Bangladesh national football team

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Bangladesh
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Bengal Tigers
Association Bangladesh Football Federation
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Lodewijk de Kruif
Captain Mamunul Islam
Most caps Jahid Hasan Ameli (60)
Top scorer Jahid Hasan Ameli (15)
Home stadium Bangabandhu National Stadium
FIFA code BAN
FIFA ranking 169 Decrease 3 (9 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 110 (April 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 183 (June 2008)
Elo ranking 192
Highest Elo ranking 146 (1986)
Lowest Elo ranking 193 (June 2015)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bangladesh 2–2 Thailand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 26 July 1973)
Biggest win
 Bangladesh 8-0 Maldives 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 23 December 1985)
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 9–0 Bangladesh Bangladesh
(Incheon, South Korea; 16 September 1979)
 Iran 9–0 Bangladesh Bangladesh
(Karachi, Pakistan; 25 February 1982)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1980)
Best result Round 1: 1980

The Bangladesh national football team (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় ফুটবল দল) is the national team of Bangladesh controlled by the Bangladesh Football Federation. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation and became a member of FIFA in 1974 even though the Bangladesh Football Federation was first founded in 1972. Bangladesh was elected as member in the AFC Executive Committee 1982-86 and 1998-02. The current Executive Committee was elected democratically, under an AFC approved constitution and direct supervision of FIFA & AFC in April 2008.

Bangladesh's national team debuted in 1973 and has yet to qualify for the World Cup finals. They were dismissed in the first round of their only Asian Cup appearance to date in 1980, and the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. But the nation’s best results came at South Asian level where it won the SAFF Championship once and were gold medalists in South Asian Games twice. As is the case elsewhere on the subcontinent, top-level football in Bangladesh is played somewhere in the shadow of the country's national cricket team. It was one of South Asian leading team in 2000s.

History[edit]

20th century[edit]

The first instance of a Bangladesh national football team is the emergence of the Shadhin Bangla football team during 1971 liberation war. They toured throughout India to raise international awareness and economic support for the liberation war.

Following her independence from Pakistan achieved at the end of 1971, the Bangladesh football team played its first official game on July 26, 1973, a 2–2 draw against Thailand. During the period between July 26 and August 14, 1973, the national team played 13 friendly matches against Asian teams, all hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, resulting in 3 draws and 10 defeats. One year later, the national team played 2 more friendlies, this time in Bangkok, and were defeated twice more.

The next official matches came in 1978, 2 friendly games against Malaysia and India, also in Bangkok, finished once more as defeats. In January 1979, the qualification tournament for the 1980 AFC Asian Cup began and – surprisingly considering their previous record – Bangladesh opened their campaign with draws against Afghanistan and Qatar. A heavy 4–0 defeat against Qatar followed, but a 4–1 win over the Afghans, the team's first ever victory, saw them qualify for the tournament.

In preparation for the Asian Cup, Bangladesh played four more friendly matches, losing three of them (notably a 9–0 thrashing by South Korea) but scoring their second win, 3–1 over Sri Lanka.

The 1980 AFC Asian Cup was held in September 1980 in Kuwait, and Bangladesh were grouped with defending champions Iran as well as North Korea, Syria and China. The Bangladeshis opened the tournament respectably with narrow defeats to the North Koreans (3–2) and Syrians (1–0) but were embarrassed 7–0 and 6–0 respectively by Iran and China, finishing the tournament bottom of their table with a goal difference of −15. This was the only time that Bangladesh have qualified for a major tournament.

In 1982, after a year and a half without any matches, the team played four games in Karachi, Pakistan, again suffering, 3 defeats and a draw, with a heavy 9–0 loss, this time to Iran. The next five friendlies yielded 2 victories and 3 defeats, and by the 1984, the team had only 4 victories, in 10 years.

The qualifiers for the 1984 AFC Asian Cup took place in August of that year, with Bangladesh matched with Iran and Syria from the 1980 tournament alongside Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Bangladesh lost all but one of their games, a 3–2 defeat of the Philippines to salvage a little pride after yet another mauling by Iran.

A month later, the team played friendlies against Maldives and Nepal and handed out two thrashings of their own for a change, winning both games 5–0. But Nepal answered the day after, defeating Bangladesh 4–2.

In 1985 the team made its first attempt to qualify for the World Cup,grouped with India, Indonesia and Thailand. Two wins from six saw Bangladesh finish bottom of their group.

From April 1985 to November 1987 team played 13 games, registering 4 victories, 2 draws and 7 defeats, before failing to qualify for either the 1988 AFC Asian Cup or the 1990 FIFA World Cup, posting just one win in the eleven games they played over both tournaments (a 3–1 defeat of Thailand in World Cup qualifying).

