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Syria national football team

Syria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Eagles
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون‎)
(French: Les aigles du Qasioun)
Association Fédération Arabe Syrienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Fajr Ibrahim
Captain Mosab Balhous
Most caps Mosab Balhous (99)
Top scorer Raja Rafe (32)
Home stadium Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA code SYR
FIFA ranking
Current 123 Decrease 2 (1 October 2015)
Highest 78 (August 1993)
Lowest 152 (September 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 73 (June 2015)
Highest 53 (October 1974)
Lowest 125 (September 1984)
First international
 Turkey 7–0 Syria
(Ankara, Turkey; November 20, 1949)
Biggest win
 Syria 12–0  Maldives
(Damascus, Syria; June 4, 1997)
 Maldives 0–12  Syria
(Tehran, Iran; June 9, 1997)
 Syria 12–0  Philippines
(Aleppo, Syria; April 30, 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria
(Athens, Greece; November 25, 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; October 16, 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1980)
Best result Round 1: 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011

The Syria national football team (Arabic: المنتخب السوري لكرة القدم‎) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Football Association, 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.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Competition history 2
    • FIFA World Cup record 2.1
    • AFC Asian Cup Record 2.2
    • WAFF Championship Record 2.3
    • Arab Nations Cup record 2.4
    • Pan Arab Games record 2.5
    • Honours 2.6
  • Schedule and recent results 3
    • 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification) 3.1
  • Players 4
    • Current squad 4.1
    • Recent call-ups 4.2
    • Previous squads 4.3
  • Coaches 5
  • Head-to-Head records against other countries 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

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.[1]

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.

Competition history

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did Not Enter
1934 Did Not Enter
1938 Did Not Enter
1950 Withdrew 1 0 0 1 0 7
1954 Did Not Enter
1958 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
1962 Withdrew
1966 Withdrew
1970 Did Not Enter
1974 Did Not Qualify 6 3 1 2 6 6
1978 Withdrew 4 1 0 3 2 6
1982 Did Not Qualify 4 0 0 4 2 7
1986 Did Not Qualify 8 4 3 1 8 4
1990 Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 7 5
1994 Did Not Qualify 6 3 3 0 14 4
1998 Did Not Qualify 5 2 1 2 27 5
2002 Did Not Qualify 6 4 1 1 40 6
2006 Did Not Qualify 6 2 2 2 7 7
2010 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 23 10
2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
2018 To Be Determined 5 4 0 1 18 5
2022 To Be Determined
Total - 0/20 - - - - - - 69 31 15 23 155 80
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup Record

WAFF Championship Record

WAFF Championship Record
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
2000 Runners-up 5 2 1 2 5 2
2002 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 5 6
2004 Runners-up 4 1 1 2 6 13
2007 Semi-Finals 3 2 0 1 2 3
2008 Semi-Finals 3 1 1 1 2 3
2010 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
2012 Champions 4 2 2 0 5 3
2014 Withdrew - - - - - -
2016 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 25 9 7 9 27 33
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Arab Nations Cup record

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1963 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 9 4
1964 Did not enter - - - - - -
1966 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 9 4
1985 Did not enter - - - - - -
1988 Runners-up 6 2 2 2 5 5
1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
1998 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
2002 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 8 6
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

Pan Arab Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1953 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 5
1957 Champions 5 2 2 1 12 6
1961 Did not enter - - - - - -
1965 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 20 8
1976 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 4
1985 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 0 4
1992 Fourth Place 4 0 3 1 2 3
1997 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 5
1999 Group Stage 4 0 4 0 5 5
2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
2011 Withdrew - - - - - -
2019 TBD - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 33 12 11 10 57 40
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours

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

Schedule and recent results

      Win       Draw

      Loss
Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Scorers
5 March 2014  Jordan L 1–2 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification 80' Khribin
12 November 2014  Malaysia W 3–0 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia International Friendly 4' Sabagh, 48' Malki, 66' Khribin
15 November 2014  Indonesia W 2–0 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia International Friendly 5' Malki, 85' Khribin
26 March 2015  Jordan W 1–0 King Abdullah Stadium, Amman, Jordan International Friendly 18' Al Masri
31 March 2015  Tajikistan W 3–2 Central Republican Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan International Friendly 23',37' Rafe, 62' Al Hussain
24 May 2015  Lebanon D 2–2 Saida International Stadium, Sidon, Lebanon International Friendly 7' Al Hussain, 61' Mardikian
5 June 2015  Oman W 2–1 Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman International Friendly 7' Jafal, 18' Khribin
11 June 2015  Afghanistan W 6–0 Samen Stadium, Mashhad, Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 19',35' Rafe, 40' Ajan, 70' Al Hussain, 75' Malki, 90+3' Khribin
3 September 2015  Singapore W 1–0 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 59' Jafal
8 September 2015  Cambodia W 6–0 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 29',39' Khribin, 31' Malki, 44' Al Mawas, 50' Midani, 81' Omari
2 October 2015  Oman L 1–2 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman International Friendly 90' Jafal
8 October 2015  Japan L 0–3 Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
13 October 2015  Afghanistan W 5–2 Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification 9',21',83' Omari, 32',90' Al Mawas
17 November 2015  Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
24 March 2016  Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
29 March 2016  Japan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification

* Syria score always listed first

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification)

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Syria 5 4 0 1 18 5 +13 12 Third round and Asian Cup 0–3 1–0 5–2 24 Mar '16
2  Japan 4 3 1 0 12 0 +12 10 Third round and Asian Cup OR Asian Cup qualifying third round[1] 29 Mar '16 0–0 24 Mar '16 3–0
3  Singapore 5 3 1 1 7 2 +5 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round 17 Nov '15 12 Nov '15 1–0 2–1
4  Afghanistan 5 1 0 4 3 18 −15 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round OR play-off round[2] 0–6 0–6 29 Mar '16 12 Nov '15
5  Cambodia (Y) 5 0 0 5 1 16 −15 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–6 17 Nov '15 0–4 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2015. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(Y) Eliminated from World Cup.
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.[2]
11 June 2015
20:00 UTC+4:30
Afghanistan  0–6  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Rafe Goal 19'35'
Ajan Goal 40'
Al Hussain Goal 70'
Malki Goal 75'
Khribin Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Samen Stadium, Mashhad (Iran)
Attendance: 7,647
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

3 September 2015
20:00 UTC+4
Syria  1–0  Singapore
Jafal Goal 59' Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (Oman)
Attendance: 100
Referee: Yousef Al-Marzouq (Kuwait)

8 September 2015
18:30 UTC+7
Cambodia  0–6  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Khribin Goal 29'39'
Malki Goal 31'
Al Mawas Goal 44'
Midani Goal 50'
Omari Goal 81'
Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Wang Di (China)

8 October 2015
17:00 UTC+4
Syria  0–3  Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Honda Goal 55' (pen.)
Okazaki Goal 70'
Usami Goal 88'
Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb (Oman)
Attendance: 680
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

13 October 2015
20:00 UTC+4
Syria  5–2  Afghanistan
Omari Goal 9'21'83'
Al Mawas Goal 32'90'
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Amiri Goal 44'
Shayesteh Goal 78'
Al-Seeb Stadium, Al-Seeb (Oman)
Attendance: 200
Referee: Dmitriy Mashentsev (Kyrgyzstan)

17 November 2015
Singapore  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016
Syria  v  Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016
Japan  v  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Players

Current squad

Squad selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Afghanistan on 13 October 2015 .

Caps and goals as of 13 October 2015 after the match against Afghanistan.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mosab Balhous (Captain) (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 99 0 Unattached
22 1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 11 0 Al-Wahda
23 1GK Mahmoud Al-Youssef (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988 3 0 Unattached
4 2DF Hamdi Al Masri (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 29 1 Al-Muharraq
5 2DF Ahmad Kallasi (1990-07-18) 18 July 1990 10 0 Sarajevo
12 2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 9 1 Al-Mina'a
13 2DF Nadim Sabagh (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 29 4 Naft Al-Wasat
15 2DF Alaa Al Shbli (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 17 2 Naft Al-Wasat
17 2DF Jehad Al Baour (1987-06-27) 27 June 1987 8 0 Al-Wehda
6 3MF Zaher Midani (1987-04-13) 13 April 1987 27 0 Al-Zawra'a
7 3MF Oday Al-Jafal (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 28 5 Al-Zawra'a
9 3MF Mahmoud Al Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 24 3 Al-Riffa
10 3MF Abdelrazaq Al Hussain (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 50 11 Al-Ahed
11 3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 9 4 Al-Wahda
14 3MF Hamid Mido (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 12 0 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
21 3MF Fahd Youssef (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 3 0 Al-Jazeera
8 4FW Omar Khribin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 24 9 Al-Mina'a
16 4FW Sanharib Malki (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 24 6 Kasımpaşa
18 4FW Raja Rafe (1983-05-01) 1 May 1983 70 32 Al-Wahda
20 4FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 10 1 Naft Al-Wasat

