Panjab football team

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Panjab
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationPanjab Football Association
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachManraj Singh Sucha
Most capsAmarvir Singh Sandhu (18)
Top scorerAmar Singh Purewal (10)
Home stadiumHadley Stadium, Smethwick
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ellan Vannin 8–1 Panjab 
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 30 May, 2015)
Biggest win
 Panjab 9–1 Alderney 
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 31 May, 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Ellan Vannin 8–1 Panjab 
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 30 May, 2015)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2016)
Best resultRunners-Up 2016
WebsitePanjab Football Association

The Panjab Football Team is a representative football team formed in 2014 in the United Kingdom to represent the Punjabi diaspora. Initially, this will cover the Punjabi community in the UK, before expanding further afield. The team is governed by the Panjab Football Association, not to be confused with the Punjab Football Association, which is the state governing body of football in the Punjab state of India.

Background[edit]

The Panjab FA was founded in 2014 with the primary aim of establishing a team to represent the community of the Punjab across the world.[1] The Punjab region is an area that stretches across parts of eastern Pakistan and northern India, and the association has aligned itself within the boundaries of this area, as represented by the Sikh Empire under Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 19th century.[2] To this end, the association applied for membership of the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (ConIFA), an international body designed to allow nations, unrecognised states, minorities, stateless peoples and others ineligible to join FIFA to take part in competitive international football. The Panjab FA joined ConIFA on 7 April 2014.[3]

Following the establishment of the association and the confirmation of its membership of ConIFA, a series of trials was held in order to select the initial squad selection.[4] The first of these took place in December 2014,[5] with subsequent trials into 2015. On 22 December 2014, the first match organised by the Panjab FA saw a team of trialists take on the Sealand national "B" team, in which the Panjab XI won 4–1.[6][7]

In early 2015, the association continued the development of its structures, with the recruitment of coaches and scouts, and the first full training session of the initial national squad. In May 2015, it was announced that the team would participate in its first full international fixtures when it was invited to take part in the Niamh Challenge Cup in the Isle of Man, a four team tournament that would not only provide the first international opposition for the team, but also provide a route to qualify for the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup. The team was also due to participate in a second friendly tournament, the Benedikt Fontana Cup, held in Raetia, and which would provide a second opportunity to qualify for the WFC.[8] However, they subsequently pulled out of this tournament, to be replaced by the Chagos Islands.,[9] the team will compete at the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup.

2016 ConIFA World Football Cup[edit]

Panjab was selected as one of the twelve participants in the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup in January 2016.[10] At the subsequent draw, the team was placed in Group D alongside Sápmi and Somaliland. The team finished top of the group, before playing Western Armenia in the quarter-final, and Padania in the semi-final. Victory saw them face the hosts, Abkhazia in the final, where they led until the 88th minute before losing on penalties.[11]

2018 ConIFA World Football Cup[edit]

The team also competed at the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup, managed by Reuben Hazell.[12]

Matches[edit]

2014[edit]

22 December 2014 (2014-12-22) FriendlyPanjab XI Panjab4–1 Sealand "B"Hadley Stadium, Smethwick
14:00 GMT Aaron Singh Dhillon Goal 33'
Tarlochan Singh Goal 41'
Sukhraj Singh Nijjar Goal 52'
Amarvir Singh Sandhu Goal 72'
Report Goal 62' Dan Hughes

2015[edit]

30 May 2015 (2015-05-30) Niamh Challenge CupEllan Vannin 8–1 PanjabThe Bowl, Douglas
15:00 BST Sean Quaye Goal 11'37'
Ciaran McNulty Goal 15'
Conor Doyle Goal 44'
Frank Jones Goal 50'55'
Furo Davies Goal 67'
Liam Doyle Goal 75'
? Goal 28'
31 May 2015 (2015-05-31) FriendlyPanjab 9–1 AlderneyThe Bowl, Douglas
? Goal, Goal
Goal
Goal
Goal
Goal
Goal
Goal
Goal
? Goal
20 December 2015 (2015-12-20) International FriendlyPanjab 4–1 Chagos IslandsCentral Ground, Sutton Coldfield
15:00 BST

2016[edit]

