Yemen national football team

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Yemen
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)

Al-Yaman A'Sa'eed
(The Happy Yemen)
(اليمن السعيد)
Al-Shayateen Al-Homr
(The Red Devils)

The Qahtani Arabs
(الشياطين الحمر)
Association Yemen Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Captain Alaa Al-Sasi
Top scorer Ali Al-Nono (40)
Home stadium Althawra Sports City Stadium
FIFA code YEM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 133 Decrease 9 (7 June 2018)
Highest 90 (August – September 1993, November 1993)
Lowest 186 (February 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 164 Steady (22 May 2018)
Highest 117 (7 November 2010)
Lowest 169 (September 2015)
First international
As North Yemen:
 Sudan 9–0 North YemenYemen Arab Republic
(Egypt, September 5, 1965)
As Yemen:
 Malaysia 0–1 Yemen Yemen
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; September 8, 1990)
Biggest win
Yemen Yemen 11–2 Bhutan 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; February 18, 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Libya 16–1 North Yemen Yemen Arab Republic
(Cairo, Egypt; Date Unknown August, 1965)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2019)
Best result To be determined

The Yemen national football team (Arabic: منتخب اليمن الوطني لكرة القدم‎), is the national team of Yemen and is controlled by the Yemen Football Association.

When the nation was split into North Yemen and South Yemen before 1990, two national teams existed. After unification, the Yemen national football team is considered the successor of the North Yemen national football team. See the article South Yemen national football team for details on the South Yemen team.

Yemen (or North Yemen) has never appeared at a FIFA World Cup, despite Yemen's successes at the Youth teams such as the U20 and U17 Yemen.

Despite being the 6th most populated country in the Middle East, Yemen has never achieved the same success as those with smaller populations like United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Syria, and Oman.

Since 2011, starting with the Yemeni Crisis and the Yemeni Civil War in 2015, Yemen's national football team as well as its governing football association has not been able to function properly and thus, their football growth has been halted due to other matters in the country. Against these difficulties, Yemen was able to qualify in an AFC Asian Cup tournament for the first time, in 2019.

Early history[edit]

1965–1966[edit]

North Yemen debuted at the 1965 Pan Arab Games in Cairo, Egypt in August 1965. It lost its first game 9–0 to Sudan, then it lost 16–1 to Libya. After losing 4–0 to Syria, North Yemen won for the first time by defeating Oman 2–1 in the last game in the group. North Yemen did not advance.

In April 1966, the team entered the 1966 Arab Nations Cup in Baghdad, Iraq. It was placed in Group 2. North Yemen lost its first match 4–1 to Syria on 1 April, and then 7–0 to Palestine three days later. On 5 April, they lost their last match 13–0 to Libya, and were eliminated, finishing bottom of the group.

Also in 1966, North Yemen entered the Games of the Emerging Forces in Cambodia. They lost their opener 5–3 against Palestine. The remaining games in their group were lost 8–0 to the hosts Cambodia, 9–0 to North Vietnam, 14–0 to North Korea and 6–0 to China.

1984–1989[edit]

Following the tournament in Cambodia, North Yemen did not play a match for eighteen years, returning in 1984 in an attempt to qualify to the 1984 Asian Cup. This was their first entrance of the competition. They were placed at the qualifiers in Group 3 with all matches held in Calcutta, India in October 1984. North Yemen lost the first match on 10 October, 6–0 to South Korea, for whom Park Sung-Hwa scored four goals and Chung Hae-Won two. Two days later, they lost 2–0 to hosts India. On 15 October North Yemen lost 4–1 to Pakistan and three days later by the same score to Malaysia. North Yemen finished bottom of the group.

North Yemen entered its first World Cup qualification campaign with the aim of securing a place in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. They were placed in Group 3 of the West Asia zone in the first round of the qualification campaign. North Yemen played their first match at home to Syria in Sana'a on 29 March 1985 and lost 1–0 to a 70th-minute goal. On 5 April, they lost 5–0 to Kuwait in Kuwait City. On 19 April, North Yemen lost 3–0 away to Syria at the Abbasiyyin Stadium in Damascus. On 26 April, while hosting Kuwait, North Yemen scored their only goal in the group as they lost 3–1 in front of 10,000 people.

