United Arab Emirates national football team

The United Arab Emirates national football team (Arabic: منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لكرة القدم‎) represents the United Arab Emirates in men's international association football and serves under the auspices of the country's Football Association.

United Arab Emirates
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Al Abyad (The Whites)
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
AssociationUAE Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachJorge Luis Pinto
CaptainVarious
Most capsAdnan Al Talyani (161)
Top scorerAli Mabkhout (63)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUAE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 71 Steady (17 September 2020)[1]
Highest40 (November – December 1998)
Lowest138 (January 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 94 Decrease 11 (16 September 2020)[2]
Highest24 (15 January 2015)
Lowest140 (September 1981)
First international
 United Arab Emirates 1–0 Qatar 
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 17 March 1972)
Biggest win
 Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Emirates 0–8 Brazil 
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; 12 November 2005)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1990)
Best resultGroup stage (1990)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1980)
Best resultRunners-up, 1996
WAFF Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultqualify (2021)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1997)
Best resultGroup Stage, 1997

Under a vast amount of time, it was instructed by foreign managers as for instance, the English Don Revie. It has made one World Cup appearance in 1990 in Italy and 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.

HistoryEdit

The first match of the national football team was played on 17 March 1972 against Qatar at Riyadh's Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium and won 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. After participating in four Gulf Cup tournaments since 1972, the United Arab Emirates hosted the 1982 edition. They again finished third, as did in the two previous tournaments.

In 1980, the United Arab Emirates first-time qualified 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 in fifth place in the 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.

In 1984, Mohajerani resigned as UAE head coach and was replaced with Carlos Alberto Parreira. Parreira led the country at the 1988 AFC Asian Cup and left his position after the tournament. He was succeeded by 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. The team finished fourth at the 1990 World Cup's final tournament with no points, scoring two goals and conceding eleven goals. The journey was later put into a 2016 documentary titled 'Lights of Rome'.[3] After the tournament, Parreira was sacked.

At the 1992 and 1996 AFC Asian Cups, the United Arab Emirates finished fourth and second respectively for the first times. The United Arab Emirates appeared in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup after being awarded a spot because Asian winners Saudi Arabia was hosting the games.

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. In 2004 and 2007 editions, the UAE were all eliminated by the hand to debutants Jordan and Vietnam. Their worst performance was in 2011 when they finished the tournament goalless. At this time, coaches that managed the Emirates included Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, the UAE appointed Bruno Metsu as their new manager. He led the Emirates to the 2007 Gulf Cup title.

 
Fahad Khamees captained UAE in the 1990 FIFA World Cup

After hiring European coaches, in 2012, United Arab Emirates appointed the Olympic team coach Mahdi Ali as the new manager of the national team. Ali began creating a squad inviting players that he had worked with at youth level. He led the Emirates to their second Gulf Cup title in 2013. At the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the United Arab Emirates defeated Qatar 4–1 and Bahrain 2–1 and lost to Iran only by a controversial goal that appeared to be offside. As group runner-up, they faced the defending champions Japan in the quarter-final and earned a victory on penalties to advance to the last four. They lost 2–0 to the host Australia in the semi-finals. In the third place play-off, they beat Iraq 3–2. The United Arab Emirates qualified for the of the AFC qualification, where 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 resigned from his position.[4]

In 2015, it was announced that the Emirates will host the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, this marks the 2nd time they hosts an AFC Asian Cup. The team had a new coach, the former Asian Cup winning manager Alberto Zaccheroni. In the 2019 Asian Cup tournament, they had an opening 1–1 draw to Bahrain,[5] then salvaged three points against India before drawing Thailand to secure top spot and progress to the round of sixteen.[6] UAE had a tight-fought match against Kyrgyzstan, and had been equalized twice after 90', but a penalty from Ali Mabkhout ensured his team to enter the quarter-finals against then-defending champions Australia.[7] In the quarter-finals, UAE scored its first ever goal against Australia to gain its first ever win against this opponent and eliminated them in process.[8] The semi-finals was seen as a rivalry between the host and Qatar.[9] Some Emirati supporters booed Qatari anthem, and threw footwear in the pitch after Qatar scored their second goal. UAE lost 0–4 marking its first defeat to Qatar since 2001 and ending the chance of seeking entry to the final.[10]

The United Arab Emirates joined the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers and was placed with all-out Southeast Asian opponents. The team had already appointed the Dutch guider Bert van Marwijk. Thing didn't come as planned and Bert was sacked after his start suffering two away losses to Thailand and Vietnam in the qualifiers along his early group stage exist in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup. By the time of his sacking, UAE was 4th in the group but still has the chance to advance.[11]

Previous Al Nasr manager Ivan Jovanović was hired so as to change fortune. Furthermore, the Emirates decided to naturalize Argentine Sebastián Tagliabúe, Brazilian Caio Canedo Corrêa and Fábio Virginio de Lima, the three South American players, having never done so since the foundation of the national team.[12]

RivalriesEdit

UAE's rivals include its neighbours Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran.[13] It also has a rivalry with Uzbekistan.

