Qatar national under-23 football team

Qatar national under-23 football team (also known as Qatar Under-23 or Qatar Olympics Team) represents Qatar in international football competitions in GCC U-23 Championship and Football at the Summer Olympics, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments.

Qatar Under-23
Nickname(s)Annabi (The Maroon)
AssociationQatar Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Home stadiumKhalifa International Stadium
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA codeQAT
First colours
Second colours
Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 1984)
Best resultQuarter-finals: 1992
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2016)
Best resultBronze medal asia.svg Bronze Medal (2018)
Asian Games
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Gold Medal (2006)

HistoryEdit

Compared to regional neighbours; Qatar has a decent record to show for in Olympic football, with two prior Summer Olympics qualifications and a gold medal in the 2006 Asian games.

Qatar's first attempt to compete in the Olympic level proved fruitful, they cruised past Jordan and Syria in the preliminary stages of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then finished atop of Group B in the final qualifications round after beating Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Iraq.

Qatar's Olympic debut under Brazilian legend Evaristo de Macedo came as stunning as it gets, a 2–2 draw with a Platini captained France (who went on to claim the gold medal eventually), sent ripples of shock across the football world, however; suffering two defeats to Chile and Norway deprived the first timers of a last 16 berth.

Eight years later, a new young squad dominated its qualifying campaign on the expense of Japan, China and Saudi Arabia, in the finals; the Qataris were given a tough draw next to host nation Spain, Colombia and Egypt. Qatar kicked off their matches at Barcelona with a crucial 1–0 win over fellow Arab nation Egypt, before registering a 1–1 draw with Colombia to secure a place in the knockout stage, turning the last group match against Spain into a formality.

A loss to Poland in the second stage fell a little bit short of rising expectations, but reaching the second stage led to the country's best Olympic result.

When hosting the 2006 Asian Games, Qatar found itself with a double objective; to show that it was capable of hosting a major event of that caliber, and demonstrate that its football team was worthy of standing alongside Asia's elite.

Undefeated throughout the whole tournament; Qatar's momentum escalated from one match to another, reaching its peak in the 2–0 final against Iraq.

Tournament recordsEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Since 1992, football at the Summer Olympics changes into Under-23 tournament.

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  1992 Quarter-finals 8 4 1 1 2 2 5
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000
  2004
  2008
  2012
  2016
  2020

U-23 Asian CupEdit

AFC U-23 Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  2013 Did not qualify
  2016 Semi Finalist 4th 6 4 0 2 13 10
  2018 Third place 3rd 6 5 1 0 10 5
  2020 Group Stage 11th 3 0 3 0 3 3

Asian GamesEdit

Since 2002, football at the Asian Games changes into Under-23 tournament.

Asian Games Record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  2002 Group stage 3 1 2 0 13 2
  2006   Gold 6 5 0 1 13 2
  2010 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 4 2
  2014 Withdrew
  2018 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 8
Total 4/4 16 8 4 4 31 14

GCC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

GCC U-23 Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  2008 Final group 3rd 4 1 2 1 8 5
  2010 Semi-finals 4th 4 0 2 2 2 6
  2011 4 1 0 3 3 9

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose

2021Edit

26 March Friendly Qatar   2–0   Kosovo Doha, Qatar
--:-- UTC+3 Ali   26'52' Report Stadium: Aspire Academy
Attendance: 0
29 March Friendly Qatar   2–2   Kosovo Doha, Qatar
--:-- UTC+3 Meshaal   76'
Ali   86'
Report Tusha   5'
Veliu   48'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aspire Academy
27 October 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Group A Qatar   3–0   Yemen Doha, Qatar
--:-- UTC+3 Hashim Ali   14'42'
Khaled Mohammed   63'
Stadium: TBC
29 October 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Group A Sri Lanka   0–5   Qatar Doha, Qatar
--:-- UTC+3 Hashim Ali   28' (pen.)90' (pen.)
Yusuf Abdurisag   39'
Naif Al-Hadhrami   54'
Ahmed Suhail   61'
Stadium: TBC
31 October 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Group A Syria   1–1   Qatar Doha, Qatar
--:-- UTC+3 Yusuf Abdurisag   13' (o.g.) Mohammed Waad   45' (pen.) Stadium: TBC

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Kosovo on 26 and 29 March 2021.[1]
  • Match date: 26 and 29 March 2021
  • Opposition:   Kosovo
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Yousef Abdullah (2002-10-30) 30 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Al Sadd
1GK Marwan Badreldin (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Al-Shahania

2DF Mohamed Al-Naemi (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Al Ahli
2DF Yousef Ayman (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Qatar
2DF Bahaa Ellethy (1999-04-18) 18 April 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Al Sadd
2DF Mohammed Emad (2001-02-27) 27 February 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Al-Wakrah
2DF Jassem Gaber (2002-02-20) 20 February 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Al-Arabi
2DF Dheyab Haroun 0 0   Al-Khor
2DF Ali Malolah (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Duhail
2DF Nasir Peer (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Qatar

3MF Hashim Ali (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 21) 7 1   Al Sadd
3MF Ahmed Al Ganehi (2000-09-22) 22 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Al-Gharafa
4FW Naif Al Hadhrami (2001-07-18) 18 July 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Al-Rayyan
3MF Mohammed Al-Manai 0 0   Al Sadd
3MF Jassim Al-Mehairi (2002-08-30) 30 August 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Al-Duhail
3MF Ahmed Al-Sibai (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Sailiya
3MF Yaseen Lafrid (2000-06-10) 10 June 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Al-Wakrah
3MF Faisal Mohammed (2001-01-13) 13 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Al Sadd
3MF Khaled Mohammed (2000-06-07) 7 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Al-Duhail
3MF Mostafa Tarek (2001-03-28) 28 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Al Sadd
3MF Abdulrasheed Umaru (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Al Ahli

4FW Abdalaziz Al Hasia (1999-08-31) 31 August 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Rayyan
4FW Abdullah Al-Sulaiti (2000-05-27) 27 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Al-Arabi
4FW Nasser Al Yazidi (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Umm Salal
4FW Rabh Boussafi (2000-05-18) 18 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Umm Salal
4FW Abdullah Murisi (1999-08-24) 24 August 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Khor
4FW Andri Syahputra (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Gharafa

Previous squadsEdit

ManagersEdit

Period Manager
1998–1999   Jo Bonfrere
1999–2000   José Paulo
2003   Alex Dupont
2007   Hassan Hormatallah
2011–2012   Paulo Autuori
2012–2013   Alain Perrin
2013   Marcel van Buuren
2013–2014   Julio César Moreno
2014–2017   Fahad Thani
2017–   Felix Sanchez Bas

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cordova selects 33 players on the list of our Olympic team for the Loditi Kosovo in prepartation for the Asian Cup qualifiers". Qatar Football Association. Retrieved 26 March 2021.