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Bahrain National Football Team

Bahrain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) (Muharabi Dilmun, Dilmun's Warriors)
(Ghawaseen Al-Lulu, The Pearl Divers)
(The Reds)
AssociationBahrain Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
WAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHélio Sousa
CaptainSayed Mohammed Jaffer
Most capsSalman Isa (156)[1]
Top scorerIsmail Abdul-Latif (42)[1]
Home stadiumBahrain National Stadium
FIFA codeBHR
FIFA ranking
Current 97 Steady(18 February 2021)[2]
Highest44 (September 2004)
Lowest139 (March 2000)
First international
 Bahrain 4-4 Kuwait 
(Baghdad, Iraq; 2 April 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
Appearances6 (first in 1988)
Best resultFourth place, (2004)
WAFF Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010)
Best resultChampions, (2019)

The Bahrain national football team (Arabic: ? ? ‎) represents Bahrain in international football 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. Bahrain had a golden year in 2019, winning both the WAFF Championship and the Arabian Gulf Cup for the first time, under the stewardship of Hélio Sousa.

History

The 1959 national football team

Early time

Despite the first national team was founded in 1959, Bahraini team was only first officially assembled in 1966 where they played a friendly game against Kuwait, where they drew 4-4. At that time, despite being under British rule, Bahrain was given autonomy and they had utilized this opportunity to expand its football development. Nonetheless, Bahrain was regarded as a weaker side in the Gulf Arab region, where it constituted stronger Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait. For this reason, Bahrain's international feat had been mostly limited in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

In 1988, Bahrain qualified to its first ever AFC Asian Cup, but finished bottom with only two draws in the 1988 AFC Asian Cup. Since then, Bahraini side remained neglected and less invested, despite its youth successes at the U-17 and U-20. Only by the end of the 20th century, Bahrain began to really emerge and would change the country's football history.

Rise

Bahrain managed a fine performance during 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, the latter was the first time Bahrain reached the final round. Despite being unable to reach either of them, Bahrain managed one of their greatest football feats, by beating Iran in both qualifications 1-0 in Damascus in 2000 Asian Cup run, and 3-1 at home in 2002 World Cup run, which remains one of the most embarrassing defeats for Iranian football. This win, though mean less for Bahrain, did manage to pull Iran out from reaching a direct World Cup ticket and helped Saudi Arabia to qualify for 2002 FIFA World Cup, Iran later failed to qualify; Bahraini fans had waged Saudi flag as a response of this win, fueling tensions between Bahrain and Iran.[4]

2004 Asian Cup

The form of Bahrain in 2004 AFC Asian Cup was a complete stunning for many. In their just second appearance, Bahrain was drawn with mighty host China, neighbor Qatar and Southeast Asia's finest Indonesia. However, Bahrain went on undefeated at the group stage, including a famous 2-2 draw to China in Beijing, 1-1 to Qatar before trashed Indonesia 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. Then, Bahrain overcame Uzbekistan on penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, having being held 2-2. Bahrain put up another astonishing performance against defending champions Japan, only lost 3-4 after extra time, before losing 2-4 to Iran in the third place game. This tournament would mark the rise of Bahrain as a serious competitor for football in Asia.

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 shock win against Korea Republic.

2010 World Cup

The Bahrain national football team playing Australia on 10 June 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 a 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 on 14 November 2009, 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, or Qatar had to be beaten by Iran in the final round. If they had also drawn to Iran away from home, they would have advanced. But neither luck came to them, and their campaign ended in the third round, their worst result since the 1998 World Cup qualifiers.

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

2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifications

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round, Bahrain finished fourth in a group with Uzbekistan, North Korea, Philippines and Yemen. The poor performance of the Bahraini side caused huge public uproar over the team's ongoing decline, rocked the chair of manager Sergio Batista. He was eventually sacked and replaced by Czech youth coach Miroslav Soukup, who decided to revamp the team.

Later on, Bahrain participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, where finished first in the third round in a group with Turkmenistan, Chinese Taipei and Singapore, to qualify to the next AFC Asian Cup. However, the team's performance was far from perfect. The team suffered a home draw to minnows Singapore, before getting humiliated by Chinese Taipei away 1-2 that was considered as a shock, since Taiwan is not a football nation. This defeat also prompted Bahrain's main star, Ismail Abdullatif, to retire from the team.

Bahrain managed some promising performance during this deteriorating era, reaching semi-finals of the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup held in Kuwait.

2019-present: Asian Cup; WAFF Championship and Gulf Cup champions

At the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Bahrain was grouped with India, Thailand and hosts United Arab Emirates. The Bahrainis managed a promising early performance when they faced the hosts, scored a goal lead in 78', but was eventually held 1-1 following an unclear penalty decision by the Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh. However, Bahrain suffered a blasting loss to Thailand 0-1, leaving the team flounder despite its earlier performance. In the final match against India, which the Indians only required a draw to progress, Bahrain however managed to get a needed penalty in injury time, where Jamal Rashid turned hero as Bahrain won the fixture 1-0 to seal the team into the knockout stage for the only second times ever, and eliminated the Indians from the competition. The Bahraini side then played its own round of sixteen match, where they lost 2-1 to South Korea after extra time. This was considered as a major success for Bahraini football, and was considered to be the end of the country's football misfortune that endured since 2010s.

Afterwards, Bahrain managed to win two competitions for the first time, after defeating both Iraq and Saudi Arabia, 1-0 under the leadership of Hélio Sousa against all odds, in the WAFF Championship and Gulf Cup respectively.[5][6] Bahrain also defeated Iran 1-0 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification Round 2, delivering a major upset in the qualifying process.