20 February 2016 (2016-02-20) FriendlyLeicester City FC International Academy2–2 PanjabBelvoir Drive, Leicester
12:00 BST
20 March 2016 (2016-03-20) FriendlyManchester International Academy1–9 PanjabSalford Sports Village, Salford
13:00 BST
24 April 2016 (2016-04-24) International FriendlyPanjab 0–2 JerseyAggborough Stadium, Kidderminster
15:00 BST Report Luke Watson Goal 49'
Karl Hinds Goal 80'
30 May 2016 ConIFA WFC Group DSápmi 0–1 PanjabDaur Akhvlediani Stadium, Gagra
15:00 GET Report Goal 8' Gurjit Singh
31 May 2016 ConIFA WFC Group DSomaliland 0–5 PanjabDaur Akhvlediani Stadium, Gagra
15:00 GET Goal 30'67'80' Amar Purewal
Goal 38' Arjun Purewal
Goal 74' Gurjit Singh
2 June 2016 ConIFA WFC Quarter-FinalWestern Armenia 2–3 PanjabDinamo Stadium, Sukhumi
20:00 GET
4 June 2016 ConIFA WFC Semi-FinalPadania 0–1 PanjabDinamo Stadium, Sukhumi
15:00 GET
5 June 2016 ConIFA WFC FinalAbkhazia 1–1
(6–5 p)
 PanjabDinamo Stadium, Sukhumi
20:00 GET Ruslan Shoniya Goal 88' Goal 57' Amar Purewal
Penalties
Anri Khagba Penalty scored
Anri Khagush Penalty missed
Dmitriy Akhba Penalty missed
Tarash Khagba Penalty scored
Ruslan Shoniya Penalty scored
Alan Khugaev Penalty scored
Shabat Logua Penalty scored
Vladimir Argun Penalty scored
Penalty scored Amar Purewal
Penalty scored Radjpal Virk
Penalty scored Terlochan Singh
Penalty missed Karum Shanker
Penalty missed Jhai Dhillon
Penalty scored Aran Basi
Penalty scored Amarvir Sandhu
Penalty missed Aaron Minhas

2017[edit]

4 March 2017 (2017-03-04) FriendlyLeicester City FC International Academy4–3 PanjabBelvoir Drive, Leicester
13:00 GMT
23 April 2017 (2017-04-23) International FriendlyJersey 0–2 PanjabSpringfield Stadium, Saint Helier
12:45 BST
28 May 2017 (2017-05-28) International FriendlyPanjab 1–2England England "C"Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster
15:00 BST

2018[edit]

8 April 2018 FriendlyHashtag United F.C. England2–1 PanjabLondon, England
Rich Beck Goal 4'
George Vallentyne Goal 75'
Goal 29' Stadium: White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre
Attendance: 20
29 April 2018 International FriendlyEllan Vannin 2–1 PanjabSandbach, England
Stadium: Sandbach Community Football Centre
14 May 2018 FriendlyLiverpool F.C. Under 234–1 PanjabKirkby, Liverpool
Lewis Goal 24'
Ángel Goal 31'
Kane Goal 75'
Adekanye Goal 84'
Report Bhandel Goal 19' Stadium: Kirkby Academy Complex
19 May 2018 FriendlyPanjab 1–1 JerseyArbour Park, Slough
G. Singh Goal 88' (p) Report Curtis Goal 72'
27 May 2018 FriendlyPanjab 8–0Bangladesh Dhaka Akadash R.C.Arbour Park, Slough
31 May 2018 ConIFA WFC Group DPanjab 8–0 KabyliaArbour Park, Slough
15:00 BST Sandhu Goal 24'53'
Purewal Goal 45'62'
G. Singh Goal 51' (pen.)90+3'
K. Singh Goal 75'82'
Report
2 June 2018 ConIFA WFC Group DPanjab 0–1 Western ArmeniaArbour Park, Slough
17:00 BST Report Militosyan Goal 14' Referee: Kristian Michel
3 June 2018 ConIFA WFC Group DPanjab 1–1 United Koreans in JapanArbour Park, Slough
18:00 BST Purewal Goal 77' (pen.) Report Mun Goal 90+4' Referee: David Murphy
5 June 2018 ConIFA WFC Quarter-FinalPadania 2–0 PanjabLarges Lane, Bracknell
15:00 BST Innocenti Goal 59' (pen.)
Pavan Goal 90'
Report Referee: Vitalii Mazin
7 June 2018 ConIFA WFC Placement Round 2Barawa 0–5 PanjabGander Green Lane, Sutton
15:00 BST Report K. Singh Goal 8'65'72'90+2'
Minhas Goal 46'
Referee: David Murphy
9 June 2018 ConIFA WFC Placement Round 3Panjab 3–3
(4–3 p)
 CascadiaSt Paul's Sports Ground, Rotherhithe
15:00 BST Virk Goal 18'
Minhas Goal 24'34'
Report Morales Goal 45'
Ferguson Goal 54'60'
Referee: Mariano Sasso
Penalties
Purewal Penalty missed
Zia Penalty missed
Virk Penalty scored
Dhillon Penalty scored
K. Singh Penalty scored
Jung Penalty scored
Penalty missed Riley
Penalty missed Gregory
Penalty scored J. Wilson
Penalty scored Oldham
Penalty scored Haddadi
Penalty missed Levock
18 November 2018 International FriendlyYorkshire 5–4 PanjabIngfield Stadium, Ossett
16:00 GMT

