Qatar national football team
|Shirt badge/Association crest|
|Nickname(s)||Al-Annabi (The Maroon) (العنابي)|
|Association||Qatar Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||José Daniel Carreño|
|Most caps||Wesam Rizik (111)|
|Top scorer||Mansoor Muftah (53)|
|FIFA ranking||Template:Nft rank|
|Highest FIFA ranking||51 (August 1993)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||114 (December 2010)|
|Elo ranking||Template:Nft rank|
|Highest Elo ranking||51 (September 2001)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||135 (April 1975)|
23x15px Bahrain 2–1 Qatar 23x15px |
(Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
23x15px Qatar 8–0 Afghanistan 23x15px |
(Guangzhou, China; 13 September 1984)
23x15px Qatar 8–0 Lebanon 23x15px
(Qatar; 27 March 1985)
|Appearances||1 as of 2022|
|Appearances||9 (First in 1980)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals: 2000, 2011|
The Qatar national football team is the national team of Qatar and is overseen by the Qatar Football Association. They will be the host team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The team has also appeared in nine Asian Cup tournaments and recently hosted the 2011 Asian Cup. They play their home games at Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The latter serves as the de facto home stadium for the team.
- 1 Honours
- 2 Overview
- 3 Competitive record
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Current coaching staff
- 7 Coaches
- 8 Records
- 9 Kit providers
- 10 References
- 11 External links
- Winners (3): 1992, 2004, 2014
- Winners (1): 2014
- Winners (1): 2006
Football was brought to Qatar during a time which coincided with initial discovery of oil reserves in Dukhan in 1940. By 1948, expatriate oil workers played the first official football match in Qatar. The Qatar Football Association was formed in 1960, and the QFA joined FIFA in 1970. Simultaneously during this period, the Bahrain Football Association were drawing up plans for the establishment of a regional football competition within the GCC and Qatari officials were involved with the corroboration of this proposal. The plans came to fruition and in March 1970 the Gulf Cup of Nations was inaugurated.
The Qatar national team played its first official match on March 27, 1970 against hosts Bahrain, losing 1–2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the sole goal for Qatar. The newly formed Qatar national team posted underwhelming results in the first Gulf Cup tournament, coming in last place with a single point, with the highlight of their tournament being a 1–1 draw with the Saudis in their final match.
In the next edition of the Gulf Cup in 1972, Qatar was again relegated to last place after suffering 3 straight defeats. The next tournament in 1974 proved to be somewhat of a break-through for the Qataris as they achieved their first triumph in international football with a 4–0 victory over Oman. The Qataris lost out to Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals, but achieved a 3rd place standing after emerging the victors of a penalty shoot-out against UAE.
The first time they entered the qualifying stages for the AFC Asian Cup was in 1975. They were not successful in qualifying for the 1976 AFC Asian Cup, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia booking the group's two qualifying berths. Despite this setback, Qatar finished in 3rd place in the 4th Gulf Cup as the host nation the next year.
The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Qatar was set to play UAE on 11 March 1977, but the last minute withdrawal of the UAE from the competition merely postponed Qatar's debut until two days later when Bahrain were defeated 2–0 in Doha.
Their Asian Cup debut came in 1980 under legendary head coach Evaristo de Macedo. They had qualified for the tournament after topping a relatively easy group composing of Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Their showing in the main tournament was unimpressive, marking an early exit from the group stages with two defeats, one draw and one win.
They failed to make it out of the preliminary stages of the 1982 and 1986 World Cup qualifying rounds. However, the team qualified for both the 1984 and 1988 editions of the Asian Cup. They fell short of qualifying for the semi-finals of the 1984 tournament, with Saudi Arabia's Mohaisen Al-Jam'an's 88th minute goal against Kuwait ensuring a semi-final position for both teams. They also missed out on a semi-final place in 1988; however, they notably defeated Japan by a score of 3–0.
Qatar arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, attaining it's highest-ever FIFA rating (53) in August 1993. Qatar started off with an emphatic qualifying campaign for the 1990 World Cup, finishing at the top of their group. They were denied a spot in the World Cup after finishing below UAE and South Korea in the final round of qualifying.
In 1990, the national team once again finished runners-up in the Gulf Cup as Kuwait won the final two matches of the tournament. Two years later, they won the competition on home soil for the first time under the leadership of Sebastião Lapola, despite a 1–0 loss against Saudi Arabia in their final game. They were also named runners-up in the 1996 Gulf Cup.
Qatar reached the Asian Zone's final qualifying round for France 1998. After wins against China and Iran, they played their last match against Saudi Arabia, needing just a point to gain an automatic qualifying place. However, they lost out as the Saudis went through 1–0.
They reached the final qualifying round again in 2001, but were defeated by Bora Milutinovic's China team, who topped the section to progress to their first FIFA World Cup. Frenchman Philippe Troussier took the manager's job after Korea–Japan 2002, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006.
