Saudi Arabia national football team

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Saudi Arabia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) الصقور الخضر
(Green Falcons)
Association Saudi Arabian Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Bert van Marwijk
Captain Osama Hawsawi
Most caps Mohamed Al-Deayea (178)[1]
Top scorer Majed Abdullah (71)
FIFA code KSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 52 Increase 9 (15 September 2016)
Highest 21 (July 2004)
Lowest 126 (December 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 73 (29 June 2016)
Highest 27 (November 1998)
Lowest 112 (1970, 1972)
First international
 Saudi Arabia 1–1 Lebanon 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 18 January 1957)
Biggest win
 Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia 
(Dili, East Timor; 17 November 2015)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Republic 13–0 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 3 September 1961)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1994)
Best result Round of 16, 1994
Asian Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1984)
Best result Champions, 1984, 1988 and 1996
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1992)
Best result Runner-up, 1992

The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic: المنتخب السعودي لكرة القدم‎‎) represents Saudi Arabia in association football. It is known by its fans as Al-Suqour (The Falcons), Al-Khodor (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.

Saudi Arabia is once regarded as a powerhouse of Asia, but since 2010s, Saudi football team has been on the verge of decline.

Honors[edit]

Saudi players warm-up before their match against Ukraine during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (19 June 2006)

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]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mohammed Al-Owais (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
1GK Waleed Abdullah (1986-04-19) 19 April 1986 (age 30) 62 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
1GK Yasser Al Mosailem (1984-02-27) 27 February 1984 (age 32) 23 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli

2DF Hassan Muath (1986-01-27) 27 January 1986 (age 30) 59 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
2DF Hassan Kadesh (1992-09-06) 6 September 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
2DF Mansoor Al-Harbi (1987-10-19) 19 October 1987 (age 28) 24 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
2DF Mohammed Al-Breik (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2DF Mohammed Al Fatil (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
2DF Motaz Hawsawi (1992-02-17) 17 February 1992 (age 24) 7 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
2DF Omar Hawsawi (1985-09-27) 27 September 1985 (age 30) 20 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
2DF Osama Hawsawi Captain sports.svg (1984-03-31) 31 March 1984 (age 32) 117 7 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2DF Saeed Al Mowalad (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 25) 7 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Raed

3MF Abdulaziz Al-Jebreen (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
3MF Abdulmajeed Al-Ruwaili (1986-08-28) 28 August 1986 (age 30) 8 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 30) 20 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Ali Awagi (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 27) 1 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
3MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 22) 34 7 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
3MF Housain Al-Mogahwi (1988-01-28) 28 January 1988 (age 28) 8 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
3MF Nawaf Al Abed (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 26) 34 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 27) 25 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
3MF Salman Al-Moasher (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 27) 10 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
3MF Taisir Al-Jassim (1984-07-25) 25 July 1984 (age 32) 111 16 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
3MF Yahya Al-Shehri (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 26) 39 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr

4FW Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (1987-01-10) 10 January 1987 (age 29) 25 24 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
4FW Naif Hazazi (1988-07-27) 27 July 1988 (age 28) 53 14 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Abdullah Al-Owaishir (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh v.  Iraq, 6 September 2016
GK Assaf Al-Qarni (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 32) 8 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Iraq, 6 September 2016
GK Khalid Sharhili (1987-02-03) 3 February 1987 (age 29) 10 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  United Arab Emirates, 29 March 2016

DF Abdullah Al-ZoriINJ (1987-08-13) 13 August 1987 (age 29) 55 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  United Arab Emirates, 29 March 2016
DF Abdurahman Al-Obaid (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiyah v.  Iraq, 6 September 2016
DF Yasser Al-ShahraniINJ (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 24) 20 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  United Arab Emirates, 29 March 2016
DF Yassin Hamzah (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  United Arab Emirates, 29 March 2016

MF Awadh Khamis (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 28) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  United Arab Emirates, 8 October 2015
MF Mustafa Bassas (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 23) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Timor-Leste, 17 November 2015
MF Shaye Sharahili (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Iraq, 6 September 2016

FW Abdurahman Al-Ghamdi (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  United Arab Emirates, 8 October 2015
FW Mukhtar Fallatah (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 28) 8 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda v.  United Arab Emirates, 8 October 2015
FW Muhannad Assiri (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 29) 13 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Iraq, 6 September 2016

Notes:

  • SUS Player suspended
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET Retired from the national team

Managerial history[edit]

Updated 10 August 2015.[4][5]

Manager From To
Egypt Abdul-Rahman Fawzi 1957 1961
Tunisia Ali Chaouach 1967 1969
England George Skinner 1970 1970
Egypt 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
Saudi Arabia Faisal Al Baden March 2015 August 2015
Netherlands Bert van Marwijk August 2015 Present

Records[edit]

As of 29 November 2015

Kit providers[edit]

Kit provider Period
United Kingdom Admiral 1970–early 80
Germany Adidas 1984
France Michel Platini 1988
Germany Adidas 1992
Saudi Arabia Shammel 1993–2000
Germany Adidas 2001–2005
Germany Puma 2005–2011
United States Nike 2011–present

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIFA Century Club" (PDF). Fifa.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  2. ^ Manama Journal; Atop High Horses, Neighbors Again Cross Swords, The New York Times
  3. ^ "مارفيك يستدعي (25)لاعباً للقائي آستراليا والامارات". thesaff.com.sa (in Arabic). Saudi Arabian Football Federation. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Overview of coaches". ksa-team.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Saudi Arabia National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Naeim Albakr. "Saudi Arabia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 

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]