Nepal national football team

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Nepal National Football Team
All Nepal Football Association.jpg
Nickname(s)The Gorkhalis
AssociationAll Nepal Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachJohan Kalin
CaptainBiraj Maharjan
Most capsBiraj Maharjan (71)
Top scorerNirajan Rayamajhi
Hari Khadka (13)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeNEP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 166 Decrease 1 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest121 (December 1993 – February 1994)
Lowest196 (January 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 200 Increase 2 (30 July 2019)[2]
Highest171 (23 November 1987)
Lowest210 (1 May 1999)
First international
 China 6–2 Nepal Nepal
(Beijing, China; 13 October 1972)[3]
Biggest win
   Nepal 7–0 Bhutan 
(Kathmandu, Nepal; 26 September 1999)[4]
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 16–0 Nepal
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 September 2003)[3]
SAFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1993)
Best resultThird place (1993)
AFC Solidarity Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultChampions (2016)
Bangabandhu Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1999)
Best resultChampions (2016)

The Nepal national football team represents Nepal in international men's Football and is governed by the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). A member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Nepalese football team play their home games at Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Tripureswhor, Kathmandu.

History[edit]

Origins (1921–1963)[edit]

Football in Nepal had been a national sport as early as 1921 during the Rana dynasty. Several clubs were formed and several domestic tournaments such as the Ram Janaki Cup (1934), and the Tribhuvan Challenge Shield (1948) were organized. In 1951, the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) was founded, and this saw the formation of the Nepal national football team.

Emergence (1963–1970)[edit]

In 1963, Nepal appeared in their first international away game in the Aga Khan Gold Cup; the predecessor of the President's Gold Cup, Asia Champion Club Tournament, and Asian Club Championship (now rebranded as the AFC Champions League) after various associations (including ANFA) insisted on entering national teams instead of clubs.[5] After Nepal entered an 18-man squad, ANFA flew the players to Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to play their first match. Nepal faced Western Railway, a Pakistani team in the Bangabandhu National Stadium. However, the match was lost 0–7. Two days later, Nepal played the Dhaka Wonders, a local East Pakistani team. Though this match was also lost 0–7. After two disastrous games, Nepal was sure to be knocked out of the preliminary round. The final game was against Dhaka Police Club, though, despite the previous heavy losses, Nepal managed to win the game with a single goal. The goal scorer, Prakash Bikram Shah, became the first Nepali to score on foreign soil.[6] The goal took place at the 19th minute.

Modernisation & golden generation (1970–1999)[edit]

In 1970, Nepal became a member of FIFA. Two years later, Nepal joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). With this, Nepal played their first international match on 13 October 1972, where they lost 2–6 to the People's Republic of China. The first Nepali footballer to score the first international goal for Nepal in a FIFA-recognized tournament was Y.B Ghale. Ghale scored against Kuwait in the 1982 Asian Games. Despite the popularity of the game, the lack of appropriate footballing infrastructure and the dearth of trainers, technicians, and other facilities have always been obstacles in the way of the Nepalese FA's endeavors to raise the standard of football among the players of a nation that has an official per capita income of just The woes of Nepalese football, however, have been immensely relieved by FIFA's determination to promote football in Nepal through youth programs.

In the mid-1980s, FIFA provided financial assistance and sent a number of coaches to help Nepal's federation to launch its first youth program, which was geared towards spotting talent at the grassroots level (such as in schools, for example) and providing young players with the necessary know-how, both on and off the pitch. The initial five-year plan helped half the players groomed under the first youth program to find a place in the national side, and the team that won the 2 gold medals in the first and sixth South Asian Federation (SAF) Games mostly consisted of the players from that youth programme. Despite Nepal being considered among the lower-ranked nations, Nepal has been largely successful in the South Asian Games where they won two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

Nepal hosted several notable friendlies from teams outside the Asian Confederation during the mid to late 80s, against Denmark in 1986; USSR and East Germany in 1987; and West Germany in 1989.[7] While at the same time, Nepal still entered tournaments against club sides such as FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast in the 1989 ANFA Cup.