Troussier was sacked after the World Cup qualifying campaign, and under Bosnian Džemaludin Mušović the team won the Gulf Cup in 2004 and the Asian Games gold in 2006. Mušović stepped down after Qatar only earned two points from three matches in the 2007 Asian Cup.
The job of coaching the team in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup fell to Jorge Fossati, who led the team throughout the first and second AFC rounds up to the third round. After leaving them at the top of their group with only two played matches, Fossati had to undergo stomach surgery. Subsequently, the Qatar Football Association ended their co-operation with him in September 2008, as the QFA claimed he needed too long to recover from surgery. Bruno Metsu was called up for the job, but Qatar failed to qualify after finishing fourth in their qualifying group.
In 2011, as hosts of the 2011 Asian Cup, they advanced to the quarter-finals. They succumbed to a late 2–3 defeat to eventual champions Japan after a goal was scored by Masahiko Inoha in the 89th minute.
Also as hosts, they went on to win the 2014 WAFF Championship after defeating Jordan 2–0 in the final. The competition was made up primarily of youth and reserve teams, of which Qatar's was the latter. Djamel Belmadi, the head coach of the B team, replaced Fahad Thani as the head coach of the senior team as a result of the team's positive performances. 10 months later, Djamel Belmadi led Qatar to gold in the 2014 Gulf Cup. They advanced from the group stages after 3 draws, going on to defeat Oman 3–1 in the semi-final, and were victorious in the final against Saudi Arabia, who were playing in front of a home crowd, by a margin of 2–1.
Despite winning the Gulf Cup and finished the 2014 year with only one defeat, Qatar showed a poor form in 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar was defeated 1–4 by United Arab Emirates in their opener. This was continued with a 0–1 loss to Iran and 1–2 to Bahrain. Qatar eliminated in the group stages with no points and placed 4th in Group C.
FIFA World Cup
|World Cup Finals||World Cup Qualifications|
| 23x15px 1930 to
|Did Not Enter|
|23x15px 1974||Withdrew From Qualifying|
|23x15px 1978||Did Not Qualify||4||1||0||3||3||9|
|23x15px 1982||Did Not Qualify||4||2||0||2||5||3|
|23x15px 1986||Did Not Qualify||4||2||0||2||6||3|
|23x15px 1990||Did Not Qualify||11||4||6||1||12||8|
|23x15px 1994||Did Not Qualify||8||5||1||2||22||8|
|23x15px 1998||Did Not Qualify||11||6||1||4||21||10|
|Template:Country data South KoreaTemplate:Country data Japan 2002||Did Not Qualify||14||7||4||3||24||13|
|23x15px 2006||Did Not Qualify||6||3||0||3||16||8|
|23x15px 2010||Did Not Qualify||16||6||4||6||16||20|
|23x15px 2014||Did Not Qualify||14||5||5||4||18||14|
|23x15px 2018||To Be Determined|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|23x15px 1992||Did Not Qualify|
|Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2001|
Gulf Cup of Nations
|Gulf Cup of Nations|
|Template:Country data IRQ 1979||5th||6||2||1||3||4||13|
|23x15px 2007||Group stage||3||0||1||2||2||4|
|23x15px 2010||Group stage||3||1||1||1||3||3|
|23x15px 2013||Group stage||3||1||0||2||3||5|
The Gulf Cup of Nations has been played on a bi-annual basis since 1970. The tournament has changed since the first edition from a round-robin basis to a knockout tournament in the latter years. Notably, the 2000 edition was cancelled and the 2003 and 2010 were moved due to congested fixture lists with other tournaments, such as the Asian Cup.
|West Asian Football Federation Championship|
|2000 to 2007||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Template:Country data IRN 2008||Semi-finals||3||1||0||2||2||9|
|2010 to 2012||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Arab Nations Cup
|Arab Nations Cup|
|1963 to 1966||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1988 to 1992||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|23x15px 2012||Did not enter|
Results and fixtures
The following are Qatar's results and fixtures in the last 12 months.
Win Draw Loss
The following players have been called up for the Qatar squad within the last twelve months.
Current coaching staff
Last update: April 2015.
