Qatar men's national handball team


The Qatar national handball team is controlled by the Qatar Handball Association and take part in international handball competitions.

Qatar
Information
AssociationQatar Handball Association
CoachValero Rivera López
Assistant coachRicardo Arcas
Veroljub Kosovac
CaptainWajdi Sinen
Most capsAbdulrazzaq Murad (78)
Ranking#70 (108 points)
Colours
Home
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Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances1 (First in 2016)
Best result8th (2016)
World Championship
Appearances8 (First in 2003)
Best result2nd (2015)
Asian Championship
Appearances15 (First in 1983)
Best result1st (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020)
Last updated on Unknown.
Qatar men's national handball team
Medal record
World Championship
2015 Qatar
Asian Championship
2014 Bahrain
2016 Bahrain
2018 South Korea
2020 Kuwait
2002 Iran
2012 Saudi Arabia
2004 Qatar
2006 Thailand

Honours


Winners: 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020
Winners: 2014, 2018

Results


Summer Olympics

World Championship

Asian Championship

Current squad


Squad for the 2021 World Men's Handball Championship.[1][2]

Head coach: Valero Rivera López

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Mohamed Soussi (1992-07-22) 22 July 1992 (age 28) 1.84 m 7 0 Al-Khor
2 RB Mustafa Alkrad (1987-03-16) 16 March 1987 (age 34) 1.83 m 23 34 Al Arabi
4 P Hassan Mabrouk (1982-07-29) 29 July 1982 (age 38) 1.94 m 58 71 Al-Wakrah
7 LW Ahmad Madadi (1994-08-31) 31 August 1994 (age 26) 1.75 m 62 200 Al Duhail
9 LB Rafael Capote (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 33) 2.00 m 79 308 Al Duhail
10 LB Frankis Carol (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 33) 1.91 m 24 124 Sporting CP
12 GK Danijel Šarić (1977-06-27) 27 June 1977 (age 43) 1.91 m 69 0 Al Duhail
13 GK Mohamed Abidi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30) 1.90 m 24 0 Unattached
19 RW Marwan Sassi (1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 25) 1.83 m 26 60 Unattached
20 P Jovo Damjanović (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 24) 1.99 m 37 101 Al-Rayyan
23 RW Allaedine Berrached (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 27) 1.86 m 57 131 Al Duhail
32 LW Ali Al-Deri (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 31) 1.86 m 11 32 Al-Rayyan
33 CB Houssem Romane (1987-06-11) 11 June 1987 (age 33) 1.85 m 8 22 Al-Rayyan
37 P Yassine Sami (1985-05-01) 1 May 1985 (age 36) 1.91 m 25 23 Al-Wakrah
41 P Youssef Benali (1987-05-28) 28 May 1987 (age 34) 1.93 m 75 231 Al Arabi
44 RB Amine Guehis (1996-03-23) 23 March 1996 (age 25) 1.93 m 46 131 Al Duhail
66 RW Omar Abdelfattah (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 24) 1.78 m 55 97 Al Ahli
81 LW Amor Dhiab (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 24) 1.75 m 39 184 Al-Wakrah
86 CB Mahmoud Hassaballa (1986-11-22) 22 November 1986 (age 34) 1.91 m 90 105 Al Ahli
93 LW Hamidi Ayed (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 27) 1.88 m 37 102 Al Sadd
94 RB Ameen Zakkar (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 26) 1.98 m 65 93 Al-Rayyan

Controversy


2015 World Men's Handball Championship final, Qatar vs France

Player naturalisation

The Qatari national team naturalized a large number of foreign players to their squad for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship.[3]

According to IHF rules, to gain eligibility for a new national team, a player cannot have played for another nation for three years in an official match.[4][5] This allowed several foreign-born players, including Spanish-born Borja Vidal, Goran Stojanović and Jovo Damjanović from Montenegro, and Bertrand Roiné who previously played for France, to play for the Qatar team at the championship.

Head of the Qatar Handball Federation, Ahmed Mohammed Abdulrab Al Shaabi, acknowledged the policy in a statement in June 2013, saying "We're a small nation with limited human resources, so we had to bring players from outside in the past." He also announced an end to the policy at the time, adding however that they "[might] make an exception only in the case of an experienced goalkeeper."[6] In January 2014, Danish sports agent Mads Winther said he had met with "contacts involved with Qatar" regarding the possibility of naturalising Danish players.

The practice was criticised by Austrian goalkeeper Thomas Bauer after his team's loss to Qatar in the quarter-final, saying "It [felt] like playing against a world selection team" and "I think it is not the sense of a world championship."[7] At a press conference during the championship, Qatar head coach Valero Rivera declined to comment on the matter.[7] Spanish player Joan Cañellas did not think it was an issue, saying "If they can do it, why not."[5]

After the controversial semi-final against Poland, and reaching the final as a result, the practice was even more criticised, with players such as Danijel Šarić having now represented four different national teams.[8]

Paid fans

Qatar flew in about 60 Spanish fans to cheer for Qatar during the 2015 World Championship.[9]

Refereeing favouritism

The referees were widely accused of being one-sided in favour of Qatar during its biggest success, 2nd place in the 2015 World Championship. Especially at the last-16 encounter against Austria,[10][11][12] the quarterfinal against Germany[10][13][14] and the semi-final against Poland.[15][16][17][18] After the final whistle, the Polish players showed their disgust by sarcastically applauding the three referees.[19]

References


  1. "منتخبنا الوطني يلعب وديتين امام منتخب الاندية" (in Arabic). qatarhandball.com. 22 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  2. "Team Roster Qatar" (PDF). ihf.info. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  3. "QATAR STOPS NATURALIZING FOREIGN PLAYERS | HC Metalurg Official Website". web.archive.org. 21 January 2015.
  4. "Player Eligibility Code" (PDF). ihf.info. International Handball Federation. p. 5. Retrieved 29 January 2015. They shall not have played in any national team of another country in the three years preceding their first appearance in the national team in an official match.
  5. "Qatar's foreign legion primed for handball date with Germany". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  6. "Al Shaabi says no to further naturalisation". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. "Qatar handball team coach faces questions over foreign players". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  8. "Danijel Sarić - to on "zabrał" Polakom finał MŚ". Onet Sport. 30 January 2015.
  9. "Qatar 'buys' noisy Spanish handball fans". thelocal.es. 16 January 2015.
  10. Team, Fans und Schiris gekauft? (German)
  11. Handball-WM in Katar: Österreich hält sich für verpfiffen (German)
  12. Österreich von Referees und Katar aus WM gekickt (German)
  13. Reaktionen auf deutsches WM-Aus: "Man muss aufpassen, was man sagt" (German)
  14. WM-Aus der deutschen Handballer: "Im Schiedsrichterwesen gibt es Grauzonen" (German)
  15. Sramotno: Pogledajte trenutak kad su srpski suci pretjerali s navlačenjem za Katar (Croatian) Archived 1 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  16. Polský smutek. Katar je ve finále MS v házené, pomohli mu rozhodčí (Czech)
  17. Polska – Katar – czemu Katar awansował? Kontrowersje wokół drużyny gospodarzy, nie byli faworytami (Polish)
  18. Michał Jurecki: Każdy wie, co tutaj się dzieje... (Polish)
  19. "Polacy nagrodzili postawę sędziów ironicznymi brawami". Przegląd Sportowy. 30 January 2015.