2019[edit]

6 March 2019 FriendlyBurton Albion F.C. Reserves2–2 PanjabLilleshall National Sports Centre, Lilyhurst
19:45 GMT
29 December 2019 FriendlyChagos Islands 0–6 PanjabCamping World Community Stadium, Horsham
12:00

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup. Caps and goals correct as of 21 May after the game against  Jersey.

Head Coach: England Manraj Singh Sucha

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Raajan Singh Gill (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 26) 12 0 England Newcastle Town
1 1GK Yousuf Butt (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 30) 3 0 Denmark Greve Fodbold

6 2DF Jaskaran Singh Basi (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 27) 14 0 England Eccleshill United
3 2DF Jhai Singh Dhillon (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 25) 11 0 England Chesham United
5 2DF Arun Singh Purewal (1989-10-28) 28 October 1989 (age 30) 11 0 England Consett
15 2DF Glen Hayer (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 22) 6 0 England Clevedon Town
18 2DF Sufyan Zia (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 23) 4 0 England Bilston Town

11 3MF Amarvir Singh Sandhu (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 24) 18 3 England Leicester Road
2 3MF Umar Riaz (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 29) 15 2 England Burnham
8 3MF Aaron Minhas (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 26) 12 1 England Beaconsfield Town
16 3MF Terlochan Singh (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 30) 11 1 England Glebe
10 3MF Rajpal Singh Virk (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 26) 10 4 Unattached
4 3MF Camen Singh Bhandal (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 26) 6 1 England Punjab United
20 3MF Arjun Jung (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 26) 4 0 England Kings Langley
17 3MF Taimoor Hussain (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 (age 27) 3 0 Unattached

9 4FW Amar Singh Purewal (1989-10-28) 28 October 1989 (age 30) 11 10 England West Auckland Town
14 4FW Gurjit Singh (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991 (age 29) 11 7 England Rushall Olympic
7 4FW Nathan Minhas (1997-09-16) 16 September 1997 (age 22) 5 0 England Maidenhead United
19 4FW Nikinder Uppal (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 25) 3 2 England Barnt Green Spartak
13 4FW Kamaljit Singh (1994-09-03) 3 September 1994 (age 25) 7 6 Germany Eintracht Nordhorn

Managers[edit]

Manager Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
England Reuben Hazel 2014-2018 26 12 5 9 046.2
England Manraj Singh Sucha 2018- 4 1 2 1 025.0
Totals 30 13 7 10 43.33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mission Statement". Panjab FA. Panjab Football Association. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Background". Panjab FA. Panjab Football Association. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Panjab FA accepted as member of Conifa". Panjab FA. Panjab Football Association. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  4. ^ "National Team Trials". Panjab FA. Panjab Football Association. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  5. ^ "1st ever trial day for Panjab national football team". Twitter. Panjab Football Association. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  6. ^ "PANJAB FA TRIALIST XI 4–1 SEALAND FA "B"". Panjab FA. Panjab Football Association. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  7. ^ PANJAB FA (22 December 2014). "Panjab national football team 4 - 1 Sealand national football team". Retrieved 19 November 2018 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "CONIFA Summer 2015". ConIFA. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Chagos ersetzt Panjab". FA Raetia (in German). 22 May 2015. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  10. ^ "#Abkhazia2016 participants". ConIFA. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  11. ^ "#Abkhazia2016 Match Summaries – Day 8". ConIFA. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Conifa: Panjab FA target World Football Cup glory on 'home soil'". 28 May 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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