|Nickname(s)||Al Abyad (The Whites)|
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
|Association||UAE Football Association|
|WAFF (West Asia)|
|Current||71 4 (28 November 2019)|
|Highest||40 (November - December 1998)|
|Lowest||138 (January 2012)|
|Current||90 8 (25 November 2019)|
|Highest||24 (15 January 2015)|
|Lowest||140 (September 1981)|
| United Arab Emirates 1-0 Qatar |
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 17 March 1972)
| Brunei 0-12 United Arab Emirates |
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
| United Arab Emirates 0-8 Brazil |
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; 12 November 2005)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1990)|
|Best result||Group stage , 1990|
|Appearances||10 (first in 1980)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1996|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Group Stage, 1997|
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.
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.
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.
In 1984, Mohajerani resigned as UAE head coach and was replaced with former Brazil manager Carlos Alberto Parreira. Parreira led the country at the 1988 AFC Asian Cup and left his position after the tournament. He was succeeded by Brazilian World Cup winning coach Mário Zagallo. Zagallo led the country to the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. However, Zagallo resigned before the tournament and Parreira returned as head coach to lead the United Arab Emirates at the tournament.
|United Arab Emirates||5||1||4||0||4||3||+1||6|
They were drawn at Group D along with eventual winner West Germany, Colombia and Yugoslavia. They lost 2-0 to Colombia, 5-1 to West Germany and 4-1 to Yugoslavia. They finished fourth with no points, scoring two goals and conceding eleven goals. UAE's first goal at the tournament was scored by Khalid Ismaïl against West Germany. The tournament was later put into a 2016 documentary titled 'Lights of Rome'. After the tournament, Parreira was sacked. Two years later, at the 1992 AFC Asian Cup, the United Arab Emirates finished in fourth place, their best finish up to that date.
|1||West Germany||3||2||1||0||10||3||+7||5||Advance to knockout stage|
|4||United Arab Emirates||3||0||0||3||2||11||−9||0|
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.
Despite their good performances at the previous Asian Cup, the United Arab Emirates missed the qualification for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon. They also finished in last place at the 2002 Gulf Cup in Saudi Arabia.
They were eliminated in the next three AFC Asian Cup tournaments at the group stage. Their worst performance was in 2011 when they finished the tournament goalless. At this time, many notable coaches managed the United Arab Emirates, including Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, the UAE appointed Senegal's 2002 FIFA World Cup head coach, Bruno Metsu as their new manager. He led the United Arab Emirates to the 2007 Gulf Cup title, the country's first major achievement.
After hiring many notable European coaches, in 2012, the United Arab Emirates appointed the Olympic team coach Mahdi Ali as the new manager of the national team. Ali previously led the country to their first ever appearance at the Olympic Games.
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.
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.
In 2015, It was announced that the United Arab Emirates will host the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, this marks the 2nd time United Arab Emirates hosts an AFC Asian Cup, first was in 1996 AFC Asian Cup were UAE finished in second place after losing Saudi Arabia on penalties. With its desire to win the trophy for the first time, the team had a new coach, and former Asian Cup winning manager Alberto Zaccheroni.
The United Arab Emirates opened their campaign, by obtaining a 1-1 draw to neighbor Bahrain, which was seen as disappointing. However, the UAE salvaged important three points against India with a 2-0 win before drew Thailand 1-1 to secure its top spot and progress to the round of sixteen. On the round of sixteen, the UAE had to play a hard-fought match against Kyrgyzstan, and had been equalized twice after 90', but an important penalty from Ali Mabkhout ensured the UAE to enter the quarter-finals against then-defending champions Australia. In the quarter-finals, the UAE scored its first ever goal against Australia to gain its first ever win against them and eliminated them in process. The semi-finals was seen as a rivalry between the host UAE and Qatar. Some Emirati supporters booed Qatari anthem, and threw footwear in the pitch after Qatar scored their second goal. The UAE lost to Qatar 0-4, which marked UAE's first defeat to Qatar since 2001 which ended the chance for the UAE's entry to the final.
The 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.
