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")
Association Saudi Arabian Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Head coach Hervé Renard
Captain Salman Al-Faraj
Most caps Mohamed Al-Deayea (178) [1]
Top scorer Majed Abdullah (72) [2]
FIFA code KSA
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 61 Increase2.svg 4 (12 August 2021) [3]
Highest21 (July 2004)
Lowest126 (December 2012)
First international
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1–1 Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia (1938-1973).svg
(Beirut, Lebanon; 18 January 1957)
Biggest win
Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
(Dili, East Timor; 17 November 2015)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg  United Arab Republic 13–0 Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia (1938-1973).svg
(Casablanca, Morocco; 3 September 1961)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1994 )
Best resultRound of 16 (1994)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1984 )
Best resultChampions, (1984, 1988, 1996)
Arabian Gulf Cup
Appearances24 (first in 1970 )
Best resultChampions, (1994, 2002, 2003)
FIFA Arab Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1985 )
Best resultChampions, (1998, 2002)
WAFF Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2012 )
Best resultGroup stage (3 times)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1992 )
Best resultRunners-up (1992)
Medal record
Men's football
FIFA Confederations Cup
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1992 Team
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1984 Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1988 Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1996 Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1992 Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2000 Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2007 Team
Asian Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1986 Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1982 Team
FIFA Arab Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2002 Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1992 Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1985 Team

The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic : المنتخب العربي السعودي لكرة القدم) represents Saudi Arabia in men's international football and The team's colours are green and white. Saudi Arabia are known as Al-Suqour (The Falcons) and Al-Akhdhar (The Green), The team represents both FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

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. Saudi Arabia is the first AFC nation to reach the final of a senior FIFA competition, when it achieved during the 1992 King Fahd Cup, which would eventually become the eventual FIFA Confederations Cup. Only Australia and Japan managed to repeat this feat, in 1997 and 2001, though Australia achieved it when it was a member of the OFC.

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 (others being Australia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea) to accomplish such a feat to date.

History

The idea of a Saudi national team first came about in 1951, when a Saudi XI team consisting of players from Al-Wehda and Al-Ahli took part in a friendly game against the Egyptian Ministry of Health on June 27, 1951 at the Al-Saban Stadium in Jeddah. The following day, the Egyptians took on a Saudi team made up of players from Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal in Al-Bahri in Jeddah. On August 2, 1951, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal organized a third friendly with the Egyptian team against a Saudi National XI with players from Al-Wehda, and Al-Ahli. By then the idea of a national select team to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was already in full flow, and in 1953 the first-ever Saudi team traveled to play friendly matches abroad. The same year, a Saudi team traveled to Damascus to play friendly matches as part of then-Crown Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz’s visit to the country on April 1953. [4] In 1957, the Saudi national team took part in their first international tournament at the 2nd Pan-Arab Games in Beirut, where King Saud was invited to attend the opening ceremony and the inauguration of the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium with Lebanese President Camille Chamoun on October 18, 1957. The first game played at the stadium was between the national teams of Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Abdulmajeed Kayal scored for the Saudis while Levon Altonian netted for the home side. The Saudi players came from teams from Jeddah and Mecca, while the team was given support and encouragement from Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal for their trip to Beirut. [5]

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, [6] ahead of Australia. However, they started on a sour note by letting host Russia rout them 0–5 on the opening match, [7] making this the second largest victory of any host nation at the FIFA World Cup. [8] The record of the host's largest opening victory is still by Italy, beating the United States 7–1, in 1934. [9] Once again, Saudi Arabia failed to reach the next round, after suffering another defeat, this time, losing 0–1 to Uruguay. [10] 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. [11] Although they were eliminated, [12] 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. [13]

After the 2018 World Cup, Saudi Arabia participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup with a very high optimism after an acceptable performance in the World Cup, with the Saudis won its first World Cup game since 1994 edition. However, Saudi Arabia finished second in the group stage, after falling to Qatar in the final game, [14] and had to face another giant, Japan, in the round of sixteen. The Saudis dominated the whole game, but ultimately lost 0–1 due to poor finishing and crashed out from the competition. [15]

