|Association||Lebanese Football Association|
(? ? )
|WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Liviu Ciobotariu|
|Most caps||Abbas Atwi|
Hassan Maatouk (84)
|Top scorer||Hassan Maatouk (21)|
|Home stadium||Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium|
|Current||89 (20 February 2020)|
|Highest||77 (September 2018)|
|Lowest||178 (April - May 2011)|
|Current||106 11 (25 March 2020)|
|Highest||46 (27 April 1940)|
|Lowest||164 (28 July 2011)|
(Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine; 27 April 1940)
| Lebanon 8-1 Pakistan |
(Bangkok, Thailand; 26 May 2001)
Lebanon 7-0 Laos
(Sidon, Lebanon; 12 November 2015)
| China PR 6-0 Lebanon |
(Chongqing, China; 3 July 2004)
Lebanon 0-6 Kuwait
(Beirut, Lebanon; 2 July 2011)
South Korea 6-0 Lebanon
(Goyang, South Korea; 2 September 2011)
|AFC Asian Cup|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group stage (2000, 2019)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group stage (7 times)|
The Lebanon national football team,[a] controlled by the Lebanese Football Association (LFA), has represented Lebanon in association football since their inception in 1933. The squad is governed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continentally, and FIFA worldwide. While Lebanon is yet to qualify for the World Cup, they have participated twice in the Asian Cup: in 2000, when they hosted the event, and in 2019, the first time through regular qualification. Lebanon's main venue is the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut, however they also play in other locations such as the Saida International Stadium in Sidon.
In 1934, Lebanon played their first match against the Romanian side T.A.C., but was not ratified by FIFA. Lebanon's first FIFA-recognized game, however, was played in 1940 against Mandatory Palestine. During their 2014 qualification campaign for the World Cup, Lebanon reached the fourth round of qualifying for the first time thanks to a 2-1 victory against South Korea at home in 2011, but failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by finishing bottom of that group. At the 2019 Asian Cup, Lebanon were close to qualifying to the knock-out stages for the first time. However, they lost a tiebreaker to Vietnam in the third-place ranking on the fair play rule and were knocked out of the competition at the group stage. Lebanon also competes in the WAFF Championship, the Arab Nations Cup and the Pan Arab Games. They have finished third once at the Arab Nations Cup and twice at the Pan Arab Games, in all three occasions as hosts.
Inspired by their national symbol, the Lebanese team is known as "the Cedars" (Arabic: ? ) by fans and media. Their home kit is primarily red and their away kit white, in reference to their national flag. After a steady decrease in their FIFA ranking from 1998 to 2016, Lebanon jumped 66 places (from 147th in 2016 to 81st in 2018) and reached their highest rank to date - 77th - in September 2018. This came after a 15-game unbeaten streak,[b] from 24 March 2016 to 11 October 2018, in which Lebanon won eight games and drew seven.
On 22 March 1933, representatives of thirteen associations gathered in the district of Minet El Hosn, Beirut, to form the Lebanese Football Association, with Lebanese journalist Nassif Majdalani helping in its formation. It joined FIFA in 1935 and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 1964.
On 27 January 1934, Beirut's International team lost to the varsity team of the American University of Beirut (AUB) 5-1. The following month, a Beirut team composed of AUB varsity and Renaissance athletes played two matches against the Romanian side T.A.C. at home. The first match, on 18 February at the Edmond Rubeiz Field, ended in a 1-9 defeat; the second, played two days later at the University Field, was a 1-4 loss. The unofficial matches are regarded as the national team's first. The All-Beirut Team lost again to T.A.C. on 21 November 1935 at the Varsity Field.
Beirut XI, representing Lebanon, played its first game against Syria (Damascus XI) in 1939 at the Habib Abou Chahla Stadium; the match ended in a 4-5 loss. The team played 17 unofficial games against Damascus XI until 1963, winning nine, drawing two and losing six. The national team's first official FIFA game was a 5-1 loss to Mandatory Palestine on 27 April 1940, with Camille Cordahi scoring Lebanon's first official international goal. In 1944, Lebanon lost to an unofficial Iraq national team representing Iraq's Ministry of Education and coached by George Raynor.
