Saudi Arabia national football team
|Nickname(s)||الأخضر (al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green One")|
الصقور الخضر (aṣ-Ṣuqūr al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green Falcons")
|Association||Saudi Arabian Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Hervé Renard|
|Most caps||Mohamed Al-Deayea (178)|
|Top scorer||Majed Abdullah (71)|
|Current||69 1 (24 October 2019)|
|Highest||21 (July 2004)|
|Lowest||126 (December 2012)|
|Current||76 14 (19 November 2019)|
|Highest||27 (November 1998)|
|Lowest||112 (1970, 1972)|
| Lebanon 1–1 Saudi Arabia |
(Beirut, Lebanon; 18 January 1957)
| Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia |
(Dili, East Timor; 17 November 2015)
| Egypt 13–0 Saudi Arabia |
(Casablanca, Morocco; 6 September 1961)
|Appearances||5 (first in 1994)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (1994)|
|Appearances||10 (first in 1984)|
|Best result||Champions (1984, 1988, 1996)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Runners-up (1992)|
The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic: المنتخب العربي السعودي لكرة القدم) represents Saudi Arabia in international football. The team's colours are green and white. Saudi Arabia are known as Al-Suqour (The Falcons) and Al-Akhdhar (The Green).
Considered one of Asia's most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia have won the Asian Cup three times (1984, 1988, and 1996), reached a joint record six Asian Cup finals and have qualified for the World Cup on five occasions since debuting at the 1994 tournament.
In the 1994 World Cup under the leadership of Jorge Solari, Saudi Arabia beat both Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Thus Saudi Arabia became the second Arab national football team in history to reach the Round of 16 in a World Cup, after Morocco's Round of 16 elimination in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one of the few Asian national football teams (others being Australia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea) to accomplish such a feat to date.
- 1 History
- 2 Honours
- 3 Kits and crests
- 4 Competitive record
- 5 All Time Results
- 6 Recent results and forthcoming matches
- 7 Players
- 8 Managerial history
- 9 Records
- 10 References
- 11 Titles
- 12 External links
The idea of a Saudi national team first came about in 1951, when a Saudi XI team consisting of players from Al-Wehda and Al-Ahli took part in a friendly game against the Egyptian Ministry of Health on June 27, 1951 at the Al-Saban Stadium in Jeddah. The following day, the Egyptians took on a Saudi team made up of players from Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal in Al-Bahri in Jeddah. On August 2, 1951, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal organized a third friendly with the Egyptian team against a Saudi National XI with players from Al-Wehda, and Al-Ahli. By then the idea of a national select team to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was already in full flow, and in 1953 the first-ever Saudi team traveled to play friendly matches abroad. The same year, a Saudi team traveled to Damascus to play friendly matches as part of then-Crown Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz’s visit to the country on April 1953. In 1957, the Saudi national team took part in their first international tournament at the 2nd Pan-Arab Games in Beirut, where King Saud was invited to attend the opening ceremony and the inauguration of the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium with Lebanese President Camille Chamoun on October 18, 1957. The first game played at the stadium was between the national teams of Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Abdulmajeed Kayal scored for the Saudis while Levon Altonian netted for the home side. The Saudi players came from teams from Jeddah and Mecca, while the team was given support and encouragement from Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal for their trip to Beirut.
Though their football federation was established in 1956, the Saudi Arabia national team did not participate in a tournament until they qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in 1984, which they won. They subsequently became one of Asia's most successful national teams, reaching the next four consecutive Asian Cup finals and winning two of them (1988 and 1996). They have qualified for every Asian Cup since, but their best performance in that period was reaching the final in 2007.
Saudi Arabia qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1994. Under the leadership of Jorge Solari and with talents like Saeed Al-Owairan and Sami Al-Jaber, reinforced by national veteran Majed Abdullah as team captain, Saudi Arabia beat both Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Saudi Arabia qualified for the next three World Cups, but did not win a group stage match in any of them. They failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
Saudi Arabia secured qualification for the 2018 tournament, ahead of Australia. However, they started on a sour note by letting host Russia rout them 0–5 on the opening match, making this the second largest victory of any host nation at the FIFA World Cup. The record of the host's largest opening victory is still by Italy, beating the United States 7–1, in 1934. Once again, Saudi Arabia failed to reach the next round, after suffering another defeat, this time, losing 0–1 to Uruguay. Saudi Arabia's performance in the tournament was deemed to be their worst performance since 2002 World Cup, where they were beaten 8-0 by Germany in their opening game and finished 32nd and bottom in the final rankings. Although they were eliminated, they managed to salvage some pride by winning their final group stage match (and their first win at a World Cup since 1994) against Red Sea neighbours Egypt.
On 15 October 2019, Saudi Arabia played its first-ever game with Palestine in the West Bank. The game marked a change in policy for Saudi Arabia, which has previously played matches against the Palestinian team in third-party countries, the visit was condemned by some Palestinian activists who considered the game as a start of normalizing the relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but it was viewed by the Palestinian National Authority as a support for their sovereignty over the West Bank. . The game ended in a scoreless draw.
- Gold Medalists: 2005
Kits and crests
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The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green (flag colors).
|Le Coq Sportif||2004–2005|
- *Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.
FIFA World Cup
|World Cup record||World Cup Qualification record|
|Hosts / year||Result||Position||GP||W||D||L||GS||GA||GP||W||D||L||GS||GA|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||No qualification|
|1934||Not a FIFA member|
|1958||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||3||7|
|1994||Round of 16||12th||4||2||0||2||5||6||11||6||5||0||28||7|
|2010||Did not qualify||15||8||4||3||25||15|
|2022||To be determined||3||1||2||0||5||2|
|Total||Round of 16||5/23||16||3||2||11||11||39||120||69||29||22||237||95|
AFC Asian Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
Arabian Gulf Cup record
Pan Arab Games
West Asian Football Federation Championship record
All Time Results
The following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 25 June 2018.