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. As of 2018, Qatar and UAE have played 29 official matches, most of which was held competitively in the Arabian Gulf Cup, it started off with the United Arab Emirates beating Qatar 1-0. They only played 2 friendly games and the last friendly was held in 2011 which ended with an Emirati victory. In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, hosted by the UAE, Qatar overran the UAE for the first time since 2001 with the result 4-0, with heavy tensions and violence occurred between two and Emirati supporters cheering anti-Qatari chants. UAE was fined $150,000 US dollars for the incident and has to play their first 2022 and 2023 qualification game in closed doors. However, on 21st of September, AFC has lifted the ban just a few weeks before the match has begun
UAE's main national stadium is Sheikh Zayed Stadium, located in capital Abu Dhabi. However, UAE has also used Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Al Jazira Stadium) and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain. As of 2019, the UAE has played in six home stadiums.
|United Arab Emirates national football team home stadiums|
|Zayed Sports City Stadium||43,206||Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi||v Kyrgyzstan|
(21 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
|Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium||42,056||Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi||v Syria|
(26 March 2019; Friendly)
|Al Nahyan Stadium||12,201||Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi||v Saudi Arabia|
(21 March 2019; Friendly)
|Hazza bin Zayed Stadium||25,053||Al Ain, Abu Dhabi||v Australia|
(25 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
|Zabeel Stadium||8,439||Dubai City, Dubai||v Yemen|
(20 November 2018; Friendly)
|Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium||12,000||Dubai City, Dubai||v Bolivia|
(16 November 2018; Friendly)
|Al Maktoum Stadium||15,058||Dubai City, Dubai||v Indonesia|
(10 October 2019; 2022 World Cup qualifiers)
Prior 2019 Home
Prior 2019 Away
1992 Asian Cup Home
1994 Asian Games Home
1994 Asian Games Away
Last Update: December 2019
|Assistant coach||Murshid Waleed|
|Assistant coach||Amir Utbah|
|Fitness coach||Khaleed Al-Thani|
|Goalkeeping coach||Abdullah Ashraf|
|Technical director||Khalifa Al-Jaadani|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ali Khasif||9 June 1987||45||0||Al Jazira|
|17||GK||Khalid Eisa||15 September 1989||45||0||Al Ain|
|22||GK||Adel Al-Hosani||23 August 1989||0||0||Sharjah|
|24||GK||Mohammed Al-Shamsi||4 January 1997||0||0||Al Wahda|
|3||DF||Mohammed Marzooq||23 January 1989||0||0||Shabab Al Ahli|
|5||DF||Mohammed Al Attas||5 August 1997||1||1||Al Jazira|
|6||DF||Yousif Jaber (Captain)||25 February 1985||39||2||Shabab Al Ahli|
|8||DF||Hamdan Al-Kamali||2 May 1989||52||5||Al Wahda|
|12||DF||Khalifa Al Hammadi||6 November 1998||0||0||Al Jazira|
|16||DF||Al Hassan Saleh||25 June 1991||5||0||Sharjah|
|26||DF||Majed Suroor||14 October 1997||0||0||Sharjah|
|27||DF||Shahin Abdulrahman||16 November 1992||0||0||Sharjah|
|2||MF||Khalil Ibrahim||4 May 1993||2||3||Al Wahda|
|4||MF||Waleed Hussain||27 May 1992||0||0||Shabab Al Ahli|
|7||MF||Abdullah Ramadan||7 March 1998||0||0||Al Jazira|
|9||MF||Bandar Al-Ahbabi||9 July 1990||15||2||Al Ain|
|10||MF||Omar Abdulrahman||20 September 1991||74||11||Al Jazira|
|15||MF||Ismail Al Hammadi||1 July 1988||114||13||Shabab Al Ahli|
|18||MF||Tareq Ahmed||12 March 1988||6||1||Al Nasr|
|19||MF||Ahmed Barman||5 February 1994||4||0||Al Ain|
|23||MF||Salem Rashid||21 December 1993||0||0||Al Jazira|
|11||FW||Ahmed Khalil||8 June 1991||104||48||Shabab Al Ahli|
|13||FW||Jassem Yaqoub||16 March 1997||0||0||Al Nasr|
|14||FW||Zaid Al-Ameri||14 January 1997||0||0||Al Jazira|
|20||FW||Ali Saleh||22 January 2000||0||0||Al Wasl|
|21||FW||Khalfan Mubarak||9 May 1995||12||1||Al Jazira|
|25||FW||Ali Mabkhout||5 October 1990||81||58||Al Jazira|
