Syria national football team

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Syria
Nickname(s)Qasioun Nosour[1]
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون
French: Les aigles de Qasyoun)
AssociationSyrian Arab Federation for Football
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
UAFA (Arab world)
Head coachFajr Ibrahim
CaptainFiras Al Khatib
Most capsMosab Balhous (88)
Top scorerFiras Al Khatib (36)
Home stadiumAbbasiyyin Stadium
Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA codeSYR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 85 Increase 2 (19 September 2019)[2]
Highest73 (June–August 2018)
Lowest152 (September 2014, March 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 93 Decrease 36 (13 September 2019)[3]
Highest53 (October 1974)
Lowest125 (September 1984)
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; 20 November 1949)
Biggest win
Official
Syria Syria 12–0 Maldives 
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
 Maldives 0–12 Syria Syria
(Tehran, Iran; 9 June 1997)
Syria Syria 12–0 Philippines 
(Aleppo, Syria; 30 April 2001)
Unofficial
Syria 13–0 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; 6 September 1965)[note 1]
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria Syria
(Athens, Greece; 25 November 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; 16 October 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1980)
Best resultGroup stage, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011 and 2019

The Syria national football team (Arabic: منتخب سوريا لكرة القدم‎, French: Équipe de Syrie de football) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Arab Federation for Football, the governing body for football in Syria. Syria's home grounds are Abbasiyyin Stadium and Aleppo International Stadium. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup finals but did reach the fourth qualification round in 2018.

History[edit]

Syria participated in the 1950 and 1958 World Cup qualifiers, one of the first teams in the region to do so. Between 1958 and 1961, the team combined with Egypt to form the United Arab Republic national football team, although the team's records are attributed only to Egypt by FIFA. In the 1966 World Cup qualifiers they were one of two teams from the Asian zone (the other being Israel) to be allocated to the European qualifying zone and were originally placed with Spain and the Republic of Ireland. However, they joined the Asian and African boycott of the 1966 qualifiers, due to the decision of FIFA to allocate just one place between Asia and Africa.

Syria has never qualified for the World Cup. The farthest they've gone in qualification was in the 1986 qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq. They were disqualified from the 2014 World Cup due to the use of an ineligible player.[5]

Syria has, however, competed in five Asian Cups, the last being 2011, but on each occasion were eliminated before reaching the quarterfinals.

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia Cup to collect its first major trophy.

Ever since war broke out in the country, Syria have been banned from playing home games in their own country and in fact were one day away from being thrown out of the 2018 World Cup only for Malaysia to swoop in at the last minute and offer to host all of Syria's home games. Syria had a large upturn in fortune as they made it to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round but were eliminated by Australia.[6]

Competition history[edit]

Syria national football team in Tehran – 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Withdrew 1 0 0 1 0 7
Switzerland 1954 Did not enter Did not enter
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
Chile 1962 Withdrew Withdrew
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 6 6
Argentina 1978 Withdrew 4 1 0 3 2 6
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 2 7
Mexico 1986 8 4 3 1 8 4
Italy 1990 4 2 1 1 7 5
United States 1994 6 3 3 0 14 4
France 1998 5 2 1 2 27 5
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 1 1 40 6
Germany 2006 6 2 2 2 7 7
South Africa 2010 10 6 2 2 23 10
Brazil 2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 20 9 5 6 36 22
Qatar 2022 To be determined 1 1 0 0 5 2
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 85 37 20 28 179 99
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup Record[edit]

Olympic Games record[edit]

Olympic Games record Olympic Games qualifications record
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
France 1900 to 1968 Mexico Did not enter
West Germany 1972 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1
Canada 1976 Did not enter
Soviet Union 1980 Round 1 3 0 1 2 0 8 4 2 0 2 3 1
United States 1984 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 6 10
South Korea 1988 2 0 0 2 0 5
Spain 1992 – present See Syria national under-23 team
Total 0 Titles 3 0 1 2 0 8 14 4 2 8 9 17
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