Recent results and forthcoming matches
|16 November 2018 Friendly||Saudi Arabia||1–0||Yemen||Dammam, Saudi Arabia|
||Report||Stadium: Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium|
Referee: Ahmad Ibrahim (Jordan)
|20 November 2018 Friendly||Jordan||1–1||Saudi Arabia||Amman, Jordan|
||Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium|
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|31 December 2018 Friendly||South Korea||0–0||Saudi Arabia||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Baniyas Stadium|
Referee: Adel Al Naqbi (United Arab Emirates)
|8 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup GS||Saudi Arabia||4–0||North Korea||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 GST (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium|
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
|12 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup GS||Lebanon||0–2||Saudi Arabia||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 GST (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Al-Maktoum Stadium|
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
|17 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup GS||Saudi Arabia||0–2||Qatar||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 GST (UTC+4)||Report||
||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
|21 January 2019 2019 Asian Cup R16||Japan||1–0||Saudi Arabia||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates|
|15:00 GST (UTC+4)||
||Report||Stadium: Sharjah Stadium|
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|21 March 2019 Friendly||United Arab Emirates||2–1||Saudi Arabia||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|17:45 GST (UTC+4)||Report||
||Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium|
Referee: Mohammad Arafah (Jordan)
|25 March 2019 Friendly||Saudi Arabia||3–2||Equatorial Guinea||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|18:45 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium|
Referee: Abdullah Jamali (Kuwait)
|4 August 2019 2019 WAFF||Saudi Arabia||1–2||Kuwait||Erbil, Iraq|
|19:30 AST (UTC+3)||
||Report||Stadium: Franso Hariri Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Salman Al-Noori (Iraq)
|7 August 2019 2019 WAFF||Bahrain||0–0||Saudi Arabia||Erbil, Iraq|
|19:30 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Franso Hariri Stadium|
Referee: Wissam Rabie (Syria)
|10 August 2019 2019 WAFF||Jordan||3–0||Saudi Arabia||Erbil, Iraq|
|19:30 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Franso Hariri Stadium|
|5 September 2019 Friendly||Saudi Arabia||1–1||Mali||Dammam, Saudi Arabia|
|20:00 AST (UTC+3)||
||Stadium: Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium|
Referee: Adel Al Naqbi (United Arab Emirates)
|10 September 2019 2022 W.C. Q||Yemen||2–2||Saudi Arabia||Riffa, Bahrain|
|19:00 UTC+3||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium|
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-udom (Thailand)
|10 October 2019 2022 W.C. Q||Saudi Arabia||3–0||Singapore||Buraidah, Saudi Arabia|
|18:25 UTC+3||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: King Abdullah Sport City Stadium|
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)
|15 October 2019 2022 W.C. Q||Palestine||0–0||Saudi Arabia||Al-Ram, Palestine|
|17:00 UTC+3||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium|
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
|14 November 2019 2022 W.C. Q||Uzbekistan||2–3||Saudi Arabia||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|17:00 UTC+5||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Pakhtakor Central Stadium|
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
|19 November 2019 Friendly||Saudi Arabia||0–0||Paraguay||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|19:30 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium|
Referee: Ali Al Samahiji (Bahrain)
- The following 23 players were called up for the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup:
- Match date: 27 November 2019 – 2 December 2019
- Opposition: Kuwait, Bahrain & Oman
- Caps and goals are correct as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Paraguay.
- Caps and goals including all matches officially recognized by SAFF (also those not recognized by FIFA).
The following players have also been called up to the Saudi Arabia squad within the last 12 months.
|Abdo Saleh El Wahsh||1974||1974|
|Khalil Ibrahim Al-Zayani||1984||1986|
|Carlos Alberto Parreira||1988||1990|
|Carlos Alberto Parreira||1998||1998|
|Mohammed Al-Kharashy||June 1998||June 1998|
|Otto Pfister||1999||Feb 1999|
|Milan Máčala||May 1999||2000|
|Slobodan Santrac||Aug 2001||Aug 2001|
|Nasser Al-Johar||Aug 2001||July 2002|
|Gerard van der Lem||Aug 2002||Aug 2004|
|Nasser Al-Johar||Sep 2004||Nov 2004|
|Gabriel Calderon||Nov 2004||Dec 2005|
|Helio dos Anjos||March 2007||June 2008|
|Nasser Al-Johar||June 2008||February 2009|
|José Peseiro||February 2009||January 2011|
|Nasser Al-Johar||January 2011||February 2011|
|Rogério Lourenço||June 2011||July 2011|
|Frank Rijkaard||August 2011||January 2013|
|Juan Ramón López Caro||January 2013||December 2014|
|Cosmin Olăroiu||December 2014||January 2015|
|Faisal Al Baden||March 2015||August 2015|
|Bert van Marwijk||September 2015||September 2017|
|Edgardo Bauza||September 2017||November 2017|
|Juan Antonio Pizzi||November 2017||January 2019|
|Youssef Anbar||March 2019||August 2019|
|Hervé Renard||August 2019|
- As of 20 November 2018
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- UNDER THE RADAR BUT BRIMMING WITH OPTIMISM
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| Asian Champions
1984 (First title)
1988 (Second title)
| Asian Champions
1996 (Third title)
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