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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 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.

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 coachBert van Marwijk[1]
CaptainVarious
Most capsAdnan Al Talyani (161)
Top scorerAdnan Al Talyani (52)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUAE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 65 Increase 2 (25 July 2019)[2]
Highest40 (November – December 1998)
Lowest138 (January 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 87 Decrease 12 (20 August 2019)[3]
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 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
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1997)
Best resultGroup 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.

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HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

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.

After participating in four Gulf Cup tournaments since 1972, the United Arab Emirates hosted the 1982 edition. They again finished third, as they did in the two previous tournaments.

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.

Qualifying Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  South Korea 5 3 2 0 5 1 +4 8
  United Arab Emirates 5 1 4 0 4 3 +1 6
  Qatar 5 1 3 1 4 5 −1 5
  China PR 5 2 0 3 5 6 −1 4
  Saudi Arabia 5 1 2 2 4 5 −1 4
  North Korea 5 1 1 3 2 4 −2 3

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'.[4] 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.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   West Germany 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 4
3   Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
4   United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

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.

 
Fahad Khamees captained UAE in the 1990 FIFA World Cup

2000–2011Edit

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.

2012–2015Edit

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.

Ali began creating a young squad for the United Arab Emirates, inviting many players that he had worked with at youth level. He led the United Arab Emirates to their second Gulf Cup title in 2013.

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] The semi-finals was seen as a rivalry between the host UAE and Qatar.[10] 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.[11]

RivalriesEdit

UAE's main rivals are its neighbours Saudi Arabia,[12] Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran, it also has a rivalry with Uzbekistan.

QatarEdit

The rivalry between Qatar and UAE is a very competitive rivalry 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.[13] 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.[14] UAE was fined $150,000 US dollars for the incident and has to play their first 2022 and 2023 qualification game in closed doors.[15]

Saudi ArabiaEdit

The rivalry between the two is very competitive yet isn't too hostile. As for 2019, the UAE has won 9 encounters, drawn eight and lost 22 matches against the Saudis.

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.[16]

Home stadiumEdit

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
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)
  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

Coaching & Medical staffEdit

Last Update: March 2019[17]

Coaching StaffEdit

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

Medical StaffEdit

Doctor   Sultan Al-Ghul
Physiotherapist   Khalil Muftah
Physiotherapist   Rashid Hameed

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 29) 22 0   Al Ain
1GK Adel Al-Hosani (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Sharjah
1GK Fahad Al-Dhanhani (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 27) 0 0   Baniyas

2DF Al Hassan Saleh (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Sharjah
2DF Abdullah Ghanem (1995-05-21) 21 May 1995 (age 24) 5 0   Sharjah
2DF Shahin Abdulrahman (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Sharjah
2DF Mubarak Saeed (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 27) 0 0   Al Nasr
2DF Mohammed Ibrahim (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Al Nasr
2DF Hassan Al-Moharrami (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Baniyas

3MF Ali Salmeen (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 24) 8 1   Al Wasl
3MF Bandar Al-Ahbabi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 29) 0 1   Al Ain
3MF Khamis Esmaeel (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 30) 12 1   Al Wasl
3MF Saif Rashid (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 25) 2 1   Sharjah
3MF Salem Rashid (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Al Jazira
3MF Ahmed Barman (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 25) 4 0   Al Ain
3MF Habib Al Fardan (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 28) 12 6   Al Nasr
3MF Abdullah Al-Naqbi (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Shabab Al Ahli
3MF Suhail Al-Mansoori (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Al Dhafra
3MF Mansor Abbas (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Kalba

4FW Ali Mabkhout (Captain) (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 28) 66 49   Al Jazira
4FW Rayan Yaslam (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Al Ain
4FW Khalfan Mubarak (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 24) 12 1   Al Jazira
4FW Salem Saleh (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 28) 12 5   Al Nasr
4FW Suhail Al-Noubi (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Baniyas
4FW Mohammed Khalvan (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Al Ain

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
GK Ali Khasif (1987-06-09) 9 June 1987 (age 32) 45 0   Al Jazira v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
GK Mohammed Al-Shamsi (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al Wahda v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019

DF Ismail AhmedSUS (1983-07-07) 7 July 1983 (age 36) 26 0   Al Ain v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Mohamed Ahmed (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 30) 15 2   Al Ain v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Khalifa Mubarak (1993-10-30) 30 October 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Al Nasr v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Fares Juma Al Saadi (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 30) 35 2   Al Jazira v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Khalifa Al Hammadi (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Al Jazira v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Walid Abbas (1985-06-11) 11 June 1985 (age 34) 63 0   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Ahmed Al-Yassi (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 31) 0 0   Al Nasr v.   Yemen, 20 November 2018
DF Mohammed Marzooq (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Al Nasr v.   Yemen, 20 November 2018
DF Mahmoud Khamees (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 31) 27 1   Al Nasr v.   Yemen, 20 November 2018
DF Khalifa Al Hammadi (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Al Jazira v.   Bolivia, 16 November 2018
DF Ahmed Rashed (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al Wahda v.   Bolivia, 16 November 2018
DF Majed Suroor (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Sharjah v.   Bolivia, 16 November 2018
DF Abdelaziz Sanqour (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 30) 36 1   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Venezuela, 16 October 2018
DF Salem Sultan (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 25) 3 0   Al Wahda v.   Venezuela, 16 October 2018
DF Hamdan Al-Kamali (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 30) 52 5   Al Wahda v.   Venezuela, 16 October 2018

