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Yemen national football teamDescription : 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 ne... Page:y1

Nickname(s)Al-Yaman A'Sa'eed
(اليمن السعيد)
The Red (Al-Ahmar)
AssociationYemen Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachAbraham Mebratu
CaptainSalem Saeed
Top scorerAli Al-Nono (29)
Home stadiumAlthawra Sports City Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current162 Steady (11 August 2016)
Highest90 (August-September 1993, November 1993)
Lowest186 (February 2014)
Elo ranking
Highest124 (October 2010)
Lowest169 (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)

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 or an AFC Asian Cup tournament, 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.

Early history


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.


Following the tournament in Cambodia, North Yemen did not play a match for eighteen years, returning in 1984 to attempt 1984 AFC Asian Cup qualification. This was their first entrance of the competition. They were placed in qualification 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 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. They were placed in Group 3 of the West Asia zone in the first round of qualification. 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 Abbasiyin 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 compted 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


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. 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. 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 to China once and Iraq twice. 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 AFC 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 FIFA World Cup raised some spirits as they came in second above Indonesia and Cambodia. For the Yemenis, this was ample progress as Uzbekistan, of 16 points, had stomped the first stage with having twice as many points as second-place Yemen of 8 points. While adding on to the fact that Yemen lost 1-0 to Uzbekistan despite losing 5-1 in the return leg, this gave the Yemenis a hopeful future for the upcoming tournaments.


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)
United Arab Emirates UAE6402215+1612
Yemen Yemen6321148+611
India India6321115+611
Brunei Brunei6006028−280

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 2003 Gulf Cup of Nations 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 2004 Gulf Cup of Nations 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 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations. 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.


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 2010 Gulf Cup of Nations 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 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations 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. 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. 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 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations, 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 Yemen's participancy history of the Gulf Cup, Yemen didn't finish last.

Competition records

World Cup record

World Cup FinalsWorld Cup Qualifications
United States 1994Did not qualify-------83231213
France 1998Did not qualify-------6222107
South KoreaJapan 2002Did not qualify-------632186
Germany 2006Did not qualify-------6123611
South Africa 2010Did not qualify-------411244
Brazil 2014Did not qualify-------201102
Russia 2018Did not qualify-------7214410

AFC Asian Cup record

All qualifications

Asian Cup FinalsAsian Cup Qualifications
Japan 1992Did not enter-------
United Arab Emirates 1996Did not qualify-------410328
Lebanon 2000Did not qualify-------4202145
China 2004Did not qualify-------62131515
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007Did not qualify-------6204513
Qatar 2011Did not qualify-------621379
Australia 2015Did not qualify-------6005216
United Arab Emirates 2019To be determined-------6114410
TotalBest: -''''''''''''38103244976

Gulf Cup of Nations record

Gulf Cup
Kuwait 20037/76015218
Qatar 2004Group Stage301227
United Arab Emirates 2007Group Stage301235
Oman 2009Group Stage3003211
Yemen 2010Group Stage300319
Bahrain 2013Group Stage300306
Saudi Arabia 2014Group Stage302101
TotalBest: Group Stage2405191057

Arab Nations Cup

Arab Nations Cup
Lebanon 1963Did not enter------
Kuwait 1964Did not enter------
Iraq 1966Group Stage3003124
Saudi Arabia 1985Did not enter------
Jordan 1988Did not enter------
Syria 1992Did not enter------
Qatar 1998Withdrew------
Kuwait 2002Group Stage4013513
Saudi Arabia 2012Group Stage310237
TotalBest: Group Stage9117943

