Kuwait national football team

The Kuwait national football team (Arabic: منتخب الكويت لكرة القدم) is the national team of Kuwait and is controlled by the Kuwait Football Association. Kuwait made one World Cup finals appearance, in 1982, managing one point in the group stages. In the Asian Cup, Kuwait reached the final in 1976 and won the tournament in 1980.[4]

Kuwait
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Al-Azraq (The Blue)
(The Blue Wave)
AssociationKuwait Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachRui Bento
Most capsBader Al-Mutawa (196)[1]
Top scorerBashar Abdullah (75)
Home stadiumJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
FIFA codeKUW
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 148 Increase 1 (22 December 2022)[2]
Highest24 (December 1998)
Lowest189 (December 2017)
First international
 Kuwait 2–2 Libya 
(Morocco; 3 September 1961)
Biggest win
 Kuwait 20–0 Bhutan 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 14 February 2000)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Republic 8–0 Kuwait 
(Morocco; 4 September 1961)
 Portugal 8–0 Kuwait 
(Leiria, Portugal; 19 November 2003)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1982)
Best resultGroup Stage, (1982)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1972)
Best resultChampions (1980)
Arab Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1963)
Best resultThird Place (1964, 1992, 1998)
WAFF Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010)
Best resultChampions (2010)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2010)
Websitekuwait-fa.org

Kuwait's 20–0 win over Bhutan in 2000 was at the time the biggest ever victory in international football. It was surpassed in 2001, when Australia beat American Samoa 31–0.

While Kuwait was one of Asia's major football force during 1970s to 2000s, the strength of the national team has started to fade slowly from 2010s, with Kuwait failing in two consecutive Asian Cups in 2011 and 2015, before being disqualified for 2019 edition and missing out on 2023 AFC Asian Cup. The team has also failed to reach any World Cup since 1982.

HistoryEdit

Early successesEdit

Kuwait's first international match was played in the 1961 Pan Arab Games against Libya which ended in a 2–2 draw. Kuwait's biggest loss was against the United Arab Republic when they lost 8–0 in the same tournament. Kuwait national football team has joined the World Cup in 1982 which was held in Spain. Kuwait was placed in the fourth group and got the fourth place after defeats to England and France and a respectable draw with Czechoslovakia. Kuwait has won the Asian Cup in 1980 which was held on its soil. Kuwait won the Final 3–0 against South Korea. Kuwait's historical highest FIFA ranking was the 24th place achieved in December 1998. Bader Al-Mutawa is the most capped player of the Kuwaiti team, and Bashar Abdullah is the top goalscorer in the history of the Kuwait national football team. Kuwait has won the Arabian Gulf Cup ten times, and is the most successful team in winning that competition. Kuwait's most historical manager was Luiz Felipe Scolari, who won the World Cup with Brazil, and was forced to leave the country after the 1990 invasion by Iraq. He led Kuwait to win the 1990 Gulf Cup beating Qatar in The Final.

Kuwait's biggest win was against Bhutan which ended in a thrilling 20–0 win, which was the biggest win until Australia won 31–0 against American Samoa in 2001. Kuwait's most successful years were between 1970 and 1990 which had players like Jasem Yaqoub, Faisal Al-Dakhil, and Saad Al-Houti.

SuspensionsEdit

On 30 October 2007, Kuwait was suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, on the grounds of governmental interference in the national football association.[5] The ban lasted less than 2 weeks.[6] On 24 October 2008, Kuwait was again suspended by FIFA from all participation in international football, because of its failure to hold the General Assembly elections by mid-October.[7] FIFA provisionally lifted its suspension on the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) on 22 December 2008.[8] By the time, while Kuwait remained a formidable force in the Gulf, it has also declined from Asia's relevance, unable to progress from the group stage of the 2011 and 2015 AFC Asian Cups, the team finished last with no point in both tournaments.

