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Syria
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Association Syrian Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Fajr Ibrahim
Home stadium Abbasiyyin Stadium and Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA code SYR
FIFA ranking 91
Highest FIFA ranking 78 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 145 (May 1996)
Elo ranking 64
Highest Elo ranking 53 (October 1974)
Lowest Elo ranking 125 (September 1984)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Turkey Turkey 7 - 0 Syria Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
Syria Syria 12 - 0 Maldives Maldives
(Damascus, Syria; June 4, 1997)
Syria Syria 12 - 0 Maldives Maldives
(Tehran, Iran; June 9, 1997)
Syria Syria 12 - 0 Philippines Philippines
(Aleppo, Syria; April 30, 2001)
Biggest defeat
Greece Greece 8 - 0 Syria Syria
(Athens, Greece; November 25, 1949)
Egypt Egypt 8 - 0 Syria Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 12, 1951)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1980)
Best result Round 1, all

The Syria national football team is the national team of Syria and is controlled by the Syrian Football Association. It has never qualified for the World Cup finals.

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History

It may not be the strongest in Asia, nevertheless Syrian football team has some considerable history. They participated in the 1950 and 1958 World Cup qualifiers, making them 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 reached previousely four Asian Cups, the last being 1996 when they narrowly missed the quarter-finals.

Syria is qualified to the Asian Cup 2011 in Qatar.

Competition history

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FIFA World Cup record

1930 to 1938: Did not enter

1950: Withdrew

1954: Did not enter

1958: Did not qualify

1962: Did not enter

1966: Withdrew

1970: Did not enter

1974: Did not qualify

1978: Withdrew

1982 to 2010: Did not qualify

AFC Asian Cup Record

AFC Asian Cup Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1972 Did not enter - - - - - -
1976 Withdrew - - - - - -
Kuwait 1980 Round 1 4 2 1 1 3 2
Singapore 1984 Round 1 4 1 1 2 3 5
Qatar 1988 Round 1 4 2 0 2 2 5
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 1996 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 6
2000 to 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Qualified
Total 5/15 15 6 2 7 11 18
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
AFC Asian Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1980 Round 1  Syria 0 – 0  Iran Draw
Round 1  Syria 1 – 0  Bangladesh Win
Round 1  Syria 1 – 2  Korea DPR Loss
Round 1  Syria 1 – 0  China PR Win
1984 Round 1  Syria 1 – 1  Qatar Draw
Round 1  Syria 0 – 1  Saudi Arabia Loss
Round 1  Syria 1 – 0  Korea Republic Win
Round 1  Syria 1 – 3  Kuwait Loss
1988 Round 1  Syria 0 – 2  Saudi Arabia Loss
Round 1  Syria 0 – 3  China PR Loss
Round 1  Syria 1 – 0  Kuwait Win
Round 1  Syria 1 – 0  Bahrain Win
1996 Round 1  Syria 1 – 2  Japan Loss
Round 1  Syria 0 – 3  China PR Loss
Round 1  Syria 2 – 1  Uzbekistan Win

WAFF Championship Record

WAFF Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
2000 Second Place 5 2 1 2 5 2
2002 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 5 6
2004 Second Place 4 1 1 2 6 13
2007 Semi-Finals 3 2 0 1 2 3
2008 Semi-Finals 3 1 1 1 2 3
Total 0 Titles 19 7 4 8 20 27
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Schedule and recent results

All-time results

Results by year

Click on a year for more details about fixtures played during that year.

Year Games Wins Draws Losses
2009 18 11 4 3
2010 5 2 3 0

Current squad 2009

The following players were called up for the 2011 Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon in Damascus on March 3, 2010.

No. Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
1 Mosab Balhous 5 October 1983 (1983-10-05) (age 26) Syria Al-Karamah
16 Radwan Al Azhar 12 May 1979 (1979-05-12) (age 30) Syria Al-Wahda v Qatar, 21 March 2009
Defenders
2 Belal Abduldaim 1 January 1983 (1983-01-01) (age 27) Syria Al-Karamah
42 Adib Barakat
3 Ali Diab 23 May 1982 (1982-05-23) (age 27) People's Republic of China Shanghai Shenhua
4 Omar Hemidi 2 May 1986 (1986-05-02) (age 23) Syria Al-Ittihad
5 Feras Esmaeel 3 January 1983 (1983-01-03) (age 27) Syria Al-Jaish
41 Mohamad Estanbelli
37 Mahmoud Nezaa
32 Bakri Tarrab 20 January 1985 (1985-01-20) (age 25) Syria Al-Taliya
Midfielders
11 Adel Abdullah 12 January 1984 (1984-01-12) (age 26) People's Republic of China Nanchang Bayi v Sierra Leone U-23, 5 June 2009
6 Jehad Al Hussain 30 July 1982 (1982-07-30) (age 27) Kuwait Al-Qadsia
33 Ahmad Omaier Syria Al-Karamah
14 Wael Ayan 9 April 1985 (1985-04-09) (age 24) Syria Al-Ittihad
7 Abdelrazaq Al Hussain 15 September 1986 (1986-09-15) (age 23) Syria Al-Jaish
Strikers
12 Mohamed Al Zeno 5 February 1983 (1983-02-05) (age 27) Kuwait Al-Arabi
24 Raja Rafe 1 May 1983 (1983-05-01) (age 26) Syria Al-Majd
18 Abdul Fattah Al Agha 1 August 1986 (1986-08-01) (age 23) Syria Al-Ittihad

