Lebanese football team

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Lebanon
Nickname The Cedars
FIFA rankings 81 Stable (December 2018)
Highest ranking 85th (December 1998)
Lowest ranking 178th (Apr-May 2011)
Association FLFA
National coach Liviu Ciobotariu
Top scorer Hassan Maatouk (20)
Matches
First international:
Palestine-Mandate-Ensign-1927-1948.svg Palestine 5–1 Lebanon Lebanese French flag.svg
(Tel Aviv, Palestine; June 27, 1940)
Biggest victory:
Lebanon 11–0 Philippines
(Japan, September 28, 1967)
Biggest defeat:
Iraq 8–0 Lebanon
(Iraq, November 25, 1959)
Qatar 8–0 Lebanon
(Qatar, March 27, 1985)
Asian championship
Performances 1 ( first time: 2000 )
Best result First round (2000)
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The Lebanese national football team is a team of football players that represent Lebanon in international competitions and competitions, such as the qualification matches for the football world cup and the Asian championship and is managed by the FLFA.

Lebanon has never qualified for the World Cup or the Asian Championship through the qualifying rounds. In 2000 it participated as a host country in the final round of the Asian Championship.

History

In 1940, Lebanon played its first international match against Palestine, losing 5-1, in which period Lebanon was still a mandate area of France. In 1972 the country registered for the first time for the Asian championship, the country did not qualify for the final tournament. Between 1976 and 1992, with the exception of the Asian Championship for 1980, the country did not play qualifying matches for international tournaments due to the Lebanese civil war. In 1993, the country played for the first time for qualifying for the World Cup, finishing third in its group behind South Korea and Bahrain. In 2000, Lebanon organized the Asian championship, the tournament started with a 0-4 defeat against Iran, then two draws were made against Iraq and Thailand. For the 2007 qualification, the country was assigned to Kuwait, Bahrain and Australia. The first match against Kuwait ended in a draw, but on 1 August 2006, the AFC announced that Lebanon had applied for a withdrawal and had approved it due to the Israel-Lebanon conflict.

For the 2014 World Cup, Lebanon reached the third round of the qualifying tournament. It started the round with a 6-0 defeat against South Korea, but after victories over United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and South Korea, the country qualified for the first time in the final pool. Iran defeated 1-0, but with five defeats in eight games, the country finished in fifth and last place in its group. For qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the team soon had no chance after home defeats against Kuwait and South Korea. The team finished in second place in its group, but had too few points to continue as one of the best numbers in the Asian zone after the final group. Lebanon did qualify for the Asian championship in 2019. It was the first time in history that the country qualified directly for the final tournament.

Participations in international tournaments

Asian championship

Asian soccer championship overview
Year Round Wed. W G V DV DT Jellyfish
1972 not qualified
1976 Withdrawn
1980 not qualified
1984–1992 No participation
1996 not qualified
2000 Group stage 3 0 2 1 3 7
2004 not qualified
2007 Withdrawn
2011 not qualified
2015 not qualified
2019 Group stage 3 1 0 2 4 5 (Jellyfish.)

Soccer worldcup

World Cup soccer overview
Year Round Wed. W G V DV DT
1986 Withdrawn
1990 No participation
1994 not qualified
1998 not qualified
2002 not qualified
2006 not qualified
2010 not qualified
2014 not qualified
2018 not qualified

West Asian soccer championship

West Asian soccer championship overview
Year Round Wed. W G V DV DT
2000 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 2
2002 Group stage 2 0 0 2 0 3
2004 Group stage 2 0 0 2 1 7
2007 Group stage 2 0 0 2 0 4
2008 No participation
2010
2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 2 3
2014 Group stage 2 0 1 1 0 2

Arab Nations Cup

Arab Nations Cup overview
Year Round Wed. W G V DV DT
1963 Third 4 2 0 2 9 7
1964 Fourth 4 1 1 2 4 5
1966 Fourth 6 3 1 2 11 10
1985 No participation
1988 Group stage 4 1 2 1 2 4
1992 No participation
1998 Group stage 2 0 1 1 1 4
2002 Group stage 4 1 1 2 5 7
2012 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 4

FIFA world ranking

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Famous players

Roda Antar

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