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.
|Nickname(s)||Annabi (The Maroon)|
|Association||Qatar Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Home stadium||Khalifa International Stadium|
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
|Appearances||2 (first in 1984)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals: 1992|
|AFC U-23 Championship|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Bronze Medal (2018)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Gold Medal (2006)|
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.
Since 1992, football at the Summer Olympics changes into Under-23 tournament.
|1996||Did not qualify|
U-23 Asian CupEdit
|AFC U-23 Championship Record|
|2013||Did not qualify|
Since 2002, football at the Asian Games changes into Under-23 tournament.
|Asian Games Record|
|2010||Round of 16||4||2||1||1||4||2|
GCC U-23 ChampionshipEdit
|GCC U-23 Championship Record|
Recent results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Lose
|9 January 2018 2018 AFC U-23 GS||Qatar||1–0||Uzbekistan||Changzhou, China|
|19:30 (UTC+8)||Almoez Ali 55'||Live Report
|Stadium: Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre|
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
|12 January 2018 2018 AFC U-23 GS||Oman||0–1||Qatar||Changzhou, China|
|19:30 (UTC+8)||Live Report
|Afif 43'||Stadium: Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre|
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
|15 January 2018 2018 AFC U-23 GS||China||1–2||Qatar||Changzhou, China|
|16:00 (UTC+8)||Yao Junsheng 3'||Live Report
|Almoez Ali 44', 77'||Stadium: Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre|
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|19 January 2018 2018 AFC U-23 QF||Qatar||3–2||Palestine||Changzhou, China|
|19:30 (UTC+8)||Almoez Ali 32', 34'
Hashim Ali 53'
|Stadium: Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre|
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|23 January 2018 2018 AFC U-23 SF||Qatar||2–2|
|16:00 (UTC+8)||Afif 39' (pen.)
Almoez Ali 87'
|Nguyễn Quang Hải 69', 88'||Stadium: Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre|
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
| Nguyễn Quang Hải
Lương Xuân Trường
Hà Đức Chinh
Phan Văn Đức
Vũ Văn Thanh
|26 January 2018 2018 AFC U-23 3rd Place||Qatar||1–0||South Korea||Kunshan, China|
|16:00 (UTC+8)||Afif 39'||Live Report
|Stadium: Kunshan Stadium|
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
|14 August 2018 2018 AG GS||Thailand||1–1||Qatar||Cibinong, Indonesia|
|19:00 (UTC+7)||Supachai 90+2'||Report||Shehata 6'||Stadium: Pakansari Stadium|
Referee: Yu Ming-hsun (Chinese Taipei)
|16 August 2018 2018 AG GS||Qatar||0–6||Uzbekistan||Cibinong, Indonesia|
|19:00 (UTC+7)||Report||Urinboev 37'
|Stadium: Pakansari Stadium|
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
- The following players were selected to compete in the 2018 Asian Games.
- Match date: 19 August 2018
- Opposition: Bangladesh
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Club|
|1||GK||Mohamed Saeed Ibrahim||17 January 1998 (aged 20)||Al-Wakrah|
|21||GK||Marwan Badreldin||17 April 1999 (aged 19)||Al-Ahli|
|22||GK||Mohammed Al-Bakri||28 March 1997 (aged 21)||Al-Markhiya|
|2||DF||Tarek Salman||5 December 1997 (aged 20)||Júpiter Leonés|
|3||DF||Elias Ahmed||12 December 1997 (aged 20)||Al-Gharafa|
|5||DF||Tameem Al-Muhaza||21 July 1996 (aged 22)||Al-Gharafa|
|12||DF||Jassem Mohammed Omar||18 April 1995 (aged 23)||Al-Ahli|
|4||MF||Omar Al-Amadi||5 April 1995 (aged 23)||Qatar SC|
|20||MF||Andri Syahputra||29 June 1999 (aged 19)||Al-Gharafa|
|7||MF||Khalid Muneer||24 February 1998 (aged 20)||Astorga|
|8||MF||Ahmed Moein||20 October 1995 (aged 22)||Leonesa|
|11||MF||Nasser Ibrahim Al-Nassr||11 July 1995 (aged 23)||Al-Markhiya|
|13||MF||Meshaal Ibrahim||9 September 1998 (aged 19)||Al Sadd|
|15||MF||Adel Bader||17 January 1997 (aged 21)||Al-Duhail|
|16||MF||Hazem Shehata||2 February 1998 (aged 20)||Al-Duhail|
|17||MF||Abdurahman Mostafa||5 April 1997 (aged 21)||Al-Duhail|
|18||DF||Salah Al-Yahri||25 August 1995 (aged 22)||Al-Khor|
|9||FW||Meshaal Al-Shammeri||19 January 1995 (aged 23)||Al Kharaitiyat|
|10||FW||Saoud Farhan||11 February 1995 (aged 23)||CA Bizertin|
|14||FW||Ahmed Al Saadi||2 October 1995 (aged 22)||Al-Rayyan|
* Over-aged player.
|2013||Marcel van Buuren|
|2013–2014||Julio César Moreno|
|2017–||Felix Sanchez Bas|