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post #2 of 191 (permalink) Old October 25th, 2007, 08:09 Thread Starter
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The Saudi Arabia national football team (Arabic: منتخب السعودية لكرة القدم) (known by its fans as al-Sogour which means "The Falcons" or al-Akhdar which means "The Green") is the national team of Saudi Arabia and is controlled by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation. It is one of Asia's most successful national teams. They are regarded as a newcomer on the world scene, having made their first World Cup in 1994. They have qualified for every World Cup since then.

In 1994, they upset Belgium at the group stage before falling to Sweden in the next round. The side were dismissed in the first round of the next three Cup tournaments, including an 8-0 defeat by Germany in 2002.

Saudi Arabia has won the Asian Cup three times, in 1984, 1988, and 1996. They won the World Under-17 Championship in 1989.

On June 8, 2005, they qualified for their fourth World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 3-0 in Riyadh.

Mohamed Al-Deayea, the team's goalkeeper, is the world record holder for most international appearances by a male player.

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what`s going on Suazo .. does this thread differ from the Saudi league !
there are 2 threads for your Country football .
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they won last night their friendly game vs Bahrain (4-0) at the king fahad stadium.
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post #7 of 191 (permalink) Old November 20th, 2008, 11:42
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Saudi lost against South Korea? I am surprised with that, usually KSA is very tough to beat at home, and South Korea does not look as good as they were in the Hiddink days. How was the game? Was Korea just better or was it an unlucky game for Saudi? What was the attendance?
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the stadium was full of crowd as usual.

no doubt it was a real pathetic result vs korea at home. the 2006 wc qualifying saudia won both games against korea at home(2-0) and away(0-1). but in this games the saudi team didn`t deserve to win but at least get a point from it. many changes on the official team for several reasons. and both goals of korea were ridiculous due to mistakes of defenders and the gk.

of course there were many deadly mistakes by referees as what happen in most asian qualifying games.. saudia deserved a penalty in the 2nd half, absolutely!
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Any highlights on YouTube by accident?

Were there many travelling fans from Korea (as I know it is not easy to get visas for Saudi Arabia unless it is for business trips) or were all fans in the stadium Saudi fans?
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KSA have been poor all this qualifying season, and this was compounded by some key injuries and the coach's team selection (not calling up some top players, fielding some highly inexperienced players). Korea were the better team but it took a very contentious decision to turn the game: the penalty incident and the resulting second yellow (for simulation). To me it was a cast iron penalty, but in any case Saudi didn't deserve to get much from the game.

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Any highlights on YouTube by accident?

Were there many travelling fans from Korea (as I know it is not easy to get visas for Saudi Arabia unless it is for business trips) or were all fans in the stadium Saudi fans?
yea there were a lot of korea fans in stadium..and they supported their team immensely during the game.
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KSA have been poor all this qualifying season, and this was compounded by some key injuries and the coach's team selection (not calling up some top players, fielding some highly inexperienced players). Korea were the better team but it took a very contentious decision to turn the game: the penalty incident and the resulting second yellow (for simulation). To me it was a cast iron penalty, but in any case Saudi didn't deserve to get much from the game.
agreed..

as for the calling up of top players, i predict saudia manager will make some changes on the squad next round from the last game vs korea, no doubt of that.
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How do the Korea fans get to Riyadh? Usually tourist visas for KSA are very rare, most visitors come with business visas but obviously this is impossible for a football trip. So were the Korea fans in the stadium all expat workers living in the Kingdom, or do travelling football fans get special visa arrangements to visit KSA for the game of their team?

And is the Saudi goalie Mohammed Al Daeyea? He definitely looks like him, but I thought Al Daeyea had decided to retire from the NT after 2006 in order to give Mabrouk Zayeed all chances to develop himself in the NT?
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Mix of expats and travelling fans. Travelling fans go through the official fanclub of their country.

The keeper is Waleed Abdullah. I don't see the resemblance though.

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I see. Mabrouk Zayeed is no longer with the NT then? He was consideredd the brightest goalkeeping prospect in Asia not so long ago.

When you say the fans travel with their official fanclub, these fanclubs do get special visas (more relaxed visa procedures than the average tourist) or are they not getting regular tourist visas and just escorted from the airport to the stadium and back to fly home straight away? Are the visitors allowed to bring female fans into the stadium? (I remember when Ireland went to Iran for a WC qualifier playoff they got special permission from the government to allow female Irish fans to attend the game - the local Iran fans were strictly males)

PS I hope the latter questions are not seen as political, I just have a genuine interest in the local football and unfortunately when trying to get a full understanding you sometimes got the odd question that somewhat borders politics. My question was not intended to stir up such debates though, purely to get more insight in Saudi football.
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And is the Saudi goalie Mohammed Al Daeyea? He definitely looks like him, but I thought Al Daeyea had decided to retire from the NT after 2006 in order to give Mabrouk Zayeed all chances to develop himself in the NT?
you are right. al daeyea, the best gk in asia last century retired from the NT. and as HiJazzey said that there no resemblance between him and the current GK, waleed.A. :smileani:

mabrouk has doing well in recent games for al-ittihad and in opinion he is one of those experienced and deserved players who should be called up in coming games.
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When you say the fans travel with their official fanclub, these fanclubs do get special visas (more relaxed visa procedures than the average tourist) or are they not getting regular tourist visas and just escorted from the airport to the stadium and back to fly home straight away? Are the visitors allowed to bring female fans into the stadium? (I remember when Ireland went to Iran for a WC qualifier playoff they got special permission from the government to allow female Irish fans to attend the game - the local Iran fans were strictly males)

i don`t know about the 1st Q. hopefully HiJazzey or any one can answer it. but regarding the 2nd part, of course they are thousands of female fans for football but they are only allowed to watch games on tv. i think still no a permission for females from saudia to attend games while there aren`t specific places for women inside the stadiums. but regarding to females fans coming with their clubs or national teams, i think no problems for if they attend games we see such things in many games.. e.g, the korean fans in last game..and some games before that.
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So the visitors can bring female fans?

In a way this is something the government and FA should work on I would say. No disrespect to local culture whatsoever, if people prefer segregated places then so it be, but it cannot be that hard to reserve one stand or part of the stand for female fans. The national team represents the entire nation after all, which includes the female population. Depending on the wish to separate men and women or mix them, it would be easy enough to randomly sell tickets without any restrictions or to just reserve one stand for female fans.
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So the visitors can bring female fans?

In a way this is something the government and FA should work on I would say. No disrespect to local culture whatsoever, if people prefer segregated places then so it be, but it cannot be that hard to reserve one stand or part of the stand for female fans. The national team represents the entire nation after all, which includes the female population. Depending on the wish to separate men and women or mix them, it would be easy enough to randomly sell tickets without any restrictions or to just reserve one stand for female fans.
as i told you, the visitor who are come from outside saudia can bring females as we saw from some fanclubs(south korea fans in last game for example) or the stadium security may accept them to enter. but still saudi females (fans) can`t attend games. still there is no agreement from the FA or the government and the muslims society there for females to attend games in the stadiums.
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Weird that there is no topic or even post about the world cup playoff... What happened?? I mean, Bahrain for gods sake?? Was Saudi just having an offday or was this a matter of bad luck?
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