Following our announcement that Coca-Cola will be sponsoring the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, which includes the Saudi National Team, plus its three main football events, we have comprised a list of all things KSA football to get you in the mood for the new season.
Coca-Cola’s sponsorship will also support the national team as it embarks on qualifying campaigns for the world’s biggest international tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup in Russia, 2018.
The Saudi National Football Team has appeared at four major World Cup finals
Since 1994, the KSA national team has travelled to the World Cup on four separate occasions, with its best run-out coming in the same year, during USA 1994. The Saudi’s defeated close neighbours Morocco in Washington to advance from the group stages, before losing 3-1 to Sweden in Dallas during the Round of 16.
The team returned to the finals four years later, where they met hosts, and eventual winners, France in a tough group match that saw them lose 4-0, but returned once again in the Far East in 2002 to compete in Korea/Japan.
Their final appearance came in 2006, where they met more close neighbours, this time in the shape of Tunisia, in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw in Munich, Germany.
The national team plays its home matches at the fantastic King Fahd International Stadium
Nicknamed The Pearl of Arabia, the stadium was built in 1987, and holds nearly 69,000 fans. Its amazing structure includes 24 pylons that support its cover, which is built to look like a traditional Bedouin tent. The stadium has hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup three times: 1992, 1995, and 1997.
Just two years ago, in 2014, Saudi Arabia officially opened another mega-stadium, the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah. The arena cost $560 million to build and is nicknamed The Shining Jewel.
Saudi Arabia is the second most successful team in the history of the AFC Asian Cup
Having won seven of the last nine titles between them, Japan and Saudi Arabia are the most successful teams in the AFC Asian Cup’s history. In 2019, the number of teams entered into the cup will rise from 16 to 24, with the qualification process doubling up as part of the qualification process for the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018
The Saudi National Team is nicknamed The Green Falcon
Man has always seen the falcon as a symbol of force and courage – a fast-flying predator that’s suitably well equipped to attack at speed. The falcon is the national symbol for Saudi Arabia, as well as other Gulf nations such as Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The green colours of the Saudi Arabian national flag speak for the former part of the team’s nickname.
The Coca-Cola sponsored Super Cup has been held in London, England for the past two years
The Super Cup sees the winners of the domestic Pro League play the team victorious in the King’s Cup in a one-off match at the beginning of the season. The past two years have seen the teams showcase their abilities in the birthplace of football – England.
Both games were played in London, one at Craven Cottage – a famous ground situated on the very edge of the Themes River, home to Fulham Football Club, and the second at Loftus Road, the home of Queen’s Park Rangers.