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||3 September 1991||0||0||Baniyas||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|DF||Mohammed Al-Menhali||27 October 1990||0||0||Al Wahda||v. Vietnam, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Mohammed Ali Shaker||27 April 1997||0||0||Al Ain||v. Vietnam, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Walid Abbas||11 June 1985||64||0||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Vietnam, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Hassan Al-Moharrami||6 June 1996||0||0||Baniyas||v. Malaysia, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Mohammed Ibrahim||14 May 1999||0||0||Al Nasr||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|DF||Mubarak Saeed||18 October 1991||0||0||Al Nasr||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|DF||Abdullah Ghanem||21 May 1995||5||0||Sharjah||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|DF||Ismail AhmedSUS||7 July 1983||26||0||Al Ain||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Mohamed Ahmed||16 April 1989||15||2||Al Ain||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Khalifa Mubarak||30 October 1993||1||0||Al Nasr||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|DF||Fares Juma Al Saadi||30 December 1988||35||2||Al Jazira||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|MF||Ali Salmeen||4 February 1995||8||1||Al Wasl||v. Vietnam, 14 November 2019}|
|MF||Habib Al Fardan||11 November 1990||12||6||Al Nasr||v. Vietnam, 14 November 2019|
|MF||Abdullah Al-Naqbi||28 April 1993||0||0||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|MF||Suhail Al-Mansoori||19 May 1993||0||0||Al Dhafra||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|MF||Mansor Abbas||18 March 1991||0||0||Kalba||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|MF||Khamis Esmaeel||16 August 1989||12||1||Al Wasl||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|MF||Saif Rashid||25 January 1994||2||1||Sharjah||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|MF||Amer Abdulrahman||3 July 1989||44||2||Al Jazira||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|MF||Mohamed Abdulrahman||4 February 1989||33||1||Al Ain||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|MF||Majed Hassan||1 August 1992||38||1||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
|FW||Mohamed Al-Akbari||15 March 1996||6||1||Al Nasr||v. Dominican Republic, 30 August 2019|
|FW||Rayan Yaslam||23 November 1994||0||0||Al Ain||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|FW||Salem Saleh||14 January 1991||12||5||Al Nasr||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|FW||Suhail Al-Noubi||9 January 1996||0||0||Baniyas||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|FW||Mohammed Khalvan||28 August 1998||0||0||Al Ain||v. Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2019|
|FW||Ismail MatarRET||7 April 1983||126||36||Al Wahda||v. Qatar, 29 January 2019|
The United Arab Emirates only appearance at the World Cup was in 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy where they would lose all three of their matches to Yugoslavia, Colombia and West Germany. This lone appearance was put into a 2016 documentary titled 'Lights of Rome'.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Part of the United Kingdom||Part of the United Kingdom|
|1974||Not eligible to enter||Not eligible to enter|
|1978||Did not participate||Did not participate|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||4|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||6||1||1||19||4|
|2022||To be determined||4||2||0||2||8||4|
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualifications record|
|1956||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Runners-up||2nd||6||4||2||0||8||3||Automatic qualification as hosts|
|2000||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||12||2|
|United Arab Emirates's Asian Cup record|
|First Match|| United Arab Emirates 1-1 Kuwait |
(15 September 1980; Kuwait City, Kuwait)
|Biggest Win|| United Arab Emirates 4-1 Qatar |
(11 January 2015; Canberra, Australia)
|Biggest Defeat|| China PR 5-0 United Arab Emirates |
(11 December 1984; Kallang, Singapore)
|Best Result||Second Place in 1996|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 1980, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2007, 2011|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|1999||Did not qualify|
|Asian Games record|
|1951||Did not enter|
|1990||Did not enter|
|2002-present||See United Arab Emirates national under-23 football team|
|Arabian Gulf Cup record|
|1970||Did not enter|
|Pan Arab Games record|
|1953||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not enter|
|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 UAE Cup||Third Place||3rd||3||0||1||2||1||3|
|1996 UAE Cup||Champions||1st||3||2||1||0||4||2|
|1998 UAE Cup||Champions||1st||3||3||0||0||4||1|
|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|
As of 2 December 2019
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||0||1||1||3||5||-2|