United Arab Emirates national football team

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

United Arab Emirates
Nickname(s)Al Abyad (The White One)
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
AssociationUAE Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachBert van Marwijk
CaptainWalid Abbas
Most capsAdnan Al Talyani (161)
Top scorerAli Mabkhout (77)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUAE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 69 Decrease 1 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest40 (November – December 1998)
Lowest138 (January 2012)
First international
 United Arab Emirates 1–0 Qatar 
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 17 March 1972)
Biggest win
 Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates 
(Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Emirates 0–8 Brazil 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 November 2005)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1990)
Best resultGroup stage (1990)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1980)
Best resultRunners-up (1996)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions (2007, 2013)
FIFA Arab Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
Best resultFourth place (1998)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1997)
Best resultGroup stage (1997)
Medal record
Men's football
AFC Asian Cup
Silver medal – second place 1996 Team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Team
Arabian Gulf Cup
Gold medal – first place 2007 Team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Team
Silver medal – second place 1986 Team
Silver medal – second place 1988 Team
Silver medal – second place 1994 Team
Silver medal – second place 2017 Team

It has made one World Cup appearance in 1990 in Italy and lost all three of its games. United Arab Emirates took fourth place in the 1992 Asian Cup and runner-up in 1996 as host. It won the Arabian Gulf Cup in 2007 and 2013. It finished third in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and hosted the 2019 edition which it was eliminated in the semi-finals.

History

The first match of the team was played on 17 March 1972 against Qatar at 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, United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted the 1982 edition. It again finished third as did in the two previous tournaments.

In 1980, United Arab Emirates first-time qualified for the AFC Asian Cup which was held in Kuwait and were drawn with eventual winners, Kuwait, runner-up South Korea, Malaysia and Qatar in Group B. It drew 1–1 with Kuwait and lost the three other matches and finished in fifth place in the group and ninth (out of ten teams) overall. It also qualified for the next two tournaments, 1984 in Singapore and 1988 in Qatar and was again eliminated in the group stages in both. Its first victory of the tournament occurred against India on 7 December 1984, under manager Heshmat Mohajerani.

In 1984, Mohajerani resigned and was replaced with Carlos Alberto Parreira. Parreira led the team at the 1988 Asian Cup and left his position after the tournament. He was succeeded by Mário Zagallo. Zagallo led the team to the qualification for the 1990 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 11 goals. The journey was put into a 2016 documentary titled Lights of Rome.[3] After the tournament, Parreira was sacked.

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

United Arab Emirates missed the qualification for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon and finished in last place at the 2002 Gulf Cup in Saudi Arabia. It was eliminated in the next three Asian Cup tournaments at the group stage. In 2004 and 2007 editions, UAE was all eliminated by the hand to debutants Jordan and Vietnam. In 2011, it finished the tournament goalless. At this time, coaches that managed the Emirates included Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, UAE appointed Bruno Metsu as the new manager. He led the Emirates to the 2007 Gulf Cup title.

After hiring foreign coaches, in 2012, United Arab Emirates appointed the Olympic team coach Mahdi Ali as the manager of the senior team. Ali began creating a squad inviting players that he had worked with at the youth level. He led the Emirates to their second Gulf Cup title in 2013. At the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, United Arab Emirates defeated Qatar 4–1 and Bahrain 2–1 and lost to Iran by a goal. As group runner-up, it faced the defending champions Japan in the quarter-final and earned a victory on penalties to advance to the last four. In the semi-finals, it lost 2–0 to the host Australia. In the third-place play-off, it beat Iraq 3–2. United Arab Emirates qualified through the AFC qualification where it finished fourth in Group B thus failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ahmed Khalil was a top scorer in the qualification. Around this time Mahdi Ali resigned from his position.[4]

The Emirates hosted the 2019 Asian Cup, this marked the second time they hosted an AFC Asian Cup. The team had Alberto Zaccheroni as a coach. In the Asian Cup tournament, UAE proceeded to the quarter-finals where it scored its first-ever goal against Australia to gain its first-ever win against this opponent.[5] The semi-finals was between the host and Qatar.[6] Some audiences threw footwear in the pitch after Qatar scored its second goal. UAE lost 0–4 marking its first defeat to Qatar since 2001.

