Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Association

Saudi Arabian Football Federation

Confederation

AFC (Asia)

Head coach

Juan Antonio Pizzi

Captain

Osama Hawsawi

Club History

Saudi Arabia is ranked 69th in the world, which makes the Green Falcons the lowest ranked team in the tournament. The Middle East nation hasn’t appeared in a World Cup since 2006, The Saudis played well in Asian Football Confederation qualifying, but every time Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team play a European side in a friendly, Saudi Arabia comes up on the losing end. The Saudi Arabia Football Association has attempted to improve the national team by paying Spanish clubs to take players on loan this season. None of those players have played in matches, but they are getting great experience training with their Spanish teams. Despite players getting to play abroad, Saudi Arabia’s coaching turnover and chaos behind the scenes typically effects it on the pitch.