United Arab Emirates national football team

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United Arab Emirates
Nickname(s)Al Abyad (The Whites)
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
AssociationUAE Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachPaulo Bento
CaptainKhalid Eisa
Most capsAdnan Al Talyani (161)
Top scorerAli Mabkhout (85)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUAE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 67 Increase 2 (4 April 2024)[1]
Highest40 (November – December 1998)
Lowest138 (January 2012)
First international
 United Arab Emirates 1–0 Qatar 
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 17 March 1972)
Biggest win
 Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates 
(Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Emirates 0–8 Brazil 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 November 2005)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1990)
Best resultGroup stage (1990)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1980)
Best resultRunners-up (1996)
Arab Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
Best resultFourth place (1998)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1972)
Best resultChampions (2007, 2013)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1997)
Best resultGroup stage (1997)

The United Arab Emirates national football team (Arabic: منتخب الإمَارَاتُ الْعَرَبِيَّةُ الْمُتَّحِدَة لِكُرَّةُ الْقَدَم) represents United Arab Emirates in international 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 AFC 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 in which it was eliminated in the semi-finals.

History[edit]

The first match of the team was played 69 of the donkey iMarch 1972 against Qatar at 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 the 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 FIFA World Cup in Italy. 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 11 goals. The journey was put into a 2016 documentary titled Lights of Rome.[3] After the tournament, Parreira was sacked.

At the 1992 and 1996 AFC 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 Saudi Arabia was hosting the games.

United Arab Emirates missed the qualification for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon and finished in last place at the 2002 Arabian 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, United Arab Emirates appointed world class coaches like Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, UAE appointed Bruno Metsu as the new manager. He led the Emirates to carry the 2007 Arabian Gulf Cup title.

After hiring foreign coaches, in 2012, United Arab Emirates appointed the Olympic team coach Mahdi Ali as the manager of the senior team. Ali began creating a squad inviting players that he had worked with at the youth level. He led the Emirates to their second Arabian 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. In the semi-finals, it lost 2–0 to the host Australia. In the third-place play-off, it beat Iraq 3–2. United Arab Emirates qualified through the 2018 FIFA World Cup 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.[4]

United Arab Emirates then hosted the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, this marked the second time they hosted an AFC Asian Cup. The team had Italian Alberto Zaccheroni as their coach. In the AFC 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.[5] The semi-finals was between the host and Qatar.[6] Some audiences threw footwear in the pitch after Qatar scored its second goal. UAE lost 0–4 marking its first defeat to Qatar since 2001.

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 exit in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.[7] 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.[8] The team then experienced a period of coaching instabilities, with three different coaches, before van Marwijk resumed his duty due to crisis in option. With the COVID-19 pandemic however, the AFC decided the remaining games of the second round would be played in one country,[9][10] and with the UAE chosen to host Group G, they were able to utilize the home-field advantage as the host nation, ultimately u-turned the earlier misery into four consecutive wins to break through into the third round, where they faced its neighbours and the powerhouses Iran and South Korea.[11] In the third round, the UAE failed to produce a promising performance after winning just one out of six first games, a 1–0 away win over Lebanon, drew three and lost two, adding with the UAE's below average performance in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup despite reaching the quarter-finals, that was enough to sack the Dutch manager van Marwijk yet again.[12][13][14] After inconsistency in performance, the UAE appointed Argentine manager Rodolfo Arruabarrena as coach, and the team's result improved, winning two out of four games, notably an impressive 1–0 home win over already-qualified South Korea, to reach the fourth round, increased hope for the country to qualify for the first-ever World Cup since 1990, where they would face the old foe Australia, whom the UAE defeated in the latest meeting.[15] However, the UAE was unable to utilise their geographical advantage in the playoff in neighbouring Qatar, losing 1–2 to Australia by a thunderous strike at 84' by Ajdin Hrustic to deny the UAE's its potential second appearance; they later stunned South America's rising power Peru to qualify for the edition.[16]

Rivalries[edit]

UAE's common rivals are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Iran.[17]

Qatar[edit]

