Bahrain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)محاربي ديلمون (Muharabi Dilmun, Dilmun's Warriors)
غواصين اللؤلؤ (Ghawaseen Al-Lulu, The Pearl Divers)
الأحمر (The Reds)
AssociationBahrain Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHélio Sousa
CaptainSayed Mohammed Jaffer
Most capsSalman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorerIsmail Abdullatif (47)[1]
Home stadiumBahrain National Stadium
FIFA codeBHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 89 Steady (31 March 2022)[2]
Highest44 (September 2004)
Lowest139 (March 2000)
First international
 Bahrain 4–4 Kuwait 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 2 April 1966)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 10–0 Indonesia 
(Riffa, Bahrain; 29 February 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Iraq 10–1 Bahrain 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 5 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1988)
Best resultFourth place (2004)
Arab Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1966)
Best resultRunners-up (1985, 2002)
WAFF Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (2019)

The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب البحرين لكرة القدم) represents Bahrain in international football 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. Bahrain had a golden year in 2019, winning both the WAFF Championship and the Arabian Gulf Cup for the first time, under the stewardship of Hélio Sousa.

History

The 1959 national football team
The 1959 national football team

Early time

Even though the first national team was founded in 1959, Bahraini team was only first officially assembled in 1966 where they played a friendly game against Kuwait, where they drew 4–4. At that time, despite being under British rule, Bahrain was given autonomy and they had utilized this opportunity to expand its football development. Nonetheless, Bahrain was regarded as a weaker side in the Gulf Arab region, which constituted the stronger Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait. For this reason, Bahrain's international feat had been mostly limited in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

In 1988, Bahrain qualified to its first ever AFC Asian Cup, but finished bottom with only two draws in the 1988 AFC Asian Cup. Since then, Bahraini side remained neglected and less invested, despite its youth successes at the U-17 and U-20. Only by the end of the 20th century, Bahrain began to really emerge and would change the country's football history.

Rise

Bahrain managed a fine performance during 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, the latter was the first time Bahrain reached the final round. Despite being unable to reach either of them, Bahrain managed one of their greatest football feats, by beating Iran in both qualifications 1–0 in Damascus in 2000 Asian Cup run, and 3–1 at home in 2002 World Cup run, which remains one of the most embarrassing defeats for Iranian football. This win, though mean less for Bahrain, did manage to pull Iran out from reaching a direct World Cup ticket and helped Saudi Arabia to qualify for 2002 FIFA World Cup, Iran later failed to qualify; Bahraini fans had waged Saudi flag as a response of this win, fueling tensions between Bahrain and Iran.[4]

2004 Asian Cup

The form of Bahrain in 2004 AFC Asian Cup was a complete stunning for many. In their just second appearance, Bahrain was drawn with mighty host China, neighbor Qatar and Southeast Asia's finest Indonesia. However, Bahrain went on undefeated at the group stage, including a famous 2–2 draw to China in Beijing, 1–1 to Qatar before trashed Indonesia 3–1 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Then, Bahrain overcame Uzbekistan on penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, having been held 2–2. Bahrain put up another astonishing performance against defending champions Japan, only lost 3–4 after extra time, before losing 2–4 to Iran in the third place game. This tournament would mark the rise of Bahrain as a serious competitor for football in Asia.

2006 World Cup

After Uzbekistan and Bahrain both finished third in their respective groups during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain entered a two-legged playoff with Uzbekistan, which they won on away goals with an aggregate score of 1–1. This allowed Bahrain to enter another two-legged playoff with the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, (Trinidad and Tobago), for a spot in the World Cup. But a 0–1 Bahrain loss in Manama after a 1–1 draw in Port of Spain saw the CONCACAF nation go through as debutant.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round play-offs
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uzbekistan  1–1 (a)  Bahrain 1–1 0–0
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC – CONCACAF play-off) play-offs
Bahrain  1–2  Trinidad and Tobago 1–1 0–1

2007 Asian Cup

Bahrain played in group D in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification group games. Bahrain fielded a side which was essentially the Olympic (under 23) team against Australia, and they lost 2–0. Bahrain qualified for the 2007 Asian Cup after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stage via two losses against Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, despite a shock win against Korea Republic.

