• Asian Cup
  • 21 December 2018

Happened on this Day … The National Team was Crowned Champion of the Asian Cup for the 3rd time in its History

Today is the 22nd anniversary since the National Football Team was crowned with its last title in the Asian Cup during the 1996 UAE edition.

The green-shirted team managed to recover the title that it lost in the 1992 edition to Japan, after the latter won the final match against it with one goal without reply.

The draw of the 1996 UAE tournament placed the Saudi team within the teams of the second group alongside Iraq, Thailand and Iran, and it maintained the lead after having made two wins and one loss.

The National Team ensured the lead of the group after two wins in the first two rounds, at the expense of Thailand, with six goals without reply, followed by another precious victory over its brother Iraqi team, with one clean goal.

The green-shirted team played against its Chinese counterpart in the quarter-finals, in one of the strongest matches of the tournament at the time, which witnessed a score of 7 goals and ended with the Saudi National Team winning 4-3.

This match witnessed a clear glamor by the former international player Youssef Al-Thunayan, who scored two goals, in addition to one goal by each of Sami Al-Jaber and Fahd Al-Mehlal.

The Saudi team revenged its loss in the groups' stage on their Iranian counterpart with three goals without reply, in a more important match in the semi-final, which ended with a negative tie, before the "hawks" snatched the qualification for the final match by the penalties.

On 21st of December, the Saudi and UAE teams met in the final of the tournament at Zayed Sports City Stadium, where the original and additional times ended with a negative tie before the penalties broke the tie for the green-shirted team players.

The National Team players topped the podium for the third and final time so far, and fans of Saudi football hope that the same achievement is repeated on the UAE soil, a few days before the kicking off of the next edition in January 2019.

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