Qatar national under-23 football team

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Qatar Under-23
Nickname(s)Annabi (The Maroon)
AssociationQatar Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Home stadiumKhalifa International Stadium
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
FIFA codeQAT
First colours
Second colours
Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 1984)
Best resultQuarter-finals: 1992
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2016)
Best resultBronze medal asia.svg Bronze Medal (2018)
Asian Games
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Gold Medal (2006)

Qatar national under-23 football team (also known as Qatar Under-23 or Qatar Olympics Team) represents Qatar in international football competitions in GCC U-23 Championship and Football at the Summer Olympics, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments.

History[edit]

Compared to regional neighbours; Qatar has a decent record to show for in Olympic football, with two prior Summer Olympics qualifications and a gold medal in the 2006 Asian games.

Qatar’s first attempt to compete in the Olympic level proved fruitful, they cruised past Jordan and Syria in the preliminary stages of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, then finished atop of Group B in the final qualifications round after beating Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Iraq.

Qatar’s Olympic debut under Brazilian legend Evaristo de Macedo came as stunning as it gets, a 2–2 draw with a Platini captained France (who went on to claim the gold medal eventually), sent ripples of shock across the football world, however; suffering two defeats to Chile and Norway deprived the first timers of a last 16 berth.

Eight years later, a new young squad dominated its qualifying campaign on the expense of Japan, China and Saudi Arabia, in the finals; the Qataris were given a tough draw next to host nation Spain, Colombia and Egypt. Qatar kicked off their matches at Barcelona with a crucial 1–0 win over fellow Arab nation Egypt, before registering a 1–1 draw with Colombia to secure a place in the knockout stage, turning the last group match against Spain into a formality.

A loss to Poland in the second stage fell a little bit short of rising expectations, but reaching the second stage led to the country’s best Olympic result.

When hosting the 2006 Asian Games, Qatar found itself with a double objective; to show that it was capable of hosting a major event of that caliber, and demonstrate that its football team was worthy of standing alongside Asia’s elite.

Undefeated throughout the whole tournament; Qatar’s momentum escalated from one match to another, reaching its peak in the 2–0 final against Iraq.

Tournament records[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Since 1992, football at the Summer Olympics changes into Under-23 tournament.

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Spain 1992 Quarter-finals 8 4 1 1 2 2 5
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016

U-23 Asian Cup[edit]

AFC U-23 Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Oman 2013 Did not qualify
Qatar 2016 Semi Finalist 4th 6 4 0 2 13 10
China 2018 Third place 3rd 6 5 1 0 10 5
Thailand 2020 TBD

Asian Games[edit]

Since 2002, football at the Asian Games changes into Under-23 tournament.

Asian Games Record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
South Korea 2002 Group stage 3 1 2 0 13 2
Qatar 2006  Gold 6 5 0 1 13 2
China 2010 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 4 2
South Korea 2014 Withdrew
Indonesia 2018 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 8
Total 4/4 16 8 4 4 31 14

GCC U-23 Championship[edit]

GCC U-23 Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 2008 Final group 3rd 4 1 2 1 8 5
Qatar 2010 Semi-finals 4th 4 0 2 2 2 6
Qatar 2011 4 1 0 3 3 9

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Lose

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Mohamed Saeed Ibrahim (1998-01-17)17 January 1998 (aged 20) Qatar Al-Wakrah
21 1GK Marwan Badreldin (1999-04-17)17 April 1999 (aged 19) Qatar Al-Ahli
22 1GK Mohammed Al-Bakri (1997-03-28)28 March 1997 (aged 21) Qatar Al-Markhiya

2 2DF Tarek Salman (1997-12-05)5 December 1997 (aged 20) Spain Júpiter Leonés
3 2DF Elias Ahmed (1997-12-12)12 December 1997 (aged 20) Qatar Al-Gharafa
5 2DF Tameem Al-Muhaza (1996-07-21)21 July 1996 (aged 22) Qatar Al-Gharafa
12 2DF Jassem Mohammed Omar (1995-04-18)18 April 1995 (aged 23) Qatar Al-Ahli

4 3MF Omar Al-Amadi (1995-04-05)5 April 1995 (aged 23) Qatar Qatar SC
14 3MF Andri Syahputra (1999-06-29)29 June 1999 (aged 19) Qatar Al-Gharafa
7 3MF Khalid Muneer (1998-02-24)24 February 1998 (aged 20) Spain Astorga
8 3MF Ahmed Moein (1995-10-20)20 October 1995 (aged 22) Spain Leonesa
11 3MF Nasser Ibrahim Al-Nassr (1995-07-11)11 July 1995 (aged 23) Qatar Al-Markhiya
13 3MF Meshaal Ibrahim (1998-09-09)9 September 1998 (aged 19) Qatar Al Sadd
15 3MF Adel Bader (1997-01-17)17 January 1997 (aged 21) Qatar Al-Duhail
16 3MF Hazem Shehata (1998-02-02)2 February 1998 (aged 20) Qatar Al-Duhail
17 3MF Abdurahman Mostafa (1997-04-05)5 April 1997 (aged 21) Qatar Al-Duhail
18 2DF Salah Al-Yahri (1995-08-25)25 August 1995 (aged 22) Qatar Al-Khor

9 4FW Meshaal Al-Shammeri (1995-01-19)19 January 1995 (aged 23) Qatar Al Kharaitiyat
10 4FW Saoud Farhan (1995-02-11)11 February 1995 (aged 23) Tunisia CA Bizertin
14 4FW Ahmed Al Saadi (1995-10-02)2 October 1995 (aged 22) Qatar Al-Rayyan

* Over-aged player.

Previous squads[edit]

Managers[edit]

Period Manager
1998–1999 Netherlands Jo Bonfrere
1999–2000 Brazil José Paulo
2003 France Alex Dupont
2007 Morocco Hassan Hormatallah
2011–2012 Brazil Paulo Autuori
2012–2013 France Alain Perrin
2013 Netherlands Marcel van Buuren
2013–2014 Chile Julio César Moreno
2014–2017 Qatar Fahad Thani
2017– Spain Felix Sanchez Bas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qatar announce Asian Games squad". Qatar Football Association. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Qatar announce Asian Games squad". Gulf Times. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.

See also[edit]