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South Yemen national football team

The South Yemen national football team (Arabic: منتخب اليمن الجنوبي الوطني لكرة القدم‎) was the national team of South Yemen between 1965 and 1989. The team took part in the Asian Cup finals in 1976, losing 0–8 to Iran and 0–1 to Iraq. They entered their only World Cup qualification campaign, for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and were knocked out in the first round by Bahrain.

South Yemen
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Soqoor Al-Janoub
(The South Falcons)
(صقور الجنوب)
Most capsAbubakar Al-Mass
Top scorerAbubakar Al-Mass
Home stadium22 May Stadium
FIFA codeYMD
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Highest139 (1989)
Lowest164 (1989)
First international
Egypt UAR 14–0 South Yemen People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
(Egypt, 2 September 1965)[2]
Last International
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen 1–0 Guinea Guinea
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 November 1989)
Biggest win
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen 2–0 Mauritania 
(Damascus, Syria; 12 October 1976)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 15–1 South Yemen People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
(Tripoli, Libya; 17 August 1973)
Egypt UAR 14–0 South Yemen People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
(Egypt, 2 September 1965)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1976)
Best resultGroup stage, 1976

The team ceased to exist in 1990, when South Yemen united with North Yemen to form Yemen. See the article Yemen national football team for details after 1990.

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DebutEdit

South Yemen made its international football debut on 2 September 1965 at the 1965 Pan Arab Games in Cairo, Egypt. They played the hosts (who played as the United Arab Republic) in the first game and lost, 14–0. This was their largest defeat without scoring a goal in reply. South Yemen lost all three other games in the group: 1–0 to Palestine and then 4–3 to Lebanon. South Yemen did not play another game until 10 January 1972 when they lost a home friendly, 4–1, to Algeria.[1]

World Cup recordEdit

Asian Cup recordEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 Did not participate
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982 Group stage 3 0 0 3 +1 –8
  1986 Did not participate
Total 1/10 3 0 0 3 +1 –8

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1953
Did not enter
  1957
  1961
  1965
  1976
4th 6 3 1 2 7 8
  1985
Did not enter
Total
1/6
6
3
1
2
7
8

1986 World Cup qualificationEdit

South Yemen competed in qualification for the only time for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. They were placed in Group 4 of Zone A in the First Round against Iran and Bahrain. Iran was disqualified before the games were played, due to refusal to move their games to neutral grounds away from the Iran–Iraq War. South Yemen hosted Bahrain on 12 March 1985 and lost 4–1 in Mortayer Yard (now 22 May Stadium), Aden. On 12 April they drew, 3–3, at the Bahrain National Stadium in Manama after leading 3–1. This saw Bahrain advance through.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Bahrain 2 1 1 0 7 4 +3 3
  South Yemen 2 0 1 1 4 7 −3 1
  Iran Disqualified

CoachesEdit

ResultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "South Yemen - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ "الرياضة في عدن". aden7hurra.blogspot.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™ - Matches - Yemen PDR-Bahrain". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™ - Matches - Bahrain-Yemen PDR". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Statistics: Iran [ Team Melli]". www.teammelli.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.