United Arab Emirates national football team
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The United Arab Emirates national football team (Arabic: منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لكرة القدم) represents the United Arab Emirates in association football and is controlled by the United Arab Emirates Football Association, the governing body for football in United Arab Emirates and competes in AFC. They were for a time managed by legendary English manager Don Revie.
|Nickname(s)||Al Abyad (The Whites)|
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
|Association||UAE Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Bert van Marwijk|
|Most caps||Adnan Al Talyani (161)|
|Top scorer||Adnan Al Talyani (52)|
|Current||67 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||40 (November – December 1998)|
|Lowest||138 (January 2012)|
|Current||87 13 (16 June 2019)|
|Highest||24 (15 January 2015)|
|Lowest||140 (September 1981)|
| United Arab Emirates 1–0 Qatar |
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 17 March 1972)
| Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates |
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
| United Arab Emirates 0–8 Brazil |
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; 12 November 2005)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1990)|
|Best result||group stage , 1990|
|Appearances||10 (first in 1980)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1996|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Group Stage, 1997|
United Arab Emirates' home ground varies. Most home games have been played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi with Abu Dhabi's Al Jazira Stadium and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain as other venues.
It has made one World Cup appearance, in 1990 in Italy, but lost all three of its games to Colombia, West Germany and Yugoslavia. Two years later, the United Arab Emirates took fourth place in the 1992 Asian Cup, and runner-up in 1996 as hosts of the tournament. In both tournaments, their final match was lost on penalty kicks. They also won the Arabian Gulf Cup on two occasions; in 2007 when they won the title for the first time in their history, and the second time was in 2013. They finished third in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and hosted 2019 edition which they were eliminated in the semi-finals.
The first match of the United Arab Emirates national football team was played on 17 March 1972, four months after the union of the United Arab Emirates. They played against Qatar at Riyadh's Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium and UAE won 1–0 with the only goal scored by Ahmed Chowbi. Then, the team faced three other Arabian countries, losing 4–0 and 7–0 to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait respectively and beating Bahrain 3 to nothing.
First Asian Cup appearancesEdit
In 1980, the United Arab Emirates qualified for the first time for the AFC Asian Cup, which was held in Kuwait. They were drawn with eventual winners, Kuwait, runner-up South Korea, Malaysia and Qatar in Group B. They drew 1–1 with Kuwait but lost the three other matches and finished their first appearance at the tournament in fifth place in their group and ninth (out of ten teams) overall.
They also qualified for next two tournaments, 1984 in Singapore and 1988 in Qatar and were again eliminated in the group stages in both. Their first victory of the tournament occurred against India on 7 December 1984 under manager Heshmat Mohajerani.
1990 FIFA World Cup in ItalyEdit
In 1984, Mohajerani resigned as UAE head coach and was replaced with former Brazil manager Carlos Alberto Parreira. Parreira led the country at the 1988 AFC Asian Cup and left his position after the tournament. He was succeeded by Brazilian World Cup winning coach Mário Zagallo. Zagallo led the country to the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. However, Zagallo resigned before the tournament and Parreira returned as head coach to lead the United Arab Emirates at the tournament.
|United Arab Emirates||5||1||4||0||4||3||+1||6|
They were drawn at Group D along with eventual winner West Germany, Colombia and Yugoslavia. They lost 2–0 to Colombia, 5–1 to West Germany and 4–1 to Yugoslavia. They finished fourth with no points, scoring two goals and conceding eleven goals. UAE's first goal at the tournament was scored by Khalid Ismaïl against West Germany. The tournament was later put into a 2016 documentary titled 'Lights of Rome'. After the tournament, Parreira was sacked. Two years later, at the 1992 AFC Asian Cup, the United Arab Emirates finished in fourth place, their best finish up to that date.
