The Saudi Arabian national team played its first qualifier in view of the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. After a total of four unsuccessful attempts, the Green Falcons won a ticket to the finals in the summer of 1994 in the USA. There they surprisingly reached the round of 16 for the only time so far.
Saudi Arabia then qualified three times in a row for the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and the 2006 World Cup in Germany. However, they took a total of two points at these finals. After missing out in 2010 and 2014, the Green Falcons once again returned home after the preliminary round at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, they managed to win a World Cup match for the first time in 24 years against Egypt.
The coach of Saudi Arabia, Hervé Renard
Hervé Renard took over the Saudi Arabian team in July 2019, the 53-year-old Frenchman’s sixth stint with a team. He previously managed Zambia, Angola, Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco from 2016 to 2019.
He triumphed with the Zambian national team and the Ivorian team at the 2012 and 2015 Africa Cups, making Renard the first team manager to be crowned African champion with two teams. He has also been on the sidelines in his home country with Sochaux and OSC Lille in Ligue 1.
The stars of the Saudi Arabian national team
All the players in the Saudi Arabian national team are contracted to the Saudi Professional League. The most important players all earn their money from the champions and reigning winners of the AFC Champions League, Al Hilal. One of them, central midfielder Salman Al-Faraj, wears the captain’s bow at both the club and the Green Falcons. We also have left-winger Salem Al-Dawsari and striker Saleh Al-Shehri in mind.
Saudi Arabia’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup
Saudi Arabia racked up seven wins, two draws and one defeat in Group 2 of the third phase of Asian World Cup qualifying. The Green Falcons thus took first place with 23 points and one point more than Japan. Against the Samurai Blue, the Saudi Arabian eleven experienced a 1-0 home win and a 0-2 away defeat. They also drew 1-0 at home and 0-0 away against third-placed Australia, who qualified for the 2022 World Cup after the play-offs. Earlier, the Green Falcons prevailed in Group D of the second round with 20 points and five points more than Uzbekistan.
Saudi Arabia’s chances of success at the 2022 World Cup
The Saudi Arabian national team, ranked 53rd in FIFA’s 23 June rankings, will first face Argentina, Mexico and Poland in Group C at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Here, the opponents represent the number three, the number twelve and the number 26 in the world.
Thus, Saudi Arabia enters this final round as a likely points supplier. In the event of a football miracle, sometimes due to the climatic advantage, they would probably lose out to France or Denmark in the round of 16.
Statistical features of Saudi Arabia ahead of the 2022 World Cup
On top of that, Saudi Arabia will make their debut at the 2022 World Cup against Argentina. The Green Falcons have met the heavy favourites to win the group four times so far, most recently in November 2012. In the process, they have experienced two surprising draws and just as many defeats. Against their second group opponents Poland, the Saudi Arabian side have lost three of their four matches and won one in December 1994. Moreover, the record against Mexico does not look much better. The Tri won four of the five encounters and only conceded a 0-0 draw in June 1998.
Odds for betting on Saudi Arabia at the 2022 World Cup
- Overall winner 751.00
- Reach the final 251.00
- Make the semi-finals 101.00
- Group win 21.00
- Group qualification – yes 6.00, no 1.12
- Reaches the quarter-finals 34.00
- Argentina – Saudi Arabia defeat 13.00, draw 7.00, defeat 1.18
We are quoting the betting odds offered by Bet365. These are snapshots and may change at any time. In addition, all odds are without guarantee.
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