Saudi Arabia’s national football team, one of the lowest-ranked teams in World Cup 2022 Group C, hopes to upset the more established powers like Argentina and Poland, but they will have it all to do.

Iran PressIran news: In their last four involvements at the World Cup, Saudi Arabia’s exit has come in the group stages — and it is difficult to envisage that being bettered this time around in Qatar. 

Past Glories

Saudi Arabia’s national football team is an Asian soccer team dedicated to representing Saudi Arabia in men’s soccer. The team has been among the successful Asian teams, having won the Asian Cup three times; 1984, 1988, and 1996. Additionally, they have qualified for the World Cup competitions six times; 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018, and 2022.

Like other soccer squads, the team does have a nickname. The players are often dubbed The Green Falcons, The Greens, or Arabian Falcons. 


Herve Renard is a French football coach and former professional player who is currently the team’s manager. 

Renard’s team deserves credit for finishing above Australia in qualifying, but there is a feeling that they could find matters much more difficult when faced with tougher tasks.

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The entire Saudi Arabia squad currently plays in their home country, although in Renard they have a coach who has experienced the full breadth of international football, with previous spells in charge of Morocco, Ivory Coast, Zambia (twice) and Angola. At Russia 2018, Saudi Arabia exited having scored just two goals, and Renard will look to striker Saleh Al Shehri to lead them this time after his four goals in the qualifiers.

Saudi Arabia’s national football team’s best players are as follows:

Saleh Al Shehri (Al Hilal / Saudi Arabia), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal / Saudi Arabia), Salman Al Faraj (Al Hilal / Saudi Arabia)


Salman Al Faraj, 33, holds the Captain’s armband and will lead his team during the competitions in Qatar.  

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Current FIFA world ranking: No. 49 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 5th (AFC)

World Cup 2022 Group C draw: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland 

Lionel Messi will meet his Ballon d’Or heir apparent Robert Lewandowski in a World Cup Group C showdown after Argentina and Poland were drawn against each other for the tournament in Qatar.

Messi, making what will likely be his final World Cup appearance, will be heading to the Middle East looking to add the world team trophy to his already glittering individual collection — which includes the accolade of reigning FIFA best player in the world.

Argentina and Poland will both fancy their chances of progression, and they meet on Nov. 30 in the final group game, but it is far from a straightforward pool — with Mexico likely to put up a stiff challenge, having come through North American (CONCACAF) qualifying.

Saudi Arabia — one of the lowest-ranked sides in the tournament — will carry hopes of upsetting the more established powers, but they will have it all to do.

For the two teams that advance from Group C, they would match up with a team from Group D in the Round of 16.


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