The rivalry with Qatar is a competitive one 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; in this tournament, the UAE beat Qatar 2–1 but still crashed out from the group stage while Qatar would recover to qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[18] As of 2020, Qatar and UAE have played 31 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.[19]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Another major rival the UAE takes on Arabian Gulf Cup many times, the two teams have met in the AFC Asian Cup twice, first in the semi-finals of the 1992 edition which ended in a Saudi victory and second in the final of the 1996 edition in which UAE hosted, the game ended in a goalless draw which meant the game had to be decided in penalties, the game ended with Saudi Arabia taking home their 3rd title with the penalty scoreline being 4–2, this remains the only time the Emirates qualified for the final meanwhile this would also be the last time the Saudis would win an Asian Cup as they would lose the next two finals they qualified for in 2000 and 2007. When the countries meet in qualifier matches, the matchup has been nicknamed "clash of titans" as both countries have been some of the more successful teams in the Arabian Peninsula.[20]

Team image[edit]

Kit[edit]

The UAE's traditional home kit is all-white with some red trim while their away kit is all-red with some white trim, in 2019, the away colors were black for the first time in addition, there were some green trim.

Manufacturer Period
United Kingdom Umbro 1979–1985[21]
United Kingdom Admiral 1986–1989
Germany Adidas 1990–1994
Germany Puma 1995–1996
Spain Kelme 1997–1999
Germany Adidas 2000–2001
United Kingdom Umbro 2002–2005
Germany Adidas 2006–2008
Italy Erreà 2009–2013
Germany Adidas 2014–present

Nickname[edit]

The United Arab Emirates is known by supporters and the media as Al-Abyad, meaning The Whites which reference to their white jersey and also Eyal Zayed which means Zayed's sons.

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 using the racial slur "sand monkey". This was the indirect result of vandalism of the Wikipedia article on the team, and the AFC was forced to apologise.[22]

Home stadium[edit]

As of 2022, UAE has played in 12 home stadiums. Most games have taken place at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi with Abu Dhabi's Al Jazira Stadium and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain as other venues.

Home stadiums list
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
Zayed Sports City Stadium 43,206 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi v   Kyrgyzstan
(21 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium 42,056 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi v   Kyrgyzstan
(30 December 2023; Friendly)
Al Nahyan Stadium 12,201 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi v   Thailand
(28 March 2023; Friendly)
Hazza bin Zayed Stadium 25,053 Al Ain, Abu Dhabi v   Australia
(25 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium 15,000 Al Ain, Abu Dhabi v   Kuwait
(2 September 2011; 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium 12,000 Al Ain, Abu Dhabi v   Australia
(5 January 2011; Friendly)
Zabeel Stadium 8,439 Dubai, Dubai v   Gambia
(29 May 2022; Friendly)
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000 Dubai, Dubai v   Bolivia
(16 November 2018; Friendly)
Al Maktoum Stadium 15,058 Dubai, Dubai v     Nepal
(16 November 2023; 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Rashid Stadium 12,000 Dubai, Dubai v   Jordan
(24 May 2021; Friendly)
Al Awir Stadium 10,000 Al Awir, Dubai v   Uzbekistan
(14 October 2014; Friendly)
Sharjah Stadium 18,000 Sharjah, Sharjah v   Uzbekistan
(28 January 2009; 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification)

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023[edit]

12 September 2023 Friendly Costa Rica  1–4  United Arab Emirates Zagreb, Croatia
17:00 UTC+2
  • Cascante 64'
Report
Stadium: Maksimir Stadium
Referee: Ante Čulina (Croatia)
12 October 2023 Friendly United Arab Emirates  1–0  Kuwait Dubai, United Arab Emirates
21:00 UTC+4 Report Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium
Referee: Ibrahim Nour (Egypt)
17 October 2023 Friendly United Arab Emirates  2–1  Lebanon Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:00 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Adel (Egypt)
16 November 2023 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  4–0    Nepal Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:45 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium
Attendance: 3,640
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
30 December 2023 Friendly United Arab Emirates  1–0  Kyrgyzstan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
19:15 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium
Referee: Sami Ahmed (Saudi Arabia)

2024[edit]

6 January 2024 Unofficial Friendly United Arab Emirates  0–1  Oman Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
19:15 UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium
Referee: Abdulla Al-Shehri (Saudi Arabia)
14 January 2024 Asian Cup United Arab Emirates  3–1  Hong Kong Al Rayyan, Qatar
17:30 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
Attendance: 15,586
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
18 January 2024 Asian Cup Palestine  1–1  United Arab Emirates Al Wakrah, Qatar
20:30 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
Attendance: 41,986
Referee: Ahmad Al-Ali (Kuwait)
23 January 2024 Asian Cup Iran  2–1  United Arab Emirates Al Rayyan, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Attendance: 34,259
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
21 March 2024 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  2–1  Yemen Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
22:00 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium
Attendance: 2,948
Referee: Mohanad Qasim Sarray (Iraq)
11 June 2024 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  v  Bahrain United Arab Emirates
--:-- UTC+4 Report Stadium: TBA

