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سلطنة عمان
Sultanate of Oman
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al-Ahmar
(The Red)
Al-Khanajar Al-Omania
(The Omani Daggers)
Al-Halwa Al-Omania
(The Sweet of Oman)
Al-Samba Al-Khaleejia
(Sambas of the Gulf)
Association Oman Football Association
Confederation AFC
Head coach France Claude Le Roy
Asst coach Oman Hamad Al-Azani
Captain Mohamed Rabia (2004-Present)
Most caps Sulaiman Al-Mazroui
Top scorer Hani Al-Dhabit
Home stadium Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
FIFA ranking 79
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (August 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 117 (July 2003)
Elo ranking 63
Highest Elo ranking 50 (December 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 174 (March 1984)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Flag of Bahrain 1972.svg Bahrain 4 - 0 Oman Old Flag of Oman.svg
(Kuwait; March 16, 1974)
Biggest win
Oman Oman 12 - 0 Laos Laos
(Muscat, Oman; April 30, 2001)
Biggest defeat
Sudan Sudan 15 - 0 Oman Oman
(Egypt; 2 September 1965)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2004)
Best result 1st Round
Association logo used by Oman from 1978 to 2008.

The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عمان لكرة القدم‎), is the national team of Oman and is controlled by the Oman Football Association. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the team was formed long before, and has established a proper football association in only December, 2005.

Prior to the turn of the 21st Century, Oman's senior team have generally finished in last place in all competitions in which competed in, but with the rise of new players, such as Omani legend, Hani Al-Dhabit in the late 90's, Oman has transformed from being a regional underdog to a world class team, sporting players from England to Belgium, and Saudi Arabia, to Qatar. Former Omani captain, Hani Al-Dhabit was awarded the RSSSF 2001 World Top Scorer, with a staggering 22 goals[1]; the most goals scored by a player who won the World Top Scorer award to date, and also being the third Arab to win the award, as well as being the first Omani.[2]

The U-16, and U-17 national teams have generally had more success than the senior team on international level, winning 3rd place in the 1994 AFC U-17 Championship, and winning twice the competition in 1996, and 2000 editions. The team has also qualified for the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Ecuador, finishing in a record 4th place, and qualifying for the 1997 edition in Egypt again having an exciting run through the competition, but was eliminated in the final 8. During these U-17 World Championships, many great talents were exposed to international light, such as Hashim Saleh, Hani Al-Dhabit, and 1995 U-17 World Championship top scorer, Mohammed Al-Kathiri.[3][4] The U-17 team has also qualified for the third time for the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago. They currently have qualified for the 2010 AFC U-16 Championship.

The senior team has never qualified for the World Cup, but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004 and 2007, and reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and won it on its' third attempt as hosts.


World Cup record

Asian Cup record

Gulf Cup of Nations Performance

Prior to the new millennium, Oman struggled greatly in the Gulf Cup of Nations, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the Cup was held in Oman. It was about 1998 when Oman took the Gulf Cup seriously, and in the year 2003/2004 Gulf Cups an explosion of new talent emerged like the familiar names of Imad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Badr Al-Maimani and Khalifa Ayil, which made the team very successful.

In the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations held in Saudi Arabia, Oman had once again finished in an inadequate 5th place, but under the captaincy of Dhofar F.C.'s Hani Al-Dhabit, Oman had done something never done before in the history of Oman in the Gulf Cup, defeat 9-time winners[5], Kuwait. The match ended 3-1 with captain Hani scoring a hat-trick. As well as the three goals on Kuwait, the World Top Scorer of 2001 scored a goal on Bahrain, and a consolation goal against a 2-1 Qatar.[6] At the end of the competition, Hani Al-Dhabit was the only Omani to score any goals, and was awarded the "Top Goal Scorer" of the competition, with a total of 5 goals.[7]

In the 2007 Gulf Cup, the national team reached the final for a second consecutive time and lost to hosts, U.A.E. 1-0 in Abu Dhabi. Although losing to the Emirates in the final, Oman had maintained an undefeated record throughout the competition dis-including the final.[8] Once again Ali Al-Habsi had received the "Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup"[9] for the third consecutive time in a row; the most won by a goalie in the 37 years of the Gulf Cup. Oman had tied U.A.E. in goalscoring with 9 goals each after the competition.[10]

Finally after losing twice in the Gulf Cup final consecutively, Oman had managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations as hosts, while defeating regional giants, Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout, 5-6. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition without one goal being scored on them.[11] The competition in Muscat was the first for Hassan Rabia, and despite this he managed to score 4 goals resulting in him receiving the "Top Goal Scorer" award.[12] Ali Al-Habsi also received the fourth consecutive "Best Goalkeeper Award" expanding his record even further.[13][14]

