Syria national football team


Syria
Nickname(s)Nosour Qasioun[1]
(Arabic: نسور قاسيون, lit.'Qasioun Eagles')
AssociationSyrian Arab Federation for Football
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
UAFA (Arab world)
Head coachNizar Mahrous
CaptainOmar Al Soma
Most capsMaher Al-Sayed (109)
Top scorerFiras Al Khatib (36)
Home stadiumAbbasiyyin Stadium
Aleppo International Stadium
FIFA codeSYR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 79 (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest73 (June–August 2018)
Lowest152 (September 2014, March 2015)
First international
 Lebanon 1–2 Syria
(Beirut, Lebanon; 19 April 1942)[3]
Biggest win
Syria 13–0 Oman
(Cairo, Egypt; 6 September 1965)
Biggest defeat
 Greece 8–0 Syria
(Athens, Greece; 25 November 1949)
 Egypt 8–0 Syria
(Alexandria, Egypt; 16 October 1951)
Asian Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1980)
Best resultGroup stage (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011 and 2019)
WAFF Championship
Appearances8 (first in 2000)
Best resultChampions (2012)

The Syria national football team (Arabic: منتخب سوريا لكرة القدم) represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Arab Federation for Football, the governing body for football in Syria. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup finals but did reach the fourth qualification round in 2018. The team is currently banned by FIFA from playing at home, as they have not hosted a game since December 2010.[4]

History


Syria participated in the 1950 and 1958 World Cup qualifiers, one of the first teams in the region to do so. Between 1958 and 1961, the team combined with Egypt to form the United Arab Republic national football team, although the team's records are attributed only to Egypt by FIFA. In the 1966 World Cup qualifiers they were one of two teams from the Asian zone (the other being Israel) to be allocated to the European qualifying zone and were originally placed with Spain and the Republic of Ireland. However, they joined the Asian and African boycott of the 1966 qualifiers, due to the decision of FIFA to allocate just one place between Asia and Africa.

Syria has never qualified for the World Cup. The farthest they've gone in qualification was in the 1986 qualifiers when they reached the final qualifying round only to lose to Iraq. They were disqualified from the 2014 World Cup due to the use of an ineligible player.[5]

In December 2012, Syria beat Iraq in the final of West Asia Cup to collect its first major trophy. Syria has, however, competed in six Asian Cups, the last being 2019, but on each occasion were eliminated at the group stage.

Ever since civil war broke out in the country, Syria have been banned from playing home games in their own country and in fact were one day away from being thrown out of the 2018 World Cup only for Malaysia to swoop in at the last minute and offer to host all of Syria's home games. Syria had a large upturn in fortune as they made it to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round but were eliminated by Australia 3–2 on aggregate.[6]

Kit suppliers


Kit supplier Period Notes
Diadora 2007–2011
Adidas 2012–2013
Lotto 2014–2016
Jako 2017–2020
Uhlsport 2021–

Schedule and recent results


  Win   Draw   Loss


2020

12 November 2020 Friendly Syria  1–0  Uzbekistan Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium
16 November 2020 Friendly Syria  0–1  Jordan Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium

2021

25 March 2021 Friendly Bahrain  3–1  Syria Riffa, Bahrain
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
30 March 2021 Friendly Iran  3–0  Syria Tehran, Iran
Stadium: Azadi Stadium
4 June 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Maldives  0–4  Syria Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
20:00 UTC+4 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Sharjah Stadium
Referee: Ammar Ali Al Jneibi (UAE)
7 June 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Guam  0–3  Syria Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
18:00 UTC+4 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Sharjah Stadium
Referee: Khalid Saleh Alturais (Saudi Arabia)
15 June 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification China PR  3–1  Syria Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
21:00 UTC+4
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Sharjah Stadium
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
2 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Iran  v  Syria
11 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Iraq  v  Syria
3 December 2021 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Syria  v  Tunisia Qatar
6 December 2021 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Syria  v  Mauritania Qatar

