United Arab Emirates national football team
|Nickname(s)||Al Abyad (The Whites)|
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
|Association||UAE Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Bert van Marwijk|
|Most caps||Adnan Al Talyani (161)|
|Top scorer||Ali Mabkhout (68)|
|Current||73 1 (7 April 2021)|
|Highest||40 (November – December 1998)|
|Lowest||138 (January 2012)|
| 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: منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لكرة القدم) represents United Arab Emirates in international association football and serves under the auspices of the country's Football Association.
It has made one World Cup appearance in 1990 in Italy and lost all three of its games. United Arab Emirates took fourth place in the 1992 Asian Cup and runner-up in 1996 as host. It won the Arabian Gulf Cup in 2007 and 2013. It finished third in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and hosted the 2019 edition which it was eliminated in the semi-finals.
The first match of the team was played on 17 March 1972 against Qatar at Riyadh's Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium and won 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, United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted the 1982 edition. It again finished third as did in the two previous tournaments.
In 1980, United Arab Emirates first-time qualified for the AFC Asian Cup which was held in Kuwait and were drawn with eventual winners, Kuwait, runner-up South Korea, Malaysia and Qatar in Group B. It drew 1–1 with Kuwait and lost the three other matches and finished in fifth place in the group and ninth (out of ten teams) overall. It also qualified for next two tournaments, 1984 in Singapore and 1988 in Qatar and was again eliminated in the group stages in both. Its first victory of the tournament occurred against India on 7 December 1984, under manager Heshmat Mohajerani.
In 1984, Mohajerani resigned and was replaced with Carlos Alberto Parreira. Parreira led the team at the 1988 Asian Cup and left his position after the tournament. He was succeeded by Mário Zagallo. Zagallo led the team to the qualification for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where the Emiratis successfully qualified to their only World Cup to date and marked the rise of the United Arab Emirates' golden age. However, Zagallo resigned before the tournament and Parreira returned. The team finished fourth at the 1990 World Cup's final tournament with no points, scoring two goals and conceding eleven goals. The journey was put into a 2016 documentary titled Lights of Rome. After the tournament, Parreira was sacked.
At the 1992 and 1996 Asian Cups, United Arab Emirates finished fourth and second respectively for the first times. United Arab Emirates appeared in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup after being awarded a spot because Asian winners Saudi Arabia was hosting the games, the country's only second FIFA tournament.
United Arab Emirates missed the qualification for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon and finished in last place at the 2002 Gulf Cup in Saudi Arabia. It was eliminated in the next three Asian Cup tournaments at the group stage. In 2004 and 2007 editions, UAE was all eliminated by the hand to debutants Jordan and Vietnam. In 2011, it finished the tournament goalless. At this time, coaches that managed the Emirates included Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, UAE appointed Bruno Metsu as the new manager. He led the Emirates to the 2007 Gulf Cup title.
After hiring foreign coaches, in 2012, United Arab Emirates appointed the Olympic team coach Mahdi Ali as the new manager of the senior team. Ali began creating a squad inviting players that he had worked with at youth level. He led the Emirates to their second Gulf Cup title in 2013. At the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, United Arab Emirates defeated Qatar 4–1 and Bahrain 2–1 and lost to Iran by a goal. As group runner-up, it faced the defending champions Japan in the quarter-final and earned a victory on penalties to advance to the last four. It lost 2–0 to the host Australia in the semi-finals. In the third place play-off, it beat Iraq 3–2. United Arab Emirates qualified through the AFC qualification where it finished fourth in Group B thus failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ahmed Khalil was a top scorer in the qualification. Around this time Mahdi Ali resigned from his position. In October 2012, the Asian Football Confederation official website published an article about UAE'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 editing of the Wikipedia article on the team and AFC was forced to apologise for what was perceived as a racist slur.
In 2015, it was announced that the Emirates will host the 2019 Asian Cup, this marks the second time they hosts an AFC Asian Cup. The team had Alberto Zaccheroni as a coach. In the 2019 Asian Cup tournament, UAE proceeded to the quarter-finals where it scored its first ever goal against Australia to gain its first ever win against this opponent. The semi-finals was between the host and Qatar. Some audiences booed Qatari anthem and threw footwear in the pitch after Qatar scored its second goal. UAE lost 0–4 marking its first defeat to Qatar since 2001, with tensions and violence occurred and some cheering "anti-Qatari" chants. The rivalry with Qatar is also witnessed in the Arabian Gulf Cup meeting in multiple occasions. Some other opponents of UAE are Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran.
United Arab Emirates joined the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers and was placed with all-out Southeast Asian opponents. The team had already appointed the Dutch guider Bert van Marwijk. Bert was sacked after his start undergoing two away losses to Thailand and Vietnam in the qualifiers along his group stage exist in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup. After this, the Emirates decided to naturalize Argentine Sebastián Tagliabúe, Brazilian Caio Canedo Corrêa and Fábio Virginio de Lima, the three South American players, having never done so since the foundation of the national team.
United Arab Emirates's home ground varies. Most 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. As of 2020, UAE has played in 11 home stadiums.
The UAE's colors are white and red, their traditional home colors would be all white with some red trim while their away colors would be all red with some white trim, in 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the away colors were black for the first time in addition, there were some green trim.
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Staff and players
Last Update: December 2020
|Head coach||Bert van Marwijk|
|Assistant coach||Roel Coumans|
|Assistant coach||John Metgod|
|Assistant coach||Mark van Bommel|
|Assistant coach||Taco van den Velde|
|Fitness coach||Hassan Yaqoob|
|Goalkeeping coach||Mohamed Al-Faraj|
- The following players were called up for the friendly match against India.
