Syria national football team

The Syria national football team (Arabic: منتخب سوريا لكرة القدم‎) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Arab Federation for Football, the governing body for football in Syria. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup finals but did reach the fourth qualification round in 2018.

Syria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Nosour Qasioun[1]
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون‎, lit. 'Qasioun Eagles')
AssociationSyrian Arab Federation for Football
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
UAFA (Arab world)
Head coachNabil Maâloul
CaptainOmar Al Soma
Most capsMosab Balhous (88)
Top scorerFiras Al Khatib (36)
Home stadiumAbbasiyyin Stadium
Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA codeSYR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 79 Steady (11 June 2020)[2]
Highest73 (June–August 2018)
Lowest152 (September 2014, March 2015)
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; 20 November 1949)
Biggest win
Official
Syria Syria 12–0 Maldives 
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
 Maldives 0–12 Syria Syria
(Tehran, Iran; 9 June 1997)
Syria Syria 12–0 Philippines 
(Aleppo, Syria; 30 April 2001)
Unofficial
Syria 13–0 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; 6 September 1965)[note 1]
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria Syria
(Athens, Greece; 25 November 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; 16 October 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1980)
Best resultGroup stage, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011 and 2019
WAFF Championship
Appearances8 (first in 2000)
Best resultChampions, (2012)

HistoryEdit

Syria participated in the 1950 and 1958 World Cup qualifiers, one of the first teams in the region to do so. Between 1958 and 1961, the team combined with Egypt to form the United Arab Republic national football team, although the team's records are attributed only to Egypt by FIFA. In the 1966 World Cup qualifiers they were one of two teams from the Asian zone (the other being Israel) to be allocated to the European qualifying zone and were originally placed with Spain and the Republic of Ireland. However, they joined the Asian and African boycott of the 1966 qualifiers, due to the decision of FIFA to allocate just one place between Asia and Africa.

Syria has never qualified for the World Cup. The farthest they've gone in qualification was in the 1986 qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq. They were disqualified from the 2014 World Cup due to the use of an ineligible player.[5]

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia Cup to collect its first major trophy. Syria has, however, competed in six Asian Cups, the last being 2019, but on each occasion were eliminated at the group stage.

Ever since civil war broke out in the country, Syria have been banned from playing home games in their own country and in fact were one day away from being thrown out of the 2018 World Cup only for Malaysia to swoop in at the last minute and offer to host all of Syria's home games. Syria had a large upturn in fortune as they made it to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round but were eliminated by Australia.[6]

Competition historyEdit

 
Syria national football team in Tehran – 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950 Withdrew 1 0 0 1 0 7
  1954 Did not enter Did not enter
  1958 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1962 Withdrew Withdrew
  1966
  1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 6 6
  1978 Withdrew 4 1 0 3 2 6
  1982 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 2 7
  1986 8 4 3 1 8 4
  1990 4 2 1 1 7 5
  1994 6 3 3 0 14 4
  1998 5 2 1 2 27 5
    2002 6 4 1 1 40 6
  2006 6 2 2 2 7 7
  2010 10 6 2 2 23 10
  2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
  2018 Did not qualify 20 9 5 6 36 22
  2022 To be determined 5 5 0 0 14 4
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 89 41 20 28 188 101
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup RecordEdit

Olympic Games recordEdit

Olympic Games record Olympic Games qualifications record
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
  1900 to 1968   Did not enter
  1972 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1
  1976 Did not enter
  1980 Round 1 3 0 1 2 0 8 4 2 0 2 3 1
  1984 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 6 10
  1988 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1992 – present See Syria national under-23 team
Total 0 Titles 3 0 1 2 0 8 14 4 2 8 9 17
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

WAFF Championship RecordEdit

WAFF Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  2000 Runners-up 5 2 1 2 5 2
  2002 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 5 6
  2004 Runners-up 4 1 1 2 6 13
  2007 Semi-Finals 3 2 0 1 2 3
  2008 Semi-Finals 3 1 1 1 2 3
  2010 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2012 Champions 4 2 2 0 5 3
  2014 Withdrew
  2019 Group Stage 4 0 2 2 5 7
Total 1 Title 29 9 9 11 32 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Arab Nations Cup recordEdit