Current staff[edit]

Last Update: November 2023[23]

Position Name
Head coach Portugal Paulo Bento
Assistant coach United Arab Emirates Yaser Al Saedi
United Arab Emirates Mohamed Al Balooshi
Portugal Sergio Costa
Portugal Filipe Coelho
Goalkeeping coach Portugal Vitor Silvestre
Fitness coach Portugal Pedro Pereira
Doctor Brazil Flavio Cruz
Sport Scientist Portugal Francisco Calvete
Match Analyst Canada Karim Tayara

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification games against  Yemen on 21 and 26 March 2024..[24]

Caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2024, after the match against  Yemen.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ali Khasif (1987-06-09) 9 June 1987 (age 36) 72 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
17 1GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 34) 76 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
22 1GK Khaled Tawhid (2004-02-16) 16 February 2004 (age 20) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah

2 2DF Abdulla Idrees (1999-08-16) 16 August 1999 (age 24) 13 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
3 2DF Zayed Sultan (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 23) 9 1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
4 2DF Khalid Al-Hashemi (1997-03-18) 18 March 1997 (age 27) 15 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
12 2DF Khalifa Al-Hammadi (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 25) 43 2 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
13 2DF Mohammed Al-Attas (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 26) 28 1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
18 2DF Bader Nasser (2001-09-16) 16 September 2001 (age 22) 11 0 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
19 2DF Khaled Ibrahim (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 27) 14 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah
21 2DF Ahmed Jamil (1999-01-16) 16 January 1999 (age 25) 10 0 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli

5 3MF Ali Salmeen (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 29) 60 3 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
6 3MF Isam Faiz (2000-03-06) 6 March 2000 (age 24) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Ajman
8 3MF Tahnoon Al-Zaabi (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 25) 28 1 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda
14 3MF Abdulla Hamad (2001-09-18) 18 September 2001 (age 22) 14 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda
15 3MF Yahia Nader (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 25) 10 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
16 3MF Mohammed Abbas (2002-09-30) 30 September 2002 (age 21) 5 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
21 3MF Hazem Mohammad (2005-03-18) 18 March 2005 (age 19) 3 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain

7 4FW Ali Saleh (2000-01-22) 22 January 2000 (age 24) 36 4 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
9 4FW Harib Abdalla (2002-11-26) 26 November 2002 (age 21) 24 2 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
10 4FW Fábio Lima (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 30) 30 12 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
11 4FW Caio Canedo (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 33) 43 9 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
20 4FW Yahya Al Ghassani (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 25) 18 5 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli
23 4FW Sultan Adil (2004-05-04) 4 May 2004 (age 19) 10 5 United Arab Emirates Kalba

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Hassan Hamza (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 29) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli 2023 AFC Asian Cup
GK Adel Al-Hosani (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 34) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah v.  Costa Rica, 12 September 2023

DF Abdulrahman Saleh (2002-10-13) 13 October 2002 (age 21) 2 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl 2023 AFC Asian Cup
DF Omar Haikal (2002-11-19) 19 November 2002 (age 21) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl v.  Kyrgyzstan, 30 December 2023
DF Yousif Al-Mheiri (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 24) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl v.  Kyrgyzstan, 30 December 2023
DF Khalid Butti (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 32) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda v.  Bahrain, 21 November 2023
DF Abdullah Al-Hashmi (2001-01-19) 19 January 2001 (age 23) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira v.  Lebanon, 17 October 2023
DF Ali Al-Dhanhani (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 32) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Bataeh v.  Kuwait, 12 October 2023
DF Al Hassan Saleh (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 32) 12 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah v.  Costa Rica, 12 September 2023
DF Ahmed Barman (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 30) 19 1 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Costa Rica, 12 September 2023
DF Bandar Al-Ahbabi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 33) 45 2 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Costa Rica, 12 September 2023
DF Walid Abbas (1985-06-11) 11 June 1985 (age 38) 106 6 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli v.  Costa Rica, 12 September 2023

