Myanmar national football team

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Myanmar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The White Angels
Association Myanmar Football Federation
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Radojko Avramović
Captain Khin Maung Lwin
Home stadium Thuwunna Stadium
FIFA code MYA
FIFA ranking 158 Decrease 5 (9 April 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 97 (April 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 184 (August, October 2012)
Elo ranking 181
Highest Elo ranking 31 (ca. May 1972)
Lowest Elo ranking 186 (4 March 2013)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Iran 2–0 Burma Burma
(India; 6 March 1951)[1]
Biggest win
 Burma 9–0 Singapore 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 9 November 1969)
Biggest defeat
 Malaysia 9–1 Burma Burma
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 25 November 1977)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1968)
Best result Runners-up

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.

History[edit]

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.[2]

Home stadium[edit]

Thuwunna Stadium
Main article: Thuwunna Stadium

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.[3]

Kits[edit]

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.[4]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup records[edit]

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Round GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 to
France1938
Did not enter - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Withdrew - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 to
Italy1990
Did not enter - - - - - -
United States 1994 Withdrew - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not enter - - - - - -
Japan South Korea 2002 Withdrew - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Disqualified - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - 2 0 0 2 0 11
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - 4 1 0 3 2 6
Russia 2018 [to be determined] - - - - - -
Total 0/20 - - - - - - 6 1 0 5 2 17
  • 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.[5][6]

Asian Cup records[edit]

Asian Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 to Israel 1964 Withdrew - - - - - -
Iran 1968 Runners-up 7 4 1 2 9 6
Thailand 1972 to Qatar 1988 Withdrew - - - - - -
Japan 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 1996 to China 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Australia 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total Best: Runner-up 7 4 1 2 9 6

Asian Games Records[edit]

Football at the Asian Games
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
India 1951 Quarter-Finals 1 0 0 1 0 2
Philippines 1954 Third Place 4 2 0 1 10 8
Japan 1958 Group stage 2 0 0 2 3 6
Indonesia 1962 Did not enter - - - - - -
Thailand 1966 Champions 6 4 2 0 8 3
Thailand 1970 Champions 7 4 2 1 9 5
Iran 1974 Second Round 6 2 1 3 14 14
Thailand 1978 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 5
India 1982 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 8
South Korea 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - -
China 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Japan 1994 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 9
Thailand 1998 Withdrew - - - - - -
Total Champions 34 13 6 14 49 60
*Under-23 tournament since 2002

AFC Challenge Cup records[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup AFC Challenge Cup
Qualifications
Year Round GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GS GA
Bangladesh 2006 Did not enter - - - - - -
India 2008 4th Place 5 2 0 3 6 6
Sri Lanka 2010 4th Place 5 2 0 3 6 10
Nepal 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - 3 0 1 2 2 6
Maldives 2014 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 5 3 2 1 0 7 1
Total Best: 4th 13 5 0 8 15 21 6 2 2 2 9 7

ASEAN Championship records[edit]

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

ASEAN Football Championship ASEAN Football Championship
Qualifications
Year Round GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GS GA
Singapore 1996 Group Stage 4 2 0 2 11 12
Vietnam 1998 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 8 9 2 2 0 0 7 1
Thailand 2000 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 8
IndonesiaSingapore 2002 Group Stage 4 2 1 1 13 5
MalaysiaVietnam 2004 Semi-finals 7 3 1 3 12 12
SingaporeThailand 2007 Group Stage 3 0 3 0 1 1
IndonesiaThailand 2008 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 8
IndonesiaVietnam 2010 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 9
MalaysiaThailand 2012 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 7 4 3 1 0 6 1
SingaporeVietnam 2014 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 6 4 3 1 0 6 2
PhilippinesBurma 2016 [to be determined]
Total Best: Semi-Finals 36 10 9 17 58 77 10 8 2 0 19 4

SEA Games records[edit]

SEA Games record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Thailand 1959 Group stage 3 0 0 3 3 10
Burma 1961 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 7 5
Cambodia 1963 Cancelled - - - - - -
Malaysia 1965 Champions 3 2 1 0 5 2
Thailand 1967 Champions 4 4 0 0 7 2
Burma 1969 Champions 3 3 0 0 8 1
Malaysia 1971 Champions 4 3 1 0 13 3
Singapore 1973 Champions 4 4 0 0 15 4
Thailand 1975 Third Place 3 1 1 1 3 3
Malaysia 1977 Third Place 4 3 0 1 12 9
Indonesia 1979 Group stage 4 0 1 3 2 5
Philippines 1981 Group stage 2 0 1 1 3 4
Singapore 1983 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 4
Thailand 1985 Did not enter - - - - - -
Indonesia 1987 Fourth Place 4 0 2 2 3 14
Malaysia 1989 Group stage 2 0 0 2 0 7
Philippines 1991 Group stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
Singapore 1993 Runners-up 6 4 0 2 21 11
Thailand 1995 Fourth place 6 3 0 3 10 8
Indonesia 1997 Group stage 4 1 1 2 10 8
Brunei 1999 Group stage 4 1 1 2 4 10
Total Best: Champions 64 32 9 28 130 126
*Under-23 tournament since 2001

