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Oman national football team

Oman
عُمان
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al-Ahmar
(The Reds)
Association Oman Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Paul Le Guen
Captain Ali Al-Habsi
Most caps Fawzi Bashir (124)
Top scorer Hani Al-Dhabit (42)
Home stadium Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman
FIFA code OMA
FIFA ranking
Current 102 Decrease 2 (1 October 2015)
Highest 50 (August 2004)
Lowest 117 (July 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 82 (June 2015)
Highest 49 (12 April 2005)
Lowest 174 (March 1984)
First international
 Sudan 15–0 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; 2 September 1965) [1]
Biggest win
 Oman 12–0 Laos 
(Muscat, Oman; 30 April 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Libya 21–0 Muscat and Oman
(Baghdad, Iraq; 1 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2004)
Best result Group Stage: 2004, 2007 and 2015

The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عُمان لكرة القدم‎) is the national team of Oman that has represented Oman in international competition since 1978. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the squad was formed long before, and a proper football association was formed only in December, 2005. The team is governed by the Oman Football Association.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Gulf Cup of Nations performance 1.1
    • Team awards 1.2
  • Competition records 2
    • World Cup record 2.1
    • AFC Asian Cup record 2.2
  • Schedule 3
    • Recent and forthcoming matches 3.1
  • Players 4
    • Current squad 4.1
    • Recent call-ups 4.2
    • Former squads 4.3
  • Personnel 5
    • Technical staff 5.1
  • Coaches 6
  • Kits and sponsors 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

Prior to the turn of the 21st century, Oman's senior team had generally finished in the last place in all the competitions in which it competed. It was not until the mid 1990s under the OFA chairmanship of Sheikh Saif bin Hashil Al-Maskary did Oman start be extremely successful on the Asian football stage. During this period, Oman won the Asian Under 17 Championship in 1996 and the year 2000, as well as reaching the semi finals of the under 17 World Cup in 1995. Oman nowadays exports players to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and also has their captain playing in England. Former Omani captain, Hani Al-Dhabit was awarded the RSSSF 2001 World Top Scorer, with 22 goals;[1] the most goals scored by a player who won the World Top Scorer award till date, and also being the third Arab and only the first Omani to win the award.[2]

The senior team has never qualified for the World Cup, but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004, 2007 and most recently in 2015. They have reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and have won it on their third attempt as hosts.

Gulf Cup of Nations performance

Prior to the new millennium, Oman generally struggled in the Gulf Cup of Nations, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the cup was held in Oman. It was only in 1998 when the national team began to improve its performance, and in the 2003 and 2004 Gulf Cups new talents like Amad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Sultan Al-Touqi, Badr Al-Maimani and Khalifa Ayil made the team more successful.

In the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations which was held in Saudi Arabia, Oman had once again finished at an unimpressive 5th place, but under the captaincy of Dhofar F.C.'s Hani Al-Dhabit, Oman had accomplished something which was never done before in the team's history in the Gulf Cup, defeating 9-time winners,[3] Kuwait. The match had ended 3–1 with captain Hani Al-Dhabit scoring a hat-trick. Hani also netted a goal against Bahrain, and a consolation goal in a 2–1 loss against Qatar.[4] At the end of the competition, Hani was the only Omani to score goals, and was also awarded the "Top Goal Scorer" of the competition, with a total of 5 goals.[5]

In the 2004 Gulf Cup which was held in Doha, Oman reached the final for the first time in the team's history, which was eventually lost to the hosts Qatar in a penalty shootout after the goalkeeping sensation Ali Al-Habsi missed a penalty. Qatar won the match 6-5 on penalties after the match had ended 1-1 at normal time. Amad Al-Hosni was awarded the "Top Goal Scorer" award of the competition with a total of 4 goals.[6]

In the 2007 Gulf Cup which was held in the United Arab Emirates, the national team again reached the final for a second consecutive time and again lost 1-0 to the hosts U.A.E.. Although Oman lost to the Emirates in the final, they had maintained an undefeated record throughout the competition excluding the final.[7] Once again Ali Al-Habsi had received the "Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup" award[8] for the third consecutive time in a row, the most won by any goalkeeper in the 40 years of the Gulf Cup tournament. Oman had tied the Emirates in goal scoring with 9 goals each after the competition.[9]

