Oman national football team


Oman
Nickname(s)Al-Ahmar
(The Reds)
Samba Al-Khaleej
(Gulf Samba)
AssociationOman Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachBranko Ivanković
CaptainFaiz Al-Rushaidi
Most capsAhmed Mubarak (180)[1]
Top scorerHani Al-Dhabit (43)
Home stadiumSultan Qaboos Sports Complex
FIFA codeOMA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 80 (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest50 (August – October 2004)
Lowest129 (October 2016)
First international
 Libya 14–1 Muscat and Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; 2 September 1965)
Biggest win
 Oman 14–0 Bhutan 
(Muscat, Oman; 28 March 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Libya 21–0 Muscat and Oman
(Iraq, 6 April 1966)
Asian Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2004)
Best resultRound of 16 (2019)
WAFF Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best resultThird place (2012)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (2009, 2017–18)

The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عُمان لكرة القدم) represents Oman in men's international football and is controlled by the Oman Football Association. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the squad was formed some time before that and a proper football association was formed only in December 2005.

History


The mid 1990s under the OFA chairmanship of Sheikh Saif bin Hashil Al-Maskary saw Oman achieved higher results on the Asian stage. Former Omani captain, Hani Al-Dhabit was awarded the RSSSF 2001 World Top Scorer, with 22 goals;[3] 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.[4]

The senior team has never qualified for the World Cup but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2019. They also have reached the Arabian Gulf Cup final four times and have won it for the first time on their third attempt as hosts in 2009. They had to wait for the 2017 edition to win the tournament for the second time in their history.

Gulf Cup performance

Prior to the newer millennium, Oman generally struggled more in the Gulf Cup, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place even when the cup was held in Oman. It was 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 may have made the team more successful.

In the 2002 Gulf Cup which was held in Saudi Arabia, Oman had once again finished at 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[5] 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.[6] At the end of the competition, Hani was the only Omani to score goals and was also awarded the "Top Goalscorer" of the competition with a total of 5 goals.[7]

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 Goalscorer" award of the competition with a total of 4 goals.[8]

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 United Arab Emirates. Although Oman lost to the Emirates in the final, they had maintained an undefeated record throughout the competition excluding the final.[9] Once again Ali Al-Habsi had received the "Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup" award[10] 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 United Arab Emirates in goal-scoring with nine goals each after the competition.[11]

Omani players during 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Eventually after losing twice in the Gulf Cup final consecutively, Oman had managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup tournament as hosts by defeating 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.[12] The competition in Muscat was the first for Hassan Rabia, and despite this, he managed to score 4 goals making him receive the "Top Goalscorer" award.[13] Ali Al-Habsi also received his fourth consecutive "Best Goalkeeper Award".[14]

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 F.C. at the time. In the 2010 Gulf Cup which was held in Yemen, Oman drew all the three matches of the group stage against Bahrain, United Arab Emirates 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 these 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 could manage to draw only one match against the hosts Bahrain and lost in their other two matches against Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Oman again could score only one goal and this time it was from the spot by Hussain Al-Hadhri in the match against Qatar which Oman eventually lost 2–1.

In the 2017 Gulf Cup which was held in Kuwait, Oman started the tournament with a loss to the United Arab Emirates by one goal from a penalty kick by Ali Mabkhout. Afterwards, Oman won the two remaining matches of the group stage, first against the hosts Kuwait 1–0 with a penalty kick by Ahmed Kano then against Saudi Arabia 2–0. Oman qualified to the semi-final match which was against Bahrain and won it 1–0 with an own goal by the Bahraini Mahdi Abduljabbar. Eventually, and after nine years from its first title, Oman managed to win the tournament for the second time in its history by defeating United Arab Emirates in the final in a penalty shootout. Oman won the match 5–4 on penalties after it had ended 0–0 after extra time. The Omani Ahmed Mubarak Kano was awarded the most valuable player award for his role in the results of the Omani team campaign.

Kits and sponsors


The "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[15][16] but the deal ended in 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.[17] Later in June 2012, Oman's airline Oman Air became the official carrier of the Oman Football Association.[18]

On 8 February 2014, the Omani Football Association confirmed the tie-up with Italian sports apparel manufacturer Kappa. A joint venture agreement was signed by sportswear 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 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.[19] 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, the Omani Football Association announced that they had signed an agreement with Asia Sports Marketing to become the exclusive sales agent for the Association.[20]

On 9 September 2015, the Omani 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, OFA has 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.[21][22] On 18 October 2015, the Omani Football Association announced a partnership with a new mental energizer Energy Drinks Partner, Effect.[23][24]

In 2018, the OFA signed a contract with German sports company Jako.