During the 1950s, Lebanon was coached by Vinzenz Dittrich and Ljubi?a Bro?i?. The side played three official games, only managing one draw, against Syria in 1953. The team also played unofficial games against top-level European clubs such as Dynamo Moscow, Leipzig and Spartak Trnava in 1957. Lebanon played Energia Flacara Ploiesti the same year in the opening game of the Sports City Stadium. The match ended 1-0 to Lebanon thanks to a Joseph Abou Murad goal.
From 19 to 27 October 1957 Lebanon hosted the second edition of the Pan Arab Games, and were drawn with Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan in the group stages. After two 1-1 draws against Saudi Arabia and Syria, Lebanon defeated Jordan 6-3 in their first official international win thanks to two braces by Joseph Abu Murad and Mardek Chabarian and one goal each by Robert Shehada and Levon Altonian; this placed them first in their group. In the semifinals, Lebanon lost 4-2 to Tunisia. They finished in third place, however, since Morocco withdrew from the third-place match.
In 1958, Joseph Nalbandian was appointed coach of the national team. He was one of Lebanon's most successful coaches, winning eight of 22 official matches during his 11-year tenure. Under Nalbadian, Lebanon hosted the 1959 Mediterranean Games and were grouped with Italy B and Turkey B.[c] They finished last in the group, after four losses to the two European teams.
In 1963 Lebanon hosted the inaugural edition of the Arab Cup, and were grouped with Tunisia, Syria, Kuwait and Jordan. They won their first match against Kuwait 6-0, thanks to a hat trick by captain Levon Altonian. This tied Lebanon's biggest win to date, a 7-1 victory against Saudi Arabia in 1961. After another win (against Jordan) and two losses (to Syria and Tunisia), Lebanon finished third in the tournament. In the following edition, in 1966, Lebanon was drawn with Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain in Group A. After three wins and a draw, they qualified to the semi-finals against Syria, where they lost 1-0. In the third-place match Lebanon lost 6-1 to Libya, finishing the competition in fourth place.
Their first Asian Cup qualifying campaign was in 1971, coached by Joseph Abou Murad. In the first round they lost to host Kuwait 0-1, but defeated traditional rival Syria 3-2 to qualify for the next round. In a decisive semi-final match against Iraq, Lebanon lost 1-4 and was eliminated. Despite the country's civil war, Lebanon appeared in the 1980 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers held in Abu Dhabi; however, with one win, one draw, and one defeat, Lebanon came third in their group were eliminated.
Lebanon's first official World Cup qualification after the war was in 1993, with Adnan Al Sharqi as their coach. After two wins, two losses and four draws, Lebanon finished third in its group and was eliminated. Under Terry Yorath, the team's first foreign manager since the war, Lebanon began its first post-war campaign to qualify for the 1996 AFC Asian Cup. Despite winning twice against Turkmenistan and losing only once (at home, against Kuwait), Lebanon was eliminated from the competition with a one-point difference with Kuwait (the group leaders).
Lebanon drew into a group which included Kuwait and Singapore in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Led by Yorath, the Cedars were eliminated with only four points. The Welsh manager was one of the team's most successful managers, however, winning 13 out of 27 official matches during his two-year tenure.
Lebanon hosted the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, despite FIFA concerns about stadium conditions. Under Croatian coach Josip Skoblar, Lebanon, captained by Jamal Taha, drew into Group A with Iran, Iraq and Thailand. Lebanon played their first Asian Cup game against Iran on 12 October 2000 at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium with 52,418 spectators. Trailing by one goal at half time, Lebanon conceded three further goals in the second half to end their first group stage match in a 0-4 defeat. In the second match, against Iraq, two goals in the first 22 minutes gave the opposing team a comfortable lead. However, an Abbas Chahrour goal in the 28th minute, Lebanon's first in the competition, and a goal by Moussa Hojeij in the 76th minute gave Lebanon their first point of the competition. Lebanon played Thailand in the final group stage match. With the opposing team gaining the lead at the 58th minute, Luís Fernandez equalized for Lebanon to end the match 1-1. However, the point was not enough as they finished last in the group, with only two points.
Managed by Theo Bücker, Lebanon drew with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand in the first round of the 2002 World Cup qualifications. The team, with good offense from Roda Antar, Haitham Zein, Wartan Ghazarian and Gilberto dos Santos, finished second in their group with 26 goals in six games (the most in their group).
