The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عُمان لكرة القدم) represents Oman in men's international football and is controlled by the Oman Football Association. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the squad was formed some time before that and a proper football association was formed only in December 2005.
|Association||Oman Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Branko Ivanković|
|Most caps||Ahmed Mubarak (180)|
|Top scorer||Hani Al-Dhabit (43)|
|Home stadium||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
|Current||75 (6 October 2022)|
|Highest||50 (August – October 2004)|
|Lowest||129 (October 2016)|
| Libya 14–1 Muscat and Oman |
(Cairo, Egypt; 2 September 1965)
| Oman 14–0 Bhutan |
(Muscat, Oman; 28 March 2017)
| Libya 21–0 Muscat and Oman |
(Baghdad, Iraq, 6 April 1966)
|Appearances||4 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2019)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2008)|
|Best result||Third place (2012)|
|Arabian Gulf Cup|
|Appearances||24 (first in 1974)|
|Best result||Champions (2009, 2017–18)|
The mid 1990s under the OFA chairmanship of Sheikh Saif bin Hashil Al-Maskary saw Oman achieve higher results on the Asian stage. Former Omani captain, Hani Al-Dhabit was awarded the RSSSF 2001 World Top Scorer, with 22 goals; the most goals scored by a player who won the World Top Scorer award till date and also being the third Arab and only the first Omani to win the award.
The senior team has never qualified for the World Cup but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2019. They also have reached the Arabian Gulf Cup final four times and have won it for the first time on their third attempt as hosts in 2009. They had to wait for the 2017 edition to win the tournament for the second time in their history.
Gulf Cup performanceEdit
Prior to the newer millennium, Oman generally struggled more in the Gulf Cup, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place even when the cup was held in Oman. It was in 1998 when the national team began to improve its performance and in the 2003 and 2004 Gulf Cups, new talents like Amad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Sultan Al-Touqi, Badr Al-Maimani and Khalifa Ayil may have made the team more successful.
In the 2002 Gulf Cup which was held in Saudi Arabia, Oman had once again finished at 5th place but under the captaincy of Dhofar F.C.'s Hani Al-Dhabit, Oman had accomplished something which was never done before in the team's history in the Gulf Cup, defeating 9-time winners Kuwait. The match had ended 3–1 with captain Hani Al-Dhabit scoring a hat-trick. Hani also netted a goal against Bahrain and a consolation goal in a 2–1 loss against Qatar. At the end of the competition, Hani was the only Omani to score goals and was also awarded the "Top Goalscorer" of the competition with a total of 5 goals.
In the 2004 Gulf Cup which was held in Doha, Oman reached the final for the first time in the team's history which was eventually lost to the hosts Qatar in a penalty shootout after the goalkeeping sensation Ali Al-Habsi missed a penalty. Qatar won the match 6–5 on penalties after the match had ended 1–1 at normal time. Amad Al-Hosni was awarded the "Top Goalscorer" award of the competition with a total of 4 goals.
In the 2007 Gulf Cup which was held in the United Arab Emirates, the national team again reached the final for a second consecutive time and again lost 1–0 to the hosts United Arab Emirates. Although Oman lost to the Emirates in the final, they had maintained an undefeated record throughout the competition excluding the final. Once again Ali Al-Habsi had received the "Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup" award for the third consecutive time in a row, the most won by any goalkeeper in the 40 years of the Gulf Cup tournament. Oman had tied United Arab Emirates in goal-scoring with nine goals each after the competition.
Eventually after losing twice in the Gulf Cup final consecutively, Oman had managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup tournament as hosts by defeating Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout. Oman won the match 6–5 on penalties after the match had ended 0–0 at extra time. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition. The competition in Muscat was the first for Hassan Rabia, and despite this, he managed to score 4 goals making him receive the "Top Goalscorer" award. Ali Al-Habsi also received his fourth consecutive "Best Goalkeeper Award".
However, Ali Al-Habsi would not go on to feature in the next two Gulf Cup's due to his commitments with his English club team Wigan Athletic F.C. at the time. In the 2010 Gulf Cup which was held in Yemen, Oman drew all the three matches of the group stage against Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Iraq. Oman could manage to score only one goal in the tournament against Bahrain which was scored by Amad Al-Hosni and hence could not go further in the tournament. Following these performances of the team in the regional tournament, the Oman Football Association sacked their then-manager Claude Le Roy on 9 January 2011 who won them their maiden tournament in 2009.
In the 2013 Gulf Cup which was held in Bahrain, Oman could manage to draw only one match against the hosts Bahrain and lost in their other two matches against Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Oman again could score only one goal and this time it was from the spot by Hussain Al-Hadhri in the match against Qatar which Oman eventually lost 2–1.
