2006 News Story

Saudi soccer team wins Learning Disability World Cup

The Saudi soccer team has defeated defending champions Holland to win the Learning Disability World Cup 2006 in Leverkusen, Germany, the Arab News reported Sunday.

The Saudi victory followed penalty kicks after the team staged a brilliant rally to tie the score at 4-4 in regulation and overtime play before landing the set of five penalties, the Arab News reported. The Dutch missed one of the penalty shots, ending their dream of a repeat victory.

President of Saudi Youth Welfare and Saudi Football Federation Prince Sultan bin Fahd said after the match that he is very proud of the team and their performance. “We will continue to help them develop their skills to keep this professional level,” Prince Sultan said in an interview with the Arab News.

This is the fourth time the Learning Disability World Cup has been held. Holland won the tournament in 1994 and 2002, and England in 1998.