Syria national football team

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Syria
Nickname(s) The Qasioun Eagles
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون
French: Les Aigles de Qasyoun)
Association Syrian Arab Federation for Football
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
UAFA (Arab world)
Head coach Bernd Stange
Captain Firas Al Khatib
Most caps Mosab Balhous (81)
Top scorer Raja Rafe (32)
Home stadium Abbasiyyin Stadium
Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA code SYR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 73 Increase 3 (7 June 2018)
Highest 73 (June 2018)
Lowest 152 (September 2014, March 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 58 Steady (20 April 2018)
Highest 53 (October 1974)
Lowest 125 (September 1984)
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
Official
Syria Syria 12–0 Maldives 
(Damascus, Syria; June 4, 1997)
 Maldives 0–12 Syria Syria
(Tehran, Iran; June 9, 1997)
Syria Syria 12–0 Philippines 
(Aleppo, Syria; April 30, 2001)
Unofficial
Syria Syria 13–0 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; September 6, 1965)[note 1]
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria Syria
(Athens, Greece; November 25, 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 16, 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1980)
Best result Group stage, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2011

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.[2]

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 the last minute and 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.[3]

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
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 84 36 20 28 174 97
*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 Did not qualify - - - - - - 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 2018 To be determined - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 25 9 7 9 27 33
*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
Qatar1998 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
Kuwait2002 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 8 6
Saudi Arabia2012 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 2019 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 Did not enter - - - - - -
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 Did not enter - - - - - -
Japan 1958 Did not enter - - - - - -
Indonesia 1962 Did not enter - - - - - -
Thailand 1966 Did not enter - - - - - -
Thailand 1970 Did not enter - - - - - -
Iran1974 Did not enter - - - - - -
Thailand 1978 Did not enter - - - - - -
India 1982 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 3 5
South Korea 1986 Did not enter - - - - - -
China 1990 Did not enter - - - - - -
Japan 1994 Did not enter - - - - - -
Thailand 1998 Did not enter - - - - - -
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 Runners-up 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]

Balhous
Mosab Balhous is Syria's the most-capped player with 81 caps.[4]
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 (3): 1997, 2002, 2005

Schedule and recent results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Scorers
22 August 2017  Malaysia W 2–1 Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia International Friendly 82' Marmour, 84' Muhtadi
26 August 2017  Iraq D 1–1 Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia International Friendly 15' Al Khatib
31 August 2017  Qatar W 3–1 Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round 7', 54 Khribin, 90+5' Al Mawas
5 September 2017  Iran D 2–2 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round 13' Haj Mohamad, 90+3' Al Soma
5 October 2017  Australia D 1–1 Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round 85' Al Soma (Pen)
10 October 2017  Australia L 1–2 Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round 6' Al Soma
13 November 2017  Iraq D 1–1 Karbala Sports City, Karbala, Iraq International Friendly 18' Al Khatib
24 March 2018  Qatar D 2–2 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq 2018 International Friendship Championship 49' Al Soma, 72' Midani
27 March 2018  Iraq D 1–1 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq 2018 International Friendship Championship 76' Al Khatib
6 January 2019  Palestine Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup
10 January 2019  Jordan Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup
15 January 2019  Australia Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 2019 AFC Asian Cup

* Syria score always listed first

2019 AFC Asian Cup Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Syria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Palestine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 January 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers



Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for the Friendly matches against Qatar on 24 March 2018 and Iraq on 27 March 2018.

Caps and goals updated as 27 March 2018, after the match vs. Iraq.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 26) 37 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadsiah
22 1GK Khaled Haj Othman (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 31) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Damac
23 1GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 28) 5 0 Syria Al-Jaish

2 2DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 28) 40 2 Qatar Al-Arabi
4 2DF Jehad Al Baour (1987-06-27) 27 June 1987 (age 31) 15 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
5 2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 24) 26 1 Egypt Al-Ahram
6 2DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 25) 15 1 Oman Dhofar
13 2DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 32) 37 4 Iraq Al-Zawraa
15 2DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 28) 35 2 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
19 2DF Muayad Al Khouli (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Syria Al-Wahda

8 3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 25) 50 8 Qatar Umm Salal
11 3MF Oday Al Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 28) 37 5 Qatar Mesaimeer
14 3MF Tamer Haj Mohamad (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 28) 20 1 Saudi Arabia Ohod
16 3MF Hamid Mido (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 25) 22 0 Kuwait Al-Salmiya
17 3MF Youssef Kalfa (1993-05-14) 14 May 1993 (age 25) 13 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hazem
18 3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 (age 31) 48 1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
20 3MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 25) 26 1 Syria Al-Taliya
21 3MF Fahd Youssef (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 31) 17 0 Qatar Al-Sailiya

7 4FW Basel Mustafa (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Syria Al-Wahda
9 4FW Omar Al Soma (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 29) 12 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
10 4FW Firas Al Khatib (captain) (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 34) 62 29 Kuwait Al-Salmiya

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 Mahmoud Al-Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 (age 30) 4 0 Maldives Maziya v.  Iraq, 13 November 2017

DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 25) 14 0 Iraq Al-Zawra'a v.  Qatar, 24 March 2018 INJ
DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 25) 38 1 Egypt Al-Zamalek v.  Iraq, 13 November 2017
DF Hadi Al Masri (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 32) 8 0 Qatar Al-Ahli v.  Iraq, 13 November 2017 INJ
DF Gabriel Somi (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 26) 0 0 United States New England Revolution v.  Australia, 10 October 2017
DF Jihad Busmar (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Syria Al-Karamah v.  Qatar, 31 August 2017
DF Youssef Al Hamwi (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  Qatar, 31 August 2017

MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 26) 23 5 Qatar Qatar v.  Iraq, 13 November 2017
MF Israa Hamwiah (1991-02-11) 11 February 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Bahrain Al-Malkiya v.  Iraq, 13 November 2017
MF Mohammad Marmour (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 22) 3 1 Syria Tishreen v.  Iran, 5 September 2017
MF Ahmad Ashkar (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  Qatar, 31 August 2017
MF Momen Naji (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Syria Al-Jaish v.  Qatar, 31 August 2017

FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 26) 20 3 Jordan Al-Jazeera v.  Iraq, 13 November 2017
FW Omar Kharbin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 24) 36 16 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Australia, 5 October 2017
FW Rafat Muhtadi (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 22) 6 1 Syria Al-Ittihad v.  Qatar, 31 August 2017

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 Aug 5, 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Mohammad Kwid Syria May 10, 2008 Aug 20, 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim Syria Nov 13, 2008 Sep 13, 2010 28 13 9 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009
Ayman Hakeem (Interim) Syria Sep 14, 2010 Dec 20, 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković Serbia Oct 28, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa Romania Dec 21, 2010 Feb 9, 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy France Apr 16, 2011 May 4, 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous Syria May 22, 2011 August 18, 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury Syria July 7, 2012 August 30, 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed Syria October 21, 2012 April 10, 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf Syria April 13, 2013 October 23, 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim) Syria November 9, 2013 November 20, 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar Syria February 13, 2014 March 5, 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer Syria September 18, 2014 January 5, 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim Syria January 6, 2015 March 29, 2016 14 10 1 3
Ayman Hakeem Syria May 9, 2016 November 20, 2017 21 6 11 4
Bernd Stange Germany January 31, 2018 2 0 2 0

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.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4th Pan Arab Games, 1965 (Cairo, Egypt)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  2. ^ FIFA.com (19 August 2011). "Syria disqualified from 2014 FIFA World Cup". fifa.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Mosab Balhous - International games

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