United Arab Emirates national football team

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United Arab Emirates
Nickname(s) Al Abyad (The White One)
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
Association UAE Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Bert van Marwijk
Captain Walid Abbas
Most caps Adnan Al Talyani (161)
Top scorer Ali Mabkhout (77)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA code UAE
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 68 Increase2.svg 5 (12 August 2021) [1]
Highest40 (November – December 1998)
Lowest138 (January 2012)
First international
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 1–0 Qatar  Flag of Qatar.svg
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 17 March 1972)
Biggest win
Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
(Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 0–8 Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg
(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)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970 )
Best resultChampions (2007, 2013)
FIFA Arab Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1998 )
Best resultFourth place (1998)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1997 )
Best resultGroup stage (1997)
Medal record
Men's football
AFC Asian Cup
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1996 Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2015 Team
Arabian Gulf Cup
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Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1986 Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1988 Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1994 Team
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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.

History

The first match of the team was played on 17 March 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 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. [2] 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 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 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 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 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 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. [3]

The Emirates hosted the 2019 Asian Cup, this marked the second time they hosted an AFC Asian Cup. The team had Alberto Zaccheroni as a coach. In the 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. [4] The semi-finals was between the host and Qatar. [5] 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. [6] 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. [7] 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, and the United Arab Emirates were able to utilise the 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. [8]

Rivalries

UAE's common rivals are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Iran. [9]

Qatar

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. [10] 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. [11]

Saudi Arabia

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. [12]

Nicknames

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 a racial slur. This was the indirect result of vandalism of the Wikipedia article on the team, and the AFC was forced to apologise. [13] [14]

Stadium

As of 2021, UAE has played in 11 home stadiums. Most games have taken place 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.

Home stadiums list
ImageStadiumCapacityLocationLast match
Abu Dhabi Zayed Sports City Stadium 3.jpg Zayed Sports City Stadium 43,206 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi v  Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan
(21 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
IRN-YMN 20190107 Asian Cup 4.jpg Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium 42,056Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabiv  Flag of Syria.svg  Syria
(26 March 2019; Friendly)
Al-Nahyan Stadium.jpg Al Nahyan Stadium 12,201Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabiv  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
(21 March 2019; Friendly)
bnwrm-ml`b-hz`-bn-zyd-bldkhl.jpg Hazza bin Zayed Stadium 25,053 Al Ain, Abu Dhabiv  Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
(25 January 2019; 2019 AFC Asian Cup)
No image available.svg Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium 15,000Al Ain, Abu Dhabiv  Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
(2 September 2011; 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium.jpg Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium 12,000Al Ain, Abu Dhabiv  Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
(5 January 2011; Friendly)
No image available.svg Zabeel Stadium 8,439 Dubai, Dubai v  Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon
(2 September 2021; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Dubai Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 2.jpg Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000Dubai, Dubaiv  Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia
(16 November 2018; Friendly)
THA-BHR 20190110 Asian Cup 4.jpg Al Maktoum Stadium 15,058Dubai, Dubaiv  Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
(16 November 2020; Friendly)
TUR-UZB 20190113 Asian Cup 12.jpg Rashid Stadium 12,000Dubai, Dubaiv  Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan
(24 May 2021; Friendly)
No image available.svg Sharjah Stadium 18,000 Sharjah, Sharjah v  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
(28 January 2009; 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification)

Kit

UAE has utilized white with some red trim as its home colors and red with some white trim as its away colors. In 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the away colors were black with some green trim for the first time.

ManufacturerPeriod
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Umbro 1979–1985 [15]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Admiral 1986–1989
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1990–1994
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1995–1996
Flag of Spain.svg Kelme 1997–1999
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2000–2001
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Umbro 2002–2005
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2006–2008
Flag of Italy.svg Erreà 2009–2013
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2014–

