Vanuatu national football team

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Vanuatu
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Vanuatu Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Percy Avock
Captain Jean Robert Yelou
Top scorer Richard Iwai (19)[1]
Home stadium Korman Stadium
FIFA code VAN
FIFA ranking 190 Decrease 10
Highest FIFA ranking 131 (October 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 191 (June 2013)
Elo ranking 149
Highest Elo ranking 129 (2 June 2004)
Lowest Elo ranking 183 (November 1993)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951) [2]
Biggest win
Vanuatu Vanuatu 18–0 Kiribati 
(Lautoka, Fiji; 7 July 2003)[3]
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[4]
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1973)
Best result Fourth place, 1973, 2000, 2002, 2008

The Vanuatu national football team is the national team of Vanuatu and is controlled by the Vanuatu Football Federation.

History[edit]

It was known as the New Hebrides national football team until the New Hebrides became Republic of Vanuatu in 1980. It finished fourth in the OFC Nations Cup in 1973, 2000, and 2002. In the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, Vanuatu beat New Zealand 4–2, preventing the regional powerhouse from making the final and, consequently, the running for the 2006 World Cup.

Vanuatu caused another shock in the 2007 South Pacific Games by knocking out the Solomon Islands for bronze medal and also enable to enter the second stage of qualification for the OFC nation Cup and consequently a chance with a playoff for the FIFA world cup in South Africa 2010. The last time they had won against Solomon Islands was back in 1998 and had since been on the receiving side of many losses save for one draw against them. In July 2008, Vanuatu faced two national teams from the Solomon Islands during the inaugural edition of the Wantok Cup. Vanuatu lost 1–2 to the Solomons' team A, but defeated their team B by two goals to one.

For the first time in the country's history Vanuatu was top of the South Pacific in 1990. Vanuatu won the Melanesian Cup, playing against Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. At that time under Coach Terry O'Donnell, Vanuatu was undoubtably the best team in the South Pacific beating Australia 1 v 0 and also knocking New Zealand out of the Futsal World Cup.

Competitive Record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Melanesia Cup[edit]

Melanesia Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Solomon Islands 1988 Third Place 3rd 4 1 0 3 2 19
Fiji 1989 Fifth Place 5th 4 0 0 4 2 12
Vanuatu 1990 Champions 1st 4 2 2 0 4 2
Vanuatu 1992 Fourth Place 4th 3 0 0 3 1 6
Solomon Islands 1994 Fifth Place 5th 4 0 1 3 5 12
Papua New Guinea 1996 Third Place 3rd 2 0 1 1 2 3
Vanuatu 1998 Runners-Up 2nd 4 2 1 1 8 6
Fiji 2000 Third Place 3rd 4 2 0 2 12 7
Total 8/8 1 Title 29 7 5 17 36 67

Wantok Cup record[edit]

Solitary win in OFC history[edit]

At the second stage of the qualification tournament, Vanuatu came 6th place at the bottom of the table, but managed a win against regional powerhouses New Zealand which denied them a place in the final stages of OFC Nation Cup and the chance for a place in both the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and Continental & Intercontinental playoffs for the 2006 World Cup Finals. Vanuatu's win created the first time opportunity for one of the Island Nations to contest the Third Stage which had previously been contested only by Australia and New Zealand. Australia went on to beat Solomon Islands in a two leg contest and qualified for the World Cup finals.

List Of Coaches[edit]

New Hebrides (−1980)[edit]

  • P. Reichert (1973)

Vanuatu (1980–)[edit]

  • England Terry O'Donnell (1987–1993)
  • Vanuatu Saby Natonga (1996)
  • Alwyn Job (1998)
  • Uruguay Juan Carlos Buzzetti (2000–2004)
  • England Joe Szekeres (2004–?)
  • Vanuatu Willian Malas[5]
  • Vanuatu Saby Natonga (2011)
  • Vanuatu William Malas (2012–present)

Current Squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ernest Bong (1984-02-29) 29 February 1984 (age 30) 7 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
16 1GK Seiloni Iaruel (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Vanuatu Tafea
23 1GK Chikau Mansale (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 31) 15 0 Vanuatu Amicale
2 2DF Kevin Shem (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Vanuatu Tafea
4 2DF Selwyn Sese Ala (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 27) 8 1 Vanuatu Spirit 08
5 2DF Nemani Roqara (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Vanuatu Tafea
6 2DF Freddy Vava (1982-11-25) 25 November 1982 (age 31) 24 2 Vanuatu Tafea
15 2DF Alphonse Bongnaim (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 28) 11 0 Vanuatu Amicale
20 2DF Malon Kaltanak (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
22 2DF Brian Kaltack (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 20) 8 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
7 3MF Jean Robert Yelou (1983-09-25) 25 September 1983 (age 30) 15 1 Vanuatu Amicale
8 3MF Silas Namatak (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Vanuatu Tafea
9 3MF Derek Malas (1983-12-10) 10 December 1983 (age 30) 7 1 Vanuatu Tafea
13 3MF François Sakama (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 26) 11 6 Vanuatu Amicale
18 3MF Michel Kaltack (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 23) 12 2 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
19 3MF Roddy Lenga (1990-04-22) 22 April 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Vanuatu Amicale
21 3MF Dominique Fred (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Vanuatu Amicale
23 3MF Barry Mansale (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 18) 0 0 Vanuatu Spirit 08
9 4FW Seule Soromon (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 29) 8 10 New Zealand Wairarapa United
11 4FW Robert Tasso (1989-12-18) 18 December 1989 (age 24) 7 5 Vanuatu Tafea
10 4FW Jean Kaltack (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 19) 8 9 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
12 4FW Joseph Namariau (1988-01-12) 12 January 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Vanuatu Tafea
17 4FW Jean Nako Naprapol (1980-07-20) 20 July 1980 (age 33) 7 4 Vanuatu Amicale

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