In August 1985, North Yemen competed at the 1985 Pan Arab Games in Rabat, Morocco and was placed in a group with Saudi Arabia, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates. They lost 2–0 to the Saudis on 5 August, 3–1 to Algeria on 7 August, and then, on 9 August, beat the UAE 2–1 for their first ever victory.

On 15 October 1985, North Yemen played opposition from outside Asia and Africa for the first time, losing a friendly 2–0 to Mexico at home.

Reunification of the North and South[edit]

1990s[edit]

In the 1990, the North and South of Yemen re-united which prompted what is now the national team of Yemen to be merged from North Yemen.[1] Their first international game, as a unified country, was a 1–0 win against Malaysia on 8 September 1990 in Kuala Lumpur.

Upon being a new country, they entered the footballing world with a different viewpoint. Their captains alternated between matches to promote a "unified" Yemen.[2] Due to the ongoing political conflict in Yemen, many sought football as an escape.

Starting in 1993, their first big task would be the qualification to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, because they did not enter the AFC Asian Cup in 1992, nor the Arab Nations Cup. Yemen lost three games, against China once, and Iraq twice. They drew with Jordan twice, and won against China and Pakistan. This placed them third, five points from Iraq who were first, and ultimately ended their first ever World Cup qualification campaign.

The qualification campaign for the 1996 Asian Cup saw them get thrashed by Saudi Arabia as they lost 4–0 in the first leg, but put a fight in the second leg as they lost 1–0. Despite finishing last, on points with Kyrgyzstan, Yemen's only redeeming event was the narrow 1–0 win against Kyrgyzstan, despite getting beat 3–1 in the return leg.

More years went by as Yemen continued to struggle as a footballing power, not only in Asia, but in the Middle East. The qualification campaign for the 1998 World Cup raised some spirits as they came in second above Indonesia and Cambodia. For the Yemenis, this was an ample progress as Uzbekistan, with 16 points, had stomped the first stage with having twice as many points as second-place Yemen at 8 points. While adding on to the fact that Yemen lost 1–0 to Uzbekistan, and despite losing 5–1 in the return leg, this gave the Yemenis a hopeful future for the upcoming tournaments.

2000s[edit]

Yemen started the millennium by attempting to qualify for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup. The Al-Yemen A'Sa'eed started off the year with a resounding 3–0 win against Nepal following with a narrow 0–1 loss to Turkmenistan. After this, it came to light that Kuwait had thrashed Bhutan 20–0 in the qualifiers which prompted doubt in the national team. Needless to say, Yemen only lost 2–0 to Kuwait (with an own-goal added) and ended the qualification campaign with their highest win as they stomped Bhutan 11–2 with Ali Al Nono bagging a hat-trick and three others netting braces. These matches put Yemen at 6 points finishing above Nepal and Bhutan at third place of fifth.

2002 FIFA World Cup (AFC) qualifying (Group 8)
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates UAE 6 4 0 2 21 5 +16 12
Yemen Yemen 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11
India India 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Brunei Brunei 6 0 0 6 0 28 −28 0

The following year, in 2001, would be a high-point for the Yemeni fans as they watched their national team barely lose out on the advancement of the second round of the qualification campaign of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. They lost to United Arab Emirates who finished at top with 12 points while Yemen, along with India, sat at 11 points with Yemen scoring three more goals than India, despite the same goal-difference of six. Losing narrowly, in both legs, to the Arab powerhouse that was United Arab Emirates, the Yemeni fans held their heads high knowing that the football in Yemen was slowly developing.

However, for the Yemenis, disappointment would strike as they bombed their next big competition, the 2002 Arab Nations Cup. This would be their first appearance since 1966 when they played as North Yemen, in which they also failed losing all three games and having a goal difference of −23. In 2012, it would be a different story as they drew 2–2 with Asian powerhouse Saudi Arabia but losing to Lebanon 4–2, Bahrain 3–1 and Syria 0–4.

The qualification for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup would arrive as the next test for Yemen. The Yemenis would soon discover that this qualification was going better than expected. However, as fate would have it, the Yemenis were left stranded on the cusp of qualification as they were beat to the last spot by Indonesia by 3 points, despite them having a worse goal difference.

