Vanuatu national football team

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Vanuatu
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Vanuatu Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach vacant
Captain Fenedy Masauvakalo
Most caps Etienne Mermer (29)
Top scorer Richard Iwai (19)[1]
Home stadium Port Vila Municipal Stadium
FIFA code VAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 162 Decrease 7 (7 June 2018)
Highest 131 (October 2007)
Lowest 201 (October–November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 156 Decrease 1 (22 May 2018)
Highest 129 (2 June 2004)
Lowest 183 (November 1993)
First international
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951) [2]
Biggest win
 Vanuatu 18–0 Kiribati 
(Lautoka, Fiji; 7 July 2003)[2]
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[2]
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1973)
Best result Fourth place, 1973, 2000, 2002 and 2008

The Vanuatu national football team is the national team of Vanuatu and is controlled by the Vanuatu Football Federation.[3]

History[edit]

It was known as the New Hebrides national football team until the New Hebrides became Republic of Vanuatu in 1980. It finished fourth in the OFC Nations Cup in 1973, 2000, and 2002. In the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, Vanuatu beat New Zealand 4–2, preventing the regional powerhouse from making the final and, consequently, the running for the 2006 World Cup.

Vanuatu caused another shock in the 2007 South Pacific Games by knocking out the Solomon Islands for bronze medal and also enable to enter the second stage of qualification for the OFC nation Cup and consequently a chance with a playoff for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The last time they had won against Solomon Islands was back in 1998 and had since been on the receiving side of many losses save for one draw against them. In July 2008, Vanuatu faced two national teams from the Solomon Islands during the inaugural edition of the Wantok Cup. Vanuatu lost 1–2 to the Solomons' team A, but defeated their team B by two goals to one.

For the first time in the country's history Vanuatu was top of the South Pacific in 1990. Vanuatu won the Melanesian Cup, playing against Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. At that time under Coach Terry O'Donnell, Vanuatu was undoubtably the best team in the South Pacific beating Australia 1 v 0 and also knocking New Zealand out of the Futsal World Cup.

Competitive Record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 1 18
France 1998 2 0 1 1 2 3
South Korea Japan 2002 4 1 0 3 11 21
Germany 2006 9 4 1 4 21 11
South Africa 2010 12 5 1 6 30 19
Brazil 2014 3 1 0 2 8 9
Russia 2018 3 1 0 2 3 8
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total 0/22 37 12 3 22 76 89

Results and fixtures[edit]

2012[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position
Head coach Vanuatu Etienne Mermer
Assistant coach Vanuatu François Sakama
Team Manager Vanuatu Peter Takaro
Goalkeeper coach Vanuatu Jimmy Obed
Assistant Goalkeeper coach Vanuatu Jean Yves Galinie
Physio Vanuatu Albert Lata

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for a friendly against the Estonia and the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Caps and goals updated as of 15 December 2017 after the game against the Solomon Islands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Chikau Mansale (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 35) 23 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
22 1GK Dick Taiwia (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
23 1GK Kaloran Firiam (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan

2 2DF Godshen Donna (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Vanuatu Amicale
3 2DF Joseph Iaruel (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United
4 2DF Jason Thomas (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 21) 12 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
5 2DF Selwyn Vatu (1998-06-13) 13 June 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United
15 2DF Michel Kaltack (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 27) 18 2 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
16 2DF Lucien Hinge (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Vanuatu Tafea

6 3MF John Alick (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 27) 7 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
7 3MF Jacky Ruben (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 21) 9 1 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
8 3MF John Well Wohale (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United
9 3MF Bong Kalo (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 21) 12 1 Vanuatu Nalkutan
10 3MF Ronaldo Wilkins (1999-12-30) 30 December 1999 (age 18) 6 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United
13 3MF Elkington Molivakarua (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 25) 6 2 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
17 3MF Jonathan Spokeyjack (1998-11-13) 13 November 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
18 3MF Claude Aru (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Vanuatu Malampa Revivors
21 3MF Jayson Timatua (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United

11 4FW Tony Kaltack (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 21) 9 5 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
12 4FW Kensi Tangis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 26) 18 7 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
14 4FW Alex Saniel (1996-11-08) 8 November 1996 (age 21) 4 1 Vanuatu Shepherds United
19 4FW Bernard Daniel (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
20 4FW Azariah Soromon (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 19) 6 6 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere


Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Seiloni Iaruel (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 23) 6 0 Vanuatu Amicale
1GK Serge Daniel (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
1GK Anthony Taiwia (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan

2DF Jacques Wanemut (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
2DF Brian Kaltack (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 24) 14 4 Fiji Lautoka
2DF Ignace Iamak (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 28) 6 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan
2DF Kevin Shem (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 24) 9 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan
2DF Samuel Kaloros (1989-09-16) 16 September 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
2DF Remy Kalsrap (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
2DF Chanel Obed (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Vanuatu Amicale
2DF Jais Malsarani (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Vanuatu Tafea
2DF Ernie Roberts 1 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United
2DF Noah Roger (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan
2DF Malon Kaltanak (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
2DF Junia Vava (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
2DF Tasso Jeffery (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Vanuatu Mauwia
2DF Jesse Kalopang (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
2DF Timothy Boulet (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United

3MF Edisson Stephens (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 25) 8 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan
3MF Nemani Roqara (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
3MF Octave Meltecoin (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Vanuatu Amicale
3MF Gershom Kalsong (1995-04-23) 23 April 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
3MF Michel Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
3MF Godine Tenene (1998-05-03) 3 May 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
3MF Bill Nicholls (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 25) 5 1 New Caledonia Magenta
3MF Dominique Fred (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 25) 8 1 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
3MF Raoul Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan
3MF Zica Manuhi (1993-07-23) 23 July 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Vanuatu Tafea
3MF Nicky Nilua (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
3MF Daniel Natou (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 28) 8 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan
3MF Rodney Serveux (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
3MF Silas Namatak (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Vanuatu Amicale
3MF Roddy Lenga (1990-04-22) 22 April 1990 (age 28) 2 0 Vanuatu Nalkutan
3MF Barry Mansale (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
3MF Etienne Naieu (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Vanuatu Amicale

4FW Richard Ben (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Galaxy
4FW Fenedy Masauvakalo (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 (age 32) 16 2 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
4FW Jean Kaltack (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 23) 8 9 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
4FW Don Mansale (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 26) 3 0 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
4FW Francois Sakama (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 30) 11 6 Vanuatu Amicale
4FW Robert Tasso (1989-12-18) 18 December 1989 (age 28) 9 5 Vanuatu Tafea
4FW Christopher Andrew (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Vanuatu Sia-Raga

List of Coaches[edit]

New Hebrides (−1980)[edit]

  • P. Reichert (1973)

Vanuatu (1980–)[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Vanuatu (New Hebrides) – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Micronesia suffer another humiliating defeat after 46–0 loss to Vanuatu | Football". The Guardian. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Member Association – Vanuatu". FIFA.com. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Vanuatu Football Federation". Vanuafoot.vu. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Poida named National Senior Team coach". Vanuata Football Federation. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 

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