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)|
|Current||70 (1 October 2015)|
|Highest||42 (November 1998)|
|Lowest||138 (January 2012)|
|Current||51 (June 2015)|
|Highest||37 (15 January 2015)|
|Lowest||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: منتخب الإمارات 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. Most home 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.
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 as hosts of the tournament. In both tournaments their final match was lost on penalty kicks. They also won the Gulf Cup of Nations on two occasions - in 2007 when they won a title for the first time in their history and then 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 and UAE won 1–0 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 3–0.
First Asian Cup appearances
In 1980, UAE qualified for the first time for the AFC Asian Cup, which was held in Kuwait. They were drawn with eventual winners, Kuwait, runner-up South Korea, Malaysia and Qatar in Group B. They drew 1–1 with Kuwait but lost the three other matches and finished their first appearance at the tournament in fifth place in their group and ninth (out of ten teams) overall.
They also qualified for next two tournaments, 1984 in Singapore and 1988 in Qatar and were again eliminated in the group stages in both. Their first victory of the tournament occurred against India on 7 December 1984 under manager 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 the 1988 AFC Asian Cup and left his position after the tournament. He was succeeded by Brazilian World Cup winning coach Mário Zagallo. Zagallo led the country to qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. However, Zagallo resigned before the tournament and Parreira returned as head coach to lead 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, at the 1992 AFC Asian Cup, UAE finished in fourth place, their best finish up to that date.
1996 AFC Asian Cup
UAE hosted 1996 AFC Asian Cup. They hired Croatian coach Tomislav Ivić one year before the tournament and were drawn in Group A along with Kuwait, South Korea and Indonesia. They drew 1–1 with South Korea in the opening match, then defeated Kuwait 3–2 and Indonesia 2–0 to qualify as group winners with seven points. In the quarter-finals, they beat Iraq 1–0 with a golden goal scored by Abdulrahman Ibrahim in the 103rd minute in extra time. They again faced Kuwait, this time at the semi-finals and won 1–0 to qualify to the final for the first time. In the final, they lost to Saudi Arabia in a penalty shout-out and finished the tournament as runner-up, which is still their best finish in the AFC Asian Cup.
The tournament was also considered to be one of the best tournaments held since 1956. The tournament had an average 3.08 goals per game with 80 goals scored, 49 goals higher than the previous edition.
UAE also appeared in 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup after being awarded a spot because Asian winners Saudi Arabia was hosting the games. They lost the first match 2–0 to Uruguay. Then, they defeated South Africa 1–0. In their final match, they were defeated 6–1 by Czech Republic and missed their chance to qualify for the next round finishing third in their group.
They were eliminated in the next three AFC Asian Cup tournaments at the group stage. Their worst performance was in 2011 when they finished the tournament goalless. At this time, many notable coaches managed UAE, including Carlos Queiroz, Roy Hodgson and Dick Advocaat. In 2006, UAE appointed Senegal's 2002 FIFA World Cup head coach, Bruno Metsu as their new manager. He led UAE to the 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations title, the country's first major achievement.
After hiring many notable European coaches, in 2012, UAE 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 a 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 is known by supporters and the media as Al-Abyad, meaning The Whites 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 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 has 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 Abdulhusin (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'||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||Shah Alam, Malaysia[note 1]|
|O. Abdulrahman 80'||Stadium: Shah Alam Stadium
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
|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||10–0||Malaysia||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|19:15 UTC+4||Salem 16'
Mabkhout 22', 33', 76'
Khalil 24', 29', 70', 78'
|Stadium: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
|8 September 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Palestine||0–0||United Arab Emirates||Al-Ram, Palestine|
|17:00 UTC+3||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
Referee: Ali Sabah Adday Al-Qaysi (Iraq)
|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. As of January 30, 2015.
- 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’
- "S. Korea to travel to Southeast Asia for friendly, World Cup qualifier". Yonhap News Agency. 26 May 2015.
- Roberto Mamrud; Karel Stokkermans. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Timor-Leste hosted the UAE in Malaysia due to the lack of a suitable venue in Dili.