Indian National Football Team: Know Your Rivals – UAE


Having held Oman to a 1-1 draw in an world kindly on Thursday, the Blue Tigers face UAE in one more preparatory game…


Country: United Arab Emirates

FIFA Ranking: 74

Nickname: The Whites (Al-Abyad)

Final match played: UAE 0-0 Iraq (12 January 2021)

Coach: Bert van Marwijk


Even sooner than the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had a legit home structure, that they had managed to manufacture it to the FIFA World Cup, in 1990. They had lost all their games in the tournament however managed to rating a impartial against eventual champions West Germany.

It has been fairly the dawdle since then for the crew. They’ve qualified for every and every and every edition of the Asian Cup barring the 2000 edition. Their simplest impress was as soon as as runners-up in 1996, coincidentally the final time they hosted it. They lost out to Saudi Arabia in the closing on penalties at the Al Nahyan Stadium.

Locally, UAE non-public gained the Gulf Cup handiest twice – 2007 and 2013.

Worn coach Alberto Zaccheroni final led their rate in the 2019 Asian Cup, as UAE topped Crew A which also included India sooner than losing 4-0 to Qatar in the semi-finals sooner than Bert van Marwijk took over.



Ever since Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk’s appointment in March 2019, Al-Abyad began off with a pair of friendlies against teams care for Saudi Arabia (2-1 non-public), Syria (0-0), Dominican Republic (4-0 non-public) and Sri Lanka (5-1 non-public), sooner than venture the assignment in the joint qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

UAE kicked off the World Cup qualifiers on a promising display conceal, with wins over Malaysia (2-1) and Indonesia (5-0) however were caught on the improper aspect of 2-1 and 1-0 results against Thailand and Vietnam, respectively. Marwijk’s aspect are self-discipline to host Malaysia and Thailand in the fifth and sixth rounds on June 3 and 7 respectively, sooner than a match against Indonesia (June 11) followed by an bump into against Vietnam (June 15) to protect out their qualification suits.
The final portion of aggressive action for UAE was as soon as in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup the put they could presumably well now not manufacture it past the team stage, suffering defeats by the fingers of Iraq (2-0) and Qatar (4-2) after a 3-0 non-public over Yemen. For the reason that outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, UAE non-public played a pair of friendles. They were in action against Uzbekistan (2-1 loss), Tajikistan (3-2 non-public) and Bahrain (3-1 loss), and final played out a goalless draw in a kindly against Iraq in January, 2021.


The most contemporary meeting between the two teams was as soon as in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which UAE gained 2-0, sooner than which The Whites confronted India 13 times. In the two games as fragment of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, UAE gained their dwelling leg 3-0. In the return tie that was as soon as held in Novel Delhi that ended 2-2, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Gouramangi Moiranthem helped the Blue Tigers rally serve from two objectives down however lost out on mixture.

The very well-behaved margin of victory for UAE stays a 5-0 thrashing in a kindly in 2011 and for India a 2-0 non-public in the 1981 Merdeka Match that was as soon as held in Malaysia.


IND v UAE 14 2 3 9 7 26 -19 14.29 %



The UAE nationwide crew, beneath head coach Bert van Marwijk, were coaching at the sub-stadium of Al Wasl Club since Tuesday, March 23rd.

Having played out a goalless draw in a kindly against Iraq in January, Van Marwijk  had earlier launched  a 29-member squad for the kindly tie against India, the Dutch coach began the camp with 26 players.

Key midfielders Abdullah Al-Naqbi and Caio Canedo are ruled out with accidents while goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani has been dropped from the previous squad.


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Ali Mabkhout:  He scored in the 2-0 non-public over India in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with midfielder Khalfan Mubarak bagging the opposite. He added three more objectives against Thailand, Kyrgyz Republic and Australia in the opponents. The pause scorer in the 2015 Asian Cup with six objectives, Ali Mabkhout has netted six times in the continued qualifiers alongside side a hat-trick in a 5-0 non-public over Indonesia. He’s UAE’s all-time high goalscorer with 60 world objectives.





UAE squad for India kindly
Goalkeepers Ali Khasif, Khaled Issa, Mohammed Al Shamsi, Fahd Al Dhanhani.
Defenders Bandar Al-Ahbabi, Shaheen Abdel-Rahman, Walid Abbas, Mahmoud Khamis, Khalifa Al-Hammadi, Hassan Al-Mahrami, Al-Hassan Saleh, Salem Rashid.
Midfielders Mohamed Al-Attas, Ali Salmeen, Yahya Nader, Abdullah Ramadan, Majed Hassan, Fabio de Lima, Khalfan Mubarak.
Forwards Khalil Al Hammadi, Tahnoun Al Zaabi, Ali Saleh, Suhail Al Noubi, Ali Mabkhout, Sebastian Tigali, Zayed Al Ameri.


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