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. Bert was sacked after his start undergoing two away losses to Thailand and Vietnam in the qualifiers along his group stage exit in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.[7] After this, 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.[8] The team then experienced a period of coaching instabilities, with three different coaches, before van Marwijk resumed his duty due to crisis in option. With the COVID-19 pandemic however, the AFC decided the remaining games of the second round would be played in one country, and the United Arab Emirates were able to utilise the advantage as the host nation, ultimately u-turned the earlier misery into four consecutive wins to break through into the third round, where they faced its neighbours and the powerhouses Iran and South Korea.[9]

Rivalries

UAE's common rivals are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Iran.[10]

Qatar

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.[11] 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.[12]

Saudi Arabia

Another major rival the UAE takes on Arabian Gulf Cup many 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 countries meet in qualifier matches, the matchup has been nicknamed "clash of titans" as both countries have been some of the more successful teams in the Arabian Peninsula.[13]

Nicknames

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 using a racial slur. This was the indirect result of vandalism of the Wikipedia article on the team, and the AFC was forced to apologise.[14][15]

Stadium

As of 2021, UAE has played in 11 home stadiums. Most games have taken place 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.

Home stadiums list
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
  Zayed Sports City Stadium 43,206 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi v    Kyrgyzstan
(21 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
  Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium 42,056 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi v    Syria
(26 March 2019; Friendly)
  Al Nahyan Stadium 12,201 Abu Dhabi, 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    Kuwait
(2 September 2011; 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification)
  Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium 12,000 Al Ain, Abu Dhabi v    Australia
(5 January 2011; Friendly)
  Zabeel Stadium 8,439 Dubai, Dubai v    Lebanon
(2 September 2021; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
  Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000 Dubai, Dubai v    Bolivia
(16 November 2018; Friendly)
  Al Maktoum Stadium 15,058 Dubai, Dubai v    Bahrain
(16 November 2020; Friendly)
  Rashid Stadium 12,000 Dubai, Dubai v    Jordan
(24 May 2021; Friendly)
  Sharjah Stadium 18,000 Sharjah, Sharjah v    Uzbekistan
(28 January 2009; 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification)

Kit

UAE has utilized white with some red trim as its home colors and red with some white trim as its away colors. In 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the away colors were black with some green trim for the first time.

Manufacturer Period
  Umbro 1979–1985[16]
  Admiral 1986–1989
  Adidas 1990–1994
  Puma 1995–1996
  Kelme 1997–1999
  Adidas 2000–2001
  Umbro 2002–2005
  Adidas 2006–2008
  Erreà 2009–2013
  Adidas 2014–

Results and fixtures

2021

12 January 2021 Friendly United Arab Emirates   0–0   Iraq Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:30 UTC+4 Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
29 March 2021 Friendly United Arab Emirates   6–0   India Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:00 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Elges Tantachev (Uzbekistan)
24 May 2021 Friendly Jordan   1–5   United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Rashid Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Al-Samahiji (Bahrain)
3 June 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   4–0   Malaysia Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 1,127
Referee: Kim Dae-Yong (South Korea)
7 June 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   3–1   Thailand Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 980
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
11 June 2021 World Cup qualification Indonesia   0–5   United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 963
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
15 June 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   3–2   Vietnam Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 1,355
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
2 September 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   0–0   Lebanon Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4 Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 1,513
Referee: Ma Ning (China PR)
7 September 2021 World Cup qualification Syria   1–1   United Arab Emirates Amman, Jordan
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium
Attendance: 2,370
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
7 October 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   v   Iran United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
12 October 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   v   Iraq United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
11 November 2021 World Cup qualification South Korea   v   United Arab Emirates South Korea
Stadium: TBD
16 November 2021 World Cup qualification Lebanon   v   United Arab Emirates Lebanon
Stadium: TBD
30 November 2021 Arab Cup United Arab Emirates   v   Syria Doha, Qatar
Stadium: Ras Abu Aboud Stadium
6 December 2021 Arab Cup Tunisia   v   United Arab Emirates Doha, Qatar
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium

2022

27 January 2022 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   v   Syria United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
1 February 2022 World Cup qualification Iran   v   United Arab Emirates Iran
Stadium: TBD
24 March 2022 World Cup qualification Iraq   v   United Arab Emirates Iraq
Stadium: TBD
29 March 2022 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates   v   South Korea United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD

Current staff

Last Update: December 2020[17]

Head coach   Bert van Marwijk
Assistant coach   Roel Coumans
Assistant coach   John Metgod
Assistant coach   Taco van den Velde
Fitness coach   Hassan Yaqoob
Goalkeeping coach   Mohamed Al-Faraj
Doctor   Ertugrul Karanlik
Physiotherapist   Khalil Muftah
Physiotherapist   Rashid Hameed

