South Yemen national football team

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South Yemen
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Soqoor Al-Janoub
(The South Falcons)
(صقور الجنوب)
Head coach Mubarak Qadhi
Most caps Abubakar Al-Mass
Top scorer Abubakar Al-Mass
Home stadium 22 May Stadium
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Highest 139 (1989)
Lowest 164 (1989)
First international
Egypt UAR 14–0 South Yemen People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
(Egypt, 2 September 1965)[3]
Last International
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen 1–0 Guinea Guinea
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 November 1989)
Biggest win
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen 2–0 Mauritania 
(Damascus, Syria; 12 October 1976)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 15-1 South Yemen People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
(Tripoli, Libya; 17 August 1973)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1976)
Best result Group stage, 1976

The South Yemen national football team (Arabic: منتخب اليمن الجنوبي الوطني لكرة القدم‎) was the national team of South Yemen between 1965 and 1989. The team took part in the Asian Cup finals in 1976, losing 0–8 to Iran and 0–1 to Iraq. They entered their only World Cup qualification campaign, for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and were knocked out in the first round by Bahrain.

The team ceased to exist in 1990, when South Yemen united with North Yemen to form Yemen. See the article Yemen national football team for details after 1990.


South Yemen made its international football debut on 2 September 1965 at the 1965 Pan Arab Games in Cairo, Egypt. They played the hosts (who played as the United Arab Republic) in the first game and lost, 14–0. This was their largest defeat without scoring a goal in reply. South Yemen lost all three other games in the group: 1–0 to Palestine and then 4–3 to Lebanon. South Yemen did not play another game until 10 January 1972 when they lost a home friendly, 4–1, to Algeria.[2]

World Cup record

Asian Cup record

1986 World Cup qualification

South Yemen competed in qualification for the only time for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. They were placed in Group 4 of Zone A in the First Round against Iran and Bahrain. Iran was disqualified before the games were played, due to refusal to move their games to neutral grounds away from the Iran–Iraq War. South Yemen hosted Bahrain on 12 March 1985 and lost 4-1 in Mortayer Yard (now 22 May Stadium), Aden. On 12 April they drew, 3–3, at the Bahrain National Stadium in Manama after leading 3-1. This saw Bahrain advance through.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bahrain 2 1 1 0 7 4 +3 3
 South Yemen 2 0 1 1 4 7 −3 1
 Iran Disqualified




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