Once again, on 16 October 2015, Kuwait was suspended for the third time as FIFA did not recognize the new sports law in the country.[9] Kuwait tried to get the suspension lifted at the 66th FIFA Congress but this was rejected and therefore from the earlier announcement on 27 April 2016, the hosting of the Gulf Cup tournament would also be moved to Qatar.[10] The suspension was eventually lifted on 6 December 2017, after Kuwait's adoption of a new sports law. By this time, the team had fallen from the 139th place to the 189th place in the FIFA World Rankings due to its inactivity, which also caused the team to miss the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[11][12][13]

On 7 December 2017, it was announced that Kuwait would host the 2017 Gulf Cup tournament after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, all withdrew when the tournament was previously set to be hosted by Qatar because of the Qatari diplomatic crisis, so it was moved to Kuwait to please all withdrawn parties to participate.

RevivalEdit

During the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, Kuwait, which only started to rebuild its team following years of suspensions and instabilities, was drawn in group B alongside old foes Australia and Jordan, outside minnows Nepal and Chinese Taipei. Although Kuwait has better head-to-head records against Australia in major tournaments, suspensions and inactivities proved detrimental as the team lost 0–3 twice. Still, the qualifiers stood out as the best qualification for Kuwait since 2006, where Kuwait impressed by finishing second, though being unable to progress to the third round.

Team imageEdit

Home StadiumEdit

The Kuwait National Team has two home stadiums, and they are Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium and Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. Jaber Al-Ahmed International Stadium was built in 2009, and Kuwait celebrated winning the 20th Gulf Cup in that stadium; while Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium is for the Kuwaiti club Kazma SC and was the Kuwait national team home. Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification-AFC Second Round, playing against the Philippines on 23 July 2011, this was the last time Mohammed Al-Hamed Stadium was the Kuwait Home stadium. On 16 May 2012, Kuwait played against the 2011–12 La Liga Champions Real Madrid in Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, the home ground of Kuwaiti club Kuwait SC, which Real Madrid won 2–0. Kuwait played their entire 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification-AFC Third Round in Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, beating the United Arab Emirates 2–1, drawing with South Korea 1–1 and losing to Lebanon 1–0.

Before Jaber Al-Ahmed international stadium was finally built in 2009, Kuwait played in Mohammed Al-Hamed Stadium. When Kuwait hosted the 1980 Asian Cup, the tournament was hosted in Sabah Al-Salem Stadium, which has a capacity of 22,000 spectators and was the largest stadium in Kuwait at that time, and Kuwait won their first and only Asian Cup of all time in that stadium. When Kuwait hosted the 1974 Gulf Cup, it was the first time Kuwait had hosted a Gulf Cup competition, and all the matches were played in Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium. Kuwait were champions of that competition for the first time in their history on home soil, and the third time in a row overall. In 1990, Kuwait hosted the 1990 Gulf Cup for the second time in their history and were crowned Champions of that competition. All of the games were played on Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. In the 2003 Gulf Cup, Kuwait hosted the competition for the third time, and once again all the matches were played in one stadium, the Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. However, Kuwait lost the competition. In the 2017 Gulf Cup, Kuwait hosted the tournament for the fourth time. All the matches were played in two stadiums, the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium and Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium. However, Kuwait were eliminated from the group stage after losing to Saudi Arabia and Oman and drawing with the United Arab Emirates.

Media coverageEdit

All Kuwait matches are broadcast with full commentary on Kuwait TV Sport. These matches are live and exclusive. beIN Sports broadcast Kuwait matches live and exclusive. So broadcast exclusively on 3 different channels, which is not exclusive. Dubai Sports broadcast Kuwait matches only in special events like the Gulf Cup, Asian Cup and others.

KitEdit

Kuwaits traditional colors are blue and white: The blue kits are their home ones and the whites for matches away. The blue sea and sky are important in Kuwait because it shows the connection of the people to pearl hunting as well as the spaciousness of the universe. Kuwait's official kit provider is currently the sports company Errea and will be Adidas from 2023 onwards. Kuwait wore the blue shirts in the 1980 AFC Asian Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Kit suppliersEdit

Period Kit Provider
1980–1991   Puma
1992–1997   Grand Sport
1997–2001   Kelme
2001–2002   Umbro
2003–2008   Saller
2009–2011   Burrda
2012–2013   Kappa
2014–2016   Uhlsport
2017–2022   Erreà
2023–   Adidas

RivalriesEdit

Kuwait vs. Iraq
Statistics vs.   Iraq[14]
Played1 Wins2 Draws Losses GF GA
35 8 9 17 34 48

