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Saudi Arabia (, ), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is an Arab state in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. With a land area of approximately , Saudi Arabia is geographically the second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria. Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast, and Yemen to the south. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, and most of its terrain consists of arid inhospitable desert or barren landforms.

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Saudi Arabia
Nickname Sons Of The Desert
Association Saudi Arabian Football Federation
Coach Marcos Paquetá
Most caps Mohamed Al-Deayea (173)
Top scorer Majed Abdullah (67)
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Away colours

First international
Saudi Arabia 3 - 1 Syria
(Lebanon; October 20, 1957)
Largest win
Saudi Arabia 8 - 0 Macao
(Taif, Saudi Arabia; May 14, 1993)
Worst defeat
 Germany 8 - 0 Saudi Arabia
(Japan; June 1, 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1994)
Best result Round 2 1994
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1984)
Best result Winners, 1984, 1988, 1996

The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic: منتخب السعودية لكرة القدم) (known by its fan 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 two Cup tournaments, including an 8-0 walloping by Germany in 2002.

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

On June 8, 2005, they qualified for their fourth World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 3-0 in Riyadh.


  • 1 World Cup record
  • 2 Asian Cup record
  • 3 Famous players
  • 4 2006 World Cup Squad
  • 5 External links

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