|1||West Germany||3||2||1||0||10||3||+7||5||Advance to knockout stage|
|4||United Arab Emirates||3||0||0||3||2||11||−9||0|
1996 AFC Asian CupEdit
The United Arab Emirates hosted the 1996 AFC Asian Cup. They hired Croatian coach Tomislav Ivić one year before the tournament and were drawn in Group A along with Kuwait, South Korea and Indonesia. They drew 1–1 with South Korea in the opening match, then defeated Kuwait 3–2 and Indonesia 2–0 to qualify as group winners with seven points. In the quarter-finals, they beat Iraq 1–0 with a golden goal scored by Abdulrahman Ibrahim in the 103rd minute in extra time. They again faced Kuwait, this time at the semi-finals and won 1–0 to qualify to the final for the first time. In the final, and after a goalless draw, they lost to Saudi Arabia 2–4 in a penalty shoot-out and finished the tournament as runner-up, which is still their best finish in the AFC Asian Cup.
The tournament was also considered to be one of the best tournaments held since 1956. The tournament had an average 3.08 goals per game with 80 goals scored, 49 goals higher than the previous edition.
The United Arab Emirates also appeared in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup after being awarded a spot because Asian winners Saudi Arabia was hosting the games. They lost the first match 2–0 to Uruguay. Then, they defeated South Africa 1–0. In their final match, they were defeated 6–1 by Czech Republic and missed their chance to qualify for the next round finishing third in their group.
Despite their good performances at the previous Asian Cup, the United Arab Emirates missed the qualification for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon. They also finished in last place at the 2002 Gulf Cup in Saudi Arabia.
They were eliminated in the next three AFC Asian Cup tournaments at the group stage. Their worst performance was in 2011 when they finished the tournament goalless. At this time, many notable coaches managed the United Arab Emirates, including Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, the UAE appointed Senegal's 2002 FIFA World Cup head coach, Bruno Metsu as their new manager. He led the United Arab Emirates to the 2007 Gulf Cup title, the country's first major achievement.
After hiring many notable European coaches, in 2012, the United Arab Emirates appointed the Olympic team coach Mahdi Ali as the new manager of the national team. Ali previously led the country to their first ever appearance at the Olympic Games.
2015 AFC Asian CupEdit
The United Arab Emirates's form at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup was a surprise to many. They were drawn in Group C along with Iran, Qatar and Bahrain. They defeated Qatar 4–1 in their first match. At the next match, they defeated Bahrain 2–1 which qualified them for the knockout stage. In the group's final game, the United Arab Emirates lost 1–0 to Iran, in which Iran scored a controversial goal that appeared to be offside. However, the gulf team advanced as group runner-up. They faced the defending champions Japan in the quarter-final and earned a shock victory on penalties to advance to the last four. However, they lost 2–0 to the host country Australia in the semi-finals. In the third place play-off, they beat Iraq 3–2 and finished the tournament in the third place. The United Arab Emirates will be hosting the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
2018 FIFA World Cup QualificationEdit
The United Arab Emirates qualified for the Second Round of the AFC qualification, where they finished second in Group A behind Saudi Arabia and qualified for the Third Round. In this round, they finished fourth in Group B, thus failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Despite this, one of United Arab Emirates players Ahmed Khalil manage to be the top scorer in the qualification along with two other players. Around this time Mahdi Ali (one of the most successful UAE managers) resigned from his position.
2019 AFC Asian CupEdit
In 2015, It was announced that the United Arab Emirates will host the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, this marks the 2nd time United Arab Emirates hosts an AFC Asian Cup, first was in 1996 AFC Asian Cup were UAE finished in second place after losing Saudi Arabia on penalties. With its desire to win the trophy for the first time, the team had a new coach, and former Asian Cup winning manager Alberto Zaccheroni.
The United Arab Emirates opened their campaign, by obtaining a 1–1 draw to neighbor Bahrain, which was seen as disappointing. However, the UAE salvaged important three points against India with a 2–0 win before drew Thailand 1–1 to secure its top spot and progress to the round of sixteen. On the round of sixteen, the UAE had to play a hard-fought match against Kyrgyzstan, and had been equalized twice after 90', but an important penalty from Ali Mabkhout ensured the UAE to enter the quarter-finals against then-defending champions Australia. In the quarter-finals, the UAE scored its first ever goal against Australia to gain its first ever win against them and eliminated them in process. The semi-finals was seen as a rivalry between the host UAE and Qatar. Some Emirati supporters booed Qatari anthem, and threw footwear in the pitch after Qatar scored their second goal. The UAE lost to Qatar 0–4, which marked UAE's first defeat to Qatar since 2001 which ended the chance for the UAE's entry to the final.