1. Only matches recognized by FIFA.
2. Wins for Kuwait.

Iraq's rivalry with Kuwait was once considered as the Arab world's greatest football rivalry of all-time.[15][16] The rivalry began in the mid 1970s and it was the decade from 1976 until 1986 that saw the golden age of football for arguably the finest teams the region has produced. Both nations imposed their complete domination on the Gulf region, and from the Gulf Cup's inception in 1970 until 1990, the tournament was won by only two teams; Kuwait seven times (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990), and despite Iraq's absence in the first three editions and withdrawal in two others, Iraq won it three times (1979, 1984, 1988).[15]

Iraq and Kuwait took their increasingly bitter rivalry to a new level. On 11 June 1976, the two met in the semi-final of the Asian Cup in Tehran; Kuwait took the lead twice, Iraq came roaring back twice, And then, in the 10th minute of extra time, Kamel scored the winner for Kuwait. In 1979, the year Iraq clinched their first Gulf Cup and won over Kuwait 3–1, the two met in a qualifier for the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, both managed to qualify to the Olympic Games, and both made it to the quarter-finals in Moscow. Iraq also qualified for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and 1988 Games in Seoul. The 1982 Asian Games was won as well. Kuwait won the 1980 AFC Asian Cup, which they hosted. The nations also left their mark on the world stage. Kuwait qualified for the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain. Iraq matched that in Mexico 1986.[15]

As Iraq and Kuwait traded Gulf titles in 1988 and 1990, few could have imagined that their rivalry on the football field would be replaced by an altogether more catastrophic one on the battlefield. Because of the Gulf war, football would never be the same again. Iraq and Kuwait were in complete avoidance and never met for more than a decade. Kuwait's Blues had a relative recovery of sorts, winning the Gulf Cup in 1996 and 1998, before securing their record 10th title in 2010. Iraqi football, because of Uday Hussein's reign as head of the football association, would take far longer to recover. When it did, it was in glorious fashion, the Lions of Mesopotamia winning the 2007 Asian Cup.[15]

Kuwait vs. Saudi Arabia
Statistics vs.   Saudi Arabia[17]
Played1 Wins2 Draws Losses GF GA
42 15 13 15 44 44

1. Only matches recognized by FIFA.
2. Wins for Kuwait.

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022Edit

29 January 2022 Friendly Kuwait   2–0   Libya Kuwait City, Kuwait
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
1 February 2022 Friendly Kuwait   0–2   Libya Kuwait City, Kuwait
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
25 March 2022 Friendly Latvia   1–1   Kuwait Ta'Qali, Malta
13:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Ta'Qali National Stadium
29 March 2022 Friendly Malta   2–0   Kuwait Ta'Qali, Malta
19:00 UTC+2
  • Satariano   29'
  • Teuma   33'
Report Stadium: Ta'Qali National Stadium
Referee: Thomas Owen (Wales)
1 June 2022 Friendly Kuwait   2–0   Singapore Abu Dhabi, UAE
Report Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium
8 June 2022 2023 Asian Cup qualification Kuwait   1–2   Indonesia Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:15 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 6,100
Referee: Nasrullo Kabirov (Tajikistan)
11 June 2022 2023 Asian Cup qualification Nepal     1–4   Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:15 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 10,360
Referee: Pranjal Banerjee (India)
14 June 2022 2023 Asian Cup qualification Jordan   3–0   Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:15 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Attendance: 18,170
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)
19 November 2022 Friendly Kuwait   2–0   Lebanon Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:00 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Police Officers' Club Stadium
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
30 December 2022 unofficial Friendly Iraq   1–0   Kuwait Basra, Iraq
--:-- UTC+3
Stadium: Al-Minaa Olympic Stadium

2023Edit

7 January 2023 25th Arabian Gulf Cup Kuwait   0–2   Qatar Basra, Iraq
19:15 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al-Minaa Olympic Stadium
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
10 January 2023 25th Arabian Gulf Cup United Arab Emirates   0–1   Kuwait Basra, Iraq
16:15 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al-Minaa Olympic Stadium
Referee: Shukri Al-Hanfoush (Saudi Arabia)
13 January 2023 25th Arabian Gulf Cup Bahrain   1–1   Kuwait Basra, Iraq
18:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Basra International Stadium
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
September 2023 Friendly Kuwait   v   Hong Kong Kuwait City, Kuwait
--:-- UTC+3 Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium

Coaching staffEdit

Name Role
Head Coach   Rui Bento
Assistant Coach   Francisco Gouveia
Assistant Coach   Vasco Pereira
First Team Coach   Paulo Vieira
Goalkeeper Coach   Tiago Manta
Fitness Coach   José Vasconcelos
Physiotherapist   Ricardo Couto
Team Doctor   João Pedro Pinho
Technical Director   Diogo Rebelo

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup.[18][19]

Caps and goals correct as of 13 January 2023, after the match against the Bahrain.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Bader Al-Saanoun (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Al-Jahra
22 1GK Sulaiman Abdulghafour (1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 31) 34 0   Al-Arabi
23 1GK Dhari Al-Otaibi (2002-03-31) 31 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Kuwait SC

2 2DF Hassan Hamdan (2000-09-01) 1 September 2000 (age 22) 5 0   Al-Arabi
3 2DF Meshari Ghanam (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 25) 5 0   Kuwait SC
4 2DF Khalid El Ebrahim (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 30) 27 1   Al-Qadsia
5 2DF Fahad Al Hajeri (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 31) 70 5   Kuwait SC
13 2DF Bader Jamal (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Al-Salmiya
15 2DF Hamad Al-Qallaf (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 23) 16 0   Al-Salmiya
19 2DF Mahdi Dashti (2001-10-26) 26 October 2001 (age 21) 9 0   Al-Salmiya
21 2DF Mohammed Al-Nassar (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Kazma

6 3MF Sultan Al Enezi (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 30) 42 0   Al-Arabi
7 3MF Bader Al-Fadhel (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 25) 5 0   Al-Arabi
8 3MF Ahmed Al-Dhefiri (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 31) 41 3   Kuwait SC
10 3MF Faisal Zayid (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 31) 49 6   Kuwait SC
12 3MF Abdullah Ghanem (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Kazma
17 3MF Ali Khalaf (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 28) 8 0   Al-Arabi
18 3MF Fawaz Al-Otaibi (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 25) 20 1   Al-Salmiya

9 4FW Ibrahim Kameel (2002-06-10) 10 June 2002 (age 20) 7 1   Kuwait SC
11 4FW Eid Al Rashidi (1999-05-25) 25 May 1999 (age 23) 23 1   Al-Qadsia
14 4FW Mohammad Bajeyah (2001-03-15) 15 March 2001 (age 21) 4 1   Al-Jahra
16 4FW Mobarak Al-Faneeni (2000-01-21) 21 January 2000 (age 23) 30 4   Al-Salmiya
20 4FW Shabaib Al-Khaldi (1998-08-11) 11 August 1998 (age 24) 21 4   Kazma

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Kuwait squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Khaled Al-Rashidi (1987-04-28) 28 April 1987 (age 35) 26 0   Al-Qadsia v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
GK Hussein Kankoune (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 33) 5 0   Kazma v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
GK Saud Al-Jenaie (1994-06-12) 12 June 1994 (age 28) 2 0   Al-Tadhamon
GK Hameed Al-Qallaf (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 35) 35 0   Kuwait SC

DF Abdulaziz Wadi (1998-12-06) 6 December 1998 (age 24) 3 0   Al-Qadsia 25th Arabian Gulf CupPRE
DF Rashed Al-Dawsari (2000-07-18) 18 July 2000 (age 22) 9 0   Al-Qadsia v.   Lebanon, 19 November 2022
DF Fahad Hammoud (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 32) 35 2   Kuwait SC v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
DF Essa Waleed (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 32) 4 0   Al-Arabi v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
DF Moaath Al Dhafiri (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Al-Nasr v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
DF Sami Al-Sanea (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 30) 18 1   Kuwait SC
DF Amer Al-Fadhel (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 34) 66 0   Al-Qadsia
DF Ali Atiq (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 26) 2 0   Kazma
DF Abdulaziz Naji (2001-08-19) 19 August 2001 (age 21) 9 0   Kuwait SC
DF Dhari Said (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 35) 18 0   Al-Qadsia