WAFF Championship Record[edit]

WAFF Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Jordan 2000 Runners-up 5 2 1 2 5 2
Syria 2002 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 5 6
Iran 2004 Runners-up 4 1 1 2 6 13
Jordan 2007 Semi-Finals 3 2 0 1 2 3
Iran 2008 Semi-Finals 3 1 1 1 2 3
Jordan 2010 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
Kuwait 2012 Champions 4 2 2 0 5 3
Qatar 2014 Withdrew
Iraq 2019 Group Stage 4 0 2 2 5 7
Total 1 Title 29 9 9 11 32 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Arab Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Lebanon 1963 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 9 4
Kuwait 1964 Did not enter
Iraq 1966 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
Saudi Arabia 1985 Did not enter
Jordan 1988 Runners-up 6 2 2 2 5 5
Syria 1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
Qatar 1998 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
Kuwait 2002 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 8 6
Saudi Arabia 2012 Did not enter
Total 0 Title 25 10 6 9 34 28
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan Arab Games record[edit]

Pan Arab Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Egypt 1953 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 5
Lebanon 1957 Champions 5 2 2 1 12 6
Morocco 1961 Did not enter
Egypt 1965 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 20 8
Syria 1976 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 4
Morocco 1985 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 4
Syria 1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
Lebanon 1997 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 5
Jordan 1999 Group Stage 4 0 4 0 5 5
Egypt 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Withdrew
Lebanon 2021 To be determined
Total 1 Title 33 12 11 10 57 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Mediterranean Games record[edit]

Mediterranean Games
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Egypt 1951 Third Place 2 0 0 2 0 12
Spain 1955 Fourth Place 3 0 0 3 0 10
Lebanon 1959 Did not enter
Italy 1963 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 10
Tunisia 1967 Did not enter
Turkey 1971 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 4
Algeria1975 Did not enter
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979
Morocco 1983 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 2
Syria 1987 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 3
Italy 1991–present See Syria national under-20 team
Total 1 Title 18 4 1 13 15 41

Asian Games record[edit]

Asian Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
India 1951 Did not enter
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran1974
Thailand 1978
India 1982 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 3 5
South Korea 1986 Did not enter
China 1990
Japan 1994
Thailand 1998
South Korea 2002–present See Syria national under-23 team
Total 0 Title 3 0 1 2 3 5
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

West Asian Games record[edit]

West Asian Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Iran 1997 Runners-up
Kuwait 2002 Third Place[7] 4 1 3 0 5 4
Qatar 2005 Runners-up 4 1 3 0 7 5
Total 0 Titles
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours[edit]

Mosab Balhous is Syria's most-capped player with 88 caps.
Firas Al-Khatib is Syria's all-time record goalscorers with 36 goals.
Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2004
Fourth place (1): 2002
Semi-finals (2): 2007, 2008
Runners-up (3): 1963, 1966, 1988
Fourth place (3): 1992
Winners (1): 1957
Runners-up (2): 1953, 1997
Third place (1): 1976
Fourth place (1): 1992
Winners (1): 1987
Third place (1): 1951
Fourth place (1): 1955
Runners-up (2): 1997, 2005
Third place (1): 2002

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit supplier Period Notes
Italy Diadora 2007–2011
Germany Adidas 2012–2013
Italy Lotto 2014–2016
Germany Jako 2017–

Schedule and recent results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss


2018[edit]

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Match against Philippines on 5 September 2019.