The rivalry between Qatar and UAE was mostly friendly, however due to Qatar diplomatic crisis, increasing tensions had been witnessed, with the captain of UAE under-19 youth team refused to shake hands with Qatar's youth captain in 2018 AFC U-19 Championship held in Indonesia. As of 2018, Qatar and UAE have played 29 official matches, most of which was held competitively in the Arabian Gulf Cup, it started off with the United Arab Emirates beating Qatar 1–0. They only played 2 friendly games and the last friendly was held in 2011 which ended with an Emirati victory. In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, hosted by the UAE, Qatar overran the UAE for the first time since 2001 with the result 4–0, with heavy tensions and violence occurred between two and Emirati supporters cheering anti-Qatari chants. UAE was fined $150,000 US dollars for the incident and has to play their first 2022 and 2023 qualification game in closed doors.
The rivalry between the two is also largely friendly, with the United Arab Emirates supporting Saudi Arabia in majority of issues. As for 2019, the UAE has won 9 encounters, drawn eight and lost 22 matches against the Saudis.
The United Arab Emirates is known by supporters and the media as Al-Abyad, meaning The Whites which reference to their white jersey and also Eyal Zayed which means Zayed's sons.
In October 2012, the Asian Football Confederation official website published an article about the UAE national team's campaign to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, in which the team was referred to as the "Sand Monkeys." This was the indirect result of vandalism of the Wikipedia article on the team, and the AFC was forced to apologise for what was perceived as a racist slur.
UAE's main national stadium is Sheikh Zayed Stadium, located in capital Abu Dhabi. However, UAE has also used Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Al Jazira Stadium) and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain. As of 2019, the UAE has played in six home stadiums.
|United Arab Emirates national football team home stadiums|
|Zayed Sports City Stadium||43,206||Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi||v Kyrgyzstan|
(21 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
|Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium||42,056||Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi||v Syria|
(26 March 2019; Friendly)
|Al Nahyan Stadium||12,201||Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi||v Saudi Arabia|
(21 March 2019; Friendly)
|Hazza bin Zayed Stadium||25,053||Al Ain, Abu Dhabi||v Australia|
(25 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
|Zabeel Stadium||8,439||Dubai City, Dubai||v Yemen|
(20 November 2018; Friendly)
|Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium||12,000||Dubai City, Dubai||v Bolivia|
(16 November 2018; Friendly)
Prior 2019 Home
Prior 2019 Away
1992 Asian Cup Home
1994 Asian Games Home
1994 Asian Games Away
Coaching & Medical staffEdit
Last Update: March 2019
|Head coach||Bert van Marwijk|
|Assistant coach||Murshid Waleed|
|Assistant coach||Amir Utbah|
|Fitness coach||Khaleed Al-Thani|
|Goalkeeping coach||Abdullah Ashraf|
|Technical director||Khalifa Al-Jaadani|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Khalid Eisa||15 September 1989||22||0||Al Ain|
|GK||Adel Al-Hosani||23 August 1989||0||0||Sharjah|
|GK||Fahad Al-Dhanhani||3 September 1991||0||0||Baniyas|
|DF||Al Hassan Saleh||25 June 1991||5||0||Sharjah|
|DF||Abdullah Ghanem||21 May 1995||5||0||Sharjah|
|DF||Shahin Abdulrahman||16 November 1992||0||0||Sharjah|
|DF||Mubarak Saeed||18 October 1991||0||0||Al Nasr|
|DF||Mohammed Ibrahim||14 May 1999||0||0||Al Nasr|
|DF||Hassan Al-Moharrami||6 June 1996||0||0||Baniyas|
|MF||Ali Salmeen||4 February 1995||8||1||Al Wasl|