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

18 JuneYemen Althawra Sports City Stadium, Sana'a Palestine1–2Friendly
23 JuneSaudi Arabia Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah Libya1–32012 Arab Nations Cup Group stage
26 JuneSaudi Arabia Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah Bahrain2–02012 Arab Nations Cup Group stage
29 JuneSaudi Arabia Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah Morocco0–42012 Arab Nations Cup Group stage
28 SeptemberOman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat Oman1–2Friendly
16 OctoberLebanon Saida International Stadium, Sidon Lebanon1–2Friendly
9 DecemberKuwait Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah Stadium, Al Farwaniyah Bahrain0–12012 WAFF
12 DecemberKuwait Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah Stadium, Al Farwaniyah Saudi Arabia0–12012 WAFF
15 DecemberKuwait Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City Iran1–22012 WAFF
6 JanuaryBahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town Kuwait0–22013 Gulf Cup of Nations
9 JanuaryBahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town Saudi Arabia0–22013 Gulf Cup of Nations
12 JanuaryBahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town Iraq0–22013 Gulf Cup of Nations
6 FebruaryUnited Arab Emirates Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah Bahrain0–22015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
22 MarchMalaysia Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam Malaysia1–22015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
6 OctoberLebanon Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut Iraq2–3Friendly
13 OctoberQatar Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha Qatar0–62015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
15 NovemberUnited Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain City Qatar1–42015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
19 NovemberBahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa Bahrain0–22015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5 MarchUnited Arab Emirates Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium, Al Ain Malaysia1–22015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
25 MarchQatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha   Nepal2–0Friendly
15 AprilQatar Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha Chad0–0Friendly
9 SeptemberIndonesia Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman Indonesia0–0 Friendly
10 OctoberBahrain Al Ahli Stadium, Manama Iraq1–1Friendly
4 NovemberUnited Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi Kuwait1–1Friendly
7 NovemberOman Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat Oman0–2Friendly
13 NovemberSaudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh Bahrain0–02014 Gulf Cup of Nations
16 NovemberSaudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh Qatar0–02014 Gulf Cup of Nations
19 NovemberSaudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh Saudi Arabia1-02014 Gulf Cup of Nations
17 JanuaryUnited Arab Emirates The Sevens Stadium, Dubai Nigeria2-0 Friendly
22 JanuaryUnited Arab Emirates The Sevens Stadium, Dubai Finland0-0 Friendly
12 MarchQatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha Pakistan3-12018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
23 MarchBahrain Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town Pakistan0-02018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
11 JuneQatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha North Korea0-32018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
16 JuneQatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha Philippines0-22018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
3 SeptemberUzbekistan Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent Uzbekistan1-02018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
8 SeptemberQatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha Bahrain0-42018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
13 OctoberNorth Korea Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang North Korea1-02018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
12 NovemberPhilippines Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila Philippines0-12018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
17 NovemberQatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha Uzbekistan1-32018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
24 MarchBahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa Bahrain0-32018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2 JuneMaldives National Football Stadium, Malé Maldives0–22019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 JuneQatar Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha Maldives2–02019 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Current squad

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying matches against Maldives on 2 June in Malé and 7 June 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKMohammed Ebrahim Ayash(1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 30)40Oman Al-Suwaiq
221GKSalem Saeed(1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 32)210Yemen Al-Hilal Al-Sahili
231GKSamer Mohammed Saleh(1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 25)00Oman Al-Wahda SC (Oman)

22DFMoataz Ahmed Kaid(1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 23)40Yemen Al-Saqr
32DFMohammed Fuad Mohammed Omar(1989-03-13) 13 March 1989 (age 27)80Yemen Al-Saqr
42DFMudir Al-Radaei(1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 23)30Yemen Al-Ahli Sana'a
52DFAbdelmoaen Al-Jarshi(1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 22)40Yemen Al-Wehda Club (Sana'a)
132DFAla Addin Mahdi00Yemen Shaab Ibb SCC
142DFHamada Al Zubairi(1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 26)10Yemen Al-Ahli Sana'a
192DFMohammed Ahmed Ali Boqshan(1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 22)181Yemen Al-Tilal

