Saudi Arabia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Saudi Arabia have qualified for World Cups in several occasions but absent in 2010 and 2014 was notable which had fans desperate to see them in 2018 World Cup. A team Led by Bert Van Marwijk. Though being fortunate combined with luck along the way, but a victory on the last day over Japan who has already secured qualification did the trick and put the Green Falcons above Australia on goal difference. Qualification was followed by chaos and uncetainties, as head coach Van Marwijk was replaced by Edgardo Bauza but left himself. Leaving the country with no other option than to appoint, former Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Saudi Arabia World Cup Group
Saudi Arabia World Cup Fixtures
Saudi Arabia will kick off the tournament against the hosts Russia on the 14th of June in the tournament opener. Then with matches against Uruguay on the 20th and Egypt on the 25th for their final group game.
14th June – Russia
20th June – Uruguay
25th June – Egypt
Juan Antonio Pizzi, age 49 (07.06.1968)
Nawaf Al Abed was of great composure throughout the final stage I describe him as a catalyst in the team, and he scores as well as creates. When given the opportunity, Fahad Al Muwallad is alsoexciting to watch.
Osama Hawsawi has been in the centre of defence for a long time – although some feel for too long.
Nasser Al Shamrani was Asian Player of the Year in 2014 but he started just one game in qualifying.
Saudi Arabia World Cup Squad
Final 23-man squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).
DEFENDERS: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli),Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr).
MIDFIELDERS: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab),Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr),
FORWARDS: Al Sahlawi Mohammad (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).