Bahrain national football team

The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب البحرين لكرة القدم‎) represents Bahrain in international football 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 had a golden year in 2019, winning both the WAFF Championship and the Arabian Gulf Cup for the first time, under the stewardship of Hélio Sousa.

Bahrain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)الأحمر (The Reds)
AssociationBahrain Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHélio Sousa
CaptainSayed Mohammed Jaffer
Most capsSalman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorerIsmail Abdul-Latif (42)[1]
Home stadiumBahrain National Stadium
FIFA codeBHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 99 Steady (20 February 2020)[2]
Highest44 (September 2004)
Lowest139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 73 Increase 27 (20 February 2020)[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)

HistoryEdit

 
The 1959 national football team

Early timeEdit

Despite the first national team was founded in 1959, Bahraini team was only first officially assembled in 1966 where they played a friendly game against Kuwait, where they drew 4–4. At that time, despite being under British rule, Bahrain was given autonomy and they had utilized this opportunity to expand its football development. Nonetheless, Bahrain was regarded as a weaker side in the Gulf Arab region, where it constituted stronger Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait. For this reason, Bahrain's international feat had been mostly limited in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

In 1988, Bahrain qualified to its first ever AFC Asian Cup, but finished bottom with only two draws in the 1988 AFC Asian Cup. Since then, Bahraini side remained neglected and less invested, despite its youth successes at the U-17 and U-20. Only by the end of 20th century, Bahrain began to really emerge and would change the country's football history.

RiseEdit

Bahrain managed a fine performance during 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, the latter was the first time Bahrain reached the final round. Despite being unable to reach either of them, Bahrain managed one of their greatest football feats, by beating Iran in both qualifications 1–0 in Damascus in 2000 Asian Cup run, and 3–1 at home in 2002 World Cup run, which remains one of the most embarrassing defeats for Iranian football. This win, though mean less for Bahrain, did manage to pull Iran out from reaching a direct World Cup ticket and helped Saudi Arabia to qualify for 2002 FIFA World Cup, Iran later failed to qualify; Bahraini fans had waged Saudi flag as a response of this win, fueling tensions between Bahrain and Iran.[4]

2004 Asian CupEdit

The form of Bahrain in 2004 AFC Asian Cup was a complete stunning for many. In their just second appearance, Bahrain was drawn with mighty host China, neighbor Qatar and Southeast Asia's finest Indonesia. However, Bahrain went on undefeated at the group stage, including a famous 2–2 draw to China in Beijing, 1–1 to Qatar before trashed Indonesia 3–1 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Then, Bahrain overcame Uzbekistan on penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, having being held 2–2. Bahrain put up another astonishing performance against defending champions Japan, only lost 3–4 after extra time, before losing 2–4 to Iran in the third place game. This tournament would mark the rise of Bahrain as a serious competitor for football in Asia.

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 shock 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, or Qatar had to be beaten by Iran in the final round. If they had also drawn to Iran away from home, they would have advanced. But neither luck came to them, and their campaign ended in the third round, their worst result since the 1998 World Cup qualifiers.

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

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 GF GA GP W D L GF GA
  1956 Did not enter Did not enter
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 4
  1976 Withdrew Withdrew
  1980 Withdrew after qualifying 3 0 0 3 0 5
  1984 Withdrew Withdrew
  1988 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 0 4 0
  1992 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
  1996 Withdrew Withdrew
  2000 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 6 6
  2004 Fourth place 4th 6 1 3 2 13 14 6 4 1 1 14 9
        2007 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 3 7 4 1 1 2 3 6
  2011 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 6 5 6 4 0 2 12 6
  2015 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 5 6 4 2 0 7 1
  2019 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4 14 7 1 6 25 13
Total Fourth place 6/17 23 5 6 12 29 38 54 27 6 21 80 55

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
  2019 Champions 5 2 2 1 7 6
Total 24/24 107 32 34 41 113 135

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 Did not enter
  2011 Champions 4 3 1 0 9 3
Total 2/10 6 3 1 2 9 9

WAFF Championship recordEdit

WAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD
  2000 Did not participate
  2002
  2004
  2007
  2008
  2010 Group stage 2 1 0 1 2 3 –1
  2012 Fourth place 5 2 2 1 3 2 +1
  2014 Third place 4 0 3 1 0 1 –1
  2019 Champions 4 3 1 0 3 0 +3
Total 4/9 15 6 6 3 8 6 +2

Results and fixturesEdit

Previous matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Bahrain scorers
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
4 August 2019   Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil   Jordan 2019 WAFF 1–0 W 69' Abdullatif
7 August 2019   Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil   Saudi Arabia 2019 WAFF 0–0 D
10 August 2019   Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil   Kuwait 2019 WAFF 1–0 W 80' Abdullatif
14 August 2019   Karbala International Stadium, Karbala   Iraq 2019 WAFF 1–0 W 40' Al-Anezi
5 September 2019   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Iraq 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers 1–1 D 9' Al Aswad
10 September 2019   Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh   Cambodia 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers 1–0 W 78' Al Aswad
9 October 2019   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Azerbaijan Friendly 2–3 L 32' Al-Malood, 68' Al-Shaikh
15 October 2019   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa   Iran 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers 1–0 W 65' (P) Al-Hardan
14 November 2019   Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong   Hong Kong 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers 0–0 D
19 November 2019   Amman International Stadium, Amman   Iraq 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers 0–0 D
27 November 2019   Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha   Oman 2019 Gulf Cup 0–0 D
30 November 2019   Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha   Saudi Arabia 2019 Gulf Cup 0–2 L
2 December 2019   Khalifa International Stadium, Doha   Kuwait 2019 Gulf Cup 4–2 W 45+1' Madan, 69' Al-Shaikh, 83', 90+3' Thiago Augusto
5 December 2019   Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha   Iraq 2019 Gulf Cup 2–2 D (5–3 Pen) 14' Al-Haza'a, 45+2' Marhoon
8 December 2019   Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha   Saudi Arabia 2019 Gulf Cup 1–0 W 69' Al Romaihi

