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Syria national football team

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Syria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Qasioun Eagles
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون‎)
(French: Les aigles du Qasioun)
Association Fédération Arabe Syrienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Fajr Ibrahim
Captain Mosab Balhous
Home stadium Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA code SYR
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 78 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 152 (September 2014)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 53 (October 1974)
Lowest Elo ranking 125 (September 1984)
First international
23x15px Turkey 7–0 Syria 23x15px
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
23x15px Syria 13–0 Muscat and Oman 23px
(Cairo, Egypt; Unknown date August 1965)
Biggest defeat
23x15px Egypt 8–0 Syria 23x15px
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 16, 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1980)
Best result Round 1: 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011

The Syria national football team (Arabic: المنتخب السوري لكرة القدم‎) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Football Association, 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.

History

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's best showing was in the 1986 qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq.

Syria have competed in five Asian Cups, the last being 2011, but on each occasion were eliminated before reaching the quarterfinals. They have been disqualified from the 2014 World Cup due to the use of an ineligible player.[1]

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia cup to collect its first major trophy. Since then, due to Syrian Civil War, Syria started to decline.

Competition history

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
23x15px 1930 Did Not Enter
23x15px 1934 Did Not Enter
23x15px 1938 Did Not Enter
23x15px 1950 Withdrew 1 0 0 1 0 7
23x16px 1954 Did Not Enter
23x15px 1958 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
23x15px 1962 Withdrew
23x15px 1966 Withdrew
23x15px 1970 Did Not Enter
23x15px 1974 Did Not Qualify 6 3 1 2 6 6
23x15px 1978 Withdrew 4 1 0 3 2 6
23x15px 1982 Did Not Qualify 4 0 0 4 2 7
23x15px 1986 Did Not Qualify 8 4 3 1 8 4
23x15px 1990 Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 7 5
23x15px 1994 Did Not Qualify 6 3 3 0 14 4
23x15px 1998 Did Not Qualify 5 2 1 2 27 5
Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2002 Did Not Qualify 6 4 1 1 40 6
23x15px 2006 Did Not Qualify 6 2 2 2 7 7
23x15px 2010 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 23 10
23x15px 2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
23x15px 2018 To Be Determined
23x15px 2022 To Be Determined
Total - 0/20 - - - - - - 64 27 15 22 137 75
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup Record

WAFF Championship Record

WAFF Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Template:Country data Jordan 2000 Runners-up 5 2 1 2 5 2
23x15px 2002 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 5 6
Template:Country data Iran 2004 Runners-up 4 1 1 2 6 13
Template:Country data Jordan 2007 Semi-Finals 3 2 0 1 2 3
Template:Country data Iran 2008 Semi-Finals 3 1 1 1 2 3
Template:Country data Jordan 2010 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
Template:Country data Kuwait2012 Champions 4 2 2 0 5 3
23x15px2014 Withdrew - - - - - -
23x15px2016 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 25 9 7 9 27 33
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Arab Nations Cup record

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
23x15px 1963 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 9 4
Template:Country data Kuwait 1964 Did not enter - - - - - -
Template:Country data Iraq 1966 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
23x15px 1985 Did not enter - - - - - -
Template:Country data Jordan 1988 Runners-up 6 2 2 2 5 5
23x15px 1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
23x15px1998 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
Template:Country data Kuwait2002 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 8 6
23x15px2012 Did not enter - - - - - -
Total 0 Title 25 10 6 9 34 28
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan Arab Games record

Pan Arab Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
23x15px 1953 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 5
23x15px 1957 Champions 5 2 2 1 12 6
23x15px 1961 Did not enter - - - - - -
23x15px 1965 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 20 8
23x15px 1976 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 4
23x15px 1985 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 4
23x15px1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
23x15px 1997 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 5
Template:Country data Jordan 1999 Group Stage 4 0 4 0 5 5
23x15px 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
23x15px 2011 Withdrew - - - - - -
23x15px 2015 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 33 12 11 10 57 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours

