Saudi Arabia at the FIFA World Cup
This is a record of Saudi Arabia's results at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.
The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup Finals record|
|1930||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not qualify|
|1994||Round of 16||12th||4||2||0||2||5||6|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||5/21||16||3||2||11||11||39|
List of matches
|Morocco||2–1||W||East Rutherford||Al-Jaber, Amin|
|Round of 16||Sweden||1–3||L||Dallas||Al-Ghesheyan|
|South Africa||2–2||D||Bordeaux||Al-Jaber, Al-Thunayan|
|Republic of Ireland||0–3||L||Yokohama||—|
|2006||Group stage||Tunisia||2–2||D||Munich||Al-Qahtani, Al-Jaber|
|1||Mohamed Al-Deayea||10||1994, 1998 and 2002|
|2||Sami Al-Jaber||9||1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006|
|Abdullah Zubromawi||9||1994, 1998 and 2002|
|Hussein Abdulghani||9||1998, 2002 and 2006|
|5||Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi||6||1994 and 1998|
|Khaled Al-Muwallid||6||1994 and 1998|
|Saeed Al-Owairan||6||1994 and 1998|
|Fuad Anwar Amin||6||1994 and 1998|
|Hamzah Saleh||6||1994 and 1998|
|Ibrahim Al-Shahrani||6||1998 and 2002|
|Nawaf Al-Temyat||6||1998, 2002 and 2006|
|Redha Tukar||6||2002 and 2006|
Sami Al-Jaber is not only the most successful Saudi striker at the FIFA World Cup to date, he also managed to score in World Cups 12 years apart (1994 and 2006). He shares this record with eight other players, among them Pelé, Diego Maradona, Miroslav Klose, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
|1||Sami Al-Jaber||3||1994, 1998 and 2006|
|2||Fuad Anwar Amin||2||1994|
- 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on June 6, 2007.