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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Squad : Full Fixture, Group, Playing XI & more

Above all, a football-loving nation joined the World Cup journey after 2006. Herem we discuss the Saudi Arabian side on its way to Russia.

 

Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures, Squad & Group Details

Although Saudi Arabia qualified for World Cups many times, nonappearances in 2010 & 2014 made their fans worried for their seat in the 2018 World Cup.

Presently, Australian coach but at the time of qualifiers but Bert Van Marwijk was the coach of Saudi Arabia &  he led them through to Finals.

Victory against Japan moved the Green Falcons above Australia on goal difference. There was some chaos on the matter of coach as Bert Van Marwijk left them & Juan Antonio Pizzi got the chance to coach them.

Qualifying Round Highlights:

Saudi Arabia v Thailand

The first match against Thailand in Saudi Arabia was ending in frustration until Nawaf Al Abed capitalized the penalty and scored a goal just six minutes before the end.

Saudi Arabia v Iraq

Nawaf Al Abed, midfielder, scored two consecutive goals in last ten minutes which led them to a 2-1 victory against Iraq. Literally, this man grabbed the match from Iraq out of nowhere.

Saudi Arabia v Australia

Similarly, 11 minutes were remaining & Saudi’s were trailing at home against Australia. Nasser Al Shamrani scored a goal which levels the game & they earned a vital point.

Saudi Arabia v Japan

Japan defeated Saudi Arabia in a match contested in 2016. Next, in 2017 Saudi’s successfully defeated them when winger Fahad Al Muwallad scored a goal which led them to a victory.

Coach Issue

Saudi Arabia cemented their place in Fifa World Cup 2018, just after few days Van Marwijk’s left & Edgardo Bauza replaced him. Then only after five games, a newly appointed coach was sacked from his position. The panic created in Saudi Arabia national team & management. But Juan Antonio Pizzi decided to coach Saudi Arabia, and at present, he is serving as national team coach.

Saudi Arabia World Cup Group

In group A, Saudi Arabia will contest against Russia, Egypt & Uruguay.

Saudi Arabia v Russia Head to Head

Although Saudi Arabia & Russia didn’t play against each other in any World Cup, but they played a friendly match in 1993 which resulted in a win for Saudi Arabia.

Total Games won: 1
Total Games drew: 0
Total Games lost: 0
Date Match Result Score Competition
06 Oct 1993 Saudi Arabia v Russia Win 4-2 Friendly

Saudi Arabia v Uruguay Head to Head

Saudi Arabia & Uruguay didn’t contest against each other in any World cup edition. However, they featured twice in friendly matches.

Total Games won: 1
Total Games drew: 1
Total Games lost: 0
Date Match Result Score Competition
27 Mar 2002 Saudi Arabia v Uruguay Win 3-2 Friendly
10 Oct 2014 Saudi Arabia v Uruguay Draw 1-1 Friendly

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Head to Head

Both teams didn’t face each other in any Fifa World cup event. However, they met each other many times on different occasions.

Total Games Won: 1
Total Games drew: 1
Total Games lost: 6
Date Match Result Score Competition
03 Sep 1961 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Lose 0-13 Pan Arab Games
20 Feb 1974 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Lose 0-1 Friendly
23 Dec 1975 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Lose 1-2 Friendly
27 Dec 1975 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Lose 0-2 Friendly
09 Jul 1988 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Draw 0-0 Arab Cup
18 Sep 1992 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Lose 2-3 Arab Cup
29 Jul 1999 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Win 5-1 FIFA Confederations Cup
14 Mar 2005 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Lose 0-1 Friendly

Saudi Arabia World Cup Warm-up Friendly Matches

Saudi Arabia started reasonably better than many of the other teams. They managed three convincing wins & 1 draw in friendly matches. However, they have also lost four games, which is a point of worry for them.

Saudi Arabia 2018 FIFA World Cup Warm-up Results

DATE MATCH RESULT
26-02-2018 Saudi Arabia v Moldova 3-0
28-02-2018 Saudi Arabia v Iraq 4-1
23-03-2018 Saudi Arabia v Ukraine 1-1
27-03-2018 Saudi Arabia v Belgium 0-4
09-05-2018 Saudi Arabia v Algeria 2-0
15-05-2018 Saudi Arabia v Greece 2-0
28-05-2018 Saudi Arabia v Italy 1-2
03-06-2018 Saudi Arabia v Peru 0-3
08-06-2018 Saudi Arabia v Germany 0-2

Saudi Arabia World Cup Fixtures, Match Schedule

on the 14th of June 2018, Saudi Arabia will kick off with the opening game of the tournament against the hosts Russia. Next, matches against Uruguay & Egypt will be played on 20th June & 25th June respectively.

DATE MATCH
14 Jun 2018 Saudi Arabia v Russia
20 Jun 2018 Saudi Arabia v Uruguay
25 Jun 2018 Saudi Arabia v Egypt

Russia World Cup Match Venues

DATE MATCH Venue
14 Jun 2018 Saudi Arabia v Russia Luzhniki Stadium
20 Jun 2018 Saudi Arabia v Uruguay Rostov Arena
25 Jun 2018 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Volgograd

The Coach

Juan Antonio Pizzi was born on 7th June 1968. Presently, he is the coach of a national team of Saudi Arabia. He is the one who led Chile to the title of Copa America Centenario in 2016.

Saudi Arabia World Cup Squad

Final 23-man squad – 

GOALKEEPERS:

  1. Mohammed Al Owais
  2. Yasser Al Mosailem
  3. Abdullah Al Mayouf

DEFENDERS:

  1. Mansoor Al Harbi
  2. Yasser Al Shahrani
  3. Mohammed Al Breik
  4. Motaz Hawsawi
  5. Osama Hawsawi
  6. Omar Hawsawi
  7. Ali Al Bulaihi

MIDFIELDERS:

  1. Abdullah Al Khaibari
  2. Abdulmalek Al Khaibri
  3. Abdullah Otayf
  4. Taiseer Al Jassim
  5. Houssain Al Mogahwi
  6. Salman Al Faraj
  7. Mohamed Kanno
  8. Hattan Bahebri
  9. Salem Al Dawsari
  10. Yahya Al Shehri
  11. Fahad Al Muwallad

FORWARDS:

  1. Mohammad Al Sahlawi
  2. Muhannad Assiri

Saudi Arabia World Cup Injuries

There is no news of injury from Saudi’s camp. So we will update you regularly if any.

Top Players, who can shine for Saudi Arabia in Soccer World cup 2018

Stars
Nawaf Al Abed was calm and controlled throughout the qualifiers, and he scored five goals at crucial times.

Fahad Al Muwallad is one the most promising prospect from Saudi Arabia. He scored four goals in qualifiers & similar role is expected from him in World cup also.

Stalwarts

Osama Hawsawi is a defense wall, therefore, to deceive him is really a difficult move for the opponent.

Missing

Nasser Al Shamrani had achieved the title of  “Asian Player of the Year” in 2014 but later on due to on ground & off ground behavior he got banned. Therefore, he might not be the part of Saudi’s playing XI.

Debutants

Right-back Mohammed Al Burayk who is just 25 years old has a potential to perform in tough & tense situations.

 

Updated: June 13, 2018 — 3:50 pm

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