Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia national football team
Saudi Arabia Football Team

National Team Information

General Info

Green Falcons, Arabia Falcons

World Cup Participation

1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018, 2022

Championships

None

Saudi Arabia National Football Team History

In 1957, the Saudi Arabia national football team took part in their first international tournament, the Pan-Arab Games, in Lebanon. In their first official match, Saudi Arabia drew with Lebanon 1-1. The Green Falcons didn’t take part in a major tournament until the 1984 AFC Asian Cup.

The Saudi Arabia national football team shockingly won the 1984 Asian Cup in Singapore as Abdullah al-Deayea was named the tournament’s best goalkeeper. The Green Falcons defeated China 2-0 in the final with goals from Shaye Al-Nafisah and Majed Abdullah. Saudi Arabia also won the AFC Asian Cup in 1988 and 1996 and finished second at the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup.

A first Saudi Arabia national football team FIFA World Cup appearance came in 1994, where they beat Belgium and Morocco to advance to the round of 16. Saudi Arabia fell to Sweden in the round of 16 but exceeded expectations in their first shot at World Cup glory.

The Green Falcons also qualified for the World Cup in 1998, 2002, and 2006; however, they didn’t find much success, since they finished at the bottom of their group in each tournament. Saudi Arabia national football team returned to the World Cup in 2018 but were promptly embarrassed 5-0 by hosts Russia in the opening match.

Saudi Arabia national football team also lost to Uruguay 1-0 but got their first World Cup win since 1994, as they defeated Egypt 2-1 in the last minute of the group stage finale.

 Saudi Arabia qualified for Qatar 2022 by winning the AFC Third Round, Group B.

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Saudi Arabia soccer betting vs. Argentina was not exactly popular in their opening match at Qatar 2022. However, the Green Falcons pulled off the shock upset of the tournament. As +1900 underdogs, Saudi Arabia pulled off an incredible second-half comeback to defeat Argentina 2-1.

Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari scored the Green Falcons’ goals. Although Saudi Arabia fell to both Poland and Mexico in their next two matches, they defeated the eventual champions.

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Saudi Arabia Soccer Leagues & Clubs:

Foreigners wanting to delve into Saudi Arabian soccer betting may first look at the Saudi Pro League. This is the top league in Saudi Arabia and is expanding from 16 to 18 teams in the 2023-24 season. The league follows a double round-robin format with each team playing every other both home and away. In a normal season, three teams are relegated but only two will be relegated in 2022-23 due to expansion. The Saudi Pro League also gained a lot of attention when Al-Nassr made Cristiano Ronaldo the highest-paid player in football history.

Saudi Pro League Clubs 2022-2023
Team
Abha
Al-Adalah
Al-Batin
Al-Ettifaq
Al-Fateh
Al-Fayha
Al-Hilal
Al-Ittihad
Al-Khaleej
Al-Nassr
Al-Raed
Al-Shabab
Al-Taawoun
Al-Tai
Al-Wehda
Damac

Another Saudi Arabian soccer league is the Saudi First Division League or Saudi FDL. This is the second-tier league in the country and it currently features 18 teams. The league also follows a double round-robin format and three teams are usually promoted. However, four teams will go up to the top tier in 2022-23 due to Saudi Pro League expansion.

Saudi First Division League Clubs 2022-2023
Team
Al-Ahli
Al-Ain
Al-Arabi
Al-Faisaly
Al-Hazem
Al-Jabalain
Al-Kholood
Al-Okhdood
Al-Orobah
Al-Qadsiah
Al-Qaisumah
Al-Riyadh
Al-Sahel
Al-Shoulla
Hajer
Jeddah
Najran
Ohod

Saudi Arabia Cups & Tournaments

Saudi Arabia Soccer Betting Information

Betting on Saudi Arabia Team

Bettors wanting to delve into Saudi Arabia soccer betting could start with the Saudi Pro League. With Cristiano Ronaldo now plying his trade in the league, coverage and interest in Saudi Arabian soccer has skyrocketed. His team, Al-Nassr, are the second-most successful club in Saudi Pro League history. They’ve won nine titles and only Al-Hilal have won more. Heading into the 2022-23 season, Al-Hilal had won five of the last six championships. 

The Saudi league is a balanced league with a decent scoring profile. There were 2.65 goals per game scored in the 2021-22 season and totals betting was quite difficult. Three goals or more were scored 48 percent of the time and fewer than three goals were scored 52 percent of the time. Both teams also scored 50 percent of the time. Home teams had quite a big advantage in 2021-22 as they won 45 percent of their matches. Road sides won 27 percent of the time and draws occurred in 28 percent of matches.

Along with Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a bunch of high-level players in the league in recent seasons. Former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo led the league in goals, with 24, in 2021-22. Bafetimbi Gomis, Vincent Aboubakar, Ever Banega, Grzegorz Krychowiak and David Ospina have all played in the league in recent seasons.

Saudi Arabia National Team Betting Tips & Odds

Saudi Arabia seeks improvement in upcoming tournaments with a blend of experience and young talent, aiming to overcome inconsistent World Cup performances.

Saudi Arabia national team betting tips have rarely recommended taking them to advance far at World Cups. In their last five World Cup appearances, the Green Falcons have won just two matches. Even though they defeated Argentina at Qatar 2022, they have simply been too inconsistent on the world stage. Their only knockout stage appearance at the World Cup was in 1994, which was their first appearance at the tournament. 

Plus, Saudi Arabia have also underperformed at recent AFC Asian Cups. They haven’t made it past the round of 16 since 2007 but easily qualified for the 2023 edition. However, they did finish in first place in AFC World Cup Qualifying Group B with an impressive performance. They managed to finish ahead of both Japan and Australia en route to automatic qualification. With a blend of experienced players and young talent, Saudi Arabia could improve on their recent performances at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. With how much Saudi Arabia have invested in sporting projects over the last few years, look for continued improvement from their national team.

Conclusion

With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia, betting interest in the Saudi Pro League has skyrocketed. It’s quite an exciting league that is easy to follow and could be an option for bettors looking for something different.

Saudi Arabian fans will never forget their stunning win over Argentina, especially because they’ve been silverware-starved for quite a while. It’s worth monitoring the progress of the Saudi Arabia national team over the next few years as the country invests huge sums into footballing projects.

Saudi Arabia Team FAQS

Is sports betting legal in Saudi Arabia?

No, all forms of gambling are illegal in Saudi Arabia.

How many major trophies does the Saudi Arabian national team have?

Saudi Arabia have three major trophies. They won the AFC Asian Cup in 1984, 1988 and 1996.

Who is the top scorer all-time in the Saudi Pro League?

Majed Abdullah scored a record 189 goals in the Saudi Pro League.

Which Saudi Arabian team has won the most championships?

Al-Hilal are the most successful team in Saudi Pro League history, with 18 titles.

What is football called in Saudi Arabia?

Football is called كرة القدم or kurat alqadam in Arabic.
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