2010 World Cup

The Bahrain national football team playing Australia on 10 June 2009 in a World Cup qualifier
The Bahrain national football team playing Australia on 10 June 2009 in a World Cup qualifier

In the third round of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain were drawn into group B along with Japan, Oman, and Thailand. They finished second overall to qualify to the final round, in which Bahrain finished third overall in their group, below Australia and Japan, but above Uzbekistan and Qatar. In the second leg of the playoff against Saudi Arabia to decide Asia's fifth best team, Bahrain drew 2–2 with Saudi Arabia after scoring in stoppage time which allowed them to go through on away goals, after drawing their home leg 0–0. They went on to play New Zealand in the final playoff in which a victory would qualify them for the World Cup, but after a goalless draw in Manama on 10 October 2009, Bahrain lost the return leg 1–0 in Wellington on 14 November 2009, missing out on qualification at the last hurdle for the second time running.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fifth Round play-offs
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  (a) 2–2  Saudi Arabia 0–0 2–2
AFC 5th place v OFC winner play-offs
Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

Crisis period

2011 Asian Cup

Bahrain qualified for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup held in neighbouring Qatar, and was drawn in a tough group composing Australia, South Korea and minnows India. Bahrain faced its first task to overcome South Korea, with the hope to repeat the surprise 2–1 victory of the 2007 edition, but South Korea turned the deficit to beat Bahrain with the same score. After the loss, Bahrain cruised past India in a seven-goal party, Bahrain scored five to keep its hope alive; but its campaign ended in vain when they lost to Australia 0–1 and was dismissed from the group stages.

2014 World Cup

See also: Bahrain 10–0 Indonesia

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain did considerably worse. In the third round, they were drawn against Indonesia, Iran and Qatar. Although they managed to defeat Indonesia both home and away, they also lost 6–0 by Iran away from home, and drew their other 3 games. Although they had a higher goal difference than Qatar, they needed an extra point to advance to the next round, or Qatar had to be beaten by Iran in the final round. If they had also drawn to Iran away from home, they would have advanced. But neither luck came to them, and their campaign ended in the third round, their worst result since the 1998 World Cup qualifiers.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 3 3 0 17 5 +12 12 2–2 6–0 3–0
 Qatar 6 2 4 0 10 5 +5 10 1–1 0–0 4–0
 Bahrain 6 2 3 1 13 7 +6 9 1–1 0–0 10–0
 Indonesia 6 0 0 6 3 26 −23 0 1–4 2–3 0–2
Source:[citation needed]

2015 Asian Cup

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup once again became a disappointment for the Bahrainis, even though their group was easier, with only Iran being the biggest opponent while the UAE and Qatar were no strangers. Bahrain lost two opening games against Iran and the UAE 0–2 and 1–2, the latter defeat was subject to the earliest goal in Asian Cup history by Ali Mabkhout. Bahrain salvaged some pride with a 2–1 win over Qatar, condemning its neighbour to bottom of the group while Bahrain finished third for the second consecutive Asian Cup.

2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifications

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round, Bahrain finished fourth in a group with Uzbekistan, North Korea, Philippines and Yemen. The poor performance of the Bahraini side caused huge public uproar over the team's ongoing decline, rocked the chair of manager Sergio Batista. He was eventually sacked and replaced by Czech youth coach Miroslav Soukup, who decided to revamp the team.

Later on, Bahrain participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, where finished first in the third round in a group with Turkmenistan, Chinese Taipei and Singapore, to qualify to the next AFC Asian Cup. However, the team's performance was far from perfect. The team suffered a home draw to minnows Singapore, before getting humiliated by Chinese Taipei away 1–2 that was considered as a shock, since Taiwan is not a football nation. This defeat also prompted Bahrain's main star, Ismail Abdullatif, to retire from the team.

Bahrain managed some promising performance during this deteriorating era, reaching semi-finals of the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup held in Kuwait.

Short-lived glory

2019–present: Asian Cup; WAFF Championship and Gulf Cup champions

At the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Bahrain was grouped with India, Thailand and hosts United Arab Emirates. The Bahrainis managed a promising early performance when they faced the hosts, scored a goal lead in 78', but was eventually held 1–1 following an unclear penalty decision by the Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh. However, Bahrain suffered a blasting loss to Thailand 0–1, leaving the team flounder despite its earlier performance. In the final match against India, which the Indians only required a draw to progress, Bahrain however managed to get a needed penalty in injury time, where Jamal Rashid turned hero as Bahrain won the fixture 1–0 to seal the team into the knockout stage for the only second times ever, and eliminated the Indians from the competition. The Bahraini side then played its own round of sixteen match, where they lost 2–1 to South Korea after extra time. This was considered as a major success for Bahraini football, and also to be the end of the country's football misfortune that endured since 2010s.