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Syria squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mohamed Daoud 0 0 Al-Taliya v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
GK Tarek Kharboutli (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 0 0 Al-Shorta Damascus v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Ahmad Al Salih (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 23 1 Al-Shorta Baghdad v.  Japan, 8 October 2015
DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 17 1 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya v.  Cambodia, 8 September 2015
DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 12 0 Al-Zawra'a v.  Oman, 5 June 2015
DF Zain Al Fandi (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 11 0 Al-Sahel v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Jihad Busmar (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 1 0 Al-Karamah v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Hasan Abo Zainab (1989-04-07) 7 April 1989 0 0 Al-Asalah v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Obaida Al Sakka (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 0 0 Al-Wahda v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
DF Abd Al Naser Hasan (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 12 0 Naft Al-Janoob v.  Indonesia, 15 November 2014
DF Khaled Al-Brijawi (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 4 0 Fanja v.  Indonesia, 15 November 2014
DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 2 0 Al-Shabab v.  Indonesia, 15 November 2014
MF Burhan Sahyouni (1986-04-07) 7 April 1986 31 2 Al-Najaf v.  Cambodia, 8 September 2015
MF Anas Balhous (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 1 0 Al-Muhafazaa v.  Cambodia, 8 September 2015
MF Wael Ayan (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 47 1 Unattached v.  Singapore, 3 September 2015
MF Momen Naji (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 1 0 Al-Shorta Damascus v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015
MF Qusay Habib (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 17 0 Baghdad v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Thaer Kroma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 2 0 Al-Talaba v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Mohamad Mido (1990-06-11) 11 June 1990 0 0 Ghazl El Mahalla v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
MF Ahmad Miresh (1985-01-03) 3 January 1985 0 0 Unattached v.  Tajikistan, 31 March 2015
FW Nasouh Al Nakdali (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 4 0 Al-Wahda v.  Afghanistan, 11 June 2015
FW Asaad Al Khuder (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 1 0 Al-Muhafazaa v.  Lebanon, 24 May 2015

Previous squads

Asian Cup

Coaches

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Albert József 1956 1959
Miklós Vadas 1960 1965
Cornel Drăgușin 1965 1966
Ezzat Abdel-Wahab 1969
Moussa Shammas 1980
Avedis Kavlakian 1983 1985
Valeriy Yaremchenko 1985 1987
Anatoliy Azarenkov 1987 1989
Anatoliy Azarenkov 1992
Virgil Dridea 1992 1993
Yuri Kurnenin 1996
Mircea Rădulescu 1997 1998
Moussa Shammas Mar 1999 Sept 1999
Dragoslav Popović Sept 1999 - Feb 2000
Dragoslav Sridović Mar 2000 - Apr 2000
Božidar Vukotić Mar 2001 - Oct 2001
Nizar Mahrous Oct 2011 Dec 2011
Jalal Talebi Nov 2001 - Sept 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik Mar 2003 - Aug 2003
Božidar Vukotić Sep 2003 - Nov 2003
Ahmed Rifaat Dec 2003 Nov 2004
Miloslav Radenović 2005 Aug 2006
Fajr Ibrahim Aug 5, 2006 Apr 2008 24 13 5 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2007
Mohammed Kwid May 10, 2008 Aug 20, 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim Nov 13, 2008 Sep 13, 2010 28 13 9 6 Runner-up at Nehru Cup 2009
Ayman Hakeem (caretaker) Sep 14, 2010 Dec 20, 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković Oct 28, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa Dec 21, 2010 Feb 9, 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy Apr 16, 2011 May 4, 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous May 22, 2011 August 18, 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury July 7, 2012 August, 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed October 21, 2012 April 10, 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf April 13, 2013 October 23, 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim) November 9, 2013 November 20, 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar February 13, 2014 March 5, 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer September 18, 2014 January 5, 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim January 6, 2015 10 7 1 2

Head-to-Head records against other countries

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