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Qatar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Annabi (The Maroon)
Association Qatar Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Bruno Metsu
Most caps Adel Khamis AlNoubi(110 caps)
Top scorer Mansour Muftah (48 goals)
Home stadium Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA code QAT
FIFA ranking 86
Highest FIFA ranking 51 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 107 (December 1999)
Elo ranking 81
Highest Elo ranking 51 (September 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking 135 (April 1975)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Flag of Bahrain (1932 to 1972).svg Bahrain 2 - 1 Qatar Qatar
(Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
Biggest win
Qatar Qatar 8 - 0 Afghanistan Afghanistan
(China; 13 September 1984)
Qatar Qatar 8 - 0 Lebanon Lebanon
(Qatar; 27 March 1985)
Biggest defeat
Kuwait Kuwait 9 - 0 Qatar Qatar
(Kuwait; Date Unknown, 1973)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1980)
Best result Quarterfinals, 2000

The Qatar national football team is the national team of Qatar and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association. Despite an estimated citizen population of only 600,000, Qatar remains one of Asian football's enigmas, particularly at the youth level.

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History and overview

Football was brought to Qatar in the 1940s and 50s by oil workers. Soon after the formation of the Qatar Football Association in 1970, the national team played its first match against Bahrain. Qatar has long been the continent's under-achievers, and the fact remains that they have rarely made it past the group stage in continental championships and have never represented Asia in a FIFA World Cup. However, the tiny Persian Gulf country, where the foreign working forces outnumber the local inhabitants, has been an unpredictable quantity, especially in youth competitions. They advanced to the final of the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, losing to the then West Germany. They qualified for the FIFA event after finishing second in the AFC Youth Championship, losing to Korea Republic in the final. Then again, in 1990, Qatar finished fourth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and prior to qualifying for the championship, finished as champions in the AFC U-17 Championship in the same year.

In the AFC U-17 Championship, Qatar finished as runner-up at least five times in 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994 and 1998.

At the senior level, Qatar had won the Gulf Cup twice in 2004 and 1992. On both these occasions, Qatar was the host. The national senior team has also qualified for the Asian Cup finals, at least eight times in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2007.

Qatar made their name as the darkest horses in the Asian Zone's final qualifying round for France 1998 when they beat the likes of China and Iran to enter the last match against Saudi Arabia needing just a point to book an automatic qualifying place. However, just one match away from their first-ever place at the FIFA World Cup, they lost out as the Saudis went through 1–0.

They made it to the final qualifying round again four years later, but were totally outpaced by Bora Milutinovic's China team, who topped the section to progress to their first FIFA World Cup. Frenchman Philippe Troussier took the reins after Korea–Japan 2002 and he injected some new blood into the side. Understandably, it took time for the inexperienced new-look team to develop into a winning unit, with failures coming in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006.

Though Troussier was sacked after the disappointing World Cup-qualifying campaign, the team that he formed was to be the backbone of the team that won the Gulf Cup in 2004 and the Asian Games gold in 2006 under the guidance of Dzemaluddin Musovic.

Bosnian Musovic stepped down in the wake of Qatar's disappointing campaign in the recent AFC Asian Cup 2007, where they crashed out after the group stage with two points from three matches. The job of coaching the under-performing team then fell to Uruguayan Jorge Fossati. His task was to lead the team to 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but Qatar finished fourth in their qualifying group and missed out.

In order to sustain their success, the Qataris have once again turned their attention to youth development, particularly through the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence which was launched in September 2004.

World Cup record

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2010 World Cup Quallifying

Round 1

Team 1 Agg Team 2 Leg 1 Leg 2
 Qatar 6-0  Sri Lanka 1-0 5-0

Round 3

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 6 3 1 2 7 3 +4 10
 Qatar 6 3 1 2 5 6 −1 10
 Iraq 6 2 1 3 4 6 −2 7
 China PR 6 1 3 2 3 4 −1 6
  Australia People's Republic of China Iraq Qatar
Australia  0 – 1 1 – 0 3 – 0
China PR  0 – 0 1 – 2 0 – 1
Iraq  1 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 1
Qatar  1 – 3 0 – 0 2 – 0

Round 4

Group B

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 8 6 2 0 12 1 +11 20
 Japan 8 4 3 1 11 6 +5 15
 Bahrain 8 3 1 4 6 8 −2 10
 Qatar 8 1 3 4 5 14 −9 6
 Uzbekistan 8 1 1 6 5 10 −5 4
  Australia Bahrain Japan Qatar Uzbekistan
Australia  2 – 0 2 – 1 4 – 0 2 – 0
Bahrain  0 – 1 2 – 3 1 – 0 1 – 0
Japan  0 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 1
Qatar  0 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 3 3 – 0
Uzbekistan  0 – 1 0 – 1 0 – 1 4 – 0

Asian Cup record

Gulf Cup of Nations Record

Best result :2 times Champions (1992,2004)

  • 2009 - Semi Finals
  • Fourth Place -(1970, 1972, 1986, 1994)

West Asian Football Federation Championship

  • 2008 - Semi-Finalist

Recent Matches

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result* Scorers Referee Attendance
Friendly match 3 March 2010 Slovenia Slovenia A