Under Richard Tardy, Lebanon drew into Group D of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Before the match against North Korea, the Lebanese team was reportedly ill-treated; hotel conditions were poor, and their training field contained goats and sheep. Lebanon finished third in their group, with four points. For the second round of the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, Lebanon were grouped with South Korea, Vietnam and Maldives. Under Mahmoud Hamoud, they finished second in their group and were eliminated.
Lebanon drew into Group D for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign with Australia, Bahrain and Kuwait. The scheduled meeting of Australia and Lebanon made Buddy Farah, an Australian player of Lebanese descent, declare his return to the Lebanese national side. Before Lebanon's match with Bahrain on 16 August 2006, it was announced on 1 August that the Asian Football Confederation had accepted a withdrawal request from the Lebanon Football Association due to the 2006 Lebanon War, which forced several players to leave their homes to avoid the war. In 2007 Lebanon was seeded in the first round of the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, where they faced India to qualify directly for the third round of the qualifiers. Lebanon won 6-3 on aggregate and advanced to the third round, with two goals by Mohammed Ghaddar in the second match. Lebanon, grouped with Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Uzbekistan, finished last with no points.
In April 2008, Lebanon and the Maldives (the two lowest-ranked teams in Asia)[d] played home-and-away matches in the preliminary round of the 2011 Asian Cup; the winner would proceed to the next round. A 4-0 home win and a 2-1 victory in the away match advanced Lebanon to the qualifying round. They drew into Group D with China, Syria and Vietnam, finishing last.Emile Rustom, re-appointed as head coach, led Lebanon into the second round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. They faced Bangladesh, winning 4-0 in Beirut on 23 July and losing 2-0 in Dhaka five days later. Lebanon advanced to the AFC third round, where they were grouped with South Korea, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Rustom resigned less than a week later, citing internal administrative problems.
On 4 August 2011, it was reported that Theo Bücker was Lebanon's new head coach. The former national team manager took the reins nine years after leaving that position, intending to "showcase Lebanese talent and give a good account of the country in the game." On 6 September, Lebanon came back from one goal down to defeat the United Arab Emirates 3-1 in the Asian Cup qualifications; striker Mahmoud Khamees put the visitors in front after 15 minutes, Lebanon replied with goals from Mohammed Ghaddar, Akram Moghrabi and Roda Antar; Antar was named man of the match.
They then drew 2-2 to Kuwait in Beirut on 11 October 2011; 32,000 spectators were at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium for the first time since 2005, when the LFA barred fans from the stadiums due to behavioural issues. Bad fan behaviour (mainly fireworks-related) was again a problem against Kuwait, forcing referee Masaaki Toma to stop the game several times. A month later, Lebanon defeated Kuwait 1-0 on a 57th-minute goal by Mahmoud El Ali at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Kuwait City; it was Kuwait's first home loss to Lebanon. On 15 November, Lebanon hosted South Korea at Beirut's Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium before over 40,000 spectators. After four minutes, Lebanon took the lead on a goal by Ali Al Saadi. Eleven minutes later, Korea tied the score with a penalty kick. In the 30th minute, Lebanon received a penalty kick after Mahmoud El Ali was tackled inside the penalty area; Abbas Ali Atwi scored, giving Lebanon a 2-1 victory. Lebanon's first-ever win against South Korea qualified them for the fourth (and final) qualifying round for the first time.
They drew into Group A of the round, with South Korea, Uzbekistan, Iran and Qatar. Against Iran, a first-half Roda Antar goal gave Lebanon the lead in a match they were required to win to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Antar rose above the Iranian defense to head home a free kick from Mohammad Haidar in the 28th minute. They held onto the lead, and won 1-0. On 26 February 2013, team members Ramez Dayoub and Mahmoud El Ali were involved in the 2013 Lebanese match fixing scandal; they were accused of illegal betting on several matches involving Lebanese teams (including the national team), in addition to manipulating results. The players were fined $15,000 and banned for life from the Lebanon Football Association. The Lebanese team then lost to Uzbekistan 0-1 on the road. In the following match they hosted South Korea in Beirut and led 1-0, until South Korea scored the equalizer in the 97th minute, eliminating Lebanon.
The team drew into group B with Iran, Thailand and Kuwait for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifications, during which Giuseppe Giannini replaced Theo Bucker as head coach. During Giannini's first game, on match day three, Mohammad Ghaddar scored the equalizer against Kuwait in Beirut to earn a point for Lebanon. At the end of the qualifications, Lebanon and China were tied for third place; China had a better goal difference, however, and went to Australia.
