Saudi Arabia national football team

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Saudi Arabia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) الصقور الخضر
(Green Falcons)
Association Saudi Arabia Football Federation
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Vacant
Captain Osama Hawsawi
Most caps Mohamed Al-Deayea (172)
Top scorer Majed Abdullah (71)
Home stadium King Fahd International Stadium
FIFA code KSA
FIFA ranking 99 Decrease 1 (12 March 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 21 (July 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 126 (December 2012)
Elo ranking 89 (11 January 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 27 (November 1998)
Lowest Elo ranking 112 (1970, 1972)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Saudi Arabia 1–1 Lebanon 
(Beirut, Lebanon; January 18, 1957)
Biggest win
 Saudi Arabia 8–0 Macau 
(Taif, Saudi Arabia; May 14, 1993)
Biggest defeat
 UAR 13–0 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
(Casablanca, Morocco; September 9, 1961)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1994)
Best result Round of 16; 1994
Asian Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1984)
Best result Winners: 1984, 1988, 1996
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1992)
Best result Runner-up: 1992

The Saudi Arabia National Football Team (Arabic: منتخب المملكة العربية السعودية لكرة القدم‎) represents Saudi Arabia in association football. It is known by its fans as Al-Saqour (The Falcons), Al-Akhdar (The Green). Considered one of Asia's most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia has won the Asian Cup three times (1984, 1988, and 1996) and qualified for the World Cup four consecutive times ever since debuting at the 1994 tournament.

In the 1994 World Cup, Saudi Arabia upset seeded Belgium and beat Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Saudi Arabia was dismissed in the first round of the next three Cup tournaments.

Honors[edit]

International[edit]

Runner-up (1): 1992
Fourth Place (1): 1999

Continental[edit]

Winner (3): 1984, 1988, 1996
Runner-up (3): 1992, 2000, 2007
Silver Medalists (1): 1986

Regional[edit]

Winner (3): 1994, 2002, 2003
Runner-up (6): 1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014
Winner (2): 1998, 2002
Runner-up (1): 1992

Other[edit]

Runner-up (2): 1985, 1997
Silver Medalists (1): 1976
Gold Medalists (1): 2005

Competition records[edit]


West Asian Football Federation Championship record[edit]

Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Jordan 2000 Did not enter
Syria 2002 Did not enter
Iran 2004 Did not enter
Jordan 2007 Did not enter
Iran 2008 Did not enter
Jordan 2010 Did not enter
Kuwait 2012 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 1 1
Qatar 2014 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 1 4
Total - 5 1 2 2 2 5

Recent results and Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Score Scorers
2014
5 March 2014 2015 ACQ Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Indonesia 1–0 Al-Muwallad Goal 87'
24 May 2014 International friendly Spain Estadio Municipal de Chapín, Xerez  Moldova 0–4
29 May 2014 International friendly Spain Estadio Municipal de Chapín, Xerez  Georgia 0–2
8 September 2014 International friendly England Craven Cottage, London  Australia 2–3 Fallatah Goal 71'
Al-Jassim Goal 84'
10 October 2014 International friendly Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah  Uruguay 1–1 Hazazi Goal 90'
14 October 2014 International friendly Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah  Lebanon 1–1 Hawsawi Goal 15'
6 November 2014 International friendly Saudi Arabia Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Palestine 2–0 Hazazi Goal 34'
Al-Muwallad Goal 55'
13 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Qatar 1–1 Al-Muwallad Goal 37'
16 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Bahrain 3–0 Al-Shamrani Goal 26'
Al-Haza'a Goal 54' (o.g.)
Husain Goal 70' (o.g.)
19 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Yemen 1–0 Al Abed Goal 28'
23 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  United Arab Emirates 3–2 Al-Shamrani Goal 19'
Al Abed Goal 22'
Al-Dawsari Goal 86'
26 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Qatar 1–2 Kariri Goal 16'
30 December 2014 International friendly Australia Simonds Stadium, Victoria  Bahrain 1–4 Hazazi Goal 47'
4 January 2015 International friendly Australia Parramatta Stadium, Sydney  South Korea 0–2
10 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane  China PR 0–1
14 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  North Korea 4–1 Hazazi Goal 37'
Al-Sahlawi Goal 52'54'
Al Abed Goal 76'
18 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  Uzbekistan 1–3 Al-Sahlawi Goal 55'