MF Hamad Harbi (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 30) 21 0   Kazma 25th Arabian Gulf CupPRE
MF Yaqoub Al-Tararwa (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 28) 6 2   Al-Fahaheel 25th Arabian Gulf CupPRE
MF Khaled Shaman (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Al-Nasr v.   Lebanon, 19 November 2022
MF Fahad Al Ansari (1987-02-25) 25 February 1987 (age 35) 91 3   Al-Qadsia v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
MF Talal Al Fadhel (1990-08-11) 11 August 1990 (age 32) 23 0   Kuwait SC v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
MF Omar Al Hubaiter (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 30) 8 1   Kazma v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
MF Bandar Al Salamah (2002-10-28) 28 October 2002 (age 20) 6 0   Al-Arabi
MF Mohammad Al Huwaidi (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 24) 3 0   Al-Salmiya
MF Redha Abujabarah (1996-10-27) 27 October 1996 (age 26) 20 1   Kazma
MF Abdullah Al Buraiki (1987-08-12) 12 August 1987 (age 35) 33 2   Kuwait SC

FW Abdulaziz Marwi (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Al-Jahra 25th Arabian Gulf CupPRE
FW Bader Al-Mutawa (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 38) 196 56   Al-Qadsia v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
FW Yousef Nasser (1990-10-09) 9 October 1990 (age 32) 105 49   Kuwait SC v.   Jordan, 14 June 2022
FW Ahmad Zanki (1995-12-17) 17 December 1995 (age 27) 8 1   Kuwait SC
FW Faisal Ajab Al-Azemi (1993-01-23) 23 January 1993 (age 30) 16 2   Al-Sahel

Previous squadsEdit

World Cup squads
Asian Cup squads

RecordsEdit

As of 14 June 2022[20]
Players in bold are still active with Kuwait.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 to   1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 4 8
  1978 12 8 1 3 23 10
  1982 Round 1 21st 3 0 1 2 2 6 9 7 1 1 20 6
  1986 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 8 2
  1990 4 3 0 1 6 3
  1994 6 3 2 1 21 4
  1998 12 6 2 4 17 9
    2002 6 4 1 1 9 3
  2006 12 6 1 5 19 15
  2010 6 1 1 4 8 12
  2014 8 4 2 2 13 10
  2018 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension [21][22] 8 3 1 4 12 10
  2022 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 19 7
      2026 TBD TBD
Total Best: Round 1 1/22 3 0 1 2 2 6 101 52 16 33 189 99

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 Not a AFC member Not a AFC member
  1960
  1964
  1968 Withdrew Withdrew
  1972 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 2 5 5 2 2 1 6 4
  1976 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 6 3 Qualified by default
  1980 Champions 1st 6 4 1 1 13 6 Qualified as hosts
  1984 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 5 4 Qualified as defending champions
  1988 Group stage 7th 4 0 3 1 2 3 4 3 1 0 9 0
  1992 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 4 3
  1996 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 9 6 4 2 2 0 9 5
  2000 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 3 3 4 4 0 0 33 1
  2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 7 6 5 1 0 17 5
        2007 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 3 4
  2011 Group stage 14th 3 0 0 3 1 7 6 2 3 1 6 5
  2015 15th 3 0 0 3 1 6 6 2 3 1 10 7
  2019 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension 8 3 1 4 12 10
  2023 Did not qualify 11 5 2 4 24 13
  2027 To be determined To be determined
Total Best: Champions 10/19 42 15 10 18 45 51 60 30 16 14 133 57
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1900 to   1956 Did not enter
  1960 to   1976 Did not qualify
  1980 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 5 4
  1984 to   1988 Did not qualify
Total Best: Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 5 4
Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Sixth place 5 3 0 2 12 8
  1978 Fifth place 6 3 1 2 13 8
  1982 Runners-up 6 5 0 1 13 5
  1986 Third place 7 5 2 0 20 3
  1990 Seventh place 4 1 1 2 3 4
  1994 Third place 6 4 1 1 15 6
  1998 Runners-up 8 3 2 3 23 8
2002–present See Kuwait national under-23 football team
Total 7/13 42 24 7 11 99 42

WAFF ChampionshipEdit

West Asian Football Federation Championship record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD
  2000 Did not participate
  2002
  2004
  2007
  2008
  2010 Champions 4 2 2 0 7 5 +2
  2012 Group stage 3 2 0 1 4 4 0
  2014 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 3 5 –2
  2019 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
  2023 TBD Total 4/9 12 6 4 4 17 17 0

