Yemen national football team

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Yemen
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Al-Yaman As-Sa'eed
(The Happy Yemen)
(اليمن السعيد)
Al-Shayateen Al-Homr
(The Red Devils)
(الشياطين الحمر)
Al-Qahtani Al-'Arabi
(The Qahtani Arabs)
(القحطاني العرب)
AssociationYemen Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachSami Hasan Al Nash
CaptainAla Al-Sasi
Most capsAla Al-Sasi (87)
Top scorerAli Al-Nono (30)
Home stadiumAlthawra Sports City Stadium
FIFA codeYEM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 144 Steady (11 June 2020)[1]
Highest90 (August – September 1993, November 1993)
Lowest186 (February 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 156 Increase 12 (2 April 2020)[2]
Highest117 (7 November 2010)
Lowest169 (September 2015)
First international
 Malaysia 0–1 Yemen Yemen
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 8 September 1990)
as North Yemen
 Sudan 9–0 Lahej Sultanate of Lahej
(Cairo, Egypt; 2 September 1965)
Biggest win
Yemen Yemen 11–2 Bhutan 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 18 February 2000)
as North Yemen
Sultanate of Lahej Lahej 2–1 Oman 
(Cairo, Egypt; 6 September 1965)
 North Yemen 2–1 United Arab Emirates 
(Mohammedia, Morocco; 11 August 1985)
 North Yemen 1–0 India 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 11 February 1988)
Biggest defeat
 Saudi Arabia 7–0 Yemen Yemen
(Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; 6 October 2003)
as North Yemen
 Libya 16–0 Lahej Sultanate of Lahej
(Cairo, Egypt; 6 September 1965)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage, 2019
WAFF Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2010)
Best resultSemifinals, (2010)

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.

Despite being the 5th most populated country in the Middle East, and Yemen's successes at the Youth teams such as the U23, U20 and U17 Yemen, so far, Yemen has never achieved the same success as those with smaller populations like United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Syria, Jordan and Oman.

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.[3] 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.[4] 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]

Yemeni players before a 2019 AFC Asian Cup match against Iran

The next task for the Yemenis was the qualification campaign for the 2010 World Cup which was cut shorter than usual. In the first round, Yemen scored three goals without reply against Maldives, in 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 Asian Cup was acceptable for Yemeni' standards. Despite being grouped with Japan and Bahrain, and Hong Kong, they achieved 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 three 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 didn't record any goal and conceded six goals losing all three games.

As recent record showed, the Yemenis finished with their worst World Cup qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup. They faced Iraq which they lost 2–0. The return leg was played in the 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 179th. From the start of January 2013 to December 2013, they lost half of what they had previously, going down nearly 50 points.[5] 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.[6] 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: 186th. In preparation for 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.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification happened with the outbreak of the civil war, leaving majority of the national team's players and staff to escape to Djibouti by boat, which made headline by the media.[7] 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 the 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 Asian Cup for the first time in its history.

In the team's maiden AFC Asian Cup, Yemen was grouped with Iraq, Iran and Vietnam. Their opening campaign was against Iran, which participated in the previous 2018 World Cup and had almost eliminated Spain in progress. Yemen played well in the first ten minutes and almost scored a goal, but aftermath saw Iran completely dominated Yemen and the Yemenis lost 0–5 to Iran.[8] Yemen later fell to Iraq 0–3 after being unable to repel Iraqi pressure,[9] and later lost to Southeast Asian opponent Vietnam 0–2 and finished last with no goal and no point.[10] Both three opponents of Yemen would soon progress from the group stage.

Yemen later participated in the 2019 WAFF Championship where they were grouped with host Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. The Yemeni side was eliminated from the group stage this time, but they managed to finish in third place, even above Lebanon and Syria, thanked for a 2–1 over the former and a 1–1 draw to the latter. Despite this, Yemen once again failed in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup, scoring no goal and conceded nine, but the Yemenis successfully gained a goalless draw to Iraq to win its first major point since 2014 edition.

Between these competitions, Yemen participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round where they were grouped with Uzbekistan, minnows Singapore and fellow Arab rivals Saudi Arabia and Palestine. During their first games, Yemen got two points after two 2–2 draws over minnows Singapore away and more importantly, the encouraging draw to powerhouse Saudi Arabia in Bahrain, with the Yemenis took the lead twice, to end its losing streak to Saudi Arabia since 2002. Yet, Yemen slumped later after got a 0–5 demolition to Uzbekistan, before beating Palestine 1–0 to gain its first major win in this qualification round. However, disappointment would soon return when Yemen suffered a heartbreaking loss to Singapore 1–2 and putting its qualification at risk.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 12 13
France 1998 6 2 2 2 10 7
South Korea Japan 2002 6 3 2 1 8 6
Germany 2006 6 1 2 3 6 11
South Africa 2010 4 1 1 2 4 4
Brazil 2014 2 0 1 1 0 2
Russia 2018 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 Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
Singapore 1984 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 2 18
Qatar 1988 5 1 3 1 5 5
Japan 1992 Did not enter
United Arab Emirates 1996 4 1 0 3 2 8
Lebanon 2000 4 2 0 2 14 5
China 2004 6 2 1 3 15 15
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 6 2 0 4 5 13
Qatar 2011 6 2 1 3 7 9
Australia 2015 6 0 0 6 3 18
United Arab Emirates 2019 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 0 10 18 6 5 7 16 23
China 2023 To be decided 5 1 2 2 6 11
Total Best: Group stage 1/10 3 0 0 3 0 10 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 Pld W D L GF GA
India 1951 Did not participate
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974
Thailand 1978
India 1982 Withdrew
South Korea 1986 Did not participate
China 1990 Group stage 3 0 2 1 0 2
Japan 1994 Group stage 4 0 0 4 0 14
Thailand 1998 Did not participate
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 Pld W D* L GF 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
Qatar 2019 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 9
Total Best: Group stage 30 0 6 24 10 74