|MF||Bandar Al-Ahbabi||9 July 1990||0||1||Al Ain|
|MF||Khamis Esmaeel||16 August 1989||12||1||Al Wasl|
|MF||Saif Rashid||25 January 1994||2||1||Sharjah|
|MF||Salem Rashid||21 December 1993||0||0||Al Jazira|
|MF||Ahmed Barman||5 February 1994||4||0||Al Ain|
|MF||Habib Al Fardan||11 November 1990||12||6||Al Nasr|
|MF||Abdullah Al-Naqbi||28 April 1993||0||0||Shabab Al Ahli|
|MF||Suhail Al-Mansoori||19 May 1993||0||0||Al Dhafra|
|MF||Mansor Abbas||18 March 1991||0||0||Kalba|
|FW||Ali Mabkhout (Captain)||5 October 1990||66||49||Al Jazira|
|FW||Rayan Yaslam||23 November 1994||0||0||Al Ain|
|FW||Khalfan Mubarak||9 May 1995||12||1||Al Jazira|
|FW||Salem Saleh||14 January 1991||12||5||Al Nasr|
|FW||Suhail Al-Noubi||9 January 1996||0||0||Baniyas|
|FW||Mohammed Khalvan||28 August 1998||0||0||Al Ain|
The following players have also been called up to the United Arab Emirates squad within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ali Khasif||9 June 1987||45||0||Al Jazira||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|GK||Mohammed Al-Shamsi||4 January 1997||0||0||Al Wahda||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Ismail AhmedSUS||7 July 1983||26||0||Al Ain||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Mohamed Ahmed||16 April 1989||15||2||Al Ain||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Khalifa Mubarak||30 October 1993||1||0||Al Nasr||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Fares Juma Al Saadi||30 December 1988||35||2||Al Jazira||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Khalifa Al Hammadi||6 November 1998||0||0||Al Jazira||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Walid Abbas||11 June 1985||63||0||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Ahmed Al-Yassi||1 July 1988||0||0||Al Nasr||v. Yemen, 20 November 2018|
|DF||Mohammed Marzooq||23 January 1989||0||0||Al Nasr||v. Yemen, 20 November 2018|
|DF||Mahmoud Khamees||28 October 1987||27||1||Al Nasr||v. Yemen, 20 November 2018|
|DF||Khalifa Al Hammadi||6 November 1998||0||0||Al Jazira||v. Bolivia, 16 November 2018|
|DF||Ahmed Rashed||19 January 1997||0||0||Al Wahda||v. Bolivia, 16 November 2018|
|DF||Majed Suroor||14 October 1997||0||0||Sharjah||v. Bolivia, 16 November 2018|
|DF||Abdelaziz Sanqour||7 May 1989||36||1||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Venezuela, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Salem Sultan||5 September 1993||3||0||Al Wahda||v. Venezuela, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Hamdan Al-Kamali||2 May 1989||52||5||Al Wahda||v. Venezuela, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Amer Abdulrahman||3 July 1989||44||2||Al Ain||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|MF||Mohamed Abdulrahman||4 February 1989||33||1||Al Ain||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|MF||Majed Hassan||1 August 1992||38||1||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|MF||Ismail Al Hammadi||1 July 1988||107||14||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|MF||Tareq Ahmed||12 March 1988||6||0||Al Nasr||v. Yemen, 20 November 2018|
|MF||Omar Abdulrahman||20 September 1991||71||11||Al Ain||v. Bolivia, 16 November 2018|
|MF||Hassan Ibrahim||19 October 1990||4||0||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Venezuela, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Tareq Al-Khodaim||19 May 1990||1||1||Al Wahda||v. Laos, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Ismail MatarRET||7 April 1983||126||36||Al Wahda||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|FW||Ahmed Khalil||8 June 1991||101||51||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|FW||Mohammed Fawzi||23 October 1990||13||2||Al Jazira||v. Venezuela, 16 October 2018|
- RET Retired from national team.
- SUS Player suspended.