Nepal continued on with their winning ways through several minor tournaments which saw the nation showered with titles including the 1997 and 1998 Governor's Gold Cup, winning gold at the 1993 South Asian Games, and reaching 3rd place in the 1993 South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cup (the first edition of the SAFF Championship).

Decline (2000–2009)[edit]

The Nepali football came across a forgettable two years from 2001–2003 when the row between two factions (government-backed and FIFA-backed) led Nepali football into deep trouble. Nepal faced a ban and therefore could not participate in any events and the rankings slipped heavily. The dispute was settled, but not before it contributed to pushing Nepali football backward. Nepal celebrated their 100th international football match in January 2003 when they played Bangladesh in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship. Nepal failed to make any real impact at the tournament. During its 22 years of international participation, the Nepalese team has only played 26 nations outside of South Asia, but it has defeated all of the country's South Asian neighbors during various regional tournaments. Nepal also faced non-AFC teams in competitive tournaments such as Ghana U23 in the 1999 Bangabandhu Cup, and Kazakhstan in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign (although Kazakhstan was a member of the AFC during this match).

Despite many attempts to raise the standard of football, the players of the resource-strapped nation have not been able to make their mark in international football beyond South Asia. In 2003 during the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, Nepal's A national team suffered a number of heavy defeats in international matches outside of South Asia. In a match during the Asian Cup qualifying round in South Korea, the hosts scored 16 goals to no reply. In their six matches, Nepal conceded 45 goals and failed to hit the back of the net even once. However, the qualifying competition for the 2002 FIFA World Cup witnessed one of Nepal's best performances in international football, with the Gorkhalis securing two wins in four matches and scoring 13 goals in two matches against Macao and Iraq. But with the Nepalese national and youth teams failing to achieve any noticeable success at international level and FIFA introducing new age restriction systems in several international tournaments, Nepal recently decided to compete only in the FIFA World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers as well as the SAFF Championship until 2006.

Resurgence (2010–)[edit]

After the marquee appointments of Graham Roberts, Nepal had experienced a fair amount of success following the decade of decline. Nepal won Saff U-19 championship in 2015 and 3 major tournaments in 2016, the Bangabandhu Cup and the AFC Solidarity Cup and won a Gold medal in 2016 South Asian Games. Nepal lost no match in 2016.[8][9]

Nepal managed a well performance in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, although the team was luckily chosen as replacement for Guam as Guam chose not to participate.[10] Nepal had two successful draws against much stronger Philippines and Yemen at home, both ended 0–0.[11][12] However, as the team lost to Tajikistan twice[13][14] and away loss to the Philippines[15] and Yemen,[16] the Nepalis failed to qualify to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Home stadium[edit]

Dasrath Rangashala

The team's home ground is various around the nation one of the ground being Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. Holding 18,000 spectators all of which are beautifully seated. It is the biggest stadium in Nepal. It is named after Dasrath Chand, one of the martyrs of Nepal.

Most recently, the stadium was used as a primary venue for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup and the 2013 SAFF Championship, with the Halchowk Stadium hosting some of the matches as well.

Apart from sporting events, the stadium is also used as a music venue for cultural events with Bryan Adams being the most notable act that performed at the site.

Before the 2013 SAFF Championship in Nepal, the stadium underwent a heavy renovation that saw several improvements such as the expansion of seats from 20,000 to 28,000.

Team image[edit]

Nepal Red & Blue[edit]

During the ANFA Cup, the All Nepal Football Association occasionally entered two teams for Nepal; Nepal Red & Nepal Blue. This is very much akin to other South Asian teams such as Pakistan (Pakistan Green & Pakistan White, 1993 SAFF Championship; Pakistan Reds, 1976 Quaid-e-Azam exhibition matches), and Bangladesh (Bangladesh Red, 1983 President's Gold Cup). Nepal Red was a selection of Nepalese players that played as the full Nepal national football team. Whereas, Nepal Blue was effectively the B-team.[17][18]

Most of the Nepali top players play in the Nepal Red team, and it is also described as "the Nepal senior team", and is captained by the regular national team captain. While Nepal Blue is described as the "second string team".

