FaceOf: Khalid Al-Atawi, KSA’s under-19 football team coach

Khalid Al-Atawi
Updated 06 November 2018
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FaceOf: Khalid Al-Atawi, KSA’s under-19 football team coach

Khalid Al-Atawi is Saudi Arabia’s under-19 football team coach. 

Under his mentorship, the Young Falcons pulled off a remarkable win against South Korea in the Asian Cup final.

The great achievement has Al-Atawi’s name registered among the finest coaches in Saudi Arabia. 

This is Al-Atawi’s third notable accomplishment, as he helped secure the Young Falcons a winning spot in the GCC U-19 Championship in 2016 and Dubai Cup 2018 International Tournament, which will take place later this year.

Al-Atawi was born in 1977. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from King Faisal University in Al-Ahsa with a major in physical education.

He began his football career as an assistant coach for the youth team of Al-Oyoun Club during the 2006-07 season. Later, he trained the junior club for the Eastern Province’s League between 2007 and 2008.

Al-Atawi then became an assistant coach for Al-Fateh Club, before rejoining Al-Oyoun’s youth club from 2010 to 2011. He subsequently joined Al-Nojoom Club and remained there for four seasons. During his tenure at Al-Nojoom Club, he succeeded in boosting their ranking to the second division, and later on to first division with the team winning the regional championship in 2012.

In 2015, Al-Atawi took on the mission to lead the Young Falcons, where they ended up taking the GCC U-19 Cup in 2016 in Qatar.

The Young Falcons’ latest win in the AFC U-19, their spot in the 2019 Poland World Cup, which they achieved after the semi-finals, could no longer be questioned. The Young Falcons have not brought home the Asian Championship since 1992, and it is a testament to the efforts of the coach, who received the best coach award in 2016.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.