Lebanon national futsal team

The Lebanon national futsal team (Arabic: منتخب لبنان لكرة الصالات‎; French: Équipe du Liban de futsal) represents Lebanon in international futsal competitions.[2] Nicknamed "the Cedars", the team is controlled by the Lebanese Football Association (LFA).

Lebanon
Nickname(s)رجال الأرز
(The Cedars)
AssociationLebanon Football Association
(الاتحاد اللبناني لكرة القدم‎)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
WAFF (West Asia)
Head coachFrancisco Araujo
CaptainKassem Kawsan
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeLBN
FIFA ranking40 Increase 1 (12 May 2020)[1]
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Lebanon 0–10 Cyprus 
(Nicosia, Cyprus, 28 July 2008)
Biggest win
 Lebanon 16–2 Yemen 
(Port Said, Egypt, 24 December 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 15–2 Lebanon 
(Tehran, Iran, 27 July 2003)
AFC Futsal Asian Cup
Appearances11 (First in 2003)
Best resultQuarterfinals (7 times)
WAFF Futsal Championship
Appearances2 (First in 2007)
Best resultRunners-up (2007)

While Lebanon has yet to participate in the FIFA Futsal World Cup, they are regulars at the AFC Futsal Asian Cup, reaching the quarter-finals on seven occasions. The team also competes in the WAFF Futsal Championship, where they came second in the first edition, and in the Arab Futsal Championship, coming in third place twice.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

FIFA Futsal World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1989 Did not enter Did not enter
  1992
  1996
  2000
  2004 Did not qualify The 2004 AFC Futsal Championship served as the qualifying tournament
  2008 The 2008 AFC Futsal Championship served as the qualifying tournament
  2012 The 2012 AFC Futsal Championship served as the qualifying tournament
  2016 The 2016 AFC Futsal Championship served as the qualifying tournament
  2020 To be determined The 2020 AFC Futsal Championship will serve as the qualifying tournament
Total 0/9 Total

AMF Futsal World CupEdit

AMF Futsal World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1982 Did not enter Did not enter
  1985
  1988
  1991
  1994
  1997
  2000
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019
Total 0/9 Total

AFC Futsal Asian CupEdit

AFC Futsal Asian Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pld W D L GF GA Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1999 Did not enter Did not enter
  2000
  2001
  2002
  2003 Group stage 3 1 0 2 8 23 Qualified as invitees
  2004 Quarterfinals 5 2 1 2 22 17
  2005 Round 2 (Plate) 8 6 0 2 51 25
  2006 Group stage 3 0 1 2 12 18 Qualified as top 11 team at the previous tournament
  2007 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 19 15 1st of 4 3 2 1 0 23 4
  2008 Quarterfinals 4 1 1 2 13 23 Qualified as top 11 team at the previous tournament
  2010 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 12 16 1st of 3, 1st of 4 4 3 1 0 16 8
  2012 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 10 11 2nd of 4, 3rd of 4 5 3 0 2 15 8
  2014 Quarterfinals 4 1 1 2 14 19 1st of 5 4 3 1 0 13 9
  2016 Group stage 3 0 2 1 7 9 1st of 4 3 3 0 0 16 6
  2018 Quarterfinals 4 2 2 0 11 7 1st of 3 2 2 0 0 6 2
  2020 Qualified 1st of 4 3 3 0 0 20 4
Total 12/16 46 19 8 19 179 183 Total 24 19 3 2 109 41

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts GamesEdit

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2005 Did not enter
  2007 Quarter-finals 5 3 1 1 16 17
  2009 Did not enter
  2013 Quarter-finals 3 1 1 1 14 11
  2017 Group stage 2 0 0 2 4 10
  2021 To be determined
Total 4/5 10 4 2 4 34 38

WAFF Futsal ChampionshipEdit

WAFF Futsal Championship record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2007 Runners-up 3 2 0 1 12 9
  2009 Third Place 4 2 0 2 11 8
  2012 Did not enter
Total 2/3 7 4 0 3 23 17

Arab Futsal ChampionshipEdit

Arab Futsal Championship record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1998 Did not enter
  2005 Third Place 4 2 0 2 24 27
  2007 Third Place 5 2 0 3 24 21
  2008 Fourth Place 6 3 0 3 33 20
Total 3/4 15 7 0 8 81 68

Mediterranean Futsal CupEdit

Mediterranean Futsal Cup record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2010 6th place 5 2 1 2 20 13
Total 1/1 5 2 1 2 20 13

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship.[3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Hussein Hamadani (1984-06-23) 23 June 1984 (age 36)   Bank of Beirut
2 1GK Ghadi Abi Akl (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 24)   Shabab Al Ashrafieh
13 1GK Karim Joueidi   Shabab Al Ashrafieh
3 FP Mohammad Abou Zeid   Lebanese Army
4 FP Mustafa Rhyem (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 27)   Shabab Al Ashrafieh
5 FP Ahmad Kheir El-Dine (1995-07-07) 7 July 1995 (age 25)   Bank of Beirut
6 FP Ali El-Homsi (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 35)   Bank of Beirut
7 FP Hassan Zeitoun (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 32)   Al Fayhaa Tripoli
8 FP Kassem Koussan (1985-10-01) 1 October 1985 (age 35)   Al Fayhaa Tripoli
9 FP Mouhammad Hammoud (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 (age 23)   Bank of Beirut
10 FP Ali Tneich (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 28)   Bank of Beirut
11 FP Mohamad Kobeissy (1988-10-01) 1 October 1988 (age 32)   Lebanese Army
12 FP Karim Abou Zeid (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 29)   Bank of Beirut
14 FP Moustafa Serhan (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 31)   Bank of Beirut

Previous squadsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rankings change compared to the previous year's December ranking. "Futsal World Ranking"
  2. ^ Montague, James (28 February 2012). "National Team Helps Bring Lebanon Together". The New York Times.
  3. ^ FaLebanon (27 January 2018). "Lebanese Futsal National Team Roster for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship". FaLebanon. Retrieved 18 October 2019.