Football is the national sport of Saudi Arabia and has enormous popularity in the kingdom. The Saudi Arabian Football team reportedly has the best record among all Asian teams after making it to the final of the Asian Cup five times and having won the trophy three times. Saudi team also qualified for the finals of the World Cup twice in 1994 and 1998.
Thousands of football fans from all over the country flock to watch their local and national teams compete every week. Women are not allowed to attend football matches in the kingdom but attend matches when the national team plays abroad. The following are interesting images of Saudi football fans collected from the web.
Women at the Yemen vs Saudi Arabia match, Gulf Cup 2010
Saudi Arabian fans support their soccer team during the World Cup Asian qualifying playoff soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh September 9. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Saudi Arabia’s supporters are determined to enjoy their team’s last match against Spain in the World Cup 200
Saudi fans cheer for their team at 2011 Asian Cup
Saudi fans cheer prior the World Cup 2006 group H football match against Ukraine. Photo: AFP
Saudi Arabia’s fans are pictured before the team’s Gulf Cup tournament soccer match against Yemen in Isa Town. MOHAMMED DABBOUS/REUTERS
Saudi Arabia’s women fans at the Gulf Cup tournament soccer match against Yemen in Isa Town.
Saudi fans cheering for the national team