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The Kuwait National Football Team is the national team of Kuwaitmarker and is controlled by the Kuwait Football Association. They made one World Cup Finals appearance, in 1982, managing a draw with Czechoslovakia but losing to England and France. During the match against France, France scored a goal while some of the Kuwaiti players had stopped, having heard a whistle. The goal was initially awarded by the referee, who had not blown, but Kuwait walked off the pitch in protest. They eventually resumed playing only after the intervention of Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed and the referee's changing his mind to disallow the French goal.

They have better success contending for the Asian Cup, reaching the finals in 1976 and taking home the winner's trophy in 1980.

Kuwait's 20-0 win over Bhutan in 2000 was at the time the biggest ever win in international football. It was surpassed in 2001, when Australia beat Tonga 22-0. Also in 2000, Kuwait took part at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Kuwait, who last qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1982, were drawn with Iran, Syria and the United Arab Emirates in Group Five. Kuwait ended up last in the group and ended its campaign with a 2-0 defeat in Tehran against Iran.

History

Temporary Suspension

In October 30 2007, Kuwait was suspended by FIFAmarker from all participation in international football, on the grounds of governmental interference in the national football association. The ban lasted less than 2 weeks.

In October 24 2008, Kuwait was again suspended by FIFAmarker from all participation in international football, because of its failure to hold the General Assembly elections by mid-October. . FIFA provisionally lifted its suspension on the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) on December 22, 2008. .

2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Additional information: 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Third Round


Kuwait are in the same FIFA World Cup qualifying group as Iran, Syria and United Arab Emirates. They will play home and away against each of the other three teams in group 5.

Kuwait started their World Cup campaign in Abu Dhabimarker against United Arab Emirates and lost 2-0. Their next game came at home against Iran which ended in a 2-2 draw, Iran were leading by 2 goals in the first 5 minutes. In Round 3, Kuwait lost 1-0 to Syria after dominating nearly all the game. Kuwait first win came at home in round 4 against Syria, Ahmad Ajab scored a hattrick which led Kuwait to a 4-2 victory & kept their chances of making the world cup alive. Kuwait's next game was also at home against United Arab Emirates, the away team up 2-0 at halftime, but in the 2nd half Kuwait leading goalscorer Ahmad Ajab scored 2 goals and was on his way to score the 3rd goal in 90th minute but he was punched by the Emarati goalkeeper and the referee didn't give a penalty and a few second after that UAE scored the third goal and won 3-2. Kuwait ended their campaign with a 2-0 loss against Iran.

Group 5

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12
6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
6 2 2 2 7 8 -1 8
6 1 1 4 8 12 -4 4
 
style="text-align:right;" 2-0 0-0 0-0
style="text-align:right;" 2-2 4-2 2-3
style="text-align:right;" 0-2 1-0 1-1
style="text-align:right;" 0-1 2-0 1-3


2011 AFC Asian Cup

Additional information: 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification


Kuwait are in the same AFC Asian Cup qualifying group as Australia, Indonesia and Oman. They will play home and away against each of the other three teams in Group B.

Group B



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World Cup record



Asian Cup record





*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.


**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


Olympic Games record



Gulf Cup of Nations Record

  • Winners: (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 1998)
  • 2009 - Semi Finals




Coaches

Coaches by Years (1955-2009)

Players

Most capped Kuwaiti players

As of January 25, 2009, the four players with the most caps for Kuwait are:



Current squad

Recent Call Ups

The following players were called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationin 2008.

