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Saudi Arabia World Cup Football Team

The Saudi Arabia national football team (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. They are regarded as a newcomer on the world scene, having made their first World Cup in 1994 and upsetting Belgium at the group stage before falling to Sweden in the next round. The side were dismissed in the first round of the next three Cup tournaments, including an 8-0 walloping by Germany in 2002.

It was in that game against Belgium where Said Owairan scored one of the greatest World Cup goals of all time. Only five minutes of the match had elapsed when midfielder Owairan picked up the ball deep inside his own half. Quite why he elected to keep running and running is not clear, but his confidence was not misplaced. He beat four Belgian players before blasting the ball past Michel Preud'homme.

Saudi Arabia won the Asian Cup three times, in 1984, 1988, and 1996. They won the World Under-16 Championship in 1989.

Saudi Arabia secured qualification for the 2018 tournament, ahead of Australia.

Saudi Arabia will be playing in Group A with Russia, Egypt and Uruguay.


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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 to 2014 - Did not qualify
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 - Round 1
  • 2007 - Second place
  • 2011 - Round 1
  • 2015 - Round 1

This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia.

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