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 2 August 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sayed Jaffer (1985-08-25)25 August 1985 (aged 33) 115 0   Al-Muharraq
1GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11)11 August 1985 (aged 33) 19 0   Al-Riffa
1GK Hamed Al-Doseri (1989-07-24)24 July 1989 (aged 30) 7 0   Al-Hala

2DF Waleed Al Hayam (1991-02-03)3 February 1991 (aged 28) 60 0   Al-Muharraq
2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19)19 July 1990 (aged 29) 41 0   East Riffa
2DF Ahmed Abdulla (1987-04-01)1 April 1987 (aged 32) 20 3   Al-Najma
2DF Sayed Redha Isa (1994-08-07)7 August 1994 (aged 24) 13 0   Al-Riffa
2DF Sayed Baqer (1994-04-14)14 April 1994 (aged 25) 10 0   Al-Riffa
2DF Mohamed Adel (1996-09-20)20 September 1996 (aged 22) 7 0   Manama
2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30)30 December 1997 (aged 21) 1 0   Al-Hidd
2DF Ahmed Nabeel (1995-08-25)25 August 1995 (aged 23) 0 0   Manama

3MF Sayed Dhiya Saeed (1992-07-17)17 July 1992 (aged 27) 78 3   Al-Nasr
3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1990-06-07)7 June 1990 (aged 29) 43 4   Al-Hidd
3MF Kamil Al Aswad (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 (aged 25) 39 3   Al-Riffa
3MF Ali Madan (1995-11-30)30 November 1995 (aged 23) 27 4   Al-Najma
3MF Jasim Al-Shaikh (1996-02-01)1 February 1996 (aged 23) 9 0   Al-Ahli
3MF Ali Haram (1988-12-11)11 December 1988 (aged 30) 4 0   Al-Riffa
3MF Mohammed Al-Hardan (1997-10-06)6 October 1997 (aged 21) 1 0   Vejle Boldklub
3MF Mohamed Abdulwahab (1989-11-13)13 November 1989 (aged 29) 0 0   Al-Hidd
3MF Issa Ali Jihad (1993-03-14)14 March 1993 (aged 26) 0 0   Manama

4FW Ismail Abdullatif (1986-09-11)11 September 1986 (aged 32) 111 40   Al-Muharraq
4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29)29 September 1989 (aged 29) 68 8   East Riffa
4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12)12 June 1993 (aged 25) 40 5   Slavia Praha

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
GK Yusuf Habib (1998-01-09)9 January 1998 (aged 20) 0 0   Malkiya Club 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Abdulkarim Fardan (1992-04-25)25 April 1992 (aged 26) 0 0   Al-Riffa 2019 AFC Asian Cup

DF Hamad Al-Shamsan (1997-09-29)29 September 1997 (aged 21) 0 0   Al-Riffa 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Ahmed Merza (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 27) 0 0   Al-Hidd 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Ahmed Juma (1992-10-08)8 October 1992 (aged 26) 3 0   Al-Muharraq 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Ahmed Abdulla (1987-04-01)1 April 1987 (aged 31) 17 0   Al-Najma 2019 AFC Asian Cup

MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04)4 June 1984 (aged 34) 82 1   Al-Muharraq 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Jamal Rashid (1988-11-07)7 November 1988 (aged 30) 39 8   Al-Muharraq 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Mohamed Marhoon (1998-02-12)12 February 1998 (aged 20) 0 0   Al-Riffa 2019 AFC Asian Cup

FW Mohamed Al Romaihi (1990-09-09)9 September 1990 (aged 28) 20 9   East Riffa 2019 WAFF Championship
FW Isa Moosa (1989-05-11)11 May 1989 (aged 30) 16 0   Manama 2019 WAFF Championship
FW Mahdi Al-Humaidan (1993-05-19)19 May 1993 (aged 25) 0 0   Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
FW Thiago Augusto (1990-05-20)20 May 1990 (aged 29) 0 0   Al-Muharraq 2019 AFC Asian Cup

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

Current staffEdit

Role Name
Head coach   Hélio Sousa
Assistant coach   Saad Farooq
Assistant coach   Ahmed Isa
Goalkeeper coach   Abdullah Ismail
Fitness coach   Nawaz Noor
Team Analyst   Ahmed Kamal

CoachesEdit

Source

HonoursEdit

ContinentalEdit

Fourth place: 2004

RegionalEdit

Champions: 2019
Runner-up: 1970, 1982, 1992, 2003
Third Place: 1990, 1994, 2004
Champions: 2019
Third Place: 2012
Gold Medalists: 2011
Runner-up: 1985, 2002

Kit providersEdit

Manufacturer Period
  Legea
  Puma
  Romai[5][6] 2014–2018
  Macron[7] 2019–

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "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.
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