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.

  • All Players
  • Goalkeeper
  • Defender
  • Midfielder
  • Attack

Goalkeeper

1

YUSSEF HASSAN

Goalkeeper

22

MOHAMMAD AL BAKRI

Goalkeeper

JASSIM AL HAIL

Goalkeeper

SAAD AL SHEEB

Goalkeeper

Defender

15

BASSAM AL RAWI

Defender

16

KHOUKHI BOUALEM

Defender

18

ABDELKARIM AL ALI

Defender

2

PEDRO MIGUEL

Defender

4

AL MAHDI ALI

Defender

3

ABDULKARIM HASSAN

Defender

13

SULTAN AL BREIK

Defender

23

MOHAMMAD ALAA

Defender

26

TAREK SALMAN

Defender

Midfielder

6

ABDULAZIZ HATIM

Midfielder

28

ASSIM MADABO

Midfielder

5

AHMAD FATHI

Midfielder

8

AHMAD MOEN

Midfielder

12

KARIM BOUDIAF

Midfielder

14

SALEM AL HAJIRI

Midfielder

20

ABDALLAH AL AHRAQ

Midfielder

Attack

10

HASSAN AL HAIDOUS

Attack

11

AKRAM AFIF

Attack

19

AL MOEZ ALI

Attack

7

AHMAD ALAA

Attack

17

ABDULRAHMAN MUSTAFA

Attack

24

HASHIM ALI ABDULATIF

Attack

Felix Sanchez

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

Sanchez, 42, 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. Sanchez’s next target is to get the team off to a flying at the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE.

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 the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship

Qualifying to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

third place in 2018 AFC U-23 Championship

Coach