|Association||Qatar Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Félix Sánchez Bas|
|Most caps|| Sebastián Soria |
|Top scorer||Sebastian Soria (40)|
|Current|| 55 |
|Highest||51 (August 1993, October 1993)|
|Lowest||113 (November 2010)|
|Current|| 38 |
|Highest||24 (February 2019)|
|Lowest||135 (April 1975)|
(Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
(Kuwait; 8 January 1973)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2022 )|
|Appearances||10 (first in 1980 )|
|Best result||Champions, 2019|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2019 )|
|Best result||Group stage, 2019|
The Qatar national football team (Arabic : منتخب قطر لكرة القدم) is the national team of Qatar and is overseen by the Qatar Football Association.
Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Whether the sovereign state should be regarded as a constitutional monarchy or an absolute monarchy is disputed. Its sole land border is with neighbouring Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) monarchy Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. The Gulf of Bahrain, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Qatar from nearby Bahrain.
The Qatar Football Association is the governing body of football in Qatar.
The team has appeared in ten Asian Cup tournaments and won it once in 2019. They play their home games at Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The latter is considered the home stadium for the team.
The AFC Asian Cup is an international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América. The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and until 2015 qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup was the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019.
Khalifa International Stadium, also known as National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar as part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Centre, and the Aspire Tower. It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's former Emir. The final of 2011 AFC Asian Cup was held at this stadium. The stadium is also the first completed venue that will host a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In 2017, it received a four star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to be awarded this rating.
Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and therefore qualify automatically for what will be their first appearance in the finals. This will be the first time the host nation has never previously competed at the World Cup since the second World Cup in 1934 and the first time that an Arab nation will host the competition.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country. This will be the first World Cup held entirely in Asia since the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. In addition, the tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 tournament. The reigning World Cup champions are France.
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The Arab world, also known as the Arab nation, the Arabsphere or the Arab states, currently consists of the 22 Arabic-speaking countries that make up the members of the Arab League. These countries occupy the Middle East, North Africa and parts of East Africa; areas stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Arabian Sea in the east, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean in the southeast. The contemporary Arab world has a combined population of around 422 million inhabitants, over half of whom are under 25 years of age.
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 Arabian Gulf Cup was inaugurated.
Dukhan is a city in the western municipality of Al-Shahaniya in the State of Qatar. It is approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of the capital, Doha. Dukhan is administrated by Qatar's state oil agency Qatar Petroleum and is the site of the first oil discovery in Qatar. It was previously a part of Al Rayyan municipality.
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The Bahrain Football Association is the governing body of football in Bahrain, and controls the Bahrain national football team. It was founded in 1957, and has been a member of FIFA since 1968. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation.
The Qatar national team played its first official match on 27 March 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.
The Bahrain national football team is the national team of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is controlled by the Bahrain Football Association, which was founded in 1951 and joined FIFA in 1966. They have never reached the World Cup, but have twice come within one match of doing so. Bahrain won the FIFA's most improved team award in 2004, and finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup, beating Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals but losing to Japan in the semi-finals 4–3. Bahrain then lost to Iran in the third-place match, thus finishing in fourth place overall.
The Saudi Arabia national football team represents Saudi Arabia in international football. The team's colours are green and white. Saudi Arabia are known as Al-Suqour and Al-Akhdhar.
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 the United Arab Emirates.
The second 2nd Arabian Gulf Cup was held in Saudi Arabia, in March 1972.
The 3rd Arabian Gulf Cup was held in Kuwait, between March 15 to March 29, 1974. All matches were played Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.
The Oman national football team is the national team of Oman that has represented Oman in international competitions since 1978. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the squad was formed long before, and a proper football association was formed only in December 2005. The team is governed by the Oman Football Association.
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 Asian Cup, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia booking the group's two qualifying berths. Despite this setback, Qatar finished in 3rd place in the 1976 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 the United Arab Emirates on 11 March 1977, but the last minute withdrawal of the Emirati team 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 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, making an early exit from the group stages with two defeats, one draw and one win.
Qatar narrowly lost to Iraq in the finals of the 1984 Gulf Cup, nonetheless they were named runners-up, their most impressive accolade until 1992.
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 its 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 the United Arab Emirates and South Korea in the final round of the qualifiers.
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, where a victory would have earned qualification. However, they lost out as Saudi Arabia won 1–0 to reach the finals.
As 1998 Arab Nations Cup hosts, they finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia.
They made it to the quarter-finals of the 2000 Asian Cup despite finishing 3rd in their group, but lost to China in their quarter-final confrontation.
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 the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, but was unsuccessful in both the 2004 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
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.