After the country's failed attempt to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, the Lebanese Football Association decided to reform the national team in 2014 by modeling it on the Belgium national team (particularly Belgium's performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil). Inviting new players from nations with a large Lebanese community (such as the United States, Germany, Denmark and Norway) would, it was hoped, bring about a rebirth of Lebanese football. On 8 September 2014, Lebanon played an unofficial FIFA match against the Brazilian Olympic team in Doha for the first time; the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Maatouk scored a goal which would have given Lebanon a 3-1 lead, but the goal was incorrectly ruled offside; Brazil's equalizing goal was erroneously ruled onside. The match excited the Lebanese people, despite poor refereeing. After Lebanon's 0-5 loss to Qatar a month later, Giuseppe Giannini was fired.
Miodrag Radulovi? was appointed the team's new coach in 2015, and led Lebanon in the 2018 World Cup qualifications. The team drew into a group including Asia's runners-up South Korea, Kuwait, Myanmar and Laos, the second time Lebanon faced South Korea and Kuwait in World Cup qualifiers. Lebanon finished second in the group and, although they were eliminated from the World Cup, they played in the 2019 Asian Cup qualification third round.
The Asian Cup draw put Lebanon in Group B, with North Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia. With five wins and a draw, Lebanon topped the group and qualified for the cup for the first time (after qualifying as host in 2000, the country's only previous participation). Hassan Maatouk (who succeeded Roda Antar as captain in 2016) was key to Lebanon's success, scoring five goals in six games. Lebanon fielded a number of players of Lebanese origin who were born and raised in other countries during the qualifications, including Hilal El-Helwe, Joan Oumari and Omar Bugiel from Germany; Soony Saad from the United States;Samir Ayass from Bulgaria, and Adnan Haidar from Norway.
Although Radulovi? failed to qualify the team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he helped Lebanon qualify for their first-ever AFC Asian Cup in 2019; he was the first Montenegrin manager to help a team qualify for a major tournament. Radulovi? managed a 15-game unbeaten streak[b] (from 24 March 2016 to 11 October 2018), winning eight and drawing seven. In September 2018, Lebanon achieved their best-ever FIFA ranking (77th).
On 9 January 2019, Lebanon started their 2019 Asian Cup campaign with a 0-2 loss against Qatar. In the 37th minute, Ali Hamam scored a goal for Lebanon from a corner, only for it to be disallowed for a dubious foul. Two goals by Qatar in the second half secured all three points for the opposing team. Three days later, Lebanon played their second match of the tournament against Saudi Arabia. Two goals without reply sentenced Lebanon to their second defeat of the tournament.
In the final group stage game against North Korea, played on 17 January, Lebanon needed a win by four goals to pass to the knock-out stages. Lebanon conceded an early free-kick goal, before leveling the score in the first half through a goal by Felix Melki. Lebanon took the lead in the second half after Hilal El-Helwe scored from close range. Fifteen minutes later Maatouk converted a penalty kick, becoming Lebanon's joint top-scorer. A fourth goal for Lebanon came in the seventh minute of added time, with El-Helwe scoring his second volley of the match, ending the encounter 1-4 and giving Lebanon their first ever Asian Cup win. However, they lost out to Vietnam in the third-place ranking on the fair play rule due to having received seven yellow cards against the five by Vietnam, and were knocked out of the competition.
On 26 March 2019, the LFA announced that they would not renew Radulovi?'s contract, terminating on 1 May 2019, and that they would be looking to replace him with another foreign coach in view of the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup. Indeed, on 3 June 2019, Liviu Ciobotariu was appointed head coach of the national team. His first games took place at the 2019 WAFF Championship, where Lebanon were drawn with hosts Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Yemen. After a 1-0 defeat to Iraq in the opening match of the tournament, Lebanon won 2-1 against Syria thanks to a long-distance shot by Nader Matar and a 91st-minute goal by Hassan "Moni" Chaito. However, a 0-0 draw to Palestine and a 2-1 defeat to Yemen weren't enough to reach the final.
