Hassan Al-Haidos is a name that is synonymous with the Qatar national football team. The forward, who played for Qatar between 1977 and 1990, is widely regarded as one of the best players in the team’s history and holds the distinction of being the country’s all-time top goal scorer.
Al-Haidos made his debut for the national team in 1977 and quickly established himself as a key player for Qatar.
Throughout his career, he represented the team in numerous international competitions, including the Gulf Cup and the Arab Nations Cup. But it was his performances in World Cup Qualifiers that made him a household name in Qatar. He scored in all of the Qualifying rounds for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
Despite not being able to qualify for the World Cup, Al-Haidos continued to score for Qatar, netting 29 goals in total during his international career. His goal scoring record stood for more than two decades, until it was broken by Boualem Khoukhi in 2009.
Off the pitch, Al-Haidos was known for his humility and sportsmanship. He was a role model for many young footballers in Qatar and his legacy continues to inspire future generations of players.
Al-Haidos retired from international football in 1990, but his impact on the national team and on Qatar’s football community has been significant. He will always be remembered as one of the country’s greatest ever players and a true legend of the game.
It’s worth mentioning that Al-Haidos was part of the team that participated in the 1984 Gulf Cup of Nations, where Qatar finished as runners-up to Kuwait and Al-Haidos scored 4 goals in the tournament.