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the training camp in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.[18]
Caps and goals as of 7 September 2021 after the match against Syria.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ali Khasif (1987-06-09) 9 June 1987 (age 34) 59 0   Al Jazira
17 1GK Fahad Al-Dhanhani (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 30) 2 0   Baniyas
22 1GK Adel Al-Hosani (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 32) 1 0   Sharjah

2 2DF Mohammed Barqesh (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 30) 19 0   Al Wahda
3 2DF Walid Abbas (Captain) (1985-06-11) 11 June 1985 (age 36) 97 6   Shabab Al Ahli
4 2DF Shahin Abdulrahman (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 28) 10 0   Sharjah
6 2DF Mohammed Al-Attas (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 24) 11 1   Al Jazira
12 2DF Khalifa Al Hammadi (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 22) 14 0   Al Jazira
16 2DF Al Hassan Saleh (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 30) 11 0   Sharjah
21 2DF Mahmoud Khamees (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 33) 38 2   Al Wahda

5 3MF Ali Salmeen (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 26) 38 2   Al Wasl
8 3MF Majed Hassan (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 29) 53 1   Shabab Al Ahli
9 3MF Bandar Al-Ahbabi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 31) 33 2   Al Ain
13 3MF Ahmed Barman (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 27) 29 1   Al Ain
14 3MF Abdulla Hamad (2001-09-18) 18 September 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Al Wahda
18 3MF Abdullah Ramadan (1998-03-07) 7 March 1998 (age 23) 16 0   Al Jazira
19 3MF Tahnoon Al-Zaabi (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 22) 6 0   Al Wahda
23 3MF Mohammed Jumaa (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 24) 5 1   Shabab Al Ahli

7 4FW Ali Mabkhout (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30) 94 77   Al Jazira
10 4FW Khalfan Mubarak (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 26) 30 1   Al Jazira
11 4FW Caio Canedo (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 31) 8 3   Al Ain
15 4FW Fábio Lima (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 28) 11 6   Al Wasl
20 4FW Sebastián Tagliabúe (1985-02-22) 22 February 1985 (age 36) 5 3   Al Nasr

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mohamed Al-Shamsi (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Al Wahda v.   Indonesia, 11 June 2021 PRE
GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 32) 53 0   Al Ain v.   India, 29 March 2021

DF Hassan Al-Moharrami (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 25) 4 0   Baniyas v.   Vietnam, 15 June 2021 PRE
DF Yousif Jaber (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 36) 47 2   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Vietnam, 15 June 2021
DF Mohamed Fawzi (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 31) 46 0   Al Nasr v.   Bahrain, 16 November 2020
DF Abdulaziz Haikal (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 31) 41 1   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Bahrain, 16 November 2020
DF Majed Suroor (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Sharjah v.   Bahrain, 16 November 2020
DF Fares Jumaa (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 32) 44 2   Al Wahda v.   Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020
DF Mohammed Marzooq (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 32) 8 0   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020

MF Khalil Ibrahim (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28) 13 6   Al Wahda v.   Vietnam, 15 June 2021 PRE
MF Abdullah Al-Naqbi (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 28) 2 0   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Indonesia, 11 June 2021
MF Habib Al Fardan (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 30) 57 6   Al Nasr v.   Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Khaled Ba Wazir (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 26) 6 0   Sharjah v.   Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Mohammed Al Marashda (2000-05-06) 6 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Kalba v.   Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Abdullah Kazim (1996-07-31) 31 July 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Sharjah v.   Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Salem Rashid (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 27) 4 0   Al Jazira v.   Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020 PRE
MF Khamis Esmaeel (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 32) 76 1   Al Wahda v.   Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020

FW Hareb Abdullah (2002-11-26) 26 November 2002 (age 18) 2 0   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Vietnam, 15 June 2021
FW Ali Saleh (2000-01-22) 22 January 2000 (age 21) 11 2   Al Wasl v.   Iraq, 12 January 2021 PRE
FW Zayed Al-Ameri (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Al Jazira v.   Iraq, 12 January 2021 PRE
FW Yahya Al Ghassani (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Shabab Al Ahli v.   Iraq, 12 January 2021 PRE

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from international association football

