Bahrain national football team

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Bahrain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) الأحمر (Al-Ahmar, The Red)
Association Bahrain Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Miroslav Soukup
Captain Sayed Jaffer
Most caps Salman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorer Ismail Abdul-Latif (34)[1]
Home stadium Bahrain National Stadium
FIFA code BHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 118 Increase 6 (14 September 2017)
Highest 44 (September 2004)
Lowest 139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 115 (30 October 2017)
Highest 49 (September 2000)
Lowest 138 (March 1979)
First international
 Bahrain 4–4 Kuwait 
(Baghdad, Iraq; April 2, 1966)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 10–0  Indonesia
(Riffa, Bahrain; 29 February 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Iraq 10–1 Bahrain Bahrain
(Baghdad, Iraq; 5 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1988)
Best result Fourth place, 2004

The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: منتخب البحرين لكرة القدم‎‎) is the national team of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is controlled by the Bahrain Football Association, which was founded in 1951 and joined FIFA in 1966. They have never reached the finals of the World Cup, but have twice come within one match of doing so. Bahrain won the FIFA's most improved team award in 2004, and finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup, beating Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals but losing to Japan in the semi-finals 4–3. Bahrain then lost to Iran in the third-place match, thus finishing in fourth place overall.

History

The 1959 national football team

2006 World Cup

.After Uzbekistan and Bahrain both finished third in their respective groups during the World Cup 2006 qualifiers, Bahrain entered a two-legged playoff with Uzbekistan, which they won on away goals with an aggregate score of 1–1. This allowed Bahrain to enter another two-legged playoff with the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, (Trinidad and Tobago), for a spot in the World Cup. But a 0–1 Bahrain loss in Manama after a 1–1 draw in Port of Spain saw the CONCACAF nation go through.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Fourth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uzbekistan  1–1 (a)  Bahrain 1–1 0–0

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC – CONCACAF play-off) play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  1–2  Trinidad and Tobago 1–1 0–1

2007 Asian Cup

Bahrain played in group D in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification group games. Bahrain fielded a side which was essentially the Olympic (under 23) team against Australia, and they lost 2–0. Bahrain qualified for the Asian Cup 2007 after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stages via two losses against Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, despite a win against Korea Republic.

2010 World Cup

The Bahrain national football team playing Australia on June 10, 2009 in a World Cup qualifier

In the third round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain were drawn into group B along with Japan, Oman, and Thailand. They finished second overall to qualify to the final round, in which Bahrain finished third overall in their group, below Australia and Japan, but above Uzbekistan and Qatar. In the second leg of the playoff against Saudi Arabia to decide Asia's fifth best team, Bahrain drew 2–2 with Saudi Arabia after scoring in stoppage time which allowed them go through on away goals, after drawing their home leg 0–0. They went on to play New Zealand in the final playoff in which the victory would qualify them for the World Cup, but after a goalless draw in Manama on 10 October 2009, Bahrain lost the return leg 1–0 in Wellington, missing out on qualification at the last hurdle for the second time running.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fifth Round play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  (a) 2–2  Saudi Arabia 0–0 2–2

AFC 5th place v OFC winner play-offs:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

2014 World Cup

In 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Bahrain did considerably worse. In the third round, they were drawn against Indonesia, Iran and Qatar. Although they managed to defeat Indonesia both home and away, they also got thrashed 6–0 by Iran away from home, and drew their other 3 games. Although they had a higher goal difference than Qatar, they needed an extra point to advance to the next round. If they had drawn to Iran away from home, they would have advanced. But they failed to do so, and their campaign ended in the third round, their worst result since 2006 qualification.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 3 3 0 17 5 +12 12
 Qatar 6 2 4 0 10 5 +5 10
 Bahrain 6 2 3 1 13 7 +6 9
 Indonesia 6 0 0 6 3 26 −23 0
  Bahrain Indonesia Iran Qatar
Bahrain  10–0 1–1 0–0
Indonesia  0–2 1–4 2–3
Iran  6–0 3–0 2–2
Qatar  0–0 4–0 1–1


Competition records

Results and Fixtures

Previous matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Bahrain scorers
2016
29 March 2016 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
4 September 2016 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Jordan Friendly 0–0 D
7 October 2016 Philippines Philippine Stadium, Bocaue  Philippines Friendly 3–1 W 5' 46' Jaycee John, 90+1' Mohamed Al Romaih
15 November 2016 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Kyrgyzstan Friendly 0–0 D
2017
23 March 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Tajikistan Friendly 1–1 D 90' Kamil Al Aswad
28 March 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–0 D
6 June 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Palestine Friendly 0–2 L
13 June 2017 Turkmenistan Ashgabat Stadium, Ashgabat  Turkmenistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 W 55' Mohamed Al Romaihi, 80' Abdulla Yaser
29 August 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Jordan Friendly 0–0 D
5 September 2017 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Chinese Taipei 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 5–0 W 11' Komail Al-Aswad, 45+4' Ali Jaafar Mohamed Madan, 56',89' Mahdi Abduljabbar, 74' Abdulla Yusuf Helal

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 January 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sayed Jaffer (1985-08-25) 25 August 1985 (age 32) 100 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
21 1GK Hamed Al-Doseri (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
22 1GK Ashraf Waheed Al Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 26) 0 0 Bahrain Manama

2 2DF Mohamed Husain RET (1980-07-31) 31 July 1980 (age 37) 145 8 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3 2DF Waleed Al-Hayam (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 28) 9 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
5 2DF Abdulla Shallal (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
6 2DF Abdulla Yaser (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 (age 29) 6 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
13 2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 27) 28 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
17 2DF Hussain Ali Baba (1982-02-11) 11 February 1982 (age 35) 74 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
18 2DF Mohamed Duaij Mahorfi (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 28) 24 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
23 2DF Rashed Al Hooti (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 27) 19 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa

4 3MF Sayed Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 25) 19 5 Bahrain Al-Riffa
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 33) 39 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiyah
8 3MF Sayed Ahmed (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 26) 14 1 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen
9 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 (age 28) 18 4 Bahrain Al-Hidd
12 3MF Faouzi Aaish (1985-02-27) 27 February 1985 (age 32) 62 16 Qatar Al-Sailiya
15 3MF Abdullah Omar (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 30) 45 4 Bahrain Al-Muharraq

10 4FW Mohammed Tayeb Al Alawi (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 28) 10 5 Bahrain Al-Riffa
11 4FW Ismail Abdul-Latif (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 31) 97 39 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
14 4FW Jaycee John Okwunwanne (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 32) 48 22 Thailand Bangkok United
16 4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 24) 17 2 Bahrain East Riffa
19 4FW Faisal Bodahoom (1988-09-25) 25 September 1988 (age 29) 15 1 Bahrain East Riffa
20 4FW Mohammed Othman Musab (1995-02-23) 23 February 1995 (age 22) 40 29 Bahrain Al-Busaiteen

Recent callups

The following players have been called up for the Bahrain squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


Note: Caps and goals may be incomplete for certain players, therefore being inaccurate.

Current staff

Role Name
Head coach Miroslav Soukup
Assistant coach Adnan Ebrahim Abdulla Showaiter
Goalkeeper coach Andrej Kostolansky
Fitness coach Jiri Ryba

Coaches

Source

Honors

Arab Games Football

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games Football

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

Kit providers

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 

External links

  • Bahrain Football Association official website
  • Bahrain at FIFA.com
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