(Reuters) - Factbox on the Yemen team ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:
FIFA world ranking: 135
Ranking in Asia: 26
Previous Asian Cups: 0
Nickname: The Red Devils
Coach: Jan Kocian
Regular captain: Ala Al Sasi
Player to watch: Ala Al Sasi
Dec 23* Qatar 4-0 Yemen Kuwait City
Dec 26* Yemen 0-1 Bahrain Kuwait City
Dec 29* Iraq 3-0 Yemen Kuwait City
March 27 Yemen 2-1 Nepal Doha
Nov 16 Saudi Arabia 1-0 Yemen Dammam
Nov 20 UAE 2-0 Yemen Dubai
*Matches in 2017
Jan 7 Iran v Yemen Abu Dhabi
Jan 12 Yemen v Iraq Sharjah
Jan 16 Vietnam v Yemen Al Ain
Yemen make their debut appearance at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates after qualifying as runners-up from a group won by the Philippines and also featuring Tajikistan and Nepal.
The civil war has had a major impact on the team’s preparations, with the national side unable to play at home due to the security situation.
They have also undergone a coaching change, with Slovakia’s Jan Kocian replacing Abraham Mebratu in October.
Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg Stutchbury