Saudi Arabia national football team

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Saudi Arabia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) الصقور الخضراء
(Green Falcons)
Association Saudi Arabia Football Federation
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Juan Ramón López Caro
Captain Saud Kariri
Most caps Mohamed Al-Deayea (172)
Top scorer Majed Abdullah (71)
Home stadium King Fahd International Stadium
King Abdullah Sports City
FIFA code KSA
FIFA ranking 82 Increase 1 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 21 (July 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 126 (December 2012)
Elo ranking 85 (25 July 2014)
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 8 (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 (5):1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010.
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

Coaches[edit]

Manager From To
EgyptUnited Arab Republic Abdul-Rahman Fawzi 1957 1962
Tunisia Ali Chaouach 1962 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
Uruguay Kosia Tastilo 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 Eduardo Vingada/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 present

Recent results and Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Score Scorers
2014
5 March 2014 Australia 2015 ACQ Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Indonesia 1–0 Fahad 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 London  Australia 2–3 Hassan Fallatah Goal 71'
Taisir Al-Jassim Goal 84'
10 October 2014 International friendly Saudi Arabia Jeddah  Uruguay
15 October 2014 International friendly Saudi Arabia Riyadh  Lebanon
13 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia Riyadh  Qatar
16 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia Riyadh  Bahrain
19 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations Saudi Arabia Riyadh  Yemen
28 December 2014 International friendly Saudi Arabia TBD  Hong Kong
10 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane  China PR
14 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  North Korea
18 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  Uzbekistan

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Caps and goals updated as of September 8, 2014 after the game against Australia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Waleed Abdullah (1986-04-19) April 19, 1986 (age 28) 58 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
21 1GK Fawaz Al-Qarni (1992-04-02) April 2, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
22 1GK Abdullah Al-Maiouf (1987-01-23) January 23, 1987 (age 27) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
2 2DF Mansoor Al-Harbi (1987-04-07) April 7, 1987 (age 27) 21 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
3 2DF Osama Hawsawi (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 30) 97 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
5 2DF Omar Hawsawi (1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
12 2DF Hassan Muath Fallatah (1986-01-27) January 27, 1986 (age 28) 48 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
13 2DF Ahmed Assiri (1991-11-14) November 14, 1991 (age 22) 7 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
18 2DF Waleed Bakshwin (1989-11-12) November 12, 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
23 2DF Saeed Al-Mowalad (1991-03-09) March 9, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
25 2DF Majed Al-Marshedi (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 30) 16 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
27 2DF Motaz Hawsawi (1992-02-17) February 17, 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
4 3MF Abdullah Al-Zori (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 27) 37 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
6 3MF Mustafa Al-Bassas (1993-06-02) June 2, 1993 (age 21) 8 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
8 3MF Yahya Al-Shehri (1991-05-08) May 8, 1991 (age 23) 20 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
10 3MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
11 3MF Shaye Ali Sharahili (1990-05-30) May 30, 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
14 3MF Saud Kariri (Captain) (1980-06-08) June 8, 1980 (age 34) 125 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
16 3MF Ibrahim Ghaleb (1991-05-16) May 16, 1991 (age 23) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
17 3MF Taisir Al-Jassim (1984-07-25) July 25, 1984 (age 30) 90 10 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
24 3MF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-26) May 26, 1992 (age 22) 10 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
9 4FW Naif Hazazi (1989-01-11) January 11, 1989 (age 25) 37 9 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
15 4FW Nasser Al-Shamrani (1983-11-23) November 23, 1983 (age 30) 63 13 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
20 4FW Mukhtar Fallatah (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 26) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad

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 21) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
DF Yahya Al-Musalem (1987-01-07) January 7, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Iraq, November 15, 2013
DF Kamel Al-Mousa (1982-08-29) August 29, 1982 (age 32) 46 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Iraq, October 15, 2013
MF Abdulfattah Asiri (1994-02-26) February 26, 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) August 19, 1991 (age 23) 11 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014
MF Abdulaziz Al-Jebreen (1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014
MF Mohammed Abusaba'an (1990-01-20) January 20, 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  China PR, November 19, 2013
FW Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 20) 15 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
FW Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (1987-03-01) March 1, 1987 (age 27) 11 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014
FW Hamdan Al-Hamdan (1985-05-04) May 4, 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014
FW Nawaf Al-Abed (1990-01-26) January 26, 1990 (age 24) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Iraq, October 15, 2013

Records[edit]

As of September 26, 2014

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]

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 

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