Myanmar national football team
|Nickname(s)||The White Angels|
|Association||Myanmar Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (South-East Asia)|
|Head coach||Radojko Avramović|
|Captain||Khin Maung Lwin|
|Home stadium||Thuwunna Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||158 (7 May 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||97 (April 1996)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||184 (August, October 2012)|
|Highest Elo ranking||31 (ca. May 1972)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||186 (4 March 2013)|
| Iran 2–0 Burma
(India; 6 March 1951)
| Burma 9–0 Singapore
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 9 November 1969)
| Malaysia 9–1 Burma
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 25 November 1977)
|Appearances||1 (First in 1968)|
The Myanmar national football team (Burmese: မြန်မာ အမျိုးသား ဘောလုံးအသင်း) is the national team of Myanmar and is controlled by the Myanmar Football Federation. It was known as the Burma national football team until 1989, when Burma was renamed Myanmar. It finished second in the 1968 Asian Cup. They have participated in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and in the Asian Games. The Myanmar team was dominant in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, having won the Asian Games twice; in 1966 and 1970, and the football event of the Southeast Asian Games on five successive occasions; in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973. Since then, Myanmar's highest achievement is the silver medal in 1993. Myanmar played its first World Cup qualifiers in 2007, losing 0–7 and 0–4 to China.
- 1 History
- 2 Home stadium
- 3 Kits
- 4 Competition records
- 5 Players
- 6 Current coaching staff
- 7 Coaches
- 8 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 9 Honours
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Burma sent players to the Philippines in 1954 Asian Games and captured a bronze medal, behind Taiwan (gold) and South Korea (silver); this fact marked the beginning of the golden age. On the other hand, the nation was not expected to contend for a medal in the Olympic-type Asian Games. In the meantime, this delegation became the first male Burmese team to win a continental medal. But this was only the beginning. Then, against all odds, the team of Burma bettered their 1954 effort by winning the gold medal in the Asian Games, which were held at Bangkok in the mid-1960s. In that tournament, Burma beat Iran in the gold-medal game.
The 1966 Asian Games gold medal winning squad established itself as one of the two best teams in the region as it finished as runner-up to Iran at the 1968 Asian Cup. After claiming silver in 1968, the men's soccer team had a strong performance in the early 1970s as it won the right to compete in the 1972 Summer Olympics, which were held at Munich (West Germany), upon being one of the three finalists in the Asian tournament. Despite losing almost all their matches, the Burmese players captured the Fair Play Award. The following year, the nation earned its fifth consecutive Southeast Asian Games gold medal at Singapore City (Kuala Lumpur'65, Bangkok'67, Rangoon'69, and Kuala Lumpur '71).
Three years before that, the national team wrote perhaps their most important chapter: they captured the continental title for the second time in a row, after the Burmese Olympic Committee sent footballers to Thailand for the 1970 Asian Games. Burma thus became the second soccer squad to win the Asian tournament twice. Certainly, they were declared national heroes in Rangoon, the then capital of Myanmar, with their second consecutive gold medal in men's soccer.
During this golden era, Myanmar produced many talented footballers. One among them is Suk Bahadur who is now considered as the greatest Burmese footballer of all times for his outstanding contribution to Burmese football.
Over the following years, due in large part to several problems in the country, the national side was not able to successfully defend its Asian title.
The national team plays most of its home matches in Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The 32,000-seat stadium is smaller but more up-to-date than Bogyoke Aung San Stadium. It is currently being upgraded to a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators.
Myanmar's kits is a v-neck red T-shirt with green and white right sashes on the body with white border on the neck and white and green borders on arms and shoulders with red shorts and red socks . Their away kits is a v-neck white T-shirt with green and red right sashes on the body with red border on the neck and yellow and red borders on arms and shoulders with white shorts and white socks. In 2012, the Italian sports company Lotto by Asia's premier sports consultancy BumiBola Sports Sdn. Bhd. and MFF signed a kit sponsorship deal worth $750000 that will last until 2015.
World Cup records
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup qualification|
| 1930 to
|Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
| 1954 to
|Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2010||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||0||0||2||0||11|
|2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||1||0||3||2||6|
|2018||[to be determined]||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- Disqualified in 2006 for withdrawing from qualification in 2002.
