Myanmar national football team

The Myanmar national football team (Burmese: မြန်မာ့လက်ရွေးစင်အမျိုးသားအသင်း) represents Myanmar in international football and is controlled by the Myanmar Football Federation.

Myanmar
Nickname(s)Asian Lions
AssociationMyanmar Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachAntoine Hey
CaptainZaw Min Tun
Most capsMyo Hlaing Win (90)
Top scorerMyo Hlaing Win (39)
Home stadiumThuwunna Stadium
FIFA codeMYA
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 136 11 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest97 (April 1996)
Lowest182 (August 2012, October 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 185 1 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest32 (5 August 1973)
Lowest191 (4 March 2013)
First international
 Hong Kong 5–2 Burma
(Hong Kong; 17 February 1950)[3]
Biggest win
Burma 9–0 Singapore 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 9 November 1969)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 9–0 Myanmar
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1968)
Best resultRunners-up, 1968

It was known as the Burma national football team until 1989, when Burma was renamed Myanmar. During the heyday of Burmese football, it finished second in the 1968 Asian Cup, participated in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and in the Asian Games and having won the Asian Games twice; in 1966 and 1970, and the football event of the Southeast Asian Games on five successive occasions; in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973. However, the country didn't participate in FIFA World Cup qualification for the rest of 20th century, contributing to the downfall of the national side.

Since then, Myanmar's highest achievement is the silver medal in 1993. Myanmar played its first World Cup qualifiers in 2007 in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, losing 0–7 and 0–4 to China.

History

1948 to 1970s: golden age

Burma sent players to the Philippines in 1954 Asian Games and captured a bronze medal, behind Taiwan (gold) and South Korea (silver); this fact marked the beginning of the golden age. On the other hand, the nation was not expected to contend for a medal in the Olympic-type Asian Games. In the meantime, this delegation became the first male Burmese team to win a continental medal. But this was only the beginning. Then, against all odds, the team of Burma bettered their 1954 effort by winning the gold medal in the Asian Games, which were held at Bangkok in the mid-1960s. In that tournament, Burma beat Iran in the gold-medal game.

The 1966 Asian Games gold medal winning squad established itself as one of the two best teams in the region as it finished as runner-up to Iran at the 1968 Asian Cup. After claiming silver in 1968, the men's soccer team had a strong performance in the early 1970s as it won the right to compete in the 1972 Summer Olympics, which were held at Munich (West Germany), upon being one of the three finalists in the Asian tournament. Despite losing almost all their matches, the Burmese players captured the Fair Play Award. The following year, the nation earned its fifth consecutive Southeast Asian Games gold medal at Singapore City (Kuala Lumpur'65, Bangkok'67, Rangoon'69, and Kuala Lumpur '71).

Three years before that, the national team wrote perhaps their most important chapter: they captured the continental title for the second time in a row, after the Burmese Olympic Committee sent footballers to Thailand for the 1970 Asian Games. Burma thus became the second soccer squad to win the Asian tournament twice. Certainly, they were declared national heroes in Rangoon, the then capital of Burma, with their second consecutive gold medal in men's soccer.

During this golden era, Burma produced many talented footballers. One among them is Suk Bahadur who is now considered as the greatest Burmese footballer of all times for his outstanding contribution to Burmese football.

Over the following years, due in large part to several problems in the country, the national side was not able to successfully defend its Asian title.[4]

1970s to 2010s: decline and struggle

During the later era, Burma had been unable to achieve similar results like the golden age, due to many factors. The collapse of whole Burmese football system during the rule of Ne Win and later, the junta, had a negative effect for Burmese team. Lack of funding, poor infrastructure, affected many Burmese players to seek their opportunity in another nations, or to retire and went disappearance. On the same time, the rise of Malaysia, Indonesia, and especially Vietnam and the Philippines, had made Myanmar's ability faded away. The series of decline had made Myanmar from a continental power to reduce into then one of Asia's weakest teams.

