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Saudi Arabia national football team

The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic: المنتخب العربي السعودي لكرة القدم‎) represents Saudi Arabia in international football. The team's colours are green and white. Saudi Arabia are known as Al-Suqour (The Falcons) and Al-Akhdhar (The Green).

Saudi Arabia
Nickname(s)الأخضر (al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green One")
الصقور الخضر (aṣ-Ṣuqūr al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green Falcons")
AssociationSaudi Arabian Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHervé Renard
CaptainYahya Al-Shehri
Most capsMohamed Al-Deayea (178)[1]
Top scorerMajed Abdullah (71)
FIFA codeKSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 70 Decrease 2 (19 September 2019)[2]
Highest21 (July 2004)
Lowest126 (December 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 87 Decrease 27 (10 October 2019)[3]
Highest27 (November 1998)
Lowest112 (1970, 1972)
First international
 Lebanon 1–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 18 January 1957)
Biggest win
 Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia 
(Dili, East Timor; 17 November 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Morocco 13–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 6 September 1961)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (1994)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (1984, 1988, 1996)
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultRunners-up (1992)

Considered one of Asia's most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia have won the Asian Cup three times (1984, 1988, and 1996), reached a joint record six Asian Cup finals and have qualified for the World Cup on five occasions since debuting at the 1994 tournament.

In the 1994 World Cup under the leadership of Jorge Solari, Saudi Arabia beat both Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Thus Saudi Arabia became the second Arab national football team in history to reach the Round of 16 in a World Cup, after Morocco's Round of 16 elimination in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one of the few Asian national football teams (others being Australia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea) to accomplish such a feat to date.

HistoryEdit

The idea of a Saudi national team first came about in 1951, when a Saudi XI team consisting of players from Al-Wehda and Al-Ahli took part in a friendly game against the Egyptian Ministry of Health on June 27, 1951 at the Al-Saban Stadium in Jeddah. The following day, the Egyptians took on a Saudi team made up of players from Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal in Al-Bahri in Jeddah. On August 2, 1951, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal organized a third friendly with the Egyptian team against a Saudi National XI with players from Al-Wehda, and Al-Ahli. By then the idea of a national select team to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was already in full flow, and in 1953 the first-ever Saudi team traveled to play friendly matches abroad. The same year, a Saudi team traveled to Damascus to play friendly matches as part of then-Crown Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz’s visit to the country on April 1953.[4] In 1957, the Saudi national team took part in their first international tournament at the 2nd Pan-Arab Games in Beirut, where King Saud was invited to attend the opening ceremony and the inauguration of the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium with Lebanese President Camille Chamoun on October 18, 1957. The first game played at the stadium was between the national teams of Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Abdulmajeed Kayal scored for the Saudis while Levon Altonian netted for the home side. The Saudi players came from teams from Jeddah and Mecca, while the team was given support and encouragement from Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal for their trip to Beirut.[5]

Though their football federation was established in 1956, the Saudi Arabia national team did not participate in a tournament until they qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in 1984, which they won. They subsequently became one of Asia's most successful national teams, reaching the next four consecutive Asian Cup finals and winning two of them (1988 and 1996). They have qualified for every Asian Cup since, but their best performance in that period was reaching the final in 2007.

Saudi Arabia qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1994. Under the leadership of Jorge Solari and with talents like Saeed Al-Owairan and Sami Al-Jaber, reinforced by national veteran Majed Abdullah as team captain, Saudi Arabia beat both Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Saudi Arabia qualified for the next three World Cups, but did not win a group stage match in any of them. They failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

Saudi Arabia secured qualification for the 2018 tournament,[6] ahead of Australia. However, they started on a sour note by letting host Russia rout them 0–5 on the opening match,[7] making this the second largest victory of any host nation at the FIFA World Cup.[8] The record of the host's largest opening victory is still by Italy, beating the United States 7–1, in 1934.[9] Once again, Saudi Arabia failed to reach the next round, after suffering another defeat, this time, losing 0–1 to Uruguay.[10] Saudi Arabia's performance in the tournament was deemed to be their worst performance since 2002 World Cup, where they were beaten 8-0 by Germany in their opening game and finished 32nd and bottom in the final rankings. Although they were eliminated,[11] they managed to salvage some pride by winning their final group stage match (and their first win at a World Cup since 1994) against Red Sea neighbours Egypt.[12]

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

Runner-up: 1992
Fourth Place: 1999

ContinentalEdit

Winner: 1984, 1988, 1996
Runner-up: 1992, 2000, 2007
Silver Medalists: 1986
Bronze Medalists: 1982