The rivalry with Qatar is a competitive one in the Arabian Gulf Cup meeting in multiple occasions, 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; in this tournament, the UAE beat Qatar 2–1 but still crashed out from the group stage while Qatar would recover to qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[14] As of 2020, Qatar and UAE have played 31 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.[15] UAE was fined $150,000 US dollars for the incident and had to play their first 2022 and 2023 qualification game in closed doors.[16] However, on 21 September, AFC has lifted the ban just a few weeks before the match has begun.[17]

Another rivalry is with Saudi Arabia which the UAE took on Arabian Gulf Cup various times, the two teams have met in the AFC Asian Cup twice, first in the semi finals of the 1992 edition which ended in a Saudi victory and second in the final of the 1996 edition in which UAE hosted, the game ended in a goalless draw which meant the game had to be decided in penalties, the game ended with Saudi Arabia taking home their 3rd title with the penalty scoreline being 4–2, this remains the only time the Emirates qualified for the final meanwhile this would also be the last time the Saudis would win an Asian Cup as they would lose the next two finals they qualified for in 2000 and 2007. When the two countries meet in the World Cup or Asian Cup qualifiers, it's generally been nicknamed "Clash of Titans" as the two countries, alongside Kuwait and Qatar, are seen as the titans of the Gulf states.[18]

NicknamesEdit

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.[19][20]

Home stadiumEdit

United Arab Emirates's home ground varies. Most 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. As of 2019, the UAE has played in 8 home stadiums.

United Arab Emirates national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
  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)
  Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium 15,000 Al Ain, Abu Dhabi v    Iraq
(18 November 2009; 2009 UAE International 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)
  Al Maktoum Stadium 15,058 Dubai City, Dubai v    Indonesia
(10 October 2019; 2022 World Cup qualifiers)

Historical kitsEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prior 2019 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prior 2019 Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990 Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990 Away
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992 Asian Cup Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1994 Asian Games Home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1994 Asian Games Away

Kit suppliersEdit

Period Kit Provider
1976–1984   Umbro
1984–1988   Admiral
1988–1996   Adidas
1996–1998   Puma
1998–2000   Kelme
2000–2004   Umbro
2004–2010   Adidas
2010–2014   Erreà
2014–present   Adidas

Technical staffEdit

Last Update: June 2020[21]

Coaching StaffEdit

Head coach   Jorge Luis Pinto
Assistant coach   Mahmoud Fayez
Assistant coach   Jerry Tamashiro
Fitness coach   Gilberto Arenas
Goalkeeping coach   Eduardo Niño

Medical StaffEdit

Doctor   Sultan Al-Ghul
Physiotherapist   Khalil Muftah
Physiotherapist   Rashid Hameed

Playing squadEdit

  • The following players were called up for 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
  • Match date: 26 November 2019 — 2 December 2019
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ali Khasif (1987-06-09) 9 June 1987 (age 33) 45 0   Al Jazira
17 1GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 31) 45 0   Al Ain
22 1GK Adel Al-Hosani (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 31) 0 0   Sharjah
24 1GK Mohammed Al-Shamsi (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Al Wahda

3 2DF Mohammed Marzooq (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 31) 0 0   Shabab Al Ahli
5 2DF Mohammed Al Attas (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 23) 1 1   Al Jazira
6 2DF Yousif Jaber (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 35) 39 2   Shabab Al Ahli
8 2DF Hamdan Al-Kamali (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 31) 52 5   Al Wahda
12 2DF Khalifa Al Hammadi (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Al Jazira
16 2DF Al Hassan Saleh (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 29) 5 0   Sharjah
26 2DF Majed Suroor (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Sharjah
27 2DF Shahin Abdulrahman (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Sharjah

2 3MF Khalil Ibrahim (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 27) 2 3   Al Wahda
4 3MF Waleed Hussain (1992-05-27) 27 May 1992 (age 28) 0 0   Shabab Al Ahli
25 3MF Abdullah Ramadan (1998-03-07) 7 March 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Al Jazira
9 3MF Bandar Al-Ahbabi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 30) 15 2   Al Ain
10 3MF Omar Abdulrahman (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 29) 74 11   Al Jazira
15 3MF Ismail Al Hammadi (Captain) (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 32) 114 13   Shabab Al Ahli
18 3MF Tareq Ahmed (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 32) 6 1   Al Nasr
19 3MF Ahmed Barman (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 26) 4 0   Al Ain
23 3MF Salem Rashid (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Al Jazira

