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Bahrain national football team

Bahrain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al-Ahmar (The Red)
Association Bahrain Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Sergio Batista
Captain Mohamed Husain
Most caps Salman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorer Ismail Abdul-Latif (34)[1]
Home stadium Bahrain National Stadium
FIFA code BHR
FIFA ranking
Current 123 Decrease 11 (1 October 2015)
Highest 44 (September 2004)
Lowest 139 (March 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 98 (June 2015)
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 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; it 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.

Contents

  • History 1
    • 2006 World Cup 1.1
    • 2007 Asian Cup 1.2
    • 2010 World Cup 1.3
    • 2014 World Cup 1.4
    • 2015 and beyond 1.5
  • Competition records 2
    • World Cup record 2.1
    • Asian Cup record 2.2
    • Gulf Cup of Nations record 2.3
    • Arab Nations Cup 2.4
  • Results and Fixtures 3
    • Previous matches 3.1
    • Forthcoming matches 3.2
  • Current squad 4
    • Recent Callups 4.1
  • Current Staff 5
    • Coaches 5.1
  • Honors 6
    • Arab Games Football 6.1
    • GCC Games Football 6.2
  • Kit providers 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

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 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  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


2015 and beyond

Competition records

Results and Fixtures

Previous matches

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Bahrain scorers
2015
11 January 2015 Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  Iran 2015 AFC Asian Cup 0–2 L
15 January 2015 Canberra Stadium, Canberra  United Arab Emirates 2015 AFC Asian Cup 1–2 L 26' Okwunwanne
19 January 2015 Stadium Australia, Sydney  Qatar 2015 AFC Asian Cup 2–1 W 34' Saeed, 82' Ahmed
26 March 2015 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Colombia Friendly 0–6 L
30 March 2015 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Philippines Friendly 2–1 W 29' Aaish, 31' Yaser
5 June 2015 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok  Thailand Friendly 1–1 D 81' Eissa
11 June 2015 Philippine Sports Stadium, Bocaue  Philippines 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 1–2 L 90+3' Al-Malood
3 September 2015 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  North Korea 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–1 L
8 September 2015 Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Yemen 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 4–0 W 31' Ali Baba, 45+1' Al-Husaini, 66' Omar, 77' Adnan
8 October 2015 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Uzbekistan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 0–4 L
13 October 2015 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Philippines 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification 2–0 W 53' Abdullatif, 61' Adnan

Forthcoming matches

Date Competition Location Opponent
2015
17 November 2015 2018 WCQ
2019 ACQ
Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang  North Korea
2016
24 March 2016 2018 WCQ
2019 ACQ
Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Yemen
29 March 2016 2018 WCQ
2019 ACQ
Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan

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 56 0 Al-Muharraq
21 1GK Hamed Al-Doseri (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 2 0 Al-Riffa
22 1GK Ashraf Waheed Al Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 0 0 Manama
2 2DF Mohamed Husain RET (1980-07-31) 31 July 1980 145 8 Al-Nassr
3 2DF Waleed Al-Hayam (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 9 0 Al-Muharraq
5 2DF Abdulla Shallal (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 1 0 Al-Riffa
6 2DF Abdulla Yaser (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 6 0 Al-Muharraq
13 2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 28 0 Al-Hidd
17 2DF Hussain Ali Baba (1982-02-11) 11 February 1982 74 1 Al-Muharraq
18 2DF Mohamed Duaij Mahorfi (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 24 0 Al-Riffa
23 2DF Rashed Al Hooti (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 19 0 Al-Riffa
4 3MF Sayed Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 19 5 Al-Riffa
7 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Safi (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 39 1 Al-Qadisiyah
8 3MF Sayed Ahmed (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 14 1 Al-Busaiteen
9 3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1989-07-21) 21 July 1989 18 1 Al-Hidd
12 3MF Faouzi Aaish (1985-02-27) 27 February 1985 62 16 Al-Sailiya
15 3MF Abdullah Omar (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 45 3 Al-Muharraq
10 4FW Mohammed Tayeb Al Alawi (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 10 5 Al-Riffa
11 4FW Ismail Abdul-Latif (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 97 34 Al-Muharraq
14 4FW Jaycee John Okwunwanne (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 48 22 Bangkok United
16 4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 1 0 East Riffa
19 4FW Faisal Bodahoom (1988-09-25) 25 September 1988 0 0 East Riffa
20 4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 40 4 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
GK Ashraf Al-Sebaie (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 0 0 Unattached 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Abdulla Al-Marzooqi (1980-12-12) 12 December 1980 113 8 Al-Riffa 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Abdulhakeem Al-Oraibi 0 0 Al-Shabab 2014 WAFF Championship
DF Abdulla Zayed 0 0 Unattached 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Fahad Al-Hardan (1987-01-14) 14 January 1987 14 1 Al-Muharraq 2014 WAFF Championship
MF Hassan Jameel (1991-10-17) 17 October 1991 7 0 Al-Riffa 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Ahmed Al-Khattal (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 6 0 Al-Hala 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Isa Moosa (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 5 0 Manama 2014 WAFF Championship
FW Hamad Aldakheel (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 1 0 Al-Muharraq 2014 WAFF Championship

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

Current Staff

Role Name
Head coach Sergio Batista
Assistant coach Martyn Pert
Goalkeeper coach Vladimir Ciric
Fitness coach Carlos Heira
Technical director Mahmood Fakhro

Coaches

Source

Honors

Arab Games Football

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

GCC Games Football

  • Gold Medalists, 2011

Kit providers

See also

References

  1. ^ a b

External links

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