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Qatar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)العنابي
(The Maroon)
AssociationQatar Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachFélix Sánchez
CaptainHassan Al-Haydos[1]
Most capsHassan Al-Haydos (170)[2]
Top scorerMansoor Muftah & Almoez Ali (42)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeQAT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 50 Decrease 2 (6 October 2022)[3]
Highest42 (August 2021)
Lowest113 (November 2010)
First international
 Bahrain 2–1 Qatar 
(Isa Town, Bahrain; 27 March 1970)
Biggest win
 Qatar 15–0 Bhutan 
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 9–0 Qatar 
(Kuwait; 8 January 1973)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2022)
Best resultGroup stage (2022)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1980)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Arab Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1985)
Best resultRunners-up (1998)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultSemi-Finals (2021)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (1992, 2004, 2014)

The Qatar national football team (Arabic: منتخب قطر لكرة القدم) represents Qatar in international football, and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association and AFC.

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.[5]

Qatar are currently hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and therefore qualified automatically for what is their first appearance in the finals. This is the first time an Arab nation has hosted the competition. In 26 November, Qatar were the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup.

History

Pre-1970

Football was brought to Qatar during a time which coincided with initial discovery of oil reserves in Dukhan in 1940.[6] 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 1963.[7] 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.[8] The plans came to fruition and in March 1970 the Arabian Gulf Cup was inaugurated.[9]

1970–1980

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.[10] 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.[11]

In the next edition of the Gulf Cup in 1972, Qatar was again relegated to last place after suffering 3 straight defeats.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

1980–1990

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

1990–2000

Qatar arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, attaining its highest-ever FIFA rating (53) in August 1993.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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 Cup hosts, they finished runners-up to Saudi Arabia.[22]

2000–2010

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.[23]

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 cooperation with him in September 2008, as the QFA claimed he needed too long to recover from surgery.[24] Bruno Metsu was called up for the job, but Qatar failed to qualify after finishing fourth in their qualifying group.

2010–present

Qatar national team in 2011 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds.
Qatar national team in 2011 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds.

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.[25] 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 was playing in front of a home crowd, by a margin of 2–1.[26]

Despite winning the Gulf Cup and finishing the year 2014 with only one defeat, Qatar showed 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 would play their first World Cup match on home soil in 2022, the first team to do so since Italy in 1934.

Qatar's players celebrating the country's first-ever Asian Cup title in 2019.
Qatar's players celebrating the country's first-ever Asian Cup title in 2019.

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 third place in Group B with four points and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition, which was considered an upsetting of the tournament, especially after winning the 2014 edition.

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Qatar starting line-up against Japan at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final, a match they won 3–1.

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.[27]

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 marked for the first time Qatar suffered more than one goal in any major competition since winning the Asian Cup in UAE.[28] It was followed by a 0–1 loss to Colombia, ending the team's undefeated streak in any major competition to eight.[29] A 0–2 loss to Argentina meant Qatar took the last place in Group B with a single point and was eliminated in the group stage of the competition.[30]

Qatar was invited for the first time to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. They played in Group D with Honduras, Panama and Grenada.

In December 2020, UEFA invited Qatar to play friendlies against the teams in Group A of the 2022 World Cup qualifying groupAzerbaijan, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Serbia – as five teams in one group means one team will not be playing on any given match day. These friendlies did not count in the qualifying group standings. Qatar played their "home" matches in Europe in order to allow short travel times for their opponents.[31][32]

In the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Qatar claimed 7 points in Group D. Their debut was against Panama with a 3–3 draw, ensuring them their first point. This was followed by a 4–0 victory over Grenada and a 2–0 win over Honduras ensuring a quarter-final place where they would face El Salvador, ultimately securing a semi-final place against the United States with a 3–2 win. However, against the hosts with its squad made up of the majority of MLS players, Qatar failed to find the way to the net, in spite of having a penalty in the 60th minute, ultimately conceding a late goal from Gyasi Zardes to end Qatar's campaign with a 1–0 loss.

