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United Arab Emirates National Football Team

United Arab Emirates
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Al Abyad (The Whites)
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
AssociationUAE Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
WAFF (West Asia)
Head coachVacant
CaptainVarious
Most caps
Top scorer
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUAE
FIFA ranking
Current 71 Decrease 4 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest40 (November - December 1998)
Lowest138 (January 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 90 Decrease 8 (25 November 2019)[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 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

The United Arab Emirates national football team (Arabic: ? ? ? ‎) represents the United Arab Emirates in international football and is controlled by the United Arab Emirates Football Association, the governing body for football in the United Arab Emirates and a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). They were for a time managed by legendary English manager Don Revie.

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.

History

Early years

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 appearances

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 Italy

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'.[3] 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 Cup

The United Arab Emirates hosted the 1996 AFC Asian Cup. They hired Croatian coach Tomislav Ivi? 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

2000-2011

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.

2012-2015

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 Cup

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 Qualification

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.[4]

2019 AFC Asian Cup

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] The semi-finals was seen as a rivalry between the host UAE and Qatar.[9] 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.[10]

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification

The United Arab Emirates joined the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers, where they placed in with Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. Bert van Marwijk was sacked due to his poor start in the qualifiers and his early group stage exist in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup. By the time of his sacking the UAE was at 4th in the group.[11]

Rivalries

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

Qatar

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] However, on 21st of September, AFC has lifted the ban just a few weeks before the match has begun[16]

Home stadium

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
Abu Dhabi Zayed Sports City Stadium 3.jpg Zayed Sports City Stadium 43,206 Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi v   Kyrgyzstan
(21 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
IRN-YMN 20190107 Asian Cup 4.jpg Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium 42,056 Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi v   Syria
(26 March 2019; Friendly)
Al-Nahyan Stadium.jpg Al Nahyan Stadium 12,201 Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi v   Saudi Arabia
(21 March 2019; Friendly)
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium-1600x508.jpg Hazza bin Zayed Stadium 25,053 Al Ain, Abu Dhabi v   Australia
(25 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
No image available.svg Zabeel Stadium 8,439 Dubai City, Dubai v   Yemen
(20 November 2018; Friendly)
Dubai Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 2.jpg Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000 Dubai City, Dubai v   Bolivia
(16 November 2018; Friendly)
No image available.svg Al Maktoum Stadium 15,058 Dubai City, Dubai v   Indonesia
(10 October 2019; 2022 World Cup qualifiers)

Historical kits

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

Coaching & Medical staff

Last Update: December 2019[17]

Coaching Staff

Head coach Vacant
Assistant coach United Arab Emirates Murshid Waleed
Assistant coach United Arab Emirates Amir Utbah
Fitness coach United Arab Emirates Khaleed Al-Thani
Goalkeeping coach United Arab Emirates Abdullah Ashraf
Technical director United Arab Emirates Khalifa Al-Jaadani

Medical Staff

Doctor United Arab Emirates Sultan Al-Ghul
Physiotherapist United Arab Emirates Khalil Muftah
Physiotherapist United Arab Emirates Rashid Hameed

Players

Current squad

  • 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 32) 45 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
17 1GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 30) 45 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
22 1GK Adel Al-Hosani (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 30) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah
24 1GK Mohammed Al-Shamsi (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda

3 2DF Mohammed Marzooq (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 30) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
5 2DF Mohammed Al Attas (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 22) 1 1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
6 2DF Yousif Jaber (Captain) (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 34) 39 2 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
8 2DF Hamdan Al-Kamali (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 30) 52 5 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda
12 2DF Khalifa Al Hammadi (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 21) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
16 2DF Al Hassan Saleh (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 28) 5 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah
26 2DF Majed Suroor (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 22) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah
27 2DF Shahin Abdulrahman (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 27) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah

2 3MF Khalil Ibrahim (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 26) 2 3 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda
4 3MF Waleed Hussain (1992-05-27) 27 May 1992 (age 27) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
7 3MF Abdullah Ramadan (1998-03-07) 7 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
9 3MF Bandar Al-Ahbabi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 29) 15 2 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
10 3MF Omar Abdulrahman (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 28) 74 11 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
15 3MF Ismail Al Hammadi (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 31) 114 13 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
18 3MF Tareq Ahmed (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 31) 6 1 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr
19 3MF Ahmed Barman (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 25) 4 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
23 3MF Salem Rashid (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 25) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira

