Saudi Arabia national football team
The Saudi Arabia national football team represents Saudi Arabia in international football. The team's colours are white. Saudi Arabia are known as Al-Akhdhar. Considered one of Asia's most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia have won the Asian Cup three times, 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, one of the few Asian national football teams to accomplish such a feat to date. 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. 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 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 against Red Sea neighbours Egypt. FIFA Confederations Cup:Runner-up: 1992 Fourth Place: 1999 AFC Asian Cup:Winner: 1984, 1988, 1996 Runner-up: 1992, 2000, 2007Asian GamesSilver Medalists: 1986 Bronze Medalists: 1982 Arabian Gulf Cup:Winner: 1994, 2002, 2003 Runner-up: 1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014 Third Place: 1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996Arab Nations Cup:Winner: 1998, 2002 Runner-up: 1992 Third Place: 1985Pan Arab GamesSilver Medalists: 1976 Bronze Medalists: 2007 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations:Runner-up: 1985, 19972005 Islamic Solidarity GamesGold Medalists: 2005 The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green.
*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. Red border indicates. Gold, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament; the following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 25 June 2018. Http://www.worldfootball.net/teams/saudi-arabien-team/21/ https://www.fifa.com/live-scores/teams/country=ksa/Men/matches/index.html#yearnull The following 24 players were called up for two friendly matches against United Arab Emirates and Equatorial Guinea on 21 and 25 March 2019 respectively.: Match date: 21 & 25 March 2019 Opposition: United Arab Emirates & Equatorial Guinea Caps and goals are correct as of 25 March 2019, after the match against Equatorial Guinea. Caps and goals including all matches recognized by SAFF; the following players have been called up to the Saudi Arabia squad within the last 12 months. Updated 30 January 2019; as of 20 November 2018 Saudi Arabia FA official website FIFA profile Saudi Arabia national football team website Saudi Arabia in fifaworldcup.com
1992 AFC Asian Cup
The 1992 AFC Asian Cup was the 10th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation. The finals were held in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan between 29 October and 8 November 1992; the host nation, defeated the defending champion Saudi Arabia in the final in Hiroshima. This was the first Asian Cup not to have any debuting countries. Japan qualified automatically as host Saudi Arabia qualified automatically as defending champions20 teams participated in a preliminary tournament, it was divided into the first-placed team of each group thus qualified. The other 6 qualifying teams were: China PR Iran North Korea Qatar Thailand United Arab Emirates All times are Japan Standard Time All times are Japan Standard Time Kazuyoshi Miura Fahad Al-Bishi – 3 goals With three goals, Fahad Al-Bishi is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 31 goals were scored with none of them credited as own goal. RSSSF Details
Iran national football team
The Iran men's national football team known as Team Melli, represents Iran in international football competitions and is governed by the Iran Football Federation. From December 2014 until May 2018, the men's national football team of Iran remained the highest-ranked team in Asia, representing the longest continuous period of time a team has been top of the continent in the rankings. Iran is one of the most successful men's national teams in Asia with three Asian Cup championships. Iran's best performance at the Olympics was reaching the quarterfinals in the 1976 Montreal Games. Iran has never advanced past the group stage, they have, won two matches in the World Cup, one against the United States in 1998, their opener against Morocco in 2018. The Iranian Football Federation was founded in 1920. In 1926 Tehran XI traveled across the border to Baku, USSR, this was the first away football match for an Iranian team; this Tehran Select team is the predecessor of Iran's national football team. The first match that Team Melli played was on 23 August 1941, away at Kabul in a 1–0 win against British India, while Iran's first FIFA international match was on 25 August 1941, away at Afghanistan.
Iran won the Asian Cup three consecutive times, to. Additional information: 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification Additional information: 1978 FIFA World Cup – Group 4 In 1978, Iran made its first appearance in the World Cup after defeating Australia in Tehran. Iran lost two of three group stage matches against the Peru. Team Melli managed to surprise the footballing community by securing one point in its first World Cup appearance against Scotland which saw Iraj Danaeifard cancel out an own goal scored by Andranik Eskandarian for the 1–1 draw. After the 1979 Revolution, football was somewhat cast aside. During the 1980s, the Iranian national team did not feature in World Cup competitions due to the Iran–Iraq War and domestic football suffered the inevitable effects of conflict; the national team withdrew from the Asian qualifiers for the 1982 World Cup, refused to participate in the qualifiers for the 1986 World Cup because of having to play on neutral ground. The war and political upheavals left Iran without major club competitions until 1989 when the Qods League was established.
