Frank Rijkaard appointed Suadi Arabi coach

Saudis go Dutch in bid to restore pride

July 4, 2011
By John Duerden
(Archive)
A member of the Saudi Arabia coaching staff was watching the national team being put through their paces ahead of the quarter-final of the 2007 Asian Cup. "The problem with our players is," he said, jabbing his head in the direction of the stars sweating in the heat and humidity of the late Jakarta afternoon, "they just are not hungry enough to get to the top. Technically and physically, it is all there but mentally..."

However, if the players lack desire to compete with the world's best, ...

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