Previous squads



Records versus other nations

As of 2009-07-08

References



External links



Titles

Team
Pts
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
7 4 2 1 1 4 3 1
7 4 2 1 1 3 2 1
4 4 1 1 2 2 3 -1
3 4 0 3 1 1 2 -1
World Cup record
Year
Round
GP
W
D
L
GS
GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter - - - - - -
1974 to 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1982 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 6
1986 to 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1/19 3 0 1 2 2 6
World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1982
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 1 – 4 Lose
Round 1 0 – 1 Lose
AFC Asian Cup record
Year
Round
GP
W
D*
L
GS
GA
1956 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 Round 1 2 1 0 1 2 5
1976 Runners-Up 4 3 0 1 6 3
1980 Champions 6 4 1 1 13 6
1984 Third Place 6 3 1 2 5 4
1988 Round 1 4 0 3 1 2 3
1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1996 Fourth place 6 2 1 3 9 6
2000 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 3 3
2004 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 7
2007 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 8/14 35 15 8 12 43 37
AFC Asian Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1972
Round 1 2 – 0 Win
Round 1 2 – 1 Win
Round 1 0 – 4 Lose
Year Round Score Result
1976
Round 1 2 – 0 Win
Round 1 1– 0 Win
SemiFinal 3– 2(a.e.t.) Win
Final 0 – 1 Lose
Year Round Score Result
1980
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 3 – 1 Win
Round 1 0 – 3 Lose
Round 1 4 – 0 Win
SemiFinal 2 – 1 Win
Final 3 – 0 Win
Year Round Score Result
1984
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Round 1 3 – 1 Win
Round 1 0– 1 Lose
Semifinals 0 – 1 Lose
Third place 1(4) – 1(3) Win*
Year Round Score Result
1988
Round 1 0–0 Draw
Round 1 0–0 Draw
Round 1 0– 1 Lose
Round 1 2–2 Draw
Year Round Score Result
1996
Round 1 2 –2 Draw
Round 1 2 –3 Lose
Round 1 2 – 0 Win
Quarterfinals 2– 0 Win
Semifinals 0 – 1 Lose
Third place 1(2) – 1(3) Lose*
Year Round Score Result
2000
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Round 1 1 –0 Win
Round 1 0–0 Draw
Quarterfinals 2 –3 (a.e.t.) Lose
Year Round Score Result
2004
Round 1 3 –1 Win
Round 1 0– 2 Lose
Round 1 0 – 4 Lose
Olympic Games
Year
Round
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
1900 to 1956 Did not enter - - - - - -
1960 to 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1980 Quarterfinals 4 1 2 1 5 4
1984 to 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1992 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 6
1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2000 Round 1 3 1 0 2 6 8
2004 to 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total Quarterfinal 10 2 2 6 12 18
Olympic Games History
Year Round Score Result
1980
Round 1 3 – 1 Win
Round 1 1– 1 Draw
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Quarterfinals 1– 2 Lose
Year Round Score Result
1992
Round 1 0– 2 Lose
Round 1 1 – 3 Lose
Round 1 0 – 1 Lose
Year Round Score Result
2000
Round 1 2 – 3 Lose
Round 1 3 – 2 Win
Round 1 1 – 3 Lose
Year Host Country Place
1970 Bahrainmarker Champion
1972 Saudi Arabiamarker Champion
1974 Kuwaitmarker Champion
1976 Qatarmarker Champion
1979 Iraqmarker Runners Up
1982 U.A.E.marker Champion
1984 Omanmarker 6th place
1986 Bahrainmarker Champion
1988 Saudi Arabiamarker 5th place
1990 Kuwaitmarker Champion
1992 Qatarmarker 5th place
1994 U.A.E.marker 5th place
1996 Omanmarker Champion
1998 Bahrainmarker Champion
2002 Saudi Arabiamarker 4th place
2003 Kuwaitmarker 6th place
2004 Qatarmarker 4th place
2007 U.A.E.marker 1st Round
2009 Omanmarker SemiFinal
#
Name
Career
Caps
1
Bashar Abdullah
1996 - 2008
134
2
Wael Sulaiman Al-Habashi
1986 - 1996
109
Nohair Al-Shammari
1996 - 2009
109
4
Jamal Mubarak
1994 - 2004
108
Name
DOB
Club
Caps (goals)
Most Recent Call Up
Goalkeepers
Khaled Al Fadhli May 15, 1974 (age 34) Al-Kuwait Club N/A v Syria, June 2, 2008
Nawaf Al Khaldi May 25, 1981 (age 27) Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v Syria, June 8, 2008
Defenders
Nohayer Al Shammari July 12, 1976 (age 32) Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Ahmad Al Eidan October 1, 1982 (age 25) Al-Salmiya Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Yousef Al Youha September 2, 1979 (age 28) Al-Kuwait Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Fahad Shaheen February 26, 1985 (age 23) Al-Kuwait Club N/A v Syria, June 8, 2008
Khaled Al Shammari January 2, 1977 (age 31) Kazma Club N/A v Syria, June 8, 2008
Midfielders
Abdulrahman Mussa December 4, 1981 (age 26) Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Ebraheem Shehab January 20, 1986 (age 22) Al-Kuwait Club N/A v Iran, March 26, 2008
Strikers
Bader Al Mutwa January 10, 1985 (age 23) Al-Qadisiya Club N/A v Iran, March 26, 2008
Fahad Al Hamad December 1, 1983 (age 24) Kazma Club N/A v UAE, February 6, 2008
Nation
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
1
0
0
1
0
1
-1
1
1
0
0
3
1
+2
9
5
1
3
9
6
+3
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
32
16
8
8
42
27
+15
2
2
0
0
6
1
+5
1
1
0
0
20
0
+20
4
0
2
2
5
8
-3
1
0
0
1
0
4
-4
15
5
4
6
13
16
-3
1
0
0
1
0
2
-2
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
2
0
1
1
2
3
-1
1
0
0
1
0
3
-3
7
1
3
3
8
10
-2
1
0
0
1
0
1
-1
6
1
2
3
4
6
-2
2
0
0
2
1
5
-4
1
0
0
1
0
7
-7
7
6
1
0
18
4
+14
7
1
4
2
3
4
-1
2
1
0
1
8
4
+4
4
1
2
1
8
4
+4
27
6
9
12
26
34
-8
23
5
6
12
23
35
-12
5
4
0
1
8
2
+6
10
6
2
2
18
8
+10
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
3
0
0
8
0
+8
1
1
0
0
2
0
+2
20
10
5
5
34
25
+9
2
0
1
1
2
5
-3
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
2
2
0
0
18
1
+17
12
8
2
2
29
8
+21
3
3
0
0
14
4
+10
1
1
0
0
11
0
+11
4
0
0
4
1
10
-9
4
3
0
1
12
5
+7
4
4
0
0
21
0
+21
3
1
1
1
5
8
-3
8
3
4
1
12
7
+5
20
9
2
9
20
25
-5
3
1
2
0
4
3
+1
22
11
8
3
44
13
+31
3
3
0
0
6
0
+6
3
2
1
0
9
4
+5
2
0
1
1
1
3
-2
2
0
1
1
1
9
-8
35
17
6
12
54
34
+20
33
10
11
12
37
37
0
9
6
2
1
18
6
+12
2
0
1
1
1
3
-2
1
1
0
0
2
1
+1
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
27
10
7
10
40
32
+8
1
1
0
0
3
0
+3
8
5
0
3
22
12
+10
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
2
0
0
2
1
4
-3
4
3
1
0
12
3
+9
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
33
14
6
13
61
37
+24
1
0
0
1
0
2
-2
3
1
1
1
7
7
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
-1
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
7
5
2
0
18
2
+16
1
1
0
0
2
1
+1
1
1
0
0
3
0
+3
Totals
471
204
117
150
766
512
+254

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