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The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب البحرين لكرة القدم‎) is the national team of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is controlled by the Bahrain Football Association, which was founded in 1951 and joined FIFA in 1966. They have never reached the World Cup, but have twice come within one match of doing so. Bahrain won the FIFA's most improved team award in 2004, and finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup, beating Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals but losing to Japan in the semi-finals 4–3. Bahrain then lost to Iran in the third-place match, thus finishing in fourth place overall.

Bahrain
Nickname(s)محاربي ديلمون (Muharabi Dilmun, Dilmun's Warriors)
AssociationBahrain Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHélio Sousa
CaptainAbdulwahab Al-Safi
Most capsSalman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorerIsmail Abdul-Latif (40)[1]
Home stadiumBahrain National Stadium
FIFA codeBHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 111 Steady (4 April 2019)[2]
Highest44 (September 2004)
Lowest139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 101 Increase 3 (27 March 2019)[3]
Highest49 (September 2000)
Lowest138 (March 1979)
First international
 Bahrain 4–4 Kuwait 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 2 April 1966)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 10–0 Indonesia 
(Riffa, Bahrain; 29 February 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Iraq 10–1 Bahrain 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 5 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1988)
Best resultFourth place, 2004

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
The 1959 national football team

2006 World CupEdit

After Uzbekistan and Bahrain both finished third in their respective groups during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain entered a two-legged playoff with Uzbekistan, which they won on away goals with an aggregate score of 1–1. This allowed Bahrain to enter another two-legged playoff with the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, (Trinidad and Tobago), for a spot in the World Cup. But a 0–1 Bahrain loss in Manama after a 1–1 draw in Port of Spain saw the CONCACAF nation go through.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uzbekistan   1–1 (a)   Bahrain 1–1 0–0

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC – CONCACAF play-off) play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain   1–2   Trinidad and Tobago 1–1 0–1

2007 Asian CupEdit

Bahrain played in group D in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification group games. Bahrain fielded a side which was essentially the Olympic (under 23) team against Australia, and they lost 2–0. Bahrain qualified for the 2007 Asian Cup after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stage via two losses against Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, despite a win against Korea Republic.

2010 World CupEdit

 
The Bahrain national football team playing Australia on 10 June 2009 in a World Cup qualifier

In the third round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain were drawn into group B along with Japan, Oman, and Thailand. They finished second overall to qualify to the final round, in which Bahrain finished third overall in their group, below Australia and Japan, but above Uzbekistan and Qatar. In the second leg of the playoff against Saudi Arabia to decide Asia's fifth best team, Bahrain drew 2–2 with Saudi Arabia after scoring in stoppage time which allowed them to go through on away goals, after drawing their home leg 0–0. They went on to play New Zealand in the final playoff in which the victory would qualify them for the World Cup, but after a goalless draw in Manama on 10 October 2009, Bahrain lost the return leg 1–0 in Wellington, missing out on qualification at the last hurdle for the second time running.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fifth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain   (a) 2–2   Saudi Arabia 0–0 2–2

AFC 5th place v OFC winner play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain   0–1   New Zealand 0–0 0–1

2014 World CupEdit

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain did considerably worse. In the third round, they were drawn against Indonesia, Iran and Qatar. Although they managed to defeat Indonesia both home and away, they also lost 6–0 by Iran away from home, and drew their other 3 games. Although they had a higher goal difference than Qatar, they needed an extra point to advance to the next round. If they had drawn to Iran away from home, they would have advanced. But they failed to do so, and their campaign ended in the third round, their worst result since the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 6 3 3 0 17 5 +12 12
  Qatar 6 2 4 0 10 5 +5 10
  Bahrain 6 2 3 1 13 7 +6 9
  Indonesia 6 0 0 6 3 26 −23 0
         
Bahrain   10–0 1–1 0–0
Indonesia   0–2 1–4 2–3
Iran   6–0 3–0 2–2
Qatar   0–0 4–0 1–1


Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 4 6
  1982 4 1 0 3 1 6
  1986 4 1 2 1 8 6
  1990 Withdrew Withdrew
  1994 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 9 6
  1998 4 1 0 3 3 9
    2002 14 7 4 3 17 13
  2006 16 5 6 5 21 14
  2010 20 7 7 6 19 17
  2014 6 2 3 1 13 7
  2018 6 2 0 4 7 9
  2022 To be determined
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 86 30 25 31 102 93

Asian Cup recordEdit

AFC Asian Cup Finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
  1956 Did not enter Did not enter
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1976 Withdrew Withdrew
  1980 Withdrew after qualifying - - - - - -
  1984 Withdrew Withdrew
  1988 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 1 3 - - - - - -
  1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  1996 Withdrew Withdrew
  2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
  2004 Fourth place 4th 6 1 3 2 13 14 - - - - - -
        2007 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 3 7 - - - - - -
  2011 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 6 5 - - - - - -
  2015 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 5 - - - - - -
  2019 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4 - - - - - -
Total Fourth place 6/17 23 5 6 12 29 38

Arabian Gulf Cup recordEdit

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
  1970 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 4
  1972 Record Annulled
  1974 Group stage 2 0 0 2 1 8
  1976 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 9 15
  1979 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 8 9
  1982 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 10 7
  1984 Fifth place 6 1 2 3 3 6
  1986 Fifth place 6 1 4 1 4 5
  1988 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 4 4
  1990 Third place 4 1 2 1 1 1
  1992 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 6 4
  1994 Third place 5 1 3 1 5 6
  1996 Fifth place 5 0 2 3 4 8
  1998 Fifth place 5 0 3 2 3 6
  2002 Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 6
  2003 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 13 3
  2004 Third place 5 2 2 1 10 6
  2007 Semi-finals 4 1 1 2 4 5
  2009 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
  2010 Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 7
  2013 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 4 9
  2014 Group stage 3 0 2 1 0 3
  2017 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 3
Total 24/24 102 30 32 40 106 129

Arab Nations CupEdit

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 Did not enter
  1964
  1966 Group stage 4 0 1 3 7 22
  1985 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 4 3
  1988 Group stage 4 0 3 1 2 3
  1992 Did not enter
  1998 Withdrew
  2002 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 8 5
  2012 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
Total Best: Runners-up 21 4 7 10 22 41

Asian GamesEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 Did Not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 15th place 3 0 0 3 1 15
  1978 14th place 3 0 0 3 1 12
  1982 Did Not enter
  1986 12th place 3 1 1 1 4 5
  1990 Did Not enter
  1994 10th place 4 1 2 1 6 5
  1998 Did Not enter
2002–present See Bahrain national under-23 football team
Total 4/13 14 3 3 8 12 37

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1953
Did Not enter
  1957
  1961
  1965
  1976
  1985
  1997
  1999
First Round 2 0 0 2 0 6
  2007
No football tournament
  2011
Champions 4 3 1 0 9 3
2/10
Champions
6
3
1
2
9
9

Results and fixturesEdit

Previous matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Bahrain scorers
2018
6 September 2018   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Philippines Friendly 1–1 D 90+7' Issa
10 September 2018   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   China PR Friendly 0–0 D
11 October 2018   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Syria Friendly 0–1 L
16 October 2018   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Myanmar Friendly 4–1 W 45' (P) Rashid, 48', 68' Marhoon, 70' Issa
19 November 2018   Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat   Oman Friendly 1–2 L 68' Al-Humaidan
20 December 2018   Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town   Tajikistan Friendly 5–0 W 29' Al Romaihi, 43', 75' Rashid, 61' Madan, 85' Al-Husaini
27 December 2018   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Lebanon Friendly 1–0 W 46' (P) Habib
29 December 2018   Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town   North Korea Friendly 4–0 W
2019
5 January 2019   Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi   United Arab Emirates 2019 Asian Cup 1–1 D 78' Al Romaihi
10 January 2019   Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai   Thailand 2019 Asian Cup 0–1 L
14 January 2019   Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah   India 2019 Asian Cup 1–0 W 90+1' (P) Rashid
22 January 2019   Rashid Stadium, Dubai   South Korea 2019 Asian Cup 1–2 L (a.e.t.) 77' Al Romaihi

