Saudi Arabia national football team

Country Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
City Ar-Riyāḍ (Riyadh)
Founded 1956
Website thesaff.com.sa
Leagues
FIFA World Cup

The Saudi Arabia national football team is also known as al-Akhdar, meaning The Green or as al-Sogour, meaning The Falcons. This is the national team of Saudi Arabia which is controlled by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation. The head coach of this team is Jose Peseiro with Hussein Sulaimani being the captain of the team.

Mohamed Al-Deayea took most of the caps for this team with 181 appearances and with maximum goals made by Majed Abdullah with 67 goals. Mohamed Al-Deayea is also a former goalkeeper who is a record holder in the world for the most international appearances ever made by any male football player. King Fahd International Stadium is the home stadium of this team and the team is ranked in 68th places as per the FIFA ranking.

During the World Cup in 1994, this team played with Belgium and even defeated Morocco in the group stage prior to losing to Sweden in round 16. However, Saudi Arabia team was dismissed in the 1st round of the next 3 Cup matches.

The team was not a FIFA member due to which they never took part in the World Cup from 1930 to 1958. Later on, they did not enter from 1962 to 1974 at any of the World Cups nor they were qualified for the same from 1978 to 1990. It was in 1994, that the team got qualified for the World cup and came in round 16, with being placed in 12th position. The team played four games, of which they won two and lost two matches.

In 1998, they came in round one, though were positioned in 28th place. They played three games, of which one was draw, and two were defeats. By 2002, they again were placed in round one with 32nd position and played in 3 matches. However, the team lost all the three matches. In 2010, the team was not qualified for the World Cup. This team is the champions of Asian cup in 1984, 1988 and 1996.

This team played Gulf Cup of Nations matches and were thrice champions, which were in 1994, 2002 and in 2003. They secured third place in 1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996 and in 2007. They became runner up in 1972, 1974 and in 2009. They were placed in fifth place in 1976 and fourth place in 1982. In 1990, they withdrew from this tournament. They reached round one in 2004.

Major Achievements

This team is known to be one of the most successful national teams of Asia. Till date, they have won the Asian Cup thrice in 1984, 1988 and in 1996. They were even qualified for the World Cup for four consecutive years since their debut at the 1994 match.

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