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 24 players were called up to the preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Van Lal Hruaia (1991-05-25) 25 May 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Burma Ayeyawady United
1GK Yan Aung Lin (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Burma Hantharwady United
1GK Htet Lin Oo 0 0 Burma Kanbawza
1GK Zaw Htet Lin 0 0 Burma Southern Myanmar
2DF Win Min Htut (1986-04-06) 6 April 1986 (age 29) 18 0 Burma Kanbawza
2DF Khin Maung Lwin (c) (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 (age 26) 63 4 Burma Yangon United
2DF Zaw Min Tun (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 22) 31 0 Burma Yangon United
2DF Aung Zaw (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 25) 10 0 Burma Hantharwady United
2DF Zaw Lin (1992-05-05) 5 May 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Burma Kanbawza
2DF Zaw Ye Tun (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Burma Yadanarbon
2DF Zaw Win (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Burma Yangon United
3MF David Htan (1990-05-13) 13 May 1990 (age 24) 26 2 Burma Yangon United
3MF Kyi Lin (1992-09-04) 4 September 1992 (age 22) 25 6 Burma Yangon United
3MF Yan Aung Kyaw (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 25) 30 0 Burma Yangon United
3MF Nanda Lin Kyaw Chit (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 22) 10 2 Burma Yadanarbon
3MF Kyaw Zayar Win (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 24) 20 4 Burma Kanbawza
3MF Min Min Thu (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 27) 18 1 Burma Ayeyawady United
3MF Naing Lin Oo (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Burma Ayeyawady United
3MF Hein Zar Aung 1 0 Burma Magway
3MF Pyay Moe 0 0 Burma Rakhine United
3MF Suan Lam Mang 1 0 Burma Chin United
4FW Kyaw Ko Ko (1992-12-20) 20 December 1992 (age 22) 25 7 Burma Yangon United
4FW Zin Min Tun (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Burma Yadanarbon
4FW Soe Min Naing (1990-07-01) 1 July 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Burma Magway

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called-up recently.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Pyae Phyo Aung (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Burma Southern Myanmar v.  Indonesia, 30 March 2015
GK Thiha Sithu (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 31 0 Burma Yadanarbon 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
GK Kyaw Zin Phyo (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Burma Magway 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
DF Thein Naing Oo 0 0 Burma Kanbawza v.  Indonesia, 30 March 2015
DF Ye Win Aung (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Burma Yadanarbon v.  Indonesia, 30 March 2015
DF Nay Zaw Aung (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Burma Nay Pyi Taw v.  Indonesia, 30 March 2015
DF Sithu Aung (1996-10-16) 16 October 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Burma Yadanarbon 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
DF Thein Zaw (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Burma Zwekapin United 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
DF Nay Myo Aung (1990-10-15) 15 October 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Burma GFA 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
MF Yan Aung Win (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 22) 18 1 Burma Kanbawza v.  Indonesia, 30 March 2015
MF Chit Su Moe (1994-12-04) 4 December 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Burma Chin United 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
MF Aung Kyaw Naing (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Burma Nay Pyi Taw 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
MF Tin Win Aung (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 23) 7 1 Burma Zwekapin United 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
MF Nyein Chan Aung (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 (age 18) 4 1 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
FW Soe Min Oo (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 27) 14 3 Burma Kanbawza 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
FW Than Paing (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup

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Previous squads[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Team Leader Burma U Tin Aung
Coach Serbia Radojko Avramović
Assistant Coach Serbia Milovan Ćirković
Assistant Coach Burma U Soe Myat Min
Goalkeeping Coach Serbia Predrag Dinčić
Doctor Burma U Aung Kyaw Oo

[7]

Coaches[edit]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win % Honours
Burma Sein Hlaing 1964–1979 Asian Games Champions (1966,1970)
Southeast Asian Games Champions (1965,1967,1969,1971,1973)
Merdeka Cup Champions (1964,1967,1971)
West Germany Bert Trautmann 1972–1974 1972 President's Cup Football Tournament Champions
Serbia and Montenegro Ratomir Dujković 1996–1997
England David Booth 2000 2003
Bulgaria Ivan Venkov Kolev Nov 2004–2005 2004 Tiger Cup Semi-finalists
Burma Sann Win 2006–2007 2006 Merdeka Tournament Champions
2007 Merdeka Tournament Runners-up
Brazil Marcos Falopa Apr 2007 – Dec 2008[8]
Burma Tim Myint Aung Apr 2009 – Oct 2009
Croatia Drago Mamić Oct 2009 – Feb 2010
Burma Tim Myint Aung Feb 2010 – Dec 2010 5 2 0 3 40.00
Serbia Milan Živadinović Jan 2011 – Jul 2011 7 0 2 5 00.00
Burma Sann Win* Jul 2011 5 1 1 3 20.00
South Korea Park Sung-Hwa Dec 2011 – Dec 2013 13 5 4 4 38.46
Burma Sann Win* Sep 2013 1 0 1 0 00.00
Serbia Radojko Avramovic Feb 2014 – Present 14 6 2 6 42.86 2014 Philippine Peace Cup Champions

* As caretaker

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

      Win       Draw       Lose

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

  • Fair Play Award: 1972

Continental[edit]

  • Med 2.png Runners-up (1): 1968
  • Med 3.png Bronze medal (1): 1954

Regional[edit]

Fourth place (1) : 2004

Other awards[edit]

  • Med 2.png Runners-up (1): 1975
  • Med 3.png Third Place (1): 1974
  • Simple cup icon.svg Winners (1) : 2014
*trophy shared

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]