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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Talk about Saudi Arabia
Have your say on Saudi Arabia's progress
Saudi Arabia have crashed out of the World Cup at the first hurdle, after a humiliating 8-0 defeat by Germany in their first game.

What went wrong for Saudi Arabia?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


Saudi were in awe of the whole occasion. They never should have been in this company but they will be back and better - After all, they really can't get any worse.
Desmond Asiedu, Ghana

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They were terrible in the World Cup, but deserved to be there
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Mario Desouza,Brazil
Saudi Arabia weren't that bad. I mean, they got to the World Cup didn't they? They got further than Scotland. Holland didn't even get through - so Saudi Arabia beat them!
Kelly, Engalnd

Saudi Arabia deserve our respect for going out there and giving it all they had. True, a trained chimp could play for their team, but they got further then Holland and Scotland, so give them a little credit.
Fill KC, England

The Saudis were impressive in the qualification matches. I watched all the Asian qualification matches and they were superior, but they cracked under pressure and they played badly. They were terrible in the World Cup, but deserved to be there.
Mario Desouza,Brazil

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After watching Saudi Arabia play I couldn't help but shed a tear for the 30 or so other teams in the world that didn't make the World Cup
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James, Canada
How can people blame the Saudi team for other teams not qualifying? Sure they didn't play as well as the could have done and showed the Germans too much respect - But as far as I can tell the qualifying process is fair and the best teams do go through.

If the other 30 or so teams were really any better they should have proved that during the qualification stage, and hence, would now be in Japan and Korea!
Z, UK

What's this nonsense about the Saudis not being good enough to compete in the World Cup? Anybody who keeps Scotland out is alright by me.
Andy S, Harrogate

Saudi have left without scoring or getting a single point and have generally played poorly, as I'm sure they will be the first to accept However, it is completely out of order to question their inclusion in the World Cup tournament. In the last five years, Saudi have been the Asian champions three times!
Ed Skinner, England

After watching Saudi Arabia play I couldn't help but shed a tear for the 30 or so other teams in the world that didn't make the World Cup that are head and shoulders better than this group of pathetic footballers.

I am unsure if they have heard of the term 'one touch'... terrible. I feel no sorrow for their 12 goals against and none scored, rather I feel sorry for the Dutch, the Scots, the Aussies...
James, Canada

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They came close to scoring a couple of times late in the first half, and if they had, the result would surely have been different
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Shane, Ireland

Please read Ann Deeley's comment below. It's absolutely hilarious!!
Grant, England

The Saudis should never have been there, especially when you consider the likes of Holland and Czech Republic weren't! Having joint hosts who are both minor nations on a global scale also takes a place away from more deserving nations. It's time for only the best countries in the world contest the World Cup.
Rob C, NI

Fair Play to Saudi Arabi...We may have beaten them but they put up a good battle. They came close to scoring a couple of times late in the first half, and if they had, the result would surely have been different. Lucky for us they didn't. Ole Ole Ole Ole.
Shane, Ireland

The Saudis are a total disgrace to their country, to the entire Arab world and to Asian football. They need to go back to the drawing board and teach their up-and-coming young players the fundamentals of defensive marking and tackling in particular.

They have shown little pride or determination to give a good account of themselves. Perhaps the Saudi football federation should have to give an account themselves of how they have wasted the vast amounts of money that have been thrown at this hopeless team.
Fahmid,UK

John Patterson - Your comment is nothing short of ridiculous and ignorant. In the past, Saudi Arabia have qualified for the second round beating Morroco and Belgium whilst drawing with Spain.

This time they qualified fair and square, finishing above Iran, who, if i'm not mistaken gave Ireland a good run for their money in qualifying. Who would you say deserves to be there ahead of them then?
Seph, England

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The Saudis are a total disgrace to their country, to the entire Arab world and to Asian football
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Fahmid,UK

Grow up Ann. Ireland were by far the more superior side and deserved to qualify. Al who? And as for Beckham, the Saudis can only hope they ever have someone of his calibre playing for them. Or Robbie Keane or Damien Duff or Gary Breen. The list goes on....
Suzanne, Ireland

King Fahd will not be pleased, that's for sure. At USA '94 each of the members of the Saudi team received a Mercedes Benz and 1 million riyals for reaching the second round.

After this most recent performance, however, I have no doubt that they will have their Benzs confiscated and their citizenships revoked. A poor showing by a Saudi side that was actually a decent side. No, King Fahd will not be pleased....
Arnab Chanda, USA/ England/ Saudi Arabia

I am very sad for my brothers in Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, we were expecting a lot from them. But they disgraced us. I am asking for an investigation to this scandal by the Saudi federation.
Dr.Mohamed El Laithy, Egypt

What a disgrace. I just hope Kluivert, Davids and co weren't watching, as they were surely robbed of taking part in the competition, when compared to this shower that darkened the East.

I hope Fifa doesn't make this mistake again, and takes a close look at the qualifying process.
Max Jonas, UK

What a waste of a World Cup place - they are no better than a second division club side. FIFA need to look carefully at who they allow to play in World Cup Finals.
John Patterson, Northern Ireland

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The Saudi team were incompetent; they may as well have sat on the pitch or gone sight seeing
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Omy, UK

The comments of Ann Deeley are truly astounding. Not only did Saudi Arabia let themselves and the World Cup down with their appalling performance against the Germans but in the match against Ireland they showed themselves to be the team with the least skilful players who generally lack any class whatsoever. I understand that teams can have bad days (and admit that the side did well to stifle Cameroon in the second match) but surely Ann must agree that the Saudi team has does itself an injustice at this World Cup?

Oh, and David Beckham playing in the Saudi second division? That's about as likely as your keeper playing for Manchester United.
Nick, England

Talk about inferiority complex! It's a shame the Saudis couldn't reproduce the form they showed against (to be fair a dismal) Cameroon.
Abd Afrique,Tanzania/Senegal

After watching the Saudis play Cameroon, I am very impressed. They played well; they tackled, attacked and defended well. To be honest I though they would come out on top against Cameroon. Nawaf Al-Temyat may prove a great asset to whoever snaps him up.!
Nat, England

Granted, 8-0 wasn't exactly the start we were looking for, and the fact that we only made three shots on the night speaks bundles.
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David Beckham would not make it into a second division side in Saudi, never mind the national side
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Ann Deeley, Saudi Arabia

But underestimate the Saudis at your own peril. Bring on Cameroon, and, watch this space, we'll take a point off Ireland.
Ahmed Shams,UK

David Beckham would not make it into a second division side in Saudi, never mind the national side, so give Saudi some credit.
Ann Deeley, Saudi Arabia

Did anyone say that Senegal should be at the tournament before they beat France in the opening game? Why blame the Saudis for the Netherlands 'misfortune?'
Abdull Miad, Maldives


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