(Reuters) - Factbox on the Saudi Arabia team ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:
FIFA world ranking: 69
Ranking in Asia: 5
Previous Asian Cups: 9
Best performance: Champions (1984, 1988, 1996)
2015: Group stage
Nickname: Green Falcons
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi
Player to watch: Fahad Al Muwallad
Sept 10 Saudi Arabia 2-2 Bolivia Riyadh
Oct 12 Saudi Arabia 0-2 Brazil Riyadh
Oct 15 Saudi Arabia 1-1 Iraq Riyadh
Nov 16 Saudi Arabia 1-0 Yemen Dammam
Nov 20 Jordan 1-1 Saudi Arabia Amman
Jan 8 Saudi Arabia v North Korea Dubai
Jan 12 Lebanon v Saudi Arabia Dubai
Jan 17 Saudi Arabia v Qatar Abu Dhabi
Saudi Arabia’s early exit from this year’s World Cup was not a huge surprise given their recent pedigree on the global stage but at the Asian Cup their fans have reason to expect much, much better.
The Green Falcons were once a dominant force in Asian football and reached the final in six of seven tournaments from 1984 to 2007, winning the continental title three times including back-to-back triumphs in 1984 and 1988.
The days when they were one of the major powers in the region are a fading memory now, though, and in the last two versions of the Asian Cup they have failed to progress from their group.
Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly