Tibet national football team
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|Head coach||Penpa Tsering|
|Most caps||Tsering Wangchuk|
|Top scorer||Tashi Samphel (5)|
|Current||227 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||174 (6 November 1972)|
| Tibet 1–4 Greenland |
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 30 June 2001)
| Tibet 12–2 Western Sahara |
(Marseille, France; 28 June 2013)
| Tibet 0–22 Provence |
(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
The first international game the team played against a non-Asian team 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.
FIFI Wild Cup (Hamburg, Germany) and ELF Cup (Northern Cyprus)
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.
International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes
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
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Tenzin Samdup||23 December 1992||7||0||Real Kashmir|
|21||GK||Sangye Gyatso||6 May 1987||2||0|
|23||DF||Dawa Tashi||16 April 1987||6||0||Unattached|
|3||DF||Tenzin Bhakdo||5 August 1996||3||1||DYSA Mundgod|
|5||DF||Gelek Wangchuk||15 September 1992||3||0||Unattached|
|13||DF||Tenzingh Dhondhen||13 December 1994||2||1||Unattached|
|15||DF||Tenzin Gelek||10 May 1989||2||0||Unattached|
|8||DF||Tenzin Dhondup||17 September 1986||0||0||Shillong United|
|18||Tenzin Yougyal||12 August 1993||5||2||CSV Bochum|
|19||DF||Tenzin Choepak||7 January 1996||0||0||Unattached|
|6||MF||BK Narayan||25 November 1991||7||0||Unattached|
|14||MF||Karma Tsewang||10 January 1988||2||1||Unattached|
|4||MF||Tenzin Loedup||21 December 1991||2||0||Unattached|
|2||MF||Thupten Tsering||17 January 1994||0||0||Unattached|
|12||MF||Kelsang Lungkara||9 May 1995||0||0||George Brown Huskies|
|17||MF||Ruden Tshering Tashi Dorjee Bhutia||12 November 1991||0||0||Unattached|
|11||FW||Kalsang Topgyal||24 December 1996||3||1||Gulladhalla FC|
|7||FW||Tsering Chomphel||18 November 1991||2||0||Unattached|
|9||FW||Pema Lhundup||11 February 1996||2||0||Gangtok FC|
|10||FW||Tenzin Thardoe||15 March 1998||2||0||TDL FC|
|22||FW||Tenzin Tsering||16 November 1995||2||0||Rabgayling FC|
|20||FW||Tashi Samphel||6 May 1987||1||5||Gangtok FC|
|16||FW||Tenzin Norbu Tekhang||13 June 1996||0||0||Dhondupling FC|
|28 June 2013||Marseille, France||Western Sahara||International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes||12–2|
|24 June 2013||Marseille, France||Provence||International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes||0–22|
|23 June 2013||Marseille, France||Quebec||International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes||0–21|
|7 May 2008||Milan||Padania||2–13|
|19 April 2008||Breda, North Brabant||JEKA Breda||1–1|
|17 April 2008||Maassluis, South Holland||VDL-Maassluis||0–5[permanent dead link]|
|2 November 2007||Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim||Bhutan||0–3|
|31 October 2007||Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim||Bhutan||2–2|
|4 August 2007||Kirori Mal College, New Delhi||Delhi XI||6–0[permanent dead link]|
|21 November 2006||Dr. Fazil Kucuk Stadium, Famagusta||Northern Cyprus||ELF Cup 2006||0–10|
|20 November 2006||Zafer Stadium, Güzelyurt||Crimea||ELF Cup 2006||0–1|
|19 November 2006||Zafer Stadium, Güzelyurt||Tajikistan (futsal team)||ELF Cup 2006||0–3|
|30 May 2006||Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg||FC St. Pauli||2006 FIFI Wild Cup||0–7|
|31 May 2006||Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg||Gibraltar||2006 FIFI Wild Cup||0–5|
|10 October 2003||Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim||Sikkim||1–2|
|14 July 2001||Germany||Monaco||1–2|
|30 Jun 2001||Copenhagen, Denmark||Greenland||1–4|
General Secretaries of the TNFA
|Passang Dorjee||2017–In progress|
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Sarmah, Bhargab. "Keeping the flame alive: The Forbidden Team's story".
- Tibet National Football Team Qualifies for CONIFA World Football Cup 2018