A year the Qods League was renamed the Azadegan League. Despite failing to qualify for either the 1990 or the 1994 World Cups, it was during this period that a number of quality players burst onto the Iranian football scene, laying the foundation for third place in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup and their second stab at World Cup glory in 1998. Additional information: 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification Additional information: 1998 FIFA World Cup – Group FIn November 1997, Iran qualified for the 1998 World Cup after eliminating Australia in a close playoff series. Both games finished undecided. Iran held Australia to a 1–1 draw at home, a 2–2 draw in Melbourne. At their first game of the Group F at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Iran played well against Yugoslavia, losing narrowly 1–0, only to a free kick goal by Siniša Mihajlović. Iran recorded their first World Cup victory in the second game, beating the United States 2–1, with Hamid Estili and Mehdi Mahdavikia scoring goals for Iran; the Iran vs USA World Cup match was preheated with much excitement because of each country's political stance after the Iranian revolution and the Iran hostage crisis.
However, in an act of defiance against all forms of hatred or politics in sports, both sides presented one another with gifts and flowers and took ceremonial pictures before the match kickoff. Following defeat against Iran, the United States was eliminated from the World Cup. Iran played against Germany in the third game; the game was lost 2–0. The goals were scored by Jürgen Klinsmann; the one win and two losses meant Iran came third in the final group standing and failed to make it to the next round. Iran finished first in the group stage of the tournament, but lost to South Korea in the quarter-finals. Additional information: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification Iran failed to qualify for World Cup 2002 after an aggregate defeat to the Republic of Ireland, losing 2–0 in Dublin and winning 1–0 in Tehran; the elimination saw manager Miroslav Blažević step down from the top spot to be replaced by his assistant Branko Ivanković, who stepped up from assistant coach. After qualifying to the Asian Cup 2004, Iran was drawn with Thailand and Japan in the tournament.
Iran finished second in this group. In quarter-final clash against South Korea, Iran won 4–3 in normal time. In the semi-final, Iran lost to the host, China on penalty kicks. Iran won against Bahrain 4–2 to finish third place in the tournament. Additional information: 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Additional information: 2006 FIFA World Cup Group D On 8 June 2005, Iran together with Japan became the first country to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, making it Iran's 3rd appearance on the world stage of football; the qualification round both in 2001 and 2004
2015 AFC Asian Cup
The 2015 AFC Asian Cup was the 16th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation. It was held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015; the tournament was won by Australia after defeating South Korea 2–1 in extra time in the final, thereby earning the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, hosted by Russia. The win was Australia's first Asian title since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006, it was the first time a men's team has become champions of two confederations, following Australia's four OFC Nations Cup titles: 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004. Australia was chosen as the host on 5 January 2011, after being the sole bidder for the right to host the 2015 tournament; the matches were played in five different stadiums across five cities: Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle. It was the first time that Australia had hosted the tournament, it was the first time the Asian Cup had been held outside the continent of Asia.
As hosts, Australia automatically qualified for the final tournament, while the remaining 15 finalists were decided through a qualification process, featuring 44 teams, from February 2013 to March 2014. The final tournament was Played in two stages: the knockout stage. In the group stage each team played three games in a group of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage. In the knockout stage the eight teams competed in single-elimination matches, beginning with the quarter-finals and ending with the final match of the tournament. A third-place match was played between the two losing teams of the semi-finals. Japan were the defending champions going into the tournament, having won the previous competition in 2011, they recorded their worst finish in the Asian Cup since the 1996 edition in the United Arab Emirates, being knocked out in the quarter-finals by that team in a penalty shootout. Australia put forward its bid to host the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in 2010.
As the sole bidder for the hosting rights, Australia was named host on 5 January 2011. Considering the efforts of the Football Federation Australia in developing the game on their territory and considering all the achievements that have been made towards the development of football in Australia and to encourage Australia to take steps towards developing the game, I am happy and honoured to announce that the executive committee of the Asian Football Confederation has approved Australia as the host nation of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup; the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification process determined the 16 participating teams for the tournament. In the initial scheme, ten places were determined by qualification matches, while six places were reserved for the 2015 host nation, top three finishers in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, the two winners of the AFC Challenge Cup. Though, as the host nation Australia finished as runners-up in the 2011 Asian Cup, the initial six automatic qualification spots were reduced to five, with a total of 11 spots determined by the qualification matches, in which 20 AFC members competed.