RegionalEdit

Winner: 1994, 2002, 2003
Runner-up: 1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014
Third Place: 1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996
Winner: 1998, 2002
Runner-up: 1992
Third Place: 1985
Silver Medalists: 1976
Bronze Medalists: 2007

OtherEdit

Runner-up: 1985, 1997
Gold Medalists: 2005

Kits and crestsEdit

The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green (flag colors).[13]

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period
  Admiral 1976–1980
  Puma 1980–1984
  Faison 1984–1990
  Adidas 1990–1993
  Shammel 1994–2001
  Adidas 2001–2003
  Le Coq Sportif 2004–2005
  Puma 2005–2010
  Nike 2011–present

Competitive recordEdit

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

FIFA World CupEdit

 
Saudi players warm-up before their match against Ukraine during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (19 June 2006)
 
Saudi Arabia players before the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening fixture, against hosts Russia in Group A.
World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
  1930 Not a FIFA member No qualification
  1934 Not a FIFA member
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 Did not enter Did not enter
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 7
  1982 10 4 1 5 9 16
  1986 2 0 1 1 0 1
  1990 9 4 3 2 11 9
  1994 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 6 11 6 5 0 28 7
  1998 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 14 9 3 2 26 7
    2002 32nd 3 0 0 3 0 12 14 11 2 1 47 8
  2006 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 12 10 2 0 24 2
  2010 Did not qualify 15 8 4 3 25 15
  2014 8 3 3 2 14 7
  2018 Group stage 26th 3 1 0 2 2 7 18 12 3 3 45 14
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Round of 16 5/23 16 3 2 11 11 39 117 68 27 22 232 93

AFC Asian CupEdit

All Time ResultsEdit

The following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 25 June 2018.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 631 303 140 179 978 671

Recent results and forthcoming matchesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

2020Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ameen Bokhari (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Ittihad
21 1GK Mohammed Al-Owais (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 28) 19 0   Al-Ahli
22 1GK Fawaz Al-Qarni (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Al-Ittihad

2 2DF Saud Abdulhamid (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Al-Ittihad
3 2DF Abdullah Madu (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Al-Nassr
4 2DF Hassan Tombakti (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Al-Wehda
5 2DF Ali Al-Bulaihi (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 29) 17 0   Al-Hilal
6 2DF Mohammed Al-Breik (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 27) 23 1   Al-Hilal
7 2DF Abdullah Al-Shamekh (1993-05-28) 28 May 1993 (age 26) 2 1   Al-Shabab
13 2DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 27) 51 0   Al-Hilal
16 2DF Ali Lajami (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Al-Fateh
23 2DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Al-Ittihad

8 3MF Yahya Al-Shehri (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 29) 71 8   Al-Nassr
11 3MF Hattan Bahebri (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 27) 22 2   Al-Hilal
12 3MF Abdulellah Al-Malki (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Al-Ittihad
14 3MF Abdullah Otayf (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 27) 31 1   Al-Hilal
15 3MF Abdullah Al-Khaibari (1996-08-16) 16 August 1996 (age 23) 10 0   Al-Nassr
18 3MF Abdurahman Al-Dossari (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Al-Nassr
19 3MF Abdulfattah Asiri (1994-02-26) 26 February 1994 (age 25) 15 2   Al-Ahli
20 3MF Abdulaziz Al-Bishi (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 25) 10 1   Al-Ittihad
3MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 30) 51 4   Al-Hilal

9 4FW Haroune Camara (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 8 0   Al-Ittihad
10 4FW Abdullah Al-Hamdan (1999-09-12) 12 September 1999 (age 20) 3 1   Al-Shabab
17 4FW Firas Al-Buraikan (2000-05-14) 14 May 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Al-Nassr

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Saudi Arabia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Abdullah Al-Mayouf (1987-01-23) 23 January 1987 (age 32) 14 0   Al-Hilal v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019 INJ
GK Mustafa Malayekah (1986-05-21) 21 May 1986 (age 33) 7 0   Al-Faisaly 2019 WAFF Championship
GK Abdullah Al-Jadaani (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Al-Wehda 2019 WAFF Championship
GK Abdullah Al-Saleh (1988-01-15) 15 January 1988 (age 31) 0 0   Al-Ettifaq 2019 WAFF Championship
GK Waleed Abdullah (1986-04-19) 19 April 1986 (age 33) 72 0   Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Mohammed Al-Rubeai (1997-08-14) 14 August 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup

DF Omar Hawsawi (1985-09-27) 27 September 1985 (age 34) 53 3   Al-Nassr v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019 RET
DF Hamdan Al-Shamrani (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 22) 6 0   Al-Ittihad v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019
DF Sultan Al-Ghanam (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Al-Nassr v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019
DF Mohammed Al-Fatil (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 27) 15 1   Al-Ahli v.   Mali, 5 September 2019 INJ
DF Muteb Al-Mufarrij (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Al-Shabab 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Fawaz Al-Sqoor (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Al-Wehda 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Sami Al-Khaibari (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 30) 2 0   Al-Fayha 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Wesam Al-Sowayed (1987-11-29) 29 November 1987 (age 31) 2 0   Al-Hazem 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Mohammed Al-Amri (1991-11-26) 26 November 1991 (age 27) 1 0   Al-Raed 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Hussain Al-Showaish (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 29) 1 0   Al-Raed 2019 WAFF Championship
DF Yazeed Al-Bakr (1995-11-11) 11 November 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Al-Ahli 2019 WAFF Championship PRE
DF Mohammed Al-Khabrani (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 25) 7 1   Al-Ahli v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
DF Madallah Al-Olayan (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Al-Taawoun v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
DF Bander Nasser (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Al-Fayha v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
DF Sultan Ghunaiman (1989-09-13) 13 September 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Al-Batin v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
DF Abdulelah Al-Amri (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Hussein Abdulghani (1977-01-21) 21 January 1977 (age 42) 138 5   Al-Ahli v.   Jordan, 20 November 2018

MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 28) 47 10   Al-Hilal v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019 INJ
MF Mohamed Kanno (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 25) 10 1   Al-Hilal v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019 INJ
MF Mohammed Al-Kwikbi (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 25) 5 0   Al-Ettifaq v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019 INJ
MF Khaled Al-Sumairi (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Al-Ittihad v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019
MF Mohammed Al-Sahali (1992-05-22) 22 May 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Al-Raed v.   Yemen, 10 September 2019
MF Rabee Sufyani (1987-01-26) 26 January 1987 (age 32) 8 2   Al-Taawoun 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Ali Al-Nemer (1991-08-25) 25 August 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Al-Wehda 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Naif Hazazi (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 27) 5 0   Al-Qadsiah 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Abdulkareem Al-Qahtani (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Al-Fayha 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Khalid Kaabi (1992-05-24) May 24, 1992 (age 27) 4 0   Al-Faisaly 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Mohammed Al-Fuhaid (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 29) 3 0   Al-Fateh 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Mansor Hamzi (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Al-Hazem 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Mohammad Al-Majhad (1998-07-16) 16 July 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Al-Ahli 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Hatem Belal (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Al-Wehda 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Abdulmohsen Al-Qahtani (1999-06-05) 5 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Al-Qadsiah 2019 WAFF Championship
MF Saleh Al-Amri (1993-10-14) October 14, 1993 (age 25) 3 0   Al-Ettifaq 2019 WAFF Championship PRE
MF Hassan Al-Habib (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Al-Hazem v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
MF Osama Al-Khalaf (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Al-Hazem v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
MF Ahmed Al-Zain (1991-07-02) 2 July 1991 (age 28) 2 0   Al-Raed v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
MF Ali Hazazi (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Al-Ettifaq v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
MF Sultan Mendash (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Al-Ahli v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
MF Fares Al-Ayyaf (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 1 0   Al-Hazem v.   Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2019
MF Waleed Bakshween (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 29) 16 0   Al-Wehda v.   United Arab Emirates, 21 March 2019 INJ
MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 25) 56 13   Al-Ittihad 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Housain Al-Mogahwi (1988-01-28) 28 January 1988 (age 31) 30 2   Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Ibrahim Ghaleb (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 29) 22 0   Al-Faisaly 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb (1997-03-31) 31 March 1997 (age 22) 9 1   Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Nooh Al-Mousa (1991-02-23) 23 February 1991 (age 28) 7 0   Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Ayman Al-Khulaif (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Al-Wehda 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Turki Al-Ammar (1999-09-24) 24 September 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Al-Shabab v.   Jordan, 20 November 2018

FW Abdulfattah Adam (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 24) 4 2   Al-Nassr 2019 WAFF Championship
FW Hassan Sharahili (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Al-Batin 2019 WAFF Championship
FW Mohammed Al-Saiari (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Al-Wehda 2019 AFC Asian Cup

  • SUS Player suspended
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET Retired from the national team

Managerial historyEdit

Updated 29 July 2019.[15][16]

RecordsEdit

As of 20 November 2018

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ UNDER THE RADAR BUT BRIMMING WITH OPTIMISM
  14. ^ "المدير الفني للمنتخب الوطني إيرڤي رينارد يعلن قائمة الأخضر".
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TitlesEdit

Preceded by
1980 Kuwait  
Asian Champions
1984 (First title)
1988 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1992 Japan  
Preceded by
1992 Japan  
Asian Champions
1996 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2000 Japan  

External linksEdit