Eventually after losing twice in the Gulf Cup final consecutively, Oman had managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations tournament as hosts, by defeating regional giants, Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout. Oman won the match 6-5 on penalties after the match had ended 0-0 at extra time. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition.[10] The competition in Muscat was the first for Hassan Rabia, and despite this he managed to score 4 goals making him receive the "Top Goal Scorer" award.[11] Ali Al-Habsi also received his fourth consecutive "Best Goalkeeper Award".[12]

However, Ali Al-Habsi would not go on to feature in the next two Gulf Cup's due to his commitments with his English club team Wigan Athletic. In the 2010 Gulf Cup which was held in Yemen, Oman once again after great performances in the three previous tournaments put up an unimpressive performance, drawing all the three matches of the group stage against Bahrain, the U.A.E and Iraq. Oman could manage to score only one goal in the tournament against Bahrain which was scored by Amad Al-Hosni and hence could not go further in the tournament. Following the bad performances of the team in the regional tournament, the Oman Football Association sacked their then-manager Claude Le Roy on 9 January 2011 who won them their maiden tournament in 2009.

In the 2013 Gulf Cup which was held in Bahrain, Oman again put up an unimpressive performance which was criticized a lot by fans in Oman. Oman could manage to draw only one match against the hosts Bahrain and lost in their other two matches against Qatar and the U.A.E. Oman again could score only one goal and this time it was from the spot by youngster Hussain Al-Hadhri against Qatar which Oman eventually lost 2-1.

Year Host Country Place
1970  Bahrain Did not enter
1972  Saudi Arabia Did not enter
1974  Kuwait 6th place
1976  Qatar 7th place
1979  Iraq 7th place
1982  UAE 6th place
1984  Oman 7th place
1986  Bahrain 7th place
1988  Saudi Arabia 7th place
1990  Kuwait 4th place
1992  Qatar 6th place
1994  UAE 6th place
1996  Oman 6th place
1998  Bahrain 4th place
2002  Saudi Arabia 5th place
2003  Kuwait 4th place
2004  Qatar 2nd place
2007  UAE 2nd place
2009  Oman 1st place
2010  Yemen Group Stage
2013  Bahrain Group Stage
2014  Saudi Arabia 4th place

Team awards

Oman has not won many team titles. What they have achieved, though, is qualifying for Asian Cup twice in 2004 and 2007. However, both the times they were eliminated in the first round itself. Later in 2009, Oman won their first Gulf Cup trophy at home in Muscat.

Year Award Competition
2004 Won second-place trophy 17th Gulf Cup of Nations
2007 Won second-place trophy 18th Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 Won first-place trophy 19th Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 Won fair play team award 19th Gulf Cup of Nations

Competition records

World Cup record

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1982 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1986 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2018 To be determined - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - -

AFC Asian Cup record

Asian Cup Finals
Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA
1956 to 1980 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1984 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1988 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2004 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 3
2007 Group stage 15th 3 0 2 1 1 3
2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2015 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 1 5
2019 To be determined - - - - - - -
Total Best: Group Stage 3/16 9 2 3 4 6 11

Schedule

Recent and forthcoming matches

Players

Current squad

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ali Al-Habsi (Captain) (1981-12-30) 30 December 1981 114 0 Reading
18 1GK Faiz Al-Rushaidi (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 14 0 Al-Nasr
22 1GK Riyadh Al-Alawi (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 0 0 Al-Oruba
2 2DF Mohammed Al-Musalami (1990-04-27) 27 April 1990 47 2 Fanja
3 2DF Jaber Al-Owaisi (1989-11-04) 4 November 1989 29 3 Muscat
5 2DF Mohammed Al-Balushi (1989-08-27) 27 August 1989 52 1 Al-Suwaiq
11 2DF Saad Al-Mukhaini (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 77 1 Al-Oruba
13 2DF Abdul Salam Al-Mukhaini (1988-04-07) 7 April 1988 51 1 Al-Oruba
15 2DF Ali Salim Al-Nahar (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 24 0 Dhofar
16 2DF Azan Al-Balushi (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 3 0 Al-Nasr
17 2DF Ali Al-Busaidi (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 24 1 Al-Nahda
4 3MF Ali Al-Jabri (1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 38 0 Fanja
6 3MF Raed Ibrahim Saleh (1992-06-09) 9 June 1992 55 3 Fanja
7 3MF Mohammed Al-Siyabi (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 24 3 Al-Nahda
8 3MF Eid Al-Farsi (1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 60 5 Al-Raed
12 3MF Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 128 14 Muaither
14 3MF Mohsin Al-Khaldi (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 10 0 Saham
3MF Yaseen Al-Sheyadi (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 2 0 Al-Suwaiq
9 4FW Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali (1989-04-23) 23 April 1989 51 17 Fanja
10 4FW Qasim Said (1989-04-20) 20 April 1989 68 11 Dhofar
19 4FW Saud Al-Farsi (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 6 0 Sur
20 4FW Amad Al-Hosni (1984-07-18) 18 July 1984 119 37 Fanja
23 4FW Mohammed Al-Ghassani (1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 15 1 Al-Musannah
4FW Said Obaid Al-Abdul Salam (1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 Al-Khabourah