There were two main competitive paths to the 2015 Asian Cup. The AFC Challenge Cup acted as a qualification competition for eligible countries within the emerging and developing category of member associations; the winners of the AFC Challenge Cup competitions in 2012 and 2014 qualified automatically for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals. The remaining spots were available for the teams competing in the main Asian Cup preliminaries; the AFC decided that the 20 teams involved in the qualifiers would be split into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and one best third-placed team from among all the groups would qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Out of the sixteen teams that qualified, fourteen that participated in the 2011 tournament. Oman qualified for the first time since 2007. Palestine, winners of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, were the only team making their first appearance in the tournament. India and Syria are the only two teams from the 2011 tournament who failed to qualify for the subsequent edition.
Excluding hosts Australia, none of the other 11 members of the ASEAN Football Federation qualified, nor did any of the South Asian national teams. The draw for the final tournament occurred at the Sydney Opera House on 26 March 2014; the draw procedure involved the 16 participating teams drawn at random into the four groups of the group stage. In preparation for this, the teams were organised into four pots based on a seeding which used the March 2014 FIFA World Rankings; the draw and seeding ensured a fair distribution of teams in the groups, with each of the four groups in the group stage made up of one team from each pot. The host nation was automatically placed into Pot 1, with the team having been predetermined to be in Group A. In addition, at the time of the draw, the identity of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners was not known yet, they were automatically placed into Pot 4; the five host cities for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle, were announced on 27 March 2013, with a total five stadia to be used.
Tickets for the venues were sold directly by AFC via its website, or distributed by the football associations of the 16 finalists. 500,000 tickets were available. Over 45,000 international visitors were forecast to visit Australia during the tournament. Pric
Japan national football team
The Japan national football team represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association, the governing body for football in Japan. The current head coach is former footballer and current coach of the Japan national under-23 football team: Hajime Moriyasu. Japan is one of the most successful teams in Asia, having qualified for the last six consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002, 2010, 2018, having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011; the team has finished second in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea and most Australia. Japan is the only team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999 and 2011. Although they accepted the invitation for the 2011 tournament, the JFA withdrew following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Japan's earliest international matches were at the 1917 Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo, where it was represented by a team from the Tokyo Higher Normal School.
Although Japan made strong showings in swimming and track and field, its football team suffered resounding defeats to the Republic of China and the Philippines. The game was promoted in Japanese schools in the 1920s; the Japan Football Association was formed in 1921, Japan joined FIFA in May 1929. Japan's first "true" national team was fielded at the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games, drew with China for the championship title. Shigeyoshi Suzuki coached the national team to its first Olympic appearance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Japan was an entrant for the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, but withdrew before its scheduled qualifying match against the Dutch East Indies. After World War II began in earnest, Japan did not play in international competition, except for a handful of matches against Manchuria and other colonies, its last prewar match for purposes of Elo ratings was a friendly against the Philippines in June 1940. While Korea was under Japanese rule, several Koreans played in international competition for Japan, including Kim Yong-sik, Kim Sung-gan and Lee Yoo-hyung.
Japan's postwar debut was in the 1951 Asian Games in India. Japan re-joined FIFA in 1950 and played in qualifiers for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, but lost the AFC qualifying berth to South Korea after two matches, beginning an intense rivalry. Japan joined the Asian Football Confederation in 1954. Dettmar Cramer joined the Japan national team as coach in 1960, helped lead the team to the round of eight at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Japan's first major achievement in international football came in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where the team won the bronze medal. Although this result earned the sport increased recognition in Japan, the absence of a professional domestic league hindered its growth and Japan would not qualify for the FIFA World Cup until 30 years later. Japan made its first appearance in the Asian Cup in 1988, where they were eliminated in the group stage following a draw with Iran and losses to South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar; the late 1980s saw concrete moves to professionalize the sport in Japan.
JFA introduced a Special Licensed Player system in 1986, allowing a limited number of professional players to compete in the domestic semi-professional league. Action committees were held in 1988 and 1989 to discuss the introduction of a full professional league in Japan. In 1991, the owners of the semi-professional Japan Soccer League agreed to disband the league and re-form as the professional J. League to raise the sport's profile and to strengthen the national team program; the following year Japan hosted and won the Asian Cup in their second appearance, defeating Saudi Arabia 1–0 in the final. The J. League was launched in 1993, causing interest in football and the national team to grow. However, in its first attempt to qualify with professional players, Japan narrowly missed a ticket to the 1994 World Cup after drawing with Iraq in the final match of the qualification round, remembered by fans as the "Agony of Doha". Japan's next tournament was a defence of their continental title at the 1996 Asian Cup.