Despite this, Myanmar managed to win silver medal in 1993 Southeast Asian Games, after losing to Thailand in the final, or the 2004 Tiger Cup when Myanmar won bronze.

Since 2010s: resurgence

Myanmar's 2011 reforms had been a major point of turning Myanmar's football, which had declined since 1970s. During this era, a new wave of Burmese football had arrived with the change of Myanmar's political climate, after many years under junta's rule.

The arrival of Gerd Zeise, a German manager, had been the crucial point. Under Gerd, Myanmar's football since reforms has witnessed a significant progress. The U-20 Myanmar team had stunned the world by qualifying to Myanmar's first ever FIFA tournament, the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup after going to the semi-finals in the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship as host. In 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, Myanmar, as host, once again went to semi-finals, only losing to eventual champions, Thailand.

However, between these successes, a lot of problems remain. Myanmar's football capability has been questioned after their disastrous 2018 World Cup qualification; while on the same time, a lot of teams in Asia have also risen up after many years under shadows. Once again, Myanmar failed to qualify for 2019 AFC Asian Cup, when they suffered a tremendous 1–5 defeat on the hand of Kyrgyzstan. Under Antoine Hey, Myanmar also had an unsuccessful 2018 AFF Championship, with the team was knocked out from the group stage, and Hey resigned aftermath.

Myanmar joined the 2022 World Cup qualification in a tough group composing Asian powerhouse Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia under Montenegrin manager Miodrag Radulović. However, Myanmar opened their World Cup hunt with a shock away loss to minnows Mongolia[5] before continued to fall to Japan at home 0–2[6] and suffered one of the most humiliating loss in its World Cup qualifying record, a 0–7 demolition to Kyrgyzstan away.[7] This led to Miodrag being fired and Hey was reinstalled as coach of Myanmar, where he led Myanmar to a thrilling victory 4–3 at home to Tajikistan and obtained the country's first three points in 2022 World Cup qualification.[8] With a rising spirits following the thrilling win at home to Tajikistan, Myanmar continued its resurgence by beating Mongolia at home 1–0 to keep its World Cup hope alive.[9]

Home stadium

The national team plays most of its home matches in Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The stadium is larger and more up-to-date than Bogyoke Aung San Stadium. It was upgraded to a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators from capacity of 32000 in 2013.[10]

Kits

The Myanmar national team team used to play with a kit made by FBT. This contract lasted until 2018.

In November 2018, the Myanmar national team signed a six-year contract with Warrix Sports. The sports kit sponsorship contract is valued at US$ 5.67 million and it will run from 1 November 2018 to 31 December 2024.[11]

On 6 November 2018, Warrix introduced a new Myanmar home and away kit. Myanmar's home kits is a red shirt with red shorts and red socks while the away kits is a white shirt with white shorts and white socks. Formerly the kits were made by Adidas.

Myanmar national football team kits
Year Outfitter Kits
2011–2013 Adidas * 2011–2013 (Home – Away)
2013–2015 Lotto Sport Italia
  • 2013–15 (Home – Away)
2015–2018 FBT
  • 2015–18 (Home – Away)
2018–2024 Warrix
  • 2018–present (Home – Away)

Competition records

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA
1900 to 1952Did not participate
1956 to 1968Did not qualify
1972Round 19/16310222
1976 to 1988Did not qualify
1992 – present See Myanmar national under-23 team
TotalRound 1310222

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1938Did not enter Did not enter
1950Withdrew Withdrew from qualification
1954 to 1990Did not enter Did not enter
1994Withdrew Withdrew from qualification
1998Did not enter Did not enter
2002Withdrew Withdrew from qualification
2006Disqualified Disqualified from qualification
2010Did not qualify 2002011
2014 410326
2018 8224921
2022 5203513
2026To be determined To be determined
Total0/21------ 1952121651
  • Disqualified in 2006 for withdrawing from qualification in 2002.
  • Initially banned from 2018 for crowd trouble during 2014 World Cup qualifying match but later overturned to and matches to be played on neutral soil.[12][13]

