Saudi Arabia national football team

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

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
CaptainSalman Al-Faraj
Most capsMohamed Al-Deayea (178)[1]
Top scorerMajed Abdullah (72)[2]
FIFA codeKSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 65 Steady (27 May 2021)[3]
Highest21 (July 2004)
Lowest126 (December 2012)
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
 United Arab Republic 13–0 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 3 September 1961)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (1994)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions, (1984, 1988, 1996)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970)
Best resultChampions, (1994, 2002, 2003)
FIFA Arab Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1985)
Best resultChampions, (1998, 2002)
WAFF Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best resultGroup stage (3 times)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultRunners-up (1992)
Medal record
Men's football
FIFA Confederations Cup
Silver medal – second place 1992 Team
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 1984 Team
Gold medal – first place 1988 Team
Gold medal – first place 1996 Team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Team
Silver medal – second place 2000 Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Team
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1986 Team
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Team
FIFA Arab Cup
Gold medal – first place 1998 Team
Gold medal – first place 2002 Team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Team
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Team

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. Saudi Arabia is the first AFC nation to reach the final of a senior FIFA competition, when it achieved during the 1992 King Fahd Cup, which would eventually become the eventual FIFA Confederations Cup. Only Japan managed to repeat this feat, in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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.[5] 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.[6]

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,[7] ahead of Australia. However, they started on a sour note by letting host Russia rout them 0–5 on the opening match,[8] making this the second largest victory of any host nation at the FIFA World Cup.[9] The record of the host's largest opening victory is still by Italy, beating the United States 7–1, in 1934.[10] Once again, Saudi Arabia failed to reach the next round, after suffering another defeat, this time, losing 0–1 to Uruguay.[11] 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.[12] Although they were eliminated,[13] 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.[14]

After the 2018 World Cup, Saudi Arabia participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a very high optimism after an acceptable performance in the World Cup, with the Saudis won its first World Cup game since 1994 edition. However, Saudi Arabia finished second in the group stage, after falling to Qatar in the final game,[15] and had to face another giant, Japan, in the round of sixteen. The Saudis dominated the whole game, but ultimately lost 0–1 due to poor finishing and crashed out from the competition.[16]

On 15 October 2019, Saudi Arabia played its first-ever game with Palestine in the West Bank. The game marked a change in policy for Saudi Arabia, which has previously played matches against the Palestinian team in third-party countries, the visit was condemned by some Palestinian activists who considered the game as a start of normalizing the relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but it was viewed by the Palestinian National Authority as a support for their sovereignty over the West Bank.[17] The game ended in a scoreless draw.[18]

Kits and crestsEdit

The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green (flag colors).[19]

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

RivalriesEdit

Due to historical reasons, matches against Iran have been frequently followed and seen by Saudis as the most important rival. This stems from the strong hatred between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in particular recent years due to religious sectarianism and historical enmities. Saudi Arabia is trailing behind the series, but only one game defeat, with 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. It's one of 10 most heated rivalries with political influence.[20][21]

Saudi Arabia's other heated rival is Iraq. However, the rivalry only began in 1970s. Due to the Gulf War, which Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia's ally Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq eventually become bitter rival fighting to salvage Arab pride.[22] The two countries since then have an up-and-down in relations, often ranged from lack of cooperation and political confrontation. Iraq almost pulled out of the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup after the country was disallowed to host the competition in a move believed to be motivated by Saudi Arabia.[23]

Saudi Arabia's other rivals are mostly from the Gulf, notably Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

VenuesEdit

Historically, Saudi Arabia played most of their home matches in King Fahd International Stadium, located in the capital Riyadh. The stadium was also where some of Saudi Arabia's most important fixtures were when the country hosted the first three King Fahd Cups (predecessor of the Confederations Cup). The stadium was also home to some of Saudi Arabia's big games in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Saudi Arabia started to diversify the use of venues from outside Riyadh in the 2000s, with the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers first round played in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam and the second round played entirely in Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round against Sri Lanka and at the first fixture against Uzbekistan in the third round, Saudi Arabia played again in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium. It was accelerated from 2010s onward as Saudi Arabia began to play frequent home fixtures in newly-built King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah and Mrsool Park also in Riyadh.