Days later, they would face yet another big tournament in quick succession which was the 16th Arabian Gulf Cup hosted by Kuwait. This tournament did not do them any favors as they came in dead last out of seventh. They finished with 1 point, drawing with Oman and a goal difference of −16. But within a few months, the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup arrived with the Yemenis waiting for their revenge for a poor showing in the previous tournament. However, the Yemenis once again, to everyone's expectations, failed to register a win with the only point coming from a 1–1 draw to Bahrain while losing 0–3 to Saudi Arabia and 3–1 to Kuwait.

Yemen would next look towards the qualification campaign of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. But the Yemenis would soon end it on a short note, as they finished bottom of the group with 5 points under Thailand, United Arab Emirates and North Korea (who won the group with 11 points) and one win, two draws and three losses.

A short time later would find the Yemenis preparing for the 18th Arabian Gulf Cup. Despite, as expected, finishing the group last, they finished with two losses against United Arab Emirates and Oman and the lone draw to Kuwait. However, the Yemenis would exit proudly because they did not receive the thrashing many were expecting and lost due to a 1-goal margin with the winning goals coming the second half.

Months later would see Yemen enter the qualification campaign of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup and were knocked out, once again, with mixed results. While Japan and Saudi Arabia qualified comfortably, Yemen achieved their only two wins against India. However, their losses to Japan were minimal as both goals (consolation and winning) came in stoppage time.

2010s[edit]

The next task for the Yemenis was the qualification campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which was cut shorter than usual. In the first round, Yemen scored three goals without reply against Maldives, of the first leg. In the return leg, Maldives replied with two goals but in the end, it was not enough and Yemen passed to the next stage. The second stage saw Yemen draw 1–1 with Thailand with the second leg finishing 1–0 in favor to Thailand thus knocking them out 3–2 on aggregate. This was the first time Yemen did not reach the group stages of a World Cup qualification stage.

Yemen started off the new year by hosting the 20th Arabian Gulf Cup for the first time. As hosts, they played in the May 22 Stadium in Aden against Saudi Arabia and lost 0–4. Yemen would go on and lose 2–1 and 0–3 to Qatar and Kuwait respectively thus crashing out of the group stages only scoring one goal while conceding nine.

The qualification campaign for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup was okay towards Yemeni's standards. Despite being grouped with Japan and Bahrain, and Hong Kong, they registered two wins, one draw and three losses. They opened with a surprise narrow-defeat of 2–1 to Japan and finished with the surprise of, once again, holding Japan to the last minute for a 3–2 defeat.

Ten years later of their last participation, they entered the 2012 Arab Nations Cup where they were grouped with Morocco, Bahrain and Libya. To the bewilderment of many football experts, Bahrain finished last with Yemen finishing third with 3 points.

However, in 2013, Yemen would participate in the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup and they would record their worst run in the tournament where they were grouped with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. They recorded zero goals and conceded six goals losing all three games.

As recent record displayed, the Yemenis finished with their worst World Cup qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They faced Iraq which they lost 2–0. The return leg was played in United Arab Emirates due to the civil unrest in Yemen. This match saw Yemen and Iraq play out to a draw which ended Iraq going through 2–0 on aggregate and thus knocking Yemen out in the knock-out stages.

In December 2013, they sunk to their lowest rank ever on the FIFA rankings at 179. From the start of January 2013 to December 2013, they lost half of what they had previously, going down nearly 50 points.[3] This calling came for the Yemen Football Association to make a serious signing, when they signed Vladimir Petrović as the coach who had experience in Europe as a player and of Red Star Belgrade fame.[4] Unfortunately, due to his contract extending for just a year, Vladmir Petrović quit as Yemen's manager in May 2014. Because of this, Yemen dropped to their lowest and worst in Yemen's football: 186. In preparation of the 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup, they hired Czech youth teams' manager Miroslav Soukup to attempt to revive the national team. Once again, Yemen was eliminated without winning a match, but for the first time in their Gulf Cup history, they didn't finish last.

