Many international media outlets have focused on the Saudi National Team, which is preparing for the Asian Cup, in Group E with North Korea, Lebanon and Qatar.
For its part, the Australian website "news" shed light on the Saudi National Team through a report published today, Tuesday, saying that the Saudi National Team, a usual attendant of the World Cup, is fresh when attending the Asian Nations Cup this year because the tournament is organized in its UAE neighbor.
The green-shirted team won the Asian Nations Cup 3 times in the first 4 participations, in 1984, 1988 and 1996, but in the last 4 participations, it used to leave in the first stage.
Juan Antonio Pizzi's decision to exclude Nawaf Al-Abed from the list means that the green-shirted team will depend on other resources for scoring.
The Al-Abed's five goals in the third phase of the World Cup Qualifiers have helped to force Australia to play an extra match to qualify for the World Cup.
The South Korean press focused on the friendly match of Korea and the green-shirted team, which ended with a negative tie, in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Korea Times Newspaper reported that Korea had applied the alternative plan against Saudi Arabia, adopting a 4-2-3-1 formation instead of the 3-4-2-1 formation.
Regarding the Saudi national Team, the newspaper said: "Saudi Arabia has played effectively on the sidelines and got 4 corner kick in the first half against no kicks at all for Korea. The Saudi National Team has relied on counter-attacks against Korea."
"South Korea and Saudi Arabia are expected to play well in the continental championship, but they have failed to break the scoring fast over the course of the match", said Fox Sport in its Asian edition, commenting on the tie of Saudi Arabia and Korea.
The green-shirted team will start their matches in the Asian Nations on January 8 against North Korea.