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Saudi Arabia national football team

 

Saudi Arabia national football team

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 Vacant
Captain Osama Hawsawi
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 106 Decrease 9 (27 November 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 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
(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.

Contents

  • Honors 1
    • International 1.1
    • Continental 1.2
    • Regional 1.3
    • Other 1.4
  • Competition records 2
    • FIFA World Cup record 2.1
    • Asian Cup record 2.2
    • FIFA Confederations Cup 2.3
    • Gulf Cup of Nations record 2.4
    • Arab Nations Cup 2.5
    • West Asian Football Federation Championship record 2.6
  • Coaches 3
  • Recent results and Forthcoming matches 4
  • Players 5
    • Current squad 5.1
    • Recent call-ups 5.2
    • Records 5.3
  • Kit Providers 6
  • References 7
  • Titles 8
  • External links 9

Honors

International

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

Continental

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

Regional

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

Other

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

Competition records


West Asian Football Federation Championship record

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

Coaches

Manager From To
Abdul-Rahman Fawzi 1957 1962
Ali Chaouach 1962 1970
Mohammed Sheita 1970 1972
Taha Ismail 1972 1974
Abdo Saleh El Wahsh 1974 1974
Ferenc Puskás 1975 1975
Bill McGarry 1976 1977
Danny Allison 1978 1978
David Woodfield 1979 1979
Rubens Minelli 1980 1980
Mario Zagallo 1981 1984
Khalil Ibrahim Al-Zayani 1984 1986
Kosia Tastilo 1986 1986
Osvaldo 1987 1987
Ronnie Allen 1988 1988
Carlos Galletti 1988 1988
Omar Borras 1988 1988
Carlos Alberto Parreira 1988 1990
Metin Türel 1990 1990
Claudinho Garcia 1990 1992
Veloso 1992 1992
Nelsinho 1992 1992
Candinho 1993 1993
Leo Beenhakker 1993 1994
Mohammed Al-Kharashy 1994 1994
Ivo Wortmann 1994 1994
Jorge Solari 1994 1994
Mohammed Al-Kharashy 1995 1995
Ze Mario 1995 1996
Eduardo Vingada/Nelo Vingada 1996 1997
Hansel Waldem 1996 1997
Otto Pfister 1998 1998
Carlos Alberto Parreira 1998 1998
Mohammed Al-Kharashy June 1998 June 1998
Otto Pfister 1999 Feb 1999
Milan Máčala May 1999 2000
Nasser Al Johar 2000 2000
Slobodan Santrac Aug 2001 Aug 2001
Nasser Al Johar Aug 2001 July 2002
Gerard van der Lem Aug 2002 Aug 2004
Martin Koopman 2002 2002
Nasser Al Johar Sep 2004 Nov 2004
Gabriel Calderon Nov 2004 Dec 2005
Marcos Paqueta 2006 2007
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

Recent results and Forthcoming matches

Date Competition Location Opponent Score Scorers
2014
5 March 2014 2015 ACQ King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Indonesia 1–0 Al-Muwallad Goal 87'
24 May 2014 International friendly Estadio Municipal de Chapín, Xerez  Moldova 0–4
29 May 2014 International friendly Estadio Municipal de Chapín, Xerez  Georgia 0–2
8 September 2014 International friendly Craven Cottage, London  Australia 2–3 Fallatah Goal 71'
Al-Jassim Goal 84'
10 October 2014 International friendly King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah  Uruguay 1–1 Hazazi Goal 90'
14 October 2014 International friendly King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah  Lebanon 1–1 Hawsawi Goal 15'
6 Novber 2014 International friendly Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Palestine 2–0 Hazazi Goal 34'
Al-Muwallad Goal 55'
13 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh  Qatar 1–1 Al-Muwallad Goal 37'
16 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations King Fahd 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 King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh  Yemen 1–0 Al Abed Goal 28'
23 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations King Fahd 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 King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh  Qatar 1–2 Kariri Goal 16'
28 December 2014 International friendly TBD  Hong Kong
10 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane  China PR
14 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  North Korea
18 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  Uzbekistan

