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
1965–1989
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Soqoor Al-Janoub
(The South Falcons)
(صقور الجنوب)
AssociationPDR Yemen Football Federation
Most capsAbubakar Al-Mass (12)
Top scorerMohammed Hussein (3)
Home stadiumMortayer Yard
FIFA codeYMD
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Palestine 1–0 Aden 
(Cairo, United Arab Republic; 2 September 1965)[2]
Last international
 South Yemen 1–0 Guinea 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 November 1989)
Biggest win
 South Yemen 2–0 Iraq 
(Aden, South Yemen; 2 May 1974)
 South Yemen 2–0 Mauritania 
(Damascus, Syria; 12 October 1976)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 15–1 South Yemen 
(Tripoli, Libya; 17 August 1973)
 United Arab Republic 14–0 Aden 
(Cairo, United Arab Republic; 3 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.

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]

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
as   Aden as   Aden
  1930 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
as   Aden as   Aden
  1966 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
as   South Yemen as   South Yemen
  1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 4 7
  1990 Withdrew Withdrew
Total 0/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 7

1986 World Cup qualification

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

Asian Cup recordEdit

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
as   Aden as   Aden
  1956 Did not enter Did not enter
  1960
as   Aden as   Aden
  1964 Did not enter Did not enter
as   South Yemen as   South Yemen
  1968 Did not enter Did not enter
  1972
  1976 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 9 Bye
  1980 Withdrew Withdrew
  1984
  1988 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 1 4
Total Best: Group Stage 1/9 2 0 0 2 0 9 3 0 1 2 1 4

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 Group Stage 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
Group stage 4 0 0 4 3 25
  1976
Fourth place 6 3 1 2 7 8
  1985
Did not enter
Total
Fourth place
10
3
1
6
10
33

CoachesEdit

Results and head to head recordsEdit

Results ReviewEdit

Nation Confederation Number of matches Win Draw Lost Win % Goals for Goals against Goal difference
  South Yemen AFC (Asia) 44 9 5 30 26.92% 41 142 -101

Head to head recordsEdit

Key
  Positive balance
  Neutral balance
  Negative balance

The list shown below shows the South Yemen national football team all-time international record against opposing nations.

Head to head records
Opponent P W D L GF GA GD
  Algeria 2 0 0 2 2 19 -17
  China PR 3 0 0 3 8 17 -9
  Bahrain 3 0 1 2 4 9 -5
  Djibouti 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3
  Egypt 2 0 0 2 0 19 -19
  Ethiopia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Guinea 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
  Indonesia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
  Iran 3 0 0 3 0 12 -12
  Iraq 6 1 0 5 4 18 -14
  Japan 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
  Jordan 2 1 0 1 4 4 0
  Kuwait 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4
  Lebanon 1 0 0 1 3 4 -1
  Libya 1 0 0 1 0 10 -10
  Mauritania 1 1 0 0 2 0 2
  Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
  Palestine 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
  Qatar 1 1 0 0 2 1 1
  Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 0 2 0 2
  South Korea 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3
  Sudan 1 0 0 0 1 1 -1
  Syria 3 1 0 2 3 4 -1
  United Arab Emirates 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 44 9 5 30 41 142 -101

Player recordsEdit

As of 5 November 1989
Top goalscorers
Rank Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Mohammed Hussein 3 2 1.5 1989
2 Abubakar Ibrahim Al-Mass 2 12 0.17 1975–1988
3 Adnan Ahmed Al-Sabou 1 1982–1985
Jamil Saif 1973–1976
Saleem Ahmed Mehdi 3 0.33 1982
Kassim Tariq Abdullah 1985–1988
Wagdan Mahmoud Shadli 1985–1989

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. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™ - Matches - Bahrain-Yemen PDR". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Statistics: Iran [ Team Melli]". www.teammelli.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.