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Nicknames: Al-Ahmar (The Red)
Head coach: Peter Taylor
Top scorer: Husain Ali (33)
Home stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Football is the leading sport in Bahrain, who hit the heights in 2002 as runners-up in the Arab Cup and in 1989 when they came fourth in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Scotland. The national team then reached the second round of the prelimiycompetition for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan? for the first time. In the 1990s, Humood Sultan was voted the best player in the region and Mohamed Jaffar the best forward. Mohamed Hussain, who played for top Saudi Arabian football clubs for many years, is also a household name. Most of the teams and tournaments are sponsored by a marketing group that acts as a consultant to the national association.
The establishment of the Goal Football project series marks a new chapter in the history of the Goal Programme: for the first time, funds from this source will be used to specifically assist promising young players. In the case of Bahrain, 29 players (of which four are goalkeepers) will be trained by a full-time coach five times a week and in their school holidays. The coach will be supported by a part-time assistant coach, goalkeeping coach and fitness coach. Promising young players will be selected for inclusion in this training programme on an annual basis. The objective of the training programme is for the group to represent Bahrain at U-16 level for the first time in 2010 and at U-17 level in 2011, in such a way that the continual development of the junior and senior national teams is guaranteed. These activities will make full use of the infrastructure of the technical centre built with funding from the Goal Programme.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
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