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  1963 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 9 4
  1964 Did not enter
  1966 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
  1985 Did not enter
  1988 Runners-up 6 2 2 2 5 5
  1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
  1998 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
  2002 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 8 6
  2012 Did not enter
Total 0 Title 25 10 6 9 34 28
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan Arab Games recordEdit

Pan Arab Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  1953 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 5
  1957 Champions 5 2 2 1 12 6
  1961 Did not enter
  1965 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 20 8
  1976 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 4
  1985 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
  1997 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 5
  1999 Group Stage 4 0 4 0 5 5
  2007 Did not enter
  2011 Withdrew
  2021 To be determined
Total 1 Title 33 12 11 10 57 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Mediterranean Games recordEdit

Mediterranean Games
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  1951 Third Place 2 0 0 2 0 12
  1955 Fourth Place 3 0 0 3 0 10
  1959 Did not enter
  1963 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 10
  1967 Did not enter
  1971 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 4
 1975 Did not enter
  1979
  1983 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 2
  1987 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 3
  1991–present See Syria national under-20 team
Total 1 Title 18 4 1 13 15 41

Asian Games recordEdit

Asian Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
 1974
  1978
  1982 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 3 5
  1986 Did not enter
  1990
  1994
  1998
  2002–present See Syria national under-23 team
Total 0 Title 3 0 1 2 3 5
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

West Asian Games recordEdit

West Asian Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  1997 Runners-up
  2002 Third Place[7] 4 1 3 0 5 4
  2005 Runners-up 4 1 3 0 7 5
Total 0 Titles
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

HonoursEdit

 
Mosab Balhous is Syria's most-capped player with 88 caps.
 
Firas Al-Khatib is Syria's all-time record goalscorers with 36 goals.
Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2004
Fourth place (1): 2002
Semi-finals (2): 2007, 2008
Runners-up (3): 1963, 1966, 1988
Fourth place (3): 1992
Winners (1): 1957
Runners-up (2): 1953, 1997
Third place (1): 1976
Fourth place (1): 1992
Winners (1): 1987
Third place (1): 1951
Fourth place (1): 1955
Runners-up (2): 1997, 2005
Third place (1): 2002

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period Notes
  Diadora 2007–2011
  Adidas 2012–2013
  Lotto 2014–2016
  Jako 2017–

Schedule and recent resultsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss


2019Edit

8 July 2019 2019 Hero Intercontinental CupSyria  5–2  North KoreaAhmedabad, India
20:00 (UTC+5:30) Al Hamwi   40'60'
Marmour   55'66'
Al Khatib   90+2'
Report Jong Il-gwan   3'
Ri Il-jin   78'
Stadium: The Arena
Referee: Venkatesh Ramachandran (India)
10 July 2019 2019 Hero Intercontinental CupTajikistan  2–0  SyriaAhmedabad, India
20:00 (UTC+5:30) Tursunov   46'
Barotov   67'
Report Stadium: The Arena
Attendance: 732
Referee: Rahul Kumar Gupta (India)
16 July 2019 2019 Hero Intercontinental CupIndia  1–1  SyriaAhmedabad, India
20:00 (UTC+5:30) Gahlot   52' Report Al Khatib   78' (pen.) Stadium: The Arena
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Jasur Mukhtarov (Uzbekistan)
2 August 2019 2019 WAFF ChampionshipLebanon  2–1  SyriaKarbala, Iraq
22:30 (UTC+3:00) Matar   81'
Moni   90+1'
Report Al Douni   48' Stadium: Karbala International Stadium
Attendance: 500
Referee: Mohammad Arafah (Jordan)
5 August 2019 2019 WAFF ChampionshipSyria  1–1  YemenKarbala, Iraq
19:30 (UTC+3:00) Al Khatib   61' Report Qarawi   45+2' Stadium: Karbala International Stadium
Referee: Mahmood Al-Majarafi (Oman)
8 August 2019 2019 WAFF ChampionshipSyria  0–0  IraqKarbala, Iraq
22:30 (UTC+3:00) Report Stadium: Karbala International Stadium
Referee: Mohammad Arafah (Jordan)
11 August 2019 2019 WAFF ChampionshipPalestine  4–3  SyriaKarbala, Iraq
19:30 (UTC+3:00) Batran   45+4'
Dabbagh   60' (pen.)61'
Yamin   89'
Report Al Mobayed   3'
Al Khatib   66' (pen.)
Mardikian   73'
Stadium: Karbala International Stadium
Referee: Saad Khalefah (Kuwait)
5 September 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationPhilippines  2–5  SyriaBacolod, Philippines
19:30 (UTC+8:00) Patiño   7'
Mi. Ott   84'
Report Al Somah   15'56'
Mobayed   31'
Al-Khatib   49' (pen.)
Al-Mawas   86'
Stadium: Panaad Stadium
Attendance: 2,645
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
10 October 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationSyria  2–1  MaldivesDubai, United Arab Emirates
18:00 (UTC+4:00) Al Somah   26'60' Report Ashfaq   70' Stadium: Rashid Stadium
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Nazmi Nasaruddin (Malaysia)
15 October 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationSyria  4–0  GuamDubai, United Arab Emirates
18:00 (UTC+4:00) Al Somah   3'44'83'
Al-Mawas   90+5'
Report Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Attendance: 2,050
Referee: Dmitriy Mashentsev (Kyrgyzstan)
14 November 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationSyria  2–1  China PRDubai, United Arab Emirates
18:00 (UTC+4:00)
Report
Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Attendance: 6,950
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
19 November 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationSyria  1–0  PhilippinesDubai, United Arab Emirates
18:00 (UTC+4:00)
Report Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Attendance: 2,445
Referee: Rowan Arumughan (India)

