Laos national football team

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Laos
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Thim Xad
(The National Team)
Association Lao Football Federation
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Kokichi Kimura
Captain Visay Phaphouvanin
Most caps Visay Phaphouvanin (51)
Top scorer Visay Phaphouvanin (18)[1]
Home stadium New Laos National Stadium
FIFA code LAO
FIFA ranking 174 Decrease 2
Highest FIFA ranking 134 (September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 194 (August 2012)
Elo ranking 197
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 South Vietnam 7–0 Laos Laos
(Rangoon, Burma; December 12, 1961)
Biggest win
Laos Laos 6–1 Timor-Leste 
(Vientiane, Laos; October 26, 2010)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Republic 15–0 Laos Laos
(Jakarta, Indonesia; November 1963)

The Laos national football team is the national team of Laos and is controlled by the Lao Football Federation. They have never qualified for the AFC Asian Cup or the FIFA World Cup.

History[edit]

Laos established their national football association in 1951. The South East Asian nation is still waiting to make its entrance into a major international competition. Laos have never entered the World Cup, Asian Cup or Asian Games and as an international side, their appearances have been restricted to regional tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Tiger Cup. After years of internal strife, Laos is well on the road to economic and political recovery. With the country achieving political stability, football has made an impact on Laotians. Since making their appearance at the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, Laos has competed in the ASEAN Football Championship (Tiger Cup). Although new to the regional tournaments, Laos has displayed passion and talent. In 1995, they beat Brunei and the Philippines and two years later in the Jakarta SEA Games, they also beat Malaysia. Domestic competitions are also active with over 60 clubs competing at various levels. Domestic football is amateur although most of the top teams are drawn from government ministries and public services. In the qualifying preliminary rounds for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, they beat Bangladesh 2–1. In the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifiers, they qualified for the second round as a lucky loser after Guam and Nepal both withdrew from competition. Going back the years, the team qualified for the second stage of Asian qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but proceeded to lose all its games (with Qatar, Iran and Jordan). They also advanced to the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after defeating Cambodia 8–6 on aggregate. In the second round, they lost to China PR 13–3 on aggregate. Laos has defeated their much more established counterparts such as Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore and Malaysia. Laos' first appearance in a continental tournament will be in 2014, when they play at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1998 Did not enter - - - - - -
2002 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 3 40
2006 Did not qualify 8 0 1 7 3 36
2010 Did not enter[2] - - - - - -
2014 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 11 19
Total 18 2 2 14 17 95

Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1956 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 to 1980 Withdrew - - - - - -
1984 to 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
2000 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 2 14
2004 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 6
2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
2011 Did not enter - - - - - -
2015 Still to qualify 3 1 2 0 6 4
Total 0/2 8 3 2 3 11 24

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

ASEAN Championship[edit]

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

ASEAN Football Championship
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1996
Group Stage
4
1
1
2
5
10
1998
Group Stage
3
0
1
2
2
8
2000
Group Stage
4
0
0
4
0
16
2002
Group Stage
3
0
1
2
3
8
2004
Group Stage
4
1
0
3
4
16
2007
Group Stage
3
0
0
3
1
23
2008
Group Stage
3
0
0
3
0
13
2010
Group Stage
3
0
1
2
3
13
2012
Group Stage
3
0
1
2
6
10
2014
To be determined
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
Total
Best: Group Stage
30
2
5
23
24
117

Schedule[edit]

Latest Results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Friendly Matches

2012 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification

2012 VFF Cup

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Preparation

2012 AFF Suzuki Cup

Group B Standings

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Singapore 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 6
 Malaysia 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
 Indonesia 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
 Laos 3 0 1 2 6 10 −4 1

International Friendly

2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification

Group C

All matches in this group are held in Vientiane, Laos.

Laos' 5 points were eventually not enough to qualify, but due to Brunei's withdrawal from the qualifiers, Laos' draw against Mongolia was taken out of calculation for the two best runners-up spots. Laos qualified as one of the two best second-placed teams.

  • 1 Non FIFA 'A' international match

Current squad[edit]