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Oman squad within the last 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mazin Al-Kasbi (1993-04-27) 27 April 1993 14 0 Fanja v.  India, 13 October 2015
GK Mohannad Al-Zaabi (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 2 0 Al-Shabab v.  Algeria, 30 March 2015
GK Sulaiman Al-Buraiki (1986-07-30) 30 July 1986 0 0 Saham v.  Kuwait, 17 January 2015
DF Hassan Mudhafar Al-Gheilani RET (1980-06-26) 26 June 1980 119 6 Al-Oruba v.  Algeria, 30 March 2015
DF Fahad Al-Jalabubi (1990-08-14) 14 August 1990 18 0 Al-Suwaiq v.  India, 11 June 2015
DF Nasser Al-Shimli (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 11 0 Al-Nasr v.  India, 11 June 2015
DF Basim Al-Rajaibi (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 5 0 Dhofar v.  India, 13 October 2015
DF Ahmed Al-Mukhaini (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 4 0 Al-Oruba v.  India, 11 June 2015
DF Amer Said Al-Shatri (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 2 0 Dhofar v.  Kuwait, 17 January 2015
DF Mohannad Al-Hasani (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 0 0 Al-Oruba v.  Yemen, 28 August 2015
DF Fahad Nasib Bamasila (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 0 0 Al-Nasr v.  India, 11 June 2015
MF Hussain Al-Hadhri (1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 43 4 Dhofar v.  Bahrain, 30 May 2015
MF Ahmed Al-Siyabi (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 3 0 Al-Nasr v.  Bahrain, 30 May 2015
MF Mohammed Al-Najashi (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 0 0 Sur v.  Bahrain, 30 May 2015
MF Hani Al-Dhabit (1979-10-15) 15 October 1979 85 46 Dhofar v.  United Arab Emirates, 25 November 2014
MF Juma Darwish Al-Mashari (1984-09-29) 29 September 1984 37 2 Al-Nasr v.  United Arab Emirates, 25 November 2014
MF Mohammed Al-Mashari (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 13 0 Fanja v.  India, 13 October 2015
MF Juma Al-Jamai (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 0 0 Al-Nasr v.  Iran, 8 October 2015
FW Abdul Rahman Al-Ghassani (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 1 0 Fanja v.  India, 11 June 2015
FW Yaqoob Al-Qasmi (1985-09-04) 4 September 1985 38 5 Saham v.  Algeria, 30 March 2015
FW Waleed Al-Saadi (1995-02-19) 19 February 1995 8 1 Al-Musannah v.  Algeria, 30 March 2015
FW Sami Al-Hasani (1992-01-29) 29 January 1992 5 1 Sur v.  Costa Rica, 10 October 2014
FW Said Al-Ruzaiqi (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 9 3 Al-Nahda v.  Guam, 8 September 2015

RET: Retired from international football.

Former squads

AFC Asian Cup
Gulf Cup

Personnel

As of May 2015[16][17]

Technical staff

Paul Le Guen, the current Oman manager
Position Name
Head Coach Paul Le Guen
Assistant Coach Yves Colleu
Muhannah Al-Adawi
Goalkeeping Coach Christian Mas
Team Manager Mohammed Al-Alawi
Team Doctor Joel Gaston Le Hir
Physiotherapist Mansoor Al-Mahrouqi
Masseur Pavol Skoda
Ryabovol Gennadiy
Kit Man Saleh Al-Habsi
Ahmed Al-Owaisi

