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Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea (Arabic: محمد عبدالعزيز الدعيع; born 2 August 1972) is a Saudi Arabian retired football goalkeeper. He played in four FIFA World Cups for the Saudi Arabia national team and earned a total of 178 officially recognized caps, the record for a goalkeeper. He also achieved the first best Goalkeeper of the Century from Asia award ahead of Nasser Hejazi in second and In-Young Choi in third place respectively.
Al-Deayea with Al-Hilal in 2010
|Full name||Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea|
|Date of birth||2 August 1972|
|Place of birth||Ha'il, Saudi Arabia|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Al-Deayea has split his professional career between the clubs Al-Ta'ee and Al-Hilal. Originally he started as a handball player, but was convinced by his club and his older brother Abdullah to become a footballer. Mohammed was under great pressure in the beginning of his career because of having to wear the shoes of his brother Abdullah, who was an AFC Asian Cup winner and a highly reputed goalkeeper too.
On 22 June 2010, Mohamed Al-Deayea announced his retirement from football at the age of 37. On 5 January 2012, a big farewell match was organised between Al-Hilal and Juventus F.C.. 70,000 people were packed in the King Fahd Stadium. The match ended 1–7 in favour of Juventus with one goal from Saad Al-Harthi. Juventus's goals were scored by Alessandro Del Piero (twice), Eljero Elia, Arturo Vidal, Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe and Fabio Quagliarella.
|Saudi Arabia national team|
- Saudi Premier League: 2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10
- Saudi Crown Prince Cup: 1999–2000, 2003, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
- Saudi Founder's Cup: 1999
- AFC Champions League: 1999–2000
- Asian Cup Winners Cup: 2001–02
- Asian Super Cup: 2000
- Arab Cup Winners' Cup: 2000
- Arab Super Cup: 2001
Saudi Arabia U-17
- AFC Asian Cup: 1996
- Gulf Cup of Nations: 1994, 2003
- Arab Nations Cup: 1998
- Islamic Solidarity Games: 2005
- Best Goalkeeper of the AFC Asian Cup: 1996, 2000
- Best Goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup of Nations: 1998, 2002
- Best Goalkeeper of the GCC Champions League: 2000
- Best Goalkeeper of the Arab Champions League': 2001
- Best Goalkeeper of the Asian Cup Winners Cup: 2002
- He was voted Asia's Goalkeeper of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics in 1999.
- AFC Asian All Stars: 2000
- "Egypt's Ahmed Hassan equals international apperance [sic] record". BBC Sport. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Mamrud, Roberto (28 January 2011). "Mohamed Al-Deayea – Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- Velappan, Peter (31 July 2012). "Asia's best Goalkeeper of the Century". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- "Asian Player of the Year". RSSSF. 18 January 2018.
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