MF Majid Rashid (2000-05-16) 16 May 2000 (age 23) 16 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah v.  Yemen, 21 March 2024
MF Abdullah Ramadan (1998-03-07) 7 March 1998 (age 26) 46 1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 2023 AFC Asian Cup
MF Ahmed Mahmoud (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 23) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira v.  Lebanon, 17 October 2023
MF Mubarak Zamah (2003-11-29) 29 November 2003 (age 20) 1 0 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira v.  Costa Rica, 12 September 2023
MF Mohammed Abdulbasit (1995-10-19) 19 October 1995 (age 28) 5 0 United Arab Emirates Sharjah v.  Costa Rica, 12 September 2023

FW Ali Mabkhout (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 33) 114 85 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 2023 AFC Asian Cup
FW Eisa Khalfan (2003-03-12) 12 March 2003 (age 21) 0 0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain v.  Kyrgyzstan, 30 December 2023
FW Mohammed Jumaa (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 27) 9 1 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al Ahli v.  Lebanon, 17 October 2023
FW Ahmed Al-Attas (1995-09-28) 28 September 1995 (age 28) 11 1 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira v.  Kuwait, 12 October 2023

SUS Suspended
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from international association football

List of UAE squads[edit]

Player records[edit]

As of 30 December 2023[25]
Players in bold are still active with United Arab Emirates.

Most appearances[edit]

Adnan Al-Talyani is United Arab Emirates' most capped player with 161 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Adnan Al-Talyani 161 52 1983–1997
2 Ismail Matar 136 36 2003–2021
3 Subait Khater 120 11 1999–2011
4 Ismail Al Hammadi 116 13 2007–2019
Abdulrahim Jumaa 116 13 1998–2009
6 Ali Mabkhout 114 85 2009–present
7 Zuhair Bakheet 112 27 1988–2002
Abdulsalam Jumaa 112 7 1997–2010
9 Muhsin Musabah 107 0 1988–1999
10 Walid Abbas 106 6 2008–present

Top goalscorers[edit]

Ali Mabkhout is United Arab Emirates' top scorer with 85 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Ali Mabkhout (list) 85 114 0.75 2009–present
2 Adnan Al-Talyani 52 161 0.32 1983–1997
3 Ahmed Khalil 48 104 0.46 2008–2019
4 Ismail Matar 36 136 0.26 2003–2021
5 Fahad Khamees 28 68 0.41 1981–1990
Mohammad Omar 28 102 0.27 1996–2009
7 Zuhair Bakheet 27 112 0.24 1988–2002
8 Saeed Al Kass 15 60 0.25 1998–2013
9 Faisal Khalil 13 61 0.21 2001–2010
Ismail Al Hammadi 13 116 0.11 2007–2019
Abdulrahim Jumaa 13 116 0.11 1998–2009

Competitive record[edit]

  Champion    Runners-up    Third place  

Overview
Event 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
AFC Asian Cup 0 1 1
Arabian Gulf Cup 2 4 4
Asian Games 0 1 1
Total 2 6 6

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D L F A Pld W D L F A
1930 to 1970 Protectorate of the  United Kingdom Protectorate of the  United Kingdom
West Germany 1974 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Argentina 1978 Withdrew Withdrew
Spain 1982 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 4
Italy 1990 Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 2 11 9 4 4 1 16 7
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 6 1 1 19 4
France 1998 12 5 4 3 16 13
South Korea Japan 2002 14 7 2 5 31 20
Germany 2006 6 3 1 2 6 6
South Africa 2010 16 4 3 9 19 24
Brazil 2014 8 2 1 5 14 16
Russia 2018 18 9 3 6 37 17
Qatar 2022 19 9 3 7 31 16
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined 4 4 0 0 11 1
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030 To be determined
Saudi Arabia 2034
Total Group stage 1/12 3 0 0 3 2 11 119 55 23 42 205 128