Kit evolution[edit]

The national team's kit employs a tricolor of red, blue, and white to reflect the colors of the national flag of Nepal. With red being used for home matches, and blue for away. The pattern in some kits reflects the triangular shaping of the flag, namely the 2013 kit. Nepal's kits are mostly template kits, as opposed to a custom team-specific kit. This is because the Nepal national team isn't lucrative enough to afford kit partnership deals with manufacturers.

Very little is known about the history prior to 1998. However, during the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, the Nepalese national team hired Bijay Shah to provide technical assistance to the squad, while also acting as the assistant coach. At the time, the team didn't have printed sportswear for the tournament. After printing makeshift kits, Bijay was inspired to start a T-shirt printing company known as Attsh, where through the partnership with a US printing company, and colleagues in South Korea, they produced their first batch of kits for the national team prior to the 1999 South Asian Games.[19]

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

Results accurate up to 6 June 2019.[20]

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition Refs.
4 June 2020  Jordan Nepal TBA 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
31 March 2020  Australia Nepal TBA 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
26 March 2020  Chinese Taipei Nepal TBA 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 November 2019  Kuwait Nepal TBA 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 October 2019  Jordan Jordan TBA[note 1] 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 October 2019  Australia Australia Canberra Stadium, Canberra[note 1] 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 September 2019  Chinese Taipei Taiwan TBA[note 1] 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 September 2019  Kuwait Kuwait TBA[note 1] 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
26 August 2019 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. Malaysia TBA Exhibition match (International friendly) [22]
6 June 2019  Chinese Taipei D 1–1 Taiwan National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Exhibition match (International friendly) [23]
2 June 2019  Malaysia L 0–2 Malaysia Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Exhibition match (International friendly) [24]
25 March 2019  Kuwait L 0–1 Kuwait Al-Ahmadi Stadium, Al Ahmadi, Kuwait Exhibition match (International friendly) [25]
21 March 2019  Kuwait D 0–0 Kuwait Al-Ahmadi Stadium, Al Ahmadi, Kuwait Exhibition match (International friendly) [26]
6 October 2018  Palestine L 0–1 Bangladesh Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh 2018 Bangabandhu Cup
2 October 2018  Tajikistan L 0–2 Bangladesh Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh 2018 Bangabandhu Cup
12 September 2018  Maldives L 0–3 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2018 SAFF Championship
8 September 2018  Bangladesh W 2–0 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2018 SAFF Championship
6 September 2018  Bhutan W 4–0 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2018 SAFF Championship
4 September 2018  Pakistan L 1–2 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2018 SAFF Championship

* Nepal score always listed first

  Win   Draw   Loss

Coaching staff[edit]

Head Coach Sweden Johan Kalin
Assistant Coach(es) Nepal Kiran Shrestha
Goalkeeping Coach Nepal Ujjwal Manandhar
Technical Director Australia Gary Phillips
Physio Nepal Raju Dahal
Media Officer Nepal Ayush Khadka

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for the friendlies against Chinese Taipei and Malaysia.[27]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kiran Chemjong (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 29) 58 0 India Minerva FC
1GK Bikesh Kuthu (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 (age 26) 8 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club
1GK Alan Neupane (1996-06-24)24 June 1996 (aged 22) 0 0 Nepal Three Star Club

2DF Biraj Maharjan (captain) (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 28) 74 1 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club
2DF Rohit Chand (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 56 0 Indonesia Persija Jakarta
2DF Ananta Tamang (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 21 2 Nepal Three Star Club
2DF Devendra Tamang (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 25) 7 0 Nepal Chyasal Youth Club
2DF Suman Aryal (1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 (age 23) 6 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club
2DF Ranjit Dhimal (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 28) 5 0 Nepal Three Star Club
2DF Ajit Bhandari (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Nepal Nepal Police Club
2DF Ravi Silwal 1 0 Nepal Sankata BSC
2DF Saroj Dahal 0 0 Nepal Sankata BSC

