Qatar national football team

The Qatar national football team (Arabic: منتخب قطر لكرة القدم) represents Qatar in international football, and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association and AFC.

Qatar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)العنابي
(The Maroon)
AssociationQatar Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachFélix Sánchez
CaptainHassan Al-Haydos[1]
Most capsHassan Al-Haydos (165)[2]
Top scorerMansoor Muftah (42)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeQAT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 48 Increase 1 (25 August 2022)[3]
Highest42 (August 2021)
Lowest113 (November 2010)
First international
 Bahrain 2–1 Qatar 
(Isa Town, Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
Biggest win
 Qatar 15–0 Bhutan 
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 9–0 Qatar 
(Kuwait; 8 January 1973)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2022)
Best resultTBD
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1980)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Arab Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1985)
Best resultRunners-up (1998)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultSemi-Finals (2021)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1992, 2004, 2014)

The team has appeared in ten Asian Cup tournaments and won it once in 2019. They play their home games at Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The latter is considered the home stadium for the team.[5]

Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and therefore qualify automatically for what will be their first appearance in the finals. This will be the first time that an Arab nation will host the competition.

HistoryEdit

Pre-1970Edit

Football was brought to Qatar during a time which coincided with initial discovery of oil reserves in Dukhan in 1940.[6] By 1948, expatriate oil workers played the first official football match in Qatar. The Qatar Football Association was formed in 1960, and the QFA joined FIFA in 1970.[7] Simultaneously during this period, the Bahrain Football Association were drawing up plans for the establishment of a regional football competition within the GCC and Qatari officials were involved with the corroboration of this proposal.[8] The plans came to fruition and in March 1970 the Arabian Gulf Cup was inaugurated.

1970–1980Edit

The Qatar national team played its first official match on 27 March 1970 against hosts Bahrain, losing 1–2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the sole goal for Qatar.[9] The newly formed Qatar national team posted underwhelming results in the first Gulf Cup tournament, coming in last place with a single point, with the highlight of their tournament being a 1–1 draw with the Saudis in their final match.[10]

In the next edition of the Gulf Cup in 1972, Qatar was again relegated to last place after suffering 3 straight defeats.[11] The next tournament in 1974 proved to be somewhat of a break-through for the Qataris as they achieved their first triumph in international football with a 4–0 victory over Oman. The Qataris lost out to Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals, but achieved a 3rd place standing after emerging the victors of a penalty shoot-out against the United Arab Emirates.[12]

The first time they entered the qualifying stages for the AFC Asian Cup was in 1975. They were not successful in qualifying for the 1976 Asian Cup, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia booking the group's two qualifying berths. Despite this setback, Qatar finished in 3rd place in the 1976 Gulf Cup as the host nation the next year.[13]

The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Qatar was set to play the United Arab Emirates on 11 March 1977, but the last minute withdrawal of the Emirati team from the competition merely postponed Qatar's debut until two days later when Bahrain were defeated 2–0 in Doha.[14]

1980–1990Edit

Their Asian Cup debut came in 1980 under head coach Evaristo de Macedo. They had qualified for the tournament after topping a relatively easy group composing of Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Their showing in the main tournament was unimpressive, making an early exit from the group stages with two defeats, one draw and one win.[15]

Qatar narrowly lost to Iraq in the finals of the 1984 Gulf Cup, nonetheless they were named runners-up, their most impressive accolade until 1992.[16]

They failed to make it out of the preliminary stages of the 1982 and 1986 World Cup qualifying rounds. However, the team qualified for both the 1984 and 1988 editions of the Asian Cup. They fell short of qualifying for the semi-finals of the 1984 tournament, with Saudi Arabia's Mohaisen Al-Jam'an's 88th-minute goal against Kuwait ensuring a semi-final position for both teams. They also missed out on a semi-final place in 1988; however, they notably defeated Japan by a score of 3–0.[17]

1990–2000Edit

Qatar arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, attaining its highest-ever FIFA rating (53) in August 1993.[18] Qatar started off with an emphatic qualifying campaign for the 1990 World Cup, finishing at the top of their group. They were denied a spot in the World Cup after finishing below the United Arab Emirates and South Korea in the final round of the qualifiers.

