Laos national football team

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Lao People's Democratic Republic
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 Mike Wong Mun Heng
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 166 Increase 5 (14 September 2017)
Highest 134 (September 1998)
Lowest 210 (August 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 207 (27 April 2017)
First international
 Egypt 15–0 Laos
(Rangoon, Burma; 12 December 1961)[2]
Biggest win
Laos Laos 6–1 Timor-Leste 
(Vientiane, Laos; 26 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 15–0 Laos
(Rangoon, Burma; 12 December 1961)

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

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
Uruguay 1930 to France 1998 Did not enter
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify
Germany 2006 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010 Did not enter[3]
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify
Russia 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
Hong Kong 1956 to Iran 1968 Did not enter
Thailand 1972 to Kuwait 1980 Withdrew
Singapore 1984 to United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not enter
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify
China 2004 Did not qualify
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Did not enter
Australia 2015 Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 2019 Did not qualify
Total 0/17 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
Singapore 1996 Group Stage 4 1 1 2 5 10
Vietnam 1998 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 8
Thailand 2000 Group Stage 4 0 0 4 0 16
IndonesiaSingapore 2002 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 8
MalaysiaVietnam 2004 Group Stage 4 1 0 3 4 16
SingaporeThailand 2007 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 23
IndonesiaThailand 2008 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 13
IndonesiaVietnam 2010 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 13
MalaysiaThailand 2012 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 6 10
SingaporeVietnam 2014 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 12
MyanmarPhilippines 2016 Did not qualify
Total Best: Group Stage 33 2 5 26 26 129

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Lose

2017[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
Laos Songphu Phongsa 1996–1999
Laos Vangchay Muangmany February 2000 – May 2000
Laos Outhensackda Vatthana 2000 – ?
Russia Boris Zhuravlyov 2001
Laos Soutsakhone Oudomphet 2002 – ?
France Dominique Fernandez May 2003 – ?
Laos Saythong Syphasay October 2003 – October 2004 7 0 1 6 7.1%
Laos Bounlap Khenkitisack October 2004 – 2005? 5 1 0 4 20%
Laos Saythong Syphasay October 2006 – 2007? 7 3 1 3 50.1%
Russia Valeriy Vdovin October 2008 – November 2008 4 3 0 1 75%
Laos Saysana Savatdy December 2008 – July 2009 3 0 0 3 0%
Austria Alfred Riedl July 2009 – May 2010 5 1 2 2 40%
England David Booth July 2010 – December 2010 6 1 3 2 40.5%
Laos Bounlap Khenkitisack January 2011 – February 2011 2 0 1 1 25%
Austria Hans-Peter Schaller February 2011 – December 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 August 2014 10 4 1 5
England Steve Darby August 2015 – 2016 2 0 1 5
Laos Valakone Phomphakdy May 2016 – December 2016 2 0 1 1
Thailand Dusit Chalermsan March 2017 – May 2017 1 0 0 1
Singapore Mike Wong June 2017 - August 2017 0 0 0 1

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. 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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