South Yemen national football team

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 South Yemen
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) South Falcons
Head coach Mubarak Qadhi
Most caps Abubakar Al-Mass
Top scorer Abubakar Al-Mass
Home stadium May 22 Stadium
FIFA code YMD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Highest 139 (1976)
Lowest 164 (1989)
Elo ranking
Highest 164 (1989)
Lowest 164 (1989)
First international
Egypt UAR 14–0 South Yemen People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
(Egypt, September 2, 1965)[3]
Last International
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen 1–0 Guinea Guinea
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; November 5, 1989)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1976)
Best result Group stage, 1976

The South Yemen national football team was the national team of South Yemen between 1965 and 1989. It took part in the Asian Cup finals in 1976, losing 0–8 to Iran and 0–1 to Iraq. They entered their only World Cup qualification campaign, for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and were knocked out in the first round by Bahrain.

The team ceased to exist when the country united with North Yemen in 1990 to form the modern country of Yemen. See the article Yemen national football team for details after 1990.

Debut[edit]

South Yemen made its international football debut on 2 September 1965 at the 1965 Pan Arab Games in Cairo, Egypt. They played the hosts (who played as the United Arab Republic) in the first game and lost, 14–0. This was their largest defeat without scoring a goal in reply. South Yemen lost all three other games in the group: 1–0 to Palestine and then 4–3 to Lebanon. South Yemen did not play another game until 10 January 1972 when they lost a home friendly, 4–1, to Algeria.[1]

1986 World Cup qualification[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bahrain 2 1 1 0 7 4 +3 3
 South Yemen 2 0 1 1 4 7 −3 1
 Iran Disqualified

South Yemen competed in qualification for the only time for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. They were placed in Group 4 of Zone A in the First Round against Iran and Bahrain. Iran was disqualified before the games were played, due to refusal to move their games to neutral grounds away from the Iran–Iraq War. South Yemen hosted Bahrain on 12 March 1985 and lost 4-1 in Mortayer Yard (now 22 May Stadium, Aden. On 12 April they drew, 3–3, at the Bahrain National Stadium in Manama after leading 3-1. This saw Bahrain advance through.

World Cup record[edit]

Asian Cup record[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

 South Yemen 1 vs 0  Denmark (Al-Shohada'a Stadium ??/October/1984 Abyan of South Yemen)

 South Yemen 1 vs 4  Djibouti (Djibouti Stadium 26 / February /1988 Djibouti City of Djibouti)

 South Yemen 0 vs 0  Tanzania

 South Yemen 2 vs 1  Iraq

 South Yemen 1 vs 1  Tanzania

 South Yemen 1 vs 1  Ethiopia

 South Yemen 2 vs 4  China PR

 South Yemen 5 vs 6  China PR

 South Yemen 1 vs 15  Algeria

1982 Asian Games[edit]

 South Yemen 1 vs 3  Japan

 South Yemen 0 vs 2  Iran

 South Yemen 0 vs 3  South Korea

Arab Nations Cup qualifier 1984[edit]

 South Yemen 1 vs 1  Somalia

 South Yemen 0 vs 1  Saudi Arabia

 South Yemen 0 vs 1  Sudan

Pan Arab Games 1965[edit]

group 2 :

 South Yemen 0 vs 14  Egypt

 South Yemen 0 vs 6  Iraq

 South Yemen 0 vs 1  Palestine

 South Yemen 3 vs 4  Lebanon

Palestine Cup 1972[edit]

 South Yemen 2 vs 1  Qatar

 South Yemen 2 vs 1  Palestine

 South Yemen 1 vs 4  Algeria

 South Yemen 0 vs 1  Syria

Palestine Cup 1973[edit]

 South Yemen 1 vs 7  Syria

 South Yemen 1 vs 6  Egypt

 South Yemen 0 vs 2  Tunisia

Palestine Cup 1975[edit]

 South Yemen 1 VS 0  Saudi Arabia

 South Yemen 0 vs 5  Egypt

Pan Arab Games 1976[edit]

 South Yemen 2 vs 1  Syria

 South Yemen 0 vs 4  Morocco

 South Yemen 1 VS 0  Saudi Arabia

 South Yemen 0 vs 0  Palestine

 South Yemen 2 VS 3  Jordan

 South Yemen 2 vs 0  Mauritania

Olympic Games Qualifier 1980[edit]

 South Yemen 1 vs 2  Syria

 South Yemen 1 vs 5  Kuwait

 South Yemen 2 vs 1  Jordan

 South Yemen 0 vs 3  Iraq

Asian Nations Cup Qualifier 1988[edit]

 South Yemen 0 vs 2  Bahrain

 South Yemen 1 vs 1  South Korea

 South Yemen 0 vs 1  Indonesia

Other tournaments[edit]

Year Round
Kuwait 1989 Peace and Friendship Cup Group Stage

Line-up, 1989[edit]

GK People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Abdulrahman Ebrahim) {Al-Tilal}

Df People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Mohammed Ramadah) {Al-Shorta SC (Aden)}

Df People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Khaled Attar)

Df People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (abdullah Hadi) {Al-Wahda (Aden)}

Df People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Yasin Mahmood) {Al-Wahda (Aden)}

Mf People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Salah Saifudin) {Al-Tilal}

Mf People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Saleh Al Haj) {Al-Shula}

Mf People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Omar Albarek) {Al-Tilal}

Mf People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Ali Alsalahi)

Sk People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Wagdan shadeli) {Al-Wahda (Aden)}

Sk People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Sharaf Mahfood) {Al-Tilal}

Recent results[edit]

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