- Match date: 29 March 2021.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ali Khasif||9 June 1987||53||0||Al Jazira|
|17||GK||Khalid Eisa||15 September 1989||46||0||Al Ain|
|30||GK||Fahad Al-Dhanhani||3 September 1991||2||0||Baniyas|
|2||DF||Hassan Al-Moharrami||6 June 1996||3||0||Baniyas|
|3||DF||Walid Abbas (Captain)||11 June 1985||87||0||Shabab Al Ahli|
|6||DF||Mohammed Al Attas||5 August 1997||10||1||Al Jazira|
|13||DF||Shahin Abdulrahman||16 November 1992||5||0||Sharjah|
|21||DF||Mahmoud Khamees||28 October 1987||36||0||Al Nasr|
|4||MF||Majed Hassan||1 August 1992||57||1||Shabab Al Ahli|
|5||MF||Ali Salmeen||2 April 1995||30||0||Al Wasl|
|9||MF||Bandar Al-Ahbabi||9 July 1990||27||2||Al Ain|
|12||MF||Mohammed Jumaa||28 January 1997||1||0||Shabab Al Ahli|
|14||MF||Khalil Ibrahim||4 May 1993||9||4||Al Wahda|
|18||MF||Abdullah Ramadan||7 March 1998||10||0||Al Jazira|
|19||MF||Tahnoon Al-Zaabi||10 April 1999||3||0||Al Wahda|
|23||MF||Salem Obaid||21 December 1993||12||0||Al Jazira|
|7||FW||Ali Mabkhout||5 October 1990||87||68||Al Jazira|
|10||FW||Khalfan Mubarak||9 May 1995||26||1||Al Jazira|
|15||FW||Fabio Lima||30 June 1993||5||1||Al Wasl|
|22||FW||Yahya Al Ghassani||18 April 1998||1||0||Shabab Al Ahli|
|25||FW||Sebastián Tagliabúe||22 February 1985||3||2||Al Nasr|
The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Adel Al-Hosani||23 August 1989||14||0||Sharjah||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Mohammed Marzooq||23 January 1989||21||0||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020|
|DF||Fares Juma||30 December 1988||64||2||Al Wahda||v. Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020|
|DF||Mohamed Fawzi||22 February 1990||33||0||Al Nasr||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Abdulaziz Haikal||10 September 1990||27||5||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Mohammed Barqesh||27 October 1990||1||0||Al Wahda||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Yousif Jaber||25 February 1985||41||2||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Majed Suroor||14 October 1997||8||0||Sharjah||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Khalifa Al Hammadi||6 November 1998||18||0||Al Jazira||v. Iraq, 12 January 2021|
|MF||Ahmed Barman||5 February 1994||4||0||Al Ain||v. Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020|
|MF||Khamis Esmaeel||16 August 1989||75||1||Al Wahda||v. Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020|
|MF||Abdullah Kazim||31 July 1996||1||0||Hatta||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Habib Al Fardan||11 November 1990||12||6||Al Nasr||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Mohammed Al Marashda||6 May 2000||0||0||Kalba||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Khaled Ba Wazir||8 May 1995||10||0||Sharjah||v. Bahrain, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Abdullah Al-Naqbi||28 April 1993||2||0||Shabab Al Ahli||v. Iraq, 12 January 2021|
|FW||Caio Canedo||9 August 1990||2||1||Al Ain||v. Iraq, 12 January 2021|
|FW||Zaid Al-Ameri||14 January 1997||7||0||Al Jazira||v. Iraq, 12 January 2021|
|FW||Ali Saleh||22 January 2000||10||1||Al Wasl||v. Iraq, 12 January 2021|
|12 October 2020 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||1–2||Uzbekistan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|19:00 UTC+4||Tagliabúe 90+2' (pen.)||Report||Sergeev 48', 86'||Stadium: Rashid|
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)
|12 November 2020 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||3–2||Tajikistan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|18:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Zabeel|
Referee: Ammar Ashkanani (Kuwait)
|16 November 2020 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||1–3||Bahrain||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
||Report||Stadium: Al Maktoum|
Referee: Ahmad Al Ali (Kuwait)
|12 January 2021 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||0–0||Iraq||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|19:30 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Zabeel|
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
|29 March 2021 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||6–0||India||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|19:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Zabeel|
Referee: Elges Tantachev (Uzbekistan)
|11 June 2021 WCQ R2||Indonesia||v||United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates|
Attendance: 0[note 1]
|FIFA World Cup|
|1930 to 1974||Not eligible to enter||Not eligible to enter|
|1978 and 1982||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|
|2026||To be determined|
|AFC Asian Cup|
|1956 to 1976||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||12||2|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|1992 and 1995||Did not qualify|
|1999 to 2017||Did not qualify|
|1974 to 1982||Did not enter|
|1990||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not enter|
|Pan Arab Games|
|1976||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 Friendship Tournament||Third Place||3rd||3||0||1||2||1||3|
|1996 Friendship Tournament||Champions||1st||3||2||1||0||4||2|
|1998 Friendship Tournament||Champions||1st||3||3||0||0||4||1|
|1999 Friendship Tournament||Runner-ups||2nd||3||1||2||0||7||5|
|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 29 March 2021
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||0||1||1||3||5||−2|
- As of 12 January 2021
- Active players for the national team are shown in bold.
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- The Indonesia v United Arab Emirates match will be played without spectators following sanctions by FIFA due to fan disturbances in the Indonesia v Malaysia and Indonesia v Thailand matches.
- UAE Football Association official website (in Arabic)