In the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, Qatar won all of its group-stage matches and faced UAE, winning 5–0. They lost 2–1 in the semi-final against Algeria, eventually placing 3rd.[citation needed]

Team image

Kits and crest

Qatar wears all-maroon as their home colours and all-white colours as an away kit. Their first manufacturer was Umbro from 1984 to 1989. All Qatar kits are currently manufactured by Nike.

Kit suppliers Period
United Kingdom Umbro 1984–1989
Germany Adidas 1990–1996
Thailand Grand Sport 1997–2002
Germany Adidas 2003–2008
Switzerland Burrda 2009–2011
United States Nike 2012–present

Rivalries

As of 30 July 2021[33]

Bahrain

Statistics vs.  Bahrain
Pld W D L GF GA GD
38 7 19 11 32 36 −4

Qatar has a major rivalry against Bahrain due to historical tension between the two countries. With 38 matches played, the overall record favours Bahrain, who won 11 matches, lost 7 and tied 19. From 2004 until 2021, Qatar suffered a winless streak over Bahrain with six defeats and ten draws before finally registering a win in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup.

United Arab Emirates

Main article: Qatar–United Arab Emirates football rivalry

Statistics vs.  United Arab Emirates
Pld W D L GF GA GD
31 13 8 10 40 35 −5

The rivalry with United Arab Emirates is a competitive one in the Persian Gulf Cup meeting in multiple occasions, due to the Qatar diplomatic crisis, increasing tensions had been witnessed, with the captain of UAE under-19 youth team refused to shake hands with Qatar's youth captain in 2018 AFC U-19 Championship held in Indonesia; in this tournament, the UAE beat Qatar 2–1 but still crashed out from the group stage while Qatar would recover to qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[34] As of 2020, Qatar and UAE have played 31 official matches, most of which was held competitively in the Persian Gulf Cup, it started off with the United Arab Emirates beating Qatar 1–0. They only played 2 friendly games and the last friendly was held in 2011 which ended with an Emirati victory. In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, hosted by the UAE, Qatar overran the UAE for the first time since 2001 with a result of 4–0, with heavy tensions and violence occurring between the two Emirati supporters cheering anti-Qatari chants.[35]

Saudi Arabia

Statistics vs.  Saudi Arabia
Pld W D L GF GA GD
41 8 16 17 31 53 −22

Qatar has a major rivalry against Saudi Arabia due to historical tension between the two countries and the Qatar diplomatic crisis. Qatar has an overall negative record against Saudi Arabia; with 41 matches played, Qatar has won 8 matches, lost 17, and tied 16.

Results and fixtures

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

The following are Qatar's results in the last 12 months and upcoming fixtures.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Loss   Void or Postponed   Fixture

2021

30 November 2021 (2021-11-30) FIFA Arab Cup Qatar  1–0  Bahrain Al Khor, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3
  • Hatem 69'
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
3 December 2021 (2021-12-03) FIFA Arab Cup Oman  1–2  Qatar Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Education City Stadium
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
6 December 2021 (2021-12-06) FIFA Arab Cup Qatar  3–0  Iraq Al Khor, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
10 December 2021 (2021-12-10) FIFA Arab Cup QF Qatar  5–0  United Arab Emirates Al Khor, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Attendance: 63,439
Referee: Andrés Matonte (Uruguay)
15 December 2021 (2021-12-15) FIFA Arab Cup SF Qatar  1–2  Algeria Doha, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 42,405
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
18 December 2021 (2021-12-18) FIFA Arab Cup 3RD Egypt  0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
 Qatar Doha, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stadium 974
Attendance: 30,978
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
Penalties
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El Solia soccer ball with check mark
Hegazi soccer ball with red X
Fotouh soccer ball with check mark
Tawfik soccer ball with check mark
Sherif soccer ball with red X
soccer ball with red X Al-Haydos
soccer ball with check mark Khoukhi
soccer ball with check mark Hassan
soccer ball with check mark Alaaeldin
soccer ball with check mark Afif
soccer ball with check mark Boudiaf

