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Sport in Saudi Arabia

The traditional sport of Saudi Arabia was camel racing. It used to be and still is very popular in Saudi Arabia. The history of the people is closely linked with their camels. In the recent times, Soccer (football) is regarded as the national sport and is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia.

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Achievements from the AFC Cup include being the Champions in 1984, 1988, and recently, in 1996. The recent player of the year is Hussein Sulaimani, who is the captain of Saudi Arabian football team. Some Saudi players currently play in Europe. Saudi Arabia also regularly participates in the Gulf Cup of Nations, AFC Champions League, and Arab Nations Cup.

Other known football player is Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea, a Saudi Arabian retired football goalkeeper. He played in four FIFA World Cups for the Saudi Arabia national team and earned a total of 176 caps. He also achieved the first best Goalkeeper of the Century from Asia award.

Saudi Arabia first appeared in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. They have never competed in the Winter Games. Since the early 1980s, Saudi athletes have proudly represented the Kingdom in an increasing number of regional and international competitions. The Saudi soccer team qualified for its first appearance in 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1989, Saudi Arabia hosted the fifth World Youth Soccer Cup Championship, won the championship, and received a special commendation from FIFA, the international soccer federation, for the outstanding manner in which it has organized the event.

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Popular sports of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Sporting Success

Great athletes from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Sports trivia

Saudi Arabia at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Saudi Arabia

Upcoming sporting events in Saudi Arabia

Annual sporting events held in Saudi Arabia

Sporting Facilities in Saudi Arabia

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