Our prediction for this match:
It has been 16 years since Germany demolished Saudi Arabia (8-0) at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. The Saudi Arabians are certainly hungry for revenge, but grabbing something from Friday’s football match against the World Cup title holders is easier said than done. Joachim Low has a number of top-class players to choose from and Leroy Sane and Co. are likely to make life difficult for Saudi Arabia defenders. The Germans are eager to emerge triumphant in their last warm-up game and there is every chance they will outplay Pizzi’s men in Leverkusen. The visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Friday’s friendly, but preventing the world champions from scoring is easier said than done. When the two teams met at the 2002 World Cup Germany rolled over Saudi Arabia and, taking everything into account, there is every chance the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Mats Hummels):
The German central defender Mats Hummels soccer since 1995 in the youth of Bayern Munich. At this club in 2007 he makes his debut in professional football but the real breakthrough to rival Borussia Dortmund. After just one game in the first team to have played Bayren Munich leaves Hummels in 2008 first on a rental basis, later permanently to another German club, Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund paid the club from Munich in 2009 a transfer fee of 4 million euros.
In the 2010-2011 season playing Hummels in the base and he stands out with its excellent playmaking, tackles and defensive actions. Mats comes to 32 league matches, scoring five goals and win the league title with Borussia. He is then seen as one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga. The league title is won in the 2011-2012 season. This time with 81 points, an absolute Bundesliga record.
Mats Hummels plays his first match for Germany on May 13, 2010. He is the game in the second half for Serdar Tasci when playing at home against England (3-0). During the Euro 2012 play Hummels all matches. Germany is in the semi-final by Italy (1-2).
Highlighted Team (Saudi Arabia):
Saudi Arabia Football Federation was established back in 1956, but the Saudis qualified for a major tournament 28 years later, when they participated in the AFC Asian Cup. In 1988 Saudi Arabia won their first trophy, with the team beating South Korea in the Asian Cup final.
Eight years later they repeated the success and it has to be noted that they have been playing at the Asian Cup finals ever since. Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Green Falcons did well to qualify for the 1994 tournament, where they made it to the last 16. Saudi Arabia participated at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 tournament as well, but they missed out on a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
However, the Asian side booked their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia thanks to a win over Japan in their last group game in the qualifiers. Saudi Arabia’s home kits are white, whilst they wear green jerseys and shirts when playing on the road.