After failing to qualify for the World Cups in South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014, Saudi Arabia will have the chance to compete at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this year. But it remains to be seen if the country can register their first victory since 1994.
Saudi Arabia qualified for the World Cup for four consecutive editions between 1994 and 2006, but the 'Green Falcons' have never fared better than on their competition debut, reports Xinhua news agency.
More critically, Saudi Arabia have not won a single game at the World Cup after beating Belgium in 1994.
Now the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is another fighting chance for Saudi Arabia to prove that they can win in the tournament.
Saudi Arabia's road to Russia was not smooth. In the Asian section of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, Saudi Arabia collected 19 points with a 6-1-3 record. They finished second in the group following a 1-0 win against Japan in the very last round and secured a place in the World Cup, which was thanks to the goal difference ahead of Australia who have the same number of points.
In the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia have been drawn in Group A with Russia, Egypt and Uruguay. Although there are no traditional strong teams and it seems to be a favourable group, Saudi Arabia have the lowest FIFA ranking among the four teams.
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