Year Host Country Place
1970 Bahrain Bahrain Did not enter
1972 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Did not enter
1974 Kuwait Kuwait 6th place
1976 Qatar Qatar 7th place
1979 Iraq Iraq 7th place
1982 United Arab Emirates U.A.E. 6th place
1984 Oman Oman 7th place
1986 Bahrain Bahrain 7th place
1988 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 7th place
1990 Kuwait Kuwait 4th place
1992 Qatar Qatar 6th place
1994 United Arab Emirates U.A.E. 6th place
1996 Oman Oman 6th place
1998 Bahrain Bahrain 4th place
2002 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 5th place
2003 Kuwait Kuwait 4th place
2004 Qatar Qatar 2nd place
2007 United Arab Emirates U.A.E. 2nd place
2009 Oman Oman 1st place

U-17 National Team Performance

2002 World Cup Qualification

Team Awards and Achievements

Oman have not won many team titles but have gone far in many competitions, like the 1995 U-17 World Championship. For the few trophies the team won, they were in the youth level. The U-17 Team won first place in the 1996 and 2000 AFC U-17 Championship, and third in the '94 tournament. More recent achievements are qualifying for Asian Cups 2004, and 2007. Also receiving second place for the 17th and 18th Gulf Cup of Nations. On the 18th of January 2009, Oman won its first ever gulf cup achieving a historic victory over Saudi Arabia which ended in penalties after a goalless match. The hosts went on to win the penalty shoot out 6-5 winning their first ever gulf cup and at the same time defeating Saudi Arabia in the gulf cup for the very first time.

Oman vs. Australia
Facing Thailand
Oman performing in the 2007 Asian Cup
Year Team Award Competition
1994 OmanOman U-17 Team Won third place trophy AFC U-17 Championship 1994
1995 OmanOman U-17 Team Won fourth place in tournament 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship
1996 OmanOman U-17 Team Won first place trophy AFC U-17 Championship 1996
2000 OmanOman U-17 Team Won first place trophy AFC U-17 Championship 2000
2004 Oman Oman National Team Won second place trophy 17th Gulf Cup of Nations
2007 Oman Oman National Team Won second place trophy 18th Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 Oman Oman National Team Won first place trophy 19th Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 Oman Oman National Team Won fair play team award 19th Gulf Cup of Nations

Individual awards

Year Player Award
1984 Ghulam Khamis Best Player of the 1984 Gulf Cup.
1995 Mohamed Al Kathiri 1995 Asian Young Footballer of the Year
1995 Mohamed Al Kathiri Golden Ball of 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship
2001 Hani Al-Dhabit World's top goal scorer of 2001
2002 Hani Al Dhabit Top goal scorer of the 15th Gulf Cup
2003 Ali Al-Habsi Best goalkeeper of the 16th Gulf Cup
2004 Imad Al-Hosni Golden Shoe of the 17th Gulf Cup
2004 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of Norway Award
2004 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of the 17th Gulf Cup
2007 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of the 18th Gulf Cup
2009 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of the 19th Gulf Cup
2009 Hassan Rabia Top Scorer of the 19th Gulf Cup

Friendly matches

Oman's score is notated first.

Opponents Venue Date Result
Paraguay Paraguay Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 19 November 2008 0–1
People's Republic of China China Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 17 December 2008 3–1
Ecuador Ecuador Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 19 December 2008 2–0
Senegal Senegal Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 22 December 2008 1–0
Senegal Senegal Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 28 May 2009 2–0
Egypt Egypt Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 30 May 2009 0–1
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Cannes (France) 9 June 2009 1–2
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Al-Saada Stadium, Salalah (Oman) 12 August 2009 2–1
Qatar Qatar Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (Qatar) 9 September 2009 1–1
Brazil Brazil Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 17 November 2009 0–2
Singapore Singapore National Stadium, Singapore (Singapore) 28 December 2009 0–0
Singapore Singapore National Stadium, Singapore (Singapore) 31 December 2009 4–1
Sweden Sweden Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman) 20 January 2010

