United Arab Emirates national football team
|Nickname(s)||Al-Abyad (The Whites)
Eyal Zayed (Zayed's sons)
|Association||U.A.E. Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Mahdi Ali|
|Most caps||Adnan Al Talyani (161)|
|Top scorer||Adnan Al Talyani (52)|
|FIFA ranking||69 4 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||42 (November 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||138 (January 2012)|
|Elo ranking||51 (June 2015)|
|Highest Elo ranking||37 (15 January 2015)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||151 (September 1981)|
| United Arab Emirates 1–0 Qatar
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; March 17, 1972)
| Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; April 14, 2001)
| United Arab Emirates 0–8 Brazil
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; November 12, 2005)
|Appearances||1 (First in 1990)|
|Best result||Group stage; 1990|
|Appearances||9 (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: 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 and competes in AFC (the Asian Football Confederation). The team is popularly known as Al-Abyad (The Whites).
United Arab Emirates' home ground varies, having playing most of their games at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi's Al Jazira Stadium and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain are 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 UAE took fourth place in the 1992 Asian Cup, and runner-up in 1996 which hosted the tournament. In both tournaments their final match was lost on penalty kicks. They also won Gulf Cup of Nations on two occasions, first in 2007 when they won the title for the first time in their history and second in 2013. They finished third in the recent AFC Asian Cup and will be hosting the next edition in 2019.
- 1 History
- 2 Nicknames
- 3 Home stadium
- 4 Historical Kits
- 5 Coaching staff
- 6 Players
- 7 Recent and forthcoming fixtures
- 8 Tournament records
- 9 Records
- 10 Honors
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The first match of UAE 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 which UAE won 1–0, the only goal was scored by Ahmed Chowbi. Then, team faced three other Arabian countries, including 4–0 and 7–0 losses to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They also beat Bahrain 3–0.
First Asian Cup appearances
UAE qualified for the first time to the AFC Asian Cup in 1980, held in Kuwait. They drawn with eventual winners, Kuwait, runner-up South Korea, Malaysia and Qatar in Group B. They drew 1–1 with Kuwait and lost three other matches, finished their first appearance at the tournament in fifth place at the group stage and ninth (out of ten teams) in overall.
They also qualified for two next tournaments, 1984 in Singapore and 1988 in Qatar, which they eliminated in group stage in both. Their first victory of the tournament was also occurred in match against India on 7 December 1984 under 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 1988 which was unsuccessful and left his position after the tournament. He was succeeded by Brazilian World Cup winning coach Mário Zagallo. Zagallo led the country to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, which was held at Italy. However, Zagallo resigned before the tournament and Parreira returned as team head coach to led UAE at the tournament.
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. After the tournament, Parreira was sacked. Two years later and in 1992 AFC Asian Cup, UAE finished at fourth place, their best until then.
1996 AFC Asian Cup
UAE hosted 1996 AFC Asian Cup at home country. They hired Croatian coach Tomislav Ivić one year before the tournament. They were drawn in Group A along with Kuwait, South Korea and Indonesia. They drawn 1–1 with South Korea in the opening match, defeated Kuwait 3–2 and Indonesia 2–0 to qualify at Group winners with seven points. At quarter-finals, they faced Iraq 1–0 with golden goal was scored by Abdulrahman Ibrahim at 103rd minute in extra times. They was faced again with Kuwait, this time at semi-finals and won 1–0 to qualify to the final for the first time. In final, they loss to Saudi Arabia in penalty shout-outs. They finished the tournament as runner-up, which is still their best finish of the AFC Asian Cup.
The tournament was also review as one of the best tournaments being held since 1956. The tournament had an average 3.08 goals per game with 80 goals scored, 49 goals higher than previous edition.
UAE also appeared in 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup after award a spot because Asian winners Saudi Arabia was hosted the games. They lost first match 2–0 to Uruguay. Then, they defeated South Africa 1–0. In final match, they were defeated 6–1 by Czech Republic and missed their chance to qualify for the next round. They finished third in their group.
They were eliminated in three next AFC Asian Cup tournaments at group stage, the worst was at 2011 which they not scored any goals. At this time, many notable coaches were managed UAE, including Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, UAE appointed Senegal's head coach at the 2002 FIFA World Cup as their new manager. He led UAE to the 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations title, the country first major achievement.
After hiring many notable and European coaches, UAE decided to appoint a veteran coach. They appointed 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.
2015 AFC Asian Cup
UAE's form at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup was surprise. 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, UAE lost 1–0 to Iran and advanced as group runner-up. They faced defending champions Japan in the quarter-final and won the match in a penalty shootout to advance to the last four. However, they lost 2–0 to 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. UAE will be hosting the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The United Arab Emirates has known as Al-Abyad, meaning The Whites and also Eyal Zayed which meant Zayed's sons, given by supporters and medias.
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 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.
