Saudi Arabia vs. Brazil: How the Green Falcons have fared in Samba showdowns gone by

All-Time great Ronaldiho scored a hat-trick during Brazil's 8-2 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in 1999. (AFP)
Updated 11 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia vs. Brazil: How the Green Falcons have fared in Samba showdowns gone by

  • The two sides have faced each other four times, two of those clashes taking place in the Kingdom.
  • The last time Saudi Arabia came up against the Samba stars was in 2002.

A match against Brazil is always a glamor tie. Pitting your wits against the men in the famous yellow jersey is for many a dream come true. Saudi Arabia’s best have faced the Selecao four times — here we take a look at how the Green Falcons have fared.

1988 — 4-1 TO BRAZIL

The first meeting between the two sides came in 1988 in Melbourne and the 3,200 souls who went to watch it saw a Brazil side in transition easily beat the Green Falcons. All-time great Romario was on the pitch but did not get on the scoresheet.

1997 — 3-0 TO BRAZIL

The first time the Selecao played in the Kingdom their manager was none other than past Saudi Arabia boss, Mario Zagallo. He managed the Green Falcons between 1981 and 1984. This clash was part of one of the early Confederation Cups and a brace from Romario helped the visitors to a 3-0 win over Sami Al-Jaber and Co. in Riyadh. 

1999 — 8-2 TO BRAZIL

Two goals from Marzouk Al-Otaibi made the score 2-2 after 31 minutes. But any hope Saudi Arabia could shock the favorites for the Confederations Cup in Mexico was dashed as a side led by a Ronaldinho, who netted a hat-trick, scored six more without reply to win with ease.

2002 — 1-0 TO BRAZIL

The next time the Green Falcons faced Brazil — at the King Fahd International Stadium, in Riyadh — it was a much closer affair. Only a 73rd-minute strike from Djalminha separated the sides as the hosts put up a fine display in the friendly clash.


Women’s Bowling Championship 2018 wraps up in Jeddah

Dr. Razan Baker, 3rd left standing, with participants at the Third Women’s Bowling Championship 2018, in Jeddah on Saturday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 21 October 2018
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Women’s Bowling Championship 2018 wraps up in Jeddah

  • Sixty-three competitors, many of them amateurs, participated in the competition which consisted of four rounds

JEDDAH: The first Women Bowling Championship in Saudi Arabia took place in October in three cities, Riyadh, Alkhobar, and Jeddah, where it finished at Ice Land Bowling Center on Saturday. Gada Nemer, 42, from Riyadh, who came first in the competition, told Arab News: “I participated in all three tournaments, in Riyadh, Alkhobar, and today in Jeddah. I won first place in Alkhobar too. “I am not a professional bowler, but I used to bowl with my kids. Two of them bowl on the national team. I am very glad to have the chance to participate in these tournaments, and look forward to future ones.”
It was the first tournament of its kind in the Kingdom, as the country is rapidly developing sporting facilities for women and increasing women’s involvement in sports by making reforms that have included allowing physical education for schoolgirls and opening female-only gyms. Sixty-three competitors, many of them amateurs, participated in the competition which consisted of four rounds. All competitors took part in the first round, 33 made it into the second round and 16 qualified for the third.
Participants were between 11 and 56 years of age. Nemer received a cash prize of SR5,000 ($1,335) and those in second and third place received SR3,000 and SR2,000 respectively.
The last round had the best three competitors competing for first place with Nemer winning first prize, followed by Meshael Alabdulwahed (second) and Wissam Al-Harbi (third).

Growing interest
Bowling is still a growing sport for women in Saudi Arabia. The first female bowling team officially registered in the Saudi Bowling Federation, and the Eastern Province bowling team is only seven months old, according to Dr. Razan Baker, member of the board of directors and head of media and women’s participation at the federation.
Baker told Arab News: “We were surprised by the excitement of the participants. The numbers were beyond our expectations.
“Many participants would like to become professional bowlers. With this high turnout I expect bowling centers to start supporting new female bowling teams.”
Abeer Abdulmalik, from Al-Qassim, participated in the tournament. Although she is new to bowling, she made it to the third round.
“I never bowled before in my life, and I did not prepare myself for the game. I am surprised and happy with what I scored, although I was hoping to be in the final round,” she told Arab News. “I would like to take part in future championships.”
Aminah Khan, who participated in the tournament with her two sisters, told Arab News: “I came here for fun, and to try my luck before I go to my midterm exam.”
Khan did not make it to the second round, but said she would start working to improve her skills and take bowling more seriously as a sport.
The championship was organized by the Saudi Bowling Federation, the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, and General Sports Authority, and in partnership with Arab News as the exclusive English media partner for the event.