Maldives national football team

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Maldives
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Red Snappers
Association Football Association of Maldives (FAM)
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Drago Mamic[1]
Captain Ali Ashfaq
Top scorer Ali Ashfaq (41)
Home stadium Galolhu National Stadium
FIFA code MDV
FIFA ranking 145 Increase 2 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 126 (12 July 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 183[2] (20 August 1997)
Elo ranking 182 Steady
Highest Elo ranking 165 (23 March 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 209 (13 June 1997)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Seychelles 9–0 Maldives Maldives
(Réunion; August 27, 1979)
Biggest win
Maldives Maldives 12–0 Mongolia 
(Male, Maldives; December 3, 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 17–0 Maldives Maldives
(Damascus, Syria; June 2, 1997)
Best result 2008 SAFF Championship Winners
Maldives national football team
Medal record
Men’s Football
South Asian Games
Bronze 1984 Kathmandu Team
Silver 1991 Colombo Team
Bronze 2010 Dhaka Team

The Maldives national football team represents the Maldives in the sport of football, and is controlled by the Football Association of Maldives. A member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), it qualified for the second stage of Asian qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, where it drew with South Korea at home 0–0.

The Maldives' most significant success was winning the 2008 SAFF Championship where they beat the most successful team India in the final 1–0.[3]

History[edit]

2008 SAFF Championship Winners[edit]

The 2008 SAFF Championship draw, which took place on 26 February 2007, placed Maldives in Group A, alongside Nepal, India, and Pakistan. Maldives started with a comfortable 3–0 win over Pakistan, with the goals from Mohamed Shifan, Ahmed Thoriq and an own goal from Naveed Akram.[4] In their second match they defeated Nepal by 2 goals each, from Ismail Mohamed and Ibrahim Fazeel.[5] They lost its last group stage match against India, 0–1.[6]

They advanced to the semi-finals and defeated Sri Lanka 0–1, with a brilliant goal from Ibrahim Fazeel from a pass given by Ali Ashfaq. They then advanced to the final for the third time in the SAFF Championship history.[7]

In the final three minutes of full-time during the SAFF Championship final against the four time SAFF Championship Champions India, Mukhthar Naseer scored a single goal from a corner kick taken by Ali Ashfaq, winning the SAFF Championship for Maldives for the first time in their history. Maldives won the SAFF Championship by scoring 9 goals and conceding 2.[8]

In 2008 SAFF Championship, Ali Ashfaq won the Best Player award. Maldives was the team who scored the most goals in this year's competition along with the rivals India. They were also the team who conceded the least goals in the tournament.

The SAFF Championship was Maldives first ever gold medal in Maldivian Football history, and to celebrate this memorable day the President declared that 15 June 2008 will be a public holiday. The only goal scored in the final match of Mukhthar was his first international goal for the Maldives national football team.

Home Stadium[edit]

Galolhu National Stadium (Dhivehi: ގަލޮޅު ރަސްމީ ދަނޑު) is a multi-purpose stadium in Malé, Maldives. It is used mostly for football matches of the Dhivehi League, FAM Cup, and International matches. The stadium holds around 11,850 spectators.[9]

Supporters[edit]

About 11,500 Maldivian supporters, including the former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, attended to see the 2008 SAFF Championship final match in Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka. After their win, many supporters, together with ministers, gave a warm welcome to the team on their return with their first gold medal. To celebrate this memorable day the President declared that 15 June 2008 will be a public holiday.

Kit[edit]

Maldives' home kit comprises a red jersey and red shorts – red is the national colour of the Maldives, and represents the boldness of the nation's heroes. Adidas is the kit provider to the national team, a sponsorship deal that began in 2011.

