Syria complete historic qualification after upsetting Saudi Arabia

Syria and Egypt have played three World Cup games since qualifying for the first time in 1990 Syria will play in their first World Cup since 2006 in Russia, their fifth and most impressive…

Syria complete historic qualification after upsetting Saudi Arabia

Syria and Egypt have played three World Cup games since qualifying for the first time in 1990

Syria will play in their first World Cup since 2006 in Russia, their fifth and most impressive campaign at the tournament.

They reached the finals of their first finals in 1994, 1998 and 2010 but were eliminated early by North Korea in 1994, Senegal in 1998 and Germany in 2010.

Coach Bernd Stange has led the team in all four previous tournaments and he also appeared in the 1998 and 2010 finals.

Syria scored 19 goals in their final five matches of qualifying to claim their first place in World Cup finals.

Virtually all of the squad have played in a World Cup or a European Championship, with 31 per cent of those players playing in the United Kingdom.

The game with Egypt in August 2013, which saw second place secure qualification and Iran win the Asian Nations Cup, was the first of eight consecutive victories for Syria.

Syria became the first side to travel to Russia as hosts without a single win in their qualifying campaign.

Their Russia World Cup starts against hosts Russia on Saturday 14 June.

Syria: Goalkeepers: Ahmad Al-Jaafari (Osasuna), Mohammad Al-Khoury (Albu Kamal), Hussein Al-Majeed (Olimpija Ljubljana)

Defenders: Asma Hilal Al-Ghamdi (Besiktas), Mehdi Kanoo (Tunisia), Mohammad Al-Owais (Tunisia), Mahmoud Hassan (Al-Ahli), Yasser Moadbid (Western Sydney Wanderers), Saad Rashid (Al-Hilal), Ahmad Azzaz (Ajman)

Midfielders: Saaed Al-Shehri (AC Ajaccio), Lama Assaidi (Hibernian), Mohammad Hossam (Olimpija Ljubljana), Omar Al-Soma (Olimpija Ljubljana), Adnan Januzaj (Man Utd), Mahdi Kamel (Hibernian), Omar Al-Enezi (Vitoria Guimaraes)

Forwards: Omar Badda (Wolfsburg), Ahmad Al-Sayed (Dynamo Moscow), Muhammad Al-Sahlawi (Al-Hilal), Bekhaj Dawud (Roma), Osama Hawsawi (Maccabi Haifa), Bashar Asaad (Dynamo Moscow), Anas Haroun (AEK Athens)

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