In 1990, the national team once again finished runners-up in the Gulf Cup as Kuwait won the final two matches of the tournament.[19] Two years later, they won the competition on home soil for the first time under the leadership of Sebastião Lapola, despite a 1–0 loss against Saudi Arabia in their final game.[20] They were also named runners-up in the 1996 Gulf Cup.

Qatar reached the Asian Zone's final qualifying round for France 1998. After wins against China and Iran, they played their last match against Saudi Arabia, where a victory would have earned qualification. However, they lost out as Saudi Arabia won 1–0 to reach the finals.

As 1998 Arab Cup hosts, they finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia.[21]

2000–2010Edit

They made it to the quarter-finals of the 2000 Asian Cup despite finishing 3rd in their group, but lost to China in their quarter-final confrontation.[22]

They reached the final qualifying round again in 2001, but were defeated by Bora Milutinovic's China team, who topped the section to progress to their first FIFA World Cup. Frenchman Philippe Troussier took the manager's job after the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Troussier was sacked after the World Cup qualifying campaign, and under Bosnian Džemaludin Mušović, the team won the Gulf Cup in 2004 and the Asian Games gold in 2006. Mušović stepped down after Qatar only earned two points from three matches in the 2007 Asian Cup.

The job of coaching the team in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup fell to Jorge Fossati, who led the team throughout the first and second AFC rounds up to the third round. After leaving them at the top of their group with only two played matches, Fossati had to undergo stomach surgery. Subsequently, the Qatar Football Association ended their co-operation with him in September 2008, as the QFA claimed he needed too long to recover from surgery.[23] Bruno Metsu was called up for the job, but Qatar failed to qualify after finishing fourth in their qualifying group.

2010–presentEdit

 
Qatar national team in 2011 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds.

Qatar was announced as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December 2010.[24]

In 2011, as hosts of the 2011 Asian Cup, they advanced to the quarter-finals. They succumbed to a late 2–3 defeat to eventual champions Japan after a goal was scored by Masahiko Inoha in the 89th minute.

Also as hosts, they went on to win the 2014 WAFF Championship after defeating Jordan 2–0 in the final. The competition was made up primarily of youth and reserve teams, of which Qatar's was the latter.[25] Djamel Belmadi, the head coach of the B team, replaced Fahad Thani as the head coach of the senior team as a result of the team's positive performances. 10 months later, Djamel Belmadi led Qatar to gold in the 2014 Gulf Cup. They advanced from the group stages after three draws, going on to defeat Oman 3–1 in the semi-final, and were victorious in the final against Saudi Arabia, who were playing in front of a home crowd, by a margin of 2–1.[26]

Despite winning the Gulf Cup and finishing the year 2014 with only one defeat, Qatar showed a poor form in the 2015 Asian Cup. Qatar was defeated 1–4 by the United Arab Emirates in their opener. This was continued with a 0–1 loss to Iran and 1–2 to Bahrain. Qatar was eliminated in the group stages with no points and placed 4th in Group C.

Qatar's campaign in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a surprise. Their start in the second round of World Cup qualifying in the AFC was nearly perfect, with seven wins and only one loss. However, their success in the second round didn't follow them to the third round. Qatar finished bottom of their group, ensuring they will play their first World Cup match on home soil in 2022, the first team to do so since Italy in 1934.

 
Qatar's players celebrating the country's first-ever Asian Cup title in 2019.

Qatar continued its poor form in the 2017 Gulf Cup, which was hosted by Kuwait. Qatar opened the tournament with a 4–0 win against Yemen, but that was followed by a 1–2 loss to Iraq and an unconvincing 1–1 draw to Bahrain. Qatar took the third place in Group B with four points and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition, which was considered as an upset of the tournament, especially after winning the 2014 edition.

Qatar starting line-up against Japan at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final, a match they won 3–1.

