Papua New Guinea national football team

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Papua New Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kapuls (Cuscus)
Association Papua New Guinea Football Association
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach New Zealand Wynton Rufer
Home stadium Hubert Murray Stadium
FIFA code PNG
FIFA ranking 199 Steady (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 160 (June 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 203 (July 2009)
Elo ranking 171
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Fiji 3–1 Papua New Guinea Australia
(Suva, Fiji; 29 August 1963)[1]
Biggest win
 Papua New Guinea 20–0 Am. Samoa 
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 15 December 1987)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 11–2 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 26 February 1980)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1980)
Best result Round 1: 1980, 2002, 2012

The Papua New Guinea national football team is the national team of Papua New Guinea and is controlled by the Papua New Guinea Football Association. Its nickname is the Kapuls,[2][3] which is Tok Pisin for Cuscus.

Papua New Guinea's highest ever FIFA ranking was 160, in June 2004. As of April 2013, the country was ranked 194. This was down two places from March 2013.[4] Papua New Guinea had previously left the FIFA rankings, having not competed in a match between July 2007 and August 2011. Their matches at the 2011 Pacific Games saw them return to the rankings, and they competed in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup in June 2012.

Papua New Guinea all-time record[edit]

As of 12 October 2014
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 American Samoa 2 2 0 0 20 0 +20 100%
 Australia 1 0 0 1 2 11 −9 0%
 China PR 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 0%
 Cook Islands 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Fiji 17 2 5 10 15 31 −16 11.76%
 Indonesia 2 0 0 2 2 19 −17 0%
 Kiribati 1 1 0 0 17 1 +16 100%
 Liberia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Malaysia 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0%
 New Zealand 4 1 0 3 3 18 −15 25%
 Philippines 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5 0%
 Samoa 3 3 0 0 14 2 +12 100%
 Singapore 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0%
 Solomon Islands 12 0 4 8 9 21 −12 0%
 Tahiti 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 0%
 Thailand 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7 0%
 Tonga 2 1 1 0 7 2 +5 50%
 Vanuatu 12 4 3 5 15 20 −5 33.33%
Total 64 18 15 31 115 125 −10 28.12%

Results[edit]

Latest matches:

2 June 2012
15:00 UTC+11
Solomon Islands  1 – 0  Papua New Guinea
Totori Goal 5' Report
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
4 June 2012
12:00 UTC+11
Papua New Guinea  1 – 2  New Zealand
Hans Goal 89' (pen.) Report Smeltz Goal 2'
Wood Goal 52'
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bruce George (Vanuatu)
6 June 2012
12:00 UTC+11
Papua New Guinea  1 – 1  Fiji
Jack Goal 85' Report Dunadamu Goal 13'
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Kader Zitouni (Tahiti)

 Papua New Guinea finished bottom of four teams and failed to progress to the knockout stage.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1930 to 1994Did not enter
  • 1998Did not qualify
  • 2002Did not enter
  • 2006Did not qualify
  • 2010Disqualified*
  • 2014Did not qualify
  • 2018 – TBD

* Although initially listed by FIFA as having entered the 2010 World Cup, PNG did not enter the football tournament at the 2007 South Pacific Games, which was used as the preliminary round of the Oceanian zone qualification tournament.

Oceania Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1973 Did not enter
1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 6 22
1996 to 2000 Did not qualify
2002 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 12
2004 Did not qualify
2008 Did not enter
2012 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
Total Group stage 3/9 9 1 2 6 10 38

South Pacific Games record[edit]

Wantok Cup record[edit]

List of coaches[edit]

Pre-Squad for the 2015 Pacific Games[edit]

Caps and goals as of 1 July 2014.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ronald Warisan (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Lae FC
1GK Albert Mesulam 1 0
2DF Koriak Upaiga (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 27) 6 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
2DF Agi Moses 2 0 Papua New Guinea Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC
2DF Daniel Joe (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
2DF Cyril Muta (1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 27) 3 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
2DF Valentine Nelson (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 27) 8 0 Papua New Guinea Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC
2DF Joshua Talau (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Besta United PNG
2DF Jeremy Yasasa (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 29) 8 2 Papua New Guinea Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC
2DF Brad McDonald (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Australia APIA Leichhardt Tigers
3MF David Muta (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 27) 9 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
3MF Nigel Dabinyaba (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
3MF Patrick Aisa (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
3MF Michael Foster (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 29) 9 2 Papua New Guinea Admiralty
3MF Rodney Mobiha (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Eastern Stars
3MF Vanya Malagian (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC
3MF Emanuel Simon (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Papua New Guinea Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC
4FW Tommy Semmy (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Papua New Guinea Besta United PNG
4FW George Slefendorfas (1983-01-07) 7 January 1983 (age 31) 1 0 Australia FC Bendigo
4FW Neil Hans (1988-04-24) 24 April 1988 (age 26) 7 5 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
4FW Gari Moka (1983-11-16) 16 November 1983 (age 31) 5 3 Papua New Guinea Oro FC
4FW Mauri Wasi (1982-09-06) 6 September 1982 (age 32) 12 3 New Zealand Birkenhead United
4FW Raymond Gunemba (1989-12-10) 10 December 1989 (age 25) 4 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesp/png-intres.html
  2. ^ "Strikers To Play Papua New Guinea". Steve Pitman, Brisbane Strikers. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Farina’s PNG aiming to defy odds". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 

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