First National Team

The Qatar national team played its first official match on March 27, 1970 against hosts Bahrain, losing 1–2 as Mubarak Faraj scored the sole goal for Qatar. Soon after, Qatar were amongst four founding nations to play in the biennial Gulf Cup tournament.

The national team played its first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1977. Qatar’s Asian Cup debut came in 1980.

Qatar’s national team arguably reached its peak in the 1990s, when the team missed on two World Cup qualifications (1990,1998) in the final stages, attaining its highest-ever FIFA ranking (53) in August 1993.

In 1992, Qatar’s first major triumph came as the “marrons” won the 1992 Gulf Cup, a young squad centred around the team which managed to impress months earlier in the 1992 Summer Olympics, dominated the tournament to give Qatar the chance to finally win the long awaited regional title.

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

2014 was without a doubt one of the most successful years for football in Qatar; in addition to becoming Asian U-19 champions that year, the senior squad won both of the West Asia Football Federation and the Gulf Cup championships.

2019 brought more success, 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.

  • All Players
  • Goalkeeper
  • Defender
  • Midfielder
  • Attack

Goalkeeper

21

YUSSEF HASSAN

Goalkeeper

22

MOHAMMAD AL BAKRI

Goalkeeper

1

SAAD AL SHEEB

Goalkeeper

Defender

15

BASSAM AL RAWI

Defender

16

KHOUKHI BOUALEM

Defender

2

PEDRO MIGUEL

Defender

4

AL MAHDI ALI

Defender

3

ABDULKARIM HASSAN

Defender

5

TAREK SALMAN

Defender

13

TAMEEM ALMUHAZA

Defender

Midfielder

6

ABDULAZIZ HATIM

Midfielder

23

ASSIM MADABO

Midfielder

18

AHMAD FATHI

Midfielder

17

AHMAD MOEN

Midfielder

12

KARIM BOUDIAF

Midfielder

14

SALEM AL HAJIRI

Midfielder

9

ABDALLAH AL AHRAQ

Midfielder

Attack

10

HASSAN AL HAIDOUS

Attack

11

AKRAM AFIF

Attack

19

AL MOEZ ALI

Attack

7

AHMAD ALAA

Attack

20

ALI AFIF

Attack

Felix Sanchez

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

Sanchez, 44, is currently leading a young Qatar squad that has players from the team that won the AFC U-19 Asian Cup four years ago. The Spaniard has managed the national team at 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 now – has considerable experience of handling the country’s impressive lot of young players now appearing for the senior side. He led Qatar to the AFC Asian Cup title for the first time in 2019 tournament, won all three group matches and knockout stage matches including a 3–1 win over Japan in the final, scoring 19 times and conceding one goal.

Sanahez’s astute tactics helped Qatar to a string of notable performances at the 2019 Copa America held in Brazil, where the maroons came back from a two-goal deficit against Paraguay to register a 2-2 draw before losing narrowly 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 at the Barcelona youth setup. He joined the Aspire Academy. In 2013, he was appointed coach of the Qatar Under-19 team. Sanchez won the AFC U-19 Championship held in Myanmar as 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.

 

Honors

Winning AFC Asian Cup: 2019

Winning the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship

Qualifying to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

third place in 2018 AFC U-23 Championship

Coach