11 4FW Ahmed Khalil (1991-06-08) 8 June 1991 (age 28) 104 48 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
13 4FW Jassem Yaqoub (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr
14 4FW Zaid Al-Ameri (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
20 4FW Ali Saleh (2000-01-22) 22 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
21 4FW Khalfan Mubarak (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 24) 12 1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
25 4FW Ali Mabkhout (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 29) 81 58 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira

Recent call-ups

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 Fahad Al-Dhanhani (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 28) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019

DF Mohammed Al-Menhali (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 29) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda v.  Vietnam, 14 November 2019
DF Mohammed Ali Shaker (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 22) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Vietnam, 14 November 2019
DF Walid Abbas (1985-06-11) 11 June 1985 (age 34) 64 0 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli v.  Vietnam, 14 November 2019
DF Hassan Al-Moharrami (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 23) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas v.  Malaysia, 10 September 2019
DF Mohammed Ibrahim (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
DF Mubarak Saeed (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 28) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
DF Abdullah Ghanem (1995-05-21) 21 May 1995 (age 24) 5 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
DF Ismail AhmedSUS (1983-07-07) 7 July 1983 (age 36) 26 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Mohamed Ahmed (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 30) 15 2 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Khalifa Mubarak (1993-10-30) 30 October 1993 (age 26) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019
DF Fares Juma Al Saadi (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 30) 35 2 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019

MF Ali Salmeen (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 24) 8 1 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl v.  Vietnam, 14 November 2019}
MF Habib Al Fardan (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 29) 12 6 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr v.  Vietnam, 14 November 2019
MF Abdullah Al-Naqbi (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
MF Suhail Al-Mansoori (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 26) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Dhafra v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
MF Mansor Abbas (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 28) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Kalba v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
MF Khamis Esmaeel (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 30) 12 1 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
MF Saif Rashid (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 25) 2 1 United Arab Emirates Sharjah v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
MF Amer Abdulrahman (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 30) 44 2 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019
MF Mohamed Abdulrahman (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 30) 33 1 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019
MF Majed Hassan (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 27) 38 1 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019

FW Mohamed Al-Akbari (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 23) 6 1 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr v.  Dominican Republic, 30 August 2019
FW Rayan Yaslam (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 25) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
FW Salem Saleh (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 28) 12 5 United Arab Emirates Al Nasr v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
FW Suhail Al-Noubi (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
FW Mohammed Khalvan (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 21) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019
FW Ismail MatarRET (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 36) 126 36 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda v.  Qatar, 29 January 2019
  • RET Retired from national team.
  • SUS Player suspended.

Recent and forthcoming fixtures

2019

2020

Tournament records

FIFA World Cup record

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
Uruguay 1930 Part of the  United Kingdom Part of the  United Kingdom
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Not eligible to enter Not eligible to enter
Argentina 1978 Did not participate Did not participate
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 4
Italy 1990 Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 2 11 9 4 4 1 16 7
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 6 1 1 19 4
France 1998 12 5 4 3 16 13
South KoreaJapan 2002 14 7 2 5 31 20
Germany 2006 6 3 1 2 6 6
South Africa 2010 16 4 3 9 19 24
Brazil 2014 8 2 1 5 14 16
Russia 2018 18 9 3 6 37 17
Qatar 2022 To be determined 4 2 0 2 8 4
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 0 3 2 11 100 44 20 37 171 115

AFC Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualifications record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
Hong Kong1956 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972
Iran 1976
Kuwait 1980 Group stage 9th 4 0 1 3 3 9 3 1 2 0 2 0
Singapore 1984 Group stage 6th 4 2 0 2 3 8 4 3 0 1 24 2
Qatar 1988 Group stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 4 5 4 1 0 12 1
Japan 1992 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 6 3
United Arab Emirates 1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 2 0 8 3 Automatic qualification as hosts
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 12 2
China 2004 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 1 5 6 4 1 1 13 5
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 6 6 4 1 1 11 6
Qatar 2011 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 0 4 4 3 0 1 7 1
Australia 2015 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 8 6 5 1 0 18 3
United Arab Emirates 2019 Semifinals 4th 6 3 2 1 8 8 8* 5 2 1 27 4
China 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 Cup record

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 8
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total Group stage 1/10 3 1 0 2 2 8