The following were called up to prepare for 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification. Note: number of caps and goals may be incorrect.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
33 1GK Chintana Souksavath (1990-07-20) 20 July 1990 (age 23) 7 0 Laos Lao Toyota FC
18 1GK Seng Athit Somvang (1991-06-02) 2 June 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Laos Lao Police Club
20 1GK Soukthavy Soundala (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 18) 3 0 Laos Ezra FC
23 2DF Khamphoumy Hanvilay (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 23) 11 0 Laos Hoàng Anh Attapeu
19 2DF Kovanh Namthavixay (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 26) 35 2 Laos Lao Army FC
2 2DF Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 25) 38 2 Laos Lao Toyota FC
4 2DF Ketsada Souksavanh (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 21) 32 2 Thailand Thai Honda F.C.
5 2DF Saychon Khunsamnam (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 21) Laos Lao Police Club
26 2DF Chuefong Xiong 3 0 Laos Vientiane FC
17 3MF Vilayout Sayyabounsou (1992-11-27) 27 November 1992 (age 21) 13 2 Laos Ezra FC
11 3MF Khonesavanh Sihavong (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 19) 9 2 Laos Lao Police Club
16 3MF Daoneua Siviengxay (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 22) 7 0 Laos Vientiane FC
8 3MF Keoviengphet Liththideth (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 21) 24 3 Laos Ezra FC
15 3MF Viengsavanh Sayyaboun (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 24) 18 1 Laos Lao Army FC
10 3MF Kanlaya Sysomvang (1990-11-03) 3 November 1990 (age 23) 22 5 Laos Yotha FC
12 3MF Phatthana Syvilay (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 23) 16 1 Laos Lao Toyota FC
13 3MF Lembo Saysana (1995-02-12) 12 February 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Thailand Nong Khai F.C.
7 3MF Soukaphone Vongchiengkham (1992-03-09) 9 March 1992 (age 22) 21 6 Thailand Phitsanulok
22 3MF Manolom Phomsouvanh (1992-09-26) 26 September 1992 (age 21) 13 2 Laos Lao Toyota F.C.
9 4FW Visay Phaphouvanin (Captain) (1985-06-12) 12 June 1985 (age 28) 51 18 Laos Lao Police Club
25 4FW Khampheng Sayavutthi (1986-07-19) 19 July 1986 (age 27) 22 7 Thailand Ang Thong F.C.
24 4FW Billy Ketkeophomphone (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 24) 0 0 France Tours
14 4FW Sopha Saysana (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 21) 11 3 Thailand Nong Khai F.C.
21 4FW Sangvone Phimmasen (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 24) 7 1 Laos SHB Champasak

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were recently called-up.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sengphachan Bounthisanh (1987-06-01) 1 June 1987 (age 26) 27 0 Laos SHB Champasak
GK Vatthana Keoduangdet (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 18) 2 0 Laos Lao Toyota FC {{{latest}}}
GK Souvanpheng Phanthavong (1990-07-18) July 18, 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Laos Lao Police Club
DF Kitsada Thongkhen (1987-04-08) April 8, 1987 (age 27) 15 1 Laos Yotha FC v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 February 2011
DF Kanya Kounvongsa (1990-05-28) May 28, 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Laos Vientiane FC
DF Souksamay Manhmanyvong (1986-09-20) September 20, 1986 (age 27) 2 0 Laos Yotha FC
DF Chantala Phetthavanh (1992-02-08) February 8, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Laos Ezra FC
DF Ole Bousaath (1992-12-17) December 17, 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Laos Lao Police Club
DF Thenthong Phonsettha (1993-10-19) October 19, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Laos Lao Toyota FC
DF Sousadakone Liepvisay (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Laos Yotha FC
DF Thothilath Sibounhuang (1990-11-05) November 5, 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Laos Vientiane FC
DF Khamla Pinkeo (1990-11-23) November 23, 1990 (age 23) 13 0 Laos Lao Police Club
MF Kaysone Soukhavong (1987-06-07) June 7, 1987 (age 26) 12 0 Laos Lao Bank FC
MF Konekham Inthammavong (1992-07-10) July 10, 1992 (age 21) 11 2 Laos Lao Toyota FC
MF Phonepaseuth Sysoutham (1990-05-28) May 28, 1990 (age 23) 6 0 Laos Vientiane FC
FW Lamnao Singto (1988-04-15) April 15, 1988 (age 26) 22 7 Laos Yotha FC v.  China PR, 28 July 2011
FW Kita Sysavath (1986-10-05) October 5, 1986 (age 27) 0 0 Laos Lao Army FC
FW Sitthideth Khanthavong (1994-09-02) September 2, 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Laos Lao Toyota FC

Coaches[edit]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
Laos Songphu Phongsa 1996 – 1999
Laos Vangchay Muangmany Feb 2000 – May 2000
Laos Outhensackda Vatthana 2000 – ?
Russia Boris Zhuravlyov 2001
Laos Soutsakhone Oudomphet 2002 – ?
France Dominique Fernandez May 2003 – ?
Laos Saythong Syphasay Oct 2003 – Oct 2004 7 0 1 6 7.1%
Laos Bounlap Khenkitisack Oct 2004 – 2005? 5 1 0 4 20%
Laos Saythong Syphasay Oct 2006 – 2007? 7 3 1 3 50.1%
Russia Veleriy Dvovin Oct 2008 – Nov 2008 4 3 0 1 75%
Laos Saysana Savatdy Dec 2008 – Jul 2009 3 0 0 3 0%
Austria Alfred Riedl Jul 2009 – May 2010 5 1 2 2 40%
England David Booth Jul 2010 – Dec 2010 6 1 3 2 40.5%
Laos Bounlap Khenkitisack Jan 2011 – Feb 2011 2 0 1 1 25%
Austria Hans-Peter Schaller Feb 2011 – Dec 2011 4 1 0 3 25%
Japan Kokichi Kimura July 2012 – present 18 4 5 9 22.2%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Record number of 204 teams enter preliminary competition". FIFA Media Department. 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Laos withdraw from AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

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