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

AFC Asian Cup Finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 4
Iran 1976 Withdrew Withdrew
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew after qualifying 3 0 0 3 0 5
Singapore 1984 Withdrew Withdrew
Qatar 1988 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 0 4 0
Japan 1992 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
United Arab Emirates 1996 Withdrew Withdrew
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 6 6
China 2004 Fourth place 4th 6 1 3 2 13 14 6 4 1 1 14 9
Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 3 7 4 1 1 2 3 6
Qatar 2011 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 6 5 6 4 0 2 12 6
Australia 2015 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 5 6 4 2 0 7 1
United Arab Emirates 2019 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4 14 7 1 6 25 13
China 2023 To be determined 5 2 3 0 3 1
Total Fourth place 6/17 23 5 6 12 29 38 54 27 6 21 80 55

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
Qatar 2019 Champions 5 2 2 1 7 6
Total 24/24 107 32 34 41 113 135

Arab Nations Cup

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
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 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Champions 4 3 1 0 9 3
Total 2/10 6 3 1 2 9 9

WAFF Championship record

WAFF Championship record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA GD
Jordan 2000 Did not participate
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008
Jordan 2010 Group stage 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1
Kuwait 2012 Fourth place 5 2 2 1 3 2 +1
Qatar 2014 Third place 4 0 3 1 0 1 -1
Iraq 2019 Champions 4 3 1 0 3 0 +3
Total 4/9 15 6 6 3 8 6 +2

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Previous matches

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Bahrain scorers
2020
7 November 2020 United Arab Emirates Police Officers' Club Stadium, Dubai  Tajikistan Friendly 1-0 W 44' Al Romaihi
12 November 2020 United Arab Emirates Theyab Awana Stadium, Dubai  Lebanon Friendly 3-1 W 53' Isa, 58' Al Aswad, 82' Marhoon
16 November 2020 United Arab Emirates Police Officers' Club Stadium, Dubai  United Arab Emirates Friendly 3-1 W 75' (p) Marhoon; 82', 86' Al Romaihi

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.
Caps and goals updated as of 2 August 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sayed Jaffer (1985-08-25) 25 August 1985 (age 35) 115 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
1GK Sayed Shubbar Alawi (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 35) 19 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
1GK Hamed Al-Doseri (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 31) 7 0 Bahrain Al-Hala

2DF Waleed Al Hayam (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 30) 60 0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
2DF Abdulla Al-Haza'a (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 30) 41 0 Bahrain East Riffa
2DF Ahmed Abdulla (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 33) 20 3 Bahrain Al-Najma
2DF Sayed Redha Isa (1994-08-07) 7 August 1994 (age 26) 13 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
2DF Sayed Baqer (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 26) 10 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
2DF Mohamed Adel (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 24) 7 0 Bahrain Manama
2DF Ahmed Bughammar (1997-12-30) 30 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
2DF Ahmed Nabeel (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 25) 0 0 Bahrain Manama

3MF Sayed Dhiya Saeed (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 28) 78 3 Kuwait Al-Nasr
3MF Abdulwahab Al-Malood (1990-06-07) 7 June 1990 (age 30) 43 4 Bahrain Al-Hidd
3MF Kamil Al Aswad (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 26) 39 3 Bahrain Al-Riffa
3MF Ali Madan (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 25) 27 4 Bahrain Al-Najma
3MF Jasim Al-Shaikh (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 25) 9 0 Bahrain Al-Ahli
3MF Ali Haram (1988-12-11) 11 December 1988 (age 32) 4 0 Bahrain Al-Riffa
3MF Mohammed Al-Hardan (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 23) 9 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
3MF Mohamed Abdulwahab (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 31) 0 0 Bahrain Al-Hidd
3MF Issa Ali Jihad (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Bahrain Manama

4FW Ismail Abdullatif (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 34) 111 40 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
4FW Sami Al-Husaini (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 31) 68 8 Bahrain East Riffa
4FW Abdulla Yusuf Helal (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 27) 40 5 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec

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.

Records

As of 8 December 2019[7]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Current staff

Role Name
Head coach Portugal Hélio Sousa
Assistant coach Portugal Jose Carniero
Assistant coach Bahrain Ahmed Isa
Goalkeeper coach Portugal Pedro Roma
Fitness coach Portugal Jose Herculano
Team Analyst Bahrain Ahmed Kamal

Coaches

Source

Honours

Continental

Fourth place: 2004

Regional

Champions: 2019
Runner-up: 1970, 1982, 1992, 2003
Third Place: 1990, 1994, 2004
Champions: 2019
Third Place: 2012
Gold Medalists: 2011
Runner-up: 1985, 2002

Kit providers

Manufacturer Period
Italy Legea
Germany Puma
United Arab Emirates Romai[8][9] 2014-2018
Italy Macron[10] 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.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.teammelli.com/2015/01/10/history-of-iran-vs-bahrain/
  5. ^ "Bahrain wins WAFF Championship 2019 title". bna.bh. 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Bahrain beat Saudi Arabia to win the 2019 Gulf Cup". as.com. 8 December 2019.
  7. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Bahrain - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  8. ^ "Khamis Al Rumaithi: No commercial objectives behind Romai's sponsorship of Palestine's national team". UAE Today. Emaratalyoum. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "The president of the football union hosts a press conference in the presence of several club managers". Akhbar Alkhaleej. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "MACRON APPROVED AS OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIER". BFA. Bahrain Football Association. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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