2022

26 March 2022 (2022-03-26) Friendly Qatar  2–1  Bulgaria Al Rayyan, Qatar
19:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Referee: Mohammed Al Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) Friendly Qatar  0–0  Slovenia Al Rayyan, Qatar
19:30 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Referee: Youssef Srairi (Tunisia)
21 June 2022 (2022-06-21) Unofficial Friendly Linfield Northern Ireland 1–0  Qatar Marbella, Spain
19:00 UTC+1 McKee 19' Report Stadium: Marbella Football Centre
9 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Antwerp Belgium 2–2  Qatar Saalfelden, Austria
17:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Saalfelden Arena
Attendance: 0
19 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Mallorca Spain 0–0  Qatar Schwaz, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Stadium: TBD
24 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Udinese Italy 1–2  Qatar Lienz, Austria
17:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: TBD
Referee: Hochataffel
30 July 2022 Unofficial Friendly Lazio Italy 0–0  Qatar Lienz, Austria
17:00 UTC+2 Stadium: TBD
3 August 2022 Unofficial Friendly Fiorentina Italy 0–0  Qatar Salzburg, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Stadium: TBD
20 August 2022 (2022-08-20) Friendly Qatar  2–2  Morocco Vienna, Austria
18:30 UTC+2
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
23 August 2022 (2022-08-23) Friendly Qatar  2–1  Ghana Vienna, Austria
18:30 UTC+2
Source Source
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
26 August 2022 (2022-08-26) Friendly Qatar  1–1  Jamaica Vienna, Austria
18:30 UTC+2 Muneer 83' Source Fletcher 70' Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
27 August 2022 (2022-08-27) Unofficial Friendly Qatar  2–0 Slovakia Partizán Domaniža Wiener Neudorf, Austria
12:00 UTC+2 Source Stadium: Franz Fürst Stadion
6 September 2022 (2022-09-06) Unofficial Friendly Qatar  3–0 Slovakia ŠTK Šamorín Wiener Neudorf, Austria
18:30 UTC+2 Source Stadium: Franz Fürst Stadion
20 September 2022 (2022-09-20) Hybrid Friendly Qatar  0–3  Croatia U23 Wiener Neustadt, Austria
18:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
23 September 2022 (2022-09-23) Friendly Qatar  0–2  Canada Vienna, Austria
Report
Stadium: Franz Horr Stadium
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
27 September 2022 (2022-09-27) Friendly Qatar  2–2  Chile Vienna, Austria
Report
Stadium: Franz Horr Stadium
Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
13 October 2022 Friendly Nicaragua  1–2  Qatar Marbella, Spain
20:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella
23 October 2022 (2022-10-23) Friendly Qatar  2–0  Guatemala Málaga, Spain
18:30 UTC+2
Report Stadium: La Rosaleda Stadium
27 October 2022 (2022-10-27) Friendly Qatar  1–0  Honduras Marbella, Spain
18:30 UTC+2 Almoez Ali 60' Report Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella
5 November 2022 (2022-11-05) Friendly Qatar  2–1  Panama Marbella, Spain
18:30 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella
9 November 2022 (2022-11-09) Friendly Qatar  1–0  Albania Marbella, Spain
18:30 UTC+2 Ali 37' (pen.) Report Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jason Barcelo (Gibraltar)
20 November 2022 (2022-11-20) FIFA World Cup Qatar  0–2  Ecuador Al Khor, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Attendance: 67,372
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
25 November 2022 (2022-11-25) FIFA World Cup Qatar  1–3  Senegal Doha, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 41,797
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
29 November 2022 (2022-11-29) FIFA World Cup Netherlands  v  Qatar Al Khor, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium

2023

7 January 2023 (2023-01-07) Arabian Gulf Cup Kuwait  v  Qatar Basra, Iraq
--:-- UTC+3 Stadium: TBD
10 January 2023 (2023-01-10) Arabian Gulf Cup Qatar  v  Bahrain Basra, Iraq
--:-- UTC+3 Stadium: TBD
13 January 2023 (2023-01-13) Arabian Gulf Cup Qatar  v  United Arab Emirates Basra, Iraq
--:-- UTC+3 Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

Coach Félix Sánchez with his coaching staff in January 2019
Coach Félix Sánchez with his coaching staff in January 2019

Last update: January 2019.[36]

Technical staff
Head coach Spain Félix Sánchez
Assistant coach Qatar Fahd Al-Turki
Goalkeeping coach Qatar Thamer Bashir
Official Qatar Saad Al-Alawi
Fitness coach Spain Carlos Domenech
Fitness coach Qatar Jassim Al-Owais
Video Analyst Spain Javier Ramos
Medical staff
Physiotherapist Qatar Maqbool Al-Khelaifi
Physiotherapist Qatar Thamer Al-Ghul
Doctor Qatar Humaid Enad
Administrative staff
Administrator Qatar Mohamed Salem Al Etawi
Media co-ordinator Qatar Ali Hassan Al-Salat

Coaching history

The late Bruno Metsu, former manager of Qatar
The late Bruno Metsu, former manager of Qatar
As of August 2019[37]
Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following 26 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[38]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Saad Al Sheeb (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 32) 77 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
21 1GK Yousef Hassan (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 26) 7 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa
22 1GK Meshaal Barsham (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 24) 20 0 Qatar Al-Sadd

2 2DF Ró-Ró (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 32) 83 1 Qatar Al-Sadd
3 2DF Abdelkarim Hassan (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 29) 131 15 Qatar Al-Sadd
5 2DF Tarek Salman (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 24) 58 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
13 2DF Musab Kheder (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 29) 30 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
14 2DF Homam Ahmed (1999-08-25) 25 August 1999 (age 23) 30 2 Qatar Al-Gharafa
15 2DF Bassam Al-Rawi (1997-12-16) 16 December 1997 (age 24) 59 2 Qatar Al-Duhail
16 2DF Boualem Khoukhi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 32) 106 20 Qatar Al-Sadd
17 2DF Ismaeel Mohammad (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 32) 70 4 Qatar Al-Duhail
26 2DF Jassem Gaber (2002-02-20) 20 February 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Qatar Al-Arabi

4 3MF Mohammed Waad (1999-09-18) 18 September 1999 (age 23) 22 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
6 3MF Abdulaziz Hatem (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 32) 108 11 Qatar Al-Rayyan
8 3MF Ali Assadalla (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 29) 59 12 Qatar Al-Sadd
12 3MF Karim Boudiaf (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 32) 116 6 Qatar Al-Duhail
20 3MF Salem Al-Hajri (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 26) 22 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
23 3MF Assim Madibo (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 26) 43 0 Qatar Al-Duhail
25 3MF Mostafa Tarek (2001-03-28) 28 March 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Qatar Al-Sadd

7 4FW Ahmed Alaaeldin (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 29) 47 2 Qatar Al-Gharafa
9 4FW Mohammed Muntari (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 28) 49 13 Qatar Al-Duhail
10 4FW Hassan Al-Haydos (captain) (1990-12-11) 11 December 1990 (age 31) 170 36 Qatar Al-Sadd
11 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 26) 90 26 Qatar Al-Sadd
18 4FW Khalid Muneer (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 24) 2 0 Qatar Al-Wakrah
19 4FW Almoez Ali (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 26) 86 42 Qatar Al-Duhail
24 4FW Naif Al-Hadhrami (2001-07-18) 18 July 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan

Naturalised players

While it is reasonably common for footballers to represent national teams other than their birth nations,[40] the nature and extent of the practice for the Qatari team have been the subject of scrutiny and criticism at various points during the 21st 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.[41][42]

