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 (Southeast Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Radojko Avramovic
Asst coach Milovan Cirkovic
Captain Thiha Sithu
Home stadium Thuwunna Stadium
Bogyoke Aung San Stadium
Zayyarthiri Stadium
FIFA code MYA
FIFA ranking 160 Decrease 1 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 97 (April 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 184 (August, October 2012)
Elo ranking 186
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; March 6, 1951)
Biggest win
 Burma 9–0 Singapore 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; November 9, 1969)
Biggest defeat
 Malaysia 9–1 Burma Burma
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; November 25, 1977)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1968)
Best result Runners-up

The Myanmar national football team 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, then capital of Myanmar, with their second consecutive gold medal in men's soccer.

During this golden era, Myanmar produced many talented footballers. One of 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.[1]

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.[2]

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, 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.[3]

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 - - - - - -
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.[4][5]

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]

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
Total Best: Semi-Finals 33 10 8 15 56 71 6 5 1 0 13 2

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 players were called up to the squad for FIFA friendly match against Vietnam on 2 July, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Thiha Sithu (c) (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 26) 22 0 Burma Yadanarbon
1GK Kyaw Zin Phyo (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Burma Magway
2DF Aung Zaw (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Burma Yangon United
2DF Thein Zaw (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Burma Ayeyawady United
2DF Yan Aung Win (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 21) 13 1 Burma Yadanarbon
2DF Thet Naing (1992-12-20) 20 December 1992 (age 21) 9 0 Burma Yadanarbon
2DF Aung Hein Kyaw (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 23) 12 0 Burma Zeyar Shwe Myay
2DF Nay Myo Aung 0 0 Burma GFA
2DF Zan Bo Tun 1 0 Burma Manaw Myay
3MF Yan Aung Kyaw (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 24) 20 0 Burma Yangon United
3MF Min Min Thu (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 26) 9 0 Burma Ayeyawady United
3MF Kyaw Zayar Win (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 23) 14 1 Burma Kanbawza
3MF Naing Lin Oo (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Burma Ayeyawady United
3MF Aung Moe (1988-06-09) 9 June 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Burma Yangon United
3MF Aung Show Thar Maung 1 0 Burma Magway
3MF Aung Kyaw Naing 1 0 Burma Nay Pyi Taw
4FW Kyaw Ko Ko (1992-12-20) 20 December 1992 (age 21) 13 2 Burma Yangon United
4FW Kaung Sithu (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 21) 9 1 Burma Yadanarbon
4FW Soe Min Oo (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 26) 9 2 Burma Kanbawza
4FW Soe Kyaw Kyaw (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 23) 3 1 Burma Ayeyawady United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were recently called-up.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Pyae Phyo Aung (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Burma Southern Myanmar 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
GK Vanlal Hruai 0 0 Burma Nay Pyi Taw 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
DF Zaw Zaw Oo (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 24) 8 0 Burma Ayeyawady United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
DF Thein Than Win (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 22) 8 0 Burma Kanbawza 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
DF Ye Zaw Htet Aung (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Burma Yadanarbon 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
DF Pyae Phyo Aung (1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 26) 10 2 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
DF Sithu Aung (1996-10-16) 16 October 1996 (age 17) 2 0 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
DF Ye Win Aung (1993-08-06) 6 August 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Burma Yadanarbon 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
DF Aung Thike (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
DF Zaw Min Tun (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 (age 22) 22 0 Burma Yadanarbon 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
DF Khin Maung Lwin (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 (age 25) 52 4 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
MF Phyo Ko Ko Thein (1993-01-24) 24 January 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Burma Ayeyawady United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
MF Myo Zaw Oo (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Burma Magway 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
MF Pai Soe (1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 27) 31 6 Thailand Phuket 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
MF Kyi Lin (1992-09-04) 4 September 1992 (age 21) 15 5 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
MF David Htan (1990-05-13) 13 May 1990 (age 24) 16 1 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
MF Ya Zar Win Thein (1988-04-09) 9 April 1988 (age 26) 34 9 Burma Yangon United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
MF Kyaw Min Oo (1996-06-16) 16 June 1996 (age 18) 2 0 Burma Ayeyawady United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
MF Nyein Chan Aung (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 (age 17) 3 1 Burma Manaw Myay 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
MF Chit Su Moe 0 0 Burma Chin United 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
FW Yan Paing (1983-11-27) 27 November 1983 (age 30) 60 10 Burma Yadanarbon 2014 AFC Challenge Cup

Previous squads[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Team Leader Burma U Tin Aung
Coach Serbia Radojko Avramovic
Assistant Coach Serbia Milovan Cirkovic
Assistant Coach Burma U Soe Myat Min
Goalkeeping Coach Burma U Aung Kyaw Kyaw
Goalkeeping Coach Serbia Slobodan Milosevic
Doctor Burma U Aung Kyaw Oo

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[6]
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 4 1 0 3 25.00

* Caretaker

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Venue Home Team Result Away Team Competition
19 May 2014 Galolhu National Stadium, Malé Maldives  2 - 3  Myanmar 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
21 May 2014 Hithadhoo Zone Stadium, Addu City Myanmar  0 - 2  Palestine 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
23 May 2014 Hithadhoo Zone Stadium, Addu City Kyrgyzstan  1 - 0  Myanmar 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
2 July 2014 Gò Đậu Stadium, Bình Dương Vietnam  6 - 0  Myanmar Friendly

[7]

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
*trophy shared

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]