified for the tournament after topping a relatively easy group composing of Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Their showing in the main tournament was unimpressive, marking an early exit from the group stages with two defeats, one draw and one win.[13]

Qatar narrowly lost to Iraq in the finals of the 1984 Gulf Cup of Nations; nonetheless they were named runners-up, their most impressive accolade until 1992.[14]

They failed to make it out of the preliminary stages of the 1982 and 1986 World Cup qualifying rounds. However, the team qualified for both the 1984 and 1988 editions of the Asian Cup. They fell short of qualifying for the semi-finals of the 1984 tournament, with Saudi Arabia's Mohaisen Al-Jam'an's 88th-minute goal against Kuwait ensuring a semi-final position for both teams. They also missed out on a semi-final place in 1988; however, they notably defeated Japan by a score of 3–0.[15]

1990–2000

Qatar arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, attaining it's highest-ever FIFA rating (53) in August 1993.[16] Qatar started off with an emphatic qualifying campaign for the 1990 World Cup, finishing at the top of their group. They were denied a spot in the World Cup after finishing below UAE and South Korea in the final round of qualifying.

In 1990, the national team once again finished runners-up in the Gulf Cup as Kuwait won the final two matches of the tournament.[17] Two years later, they won the competition on home soil for the first time under the leadership of Sebastião Lapola, despite a 1–0 loss against Saudi Arabia in their final game.[18] They were also named runners-up in the 1996 Gulf Cup.

Qatar reached the Asian Zone's final qualifying round for France 1998. After wins against China and Iran, they played their last match against Saudi Arabia, needing just a point to gain an automatic qualifying place. However, they lost out as the Saudis went through 1–0.

As 1998 Arab Nations Cup hosts, they finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia.[19]

2000–2010

They made it to the quarter-finals of the 2000 Asian Cup despite finishing 3rd in their group, but lost to China in their quarter-final confrontation.[20]

They reached the final qualifying round again in 2001, but were defeated by Bora Milutinovic's China team, who topped the section to progress to their first FIFA World Cup. Frenchman Philippe Troussier took the manager's job after Korea–Japan 2002, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006.

Troussier was sacked after the World Cup qualifying campaign, and under Bosnian Džemaludin Mušović the team won the Gulf Cup in 2004 and the Asian Games gold in 2006. Mušović stepped down after Qatar only earned two points from three matches in the 2007 Asian Cup.

The job of coaching the team in qualifying for the

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References

Kit providers

Players in bold are still active.
Last update: 9 October 2015

Most goals
# Name Goals Years active Ref
1 Mansour Muftah 53 1976–1990 [6]
2 Mubarak Mustafa 34 1992–2004 [7]
3 Mohammed Al Enazi 33 1996–2003 [8]
4 Sebastián Soria 29 2006–present [9]
5 Khalfan Ibrahim 23 2006–present [10]
Most caps
# Name Appearances Years active Ref
1 Wesam Rizik 111 2001–present [1]
2 Adel Khamis 110 1984–2000 [2]
3 Bilal Mohammed 108 2006–present [3]
4 Sebastián Soria 104 2006–present [4]
5 Jassim Al Tamimi 100 1996–2004 [5]

Records

Bruno Metsu, former manager of Qatar.

Coaches

Technical staff
Head coach José Daniel Carreño
Assistant coach Maxi Viera
Goalkeeping coach Gerardo Priore
Fitness coach Gabriel Moreira
Fitness coach Guillermo Gonzales
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Johannes Franciscus
Physiotherapist Pascal Félix Roche
Physiotherapist Frederic Mankowski
Administrative staff
Director of administration Farid Ghulam Ali
Administrator Ahmed Al-Mohammedi
Media co-ordinator Ali Hassan Al-Salat

Last update: April 2015.[25]

Current coaching staff

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Qasem Burhan (1985-12-15) 15 December 1985 73 0 Al-Gharafa 2015 AFC Asian Cup
DF Mosaab Mahmoud (1983-04-12) 12 April 1983 10 0 Al-Arabi v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
DF Abdurahman Abubakar (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 2 1 El Jaish v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
DF Bilal Mohammed (1986-06-02) 2 June 1986 103 0 Al-Gharafa 2015 AFC Asian Cup
DF Ibrahim Majid (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 70 4 Al Sadd 2015 AFC Asian Cup
DF Luiz Júnior (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 7 0 Lekhwiya v.  Australia, 14 October 2014
MF Tresor Kangambu (1987-04-08) 8 April 1987 5 0 Lekhwiya v.  Maldives, 11 June 2015
MF Majdi Siddiq (1985-09-03) 3 September 1985 36 5 Al-Sailiya v.  Scotland, 5 June 2015
MF Khalfan Ibrahim (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 85 19 Al Sadd v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
MF Nasser Khalfan (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 0 0 Umm Salal v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
MF Khalid Abdulraouf (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 5 0 El Jaish 2015 AFC Asian Cup
MF Wesam Rizik (1981-02-25) 25 February 1981 111 6 El Jaish 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
FW Jeddo (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 31 5 El Jaish v.  Maldives, 11 June 2015
FW Abdulgadir Ilyas Bakur (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 15 6 Al-Sailiya v.  Maldives, 11 June 2015
FW Magid Mohamed (1985-10-01) 1 October 1985 57 8 El Jaish v.  Scotland, 5 June 2015
FW Yusef Ahmed (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 37 9 Al-Arabi v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
FW Hussain Shehab (1985-06-23) 23 June 1985 14 0 Al-Gharafa v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2015
FW Sebastián Soria (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 101 29 Al-Rayyan v.  Australia, 14 October 2014
The following players have been called up for the Qatar squad within the last twelve months.