Arabian Gulf CupEdit

Year Host Country Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1970   Bahrain Champions 3 3 0 0 10 4
1972   Saudi Arabia Champions 3 2 1 0 14 2
1974   Kuwait Champions 4 4 0 0 16 0
1976   Qatar Champions 7 5 2 0 26 7
1979   Iraq Runners-up 6 4 1 1 15 4
1982   UAE Champions 5 4 0 1 8 2
1984   Oman Sixth place 6 1 2 3 4 8
1986   Bahrain Champions 6 5 1 0 11 4
1988   Saudi Arabia Fifth place 6 1 2 3 3 4
1990   Kuwait Champions 4 3 1 0 10 2
1992   Qatar Fifth place 5 2 0 3 5 8
1994   UAE Fifth place 5 1 1 3 2 6
1996   Oman Champions 5 4 0 1 7 4
1998   Bahrain Champions 5 4 0 1 18 5
2002   Saudi Arabia Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 6
2003   Kuwait Sixth place 6 1 2 3 6 9
2004   Qatar Fourth place 5 2 1 2 7 7
2007   UAE Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 6
2009   Oman Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 2 2
2010   Yemen Champions 5 3 2 0 7 2
2013   Bahrain Third place 5 3 0 2 9 3
2014   Saudi Arabia Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 7
2017   Kuwait Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 3
2019   Qatar Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 7
2023   Iraq Group stage 3 1 1 1 2 3
Total 25/25 Best: Champions 115 57 24 34 200 115

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1953 Did not enter
  1957
  1961 Round Robin 5 0 1 4 3 18
  1965 Did not enter
  1976
  1985
  1997 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 8 9
  1999 Did not enter
  2007
  2011 Third place 4 3 0 1 7 2
Total 3/10 14 5 1 8 18 29

FIFA Arab CupEdit

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 Fourth place 4 1 0 3 5 15
  1964 Third place 4 1 1 2 5 5
  1966 Group stage 4 0 2 2 8 1
  1985 Did not enter
  1988 Group stage 4 1 1 2 2 3
  1992 Third place 4 2 0 2 6 5
  1998 Third place 4 3 0 1 13 4
  2002 Group stage 4 1 2 1 6 6
  2012 Group stage 2 1 0 1 2 4
  2021 Did not qualified
Total Best: Third place 30 10 6 14 47 43

Head-to-head recordEdit

The following table shows Kuwait's all-time international record,

As of 10 January 2023 after match against   United Arab Emirates[23]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Afghanistan 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Algeria 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Armenia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Australia 14 5 2 7 12 22 -10
  Azerbaijan 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
  Bahrain 48 21 12 15 66 46 +20
  Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5
  Bhutan 1 1 0 0 20 0 +20
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
  Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
  Bulgaria 5 0 3 2 6 9 -3
  Cambodia 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
  Cameroon 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
  China 19 5 5 9 16 26 -10
  Colombia 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
  Cyprus 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 1 9 -8
  Czechoslovakia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Ecuador 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
  Egypt 13 1 7 5 10 23 -13
  England 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
  Finland 7 2 2 3 5 6 -1
  France 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4
  Germany 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7
  East Germany 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2
  Hong Kong 7 6 1 0 18 4 +14
  Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
  Iceland 7 1 4 2 3 4 -1
  India 3 2 0 1 17 5 +12
  Indonesia 7 2 3 2 12 8 +4
  Iran 29 7 8 13 27 35 -8
  Iraq 35 8 10 17 34 48 -14
  Ivory Coast 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
  Japan 5 4 0 1 8 2 +6
  Jordan 24 8 11 6 30 25 +5
  Kazakhstan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Kenya 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
  North Korea 14 6 7 1 20 12 +8
  South Korea 23 8 3 12 20 30 -10
  Kyrgyzstan 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8
  Laos 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Latvia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
  Lebanon 31 15 10 6 50 31 +19
  Libya 8 3 3 2 11 12 -1
  Lithuania 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
  Macau 2 2 0 0 18 1 +17
  Malaysia 13 9 2 2 32 8 +24
  Mali 3 3 0 0 14 4 +10
  Mauritania 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Mexico 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Mongolia 1 1 0 0 11 0 +11
  Morocco 6 0 2 4 5 14 -9
  Myanmar 6 3 0 3 18 12 +6
    Nepal 9 8 1 0 34 2 +32
  Niger 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  New Zealand 4 2 1 1 7 8 -1
  Norway 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
  Oman 31 12 10 9 47 27 +20
  Pakistan 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6
  Palestine 9 7 1 1 20 7 +13
  Philippines 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5
  Poland 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2
  Portugal 2 0 1 1 1 9 -8
  Qatar 39 18 5 15 55 42 +13
  Romania 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1
  Russia 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3
  Saudi Arabia 42 15 12 15 44 44 0
  Singapore 10 7 2 1 20 6 +14
  Sudan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Soviet Union 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
  Syria 33 13 9 11 50 37 +13
  Chinese Taipei 3 3 0 0 21 1 +20
  Tajikistan 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
  Thailand 11 7 0 4 29 17 +12
  Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Tunisia 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6
  Turkmenistan 5 3 2 0 13 4 +9
  Uganda 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  United Arab Emirates 44 18 8 16 70 48 +22
  United States 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
  Uzbekistan 6 2 1 3 9 12 -3
  Vietnam 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
  South Vietnam 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Wales 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
  Yemen 13 7 4 0 25 4 +21
  South Yemen 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
  Zambia 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5
  Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
Total 675 287 172 216 1071 755 +316

