Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons latest to join World Cup squad announcement social media frenzy

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
Updated 04 June 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons latest to join World Cup squad announcement social media frenzy

  • Build-up to 2018 World Cup in Russia has seen several high-profile squad announcements made using social media
  • It was announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be attending the opening ceremony in Moscow

LONDON: The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video.
Featuring various depictions of the Kingdom’s culture, from date farms to the holy city of Makkah, the video features the excitement of Saudis — young and old — as the names of each Green Falcons player is announced.


The clip joins several popular squad announcement videos made recently in the build-up to the tournament. England produced a high-quality video which has reached more than 3 million views on Twitter.
Not to be outdone, Spain did a mock-up of a WhatsApp group conversation with Julen Lopetegui as administrator. The coach adds players one by one in the group in order to create his final squad.
It has been some 36 years since their last World Cup, and to commemorate that fact, Peru created a video sent directly in local languages to their first opponents in Russia — France, Australia and Denmark.
Saudi Arabia face hosts Russia in the opening game of the showpiece tournament on June 14. The Green Falcons will also face Egypt and Uruguay.
It was announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will be attending the opening ceremony in Moscow.
The squad met the crown prince before they left for a training camp in Switzerland last week.

 


Saudi ministry signs media cooperation agreement with Russian news agency

Updated 15 October 2019

Saudi ministry signs media cooperation agreement with Russian news agency

  • It aims to implement projects designed to develop media coverage

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah on Monday signed a media cooperation agreement with Dmitry Kiselev, the head of Russian news agency Sputnik.

The accord, inked at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, aims to implement projects designed to develop media coverage and objective and professional handling of all events in the political, economic, social, cultural, humanitarian and sport fields, to promote convergence between the Kingdom and Russia.

It also included the establishment of official headquarters for Sputnik in the Kingdom.

The agreement was timed to coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Saudi Arabia.