Bahrain national football team

The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب الْبَحرَيْن لِكُرَّةُ الْقَدَم) 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)مُحَارِبِيّ دِيْلمُون (Muharabi Dilmun, Dilmun's Warriors)
غَوَاصِيْنُ الْلُؤْلُؤْ (Ghawaseen Al-Lulu, The Pearl Divers)
الأَحمَر (The Reds)
AssociationBahrain Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachPortugal Hélio Sousa
CaptainSayed Mohammed Jaffer
Most capsMohamed Husain (161)[1]
Top scorerIsmail Abdullatif (47)[1]
Home stadiumBahrain National Stadium
FIFA codeBHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 85 Steady (22 December 2022)[2]
Highest44 (September 2004)
Lowest139 (March 2000)
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
Appearances7 (first in 1988)
Best resultFourth place (2004)
Arab Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1966)
Best resultRunners-up (1985, 2002)
WAFF Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Websitebfa.bh

HistoryEdit

 
The 1959 national football team

Early timeEdit

Even though 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, which constituted the 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 the 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 been 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 as debutant.

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
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 a 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 on 14 November 2009, 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
Bahrain   0–1   New Zealand 0–0 0–1

Crisis periodEdit

2011 Asian CupEdit

Bahrain qualified for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup held in neighbouring Qatar, and was drawn in a tough group composing Australia, South Korea and India. Bahrain faced its first task to overcome South Korea, with the hope to repeat the surprise 2–1 victory of the 2007 edition, but South Korea turned the deficit to beat Bahrain with the same score. After the loss, Bahrain cruised past India in a seven-goal party, Bahrain scored five to keep its hope alive; but its campaign ended in vain when they lost to Australia 0–1 and was dismissed from the group stages.

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

2015 Asian CupEdit

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup once again became a disappointment for the Bahrainis, even though their group was easier, with only Iran being the biggest opponent while the UAE and Qatar were no strangers. Bahrain lost two opening games against Iran and the UAE 0–2 and 1–2, the latter defeat was subject to the earliest goal in Asian Cup history by Ali Mabkhout. Bahrain salvaged some pride with a 2–1 win over Qatar, condemning its neighbour to bottom of the group while Bahrain finished third for the second consecutive Asian Cup.

2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualificationsEdit

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round, Bahrain finished fourth in a group with Uzbekistan, North Korea, Philippines and Yemen. The poor performance of the Bahraini side caused huge public uproar over the team's ongoing decline, rocked the chair of manager Sergio Batista. He was eventually sacked and replaced by Czech youth coach Miroslav Soukup, who decided to revamp the team.

Later on, Bahrain participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, where finished first in the third round in a group with Turkmenistan, Chinese Taipei and Singapore, to qualify to the next AFC Asian Cup. However, the team's performance was far from perfect. The team suffered a home draw to minnows Singapore, before getting humiliated by Chinese Taipei away 1–2 that was considered as a shock, since Taiwan is not a football nation. This defeat also prompted Bahrain's main star, Ismail Abdullatif, to retire from the team.

Bahrain managed some promising performance during this deteriorating era, reaching semi-finals of the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup held in Kuwait.

Short-lived gloryEdit

2019: Asian Cup; WAFF Championship and Gulf Cup championsEdit

At the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Bahrain was grouped with India, Thailand and hosts United Arab Emirates. The Bahrainis managed a promising early performance when they faced the hosts, scored a goal lead in 78', but was eventually held 1–1 following an unclear penalty decision by the Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh. However, Bahrain suffered a blasting loss to Thailand 0–1, leaving the team flounder despite its earlier performance. In the final match against India, which the Indians only required a draw to progress, Bahrain however managed to get a needed penalty in injury time, where Jamal Rashid turned hero as Bahrain won the fixture 1–0 to seal the team into the knockout stage for the only second times ever, and eliminated the Indians from the competition. The Bahraini side then played its own round of sixteen match, where they lost 2–1 to South Korea after extra time. This was considered as a major success for Bahraini football, and also to be the end of the country's football misfortune that endured since 2010s.

