Oman national football team

The Oman national football team is the national team of Oman and is controlled by the Oman Football Association. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, Oman have been playing football matches since the 60's. It has never qualified for the World Cup but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004 and 2007, and twice reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final.

World Cup record

Asian Cup record

Gulf Cup of Nations Record

Prior to the new century, Oman struggled greatly in the Gulf Cup, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the Cup was held in Oman. It was about 1998 when Oman took the Gulf Cup seriously, and in the year 2003/2004 Gulf Cups an explosion of new talent emerged like the familiar names of Imad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, and Khalifa Ayil, which made the team very successful. Most recently the national team lost to the U.A.E. in the final, and in the prior competition lost to Qatar in a penalty-kick shootout.
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 U.A.E. 6th place
1984 Oman 7th place
1986 Bahrain 7th place
1988 Saudi Arabia 7th place
1990 Kuwait 4th place
1992 Qatar 6th place
1994 U.A.E. 6th place
1996 Oman 6th place
1998 Bahrain 4th place
2002 Saudi Arabia 5th place
2003 Kuwait 4th place
2004 Qatar 2nd place
2007 U.A.E. 2nd place
2009 Oman to be played

Team Awards and Achievments

Oman have not won many team titles but have gone far in many competitions, like the 1995 U-17 World Championship. For the few trophies the team won, they were in the youth level. The U-17 Team won first place in the 1996 and 2000 AFC U-17 Championship, and third in the '94 tournament. More recent achievements are qualifying for Asian Cups 2004, and 2007. Also receiving second place for the 17th and 18th Gulf Cup of Nations.

Year Team Award Competetion
1994 Oman U-17 Team Won third place trophy AFC U-17 Championship 1994
1995 Oman U-17 Team Won fourth place in tournament 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship
1996 Oman U-17 Team Won first place trophy AFC U-17 Championship 1996
2000 Oman U-17 Team Won first place trophy AFC U-17 Championship 2000
2004 Oman National Team Won second place trophy 17th Gulf Cup of Nations
2007 Oman National Team Won second place trophy 18th Gulf Cup of Nations

Individual Awards

Year Player Award
1995 Mohamed Al Kathiri 1995 Asian Young Footballer of the Year
1995 Mohamed Al Kathiri Golden Ball of 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship
2002 Hani Al Dhabit Golden Shoe of the 15th Gulf Cup
2003 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of the 16th Gulf Cup
2004 Imad Al-Hosni Golden Shoe of the 17th Gulf Cup
2004 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of Norway Award
2004 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of the 17th Gulf Cup
2007 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of the 18th Gulf Cup

Oman in Europe

Many European clubs have been interested in players from Oman. Spanish giants, Valencia were interested in Imad Al-Hosni in 2006, but Imad ended up staying in Qatar with many fellow countrymen. Also goalkeeper, Ali Al-Habsi was in Norway with club, Lyn Oslo, and in 2005 transfered to England, with club, Bolton. Other clubs interested with transfering Al-Habsi are Bayern Munich of Germany, and Turkish club, Galatasaray. Most recently Omani defender, Khalifa Ayil has gained some interest from English giants, Arsenal F.C., but due to his club's decision of not letting him end his contract soon, he was not aloud to take this opportunity. Ayil also went on trail to Spanish club, Celta de Vigo, but returned to the Qatar League with his future unclear.

Current Squad

The following players were called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. (against Thailand on June 22 2008). Please note that the list includes recent call-ups.






Manager From To
Mamadoh Mohammed Al-Khafaji 1974 1976
George Smith 1979 1979
Hamed El-Dhiab 1980 1982
Mansaf El-Meliti 1982 1982
Paulo Heiki 1984 1984
Antônio Clemente 1986 1986
Jorge Vitório 1986 1988
Karl-Heinz Heddergott 1988 1989
Bernd Patzke 1990 1992
Heshmat Mohajerani 1992 1994
Rashid bin Jaber Al-Yafi’i 1995 1996
Mahmoud El-Gohary 1996 1996
Jozef Vengloš 1996 1997
Valdeir Vieira 1998 1999
Carlos Alberto Torres 2000 2001
Bernd Stange 2001 2001
Milan Máčala 2001 2001
Rashid bin Jaber Al-Yafi’i 2002 2002
Milan Máčala 2003 2005
Srečko Juričić 2005 2006
Milan Máčala 2006 2007
Gabriel Calderón 2007 2008
Julio César Ribas 2008 2008
Hamad Al-Azani 2008 2008
Claude Le Roy July 2008

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