Recent call-ups

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Amine Lecomte (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 5 0 Lekhwiya
21 1GK Ahmed Soufiane (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 2 0 Al Kharaitiyat
22 1GK Saad Al Sheeb (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 15 0 Al Sadd
2 2DF Mohammed Musa (1986-03-23) 23 March 1986 28 4 Lekhwiya
3 2DF Abdelkarim Hassan (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 42 6 Al Sadd
4 2DF Almahdi Ali Mukhtar (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 15 2 Al-Gharafa
6 2DF Mohammed Kasola (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 41 6 Al Sadd
7 2DF Khalid Muftah (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 32 1 Lekhwiya
12 2DF Hamid Ismail (1987-09-12) 12 September 1987 49 0 Al Rayyan
15 2DF Dame Traoré (1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 7 0 Al-Arabi
19 2DF Ahmed Yasser (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 8 0 Lekhwiya
5 3MF Abdulaziz Hatem (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 29 1 Al-Gharafa
8 3MF Ali Assadalla (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 17 7 Al Sadd
11 3MF Abdulrahman Mohammed (1988-03-16) 16 March 1988 5 1 Al-Wakrah
14 3MF Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 2 1 Eupen
16 3MF Boualem Khoukhi (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 17 10 Al-Arabi
18 3MF Meshal Abdullah (1984-05-02) 2 May 1984 38 8 Al Ahli
20 3MF Karim Boudiaf (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 18 2 Lekhwiya
23 3MF Ahmed Abdul Maqsoud (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 12 1 Lekhwiya
9 4FW Moayad Hassan (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 5 1 Al-Gharafa
10 4FW Hassan Al Haidos (Captain) (1990-12-11) 11 December 1990 60 6 Al Sadd
13 4FW Mohammed Muntari (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 9 5 Lekhwiya
17 4FW Ismaeel Mohammad (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 17 2 Lekhwiya
. Caps and goals updated as of 9 September 2015, after the match against Hong Kong

The following 23 players have been selected to the final squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Bhutan on 3 September and against Hong Kong on 8 September 2015.

Current squad

Players

Date Venue Opponent Result Win/
Loss/
Draw
Goalscorer(s) Competition
September 9, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Peru 0–2 L International Friendly
October 6, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Uzbekistan 3–0 W Soria (18'), Al Haidos (43') M. Abdullah (67') International Friendly
October 9, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Lebanon 5–0 W International Friendly
October 14, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Australia 1–0 W Khalfan (61') International Friendly
November 6, 2014 Doha, Qatar  North Korea 3–1 W Ilyas (47'), Khoukhi (49'), A. Hassan (56') International Friendly
November 13, 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 1–1 D Majid (54') 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
November 16, 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Yemen 0–0 D 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
November 19, 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Bahrain 0–0 D 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
November 23, 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Oman 3–1 W Al Haidos (36'), Assadalla (59', 67') 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
November 26, 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 2–1 W Mukhtar (18'), Khoukhi (58') 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
December 27, 2014 Doha, Qatar  Estonia 3–0 W Muntari (23'), Hassan (30'), Mohammad (37') International Friendly
December 31, 2014 Canberra, Australia  Oman 2–2 D Abdullah (58', 60') International Friendly
2015
January 11, 2015 Canberra, Australia  United Arab Emirates 1–4 L Khalfan (23') 2015 AFC Asian Cup
January 15, 2015 Sydney, Australia  Iran 0–1 L 2015 AFC Asian Cup
January 19, 2015 Sydney, Australia  Bahrain 1–2 L Al Haidos (68') 2015 AFC Asian Cup
March 26, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Algeria 1–0 W Assadalla (32') International Friendly
March 30, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Slovenia 1–0 W Hassan (46') International Friendly
May 31. 2015 Crewe, England  Northern Ireland 1-1 D Boudiaf (70') International Friendly
June 5, 2015 Edinburgh, Scotland  Scotland 0-1 L International Friendly
June 11, 2015 Malé, Maldives  Maldives 1-0 W Maqsoud (90+9') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
August 28, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Singapore 4–0 W Musa (57'), Muntari (69'), Al Haidos (79'), Mohammad (80') International Friendly
September 3, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Bhutan 15-0 W Musa (8', 27'), Kasola (18'), Assadalla (20', 45', 63'), Al Haidos (26', 87'), Muntari (38', 41', 48'), Afif (56'), Khoukhi (61', 69'), Mohammad (75') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
September 8, 2015 Mong Kok, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 3-2 W Boudiaf (22'), Hassan (62'), Musa (84') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
October 8, 2015 Doha, Qatar  China PR 1-0 W Boudiaf (22') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
October 13, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Maldives 4-0 W Khoukhi (28', 70), Kasola (69'), Musa (90+2') 2018 World Cup Qualifier
AFC Asian Cup Qualifier
November 13, 2015 Doha, Qatar  Turkey International Friendly