Asian Games record

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
India 1951 Did not enter
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974
Thailand 1978
India 1982
South Korea 1986 Quarter-finals 5 3 2 0 7 4
China 1990 Did not enter
Japan 1994 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 6 5
Thailand 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 record

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Place Pld W D L GF GA
Bahrain 1970 Did not enter
Saudi Arabia 1972 Third place 3 1 0 2 1 11
Kuwait1974 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 5 9
Qatar 1976 Fifth Place 6 0 2 4 4 13
Iraq 1979 Sixth place 6 1 0 5 5 18
United Arab Emirates 1982 Third place 5 3 0 2 7 6
Oman 1984 Fourth place 6 2 3 1 5 4
Bahrain 1986 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 10 7
Saudi Arabia 1988 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 7 4
Kuwait 1990 Fifth place 4 0 2 2 2 8
Qatar 1992 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 4 3
United Arab Emirates 1994 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 7 1
Oman 1996 Fourth place 5 1 3 1 5 5
Bahrain 1998 Third place 5 2 1 2 5 7
Saudi Arabia 2002 Sixth place 5 1 0 4 3 7
Kuwait 2003 Fifth place 6 2 1 3 6 7
Qatar 2004 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 4 5
United Arab Emirates 2007 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
Oman 2009 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 3 4
Yemen 2010 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 2
Bahrain 2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 10 3
Saudi Arabia 2014 Third place 5 2 2 1 7 5
Kuwait 2017 Runners-up 5 1 4 0 1 0
Qatar 2019 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 5 6
Total Champions 111 41 28 39 117 135

Pan Arab Games record

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953 Did not enter
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 3
Lebanon 1997 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Jordan 1999 Second Round 5 1 2 2 5 5
Egypt 2007 Fourth Place 4 1 1 2 3 6
Qatar 2011 Did not enter
Total 4/10 15 4 3 8 13 19

Friendly tournaments

Head to head against other countries

As of 2 December 2019[18]

  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
 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 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 5 3 1 1 13 8 +5
 Iran 16 1 3 12 4 24 -20
 Iraq 33 8 13 12 32 49 -17
 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 41 16 8 17 49 74 -25
 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 11 9 0 2 28 7 +21
 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 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 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 21 11 7 3 32 16 +16
 Thailand 11 6 3 2 16 11 +5
 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 16 9 4 3 24 17 +7
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
 Vietnam 6 4 0 2 13 4 +9
 Yemen 13 10 0 3 29 13 +16
Total 580 226 150 201 795 723 +72

Records

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

Honors

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

Minor competitions

Winners (1): 2005
  • OSN Cup
Winners (1): 2013
Winners (1): 2000[20]
  • Oman Cup
Winners (1): 2000[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b "UAE's 1990 World Cup journey now a documentary". Gulf News. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Mahdi Ali resigns as UAE's World Cup ends with a defeat". The National. 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=522431
  6. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dcunited/uae-thailand-make-asian-cup-last-16-heartbreak-for-india/2019/01/14/5b90b9f2-182d-11e9-b8e6-567190c2fd08_story.html
  7. ^ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/hosts-uae-reach-asian-cup-last-eight-with-extra-time-penalty-11150542
  8. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jan/25/asian-cup-report-australia-uae-south-korea-qatar-son-heung-min-spurs
  9. ^ https://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/football/AFC-Asian-Cup:-UAE-Qatar-match-tickets-sell-like-hot-cakes
  10. ^ https://www.scmp.com/sport/football/article/2184193/asian-cup-uae-fans-pelt-qatar-players-shoes-hosts-are-thrashed-4-0
  11. ^ "UAE fires coach Van Marwijk after Qatar defeat". euronews. 5 December 2019.
  12. ^ Prashant, N. D. "UAE take on Saudi Arabia in clash of titans". gulfnews.com.
  13. ^ "Political tension spills on the pitch between UAE and Qatar in AFC U19". foxnews. 18 October 2018.
  14. ^ "UAE fans throw shoes and bottles at "Qatari" players". 27 January 2019.
  15. ^ "UAE fined $150K for fans targeting Qatar". Washington Post. 11 March 2019.
  16. ^ " ? ? ". UAEFA. 21 September 2019.
  17. ^ "UAE National Team staff". uaefa.com.
  18. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: United Arab Emirates". Eloratings.net. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ Roberto Mamrud; Karel Stokkermans. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  20. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesu/uae-friend00.html
  21. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tableso/omantour00.html

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