Qatar national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

Qatar national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

The Qatar national football team represents Qatar in international football and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association and the 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 team’s home stadium.

Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and will therefore automatically qualify for what will be their first appearance in the final. This will be the first time that an Arab nation will host the competition.

Qatar national football team Profile summary

Full name: Qatar
Nickname: The Maroon
Managed by: AFC (Asia)
Founded: 1970
Federation: Qatar Football Association
Head coach: Félix Sánchez
Captain: Hassan Al-Haydos
Most caps: Hassan Al-Haydos
Top scorer: Mubarak Mustafa
FIFA ranking: 61 
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.
FIFA code: QAT

Qatar national football team History

The Qatari national team played its first official match on March 27, 1970, against its host Bahrain, and lost 1-2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the only goal for Qatar. Soon, Qatar was among the four founding nations to play in the biennial Gulf Cup.

The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualification match in 1977. Qatar debuted in the AFC Asian Cup in 1980.

It can be said that the Qatari national team reached its peak in the 1990s, when the team missed two World Cup qualifiers (1990, 1998) in the final stages, achieving its highest rating ever by FIFA (53) in August 1993.

In 1992, Qatar’s first major victory came when “Maroon” won the Gulf Cup in 1992, a young team-centric team that had managed to impress months earlier in the 1992 Summer Olympics, dominated to give Qatar the chance to finally win the tournament. The long-awaited regional address.

In the 2000s, it was the Gulf Cup that sparked the revival of a new generation of young Qatari footballers. Following a transitional period of doubt, Qatar seized the opportunity and became champion when Doha hosted the tournament in 2004.

2014 was undoubtedly one of the most successful years of football in Qatar. In addition to winning the AFC U-19 Championship that year, the first team won both the West Asian Football Federation and the Gulf Cup Championship.

2019 brought more success, Qatar had an excellent campaign in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The opening match saw them defeat Lebanon 2-0. This was followed by a 6-0 win over North Korea and a 2-0 win over three-time champion Saudi Arabia, which saw the team claim the top spot in the group. They achieved a 1-0 win over Iraq in the Round of 16 and a late win over defending champions South Korea in the quarter-finals, reaching the semi-finals for the first time ever, defeating the hosts. The United Arab Emirates 4-0 to hold a final against Japan, which has won four times. Qatar ended up winning the final match 3-1 over Japan, marking its first major title in its history, and crowning one of the most distant Asian Cup matches in the history of the tournament, especially as it only conceded one goal in all of its matches.

Qatar was invited to the 2019 Copa America. They were placed in Group B along with Colombia, Argentina, and Paraguay. Their first match was against Paraguay where they came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score 2-2, but this was followed by a 0-1 loss against Colombia and a 0-2 loss against Argentina. Qatar finished last in Group Two with one point and was eliminated from the group stage of the competition.

Qatar national football team at Home Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium, also known as the National Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium located in Doha, Qatar, as part of the Doha Sports City complex, which also includes the Aspire Academy, Hamad Aquatic Center, and Aspire Tower. It is named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar.

The 2011 Asian Cup Final was held at this stadium, and in 2017 it received a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the first in the world to receive this rating. The stadium employs about 30,000 workers.

Qatar national football team Kit

The Qatar Football Association on Sunday unveiled the new official kit for the national team, which the players will wear in upcoming competitions.

The Qatar World Cup 2022 Kit, Home and Away by Nike fuse traditional colors with the latest “Nike innovations” to create a sophisticated and modern look.

The traditional maroon home kit pulses with national pride, paired with a sleek white away kit in a collection befitting a nation gripped by football fever.

In two years, Qatar will host the world’s biggest tournament, and their new uniforms are a timely and powerful expression of the team’s identity.

The home kit combines a maroon shirt, shorts, and socks. The focal point of the design is a celebration of the Qatari flag in the form of a unique graphic that bristles across the front of the jersey. An enlarged crest reinforces a sense of national pride, while a strong v-neckline and tapered cuffs finish off a sharp design.

Qatar’s away kit sees the maroon shift into a supporting role, framing and detailing white shirts, shorts, and socks. The t-shirt has a maroon V-neckline, cuffs, and side stripes.

“This 2022 collection is a really nice blend of Qatari football traditions and cutting-edge kit design,” says Scott Munson, Vice President of Nike Football Apparel. “The idea was to take the established identity of the team, those much-loved colors, and put it all through the modern Nike lens.”

AssimMadibo, midfielder for the Qatar National Team, said: “We are happy with this new kit, the design language emphasizes the Qatari flag, a constant reminder to us and our supporters of what this team stands for.”

