Oman national football team
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 long before, and a proper football association was formed only in December 2005, The team represents both FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
|Association||Oman Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Branko Ivanković|
|Most caps||Ahmed Mubarak (179)|
|Top scorer||Hani Al-Dhabit (43)|
|Home stadium||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
|Current||82 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||50 (August – October 2004)|
|Lowest||129 (October 2016)|
|Current||81 3 (26 October 2020)|
|Highest||49 (12 April 2005)|
|Lowest||174 (March 1984)|
| Libya 14–1 Muscat and Oman |
(Cairo, Egypt; 2 September 1965)
| Oman 14–0 Bhutan |
(Muscat, Oman; 28 March 2017)
| Libya 21-1 Muscat and Oman |
(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)|
It was not until the mid 1990s under the OFA chairmanship of Sheikh Saif bin Hashil Al-Maskary that Oman started to be extremely successful on the Asian football stage. During this period, Oman won the Asian Under-17 Championship in 1996 and the year 2000, as well as reaching the semifinals of the Under-17 World Cup in 1995. Oman nowadays exports players to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and also has their captain playing in England. 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 and most recently in 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 new millennium, Oman generally struggled in the Gulf Cup, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the cup was held in Oman. It was only 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 made the team more successful.
In the 2002 Gulf Cup which was held in Saudi Arabia, Oman had once again finished at an unimpressive 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 the 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 regional giants, 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 once again after great performances in the three previous tournaments put up an unimpressive performance, drawing all the three matches of the group stage against Bahrain, the 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 the bad 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 again put up an unimpressive performance which was criticized a lot by fans in Oman. Oman could manage to draw only one match against the hosts Bahrain and lost in their other two matches against Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Oman again could score only one goal, and this time it was from the spot by youngster 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 which was considered as the upset of the tournament. 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 the 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 success of the Omani team campaign.
|Gulf Cup record|
|1970||Bahrain||Did not enter|
|1988||Saudi Arabia||7th place||6||1||1||4||3||9||−6|
|2002||Saudi Arabia||5th place||5||1||1||3||5||7||−2|
|2014||Saudi Arabia||4th place||5||1||2||2||7||5||+2|
|2021||Iraq||To be decided|
Oman has not won many team titles. What they have achieved, though, is qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup four times in 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2019. Their best result was reaching the round of 16 in the 2019 Asian Cup. In 2009, Oman won their first Gulf Cup trophy at home in Muscat, an achievement that Oman did not manage to repeat until the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup held in Kuwait, after they defeated the United Arab Emirates in a penalty shootout in the Final match.
|2004||Won second-place trophy||17th Gulf Cup|
|2007||Won second-place trophy||18th Gulf Cup|
|2009||Won first-place trophy||19th Gulf Cup|
|2009||Won fair play team award||19th Gulf Cup|
|2014||Won fair play team award||22nd Gulf Cup|
|2017||Won first-place trophy||23rd Gulf Cup|
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup Finals record||World Cup Qualifications record|
|Hosts / year||Result||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GS||GA||Pld||W||D||L||GS||GA|
|1930 to 1982||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||0||2||4||2||11|
|2022||To be determined||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2026||To be determined||–||–||–||–||–||–|
AFC Asian Cup recordEdit
|AFC Asian Cup Finals record||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|Hosts / year||Result||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GS||GA||Pld||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
