WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
WORLD CUP RECORD
Round of 16
GOALS SCORED (RANK)
Saudi Arabia’s first World Cup qualifier was also its most successful. With wins over Morocco and Belgium, Saudi Arabia advanced to the Round of 16. There, the team lost 3-1 to eventual third-place finisher Sweden.
A second consecutive World Cup appearance proved less fruitful for Saudi Arabia, with losses to Denmark and France salvaged by a 2-2 draw against South Africa.
The 2002 FIFA World Cup was a forgettable experience for Saudi Arabia. An 8-0 defeat to Germany was followed up with a 1-0 loss to Cameroon and a 3-0 loss to Ireland. Saudi Arabia’s -12 goal differential was the worst of the tournament.
Saudi Arabia reached the World Cup for the fourth time in a row, but failed to register a win for the third straight tournament. A 2-2 draw against Tunisia was followed by losses to Ukraine and Spain.
Did Not Participate
Qualifying for the World Cup after a 12-year absence, Saudi Arabia will seek its first win since 1994. The team clinched a trip to Russia with a 1-0 victory over Japan.