MF Amer Abdulrahman (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 30) 44 2   Al Ain v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
MF Mohamed Abdulrahman (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 30) 33 1   Al Ain v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
MF Majed Hassan (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 27) 38 1   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
MF Ismail Al Hammadi (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 31) 107 14   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
MF Tareq Ahmed (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 31) 6 0   Al Nasr v.   Yemen, 20 November 2018
MF Omar Abdulrahman (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 27) 71 11   Al Jazira v.   Bolivia, 16 November 2018
MF Hassan Ibrahim (1990-10-19) 19 October 1990 (age 28) 4 0   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Venezuela, 16 October 2018
MF Tareq Al-Khodaim (1990-05-19) 19 May 1990 (age 29) 1 1   Al Wahda v.   Laos, 11 September 2018

FW Ismail MatarRET (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 36) 126 36   Al Wahda v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
FW Ahmed Khalil (1991-06-08) 8 June 1991 (age 28) 101 51   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Qatar, 29 January 2019
FW Mohammed Fawzi (1990-10-23) 23 October 1990 (age 28) 13 2   Al Jazira v.   Venezuela, 16 October 2018
  • RET Retired from national team.
  • SUS Player suspended.

Recent and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

2020Edit

Tournament recordsEdit

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'.[4]

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 Part of the   United Kingdom Part of the   United Kingdom
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  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 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2026 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 0 3 2 11 96 42 20 35 163 111

AFC Asian Cup recordEdit

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 Did not enter Did not enter
 1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  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 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Runners-up 10/17 42 15 10 17 40 56 48 34 8 6 132 27

FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit

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 Games recordEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  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
2002–present See United Arab Emirates national under-23 football team
Total 3/13 13 5 5 3 18 19

Gulf Cup recordEdit

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 5 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
Total Champions 108 40 28 37 112 129

Pan Arab Games recordEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1953 Did not enter
  1957
  1961
  1965
  1976
  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

Head to head against other countriesEdit

As of 26 March 2019[19]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Algeria 7 2 2 3 5 5 0
  Andorra 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Angola 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Armenia 1 0 0 1 3 4 −1
  Australia 6 1 2 3 1 5 −4
  Azerbaijan 1 0 1 0 3 3 0
  Bahrain 31 13 6 12 54 45 +9
  Bangladesh 5 5 0 0 21 1 +20
  Belarus 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
  Benin 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1
  Bolivia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 8 −8
  Brunei 2 2 0 0 16 0 +16
  Bulgaria 6 1 0 5 4 14 −10
  Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  China PR 11 2 5 4 7 17 −10
  Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Czech Republic 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5
  Denmark 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Egypt 9 1 4 4 6 10 −4
  Estonia 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
  Finland 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Gabon 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Georgia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Germany 3 0 0 3 3 14 −11
  Haiti 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Honduras 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
  Hong Kong 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8
  Hungary 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5
  Iceland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
  India 13 9 2 2 26 7 +19
  Indonesia 4 2 1 1 8 8 0
  Iran 16 1 3 12 4 24 −20
  Iraq 32 8 13 11 32 47 −15
  Japan 20 5 9 6 18 22 −4
  Jordan 17 10 4 3 25 14 +11
  Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 9 5 +4
  Kenya 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
  Kuwait 42 16 8 18 49 76 −27
  Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Laos 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9
  Lebanon 11 7 3 1 23 13 +10
  Libya 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3
  Lithuania 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Malaysia 10 8 0 2 26 6 +20
  Mali 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Malta 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
  Mexico 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
  Moldova 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Morocco 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1
  Myanmar 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
    Nepal 1 1 0 0 11 0 +11
  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
  Niger 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
  North Korea 11 3 4 4 8 11 −3
  Norway 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3
  Oman 33 15 12 6 45 24 +21
  Pakistan 5 5 0 0 17 4 +13
  Palestine 5 2 2 1 6 2 +4
  Paraguay 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Peru 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Philippines 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
  Poland 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8
  Qatar 30 10 8 12 33 36 −3
  Romania 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Russia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Saudi Arabia 38 8 8 22 26 55 −29
  Serbia 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
  Senegal 4 1 2 1 7 8 −1
  Singapore 6 5 1 0 16 5 +11
  Slovakia 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3
  Slovenia 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
  South Africa 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  South Korea 21 2 6 13 16 41 −25
  Sri Lanka 7 7 0 0 30 2 +28
  Sudan 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4
  Sweden 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
   Switzerland 4 1 0 3 2 5 −3
  Syria 21 11 7 3 32 16 +16
  Thailand 10 6 3 1 15 9 +6
  Timor-Leste 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9
  Togo 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2
  Tunisia 5 0 0 5 2 11 −9
  Turkmenistan 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5
  Ukraine 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Uruguay 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Uzbekistan 16 9 4 3 24 17 +7
  Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Vietnam 5 4 0 1 13 3 +3
  Yemen 12 9 0 3 26 13 +13
Total 575 225 149 201 772 697 +72

RecordsEdit

Active players are shown in bold. As of 29 January 2019.

HonorsEdit

Major competitions

Runner-up (1): 1996
Third place (1): 2015
Fourth place (1): 1992
Semi Finalists (1): 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

Minor competitions

Winners (1): 2005
  • OSN Cup
Winners (1): 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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