AFC Asian Cup

Asian Cup record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1956 to 1964Withdrew
1968Runners-up741296
1972 to 1988Withdrew
1992Did not enter
1996 to 2004Did not qualify
2007Did not enter
2011Did not qualify
2015
2019
2023To be determined
TotalBest: Runners-up741296

Asian Games

Asian Games record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1951Quarter-finals100102
1954Third place4201108
1958Group stage200236
1962Withdrew
1966Champions642083
1970742195
1974Second Round62131414
1978Group stage200215
1982310238
1986Did not qualify
1990
1994Group stage301229
1998Withdrew
TotalChampions34136144960
*Under-23 tournament since 2002

AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Challenge Cup record AFC Challenge Cup
Qualifications record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GS GA
2006Did not enter Did not enter
2008Fourth place520366
20105203610 330071
2012Did not qualify 301226
2014Group stage310235 321071
TotalBest: Fourth place135081521 9522168

AFF Championship

AFF Championship record AFF Championship
Qualifications record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA GP W D L GS GA
1996Group stage42021112
1998311189 220071
2000310248
20024211135
2004Fourth place73131212
2007Group stage303011
2008310248
2010301229
2012301217 431061
2014301226 431062
2016Semi-finals420259
2018Group stage421175
TotalBest: Fourth place441410207094 10820194

SEA Games

SEA Games record
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1959Group stage3003310
1961Runners-up420275
1963Cancelled
1965Champions321052
1967440072
1969330081
19714310133
19734400154
1975Third place311133
19774301129
1979Group stage401325
1981201134
1983310234
1985Did not enter
1987Fourth place4022314
1989Group stage200207
1991200216
1993Runners-up64022111
1995Fourth place6303108
1997Group stage4112108
19994112410
TotalBest: Champions6432928130126
*Under-23 tournament since 2001

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

  Win   Draw   Lose

2019

  • 1 : Non FIFA 'A' international match

2020

Current coaching staffs

PositionName
Manager Than Toe Aung
Head Coach Antoine Hey
Assistant Coach Vladimir Krunic
Assistant Coach Kyi Lwin
Goalkeeping Coach Willy Stevaert
Team Secretary Si Thu Win
Media Officer Zaw Minn Htike
Team Doctor Aung Kyaw Oo
Physiotheropist Tun Zaw
Video Analysis Thaw Zin Soe
Kit Manager Pyae Sone Naing

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Tajikistan on 14 November and Mongolia on 19 November 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019 after the match against Mongolia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kyaw Zin Htet (1990-03-02) 2 March 1990 39 0 Yangon United
18 1GK Kyaw Zin Phyo (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 20 0 Ayeyawady United
22 1GK Pyae Lyan Aung (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 0 0 Yadanarbon

2 2DF Nyein Chan (1994-06-02) 2 June 1994 4 0 Shan United
3 2DF Zaw Min Tun (captain) (1992-05-20) 20 May 1992 73 4 Sukhothai
4 2DF David Htan (1990-05-13) 13 May 1990 65 4 Shan United
5 2DF Nanda Kyaw (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 18 0 Shan United
12 2DF Kyaw Zin Lwin (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 20 0 Ayeyawady United
13 2DF Zaw Ye Tun (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 4 0 Yadanarbon
15 2DF Pyae Phyo Zaw (1994-06-02) 2 June 1994 6 0 Yangon United

6 3MF Hlaing Bo Bo (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 31 5 Yadanarbon
7 3MF Maung Maung Lwin (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 35 6 Yangon United
8 3MF Nyein Chan Aung (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 6 1 Yangon United
16 3MF Yan Naing Oo (1996-03-31) 31 March 1996 24 1 Shan United
17 3MF Tin Win Aung (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 22 1 Shan United
19 3MF Thein Than Win (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 22 2 Yangon United
23 3MF Myo Ko Tun (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 11 0 Yadanarbon