2022

Coaching staff


Current coaching staff

Manager history

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Vinzenz Dittrich 1951
Francisc Mészáros 1954
József Albert 1956–1959 1957 Pan Arab Games winners
Miklós Vadas 1960–1965
Cornel Drăgușin 1965–1966
Ezzat Abdel-Wahab 1969
Moussa Shammas 1980
Avedis Kavlakian 1983–1985
Valeriy Yaremchenko 1985–1987 1987 Mediterranean Games winners
Anatoliy Azarenkov 1986–1990
Anatoliy Azarenkov 1992
Virgil Dridea 1992–1993
Yuri Kurnenin 1995-1996
Kevork Mardikian 1997
Mircea Rădulescu 1997–1998
Moussa Shammas March 1999 – September 1999
Dragoslav Popović September 1999 – February 2000
Dragoslav Sridović March 2000 – April 2000
Božidar Vukotić March 2001 – October 2001
Jalal Talebi November 2001 – September 2002 10 9 0 1
Janusz Wójcik March 2003 – August 2003
Božidar Vukotić September 2003 – November 2003
Ahmed Rifaat December 2003 – November 2004
Nizar Mahrous November 2004 – 2005
Miloslav Radenović 2005 – August 2006
Fajr Ibrahim 5 August 2006 – February 2008 24 13 5 6
Mohammad Kwid 10 May 2008 – 20 August 2008 8 4 0 4
Fajr Ibrahim 13 November 2008 – 13 September 2010 28 13 9 6
Ayman Hakeem (Interim) 14 September 2010 – 20 December 2010 5 2 1 2
Ratomir Dujković 28 October 2010 – 8 December 2010 1 1 0 0
Valeriu Tiţa 21 December 2010 – 9 February 2011 6 1 0 5
Claude Le Roy 16 April 2011 – 4 May 2011 0 0 0 0
Nizar Mahrous 22 May 2011 – 18 August 2011 7 5 2 0
Marwan Khoury 7 July 2012 – 30 August 2012 4 1 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed 21 October 2012 – 10 April 2013 8 2 3 3 2012 WAFF Championship winners
Anas Makhlouf 13 April 2013 – 23 October 2013 3 0 1 2
Hussam Al Sayed (Interim) 9 November 2013 – 20 November 2013 3 1 0 2
Ahmad Al Shaar 13 February 2014 – 5 March 2014 1 0 0 1
Muhannad Al Fakeer 18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015 2 2 0 0
Fajr Ibrahim 6 January 2015 – 29 March 2016 14 10 1 3
Ayman Hakeem 9 May 2016 – 20 November 2017 21 6 11 4
Bernd Stange 31 January 2018 – 10 January 2019 11 3 5 3
Fajr Ibrahim 10 January 2019 – 31 December 2019 17 7 3 7
Nabil Maâloul 11 March 2020 – 15 June 2021 7 3 0 4
Nizar Mahrous 7 July 2021 – 0 0 0 0

Players


Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches against Maldives on 4 June 2021 and Guam on 7 June 2021 and China on 15 June 2021.
Caps and goals updated as of 15 June 2021, after the match against China.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ibrahim Alma (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 29) 64 0 Al-Horjelah
1GK Ahmad Madania (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 31) 10 0 Tishreen
1GK Taha Mosa (1987-05-24) 24 May 1987 (age 34) 5 0 Al-Wahda
1GK Khaled Ibrahim (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Al-Jaish

2DF Moayad Ajan (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 28) 60 1 Al-Riffa
2DF Omar Midani (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 27) 47 1 Al-Ittihad Alexandria
2DF Hussein Jwayed (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 28) 31 0 Hutteen
2DF Fares Arnaout (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 24) 10 0 Al-Muharraq
2DF Youssef Al Hamwi (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 24) 9 0 Tishreen
2DF Khaled Kurdaghli (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 24) 9 0 Tishreen
2DF Youssef Mohammad (1999-06-26) 26 June 1999 (age 22) 7 0 Al-Ahli
2DF Momen Naji (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 24) 4 0 Al-Shorta
2DF Abdulrazzak Al Mohammad (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 26) 3 0 Tishreen

3MF Mahmoud Al-Mawas (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 28) 73 15 Botoșani
3MF Osama Omari (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 29) 37 6 Al-Hidd
3MF Mohammad Marmour (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 25) 22 3 Mesaimeer
3MF Ahmed Ashkar (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 24) 18 0 Al-Hidd
3MF Ward Al Salama (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 27) 17 1 Al-Manama
3MF Mohammad Anz (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 26) 12 0 Al-Ittihad
3MF Aias Aosman (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 26) 11 2 Ionikos
3MF Kamel Hmeisheh (1998-07-23) 23 July 1998 (age 22) 11 0 Tishreen
3MF Thaer Krouma (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 31) 10 0 Al-Najma
3MF Mohammad Al Hallak (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 22) 5 0 Al-Manama
3MF Mohamad Rihanieh (2001-12-26) 26 December 2001 (age 19) 5 0 Al-Ittihad
3MF Simon Amin (1997-11-13) 13 November 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Trelleborgs

4FW Mardik Mardikian (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 29) 37 6 Al-Faisaly
4FW Alaa Al Dali (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24) 5 0 Al-Arabi
4FW Mahmoud Al Baher (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Al-Riffa

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Shaher Al Shaker (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Al-Karamah v.  Iran, 30 March 2021

DF Ahmad Al Saleh (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 31) 54 2 Al-Arabi v.  Maldives, 4 June 2021 INJ
DF Amro Jenyat (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 28) 29 1 Al-Karamah v.  Iran, 30 March 2021
DF Abdullah Al Shami (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 27) 10 0 Al-Fahaheel v.  Bahrain, 25 March 2021 WD

MF Maher Daaboul (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 27) 3 0 Mesaimeer v.  Maldives, 4 June 2021 INJ
MF Mohammed Osman (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 27) 14 1 Al-Kharaitiyat v.  Iran, 30 March 2021
MF Khaled Al Mobayed (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 28) 38 4 Al-Wahda v.  Bahrain, 25 March 2021 INJ

FW Omar Al Somah (1989-03-28) 28 March 1989 (age 32) 26 15 Al-Ahli v.  Maldives, 4 June 2021 INJ
FW Abdulrahman Barakat (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Al-Muharraq v.  Maldives, 4 June 2021 INJ
FW Mohammad Malta (2000-09-14) 14 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Tishreen v.  Jordan, 16 November 2020
FW Omar Kharbin (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 27) 44 18 Al Wahda v.  Uzbekistan, 12 November 2020

SUS Player suspended.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from the national team.
WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.

