Jordan’s bid to qualify for the finals began ahead of the 1986 FIFA World Cup™, when they came up against Iraq and Qatar. Subsequent qualification campaigns have been characterised by solid performances typically undone by a lack of top-flight experience. The closest the national side has come to reaching the finals was in 2006, when they let slip the chance to make history, losing to Iran and finishing runners-up in their first-round qualifying group.
The current crop
In recent years Jordan’s results have improved considerably, with the national team reaching the quarter-final stage of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup in China, then repeating the feat at the tournament’s 2011 edition in Qatar. A 10-1 aggregate triumph over Nepal sent them through to Asia’s third qualifying round for Brazil 2014, where they are expecting to make more of an impact than four years ago under Iraqi Adnan Hamad.
The key players
The team's successes in Asia paved the way for a host of their players to develop their talents overseas. Odai Al Saifi and Abdullah Deeb have both moved to Europe and there has been an influx of Jordanian internationals in local Arab Leagues, including captain Hatem Aqel, vice-captain Bashar Bani Yaseen, Anas Bani Yaseen, Amer Deeb and Hassan Abdel Fattah.
Coach: Hossam Hassan
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 (Group stages)
Former stars: Jamal Abou Abed, Abdullah Abou Zamaa, Badran Al Shaqran