3MF Sujal Shrestha (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 26) 27 2 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club
3MF Bikram Lama (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 30) 26 0 Nepal Three Star Club
3MF Bishal Rai (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 24) 19 3 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club
3MF Sunil Bal (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 7 1 Nepal Three Star Club
3MF Santosh Tamang 2 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club
3MF Tej Tamang (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Nepal Nepal Police Club

4FW Anjan Bista (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 (age 21) 27 0 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club
4FW Nawayug Shrestha (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 29) 24 6 Nepal Nepal Army Club
4FW Bimal Rana 2 0 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club
4FW Ravi Paswan 2 0 Nepal Nepal Police Club
4FW Abhishek Rijal (2000-01-29) 29 January 2000 (age 19) 2 1 Nepal Nepal Police Club

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the past 12 months and are still eligible for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Bishal Shrestha (1992-08-09) 9 August 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019

DF Aditya ChaudharyINJ (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 23) 23 0 Nepal APF Club 2018 Bangabandhu Cup
DF Dinesh Rajbanshi (1998-04-04) 4 April 1998 (age 21) 6 0 Nepal Nepal Police Club 2018 Bangabandhu Cup
DF Suraj BK 1 0 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019

MF Nirajan Khadka (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 30) 35 1 Nepal Three Star Club 2018 Bangabandhu Cup
MF Hemant Thapa Magar (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Nepal Chyasal Youth Club 2018 Bangabandhu Cup
MF Heman Gurung (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 23) 13 0 Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019
MF Tanka Basnet (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 28) 3 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019
MF Ashish Lama 1 0 Nepal APF Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019

FW Bimal Gharti Magar (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 21) 32 8 Maldives TC Sports Club 2018 Bangabandhu Cup
FW Bharat Khawas (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 28) 54 10 Nepal Nepal Army Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019
FW Suman Lama (1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 (age 23) 8 0 Nepal Nepal Police Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019
FW Ranjan Bista (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Nepal Three Star Club v.  Kuwait, 21 March 2019

Coaching history[edit]

Manager Career P W D L Win % PPG Competitions Comment
West Germany Rudi Gutendorf[28] 1981–82 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1982 Asian Games
West Germany Jochen Figge[29] 1984–85 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1984 South Asian Games: Gold medalist
West Germany Rudi Gutendorf[28] 1986 0 0 0 0 ! 0
Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear[30] 1987 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1987 South Asian Games: Silver medalist
West Germany Reinhard Fabisch[31][32] 1989 0 0 0 0 ! 0
Nepal Dhan Bahadur Basnet[33] 1989–91 0 0 0 0 ! 0
Nepal Maheshwor Mulmi
Germany Holger Obermann[34]
1991–93 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1991 South Asian Games

1993 SAARC Gold Cup: third place

Although both Obermann and Mulmi were heavily involved in the national team during these years, ANFA hired Obermann only as a 'Technical Director'[35]
Nepal Dhan Bahadur Basnet 1993–94 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1993 South Asian Games: Gold medalist

1994 Asian Games

Nepal Maheshwor Mulmi 1995 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1995 Bristol SAFF Gold Cup
Nepal Yogambar Suwal 1995 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1995 South Asian Games
Nepal Bhim Thapa 1996 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1996 AFC Asian Cup: Failed to qualify
Nepal Yogambar Suwal 1997 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1998 FIFA World Cup: Failed to qualify
Nepal Dhan Bahadur Basnet 1997 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1997 SAFF Gold Cup
South Korea Yoo Kee-Heung 1998 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1998 Asian Games
Germany Torsten Spittler[36] 1999 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1999 SAFF Gold Cup: 4th
England Stephen Constantine[37] 1999–01 0 0 0 0 ! 0 1999 South Asian Games: Silver medalist
2000 ANFA Coca Cola Invitational Tournament: Finalist
Nepal Maheshwor Mulmi 2001 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2002 FIFA World Cup: Failed to qualify
South Korea Yoo Kee-Heung 2003 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2003 SAFF Gold Cup: Group stage
Japan Toshihiko Shiozawa 2005–06 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2005 SAFF Gold Cup: Group stage
India Shyam Thapa[38] 2006–07 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2006 AFC Challenge Cup: Semi-final
2010 FIFA World Cup: Failed to qualify
Germany Thomas Flath[39] 2008 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2008 SAFF Championship: group stages
Nepal Birat Krishna Shrestha[40] 2008 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2008 AFC Challenge Cup: group stage
Nepal Krishna Thapa[41] 2008–09 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2008 Merdeka Tournament: group stages
Nepal Yogamber Suwal 2009 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2009 Prime Minister's Invitational Tournament: champions

