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Saudi Arabia Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Saudi Arabia star player, Nawaf Al-Temyat
World Cup record:
 1994   Second round
 1998   First round
 2002   First round

Did you know?
Saudi Arabia’s 8-0 defeat against Germany is not a World Cup finals record. That dubious honour goes to El Salvador, who were trounced 10-1 by Hungary in the 1982 finals.

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Star player:

Nasser Al-Johar
Nawaf Al-Temyat
Saudi Arabia had the kind of start at the World Cup that would normally only happen in your worst nightmares.

Perhaps they weren’t expecting anything other than a defeat against Germany, but 8-0 is a humiliating scoreline for players at any level of football.

The Saudis were horribly exposed in a defence that seemed to have no grasp of the fundamentals of marking, but credit where credit's due.

Chastened by the experience, Saudi Arabia came back strongly and were unlucky to lose by a single goal.

Organisationally, they had transformed themselves form the leakiest rearguard in the tournament to one of the most difficult to break down, though their defence was breached three times by the Republic of Ireland in the last match.

The Saudis failed to score a goal at World Cup 2002, but as coach Nasser Al-Johar was quick to point out, defending champions France fared no better on that front.

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Group E: v Germany 0-8; v Cameroon 0-1; v Rep of Ireland 0-3.



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