Saudi Arabia national football team

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Saudi Arabia
Nickname(s)الأخضر (al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green One")
الصقور الخضر (aṣ-Ṣuqūr al-‘Akhḍar, "The Green Falcons")
AssociationSaudi Arabian Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachHervé Renard
CaptainRabee Sufyani
Most capsMohamed Al-Deayea (178)[1]
Top scorerMajed Abdullah (71)
FIFA codeKSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 68 Increase 1 (25 July 2019)[2]
Highest21 (July 2004)
Lowest126 (December 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 84 Decrease 20 (20 August 2019)[3]
Highest27 (November 1998)
Lowest112 (1970, 1972)
First international
 Lebanon 1–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 18 January 1957)
Biggest win
 Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia 
(Dili, East Timor; 17 November 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Saudi Arabia 
(Sapporo, Japan; 1 June 2002
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1994)
Best resultRound of 16 (1994)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (1984, 1988, 1996)
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultRunners-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 to accomplish such a feat to date.

History[edit]

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,[4] ahead of Australia. However, they started on a sour note by letting host Russia rout them 0–5 on the opening match,[5] making this the second largest victory of any host nation at the FIFA World Cup;[6] the record of the host's largest opening victory is still by Italy, beating the United States 7–1, in 1934.[7] Once again, Saudi Arabia failed to reach the next round, after suffering another defeat, this time, losing 0–1 to Uruguay.[8] 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,[9] 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.[10]

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Runner-up: 1992
Fourth Place: 1999

Continental[edit]

Winner: 1984, 1988, 1996
Runner-up: 1992, 2000, 2007
Silver Medalists: 1986
Bronze Medalists: 1982

Regional[edit]

Winner: 1994, 2002, 2003
Runner-up: 1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014
Third Place: 1970, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996
Winner: 1998, 2002
Runner-up: 1992
Third Place: 1985
Silver Medalists: 1976
Bronze Medalists: 2007

Other[edit]

Runner-up: 1985, 1997
Gold Medalists: 2005

Kits and crests[edit]

The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green (flag colors).[11]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit supplier Period
United Kingdom Admiral 1976–1980
West Germany Puma 1980–1984
Saudi Arabia Faison 1984–1990
Germany Adidas 1990–1993
Saudi Arabia Shammel 1994–2001
Germany Adidas 2001–2003
France Le Coq Sportif 2004–2005
Germany Puma 2005–2010
United States Nike 2011–present

Competitive record[edit]

*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[edit]

Saudi players warm-up before their match against Ukraine during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (19 June 2006)
Saudi Arabia players before the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening fixture, against hosts Russia in Group A.
World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member No qualification
Italy 1934 Not a FIFA member
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did not enter Did not enter
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 7
Spain 1982 10 4 1 5 9 16
Mexico 1986 2 0 1 1 0 1
Italy 1990 9 4 3 2 11 9
United States 1994 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 6 11 6 5 0 28 7
France 1998 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 14 9 3 2 26 7
South Korea Japan 2002 32nd 3 0 0 3 0 12 14 11 2 1 47 8
Germany 2006 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 12 10 2 0 24 2
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 15 8 4 3 25 15
Brazil 2014 8 3 3 2 14 7
Russia 2018 Group stage 26th 3 1 0 2 2 7 18 12 3 3 45 14
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Round of 16 5/23 16 3 2 11 11 39 117 68 27 22 232 93

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

All Time Results[edit]

The following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 25 June 2018.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total 631 303 140 179 978 671

Recent results and forthcoming matches[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following 23 players were called up for the 2019 WAFF Championship:[12]
  • Match date: 4 – 10 August 2019
  • Opposition:  Kuwait,  Bahrain &  Jordan
  • Caps and goals are correct as of 10 August 2019, after the match against Jordan.
  • Caps and goals including all matches officially recognized by SAFF (also those not recognized by FIFA).
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abdullah Al-Saleh (1988-01-15) 15 January 1988 (age 31) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
21 1GK Abdullah Al-Jadaani (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda
22 1GK Mustafa Malayekah (1986-05-21) 21 May 1986 (age 33) 7 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Faisaly

2 2DF Mohammed Al-Amri (1991-11-26) 26 November 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Raed
4 2DF Muteb Al-Mufarrij (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
5 2DF Hussain Al-Showaish (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Raed
7 2DF Wesam Al-Sowayed (1987-11-29) 29 November 1987 (age 31) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hazem
13 2DF Fawaz Al-Sqoor (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda
17 2DF Hassan Tombakti (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
23 2DF Sami Al-Khaibari (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 29) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fayha