2010 AFC Challenge Cup: Failed to qualify

Nepal Krishna Thapa 2009–11 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2009 SAFF Championship: group stage
England Graham Roberts[42] 2011–12 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2011 SAFF Championship: Semi-final
2014 FIFA World Cup: Failed to qualify
2012 AFC Challenge Cup: Group stage
Reached Round 2 in the World Cup qualifiers for the first time
Nepal Krishna Thapa[43] 2012* 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2012 Nehru Cup
Poland United States Jack Stefanowski 2013 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2013 SAFF Championship: Semi-final
2014 AFC Challenge Cup: Failed to qualify
Nepal Raju Kaji Shakya[44] 2014* 0 0 0 0 ! 0 Exhibition matches (Vs. Philippines)
Poland United States Jack Stefanowski[45] 2014–15 0 0 0 0 ! 0 2018 FIFA World Cup: Failed to qualify
Nepal Dhruba KC[46] 2015* 0 0 0 0 ! 0 Exhibition matches (Vs. India)
Belgium Patrick Aussems[47] 2015–16 3 0 0 3 000 0 2015 SAFF Championship: group stages Rebuilt the national team[citation needed]
Nepal Bal Gopal Maharjan[48] 2016 5 3 2 0 060 2.2 2016 Bangabandhu Cup: champions Earned Nepal's first major title in 23 years
Japan Koji Gyotoku[49] 2016–2018 13 4 5 4 031 1.3 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup: champions Earned Nepal's first AFC title
Nepal Bal Gopal Maharjan[50] 2018 6 2 0 4 033 1.0 2018 SAFF Championship: Semi-final
2018 Bangabandhu Cup: Group stage
Interim Coach[51]
Sweden Johan Kalin[52] 2019– 4 0 2 2 000 0.5

Competitive record[edit]

International match records[edit]

Updated 6 June 2019 after match against  Chinese Taipei[53]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
 Afghanistan 6 3 1 2 10 4 +6
 Bangladesh 24 8 3 13 20 30 −10
 Bhutan 14 14 0 0 45 6 +39
 Brunei 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
 Cambodia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 China 4 0 0 4 2 31 −29
 Chinese Taipei 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Hong Kong 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 India 18 1 4 13 7 33 −26
 Indonesia 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Iran 5 0 0 5 0 25 −25
 Iraq 3 0 0 3 3 16 −13
 Japan 5 0 0 5 0 28 −28
 Jordan 2 0 1 1 1 10 −9
 Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10
 Kuwait 6 0 1 5 1 22 −21
 Kyrgyzstan 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
 Laos 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
 Malaysia 7 0 1 6 0 23 −23
 Macau 6 4 1 1 16 7 +9
 Maldives 16 4 4 8 19 23 −4
 Myanmar 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
 North Korea 4 0 0 4 1 11 −10
 Northern Mariana Islands 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6
 Oman 11 0 0 11 1 43 −42
 Pakistan 19 6 5 8 20 25 −5
 Palestine 4 0 2 2 0 3 −3
 Philippines 6 1 1 4 2 14 −12
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7
 Sri Lanka 17 4 6 7 20 25 −5
 Singapore 3 0 0 3 0 12 −12
 South Korea 8 0 0 8 1 55 −54
 Syria 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
 Tajikistan 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6
 Thailand 7 1 0 6 3 19 −16
 Tibet 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6
 Timor-Leste 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6
 Turkmenistan 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
 United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 0 11 −11
 Vietnam 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7
 Yemen 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6
Total 231 54 37 140 206 548 −342

Competition history[edit]

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup Finals record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Uruguay 1930 Non-FIFA Member Non-FIFA Member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Withdrew Withdrew
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 3rd (Group 3A) 1 4 0 1 3 0 11 −11
Italy 1990 4th (Group 4) 0 6 0 0 6 0 28 −28
United States 1994 Withdrew Withdrew
France 1998 Did not qualify 4th (Group 4) 1 6 0 1 5 2 19 −17
South Korea Japan 2002 3rd (Group 6) 6 6 2 0 4 13 25 −12
Germany 2006 Withdrew Withdrew
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify Round 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4
Brazil 2014 Round 2 7 4 2 1 1 7 11 −4
Russia 2018 Round 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2
Qatar 2022 To be determined TBD
Canada Mexico United States 2026 TBD
Total 0/21 - - - - - - - - 7/21 16 30 4 4 22 22 100 −78

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Host/Year Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Hong Kong 1956 Non-AFC Member Non-AFC Member
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972 Withdrew Withdrew
Iran 1976
Kuwait 1980
Singapore 1984 Did Not Qualify 5th (Group 2) 0 4 0 0 4 0 30 −30
Qatar 1988 5th (Group 3) 1 4 0 1 3 0 7 −7
Japan 1992 Withdrew Withdrew
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did Not Qualify 4th (Group 5) 0 6 0 0 6 2 26 −24
Lebanon 2000 4th (Group 5) 3 4 1 0 3 3 13 −10
China 2004 4th (Group E) 3 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Withdrew Withdrew
Qatar 2011 Did Not Qualify Withdrew & Berth Unsecured*
Australia 2015 3rd (Group D)** 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Arab Emirates 2019 Group F*** 3 8 0 3 5 3 13 −10
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6/17 10 28 2 4 22 12 91 −79

*Withdrew from qualification and failed to qualify for 2010 AFC Challenge Cup.
**Failed to qualify for 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.
***Some games also part of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup finals record AFC Challenge Cup qualification record
Host/Year Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Bangladesh 2006 Semi Final 7 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 No qualification tournament
India 2008 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 4 1 +3 1st (Group D) 6 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
Sri Lanka 2010 Did Not Qualify 2nd (Group C) 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 +0
Nepal 2012 Round 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 2nd (Group D) 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 +0
Maldives 2014 Did Not Qualify 3rd (Group D) 4 3 1 1 1 6 2 +4
Tournament replaced by AFC Solidarity Cup
Total 3/5 10 7 1 3 7 8 10 −2 4/4 16 10 4 4 2 12 6 +6

AFC Solidarity Cup[edit]

Host/Year Result Pts Pld W D* L GF GA GD
Malaysia 2016 Champions 8 4 2 2 0 6 2 +4
Total 1/1 8 4 2 2 0 6 2 +4

SAFF Championship[edit]

Host/Year Result Pts Pld W D* L GF GA GD
Pakistan 1993 3rd 2 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
Sri Lanka 1995 Semi-Final 2 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
Nepal 1997 Round 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4
India 1999 4th 3 4 1 0 3 6 9 −3
Bangladesh 2003 Round 1 3 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
Pakistan 2005 Round 1 3 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1
Maldives Sri Lanka 2008 Round 1 3 3 1 0 2 5 9 −4
Bangladesh 2009 Round 1 4 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2
India 2011 Semi-Final 5 4 1 2 1 3 3 0
Nepal 2013 Semi-Final 7 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
India 2015 Round 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4
Bangladesh 2018 Semi-Final 6 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2
Total 12/12 41 36 8 9 18 42 55 −13

Olympic Games[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

Host/Year Result Pts Pld W D* L GF GA GD
India 1951 Non-IOC Member
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966 Withdrew
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974
Thailand 1978
India 1982 Round 1 0 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8
South Korea 1986 Round 1 0 4 0 0 4 0 17 −17
China 1990 Withdrew
Japan 1994 Round 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 20 −20
Thailand 1998 Round 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
2002 to Present see Nepal national under-23 team
Total 12 0 0 12 1 52 −51

