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The Bahraini national football team ( ) is the national team of the Kingdom of Bahrainmarker and is controlled by the Bahrain Football Association. They have never made the World Cup, but have improved greatly during the past few years. Bahrain won the FIFAmarker's most improved team award in 2004, and finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup. The international team was founded in 1951 and joined FIFAmarker in 1966.

Bahrain finished fourth in the 2004 Asian Cup in a very surprising run, beating Uzbekistanmarker in the quarter-finals but losing to Japanmarker in the semi-finals in an exciting encounter which ended 4-3 to Japan, where Bahrain were leading several times. Bahrain then lost to Iranmarker in the third place match, therefore finishing fourth place overall.

After Uzbekistanmarker and Bahrain both finished third in their groups during the World Cup 2006 qualifiers, October 12, 2005, Bahrain entered a two-legged playoff with Uzbekistan, which they won due to away goals with an aggregate score of 1-1. This win allowed Bahrain to enter another two-legged playoff with the fourth placed CONCACAF nation, (Trinidad and Tobago), for a spot in the World Cup. But a 0-1 Bahrain loss in Manamamarker after a 1-1 draw in Port of Spainmarker saw the CONCACAF nation go through, which was greeted with both anger and sadness by Bahraini fans.

Bahrain played in group D in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification group games. Bahrain fielded a side which was essentially the Olympic (under 23) team against Australia, and they lost 2-0. Bahrain qualified for the Asian Cup 2007 after defeating Kuwait in their last match. Bahrain were knocked out in the group stages via two losses against Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, despite a win against Korea Republic.

On January 6, 2007, Bahrain faced Inter Milan in a friendly match which they lost 6-1. Despite the result, the event was greeted with enthusiasm by the whole country.

In the third round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Bahrain were drawn into group B along with Japan, Oman, and Thailand. They went on a great run, with wins against all three teams. They drew Oman 1-1 at home and finished second overall to qualify to the final round.

Having reached the final round, Bahrain finished third place overall in their group, below Australia and Japan, but above Uzbekistan and Qatar. In the 2nd leg of the playoff against Saudi Arabia to decide Asia's fifth best team, Bahrain drew 2-2 with Saudi Arabia after scoring a stunning equaliser in stoppage time which made them go through on away goals, after drawing their home leg 0-0. They went on to play New Zealand in the final playoff in which the victor would qualify for the World Cup. They had hoped to become the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2010, succeeding Trinidad and Tobago for the title. However Bahrain failed to capitalize on home ground advantage with a goalless draw in Manama on 10 October 2009 with several opportunities left begging. That was to prove costly as on 14 November 2009, Bahrain lost the return leg 1-0 in Wellington, suffering the heartbreak of missing out on qualification at the last hurdle for the second time running.



World Cup record

2010 Qualification

Round 1

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st Leg 2nd Leg
4-1 4-1 0-0


Round 3

Group 2





Round 4

Group A





Playoff Round 1

Playoff Round 2

FIFA World Cup (AFC) Qualification Records

FIFA World Cup Asian Qualification Records
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1930 to
1974
Did not enter - - - - - -
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 4 6
1982 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 1 6
1986 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 8 6
1990 Withdrew - - - - - -
1994 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 9 6
1998 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 9
2002 Did not qualify 14 7 4 3 17 13
2006 Did not qualify 16 5 6 5 21 14
2010 Did not qualify 20 7 7 6 19 17
Total 74 26 22 26 82 77

Asian Competitions History

AFC Asian Cup record

Final records

Asian Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1956 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1976 Withdrew - - - - - -
1980 Withdrew after qualifying - - - - - -
1984 Did not enter - - - - - -
1988 Round 1 4 0 2 2 1 3
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1996 Withdrew - - - - - -
2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2004 Fourth place 6 1 3 2 13 14
2007 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 7
2011 To Play - - - - - -
Total 3/14 13 2 5 6 17 24


AFC Qualification records

Asian Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1956 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1976 Withdrew - - - - - -
1980 Withdrew after qualifying - - - - - -
1984 Did not enter - - - - - -
1988 Qualified 4 0 2 2 1 3
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1996 Withdrew - - - - - -
2000 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 6 6
2004 Qualified 6 4 1 1 14 9
2007 Qualified 4 1 1 2 3 6
2011 To Play - - - - - -
Total 3/6 16 8 2 6 23 21


Regional Tournaments

Gulf Cup of Nations

Gulf Cup of Nations record
Gulf Cup of Nations
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1970
2/4
3
1
1
1
3
4
1972
Record Annulled
-
-
-
-
-
-
1974
5/6
2
0
0
2
1
8
1976
4/7
6
3
0
3
9
15
1979
4/7
6
2
2
2
8
9
1982
2/6
5
3
1
1
10
7
1984
5/7
6
1
2
3
3
6
1986
5/7
6
1
4
1
4
5
1988
4/7
6
3
0
3
4
4
1990
3/5
4
1
2
1
1
1
1992
2/6
5
3
0
2
6
4
1994
3/6
5
1
3
1
5
6
1996
5/6
5
0
2
3
4
8
1998
5/6
5
0
3
2
3
6
2002
4/6
5
1
2
2
4
6
2003
2/7
6
4
1
1
13
3
2004
3/8
5
2
2
1
10
6
2007
4/8
4
1
1
2
4
5
2009
Group Stage
3
1
0
2
3
4
Total
Best: 2nd
87
28
26
33
95
107


Arab Nations Cup

Arab Nations Cup record
Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1963 and 1964
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1966
5/5
4
0
1
3
7
22
1985
Runner Up
4
1
2
1
4
3
1988
Group Stage
4
0
3
1
2
3
1992
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1998
Withdrew
-
-
-
-
-
-
2002
Runner Up
6
3
1
2
8
5
2009
Qualifications-on going
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Runner Up
18
4
7
7
21
33


Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against New Zealand on November 14 2009.

Recent Call Ups

Note: Caps and goals may be incomplete for certain players, therefore being inaccurate.


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