Results and fixtures

2021

12 January 2021 Friendly United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg0–0Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:30  UTC+4 Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
29 March 2021 Friendly United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg6–0Flag of India.svg  India Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:00  UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Elges Tantachev (Uzbekistan)
24 May 2021 Friendly Jordan  Flag of Jordan.svg1–5Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45  UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Rashid Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Al-Samahiji (Bahrain)
3 June 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg4–0Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45  UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 1,127
Referee: Kim Dae-Yong (South Korea)
7 June 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg3–1Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45  UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 980
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
11 June 2021 World Cup qualification Indonesia  Flag of Indonesia.svg0–5Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45  UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 963
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
15 June 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg3–2Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45  UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 1,355
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
2 September 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg0–0Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45  UTC+4 Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 1,513
Referee: Ma Ning (China PR)
7 October 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svgvFlag of Iran.svg  Iran United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
12 October 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svgvFlag of Iraq.svg  Iraq United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
11 November 2021 World Cup qualification South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svgvFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates South Korea
Stadium: TBD
16 November 2021 World Cup qualification Lebanon  Flag of Lebanon.svgvFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Lebanon
Stadium: TBD

2022

27 January 2022 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svgvFlag of Syria.svg  Syria United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
1 February 2022 World Cup qualification Iran  Flag of Iran.svgvFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Iran
Stadium: TBD
24 March 2022 World Cup qualification Iraq  Flag of Iraq.svgvFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Iraq
Stadium: TBD
29 March 2022 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svgvFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD

Current staff

Last Update: December 2020 [16]

Head coach Flag of the Netherlands.svg Bert van Marwijk
Assistant coach Flag of the Netherlands.svg Roel Coumans
Assistant coach Flag of the Netherlands.svg John Metgod
Assistant coach Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mark van Bommel
Assistant coach Flag of the Netherlands.svg Taco van den Velde
Fitness coach Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Hassan Yaqoob
Goalkeeping coach Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Mohamed Al-Faraj
Doctor Flag of Turkey.svg Ertugrul Karanlik
Physiotherapist Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Khalil Muftah
Physiotherapist Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Rashid Hameed

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the training camp in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. [17]
Caps and goals as of 7 September 2021 after the match against Syria.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Ali Khasif (1987-06-09) 9 June 1987 (age 34)590 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira
171 GK Fahad Al-Dhanhani (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 30)20 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Baniyas
221 GK Adel Al-Hosani (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 32)10 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah

22 DF Mohammed Barqesh (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 30)190 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda
32 DF Walid Abbas (Captain) (1985-06-11) 11 June 1985 (age 36)976 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli
42 DF Shahin Abdulrahman (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 28)100 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah
62 DF Mohammed Al-Attas (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 24)111 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira
122 DF Khalifa Al Hammadi (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 22)140 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira
162 DF Al Hassan Saleh (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 30)110 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah
212 DF Mahmoud Khamees (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 33)382 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda

53 MF Ali Salmeen (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 26)382 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wasl
83 MF Majed Hassan (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 29)531 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli
93 MF Bandar Al-Ahbabi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 31)332 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain
133 MF Ahmed Barman (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 27)291 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain
143 MF Abdulla Hamad (2001-09-18) 18 September 2001 (age 19)20 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda
183 MF Abdullah Ramadan (1998-03-07) 7 March 1998 (age 23)160 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira
193 MF Tahnoon Al-Zaabi (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 22)60 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda
233 MF Mohammed Jumaa (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 24)51 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli

74 FW Ali Mabkhout (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30)9477 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira
104 FW Khalfan Mubarak (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 26)301 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira
114 FW Caio Canedo (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 31)83 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain
154 FW Fábio Lima (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 28)116 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wasl
204 FW Sebastián Tagliabúe (1985-02-22) 22 February 1985 (age 36)53 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Nasr

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Mohamed Al-Shamsi (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 24)40 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda v. Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia , 11 June 2021 PRE
GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 31)530 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain v. Flag of India.svg  India , 29 March 2021

DF Hassan Al-Moharrami (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 25)40 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Baniyas v. Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam , 15 June 2021 PRE
DF Yousif Jaber (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 36)472 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli v. Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam , 15 June 2021
DF Mohamed Fawzi (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 31)460 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Nasr v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 16 November 2020
DF Abdulaziz Haikal (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 31)411 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 16 November 2020
DF Majed Suroor (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 23)40 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 16 November 2020
DF Fares Jumaa (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 32)442 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 12 October 2020
DF Mohammed Marzooq (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 32)80 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 12 October 2020