Caps and goals updated as 5 September 2019, after the match vs. Philippines.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 27) 56 0 Syria Al-Jaish
1GK Khaled Haj Othman (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 32) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Bukayriyah
1GK Khaled Ibrahim (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Syria Al-Ittihad

2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 29) 51 2 Lebanon Al-Ahed
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 25) 37 1 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
2DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 26) 28 1 Syria Al-Wahda
2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 25 0 Syria Hutteen
2DF Abdullah Al Shami (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 25) 8 0 Kuwait Al-Fahaheel
2DF Khaled Kurdaghli (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 22) 5 0 Syria Tishreen
2DF Youssef Mohammad (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Syria Al-Wahda

3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 62 9 Qatar Umm Salal
3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 32) 58 2 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 26) 38 4 Syria Tishreen
3MF Ward Al Salama (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 25) 8 0 Syria Al-Jaish
3MF Mohammad Anz (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 24) 6 0 Syria Al-Ittihad
3MF Ahmad Al Ahmad (1996-10-18) 18 October 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Syria Al-Ittihad
3MF Kamel Hamisha (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Syria Tishreen
3MF Kamel Kawaya (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Syria Al-Shorta

4FW Firas Al-Khatib (captain) (1983-06-09) 9 June 1983 (age 36) 72 36 Kuwait Al-Salmiya
4FW Ahmad Al Douni (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 30) 25 8 Qatar Mesaimeer
4FW Omar Al Soma (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 30) 22 10 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
4FW Shadi Al Hamwi (1995-08-08) 8 August 1995 (age 24) 2 2 Saudi Arabia Najran

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Syria squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29) 10 0 Syria Tishreen 2019 WAFF Championship
GK Mahmoud Al-Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 31) 4 0 Syria Al-Jaish 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Shaher Al Shaker (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Syria Hutteen v.  China PR, 16 October 2018

DF Abdulrazzak Al Mohammad (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 24) 3 0 Syria Tishreen 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Fares Arnaout (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Syria Al-Jaish 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Youssef Al Hamwi (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  India, 16 July 2019
DF Hasan Abo Zainab (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 (age 30) 1 0 Syria Tishreen v.  India, 16 July 2019
DF Hasan Khaddour (1992-09-01) 1 September 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Syria Al-Sahel v.  North Korea, 8 July 2019 INJ
DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 26) 50 1 Syria Al-Wahda v.  Uzbekistan, 11 June 2019
DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 29) 36 2 Qatar Mesaimeer v.  Uzbekistan, 11 June 2019
DF Abdul Malek Anizan (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 30) 13 0 Qatar Mesaimeer v.  Uzbekistan, 11 June 2019
DF Ahmad Deeb (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 32) 10 0 Syria Hutteen v.  Uzbekistan, 11 June 2019
DF Shoaib Al Ali (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29) 4 0 Syria Al-Taliya v.  Uzbekistan, 11 June 2019
DF Saad Ahmad (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 30) 2 0 Syria Al-Wathba v.  Iran, 6 June 2019 INJ
DF Gabriel Somi (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 28) 2 0 United States New England Revolution v.  Jordan, 23 March 2019
DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 34) 43 4 Syria Tishreen 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Jehad Al Baour (1987-06-27) 27 June 1987 (age 32) 23 0 Syria Al-Ittihad 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Hadi Al Masri (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 33) 9 0 Syria Al-Wathba v.  China PR, 16 October 2018

MF Ahmad Ashkar (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23) 15 0 Syria Al-Ittihad v.  Philippines, 5 September 2019 PRE
MF Tamer Haj Mohamad (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 29) 36 1 Syria Hutteen 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Mohammad Marmour (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 24) 14 3 Syria Tishreen 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Mohammad Al Ahmad (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 25) 4 0 Syria Al-Ittihad 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Anas Balhous (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 33) 2 0 Syria Al-Wahda 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Maher Daaboul (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Syria Al-Wathba v.  India, 16 July 2019
MF Ali Hasan (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Syria Al-Sahel v.  India, 16 July 2019
MF Hamid Mido (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 26) 25 0 Qatar Al-Shamal v.  Uzbekistan, 11 June 2019
MF Mohammed Osman (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25) 11 0 Netherlands Heracles Almelo v.  Iran, 6 June 2019 INJ
MF Mazen Al Ees (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Syria Al-Wathba v.  Iran, 6 June 2019 INJ
MF Youssef Kalfa (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 26) 23 1 Kuwait Al-Arabi v.  Jordan, 23 March 2019
MF Aias Aosman (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 24) 6 0 Turkey Adana Demirspor v.  Jordan, 23 March 2019
MF Fahd Youssef (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 32) 26 0 Syria Hutteen 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 27) 31 5 Syria Al-Wahda v.  Palestine, 6 January 2019