Qatar was announced as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December 2010.
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 three 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 finishing the year 2014 with only one defeat, Qatar showed a poor form in the 2015 Asian Cup. Qatar was defeated 1–4 by the United Arab Emirates in their opener. This was continued with a 0–1 loss to Iran and 1–2 to Bahrain. Qatar was eliminated in the group stages with no points and placed 4th in Group C.
Qatar's campaign in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a surprise. Their start in the second round of World Cup qualifying in the AFC was nearly perfect, with seven wins and only one loss. However, their success in the second round didn't follow them to the third round. Qatar finished bottom of their group, ensuring they will play their first World Cup match on home soil in 2022, the first team to do so since Italy in 1934.
Qatar continued its poor form in the 2017 Gulf Cup, which was hosted by Kuwait. Qatar opened the tournament with a 4–0 win against Yemen, but that was followed by a 1–2 loss to Iraq and an unconvincing 1–1 draw to Bahrain. Qatar took the third place in Group B with four points and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition, which was considered as an upset of the tournament, especially after winning the 2014 edition.
However, Qatar had an excellent campaign at the 2019 Asian Cup. Their opener saw them defeat Lebanon 2–0. This was followed by a 6–0 thrashing of North Korea and a 2–0 win against three-time champions Saudi Arabia, which sealed the team getting first place in the group. They had a 1–0 win against Iraq in the Round of 16 and a late win against defending runners-up South Korea in the quarter-finals, seeing them through to the semi-finals for the first time ever, where they defeated the hosts United Arab Emirates 4–0 to set up a final against 4-time winners Japan. Qatar ended up winning the final 3–1 over Japan, marking their first ever major tournament title in their history, and capping off one of the most improbable Asian Cup runs in the tournament's history, especially since they conceded only one goal in all their games.
Qatar was invited to the 2019 Copa América. They were placed in Group B with Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay. Their first game was against Paraguay where they came back from a 2–0 deficit to tie it 2–2,but that was followed by a 0–1 loss to Colombia and a 0–2 loss to Argentina. Qatar took the last place in Group B with a single point and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition.
While it is reasonably common for footballers to represent national teams other than their birth nations,the nature and extent of the practice for the Qatari team has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism at various points during the twenty-first century. In 2004, FIFA cited the intention of three Brazilian players – Aílton, Dedé and Leandro – to play for the Qatar national team as the immediate trigger to their decision to tighten eligibility rules to ensure players have ties to the country they represent.
Qatar continued to pursue a strategy of naturalising foreign-born players, within the limitations of the new rules, and it continued to prove controversial. The "Aspire Football Dreams" program of recruitment of boys from Africa to an academy in Qatar drew a substantial amount of criticism. While Qatari authorities described it as a humanitarian effort and a way to provide competition for native Qatari players, critics claimed that it was merely another exploitative way of acquiring naturalised players,with Vice linking it to human rights abuses and the kafala system.
In a 2015 friendly against Algeria, six of the eleven of the players in the starting team were born outside of Qatar.Then president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter warned Qatar that FIFA would monitor their player selection to ensure that they were not relying too heavily on naturalised players. He made comparisons to the Qatar national handball team, referring to the team's selection for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship as an "absurdity". The following year, naturalised players formed the backbone of the team and were sufficiently integral that head coach Jorge Fossati threatened to resign if they were removed.
The reliance on naturalised players has subsequently reduced, with only two members of the squad that beat Switzerland in a 2018 friendly being born outside the country.However, at the 2019 Asian Cup, amidst diplomatic tensions between the two countries, the United Arab Emirates Football Association lodged a formal complaint against Qatar, alleging that Almoez Ali and Bassam Al-Rawi were not eligible to play for them. These complaints were dismissed by the AFC.
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|Withdrew from Qualifiers||Withdrew from Qualifiers|
|Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||3||9|
|Qualified as hosts||Qualified as hosts|
|To be determined||To be determined|
|AFC Asian Cup||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||5||8|
|Group stage||5th||4||2||0||2||7||6||Qualified as hosts|
|Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||5||4|
|Quarter-finals||7th||4||2||0||2||7||5||Qualified as hosts|
|To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Asian Games record|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|2002–present||See Qatar national under-23 football team|
Since 1992, the Olympic team has been drawn from a squad with a maximum of three players over 23 years age, and the achievements of this team are not generally regarded as part of the national team's records, nor are the statistics credited to the players' international records.
|Summer Olympic Games record||Qualifications record|
|Hosts / year||Result||Position||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA|
|Did not qualify||Unknown|
|Did not qualify|
|1992 – present||See Qatar national under-23 team||See Qatar national under-23 team|
The Arabian Gulf Cup 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.
|Pan Arab Games record|
|Did Not Participate|
|Did Not Participate|
|West Asian Football Federation Championship|
|2000 to 2007||Did not enter|
|2010 to 2012||Did not enter|
|Arab Nations Cup|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
Qatar was the second team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, and was invited for the first time in 2019.
|CONMEBOL Copa América record|
|Hosts / year||Result||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|Copa América history|
|Group stage||16 June||D 2–2||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro|
|19 June||L 0–1||Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo|
|23 June||L 0–2||Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre|
The following are Qatar's results in the last 12 months and upcoming fixtures.