Period Kit Manufacturer
1978–1996 Puma
1996–2005 Grand Sport
2005–2006 Umbro
2006–2008 Lotto
2008–2012 Adidas
2012–2014 Taj Oman
2014–2017 Kappa
2017–2018 Kappa
2018– Jako

Schedule


Recent and forthcoming matches

The following is a list of match results in the next 12 months:

2021
20 March 2021 Friendly Oman  0–0  Jordan Dubai, United Arab Emirates
17:00 Report Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) Friendly Oman  1–1  India Dubai, United Arab Emirates
17:45 UTC+4:00
Report
Stadium: Maktoom Bin Rashid
25 May 2021 (2021-05-25) Friendly Thailand  0–1  Oman Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:00 UTC+4
Stadium: The Sevens Stadium
29 May 2021 (2021-05-29) Friendly Indonesia  1–3  Oman Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: The Sevens Stadium
11 June 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Afghanistan  1–2  Oman Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
15 June 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Bangladesh  0–3  Oman Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)
20 June 2021 2021 Arab Cup Oman  2–1  Somalia Doha, Qatar
20:00
Report
Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
2 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Japan  v  Oman
16 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Oman  v  Japan
30 November 2021 2021 Arab Cup Iraq  v  Oman Qatar
19:00 UTC+3
3 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup Oman  v  Qatar Qatar
16:00 UTC+3
6 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup Oman  v  Bahrain Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
2022

Coaching staff


As of February 2019[25]
Position Name
Head Coach Branko Ivanković
Assistant Coach Mario Tokić
Waleed Al-Saadi
Muhanna Al-Adwi
Goalkeeping Coach Enver Lugušić[26]
Igor Panadić
Fitness Coach Marko Stilinović
Performance Analyst Zlatko Ivanković
Team Manager Maqbool Al-Balushi
Players Relations Manager Ahmed Hadid Al-Mukhaini
Task Manager Ahmed Al-Owaisi
Operations Manager Kamil Al-Balushi
Team Doctor Dr. Mohammed Moulou
Physiotherapist Said Al-Balushi
Physiotherapist Yaqoob Al-Mahrouqi
Masseur Pavol Skoda
Hennadiy Ryabovol
Technical Director Slobodan Pavković
Khalid Al Lahouri

Former coaches

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players


Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ibrahim Al-Mukhaini (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Al-Nasr
2 1GK Ali Al-Habsi (1981-12-30) 30 December 1981 (age 39) 136 0 Free agent
18 1GK Faiz Al-Rushaidi (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 33) 52 0 Dhofar
22 1GK Ahmed Al-Rawahi (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 27) 4 0 Al-Seeb

3 2DF Fahmi Durbin (1993-10-10) 10 October 1993 (age 27) 10 0 Al-Nasr
6 2DF Juma Al-Habsi (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Al-Seeb
13 2DF Khalid Al-Braiki (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 28) 12 0 Al-Seeb
17 2DF Ali Al-Busaidi (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 30) 70 1 Al-Seeb
21 2DF Abdulaziz Al-Gheilani (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 26) 8 0 Al-Seeb

5 3MF Amjad Al-Harthi (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Al-Seeb
8 3MF Abdullah Fawaz (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 24) 7 0 Dhofar
10 3MF Mohsin Al-Khaldi (1988-08-16) 16 August 1988 (age 32) 56 7 Saham
12 3MF Zahir Al-Aghbari (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Al-Seeb
14 3MF Ahmed Al-Kaabi (1996-09-15) 15 September 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Al-Nahda
15 3MF Jameel Al-Yahmadi (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 27) 31 2 Al-Markhiya
19 3MF Omar Al-Fazari (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 28) 7 0 Al-Rustaq
20 3MF Salaah Al-Yahyaei (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 27) 18 2 Dhofar
23 3MF Harib Al-Saadi (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 31) 44 0 Dhofar

4 4FW Arshad Al-Alawi (2000-04-12) 12 April 2000 (age 21) 4 1 Oman
7 4FW Khalid Al-Hajri (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 27) 25 13 Bahla
9 4FW Abdul Aziz Al-Muqbali (1989-04-23) 23 April 1989 (age 32) 85 30 Dhofar
11 4FW Muhsen Al-Ghassani (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 24) 25 6 Al-Seeb
16 4FW Issam Abdallah Al-Sabhi (1997-05-01) 1 May 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Al-Rustaq

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Ahmed Al-Khamisi (1991-11-26) 26 November 1991 (age 29) 1 0 Dhofar vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021
DF Mohammed Al-Musalami (1990-04-27) 27 April 1990 (age 31) 91 3 Dhofar vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021
DF Ali Salim Al-Nahar (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 28) 34 1 Dhofar vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021
MF Abas Al-Hashami (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 30) 0 0 Nizwa Club vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021
MF Yazed Al-Maashani (1998-05-13) 13 May 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Dhofar vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021
MF Yaseen al-Sheyadi (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 27) 26 0 Al-Suwaiq vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021
FW Mohammed Al-Ghafri (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 24) 8 0 Al-Rustaq vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021
FW Omer Al-Maliki (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Dhofar vs.  Indonesia, 29 May 2021

Records


As of 20 June 2021[28]
Players in bold are still active with Oman.