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

Schedule and recent results

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Scorers
5 March 2014 Template:Country data JOR L 1–2 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification 80' Khribin
12 November 2014 23x15px Malaysia W 3–0 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia International Friendly 4' Sabagh, 48' Malki, 66' Khribin
15 November 2014 Template:Country data IDN W 2–0 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia International Friendly 5' Malki, 85' Khribin
26 March 2015 Template:Country data JOR W 1–0 King Abdullah Stadium, Amman, Jordan International Friendly 18' Al Masri
31 March 2015 23x15px Tajikistan W 3–2 Central Republican Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan International Friendly 23',37' Rafe, 62' Al Hussain
24 May 2015 23x15px Lebanon D 2–2 Saida International Stadium, Sidon, Lebanon International Friendly 7' Al Hussain, 61' Mardikian
5 June 2015 23x15px Oman Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman International Friendly
11 June 2015 23x15px Afghanistan Samen Stadium, Mashhad, Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
3 September 2015 23x15px Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
8 September 2015 23x15px Cambodia Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
8 October 2015 Template:Country data JPN 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
13 October 2015 23x15px Afghanistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
17 Novemebr 2015 23x15px Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
24 March 2016 23x15px Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
29 March 2016 Template:Country data JPN Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification

* Syria score always listed first

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification)

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Players

Current squad

Squad selected for the friendly matches against Oman,5 June 2015 .
Caps and goals as of 24 May 2015, after the match against Lebanon.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mosab Balhous (captain) (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 32) 97 0 23x15px Dhofar
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 24) 5 0 23x15px Al-Wathba
1GK Mahmoud Al Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 28) 3 0 23x15px Al-Musannah
1GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 26) 0 0 23x15px Al-Jaish
2DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 30) 24 5 Template:Country data Iraq Erbil
2DF Hamdi Al Masri (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 32) 23 1 Template:Country data Iraq Al-Shorta
2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 23) 13 0 Template:Country data Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 25) 12 2 Template:Country data Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 12 0 Template:Country data Iraq Al-Zawra'a
2DF Ahmad Deeb (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 28) 7 0 Template:Country data Kuwait Al-Salmiya
2DF Ahmad Kalasi (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 (age 25) 7 0 23x15px Sarajevo
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Template:Country data Iraq Al-Mina'a
2DF Raslan Al Kurdi (1989-04-23) 23 April 1989 (age 26) 0 0 23x15px Al-Wahda
2DF Moayad Al Khouli (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 22) 0 0 23x15px Al-Jaish
3MF Abdelrazaq Al Hussain (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 29) 43 10 23x15px Al-Riyadh
3MF Burhan Sahyouni (1986-04-07) 7 April 1986 (age 29) 27 2 Template:Country data Iraq Al-Najaf
3MF Oday Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 25) 23 3 Template:Country data Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 28) 20 0 Template:Country data Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23) 18 0 Template:Country data Kuwait Al-Arabi
3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 24) 3 0 23x15px Al-Wahda
4FW Raja Rafe (1983-05-01) 1 May 1983 (age 32) 65 30 23x15px Al-Majd
4FW Sanharib Malki (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 31) 18 4 23x15px Kasımpaşa
4FW Omar Khribin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 22) 16 5 Template:Country data Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
4FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 23) 8 1 23x15px Al-Markhiya
4FW Omar Al Soma (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 26) 4 0 23x15px Al-Ahli
4FW Nasouh Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 22) 4 0 23x15px Al-Khabourah