Afterwards, Bahrain managed to win two competitions for the first time, after defeating both Iraq and Saudi Arabia, 1–0 under the leadership of Hélio Sousa against all odds, in the WAFF Championship and Gulf Cup respectively.[5][6] Bahrain also defeated Iran 1–0 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification Round 2, delivering a major upset in the qualifying process. Iran did manage a 3–0 win in Bahrain with a dominant performance. This defeat proved to be disastrous for Bahrain, as their 4–0 victory over Hong Kong was too little, too late, due to Iran prevailing 1–0 over Iraq in the final game.

Team image

Rivalries

Qatar

Bahrain has a major rivalry against Qatar due to historical tension between the two countries. Bahrain has an overall positive performance to Qatar. Bahrain has played 38 matches with Qatar, won eleven matches, lost seven matches while nineteen matches ended in a draw.

Kit providers

Manufacturer Period
Italy Legea 0000
Germany Puma 0000–2014
United Arab Emirates Romai[7][8] 2014–2018
Italy Macron[9] 2019–

Results and fixtures

Main articles: Bahrain national football team results (2020–present) and Bahrain national football team results

Matches in the last 12 months, and future scheduled matches   Win   Draw   Loss

2021

25 June 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Bahrain  2–0  Kuwait Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3
  • Haram 74'
  • Isa 90+4'
Report Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
1 September Friendly Bahrain  6–1  Haiti Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
7 September Friendly Bahrain  1–2  Jordan Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Khaled Al-Taris (Saudi Arabia)
6 October Friendly Bahrain  4–0  Curaçao Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3 Marhoon 46'
Madan 84'
Mahdi 86', 90+2'
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
12 October Friendly Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3 Report Kirwan 89' Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
11 November Unofficial friendly Bahrain  2–3  Morocco A'
Report
16 November Friendly Bahrain  4–2  Kyrgyzstan Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
30 November 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Qatar  1–0  Bahrain Al Khor, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
3 December 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Bahrain  0–0  Iraq Doha, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
6 December 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Oman  3–0  Bahrain Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

2022

27 January Friendly Bahrain  3–1  Uganda Riffa, Bahrain
Report
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Attendance: 100
Referee: Khalid Marhoun Al Shaqsi (Oman)
1 February Friendly Bahrain  1–0  DR Congo Riffa, Bahrain
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
23 March Friendly Bahrain  2–1  India Riffa, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3:00 Al-Hardan 37'
Al-Humaidan 88'
Report Bheke 59' Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Sadam Omara (Jordan)
26 March Friendly Bahrain  1–0  Burundi Arad, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3:00 Kamil Al Aswad 76'[10] Report Stadium: Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium
Referee: Ali Al Samaheeji (Bahrain)
29 March Friendly Bahrain  0–1  Belarus Isa Town, Bahrain
19:00 UTC+3:00 Report
Stadium: Khalifa Sports City Stadium[10]
Referee: Majed Mohammed Al Shamrani (Saudi Arabia)
27 May Friendly Myanmar  0–2  Bahrain Pathum Thani, Thailand
19:00 UTC+7 Report Mahdi 89' (pen.)
Al-Humaidan 90+1'
Stadium: BG Stadium
31 May Friendly Thailand  1–2  Bahrain Pathum Thani, Thailand
19:00 UTC+7
Report
  • Al-Khatal 45+1'
  • Isa 90+1'
Stadium: BG Stadium
8 June 2023 Asian Cup qualification Bahrain  2–0  Bangladesh Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17:15 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 826
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar (India)
11 June 2023 Asian Cup qualification Malaysia  1–2  Bahrain Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21:00 UTC+8
Report
Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 63,925
Referee: Sadullo Gulmurodi (Tajikistan)
14 June 2023 Asian Cup qualification Bahrain  1–0  Turkmenistan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17:15 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 2,970
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)