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position M W D L GF GA M W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 to Thailand 1972 Protectorate of the  United Kingdom Protectorate of the  United Kingdom
Iran 1976 Did not enter Did not enter
Kuwait 1980 Group stage 9th 4 0 1 3 3 9 3 1 2 0 2 0
Singapore 1984 6th 4 2 0 2 3 8 4 3 0 1 24 2
Qatar 1988 8th 4 1 0 3 2 4 5 4 1 0 12 1
Japan 1992 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 6 3
United Arab Emirates 1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 2 0 8 3 Qualified as hosts
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 12 2
China 2004 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 1 5 6 4 1 1 13 5
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 12th 3 1 0 2 3 6 6 4 1 1 11 6
Qatar 2011 13th 3 0 1 2 0 4 4 3 0 1 7 1
Australia 2015 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 10 8 6 5 1 0 18 3
United Arab Emirates 2019 Semi-finals 4th 6 3 2 1 8 8 Qualified as hosts
Qatar 2023 Round of 16 10th 4 1 2 1 6 5 8 6 0 2 23 7
Saudi Arabia 2027 Qualified 4 4 0 0 11 1
Total Runners-up 12/13 48 16 14 19 47 64 52 39 6 7 139 31

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 and Saudi Arabia 1995 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1997 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 8
Mexico 1999 to Russia 2017 Did not qualify
Total Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 8

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games
Year Result M W D L GF GA
1964-1982 Did not enter
South Korea 1986 Quarter-finals 5 3 2 0 7 4
China 1990 Did not enter
Japan 1994 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 6 5
Thailand 1998 Group stage 4 1 1 2 5 10
Total Quarter-finals 13 5 5 3 18 19

West Asian Football Federation Championship[edit]

WAFF Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Jordan 2000 Did not participate
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008
Jordan 2010
Kuwait 2012
Qatar 2014
Iraq 2019
United Arab Emirates 2023 Qualified as hosts
Total 1/10 - - - - - -

Gulf Cup[edit]

Gulf Cup
Year Result M W D L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1972 Third place 3 1 0 2 1 11
Kuwait1974 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 5 9
Qatar 1976 Fifth place 6 0 2 4 4 13
Iraq 1979 Sixth place 6 1 0 5 5 18
United Arab Emirates 1982 Third place 5 3 0 2 7 6
Oman 1984 Fourth place 6 2 3 1 5 4
Bahrain 1986 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 10 7
Saudi Arabia 1988 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 7 4
Kuwait 1990 Fifth place 4 0 2 2 2 8
Qatar 1992 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 4 3
United Arab Emirates 1994 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 7 1
Oman 1996 Fourth place 5 1 3 1 5 5
Bahrain 1998 Third place 5 2 1 2 5 7
Saudi Arabia 2002 Sixth place 5 1 0 4 3 7
Kuwait 2003 Fifth place 6 2 1 3 6 7
Qatar 2004 Group stage 3 0 2 1 4 5
United Arab Emirates 2007 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 1
Oman 2009 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 4
Yemen 2010 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 3 2
Bahrain 2013 Champions 5 5 0 0 10 3
Saudi Arabia 2014 Third place 5 2 2 1 7 5
Kuwait 2017 Runners-up 5 1 4 0 1 0
Qatar 2019 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 5 6
Iraq 2023 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 4
Kuwait 2024 Qualified
Oman 2025
Total Champions 114 41 29 41 119 139

FIFA Arab Cup[edit]

FIFA Arab Cup
Year Round M W D L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985
Jordan 1988
Syria 1992
Qatar 1998 Fourth place 4 1 0 3 6 8
Kuwait 2002 Did not enter
2009 Cancelled
Saudi Arabia 2012 Did not enter
Qatar 2021 Quarter-Finals 4 2 0 2 3 7
Total 2/10 8 3 0 5 9 15

Arab Games[edit]

Arab Games
Year Round M W D L GF GA
Syria 1976 Did not enter
Morocco 1985 Group stage 3 1 0 2 2 3
Lebanon 1997 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Jordan 1999 Second round 5 1 2 2 5 5
Egypt 2007 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 3 6
Qatar 2011 Did not enter
Total Fourth place 15 4 3 8 13 19

Other Tournaments[edit]