Previous squads

Asian Cup

Player records


As of 4 June 2021[7]
Players in bold are still active with Syria.

Most capped players

Mosab Balhous is Syria's third most-capped player with 86 caps.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Maher Al-Sayed 109 29 1999–2013
2 Ali Diab 97 4 2004–2013
3 Mosab Balhous 86 0 2006–2016
4 Raja Rafe 84 32 2002–2015
5 Tarek Jabban 83 5 1996–2007
6 Nizar Mahrous 76 12 1985–1993
7 George Khouri 74 8 1982–1989
8 Firas Al-Khatib 72 36 2001–2019
Mahmoud Al-Mawas 72 15 2012–present
10 Feras Esmaeel 69 5 2002–2011

Top goalscorers

Firas Al-Khatib is Syria's all-time record goalscorer with 36 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Firas Al-Khatib 36 72 0.5 2001–2019
2 Raja Rafe 32 84 0.38 2006–2016
3 Maher Al-Sayed 29 109 0.27 1999–2013
4 Said Bayazid 24 24 1 1997–2001
5 Zyad Chaabo 22 49 0.45 2001–2010
6 Omar Kharbin 18 43 0.42 2012–present
7 Omar Al Somah 15 26 0.58 2012–present
Mohamed Al-Zeno 15 44 0.34 2004–2011
Mahmoud Al-Mawas 15 72 0.21 2012–present
10 Avedis Kavlakian 14 1953–1966

Competition records


Syria national football team in Tehran – 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Did not enter
1934
1938
1950 Withdrew 1 0 0 1 0 7
1954 Did not enter Did not enter
1958 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
1962 Withdrew Withdrew
1966
1970 Did not enter Did not enter
1974 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 6 6
1978 Withdrew 4 1 0 3 2 6
1982 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 2 7
1986 8 4 3 1 8 4
1990 4 2 1 1 7 5
1994 6 3 3 0 14 4
1998 5 2 1 2 27 5
2002 6 4 1 1 40 6
2006 6 2 2 2 7 7
2010 10 6 2 2 23 10
2014 Disqualified 2 0 0 2 0 6
2018 Did not qualify 20 9 5 6 36 22
2022 To be determined 8 7 0 1 22 7
2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/23 92 43 20 29 196 104
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

AFC Asian Cup

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record Olympic Games qualification record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
1900 to 1968 Did not enter
1972Did not qualify201101
1976Did not enter
1980Round 1301208420231
1984Did not qualify6213610
1988200205
1992 to present See Syria national under-23 team See Syria national under-23 team
Total0 Titles30120814428917
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

WAFF Championship

WAFF Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
2000Runners-up521252
2002Fourth place411256
2004Runners-up4112613
2007Semi-finals320123
2008Semi-finals311123
2010Group stage201123
2012Champions422053
2014Withdrew
2019Group stage402257
2021Qualified
Total1 Title2999113240
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
1963Runners-up430194
1964Did not enter
1966Runners-up531194
1985Did not enter
1988Runners-up622255
1992Fourth place403123
1998Group stage200216
2002Group stage420286
2012Did not enter
2021Qualified
Total0 Titles2510693428
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
1953Runners-up311135
1957Champions5221126
1961Did not enter
1965Group stage4202208
1976Third place631264
1985Group stage200204
1992Fourth place403123
1997Runners-up540195
1999Group stage404055
2007Did not enter
2011Withdrew
2023To be determined
2027
Total1 Title331211105740
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Mediterranean Games

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
1951Third place2002012
1955Fourth place3003010
1959Did not enter
1963Group stage3003110
1967Did not enter
1971Group stage300314
1975Did not enter
1979
1983Group stage200202
1987Champions5410133
1991 to present See Syria national under-20 team
Total1 Title1841131541

Asian Games

Asian Games record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
1951Did not enter
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982Group stage302135
1986Did not enter
1990
1994
1998
2002 to present See Syria national under-23 team
Total0 Titles301235
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

West Asian Games

West Asian Games record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
1997Runners-up
2002Third place[8]413054
2005Runners-up413075
Total0 Titles8260129
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Head-to-head record


Honours


Winners (1): 2012
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2004
Fourth place (1): 2002
Semi-finals (2): 2007, 2008
Runners-up (3): 1963, 1966, 1988
Fourth place (3): 1992
Winners (1): 1957
Runners-up (2): 1953, 1997
Third place (1): 1976
Fourth place (1): 1992
Winners (1): 1987
Third place (1): 1951
Fourth place (1): 1955
Runners-up (2): 1997, 2005
Third place (1): 2002

See also


References


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