However, Qatar had an excellent campaign at the 2019 Asian Cup. Their opener saw them defeat Lebanon 2–0. This was followed by a 6–0 thrashing of North Korea and a 2–0 win against three-time champions Saudi Arabia, which sealed the team getting first place in the group. They had a 1–0 win against Iraq in the Round of 16 and a late win against defending runners-up South Korea in the quarter-finals, seeing them through to the semi-finals for the first time ever, where they defeated the hosts United Arab Emirates 4–0 to set up a final against 4-time winners Japan. Qatar ended up winning the final 3–1 over Japan, marking their first ever major tournament title in their history, and capping off one of the most improbable Asian Cup runs in the tournament's history, especially since they conceded only one goal in all their games.[27]

Qatar was invited to the 2019 Copa América. They were placed in Group B with Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay. Their first game was against Paraguay where they came back from a 2–0 deficit to tie it 2–2 but marked for the first time Qatar suffered more than one goal in any major competition since winning the Asian Cup in UAE.[28] It was followed by a 0–1 loss to Colombia, ending the team's undefeated streak in any major competition to eight.[29] A 0–2 loss to Argentina meant Qatar took the last place in Group B with a single point and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition.[30]

Qatar was invited for the first time to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. They played in Group D with Honduras, Panama and Grenada.

In December 2020, UEFA invited Qatar to play friendlies against the teams in Group A of the 2022 World Cup qualifying groupAzerbaijan, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Serbia – as five teams in one group means one team will not be playing on any given match day. These friendlies did not count in the qualifying group standings. Qatar played their "home" matches in Europe in order to allow short travel times for their opponents.[31][32]

In the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Qatar claimed 7 points in Group D. Their debut was against Panama with a 3–3 draw, ensuring them their first point. This was followed by a 4–0 victory over Grenada and a 2–0 win over Honduras ensuring a quarter final place where they would face El Salvador, ultimately securing a semi-final place against the United States with a 3–2 win. However, against the hosts with its squad made up the majority of MLS players, Qatar failed to find the way to the net, in spite of having a penalty in 60th minute, ultimately conceding a late goal from Gyasi Zardes to end Qatar's campaign with a 1–0 loss.

In the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, Qatar won all of its group stage matches and faced UAE, winning 5–0. They lost 2–1 in the semi-final against Algeria, eventually placing 3rd.[citation needed]

Naturalized playersEdit

While it is reasonably common for footballers to represent national teams other than their birth nations,[33] the nature and extent of the practice for the Qatari team has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism at various points during the twenty-first century. In 2004, FIFA cited the intention of three Brazilian players – Aílton, Dedé and Leandro – to play for the Qatar national team as the immediate trigger to their decision to tighten eligibility rules to ensure players have ties to the country they represent.[34][35]

Qatar continued to pursue a strategy of naturalizing foreign-born players, within the limitations of the new rules, and it continued to prove controversial. The "Aspire Football Dreams" program of recruitment of boys from Africa to an academy in Qatar drew a substantial amount of criticism. While Qatari authorities described it as a humanitarian effort and a way to provide competition for native Qatari players, critics claimed that it was merely another exploitative way of acquiring naturalized players,[36] with Vice linking it to human rights abuses and the kafala system.[37] The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Qatar announced removal of the Kafala on December 12, 2016, however the law came into effect in 2018.[38] The reform took place between UN’s International labor organization and the state of Qatar and was proven to be the part of many said assurances that nation has claimed for the FIFA world cup 2022. Though claimed by independent bodies of Qatar foundering to achieve the same, both sides had agreed to revise previous acts that had been taken. To make this all possible, the hosting country declared to pay compensation for deaths for its migrant workers on August 12, 2022.[39]

Job changes between September 2020 and March 2022, establishment of nondiscriminatory wage system for all workers in March 2021, workers fund and insurance policy in the workplace are all data that showcased the functioning of the state for its workers.[40]

In a 2015 friendly against Algeria, six of the eleven players in the starting team were born outside of Qatar.[41] Then president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter warned Qatar that FIFA would monitor their player selection to ensure that they were not relying too heavily on naturalized players. He made comparisons to the Qatar men's national handball team, referring to the team's selection for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship as an "absurdity".[42] The following year, naturalized players formed the backbone of the team and were sufficiently integral that head coach Jorge Fossati threatened to resign if they were removed.[43][44]

The reliance on naturalized players has subsequently reduced, with only two members of the squad that beat Switzerland in a 2018 friendly being born outside the country.[45] However, at the 2019 Asian Cup, amidst diplomatic tensions between the two countries, the United Arab Emirates Football Association lodged a formal complaint against Qatar, alleging that Almoez Ali and Bassam Al-Rawi were not eligible to play for them.[46] These complaints were dismissed by the AFC.[47][48]

Team imageEdit

Kits and crestEdit

Qatar wears all maroon as their home colours and all-white colours as an away kit their first manufacturer was Umbro from 1984 until 1989 and all Qatar kits are manufactured by an American brand Nike.