Recent and forthcoming fixturesEdit
|18 August 2018 Friendly||Andorra||0–0||United Arab Emirates||Grödig, Austria|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Das.Goldberg Stadion|
Referee: Christopher Jäger (Austria)
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||United Arab Emirates||Girona, Spain|
|18:00 UTC+2||Guerra 37'
|Report||Stadium: Estadi Montilivi|
Referee: Hugo Miguel (Portugal)
|11 September 2018 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||3–0||Laos||Palamós, Spain|
|20:00 UTC+2||Mabkhout 24', 26'
|Report||Stadium: Estadi Palamós Costa Brava|
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (Portugal)
|11 October 2018 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||1–1||Honduras||Barcelona, Spain|
|18:00 UTC+2||Abdulrahman 32'||Report||Quioto 18'||Stadium: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys|
Referee: João Capela (Portugal)
|16 October 2018 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–2||Venezuela||Barcelona, Spain|
|17:00 UTC+2||Report||Mago 1'
|Stadium: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys|
Referee: Carlos Taborda Xistra (Portugal)
|16 November 2018 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–0||Bolivia||Dubai City, United Arab Emirates|
|18:25 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium|
Referee: Ammar Ashkanani (Kuwait)
|20 November 2018 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||2–0||Yemen||Dubai City, United Arab Emirates|
|18:25 UTC+4||Rashid 20'
|Report||Stadium: Zabeel Stadium|
Referee: Shukri Al Hanfosh (Saudi Arabia)
|5 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup||United Arab Emirates||1–1||Bahrain||Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Khalil 88' (pen.)||Report||Al Romaihi 78'||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
|10 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup||India||0–2||United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Khalf. Mubarak 41'
|Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
|14 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup||United Arab Emirates||1–1||Thailand||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Mabkhout 7'||Report||Thitipan 41'||Stadium: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
|21 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup||United Arab Emirates||3–2 (a.e.t.)||Kyrgyzstan||Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates|
|21:00 UTC+4||Esmaeel 14'
Khalil 103' (pen.)
|Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
Referee: Fu Ming (China PR)
|25 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup||United Arab Emirates||1–0||Australia||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Mabkhout 68'||Report||Stadium: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
|29 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup||Qatar||4–0||United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates|
|18:00 UTC+4||Khoukhi 22'
|Report||Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
|21 March 2019 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||2–1||Saudi Arabia||Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates|
|17:45 UTC+4||Al-Ahbabi 54'
|Report||Adam 18'||Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Arafah (Jordan)
|26 March 2019 Friendly||Syria||0–0||United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates|
|17:45 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Hamad Ali Al Ali (UAE)
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
The United Arab Emirates only appearance at the World Cup was in 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy where they would lose all three of their matches to Yugoslavia, Colombia and West Germany. This lone appearance was put into a 2016 documentary titled 'Lights of Rome'.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Part of the United Kingdom||Part of the United Kingdom|
|1974||Not eligible to enter||Not eligible to enter|
|1978||Did not participate||Did not participate|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||4|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||6||1||1||19||4|
|2022||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
AFC Asian Cup recordEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualifications record|
|1956||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not enter|
|1972||Did not enter|
|1976||Did not enter|
|1996||Runners-up||2nd||6||4||2||0||8||3||Automatic qualification as hosts|
|2000||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||12||2|
FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|1999||Did not qualify|
Asian Games recordEdit
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record|
|1951||Did not enter|
|1990||Did not enter|
|2002–present||See United Arab Emirates national under-23 football team|
Gulf Cup recordEdit
|Arabian Gulf Cup record|
|1970||Did not enter|
Pan Arab Games recordEdit
|Pan Arab Games record|
|1953||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not enter|
Head to head against other countriesEdit
As of 26 March 2019
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||0||1||1||3||5||−2|
- Active players are shown in bold. As of 29 January 2019.
- Winners (2): 2007, 2013
- Runner-up (4): 1986, 1988, 1994, 2017
- Third place (5): 1972, 1976, 1982, 1998, 2014
- Fourth place (5): 1974, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2010
- Winners (1): 2005
- OSN Cup
- Winners (1): 2013
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