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The Syria national football team (Arabic: منتخب سوريا لكرة القدم‎, French: Équipe de Syrie de football) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Arab Federation for Football, the governing body for football in Syria. Syria's home grounds are Abbasiyyin Stadium and Aleppo International Stadium. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup finals but did reach the fourth qualification round in 2018.

Syria
Nickname(s)Qasioun Nosour[1]
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون
French: Les aigles de Qasyoun) The Assyrians
AssociationSyrian Arab Federation for Football
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
UAFA (Arab world)
Head coachFajr Ibrahim
CaptainFiras Al Khatib
Most capsMosab Balhous (81)
Top scorerRaja Rafe (32)
Home stadiumAbbasiyyin Stadium
Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA codeSYR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 83 Steady (4 April 2019)[2]
Highest73 (June–August 2018)
Lowest152 (September 2014, March 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 74 Decrease 16 (27 March 2019)[3]
Highest53 (October 1974)
Lowest125 (September 1984)
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

Contents

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]

Syria has, however, competed in five Asian Cups, the last being 2011, but on each occasion were eliminated before reaching the quarterfinals.

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia Cup to collect its first major trophy.

Ever since 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
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 84 36 20 28 174 97
*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 To be determined - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 25 9 7 9 27 33
*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 Runners-up 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 the most-capped player with 81 caps.[7]
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 (3): 1997, 2002, 2005

Schedule and recent resultsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Scorers
6 September 2018   Uzbekistan D 1–1 Milliy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan International Friendly 78' Al Soma
10 September 2018   Kyrgyzstan L 1–2 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan International Friendly 79' Al Soma (Pen)
11 October 2018   Bahrain W 1–0 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain International Friendly 30' Al Soma
16 October 2018   China PR L 0–2 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, China International Friendly
16 November 2018   Oman D 1–1 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman International Friendly 45' Kalfa
20 November 2018   Kuwait W 2–1 Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait International Friendly 75' Midani, 90+1' Al Mobayed
30 December 2018   Yemen W 1–0 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates International Friendly 68' Kharbin
6 January 2019   Palestine D 0–0 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup
10 January 2019   Jordan L 0–2 Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup
15 January 2019   Australia L 2–3 Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup 43' Kharbin, 80' Al Soma (Pen)
20 March 2019   Iraq L 0–1 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq 2019 International Friendship Championship
23 March 2019   Jordan W 1–0 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq 2019 International Friendship Championship 86' Al Khatib
26 March 2019   United Arab Emirates D 0–0 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates Unofficial Friendly
6 June 2019   Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran International Friendly
11 June 2019   Uzbekistan Milliy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan International Friendly
July 2019 TBD TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad, India 2019 Intercontinental Cup (India)
July 2019 TBD TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad, India 2019 Intercontinental Cup (India)
July 2019 TBD TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad, India 2019 Intercontinental Cup (India)

* Syria score always listed first

2019 AFC Asian Cup Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Jordan 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3   Palestine 3 0 2 1 0 3 −3 2
4   Syria 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Syria  0–0  Palestine
Report

Jordan  2–0  Syria
Report

Australia  3–2  Syria
Report

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad selected for the Friendly matches against Iran on 6 June 2019 and Uzbekistan on 11 June 2019.

Caps and goals updated as 23 March 2019, after the match vs. Jordan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 27) 48 0   Al-Wahda
1GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29) 9 0   Al-Jaish
1GK Khaled Haj Othman (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 32) 3 0   Damac

2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 26) 48 1   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 29) 46 2   Al-Ahed
2DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 29) 35 2   Al-Najaf
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 25) 34 1   Pyramids
2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 21 0   Al-Zawra'a
2DF Ahmad Deeb (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 32) 9 0 Unattached
2DF Shoaib Al Ali (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29) 2 0   Al-Wahda

3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 59 8   Umm Salal
3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 32) 57 2   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 26) 32 2   Al-Wahda
3MF Fahd Youssef (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 32) 26 0   Al-Sailiya
3MF Hamid Mido (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 25) 23 0   Al-Kuwait
3MF Ahmad Ashkar (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23) 11 0   Al-Jaish
3MF Mohammed Osman (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25) 11 0   Heracles Almelo
3MF Mohammad Marmour (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 23) 5 1   Tishreen
3MF Ahmad Al Ahmad (1996-10-18) 18 October 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Damac
3MF Mazen Al Ees (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Al-Wahda

4FW Firas Al Khatib (captain) (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 35) 64 31   Al-Salmiya
4FW Omar Kharbin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 25) 41 18   Pyramids
4FW Omar Al Soma (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 30) 20 8   Al-Ahli
4FW Mohammed Al Wakid (1985-10-06) 6 October 1985 (age 33) 2 0   Al-Jaish

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 Ibrahim (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Al-Wahda v.   Jordan, 23 March 2019
GK Mahmoud Al-Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 31) 4 0   Al-Jabalain 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Shaher Al Shaker (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Al-Jaish v.   China PR, 16 October 2018

DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 26) 18 1   Al-Shabab v.   Jordan, 23 March 2019
DF Abdul Malek Anizan (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 30) 11 0   Al-Jaish v.   Jordan, 23 March 2019
DF Gabriel Somi (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 2 0   New England Revolution v.   Jordan, 23 March 2019
DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 33) 43 4   Tishreen 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Jehad Al Baour (1987-06-27) 27 June 1987 (age 31) 23 0   Al-Riffa 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Hadi Al Masri (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 32) 9 0   Al-Wahda v.   China PR, 16 October 2018

MF Tamer Haj Mohamad (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 29) 29 1   Ohod v.   Jordan, 23 March 2019
MF Youssef Kalfa (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 26) 23 1   Al-Qadsiah v.   Jordan, 23 March 2019
MF Aias Aosman (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 24) 6 0   Dynamo Dresden v.   Jordan, 23 March 2019
MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 27) 31 5   Qatar v.   Palestine, 6 January 2019
MF Thaer Krouma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 29) 6 0   Al-Suwaiq v.   Kyrgyzstan, 10 September 2018
MF Israa Hamwiah (1991-02-11) 11 February 1991 (age 28) 2 0   Al-Qadsia v.   Kyrgyzstan, 10 September 2018

FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 27) 28 3   Al-Jazeera 2019 AFC Asian Cup

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
Mircea Rădulescu   1997 1998
Moussa Shammas   Mar 1999 Sept 1999
Dragoslav Popović   Sept 1999 Feb 2000
Dragoslav Sridović   Mar 2000 Apr 2000
Božidar Vukotić   Mar 2001 Oct 2001
Nizar Mahrous   Oct 2011 Dec 2011
Jalal Talebi   Nov 2001 Sept 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik   Mar 2003 Aug 2003
Božidar Vukotić   Sep 2003 Nov 2003
Ahmed Rifaat   Dec 2003 Nov 2004
Miloslav Radenović   2005 Aug 2006
Fajr Ibrahim   5 August 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Mohammad Kwid   10 May 2008 20 August 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim   13 November 2008 13 September 2010 28 13 9 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009
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 3 1 0 2

Head-to-Head records against other countriesEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Football results of 1965 Pan Arab Games is not recorded by FIFA.[4]

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. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "4th Pan Arab Games, 1965 (Cairo, Egypt)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  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. ^ Mosab Balhous - International games

External linksEdit