Kit suppliers Period
  Umbro 1984–1989
  Adidas 1990–1996
  Grand Sport 1997–2002
  Adidas 2003–2008
  Burrda 2009–2011
  Nike 2012–present

RivalriesEdit

As of July 30, 2021[49]

BahrainEdit

Statistics vs.   Bahrain
Pld W D L GF GA GD
38 7 19 11 32 36 −4

Qatar has a major rivalry against Bahrain due to historical tension between the two countries. With 38 matches played, the overall record favours Bahrain, who won 11 matches, lost 7 and tied 19. From 2004 until 2021, Qatar suffered a winless streak over Bahrain with six defeats and ten draws before finally registering a win.

United Arab EmiratesEdit

Statistics vs.   United Arab Emirates
Pld W D L GF GA GD
31 13 8 10 40 35 −5

The rivalry with United Arab Emirates is a competitive one in the Persian Gulf Cup meeting in multiple occasions, due to the Qatar diplomatic crisis, increasing tensions had been witnessed, with the captain of UAE under-19 youth team refused to shake hands with Qatar's youth captain in 2018 AFC U-19 Championship held in Indonesia; in this tournament, the UAE beat Qatar 2–1 but still crashed out from the group stage while Qatar would recover to qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[50] As of 2020, Qatar and UAE have played 31 official matches, most of which was held competitively in the Persian Gulf Cup, it started off with the United Arab Emirates beating Qatar 1–0. They only played 2 friendly games and the last friendly was held in 2011 which ended with an Emirati victory. In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, hosted by the UAE, Qatar overran the UAE for the first time since 2001 with the result 4–0, with heavy tensions and violence occurred between two and Emirati supporters cheering anti-Qatari chants.[51]

Saudi ArabiaEdit

Statistics vs.   Saudi Arabia
Pld W D L GF GA GD
41 8 16 17 31 53 −22

Qatar has a major rivalry against Saudi Arabia due to historical tension between the two countries and to Qatar diplomatic crisis. Qatar has an overall negative performance to Saudi Arabia. Qatar has played 41 matches with Saudi Arabia, won 8 matches, lost 17 matches while 16 matches ended in a tie.

Results and fixturesEdit

The following are Qatar's results in the last 12 months and upcoming fixtures.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Loss   Void or Postponed   Fixture

2021Edit

9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) Friendly Portugal   3–0   Qatar Faro/Loulé, Portugal
20:15 UTC+1
  • Ronaldo   37'
  • Fonte   48'
  • A. Silva   90'
Report Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Referee: Fedayi San (Switzerland)
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) Friendly Republic of Ireland   4–0   Qatar Dublin, Republic of Ireland
19:45 UTC±0
Report Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Referee: Keith Kennedy (Northern Ireland)
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) Friendly Serbia   4–0   Qatar Belgrade, Serbia
18:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Rajko Mitić Stadium
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) Friendly Azerbaijan   2–2   Qatar Baku, Azerbaijan
Report
  • Ali   23', 78'
Stadium: Olympic Stadium
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
30 November 2021 (2021-11-30) FIFA Arab Cup Qatar   1–0   Bahrain Al Khor, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
3 December 2021 (2021-12-03) FIFA Arab Cup Oman   1–2   Qatar Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Education City Stadium
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
6 December 2021 (2021-12-06) FIFA Arab Cup Qatar   3–0   Iraq Al Khor, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
10 December 2021 (2021-12-10) FIFA Arab Cup QF Qatar   5–0   United Arab Emirates Al Khor, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Attendance: 63,439
Referee: Andrés Matonte (Uruguay)
15 December 2021 (2021-12-15) FIFA Arab Cup SF Qatar   1–2   Algeria Doha, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 42,405
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
18 December 2021 (2021-12-18) FIFA Arab Cup 3RD Egypt   0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
  Qatar Doha, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stadium 974
Attendance: 30,978
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
Penalties
Magdy  
El Solia  
Hegazi  
Fotouh  
Tawfik  
Sherif  
  Al-Haydos
  Khoukhi
  Hassan
  Alaaeldin
  Afif
  Boudiaf

