Team profile: Saudi Arabia

Plenty of money floats around their domestic league, yet this has done little to improve the standard of the national team. An impatient governing body is also onto their third coach since World Cup qualifying began. Still not all hope is lost given the fact this is their fourth consecutive appearan

    FIFA Ranking: 34

    Coach: Paqueta

    Key players: Sami Al-Jaber, Mohammad Al-Shlhoub, Yasser Al-Kahtani

    World Cup record: Fourth appearance

    Best finish: Second round (1994)

    Last appearance: First round 2002

    Qualifying route: Won Asian Group A

    Key question: Can a side that was humiliated at the last World Cup be competitive this time around?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Mohammad Al-Deayea 1
    Mabrouk Zayed 21
    Mohammad Khouja 22
    Defenders
    Ahmad Dokhi 2
    Redha Tukar 3
    Hamad Al-Montashari 4
    Naif Al-Qadi 5
    Abdul Aziz Khathran 12
    Hussein Sulimani 13
    Ahmad Al-Bahri 15
    Midfielders
    Omar Al-Ghamdi 6
    Mohammad Ameen 7
    Mohammad Noor 8
    Mohammad Al-Shlhoub 10
    Saoud Khariri 14
    Khaled Aziz 16
    Nawaf Al-Temyat 18
    Mohammad Masaad 19
    Forwards
    Sami Al-Jaber 9
    Saad Al-Harthi 11
    Mohammad Al-Anbar 17
    Yasser Al-Kahtani 20
    Malek Mouath 23

    Group matches:

    v Tunisia, 16:00 GMT, Wednesday 14th June - Munich

    v Ukraine, 16:00 GMT, Monday 19th June - Hamburg

    v Spain, 14:00 GMT, Friday 23rd June - Kaiserslautern

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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