World Cup Starts Today

Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says his team will try to play an all-action, possession-based style in the World Cup's opening game despite their outsider status.

Pizzi was renowned for his emphasis on attack and constant pressure when winning the Copa America with Chile in 2016.

But he's had just seven months with Saudi Arabia since he was appointed in November to prepare them for today's opening game against Russia.

Bert van Marwijk led Saudi Arabia through qualifying but left when he couldn't agree on a new contract.  Edgardo Bauza replaced him for just two months before Pizzi took charge.

Saudi Arabia is at the World Cup for the first time since 2006 and hasn't won at the tournament since 1994.

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