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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
Appearances2 (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)

Contents

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

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 TBD

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

2018Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Mohamed Saeed Ibrahim (1998-01-17)17 January 1998 (aged 20)   Al-Wakrah
21 1GK Marwan Badreldin (1999-04-17)17 April 1999 (aged 19)   Al-Ahli
22 1GK Mohammed Al-Bakri (1997-03-28)28 March 1997 (aged 21)   Al-Markhiya

2 2DF Tarek Salman (1997-12-05)5 December 1997 (aged 20)   Júpiter Leonés
3 2DF Elias Ahmed (1997-12-12)12 December 1997 (aged 20)   Al-Gharafa
5 2DF Tameem Al-Muhaza (1996-07-21)21 July 1996 (aged 22)   Al-Gharafa
12 2DF Jassem Mohammed Omar (1995-04-18)18 April 1995 (aged 23)   Al-Ahli

4 3MF Omar Al-Amadi (1995-04-05)5 April 1995 (aged 23)   Qatar SC
20 3MF Andri Syahputra (1999-06-29)29 June 1999 (aged 19)   Al-Gharafa
7 3MF Khalid Muneer (1998-02-24)24 February 1998 (aged 20)   Astorga
8 3MF Ahmed Moein (1995-10-20)20 October 1995 (aged 22)   Leonesa
11 3MF Nasser Ibrahim Al-Nassr (1995-07-11)11 July 1995 (aged 23)   Al-Markhiya
13 3MF Meshaal Ibrahim (1998-09-09)9 September 1998 (aged 19)   Al Sadd
15 3MF Adel Bader (1997-01-17)17 January 1997 (aged 21)   Al-Duhail
16 3MF Hazem Shehata (1998-02-02)2 February 1998 (aged 20)   Al-Duhail
17 3MF Abdurahman Mostafa (1997-04-05)5 April 1997 (aged 21)   Al-Duhail
18 2DF Salah Al-Yahri (1995-08-25)25 August 1995 (aged 22)   Al-Khor

9 4FW Meshaal Al-Shammeri (1995-01-19)19 January 1995 (aged 23)   Al Kharaitiyat
10 4FW Saoud Farhan (1995-02-11)11 February 1995 (aged 23)   CA Bizertin
14 4FW Ahmed Al Saadi (1995-10-02)2 October 1995 (aged 22)   Al-Rayyan

* Over-aged player.

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Qatar announce Asian Games squad". Qatar Football Association. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Qatar announce Asian Games squad". Gulf Times. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.

See alsoEdit