MF Khalil Ibrahim (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28)136 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda v. Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam , 15 June 2021 PRE
MF Abdullah Al-Naqbi (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 28)20 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli v. Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia , 11 June 2021
MF Habib Al Fardan (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 30)576 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Nasr v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 16 November 2020
MF Khaled Ba Wazir (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 26)60 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 16 November 2020
MF Mohammed Al Marashda (2000-05-06) 6 May 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Kalba v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 16 November 2020
MF Abdullah Kazim (1996-07-31) 31 July 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah v. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain , 16 November 2020
MF Salem Rashid (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 27)40 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 12 October 2020 PRE
MF Khamis Esmaeel (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 32)761 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wahda v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 12 October 2020

FW Hareb Abdullah (2002-11-26) 26 November 2002 (age 18)20 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli v. Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam , 15 June 2021
FW Ali Saleh (2000-01-22) 22 January 2000 (age 21)112 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Wasl v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 12 January 2021 PRE
FW Zayed Al-Ameri (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 24)30 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 12 January 2021 PRE
FW Yahya Al Ghassani (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Shabab Al Ahli v. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq , 12 January 2021 PRE

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

List of UAE squads

Player records

As of 7 September 2021 [18]
Players in bold are still active with United Arab Emirates.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAGPWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Part of the Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Part of the Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 and Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Did not participateDid not participate
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Did not qualify421154
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Group stage24th30032119441167
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify8611194
Flag of France.svg 1998 125431613
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 147253120
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 631266
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 164391924
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 82151416
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 189363717
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined8602237
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 2026 To be determined
TotalGroup stage24th3003211104482037186118

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup Qualification record
YearResultPositionGPWDLGFGAGPWDLGFGA
Flag of Hong Kong 1955.svg 1956 to Flag of Thailand.svg 1972 Part of the Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Part of the Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1976 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1980 Group stage9th401339312020
Flag of Singapore.svg 1984 Group stage6th4202384301242
Flag of Qatar.svg 1988 Group stage8th4103245410121
Flag of Japan.svg 1992 Fourth place4th513134220063
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1996 Runners-up2nd642083Hosts
Flag of Lebanon.svg 2000 Did not qualify4301122
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2004 Group stage15th3012156411135
Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Vietnam.svg 2007 Group stage12th3102366411116
Flag of Qatar.svg 2011 Group stage13th301204430171
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2015 Third place3rd63121086510183
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2019 Semi-finals4th632188Hosts
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2023 QualifiedTBD0000008602237
TotalRunners-up2nd44151118415948356712830

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 and Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Group stage6th310228
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999 to Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Did not qualify
TotalGroup stage6th310228

Asian Games

Asian Games
YearResultGPWDLGSGA
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1974 to Flag of India.svg 1982 Did not enter
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1986 Quarter-finals532074
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1990 Did not enter
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1994 Quarter-finals412165
Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 Group stage4112510
TotalQuarter-finals135531819

Gulf Cup

Gulf Cup
YearPlacePldWDLGFGA
Flag of Saudi Arabia (1938-1973).svg 1972 Third place3102111
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1974 Fourth place411259
Flag of Qatar.svg 1976 Fifth place6024413
Flag of Iraq (1963-1991); Flag of Syria (1963-1972).svg 1979 Sixth place6105518
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1982 Third place530276
Flag of Oman.svg 1984 Fourth place623154
Flag of Bahrain (1972-2002).svg 1986 Runners-up6321107
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1988 Runners-up632174
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1990 Fifth place402228
Flag of Qatar.svg 1992 Fourth place530243
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1994 Runners-up532071
Flag of Oman.svg 1996 Fourth place513155
Flag of Bahrain (1972-2002).svg 1998 Third place521257
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2002 Sixth place510437
Flag of Kuwait.svg 2003 Fifth place621367
Flag of Qatar.svg 2004 Group stage302145
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2007 Champions540181
Flag of Oman.svg 2009 Group stage311134
Flag of Yemen.svg 2010 Semi-finals412132
Flag of Bahrain.svg 2013 Champions5500103
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2014 Third place522175
Flag of Kuwait.svg 2017 Runners-up514010
Flag of Qatar.svg 2019 Group stage310256
Flag of Iraq.svg 2022 TBD
TotalChampions111412839117135

FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup record
YearResultGPWDLGSGA
Flag of Lebanon.svg 1963 Did not enter
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1964
Flag of Iraq (1963-1991); Flag of Syria (1963-1972).svg 1966
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1985
Flag of Jordan.svg 1988
Flag of Syria.svg 1992
Flag of Qatar.svg 1998 Fourth place410368
Flag of Kuwait.svg 2002 Did not enter
2009 Cancelled
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2012 Did not enter
Flag of Qatar.svg 2021 To be determined
Total1/9410368