Afterwards, Bahrain managed to win two competitions for the first time, after defeating both Iraq and Saudi Arabia, 1–0 under the leadership of Hélio Sousa against all odds, in the WAFF Championship and Gulf Cup respectively.[5][6]

2022 World CupEdit

Bahrain defeated Iran 1–0 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification Round 2, delivering a major upset in the qualifying process, and with Bahrain enjoying huge edge in the qualifiers, Bahrain was expected to reach the third round. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, Bahrain's great progression in 2019 was reversed when it lost significant home supports (despite being designated as hosts for the remaining games) due to pandemic, as fans were barred from attending, Iran having replaced manager as well, combining the Bahrain's domestic league under frequent disruption due to the pandemic, all left Bahraini players little time to organise their team. Bahrain triumphed against Cambodia 8–0 in their first game since the pandemic began, but against an Iranian side that was entirely revamped, a Bahraini side without home support was completely demoralised, losing 0–3 in process. This defeat proved to be disastrous for Bahrain, as their 4–0 victory over Hong Kong was too little, too late, due to Iran prevailing 1–0 over Iraq in the final game.[7]

Team imageEdit

RivalriesEdit

QatarEdit

Bahrain has a major rivalry against Qatar due to historical tension between the two countries. Through 39 matches played between the teams, Bahrain has an overall positive performance against Qatar, winning eleven matches, lost eight matches while nineteen matches ended in a draw.

Kit providersEdit

Manufacturer Period
  Puma 1981–1982
  Grand Sport 1983–1986
  Faisok 1986
  Grand Sport 1987–1997
  Baraka 1998–1999
  Kika 2000–2002
  Shoot 2002–2003
  Diadora 2003–2005
  Puma 2005–2014
  Romai[8][9] 2014–2018
  Macron[10] 2019–2022
  Puma 2023–

Results and fixturesEdit

Matches in the last 12 months, and future scheduled matches   Win   Draw   Loss

2022Edit

27 January Friendly Bahrain   3–1   Uganda Riffa, Bahrain
Report
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Attendance: 100
Referee: Khalid Marhoun Al Shaqsi (Oman)
1 February Friendly Bahrain   1–0   DR Congo Riffa, Bahrain
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
23 March Friendly Bahrain   2–1   India Arad, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3:00 Al-Hardan   37'
Al-Humaidan   88'
Report Bheke   59' Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Referee: Sadam Omara (Jordan)
26 March Friendly Bahrain   1–0   Burundi Arad, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3:00 Kamil Al Aswad   76'[11] Report Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Referee: Ali Al Samaheeji (Bahrain)
29 March Friendly Bahrain   0–1   Belarus Arad, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3:00 Report
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Referee: Majed Mohammed Al Shamrani (Saudi Arabia)
27 May Friendly Myanmar   0–2   Bahrain Pathum Thani, Thailand
19:00 UTC+7 Report Mahdi   89' (pen.)
Al-Humaidan   90+1'
Stadium: BG Football Training Camp
31 May Friendly Thailand   1–2   Bahrain Pathum Thani, Thailand
19:00 UTC+7
Report
  • Al-Khatal   45+1'
  • Isa   90+1'
Stadium: BG Stadium
8 June 2023 Asian Cup qualification Bahrain   2–0   Bangladesh Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17:15 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 826
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar (India)
11 June 2023 Asian Cup qualification Malaysia   1–2   Bahrain Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21:00 UTC+8
Report
Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 63,925
Referee: Sadullo Gulmurodi (Tajikistan)
14 June 2023 Asian Cup qualification Bahrain   1–0   Turkmenistan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17:15 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 2,970
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)
23 September Friendly Bahrain   1–2   Cape Verde Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
27 September Friendly Bahrain   0–2   Panama Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Khalid Saleh (Saudi Arabia)
11 November Friendly Bahrain   2–2   Canada Isa Town, Bahrain
15:30 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Khalifa Sports City Stadium
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Abdullah Jamali (Kuwait)
18 November Friendly Bahrain   1–5   Serbia Arad, Bahrain
Report
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium

2023Edit

10 January 25th Arabian Gulf Cup Qatar   1–2   Bahrain Basra, Iraq
19:15 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al-Minaa Olympic Stadium
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
13 January 25th Arabian Gulf Cup Bahrain   1–1   Kuwait Basra, Iraq
18:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Basra International Stadium
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
16 January Gulf Cup SF Bahrain   0–1   Oman Basra, Iraq
20:15 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al-Minaa Olympic Stadium
Referee: Adel Al-Naqbi (United Arab Emirates)

Current staffEdit

Role Name
Head coach   Hélio Sousa
Assistant coach   Jose Carniero
  Ahmed Isa
Goalkeeper coach   Pedro Roma
Fitness coach   Jose Herculano
Assistant coach & analyst   Ahmed Kamal

