Vanuatu national football team

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Vanuatu
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationVanuatu Football Federation
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachNorthern Ireland Paul Munster
CaptainJason Thomas
Most capsEtienne Mermer (35)
Top scorerRichard Iwai (20)[1]
Home stadiumPort Vila Municipal Stadium
FIFA codeVAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 163 Increase 3 (14 June 2019)[2]
Highest131 (October 2007)
Lowest201 (October–November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 166 Decrease 10 (20 July 2019)[3]
Highest129 (2 June 2004)
Lowest191 (July 1994)
First international
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[4]
Biggest win
 Vanuatu 18–0 Kiribati 
(Lautoka, Fiji; 7 July 2003)[4]
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[4]
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1973)
Best resultFourth 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.[5]

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.

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 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 37 12 3 22 76 89

Results and fixtures[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position
Head coach Northern Ireland Paul Munster
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 the 3 friendly games against Tahiti, Fiji and Indonesia and for the 2019 Pacific Games from 7–20 July in Apia, Samoa

Caps and goals updated as of 18 July 2019 after the game against Samoa.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Chikau Mansale (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 36) 27 0 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
21 1GK Dick Taiwia (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
22 1GK James Chilia (2001-03-23) 23 March 2001 (age 18) 0 0 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere

2 2DF Brian Kaltack (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 25) 22 5 New Zealand Auckland City
3 2DF Jason Thomas (Captain) (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 22) 16 0 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
4 2DF Joseph Iaruel (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 21) 13 0 Vanuatu Galaxy
6 2DF Gordshem Dona (1996-08-27) 27 August 1996 (age 22) 9 0 Vanuatu Amicale
18 2DF Selwyn Vatu (1998-06-13) 13 June 1998 (age 21) 13 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United
19 2DF Michel Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 23) 9 1 Vanuatu Tafea
20 2DF Johnathan Spokeyjack (1998-11-13) 13 November 1998 (age 20) 3 0 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
23 2DF Waiwo Kalmet (1999-04-26) 26 April 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Vanuatu Tafea

5 3MF Jeffery Bob (1992-07-01) 1 July 1992 (age 27) 5 3 Vanuatu Amicale
7 3MF John Alick (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 28) 10 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
8 3MF Ronaldo Wilkins (1999-12-30) 30 December 1999 (age 19) 8 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United
10 3MF Mitch Cooper (1994-09-18) 18 September 1994 (age 24) 6 5 Australia Hume City
13 3MF Daniel Natou (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 29) 12 1 Papua New Guinea Hekari United
14 3MF Elkington Molivakarua (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 26) 13 3 Vanuatu Tafea
16 3MF Bong Kalo (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 22) 20 2 Fiji Lautoka
3MF Tom Saksak (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Vanuatu Vaum United

9 4FW Kensi Tangis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 27) 28 8 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
11 4FW Andre Batick (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 26) 5 0 Vanuatu Malampa Revivors
12 4FW Azariah Soromon (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 20) 14 7 New Zealand Southern United
15 4FW Tony Kaltack (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 22) 16 15 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
17 4FW Bill Nicholls (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 26) 8 6 New Caledonia Magenta

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dgen Leo (2000-08-06) 6 August 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Vanuatu Sia-Raga Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
GK Joshua Willie (2000-06-13) 13 June 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Vanuatu Amicale Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
GK Seiloni Iaruel (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 24) 6 0 Vanuatu Galaxy Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
GK Daniel August (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
GK Kaloran Firiam (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019
GK Serge Daniel (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE

DF Barhormaal Lolo (1991-09-15) 15 September 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Vanuatu Yatel Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
DF Kevin Shem (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 25) 9 0 Vanuatu Tafea v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Ignace Iamak (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 29) 6 0 Vanuatu Tafea v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Lucien Hinge (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 27) 4 0 Vanuatu Tafea v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Jacques Wanemut (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 27) 3 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Tasso Jeffery (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Vanuatu Malampa Revivors v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Michel Kaltack (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 28) 18 2 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
DF Remy Kalsrap (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
DF Jais Malsarani (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Vanuatu Tafea
DF Chanel Obed (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Amicale
DF Jesse Kalopang (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star

MF Kalfter Kaltack (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
MF Henry Namatak (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Vanuatu Galaxy Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
MF Jacky Ruben (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 22) 9 1 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Raoul Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 23) 4 0 Vanuatu Tafea Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Barry Mansale (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Vanuatu Galaxy Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Jayson Timatua (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 20) 3 0 Vanuatu Shepherds United Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Edisson Stephens (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Vanuatu Tafea v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Octave Meltecoin (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 27) 2 0 Vanuatu Amicale v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Godine Tenene (1998-05-03) 3 May 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Robert Toukoune (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Zica Manuhi (1993-07-23) 23 July 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Vanuatu Tafea
MF Nemani Roqara (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 26) 3 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
MF Jacksson Tasso (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star
MF Claude Aru (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Vanuatu Malampa Revivors

FW Alex Saniel (1996-11-08) 8 November 1996 (age 22) 7 1 Vanuatu Shepherds United Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
FW Jordy Tasip (2000-07-14) 14 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Vanuatu Amicale Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
FW Bernard Daniel (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Vanuatu Erakor Golden Star v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
FW Jean Marie Manuriki (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Vanuatu Amicale v.  Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
FW Fenedy Masauvakalo (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 (age 33) 16 2 Vanuatu Tupuji Imere
FW Robert Tasso (1989-12-18) 18 December 1989 (age 29) 9 5 Vanuatu Tafea
FW Jean Kaltack (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 24) 8 9 Vanuatu Ifira Black Bird
FW Christopher Andrew (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 26) 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. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Vanuatu (New Hebrides) – List of International matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Micronesia suffer another humiliating defeat after 46–0 loss to Vanuatu | Football". The Guardian. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Member Association – Vanuatu". FIFA.com. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Vanuatu Football Federation". Vanuafoot.vu. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Poida named National Senior Team coach". Vanuata Football Federation. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.

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