Saeed Al-Owairan

Saeed Al-Owairan is a Saudi Arabian former international footballer who played as a midfielder or forward. He scored a famous goal in 1994 FIFA World Cup against Belgium, which is considered to be one of the greatest World Cup goals of all time.

Life and career

Owairan spent his entire club career at Al-Shabab, a Saudi club based in Riyadh.
He won 75 caps for the Saudi national team, scoring 24 goals, including 7 goals in 1994 World Cup qualifying. He achieved international renown at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, in which he scored a stunning individual goal against Belgium at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. that was later voted the 6th best in FIFA's Goal of the Century rankings. The goal sent Saudi Arabia through to the second round of the World Cup, a feat which they have yet to repeat. They subsequently lost 3-1 to Sweden in the Round of 16.
Following the World Cup, Owairan returned to Saudi Arabia. The same year he was named as Asian Footballer of the Year. Despite interest from European clubs, he was unable to leave the country due to a national law preventing Saudi footballers from playing abroad. In 1996, he was caught drinking alcohol and socializing with women during Ramadan by the Saudi police. He was given a prison sentence and suspended from competitive football for one year.
Although he was selected as part of the Saudi Arabia national team at the 1998 World Cup in France, he only made two appearances as Saudi Arabia went out in the group stages.



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