National Stadium (East Timor)
|Full name||National Stadium of East Timor|
|Location||Dili, East Timor|
|Owner||Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste|
|Operator||Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste|
|Timor Leste national football team|
National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Dili, East Timor. It is used mostly for association football matches. The stadium holds 5,000. In 2002 The Dili stadium hosted Kylie Minogue and John Farnham as a reward for the Australians Serving in assisting towards independence. Until recently the stadium has been neglected in Dili and in 2006 housed thousands of East Timorese fleeing violence on the streets. Dili stadium in 2011 was renovated, this included changes to the pitch as well as the seating.
Dili Stadium is today home to the finals of the Taca Digicel and Super Liga Timorense. In 2005 Dili stadium also hosted world-renowned soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2010 Dili stadium held the Timor Sea cup. Dili Stadium is also hoping to host the next Timor cup.
Playing football in East Timor is difficult because temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius and the pitch at the stadium is rock solid, with dry grass on it and patches where it is just pure stones.
On 12 March 2015 the stadium hosted the first international home match of Timor-Leste national football team in the first round 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against Mongolia with result Timor win 4-1.
Major Football Matches
|12 March 2015||Timor-Leste||4 - 1||Mongolia||Dili|
|Stadium: National Stadium (Dili)
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-Udom (Thailand)
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