Tamil Eelam national football team

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Tamil Eelam
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Tamileelam Football Association
Confederation ConIFA
Head coach Ragesh Nambiar
Captain Panushanth Kulenthiran
Most caps Gvinthan Navaneethakrishnan, Mahy Nambiar (10)
Top scorer Gvinthan Navaneethakrishnan, Panushanth Kulenthiran (8)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Raetia 1–0 Tamil Eelam Tamil Eelam
(Erbil, Iraq; 5 June 2012)
Biggest win
Tamil Eelam Tamil Eelam 10–0 Darfur 
(Östersund, Sweden; 7 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
Tamil Eelam Tamil Eelam 0–9 Iraqi Kurdistan 
(Östersund, Sweden; 3 June 2014)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 2014)
Best result 11th (2014)
Website Tamileelam Football Association

The Tamil Eelam national football team (Tamil: தமிழீழத் தேசிய காற்பந்து அணி) is the national team of Tamil Eelam. The team, which consists of semi-professional and amateur players drawn from the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora community in Canada, United Kingdom and Switzerland, was established in 2012 by the Tamileelam Football Association (TEFA).[1] TEFA is affiliated to the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, an umbrella association for entities unaffiliated with FIFA therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup since they are not affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). As at 7 October 2012 the team was ranked 54th in the non-FIFA ranking.[2]

History[edit]

The Tamileelam Football Association was established by the Global Tamil Youth League on 8 April 2012.[3] The Tamil Eelam national football team made its international debut at the 2012 VIVA World Cup held in Iraqi Kurdistan, finishing in 7th place.[4][5] The team took part in the Tynwald Hill International Football Tournament History held on the Isle of Man in July 2013, finishing in 3rd place.[6][7][8] The team took part in the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup held in the Sápmi region.[9][10]

World Cup record[edit]

Year Position P W D L F A
VIVA World Cup
Occitania 2006 Did not enter
Sápmi (area) 2008 Did not enter
Padania 2009 Did not enter
Gozo 2010 Did not enter
Iraqi Kurdistan 2012 7th 4 1 0 3 4 11
ConIFA World Football Cup
Sápmi (area) 2014 11th 4 1 0 3 12 15
Abkhazia 2016 Did not qualify
Barawa 2018 14th 6 1 0 5 4 22
Total Best: 7th 14 3 0 11 20 48
World Cup History
Year Round Date Stadium Score Result
VIVA World Cup
2012[11]
Round 1 (Group B) 5 June 2012 Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil Raetia  1 – 0  Tamil Eelam Lose
Round 1 (Group B) 6 June 2012 Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil Tamil Eelam  0 – 3  Zanzibar Lose
5th-8th Place Semi-Finals 7 June 2012 Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil Occitania  7 – 0  Tamil Eelam Lose
7th Place Match 9 June 2012 Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil Tamil Eelam  4 – 0  Raetia Win
ConIFA World Football Cup
2014[12]
Round 1 (Group A) 2 June 2014 Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund Tamil Eelam  0 – 2  Arameans Suryoye Lose
Round 1 (Group A) 3 June 2014 Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund Tamil Eelam  0 – 9  Iraqi Kurdistan Lose
Placement Round 1 5 June 2014 Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund Tamil Eelam  2 – 4  Sápmi Lose
Placement Round 2 7 June 2014 Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund Tamil Eelam  10 – 0  Darfur Win
2018[13]
Round 1 (Group A) 31 May 2018 Hayes Lane, Bromley Barawa  4 – 0  Tamil Eelam Lose
Round 1 (Group A) 2 June 2018 Colston Avenue, Carshalton Ellan Vannin  2 – 0  Tamil Eelam Lose
Round 1 (Group A) 3 June 2018 St Paul's Sports Ground, Rotherhithe Tamil Eelam  0 – 6  Cascadia Lose
Placement Round 9th-16th 5 June 2018 Parkside, Aveley Abkhazia  6 – 0  Tamil Eelam Lose
Placement Round 13th-16th 7 June 2018 Gander Green Lane, Sutton Tamil Eelam  4 – 3  Tuvalu Win
Placement Round 13th-14th 9 June 2018 Parkside, Aveley Matabeleland  1 – 0  Tamil Eelam Lose

Tynwald Hill International Football Tournament[edit]

Tynwald Hill International Football Tournament
Year Position P W D L F A
Isle of Man 2013 3rd 3 2 0 1 10 8
Total Best: 3rd 3 2 0 1 10 8
Tynwald Hill International Football Tournament History
Year Round Date Stadium Score Result
2013[14][15][16]
Round 1 (Group 1) 4 July 2013 Mullen e Cloie, St John's Sealand  3 – 5  Tamil Eelam Win
Round 1 (Group 1) 6 July 2013 Mullen e Cloie, St John's Occitania  5 – 0  Tamil Eelam Lose
3rd/4th Place Match 7 July 2013 Mullen e Cloie, St John's Raetia  0 – 5  Tamil Eelam Win

Recent results[edit]

2018[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup in London. Caps and goals up to 31 May 2018 after the game against Barawa.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Umaesh Sundaralingam (1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 25) 9 0 Canada FC Supernova
12 1GK Robert Osman (1990-06-30) 30 June 1990 (age 27) 1 0 England Epsom Athletic

13 2DF Kevin Nagendra (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 24) 9 0 England East London Elite
2 2DF Nirunthan Sivananthan (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Canada Alliance United
25 2DF Prasanna Premendra (1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 23) 2 0 England Loughborough University
5 2DF Piraburaj Jayabalakrishnan (1993-08-20) 20 August 1993 (age 24) 2 0 France FC Bourget
23 2DF Jeyasiva Sivapathasundaram (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 30) 2 0 England Harlow Town
22 2DF Santhosh Sornalingam (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 31) 0 0 England MC United

16 3MF Mahy Nambiar (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 23) 11 0 England MC United
8 3MF Panushanth Kulenthiran (captain) (1990-07-26) 26 July 1990 (age 27) 8 8 Italy AC Senna Gloria
6 3MF Mayooran Chelliah (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 27) 6 0 France CS Eelavar
17 3MF Johnath Chandran (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 25) 5 0 Germany TSV Neuenstadt
15 3MF Janothan Perananthan (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 23) 3 1 England Surbiton Sports
4 3MF Gonas Panneerselvam (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Germany TuS Bilfingen
21 3MF Janojan Pathmanathan (1996-01-17) 17 January 1996 (age 22) 1 0 England Santos FC
19 3MF Lathoosan Jeyathevan (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 19) 0 0 England UK Tamil Students Union

10 4FW Gvinthan Navaneethakrishnan (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 28) 11 8 Germany SV Kickers Büchig
7 4FW Prashanth Ragavan (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 26) 10 6 France Drancy United
9 4FW Kasthuran Chelliah (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 27) 3 1 Netherlands WDS'19
17 4FW Nitharshan Ratnam (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 20) 2 0 England Santos FC
14 4FW Kabilan Sithamparasakthi (1995-06-16) 16 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Switzerland SK Root
20 4FW Caliston Calistus (1997-01-25) 25 January 1997 (age 21) 0 0 England Santos FC
18 4FW Dushiyan Sathiyaseelan (1999-05-15) 15 May 1999 (age 19) 0 0 England UK Tamil Students Union

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