Kuwait National Football Team
Nicknamed as Al Azraq, the Kuwait National Football Team> is the national Kuwait team which is entirely controlled by the Kuwait Football Association. The head coach of this team is Goran Tufegdzic, with Bashar Abdullah having made the maximum caps of 134 (1996 – 2008). He also made the top score of 75. Other notable players who also achieved the maximum caps are Wael Sulaiman Al-Habashi with 109 caps from 1986 to 1996, Nohair Al-Shammari with 109 from 1996 to 2009 and Jamal Mubarak with 108 caps from 1994 to 2004. The home stadium of the team is the Kuwait National Stadium. This team is ranked at the 85th place as per the FIFA ranking and their highest rank was in 1998 when they were placed in 24th place.
In 1982, this team made one World cup finals appearance and managed to successfully make a draw with Czechoslovakia team. However, the team lost to France and England. During the match with France, Kuwait team players discontinued playing after hearing the whistle, whereas France team scored a goal. This goal was initially awarded by the referee, who had not blown and Kuwait team walked off the pitch in protest. They resumed playing after Sheikh Fahad Al Ahmed intervened and the referee changed his mind disallowing the French team to make a goal.
Till date, the Kuwait National Football Team has made one World Cup appearance in 1982 and their best result was in 1982 when they were placed in round one. The team made 8 appearances in the AFC Asian Cup with their first match being in 1972. Their best result was in 1980 when they became the winners of the AFC Asian cup.
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