Qualification history
Jordan first tried to negotiate a FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign prior to Mexico 1986, but it was not until the Brazil 2014 qualifiers that they came close to actually appearing on football’s greatest stage. Paired with Uruguay in the AFC-CONMEBOL play-off, the Asians were unable to recover from a heavy defeat in the home leg, but did recapture some pride by drawing 0-0 in Montevideo.

The team
Over the past decade or so, Al-Nashama, who remarkably climbed as high as 38th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in 2004, have been one of Asia’s most consistent sides, as demonstrated by their three appearances at the AFC Asian Cup, in 2004, 2011 and 2015, and their runs to the quarter-finals at the last two continental events. Moreover, clubs in major Arab leagues have begun to recruit an increasing number of Jordanian players, a change which augurs well for the future.

The coach
After Ahmed Abdelkader and Paul Put, Abdullah Abu Zama'a is the third coach to lead Jordan during the current qualifying campaign. Previously an assistant to Put, who departed in January 2016, Zama'a took on the Jordan job after the Belgian's exit, his first coaching role with a senior national team after varied experience at club level.

The stat

30 –
The record number of goals scored by Jordan during the qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup.

The former stars
Khaled Awad, Ibrahim Saadia, Jamal Abouabed, Rateb Al Dawoud, Milad Abbasi, Issam El Talli, Jeris Tadrus, Mohannad Mahadeen, Abdullah Abu Zema, Badran Al Shaqran