Oman national football team

Oman national football team
سلطنة عُمان
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al-Ahmar
(The Red)
Al-Khanajar Al-Omania
(The Omani Daggers)
Al-Halwa Al-Omania
(The Sweet of Oman)
Al-Samba Al-Khaleejia
(Sambas of the Gulf)
Association Oman Football Association
Confederation AFC
Head coach Paul Le Guen
Asst coach Hamad Al-Azani
Captain Mohamed Rabia (2004–Present)
Most caps Sulaiman Al-Mazroui
Top scorer Hani Al-Dhabit
Home stadium Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
FIFA ranking 93
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (August 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 117 (July 2003)
Elo ranking 87
Highest Elo ranking 50 (December 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 174 (March 1984)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Sudan 15 – 0 Oman Flag of Muscat.svg
(Cairo, Egypt; September 2, 1965) [1]
Biggest win
 Oman 12 – 0 Laos 
(Muscat, Oman; April 30, 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Libya 21 – 0 Muscat and Oman Flag of Muscat.svg
(Iraq; April 1, 1966)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2004)
Best result 1st Round

The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عمان لكرة القدم‎) is the national team of Oman. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the squad was formed long before, and has established a proper football association in only December, 2005. The team is controlled by the Oman Football Association.



Prior to the turn of the 21st century, Oman's senior team have generally finished in last place in all competitions in which competed in. Oman nowadays exports players from England to Belgium, and Saudi Arabia, to Qatar. Former Omani captain, Hani Al-Dhabit was awarded the RSSSF 2001 World Top Scorer, with 22 goals;[1] the most goals scored by a player who won the World Top Scorer award to date, and also being the third Arab to win the award, as well as being the first Omani.[2]

The senior team has never qualified for the World Cup, but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004 and 2007, and reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and won it on its third attempt as hosts.


World Cup record

Asian Cup record

Gulf Cup of Nations performance

Prior to the new millennium, Oman generally struggled in the Gulf Cup of Nations, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the cup was held in Oman. It was about 1998 when the national team began to increase its performance, and in the 2003/2004 Gulf Cups new talent emerged like the familiar names of Imad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Badr Al-Maimani, and Khalifa Ayil which made the team more successful. In the 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations held in Saudi Arabia, Oman had once again finished in an unimpressive 5th place, but under the captaincy of Dhofar F.C.'s Hani Al-Dhabit, Oman had accomplished something never before done in the history of Oman in the Gulf Cup, defeating 9-time winners,[3] Kuwait. The match ended 3–1 with captain Hani Al-Dhabit scoring a hat-trick. As well as the three goals on Kuwait, Al-Dhabit netted a goal on Bahrain, and a consolation goal against a 2–1 Qatar.[4] At the end of the competition, Hani Al-Dhabit was the only Omani to score any goals, and was awarded the "Top Goal Scorer" of the competition, with a total of 5 goals.[5]

During the 2004 Gulf Cup in Doha Oman reached the final for the first time in the team's history, which was eventually lost to Qatar in a penalty shootout. Imad Al-Hosni was awarded the "Top Goal Scorer" of the competition with a total of 4 goals.[6]

In the 2007 Gulf Cup, the national team reached the final for a second consecutive time and lost to hosts, U.A.E. 1–0 in Abu Dhabi. Although losing to the Emirates in the final, Oman had maintained an undefeated record throughout the competition dis-including the final.[7] Once again Ali Al-Habsi had received the "Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup"[8] for the third consecutive time in a row; the most won by a goalkeeper in the 40 years of the Gulf Cup tournament. Oman had tied U.A.E. in goalscoring with 9 goals each after the competition.[9]

Eventually after losing twice in the Gulf Cup final consecutively, Oman had managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations tournament as hosts, while defeating regional giants, Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout 5–6. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition.[10] The competition in Muscat was the first for Hassan Rabia, and despite this he managed to score 4 goals resulting in him receiving the "Top Goal Scorer" award.[11] Ali Al-Habsi also received the fourth consecutive "Best Goalkeeper Award" expanding his record further.[12]

