Bahrain national football team

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Bahrain
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 (40)[1]
Home stadium Bahrain National Stadium
FIFA code BHR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 112 Increase 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 44 (September 2004)
Lowest 139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 105 Decrease 1 (20 August 2018)
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 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 5 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (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 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 2006 World Cup 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 2007 Asian Cup after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stage 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 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 to 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 the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, 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 lost 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 the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.


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

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position 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
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 4 6
Spain 1982 4 1 0 3 1 6
Mexico 1986 4 1 2 1 8 6
Italy 1990 Withdrew Withdrew
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 9 6
France 1998 4 1 0 3 3 9
South Korea Japan 2002 14 7 4 3 17 13
Germany 2006 16 5 6 5 21 14
South Africa 2010 20 7 7 6 19 17
Brazil 2014 6 2 3 1 13 7
Russia 2018 6 2 0 4 7 9
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 86 30 25 31 102 93

Asian Cup record

Asian Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Did not enter
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972 Did not qualify
Iran 1976 Withdrew
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew after qualifying
Singapore 1984 Withdrew
Qatar 1988 Group stage 4 0 2 2 1 3
Japan 1992 Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 1996 Withdrew
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify
China 2004 Fourth place 6 1 3 2 13 14
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 7
Qatar 2011 Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 5
Australia 2015 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
United Arab Emirates 2019 Qualified - - - - - -
Total 6/17 19 4 5 10 26 34

Arabian Gulf Cup record

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Bahrain 1970 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 4
Saudi Arabia 1972 Record Annulled
Kuwait 1974 Group stage 2 0 0 2 1 8
Qatar 1976 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 9 15
Iraq 1979 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 8 9
United Arab Emirates 1982 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 10 7
Oman 1984 Fifth place 6 1 2 3 3 6
Bahrain 1986 Fifth place 6 1 4 1 4 5
Saudi Arabia 1988 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 4 4
Kuwait 1990 Third place 4 1 2 1 1 1
Qatar 1992 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 6 4
United Arab Emirates 1994 Third place 5 1 3 1 5 6
Oman 1996 Fifth place 5 0 2 3 4 8
Bahrain 1998 Fifth place 5 0 3 2 3 6
Saudi Arabia 2002 Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 6
Kuwait 2003 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 13 3
Qatar 2004 Third place 5 2 2 1 10 6
United Arab Emirates 2007 Semi-finals 4 1 1 2 4 5
Oman 2009 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
Yemen 2010 Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 7
Bahrain 2013 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 4 9
Saudi Arabia 2014 Group stage 3 0 2 1 0 3
Kuwait 2017 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 3
Total 24/24 102 30 32 40 106 129

Arab Nations Cup

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 and Kuwait 1964 Did not enter
Iraq 1966 Group stage 4 0 1 3 7 22
Saudi Arabia 1985 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 4 3
Jordan 1988 Group stage 4 0 3 1 2 3
Syria 1992 Did not enter
Qatar 1998 Withdrew
Saudi Arabia 2002 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 8 5
Saudi Arabia 2012 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
Total Best: Runners-up 21 4 7 10 22 41

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
India 1951 Did Not Enter
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974 15th place 3 0 0 3 1 15
Thailand 1978 14th place 3 0 0 3 1 12
India 1982 Did Not Enter
South Korea 1986 12th place 3 1 1 1 4 5
China 1990 Did Not Enter
Japan 1994 10th place 4 1 2 1 6 5
Thailand 1998 Did Not Enter
2002–present See Bahrain national under-23 football team
Total 4/13 14 3 3 8 12 37

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953
Did Not Enter
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985
Lebanon 1997
Jordan 1999
First Round 2 0 0 2 0 6
Egypt 2007
No football tournament
Qatar 2011
Champions 4 3 1 0 9 3
2/10
Champions
6
3
1
2
9
9

