It was the biggest surprise of the World Cup when Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2-1 in a match played at the Lusail Stadium in the first round of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, raising the Arab flag high.
Facts & Figures about Saudi Arabia’s victory over Argentina
As the first Asian team to score two goals against Argentina’s football team in a match, Saudi Arabia is considered the first Asian team to do so. Depriving Argentina of equalizing Italy’s historic record of being unbeaten for seven matches. The Saudi national team’s first victory was in the opening games of the World Cup. It was the first victory for a non-European team over Argentina in the World Cup since Cameroon won in 1990. Saudi Arabian Team is the most successful Arab team in the World Cup, with 4 victories.
No one can deny the rule of His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, the Saudi Minister of Sports. This is for planning and training the Saudi national football team.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal
HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud was born in Riyadh on June 4, 1983. He is a Saudi athlete and businessman. He was appointed Minister of Sports on February 25, 2020. He was also recommended as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Football Association in September 2019, to succeed Turki Al-Sheikh. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Equestrian Authority. He was recommended on May 24, 2021, to be president of the General Assembly of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee for four years.
He participated in several car races and achieved several positions, winning the Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup in 2012.
Prince Abdulaziz is the second son of Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the grandson of King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He married the daughter of Prince Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz, in December 2015.
Prince Abdulaziz’s graduation.
He graduated from King Faisal School in Riyadh in 2000. He studied political science at King Saud University from 2001 to 2003. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from King Saud University in 2003. He also graduated from the Formula BMW School in Bahrain in 2005. After that, he continued studying politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, from 2003 to 2006. He studied marketing at the College of Business Administration (CBA) at UBT University of Business and Technology, Jeddah in 2006 and graduated in 2010.
Prince’s Practical Life
Abdulaziz bin Turki was previously Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Sports Authority, then he was appointed as head of the Entertainment Authority. On November 25, 2020, a royal decree was issued to transfer the General Authority for Sports to the Ministry of Sports. Abdulaziz bin Turki was appointed as its minister.
On July 19, 2020, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Equestrian Authority.
Abdel Aziz Al-Turki is a co-founder of “Ithadak Platform” in Lebanon in 2011. He also received an honorary shield from the Arab Petroleum Supplies Company “EPSCO”.
On May 24, 2021, the General Assembly of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee recommended Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki to be the head of the committee for the next four years.
Sports Achievements of Prince Abdulaziz
Prince Abdulaziz Al-Turki has many sporting career achievements in motor racing: he has participated in several car races and achieved several positions, winning the Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup in 2012.
Shell Company has appointed him as its official ambassador for the Kingdom’s “Road Safety” program.
Formula Series (2005 – 2006): (Contested) 1 race, 1st place.
Formula Series (2006 – 2007): Eight out of nine races, four wins, third place in the championship.
Speed 7 BAHRAIN Journey (2006 – 2007): 2nd in the Overall Autocross Championship.
He participated twice in the Gulf Race and won first place in 2014 AD, and second place in 2015 AD. He won first place in the Toyo Tires Cup race in Dubai.