The team won all their games in the group stage but were eliminated in the quarter-finals after a 2–0 loss to Kuwait. The nation's first World Cup appearance was in 1998, where Japan lost all their games; the first two fixtures went 1–0 in favour of Argentina and Croatia, despite playing well in both matches. Their campaign ended with a 2–1 defeat to Jamaica. In the 2000 Asian Cup, Japan managed to reclaim their title after defeating Saudi Arabia in the final, becoming Asian Champions for the second time. Two years Japan co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. After a 2–2 draw with Belgium in their opening match, the Japanese team advanced to the second round with a 1–0 win over Russia and a 2–0 victory against Tunisia. However, they subsequently exited the tournament during the round of 16, after losing 1–0 to eventual third-place finishers Turkey. On 8 June 2005, Japan qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, its third consecutive World Cup, by beating North Korea 2–0 on neutral ground.
However, Japan failed to advance to the Round of 16, losing to Australia 1–3, drawing Croatia 0–0 and losing to Brazil 1–4. During the 2010 World Cup qualification, in the fourth round of the Asian Qualifiers, Japan became the first team other than the host South Africa to qualify after defeating Uzbekistan 1–0 away. Japan was put in Group E along with the Netherlands and Cameroon. Japan won its opening match of the 2010
Indonesia the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world's largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, at 1,904,569 square kilometres, the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in combined sea and land area. With over 261 million people, it is the world's 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country. Java, the world's most populous island, is home to more than half of the country's population; the sovereign state is a constitutional republic with an elected parliament. It has 34 provinces. Jakarta, the country's capital, is the second most populous urban area in the world; the country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, the eastern part of Malaysia. Other neighbouring countries include Singapore, the Philippines, Australia and India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support a high level of biodiversity.
The country has abundant natural resources like oil and natural gas, tin and gold. Agriculture produces rice, palm oil, coffee, medicinal plants and rubber. Indonesia's major trading partners are China, United States, Japan and India. History of the Indonesian archipelago has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources, it has been an important region for trade since at least the 7th century, when Srivijaya and later Majapahit traded with entities from mainland China and the Indian subcontinent. Local rulers absorbed foreign cultural and political models from the early centuries and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished. Muslim traders and Sufi scholars brought Islam, while European powers brought Christianity and fought one another to monopolise trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery. Although sometimes interrupted by the Portuguese and British, the Dutch were the foremost European power for much of its 350-year presence in the archipelago. In early 20th century, the concept of "Indonesia" as a nation state emerged, independence movements began to take shape.
During the decolonisation of Asia after World War II, Indonesia achieved independence in 1949 following an armed and diplomatic conflict with the Netherlands. Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups, with the largest—and politically dominant—ethnic group being the Javanese. A shared identity has developed, defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a Muslim-majority population, a history of colonialism and rebellion against it. Indonesia's national motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika", articulates the diversity that shapes the country. Indonesia's economy is the world's 16th largest by nominal GDP and the 7th largest by GDP at PPP. Indonesia is a member of several multilateral organisations, including the UN, WTO, IMF and G20, it is a founding member of Non-Aligned Movement, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, East Asia Summit, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
The name Indonesia derives from the Greek name of the Indos and the word nesos, meaning "Indian islands". The name dates to the 18th century, far predating the formation of independent Indonesia. In 1850, George Windsor Earl, an English ethnologist, proposed the terms Indunesians—and, his preference, Malayunesians—for the inhabitants of the "Indian Archipelago or Malayan Archipelago". In the same publication, one of his students, James Richardson Logan, used Indonesia as a synonym for Indian Archipelago. However, Dutch academics writing in East Indies publications were reluctant to use Indonesia. After 1900, Indonesia became more common in academic circles outside the Netherlands, native nationalist groups adopted it for political expression. Adolf Bastian, of the University of Berlin, popularised the name through his book Indonesien oder die Inseln des Malayischen Archipels, 1884–1894; the first native scholar to use the name was Ki Hajar Dewantara, when in 1913 he established a press bureau in the Netherlands, Indonesisch Pers-bureau.
Fossils and the remains of tools show that the Indonesian archipelago was inhabited by Homo erectus, known as "Java Man", between 1.5 million years ago and 35,000 years ago. Homo sapiens reached the region around 45,000 years ago. Austronesian peoples, who form the majority of the modern population, migrated to Southeast Asia from what is now Taiwan, they arrived around 4,000 years ago, as they spread through the archipelago, confined the indigenous Melanesians to the far eastern regions. Ideal agricultural conditions and the mastering of wet-field rice cultivation as early as the 8th century BCE allowed villages and small kingdoms to flourish by the first century CE; the archipelago's strategic sea-lane position fostered inter-island and international trade, including links with Indian kingdoms and Chinese dynasties, which were established several centuries BCE. Trade has since fundamentally shaped Indonesian history. From the 7th century CE, the powerful Srivijaya naval kingdom flourished as a result of trade and the influences of Hinduism and Buddhism that were imported with it.
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