The faces of football: Saudi Arabia

Dear Saudi Arabia National Team,

It’s almost time for us to head off to see Saudi Arabia once again play on the biggest stage in world football, but before the first whistle goes and before you represent our country with pride, I want to share this message with you. I would like to let you all know that we, your fans, are behind every step of the journey in Qatar and will be cheering you on all the way.

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My name is Hala Khashoggi, I’m from Jeddah and I’m a medical student and soccer player for Ittihad Ladies Football club. I have been a fan of the national team ever since I can remember, and it was you who inspired me to go and become a footballer. I am extremely proud every time I see the team wearing the white and green shirts, it inspires me and I hope it inspires other men and women from regions like Mohammed noor, Hattan Bahabri and countless others. What you do on the pitch makes me so proud to be Saudi, and I’m sure at the Qatar World Cup you’ll show the world what we’re made of.

Our national team has given us some great moments over the years, the most important of course being reaching the round of 16 in 1994 – a truly remarkable achievement for a country of our size. I really believe we can achieve something similar this winter.

What I love about the current team is the unity you show on and off the pitch, and the modern style of play you have adopted. I have a simple advice for our manager Herve Renard: trust this style of play and give our young talented players a chance to express themselves in the tournament.

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the tournament in Qatar as I will be playing for my club in the Saudi Women’s Premier League, and I am sure I will be motivated to give it my all on the pitch after watching you all do the same at . the world coup.

I can’t wait to see what amazing moments you produce during the tournament this winter. It would be wonderful if you make it through to the knockout rounds, but regardless of the outcome, we will be here to support you through thick and thin and to cheer you on when you need it.

You have given us some incredible moments over the years and I can only thank you for that.

With lots of love and support. Carry us to glory!


Slip Khashoggi

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