South Asian Games[edit]

Host/Year Result Pts Pld W D* L GF GA GD
Nepal 1984  Gold - - - - - - - -
Bangladesh 1985  Bronze - - - - - - - -
India 1987  Silver - - - - - - - -
Pakistan 1989 No medal - - - - - - - -
Sri Lanka 1991 No medal - - - - - - - -
Bangladesh 1993  Gold - - - - - - - -
India 1995 No medal - - - - - - - -
Nepal 1999  Silver 9 5 3 0 2 12 7 +5
Age bar restriction after 1999, U23s only.
Pakistan 2004 No medal 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1
Sri Lanka 2006  Bronze 8 5 2 2 1 10 5 +5
Bangladesh 2010 No medal 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2
India 2016  Gold 9 4 3 0 1 12 7 +5
Nepal 2018 TBD - - - - - - - -
Total 12/12 30 19 9 3 7 36 24 +12

Other tournaments[edit]

In these tournaments, Nepal was sometimes fielded as 'ANFA XI', 'Nepal XI', or 'Nepal Sports Development Authority' despite being the de facto national football team endorsed by the ANFA.[citation needed]

Host/Year/Tournament Name Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts**
India 1975 DCM Cup Unknown[citation needed] - - - - - - - -
Bangladesh 1979 President's Gold Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
Bangladesh 1979 Agatha Gold Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
Bangladesh 1979 Aga Khan Gold Cup Round 1 4 0 1 3 2 14 −12 1
Bangladesh 1981 President's Gold Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
Pakistan 1981 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
Thailand 1981 King's Cup Unknown[citation needed] - - - - - - - -
India 1982 Darjeeling Gold Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
Pakistan 1982 Quaid-e-Azam International Cup 6th 6 1 2 3 3 9 −6 4
Thailand 1982 King's Cup Round 1 4 1 0 3 2 9 −7 2
Nepal 1982 ANFA Coca Cola Invitational Tournament Runner up - - - - - - - -
Malaysia 1983 Merdeka Tournament Round 1 5 0 0 1 0 14 -14 0
Thailand 1983 President's Gold Cup Round 1 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5 0
Nepal 1984 ANFA Cup Runner up - - - - - - - -
Nepal 1985 ANFA Cup Semi-final 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Pakistan 1985 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup[54] Round 1 2 0 0 2 2 9 −9 0
Pakistan 1986 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup 5th 5 1 1 3 4 17 −13 4
Nepal 1986 Panchayat Silver Jubilee Cup Semi-final 4 1 1 2 1 4 -3 4
Nepal 1986 ANFA Cup Runner up - - - - - - - -
Pakistan 1987 Quaid-E-Azam International Cup Round 1 - - - - - - - -
Nepal 1987 ANFA Cup Champions - - - - - - - -
Bangladesh 1989 Aga Khan Gold Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
Nepal 1989 ANFA Cup Runner up - - - - - - - -
India 1995 Airlines Gold Cup Unknown - - - - - - - -
India 1997 Governor's Gold Cup Champion - - - - - - -
India 1998 Governor's Gold Cup Champion - - - - - - -
India 1998 Durand Cup Round 1[55] 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
Bangladesh 1999 Bangabandhu Cup Round 1 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0
Nepal 2000 ANFA Coca Cola Invitational Tournament Runner up 4 2 0 2 4 2 +2 6
India 2004 Governor's Gold Cup Runner up - - - - - - -
Malaysia 2008 Merdeka Tournament Round 1 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6 1
Nepal 2009 Prime Minister's Invitational Tournament Champions 4 3 1 0 4 1 +3 10
India 2012 Nehru Cup Round 1 4 0 1 3 1 9 −8 1
Bangladesh 2016 Bangabandhu Cup Champions 5 3 2 0 8 1 +7 11
Malaysia 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup Champions 4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 10
Bangladesh 2018 Bangabandhu Cup Round 1 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0
Total 5 Titles - - - - - - - -
**Former rules, win = 2pts.

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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