United Arab Emirates national football team

United Arab Emirates
Nickname(s)Al Abyad (The White One)
Eyal Zayed (Sons of Zayed)
AssociationUAE Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachBert van Marwijk
CaptainWalid Abbas
Most capsAdnan Al Talyani (161)
Top scorerAli Mabkhout (76)
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 73 (27 May 2021)[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)
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
Arabian Gulf Cup

The United Arab Emirates national football team (Arabic: منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لكرة القدم) represents United Arab Emirates in international association football and serves under the auspices of the country's Football Association.

It has made one World Cup appearance in 1990 in Italy and lost all three of its games. United Arab Emirates took fourth place in the 1992 Asian Cup and runner-up in 1996 as host. It won the Arabian Gulf Cup in 2007 and 2013. It finished third in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and hosted the 2019 edition which it was eliminated in the semi-finals.


The first match of the team was played on 17 March 1972 against Qatar at 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. It lost 2–0 to the host Australia in the semi-finals. In the third-place play-off, it beat Iraq 3–2. United Arab Emirates qualified through the AFC qualification where it finished fourth in Group B thus failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ahmed Khalil was a top scorer in the qualification. Around this time Mahdi Ali resigned from his position.[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]


UAE's common rivals are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Iran.[8]


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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]


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.[12][13]


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
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   Syria
(26 March 2019; Friendly)
Al Nahyan Stadium 12,201 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi v   Saudi Arabia
(21 March 2019; 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   Vietnam
(15 June 2021; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 12,000 Dubai, Dubai v   Bolivia
(16 November 2018; Friendly)
Al Maktoum Stadium 15,058 Dubai, Dubai v   Bahrain
(16 November 2020; Friendly)
Rashid Stadium 12,000 Dubai, Dubai v   Jordan
(24 May 2021; Friendly)
Sharjah Stadium 18,000 Sharjah, Sharjah v   Uzbekistan
(28 January 2009; 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification)


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.

Manufacturer Period

Results and fixtures


12 October 2020 Friendly United Arab Emirates  1–2  Uzbekistan Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:00 UTC+4 Tagliabúe  90+2' (pen.) Report Sergeev  48', 86' Stadium: Rashid Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)
12 November 2020 Friendly United Arab Emirates  3–2  Tajikistan Dubai, United Arab Emirates
18:00 UTC+4
Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ammar Ashkanani (Kuwait)
16 November 2020 Friendly United Arab Emirates  1–3  Bahrain Dubai, United Arab Emirates
18:00 UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmad Al Ali (Kuwait)


12 January 2021 Friendly United Arab Emirates  0–0  Iraq Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:30 UTC+4 Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
29 March 2021 Friendly United Arab Emirates  6–0  India Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19:00 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Elges Tantachev (Uzbekistan)
24 May 2021 Friendly Jordan  1–5  United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Stadium: Rashid Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ali Al-Samahiji (Bahrain)
3 June 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  4–0  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  3–1  Thailand Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Attendance: 980
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
11 June 2021 World Cup qualification Indonesia  0–5  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  3–2  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  v  Lebanon United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
7 September 2021 World Cup qualification Syria  v  United Arab Emirates TBD
Stadium: TBD
7 October 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  v  Iran United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
12 October 2021 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  v  Iraq United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
11 November 2021 World Cup qualification South Korea  v  United Arab Emirates South Korea
Stadium: TBD
16 November 2021 World Cup qualification Lebanon  v  United Arab Emirates Lebanon
Stadium: TBD
30 November 2021 Arab Cup United Arab Emirates  v  Syria Qatar
Stadium: TBD
3 December 2021 Arab Cup Mauritania  v  United Arab Emirates Qatar
Stadium: TBD
6 December 2021 Arab Cup Tunisia  v  United Arab Emirates Qatar
Stadium: TBD


27 January 2022 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  v  Syria United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD
1 February 2022 World Cup qualification Iran  v  United Arab Emirates Iran
Stadium: TBD
24 March 2022 World Cup qualification Iraq  v  United Arab Emirates Iraq
Stadium: TBD
29 March 2022 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  v  South Korea United Arab Emirates
Stadium: TBD

Current staff

Last Update: December 2020[15]