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Syria squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tarek Kharboutli (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 29) 0 0 23x15px Al-Shorta v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
GK Mohamed Daoud 0 0 23x15px Al-Taliya v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Zain Al Fandi (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 33) 11 0 23x15px Al-Muhafazaa v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Jihad Busmar (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 20) 1 0 23x15px Al-Karamah v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Obaida Al Sakka (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 28) 0 0 23x15px Al-Wahda v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Hasan Abo Zainab (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 26) 0 0 23x15px Al-Wahda v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 25) 19 1 Template:Country data Kuwait Al-Arabi v. Template:Country data JOR, 26 March 2015
DF Abd Al Naser Hasan (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 25) 12 0 Template:Country data Iraq Dohuk v. Template:Country data IDN, 15 November 2014
DF Khaled Al-Brijawi (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 25) 4 0 23x15px Al-Seeb v. Template:Country data IDN, 15 November 2014
DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 23) 2 0 23x15px Al-Shabab v. Template:Country data IDN, 15 November 2014
MF Anas Balhous (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 29) 1 0 23x15px Al-Muhafazaa v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
MF Momen Naji (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 19) 1 0 23x15px Al-Shorta v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015
MF Wael Ayan (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 30) 47 1 Unattached v. 23x15px Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Qusay Habib (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 28) 17 0 Template:Country data Iraq Baghdad v. 23x15px Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Thaer Kroma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 26) 2 0 23x15px Al-Wahda v. 23x15px Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Ahmad Miresh (1985-01-03) 3 January 1985 (age 31) 0 0 23x15px Musfat Baniyas v. 23x15px Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Mohamad Mido (1990-06-11) 11 June 1990 (age 25) 0 0 23x15px Al-Ittihad v. 23x15px Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
FW Asaad Al Khuder (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 23) 1 0 23x15px Al-Muhafazaa v. 23x15px Lebanon, 24 May 2015

Previous squads

Asian Cup

Coaches

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Albert József 23x15px 1956 1959
Vadas Miklós 23x15px 1960 1965
Cornel Drăgușin 23x15px 1965 1966
Ezzat Abdel-Wahab 23x15px 1969
Moussa Shammas 23x15px 1980
Avedis Kavlakian 23x15px 1983 1985
Valeriy Yaremchenko 23x15px 1985 1987
Anatoliy Azarenkov 23x15px 1987 1989
Anatoliy Azarenkov 23x15px 1992
Virgil Dridea 23x15px 1992 1993
Yuri Kurnenin 23x15px 1996
Mircea Rădulescu 23x15px 1997 1998
Moussa Shammas 23x15px Mar 1999 Sept 1999
Dragoslav Popović 23x15px Sept 1999 - Feb 2000
Dragoslav Sridović 23x15px Mar 2000 - Apr 2000
Bozidar Vukotić 23x15px Mar 2001 - Oct 2001
Nizar Mahrous 23x15px Oct 2011 Dec 2011
Jalal Talebi Template:Country data IRN Nov 2001 - Sept 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik 23x15px Mar 2003 - Aug 2003
Bozidar Vukotić 23x15px Sep 2003 - Nov 2003
Ahmed Rifaat 23x15px Dec 2003 Nov 2004
Miloslav Radenović 23x15px 2005 Aug 2006
Fajr Ibrahim 23x15px Aug 5, 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Mohammed Kwid 23x15px May 10, 2008 Aug 20, 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim 23x15px Nov 13, 2008 Sep 13, 2010 28 13 9 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009
Ayman Hakeem (caretaker) 23x15px Sep 14, 2010 Dec 20, 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković 23x15px Oct 28, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa 23x15px Dec 21, 2010 Feb 9, 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy 23x15px Apr 16, 2011 May 4, 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous 23x15px May 22, 2011 August 18, 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury 23x15px July 7, 2012 August, 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed 23x15px October 21, 2012 April 10, 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf 23x15px April 13, 2013 October 23, 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim) 23x15px November 9, 2013 November 20, 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar 23x15px February 13, 2014 March 5, 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer 23x15px September 18, 2014 January 5, 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim 23x15px January 6, 2015 3 2 1 0

Head-to-Head records against other countries