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Pakistan national under-23 football team

The Pakistan U-23 national football team is a youth football team operated under the Pakistan Football Federation. The team represented Pakistan at the Summer Olympics, AFC U-22 Asian Cup, and the Asian Games.[1]

Pakistan U23
Nickname(s)Green Shirts, Pak Shaheen
AssociationPakistan Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachJosé Antonio Nogueira
CaptainSaddam Hussain
FIFA codePAK
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
Pakistan 0–6 Kuwait 
(Busan, South Korea; 28 September 2002)
Biggest win
Pakistan 4–0 Bhutan 
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; 23 August 2006)
Biggest defeat
Pakistan 0–6 Thailand 
(Guangzhou, China; 7 November 2010)
Olympics
Appearances0
Asian Games
Appearances4 (first in 2002)
Best result21/28 (2006)
South Asian Games
Appearances4 (first in 2004)
Best resultChampion Gold Medal (2004,2006)

Contents

Result and fixturesEdit

For all previous match results of the national under-23 team, see the team's results page   Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

FIFA restored membership of PFF on March 13, 2018. With the Asian Games approaching in August and SAFF Cup in September, the Pakistan football team had little time to prepare. PFF announced the signing of new Brazilian coach José Antonio Nogueira and started camps in Lahore. The team played friendlies in Bahrain with their premier clubs from mid-July to the end of the month. Pakistan lost 1, drew 1 and won 2 matches in Bahrain. The Pakistan national under-23 football team along with 3 senior players flew to Bahrain in mid-August to take part in the Asian Games. On August 14, 2018, the team played its first group game against the then runner ups of 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, which resulted in a 3-0 loss. On August 16, 2018, the team lost to Japan, 4-0. Pakistan defeated Nepal by 2-1 in their final group game, which was the former's first win in Asian Games after 44 years. Pakistan expected to qualify for the knockouts being 3rd in the group. However, the team fell short in terms of goal difference.

19 December 2018 Unofficial FriendlyArmy Qatar  3–1  PakistanDoha, Qatar

2019Edit

Competitive recordEdit

AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

AFC U-23 Championship was initially set to be held as AFC U-22 Championships in 2013 and its qualification matches in 2012, but the finals tournament was postponed to be played in January 2014.[2][3]

Olympic recordEdit

Summer Olympic Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Did Not Qualify
  1996
  2000 Did Not Enter
  2004 Did Not Qualify
  2008
  2012
  2016
  2020 To be determined
  2024
  2028
Total 0 / 7

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
Senior National Team
19511998 See Pakistan national football team
Under-23 National Team
  2002 Round 1 23 3 0 0 3 0 14
  2006 Round 1 21 3 0 0 3 2 6
  2010 Withdrew
  2014 Group Stage 24 2 0 1 1 0 3
  2018 Group Stage 17 3 1 0 2 2 8
Total 4/5 - 11 1 1 9 4 31

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Ahsanullah Ahmed (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Sui Southern Gas
33 1GK Saqib Hanif (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Sui Southern Gas

2 2DF Mohammad Umar Hayat (1996-09-22) 22 September 1996 (age 22) 0 0   WAPDA
3 2DF Mohsin Ali (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Pakistan Navy
4 2DF Mehdi Hassan (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Pakistan Airforce
6 2DF Muhammad Bilal (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 23) 0 0   WAPDA
13 2DF Shehbaz Younus (1996-03-02) 2 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Pakistan Army
18 2DF Arsalan Ali (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Khan Research Laboratories
20 2DF Mohammad Sohail (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Pakistan Airforce

8 3MF Mehmood Khan (1991-06-10) 10 June 1991 (age 28) 4 0   Khan Research Laboratories
14 3MF Ali Khan Niazi (2000-12-14) 14 December 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Civil Aviation Authority
15 3MF Zainul Abideen Ishaque (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Civil Aviation Authority
16 3MF Waseem Asghar (2000-07-08) 8 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Civil Aviation Authority
17 3MF Saddam Hussain (Captain) (1993-04-10) 10 April 1993 (age 26) 19 0   Sui Southern Gas
19 3MF Adeel Ali (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0   WAPDA
23 3MF Noman Mirza Khan Under 23 0 0   Sui Southern Gas

7 4FW Mansoor Khan (1997-02-20) 20 February 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Pakistan Airforce
9 4FW Yousuf Ahmed (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Khan Research Laboratories
10 4FW Mohammad Riaz (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   K-Electric
11 4FW Maqbool (1997-04-04) 4 April 1997 (age 22) 0 0   National Bank

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were part of the preparation camp in Bahrain for 2018 Asian Games.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yousuf Butt (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 29) 12 0   Greve Fodbold Asian Games Prep. Camp

DF Ahsan Ullah (1992-12-13) 13 December 1992 (age 26) 4 0   KRL Asian Games Prep. Camp
DF Faisal Iqbal (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 27) 18 0   NBP Asian Games Prep. Camp

MF Bilalwal-ur-Rehman (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 25) 4 0   KRL F.C. Asian Games Prep. Camp
MF Saadullah Khan (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 25) 3 1   SSGC F.C. Asian Games Prep. Camp
MF Muhammad Adil (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 27) 19 0   Hawkesbury City FC Asian Games Prep. Camp
MF Naveed Ahmed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 8 0   KRL F.C. Asian Games Prep. Camp
MF Muhammad Basit Amin (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 23) 8 0   SNGPL FC Asian Games Prep. Camp

FW Muhammad Ali (1989-09-02) 2 September 1989 (age 29) 8 0   Greve Fodbold Asian Games Prep. Camp
FW Hassan Bashir (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 32) 15 4   BSV Asian Games Prep. Camp

Current staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   José Antonio Nogueira
Assistant Coach   Muhammad Essa
Goalkeeping Coach   Noman Ibrahim
Fitness Coach   Jose Beto Portella
Masseur   Mohammad Aslam
PFF Technical Director   Shahzad Anwar

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pakistan U23". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Call to improve AFC competitions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2019.