Renard is armed with the experience of 9 World Cup tournaments in the green list
10 players may retire before the 2026 edition to play “internationally”.
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French coach Herve Renard, the Saudi national team coach, appointed nine players with the experience of the World Cup Russia 2018, in the final list of green in the World Cup Qatar 2022, which included 26 players, which is the number is available according to the regulations and laws of the International Football Association “FIFA”.
These names are led by goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Owais and defender Ali Al-Bilahi, in addition to the two defenders of the team, Yasser Al-Shahrani and Muhammad Al-Buraik.
Abdullah Atif, who is present, also featured in Renard’s current list in the previous World Cup in Russia, and alongside him were Muhammad Kanoo, as well as Salman Al-Faraj, who currently wears the green captain’s armband, Salem Al-Dosari and Hattan Bahabri, in addition to Fahd Al-Mawlid.
These nine names managed to continue to attend the Saudi green list and keep their places until the second World Cup in their career, despite the change of the technical staff to the green after the end of the previous World Cup and the presence of the French Herve Renard, who replaced the Argentinian Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Renard announced the green list through a video clip broadcast by the official account of the Saudi national team, in which Renard announced the names that will participate in the World Cup in the final list, while seven players were excluded from the last list that was present. in the Abu Dhabi preparatory camp.
The list included 33 players which has been reduced to 26 players as Nawaf Al-Abed, who is considered the most prominent name to be absent from the World Cup, has been ruled out as this is the last chance for him to participate before his retirement from playing Al-Hamdan, Ayman Yahya and Abdullah Radif.
The current World Cup in Qatar will be the last chance for ten names who may retire when the next edition of the 2026 tournament is held due to their advanced age. It is customary for the player to retire from the game upon arrival, with exceptional cases.
These names, whose last chance will be the World Cup in Qatar, are presented by goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais, who will then be 35 years old, in addition to player Ali Al-Bilahi, who will turn 36 with the arrival of the next World Cup, in addition to the duo of Yasser Al-Shahrani and Mohammed Al-Buraik, who will turn 34 years old, as is the case for midfielder Abdullah Atif.
As for Salman Al-Faraj, it is certain that the current version will be his last in the stadiums, as he is currently 33 years old, and with the World Cup 2026, he will have reached the age of 37, and he will join in the list of players who will be the last World Cup for them, Salem Al-Dosari, who will reach the age of 35 in the next edition, in addition to Lahtan Bahabri, who will be 34 years old, as well as Saleh Al-Shehri, who will be 33 will become
It is noteworthy that the final green list for the World Cup included the three goalkeepers, Muhammad Al-Owais, Muhammad Al-Rubaie and Nawaf Al-Aqidi, while in the defensive line, Sultan Al-Ghannam, Abdul-Ilah Al-Omari, Ali Al-Bilahi, Abdullah Mado, Saud Abdul-Hamid, Hassan Timbukti, Yasser Al-Shahrani and Muhammad Al-Burik were present.
In the middle of the field, Abdullah Atif, Abdul-Ilah Al-Maliki, Riyad Sharahili, Ali Al-Hassan, Salman Al-Faraj, Muhammad Kanoo, Nasser Al-Dossari, Sami Al-Najai, Hattan Bahbri, Abdul Rahman Al- Aboud, Fahd Al-Mawlid and Haitham Asiri, and in the foreground the duo Firas Al-Braikan and Saleh Al-Shehri.
And the Frenchman, Herve Renard, explains in the video broadcast by the official account of the Saudi Green: They described it as a trivial game, a round ball filled with air, but it changed all the rules, history changes, me into a warrior, fight for your dreams and their dreams.
He added: This flame inside you will make you never give up, one day you will get your chance, and then you will play for your family for your country and everyone will see you and then you will know that you deserve to be here. be.
The Frenchman continued his speech before announcing the final list of the greens: When you immerse yourself in this game, your life will have meaning because you will always have the motivation, you will know that the world will test you, but trust that your feet will always carry you because this game is centered on movement with feet, moving forward and advancing with your team to the top.
Before revealing the chosen names, Renard explained: Some to attack, some to protect and watch, some to hold, and some to defend, and as the voice that always echoes in my head says: Forward, warriors.
Al-Akhdar begins his final phase of preparation for the World Cup as he will play a final friendly match against Croatia next Thursday afternoon at Mrsool Park before leaving for the Qatari capital, Doha.
Al-Akhdar will be alongside Argentina, Mexico and Poland in Group C, where it will open its campaign in the tournament by meeting Argentina on the 22nd at the Lusail Stadium, then Poland on the 26th of November at the Education City Stadium met, to conclude its matches in the group stage against Mexico at the Lusail Stadium.