The United Arab Emirate national football team have been playing international matches since 1972, and have managed one World Cup appearance so far (in 1990). Always one of the most competitive nations in the Middle East, the UAE battle it out with Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt for regional dominance, and regularly compete for the Asia Cup title.
The history of the United Arab Emirates national football team
The first United Arab Emirates tickets went on sale in March 1972, then the national team faced neighbours Qatar in Riyadh (winning 1-0). However, success eluded the UAE until 1980, when they qualified for Asia Cup for the first time - an achievement they matched in 1984 and 1988.
However, there's no doubt about the greatest achievement of the UAE's football team. In 1990, they managed to qualify for Italia 90. Led by Brazilian manager Carlos Alberto Parreira, the UAE represented the Middle East with pride but failed to register a win. Since then, highlights have included finishing as runners-up in the 1996 Asian Cup (hosted on Emirati soil) and putting on a promising show at the 2015 edition of Asia's premier international tournament.
If you want to attend United Arab Emirates football matches, doing so is easy with StubHub. You can watch most of their games at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, which is all-seater and accommodates 40,000 spectators. The stadium is very conveniently located, particularly for air travellers from Australia, and there are numerous hotels in the area as well. The team also regularly plays matches abroad, including World Cup qualifiers against Australia, so look out for opportunities to see them in your area.
Great moments in the history of UAE football
When you book United Arab Emirates tickets, you'll become part of the nation's footballing heritage. The Emirates are fiercely proud of their team, which is something that holds the various states together as a nation. Spurred on by that pride, the players have enjoyed some unforgettable occasions.
For example, in the opening match of the 2015 Asia Cup, the UAE smashed Qatar 4-1, which was even sweeter as Qatar are their local rivals. They then followed that up with a tenser 2-1 win over Bahrain - another local scalp.
Looking further back, the 1996 Asia Cup was the UAE's high point. They went unbeaten during the group stages, drawing against a strong South Korean side and beating Kuwait and Indonesia. Only denied the title by a penalty shoot out won by Saudi Arabia, the 1996 tournament showed what the UAE could achieve on the world stage.