Other
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Libya 1973 Palestine Cup of Nations Group stage 8th 4 0 2 2 3 7
Tunisia 1975 Palestine Cup of Nations Group stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
Malaysia 1981 Merdeka Tournament Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 6 10
Malaysia 1982 Merdeka Tournament Group stage 5th 4 1 0 3 5 8
United Arab Emirates 1994 Friendship Tournament Third place 3rd 3 0 1 2 1 3
United Arab Emirates 1996 Friendship Tournament Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 4 2
United Arab Emirates 1998 Friendship Tournament Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 4 1
United Arab Emirates 1999 Friendship Tournament Runner-ups 2nd 3 1 2 0 7 5
Oman 2000 Oman Cup Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 2 1
United Arab Emirates 2000 LG Cup Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
Japan 2005 Kirin Cup Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 1 0
Switzerland 2005 International Arab Friendly Tournament Runner-ups 2nd 2 0 2 0 1 1
Ghana 2007 Four Nations Tournament Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 0 6
United Arab Emirates 2008 Dubai Challenge Cup Fourth place 4th 2 0 1 1 0 1
United Arab Emirates 2009 UAE International Cup Runner-ups 2nd 2 0 1 1 0 1
Saudi Arabia 2013 OSN Cup Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 5 3
Thailand 2016 King's Cup Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 4
Thailand 2018 King's Cup Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 3
Total 6 titles 1st 48 14 14 20 43 67

Head-to-head record[edit]

As of 26 March 2024[26]

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
 Algeria 7 2 2 3 5 5 0
 Andorra 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Angola 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 5 –5
 Armenia 1 0 0 1 3 4 −1
 Australia 7 1 2 4 2 7 −5
 Azerbaijan 1 0 1 0 3 3 0
 Bahrain 31 14 6 12 52 45 +7
 Bangladesh 5 5 0 0 21 1 +20
 Belarus 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Benin 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1
 Bolivia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 8 −8
 Brunei 2 2 0 0 16 0 +16
 Bulgaria 6 1 0 5 4 14 −10
 Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 China 11 2 5 4 7 17 −10
 Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
 Czech Republic 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5
 Denmark 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
 Egypt 9 1 4 4 6 10 −4
 Estonia 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
 Finland 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Gabon 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Gambia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Germany[a] 3 0 0 3 3 14 −11
 Haiti 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Honduras 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
 Hong Kong 4 3 1 0 12 2 +10
 Hungary 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5
 Iceland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
 India 14 10 2 2 32 7 +25
 Indonesia 6 4 1 1 18 8 +10
 Iran 19 1 3 15 5 28 −23
 Iraq 30 7 12 11 29 43 −14
 Japan 20 6 8 6 18 22 −4
 Jordan 18 11 4 3 30 15 +15
 Kazakhstan 4 3 0 1 11 6 +5
 Kenya 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Kuwait 43 17 8 18 50 75 −25
 Kyrgyzstan 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
 Laos 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9
 Lebanon 15 10 4 1 27 14 +12
 Libya 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3
 Lithuania 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Malaysia 12 10 0 2 32 7 +25
 Mauritania 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Mali 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Malta 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
 Mexico 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Moldova 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
 Morocco 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1
 Myanmar 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
   Nepal 2 2 0 0 15 0 +15
 New Zealand 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
 Niger 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
 North Korea 11 3 4 4 8 11 −3
 Norway 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3
 Oman 33 15 12 6 45 24 +21
 Pakistan 5 5 0 0 17 4 +13
 Palestine 6 2 3 1 7 3 +4
 Paraguay 2 0 1 1 0 1 –1
 Peru 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Philippines 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
 Poland 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8
 Qatar 33 10 9 14 36 46 −10
 Romania 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Russia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 Saudi Arabia 36 8 8 20 27 51 −24
 Serbia[b] 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
 Senegal 4 1 2 1 7 8 −1
 Singapore 6 5 1 0 16 5 +11
 Slovakia 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3
 Slovenia 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
 South Africa 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 South Korea 23 3 6 14 17 42 −25
 Sri Lanka 8 8 0 0 35 3 +32
 Sudan 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4
 Sweden 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
  Switzerland 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1
 Syria 24 13 8 3 37 18 +19
 Tajikistan 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1
 Thailand 13 8 3 2 21 12 +9
 East Timor 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9
 Togo 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2
 Tunisia 5 0 0 5 2 10 −8
 Turkmenistan 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5
 Ukraine 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Uruguay 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Uzbekistan 17 9 4 4 25 19 +6
 Venezuela 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
 Vietnam 7 5 0 2 16 6 +10
 Yemen[c] 15 12 0 3 34 14 +20
Total 617 253 159 208 872 750 +122
  1. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  North Yemen.

Honours[edit]

Continental CompetitionsRegional CompetitionsMinor Competitions

Notes[edit]

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