Bangladesh national team during 1994 world cup qualifiers

From 1989 to 1991, the team played 8 matches, gaining 3 victories, 1 draw and 4 defeats, before failing once again to qualify for the Asian Cup, this time thanks to a 6–0 drubbing by South Korea. Two years later, the qualifying tournament for the 1994 FIFA World Cup involved 8 matches – Bangladesh's longest ever campaign, but no more successful – only a pair of victories over Sri Lanka prevented a complete whitewash which included 8–0 and 7–0 thrashings at the hands of Japan and United Arab Emirates respectively.

In 1995, Bangladesh won silver in Football at the South Asian Games, losing in the final to hosts India, but qualification for 1998 FIFA World Cup saw a return to form, with the team even losing to Chinese Taipei.

The team's fortunes in regional competitions improved – the SAFF Gold Cup in 1999, held in Goa, saw Bangladesh again reach the final and lose to India, picking up another silver medal, and at 1999 South Asian Games held in Kathmandu the team finally took the extra step and won the gold medal, the first tournament win in the team's history. However, they were unable to parlay this into a successful qualification for the 2000 Asian Cup and failed to recover from an opening 6–0 thrashing by Uzbekistan.

21st century[edit]

Bangladesh national team in 2007

A historic moment occurred for the Bangladesh team on 12 January 2001, when they played their first match against a team from outside Asia, a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who won 2–0.

Since 2000, the team have rarely looked like qualifying for either the Asian Cup or the World Cup (with successive first-round eliminations by Tajikistan in 2006 and 2010, but the same period has brought a tournament title being champions of SAFF Championship in 2003 as tournament host. Bangladesh won their second gold medal in South Asian Games at 2010 South Asian Games as tournament host.[1][2]

On 29 June 2011 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh beat Pakistan 3–0 in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. They went on to play Pakistan again at Punjab Stadium, Lahore on 3 July 2011 where they drew 0–0. This allowed the Bangladesh team to move on to the second round to play against Lebanon. The first game was played in Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut on 23 July 2011 where Bangladesh lost 4–0. The second game was played in Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka where Bangladesh won 2–0. Since Lebanon was able to score more goals out of the two games they advanced to the third round eliminating Bangladesh. Bangladesh could not qualify into the semifinal of 2011 SAFF Championship as they had drawn against Pakistan but lost to Nepal and Maldives in group stage.

Bangladesh played three international friendly matches in 2012. They managed to draw against Nepal by 1–1. They started their South-east Asian tour by a heavy 5–0 defeat to Thailand but drawn against Malaysia by 1–1.

Bangladesh failed to qualify into 2014 AFC Challenge Cup as they lost to Palestine by 0–1 despite their wins against host Nepal and Northern Mariana Islands in 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification stage held in March 2013. Bangladesh could not qualify into the semifinal of 2013 SAFF Championship as they lost to Nepal and Pakistan in group matches. Although they had a consolation draw against tournament runner-up India in group stage, it was second consecutive SAFF Championship where they failed to qualify into knockout stage.

Bangladesh national team in 2015

On March 5, 2014 Bangladesh tied a thrilling 2–2 International Friendly against India at Fatorda Stadium, Goa, India. On October 24, 2014 Bangladesh drew a match against Sri Lanka by 1-1 at Shamsul Huda Stadium, Jessore. Three days later they won the match against same opponent by 1-0 at Rajshahi District Stadium.

And in 2015 Bangabandhu Cup, Bangladesh became the runners-up of the tournament as they lost against Malaysia U-23 team by 2-3 in the final match. In the group stage, Bangladesh lost in the very first match against Malaysia U-23 team but won against Sri Lanka which led them to qualify in the semi final round where they beat Thailand U-22 football team by 1-0.

Team image[edit]

Colours[edit]

The Bangladesh national football team plays in bottle green shirts and dark red shorts embedded with red and green stripes. Green and red are the historic national colour of Bangladesh, originated from the national flag of Bangladesh. The red represents the sun rising over Bengal, and also the blood of those who died for the independence of Bangladesh. The green stands for the lushness of the land of Bangladesh. The current Bangladesh away jersey is just the reversal of the regular one.

Kit history[edit]

Shadhin Bangla Football Team 1971

Home stadium[edit]

Bangladesh plays majority of their home matches at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, where they won the SAFF Championship in 2003 and 2010 South Asian Games football gold medal. Occasionally home matches are played at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Sylhet District Stadium in Sylhet, Rajshahi District Stadium in Rajshahi and Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore .

Media coverage[edit]

All Bangladesh matches are broadcast with full commentary on Radio Foorti. Bangladesh's home and away qualifiers and friendlies both home and away are broadcast live on Bangladesh Television & Channel 9.

