Laos national football team

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Laos
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) ທິມຊາດ ລາວ
(The National Team)
Association Lao Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Head coach Valakone Phomphakdy
Captain Khampheng Sayavutthi
Most caps Visay Phaphouvanin (51)
Top scorer Visay Phaphouvanin (18)[1]
Home stadium New Laos National Stadium
FIFA code LAO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 167 Increase 8 (24 November 2016)
Highest 134 (September 1998)
Lowest 194 (August 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 207
First international
 South Vietnam 7–0 Laos
(Rangoon, Burma; 12 December 1961)[2]
Biggest win
 Laos 6–1 Timor-Leste 
(Vientiane, Laos; 26 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Republic 15–0 Laos
(Jakarta, Indonesia; November 1963)

The Laos national football team (Lao: ທິມຊາດ ບານເຕະ ແຫ່ງຊາດ ລາວ) is the men's national football team that represents Laos.

History[edit]

Laos established their national football association in 1951. The South East Asian nation is still waiting to make its entrance into a major international competition. Laos have never qualified for the World Cup, Asian Cup or Asian Games and as an international side, their appearances have been restricted to regional tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Tiger Cup. After years of internal strife, Laos is well on the road to economic and political recovery. With the country achieving political stability, football has made an impact on Laotians. Since making their appearance at the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, Laos has competed in the ASEAN Football Championship (Tiger Cup). Although new to the regional tournaments, Laos has displayed passion and talent. In 1995, they beat Brunei and the Philippines and two years later in the Jakarta SEA Games, they also beat Malaysia. Domestic competitions are also active with over 60 clubs competing at various levels. Domestic football is amateur although most of the top teams are drawn from government ministries and public services. In the qualifying preliminary rounds for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, they beat Bangladesh 2–1. In the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifiers, they qualified for the second round as a lucky loser after Guam and Nepal both withdrew from competition, but proceeded to lose all its games (with Qatar, Iran and Jordan). They also advanced to the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after defeating Cambodia 8–6 on aggregate. In the second round, they lost to China PR 13–3 on aggregate. Laos has defeated their much more established counterparts such as Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. Laos' first appearance in a continental tournament was in 2014, when they played at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1998 Did not enter - - - - - -
2002 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2006 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2010 Did not enter[3] - - - - - -
2014 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2018 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 0/20 0 0 0 0 0 0

Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1956 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 to 1980 Withdrew - - - - - -
1984 to 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
2011 Did not enter - - - - - -
2015 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2019 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

AFC Solidarity Cup record[edit]

AFC Solidarity Cup
Year Result GP W D L GF GA
Malaysia 2016 Third place 5 3 1 1 11 9

ASEAN Championship[edit]

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

ASEAN Football Championship
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1996 Group Stage 4 1 1 2 5 10
1998 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 8
2000 Group Stage 4 0 0 4 0 16
2002 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 8
2004 Group Stage 4 1 0 3 4 16
2007 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 23
2008 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 13
2010 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 13
2012 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 6 10
2014 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 12
2016 Did not qualify
Total Best: Group Stage 33 2 5 26 26 129

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Lose

2016[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
Laos Songphu Phongsa 1996–1999
Laos Vangchay Muangmany Feb 2000 – May 2000
Laos Outhensackda Vatthana 2000 – ?
Russia Boris Zhuravlyov 2001
Laos Soutsakhone Oudomphet 2002 – ?
France Dominique Fernandez May 2003 – ?
Laos Saythong Syphasay Oct 2003 – Oct 2004 7 0 1 6 7.1%
Laos Bounlap Khenkitisack Oct 2004 – 2005? 5 1 0 4 20%
Laos Saythong Syphasay Oct 2006 – 2007? 7 3 1 3 50.1%
Russia Valeriy Vdovin Oct 2008 – Nov 2008 4 3 0 1 75%
Laos Saysana Savatdy Dec 2008 – Jul 2009 3 0 0 3 0%
Austria Alfred Riedl Jul 2009 – May 2010 5 1 2 2 40%
England David Booth Jul 2010 – Dec 2010 6 1 3 2 40.5%
Laos Bounlap Khenkitisack Jan 2011 – Feb 2011 2 0 1 1 25%
Austria Hans-Peter Schaller Feb 2011 – Dec 2011 4 1 0 3 25%
Japan Kokichi Kimura July 2012 – 2014 18 4 5 9 22.2%
Japan Norio Tsukitate 2014 5 0 1 4
England David Booth Aug 2014 10 4 1 5
England Steve Darby Aug 2015 – 2016 2 0 1 5
Laos Valakone Phomphakdy May 2016 – 2 0 1 1


Current Squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club


1GK Seng Athit Somvang (1991-06-02) 2 June 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Laos Lao Police Club
1GK Soukthavy Soundala (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 21) 8 0 Laos Ezra FC
1GK Chintana Souksavath (1990-07-20) 20 July 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Laos Lao Toyota FC
2DF Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 28) 38 2 Laos Lao Toyota FC
2DF Ketsada Souksavanh (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 24) 35 3 Laos SHB Vientiane F.C.
2DF Saychon Khunsamnam (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 23) 6 0 Laos Yotha F.C.
2DF Kovanh Namthavixay (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 29) 35 2 Laos Lao Army FC

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Laos matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Laos. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Record number of 204 teams enter preliminary competition". FIFA Media Department. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Laos withdraw from AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 

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