In the 2017 Gulf Cup which was held in Kuwait, Oman started the tournament with a loss to the United Arab Emirates by one goal from a penalty kick by Ali Mabkhout. Afterwards, Oman won the two remaining matches of the group stage, first against the hosts Kuwait 1–0 with a penalty kick by Ahmed Kano then against Saudi Arabia 2–0. Oman qualified to the semi-final match which was against Bahrain and won it 1–0 with an own goal by the Bahraini Mahdi Abduljabbar. Eventually, and after nine years from its first title, Oman managed to win the tournament for the second time in its history by defeating United Arab Emirates in the final in a penalty shootout. Oman won the match 5–4 on penalties after it had ended 0–0 after extra time. The Omani Ahmed Mubarak Kano was awarded the most valuable player award for his role in the results of the Omani team campaign.
Kits and sponsorsEdit
On 9 May 2012, the Oman Football Association launched the new official team kit to be worn by Oman in their push for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round. The new kit was launched together with a new OFA logo. The new kit was designed for Oman by Taj Oman, an Oman-based company. Later in June 2012, Oman's airline Oman Air became the official carrier of the Oman Football Association.
On 8 February 2014, the Omani Football Association confirmed the tie-up with Italian sports apparel manufacturer Kappa. A joint venture agreement was signed by sportswear Kappa and the OFA's apparel brand Taj Oman. In a 4-year deal, Kappa will produce the kit worn by all the Oman National football teams bearing the Taj mark and will provide Oman with a range of sportswear specific for the country. The deal will see both the names (Kappa & Taj) on the kit worn by the National teams and on all retail items. Oman Air also renewed its deal on the same day with the OFA till the end of the 2013–14 season. On 16 September 2014, the Omani Football Association announced that they had signed an agreement with Asia Sports Marketing to become the exclusive sales agent for the Association.
On 9 September 2015, the Omani Football Association signed a one-year contract extension with Oman Air as the official carrier of the national team. The association said that although Oman Air's ticket allocation in the deal is primarily meant for the senior national team's tours, OFA has availed the privilege for club teams' trips to Salalah for Omantel Professional League (OPL) matches and also for overseas travel of the national age-group squads. On 18 October 2015, the Omani Football Association announced a partnership with a new mental energizer Energy Drinks Partner, Effect.
In 2018, the OFA signed a contract with German sports company Jako.
Recent and forthcoming matchesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the next 12 months:
|30 November 2021 2021 Arab Cup||Iraq||1–1||Oman||Al Wakrah, Qatar|
|19:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium|
Referee: Said Martínez (Honduras)
|3 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup||Oman||1–2||Qatar||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
||Report||Stadium: Education City Stadium|
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|6 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup||Oman||3–0||Bahrain||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|22:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium|
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
|10 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup||Tunisia||2–1||Oman||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
||Stadium: Education City Stadium|
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
|27 January 2022 2022 World Cup qualification||Saudi Arabia||1–0||Oman||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
|Al-Buraikan 48'||Report||Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City|
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|1 February 2022 2022 World Cup qualification||Oman||2–2||Australia||Muscat, Oman|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|24 March 2022 2022 World Cup qualification||Vietnam||0–1||Oman||Hanoi, Vietnam|
||Stadium: Mỹ Đình|
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
|29 March 2022 2022 World Cup qualification||Oman||2–0||China||Muscat, Oman|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
|3 June 2022 Friendly||Nepal||0–2||Oman||Doha, Qatar|
|19:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Suheim bin Hamad Stadium|
|9 June 2022 Friendly||Oman||0–0||New Zealand||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|21:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Education City Stadium|
|23 September 2022 Friendly (2022 Jordan International Tournament)||Iraq||1–1|
||Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium|
|26 September 2022 Friendly (2022 Jordan International Tournament)||Jordan||1–0||Oman||Amman, Jordan|
|TBC||Stadium: Amman International Stadium|
|16 November 2022 Friendly||Oman||0–1||Germany||Muscat, Oman|
||Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
- As of February 2019
|Technical Director||Slobodan Pavković|
|Khalid Al Lahouri|
|Head Coach||Branko Ivanković|
|Assistant Coach||Mario Tokić|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Enver Lugušić|
|Fitness Coach||Marko Stilinović|
|Performance Analyst||Zlatko Ivanković|
|Team Manager||Maqbool Al-Balushi|
|Players Relations Manager||Ahmed Hadid Al-Mukhaini|
|Task Manager||Ahmed Al-Owaisi|
|Operations Manager||Kamil Al-Balushi|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Mohammed Moulou|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
- Mohammed Al-Khafaji (1974–1976)
- George Smith (1979)
- Hamed El-Dhiab (1980–1982)
- Mansaf El-Meliti (1982)
- Paulo de Oliveira (1984)
- Antônio Clemente (1986)
- Jorge Vitório (1986–1988)
- Karl-Heinz Heddergott (1988–1989)
- Bernd Patzke (1990–1992)
- Heshmat Mohajerani (1992–1994)
- Rashid Jaber (1995–1996)
- Mahmoud El-Gohary (1996)
- Jozef Vengloš (1996–1997)
- Ian Porterfield (1997)
- Homayoun Shahrokhi (1997–1998)
- Valdeir Vieira (1998–1999)
- Carlos Alberto Torres (2000–2001)
- Milan Máčala (2001, 2003–2005, 2006–2007)
- Bernd Stange (2001)
- Rashid Jaber (2002)
- Srečko Juričić (2005–2006)
- Hamad Al-Azani (2006, 2008)
- Gabriel Calderón (2007–2008)
- Julio César Ribas (2008)
- Hamad Al-Azani (2010–2011)
- Paul Le Guen (2011–2015)
- Juan Ramón López Caro (2016)
- Pim Verbeek (2016–2019)
- Erwin Koeman (2019)
- Goran Stevanovic (2020)
- Branko Ivanković (2020–present)
- The following players were called up for the Friendly matches.