Players

Current squad

Caps and goals updated as of November 10, 2014 after the game against Qatar.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Waleed Abdullah (1986-04-19) April 19, 1986 58 0 Al-Shabab
21 1GK Fawaz Al-Qarni (1992-04-02) April 2, 1992 2 0 Al-Ittihad
22 1GK Abdullah Al-Maiouf (1987-01-23) January 23, 1987 3 0 Al-Ahli
4 2DF Hamza Abdurahman (1997-01-01) January 1, 1997 0 0 Colorado Rapids
3 2DF Osama Hawsawi (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 97 6 Al-Ahli
5 2DF Omar Hawsawi (1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 2 0 Al-Nassr
12 2DF Hassan Muath Fallatah (1986-01-27) January 27, 1986 48 3 Al-Shabab
13 2DF Ahmed Assiri (1991-11-14) November 14, 1991 7 0 Al-Ittihad
23 2DF Saeed Al-Muwallad (1991-03-09) March 9, 1991 0 0 Al-Ahli
25 2DF Majed Al-Marshedi (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 16 0 Al-Shabab
27 2DF Motaz Hawsawi (1992-02-17) February 17, 1992 3 0 Al-Ahli
4 2DF Abdullah Al-Zori (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 37 1 Al-Hilal
24 2DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-26) May 26, 1992 10 0 Al-Hilal
18 3MF Waleed Bakshwin (1989-11-12) November 12, 1989 4 0 Al-Ahli
6 3MF Mustafa Al-Bassas (1993-06-02) June 2, 1993 8 0 Al-Ahli
8 3MF Yahya Al-Shehri (1991-05-08) May 8, 1991 20 0 Al-Nassr
10 3MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 5 0 Al-Hilal
11 3MF Shaye Ali Sharahili (1990-05-30) May 30, 1990 1 0 Al-Nassr
14 3MF Saud Kariri (Captain) (1980-06-08) June 8, 1980 125 6 Al-Hilal
16 3MF Ibrahim Ghaleb (1991-05-16) May 16, 1991 15 0 Al-Nassr
17 3MF Taisir Al-Jassim (1984-07-25) July 25, 1984 90 10 Al-Ahli
9 4FW Naif Hazazi (1989-01-11) January 11, 1989 37 9 Al-Shabab
15 4FW Nasser Al-Shamrani (1983-11-23) November 23, 1983 63 13 Al-Hilal
20 4FW Mukhtar Fallatah (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 3 0 Al-Ittihad

Recent call-ups

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 0 0 Al-Ra'ed v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
GK Fahad Al-Thunayyan (1986-08-30) August 30, 1986 0 0 Al-Hilal v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
DF Mohamed Al-Bishi (1987-05-03) May 3, 1987 11 0 Al-Nassr v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
DF Ali Al-Zubaidi (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 4 0 Al-Ettifaq v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
DF Yahya Al-Musalem (1987-01-07) January 7, 1987 1 0 Al-Hilal v.  Iraq, November 15, 2013
MF Abdulfattah Asiri (1994-02-26) February 26, 1994 2 0 Al-Ittihad v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) August 19, 1991 11 1 Al-Hilal v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014
MF Abdulaziz Al-Jebreen (1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 0 0 Al-Nassr v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014
MF Mohammed Abusaba'an (1990-01-20) January 20, 1990 1 0 Al-Ittihad v.  China PR, November 19, 2013
FW Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 15 3 Al-Ittihad v.  Georgia, May 29, 2014
FW Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (1987-03-01) March 1, 1987 11 4 Al-Nassr v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014
FW Hamdan Al-Hamdan (1985-05-04) May 4, 1985 2 0 Al-Fateh v.  Indonesia, March 5, 2014

Records

As of November 26, 2014

Kit Providers

  • 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

  1. ^ Manama Journal; Atop High Horses, Neighbors Again Cross Swords, The New York Times
  2. ^ a b Naeim Albakr. "Saudi Arabia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 

Titles

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

  • An Archive of Tournaments played by Saudi Arabia's National Soccer Team
  • Saudi Arabia FA official website
  • Saudi Arabia national football team Official Website "Arabic Language"
  • Saudi Arabia FA English Site
  • Saudi Arabia Football Team on Super Arabic Site
  • Saudi Arabia in fifaworldcup.com
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