Qatar continued to pursue a strategy of naturalizing 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 naturalized players,[43] with Vice linking it to human rights abuses and the kafala system.[44] The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Qatar announced the removal of the Kafala on 12 December 2016; the law came into effect in 2018.[45] The reform took place between UN’s International labor organization and the state of Qatar and was proven to be the part of many said assurances that nation has claimed for the 2022 World Cup. Though claimed by independent bodies of Qatar foundering to achieve the same, both sides had agreed to revise previous acts that had been taken. To make this all possible, the hosting country declared to pay compensation for the deaths of its migrant workers on 12 August 2022.[46]

Job changes between September 2020 and March 2022, the establishment of a nondiscriminatory wage system for all workers in March 2021, and workers' funds and insurance policies in the workplace are all data that showcased the functioning of the state for its workers.[47]

In the 2015 friendly against Algeria, six of the eleven players in the starting team were born outside of Qatar.[48] 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 men's national handball team, referring to the team's selection for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship as an "absurdity".[49] The following year, naturalized players formed the backbone of the team and were sufficiently integral that head coach Jorge Fossati threatened to resign if they were removed.[50][51]

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 Qatar.[52] 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.[53] These complaints were dismissed by the AFC.[54][55]

Of the 26 players called up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, 10 players were born outside of Qatar.[38]

Player records

As of 9 November 2022[56]
Players in bold text are still active with Qatar.

Competitive record

  Champion    Runners-up    Third place  

Overview
Event 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
FIFA Arab Cup 0 1 1
AFC Asian Cup 1 0 0
WAFF Championship 1 0 1
Arabian Gulf Cup 3 4 2
Asian Games 1 0 0
Total 6 5 4

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Qatar at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not enter Declined participation
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Withdrew from qualifiers Withdrew from qualifiers
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 9
Spain 1982 4 2 0 2 5 3
Mexico 1986 4 2 0 2 6 3
Italy 1990 11 4 6 1 12 8
United States 1994 8 5 1 2 22 8
France 1998 11 6 1 4 21 10
South Korea Japan 2002 14 7 4 3 24 13
Germany 2006 6 3 0 3 16 8
South Africa 2010 16 6 4 6 16 20
Brazil 2014 14 5 5 4 18 14
Russia 2018 16 9 1 6 35 14
Qatar 2022 Qualified as hosts Qualified as hosts
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 1/22 - - - - - - - 108 50 22 36 178 110

AFC Asian Cup

Main article: Qatar 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 Protectorate of  United Kingdom Protectorate of  United Kingdom
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972
Iran 1976 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 5 8
Kuwait 1980 Group stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 8 4 3 1 0 10 2
Singapore 1984 5th 4 1 2 1 3 3 4 3 0 1 11 1
Qatar 1988 5th 4 2 0 2 7 6 Qualified as hosts
Japan 1992 6th 3 0 2 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 8 2
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 5 4
Lebanon 2000 Quarter-finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 5 4 3 1 0 11 3
China 2004 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 4 6 3 2 1 10 7
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 14th 3 0 2 1 3 4 6 5 0 1 14 4
Qatar 2011 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 5 Qualified as hosts
Australia 2015 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 2 7 6 4 1 1 13 2
United Arab Emirates 2019 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 19 1 8 7 0 1 29 4
Qatar 2023 Qualified as hosts 8 7 1 0 18 1
Total Best: Champions 11/18 39 13 11 15 52 47 58 41 7 10 134 36

FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985 Fourth place 4 1 2 1 3 2
Jordan 1988 Did not enter
Syria 1992
Qatar 1998 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 7 5
Kuwait 2002 Did not enter
Saudi Arabia 2012
Qatar 2021 Third place 6 4 1 1 12 3
Total 3/10 14 8 3 3 22 10

Copa América

Main article: Qatar at the Copa América

Qatar was the second team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, and were invited for the first time in 2019.

Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Brazil 2019 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 2 5

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Main article: Qatar at the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Qatar was the second team from Asia to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and were invited for the first time in 2021.