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the Oman national football team for the friendly match against Brazil on November 17, 2009 in Muscat, Oman.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Mohammed Huwaidi January 27, 1984 (1984-01-27) (age 25) 28 Oman Muscat
22 GK Badr Jumaa December 6, 1981 (1981-12-06) (age 28) Oman Dhofar
26 GK Ali Al-Habsi December 30, 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 28) England Bolton Wanderers
2 DF Mohammed Rabia May 10, 1981 (1981-05-10) (age 28) Qatar Al-Sadd
4 DF Said Al-Shoon August 28, 1983 (1983-08-28) (age 26) Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiya
17 DF Hassan Mudhafar June 26, 1980 (1980-06-26) (age 29) United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
5 DF Mohammed Al-Sheiba September 27, 1989 (1989-09-27) (age 20) United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl
11 DF Saad Suhail {{{age}}} Oman Al Oruba
25 DF Khalifa Ayil March 1, 1984 (1984-03-01) (age 25) Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq
10 MF Fawzi Bashir May 6, 1984 (1984-05-06) (age 25) United Arab Emirates Bani Yas
12 MF Ahmed Mubarak February 23, 1985 (1985-02-23) (age 24) Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
6 MF Hussain Al Hadhri May 21, 1990 (1990-05-21) (age 19) Oman Dhofar
15 MF Ismail Al-Ajmi June 9, 1984 (1984-06-09) (age 25) Kuwait Al-Kuwait
19 MF Ahmed Manaa April 9, 1988 (1988-04-09) (age 21) Oman Dhofar
21 MF Ahmed Hadid July 18, 1984 (1984-07-18) (age 25) Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
99 MF Qasim Said January 1, 1985 (1985-01-01) (age 25) 5 Oman Al-Nasr
8 FW Badr Al-Maimani July 16, 1984 (1984-07-16) (age 25) Oman Muscat
9 FW Hashim Saleh October 15, 1981 (1981-10-15) (age 28) Oman Dhofar
14 FW Hassan Rabia February 1, 1984 (1984-02-01) (age 25) Oman Al-Suwaiq
20 FW Imad Al-Hosni July 18, 1984 (1984-07-18) (age 25) 54 32 Belgium R. Charleroi
97 FW Yaqoob Abdul-Karim {{{age}}} 3 Oman Saham

Former Squads


Manager From To
Egypt Mamadoh Mohammed Al-Khafaji 1974 1976
England George Smith 1979 1979
Tunisia Hamed El-Dhiab 1980 1982
Tunisia Mansaf El-Meliti 1982 1982
Brazil Paulo Heiki 1984 1984
Brazil Antônio Clemente 1986 1986
Brazil Jorge Vitório 1986 1988
Germany Karl-Heinz Heddergott 1988 1989
Germany Bernd Patzke 1990 1992
Iran Heshmat Mohajerani 1992 1994
Oman Rashid bin Jaber Al-Yafi’i 1995 1996
Egypt Mahmoud El-Gohary 1996 1996
Slovakia Jozef Vengloš 1996 1997
England Ian Porterfield October 1997 ?
Brazil Valdeir Vieira 1998 1999
Brazil Carlos Alberto Torres Apr 2000 Mar 2001
Czech Republic Milan Máčala Apr 2001 May 2001
Germany Bernd Stange June 2001 ?
Oman Rashid bin Jaber Al-Yafi’i 2002 2002
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2003 2005
Croatia Srečko Juričić 2005 2006
Oman Hamad Al-Azani 2006 (caretaker role)
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2006 2007
Argentina Gabriel Calderón 2007 2008
Uruguay Julio César Ribas 2008 2008
Oman Hamad Al-Azani 2008 2008
France Claude Le Roy July 2008


  1. ^ - Al-Dhabit scored 22 goals in 2001
  2. ^ - 3rd Arab to receive the award, and first Omani.
  3. ^ - Oman U-17 1995 squad
  4. ^ - Oman U-17 1997 squad
  5. ^ 9-time winners of the Gulf Cup of Nations
  6. ^ - match results from the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations.
  7. ^ - Hani Al-Dhabit, top goal scorer of the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations with a total of 5 goals.
  8. ^ - Oman's performance in the 2007 Gulf Cup.
  9. ^ - Al-Habsi receiving the Best Goalkeeper award.
  10. ^ - Oman's goal scoring record in the 18th Gulf Cup.
  11. ^ - Oman's 19th Gulf Cup record.
  12. ^ Hassan Rabia--19th Gulf Cup top goal scorer.
  13. ^ - Ali--4 time winner of Best Goalkeeper
  14. ^,,1004~36152,00.html - BWFC -- Ali 4 time winner of Best Goalkeeper award.

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Simple English

Association Oman Football Association
Confederation AFC
Coach Claude Le Roy
Most caps Sulaiman Al Mazroui ()
Top scorer Amad Al Hosni ()
World Cup
Appearances 0

Oman national football team is the national football team of Oman.


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