Coaching staffs[edit]

Manager Bangladesh Amirul Islam Babu
Head coach Netherlands Lodewijk de Kruif
Assistant coach Bangladesh Saiful Bari Titu
Goalkeeping coach Germany Christian Schweichler

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

32 players were called for Bangladesh national football team camp that started on 17 May 2015.[3][4][5] Strikers Mithun Chowdhury, Shakhawat Hossain Rony and defender Atiqur Rahman Meshu – all of whom were a part of the 23-member squad for the 2015 Bangabandhu Cup have lost their places.[6][7]

Caps and goals updated as of 16 June 2015 after the match against Tajikistan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Shahidul Yousuf Sohel (1992-05-01) 1 May 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
1 1GK Russel Mahmud Liton (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
22 1GK Mazharul Islam Himel (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
1GK Mohammad Nayeem (1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Bangladesh Team BJMC
23 1GK Ashraful Islam Rana (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Bangladesh Mohammedan SC
12 2DF Nasirul Islam Nasir (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 26) 21 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
4 2DF Nasiruddin Chowdhury (1989-12-03) 3 December 1989 (age 25) 15 1 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
2DF Rezaul Karim (1987-07-01) 1 July 1987 (age 28) 13 1 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
21 2DF Ashraf Mahmud Linkon (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 25) 13 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
2 2DF Raihan Hasan (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 20) 10 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
5 2DF Yeamin Ahmed Chowdhury Munna (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 23) 8 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
4 2DF Yeasin Khan (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 20) 8 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
3 2DF Topu Barman (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
14 2DF Kesto Kumar Bose (1992-04-16) 16 April 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
8 3MF Mamunul Islam Mamun (c) (1988-12-12) 12 December 1988 (age 26) 34 2 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
13 3MF Monaem Khan Raju (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 (age 25) 11 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
6 3MF Jamal Bhuyan (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 25) 11 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
11 3MF Sohel Rana (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 20) 11 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
10 3MF Hemanta Vincent Biswas (1995-12-13) 13 December 1995 (age 19) 7 2 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
17 3MF Shahedul Alam Shahed (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
3MF Emon Mahmud (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
3MF Ischan Reasat Khaton (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Philippines Pachanga Diliman
9 4FW Jahid Hasan Ameli (1987-12-25) 25 December 1987 (age 27) 60 15 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
4FW Mohamed Zahid Hossain (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 27) 32 5 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
19 4FW Abdul Baten Mojumdar Komol (1987-08-02) 2 August 1987 (age 27) 14 1 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
7 4FW Enamul Haque (1985-09-01) 1 September 1985 (age 29) 14 7 Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad KC
4FW Toklis Ahmed (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 19) 8 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
20 4FW Tawhidul Alam Sabuz (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Bangladesh Mohammedan SC
15 4FW Wahed Ahmed (1993-12-03) 3 December 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
18 4FW Jewel Rana (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Bangladesh Mohammedan SC
16 4FW Aminur Rahman Sajib (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
4FW Rubel Mia ?? 0 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been selected for the squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Atiqur Rahman Meshu (1988-08-26) 26 August 1988 (age 26) 28 2 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC 2015 Bangabandhu Cup
FW Shakhawat Hossain Rony (1993-04-18) 18 April 1993 (age 22) 4 2 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 2015 Bangabandhu Cup
FW Mithun Chowdhury Mithun (1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 (age 26) 18 2 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC 2015 Bangabandhu Cup

Results and fixtures[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Competition Venue Location Opponent Result Scorers for Bangladesh
March 5, 2014 International Friendly Fatorda Stadium India Goa  India 2–2 Mithun Goal 51' Mondal Goal 64' (Own goal)
October 24, 2014 International friendly Shamsul Huda Stadium Bangladesh Jessore  Sri Lanka 1-1 Ameli Goal 15'
October 27, 2014 International friendly Rajshahi District Stadium Bangladesh Rajshahi  Sri Lanka 1-0 Ameli Goal 3'(pen.)
December 18, 2014 International friendly Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka Japan Japan U-23 0-3
January 29, 2015 2015 Bangabandhu Cup Sylhet District Stadium Bangladesh Sylhet Malaysia Malaysia U-22 0-1
February 2, 2015 2015 Bangabandhu Cup Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka  Sri Lanka 1-0 Hemanta Vincent Biswas Goal 40'
February 6, 2015 2015 Bangabandhu Cup (Semi Final 2) Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka Thailand Thailand U-22 1-0 Nasiruddin Chowdhury Goal 38'
February 8, 2015 2015 Bangabandhu Cup (Final) Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka Malaysia Malaysia U-22 2-3 Ameli Goal 49', Yeasin Khan Goal 55'.
May 30, 2015 International friendly Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka  Singapore 1-2 Nasiruddin Chowdhury Goal 4'
June 2, 2015 International friendly Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka  Afghanistan 1-1 Ameli Goal 4'
August 29, 2015 International friendly[8] Bukit Jalil National Stadium Malaysia Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Competition Venue Location Opponent Result Scorers for Bangladesh
June 11, 2015 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka  Kyrgyzstan 1-3 V. Kichin Goal 32'(Own goal)
June 16, 2015 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka  Tajikistan 1-1 Ameli Goal 50'
September 3, 2015 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification NIB Stadium Australia Perth  Australia
September 8, 2015 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka  Jordan
October 13, 2015 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification  Kyrgyzstan
November 12, 2015 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification  Tajikistan
November 17, 2015 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification Bangabandhu National Stadium Bangladesh Dhaka  Australia
March 24, 2016 FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying (AFC) and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification  Jordan