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  UAE 6th place
1984  Oman 7th place
1986  Bahrain 7th place
1988  Saudi Arabia 7th place
1990  Kuwait 4th place
1992  Qatar 6th place
1994  UAE 6th place
1996  Oman 6th place
1998  Bahrain 4th place
2002  Saudi Arabia 5th place
2003  Kuwait 4th place
2004  Qatar 2nd place
2007  UAE 2nd place
2009  Oman 1st place
2010  Yemen Group Stage

2014 World Cup qualification

Additional information: 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
Group D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
 Thailand 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
 Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2
 Oman 3 0 1 2 0 6 -6 1


Recent Results


Due to a pitch invasion, the match was abandoned after 45+2 minutes with Oman leading 2–0; FIFA confirmed that the result at the time of the interruption of the match is final.[13]

Upcoming Fixtures


Team awards and achievements

Oman have not won many team titles. What they have achieved, though, is qualifying for Asian Cups 2004, and 2007. However, they were eliminated during the first round. Oman received the 2009 Gulf Cup title in Muscat.

Oman vs. Australia
Facing Thailand
Oman performing in the 2007 Asian Cup
Year Award Competition
2004 Won second place trophy 17th Gulf Cup of Nations
2007 Won second place trophy 18th Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 Won first place trophy 19th Gulf Cup of Nations
2009 Won fair play team award 19th Gulf Cup of Nations

Individual awards

Year Player Award
1984 Ghulam Khamis Best Player of the 1984 Gulf Cup.
2001 Hani Al-Dhabit World's top goal scorer of 2001
2002 Hani Al-Dhabit Top goal scorer 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
2009 Ali Al-Habsi Best Goalkeeper of the 19th Gulf Cup
2009 Hassan Rabia Top Scorer of the 19th Gulf Cup


Current squad

The following 23 players started for the match against Australia on November 11, 2011 in Muscat, Oman.[14]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Ali Al-Habsi December 30, 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 29) 65 0 England Wigan Athletic
18 GK Faiz Al-Rushaidi July 19, 1988 (1988-07-19) (age 23) 2 0 Oman Muscat
22 GK Mohammed Huwaidi January 27, 1984 (1984-01-27) (age 27) 14 0 Oman Al Oruba Sur
5 DF Mohammed Al-Sheiba September 27, 1989 (1989-09-27) (age 22) 27 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda
6 DF Abdulrahman Saleh September 8, 1986 (1986-09-08) (age 25) 16 0 Oman Al Masn'aa
11 DF Saad Suhail September 6, 1987 (1987-09-06) (age 24) 24 0 Oman Fanja SC
13 DF Abdul Salam Al-Mukhaini April 20, 1990 (1990-04-20) (age 21) 3 0 Oman Al Oruba Sur
2 MF Eid Al-Farsi January 31, 1987 (1987-01-31) (age 24) 7 0 Oman Al Oruba Sur
4 MF Nasser Sulaiman August 24, 1976 (1976-08-24) (age 35) 0 0 Oman Saham
7 MF Hussain Al-Hadhri May 21, 1990 (1990-05-21) (age 21) 11 1 Oman Dhofar
8 MF Qasim Said January 1, 1985 (1985-01-01) (age 26) 24 1 Oman Al-Nasr
10 MF Fawzi Bashir May 6, 1984 (1984-05-06) (age 27) 98 23 United Arab Emirates Bani Yas
12 MF Ahmed Mubarak February 23, 1985 (1985-02-23) (age 26) 63 6 Kuwait Al Naser SC
21 MF Ahmed Hadid July 18, 1984 (1984-07-18) (age 27) 70 7 Qatar Al-Jaish
23 MF Mohammed Al-Mukhaini December 2, 1982 (1982-12-02) (age 28) 17 0 Oman Dhofar
3 FW Badar Al-Maimani July 16, 1984 (1984-07-16) (age 27) 51 14 Oman Muscat
9 FW Yaqoob Abdul-Karim September 4, 1985 (1985-09-04) (age 26) 5 1 Oman Saham
14 FW Hassan Rabia February 1, 1984 (1984-02-01) (age 27) 31 7 Oman Al Shabab
15 FW Ismail Al-Ajmi June 9, 1984 (1984-06-09) (age 27) 48 8 Kuwait Kuwait SC
16 FW Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali February 20, 1990 (1990-02-20) (age 21) 2 0 Oman Dhofar
17 FW Humaid Al-Gheilan October 18, 1987 (1987-10-18) (age 24) 1 0 Oman Al-Tal'aa Sur
19 FW Hamoud Al-Saadi March 5, 1992 (1992-03-05) (age 19) 2 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
20 FW Imad Al-Hosni July 18, 1984 (1984-07-18) (age 27) 68 25 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli

Recent Callups

These are players on the squad, but did not start vs Australia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Sulaiman Al Mazroui September 13, 1972 (1972-09-13) (age 39) 0 0 Oman Muscat
DF Hassan Mudhafar June 26, 1980 (1980-06-26) (age 31) 71 5 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittifaq
DF Mohamed Al-Noobi May 10, 1981 (1981-05-10) (age 30) 68 0 Oman Dhofar
DF Rashid Al-Farsi March 21, 1989 (1989-03-21) (age 22) 4 0 Oman Al Oruba Sur
DF Mohammed Al-Maslami April 20, 1990 (1990-04-20) (age 21) 2 0 Oman Al Shabab
DF Fahad Al-Jalabubi August 14, 1990 (1990-08-14) (age 21) 7 0 Oman Al-Suwaiq
DF Abdulrahman Al-Alawi September 8, 1986 (1986-09-08) (age 25) 15 0 Oman Al Masn'aa
DF Nasser Al-Shimli February 15, 1989 (1989-02-15) (age 22) 4 0 Oman Al-Nahda
MF Juma Al-Mashri September 29, 1984 (1984-09-29) (age 27) 12 0 Oman Al Oruba Sur
MF Mohammed Al-Ghassani April 1, 1985 (1985-04-01) (age 26) 6 0 Oman Al-Nahda
MF Ali Al-Jabri January 29, 1990 (1990-01-29) (age 21) 7 0 Oman Al-Nahda
FW Mansoor Al-Nuaimi March 20, 1990 (1990-03-20) (age 21) 10 0 Oman Al-Nahda

Former players

Former squads

Oman Statistics

As on 16th August, 2011[15]

Played Win Draw Loss
924 316 306 302


Manager Years as manager
Egypt Mamadoh Mohammed Al-Khafaji 1974-1976
England George Smith (Manager) 1979
Tunisia Hamed El-Dhiab 1980-1982
Tunisia Mansaf El-Meliti 1982
Brazil Paulo Heiki 1984
Brazil Antônio Clemente 1986
Brazil Jorge Vitório 1986-1988
Germany Karl-Heinz Heddergott 1988-1989
Germany Bernd Patzke 1990-1992
Iran Heshmat Mohajerani 1992-1994
Oman Rashid Jaber Al-Yafi’i 1995-1996
Egypt Mahmoud El-Gohary 1996
Slovakia Jozef Vengloš 1996-1997
England Ian Porterfield 1997
Iran Homayoun Shahrokhi 1997-1998
Brazil Valdeir Vieira 1998-1999
Brazil Carlos Alberto Torres 2000-2001
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2001
Germany Bernd Stange 2001
Oman Rashid Jaber Al-Yafi’i 2002
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2003-2005
Croatia Srečko Juričić 2005-2006
Oman Hamad Al-Azani 2006
(caretaker role)
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 2006-2007
Argentina Gabriel Calderón 2007-2008
Uruguay Julio César Ribas 2008
Oman Hamad Al-Azani 2008
(caretaker role)
France Claude Le Roy 2008-2010
Oman Hamad Al-Azani Jan 2010
(in charge of friendlies during Le Roy absence)
France Paul Le Guen June 2011-

Kits and sponsorships

The well-known "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 current suppliers, Adidas.

The national team has signed a contract in 2006 with Gulf Air,[16][17] the deal which ended abruptly in early 2008 was replaced with a signed sponsorship by Omantel's Oman Mobile.

Period Kit Manufacturer
1978 Puma
1996 Puma
−1998 Grand Sport
1998–2005 Grand Sport
2005 Umbro
2005–2008 Lotto
2008– Adidas


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