Current staff

Role Name
Manager Portugal Hélio Sousa
Assistant Manager Portugal Jose Carniero
Assistant Manager Bahrain Ahmed Isa
Goalkeeper coach Portugal Pedro Roma
Fitness coach Portugal Jose Herculano
Team Analyst Bahrain Ahmed Kamal

Coaching history

As of March 2019[11]

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches against Bangladesh, Malaysia and Turkmenistan in June 2022.[citation needed]

Caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2022, after the match against Thailand.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sayed Mohammed Jaffer (Captain) (1985-08-25) 25 August 1985 (age 36) 141 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
1GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 36) 26 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
1GK Ammar Ahmed (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Ahli

2DF Waleed Al Hayam (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 33) 87 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
2DF Rashed Al-Hooti (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 32) 77 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
2DF Sayed Redha Isa (1994-08-07) 7 August 1994 (age 27) 52 3 Bahrain Al-Riffa
2DF Ahmed Abdulla Ali (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 35) 31 0 Bahrain Al-Khaldiya
2DF Abbas Ayyad (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 (age 35) 24 0 Bahrain Al-Ahli
2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30) 30 December 1997 (age 24) 23 1 Bahrain Al-Hidd
2DF Hamad Al-Shamsan (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 24) 18 0 Bahrain Al-Shabab
2DF Amine Benaddi (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 29) 3 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq

3MF Sayed Dhiya Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 29) 101 7 Bahrain Al-Riffa
3MF Kamil Al-Aswad (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 28) 77 10 Bahrain Al-Riffa
3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1990-06-07) 7 June 1990 (age 32) 71 5 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
3MF Ali Madan (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 26) 62 11 United Arab Emirates Al Urooba
3MF Jasim Al-Shaikh (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 26) 44 3 Bahrain Al-Riffa
3MF Mohamed Marhoon (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 24) 36 12 Bahrain Al-Riffa
3MF Ali Haram (1988-12-11) 11 December 1988 (age 33) 35 2 Bahrain Al-Riffa
3MF Mahdi Al-Humaidan (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 29) 33 3 Bahrain Al-Khaldiya
3MF Ebrahim Al-Khatal (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 21) 4 2 Bahrain Qalali
3MF Mahdi Abdullatif (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 29) 3 0 Bahrain Al-Ahli
3MF Ammar Mirza 2 0 Bahrain Al Ittihad

4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 29) 64 5 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
4FW Hashim Sayed Isa (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 24) 13 6 Bahrain Al-Riffa

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mohamed Alshaikh (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Bahrain Malkiya v.  Kyrgyzstan, 16 November 2021
GK Ebrahim Lutfalla (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 29) 6 0 Bahrain East Riffa v.  New Zealand, 12 October 2021

DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 31) 60 1 Kuwait Al-Tadamon v.  Thailand, 31 May 2022
DF Mohammed Adel Hasan (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 25) 17 0 Bahrain Manama v.  Thailand, 31 May 2022
DF Sayed Baqer (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 28) 24 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa v.  Oman, 6 December 2021
DF Ahmed Nabeel (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 26) 12 0 Bahrain Manama v.  New Zealand, 12 October 2021
DF Ahmed Merza (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 31) 14 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd v.  Jordan, 7 September 2021

MF Mohamed Abdulwahab (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 32) 15 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd v.  Thailand, 31 May 2022
MF Mohammed Al-Hardan (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 24) 22 2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq v.  Thailand, 31 May 2022
MF Abdullah Al Hashash (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 26) 4 1 Bahrain Budaiya v.  Burundi, 26 March 2022
MF Jasim Khelaif (1998-02-22) 22 February 1998 (age 24) 7 0 Bahrain Budaiya v.  Uganda, 27 January 2022
MF Abbas Al-Asfoor (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 23) 10 0 Bahrain Al-Shabab v.  Oman, 6 December 2021
MF Hazza Ali Mubarak (1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa v.  New Zealand, 12 October 2021

FW Mahdi Abduljabbar (1991-06-25)25 June 1991 (aged 30) 28 9 Bahrain Manama v.  Thailand, 31 May 2022
FW Mohamed Al-Romaihi (1990-09-09) 9 September 1990 (age 31) 44 16 Bahrain East Riffa v.  Oman, 6 December 2021
FW Ismail Abdullatif (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 35) 126 47 Bahrain Al-Khalidiya v.  Iraq, 3 December 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Records

As of 31 May 2022[12]
Players in bold are still active with Bahrain.