2020Edit

3 September 2020 FriendlyIran  v  SyriaTehran, Iran
Stadium: Azadi Stadium
8 September 2020 FriendlyIraq  v  SyriaErbil, Iraq
Stadium: Franso Hariri Stadium

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against China on 14 November 2019 and Philippines on 19 November 2019.

Caps and goals updated as 19 November 2019, after the match vs. Philippines.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 28) 60 0   Al-Jaish
1GK Khaled Ibrahim (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Al-Ittihad
1GK Ahmad Al Sheikh (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Al-Nawair

2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 27) 54 1   Al-Wahda
2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 30) 54 2   Al-Arabi
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 26) 41 1   Al Ittihad
2DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 27) 28 1   Mesaimeer
2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 27) 29 0   Hutteen
2DF Abdullah Al Shami (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 26) 10 0   Al-Fahaheel
2DF Khaled Kurdaghli (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 23) 5 0   Tishreen
2DF Youssef Mohammad (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Al-Wahda

3MF Mahmoud Al-Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 27) 66 10   Umm Salal
3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 28) 35 6   Al-Kharaitiyat
3MF Mohammad Marmour (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 24) 18 3   Tishreen
3MF Ward Al Salama (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 25) 12 1   Al-Jaish
3MF Kamel Hmeisheh (1998-07-23) 23 July 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Tishreen
3MF Mazen Al Ees (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 27) 3 0   Al-Wahda

4FW Omar Kharbin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 26) 44 18   Al-Hilal
4FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 28) 32 4   Hutteen
4FW Omar Al Soma (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 31) 26 15   Al-Ahli
4FW Nasouh Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 27) 13 0   Al-Karamah
4FW Shadi Al Hamwi (1995-08-08) 8 August 1995 (age 24) 5 2   Al-Manama

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Syria squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Khaled Haj Othman (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 33) 3 0   Al-Taliya v.   Philippines, 5 September 2019
GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 30) 10 0   Tishreen 2019 WAFF Championship

DF Abdulrazzak Al Mohammad (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 25) 3 0   Tishreen 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Fares Arnaout (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Al-Jaish 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Youssef Al Hamwi (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Al-Jaish v.   India, 16 July 2019
DF Hasan Abo Zainab (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 31) 1 0   Tishreen v.   India, 16 July 2019
DF Hasan Khaddour (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Al-Sahel v.   North Korea, 8 July 2019 INJ

MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 27) 38 4   Tishreen v.   China PR, 14 November 2019 INJ
MF Ahmad Ashkar (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 23) 17 0   Al-Ittihad v.   China PR, 14 November 2019 INJ
MF Ahmad Al Ahmad (1996-10-18) 18 October 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Al-Ittihad v.   Guam, 15 October 2019
MF Kamel Kawaya (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Shorta v.   Guam, 15 October 2019
MF Mohammad Anz (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 25) 6 0   Al-Ittihad v.   Maldives, 10 October 2019 INJ
MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 33) 58 2   Al-Zawraa v.   Philippines, 5 September 2019
MF Tamer Haj Mohamad (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 30) 36 1   Al-Salmiya 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Mohammad Al Ahmad (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 26) 4 0   Al-Ittihad 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Anas Balhous (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 33) 2 0   Al-Wahda 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Maher Daaboul (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Al-Wathba v.   India, 16 July 2019
MF Ali Hasan (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 (age 28) 1 0   Al-Sahel v.   India, 16 July 2019

FW Ahmad Al Douni (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 31) 25 8   Mesaimeer v.   Philippines, 5 September 2019
FW Basel Mustafa (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 29) 2 0   Tishreen 2019 WAFF Championship

SUS Player suspended.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from the national team.
WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.

Previous squadsEdit

Asian Cup

CoachesEdit

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Vinzenz Dittrich   1950s
Francisc Mészáros   1954
József Albert   1956–1959 1957 Pan Arab Games winners
Miklós Vadas   1960–1965
Cornel Drăgușin   1965–1966
Ezzat Abdel-Wahab   1969
Moussa Shammas   1980
Avedis Kavlakian   1983–1985
Valeriy Yaremchenko   1985–1987 1987 Mediterranean Games winners
Anatoliy Azarenkov   1987–1989
Anatoliy Azarenkov   1992
Virgil Dridea   1992–1993
Yuri Kurnenin   1996
Kevork Mardikian   1997
Mircea Rădulescu   1997–1998
Moussa Shammas   March 1999 – September 1999
Dragoslav Popović   September 1999 – February 2000
Dragoslav Sridović   March 2000 – April 2000
Božidar Vukotić   March 2001 – October 2001
Nizar Mahrous   October 2011 – December 2011
Jalal Talebi   November 2001 – September 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik   March 2003 – August 2003
Božidar Vukotić   September 2003 – November 2003
Ahmed Rifaat   December 2003 – November 2004
Miloslav Radenović   2005 – August 2006
Fajr Ibrahim   5 August 2006 – April 2008 24 13 5 6
Mohammad Kwid   10 May 2008 – 20 August 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim   13 November 2008 – 13 September 2010 28 13 9 6
Ayman Hakeem (Interim)   14 September 2010 – 20 December 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković   28 October 2010 – 8 December 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa   21 December 2010 – 9 February 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy   16 April 2011 – 4 May 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous   22 May 2011 – 18 August 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury   7 July 2012 – 30 August 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed   21 October 2012 – 10 April 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf   13 April 2013 – 23 October 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim)   9 November 2013 – 20 November 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar   13 February 2014 – 5 March 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer   18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim   6 January 2015 – 29 March 2016 14 10 1 3
Ayman Hakeem   9 May 2016 – 20 November 2017 21 6 11 4
Bernd Stange   31 January 2018 – 10 January 2019 11 3 5 3
Fajr Ibrahim   10 January 2019 – 31 December 2019 17 7 3 7
Nabil Maâloul   11 March 2020 – present 0 0 0 0

Head-to-Head records against other countriesEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Football results of 1965 Pan Arab Games is not recorded by FIFA.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Smale, Simon. "Who the Socceroos are facing as the Asian Cup kicks off, and when to watch". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ "4th Pan Arab Games, 1965 (Cairo, Egypt)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 April 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  5. ^ FIFA.com (19 August 2011). "Syria disqualified from 2014 FIFA World Cup". fifa.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ Maasdorp, James (10 October 2017). "Australia v Syria World Cup qualifying play-off second leg in Sydney, as it happened". abc.net.au. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Second West Asian Games". West Asian Games Federation. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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