On 17 July 2019, for the 2022 World Cup qualification second round, Lebanon were drawn with South Korea, for the third time in a row, North Korea, who Lebanon had faced in both the qualifications and final stage of the 2019 Asian Cup,Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka. Lebanon started their qualification campaign in September, with a 2-0 defeat to North Korea away from home. The following month, Lebanon first hosted Turkmenistan, whom they beat 2-1, before beating Sri Lanka 3-0 away from home. In November, Lebanon hosted the following two games; the matches, against South Korea and North Korea respectively, ended in a 0-0 draw on both occasions.
On 9 March 2020, both FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that the upcoming qualification games, scheduled to be played in March and June, had been postponed to later dates in response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Asia.
During their first unofficial match in 1934, Lebanon wore a white shirt with the Lebanese cedar and the association's name on the chest, black shorts and white socks; the goalkeeper wore a black shirt and white trousers. In 1940, in occasion of their first FIFA-sanctioned game against Mandatory Palestine, Lebanon wore a white kit with a black collar, along with black shorts and striped socks.
The national team traditionally wears red as their primary colour and white as their secondary colour. The choices originate from the national flag of Lebanon (red, white and green); green is typically reserved for the goalkeeper. At home, Lebanon usually wears a red shirt, shorts and socks (with white or gold details); the away kit colours are the inverse of the home kit, with a white outfit accompanied by red (or gold) details.
In the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, Lebanon wore a red Adidas shirt with white details on the sides and a white collar, white shorts and red socks. In the 2019 campaign, Lebanon wore a red kit (manufactured by Capelli Sport) with white details and a white collar. The Lebanese cedar, the country's national symbol, is present under the team logo in a darker shade of red. Since 2015 the team kit has been manufactured by Capelli Sport, a sports brand founded by Lebanese-born entrepreneur George Altirs. Previous manufacturers include Diadora and Adidas.
The Lebanese national team plays their home games in various stadiums throughout the country.
The main venue for Lebanon is the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium. Built in 1957 during the presidency of Camille Chamoun, it is the country's largest stadium holding a total of 49,500 seats. Its opening game was in 1957, when the national team played Energia Flacara Ploiesti and won 1-0 thanks to a Joseph Abou Murad goal. It was the main stadium to host the 2000 Asian Cup held in Lebanon, with six matches being played in the stadium including the opening match and the final. In 2011 the stadium hosted the famed 2-1 victory against South Korea in the 2014 World Cup qualification, sending Lebanon to the fourth round of qualification for the first time. Over 40,000 spectators were present to watch the match.
The national team, however, also plays in other stadiums such as the Saida International Stadium located in Sidon. Built over the sea, the stadium holds 22,600 people, and was one of the venues to host the 2000 Asian Cup. Other stadiums in which the national team plays include the Tripoli Municipal Stadium and the Beirut Municipal Stadium.
The following 23 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Korea and North Korea on 14 and 19 November 2019, respectively.Nader Matar withdrew injured, and was replaced by Ahmad Jalloul on 16 November 2019.
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 19 November 2019 after the match against North Korea.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Mehdi Khalil||19 September 1991||40||0||Zob Ahan|
|21||GK||Ahmad Taktouk||29 September 1984||2||0||Nejmeh|
|23||GK||Ali Daher||26 November 1996||1||0||Ahed|
|2||DF||Kassem El Zein||2 December 1990||18||0||Al-Mina'a|