During 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, Yemen only managed to defeat two opponents, Pakistan and the Philippines, while they lost to other opponents, thus Yemen ended their qualification with bottom record. However, since the failure, Yemen has begun their resurgence. During 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, which was the first attempt of Yemen to qualify to the tournament as an unified nation, Yemen has defeated Tajikistan, while maintaining other draws. Yemen had a big chance to qualify to its first international tournament in its history as a unified country. Finally, with the help from the Philippines when the Azkals defeated Tajikistan 2–1 in Manila, Yemen had finally qualified to the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in history.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
United States 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 8 3 2 3 12 13
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 2 2 2 10 7
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 3 2 1 8 6
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 1 2 3 6 11
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 1 1 2 4 4
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 2 0 1 1 0 2
Russia 2018 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 10 2 1 7 5 18
Qatar 2022 To be determined - - - - - - - To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined - - - - - - - To be determined
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 42 12 11 19 45 61

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

All qualifications[edit]

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Singapore 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 0 0 4 2 18
Qatar 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 5 1 3 1 5 5
Japan 1992 Did not enter - - - - - - - Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 1 0 3 2 8
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 4 2 0 2 14 5
China 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 2 1 3 15 15
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 2 0 4 5 13
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 2 1 3 7 9
Australia 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - - - 6 0 0 6 3 18
United Arab Emirates 2019 Qualified - - - - - - - 18 6 5 7 16 23
Total Best: - '' '' '' '' '' '' 59 16 10 33 69 114

Asian Games record[edit]

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
India 1951 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines 1954 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 1958 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indonesia 1962 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1966 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1970 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran 1974 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
India 1982 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Korea 1986 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
China 1990 Stage 1 3 0 2 1 0 2
Japan 1994 Stage 1 4 0 0 4 0 14
Thailand 1998 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–present See Yemen national under-23 football team
Total 2/13 7 0 2 5 0 16

Arabian Gulf Cup record[edit]

Arabian Gulf Cup record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Kuwait 2003 7th 6 0 1 5 2 18
Qatar 2004 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 7
United Arab Emirates 2007 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 5
Oman 2009 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 11
Yemen 2010 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 9
Bahrain 2013 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 6
Saudi Arabia 2014 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 0 1
Kuwait 2017 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
Total Best: Group Stage 27 0 5 22 10 65

Arab Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter - - - - - -
Kuwait 1964 Did not enter - - - - - -
Iraq 1966 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 24
Saudi Arabia 1985 Did not enter - - - - - -
Jordan 1988 Did not enter - - - - - -
Syria 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 1998 Withdrew - - - - - -
Kuwait 2002 Group Stage 4 0 1 3 5 13
Saudi Arabia 2012 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 7
Total Best: Group Stage 9 1 1 7 9 43

Pan Arab Games record[edit]

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985
Lebanon 1997
Jordan 1999
Egypt 2007
Qatar 2011
Total
/10
0
0
0
0
0
0

Palestine Cup of Nations[edit]

