History of the Saudi National Team.
The Saudi national team was first initiated in 1953 when players from Al Wehda and Al Ahli gathered and played a friendly match against the Egyptian ministry of health as a sponsored match.
The football federation was established in 1956 and their first international tournament took place in 1957 where they participated in the Pan Arab games in Beirut. In 1984, the Saudi team qualified for the AFC Asian cup for the first time and won it in 1988 and 1996 respectively. They never missed an AFC Asian cup afterward and won it again in 2007.
Their first ever World Cup qualification came in 1994 in North America and surprised the world by reaching the round of 16 under the management of Argentinian coach Jorge Solari where they won against Belgium and Morocco leading them to the round of 16 just to be knocked out by Sweden in a 3-1 loss.
After that, they qualified for the next 3 World Cups in 2002, 2006, and 2010 but failed to win a single match and suffered a devastating 8-0 the loss against Germany back in 2002.
Their last qualification before this year was in 2018 in Russia but unfortunately failed to pass the group stages however, they got an important win against their neighbors Egypt.
In 2022, the Saudi national team is here to make history and take everyone by surprise. Coached by Hervé Renard, the team will play tactical football that will attract many and push the talented players to reach their full potential.
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