List of UAE squads

Player records

As of 7 September 2021[19]
Players in bold are still active with United Arab Emirates.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1974 Part of the   United Kingdom Part of the   United Kingdom
  1978 and   1982 Did not participate Did not participate
  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 8 6 0 2 23 7
    2026 To be determined
Total Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 2 11 104 48 20 37 186 118

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup Qualification record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1972 Part of the   United Kingdom Part of the   United Kingdom
  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 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 Semi-finals 4th 6 3 2 1 8 8 Hosts
  2023 Qualified TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 6 0 2 23 7
Total Runners-up 2nd 44 15 11 18 41 59 48 35 6 7 128 30

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 and   1995 Did not qualify
  1997 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 8
  1999 to   2017 Did not qualify
Total Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 8

Asian Games

Asian Games
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1974 to   1982 Did not enter
  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 Quarter-finals 13 5 5 3 18 19

Gulf Cup

Gulf Cup
Year Place Pld W D L GF GA
  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
  2022 TBD
Total Champions 111 41 28 39 117 135

FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1963 Did not enter
  1964
  1966
  1985
  1988
  1992
  1998 Fourth place 4 1 0 3 6 8
  2002 Did not enter
2009 Cancelled
  2012 Did not enter
  2021 To be determined
Total 1/9 4 1 0 3 6 8

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games
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 Fourth place 15 4 3 8 13 19

Other Tournaments

Other
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1973 Palestine Cup of Nations Group stage 8th 4 0 2 2 3 7
  1975 Palestine Cup of Nations Group stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
  1981 Merdeka Tournament Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 6 10
  1982 Merdeka Tournament Group stage 5th 4 1 0 3 5 8
  1994 Friendship Tournament Third place 3rd 3 0 1 2 1 3
  1996 Friendship Tournament Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 4 2
  1998 Friendship Tournament Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 4 1
  1999 Friendship Tournament Runner-ups 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 5
  2000 Oman Cup Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 2 1
  2000 LG Cup Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
  2005 Kirin Cup Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 1 0
  2005 International Arab Friendly Tournament Runner-ups 2nd 2 0 2 0 1 1
  2007 Four Nations Tournament Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 0 6
  2008 Dubai Challenge Cup Fourth place 4th 2 0 1 1 0 1
  2009 UAE International Cup Runner-ups 2nd 2 0 1 1 0 1
  2013 OSN Cup Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 5 3
  2016 King's Cup Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2018 King's Cup Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 3
Total 6 titles 1st 48 14 14 20 43 67

Head-to-head record

As of 7 September 2021[20]

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 32 13 6 13 55 48 +7
  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
  Dominican Republic 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
  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[a] 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 14 10 2 2 32 7 +25
  Indonesia 6 4 1 1 18 8 +10
  Iran 16 1 3 12 4 24 −20
  Iraq 28 7 11 10 27 40 −13
  Japan 20 5 9 6 18 22 −4
  Jordan 18 11 4 3 30 15 +15
  Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 9 5 +4
  Kenya 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
  Kuwait 41 16 8 17 49 74 −25
  Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Laos 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9
  Lebanon 12 7 4 1 23 13 +10
  Libya 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3
  Lithuania 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Malaysia 12 10 0 2 32 7 +25
  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 31 10 8 13 35 40 −5
  Romania 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Russia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Saudi Arabia 36 8 8 20 27 51 −24
  Serbia[b] 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 8 8 0 0 35 3 +32
  Sudan 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4
  Sweden 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
   Switzerland 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1
  Syria 22 11 8 3 33 17 +16
  Tajikistan 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Thailand 12 7 3 2 19 12 +7
  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 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7
  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 17 9 4 4 25 19 +6
  Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Vietnam 7 5 0 2 16 6 +10
  Yemen[c] 13 10 0 3 29 13 +16
Total 582 232 150 200 823 720 +103
  1. ^ Includes matches against   West Germany.
  2. ^ Includes matches against   Yugoslavia.
  3. ^ Includes matches against   North Yemen.

Honours

Continetal Competitions
Runner-up (1): 1996
Third place (1): 2015
Fourth place (1): 1992
Semi-finals (1): 2019
Regional Competitions
Fourth place (1): 1998
Winners (2): 2007, 2013
Runner-up (4): 1986, 1988, 1994, 2017
Minor Competitions
Winners (2) 1996, 1998
Winners (1): 2005
  • OSN Cup
Winners (1): 2013
Winners (1): 2000[21]
  • Oman Cup
Winners (1): 2000[22]

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