Bhutan national football team

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Bhutan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Bhutan Eleven
Association Bhutan Football Federation
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Captain Passang Tshering
Most caps Wangay Dorji & Passang Tshering (20)
Top scorer Wangay Dorji & Passang Tshering (5)
Home stadium Changlimithang Stadium
FIFA code BHU
FIFA ranking 208 Decrease 1
Highest FIFA ranking 187 (December 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 208 (July 2014)
Elo ranking 231
Highest Elo ranking 190 (April 1, 1982)
Lowest Elo ranking 231 (September 6, 2013)
First colours
Second colours
First international
   Nepal 3–1 Bhutan 
(Kathmandu, Nepal; 1 April 1982)
Biggest win
 Bhutan 6–0 Guam 
(Thimphu, Bhutan; April 23, 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 20–0 Bhutan 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; February 14, 2000)

The Bhutan national football team is the national team of Bhutan and is controlled by the Bhutan Football Federation.

History[edit]

While a Bhutanese National football team has existed since the 1970s, it was officially founded in 1983 and joined FIFA in 2000.

On June 30, 2002, the day of the final match of the 2002 World Cup, Bhutan, then the second-lowest ranked team in the world, recorded their first victory ever. They played against the lowest-ranked team, Montserrat, in a friendly match known jokingly as The Other Final, winning 4-0 at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.[1] "The Other Final" was organised by Dutch filmmakers.

Prior to the 2006 World Cup, they were the only FIFA member not to have attempted to qualify for the World Cup, as qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup were in progress at the time of getting their FIFA membership.[2] Due to complete renovation of Changlimithang Stadium, which had been gone for about seven years, they did not enter the 2010 World Cup or the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. After renovation was finished in 2012 and the new sport complex was inaugurated by the FIFA president personally, the new stadium hosted the Kings Cup international club tournament[citation needed] as well as FIFA World Cup trophy, both in 2013. The Bhutanese team and their stadium are completely ready to enter the 2018 World Cup for the first time. Bhutan is scheduled to begin the qualifiers in June 2015.

The team saw action in the 2008 South Asian Football Federation Cup tournament, reaching the Semifinals, where they lost to India (2-1) during stoppage time of extra time.[3] The team also played in the 2009 and 2011 SAFF Cup.

In November 2012 the Bhutan Football Federation announced the start of the country's first ever national league, the A-Division. Kicking off in December 2012, it features six teams — three from the capital Thimphu — and is sponsored by Coca-Cola. The aim is to improve international standards. Yeedzin F.C. was crowned as the first national champion of Bhutan. In the same week astro-turf was laid at the national stadium with the aim of hosting international matches. On 8 March 2012, FIFA President Joseph Blatter inaugurated football pitches belonging to the Bhutan Football Federation next to the National Stadium in the presence of Prince Jigyel in a special groundbreaking ceremony. The FIFA President's first impressions of the country were positive: "It was time for me to come here and it looks very similar to Switzerland", he said.[citation needed]

Commenting later via his Twitter account, @SeppBlatter, he opined: "Bhutan is a world unto itself, enviably calm. The development index used here is not the Gross National Product but Gross National Happiness".[citation needed]

The FIFA President also stressed that football has important educational and social aspects for young people in Bhutan. "When you're playing football, you're in good condition; and when you entertain people, it's a healthy society", he said. "What's important is not just learning how to win, but also how to lose — and that's the essence of team sports".[citation needed] After being received by the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on 6 March 2012, the FIFA President met with the country's sports' representative, Prince Jigyel and Prime Minister Jigme Thinley.

Speaking at a press conference following the meetings, Blatter said: "The future of football is in Asia, where two-thirds of the world's population lives. It's not only an economic market, but it can be a football market".[4]

Competitive record[edit]

Asian Cup[edit]

  • 1956 to 1996Did not enter
  • 2000Did not qualify
  • 2004Did not qualify
  • 2007Did not enter
  • 2011Did not qualify
  • 2015 - Did not qualify

South Asian Football Federation Cup[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

  • 2006 – Round 1
  • 2008Did not qualify
  • 2010Did not qualify
  • 2012Did not qualify
  • 2014Did not enter

National coaches[edit]

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

For Further Information :- Bhutan national football team results

28 July 2014 Municipal Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode, Kerala, India  India International Friendly

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad was selected for the 2013 SAFF Championship matches

Caps and goals updated as of 11 September 2013

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Leki Dukpa (1989-12-09) 9 December 1989 (age 24) 8 0 Bhutan Drukpol
21 1GK Tshering Dendup (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Bhutan Drukpol
22 1GK Hemlal Batarai (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Bhutan Thimphu City
2 2DF Karun Gurung (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Bhutan Thimphu City
3 2DF Pema Rinchen (1986-02-20) 20 February 1986 (age 28) 14 0 Bhutan Yeedzin
4 2DF Pema Dorji (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 29) 11 0 Bhutan Yeedzin
6 2DF Jigme Tenzin (1990-07-15) 15 July 1990 (age 23) 7 0 Bhutan Yeedzin
7 2DF Chimi Dorji (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 20) 9 0 Bhutan Yeedzin
17 2DF Jigme Tshultrim (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 India Quartz
19 2DF Sangay Khandu (1985-09-07) 7 September 1985 (age 28) 7 0 Bhutan Transport United
23 2DF Dawa Gyeltshen (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 28) 9 0 Bhutan Transport United
5 3MF Passang Tshering (1983-07-16) 16 July 1983 (age 30) 20 5 Bhutan Thimphu City
8 3MF Nima Sangay (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 30) 12 1 Bhutan Drukpol
12 3MF Chencho (1986-03-03) 3 March 1986 (age 28) 12 2 India Luangmual
13 3MF Nawang Dhendup (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 27) 11 2 Nepal New Road Team
14 3MF Kinley Dorji (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 27) 11 1 Bhutan Yeedzin
16 3MF Kharma Shedrup Tshering (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Bhutan Zimdra
17 3MF Tshering Dorji (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 20) 6 0 Bhutan Ugyen Academy
18 3MF Biren Basnet (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Bhutan Ugyen Academy
9 4FW Wangay Dorji (1974-01-09) 9 January 1974 (age 40) 20 5 Bhutan Transport United
10 4FW Sonam Tenzin (1986-10-20) 20 October 1986 (age 27) 11 1 India Buddhist Blue Stars
11 4FW Chencho Gyeltshen (1990-12-15) 15 December 1990 (age 23) 7 3 Bhutan Yeedzin
15 4FW Yeshey Dorji (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 (age 25) 8 1 Bhutan Thimphu City
20 4FW Yeshey Gyeltshen (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 31) 6 2 Bhutan Druk Star

Player history[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone. Bold indicates still active players.

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Passang Tshering 2003–
5
20
Wangay Dorji 2000–
5
20
3 Chencho Gyeltshen 2011–
2
6
Yeshey Gyeltshen 2005–
2
5
Nawang Dhendup 2005–
2
10
Dinesh Chhetri 2003–2008
2
8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Other News | Montserrat 'world's worst'". News.bbc.co.uk. 2002-06-30. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  2. ^ "2010 FIFA World Cup tournament regulations". Fifa.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  3. ^ "2008 SAFF Cup tournament". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Blatter concludes Bhutan visit". Fifa.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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