On 15 October 2019, Saudi Arabia played its first-ever game with Palestine in the West Bank. The game marked a change in policy for Saudi Arabia, which has previously played matches against the Palestinian team in third-party countries, the visit was condemned by some Palestinian activists who considered the game as a start of normalizing the relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but it was viewed by the Palestinian National Authority as a support for their sovereignty over the West Bank. [16] The game ended in a scoreless draw. [17]

Kits and crests

The Saudi Arabia national football team's first kit are traditionally white and the second kit are green (flag colors). [18]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriod
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Admiral 1976–1980
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1980–1984
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Faison1984–1990
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1990–1993
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Shammel1994–2001
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2001–2003
Flag of France.svg Le Coq Sportif 2004–2005
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2005–2010
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2011–present

Rivalries

Due to historical reasons, matches against Iran have been frequently followed and seen by Saudis as the most important rival. This stems from the strong hatred between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in particular recent years due to religious sectarianism and historical enmities. Saudi Arabia is trailing behind the series, but only one game defeat, with 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. It's one of 10 most heated rivalries with political influence. [19] [20]

Saudi Arabia's other heated rival is Iraq. However, the rivalry only began in 1970s. Due to the Gulf War, which Iraq invaded Saudi Arabia's ally Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq eventually become bitter rival fighting to salvage Arab pride. [21] The two countries since then have an up-and-down in relations, often ranged from lack of cooperation and political confrontation. Iraq almost pulled out of the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup after the country was disallowed to host the competition in a move believed to be motivated by Saudi Arabia. [22]

Saudi Arabia's other rivals are mostly from the Gulf, notably Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Venues

Historically, Saudi Arabia played most of their home matches in King Fahd International Stadium, located in the capital Riyadh. The stadium was also where some of Saudi Arabia's most important fixtures were when the country hosted the first three King Fahd Cups (predecessor of the Confederations Cup). The stadium was also home to some of Saudi Arabia's big games in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Saudi Arabia started to diversify the use of venues from outside Riyadh in the 2000s, with the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers first round played in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam and the second round played entirely in Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round against Sri Lanka and at the first fixture against Uzbekistan in the third round, Saudi Arabia played again in Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium. It was accelerated from 2010s onward as Saudi Arabia began to play frequent home fixtures in newly-built King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah and Mrsool Park also in Riyadh.

Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020

14 November 2020 Friendly Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg3–0Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
19:30  UTC+3
Report Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Mohamed Darwish (United Arab Emirates)
17 November 2020 Friendly Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg1–2Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
19:30  UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Yahya Al Mulla (United Arab Emirates)

2021

25 March 2021 Friendly Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg1–0Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
20:30  UTC+3
Report Stadium: Mrsool Park
Referee: Mohamed Bunafoor (Bahrain)
5 June 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg3–0Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00  UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 4,382
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)
11 June 2021 2022 W.C. Q Singapore  Flag of Singapore.svg0–3Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00  UTC+3 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 4,879
Referee: Mohanad Qasim (Iraq)
15 June 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg3–0Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00  UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 6,339
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
2 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg3–1Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
--:--  UTC+3
Report Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 8,331
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
7 September 2021 2022 W.C. Q Oman  Flag of Oman.svg0–1Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Muscat, Oman
--:--  UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
11 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svgvFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
--:--  UTC+3
16 November 2021 2022 W.C. Q Vietnam  Flag of Vietnam.svgvFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
--:--  UTC+3
1 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svgvFlag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Qatar
22:00  UTC+3
4 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Palestine  Flag of Palestine.svgvFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Qatar
22:00  UTC+3
7 December 2021 2021 Arab Cup GS Morocco  Flag of Morocco.svgvFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Qatar
18:00  UTC+3

Players

Current squad

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Mohammed Al-Owais (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 29)280 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli
1 GK Fawaz Al-Qarni (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 29)90 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab
1 GK Mohammed Al Rubaie (1997-08-14) 14 August 1997 (age 24)20 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli
1 GK Zaid Al-Bawardi (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab

2 DF Yasser Al-Shahrani (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 29)632 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
2 DF Mohammed Al-Breik (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 28)311 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
2 DF Ali Al-Bulaihi (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 31)230 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
2 DF Mohammed Al-Khabrani (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 27)172 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli
2 DF Sultan Al-Ghanam (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 27)140 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr
2 DF Abdullah Madu (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 28)80 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr
2 DF Saud Abdulhamid (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 22)70 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad
2 DF Abdulelah Al-Amri (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 24)41 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr

3 MF Fahad Al-Muwallad (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 26)6317 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad
3 MF Salman Al-Faraj (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 32)618 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
3 MF Salem Al-Dawsari (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 30)5816 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
3 MF Abdullah Otayf (1992-08-03) 3 August 1992 (age 29)421 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
3 MF Mohamed Kanno (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 26)211 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
3 MF Abdulellah Al-Malki (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 26)150 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad
3 MF Abdulrahman Ghareeb (1997-03-31) 31 March 1997 (age 24)121 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli
3 MF Sami Al-Najei (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 24)60 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr
3 MF Ali Al-Asmari (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 24)40 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli
3 MF Ayman Yahya (2001-05-14) 14 May 2001 (age 20)30 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr
3 MF Ali Al-Hassan (1997-03-04) 4 March 1997 (age 24)21 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr

4 FW Abdullah Al-Hamdan (1999-09-12) 12 September 1999 (age 22)144 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
4 FW Saleh Al-Shehri (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 27)96 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Saudi Arabia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Abdullah Al-Oaisher (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 30)00 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Wehda v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 15 June 2021
GK Amin Bukhari (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr v. Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine , 30 March 2021
GK Habib Al-Wotayan (1996-08-08) 8 August 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020

DF Hassan Tambakti (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 22)110 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 15 June 2021
DF Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti (1999-03-12) 12 March 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad v. Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore , 11 June 2021 WD
DF Ziyad Al-Sahafi (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 26)90 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad v. Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine , 30 March 2021
DF Ahmed Sharahili (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab v. Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait , 25 March 2021 INJ
DF Saeed Al-Rubaie (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 27)20 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ettifaq v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020
DF Abdullah Hassoun (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 24)10 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020

MF Mohammed Al-Kuwaykibi (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 26)90 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ettifaq v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 15 June 2021
MF Nasser Al-Dawsari (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 22)10 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 15 June 2021
MF Hassan Al-Amri (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 27)00 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Taawoun v. Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine , 30 March 2021
MF Housain Al-Mogahwi (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 33)312 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020
MF Hattan Bahebri (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 29)294 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020
MF Turki Al-Ammar (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 21)40 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020
MF Mukhtar Ali (1997-10-30) 30 October 1997 (age 23)40 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020
MF Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 27)30 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020 WD
MF Nawaf Al-Abed (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 31)488 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 14 November 2020 INJ

FW Firas al-Buraikan (2000-05-14) 14 May 2000 (age 21)113 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Fateh v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 15 June 2021
FW Mohammed Maran (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr v. Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine , 30 March 2021
FW Abdulfattah Adam (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 26)42 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Nassr v. Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica , 17 November 2020

  • COV Player withdrew from the squad due to contracting COVID-19.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from the national team.
  • SUS Player is serving a suspension.
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player records

As of 20 November 2018 [24]
Players in bold are still active with Saudi Arabia.

