The 33rd AFC Congress confirmed the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) as the Host Association of the AFC Asian Cup 2027 in the capital city of Bahrain yesterday.
Having being crowned champions of Asia on three different occasions (1984, 1988, 1996), Saudi Arabia are also among the most successful teams to have ever participated in the flagship contest.
Central to the Green Falcons’ back-to-back triumphs in 1984 and 1988 was none other than Mohamed Abduljawad and the former Saudi Arabian national team star presented a moving address to the 33rd AFC Congress on Wednesday.
“It is a dream come true to welcome the AFC Asian Cup™ to Saudi Arabia. Our fans will create an exceptional atmosphere, just as they have always done over the years,” said Abduljawad (pictured below).
“We can already sense the excitement growing as we prepare to produce a memorable tournament. I have no doubt that visitors from across Asia will be happy with the warm welcome of Saudi hospitality that awaits them,” added the Al-Ahli legend.
Echoing his sentiments, Yasser Al Misehal, President of the SAFF, added: “We are a country bound by a love for football, and the AFC Asian Cup™ is a championship that holds immense significance for us.
“It is the tournament where Saudi football experienced its finest moments. We want to thank all the AFC Member Associations for their trust and hope to deliver the most memorable edition of this flagship competition.
“We look forward to welcoming fans from across the Continent to experience our passion for the beautiful game, in addition to the diverse cultures and cities our beautiful country has to offer,” he added.
The 33rd AFC Congress also received a presentation from the SAFF which demonstrated the Kingdom’s confidence and readiness to host an unforgettable AFC Asian Cup™ experience.
The presentation, which was led by the Kingdom’s Minister of Sport and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic & Paralympic Committee, HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal also highlighted the SAFF’s ambitions of utilising the tournament to leave a lasting legacy in the region and enhance the standards of professional football in not just Saudi Arabia, but across Asia.