UAE's main national stadium is Sheikh Zayed Stadium, located in capital Abu Dhabi. However, UAE also used Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Al Jazira Stadium) and newly constructed Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
1994 Asian Games Home
|Head coach||Mahdi Ali|
|Assistant coach||Abdullah Masfar|
|Goalkeeping coach||Branko Davidović|
|Fitness coach||Pierre Barrieu|
|Team doctor||Ammar Awad|
|Technical director||Bernhard Schumm|
Recent and forthcoming fixtures
|10 October 2014 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–0||Australia||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|18:30 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
Referee: Vladislav Tseytlin (Uzbekistan)
|14 October 2014 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–4||Uzbekistan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 (UTC+4)||Report||Kapadze 30'
Salem 45+1' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Dubai Club Stadium
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|6 November 2014 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||3–2||Lebanon||Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia|
|17:00 (UTC+3)||Khalil (42), pen.', 56' (pen.)||Report||Mansour 58'
|Stadium: Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium
Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
|14 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations||United Arab Emirates||0–0||Oman||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|17:45 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Referee: Marai Al-Awaji (Saudi Arabia)
|17 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations||United Arab Emirates||2–2||Kuwait||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|17:45 (UTC+3)||Mabkhout 18', 35'||Report||Nasser 37'
|Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Referee: Jameel Juma Abdulhusain (Bahrain)
|20 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations||United Arab Emirates||2–0||Iraq||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|19:45 (UTC+3)||Mabkhout 50', 62'||Report||Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
|23 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations||Saudi Arabia||3–2||United Arab Emirates||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|21:00 (UTC+3)||Al-Shamrani 19'
Al Abed 22'
|Report||Khalil 53', 79'||Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium
Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (Uzbekistan)
|25 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations||United Arab Emirates||1 – 0||Oman||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|17:45 (UTC+3)||Mabkhout 59'||Report||Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)
|30 December 2014 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||1 – 0||Jordan||Gold Coast, Australia|
|16:30 (UTC+11)||Saleh 84'||Report||Stadium: Robina Stadium
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)
|11 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup||United Arab Emirates||4 – 1||Qatar||Canberra, Australia|
|18:00 (UTC+11)||Khalil 37', 52'
Mabkhout 56', 90'
|Report||Ibrahim 23'||Stadium: Canberra Stadium
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)
|15 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup||Bahrain||1 – 2||United Arab Emirates||Canberra, Australia|
|18:00 (UTC+11)||Okwunwanne 26'||Report||Mabkhout 1'
Husain 74' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Canberra Stadium
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
|19 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup||Iran||1 – 0||United Arab Emirates||Brisbane, Australia|
|19:00 (UTC+11)||Ghoochannejhad 90+1'||Report||Stadium: Brisbane Stadium
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
|23 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup||Japan||1 – 1 (aet)
|United Arab Emirates||Sydney, Australia|
|20:30 (UTC+11)||Shibasaki 81'||[www.the-afc.com/afcasfeeds?fixtureid=8266&stageid=327&tMode=C&view=ajax&show=matchsummary Report]||Mabkhout 7'||Stadium: Stadium Australia
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
| O. Abdulrahman
|27 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup||Australia||2 – 0||United Arab Emirates||Newcastle, Australia|
|20:30 (UTC+11)||Sainsbury 3'
|Report||Stadium: Newcastle Stadium
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|30 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup||Iraq||2 – 3||United Arab Emirates||Newcastle, Australia|
|20:00 (UTC+11)||Salem 28'
|Report||Khalil 16', 51'
Mabkhout 57' (pen.)
|Stadium: Newcastle Stadium
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|11 June 2015 Friendly||South Korea||3 – 0||United Arab Emirates||Shah Alam, Malaysia|
|Yeom Ki-hun 45'
Lee Yong-jae 60'
Lee Jung-hyup 90'
|Report||Stadium: Shah Alam Stadium
|16 June 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Timor-Leste||0 – 1||United Arab Emirates||Dili, East Timor|
|Stadium: National Stadium
|28 August 2015 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||1 – 0||Myanmar||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Al Akbari 45'||Stadium: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
|3 September 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||United Arab Emirates||v||Malaysia||TBD, United Arab Emirates|
|8 September 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Palestine||v||United Arab Emirates||Al-Ram, Palestine|
|Stadium: Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
|8 October 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Saudi Arabia||v||United Arab Emirates||TBD, Saudi Arabia|
|12 November 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||United Arab Emirates||v||Timor-Leste||TBD, United Arab Emirates|
|17 November 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Malaysia||v||United Arab Emirates||TBD, Malaysia|
|24 March 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||United Arab Emirates||v||Palestine||TBD, United Arab Emirates|
|29 March 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||United Arab Emirates||v||Saudi Arabia||TBD, United Arab Emirates|
FIFA World Cup record
|World Cup record|
|1930 to 1974||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1982||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1986||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994 to 2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- * Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
AFC Asian Cup record
|1956 to 1976||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify|
FIFA Confederations Cup record
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|1999||Did not qualify|
Gulf Cup of Nations record
|1970||Bahrain||Did not enter|
|1972||Saudi Arabia||Third place|
|2002||Saudi Arabia||Sixth place|
|2014||Saudi Arabia||Third place|
- Active players are shown in Bold.
- Winners (2): 2007, 2013
- Runner-up (3): 1986, 1988, 1994
- Third place (5): 1972, 1976, 1982, 1998, 2014
- Winners (1): 2005
- Football in the United Arab Emirates
- United Arab Emirates women's national football team
- United Arab Emirates national under-23 football team
- United Arab Emirates national under-20 football team
- United Arab Emirates national under-17 football team
- Yahoo! Sports: Asian Football Confederation apologize for calling UAE national team ‘Sand Monkeys’
- Roberto Mamrud; Karel Stokkermans. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 2012-04-05.