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 Romaihi
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' Kamil Al Aswad, 45+4' Ali Jaafar Mohamed Madan, 56',89' Mahdi Abduljabbar, 74' Abdulla Yusuf Helal
10 October 2017 China Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei  Chinese Taipei 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–1 L 19' Ismail Abdullatif, 90' Chen Po-Liang, 93' Hao-Wei Chen
14 November 2017 Singapore Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang  Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 3–0 W 63', 85' Mahdi Abduljabbar, 81' Jamal Rashid
23 December 2017 Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Iraq 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 1–1 D 79' Jamal Rashid
26 December 2017 Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Yemen 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 1–0 W 39' (P) Jamal Rashid
29 December 2017 Kuwait Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City  Qatar 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 1–1 D 57' Ali Jaafar Mohamed Madan
2018
2 January 2018 Kuwait Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City  Oman 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup 0–1 L
22 March 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Palestine Friendly 0–0 D
27 March 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Turkmenistan 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 4–0 W 12', 24' Helal, 64' Issa, 67' Yaser
6 September 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Philippines Friendly 1–1 D 98' Hussein
10 September 2018 Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  China PR Friendly 0–0 D
2019
5 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 2019 Asian Cup
10 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai  Thailand 2019 Asian Cup
14 January 2019 United Arab Emirates Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah  India 2019 Asian Cup

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 2 January 2018 after the match against Oman.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 33) 8 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
21 1GK Ashraf Waheed Al Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Bahrain Manama
22 1GK Abdulkarim Fardan (1992-04-25) 25 April 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Bahrain Malkiya

2 2DF Sayed Mahdi Baqer (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 24) 5 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
3 2DF Waleed Al-Hayam (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 27) 46 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
5 2DF Mohammed Adel Hasan (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Bahrain Manama
13 2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 28) 38 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
16 2DF Sayed Reda Issa Hasn (1994-08-07) 7 August 1994 (age 24) 13 0 Bahrain Malkiya
17 2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30) 30 December 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
18 2DF Ahmed Abdulla Ali (1983-10-29) 29 October 1983 (age 34) 17 0 Bahrain East Riffa Club

4 3MF Sayed Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 26) 66 5 Bahrain Al-Riffa
6 3MF Abdulla Yaser (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 (age 30) 56 4 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 34) 82 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
8 3MF Ibrahim Ahmed Habib (1989-02-05) 5 February 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Najma
10 3MF Ali Habib Haji (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Bahrain Manama
11 3MF Ali Jaafar Mohamed Madan (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 22) 17 3 Bahrain Al-Najma
12 3MF Mohmmed Sahwan (1989-06-24) 24 June 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Shabab
15 3MF Ali Haram (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 30) 3 0 Bahrain Manama

19 3MF Kamil Al Aswad (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 24) 26 2 Bahrain Al-Riffa
23 3MF Jamal Rashid (1988-11-07) 7 November 1988 (age 29) 30 4 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
9 4FW Mahdi Abduljabbar (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 27) 11 4 Bahrain Al-Ittihad
14 4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 25) 37 3 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
20 4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 28) 56 7 Bahrain East Riffa Club

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 Czech Republic Miroslav Soukup
Assistant coach Adnan Ebrahim Abdulla Showaiter
Goalkeeper coach Andrej Kostolansky
Fitness coach Jiri Ryba

Coaches

Source

Honours

Pan Arab Games

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games Football

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

Kit providers

Manufacturer Period
Italy Legea
Germany Puma
United Arab Emirates Romai[2][3] 2014–2018
Italy Macron[4] 2019–

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. 
  2. ^ "Khamis Al Rumaithi: No commercial objectives behind Romai's sponsorship of Palestine's national team". UAE Today. Emaratalyoum. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "The president of the football union hosts a press conference in the presence of several club managers". Akhbar Alkhaleej. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "MACRON APPROVED AS OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIER". BFA. Bahrain Football Association. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 

External links

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