Tamil Eelam national football team

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Tamil Eelam
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationTamileelam Football Association
ConfederationConIFA
Head coachRagesh Nambiar
CaptainPanushanth Kulenthiran
Most capsGvinthan Navaneethakrishnan, Mahy Nambiar (10)
Top scorerGvinthan Navaneethakrishnan, Panushanth Kulenthiran (8)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Raetia 1–0 Tamil Eelam 
(Erbil, Iraq; 5 June 2012)
Biggest win
 Tamil Eelam 10–0 Darfur 
(Östersund, Sweden; 7 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Tamil Eelam 0–9 Iraqi Kurdistan 
(Östersund, Sweden; 3 June 2014)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2014)
Best result11th (2014)
WebsiteTamileelam 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 26) 9 0 Canada FC Supernova
12 1GK Robert Osman (1990-06-30) 30 June 1990 (age 28) 1 0 England Epsom Athletic

13 2DF Kevin Nagendra (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 9 0 England East London Elite
2 2DF Nirunthan Sivananthan (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 23) 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 25) 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 28) 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 26) 5 0 Germany TSV Neuenstadt
15 3MF Janothan Perananthan (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 24) 3 1 England Surbiton Sports
4 3MF Gonas Panneerselvam (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Germany FC Español Karlsruhe
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 27) 10 6 France Drancy United
9 4FW Kasthuran Chelliah (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 28) 3 1 Netherlands WDS'19
17 4FW Nitharsan Ratnam (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 20) 2 1 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eezham Tamil football players take part in Viva World Cup for first time". TamilNet. 15 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Men's Football - Non-FIFA Ranking". The Roon Ba.
  3. ^ "Tamil Eelam gets ready for VIVA World Cup". Tamil Guardian. 31 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Tamil Eelam makes international football debut". Tamil Guardian. 6 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Tamil Eelam at World Football Cup 2014". Tamil Guardian. 2 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Tournament attracts global media". Isle of Man Today. 26 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Tamil Eelam gets set for Tynwald Hill International Football Tournament". Tamil Guardian. 3 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Tamil Eelam celebrate 3rd place finish after stunning 5-0 victory". Tamil Guardian. 7 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Genocide survivors, stateless compete in non-FIFA World Cup". Gulf Times. Agence France-Presse. 7 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Tamil Eelam football team gets ready for ConIFA World Championship". Tamil Guardian. 27 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Calendar Results". 2012 VIVA World Cup. Archived from the original on 2012-06-07.
  12. ^ "Match Schedule". 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup.
  13. ^ "Stadium and ticketing information for CONIFA's 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup". Confederation of Independent Football Associations.
  14. ^ "Tamil Eelam edge eight-goal Tynwald Tournament thriller with Sealand". Isle of Man Today. 5 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Tamil Eelam through to 3rd/4th place play-offs after losing to Occitania". Tamil Guardian. 6 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Occitania win Tynwald Hill International Football Tournament". Isle of Man Today. 8 July 2013.

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