Saudi Arabia national football team


Saudi Arabia national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = Saudi Arabia
Badge = KSA-Badge.gif
Badge_size = 139px
FIFA Trigramme = KSA
FIFA Rank = 51
1st ranking date = August 1993
FIFA max = 21
FIFA max date = July 2004
FIFA min = 81
FIFA min date = July 2006

Elo Rank = 40
Elo max = 27
Elo max date = November 1998
Elo min = 112
Elo min date = 1970, 1972

Nickname = The Green Falcons
الصقور الخضر
Association = Saudi Arabia Football Federation
Confederation = AFC (Asia)
Coach = flagicon|Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Johar
Captain = Hussain Abdulghani
Most caps = Mohamed Al-Deayea (181)
Top scorer = Majed Abdullah (67)
Home Stadium = King Fahd International Stadium
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First game = )
Largest win = flagicon|Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 8 - 0 Macao flagicon|Portugal (Taif, Saudi Arabia; May 14, 1993)
Largest loss = flagicon|Morocco Morocco 13 - 1 Saudi Arabia )

World cup = FIFA World Cup
World cup first = 1994
World cup best = Round 2 1994
Regional name = AFC Asian Cup
Regional cup apps = 7
Regional cup first = 1984
Regional cup best = Winners, 1984, 1988, 1996
Confederations cup apps = 4
Confederations cup first = 1992
Confederations cup best = 2nd, 1992
The Saudi Arabia national football team ( _ar. منتخب السعودية لكرة القدم) (known by its fans as al-Sogour which means "The Falcons" or al-Akhdar which means "The Green") is the national team of Saudi Arabia and is controlled by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation. 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, even suffering an 8-0 defeat by Germany in 2002.

Mohamed Al-Deayea, the team's previous goalkeeper, is the world recordholder for the most international appearances by a male football player.

World Cup record

*1930 to 1974 - Did not enter
*1978 to 1990 - Did not qualify
*1994 - Round 2
*1998 - Round 1
*2002 - Round 1
*2006 - Round 1
*2010 - TBD

Asian Cup record

* 1956 to 1972 - Did not enter
* 1976 - Withdrew
* 1980 - Did not enter
* 1984 - Champions
* 1988 - Champions
* 1992 - Second place
* 1996 - Champions
* 2000 - Second place
* 2004 - Group stage
* 2007 - Second Place
* 2011 - "qualified"

Gulf Cup of Nations Record

Best result :3times Champions (1994, 2002, 2003)

Arab Nations Cup Record

Best result :2times Champions (1998, 2002)

Youth National Team Records

FIFA U-20 World Cup Record

*1977 - 1983 Did not qualify
*1985 : Round 1
*1987 : Round 1
*1989 : Round 1
*1991 : Did not qualify
*1993 : Round 1
*1995 - 1997 : Did not qualify
*1999 : Round 1
*2001 : Did not qualify
*2003 : Round 1
*2005 - 2007 : Did not qualify

FIFA U-17 World Cup Record

*1985 : Quarter-finals
*1987 : Round 1
*1989 : Champions
*1989 - 2007 : Didn't qualify

AFC Youth Championship Record

*Best result :2times Champions (1986, 1992)
*2002 : Third place
*2004 : Did not qualify
*2006 : Quarter-finals
*2008 : Qualified

AFC U-17 Championship Record

*1985 : Champions
*1986 : Third Place
*1988 : Champions
*1990 : Did not qualify
*1992 : Third Place
*1994 : Round 1
*1996 - 2004 : Did not qualify
*2006 : Quarter-finals
*2008 : Qualified

Coaches

Current Squad

The following players were called for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying against UAE on September 10 2008.

Recent call-up

The following players have all recently been called up to the Saudi Arabia squad within this year.

Former players

GK

*Mohamed Al-Deayea

MF

*Nawaf Al-Temyat

FW

*Saeed Al-Owairan
*Sami Al-Jaber

External links

* [http://www.saff.com.sa/ Saudi Arabia FA] official site
* [http://www.saudiarabiafootball.com/ Saudi Arabia FA] English Site
* [http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ksa Saudi Arabia in fifaworldcup.com]

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