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020Edit

14 November 2020 Friendly Saudi Arabia   3–0   Jamaica Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
19:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Mohamed Darwish (United Arab Emirates)
17 November 2020 Friendly Saudi Arabia   1–2   Jamaica Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
19:30 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Yahya Al Mulla (United Arab Emirates)

2021Edit

25 March 2021 Friendly Saudi Arabia   1–0   Kuwait Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
20:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Mrsool Park
Referee: Mohamed Bunafoor (Bahrain)
30 March 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   5–0   Palestine Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
20:30 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Referee: Mohanad Qasim (Iraq)
5 June 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   3–0   Yemen Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 4,382
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)
11 June 2021 2022 W.C. Q Singapore   0–3   Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00 UTC+3 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 4,879
Referee: Mohanad Qasim (Iraq)
15 June 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   3–0   Uzbekistan Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 6,339
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
2 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   v   Vietnam
--:-- UTC+3
7 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Oman   v   Saudi Arabia
--:-- UTC+3
7 October 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   v   Japan
--:-- UTC+3
12 October 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia   v   China PR
--:-- UTC+3
11 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Australia   v   Saudi Arabia
--:-- UTC+3
16 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Vietnam   v   Saudi Arabia
--:-- UTC+3
1 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Saudi Arabia   v   Jordan Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
4 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Palestine   v   Saudi Arabia Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
7 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Morocco   v   Saudi Arabia Qatar
18:00 UTC+3

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mohammed Al-Owais (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 29) 26 0   Al-Ahli
1GK Mohammed Al Rubaie (1997-08-14) 14 August 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Al-Ahli
1GK Zaid Al-Bawardi (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Al-Shabab
1GK Abdullah Al-Oaisher (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 30) 0 0   Al-Wehda

2DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 29) 61 1   Al-Hilal
2DF Mohammed Al-Breik (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 28) 30 1   Al-Hilal
2DF Ali Al-Bulaihi (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 31) 21 0   Al-Hilal
2DF Mohammed Al-Khabrani (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 27) 17 2   Al-Ahli
2DF Sultan Al-Ghanam (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 27) 12 0   Al-Nassr
2DF Hassan Tambakti (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 22) 11 0   Al-Shabab
2DF Saud Abdulhamid (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 22) 7 0   Al-Ittihad
2DF Abdullah Madu (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 28) 6 0   Al-Nassr
2DF Abdulelah Al-Amri (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 24) 2 1   Al-Nassr

3MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 26) 61 17   Al-Ittihad
3MF Salman Al-Faraj (captain) (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 31) 59 8   Al-Hilal
3MF Abdullah Otayf (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 28) 41 1   Al-Hilal
3MF Abdulellah Al-Malki (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 26) 13 0   Al-Ittihad
3MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb (1997-03-31) 31 March 1997 (age 24) 12 1   Al-Ahli
3MF Mohammed Al-Kuwaykibi (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 26) 9 0   Al-Ettifaq
3MF Sami Al-Najei (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 24) 6 0   Al-Nassr
3MF Ali Al-Asmari (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Al-Ahli
3MF Ali Al-Hassan (1997-03-04) 4 March 1997 (age 24) 1 1   Al-Nassr
3MF Nasser Al-Dawsari (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Al-Hilal

4FW Abdullah Al-Hamdan (1999-09-12) 12 September 1999 (age 21) 13 4   Al-Hilal
4FW Firas al-Buraikan (2000-05-14) 14 May 2000 (age 21) 11 3   Al-Nassr
4FW Saleh Al-Shehri (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 27) 7 4   Al-Hilal

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 Amin Bukhari (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Al-Ain v.   Palestine, 30 March 2021
GK Habib Al-Wotayan (1996-08-08) 8 August 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Al-Hilal v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020