|3||DF||Mootaz Jounaidi||20 January 1986||49||0||Ansar|
|4||DF||Nour Mansour||22 October 1989||53||2||Ahed|
|6||DF||Joan Oumari||19 August 1988||24||2||FC Tokyo|
|12||DF||Robert Alexander Melki||14 November 1992||9||0||Al-Khor|
|15||DF||Hussein Zein||27 January 1995||4||0||Ahed|
|16||DF||Hassan "Shibriko" Chaito||16 June 1991||9||0||Ansar|
|19||DF||Abdallah Aich||5 October 1994||1||0||Nejmeh|
|5||MF||Adnan Haidar||3 August 1989||36||1||Unattached|
|10||MF||Mohamad Haidar||8 November 1989||65||4||Ahed|
|13||MF||George Felix Melki||23 July 1994||10||1||AIK|
|14||MF||Ahmad Jalloul||23 January 1992||14||0||Safa|
|17||MF||Houssein Rizk||1 January 1997||1||0||Shabab Sahel|
|18||MF||Hussein Monzer||20 March 1997||7||0||Ahed|
|22||MF||Bassel Jradi||6 July 1993||7||1||Hajduk Split|
|7||FW||Hassan Maatouk (Captain)||10 August 1987||84||21||Ansar|
|8||FW||Hassan "Moni" Chaito||20 March 1989||56||6||Ansar|
|9||FW||Hilal El-Helwe||24 November 1994||26||8||SV Meppen|
|11||FW||Mohamad Kdouh||10 July 1997||8||1||Al Jandal|
|20||FW||Rabih Ataya||16 July 1989||36||4||UiTM|
The following footballers were part of a national selection in the past 12 months, but are not part of the current squad.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Mostafa Matar||10 September 1995||2||0||Salam Zgharta||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|GK||Ali Sabeh INJ||24 June 1994||1||0||Nejmeh||2019 WAFF Championship|
|DF||Mohamed Zein Tahan||20 April 1988||34||1||Safa||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|DF||Nassar Nassar||1 January 1992||11||0||Ansar||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|DF||Hassan Bitar||18 May 1992||0||0||Ansar||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|DF||Khalil Khamis OTH||12 January 1995||2||0||Pahang||2019 WAFF Championship|
|MF||Nader Matar INJ||12 May 1992||36||2||Unattached||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Yahya El Hindi||24 September 1998||2||0||Unattached||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|MF||Hassan Kourani||22 January 1995||0||0||Shabab Sahel||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|MF||Samir Ayass||24 December 1990||13||1||Persiraja||v. Oman, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Soony Saad||17 August 1992||14||3||Ansan Greeners||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|FW||Ahmad Hijazi||22 August 1994||1||0||Ansar||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|FW||Karim Darwich||2 November 1998||0||0||Ahed||v. South Korea, 14 November 2019 PRE|
|FW||Omar Chaaban Bugiel||3 January 1994||7||1||Sutton United||v. Oman, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Ali Alaaeddine||8 September 1993||1||0||Nejmeh||2019 WAFF Championship|
INJWithdrew due to injury
|Event||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||4th place|
|Arab Nations Cup||0||0||1||2|
|Pan Arab Games||0||0||2||1|
|Lebanon's FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not participate||Did not participate||--|
|1994||Did not qualify||3rd of 5||8||2||4||2||8||9|||
|1998||2nd of 3||4||1||1||2||4||7|||
|2002||2nd of 4||6||4||1||1||26||5|||
|2006||2nd of 4||6||3||2||1||11||5|||
|2010||First round win, 4th of 4||8||1||1||6||9||17|||
|2014||Second round win, 2nd of 4, 5th of 5||13||5||2||6||16||22|||
|2018||2nd of 5||8||3||2||3||12||6|||
|2022||To be determined||Ongoing|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|Lebanon's AFC Asian Cup record||Qualification record|
|1956||Did not participate||Did not participate||--|
|1972||Did not qualify||3rd of 7||5||2||0||3||6||10|||
|1980||Did not qualify||3rd of 4||3||1||1||1||2||1|||
|1988||Did not participate||Did not participate||--|
|1996||Did not qualify||2nd of 3||4||2||1||1||7||6|||
|2000||Group stage||10th of 12||3||0||2||1||3||7||Squad||Qualified as hosts|||
|2004||Did not qualify||3rd of 4||6||1||1||4||2||8|||
|2011||Did not qualify||Preliminary round win, 4th of 4||8||2||1||5||8||14|||
|2015||3rd of 4||6||2||2||2||12||14|||
|2019||Group stage||17th of 24||3||1||0||2||4||5||Squad||2nd of 5, 1st of 4||14||8||3||3||26||10|||
|2023||To be determined||Ongoing|