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games
YearRoundPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Syria (1972-1980).svg 1976 Did not enter
Flag of Morocco.svg 1985 Group stage310223
Flag of Lebanon.svg 1997 Group stage310235
Flag of Jordan.svg 1999 Second round512255
Flag of Egypt.svg 2007 Fourth place411236
Flag of Qatar.svg 2011 Did not enter
TotalFourth place154381319

Other Tournaments

Other
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
Flag of Libya (1972-1977).svg 1973 Palestine Cup of Nations Group stage8th402237
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg 1975 Palestine Cup of Nations Group stage10th200208
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1981 Merdeka TournamentFourth place4th5203610
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1982 Merdeka TournamentGroup stage5th410358
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1994 Friendship Tournament Third place3rd301213
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1996 Friendship Tournament Champions1st321042
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1998 Friendship Tournament Champions1st330041
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1999 Friendship Tournament Runner-ups2nd312075
Flag of Oman.svg 2000 Oman CupChampions1st321021
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2000 LG CupChampions1st211021
Flag of Japan.svg 2005 Kirin Cup Champions1st211010
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2005 International Arab Friendly TournamentRunner-ups2nd202011
Flag of Ghana.svg 2007 Four Nations TournamentFourth place4th200206
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2008 Dubai Challenge CupFourth place4th201101
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2009 UAE International Cup Runner-ups2nd201101
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2013 OSN Cup Champions1st211053
Flag of Thailand.svg 2016 King's Cup Fourth place4th200214
Flag of Thailand.svg 2018 King's Cup Fourth place4th200213
Total6 titles1st481414204367

Head-to-head record

As of 7 September 2021 [19]

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 7223550
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 1010000
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola 100102−2
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 100134−1
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 612315−4
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 1010330
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 32136135548+7
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 5500211+20
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 2101330
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin 201101−1
Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 1010000
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 100108−8
Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei 2200160+16
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 6105414−10
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 100102−2
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 11254717−10
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 100102−2
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 201116−5
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1010110
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic 110040+4
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 9144610−4
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 211043+1
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1010110
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon 100101−1
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 110010+1
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [lower-alpha 1] 3003314−11
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 100101−1
Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  Honduras 302112−1
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 321091+8
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 200216−5
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 310223−1
Flag of India.svg  India 141022327+25
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 6411188+10
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 161312424−20
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 28711102740−13
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 205961822−4
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1811433015+15
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 320195+4
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 1010220
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 41168174974−25
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 110032+1
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 330090+9
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 127412313+10
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 412185+3
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 1010110
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 121002327+25
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 1010000
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 2020110
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1010220
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 110032+1
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 413043+1
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 220030+3
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1100110+11
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 220030+3
Flag of Niger.svg  Niger 110040+4
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 11344811−3
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 302125−3
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 33151264524+21
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 5500174+13
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 522162+4
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 1010000
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 1010000
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 110040+4
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3003210−8
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 31108133540−5
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 110021+1
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 100101−1
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 3688202751−24
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia [lower-alpha 2] 100114−3
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 412178−1
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 6510165+11
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 300325−3
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 2020330
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 110010+1
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2126131641−25
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 8800353+32
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan 220062+4
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 210123−1
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 420234−1
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 2211833317+16
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 110032+1
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 127321912+7
Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 220090+9
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo 210135−2
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 201135−2
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 400429−7
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 421194+5
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1010110
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 100102−2
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 179442519+6
Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela 100102−2
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 7502166+10
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen [lower-alpha 3] 1310032913+16
Total582232150200823720+103
  1. Includes matches against Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany .
  2. Includes matches against Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia .
  3. Includes matches against Flag of North Yemen.svg  North Yemen .

Honours

Continetal Competitions
Runner-up (1): 1996
Third place (1): 2015
Fourth place (1): 1992
Semi-finals (1): 2019

Regional Competitions

Fourth place (1): 1998
Winners (2): 2007, 2013
Runner-up (4): 1986, 1988, 1994, 2017

Minor Competitions

Winners (2) 1996, 1998
Winners (1): 2005
Winners (1): 2013
Winners (1): 2000 [20]
Winners (1): 2000 [21]

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