Arab Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964 Did not enter
Iraq 1966 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 27
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 10 1 1 8 10 47

Pan Arab Games record[edit]

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953
Did not enter
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985
9th 3 1 0 2 3 6
Lebanon 1997
Did not enter
Jordan 1999
Egypt 2007
Qatar 2011
Total
1/10
3
1
0
2
3
6

WAFF Championship[edit]

WAFF Championship finals
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Jordan 2000 Did not enter
Syria 2002
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008
Jordan 2010 Semifinals 3 1 1 1 5 4
Kuwait 2012 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 4
Qatar 2014 Withdrew
Iraq 2019 Group stage 4 1 1 2 4 5
Total 3/9 10 2 2 6 10 13

Palestine Cup of Nations[edit]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup in 26 November to 2 December.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mohammed Ayash (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 34)[11] 33 0 Iraq Peshmerga
22 1GK Salem Al-Harsh (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Yemen Wehda Adan
23 1GK Saoud Al-Sowadi (1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 (age 32) 43 0 Yemen Al-Saqr

2 2DF Rami Al-Wasmani (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Yemen Ahli Sana'a
3 2DF Mohammed Fuad Omar (1989-03-13) 13 March 1989 (age 31) 44 4 Qatar Muaither
4 2DF Mudir Abdurabu (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 27) 30 1 Qatar Al-Wakra
5 2DF Abdulaziz Al-Gumaei (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 30) 20 0 Qatar Mesaimeer
13 2DF Ala Addin Mahdi (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 24) 13 0 Oman Majees
15 2DF Ammar Hamsan (1994-11-05) 5 November 1994 (age 25) 9 0 Qatar Qatar
19 2DF Mohammed Boqshan (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 26) 38 1 Qatar Al-Khor
21 2DF Mohammed Ba Rowis (1988-12-04) 4 December 1988 (age 31) 17 2 Yemen Wehda Adan

6 3MF Ahmed Abdulrab (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 26) 10 0 Jordan That Ras
7 3MF Ahmed Al-Sarori (1998-08-09) 9 August 1998 (age 21) 18 2 Qatar Al-Markhiya
8 3MF Wahid Al Khyat (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 34) 29 0 Yemen Ahli Sana'a
9 3MF Alaa Al-Sasi (1987-07-02) 2 July 1987 (age 33) 63 8 Qatar Al-Sailiya
10 3MF Ahmed Dhabaan (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 25) 4 0 Qatar Al-Shamal
11 3MF Abdulwasea Al-Matari (1994-07-04) 4 July 1994 (age 25) 29 5 Oman Al-Nahda
12 3MF Ahmed Al-Haifi (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 26) 36 0 Qatar Al Kharaitiyat
17 3MF Hussein Al-Ghazi (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 30) 35 0 Qatar Al-Wakra

14 4FW Ali Hafeedh (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Yemen Wehda Adan
16 4FW Salem Al-Omzae (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 28) 4 0 Yemen Al-Tilal
18 4FW Ahmed Alos (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 26) 14 0 Yemen Wehda Adan
20 4FW Emad Mansoor (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 28) 13 1 Oman Bidiyah

Managerial history[edit]

Name Period
Egypt Zaki Osman c. 1970[12]
England Alan Gillett 1977[13]
Soviet Union Timur Segizbayev c. 1979–1982[14][15]
Yemen Dr. Azzam Khalifa 1 c. 1989–1990[16]
Brazil Luciano de Abreu 1993–1994[17][18]
Yemen Ali Saleh Abad c. 1996[19]
Yemen Omar Bashami c. 1996[20]
Yemen Mojahed Al Saraha c. 1997[21]
Iraq Hazem Jassam 1997[22][23]
Yemen Salem Abdel Rahman 1997[22]
Iraq Hazem Jassam 1997–1999[20]
Brazil Roberto Fernandes 1999[24][25]
Serbia and Montenegro Zoran Đorđević 1999–2000[20][26]
Brazil Luciano de Abreu 2000–2002[18][27]
Egypt Mahmoud Abou-Regaila Jan 2002 – Nov 2002[27][28]
Germany Horsten Spiedler 2 Nov 2002 – Dec 2002[28][29]
Yemen Abdullah Saqr Baamer 3 Dec 2002[30]
Iraq Hazem Jassam Dec 2002 – Sep 2003[31][32]
Yemen Ahmed Ali Qassim Sep 2003 – Nov 2003[33]
Serbia and Montenegro Milan Živadinović Nov 2003 – Jan 2004[34]
Yemen Amine Al-Sunaini Jan 2004 – Apr 2004[35]
Algeria Rabah Saâdane Jul 2004 – Dec 2005[36]
Yemen Ahmed Alraay Jan 2006 – Nov 2006[37]
Egypt Mohsen Saleh Nov 2006 – Jan 2009[38]
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 – Apr 2018
Slovakia Ján Kocian Oct 2018 – Jan 2019
Yemen Sami Hasan Al Nash Jul 2019 –
Notes
  • Dr. Azzam Khalifa served as the first coach of the unified Yemen football team.[39]
  • 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.[28] However, after one friendly match, the FA overturned this decision and appointed Hazem Jassam instead.[29]
  • 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.[30][31]
  • Hamza Jamal served as caretaker coach.

Records versus other nations[edit]

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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