Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea is a football goalkeeper from Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. He was born on August 2, 1972, and he has participated in four World Cups for Saudi Arabia’s national team. Born in Ha’il, Al-Deayea has spent his professional career split between two clubs: Al-Hilal and Al-Ta’ee.
Starting off as a handball player, Al-Deayea was convinced by his older brother Abdullah as well as his current club to play football instead. At the start of his career, Al-Deayea encountered great pressure because his brother, Abdullah, had already set the bar high enough by being an AFC Asian winner. In addition to this win, Abdullah was also a reputed goalkeeper as well.
It was in 2001 when Al-Deayea was supposed to be signed by Manchester United to be their goalkeeper as a replacement for Fabien Barthez. Unfortunately, due to certain issues regarding his getting a work permit, Al-Deayea could not go through with the transfer, so he stayed in Al-Hilal, while his dreams of filling in the boots of Peter Schmeichel were put on hold.
Although Al-Deayea failed to get into Manchester United, he was able to be capped 173 times by the end of 2005. Technically, he has made the same amount of international appearances as Claudio Suarez. Due to this, he has helped Saudi Arabia’s national football team make their appearances in the World Cup for 1994, 1998, and 2002.
Currently, Al-Deayea serves as the captain of Al-Hilal of Saudi Premier League. Plus, as of November 2008, he is the world record holder for having the most international appearances by a male footballer with his 181 caps for his country.