11 4FW Ahmed Khalil (1991-06-08) 8 June 1991 (age 29) 104 48   Shabab Al Ahli
13 4FW Jassem Yaqoub (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Al Nasr
14 4FW Zaid Al-Ameri (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Al Jazira
20 4FW Ali Saleh (2000-01-22) 22 January 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Al Wasl
21 4FW Khalfan Mubarak (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 25) 12 1   Al Jazira
7 4FW Ali Mabkhout (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 29) 83 60   Al Jazira

Recent call-upsEdit

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

DF Mohammed Barqesh (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 29) 0 0   Al Wahda v.   Vietnam, 14 November 2019
DF Mohammed Ali Shaker (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Al Ain v.   Vietnam, 14 November 2019
DF Walid Abbas (1985-06-11) 11 June 1985 (age 35) 64 0   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Vietnam, 14 November 2019

MF Ali Salmeen (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 25) 8 1   Al Wasl v.   Vietnam, 14 November 2019
MF Habib Al Fardan (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 29) 12 6   Al Nasr v.   Vietnam, 14 November 2019

List of UAE squadsEdit

FixturesEdit

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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'.[3]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1974 Not eligible to enter Not eligible to enter
  1978 Did not participate Did not participate
  1982
  1986 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 4
  1990 Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 2 11 9 4 4 1 16 7
  1994 Did not qualify 8 6 1 1 19 4
  1998 12 5 4 3 16 13
   2002 14 7 2 5 31 20
  2006 6 3 1 2 6 6
  2010 16 4 3 9 19 24
  2014 8 2 1 5 14 16
  2018 18 9 3 6 37 17
  2022 To be determined 4 2 0 2 8 4
    2026 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Group stage 1/23 3 0 0 3 2 11 100 44 20 37 171 115

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualifications record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1976 Did not enter Did not enter
  1980 Group stage 9th 4 0 1 3 3 9 3 1 2 0 2 0
  1984 Group stage 6th 4 2 0 2 3 8 4 3 0 1 24 2
  1988 Group stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 4 5 4 1 0 12 1
  1992 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 6 3
  1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 2 0 8 3 Automatic qualification as hosts
  2000 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 12 2
  2004 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 1 5 6 4 1 1 13 5
        2007 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 6 6 4 1 1 11 6
  2011 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 0 4 4 3 0 1 7 1
  2015 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 8 6 5 1 0 18 3
  2019 Semifinals 4th 6 3 2 1 8 8 8* 5 2 1 27 4
  2023 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 8 4
Total Runners-up 10/17 44 15 11 18 40 56 52 36 8 8 140 31
* automatic qualification as hosts; but competed in qualification process because of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 8
  1999 Did not qualify
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
Total Group stage 1/10 3 1 0 2 2 8

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1974 Did not enter
  1978
  1982
  1986 Quarter-finals 5 3 2 0 7 4
  1990 Did not enter
  1994 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 6 5
  1998 Group stage 4 1 1 2 5 10
Total 3/13 13 5 5 3 18 19

Gulf CupEdit

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Place Pld W D L GF GA
  1970 Did not enter
  1972 Third place 3 1 0 2 1 11
 1974 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 5 9
  1976 Fifth Place 6 0 2 4 4 13
  1979 Sixth place 6 1 0 5 5 18
  1982 Third place 5 3 0 2 7 6
  1984 Fourth place 6 2 3 1 5 4
  1986 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 10 7
  1988 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 7 4
  1990 Fifth place 4 0 2 2 2 8
  1992 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 4 3
  1994 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 7 1
  1996 Fourth place 5 1 3 1 5 5
  1998 Third place 5 2 1 2 5 7
  2002 Sixth place 5 1 0 4 3 7
  2003 Fifth place 6 2 1 3 6 7
  2004 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 4 5
  2007 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
  2009 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 3 4
  2010 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 2
  2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 10 3
  2014 Third place 5 2 2 1 7 5
  2017 Runners-up 5 1 4 0 1 0
  2019 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 5 6
Total Champions 111 41 28 39 117 135

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1976 Did not enter
  1985 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 3
  1997 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
  1999 Second Round 5 1 2 2 5 5
  2007 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 3 6
  2011 Did not enter
Total 4/10 15 4 3 8 13 19

Other tournamentsEdit

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 2 December 2019[23]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Players recordEdit

Active players are shown in bold.
As of 2 December 2019.

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Indonesia v United Arab Emirates match will be played without spectators following sanctions by FIFA due to fan disturbances in the Indonesia v Malaysia and Indonesia v Thailand matches.[22]

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