Saudi Arabia at the World Cup

Saudi Arabia had a delayed introduction to the world game, as the royal family had forbidden football in the kingdom until 1951. Saudi Arabia have participated in five previous World Cups, in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018, and has qualified again for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The country's greatest achievement was reaching the last sixteen in 1994. Shock wins over Belgium and Morocco saw them reach the second round, where Sweden proved too strong and triumphed 3-1.

In 2022, the Saudi Arabia team achieved one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, defeating one of the tournament favorites Argentina 2-1 in their opening game.



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