The FIFA World Cup trophy is displayed ahead of the preliminary draw – Courtesy of FIFA.com
CAIRO –12 November 2017: For the first time in history, four Arab teams have qualified for the World Cup for the 2018 edition, which will be held in Russia.
The teams of Saudi Arbia, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco were able to qualify for the World Cup, the World Cup since its inception in 1930 did not witness the presence of four Arab teams, where previously the maximum number of Arabs in the World Cup was three, back in 1986 and 1998.
The first Arab appearance was at the 1934 World Cup by Egypt, and the Arabs were absent until 1970, when Morocco participated to be the only Arab team.
In the 1978 edition there was Tunisia, in the 1982 World Cup there were Algeria and Kuwait and in the 1986 tournament there were Iraq, Algeria and Morocco.
In the 1990 World Cup UAE and Egypt qualified, in the 1994 World Cup Saudi Arabia and Morocco participated and in the 1998 World Cup in Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia were there.
In the 2002 and 2006 editions, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia were present, while Algeria was the only Arab team in the 2010 and 2014 championships.