9 4FW Aung Thu (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 41 10 Muangthong United
10 4FW Than Htet Aung (1993-06-05) 5 June 1993 9 1 Ayeyawady United
11 4FW Than Paing (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 25 1 Yangon United
14 4FW Win Naing Soe (1993-10-24) 24 October 1993 7 0 Yadanarbon
20 4FW Suan Lam Mang (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 26 7 Muangkan United
21 4FW Zin Min Tun (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 7 0 Shan United

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called-up recently in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sann Satt Naing (1997-11-04) 4 November 1997 1 0 Yangon United v.  Malaysia, 24 November 2018
GK Naing Zayar Htun (1985-12-28) 28 December 1985 2 0 Zwegabin United v.  Singapore, 11 June 2019
GK Pyae Phyo Aung (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 3 0 Southern Myanmar PRE

DF Kyaw Zin Oo (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 1 0 Yangon United v.  China PR, 26 May 2018
DF Htike Htike Aung (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 5 0 Shan United v.  Indonesia, 25 March 2019
DF Thet Naing (1992-12-20) 20 December 1992 20 2 Yadanarbon v.  Indonesia, 25 March 2019
DF Hein Nay San (1994-06-02) 2 June 1994 2 0 Yadanarbon v.  Indonesia, 25 March 2019
DF Win Moe Kyaw (1996-10-09)9 October 1996 (aged 21) 4 0 Magwe v.  Singapore, 11 June 2019
DF Hein Thiha Zaw (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 11 0 Shan United
DF Soe Moe Kyaw (1999-03-23)23 March 1999 (aged 19) 11 0 Ayeyawady United v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019PRE
DF Zaw Lin (1992-05-14)14 May 1992 (aged 26) 7 0 Ayeyawady United v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019PRE

MF Myat Kaung Khant (2000-07-15)15 July 2000 (aged 18) 2 1 Yadanarbon v.  Bahrain, 16 October 2018
MF Ye Yint Aung (1998-02-26)26 February 1998 (aged 20) 0 0 Yadanarbon v.  Malaysia, 24 November 2018
MF Htet Phyo Wai (2000-01-21) 21 January 2000 6 1 Shan United v.  Malaysia, 24 November 2018
MF Maung Maung Win (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 2 0 Zwegabin United v.  Indonesia, 25 March 2019
MF Aung Hlaing Win (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 0 0 Sagaing United v.  Singapore, 11 June 2019
MF Yan Naing Aung (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 0 0 Hanthawady United v.  Singapore, 11 June 2019
MF Ye Ko Oo (1994-08-20) 20 August 1994 22 1 Yadanarbon v.  Singapore, 11 June 2019
MF Kyi Lin (1992-09-04) 4 September 1992 40 7 Zwekapin United v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019PRE
MF Sithu Aung (1996-10-16) 16 October 1996 25 4 Yadanarbon v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019PRE
MF Lwin Moe Aung (1999-12-10)10 December 1999 (aged 18) 11 0 Ayeyawady United v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019
MF Yan Aung Kyaw (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 64 0 Yangon United v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019 PRE

FW Aung Myint Tun (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 9 0 Magwe v.  Indonesia, 25 March 2019
FW Kyaw Ko Ko (1992-12-20) 20 December 1992 52 16 Samut Prakan City v.  Japan, 10 September 2019PRE INJ
FW Kaung Sithu (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 12 2 Southern Myanmar v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019PRE
FW Dway Ko Ko Chit (1993-06-23) 23 June 1993 2 0 Shan United v.  Kyrgyzstan, 10 October 2019PRE

Notes:

  • INJ Withdrew from squad due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • SUS Suspended
  • RET Retired from the national team
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