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Caps and goals updated as of January 18, 2015 after the game against Uzbekistan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Waleed Abdullah (1986-04-19) 19 April 1986 (age 28) 69 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
21 1GK Abdullah Al-Sudairy (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
22 1GK Abdullah Al-Enezi (1990-09-20) 20 September 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
2 2DF Saeed Al Mowalad (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 24) 8 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
3 2DF Osama Hawsawi (1984-03-31) 31 March 1984 (age 30) 107 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
4 2DF Abdullah Al-Zori (1987-08-13) 13 August 1987 (age 27) 46 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
5 2DF Omar Hawsawi (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 28) 14 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
12 2DF Hassan Muath Fallatah (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 29) 53 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
13 2DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 22) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
16 2DF Motaz Hawsawi (1992-02-17) 17 February 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
23 2DF Majed Al-Marshedi (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 31) 20 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
6 3MF Mustafa Al-Bassas (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 21) 16 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
7 3MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 25) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
8 3MF Yahya Al-Shehri (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 23) 29 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
11 3MF Waleed Bakshween (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 25) 13 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
14 3MF Saud Kariri (c) RET (1980-06-08) 8 June 1980 (age 34) 134 7 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
15 3MF Ibrahim Ghaleb (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 24) 17 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
17 3MF Taisir Al-Jassim (1984-07-25) 25 July 1984 (age 30) 99 10 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
18 3MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 23) 22 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
19 3MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 20) 26 5 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
20 3MF Nawaf Al Abed (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 25) 28 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
9 4FW Naif Hazazi (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 26) 48 13 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
10 4FW Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (1987-01-10) 10 January 1987 (age 28) 15 7 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ahmed Al-Kassar (1991-05-08) May 8, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ra'ed v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
GK Fahad Al-Thunayyan (1986-08-30) August 30, 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
DF Mohamed Al-Bishi (1987-05-03) May 3, 1987 (age 27) 11 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
DF Ali Al-Zubaidi (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 22) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
MF Awad Khamees (1988-07-15) July 15, 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2015 AFC Asian Cup (preliminary)
MF Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (1986-05-13) May 13, 1986 (age 28) 9 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
MF Abdulfattah Asiri (1994-02-26) February 26, 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
FW Nasser Al-Shamrani (1983-11-23) 23 November 1983 (age 31) 71 15 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2015 AFC Asian Cup (preliminary)
FW Abdurahman Al-Ghamdi (1994-11-01) November 1, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2015 AFC Asian Cup (preliminary)
FW Mukhtar Fallatah (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 27) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations

Managerial history[edit]

Updated 10 January 2014.[2][3]

Manager From To
EgyptUnited Arab Republic Abdul-Rahman Fawzi 1957 1961
Tunisia Ali Chaouach 1967 1969
England George Skinner 1970 1970
United Arab RepublicEgypt Mohammed Sheita 1970 1972
Egypt Taha Ismail 1972 1974
Egypt Abdo Saleh El Wahsh 1974 1974
Hungary Ferenc Puskás 1975 1975
England Bill McGarry 1976 1977
England Danny Allison 1978 1978
England David Woodfield 1979 1979
Brazil Rubens Minelli 1980 1980
Brazil Mario Zagallo 1981 1984
Saudi Arabia Khalil Ibrahim Al-Zayani 1984 1986
Brazil Castilho 1986 1986
Brazil Osvaldo 1987 1987
England Ronnie Allen 1988 1988
Brazil Carlos Galletti 1988 1988
Uruguay Omar Borras 1988 1988
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira 1988 1990
Turkey Metin Türel 1990 1990
Brazil Claudinho Garcia 1990 1992
Brazil Veloso 1992 1992
Brazil Nelsinho 1992 1992
Brazil Candinho 1993 1993
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker 1993 1994
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Kharashy 1994 1994
Brazil Ivo Wortmann 1994 1994
Argentina Jorge Solari 1994 1994
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Kharashy 1995 1995
Brazil Ze Mario 1995 1996
Portugal Nelo Vingada 1996 1997
Austria Hansel Waldem 1996 1997
Germany Otto Pfister 1998 1998
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira 1998 1998
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Kharashy June 1998 June 1998
Germany Otto Pfister 1999 Feb 1999
Czech Republic Milan Máčala May 1999 2000
Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Johar 2000 2000
Serbia and Montenegro Slobodan Santrac Aug 2001 Aug 2001
Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Johar Aug 2001 July 2002
Netherlands Gerard van der Lem Aug 2002 Aug 2004
Netherlands Martin Koopman 2002 2002
Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Johar Sep 2004 Nov 2004
Argentina Gabriel Calderon Nov 2004 Dec 2005
Brazil Marcos Paqueta 2006 2007
Brazil Helio dos Anjos March 2007 June 2008
Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Johar June 2008 February 2009
Portugal José Peseiro February 2009 January 2011
Saudi Arabia Nasser Al Johar January 2011 February 2011
Brazil Rogério Lourenço June 2011 July 2011
Netherlands Frank Rijkaard August 2011 January 2013
Spain Juan Ramón López Caro January 2013 December 2014
Romania Cosmin Olăroiu December 2014 January 2015

Records[edit]

As of January 18, 2015

Kit Providers[edit]

  • Admiral (1970's-early 80's)
  • Adidas (1984)
  • Michel Platini 1988
  • Adidas (1992)
  • Shammel (1993–2000)
  • Adidas (2001–2005)
  • Puma (2005–2011)
  • Nike (2011–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manama Journal; Atop High Horses, Neighbors Again Cross Swords, The New York Times
  2. ^ "Overview of coaches". ksa-team.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Saudi Arabia National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Naeim Albakr. "Saudi Arabia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 

Titles[edit]

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 links[edit]