Competition records


World Cup record

FIFA World Cup Finals record World Cup Qualifications record
Hosts / year Result Position Pld W D* L GS GA Squad Pld W D L GS GA
1930 to 1982Did not enter Did not enter
1986Withdrew Withdrew
1990Did not qualify 6024211
1994 6222105
1998 6411142
2002 146444019
2006 6312143
2010 842297
2014 166551210
2018 8422117
2022To be determined
2026
Total 7029192211570

AFC Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup Finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts / year Result Position Pld W D* L GS GA Squad Pld W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1980Not a AFC member Not a AFC member
1984Did not qualify 4112915
1988Withdrew Withdrew
1992Did not qualify 200205
1996 6402235
2000 310244
2004Group stage9th311143Squad 6501242
2007Group stage15th302113Squad 6402146
2011Did not qualify 622244
2015Group stage12th310215Squad 642071
2019Round of 1616th410346Squad 149233912
2023QualifiedSquad 8602166
TotalBest: Round of 165/18133371017 613671814060

Gulf Cup record

Gulf Cup record
YearHost CountryResult Pld W D L GF GA GD Squad
1970 BahrainDid not enter
1972 Saudi Arabia
1974 Kuwait6th place200209–9
1976 Qatar7th place6015321–18
1979 Iraq7th place6006121−20
1982 UAE6th place5005215−13
1984 Oman7th place602439−6
1986 Bahrain7th place6015411–7
1988 Saudi Arabia7th place611439−6
1990 Kuwait4th place403146−2
1992 Qatar6th place5005110–9
1994 UAE6th place502349–5
1996 Oman6th place502327–5
1998 Bahrain4th place5113612−6
2002 Saudi Arabia5th place511357−2
2003 Kuwait4th place622264+2
2004 QatarRunners-Up5311107+3
2007 UAERunners-Up540174+3
2009 OmanChampions532070+7Squad
2010 YemenGroup Stage3030110
2013 BahrainGroup Stage301214−3Squad
2014 Saudi Arabia4th place512275+2Squad
2017 KuwaitChampions531141+3
2019 QatarGroup Stage311134–1
2021 IraqTo be decided
Total22/24Best: Champions10419275881172–91

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
1951Did not participate
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982Withdrew
1986Did not participate
1990
199411th place311144
199811th place52121413
2002–present See Oman national under-23 football team
Total2/1383231817

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1953Did not enter
1957
1961
1965Group stage10th4004245
1976Did not enter
1985
1997Group stage7th302146
1999Group stage8th402227
2007Did not enter
2011Group stage9th201102
TotalGroup stage4/1013058860

Arab Cup

Arab Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1963Did not enter
1964
1966Group stage3003124
1985Did not enter
1988
1992
1998Withdrew
2002Did not enter
2012
2021Qualified
TotalBest: Group stage3003124

Head-to-head record


Updated on 29 May 2021 after match against  Indonesia.[29]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
 Afghanistan3300100+10
 Algeria300316−5
 Australia9135518−13
 Azerbaijan220030+3
 Bahrain441317144151−10
 Bangladesh220072+5
 Belarus100104−4
 Benin110020+2
 Bhutan2200182+16
 Bosnia and Herzegovina100112−1
 Brazil100102−2
 Burkina Faso321062+4
 Bulgaria1010110
 Chile100101−1
 China PR6204614−8
 Chinese Taipei220092+7
 Costa Rica100134−1
 DR Congo1010220
 Ecuador3111220
 Egypt201112−1
 Estonia210143+1
 Finland603327−5
 Gabon110010+1
 Germany100102−2
 Guam211010+1
 Haiti110030+3
 Hong Kong110060+6
 India10730236+17
 Indonesia431062+4
 Iran132471526−11
 Iraq2667132148−27
 Japan12039420−16
 Jordan2046101326−13
 Kazakhstan100113−2
 Kenya523085+3
 Kosovo100101−1
 Kuwait30810122446−22
 Kyrgyzstan220050+5
 Laos2200190+19
 Latvia2101440
 Lebanon1245312120
 Liberia110010+1
 Libya3012338−35
 Macau220060+6
 North Macedonia110020+2
 Maldives9900263+23
 Mali211021+1
 Malaysia6411134+9
 Mauritania1010000
 Morocco1010000
 Mozambique100102−2
 Myanmar330070+7
   Nepal111100431+42
 New Zealand611447−3
 North Korea211043+1
 Norway100112−1
 Palestine320143+1
 Pakistan4310122+10
 Paraguay100101−1
 Philippines3210101+9
 Qatar34610183061−29
 Republic of Ireland3003110−9
 Saudi Arabia2224161142−31
 Senegal430152+3
 Singapore11821267+19
 Slovenia2002011−11
 South Korea6114410−6
 Sri Lanka3210141+13
 Sudan7133620−14
 Sweden100101−1
  Switzerland200226−4
 Syria247892538−13
 Tajikistan6411148+6
 Thailand126151011−1
 Togo100101−1
 Tunisia211021+1
 Turkmenistan5401105+5
 United Arab Emirates33612152445−21
 Uruguay100103−3
 Uzbekistan6402990
 Vietnam220080+8
 Yemen10820183+15
 Zambia312031+2
 Zimbabwe110032+1
Total505185128192647690−43

    See also


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