Palestine Cup of Nations

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Location Opponent Score* Competition
2012
18 June Yemen Althawra Sports City Stadium, Sana'a  Palestine 1–2 Friendly
23 June Saudi Arabia Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah  Libya 1–3 2012 Arab Nations Cup Group stage
26 June Saudi Arabia Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah  Bahrain 2–0 2012 Arab Nations Cup Group stage
29 June Saudi Arabia Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah  Morocco 0–4 2012 Arab Nations Cup Group stage
28 September Oman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman 1–2 Friendly
16 October Lebanon Saida International Stadium, Sidon  Lebanon 1–2 Friendly
9 December Kuwait Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah Stadium, Al Farwaniyah  Bahrain 0–1 2012 WAFF
12 December Kuwait Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah Stadium, Al Farwaniyah  Saudi Arabia 0–1 2012 WAFF
15 December Kuwait Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City  Iran 1–2 2012 WAFF
2013
6 January Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Kuwait 0–2 21st Arabian Gulf Cup
9 January Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Saudi Arabia 0–2 21st Arabian Gulf Cup
12 January Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Iraq 0–2 21st Arabian Gulf Cup
6 February United Arab Emirates Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah  Bahrain 0–2 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
22 March Malaysia Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam  Malaysia 1–2 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
6 October Lebanon Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut  Iraq 2–3 Friendly
13 October Qatar Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha  Qatar 0–6 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
15 November United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain City  Qatar 1–4 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
19 November Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain 0–2 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2014
5 March United Arab Emirates Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium, Al Ain  Malaysia 1–2 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
25 March Qatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha    Nepal 2–0 Friendly
15 April Qatar Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha  Chad 0–0 Friendly
9 September Indonesia Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman  Indonesia 0–0 [5] Friendly
10 October Bahrain Al Ahli Stadium, Manama  Iraq 1–1 Friendly
4 November United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Kuwait 1–1 Friendly
7 November Oman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman 0–2 Friendly
13 November Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Bahrain 0–0 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup
16 November Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Qatar 0–0 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup
19 November Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Saudi Arabia 1–0 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup
2015
17 January United Arab Emirates The Sevens Stadium, Dubai  Nigeria 2–0 [6] Friendly
22 January United Arab Emirates The Sevens Stadium, Dubai  Finland 0–0 [7] Friendly
12 March Qatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha  Pakistan 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
23 March Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town  Pakistan 0–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
11 June Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  North Korea 0–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
16 June Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Philippines 0–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
28 August Oman Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb  Oman 1–0 Friendly
3 September Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent  Uzbekistan 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
8 September Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Bahrain 0–4 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
13 October North Korea Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang  North Korea 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
12 November Philippines Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Philippines 0–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
17 November Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Uzbekistan 1–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2016
24 March Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain 0–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2 June Maldives National Football Stadium, Malé  Maldives 0–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 June Qatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha  Maldives 2–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2017
22 March Qatar Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium, Al Wakrah  Palestine 0–1 Friendly
28 March Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  Tajikistan 2–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 May Egypt Cairo International Stadium, Cairo  Egypt 1–0 Friendly
13 June Nepal Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu    Nepal 0–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5 September Philippines Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod  Philippines 2–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
10 October Qatar Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium, Al Wakrah  Philippines 1–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
14 November Tajikistan Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor  Tajikistan 0–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
23 December Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Qatar 4–0 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
26 December Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Bahrain 0–1 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
29 December Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Iraq 3–0 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
2018
27 March Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha    Nepal 2–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2019
7 January United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Iran 2019 AFC Asian Cup
12 January United Arab Emirates Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah  Iraq 2019 AFC Asian Cup
16 January United Arab Emirates Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain  Vietnam 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Nepal on 27 March 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mohammed Ebrahim Ayash (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 32) 33 0 Yemen Al-Hilal Al-Sahili
22 1GK Salem Saeed (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 34) 21 0 Yemen Al-Hilal Al-Sahili
23 1GK Esam Al Hakimi (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Oman Al-Wahda SC (Oman)

2 2DF Manaf Saeed Saad (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 25) 3 0 Yemen Al-Saqr
3 2DF Mohammed Fuaad Omar (1989-03-13) 13 March 1989 (age 29) 41 1 Qatar Al-Ahli
4 2DF Abdulaziz Al-Gumaei (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 28) 5 0 Unattached
13 2DF Ala Addin Mahdi 13 0 Yemen Al-Ahli Taizz SC
14 2DF Hamada Al Zubairi (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 28) 32 0 Yemen Al-Ahli Sana'a
15 2DF Ammar Hamsan (1994-11-05) 5 November 1994 (age 23) 9 0 Qatar Al-Markhiya
17 2DF Mohammed Al-Sarori (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 23) 7 1 Qatar Al-Wakrah
19 2DF Mohammed Boqshan (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 24) 38 1 Qatar Al-Shamal

5 3MF Ahmed Nabil Hazaea (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Unattached
7 3MF Ahmed Abdulhakim Al-Sarori (1998-08-09) 9 August 1998 (age 19) 18 2 Brazil Central
8 3MF Wahid Al Khyat (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 32) 29 0 Unattached
9 3MF Alaa Al-Sasi (1987-07-02) 2 July 1987 (age 31) 63 8 Qatar Al-Sailiya
11 3MF Abdulwasea Al-Matari (1994-07-04) 4 July 1994 (age 24) 29 5 Yemen Al Yarmuk Al Rawda
12 3MF Ahmed Al-Haifi (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 24) 36 0 Qatar Al Kharaitiyat
18 3MF Alos Ahmed Abdullah (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 24) 14 0 Yemen Al-Wehda Sana'a
21 3MF Mohammed Ba Rowis (1988-12-04) 4 December 1988 (age 29) 17 2 Qatar Umm Salal