Previous squads

Coaches

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win % Honours
Marko Valok 1959–?
Mikhail Bozenenkov (ru) 1961–1963
Sein Hlaing 1964–1979 Asian Games Champions (1966,1970)
Southeast Asian Games Champions (1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973)
Merdeka Cup Champions (1964, 1967, 1971)
Bert Trautmann 1972–1974 1972 President's Cup Football Tournament Champions
Ger Blok 1993–1996[14]
Ratomir Dujković 1996–1997
David Booth 2000–2003
Ivan Venkov Kolev Nov 2004–2005 2004 Tiger Cup Semi-finalists
Sann Win 2006–2007 2006 Merdeka Tournament Champions
2007 Merdeka Tournament Runners-up
Marcos Falopa Apr 2007 – Dec 2008[15]
Tim Myint Aung Apr 2009 – Oct 2009
Drago Mamić Oct 2009 – Feb 2010
Tin Myint Aung Feb 2010 – Dec 2010 5 2 0 3 040.00
Milan Živadinović Jan 2011 – Jul 2011 7 0 2 5 000.00
Sann Win* Jul 2011 5 1 1 3 020.00
Park Sung-Hwa Dec 2011 – Dec 2013 13 5 4 4 038.46
Sann Win* Sep 2013 1 0 1 0 000.00
Radojko Avramovic Feb 2014 – Oct 2015 22 7 4 11 031.82 2014 Philippine Peace Cup Champions
Tin Myint Aung* Aug 2017 1 1 0 0 100.00
Gerd Zeise Oct 2015 – March 2018 24 7 6 11 029.17 2016 AFF Championship Semi-final
Zaw Win Tun* March 2018 1 1 0 0 100.00
Antoine Hey 16 May 2018 – 13 December 2018[16] 8 2 1 5 025.00
Myo Min Tun* March 2019 2 0 1 1 000.00
Miodrag Radulović 20 April 2019 – 20 October 2019 [17] 5 1 0 4 020.00
Antoine Hey 21 October 2019[18] – present 3 3 0 0 100.00

* As caretaker

Most caps and goals

Data based by wikipedia.

Honours

International

  • Fair Play Award: 1972

Continental

  • Runners-up (1): 1968
  • Bronze medal (1): 1954

Regional

Fourth place /Semifinalist(2) : 2004, 2016

Other awards

  • Runners-up (4): 1966, 1968, 1970, 2007
  • Winners (4): 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975
  • Runners-up (1) 1976
  • Runners-up (1): 1975
  • Third Place (1): 1974
  • Winners (1) : 2014
  • AYA Bank Cup
  • Third Place (1) : 2016
*trophy shared

All-time head to head record

Team Confederation GP W D L GF GA GD
 BahrainAFC4103611–5
 BangladeshAFC106132410+14
 BruneiAFC8701285+23
 BoliviaCONMEBOL100103-3
 CambodiaAFC2116145916+43
 China PRAFC9207428–24
 Chinese TaipeiAFC7142910–1
 GuamAFC110050+5
 IndiaAFC218494030+10
 IndonesiaAFC42179176573–8
 IranAFC520347–3
 IraqAFC4004113–12
 IsraelUEFA210113–2
 JapanAFC10136717–10
 North KoreaAFC5014215–13
 South KoreaAFC3489171944–25
 KuwaitAFC6204821–17
 KyrgyzstanAFC301238–5
 LaosAFC171430539+44
 LebanonAFC201113–2
 LesothoCAF110010+1
 LibyaCAF110031+2
 LuxembourgUEFA110020+2
 MacauAFC330090+9
 MalaysiaAFC542110237290–18
 MaldivesAFC4400124+8
 MongoliaAFC420242+2
 MoroccoCAF1010220
   NepalAFC330090+9
 New ZealandOFC302124–2
 OmanAFC300308–8
 PakistanAFC83231310+3
 PalestineAFC310256–1
 PhilippinesAFC159423412+26
 QatarAFC1010220
 Russia^UEFA100101–1
 SingaporeAFC40158178362+21
 Sri LankaAFC87012510+15
 TajikistanAFC310247–3
 ThailandAFC481414206289–31
 Timor-LesteAFC220060+6
 TurkmenistanAFC100112–1
 United Arab EmiratesAFC100102–2
 Vietnam^^AFC25113113549–14
Total

^ includes the results of  Soviet Union
^^ includes the results of  South Vietnam

See also

References

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