Tibet national football team

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Tibet national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) "The Forbiddens"
Association Tibetan National Football Association
Confederation ConIFA
Head coach Penpa Tsering
Most caps Tsering Wangchuk
Top scorer Tashi Samphel (5)
First colours
Second colours
Elo ranking
Current 227 Increase 5 (6 March 2018)
Highest 174 (6 November 1972)
Lowest 232 (2015)
First international
 Greenland 4–1 Tibet 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 30 June 2001)
Biggest win
 Tibet 12–2 Western Sahara 
(Marseille, France; 28 June 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Provence 22–0 Tibet 
(Marseille, France; 23 June 2013)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2018)
Best result 12th, 2018

The Tibet national football team is a football team representing the cultural region of Tibet and is organised by the Tibetan National Football Association (TNFA), an organization of exiled Tibetans. Its current team manager is Kelsang Dhondup.

Many of the players are in exile and are represented by the Tibetan Government in Exile. The team is part of neither FIFA nor the AFC and does not participate in international tournaments. The TNFA was founded in 2001 and its goal is to gain an official status.

The Forbidden Team[edit]

The first Tibet team, c. 1936

The first international game the team played was against Greenland, which took place in Denmark. The team was followed by a documentary film crew, during the process of forming the team, practices, the match, and everything in between. The documentary was named 'The Forbidden Team'. To form the team, a selective tournament was held in Dehradun, India. It featured all the various Tibetan football teams around India.

After the team was selected, Team Tibet headed to Dharamsala to begin their practice sessions where Jens Espense was hired by the Tibetan Football Association to coach the team for the match. He had only a month to get them conditioned and ready to play and the players were not even at a minor league level. Moreover, the pitch was in horrible condition and only half of it could be used as it was located on a public road. During practice, Karma Nyodup was working to get all documentation done for the flight to Greenland. Numbers of players were soon dropped due to improper travel documents.

After a month had passed, the team flew to Denmark for their first international game, which was organized by Michael Nybrandt. He was also advocating Tibet when the Chinese government raised their cause for concern. China did not want this match to happen as they believed Tibet belonged to China. It threatened to cut off all its trade with Denmark if the match went on as planned. Denmark however, did not back down and allowed the game to take place. On 30 June 2001 the Tibetan National Football Team played its first international match where it lost 1–4 against Greenland.[1]

FIFI Wild Cup (Hamburg, Germany) and ELF Cup (Northern Cyprus)[edit]

The 2006 FIFI Wild Cup took place in Hamburg, Germany. The first match they played was against St. Pauli on 30 May 2006. They lost this game 7–0. The second and final match of Tibet in this tournament was against Gibraltar on 31 May 2006. They lost this game 5-0. During the ELF Cup Tibet did not win any games and they suffered their biggest defeat. The first game was against Tajikistan on 19 November 2006 where they lost 3–0. On 20 November, Tibet played the Crimean Tatars, which they lost 1–0. Finally on 21 November the biggest loss came when Tibet played Northern Cyprus, who beat them 10–0.

Activities of the Tibetan National Football Association[edit]

The Tibetan National Football Association was founded in 2001, soon after the authorization was delivered by the Kashag (the Tibet Cabinet), and registration under Indian law.[2] Jetsun Pema, the sister of the 14th Dalai Lama is the president of the association, Thupten Dorjee the secretary, and Kalsang Dhondup the executive secretary. The association is now organizing the Gyalyum Chenmo Memorial Gold Cup GCMGC football tournament which existed already in the 80's. In 2003, the 17th Karmapa was the chief guest on the first day of the tournament which took place at the Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala.[3] Mr. Shrikant Baldi, Deputy Commissioner of Kangra, was the chief guest in 2004 for the tournament.[4] The 13th GCMGC, took place in 2007, and the chief guest was Khenchen Menling Tri Rinpoche of Mendroling Monastery.[5] The 14th took place in 2008, and the chief guest was Khyabje Ling Rinpoche[6]

International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes[edit]

From 22 to 29 June 2013, Tibet was invited to Marseille in France to participate in the first edition of the International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes. The Tibetan selection will finish the competition in fifth place.

