WC 2018: Saudi Arabia

Group A

Saudi Arabia have a chequered past when it comes to the greatest football tournament in the world. They have only appeared 4times at the WC, with their best result being a round of 16. They come into the competition ranked 67th qualifying as runners up in Group B. They pipped Australia on goal difference and ended just one point behind Japan.

Team Members

  • Salman Al Faraj - Midfielder
  • Taiseer Al Jassim - Midfielder
  • Abdullah Al Khaibari - Midfielder
  • Abdulmalek Al Khaibri - Midfielder
  • Mohammed Al Kwikbi - Midfielder
  • Hussain Al Mogahwi - Midfielder
  • Fahad Al Muwallad - Forward
  • Saeed Al Muwallad - Defender
  • Mohammad Al Sahlawi - Forward
  • Yahya Al Shehri - Midfielder
  • Mansour Al-Harbi - Defender
  • Abdullah Al-Mayuf - GC
  • Yasser Al-Musailem - GC
  • Mohamed Al-Owais - GC
  • Assaf Al-Qarny - GC
  • Yasser Al-Shahrani - Defender
  • Muhannad Assiri - Forward
  • Hattan Bahebri - Midfielder
  • Motaz Hawsawi - Defender
  • Omar Hawsawi - Defender
  • Osama Hawsawi - Defender
  • Mohammed Jahfali - Defender
  • Mohamed Kanno - Midfielder
  • Abdullah Otayf - Midfielder

Coach

Juan Antonia Pizz

Born in Argentina, Juan represented Spain at an international level playing as a forward. He was a key feature at the UEFA EURO 1996 as well as the 1998 Cup. He coached the Chilean team with promising results, eventually winning the Copa America Centrenario in 2016. However, he failed to get Chile to qualify for Russia. He took charge of Saudi Arabia in 2017 and has been given the full support of the country.

Past WC History

Saudi Arabia first started their WC campaign in 1978, but failed to qualify. They were unable to make the cut at any further Cups until USA, 1994. The year they first participated was their most successful making it through the group stages into the round of 16. They ended off in 12th place. In 1998, 2002 and 2006, they were unable to achieve any result higher than 28. In 2010 in South Africa they failed to qualify yet again and have not featured in the tournament since.

Stats

  • First Appearance in 1994
  • Only 4 successful campaigns since 1978
  • 0 Semi-finals
  • 0 Championships
  • Best result – Placed 12th in 1994

Kit

Produced by Nike, Saudi Arabia’s kit features a minimalistic yet modern design. Based on the standard Nike template, the home jersey is predominantly white with green trimming. The socks and shorts are also while. The away kit is a reversal of colours with dominating green and white trimmings.