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Qatar national under-17 football team

Qatar Under-17
Association Qatar Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Felix Sanchez
Home stadium Khalifa International Stadium, Jassim bin Hamad Stadium

Qatar national under-17 football team is the national U-17 team of Qatar and is controlled by the Qatar Football Association.


Despite being a country with a small base of footballers; Qatar has a respectable amount of achievements at the youth level. In addition to becoming champions of Asia in 1990 after winning the 1990 AFC U-17 Championship held in UAE, they also finished runners up at least four times in 1986, 1992, 1994, and 1998. In addition, Qatar were the hosts of four of the U-17 championships; a record.

The youth players became consistent finalists in the Asian U-17 championships since they first reached the final in 1986 when they lost to South Korea in a dramatic penalty shoot-out on home soil, which was tightly clinched 5-4. This was followed by another appearance in 1988 before winning it 1990 after defeating China by a scoreline of 2-0.

One year later, they managed an Asian record high fourth place finish in the FIFA-17 World Cup, even with a relatively slow start as they failed to gain more than a single point in the first two group B matches, however, a Jassim Al Tammimi goal against Australia was enough for a quarterfinal place.

Qatar advanced to the semis on the expense of the United States, whom they defeated 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the score had settled 1-1 at the end of regulation time. Shortly after, they themselves went down in a penalty shootout to eventual champions, Ghana, in the semi-finals, before suffering the same fate against Argentina in the third-place match respectively.

Qatar's tradition of youth teams' excellence was to be prolonged for another decade; they reached the World Cup three more times on 1993, 1995 and 2005.

In the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Qatar were drawn 2-2 with the mighty Netherlands before half-time in their first group match. Although Qatar went on to lose the match 5-3, many future talents were discovered during the tournament, including Khalfan Ibrahim who went on to win the Asian Player of the Year award one year later.

Results and fixtures

2012 AFC U-16 Championship qualification

Group A

All matches were held in Duhok, Iraq (UTC+3).

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iraq 4 3 1 0 17 2 +15 10
 Iran 4 3 1 0 12 1 +11 10
 Qatar 4 2 0 2 9 6 +3 6
 Palestine 4 1 0 3 2 15 −13 3
 Bangladesh 4 0 0 4 0 16 −16 0
 Sri Lanka withdrew
14 September 2011
Iran  3 – 0  Qatar
Reza Goal 84'
Rigi Goal 32'47'
Duhok Stadium, Duhok
Attendance: 300
Referee: Yaqoob Said Abdullah Abdul Baqi (Oman)

16 September 2011
Iraq  3 – 1  Qatar
Al-Mahdawi Goal 2'
Bani Goal 45'
Al-Korji Goal 63'
Report Al Salemi Goal 33'
Duhok Stadium, Duhok
Attendance: 3,100
Referee: Naser Al Ghafary (Jordan)

18 September 2011
 Qatar 4 – 0  Palestine
Al-Jalabi Goal 5'76'
Hassanin Goal 13'
Al Ahrak Goal 33'
Duhok Stadium, Duhok
Attendance: 100
Referee: Abdulshaheed Hasan Mohamed (Bahrain)

20 September 2011
Bangladesh  0 – 4  Qatar
Report Mohamed Goal 39'
Afif Goal 43'90+1'
Al-Jalabi Goal 51'
Duhok Stadium, Duhok
Attendance: 100
Referee: Hamad Abdullah Hashimi (United Arab Emirates)

AFC U-17 Championship record

Host nation(s) / Year Round
1985 Unknown
1986 Runners-up
1988 Group stage
1990 Champions
1992 Runners-up
1994 Runners-up
1996 Did not qualify
1998 Runners-up
2000 Did not qualify
2002 Quarter-finals
2004 Third place
2006 Did not qualify
2008 Did not qualify
2010 Did not qualify
2012 Did not qualify
2014 Group stage

FIFA U-17 World Cup record

Host nation(s) / Year Round
1991 Fourth place
1993 Group stage
1995 Group stage
2005 Group stage
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Managerial history

Current squad

Squad for 2012 AFC U-16 Championship qualification on 22 September 2011 (link)
Head coach: Felix Sanchez
No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Suleiman Abdullah (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 Al Sadd
28 1GK Yazan Naiem (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 Al Ahli
2 2DF Salim Ali Shahwani (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 Al Ahli
3 2DF Hamad Muftah (1996-03-22) 22 March 1996 Al Sadd
5 2DF Jassim Al-Mulla (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 Al Ahli
16 2DF Faisal Jaidi (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 Al Sadd
10 3MF Muath Salemi (1996-08-15) 15 August 1996 Sevilla
14 3MF Husam Kamal (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 Al Sadd
18 3MF Osama Bassam (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 Al-Gharafa
21 3MF Ali Al Balushi (1996-09-21) 21 September 1996 Al Rayyan
9 4FW Jassim Jalabi (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 Al-Wakrah
11 4FW Jassim Al-Shammari (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 Al Sadd
19 4FW Yousef Safar (1996-12-09) 9 December 1996 Qatar SC
20 4FW Akram Afif (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 Sevilla

See also

External links

  • Qatar Football Association - official site
  • Qatar Football Association - U-17
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