Win Draw Loss
|9 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup|| Qatar ||2–0||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium |
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
|13 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup|| North Korea ||0–6||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|15:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium |
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|17 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup|| Saudi Arabia ||0–2||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium |
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
|22 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup|| Qatar ||1–0||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium |
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
|25 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup|| South Korea ||0–1||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|17:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium |
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|29 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup|| Qatar ||4–0||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|18:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium |
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
|1 February 2019 2019 Asian Cup|| Japan ||1–3||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|18:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium |
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|5 June 2019 Friendly|| Brazil ||2–0||Brasília, Brazil|
|20:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estádio Mané Garrincha |
Referee: José Argote (Venezuela)
|16 June 2019 2019 Copa América|| Paraguay ||2–2||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|16:00 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Maracanã Stadium |
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
|19 June 2019 2019 Copa América|| Colombia ||1–0||São Paulo, Brazil|
|18:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Morumbi |
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
The following table shows Qatar's all-time international record, correct as of 05 June 2019.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
The 23-man final squad was announced on 30 May 2019.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Saad Al Sheeb||19 February 1990 (aged 28)||56||0|
|21||GK||Yousef Hassan||24 May 1996 (aged 22)||6||0|
|22||GK||Mohammed Al-Bakri||28 March 1997 (aged 21)||2||0|
|3||DF||Abdelkarim Hassan||28 August 1993 (aged 25)||86||10|
|8||DF||Hamid Ismail||16 June 1986 (aged 32)||63||1|
|2||DF||Ró-Ró||6 August 1990 (aged 28)||48||1|
|18||DF||Al-Mahdi Ali Mukhtar||2 March 1992||35||3|
|23||DF||Assim Madibo||22 October 1996 (aged 22)||24||0|
|15||DF||Bassam Al-Rawi||16 December 1997 (aged 21)||22||2|
|4||DF||Tarek Salman||5 December 1997 (aged 21)||23||0|
|13||DF||Tameem Al-Muhaza||21 July 1996 (aged 22)||1||0|
|12||MF||Karim Boudiaf||16 September 1990 (aged 28)||71||4|
|16||MF||Boualem Khoukhi||9 July 1990 (aged 28)||64||17|
|6||MF||Abdulaziz Hatem||28 October 1990 (aged 28)||60||3|
|20||MF||Ali Afif||20 January 1988 (aged 30)||55||10|
|5||MF||Ahmed Fatehi||25 January 1993 (aged 25)||10||0|
|14||MF||Salem Al-Hajri||10 April 1996 (aged 22)||11||0|
|17||MF||Ahmed Moein||20 October 1995||6||0|
|9||MF||Abdullah Al-Ahrak||10 May 1997||5||0|
|10||FW||Hassan Al-Haydos (captain)||11 December 1990 (aged 28)||123||26|
|11||FW||Akram Afif||18 November 1996 (aged 22)||50||12|
|19||FW||Almoez Ali||19 August 1996 (aged 22)||43||20|
|7||FW||Ahmed Alaaeldin||31 January 1993 (aged 25)||24||1|
The following players have been called up for the Qatar squad within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jassim Al Hail||29 January 1992||0||0||v. |
|GK||Meshaal Barsham||14 February 1998||0||0||v. |
|DF||Abdulkarim Al-Ali||25 March 1991 (aged 27)||19||1||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|DF||Sultan Al-Brake||7 April 1997||3||0||v. |
|DF||Hamad Al-Obeidi||21 April 1991||6||0||v. |
|MF||Abdelrahman Moustafa||5 April 1997 (aged 21)||1||0||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|MF||Khaled Mohammed||7 June 2000 (aged 18)||0||0||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|MF||Ali Awadh Boujalouf||27 April 1995||3||0||v. |
|MF||Mohammed Alaaeldin||24 January 1994||3||0||v. |
|MF||Hashim Ali Abdullatif||13 January 1989||0||0||v. |
Last update: January 2019.
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