2022Edit

26 March 2022 (2022-03-26) Friendly Qatar   2–1   Bulgaria Al Rayyan, Qatar
19:30 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Education City Stadium
Referee: Mohammed Al Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) Friendly Qatar   0–0   Slovenia Al Rayyan, Qatar
19:30 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Referee: Youssef Srairi (Tunisia)
21 June 2022 (2022-06-21) Unofficial Friendly Linfield   1–0   Qatar Marbella, Spain
19:00 UTC+1 McKee   19' Report Stadium: Marbella Football Centre
9 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Antwerp   2–2   Qatar Saalfelden, Austria
17:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Saalfelden Arena
Attendance: 0
19 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Mallorca   0–0   Qatar Schwaz, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Stadium: TBD
24 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Udinese   1–2   Qatar Lienz, Austria
17:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: TBD
Referee: Hochataffel
30 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Lazio   0–0   Qatar Lienz, Austria
17:00 UTC+2 Stadium: TBD
3 August 2022 Unofficial Friendly Fiorentina   0–0   Qatar Salzburg, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Stadium: TBD
20 August 2022 (2022-08-20) Friendly Qatar   2–2   Morocco Vienna, Austria
18:30 UTC+2
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
23 August 2022 (2022-08-23) Friendly Qatar   2–1   Ghana Vienna, Austria
18:30 UTC+2
Source Source
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
26 August 2022 (2022-08-26) Friendly Qatar   1–1   Jamaica Vienna, Austria
18:30 UTC+2 Muneer   83' Source Fletcher   70' Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
27 August 2022 (2022-08-27) Unofficial Friendly Qatar   2–0   Domaniža Wiener Neudorf, Austria
12:00 UTC+2
Source Stadium: Franz Fürst Stadion
6 September 2022 (2022-09-06) Unofficial Friendly Qatar   3–0   Šamorín Wiener Neudorf, Austria
18:30 UTC+2 Source Stadium: Franz Fürst Stadion
20 September 2022 (2022-09-20) Unofficial Friendly Qatar   0–3   Croatia U-23 Wiener Neustadt, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
23 September 2022 (2022-09-23) Friendly Canada   2–0   Qatar Vienna, Austria
Source Stadium: Franz Horr Stadium
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
27 September 2022 (2022-09-27) Friendly Qatar   2–2   Chile Vienna, Austria
Report
Stadium: Franz Horr Stadium
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
23 October 2022 (2022-10-23) Friendly Guatemala   v   Qatar Málaga, Spain
Stadium: La Rosaleda Stadium
6 November 2022 Friendly Panama   v   Qatar Marbella, Spain
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella
20 November 2022 (2022-11-20) FIFA World Cup Qatar   v   Ecuador Al Khor, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
25 November 2022 (2022-11-25) FIFA World Cup Qatar   v   Senegal Doha, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
29 November 2022 (2022-11-29) FIFA World Cup Netherlands   v   Qatar Al Khor, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3 Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium

Coaching staffEdit

 
Coach Félix Sánchez with his coaching staff in January 2019

Last update: January 2019.[52]

Technical staff
Head coach   Félix Sánchez
Assistant coach   Fahd Al-Turki
Goalkeeping coach   Thamer Bashir
Official   Saad Al-Alawi
Fitness coach   Carlos Domenech
Fitness coach   Jassim Al-Owais
Video Analyst   Javier Ramos
Medical staff
Physiotherapist   Maqbool Al-Khelaifi
Physiotherapist   Thamer Al-Ghul
Doctor   Humaid Enad
Administrative staff
Administrator   Mohamed Salem Al Etawi
Media co-ordinator   Ali Hassan Al-Salat