HonoursEdit

Continental honoursEdit

Winners (1): 1980
Runners-up (1): 1976
Third Place (1): 1984
Fourth Place (1): 1996

Regional honoursEdit

Third-Place (3): 1964, 1992, 1998
Fourth-Place (1): 1963
Winners (10): 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2010
Runners-up (1): 1979
Third-Place (1): 2013, 2002
Winners (1): 2002
Third-Place (1): 1997
Winners (1): 2010
Fourth-Place (1): 2014
Third-Place (2): 1992*, 2011
Fourth-Place (1): 1997

* The 1992 edition organised as part of the Pan Arab Games, and also counted as Arab Cup.

FriendlyEdit

Winners (1): 2011
Runners-up (1): 1973

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA Century Club des Cent del la FIFA Club de los Cien de la FIFA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 December 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Asia's greatest national teams: Kuwait (1980s) | Football News | Asian Qualifiers 2022". the-AFC. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  5. ^ "FIFA suspends Kuwait Football Federation". London: Guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 May 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  6. ^ "FIFA lifts suspension on Kuwait". FIFA. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2007.
  7. ^ "FIFA suspends Kuwait Football Federation". The-AFC.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2008.
  8. ^ "FIFA provisionally lifted its suspension on the Kuwait Football Association (KFA)". The-AFC.com. Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  9. ^ "Suspension of the Kuwait Football Association". FIFA. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  10. ^ "FIFA Congress drives football forward, first female secretary general appointed". FIFA. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Suspension of the Kuwait Football Association lifted". FIFA.com. 6 December 2017. Archived from the original on December 7, 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  12. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - November 2017". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on November 25, 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  13. ^ "FIFA lifts suspension on Kuwait's football association - Kuwait,Europe - ArabianBusiness.com". Archived from the original on 2017-12-06.
  14. ^ "Iraq - Record against..." worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  15. ^ a b c d Storied Gulf Cup rivalry between Iraq and Kuwait survives war
  16. ^ "Storied Gulf Cup rivalry between Iraq and Kuwait survives war". The National. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  17. ^ "Kuwait - Record against Saudi Arabia". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  18. ^ "لاعبي منتخب الكويت لخليجي 25.. تعرف على قائمة أسماء نجوم الأزرق".
  19. ^ "الكويت تعلن القائمة النهائية المشاركة في خليجي 25".
  20. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Kuwait - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  21. ^ "Kuwait sanctioned after unplayed FIFA World Cup™ qualifier". FIFA. 13 January 2016. Archived from the original on January 14, 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  22. ^ "FIFA sanctions several football associations after discriminatory chants by fans" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Kuwait - Record against". 1 January 2023. Retrieved 11 January 2023.

External linksEdit

Preceded by Asian Champions
1980 (First title)
Succeeded by