Competition records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 4 6
Spain 1982 4 1 0 3 1 6
Mexico 1986 4 1 2 1 8 6
Italy 1990 Withdrew Withdrew
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 9 6
France 1998 4 1 0 3 3 9
South Korea Japan 2002 14 7 4 3 17 13
Germany 2006 16 5 6 5 21 14
South Africa 2010 20 7 7 6 19 17
Brazil 2014 6 2 3 1 13 7
Russia 2018 6 2 0 4 7 9
Qatar 2022 8 4 3 1 15 4
Canada Mexico United States 2026 TBD
Total 0/22 94 34 28 32 117 97

AFC Asian Cup

Main article: Bahrain at the AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968 Did not enter Did not enter
Thailand 1972 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 4
Iran 1976 Withdrew Withdrew
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew after qualifying 3 0 0 3 0 5
Singapore 1984 Withdrew Withdrew
Qatar 1988 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 0 4 0
Japan 1992 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
United Arab Emirates 1996 Withdrew Withdrew
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 6 6
China 2004 Fourth place 4th 6 1 3 2 13 14 6 4 1 1 14 9
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 3 7 4 1 1 2 3 6
Qatar 2011 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 6 5 6 4 0 2 12 6
Australia 2015 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 5 6 4 2 0 7 1
United Arab Emirates 2019 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4 14 7 1 6 25 13
2023 Qualified 11 7 3 1 15 4
Total Fourth place 6/17 23 5 6 12 29 38 62 31 9 22 95 59

Arabian Gulf Cup record

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Bahrain 1970 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 4
Saudi Arabia 1972 Record annulled
Kuwait 1974 Group stage 2 0 0 2 1 8
Qatar 1976 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 9 15
Iraq 1979 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 8 9
United Arab Emirates 1982 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 10 7
Oman 1984 Fifth place 6 1 2 3 3 6
Bahrain 1986 Fifth place 6 1 4 1 4 5
Saudi Arabia 1988 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 4 4
Kuwait 1990 Third place 4 1 2 1 1 1
Qatar 1992 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 6 4
United Arab Emirates 1994 Third place 5 1 3 1 5 6
Oman 1996 Fifth place 5 0 2 3 4 8
Bahrain 1998 Fifth place 5 0 3 2 3 6
Saudi Arabia 2002 Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 6
Kuwait 2003 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 13 3
Qatar 2004 Third place 5 2 2 1 10 6
United Arab Emirates 2007 Semi-finals 4 1 1 2 4 5
Oman 2009 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
Yemen 2010 Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 7
Bahrain 2013 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 4 9
Saudi Arabia 2014 Group stage 3 0 2 1 0 3
Kuwait 2017 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 3
Qatar 2019 Champions 5 2 2 1 7 6
Total 24/24 107 32 34 41 113 135

FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966 Group stage 4 0 1 3 7 22
Saudi Arabia 1985 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 4 3
Jordan 1988 Group stage 4 0 3 1 2 3
Syria 1992 Did not enter
Qatar 1998 Withdrew
Saudi Arabia 2002 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 8 5
Saudi Arabia 2012 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
Qatar 2021 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 4
Total Best: Runners-up 24 4 8 12 22 45

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.

See also: Bahrain national under-23 football team

Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
India 1951 Did not enter
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974 15th place 3 0 0 3 1 15
Thailand 1978 14th place 3 0 0 3 1 12
India 1982 Did not enter
South Korea 1986 12th place 3 1 1 1 4 5
China 1990 Did not enter
Japan 1994 10th place 4 1 2 1 6 5
Thailand 1998 Did not enter
2002–present See Bahrain national under-23 football team
Total 4/13 14 3 3 8 12 37

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953 Did not enter
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985
Lebanon 1997
Jordan 1999 First round 2 0 0 2 0 6
Egypt 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Champions 4 3 1 0 9 3
Total 2/10 6 3 1 2 9 9

WAFF Championship record

WAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD
Jordan 2000 Did not participate
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008
Jordan 2010 Group stage 2 1 0 1 2 3 –1
Kuwait 2012 Fourth place 5 2 2 1 3 2 +1
Qatar 2014 Third place 4 0 3 1 0 1 –1
Iraq 2019 Champions 4 3 1 0 3 0 +3
Total 4/9 15 6 6 3 8 6 +2