World Cup record[edit]

Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

Year AFC Challenge Cup record Qualifying record
Round GP W D* L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
Bangladesh 2006 Ineligible Ineligible
India 2008 Ineligible Ineligible
Sri Lanka 2010 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 9 5
Nepal 2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 2 5 3 2 1 0 6 1
Maldives 2014 Third place 5 1 2 2 7 7 Qualified as hosts
Total 8 2 2 4 9 12 6 4 1 1 15 6

South Asian Football Federation Cup Record[edit]

SAFF Championship
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Sri Lanka 1995 Withdrew
Nepal 1997 Runners-up 4 1 2 1 6 9
India 1999 Third place 4 2 1 1 6 4
Bangladesh 2003 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 11 4
Pakistan 2005 Semi-finals 4 2 1 1 11 2
Maldives Sri Lanka 2008 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 2
Bangladesh 2009 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 11 3
India 2011 Semi-finals 4 1 2 1 5 5
Nepal 2013 Semi-finals 4 2 1 1 18 3
Total 1 title 35 18 10 7 76 32
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
****2008 SAFF Championship final was played in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.[10]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mohamed Imran (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Maldives Maziya
18 1GK Ibrahim Ifrah Areef 25 Maldives Club Valencia
22 1GK Imran Mohamed (1980-12-18) 18 December 1980 (age 33) 56 0 Maldives New Radiant SC
2 2DF Ahmed Numan (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Maldives Club Eagles
3 2DF Mohamed Shifan (1983-03-08) 8 March 1983 (age 31) 15 1 Maldives New Radiant SC
4 2DF Ahmed Abdulla (1987-03-11) 11 March 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Maldives New Radiant SC
13 2DF Akram Abdul Ghanee (1987-03-19) 19 March 1987 (age 27) 27 3 Maldives New Radiant SC
15 2DF Amdhan Ali (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Maldives Maziya
17 2DF Shafiu Ahmed (1988-11-13) 13 November 1988 (age 25) 14 1 Maldives New Radiant SC
19 2DF Mohamed Rasheed (1985-09-03) 3 September 1985 (age 28) 10 1 Maldives New Radiant SC
23 2DF Rilwan Waheed (1991-02-14) 14 February 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Maldives Maziya
5 3MF Ibrahim Fazeel (1980-10-09) 9 October 1980 (age 33) 31 14 Maldives New Radiant SC
6 3MF Mohamed Arif (1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 28) 24 3 Maldives Maziya
8 3MF Shamweel Qasim (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 32) 4 Maldives New Radiant SC
10 3MF Mohammad Umair (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 31 3 Maldives New Radiant SC
14 3MF Ahmed Mohamed (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 26) Maldives Maziya
16 3MF Hussain Niyaz Mohamed (1987-03-19) 19 March 1987 (age 27) 5 0 Maldives New Radiant SC
7 4FW Ali Ashfaq (c) (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 28) 54 41 Malaysia PDRM FA
9 4FW Assadhulla Abdulla (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 23) 6 2 Maldives Maziya
11 4FW Ali Fasir (1988-09-04) 4 September 1988 (age 25) 12 3 Maldives New Radiant SC
12 4FW Ahmed Nashid (1989-04-09) 9 April 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Maldives Maziya
20 4FW Ashad Ali (1985-09-14) 14 September 1985 (age 28) 28 2 Maldives Maziya
21 4FW Hassan Adhuham (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 24) 7 1 Maldives B.G. Sports Club

Coaches[edit]

Latest Results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://maldivesoccer.com/s/FAM-appoints-Drago-Mamic-5320/
  2. ^ http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=mdv/ranking/gender=m/index.html/
  3. ^ http://www.indianteam.com/2008/06/14/maldives-win-saff-championship-with-87th-minute-goal/
  4. ^ "Maldives 3 - 0 Pakistan: Dream Start". maldivesoccer. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Maldives 4 - 1 Nepal: Host cruise to the semi final". maldivesoccer. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Maldives 0 - 1 India: Unlucky hosts". maldivesoccer. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka 0 - 1 Maldives: Fazeel's wonder goal". maldivesoccer. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "India 0 - 1 Maldives: New champions". maldivesoccer. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rasmee Dhandu Stadium". worldstadiums. Retrieved 2009. 
  10. ^ http://www.maldivesoccer.net/v4/?page=story&id=4182
  11. ^ Mohamed Sajid (29 May 2014). "Maldives wins third place". Maldives Soccer. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 

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