Recent call-ups

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

Name Date of birth Club Caps (Goals) Last Appearance
Goalkeepers
Adnan Al Hafez 23 April 1984 (1984-04-23) (age 25) Syria Al-Taliya
Kawa Hesso Syria Al-Jaish 2 (0) v. Sri Lanka, 24 August 2009
Moustafa Shakosh 1 January 1985 (1985-01-01) (age 25) Syria Teshrin 1 (0)
Defenders
Hamzeh Al Aitoni 16 January 1986 (1986-01-16) (age 24) Syria Al-Majd
Ahmad Deeb 1 January 1987 (1987-01-01) (age 23) Syria Al-Karamah
Abdulkader Dakka 1 October 1985 (1985-10-01) (age 24) Syria Al-Ittihad
Ali Maia Syria Jableh 1 (0) v Sierra Leone U-23, 5 June 2009
Majed Humssi 12 December 1982 (1982-12-12) (age 27) Syria Al-Ittihad v Qatar, 21 March 2009
Zain Al Fandi Syria Al-Taliya v Qatar, 21 March 2009
Bassel Al Shaar 15 February 1982 (1982-02-15) (age 28) Syria Al-Wahda v Korea Republic, 1 February 2009
Midfielders
Alaa Al Shbli 3 May 1990 (1990-05-03) (age 19) Syria Al-Karamah v Haiti, 27 June 2009
Aatef Jenyat 8 May 1986 (1986-05-08) (age 23) Syria Al-Karamah
Meaataz Kailouni 10 March 1985 (1985-03-10) (age 25) Syria Al-Ittihad
Ahmad Haj Mohamad Syria Al-Ittihad 7 (0) v. Sierra Leone U-23, 5 June 2009
Yasser Shahen 28 July 1989 (1989-07-28) (age 20) Syria Al-Karamah 4 (0)
Bwrhan Sahiwni 7 April 1986 (1986-04-07) (age 23) Syria Al-Jaish v Sierra Leone U-23, 5 June 2009
Hazem Mahamid Syria Al-Wathba 1 (0) v Sierra Leone U-23, 5 June 2009
Yehya Al Rashed 1 February 1982 (1982-02-01) (age 28) Egypt Tersana v Qatar, 21 March 2009
Maher Al Sayed 1 January 1979 (1979-01-01) (age 31) Syria Al-Jaish v Qatar, 21 March 2009
Mahmoud Al Amenah 15 January 1983 (1983-01-15) (age 27) Iran Rah Ahan v Korea Republic, 1 February 2009
Strikers
Majed Al Haj 6 April 1985 (1985-04-06) (age 24) Syria Al-Jaish v Haiti, 27 June 2009
Firas Al Khatib 9 June 1983 (1983-06-09) (age 26) Kuwait Al-Qadsia 36 (25)
Ali Ghalium Syria Al-Wathba 0 (0) v Sierra Leone U-23, 5 June 2009
Zyad Chaabo 1 January 1979 (1979-01-01) (age 31) Syria Al-Wahda v Korea Republic, 1 February 2009

Coaches

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Valery Yaremchenko Soviet Union 1985 1987
Yuri Kurnenin Belarus 1996
Mircea Rădulescu Romania 1997 1998
Moussa Shammas Romania ? Sept 1999
Dragoslav Popovic Yugoslavia Sept 1999 - Feb 2000
Dragoslav Sridovic Yugoslavia Mar 2000 -
Bozidar Vukotic Yugoslavia ? - Oct 2001
Jalal Talebi Iran Nov 2001 - Sept 2002
Janusz Wójcik Poland 2003 2003
Ahmed Rifaat Egypt 2003 2004
Miloslav Radenovic Serbia 2005 Aug 2006
Fajr Ibrahim Syria Aug 5, 2006 Aug 2007 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Antonio Cabrini Italy Sept 2007 Feb 2008
Mohamad Qwayed Syria May 10, 2008 Aug 20, 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim Syria Nov 13, 2008 present 26 13 9 4 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009

Youth National Programs

U-20 National Team

See: Syria national under-20 football team

U-17 National Team

See: Syria national under-17 football team

External links


Simple English

Syria
Association Syrian Football Association
Confederation AFC
Coach Fajr Ibrahim
World Cup
Appearances 0

Syria national football team is the national football team of Syria.


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