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 6 January 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11)11 August 1985 (aged 33) 8 0   Al-Najma
2 2DF Sayed Baqer (1994-04-14)14 April 1994 (aged 24) 5 0   Al-Nasr
3 2DF Waleed Al Hayam (1991-02-03)3 February 1991 (aged 27) 46 0   Al-Muharraq
4 3MF Sayed Dhiya Saeed (1992-07-17)17 July 1992 (aged 26) 66 5   Al-Nasr
5 2DF Hamad Al-Shamsan (1997-09-29)29 September 1997 (aged 21) 0 0   Al-Riffa
6 2DF Ahmed Merza (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 27) 0 0   Al-Hidd
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04)4 June 1984 (aged 34) 82 1   Al-Muharraq
8 3MF Mohamed Marhoon (1998-02-12)12 February 1998 (aged 20) 0 0   Bohemians
9 4FW Mahdi Al-Humaidan (1993-05-19)19 May 1993 (aged 25) 0 0   Al-Ahli
10 4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12)12 June 1993 (aged 25) 40 5   Bohemians
11 3MF Ali Madan (1995-11-30)30 November 1995 (aged 23) 22 4   Al-Najma
12 2DF Ahmed Juma (1992-10-08)8 October 1992 (aged 26) 3 0   Al-Muharraq
13 4FW Mohamed Al Romaihi (1990-09-09)9 September 1990 (aged 28) 17 8   Manama Club
14 3MF Ali Haram (1988-12-11)11 December 1988 (aged 30) 3 0   Al-Riffa
15 3MF Jasim Al-Shaikh (1996-02-01)1 February 1996 (aged 22) 1 0   Al-Ahli
16 2DF Sayed Redha Isa (1994-08-07)7 August 1994 (aged 24) 13 0   Al-Riffa
17 2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30)30 December 1997 (aged 21) 3 0   Al-Hidd
18 2DF Ahmed Abdulla (1987-04-01)1 April 1987 (aged 31) 17 0   Al-Najma
19 3MF Komail Al Aswad (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 (aged 24) 26 2   Al-Riffa
20 4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29)29 September 1989 (aged 29) 62 8   East Riffa
21 1GK Yusuf Habib (1998-01-09)9 January 1998 (aged 20) 0 0   Malkiya Club
22 1GK Abdulkarim Fardan (1992-04-25)25 April 1992 (aged 26) 0 0   Al-Riffa
23 3MF Jamal Rashid (1988-11-07)7 November 1988 (aged 30) 39 8   Al-Muharraq

Recent callupsEdit

The following players have been called up for the Bahrain squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


Note: Caps and goals may be incomplete for certain players, therefore being inaccurate.

Current staffEdit

Role Name
Head coach Helio Sousa
Assistant coach
Goalkeeper coach
Fitness coach

CoachesEdit

Source

HonoursEdit

Pan Arab GamesEdit

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games FootballEdit

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

Kit providersEdit

Manufacturer Period
  Legea
  Puma
  Romai[4][5] 2014–2018
  Macron[6] 2019–

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Khamis Al Rumaithi: No commercial objectives behind Romai's sponsorship of Palestine's national team". UAE Today. Emaratalyoum. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  5. ^ "The president of the football union hosts a press conference in the presence of several club managers". Akhbar Alkhaleej. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ "MACRON APPROVED AS OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIER". BFA. Bahrain Football Association. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

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