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
United States 2021 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 12 6
2023 Invited
Total Semi-finals 2/27 5 3 1 1 12 6

Gulf Cup

Gulf Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Bahrain 1970 Fourth place 3 0 1 2 4 7
Saudi Arabia 1972 Fourth place 3 0 0 3 0 10
Kuwait 1974 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 5 4
Qatar 1976 Third place 6 4 1 1 11 6
Iraq 1979 Fifth place 6 2 1 3 4 13
United Arab Emirates 1982 Fifth place 5 2 0 3 5 4
Oman 1984 Runners-up 7 4 1 2 10 6
Bahrain 1986 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 7 8
Saudi Arabia 1988 Sixth place 6 1 2 3 4 8
Kuwait 1990 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 4 4
Qatar 1992 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
United Arab Emirates 1994 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 6 8
Oman 1996 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 5
Bahrain 1998 Sixth place 5 0 3 2 3 8
Saudi Arabia 2002 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 7 4
Kuwait 2003 Third place 6 2 3 1 5 3
Qatar 2004 Champions 5 3 2 0 10 7
United Arab Emirates 2007 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 4
Oman 2009 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 2 2
Yemen 2010 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3
Bahrain 2013 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Saudi Arabia 2014 Champions 5 2 3 0 6 3
Kuwait 2017 Group stage 3 1 1 1 6 3
Qatar 2019 Semi-finals 4 2 0 2 11 5
Iraq 2023 Qualified
Total 25/25 107 41 25 41 130 129

The 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

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Position 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 group stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 4
Egypt 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Group stage 6th 2 0 2 0 2 2
Total 2/10 6th 4 0 2 2 2 6

WAFF Championship

WAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Jordan 2000 Did not enter
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008 Semi-finals 3 1 0 2 2 9
Jordan 2010 Did not enter
Kuwait 2012
Qatar 2014 Champions 4 4 0 0 10 1
Iraq 2019 Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 2023 Qualified
Total 2/10 7 5 0 2 12 10

Olympic Games

Since 1992, the Olympic team has been drawn from a squad with a maximum of three players over the age of 23, and the achievements of this team are not regarded as part of the national team's records, nor are the statistics credited to the players' international records.

Summer Olympics record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
West Germany 1972 Did not qualify Unknown
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 5
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify
1992 – present See Qatar national under-23 team See Qatar national under-23 team
Total Group stage 1/17 3 0 1 2 2 5 Unknown

Asian Games

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

See also: Qatar 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
Thailand 1978 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
India 1982 Did not enter
South Korea 1986 Group stage 3 0 2 1 2 3
China 1990 Did not enter
Japan 1994 Group stage 3 0 3 0 5 5
Thailand 1998 Quarter-finals 6 4 1 1 9 4
2002–present See Qatar national under-23 football team
Total 4/13 15 4 7 4 19 19

