Jordan national football team
The Jordanian national football team's first international match was played in 1953 in Egypt
where the team were defeated by Syria 3–1. The first FIFA World Cup
Qualifiers Jordan took part in was the 1986 qualifiers
, but they are yet to qualify for a World Cup. For the first time in their history, Jordan have qualified for the final round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the 2014 World Cup qualification
The first (Jordanian) football coach, Mohammad Awad
, to attain achievements for the Jordan national team between 1992 and 1999, when he first helped his country Jordan win the Jordan International tournament of 1992 and both tournaments of the Pan Arab Games
, starting in 1997 in Beirut
, and 1999 in Amman
The Jordan national football team had begun making much more improvements, under the Serbian head coach Branko Smiljanić
, who had helped Jordan attain great match results in the first round of the 2002 World Cup qualifiers
, but failed to help Jordan qualify for the next round. Brapanko also helped Jordan reach the semifinals of the 2002 Arab Cup
and got Jordan to win the fourth place in the 2000 West Asian Football Federation Championship
and the second place in the 2004 edition
in Syria, but failed to help Jordan win these tournaments. After he resigned from coaching Jordan, the Egyptian Mahmoud El-Gohary
agreed to take Branko's place as head coach. Under the leadership of El-Gohary, the Jordan national team was able to qualify for their first AFC Asian Cup tournament, in China 2004, and helped Jordan reached the quarter-finals of the tournament, but failed to qualify for the semi-finals after losing to Japan in a penalty shoot-out after the match had ended with extra time in a 1–1 draw. But thanks to El-Gohary, the Jordan team reached its highest FIFA world ranking, which was the 37th place in 2004. Just like Serbian Branko, El-Gohary also helped Jordan achieve great match results in FIFA World Cup qualifications for 2006
in Jordan's first round, but also failed to help Jordan qualify. In the WAFF championship tournaments of 2004 and 2007, El-Gohary helped Jordan win the third place in 2004 and helped Jordan reach the semi-finals in 2007. After coaching Jordan for five out of six matches in the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers
, El-Gohary retired as a football coach, the Portuguese Nelo Vingada
took over as head coach of Jordan but was not able to help Jordan qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup
Another opportunity to show Vingada's worthiness as head coach came in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
campaign. But after failing to help Jordan qualify for the 2010 World Cup
, Vingada was able to help Jordan win second place in the 2008 West Asian Football Federation Championship
. Next up were the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
matches starting from January 2009. After getting off to an awful start by not winning the first two matches of the six, he was sacked by the Jordan Football Association
and replaced by the Iraqi Adnan Hamad
, one of the best coaches in Asia known for his big successes with his national team Iraq as head coach, as well as Iraq U-23 and other Iraq youth teams, and clubs. His first experiences with Jordanian football players took place as he was coaching Jordanian football club Al-Faisaly
from 2006–2008 and achieved great results with that team as well.
After helping Jordan qualify for their second Asian Cup tournament, Qatar 2011, Hamad began shouting 'Allahu Akbar' for the Jordan national team in September 2010, when they had the 2010 West Asian Football Federation Championship
hosted in the country of Jordan. Hamad prepared for that tournament with a couple of friendlies as well as three more to prepare for the Asian Cup tournament in Qatar. Just like Mahmoud El-Gohary, Hamad also helped Jordan qualify for the quarterfinals in the Asian Cup, but failed to progress to the semi-finals as they were defeated by Uzbekistan 2–1. Hamad was also got Jordan to win second place in the 2011 Pan Arab Games
in Qatar. Hamad helped Jordan finish third in the final round of Asian group qualifying for the 2014 World Cup
. He was replaced ahead of the final stages by the Egyptian Hossam Hassan
to lead them to the play-off round against Uzbekistan
to determine the AFC participant in the intercontinental play-off. The games took place on 6 and 10 September 2013. With the two teams still evenly matched at full-time in the second leg, Jordan eventually progressed to the intercontinental playoff after winning 9–8 on penalties. Unfortunately, the Jordanians missed their very first FIFA World Cup debut after losing 5–0 against the formidable Uruguayan
team, after the goalless draw from the second leg. Hassan also helped Jordan to qualify to the 2015 Asian Cup
. On 3 September 2014, Ray Wilkins
was appointed as the new head coach of Jordan. He led Jordan at the 2015 Asian Cup, where they were eliminated in group-stages for the first time after two losses against Iraq and Japan and a win over Palestine.
Jordan's performance remained in stagnation when the Jordanian Chivalrous could not make it to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
, losing 0–1 to Kyrgyzstan
and 1–5 to Australia
. After that, Jordan would qualify for 2019 Asian Cup
, where Jordan made an outstanding performance at the group stage, beating Australia and Syria
to become the first team to reach the round of sixteen; but they were stunned by Vietnam
after penalty shootout 2–4.
The Jordan national football team has two home stadiums, the Amman International Stadium
and the King Abdullah II Stadium
. The Amman International Stadium was built in 1964 in Amman and opened in 1968. It is the largest stadium in Jordan, it is owned by the Jordanian government and operated by the higher council of youth. It is not only the home stadium of the Jordan national football team but for Al-Faisaly
as well. It has a current capacity of 17,619 spectators. Some 12 kilometres away from Amman International Stadium lies The King Abdullah II Stadium. It was built and opened in 1998 in Amman. It has a current capacity of 13,000 spectators. It is not only the home stadium of the Jordan national football team but for Al-Wehdat
as well. In addition to Jordan home games, the stadiums also host other major games in Jordanian football including Jordanian Pro League
, Jordan FA Cup
, Jordan FA Shield
and Jordan Super Cup
games, in addition to hosting other tournaments such as the 1988 Arab Cup
, 1996 Arab Cup Winners' Cup
, 1999 Pan Arab Games
, 2003 Arab Athletics Championships
, 2005 WAFF Women's Championship
, 2007 Arab Athletics Championships
, 2007 WAFF Women's Championship
, 2007 WAFF Championship
, 2006–07 Arab Champions League Finals
, 2007 AFC Cup Finals
, 2007 Asian Athletics Championships
, 2010 WAFF Championship
and 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
amongst many others.
Results and fixtures
The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the past or in the upcoming 12 months.
- The following 30 players were called up for the International Friendly.
- Match dates: 12 and 16 November 2020.
- Opposition: Iraq and Syria.
- Caps and goals correct as of: 16 November 2020, after the match against Syria.
The following players have been called to Jordan's national team in the last 12 months.
AFC Asian Cup
As of 5 February 2021
These lists include games and goals in competitions that are not recognised as full A-internationals by FIFA, but they are official for the Jordan FA.Players in bold are still active at international level.
Most capped players
AFC Asian Cup
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
West Asian Championship record
FIFA Arab Cup record
Pan Arab Games record
Asian Games record
Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Palestine Cup of Nations
All-time team record
The following table shows Jordan's all-time international record, correct as of 30 March 2021 after match against Bahrain
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