Qatar National football Team, the maroon
Qatar officially joined Fifa in 1970 but the beautiful game found its way to the area much earlier. The history of football for Qatar can be traced back to the 1940’s when oil workers would play matches in between working oil reserves. The game stuck which lead to the formation of the Qatar Football Association “QFA’ in 1960. After joining Fifa Qatar finally played its first sanctioned game on March 27th 1970 against Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf Cup which they lost 1-2. They ultimately placed last in this tournament but found some success a few years later taking 3rd place in the tournament.
The 90’s was good to Qatar in terms of their football. They achieved their highest ever Fifa ranking coming at 53rd in the world ranking. They finished 1st in their world cup qualifying group but narrowly missed out on the tournament. They finally won the Gulf Cup tournament 1992 on home soil and claimed 2nd place in 1996 as well as 1990.
- Leading goal scorer is Sebastian Soria
- Hassan Al-Haydos is the most capped player for The Maroon with 163 total appearances