FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Having taken part in seven FIFA U-20 World Cups, Saudi Arabia will be making their eighth appearance at Korea Republic 2017. They first embarked on the tournament at China PR 1985, and after six consecutive group stage exits they reached the last 16 at Colombia 2011, losing out to eventual winners Brazil.

The road to Korea Republic
Saudi Arabia booked their ticket to Korea Republic 2017 as one of four semi-finalists at the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship – en route to finishing as runners-up. Their journey to the final was anything but smooth, however, and it took a hard-fought win against Korea Republic in their last group game to carve out a quarter-final place on goal difference. They then edged past Iraq on penalties at the end of a 2-2 draw and beat Iran 6-5 in the semi-finals, before succumbing to Japan on spot kicks in the decider.

The coach
Former Al Nasr player Saad Alshehri masterminded Saudi Arabia's return to the U-20 World Cup after the side missed out on the two previous editions. The young coach is now hoping for a more positive experience of the tournament than his last visit as a player in 1999, when he and his team-mates left Nigeria after the group stage. Alshehri certainly believes in his charges, having showered them with praise once they sealed their berth. "In addition to qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, we have an exceptional generation which ought to guarantee a bright future for Saudi football," he said. "Qualification wasn't easy against some strong teams."

The stat
8 – The number of goals Sami Alnaji and Abdulrahman Alyami managed between them at the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship. The duo struck four efforts apiece and together accounted for half of their team's goals, with Saudi Arabia hitting eight during the group stage and eight in the knockout phase – including six in their semi-final with Iran.