3 3MF Hatem Belal (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda
6 3MF Abdulkareem Al-Qahtani (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fayha
8 3MF Naif Hazazi (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 26) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadsiah
10 3MF Rabee Sufyani (1987-01-26) 26 January 1987 (age 32) 8 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Taawoun
14 3MF Mohammed Al-Fuhaid (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 29) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh
15 3MF Mansor Hamzi (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 27) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hazem
16 3MF Abdulmohsen Al-Qahtani (1999-06-05) 5 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadsiah
18 3MF Khalid Kaabi (1992-05-24) May 24, 1992 (age 27) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Faisaly
19 3MF Ali Al-Nemer (1991-08-25) 25 August 1991 (age 27) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda
20 3MF Mohammad Al-Majhad (1998-07-16) 16 July 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh

9 4FW Abdulfattah Adam (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 24) 4 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
11 4FW Haroune Camara (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 6 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
12 4FW Hassan Sharahili (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 26) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Batin

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 Waleed Abdullah (1986-04-19) 19 April 1986 (age 33) 72 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Mohammed Al-Owais (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 27) 18 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Mohammed Al-Rubeai (1997-08-14) 14 August 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Ameen Bokhari (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Iraq, 16 October 2018
GK Yasser Al-Mosailem (1984-02-27) 27 February 1984 (age 35) 33 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018

DF Yazeed Al-Bakr (1995-11-11) 11 November 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2019 WAFF Championship PRE
DF Mohammed Al-Khabrani (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 25) 7 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
DF Madallah Al-Olayan (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Taawoun v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
DF Abdullah Al-Shamekh (1993-05-28) 28 May 1993 (age 26) 2 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
DF Bander Nasser (1990-03-14) 14 March 1990 (age 29) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fayha v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
DF Sultan Ghunaiman (1989-09-13) 13 September 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Batin v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
DF Omar Hawsawi (1985-09-27) 27 September 1985 (age 33) 51 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 27) 48 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Mohammed Al-Breik (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 26) 22 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Ali Al-Bulaihi (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 29) 15 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Mohammed Al-Fatil (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 27) 15 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Hamdan Al-Shamrani (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Sultan Al-Ghanam (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Abdulelah Al-Amri (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Hussein Abdulghani (1977-01-21) 21 January 1977 (age 42) 138 5 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Jordan, 20 November 2018
DF Saeed Al Mowalad (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 28) 16 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Iraq, 16 October 2018
DF Motaz Hawsawi (1992-02-17) 17 February 1992 (age 27) 19 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018
DF Mohammed Jahfali (1990-10-24) 24 October 1990 (age 28) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018
DF Hamad Al Mansor (1993-08-19) 19 August 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018
DF Abdulaziz Haroon (1998-07-31) 31 July 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Taqadom v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018

MF Saleh Al-Amri (1993-10-14) October 14, 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2019 WAFF Championship PRE
MF Hassan Al-Habib (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hazem v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
MF Osama Al-Khalaf (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
MF Ahmed Al-Zain (1991-07-02) 2 July 1991 (age 28) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
MF Ali Hazazi (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
MF Sultan Mendash (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
MF Fares Al-Ayyaf (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hazem v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2018
MF Waleed Bakshween (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 29) 16 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda v.  United Arab Emirates, 21 March 2019 INJ
MF Yahya Al-Shehri (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 29) 70 8 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 24) 56 13 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 28) 45 8 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Housain Al-Mogahwi (1988-01-28) 28 January 1988 (age 31) 30 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Abdullah Otayf (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 27) 30 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Ibrahim Ghaleb (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 28) 22 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Faisaly 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Hattan Bahebri (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 27) 19 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb (1997-03-31) 31 March 1997 (age 22) 9 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Abdulaziz Al-Bishi (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 25) 8 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Nooh Al-Mousa (1991-02-23) 23 February 1991 (age 28) 7 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Ayman Al-Khulaif (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 30) 50 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2019 AFC Asian Cup INJ
MF Abdullah Al-Khaibari (1996-08-16) 16 August 1996 (age 23) 8 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2019 AFC Asian Cup INJ
MF Mohamed Kanno (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 24) 9 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal v.  Jordan, 20 November 2018
MF Turki Al-Ammar (1999-09-24) 24 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab v.  Jordan, 20 November 2018
MF Abdulaziz Al-Jebreen (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 29) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Iraq, 16 October 2018
MF Mohammed Al-Kwikbi (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 25) 5 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018 INJ
MF Mohammed Abousaban (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 29) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Damac v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018
MF Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (1995-06-01) 1 June 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Bolivia, 10 September 2018

FW Mohammed Al-Saiari (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda 2019 AFC Asian Cup
FW Firas Al-Buraikan (2000-05-14) 14 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Jordan, 20 November 2018
FW Muhannad Assiri (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 32) 18 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli v.  Brazil, 12 October 2018 INJ

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

Managerial history[edit]

Updated 29 July 2019.[13][14]

Records[edit]

As of 20 November 2018

References[edit]

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  11. ^ UNDER THE RADAR BUT BRIMMING WITH OPTIMISM
  12. ^ "القائمة النهائية للمنتخب الوطني الأول للمشاركة في بطولة غرب آسيا".
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  14. ^ "Saudi Arabia National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  15. ^ 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]