Anyone who has been in Saudi Arabia during the World Cup will know how football crazy the Saudis are.

The roads are deserted – as if it were a Friday morning – whilst the entire population is glued to their television sets watching the matches.

If you have the urge to kick a football around yourself, you will have no difficulty finding someone who knows of a team in need of new players. The expatriate compounds, of course, are focal hubs for ‘friendly’ matches to be played.

And most Saudi ‘istirahas’ will have their fair share of football games being played in the evenings and weekends.

If you want to go and watch professional football, there are also ample opportunities to do so. The really important matches are played in the King Fahd Stadium but there are plenty of other stadia dotted around the capital – such as Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium and Al-Saigh Stadium – where semi-professional games can be seen.

The easiest way to find out what games are being played is to ask virtually any Saudi! But the newspapers on Thursdays also have details.

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