* Qatar score given first

Coaches

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Paulo Campos Brazil ? Dec 2001
Pierre Lechantre France Jan 2002 May 2003
Philippe Troussier France June 2003 July 2004
Dzemaludin Musovic Bosnia and Herzegovina Aug 2004 July 2007
Jorge Fossati Uruguay Aug 2007 Sept 2008
Bruno Metsu France Sept 2008

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the Slovenia friendly match on March 3, 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Saad Al Sheeb 1 July 1990 (1990-19-01) (age 19) 1 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
GK Qasem Burhan 15 December 1985 (1985-12-15) (age 24) 14 0 Qatar Al-Gharrafa
DF Khaled Al Zakiba 11 October 1986 (1986-22-11) (age 23) 2 0 Qatar Qatar SC
DF Mohammed Kasola 13 August 1986 (1986-08-13) (age 23) 1 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
DF Hamid Ismail 9 December 1987 (1987-12-09) (age 22) 5 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan
DF Ibrahim Al Ghanim 27 June 1983 (1983-06-27) (age 26) 35 0 Qatar Al-Gharrafa
DF Bilal Mohammed 2 June 1986 (1986-06-02) (age 23) 47 3 Qatar Al-Gharrafa
DF Ahmed Faris Al-Binali 8 March 1977 (1977-03-08) (age 33) 45 1 Qatar Al-Gharrafa
DF Fawaz Al Khater 27 September 1981 (1981-09-27) (age 28) 0 0 Qatar Umm-Salal
DF Johar Al Kaabi 6 September 1988 (1988-09-06) (age 21) 0 0 Qatar Al-Arabi
DF Musa Haroon 13 September 1986 (1986-09-13) (age 23) 4 1 Qatar Al-Arabi
MF Talal Al-Bloushi 22 May 1986 (1986-05-22) (age 23) 31 1 Qatar Al-Sadd
MF Khalfan Ibrahim 2 June 1988 (1988-18-02) (age 21) 21 3 Qatar Al-Sadd
MF Abdurabb Al Yazeedi 30 October 1988 (1988-10-30) (age 21) 2 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
MF Fábio César Montezine 24 February 1979 (1979-02-24) (age 31) 19 6 Qatar Al-Rayyan
MF Mohammed Yasser 10 October 1982 (1982-10-10) (age 27) 2 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan
MF Mohamed Omar 1 January 1983 (1983-01-01) (age 27) 1 0 Qatar Qatar SC
FW Ali Afif 20 January 1988 (1988-01-20) (age 22) 15 4 Qatar Al-Sadd
FW Magid Mohamed 11 October 1985 (1985-10-11) (age 24) 31 6 Qatar Al-Sadd
FW Sebastián Soria 8 November 1983 (1983-11-08) (age 26) 35 12 Qatar Qatar SC
FW Mohammed Al Sayed Abdulmutalib 0 0 Qatar Umm-Salal

Recent call-ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
DF Ibrahim Majid 12 May 1990 (1990-05-12) (age 19) Qatar Al-Sadd
DF Taher Zakaria 20 August 1988 (1988-08-20) (age 21) Qatar Al-Sadd
DF Hamed Shami Zaher 13 November 1984 (1984-11-13) (age 25) Qatar Al-Gharrafa
MF Majdi Siddiq 3 September 1985 (1985-09-03) (age 24) Qatar Al-Sadd
MF Fadhl Omar 27 March 1989 (1989-03-27) (age 20) Qatar Qatar SC
MF Ibrahima Nadiya 11 March 1985 (1985-03-11) (age 25) Qatar Umm-Salal
FW Hassan Al Haidos 12 December 1990 (1990-12-12) (age 19) Qatar Al-Sadd
FW Yusef Ahmed 14 October 1988 (1988-10-14) (age 21) Qatar Al Sadd
GK Baba Malick 26 March 1983 (1983-03-26) (age 26) 2 0 Qatar Umm-Salal
DF Mesaad Al-Hamad 11 February 1986 (1986-02-11) (age 24) Qatar Al-Sadd
GK Mohamed Saqr 17 May 1981 (1981-05-17) (age 28) 44 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
DF Salman Mesbeh 15 December 1985 (1985-12-15) (age 24) Qatar Umm-Salal
FW Adel Lamy 13 November 1985 (1985-11-13) (age 24) Qatar Umm-Salal
DF Marcone Amaral 5 May 1978 (1978-05-05) (age 31) Qatar Al-Gharrafa
DF Abdullah Koni 19 July 1979 (1979-07-19) (age 30) Qatar Al-Sadd
DF Meshal Mubarak 25 February 1982 (1982-02-25) (age 28) Qatar Al-Rayyan
DF Mustafa Abdi 2 January 1984 (1984-01-02) (age 26) Qatar Al-Rayyan
MF Younes Ali Rahmati 3 January 1983 (1983-01-03) (age 27) Qatar Al-Rayyan
DF Abdulrahman Mesbeh 7 January 1984 (1984-01-07) (age 26) Qatar Al-Rayyan
DF Ali Nasser 16 May 1986 (1986-05-16) (age 23) Qatar Al-Sadd
DF Mohammed Musa 1 January 1986 (1986-01-01) (age 24) Qatar Al-Sadd
DF Nasser Nabeel 11 February 1990 (1990-02-11) (age 20) Qatar Al-Sadd

References

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Simple English

Qatar
Association Qatar Football Association
Confederation AFC
Coach Bruno Metsu
World Cup
Appearances 0

Qatar national football team is the national football team of Qatar.


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