World Cup 2018: How to follow Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia players before a match against Italy on May 28, 2018
Saudi Arabia players before a match against Italy on May 28, 2018 Copyright REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
By Euronews
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Want the insider's guide on how to follow Saudi Arabia? Here we help you with the insider knowledge.


No team at this summer’s football World Cup? Want to support another team as well as your own country?

Well, fear not, here's our guide to supporting Saudi Arabia.

Key facts:

Full name: The Saudi National team

Nickname: The green

Emblem: The Arabian hawk

Twitter/Saudi Arabia national football teams
Saudi Arabia's enblemTwitter/Saudi Arabia national football teams

Supporters nickname: None

Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi (Spanish/Argentine)

HQ during the World Cup: St. Petersburg

Chanting: Oh ya Saudi

What to shout during matches

Goal: Hadaf

Offside: Tasallol

Game: Mobarah

Foul: Foul

Free-kick: Foul

Best World Cup moment:

Striker Saied Al Owairan dribbles past four Belgium players in a 60-yard run before scoring the winner against Belgium to send the Saudi’s to the second round of the USA 94 tournament.

Worst World Cup moment:

Losing 8-0 to Germany in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Players to follow:

Taisir Al-Jassim: in the absence of influential playmaker Nawaf Al Abed, Al Jassim of Al Ahly will be the driving force in Saudi Arabia’s midfield.

Fahad Al Muwallad: The Ittihad winger scored the qualifying goal for Saudi in a 1-0 win over continental rivals Japan.


Mohammad Al Sahlawi: The striker plays for Al Nasr club.

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Mohammad Al SahlawiFuria Verde FC

On social media:

Saudi football federation:

@SaudiFF (in Arabic)

@SaudiNT (in English)

Saudi Minister for Sports, Turki Al Shaikh:@Turki_alalshikh



Fahad Al-mowallad:@foodii8

Osama Hawsawi:@osamahawsawi3

Nawaf Al Abed:@NWWAF_ALABD

Yasser Al Shahrani:@iyasser12


Motaz Hawsawi:@motaz_hawsawi.25

Omar Hawsawi:@omar.4h

Mohammed Kanno:@MohammedKanno

Salem Al Dawsari:@29salem

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Paradoxical fact:

Bert Van Marwijk, the Dutch who led the Saudi during the qualifications, left the team right after he couldn’t agree terms for a new contract with the Saudi Football Federation officials, who wanted him to relocate in Saudi instead of living in Holland and only traveling to Saudi during match days and training camps.

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