In order to give the event a competitive atmosphere, the General Sports Authority has provided competitions and games for children and special games for adults related to the World Cup.
Yet given Saudi Arabia's high turnover of coaches, including a previous mid-World Cup sacking, the Argentine-born Pizzi could well be on his way before he gets a chance to try and rectify the situation.
"We did everything we could for the team's players: we have covered their expenses for three years, we hired the best coaching team and a world-class coach..."
Cherchesov's team entered the match at Moscow's 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium under intense pressure to put on a worthy performance. "I can't worry about decisions that are out of my control".
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The Saudi Arabia Football Federation have said they would punish three of their national team's players following their 5-0 drubbing by Russia at the 2018 World Cup. "I will continue working as I am". 'This result is totally unsatisfactory, because it does not reflect the true level of our preparedness.
The minister also reportedly added that the team's forward Mohammad al-Sahlawi, defender Osama Hawsawi and goalkeeper Abdullah al-Mayouf will be reprimanded. Once again, I could feel the energy that inspired me for many years.
It was not always like this for Cherchesov and his charges.The team entered the tournament without tasting victory in more than eight months.They had registered just one shot on target in their last two World Cup warmups. "I want to show everyone that I haven't made a mistake and that I trust this club and my teammates", he said. They are due to face seven-time African Cup champions Egypt and Uruguay.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017, severing diplomatic and transport ties with Doha.
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