Coaching historyEdit

As of March 2019[12]

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ammar Ahmed (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Manama Club
1GK Abdulkarim Fardan (1992-04-25) 25 April 1992 (age 30) 1 0   Al-Riffa
1GK Sayed Mohammed Jaffer (1985-08-25) 25 August 1985 (age 37) 133 0   Al-Muharraq
1GK Ebrahim Lutfalla (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 30) 4 0   Al-Ahli
1GK Omar Salem (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 27) 0 0   Budaiya

2DF Mohamed Adel (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 26) 15 0   Al-Khaldiya
2DF Waleed Al Hayam (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 32) 75 0   Al-Muharraq
2DF Abdullah Al-Khalasi 0 0   Al-Muharraq
2DF Amine Bennadi (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 29) 9 0   Al-Muharraq
2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30) 30 December 1997 (age 25) 18 1   Al-Khaldiya
2DF Hamza Abdullah Idris (1999-06-23) 23 June 1999 (age 23) 0 0   East Riffa
2DF Sayed Isa (1994-08-07) 7 August 1994 (age 28) 30 1   Al-Riffa
2DF Hamad Al-Shamsan (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 25) 15 0   Al-Riffa

3MF Mahdi Abdullatif (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 29) 7 0   Manama Club
3MF Ibrahim Al-Khatal (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 22) 7 2   Manama Club
3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1990-06-07) 7 June 1990 (age 32) 59 5   Al-Muharraq
3MF Jasim Al-Shaikh (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 27) 33 3   Al-Riffa
3MF Ali Haram (1988-12-11) 11 December 1988 (age 34) 26 4   Al-Riffa
3MF Mohamed Marhoon (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 24) 28 8   Al-Riffa

4FW Kamil Al-Aswad (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 28) 64 8   Al-Riffa
4FW Mahdi Al-Humaidan (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 29) 29 3   Al-Khaldiya
4FW Ahmed Al-Sherooqi (2000-05-22) 22 May 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Muharraq
4FW Sayed Dhiya Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 30) 91 7   Al-Khaldiya
4FW Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 29) 59 5   Persija Jakarta

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 37) 26 0   Al-Riffa v.   Turkmenistan, 14 June 2022

DF Rashed Al-Hooti (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 33) 81 0   Al-Muharraq v.   Serbia, 18 November 2022
DF Talal Al-Shurouqi (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Hidd SCC v.   Serbia, 18 November 2022
DF Ahmed Abdulla Ali (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 35) 31 0   Al-Khaldiya v.   Turkmenistan, 14 June 2022
DF Abbas Ayyad (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 (age 35) 25 0   Al-Ahli v.   Turkmenistan, 14 June 2022
DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 32) 60 1   Al-Tadamon v.   Thailand, 31 May 2022

MF Ammar Mirza 2 0   Al Ittihad v.   Turkmenistan, 14 June 2022
MF Mohamed Abdulwahab (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 33) 15 0   Al-Hidd v.   Thailand, 31 May 2022
MF Mohammed Al-Hardan (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 25) 22 2   Al-Muharraq v.   Thailand, 31 May 2022
MF Abdullah Al Hashash (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 27) 4 1   Budaiya v.   Burundi, 26 March 2022
MF Jasim Khelaif (1998-02-22) 22 February 1998 (age 24) 7 0   Budaiya v.   Uganda, 27 January 2022

FW Ali Madan (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 27) 67 11   Ajman Club v.   Serbia, 18 November 2022
FW Hashim Sayed Isa (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 24) 15 6   Al-Riffa v.   Serbia, 18 November 2022
FW Mahdi Abduljabbar (1991-06-25)25 June 1991 (aged 30) 28 9   Manama v.   Thailand, 31 May 2022

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

RecordsEdit

As of 27 September 2022[14]
Players in bold are still active with Bahrain.

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position M W D L GF GA M W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970 did not enter did not enter
  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 8 4 3 1 15 4
      2026 to be determined to be determined
Total 0/22 94 34 28 32 117 97

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position M W D L GF GA M W D L GF GA
  1956 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1960
  1964
  1968 did not enter did not enter
  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
  2023 Qualified 11 7 3 1 15 4
  2027 to be determined to be determined
Total Fourth place 6/17 23 5 6 12 29 38 62 31 9 22 95 59

Gulf CupEdit

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

FIFA Arab CupEdit

FIFA Arab 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
  2021 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 4
Total Best: Runners-up 24 4 8 12 22 45

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Round M W D L GF GA
1951-1970 did not enter
  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 M 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

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 18 November 2022 after match against   Serbia.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Against Played Won Drawn Lost Goal scored Goal against % Won[a]
  Albania 2 2 0 0 6 0 100%
  Algeria 2 0 2 0 0 0 50%
  Australia 5 0 0 5 1 9 0%
  Azerbaijan 3 0 0 3 3 8 0%
  Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 4 0 100%
  Belarus 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
  Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
  Brunei 1 1 0 0 7 0 100%
  Burkina Faso 2 2 0 0 5 2 100%
  Burundi 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
  Cambodia 2 2 0 0 9 0 100%
  Canada 1 0 1 0 2 2 50%
  Cape Verde 1 0 0 1 1 2 0%
  Chad 1 0 1 0 1 1 50%
  Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
  China 8 0 5 3 9 15 31.25%
  Chinese Taipei 3 2 0 1 7 2 66.67%
  Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 6 0%
  Congo 1 1 0 0 3 1 100%
  Curaçao 1 1 0 0 4 0 100%
  Denmark 2 1 0 1 2 2 50%
  DR Congo 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
  Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
  Finland 5 0 1 4 1 9 10%
  Haiti 1 1 0 0 6 1 100%
  Hong Kong 7 5 1 1 17 3 78.57%
  Iceland 2 1 0 1 2 3 50%
  India 7 6 1 0 16 4 92.86%
  Indonesia 7 3 2 2 19 7 57.14%
  Iran 19 5 4 8 13 32 36.84%
  Iraq 31 5 13 13 26 50 38.33%
  Japan 12 2 1 9 10 23 20.83%
  Jordan 30 10 6 14 25 35 43.33%
  Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2 0 3 0%
  Kenya 2 2 0 0 4 2 100%
  Kuwait 42 14 10 18 39 55 45.24%
  Kyrgyzstan 7 5 1 1 15 7 78.57%
  Lebanon 15 7 6 2 23 18 66.67%
  Libya 5 2 1 2 9 8 50%
  Malaysia 14 8 5 2 33 17 80.77%
  Maldives 2 2 0 0 5 1 100%
  Mauritania 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
  Morocco 2 0 0 2 0 5 0%
  Myanmar 5 4 0 1 13 6 80%
  Netherlands 1 0 0 1 1 8 0%
  New Zealand 5 0 1 4 1 6 10%
  North Korea 7 2 1 4 10 10 35.71%
  North Macedonia 1 0 1 0 1 1 50%
  Norway 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
  Oman 39 12 17 10 37 32 52.56%
  Pakistan 1 0 0 1 1 5 0%
  Palestine 8 4 1 3 11 6 56.25%
  Panama 2 1 0 1 5 2 50%
  Paraguay 1 0 0 1 1 2 0%
  Philippines 6 3 2 1 9 5 66.67%
  Qatar 39 10 12 9 28 33 41.03%
  Saudi Arabia 37 7 11 19 26 55 33.78%
  Serbia 1 0 0 1 1 5 0%
  Singapore 10 8 1 1 18 6 85%
  Slovakia 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%
  South Korea 24 3 5 16 20 55 22.92%
  Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
  Sudan 3 2 0 1 4 3 66.67%
  Sweden 2 0 0 2 0 5 0%
  Syria 22 5 7 10 23 25 38.64%
  Tajikistan 5 3 2 0 16 1 80%
  Thailand 11 3 6 2 14 12 54.55%
  Togo 1 1 0 0 5 1 100%
  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 1 1 1 2 25%
  Tunisia 2 1 0 1 1 3 50%
  Turkmenistan 5 4 1 0 14 4 90%
  Uganda 2 1 1 0 3 1 75%
  Ukraine 1 0 1 0 1 1 50%
  United Arab Emirates 29 11 5 13 43 49 46.55%
  Uzbekistan 12 3 4 5 8 20 41.67%
  Vietnam 1 0 0 1 3 5 0%
  Yemen 15 12 1 2 31 8 83.33%
  Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 5 2 100%
  1. ^ A draw counts as a ½ win

HonoursEdit

ContinentalEdit

Fourth place: 2004

RegionalEdit

Champions: 2019
Runner-up: 1970, 1982, 1992, 2003
Third Place: 1990, 1994, 2004
Champions: 2019
Third Place: 2014
Gold Medalists: 2011
Runner-up: 1985, 2002

ReferencesEdit

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