Coaching historyEdit

 
The late Bruno Metsu, former manager of Qatar
As of August 2019[53]
Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 30 players were called up for a training camp in Spain and Austria in order to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The team will play two friendly matches against Canada and Chile on 23 and 27 of September, respectively.[54]

Caps and goals correct as of 27 September, after the match against Chile.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Saad Al Sheeb (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 32) 81 0   Al-Sadd
21 4FW Youssef Hassan (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 26) 7 0   Al-Gharafa
22 1GK Meshaal Barsham (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 24) 15 0   Al-Sadd
31 1GK Salah Zakaria (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Al-Duhail

2 2DF Ró-Ró (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 32) 79 1   Al-Sadd
3 2DF Abdelkarim Hassan (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 29) 124 15   Al-Sadd
5 2DF Tarek Salman (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 24) 56 0   Al-Sadd
13 2DF Musab Kheder (1993-09-26) 26 September 1993 (age 29) 29 0   Al-Sadd
14 2DF Homam Ahmed (1999-08-25) 25 August 1999 (age 23) 27 2   Al-Gharafa
15 2DF Bassam Al-Rawi (1997-12-16) 16 December 1997 (age 24) 53 2   Al-Duhail
16 2DF Boualem Khoukhi (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 32) 100 20   Al-Sadd
29 2DF Mohammed Emad (2001-02-27) 27 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Al-Wakrah
32 2DF Jassem Gaber (2002-02-20) 20 February 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Al-Arabi

4 3MF Mohammed Waad (1999-09-18) 18 September 1999 (age 23) 20 0   Al-Sadd
6 3MF Abdulaziz Hatem (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 31) 98 11   Al-Rayyan
8 3MF Ali Assadalla (1993-01-19)19 January 1993 (aged 28) 58 12   Al-Sadd
12 3MF Karim Boudiaf (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 32) 111 5   Al-Duhail
20 3MF Ahmed Fadhel (1993-04-07) 7 April 1993 (age 29) 0 0   Al-Wakrah
23 3MF Mostafa Tarek (2001-03-28) 28 March 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Al-Sadd
25 3MF Abdelrahman Moustafa (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 25) 4 0   Al-Duhail
35 3MF Osama Al-Tairi (2002-06-16) 16 June 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Al-Rayyan

7 4FW Ahmed Alaaeldin (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 29) 46 1   Al-Gharafa
9 4FW Mohammed Muntari (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 28) 46 11   Al-Duhail
10 4FW Hassan Al-Haydos (captain) (1990-12-11) 11 December 1990 (age 31) 165 34   Al-Sadd
11 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 25) 85 25   Al-Sadd
17 4FW Ismaeel Mohammad (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 32) 68 4   Al-Duhail
18 4FW Khalid Muneer (1998-02-24)24 February 1998 (aged 23) 2 0   Al-Wakrah
19 4FW Almoez Ali (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 26) 76 39   Al-Duhail
24 4FW Naif Al-Hadhrami (2001-07-18) 18 July 2001 (age 21) 1 0   Al-Rayyan
28 4FW Yusuf Abdurisag (1999-08-06) 6 August 1999 (age 23) 7 1   Al-Sadd

Player recordsEdit

As of 27 September 2022[55]
Players in bold text are still active with Qatar.

Competitive recordEdit

  Champion    Runners-up    Third place  

Overview
Event 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
FIFA Arab Cup 0 1 1
AFC Asian Cup 1 0 0
WAFF Championship 1 0 1
Arabian Gulf Cup 3 4 2
Asian Games 1 0 0
Total 6 5 4

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Withdrew from qualifiers Withdrew from qualifiers
  1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 9
  1982 4 2 0 2 5 3
  1986 4 2 0 2 6 3
  1990 11 4 6 1 12 8
  1994 8 5 1 2 22 8
  1998 11 6 1 4 21 10
    2002 14 7 4 3 24 13
  2006 6 3 0 3 16 8
  2010 16 6 4 6 16 20
  2014 14 5 5 4 18 14
  2018 16 9 1 6 35 14
  2022 Qualified as hosts Qualified as hosts
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 1/22 - - - - - - - 108 50 22 36 178 110