6 4FW Ahmed Saeed Abdulrab (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Yemen Al Tilal
10 4FW Ayman Al Hagri (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 25) 27 3 Qatar Muaither
16 4FW Mohsen Mohammed (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 29) 5 0 Yemen Al-Saqr
20 4FW Tawfiq Ali Mansour (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 26) 13 1 Yemen Al-Saqr

Managerial history[edit]

Name Period
Egypt Zaki Osman c. 1970[8]
England Alan Gillett 1977[9]
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Timur Segizbayev c. 1979–1982[10][11]
Yemen Dr. Azzam Khalifa 1 c. 1989–1990[12]
Brazil Luciano de Abreu 1993–1994[13][14]
Yemen Ali Saleh Abad c. 1996[15]
Yemen Omar Bashami c. 1996[16]
Yemen Mojahed Al Saraha c. 1997[17]
Iraq Hazem Jassam 1997[18][19]
Yemen Salem Abdel Rahman 1997[18]
Iraq Hazem Jassam 1997–1999[16]
Brazil Roberto Fernandes 1999[20][21]
Serbia and Montenegro Zoran Đorđević 1999–2000[16][22]
Brazil Luciano de Abreu 2000–2002[14][23]
Egypt Mahmoud Abou-Regaila Jan 2002 – Nov 2002[23][24]
Germany Horsten Spiedler 2 Nov 2002 – Dec 2002[24][25]
Yemen Abdullah Saqr Baamer 3 Dec 2002[26]
Iraq Hazem Jassam Dec 2002 – Sep 2003[27][28]
Yemen Ahmed Ali Qassim Sep 2003 – Nov 2003[29]
Serbia and Montenegro Milan Živadinović Nov 2003 – Jan 2004[30]
Yemen Amine Al-Sunaini Jan 2004 – Apr 2004[31]
Algeria Rabah Saâdane Jul 2004 – Dec 2005[32]
Yemen Ahmed Alraay Jan 2006 – Nov 2006[33]
Egypt Mohsen Saleh Nov 2006 – Jan 2009[34]
Egypt Hamza Al Jamal 4 Jan 2009
Yemen Sami Hasan Al Nash Jan 2009 – Oct 2009
Croatia Srećko Juričić Nov 2009 – Dec 2010
Yemen Amine Al-Sunaini Dec 2010 – Jan 2012
Yemen Sami Hasan Al Nash Jan 2012 – Sep 2012
Belgium Tom Saintfiet Oct 2012 – Mar 2013
Yemen Sami Hasan Al Nash April 2013 – Dec 2013
Serbia Vladimir Petrović Dec 2013 – May 2014
Czech Republic Miroslav Soukup May 2014 – 2015
Yemen Amine Al-Sunaini 2015 – Feb 2016
Yemen Ahmed Ali Qassim Feb 2016 – Jun 2016
Ethiopia Abraham Mebratu Jun 2016 – present
Notes
  • Dr. Azzam Khalifa served as the first coach of the unified Yemen football team.[35]
  • Horsten Spiedler, the youth national team coach, was selected by the YFA to take charge of the team at the 2002 Arab Nations Cup with a squad composed of youth team and senior players.[24] However, after one friendly match, the FA overturned this decision and appointed Hazem Jassam instead.[25]
  • Abdullah Saqr Baamer served as caretaker coach during the 2002 Arab Nations Cup due to coach Hazem Jassam being unable to obtain a visa as he was blacklisted by the host nation of Kuwait.[26][27]
  • Hamza Jamal served as caretaker coach.

Records versus other nations[edit]

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Football and its political effects in Yemen : Total Football Magazine – Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Non-League News". Total Football Magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Yemen FIFA Ranking". fifaranking.net. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ اختيار الصربي بيتروفيتش لتدريب المنتخب الوطني
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