December 29, 2018 / 9:03 AM / 6 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Saudi Arabia at the Asian Cup

    Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Saudi Arabia team ahead of
the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates
from Jan 5 to Feb 1:
    FIFA world ranking: 69
    Ranking in Asia: 5
    Previous Asian Cups: 9
    Best performance: Champions (1984, 1988, 1996)
    2015: Group stage
    Nickname: Green Falcons
    Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi
    Player to watch: Fahad Al Muwallad
    Recent form:  
    Sept 10     Saudi Arabia 2-2 Bolivia      Riyadh
    Oct 12     Saudi Arabia 0-2 Brazil       Riyadh
    Oct 15     Saudi Arabia 1-1 Iraq         Riyadh
    Nov 16     Saudi Arabia 1-0 Yemen        Dammam
    Nov 20     Jordan       1-1 Saudi Arabia Amman
    Group E 
    Jan 8    Saudi Arabia v North Korea    Dubai
    Jan 12   Lebanon v Saudi Arabia        Dubai
    Jan 17   Saudi Arabia v Qatar          Abu Dhabi
    Saudi Arabia's early exit from this year's World Cup was not
a huge surprise given their recent pedigree on the global stage
but at the Asian Cup their fans have reason to expect much, much
    The Green Falcons were once a dominant force in Asian
football and reached the final in six of seven tournaments from
1984 to 2007, winning the continental title three times
including back-to-back triumphs in 1984 and 1988.
    The days when they were one of the major powers in the
region are a fading memory now, though, and in the last two
versions of the Asian Cup they have failed to progress from
their group.             

 (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by
Sudipto Ganguly)
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