The Saudis will become the first Asian nation to play in the opening match of a World Cup when they take on the hosts on June 14—and that may be prove to be the tourney highlight for this squad. The troubles begin at the top: Argentina-born Juan Antonio Pizzi is Saudi Arabia’s third coach in less than a year. Yahya Al Shehri is a skilled playmaker and Mohammed Al Sahlawi scored 16 goals to help his team qualify for Russia, but there’s a reason this team is ranked No. 67 in the world.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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