United Arab Emirates national football team

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United Arab Emirates
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Al-Abyad (The White), Eyal Zayed (Zayed's Sons)
Association U.A.E. Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mahdi Ali
Captain Ali Khasif
Most caps Adnan Al Talyani (161)
Top scorer Adnan Al Talyani (52)
Home stadium Sheikh Zayed Stadium
FIFA code UAE
FIFA ranking 72 Decrease 5
Highest FIFA ranking 42 (November 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 138 (January 2012)
Elo ranking 47
Highest Elo ranking 41 (September 1997)
Lowest Elo ranking 151 (September 1981)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 United Arab Emirates 1–0 Qatar 
(Saudi Arabia; March 17, 1972)
Biggest win
 Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; April 14, 2001)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Emirates 0–8 Brazil 
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; November 12, 2005)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1990)
Best result Round 1
Asian Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1980)
Best result Runner-up; 1996
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1997)
Best result Round 1

The United Arab Emirates national football team (Arabic: الامارات 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. United Arab Emirates' home ground is Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The team is popularly known as Al-Abyad (The Whites).

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 UAE took fourth place in the 1992 Asian Cup, and runner-up in 1996. In both tournaments their final match was lost on penalty kicks. In 2007 the UAE beat Oman 1–0 to win the Gulf Cup for the first time in their history.

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 to Germany 1974 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Withdrew - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Round 1 24th 3 0 0 3 2 11
United States 1994 to Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total Round 1 1/20 3 0 0 3 2 11
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1976 Did not enter - - - - - -
Kuwait 1980 Round 1 4 0 1 3 3 9
Singapore1984 Round 1 4 2 0 2 3 8
Qatar 1988 Round 1 4 1 0 3 2 4
Japan 1992 Fourth place 3 1 2 0 2 1
United Arab Emirates 1996 Runners-Up 6 4 2 0 8 3
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
China 2004 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 5
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 6
Qatar 2011 Round 1 3 0 1 2 0 4
Australia 2015 Qualified - - - - - -
Total 8/15 30 9 7 14 22 40
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Gulf Cup of Nations record[edit]

Winner of the 2013 edition

Year Host Country Place
1970  Bahrain Did not enter
1972  Saudi Arabia Third place
1974  Kuwait 4th place
1976  Qatar Third place
1979  Iraq 6th place
1982  UAE Third place
1984  Oman 4th place
1986  Bahrain Runner-up
1988  Saudi Arabia Runner-up
1990  Kuwait 5th place
1992  Qatar 4th place
1994  UAE Runner-up
1996  Oman 4th place
1998  Bahrain Third place
2002  Saudi Arabia 6th place
2003  Kuwait 5th place
2004  Qatar Group Stage
2007  UAE Champion
2009  Oman Group Stage
2010  Yemen Semi-Final
2013  Bahrain Champion

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 8 Squad
Mexico 1999 Did Not Qualify
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021
Total Group Stage 1/9 3 1 0 2 2 8 -

Achievements[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Bruno Metsu, the former manager of the United Arab Emirates.
Manager From To
Egypt Mohammed Sheita 1972 1973
United Arab Emirates Jumaa Gharib 1973 1973
Egypt Mohammed Sheita 1973 1974
Egypt Mimi El-Sherbini 1975 1975
United Arab Emirates Jumaa Gharib 1975 1976
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dimitri Tadić 1976 1976
England Don Revie 1977 1980
Iran Heshmat Mohajerani 1980 1984
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira 1984 1988
Brazil Mario Zagallo 1988 1990
Poland Bernhard Blaut 1990 1990
Ukraine Valery Lobanovsky 1990 1993
Poland Antoni Piechniczek 1993 1995
Croatia Tomislav Ivić 1995 1996
Brazil Lori Sandri 1997 1997
Czech Republic Milan Máčala 1997 1997
Brazil Lori Sandri 1998 1998
Portugal Carlos Queiroz 1998 Sept 1999
Croatia Srećko Juričić 1999 1999
United Arab Emirates Abdullah Masfar 2000 2000
France Henri Michel 2000 2001
United Arab Emirates Abdullah Saqr 2001 2001
Netherlands Tini Ruijs 2001 2001
Netherlands Jo Bonfrere Nov 2001 Jan 2002 (Gulf Cup campaign)
England Roy Hodgson Apr 2002 Jan 2004
Netherlands Aad De Mos 2004 2005
Netherlands Dick Advocaat Aug 2005 Sep 2005 (clause in contract allowing him to leave)
France Bruno Metsu 2006 September 2008
France Dominique Bathenay September 2008 June 2009
Slovenia Srečko Katanec June 2009 September 2011
United Arab Emirates Abdullah Masfar September 2011 August 2012
United Arab Emirates Mahdi Ali August 2012

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Match Date: 15 November 2013
Opposition:  Hong Kong (2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification)
Caps and goals correct as of: 15 November 2013