- Match dates: 16 and 20 November 2022
- Opposition: Germany and Belarus
- Caps and goals correct as of: 16 November 2022, after the match against Germany.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ibrahim Al-Mukhaini||20 June 1997||8||0||Al-Nahda|
|18||GK||Faiz Al-Rushaidi||19 July 1988||61||0||Al-Suwaiq|
|22||GK||Ahmed Al-Rawahi||5 May 1994||5||0||Al-Seeb|
|2||DF||Mohammed Al-Musalami||27 April 1990||92||3||Al-Seeb|
|3||DF||Fahmi Durbin||10 October 1993||21||0||Al-Nasr|
|5||DF||Juma Al-Habsi||28 January 1996||20||0||Al-Seeb|
|6||DF||Ahmed Al-Khamisi||26 November 1991||18||0||Al-Suwaiq|
|11||DF||Amjad Al-Harthi||1 January 1994||19||1||Al-Suwaiq|
|14||DF||Ahmed Al-Kaabi||15 September 1996||11||0||Al-Nahda|
|4||MF||Arshad Al-Alawi||12 April 2000||20||4||Al-Kuwait|
|12||MF||Mohamed Al-Amri||20 September 1994||3||0||Al-Seeb|
|15||MF||Mataz Saleh||28 May 1996||11||1||Dhofar|
|21||MF||Omar Al-Malki||4 January 1994||3||1||Al-Riffa|
|23||MF||Harib Al-Saadi||1 February 1990||55||0||Al-Suwaiq|
|7||FW||Essam Al-Subhi||1 May 1997||15||2||Al-Suwaiq|
|8||FW||Zahir Al-Aghbari||28 May 1999||17||0||Al-Khaldiya|
|10||FW||Jameel Al-Yahmadi||4 January 1994||39||2||Al-Markhiya|
|16||FW||Muhsen Al-Ghassani||27 March 1997||32||7||Al-Seeb|
|17||FW||Rabia Al-Alawi||31 March 1995||16||6||Al-Nahda|
|20||FW||Salaah Al-Yahyaei||17 August 1998||34||5||Al-Seeb|
The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Ali Al-Busaidi||21 January 1991||70||1||Al-Seeb||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Khalid Al-Braiki||3 July 1993||12||0||Al-Seeb||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Abdulaziz Al-Gheilani||14 May 1995||8||0||Al-Seeb||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Mohsin Al-Khaldi (captain)||16 August 1988||56||7||Saham||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Abdullah Fawaz||3 October 1996||13||3||Dhofar||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Mohammed Al-Ghafri||17 May 1997||8||0||Al-Rustaq||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Omar Al-Fazari||19 May 1993||7||0||Al-Rustaq||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali||23 April 1989||85||30||Dhofar||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Khalid Al-Hajri||10 March 1994||33||13||Bahla||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Issam Al-Sabhi||1 May 1997||2||0||Al-Rustaq||v. China, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Marwan Taib||7 April 1996||1||0||Al-Seeb||vs. Saudi Arabia, 27 January 2022|
- As of 20 June 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Oman.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1982||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||0||2||4||2||11|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
AFC Asian CupEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification record|
|1956 to 1980||Not an AFC member||Not an AFC member|
|1984||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||9||15|
|1992||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||5|
|2011||Did not qualify||6||2||2||2||4||4|
|2019||Round of 16||16th||4||1||0||3||4||6||Squad||14||9||2||3||39||12|
|Total||Round of 16||5/18||13||3||3||7||10||17||—||61||36||7||18||140||60|
Arabian Gulf CupEdit
|Arabian Gulf Cup record|
|1970||Did not enter|
|2021||To be determined|
|WAFF Championship record|
|2000||Not a WAFF Member|
|2019||Did not enter|
|Asian Games record|
|1951-1978||Did not participate|
|1986||Did not participate|
|2002–present||See Oman national under-23 football team|
Pan Arab GamesEdit
|Pan Arab Games record|
|1953||Did not enter|
|1976||Did not enter|
|2007||Did not enter|
|FIFA Arab Cup record|
|1963||Did not enter|
|1985||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not enter|
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||1||2||−1|
|Republic of Ireland||3||0||0||3||1||10||−9|
|United Arab Emirates||33||6||12||15||24||45||−21|
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