Managerial history

As of 29 July 2019 [25] [26]

Competitive record

*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

Saudi players warm-up before their match against Ukraine during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (19 June 2006) WM06 ASA-UKR Warm Up.jpg
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. Sdm 4680.jpg
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 / yearResultPositionGPWDLGSGAGPWDLGSGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Not a FIFA memberNo qualification
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Not a FIFA member
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970
Flag of Germany.svg 1974
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Did not qualify410337
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 10415916
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 201101
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 9432119
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Round of 1612th42025611650287
Flag of France.svg 1998 Group stage28th30122714932267
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 32nd3003012141121478
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 28th301227121020242
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Did not qualify158432515
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 8332147
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Group stage26th3102271812334514
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined312052
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalRound of 165/23163211113912069292223795

AFC Asian Cup

The Final of the 1984 AFC Asian Cup, against China. Saudi Arabia won their first AFC Asian Cup in their first entry to the competition. Asian Cup 1984, match Saudi Arabia and China.jpg
The Final of the 1984 AFC Asian Cup, against China. Saudi Arabia won their first AFC Asian Cup in their first entry to the competition.
Asian Cup record Asian Cup Qualification record
YearResultPositionGPWDLGSGAGPWDLGSGA
Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg 1956 Not a AFC memberNot a AFC member
Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg 1960
Flag of Israel.svg 1964
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1968
Flag of Thailand.svg 1972
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1976 Withdrew6312125
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1980 Withdrew
Flag of Singapore.svg 1984 Champions1st6330734400190
Flag of Qatar.svg 1988 Champions1st633051Automatic qualification as champions
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1992 Runners-up2nd522183Automatic qualification as champions
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1996 Champions1st63211164400100
Flag of Lebanon.svg 2000 Runners-up 2nd6312118Automatic qualification as champions
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2004 Group stage13th3012356600311
Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Vietnam.svg 2007 Runners-up 2nd64111266501214
Flag of Qatar.svg 2011 Group stage15th300318Automatic qualification as Runners-up
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2015 Group stage10th310255651093
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2019 Round of 1612th4202638620284
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2023 Qualified8620224
Total3 Titles11/1848211314694848396315221

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Runners-up 2nd210143 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Group stage5th200204 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Group stage7th310218 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999 Fourth place4th5113816 Squad
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001 Did not qualify
Flag of France.svg 2003
Flag of Germany.svg 2005
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013
Flag of Russia.svg 2017
TotalRunners-up4/11123181331-

Arabian Gulf Cup record

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
YearResultGPWDLGSGA
Flag of Egypt (1952-1958).svg 1953 Did not enter
Flag of Lebanon.svg 1957 Group stage311143
Flag of Morocco.svg 1961 Round Robin5104438
Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg 1965 Did not enter
Flag of Syria (1972-1980).svg 1976 Runners-up631294
Flag of Morocco.svg 1985 Fourth place430163
Flag of Lebanon.svg 1997 Did not enter
Flag of Jordan.svg 1999 First Round201123
Flag of Egypt.svg 2007 Third place411255
Flag of Qatar.svg 2011 First Round201102
Total7/102695123158

West Asian Football Federation Championship record

WAFF Championship record
YearRoundGPWDLGSGA
Flag of Jordan.svg 2000 Did not participate
Flag of Syria.svg 2002
Flag of Iran.svg 2004
Flag of Jordan.svg 2007
Flag of Iran.svg 2008
Flag of Jordan.svg 2010
Flag of Kuwait.svg 2012 Group stage311111
Flag of Qatar.svg 2014 Group stage201114
Flag of Iraq.svg 2019 Group stage301215
Total3/98134310

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All-time results

The following table shows Saudi Arabia's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2020.

AgainstPlayedWonDrawnLost GF GA
Total6773191511971033728

Honours

International

Runner-up: 1992
Fourth Place: 1999

Continental

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

Regional

Winner: 1994, 2002, 2003
Runner-up: 1972, 1974, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2019
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

Runner-up: 1985, 1997
Gold Medalists: 2005

Notes

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    Titles

    Preceded by
    1980 Kuwait  Flag of Kuwait.svg
    Asian Champions
    1984 (First title)
    1988 (Second title)
    Succeeded by
    1992 Japan  Flag of Japan.svg
    Preceded by
    1992 Japan  Flag of Japan.svg
    Asian Champions
    1996 (Third title)
    Succeeded by
    2000 Japan  Flag of Japan.svg