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Syria national football team

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)The Qasioun Eagles
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون
French: Les Aigles de Qasyoun)
AssociationSyrian Arab Federation for Football
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
UAFA (Arab world)
Head coachBernd Stange
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 74 Steady (29 November 2018)[1]
Highest73 (June–August 2018)
Lowest152 (September 2014, March 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 58 Increase 1 (6 December 2018)[2]
Highest53 (October 1974)
Lowest125 (September 1984)
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
Official
Syria Syria 12–0 Maldives 
(Damascus, Syria; June 4, 1997)
 Maldives 0–12 Syria Syria
(Tehran, Iran; June 9, 1997)
Syria Syria 12–0 Philippines 
(Aleppo, Syria; April 30, 2001)
Unofficial
Syria 13–0 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; September 6, 1965)[note 1]
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria Syria
(Athens, Greece; November 25, 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 16, 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1980)
Best resultGroup stage, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2011

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.[4]

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.[5]

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
  2019 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.[6]
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
24 March 2018   Qatar D 2–2 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq 2018 International Friendship Championship 49' Al Soma, 72' Midani
27 March 2018   Iraq D 1–1 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq 2018 International Friendship Championship 76' Al Khatib
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
6 January 2019   Palestine Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup
10 January 2019   Jordan Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup
15 January 2019   Australia Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup

* Syria score always listed first

2019 AFC Asian Cup Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Syria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Palestine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4   Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 January 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers



PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad selected for the Friendly matches against Oman on 16 November 2018 and Kuwait on 20 November 2018.

Caps and goals updated as 20 November 2018, after the match vs. Kuwait.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 27) 43 0   Al-Wahda
1GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 28) 7 0   Al-Jaish
1GK Khaled Haj Othman (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 31) 3 0   Damac

2DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 33) 43 4   Tishreen
2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 25) 42 1   Al-Jazeera
2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 28) 40 2   Al-Ahed
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 24) 30 1   Pyramids
2DF Jehad Al Baour (1987-06-27) 27 June 1987 (age 31) 21 0   Al-Riffa
2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 25) 19 0   Al-Zawra'a
2DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 25) 17 1   Al-Shabab
2DF Abdul Malek Anizan (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 29) 5 0   Al-Jaish

3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 31) 52 2   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 25) 29 2   Al-Wahda
3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 26) 29 5   Qatar
3MF Tamer Haj Mohamad (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 28) 25 1   Ohod
3MF Fahd Youssef (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 31) 22 0   Al-Sailiya
3MF Youssef Kalfa (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 25) 19 1   Al-Hazem
3MF Ahmad Ashkar (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 22) 9 0   Al-Jaish
3MF Mohammed Osman (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 24) 6 0   Heracles Almelo
3MF Aias Aosman (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 24) 4 0   Dynamo Dresden

4FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 26) 26 3   Al-Jazeera
4FW Omar Al Soma (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 29) 17 7   Al-Ahli

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 Shaher Al Shaker (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Al-Jaish v.   China PR, 16 October 2018

DF Hadi Al Masri (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 32) 9 0   Al-Wehdat v.   China PR, 16 October 2018
DF Gabriel Somi (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 0 0   New England Revolution v.   Kyrgyzstan, 10 September 2018
DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 28) 35 2   Al-Najaf v.   Iraq, 27 March 2018
DF Muayad Al Khouli (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Al-Najma v.   Iraq, 27 March 2018

MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 25) 54 8   Umm Salal v.   China PR, 16 October 2018
MF Hamid Mido (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 25) 23 0   Al-Kuwait v.   Bahrain, 11 October 2018
MF Thaer Krouma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 28) 6 0   Al-Suwaiq v.   Kyrgyzstan, 10 September 2018
MF Israa Hamwiah (1991-02-11) 11 February 1991 (age 27) 2 0   Al-Qadsia v.   Kyrgyzstan, 10 September 2018
MF Oday Al Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 28) 37 5   Mesaimeer v.   Iraq, 27 March 2018

FW Omar Kharbin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 24) 37 16   Al-Hilal v.   Oman, 16 November 2018 INJ
FW Firas Al Khatib (captain) (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 35) 62 29   Al-Salmiya v.   Iraq, 27 March 2018
FW Basel Mustafa (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 28) 0 0   Al-Jaish v.   Iraq, 27 March 2018

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   Aug 5, 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Mohammad Kwid   May 10, 2008 Aug 20, 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim   Nov 13, 2008 Sep 13, 2010 28 13 9 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009
Ayman Hakeem (Interim)   Sep 14, 2010 Dec 20, 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković   Oct 28, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa   Dec 21, 2010 Feb 9, 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy   Apr 16, 2011 May 4, 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous   May 22, 2011 August 18, 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury   July 7, 2012 August 30, 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed   October 21, 2012 April 10, 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf   April 13, 2013 October 23, 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim)   November 9, 2013 November 20, 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar   February 13, 2014 March 5, 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer   September 18, 2014 January 5, 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim   January 6, 2015 March 29, 2016 14 10 1 3
Ayman Hakeem   May 9, 2016 November 20, 2017 21 6 11 4
Bernd Stange   January 31, 2018 8 2 4 2

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. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago"World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ "4th Pan Arab Games, 1965 (Cairo, Egypt)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ FIFA.com (19 August 2011). "Syria disqualified from 2014 FIFA World Cup". fifa.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Mosab Balhous - International games

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