63MFFuad Al-Omaisi(1989-01-01) 1 January 1989 (age 27)40Saudi Arabia Al-Ta'ee
73MFWaleed Mohammed Al-Hubaishi(1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 23)30Yemen Al-Saqr SC
83MFWahid Mohammed Al Khyat(1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 30)30Yemen Al-Ahli Sana'a
93MFAlaa Al-Sasi(1987-07-02) 2 July 1987 (age 29)337Yemen Al-Ahli Sana'a
113MFAbdulwasea Al-Matari(1994-07-04) 4 July 1994 (age 22)120Yemen Al Yarmuk Al Rawda
153MFAkram Al-Worafi(1986-11-12) 12 November 1986 (age 29)0Yemen Al Sha'ab Ibb
163MFOsamah Anbar00Yemen Al Yarmuk Al Rawda
183MFAlos Ahmed Abdullah(1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 22)50Yemen Al-Wehda Club (Sana'a)
213MFAhmed Abdulhakim Al-Sarori(1998-08-09) 9 August 1998 (age 18)00Yemen Al-Ahli Sana'a

104FWAyman Al Hagri(1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 23)111Bahrain Al-Najma
124FWAhmed Al-Haifi(1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 22)40Yemen Al-Ahli Sana'a
164FWYasser Basuhai(1979-03-27) 27 March 1979 (age 37)218Yemen Al-Hilal Al-Sahili
174FWTawfiq Ali Mansour20Yemen Al-Wehda Club (Sana'a)
204FWAli Hafeedh00Yemen Al-Wehda Club (Sana'a)

Managerial history

Egypt Zaki Osmanc. 1970
England Alan Gillett1977
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Timur Segizbayevc. 1979–1982
Yemen Dr. Azzam Khalifa c. 1989–1990
Brazil Luciano de Abreu1993–1994
Yemen Ali Saleh Abadc. 1996
Yemen Omar Bashamic. 1996
Yemen Mojahed Al Sarahac. 1997
Iraq Hazem Jassam1997
Yemen Salem Abdel Rahman1997
Iraq Hazem Jassam1997–1999
Brazil Roberto Fernandes1999
Serbia and Montenegro Zoran Đorđević1999–2000
Brazil Luciano de Abreu2000–2002
Egypt Mahmoud Abou-RegailaJan 2002 – Nov 2002
Germany Horsten Spiedler Nov 2002 – Dec 2002
Yemen Abdullah Saqr Baamer Dec 2002
Iraq Hazem JassamDec 2002 – Sep 2003
Yemen Ahmed Ali QassimSep 2003 – Nov 2003
Serbia and Montenegro Milan ŽivadinovićNov 2003 – Jan 2004
Yemen Amine Al-SunainiJan 2004 – Apr 2004
Algeria Rabah SaâdaneJul 2004 – Dec 2005
Yemen Ahmed AlraayJan 2006 – Nov 2006
Egypt Mohsen SalehNov 2006 – Jan 2009
Egypt Hamza Al Jamal Jan 2009
Yemen Sami Hasan Al NashJan 2009 – Oct 2009
Croatia Srećko JuričićNov 2009 – Dec 2010
Yemen Amine Al-SunainiDec 2010 – Jan 2012
Yemen Sami Hasan Al NashJan 2012 – Sep 2012
Belgium Tom SaintfietOct 2012 – Mar 2013
Yemen Sami Hasan Al NashApril 2013 – Dec 2013
Serbia Vladimir PetrovićDec 2013 – May 2014
Czech Republic Miroslav SoukupMay 2014 – 2015
Yemen Amine Al-Sunaini2015 – Feb 2016
Yemen Ahmed Ali QassimFeb 2016 – Jun 2016
Ethiopia Abraham MebratuJun 2016 - present
  • Dr. Azzam Khalifa served as the first coach of the unified Yemen football team.
  • 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. However, after one friendly match, the FA overturned this decision and appointed Hazem Jassam instead.
  • 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.
  • Hamza Jamal served as caretaker coach.

Former squads

  • 2012 Arab Nations Cup squads
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