No. Pos. Player Date of Birth (age) Club
1 1GK Ali Khasif (c) (1987-06-09)9 June 1987 (aged 25) United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
12 1GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15)15 September 1989 (aged 23) United Arab Emirates Al Ain
22 1GK Dawoud Sulaiman (1990-02-21)21 February 1990 (aged 22) United Arab Emirates Al Ain
3 2DF Walid Abbas (1985-06-11)11 June 1985 (aged 27) United Arab Emirates Al Ahli Club
6 2DF Mohanad Salem (1985-03-01)1 March 1985 (aged 27) United Arab Emirates Al Ain
8 2DF Hamdan Al Kamali (1989-05-02)2 May 1989 (aged 23) United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
14 2DF Abdelaziz Sanqour (1989-05-07)7 May 1989 (aged 23) United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
16 2DF Abdullah Mousa (1987-02-23)23 February 1987 (aged 25) United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
23 2DF Mohamed Ahmed (1989-04-16)16 April 1989 (aged 23) United Arab Emirates Al Ain
2 3MF Mohamed Fawzi (1990-02-22)22 February 1990 (aged 22) United Arab Emirates Baniyas
4 3MF Habib Fardan (1990-11-11)11 November 1990 (aged 22) United Arab Emirates Al Nasr
5 3MF Amer Abdulrahman (1989-07-03)3 July 1989 (aged 21) United Arab Emirates Baniyas
9 3MF Abdulaziz Hussain (1990-09-10)10 September 1990 (aged 22) United Arab Emirates Al Ahli
13 3MF Khamis Esmaeel (1989-08-16)16 August 1989 (aged 23) United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
17 3MF Majed Hassan (1992-08-01)1 August 1992 (aged 20) United Arab Emirates Al Ahli
18 3MF Abdullah Alameri (1989-01-01)1 January 1989 (aged 24) United Arab Emirates Baniyas
19 3MF Ali Al-Amri (1989-01-07)7 January 1989 (aged 23) United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
7 4FW Ali Mabkhout (1990-10-05)5 October 1990 (aged 22) United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
10 4FW Ismail Matar (1983-04-07)7 April 1983 (aged 29) United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
11 4FW Ahmed Khalil (1991-06-08)8 June 1991 (aged 21) United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
15 4FW Ismail Al Hammadi (1988-07-01)1 July 1988 (aged 24) United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
20 4FW Saeed Al Kathiri (1988-03-28)28 March 1988 (aged 24) United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
21 4FW Omar Abdulrahman (1991-09-20)20 September 1991 (aged 21) United Arab Emirates Al Ain

Recent callups[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Majed Nasser (1984-04-01) 1 April 1984 (age 30) 64 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl
14 2DF Bashir Saeed (1981-06-28) 28 June 1981 (age 33) 57 5 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
17 2DF Yousif Jaber (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 29) 42 2 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
6 2DF Fares Juma Al Saadi (1988-12-30)30 December 1988 (aged 22) 31 2 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
20 2DF Obaid Khalifa (1985-04-13) 13 April 1985 (age 29) 7 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
2 2DF Yaqoub Al Hosani (1987-01-06) 6 January 1987 (age 27) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
21 2DF Eisa Ahmed (1987-01-13) 13 January 1987 (age 27) 3 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
4 3MF Abdulsalam Jumaa (1977-05-23) 23 May 1977 (age 37) 49 3 United Arab Emirates Al-Dhafra
7 3MF Ali Al-Wehaibi (1983-10-27) 27 October 1983 (age 30) 46 4 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
13 3MF Salem Abdullah (1986-07-05) 5 July 1986 (age 28) 2 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
5 3MF Adel Abdullah Abbas (1980-07-03) 3 July 1980 (age 34) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Al Shabab Al Arabi
23 3MF Adnan Hussain (1985-12-06) 6 December 1985 (age 28) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
16 3MF Humaid Ahmed (1988-02-07) 7 February 1988 (age 26) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Sharjah
9 4FW Mohamed Al-Shehhi (1988-03-28) 28 March 1988 (age 26) 57 12 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda
11 4FW Essa Obaid (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 30) 2 0 United Arab Emirates Al Shabab Al Arabi
19 4FW Abdullah Qasem (1986-08-11) 11 August 1986 (age 27) 2 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
6 4FW Abdulaziz Fayez (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 24) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
15 4FW Majed Hassan (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 21) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli

Records[edit]

As of 19 November 2013
Most Caps[1]
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Adnan Al Talyani 161 52 1983–1997
2 Subait Khater 120 1 1999–2011
3 Abdulrahim Jumaa 117
14
1998–2010
4 Zuhair Bakheet 112 27 1988–2002
= Abdulsalam Jumaa 112 7 1997–2010
= Ismail Matar 112 34 2003–
7 Muhsin Musabah
105
0
1988–1999
8 Mohammed Omar
102
28
1996–2009

See also[edit]

Historical Kits[edit]

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

Controversy[edit]

In October 2012 the Asian Football Confederation official website published an article about the UAE national team's bid 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.[2]

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