      Win       Draw       Loss

The following are Qatar's results and fixtures in the last 12 months.

Results and fixtures

Arab Nations Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1963 to 1966 Did not enter - - - - - -
1985 4th 4 1 0 3 3 2
1988 to 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
1998 Runner-up 4 3 0 1 5 5
2002 Did not enter - - - - - -
2012 Did not enter
Total Best: Runner-up 8 4 0 4 8 7

Arab Nations Cup

West Asian Football Federation Championship
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
2000 to 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
2008 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 2 9
2010 to 2012 Did not enter - - - - - -
2014 Winners 4 4 0 0 10 1
Total Best: Winners 7 5 0 2 12 10

WAFF Championship

The Gulf Cup of Nations has been played on a bi-annual basis since 1970. The tournament has changed since the first edition from a round-robin basis to a knockout tournament in the latter years. Notably, the 2000 edition was cancelled and the 2003 and 2010 were moved due to congested fixture lists with other tournaments, such as the Asian Cup.

Gulf Cup of Nations
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
1970 4th 3 0 1 2 4 7
1972 4th 3 0 0 3 0 10
1974 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 5 4
1976 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 6
1979 5th 6 2 1 3 4 13
1982 5th - - - - - -
1984 Runner-up 7 4 1 2 10 6
1986 4th - - - - - -
1988 6th 6 1 2 3 4 8
1990 Runner-up 4 1 2 1 4 4
1992 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
1994 4th - - - - - -
1996 Runner-up - - - - - -
1998 6th - - - - - -
2002 Runner-up - - - - - -
2003 3rd 6 2 3 1 5 3
2004 Champions 5 3 2 0 10 7
2007 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 4
2009 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 2 2
2010 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3
2013 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
2014 Champions 5 2 3 0 6 3
5 2 3 0 6 3 Total Best: Champions 72 27 20 23 81 86
Champions 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations

Gulf Cup of Nations

Asian Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
1992 Did Not Qualify
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2009
2013
2017

FIFA Confederations Cup

World Cup Finals World Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to
1970
Did Not Enter
- - - - -
1974 Withdrew From Qualifying
- - - - -
1978 Did Not Qualify 4 1 0 3 3 9
1982 Did Not Qualify 4 2 0 2 5 3
1986 Did Not Qualify 4 2 0 2 6 3
1990 Did Not Qualify 11 4 6 1 12 8
1994 Did Not Qualify 8 5 1 2 22 8
1998 Did Not Qualify 11 6 1 4 21 10
2002 Did Not Qualify 14 7 4 3 24 13
2006 Did Not Qualify 6 3 0 3 16 8
2010 Did Not Qualify 16 6 4 6 16 20
2014 Did Not Qualify 14 5 5 4 18 14
2018 To Be Determined
2022 Host
Total - 0/20 - - - - - - 92 41 21 30 143 96

FIFA World Cup

Competitive record

Despite winning the Gulf Cup and finished the 2014 year with only one defeat, Qatar showed a poor form in 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar was defeated 1–4 by United Arab Emirates in their opener. This was continued with a 0–1 loss to Iran and 1–2 to Bahrain. Qatar eliminated in the group stages with no points and placed 4th in Group C.

Also as hosts, they went on to win the 2014 WAFF Championship after defeating Jordan 2–0 in the final. The competition was made up primarily of youth and reserve teams, of which Qatar's was the latter.[23] Djamel Belmadi, the head coach of the B team, replaced Fahad Thani as the head coach of the senior team as a result of the team's positive performances. 10 months later, Djamel Belmadi led Qatar to gold in the 2014 Gulf Cup. They advanced from the group stages after 3 draws, going on to defeat Oman 3–1 in the semi-final, and were victorious in the final against Saudi Arabia, who were playing in front of a home crowd, by a margin of 2–1.[24]

In 2011, as hosts of the 2011 Asian Cup, they advanced to the quarter-finals. They succumbed to a late 2–3 defeat to eventual champions Japan after a goal was scored by Masahiko Inoha in the 89th minute.

Qatar was announced as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December 2010.[22]

Qatar national team in 2011 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds.

2010–present

was called up for the job, but Qatar failed to qualify after finishing fourth in their qualifying group. Bruno Metsu [21]

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