- Initially banned from 2018 for crowd trouble during 2014 World Cup qualifying match but later overturned to and matches to be played on neutral soil.
Asian Cup records
|1956 to 1964||Withdrew||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1972 to 1988||Withdrew||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1992||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996 to 2004||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Asian Games Records
|Football at the Asian Games|
|1962||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1986||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1990||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- *Under-23 tournament since 2002
AFC Challenge Cup records
|AFC Challenge Cup||AFC Challenge Cup
|2006||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2012||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||3||0||1||2||2||6|
ASEAN Championship records
This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup
|ASEAN Football Championship||ASEAN Football Championship
|2016||[to be determined]||–||–||–||–||–||–|
SEA Games records
|SEA Games record|
|1985||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- *Under-23 tournament since 2001
The following 24 players were called up to the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.
The following players have also been called-up recently.
Current coaching staff
|Team Leader||U Tin Aung|
|Assistant Coach||Milovan Ćirković|
|Assistant Coach||U Soe Myat Min|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Predrag Dinčić|
|Doctor||U Aung Kyaw Oo|
|Sein Hlaing||1964–1979||Asian Games Champions (1966,1970)
Southeast Asian Games Champions (1965,1967,1969,1971,1973)
Merdeka Cup Champions (1964,1967,1971)
|Bert Trautmann||1972–1974||1972 President's Cup Football Tournament Champions|
|David Booth||2000 – 2003|
|Ivan Venkov Kolev||Nov 2004–2005||2004 Tiger Cup Semi-finalists|
|Sann Win||2006–2007||2006 Merdeka Tournament Champions
2007 Merdeka Tournament Runners-up
|Marcos Falopa||Apr 2007 – Dec 2008|
|Tim Myint Aung||Apr 2009 – Oct 2009|
|Drago Mamić||Oct 2009 – Feb 2010|
|Tim Myint Aung||Feb 2010 – Dec 2010||5||2||0||3||40.00|
|Milan Živadinović||Jan 2011 – Jul 2011||7||0||2||5||0.00|
|Sann Win*||Jul 2011||5||1||1||3||20.00|
|Park Sung-Hwa||Dec 2011 – Dec 2013||13||5||4||4||38.46|
|Sann Win*||Sep 2013||1||0||1||0||0.00|
|Radojko Avramovic||Feb 2014 – Present||14||6||2||6||42.86||2014 Philippine Peace Cup Champions|
* As caretaker
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
Win Draw Lose
|Friendly 30 March||Indonesia||2 – 1||Myanmar||Sidoarjo, Indonesia|
|17:00 UTC+7||Maitimo 74'
|Report||Htan 87'||Stadium: Delta Stadium
Referee: Nagor Amir Noor Mohamed (Malaysia)
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 11 June||Laos||v||Myanmar||New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane|
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 16 June||Myanmar||v||South Korea||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok (Thailand)|
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 3 September||Kuwait||v||Myanmar||Al-Ahmadi Stadium, Al Ahmadi|
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 8 October||Myanmar||v||Lebanon||Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok (Thailand)|
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 13 October||Myanmar||v||Laos||Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok (Thailand)|
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 12 November||South Korea||v||Myanmar||Bucheon Stadium, Bucheon|
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 17 November||Myanmar||v||Kuwait||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok (Thailand)|
|FIFA World Cup qualification – Second Round (Group G) 29 March||Lebanon||v||Myanmar||Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut|
- Fair Play Award: 1972
- Runners-up (1): 1968
- Fourth place (1) : 2004
- Korea Cup (President's Cup)
- Winners (1) : 2014
- *trophy shared
- Myanmar national under-23 football team
- Myanmar national under-20 football team
- Myanmar national under-17 football team
- Myanmar women's national football team
- "Myanmar matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Myanmar. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "History of Burmese soccer". voices.yahoo.com.
- Myanmar National League|Lotto kits sponsorship
- Myanmar disciplinary sanctions confirmed
- Myanmar appeal partially upheld
- "Myanmar Football Federation". themff.info.
- "Myanmar urgently needs foreign coach for national soccer team". news.xinhuanet.com.