United Arab Emirates Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Al Abyad (The white)
Head coach: Srecko Katanec
Most caps: Adnan Al Talyani (164)
Top scorer: Adnan Al Talyani (54)
Home stadium: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Football is not the overriding sport in the UAE as it has to share the limelight with horse and camel racing and falconry. But the UAE still make their mark on many final competitions in various age categories with impressive results, such as runners-up in the Asian Cup on home ground in 1996. The UAE played in the FIFA World Cup? in Italy in 1990 and the Olympic Football Tournament in Seoul in 1988. Their first division was established in 1974. The clubs, Al-Ahly and Al-Ain, are usually to be found near the top of the table at the end of the season.
On 21 March 2007, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of two floodlit natural turf pitches and a futsal hall. This constitutes Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme's contribution to a major project in Dubai, which the association is funding itself with support from the city authorities. The association's headquarters, a clubhouse and a building with overnight accommodation for players will be built at an impressive location, providing national team members with optimum training conditions.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.