|Head coach||23x15px José Daniel Carreño|
|Assistant coach||23x15px Serge Romano|
|Goalkeeping coach||23x15px Amor Bouras|
|Fitness coach||23x15px Boudjemaa Mohammedi|
|Fitness coach||23x15px Gian Nicola Bisciotti|
|Physiotherapist||23x15px Johannes Franciscus|
|Physiotherapist||23x15px Pascal Félix Roche|
|Physiotherapist||23x15px Frederic Mankowski|
|Director of administration||23x15px Farid Ghulam Ali|
|Administrator||23x15px Ahmed Al-Mohammedi|
|Media co-ordinator||23x15px Ali Hassan Al-Salat|
- 23x15px Taha Toukhi (1969)
- 23x15px Mohammed Hassan Kheiri (1969–72)
- 23x15px Helmi Hussein Mahmoud (1974)
- 23x15px Frank Wignall (1975–77)
- 23x15px John Carrdone (1977–78)
- 23x15px Hassan Othman (1979)
- 23x15px Evaristo de Macedo (1979–84)
- 23x15px Ronald de Carvalho (1984, caretaker)
- 23x15px Evaristo de Macedo (1984–85)
- 23x15px Dino Sani & 23x15px Júlio Espinosa (1985–86)
- 23x15px Procópio Cardoso (1987–88)
- 23x15px Anatoliy Prokopenko (1988)
- 23x15px Cabralzinho (1989)
- 23x15px Dino Sani (1989–90)
- 23x15px Uli Maslo (1990)
- 23x15px Dino Sani (1990)
- 23x15px Luís Fernandes (1992)
- 23x15px Evaristo de Macedo (1992)
- 23x15px Ivo Wortmann (1992)
- 23x15px Sebastião Lapola (1992–93)
- 23x15px Abdul Mallalah (1993)
- 23x15px Sebastião Lapola (1993–94)
- 23x15px Evaristo de Macedo (1994)
- 23x15px Dave Mackay (1994–95)
- 23x15px Jørgen E. Larsen (1995–96)
- 23x15px Jo Bonfrère (1996–97)
- 23x15px Džemal Hadžiabdić (1997–98)
- 23x15px Zé Mario (1998)
- 23x15px Luiz Gonzaga Milioli (1998)
- 23x15px Jo Bonfrère (1998–99)
- 23x15px Džemal Hadžiabdić (1999–01)
- 23x15px Paulo Luiz Campos (2001)
- 23x15px Pierre Lechantre (2002–03)
- 23x15px Philippe Troussier (2003–04)
- 23x15px Saeed Al Misnad (2004, caretaker)
- 23x15px Džemaludin Mušović (2004–07)
- 23x15px Jorge Fossati (2007–08)
- 23x15px Bruno Metsu (2008–11)
- 23x15px Milovan Rajevac (2011)
- 23x15px Sebastião Lazaroni (2011)
- 23x15px Paulo Autuori (2012–13)
- 23x15px Fahad Thani (2013–14)
- 23x15px Djamel Belmadi (2014–15)
- 23x15px José Daniel Carreño (2015-present)
|5||Jassim Al Tamimi||100||1996–2004|||
|3||Mohammed Al Enazi||33||1996–2003|||
Players in bold are still active.
Last update: 19 January 2015
- عادل خميس: أمي الشخصية الأهم في حياتي وهي تقف وراء إنجازاتي (in Arabic). Al Arab Newspaper. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- "A different goal this time!". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Qatar stadia". qatarvisitor.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Chronological timeline". bbc.com. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "History: Supreme Committe for Delivery & Legacy". sc.qa. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Gulf Cup: History". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Match report (Bahrain v Qatar), 1970". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Final table (1970 Gulf Cup)". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Final table (1972 Gulf Cup)". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Match report (Qatar v UAE), 1974". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Final table (1976 Gulf Cup)". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Team preliminary competition facts: AFC" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "1980 Asian Nations Cup". rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Final table (1984 Gulf Cup)". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "1988 Asian Nations Cup". rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Qatar: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Final table (1990 Gulf Cup)". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Final table (1992 Gulf Cup)". gulfcup.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "1998 Arab Cup". rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "2000 Asian Cup". rsssf.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Qatar FA sack Jorge Fossati". soccerway.com. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Russia and Qatar awarded 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups". FIFA. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Belmadi: Qatar have big ambitions". FIFA. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Qatar lift Gulf Cup". Gulf Daily News. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- "Qatar squad for Asian Cup". Xinhua News Agency. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Qatar squad (2014)". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- "Gulf Cup Profile Page". gulfcup.sa. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- Hassanin Mubarak. "Qatar national team coaches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "No Macedo touch for Qatar". The Strait Times. 27 November 1984. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- Placar Magazine May 31, 1985. Placar Magazine. 31 May 1985. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Placar Magazine April 28, 1986. Placar Magazine. 28 April 1986. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "Dissertation on the Brazilian title Coritiba 1985". globoesporte.globo.com. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Placar Magazine Oct 11, 1985. Placar Magazine. 11 October 1985. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "Técnicos brasileiros que atuaram em seleções estrangeiras". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "Gulf Cup 20 - Qatar". gulfcup20.org. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "International matches 1993 - Asia". rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- "جمال حاجي مدرباً لقطر و300 الف دولار لبونفرير". daharchives.alhayat.com. 27 September 1999. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "35 ألف دولار شهرياً لبونفرير والخليفي يؤكد أن حاجي أفضل". daharchives.alhayat.com. 11 February 1999. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "الاتحاد القطري يوزع مكافآت الفوز على السعودية". daharchives.alhayat.com. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "التصفيات الآسيوية الحاسمة لمونديال 2002 لكرة القدم". daharchives.alhayat.com. 21 September 2001. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
|40x40px||Wikimedia Commons has media related to Qatar national football team.|