Coaches[edit]

^Interim

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

Bangladesh took part in every FIFA World Cup qualifier although never made it past the first round. The best they did was clinch wins in some of them.

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup
Year Round
Iran 1976
Withdrew from qualification
Kuwait 1980
Group Stage
Singapore 1984
Did not qualify
Qatar 1988
Did not qualify
Japan 1992
Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 1996
Withdrew
Lebanon 2000
Did not qualify
China 2004
Did not qualify
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand & Vietnam 2007
Did not qualify
Qatar 2011
Did not qualify
Australia 2015
Did not qualify

AFC Challenge Cup record[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006
Quarter Final
4
2
1
1
7
8
India 2008
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
Sri Lanka 2010
Group Stage
3
1
0
2
3
6
Nepal 2012
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
Maldives 2014
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Quarter Final
7
3
1
3
10
14

AFC Challenge Cup qualification record:

AFC Challenge Cup qualification
Year Qualification GP W D L GF GA
2006
Qualified as host
-
-
-
-
-
-
Kyrgyzstan 2008
Did not qualify
2
0
1
1
1
2
Bangladesh 2010
Qualified as best group runner-up
3
2
0
1
5
2
Burma 2012
Did not qualify
3
1
0
2
2
5
Nepal 2014
Did not qualify
3
2
0
1
6
1
Total
11
5
1
5
14
10

SAFF Championship[edit]

SAFF Championship
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Pakistan 1993
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
Sri Lanka 1995
Semi Final
3
1
1
1
2
1
Nepal 1997
Group Stage
2
0
1
1
1
4
India 1999
Runner-up
4
2
1
1
6
3
Bangladesh 2003
Champion
5
4
1
0
8
2
Pakistan 2005
Runner-up
5
3
1
1
7
3
Sri Lanka & Maldives 2008
Group Stage
3
0
2
1
3
4
Bangladesh 2009
Semi Final
4
2
1
1
6
3
India 2011
Group Stage
3
0
1
2
1
4
Nepal 2013
Group Stage
3
0
1
2
2
5
Total
Best: Champion
32
12
10
10
36
29

South Asian Games[edit]

  • 2004 onwards – Bangladesh U-23 plus three overage players entered the competition, as per age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games.
South Asian Games
Hosts / Year Medal
Nepal 1984 Kathmandu
Silver
Bangladesh 1985 Dhaka
Silver
India 1987 Calcutta
Semi-Final
Pakistan 1989 Islamabad
Silver
Sri Lanka 1991 Colombo
Bronze
Bangladesh 1993 Dhaka
Group Stage
India 1995 Chennai
Silver
Nepal 1999 Kathmandu
Gold
Pakistan 2004 Islamabad
Group Stage
Sri Lanka 2006 Colombo
Group Stage
Bangladesh 2010 Dhaka
Gold

Asian Games[edit]

  • 1951 to 1970Did not enter; was part of Pakistan until 1971
  • 2002 onwards – Bangladesh U-23 plus three overage players entered the competition, as per age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games.
Asian Games Record
Hosts / Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
Iran 1974 Tehran
Did not participate
- - - - - - -
Thailand 1978 Bangkok
Preliminary round
12/14 2 0 0 2 0 4
India 1982 New Delhi
Preliminary round
11/16 3 1 0 2 2 4
South Korea 1986 Seoul
Preliminary round
16/18 4 1 0 3 1 12
China 1990 Beijing
Preliminary round
11/14 2 0 0 2 0 7
Japan 1994 Hiroshima
Did not participate
- - - - - - -
Thailand 1998 Bangkok
Withdrew
- - - - - - -
South Korea 2002 Busan
Preliminary round
20/24 3 0 0 3 1 9
Qatar 2006 Doha
Preliminary round
24/24 3 0 0 3 2 13
China 2010 Guangzhou
Preliminary round
24/24 3 0 0 3 1 10
South Korea 2014 Incheon
Preliminary round
20/29 3 1 0 2 2 5
Total - - 23 3 0 20 9 64

Head-to-head (All-time record)[edit]

As of 16 June 2015.