Head-to-head record

Last match updated was against Thailand on 31 May 2022.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Against Played Won Drawn Lost Goal scored Goal against % Won[a]
 Albania 2 2 0 0 6 0 100%
 Algeria 2 0 2 0 0 0 50%
 Australia 5 0 0 5 1 9 0%
 Azerbaijan 3 0 0 3 3 8 0%
 Bangladesh 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%
 Belarus 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
 Brunei 1 1 0 0 7 0 100%
 Burkina Faso 2 2 0 0 5 2 100%
 Burundi 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
 Cambodia 2 2 0 0 9 0 100%
 Chad 1 0 1 0 1 1 50%
 Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
 China PR 8 0 5 3 9 15 31.25%
 Chinese Taipei 3 2 0 1 7 2 66.67%
 Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 6 0%
 Congo 1 1 0 0 3 1 100%
 Curaçao 1 1 0 0 4 0 100%
 Denmark 2 1 0 1 2 2 50%
 DR Congo 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
 Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
 Finland 5 0 1 4 1 9 10%
 Haiti 1 1 0 0 6 1 100%
 Hong Kong 7 5 1 1 17 3 78.57%
 Iceland 2 1 0 1 2 3 50%
 India 7 6 1 0 16 4 92.86%
 Indonesia 7 3 2 2 19 7 57.14%
 Iran 19 5 4 8 13 32 36.84%
 Iraq 31 5 13 13 26 50 38.33%
 Japan 12 2 1 9 10 23 20.83%
 Jordan 30 10 6 14 25 35 43.33%
 Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2 0 3 0%
 Kenya 2 2 0 0 4 2 100%
 Kuwait 42 14 10 18 39 55 45.24%
 Kyrgyzstan 7 5 1 1 15 7 78.57%
 Lebanon 15 7 6 2 23 18 66.67%
 Libya 5 2 1 2 9 8 50%
 Malaysia 14 7 5 2 31 16 73.08%
 Maldives 2 2 0 0 5 1 100%
 Mauritania 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
 Morocco 2 0 0 2 0 5 0%
 Myanmar 5 4 0 1 13 6 80%
 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 1 8 0%
 New Zealand 5 0 1 4 1 6 10%
 North Korea 7 2 1 4 10 10 35.71%
 North Macedonia 1 0 1 0 1 1 50%
 Norway 1 0 0 1 0 1 0%
 Oman 39 12 17 10 37 32 52.56%
 Pakistan 1 0 0 1 1 5 0%
 Palestine 8 4 1 3 11 6 56.25%
 Panama 1 1 0 0 5 0 100%
 Paraguay 1 0 0 1 1 2 0%
 Philippines 6 3 2 1 9 5 66.67%
 Qatar 39 10 12 9 28 33 41.03%
 Saudi Arabia 37 7 11 19 26 55 33.78%
 Singapore 10 8 1 1 18 6 85%
 Slovakia 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%
 South Korea 24 3 5 16 20 55 22.92%
 Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0 1 0 100%
 Sudan 3 2 0 1 4 3 66.67%
 Sweden 2 0 0 2 0 5 0%
 Syria 22 5 7 10 23 25 38.64%
 Tajikistan 5 3 2 0 16 1 80%
 Thailand 11 3 6 2 14 12 54.55%
 Togo 1 1 0 0 5 1 100%
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 1 1 1 2 25%
 Tunisia 2 1 0 1 1 3 50%
 Turkmenistan 4 3 1 0 13 4 87.5%
 Uganda 2 1 1 0 3 1 75%
 Ukraine 1 0 1 0 1 1 50%
 United Arab Emirates 29 11 5 13 43 49 46.55%
 Uzbekistan 12 3 4 5 8 20 41.67%
 Vietnam 1 0 0 1 3 5 0%
 Yemen 15 12 1 2 31 8 83.33%
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 5 2 100%
  1. ^ A draw counts as a ½ win

Honours

Continental

Fourth place: 2004

Regional

Champions: 2019
Runner-up: 1970, 1982, 1992, 2003
Third Place: 1990, 1994, 2004
Champions: 2019
Third Place: 2014
Gold Medalists: 2011
Runner-up: 1985, 2002

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