Coaches

Manager Years as manager
Mohammed Al-Khafaji 1974–1976
George Smith 1979
Hamed El-Dhiab 1980–1982
Mansaf El-Meliti (caretaker) 1982
Paulo de Oliveira 1984
Antônio Clemente 1986
Jorge Vitório 1986–1988
Karl-Heinz Heddergott 1988–1989
Bernd Patzke 1990–1992
Heshmat Mohajerani 1992-1994
Rashid Jaber 1995–1996
Mahmoud El-Gohary 1996
Jozef Vengloš 1996–1997
Ian Porterfield 1997
Homayoun Shahrokhi 1997–1998
Valdeir Vieira 1998–1999
Carlos Alberto Torres 2000–2001
Milan Máčala 2001
Bernd Stange 2001
Rashid Jaber (caretaker) 2002
Milan Máčala 2003–2005
Srečko Juričić 2005–2006
Hamad Al-Azani (caretaker) 2006
Milan Máčala 2006–2007
Gabriel Calderón 2007–2008
Julio César Ribas 2008
Hamad Al-Azani (caretaker) 2008
Claude Le Roy 2008–2010
Hamad Al-Azani 2010–2011
Paul Le Guen 2011–present

Kits and sponsors

The well-known "confettied" kit provided by Grand Sport during Oman's attempted qualification for the 1998 World Cup

Over the years Oman has had multiple kit providers, of which Grand Sport held the contract for the longest period. Oman has also worn kits provided by Puma, Umbro, Lotto and Adidas.

The national team signed a contract in 2006 with Gulf Air,[18][19] but the deal ended abruptly in early 2008 and was replaced with a signed sponsorship by Omantel's Oman Mobile.

On 9 May 2012, the Oman Football Association launched the new official team kit to be worn by Oman in their push for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round. The new kit was launched together with a new OFA logo. The new kit was designed for Oman by Taj Oman, an Oman-based company.[20] Later in June 2012, Oman's lone airline Oman Air became the official carrier of the Oman Football Association.[21]

On February 3, 2014, Oman Football Association is currently confirmed tie-up with Italian sports apparel manufacturer Kappa. A joint venture agreement was signed by sportswear giant Kappa and the OFA's apparel brand Taj Oman. In a 4-year deal, Kappa will produce the kit worn by all the Oman National football teams bearing the Taj mark, and will provide Oman with a large range of sportswear specific for the country. The deal will see both the names (Kappa & Taj) on the kit worn by the National teams and on all retail items.[22] Oman Air also renewed its deal on the same day with the OFA till the end of the 2013-14 season. On 16 September 2014, Oman Football Association announced that they had signed an agreement with Asia Sports Marketing to become the exclusive sales agent for the Association.[23]

On 9 September 2015, Oman Football Association signed a one-year contract extension with, Oman Air as the official carrier of the national team. The association said that although Oman Air's ticket allocation in the deal is primarily meant for the senior national team's tours, the OFA has often judiciously availed the privilege for club teams' trips to Salalah for Omantel Professional League (OPL) matches and also for overseas travel of the national age-group squads.[24][25] On 18 October 2015, announced a partnership with a new mental energizer Energy Drinks Partner, Effect.[26][27]

Period Kit Manufacturer
1978−1996 Puma
1996−2005 Grand Sport
2005–2006 Umbro
2006–2008 Lotto
2008–2012 Adidas
2012–2014 Taj Oman
2014–present Kappa

See also

References

  1. ^ – Al-Dhabit scored 22 goals in 2001
  2. ^ – 3rd Arab to receive the award, and first Omani.
  3. ^ 9-time winners of the Gulf Cup of Nations
  4. ^ – match results from the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations.
  5. ^ – Hani Al-Dhabit, top goal scorer of the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations with a total of 5 goals.
  6. ^ Gulf Cup 17 – Qatar – goalzz.com
  7. ^ – Oman's performance in the 2007 Gulf Cup.
  8. ^ – Al-Habsi receiving the Best Goalkeeper award.
  9. ^ – Oman's goal scoring record in the 18th Gulf Cup.
  10. ^ – Oman's 19th Gulf Cup record.
  11. ^ Hassan Rabia—19th Gulf Cup top goal scorer.
  12. ^ – BWFC – Ali 4 time winner of Best Goalkeeper award.
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ – Gulf Air signs deal with Oman
  19. ^ – SportsOman reports the signed deal
  20. ^
  21. ^
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^
  27. ^

External links

  • Official Oman Football Association Website
  • Oman national football team FIFA.com
  • Oman national football team - Football-Lineups
  • Oman national football team - NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS
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