UAE–Qatar football rivalry
|Other names||Southern Gulf Derby|
|Teams|| United Arab Emirates|
|First meeting||17 March 1972|
(49 years ago)
|Latest meeting||Qatar 4–2 UAE|
24th Arabian Gulf Cup
(2 December 2019)
|Most wins||Qatar (13)|
|Top scorer||Ahmed Khalil (4)|
|Largest victory||UAE 0–4 Qatar|
The United Arab Emirates and Qatar have been friendly rivals for a while but due to political tensions in recent years the two teams have been more competitive and they have never held a friendly game since 2011. The first match was played in 17 March 1972, during the 2nd Arabian Gulf Cup, with the UAE beating Qatar 1–0.
UAE and Qatar had 29 matches so far. Almost all of them have been competitive and only two of them were friendlies.
In the 29 of January 2019, many UAE fans have criticized the Qatari national team for having too many naturalized citizens in the national team instead of Qatari citizens. Some Emiratis even nicknamed Qatar “World FC”, this lead to UAE police issuing a warning to Emirati fans that making fun of Qatar can lead to 250,000 AED fine.
During UAE semi final match against Qatar, many fans threw bottles, shoes and many other items at the Qatari players in protest against the match. The match ended with a 4–0 Qatari victory which angered millions of Emirati fans around the UAE.
Qatar and UAE like the rest of the gulf states were friendly rivals who mostly competed in the gulf cup against each other, however in 2017, UAE along with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia boycotted Qatar due to political tensions. As a result both national teams have been never been friendly towards each other and captain of the UAE youth team have refused to shake hands with Qatar's youth Captain.
|#||Date||Competition||Venue||Home team||Score||Away team|
|1||17 March 1972||2nd Arabian Gulf Cup||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh||United Arab Emirates||1–0||Qatar|
|2||29 March 1974||3rd Arabian Gulf Cup||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kaifan||United Arab Emirates||1–1||Qatar|
|3||29 March 1976||4th Arabian Gulf Cup||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha||Qatar||3–1||United Arab Emirates|
|4||29 March 1979||5th Arabian Gulf Cup||Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad||Qatar||1–0||United Arab Emirates|
|5||17 September 1980||1980 AFC Asian Cup||Sabah Al Salem Stadium, Kuwait City||Qatar||2–1||United Arab Emirates|
|6||19 March 1982||6th Arabian Gulf Cup||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||1–0||Qatar|
|7||12 March 1984||7th Arabian Gulf Cup||Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat||United Arab Emirates||1–0||Qatar|
|8||7 April 1984||8th Arabian Gulf Cup||Bahrain National Stadium, Manama||Qatar||3–2||United Arab Emirates|
|9||7 April 1988||9th Arabian Gulf Cup||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Qatar||2–1||United Arab Emirates|
|10||7 April 1988||1988 AFC Asian Cup||Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha||Qatar||2–1||United Arab Emirates|
|11||24 October 1989||1990 FIFA World Cup Qualification||National Stadium, Singapore, Singapore||Qatar||1–1||United Arab Emirates|
|12||27 February 1990||10th Arabian Gulf Cup||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City||Qatar||0–0||United Arab Emirates|
|13||14 May 1992||Friendly||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||1–0||Qatar|
|14||6 December 1992||11th Arabian Gulf Cup||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha||Qatar||1–0||United Arab Emirates|
|15||9 October 1994||1994 Asian Games||Bingo Stadium, Onomichi||United Arab Emirates||2–2||Qatar|
|16||3 November 1994||12th Arabian Gulf Cup||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||2–0||Qatar|
|17||16 October 1996||13th Arabian Gulf Cup||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat||United Arab Emirates||0–1||Qatar|
|18||29 September 1998||1998 Arab Nations Cup||Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha||Qatar||2–1||United Arab Emirates|
|19||5 November 1998||14th Arabian Gulf Cup||Bahrain National Stadium, Manama||Qatar||0–0||United Arab Emirates|
|20||31 August 2001||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||0–2||Qatar|
|21||4 October 2001||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha||Qatar||1–2||United Arab Emirates|
|22||20 January 2002||15th Arabian Gulf Cup||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Qatar||2–0||United Arab Emirates|
|23||3 January 2004||16th Arabian Gulf Cup||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City||Qatar||0–0||United Arab Emirates|
|24||10 December 2004||17th Arabian Gulf Cup||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha||Qatar||2–2||United Arab Emirates|
|25||16 July 2007||2007 AFC Asian Cup||Quân khu 7 Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City||Qatar||1–2||United Arab Emirates|
|26||8 January 2009||19th Arabian Gulf Cup||Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat||Qatar||0–0||United Arab Emirates|
|27||25 August 2011||Friendly||Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium, Al Ain||United Arab Emirates||3–1||Qatar|
|28||25 August 2013||21st Arabian Gulf Cup||Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town||United Arab Emirates||3–1||Qatar|
|29||11 January 2015||2015 AFC Asian Cup||Canberra Stadium, Canberra||United Arab Emirates||4–1||Qatar|
|30||29 January 2019||2019 AFC Asian Cup||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||0–4||Qatar|
|31||2 December 2019||24th Arabian Gulf Cup||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha||Qatar||4–2||United Arab Emirates|
|United Arab Emirates||31||10||8||13||35||40||-5||4–1|
|Matches held in United Arab Emirates||6|
|Matches held in neutral venue||18|
|Matches held in Qatar||7|
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|3||Adnan Al Talyani||3|
|Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi|
Qatar–United Arab Emirates relations
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- Wintour, Patrick (5 June 2017). "Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar". the Guardian.
- "Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar". www.aljazeera.com.
- "Political tension spills on the pitch between UAE and Qatar in AFC U19". 18 October 2018.
- "World Football Elo Ratings". www.eloratings.net.
- "World Football Elo Ratings". www.eloratings.net.
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