Head-to-head record

The following table shows Qatar's all-time international record, correct as of 25 November 2022. The last match was played against  Senegal on 25 November 2022.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Confederation
 Afghanistan 7 6 1 0 23 3 20 AFC
 Albania 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 UEFA
 Algeria 6 1 1 4 3 10 −7 CAF
 Andorra 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 UEFA
 Argentina 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 CONMEBOL
 Australia 5 1 1 3 2 10 −8 AFC
 Azerbaijan 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 UEFA
 Bahrain 39 8 19 12 33 36 −3 AFC
 Bangladesh 7 5 2 0 19 2 17 AFC
 Belgium 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 UEFA
 Bhutan 2 2 0 0 18 0 18 AFC
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 UEFA
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 CONMEBOL
 Bulgaria 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 UEFA
 Burkina Faso 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 CAF
 Canada 1 0 0 1 0 2 –2 CONMEBOL
 Chile 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 CAF
 China 19 6 5 8 16 23 −7 AFC
 Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 CONMEBOL
 Congo DR 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 CAF
 Costa Rica 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 CONCACAF
 Croatia 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 UEFA
 Curaçao 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 CONCACAF
 Czech Republic 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 UEFA
 Ecuador 4 1 1 2 6 8 –2 CONMEBOL
 El Salvador 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 CONCACAF
 Egypt 8 2 2 4 7 18 −11 CAF
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 UEFA
 Finland 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 UEFA
 Georgia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 UEFA
 Ghana 2 1 0 1 3 6 –3 CAF
 Greece 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 UEFA
 Grenada 1 1 0 0 4 0 4 CONCACAF
 Guatemala 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 CONCACAF
 Haiti 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 CONCACAF
 Honduras 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 CONCACAF
 Hong Kong 7 7 0 0 16 2 14 AFC
 Hungary 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 UEFA
 Iceland 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 UEFA
 India 3 2 1 0 7 0 7 AFC
 Indonesia 9 6 2 1 23 10 13 AFC
 Iran 22 3 5 14 15 35 −20 AFC
 Iraq 32 9 9 14 33 39 −6 AFC
 Ivory Coast 1 0 0 1 1 6 −5 CAF
 Jamaica 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 CONCACAF
 Japan 9 3 4 2 13 11 2 AFC
 Jordan 19 11 3 5 29 16 13 AFC
 Kazakhstan 4 2 0 2 6 4 2 UEFA
 North Korea 12 3 5 4 19 15 4 AFC
 South Korea 11 3 2 6 13 19 −6 AFC
 Kuwait 35 11 4 20 38 57 −19 AFC
 Kyrgyzstan 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 AFC
 Laos 2 2 0 0 11 1 10 AFC
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 UEFA
 Lebanon 9 8 1 0 18 3 15 AFC
 Libya 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 CAF
 Liechtenstein 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 UEFA
 Luxembourg 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 UEFA
 North Macedonia 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 UEFA
 Malaysia 7 4 3 0 11 3 8 AFC
 Maldives 3 3 0 0 9 0 9 AFC
 Mali 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 CAF
 Malta 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 UEFA
 Mauritius 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 CAF
 Moldova 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 UEFA
 Morocco 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 CAF
 Myanmar 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 AFC
 New Zealand 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 OFC
 Nicaragua 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 CONCACAF
 Northern Ireland 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 UEFA
 Norway 1 0 0 1 1 6 −5 UEFA
 Oman 34 20 8 6 61 28 33 AFC
 Pakistan 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 AFC
 Palestine 9 7 2 0 12 4 8 AFC
 Panama 2 1 1 0 5 4 1 CONCACAF
 Paraguay 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 CONMEBOL
 Peru 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 CONMEBOL
 Philippines 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 AFC
 Portugal 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 UEFA
 Republic of Ireland 2 0 1 1 1 5 –4 UEFA
 Russia 3 1 1 1 5 7 −2 UEFA
 Saudi Arabia 40 7 15 18 29 53 −24 AFC
 Scotland 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 UEFA
 Senegal 1 0 0 1 1 3 –2 CAF
 Serbia 3 1 0 2 3 8 –5 UEFA
 Singapore 14 12 1 1 32 5 27 AFC
 Slovenia 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 UEFA
 Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 9 0 9 AFC
 Sudan 4 3 1 0 9 2 7 CAF
 Sweden 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 UEFA
 Switzerland 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 UEFA
 Syria 12 5 3 4 18 18 0 AFC
 Tajikistan 4 3 0 1 10 3 7 AFC
 Thailand 14 6 4 4 18 16 2 AFC
 Tunisia 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 CAF
 Turkey 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 UEFA
 Turkmenistan 3 3 0 0 8 1 7 AFC
 United Arab Emirates 31 14 8 9 45 32 7 AFC
 United States 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 CONCACAF
 Uzbekistan 14 3 2 9 13 24 −11 AFC
 Vietnam 6 3 1 2 14 5 9 AFC
 Wales 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 UEFA
 Yemen 9 8 1 0 26 3 23 AFC
 Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 CAF
Total 532 207 150 175 723 629 +94 FIFA

Honours

Major

Minor

See also

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