DF Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Ittihad v.   Singapore, 11 June 2021 WD
DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 26) 9 0   Al-Ittihad v.   Palestine, 30 March 2021
DF Ahmed Sharahili (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Al-Shabab v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2021 INJ
DF Saeed Al-Rubaie (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Al-Ettifaq v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020
DF Abdullah Hassoun (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Al-Ahli v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020

MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 29) 56 15   Al-Hilal v.   Uzbekistan, 15 June 2021 WD
MF Mohamed Kanno (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 26) 19 1   Al-Hilal v.   Palestine, 30 March 2021
MF Hassan Al-Amri (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Al-Qadsiah v.   Palestine, 30 March 2021
MF Housain Al-Mogahwi (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 33) 31 2   Al-Ahli v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020
MF Hattan Bahebri (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 29) 29 4   Al-Hilal v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020
MF Turki Al-Ammar (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 21) 4 0   Al-Shabab v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020
MF Mukhtar Ali (1997-10-30) 30 October 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Al-Nassr v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020
MF Ayman Yahya (2001-05-14) 14 May 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Al-Nassr v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020
MF Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Al-Nassr v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020 WD
MF Nawaf Al-Abed (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 31) 48 8   Al-Shabab v.   Jamaica, 14 November 2020 INJ

FW Mohammed Maran (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Al-Nassr v.   Palestine, 30 March 2021
FW Abdulfattah Adam (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 26) 4 2   Al-Raed v.   Jamaica, 17 November 2020

  • COV Player withdrew from the squad due to contracting COVID-19.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from the national team.
  • SUS Player is serving a suspension.
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player recordsEdit

As of 20 November 2018[25]
Players in bold are still active with Saudi Arabia.

Managerial historyEdit

As of 29 July 2019[26][27]

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 3 1 2 0 5 2
      2026
Total Round of 16 5/23 16 3 2 11 11 39 120 69 29 22 237 95

AFC Asian CupEdit

 
The Final of the 1984 AFC Asian Cup, against China. Saudi Arabia won their first AFC Asian Cup in their first entry to the competition.
Asian Cup record Asian Cup Qualification record
Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
 1956 Not a AFC member Not a AFC member
 1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976 Withdrew 6 3 1 2 12 5
  1980 Withdrew
  1984 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 7 3 4 4 0 0 19 0
  1988 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 5 1 Automatic qualification as champions
  1992 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 8 3 Automatic qualification as champions
  1996 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 11 6 4 4 0 0 10 0
  2000 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 11 8 Automatic qualification as champions
  2004 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 5 6 6 0 0 31 1
        2007 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6 6 5 0 1 21 4
  2011 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 8 Automatic qualification as Runners-up
  2015 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 5 5 6 5 1 0 9 3
  2019 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 6 3 8 6 2 0 28 4
  2023 Qualified 8 6 2 0 22 4
Total 3 Titles 11/18 48 21 13 14 69 48 48 39 6 3 152 21

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1992 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 3 Squad
  1995 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 4 Squad
  1997 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 8 Squad
  1999 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 8 16 Squad
    2001 Did not qualify
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
Total Runners-up 4/11 12 3 1 8 13 31 -

Arabian Gulf Cup recordEdit

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1953 Did not enter
  1957 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 3
  1961 Round Robin 5 1 0 4 4 38
  1965 Did not enter
  1976 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 9 4
  1985 Fourth place 4 3 0 1 6 3
  1997 Did not enter
  1999 First Round 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2007 Third place 4 1 1 2 5 5
  2011 First Round 2 0 1 1 0 2
Total 7/10 26 9 5 12 31 58

West Asian Football Federation Championship recordEdit

WAFF Championship record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  2000 Did not participate
  2002
  2004
  2007
  2008
  2010
  2012 Group stage 3 1 1 1 1 1
  2014 Group stage 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2019 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 5
Total 3/9 8 1 3 4 3 10

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All-time resultsEdit

The following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2020.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 677 319 151 197 1033 728

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, 2019
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

NotesEdit

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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