Head coach Bert van Marwijk
Assistant coach Roel Coumans
Assistant coach John Metgod
Assistant coach Mark van Bommel
Assistant coach Taco van den Velde
Fitness coach Hassan Yaqoob
Goalkeeping coach Mohamed Al-Faraj
Doctor Ertugrul Karanlik
Physiotherapist Khalil Muftah
Physiotherapist Rashid Hameed


Current squad

The following players were called up for the training camp in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.[16][17]
Caps and goals as of 15 June 2021 after the match against Vietnam.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ali Khasif (1987-06-09) 9 June 1987 (age 34) 57 0 Al Jazira
17 1GK Fahad Al-Dhanhani (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 29) 2 0 Baniyas
22 1GK Adel Al-Hosani (1989-08-23) 23 August 1989 (age 31) 1 0 Sharjah

2 2DF Mohammed Al-Attas (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 23) 11 1 Al Jazira
3 2DF Walid Abbas (Captain) (1985-06-11) 11 June 1985 (age 36) 95 6 Shabab Al Ahli
4 2DF Shahin Abdulrahman (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 28) 9 0 Sharjah
6 2DF Yousif Jaber (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 36) 47 2 Shabab Al Ahli
12 2DF Khalifa Al Hammadi (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 22) 13 0 Al Jazira
13 2DF Hassan Al-Moharrami (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Baniyas
21 2DF Mahmoud Khamees (1987-10-28) 28 October 1987 (age 33) 48 1 Al Nasr

5 3MF Ali Salmeen (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 26) 36 2 Al Wasl
9 3MF Bandar Al-Ahbabi (1990-07-09) 9 July 1990 (age 31) 31 2 Al Ain
14 3MF Khalil Ibrahim (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28) 13 6 Al Wahda
16 3MF Mohammed Jumaa (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 24) 4 1 Shabab Al Ahli
18 3MF Abdullah Ramadan (1998-03-07) 7 March 1998 (age 23) 14 0 Al Jazira
19 3MF Tahnoon Al-Zaabi (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 22) 5 0 Al Wahda

7 4FW Ali Mabkhout (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30) 92 76 Al Jazira
10 4FW Khalfan Mubarak (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 26) 29 1 Al Jazira
15 4FW Fábio Lima (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 28) 9 6 Al Wasl
23 4FW Hareb Abdullah (2002-11-26) 26 November 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Shabab Al Ahli
25 4FW Sebastián Tagliabúe (1985-02-22) 22 February 1985 (age 36) 5 3 Al Nasr

Recent call-ups

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 Mohamed Al-Shamsi (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Al Wahda v.  Indonesia, 11 June 2021
GK Khalid Eisa (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 31) 53 0 Al Ain v.  India, 29 March 2021

DF Mohammed Barqesh (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 30) 19 0 Al Wahda v.  Malaysia, 3 June 2021
DF Al Hassan Saleh (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 30) 11 0 Sharjah May 2021 training camp PRE
DF Mohamed Fawzi (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 31) 46 0 Al Nasr v.  Bahrain, 16 November 2020
DF Abdulaziz Haikal (1990-09-10) 10 September 1990 (age 30) 41 1 Shabab Al Ahli v.  Bahrain, 16 November 2020
DF Majed Suroor (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 23) 4 0 Sharjah v.  Bahrain, 16 November 2020
DF Fares Jumaa (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 32) 44 2 Al Wahda v.  Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020
DF Mohammed Marzooq (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 32) 8 0 Shabab Al Ahli v.  Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020

MF Abdullah Al-Naqbi (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 28) 2 0 Shabab Al Ahli v.  Indonesia, 11 June 2021
MF Majed Hassan (1992-08-01) 1 August 1992 (age 28) 51 1 Shabab Al Ahli v.  Jordan, 24 May 2021
MF Ahmed Barman (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 27) 29 1 Al Ain May 2021 training camp PRE
MF Salem Rashid (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 27) 4 0 Al Jazira May 2021 training camp PRE
MF Abdulla Hamad (2001-09-18) 18 September 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Al Wahda May 2021 training camp PRE
MF Yahia Nader (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Al Ain May 2021 training camp PRE
MF Habib Al Fardan (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 30) 57 6 Al Nasr v.  Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Khaled Ba Wazir (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 26) 6 0 Sharjah v.  Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Mohammed Al Marashda (2000-05-06) 6 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Kalba v.  Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Abdullah Kazim (1996-07-31) 31 July 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Sharjah v.  Bahrain, 16 November 2020
MF Khamis Esmaeel (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 31) 76 1 Al Wahda v.  Uzbekistan, 12 October 2020

FW Caio Canedo (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 30) 6 3 Al Ain v.  Indonesia, 11 June 2021 INJ
FW Ali Saleh (2000-01-22) 22 January 2000 (age 21) 11 2 Al Wasl May 2021 training camp PRE
FW Zayed Al-Ameri (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Al Jazira May 2021 training camp PRE
FW Yahya Al Ghassani (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Shabab Al Ahli May 2021 training camp 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 11 June 2021[18]
Players in bold are still active with United Arab Emirates.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
1930 to 1974Part of the  United Kingdom Part of the  United Kingdom
1978 and 1982Did not participate Did not participate
1986Did not qualify 421154
1990Group stage24th3003211 9441167
1994Did not qualify 8611194
1998 125431613
2022To be determined 8602237
2026To be determined
Total Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 2 11 104 48 20 37 186 118

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup Qualification record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
1956 to 1972Part of the  United Kingdom Part of the  United Kingdom
1976Did not enter Did not enter
1980Group stage9th401339 312020
1984Group stage6th420238 4301242
1988Group stage8th410324 5410121
1992Fourth place4th513134 220063
2000Did not qualify 4301122
2004Group stage15th301215 6411135
2007Group stage12th310236 6411116
2011Group stage13th301204 430171
2015Third place3rd6312108 6510183
2023QualifiedTBD000000 8602237
Total Runners-up 2nd 44 15 11 18 41 59 48 35 6 7 128 30

FIFA Confederations Cup

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

Asian Games

Asian Games
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
1974 to 1982 Did not enter
1990Did not enter
1998Group stage4112510
Total Quarter-finals 13 5 5 3 18 19

Gulf Cup

Gulf Cup
YearPlace Pld W D L GF GA
1972Third place3102111
1974Fourth place411259
1976Fifth place6024413
1979Sixth place6105518
1982Third place530276
1984Fourth place623154
1990Fifth place402228
1992Fourth place530243
1996Fourth place513155
1998Third place521257
2002Sixth place510437
2003Fifth place621367
2004Group stage302145
2009Group stage311134
2014Third place522175
2019Group stage310256
Total Champions 111 41 28 39 117 135

FIFA Arab Cup

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
1963Did not enter
1998Fourth place410368
2002Did not enter
2012Did not enter
2021 To be determined
Total 1/9 4 1 0 3 6 8

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
1976 Did not enter
1985Group stage310223
1997Group stage310235
1999Second round512255
2007Fourth place411236
2011Did not enter
TotalFourth place 15 4 3 8 13 19

Other Tournaments

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1973 Palestine Cup of NationsGroup stage8th402237
1975 Palestine Cup of NationsGroup stage10th200208
1981 Merdeka TournamentFourth place4th5203610
1982 Merdeka TournamentGroup stage5th410358
1994 Friendship TournamentThird place3rd301213
1996 Friendship TournamentChampions1st321042
1998 Friendship TournamentChampions1st330041
1999 Friendship TournamentRunner-ups2nd312075
2000 Oman CupChampions1st321021
2000 LG CupChampions1st211021
2005 Kirin CupChampions1st211010
2005 International Arab Friendly TournamentRunner-ups2nd202011
2007 Four Nations TournamentFourth place4th200206
2008 Dubai Challenge CupFourth place4th201101
2009 UAE International CupRunner-ups2nd201101
2013 OSN CupChampions1st211053
2016 King's CupFourth place4th200214
2018 King's CupFourth place4th200213

Head-to-head record

As of 15 June 2021[19]

 China PR11254717−10
 Czech Republic201116−5
 Dominican Republic110040+4
 Germany[lower-alpha 1]3003314−11
 Hong Kong321091+8
 New Zealand220030+3
 North Korea11344811−3
 Saudi Arabia3688202751−24
 Serbia[lower-alpha 2]100114−3
 South Africa110010+1
 South Korea2126131641−25
 Sri Lanka8800353+32
 Trinidad and Tobago201135−2
 Yemen[lower-alpha 3]1310032913+16
  1. Includes matches against  West Germany.
  2. Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.
  3. Includes matches against  North Yemen.


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
  • OSN Cup
Winners (1): 2013
Winners (1): 2000[20]
  • Oman Cup
Winners (1): 2000[21]


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