|1956 to 1980||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|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||14||9||2||3||39||12|
|Total||Best: Round of 16||4/17||13||3||3||7||10||17||53||30||7||16||124||54|
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record|
|1951||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|
Arab Nations CupEdit
|Arab Nations Cup record|
|1963||Did not enter|
|1985||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not enter|
|Total||Best: Group stage||3||0||0||3||1||24|
Head-to-head record against other nationsEdit
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|
Recent and forthcoming matchesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|14 November 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||Oman||4–1||Bangladesh||Muscat, Oman|
|19:00 UTC+4||Al-Khaldi 48'
R. Al-Alawi 68'
A. Al-Alawi 78'
|Ahmed 81'||Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
|19 November 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||Oman||1–0||India||Muscat, Oman|
|19:00 UTC+4||Al-Ghassani 33'||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex|
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)
|27 November 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup||Oman||0–0||Bahrain||Doha, Qatar|
|17:30||Report||Stadium: Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium|
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgium)
|30 November 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup||Kuwait||1–2||Oman||Doha, Qatar|
|17:30||Nasser 79'||Report||Al-Muqbali 16' (pen.), 32' (pen.)||Stadium: Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium|
Referee: Khamis Al Marri (Qatar)
- The following 23 players were called up for the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup:
- Match date: 27 November—2 December 2019
- Opposition: Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia
- Caps and goals as of 19 November 2019 after the match vs. India
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ammar al-Rushaidi||14 February 1998||1||0||Al-Suwaiq|
|18||GK||Faiz Al-Rushaidi||19 July 1988||39||0||Al-Ain|
|22||GK||Ahmed Al-Rawahi||5 May 1994||3||0||Al-Nasr|
|2||DF||Mohammed Al-Musalami||27 April 1990||83||2||Dhofar|
|3||DF||Mohammed Al-Rawahi||26 April 1993||13||0||Al-Wakra|
|5||DF||Mohammed Al-Balushi||27 August 1989||63||1||Al-Nahda|
|11||DF||Saad Al-Mukhaini||6 September 1987||107||1||Al-Nassr|
|13||DF||Khalid Al-Braiki||3 July 1993||10||0||Al-Nasr|
|17||DF||Ali Al-Busaidi||21 January 1991||56||1||Dhofar|
|4||MF||Ali Al-Jabri||29 January 1990||51||0||Al-Nahda|
|6||MF||Raed Ibrahim Saleh||9 June 1992||87||5||Valletta|
|8||MF||Yaseen al-Sheyadi||5 February 1994||21||0||Al-Suwaiq|
|10||MF||Mohsin Al-Khaldi||1 January 1992||46||6||Sohar|
|12||MF||Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri||23 February 1985||176||23||Al-Mesaimeer|
|15||MF||Rabia Al-Alawi||31 March 1995||5||4||Dhofar|
|21||MF||Mataz Saleh||28 May 1996||6||1||Dhofar|
|23||MF||Harib Al-Saadi||1 February 1990||29||0||Dhofar|
|25||MF||Salaah Al-Yahyaei||4 January 1994||12||3||Dhofar|
|31||MF||Mahmood Al-Mushaifri||14 January 1993||21||0||Al-Nasr|
|7||FW||Khalid Al-Hajri||10 March 1994||23||11||Al-Nasr|
|9||FW||Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali||23 April 1989||85||29||Al-Shamal|
|16||FW||Muhsen Al-Ghassani||27 March 1997||14||2||Sepahan|
|34||FW||Mohamed Khasib||24 March 1994||12||0||Al-Nahda|
The following players have also been called up to the Oman squad within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ali Al-Habsi||30 December 1981||135||0||Retired||v. India, 19 November 2019|
- AFC Asian Cup
- Gulf Cup
- As of February 2019
|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|
|Technical Director||Slobodan Pavković|
|Khalid Al Lahouri|
|Manager||Years as manager|
|Mansaf El-Meliti (caretaker)||1982|
|Paulo de Oliveira||1984|
|Carlos Alberto Torres||2000–2001|
|Rashid Jaber (caretaker)||2002|
|Hamad Al-Azani (caretaker)||2006|
|Julio César Ribas||2008|
|Hamad Al-Azani (caretaker)||2008|
|Claude Le Roy||2008–2010|
|Paul Le Guen||2011–2015|
|Juan Ramón López Caro||2016|
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 giant 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 large 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, the OFA has often judiciously 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 new contract with German sports company Jako.
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- 9-time winners of the Gulf Cup of Nations
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