2018 ConIFA World Football Cup[edit]

For the first time in its history the Tibetan selection participates in the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup by qualifying with the wild card.[7]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup in London.

Head Coach: Flag of Tibet.svg Penpa Tsering

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tenzin Samdup (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 25) 7 0 Tibet DYSA Mundgod
21 1GK Sangye Gyatso (1987-05-06) 6 May 1987 (age 31) 2 0 India German Football Academy

23 2DF Dawa Tashi (1987-04-16) 16 April 1987 (age 31) 6 0 Unattached
3 2DF Tenzin Bhakdo (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 22) 3 1 Tibet DYSA Mundgod
5 2DF Gelek Wangchuk (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Unattached
13 2DF Tenzingh Dhondhen (1994-12-13) 13 December 1994 (age 23) 2 1 Unattached
15 2DF Tenzin Gelek (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 29) 2 0 Unattached
8 2DF Tenzin Dhondup (1986-09-17) 17 September 1986 (age 32) 0 0 India Shillong United
18 2DF Tenzin Yougyal (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 25) 0 0 United States Zum Schneider FC 03
19 2DF Tenzin Choepak (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Unattached

6 3MF BK Narayan (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 26) 7 0 Unattached
14 3MF Karma Tsewang (1988-01-10) 10 January 1988 (age 30) 2 1 Unattached
4 3MF Tenzin Loedup (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Unattached
2 3MF Thupten Tsering (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Unattached
12 3MF Kelsang Lungkara (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Canada George Brown Huskies
17 3MF Ruden Tshering Tashi Dorjee Bhutia (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 26) 0 0 Unattached

11 4FW Kalsang Topgyal (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 21) 3 1 Tibet Gulladhalla FC
7 4FW Tsering Chomphel (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Unattached
9 4FW Pema Lhundup (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Tibet Gangtok FC
10 4FW Tenzin Thardoe (1998-03-15) 15 March 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Tibet TDL FC
22 4FW Tenzin Tsering (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Tibet Rabgayling FC
20 4FW Tashi Samphel (1987-05-06) 6 May 1987 (age 31) 1 5 Tibet Gangtok FC
16 4FW Tenzin Norbu Tekhang (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Tibet Dhondupling FC

Selected Internationals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result
28 June 2013 France Marseille, France  Western Sahara International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes 12–2
24 June2013 France Marseille, France  Provence International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes 0–22
23 June 2013 France Marseille, France  Quebec International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes 0–21
7 May 2008 Italy Milan  Padania 2–13
19 April 2008 Netherlands Breda, North Brabant Netherlands JEKA Breda 1–1
17 April 2008 Netherlands Maassluis, South Holland Netherlands VDL-Maassluis 0–5[permanent dead link]
2 November 2007 India Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim  Bhutan 0–3
31 October 2007 India Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim  Bhutan 2–2
4 August 2007 India Kirori Mal College, New Delhi India Delhi XI 6–0[permanent dead link]
21 November 2006 Northern Cyprus Dr. Fazil Kucuk Stadium, Famagusta  Northern Cyprus ELF Cup 2006 0–10
20 November 2006 Northern Cyprus Zafer Stadium, Güzelyurt  Crimea ELF Cup 2006 0–1
19 November 2006 Northern Cyprus Zafer Stadium, Güzelyurt  Tajikistan (futsal team) ELF Cup 2006 0–3
30 May 2006 Germany Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg Republic of St. Pauli 2006 FIFI Wild Cup 0–7
31 May 2006 Germany Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg  Gibraltar 2006 FIFI Wild Cup 0–5
10 October 2003 India Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim  Sikkim 1–2
14 July 2001 Germany Germany  Monaco 1–2
30 Jun 2001 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark  Greenland 1–4

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