Qatar national football team Kit
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Who are Qatar national football team players?

The following Qatar national football team players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. Have a look.

NoPositionPlayer NameDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKSaad Al Sheeb19-02-1990 (32)760Al-Sadd
21GKYousef Hassan24-05-1996 (25)70Al-Gharafa
22GKMeshaal Barsham14-02-1998 (23)120Al-Sadd
2DFRó-Ró06-08-1990 (31)761Al-Sadd
3DFAbdelkarim Hassan28-08-1993 (28)11715Al-Sadd
5DFTarek Salman05-12-1997 (24)500Al-Sadd
13DFMusab Kheder26-09-1993 (28)270Al-Sadd
14DFHomam Ahmed25-08-1999 (22)192Al-Gharafa
15DFBassam Al-Rawi16-12-1997 (24)472Al-Duhail
16DFBoualem Khoukhi07-09-1990 (31)9319Al-Sadd
6MFAbdulaziz Hatem28-10-1990 (31)9310Al-Rayyan
4MFMohammed Waad18-09-1999 (22)140Al-Sadd
8MFAli Assadalla19-01-1993 (28)5412Al-Sadd
12MFKarim Boudiaf16-09-1990 (31)1045Al-Duhail
20MFAbdullah Al-Ahrak10-05-1997 (24)211Al-Duhail
23MFAssim Madibo22-10-1996 (25)400Al-Duhail
11FWAkram Afif18-11-1996 (25)7823Al-Sadd
7FWAhmed Alaaeldin31-01-1993 (29)431Al-Gharafa
9FWMohammed Muntari20-12-1993 (28)4311Al-Duhail
10FWHassan Al-Haydos11-12-1990 (31)16133Al-Sadd
17FWIsmaeel Mohammad05-04-1990 (31)614Al-Duhail
18FWKhalid Muneer24-02-1998 (23)10Al-Wakrah
19FWAlmoez Ali19-08-1996 (25)7239Al-Duhail

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Who are the Qatar national football team captain and coach?

Félix Sánchez is the head coach of the Qatar national team.

Qatar national football team captain

Have a look at the profile summary of Qatar’s current captain.

Profile summary

Full name: Hassan Khalid Hassan Al-Haydos
Date of birth: 11 December 1990 (age 31)
Age: 31 Years
Place of birth: Doha, Qatar
Nationality: Qatar
Height in feet: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position: Forward
Current team: Qatar
Number: 10

Qatar national football team Coach

There have been several coaches since 1970. Félix Sánchez is the head coach of the Qatar national team.

Sánchez, 44, currently leads a young Qatari team that features players from the team that won the AFC U-19 Asian Cup four years ago. The Spaniard has managed the national team in two events, the 23rd Gulf Cup in Kuwait and the International Friendly Tournament in Iraq, which Qatar won in March 2018.

The Spaniard, who has managed Qatar’s youth teams for a few years, has considerable experience managing the country’s impressive number of young players now appearing for the senior squad. Led Qatar to the AFC Asian Cup title for the first time in the 2019 tournament, winning all three group stage and knockout stage matches, including a 3-1 win over Japan in the final, scoring 19 times and conceding one goal.

Sanchez’s astute tactics helped Qatar deliver a series of notable performances at the 2019 Copa América held in Brazil, where the Maroons rallied from a two-goal deficit against Paraguay to record a 2-2 draw before narrowly losing to powerhouses Colombia and Argentina with an identical 0-1 scoreline in the other group matches.

He arrived in Qatar in 2006 after being a coach in the Barcelona youth squad. He joined the Aspire Academy. In 2013 he was appointed coach of the Qatar under-19 team. Sánchez won the AFC Under-19 Championship held in Myanmar when Qatar beat North Korea in the final.

In January 2018, he led Qatar to finish third in the 2018 AFC U-23 championship held in China.

Have a look at the profile summary of the team’s current coach.

Profile summary

Full name: Félix Sánchez Bas
Date of birth: 13 December 1975 (age 46)
Age: 46 Year
Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain
Nationality: Spain
Position: Coach
Current team: Qatar

Qatar national football team world rankings

The Qatar national football team’s world ranking is #61.

Qatar national football team’s trophies

  • AFC Asian Cup
    • Winners (1): 2019
  • Arabian Gulf Cup
    • Winners (3): 1992, 2004, 2014
  • WAFF Championship
    • Winners (1): 2014
  • Football at the Asian Games
    • Winners (1): 2006


  • International Friendship Championship
    • Winners (1): 2018


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