FW Omar Kharbin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 25) 41 18 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Philippines, 5 September 2019 WIT
FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 27) 32 4 Syria Hutteen 2019 WAFF Championship
FW Basel Mustafa (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 29) 2 0 Syria Tishreen 2019 WAFF Championship
FW Nasouh Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 26) 20 0 Qatar Mesaimeer v.  India, 16 July 2019
FW Mohammed Al Wakid (1985-10-06) 6 October 1985 (age 33) 4 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  Uzbekistan, 11 June 2019

Previous squads[edit]

Asian Cup

Coaches[edit]

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Vinzenz Dittrich Austria 1950s
Francisc Mészáros Hungary 1954
József Albert Hungary 1956 1959 1957 Pan Arab Games winners
Miklós Vadas Hungary 1960 1965
Cornel Drăgușin Romania 1965 1966
Ezzat Abdel-Wahab Syria 1969
Moussa Shammas Syria 1980
Avedis Kavlakian Syria 1983 1985
Valeriy Yaremchenko Soviet Union 1985 1987 1987 Mediterranean Games winners
Anatoliy Azarenkov Soviet Union 1987 1989
Anatoliy Azarenkov Ukraine 1992
Virgil Dridea Romania 1992 1993
Yuri Kurnenin Belarus 1996
Mircea Rădulescu Romania 1997 1998
Moussa Shammas Syria Mar 1999 Sept 1999
Dragoslav Popović Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sept 1999 Feb 2000
Dragoslav Sridović Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mar 2000 Apr 2000
Božidar Vukotić Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mar 2001 Oct 2001
Nizar Mahrous Syria Oct 2011 Dec 2011
Jalal Talebi Iran Nov 2001 Sept 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik Poland Mar 2003 Aug 2003
Božidar Vukotić Serbia and Montenegro Sep 2003 Nov 2003
Ahmed Rifaat Egypt Dec 2003 Nov 2004
Miloslav Radenović Serbia 2005 Aug 2006
Fajr Ibrahim Syria 5 August 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6
Mohammad Kwid Syria 10 May 2008 20 August 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim Syria 13 November 2008 13 September 2010 28 13 9 6
Ayman Hakeem (Interim) Syria 14 September 2010 20 December 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković Serbia 28 October 2010 8 December 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa Romania 21 December 2010 9 February 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy France 16 April 2011 4 May 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous Syria 22 May 2011 18 August 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury Syria 7 July 2012 30 August 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed Syria 21 October 2012 10 April 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf Syria 13 April 2013 23 October 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim) Syria 9 November 2013 20 November 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar Syria 13 February 2014 5 March 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer Syria 18 September 2014 5 January 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim Syria 6 January 2015 29 March 2016 14 10 1 3
Ayman Hakeem Syria 9 May 2016 20 November 2017 21 6 11 4
Bernd Stange Germany 31 January 2018 10 January 2019 11 3 5 3
Fajr Ibrahim Syria 10 January 2019 13 3 3 7

Head-to-Head records against other countries[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Football results of 1965 Pan Arab Games is not recorded by FIFA.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smale, Simon. "Who the Socceroos are facing as the Asian Cup kicks off, and when to watch". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ "4th Pan Arab Games, 1965 (Cairo, Egypt)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ FIFA.com (19 August 2011). "Syria disqualified from 2014 FIFA World Cup". fifa.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ Maasdorp, James (10 October 2017). "Australia v Syria World Cup qualifying play-off second leg in Sydney, as it happened". abc.net.au. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Second West Asian Games". West Asian Games Federation. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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