Saudi Arabia

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A GROWING POTENTIAL

As the largest country in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia and its 30 million inhabitants represent a unique pool of handball players from the area. For twenty years, this potential allowed the Kingdom to display real consistency in the international arena. However, in 2012, Saudi leaders appealed to a well-known coach, Croatian Nenad Kljaic, Olympic Champion from 1996, to bring more tactical and technical skills to the national team and to scout new talent. After working with the Qatari club Al Rayyan, with Serbian Goran Djokic managing the club for the interim period, the Croatian returned in December 2015 to head up the “Sons of the Desert” who nished 4th in the 2016 Asian Championship held in Manama in neighbouring Bahrain. This meant they went through to qualify for the 2017 World Championship. The Saudi team aims to achieve the best ranking in its history (19th in 2003 and 2013) in France.


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DID YOU KNOW?

Since its first participation to a World Championship in 1997, Saudi Arabia only missed two editions, in 2005 and 2007. In France, it is the 8th time it has participated, which will bring it level with Kuwait, which is, to date, the Gulf country which has participated the most times in the World Championship.


COACH: Nenad KLJAIC (Croatie)

PLAYERS

  • KSA-13-SAEED-ABDULAZEZ
    Abdulazez Saeed 28/01/1990 Right Wing
  • KSA-03-ALABBAS-ABDULLAH
    Abdullah Alabbas 30/01/1992 Left Wing
  • KSA-08-ALHAMMAD-ABDULLAH
    Abdullah Alhammad 10/10/1990 Back
  • KSA-15-ALABDULALI-AHMAD
    Ahmad Alabdulali 18/06/1988 Right Wing
  • KSA-5-ALJANABI-HASSAN
    Hassan Aljanabi 25/07/1983 Pivot
  • KSA-39-ALKHADRAWI-HASSAN
    Hassan Alkhadrawi 02/03/1990 Back
  • KSA-24-ALOBAIDI-HISHAM
    Hisham Alobaidi 10/03/1988 Back
  • KSA-22-ALSALEM-MAHDI
    Mahdi Alsalem 16/02/1990 Pivot
  • KSA-12-ALSAEED-MANAF
    Manaf Alsaeed 19/05/1976 Goalkeeper
  • KSA-16-ALSALEM-MOHAMMAD_Site
    Mohammad Alsalem 03/04/1986 Goalkeeper
  • KSA-37-ALABAS-MOHAMMED
    Mohammed Alabas 19/12/1992 Back
  • KSA-87-ALZAER-MOHAMMED
    Mohammed Alzaer 02/02/1987 Back
  • KSA-57-ALSALEM-MOJTABA
    Mojtaba Alsalem 15/06/1994 Back
  • KSA-33-ABOU-ALRAHA-MUNEER
    Muneer Abu Alrahi 25/03/1990 Left Wing
  • KSA-23-ALMUTAIRI-NAWAF
    Nawaf Almutairi 13/04/1989 Goalkeeper
  • KSA-7-ALMOHSIN-SADIQ
    Sadiq Almohsin 23/10/1997 Back