|Total||Best: group stage||2/17||6||1||2||3||7||12||--||Total||45||17||9||19||61||62||--|
|Lebanon's Summer Olympic Games record||Qualification record|
city and year
|Paris 1900||Did not participate||Did not participate||--|
|St. Louis 1904||--|
|Rome 1960||Withdrew||3rd of 3||4||0||0||4||0||15|||
|Mexico City 1968||Did not qualify||3rd of 6||5||2||1||2||18||9|||
|Munich 1972||First round loss||3||1||0||2||2||3|||
|Moscow 1980||Did not participate||Did not participate||--|
|Los Angeles 1984||Withdrew||Withdrew|||
|Seoul 1988||Did not participate||Did not participate||--|
|See Lebanon national under-23 football team||See Lebanon national under-23 football team|||
|Lebanon's WAFF Championship record|
|2000||Group stage||5th of 8||3||1||1||1||3||2||Squad|||
|2002||5th of 6||2||0||0||2||0||3||Squad|||
|2004||6th of 6||2||0||0||2||1||7||Squad|||
|2007||6th of 6||2||0||0||2||0||4||Squad|||
|2008||Did not participate||--|
|2012||Group stage||9th of 12||3||1||0||2||2||3||Squad|||
|2014||8th of 9||2||0||1||1||0||2||Squad|||
|2019||7th of 9||4||1||1||2||3||4||Squad|||
|Total||Best: group stage||7/9||18||3||3||12||9||25||--||--|
|Lebanon's Arab Nations Cup record|
|1963||Third place||3rd of 5||4||2||0||2||13||4|||
|1964||Fourth place||4th of 5||4||1||1||2||4||5|||
|1966||4th of 9||6||3||1||2||11||10|||
|1985||Did not participate||--|
|1988||Group stage||6th of 10||4||1||2||1||2||4|||
|1992||Did not participate||--|
|1998||Group stage||9th of 12||2||0||1||1||1||4|||
|2002||8th of 10||4||1||1||2||5||7|||
|2012||Group stage||10th of 10||3||0||1||2||1||4|||
|Total||Best: third place||7/9||27||8||7||12||37||38||--|
|Lebanon's Pan Arab Games record|
city and year
|Alexandria 1953||Group stage||5th of 6||3||1||1||1||1||4||--|||
|Beirut 1957||Third place||3rd of 8||5||2||2||1||10||6||--|||
|Casablanca 1961||Fourth place||4th of 6||5||2||0||3||13||9||--|||
|Cairo 1965||Group stage||7th of 10||4||1||1||2||4||7||--|||
|Damascus 1976||Did not participate||--|
|Beirut 1997||Third place||3rd of 8||5||2||2||1||9||7||--|||
|Amman 1999||Second stage||5th of 11||5||2||1||2||6||9||--|||
|Cairo 2007||Did not participate||--|
|Total||Best: third place||6/11||27||10||7||10||43||42||--||--|
|Lebanon's Asian Games record|
city and year
|New Delhi 1951||Did not participate||--|
|New Delhi 1982||--|
|Bangkok 1998||Group stage||12th of 23||5||2||0||3||9||7||Squad|||
|See Lebanon national under-23 football team||--|
|Total||Best: group stage||1/13||5||2||0||3||9||7||--||--|
|Lebanon's Mediterranean Games record|
city and year
|Alexandria 1951||Did not participate||--|
|Beirut 1959||Third place||3rd of 3||4||0||0||4||1||2||--|||
|Naples 1963||Group stage||7th of 9||4||1||0||3||2||7||--|||
|Tunis 1967||Did not participate||--|
|Latakia 1987||Group stage||6th of 8||3||0||1||2||1||7||--|||
|See Lebanon national under-20 football team||--|
|Total||Best: third place||3/10||11||1||1||9||4||16||--||--|
|1989 Peace and Friendship Cup||Group stage|||
|2009 King's Cup||3rd place|||
|2009 Nehru Cup||Group stage|||
As of 19 November 2019300 matches: 83 wins, 86 draws and 131 losses. During these matches, the team scored 358 times and conceded 440 goals. Lebanon's highest winning margin is seven goals, which has been achieved on two occasions: against Pakistan in 2001 (8-1) and against Laos in 2015 (7-0). Their longest winning streak is six wins, and their unbeaten record is 15 consecutive official matches.[b], the complete official match record of the Lebanese national team comprises
The entire match record can be examined on the following articles:
Upcoming fixtures are listed on the 2020-29 results page.
|1||Abbas Ahmed Atwi||2002-2016||84||7||MF|
|8||Hassan "Moni" Chaito||2011-present||56||6||MF/FW|
|10||Abbas Ali Atwi||2002-2016||52||4||FW|
As of 19 November 2019 Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection..
|1||Hassan Maatouk (list)||2006-present||21||84||0.25||FW|
|2||Roda Antar (list)||1998-2016||20||63||0.32||MF|
|3||Wartan Ghazarian (list)||1995-2001||19||39||0.49||FW|
|6||Mahmoud El Ali||2007-2012||12||46||0.26||FW|
As of 19 November 2019 Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection..