Saudi Arabia will participate in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar for the sixth time.
A final 26 players have been named from Herve Renard’s preliminary 32-man list.
With the World Cup just around the corner, there is increasing hope that Herve Renard’s team can surpass their 1994 feat of reaching the round of 16 – competing with Mexico and Poland for second place is hardly a futility test.
Saudi Arabia will need to maintain the disciplined aggression they displayed during qualifying if they are to succeed at the Qatar World Cup in 2022. Saudi Arabia advanced to Qatar with ease, despite the fact that five of their seven victories in the third round were by a score of 1-0, following second-round draws with Yemen and Palestine early in Renard’s tenure.
Renard would like to see his team pull off a few surprises and advance to the knockout rounds despite being one of the more difficult groups.
Saudi Arabia Squad, Captain, and Coach
- Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Rubaie, Mohammed Al-Owais, Nawaf Al-Aqidi
- Defenders: Sultan Al-Ghanam, Abdullah Madu, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Saud Abdulhamid, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Hassan Tambakti, Mohammed Al-Breik
- Midfielders: Salman Al-Faraj, Salem Al-Dawasari, Ali Al-Hassan, Sami AL-Najei, Nawaf AI- Abed, Nasser AI-Dawsari, Riyadh Sharahili, Hattan Bahebri, Mohamed Kanno, Abdullah Otayf, Abdulrahman AI-Aboud
- Forwards: Firas AI-Buraikan, Haitham Asiri, Saleh AI_Shehri
- Captain: Salman Al-Faraj
- Coach: Herve Renard
Saudi Arabia Star Players
1. Salman AI-Faraj
Salman Al-Faraj has been one of the most talented playmakers in Asia for the past ten years. Making it somewhat regrettable that he has never practiced his craft outside of Saudi Arabia and has instead spent his entire career playing for local powerhouses Al Hilal.
They named him to the Saudi Arabian preliminary team for the 2018 WorldCup in Russia in May of that year. They added Salman to the 23-man World Cup roster on June 4. In Saudi Arabia’s final group stage match against Egypt on June 25. Salman scored the counterbalancing goal and his first-ever World Cup goal from the penalty spot. It was the team’s lone victory in the tournament as the team got eliminated from the group stage.
The 33-year-old can already lay claim to having scored at a World Cup after scoring in his country’s victory over Egypt in Russia in 2018. Salman AI-Faraj has a perfect distribution and is always cool under pressure.
Al-Faraj and his magic left foot might just be Saudi Arabia’s best chance to create any openings, given that they will face complex tests against Argentina, Poland, and Mexico in Qatar, where scoring opportunities should be at a premium.
1. Salem AI-Dawasari
At the most recent World Cup, Salem Al-Dawsari’s volley sealed a 2-1 victory for Saudi Arabia against Egypt after an Al-Faraj penalty had tied the score. It was the country’s third victory in five tournament appearances.
Al-Dawsari, like Al-Faraj, has played exclusively for Al Hilal throughout his career. However, he did spend a brief period on loan at LaLiga team Villarreal, where his only game was a memorable substitute appearance against Real Madrid.
The energetic, wide attacker, who is now 31 and probably at the height of his abilities, has also shown he belongs on the big stage after leading Al Hilal to AFC Champions League victory last season with a string of MVP-winning performances. There will be no bigger stage for him to perform on this time around.
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 Possible Lineup
- Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Owais
- Defenders: Ali Al-Bulaihi, Sultan Al-Ghanam, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Yasser Al-Shahrani
- Midfielders: Abdullah Otayf, Salman Al-Faraj, Hattan Bahebri, Salem Al-Dawasari,
- Forward: Firas AI-Buraikan, Saleh AI Shehri
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