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 Protectorate of   United Kingdom Protectorate of   United Kingdom
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 5 8
  1980 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 8 4 3 1 0 10 2
  1984 5th 4 1 2 1 3 3 4 3 0 1 11 1
  1988 5th 4 2 0 2 7 6 Qualified as hosts
  1992 6th 3 0 2 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 8 2
  1996 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 5 4
  2000 Quarter-finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 5 4 3 1 0 11 3
  2004 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 4 6 3 2 1 10 7
        2007 14th 3 0 2 1 3 4 6 5 0 1 14 4
  2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 5 Qualified as hosts
  2015 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 2 7 6 4 1 1 13 2
  2019 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 19 1 8 7 0 1 29 4
2023 Qualified 8 7 1 0 18 1
Total Best: Champions 11/18 39 13 11 15 52 47 58 41 7 10 134 36

FIFA Arab CupEdit

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1963 Did not enter
  1964
  1966
  1985 Fourth place 4 1 2 1 3 2
  1988 Did not enter
  1992
  1998 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 7 5
  2002 Did not enter
  2012
  2021 Third place 6 4 1 1 12 3
Total 3/10 14 8 3 3 22 10

Copa AméricaEdit

Qatar was the second team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, and were invited for the first time in 2019.

Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2019 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 2 5

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

Qatar was the second team from Asia to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and were invited for the first time in 2021.

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2021 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 12 6
Total Semi-finals 1/26 5 3 1 1 12 6

Gulf CupEdit

Gulf Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1970 Fourth place 3 0 1 2 4 7
  1972 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 0 10
  1974 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 5 4
  1976 Third place 6 4 1 1 11 6
  1979 Fifth place 6 2 1 3 4 13
  1982 Fifth place 5 2 0 3 5 4
  1984 Runners-up 7 4 1 2 10 6
  1986 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 7 8
  1988 Sixth place 6 1 2 3 4 8
  1990 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 4 4
  1992 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
  1994 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 6 8
  1996 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 5
  1998 Sixth place 5 0 3 2 3 8
  2002 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 7 4
  2003 Third place 6 2 3 1 5 3
  2004 Champions 5 3 2 0 10 7
  2007 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 4
  2009 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 2 2
  2010 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3
  2013 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
  2014 Champions 5 2 3 0 6 3
  2017 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 3
  2019 Semi-finals 4 2 0 2 11 5
  2023 Qualified
Total 25/25 107 41 25 41 130 129

The Gulf Cup has been played on a bi-annual basis since 1970. The tournament has changed since the first edition from a round-robin basis to a knockout tournament in the latter years. Notably, the 2000 edition was cancelled and the 2003 and 2010 were moved due to congested fixture lists with other tournaments, such as the Asian Cup.

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1953 Did not enter
  1957
  1961
  1965
  1976
  1985
  1997
  1999 First group stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 4
  2007 Did not enter
  2011 Group stage 6th 2 0 2 0 2 2
Total 2/10 6th 4 0 2 2 2 6

WAFF ChampionshipEdit

WAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  2000 Did not enter
  2002
  2004
  2007
  2008 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 2 9
  2010 Did not enter
  2012
  2014 Champions 4 4 0 0 10 1
  2019 Did not enter
  2023 Qualified
Total 2/10 7 5 0 2 12 10

Olympic GamesEdit

Since 1992, the Olympic team has been drawn from a squad with a maximum of three players over the age of 23, and the achievements of this team are not regarded as part of the national team's records, nor are the statistics credited to the players' international records.

Summer Olympics record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1972 Did not qualify Unknown
  1976
  1980
  1984 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 5
  1988 Did not qualify
1992 – present See Qatar national under-23 team See Qatar national under-23 team
Total Group stage 1/17 3 0 1 2 2 5 Unknown

Asian GamesEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
  1982 Did not enter
  1986 Group stage 3 0 2 1 2 3
  1990 Did not enter
  1994 Group stage 3 0 3 0 5 5
  1998 Quarter-finals 6 4 1 1 9 4
2002–present See Qatar national under-23 football team
Total 4/13 15 4 7 4 19 19

Head-to-head recordEdit

The following table shows Qatar's all-time international record, correct as of 27 September 2022, Against   Chile

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

HonoursEdit

MajorEdit

MinorEdit

  • International Friendship Championship

See alsoEdit

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