The FIFA World Cup is set to return to a single host nation format in 2034 after the 2026 and 2030 editions have been held in multiple countries.
The Middle Eastern nation's dream to host football's grandest tournament is an open secret, and it has in part influenced the recent heavy investment they have injected into the sport in their country.
17:10 - 04.10.2023
FIFA announces that an unprecedented three continents are set to host the 2030 World Cup.
14:23 - 25.10.2023
Nigeria Super Falcons are behind at half time to Ethiopia in the Olympic qualifier first leg.
They have now achieved that aim. And should the Super Eagles of Nigeria qualify for the showpiece, they will be making a trip to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s solo bid accepted
Hosting the Mundial was desired at a nearer date for Saudi Arabia, as they put in a joint bid alongside Greece and Egypt for the 2030 World Cup but lost out to FIFA's grand plan to host the tournament across six countries and three continents in celebration of the centenary edition of the World Cup.
They threw their hats in the ring for the right to host the 2034 edition and given FIFA’s announcement that they will only be accepting bids from the AFC and OFC, Saudi Arabia’s chances were highly probable.
FIFA have now announced that upon the elapse of the deadline date, they only received one bid, Saudi Arabia’s, effectively naming the Gulf nation as the host of the showpiece scheduled for a little over a decade’s time.
10:43 - 26.10.2023
Ashleigh Plumptre became the first player from the Women's Super League to play in the Saudi Women's Premier League.
23:00 - 23.10.2023
Cristiano Ronaldo met with the Saudi Crown Prince and Gianni Infantino to promote the eSports World Cup.
20:36 - 20.10.2023
Nigerians continue to vent their frustration on Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and have recommended several goalkeepers as his replacement to the Nigeria head coach Jose Peseiro.
11:32 - 18.10.2023
Observations and reactions from Nigeria Super Eagles supporters after Mali defeated Saudi Arabia.
11:32 - 14.10.2023
Super Eagles stand-in captain Wilfred Ndidi had a disapproving glance at Francis Uzoho after his poor mistake in the friendly against Saudi Arabia.
08:14 - 14.10.2023
Nigeria Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro has taken responsibility for Francis Uzoho's slip-up against Saudi Arabia.
23:27 - 13.10.2023
Nigerians lament the Super Eagles' dire goalkeeper situation after Francis Uzoho's shocker against Saudi Arabia.
21:53 - 13.10.2023
The Super Eagles' head coach Jose Peseiro made a few mistakes that led to the draw against Saudi Arabia.
19:18 - 13.10.2023
Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench to score a superb goal but it was not enough as the Super Eagles drew 2-2 with Saudi Arabia.