Mad About Futbol Team Of The Week: March 26 – April 2

4 04 2009

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We head back to the club schedule this weekend, specifically in Europe.  However the performances of national teams cannot be ignored.  So much drama and so we’re here to pick a Team Of The Week.  The TOW played matches and/or made headlines during the calendar week of March 26 – April 2. The winner is:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Football Team

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Saudi Arabia is the home nation of two of the most sacred cities in Islam: Mecca & Medina.  It is also the home of The Green Falcons who flew fiercely and bravely to the Mad About Futbol Team Of The Week.  The Saudis entered these rounds of Asian qualifying matches knowing that they needed maximum points to keep their hopes alive of going to South Africa.  The Saudis responded the way a hungry and desperate teams are supposed to, with victories.

On Saturday, they traveled to Tehran for a crucial match vs Iran.  The Azadi Stadium was packed and loud but the Saudis were not intimidated and despite going down 1-0 were never out of the game. The Saudis managed to claw their way to 3 points with 2 goals in the last 11 minutes.  Naif Hazazi broke through in the 79th minute then defender Osama Al Harbi headed in the stadium silencing game winner in the 87th minute.  The result got Iran coach Ali Daei fired and re-vitalized Saudi Arabia’s chances to go to South Africa.

Then on Wednesday, The Green Falcons were down 2-1 at home to the United Arab Emirates deep into the 2nd half. The Saudis were gifted an own goal from UAE’s Fares Juma to level the score then Hazazi struck in the 85th minute to secure another dramatic 3 points and put Saudi Arabia level on points with North Korea for 2nd place in Group 2.

For displaying massive heart for a victorous week of qualifiers, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Football Team is the Mad About Futbol Team Of The Week.

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3 responses

4 04 2009
shadow whispers

I found your blog through a search for Naif Hazazi.

First, i appreciate you following the Saudi national team and giving them credit for their two tremendous victories.

Naif Hazazi is 20 years old, playing his FIRST season with the first team for Al Ittihad club. He scored around 10 goals in about 30 matches despite NOT being a full time starter. DO you think he has potential to play in Europe??

I think he has the talent exceeding some other Arab players in the Primer League such Amro Zaki and Medo. I would love to see him being developed by someone like Arsene Wenger or Fergeson.

I can supply you with youtube clips if you like.

P.S. Al Ittihad is leading his group in the qualifying matches of the Asian Champions League and has a chance to play in the Teams World Cup in 2010. Al Itiihad will also play for the Peace Cup in Spain later this summer with Real Madrid and Juventous. Which will give Hazazi a much needed international exposure.

4 04 2009
Juan Arango

First of all, thanks for logging on to MAF. You should listen to our podcast when we talk about what was arguably the best match of the international week when Saudi Arabia played Iran. I think you answered your question in those last two sentences. He is still young, has a boatload of talent, but he needs to have playing time as well as exposure both with club and country.

As far as video is concerned, we always welcome clips… we just cannot guarantee we can post them.

Best of luck with your team and hope to see them in South Africa and to hear from you often here on MAF.

4 04 2009
Georgie3d

Thanks again for logging on to MAF, Shadow. I think Hazazi should get a serious look from teams in Europe. He’s young with speed and seems to have a knack for scoring goals in clutch situations. If these European teams have scouts as good as they say they have then Hazazi should be on their radar.

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