Bangladesh national football team

The Bangladesh national football team (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় ফুটবল দল) is the national recognised football team of Bangladesh and is controlled by the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF). It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation, and became a member of FIFA in 1974. Even though the Bangladesh Football Federation was first founded in 1972. Bangladesh was elected as a member of the AFC Executive Committee in 1982–1986 and 1998–2002. The current Executive Committee was elected democratically, under an AFC approved constitution and direct supervision of FIFA & AFC, in April 2008.

Bangladesh
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Bengal Tigers
Red and Green
AssociationBangladesh Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachSpain Javier Cabrera
CaptainJamal Bhuyan
Most capsZahid Hasan Ameli (64)
Top scorerAshraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu (17)
Home stadiumBangabandhu National Stadium
FIFA codeBAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 186 Increase 1 (23 December 2021)[1]
Highest110 (April 1996)
Lowest197 (February–May 2018)
First international
 Bangladesh 2–2 Thailand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 26 July 1973)
Biggest win
 Bangladesh 8–0 Maldives 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 23 December 1985)
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 9–0 Bangladesh 
(Incheon, South Korea; 16 September 1979)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1980)
Best resultGroup stage (1980)
SAFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (2003)

Bangladesh's national team debuted in 1973 and has yet to qualify for the World Cup finals. They were dismissed in the first round of their only Asian Cup appearance to date in 1980; by qualifying for it, Bangladesh is one of the only two South Asian nations to achieve the feat. The nation's best results came at South Asian level where it won the SAFF Championship in 2003, under the coaching of György Kottán and were gold medalists in South Asian Games once as a national team. Bangladesh was one of southern Asia's leading team in the 2000s. However, as is the case elsewhere on the subcontinent, top-level football in Bangladesh is played somewhere in the shadow of the country's national cricket team. This is mostly due to inadequate budget allocation and lack of technical skills adaptation.[2][3] To date, football remains a popular sport in Bangladesh but cricket remains the most popular sport in the nation.[4]

HistoryEdit

Origins (1933–1971)Edit

 
Islington Corinthians and Dhaka XI team photo in 1936

During the early 1930s there were many tournaments being held in East Bengal and, it was seen that the Bengalis their were getting a little better at football. So in 1933, Dhaka Sporting Association, known as the DSA, was formed in a small tin house at Paltan Maidan in Dhaka. Meanwhile, the three largest clubs in Dhaka at that time, Wari Club, Victoria SC and Lakshibazar Club, were already playing daily matches, at the Paltan Maidan. The clubs divided the field into three parts and the DSA introduced inter-school and inter-college tournaments after its inception and the current GPO post office in Gulistan was then the designated ground for the tournament.

In those days, Islington Corinthians from England toured all around the world, and introduced their football to every country they visited. On November 10, the team visited Dhaka, where they took on the DSA XI.[5] The Bengalis of Dhaka handed Corinthians their first ever loss, when the DSA XI defeated Corinthians 1-0 during their encounter. Most of the players were students of Dhaka University. Thousands of people were overjoyed to see the English lose on the field that day. While leaving, the English side admitted to their defeat, saying, “I heard a lot about the Bengal tiger! This time I saw it!”[6]

The football rivalry between Kolkata and Dhaka started under DSA. Notable clubs which participated in the historical Dhaka Football League from 1933 till the partition of the country were Wari Club, Victoria SC, Lakshibazar Club, East End Club, Central Jail XI, Dhaka Wanderers Club and Tejgaon Friends Union. The late 1950s and 1960s saw, Bengali football starting to earn more popularity among the people, when the clubs took part in the Aga Khan Gold Cup, which was held Dhaka every year. Clubs from all over Asia were invited to compete in the tournament, resulting in massive crowds being drawn into the stadiums, to witness their local clubs take on foreign teams.

The first instance of a Bangladesh national football team was the emergence of the Shadhin Bangla Football Team during the 1971 liberation war. They toured throughout India to raise international awareness and economic support for the liberation war, the team played 16 exhibition matches in different states and cities of India and helped fund the Bangladesh government by handing over all the prize money they earned during their tour.[7]

Emergence (1972–1980)Edit

Following the nations independence from Pakistan, at the end of 1971, the Bangladesh Football Federation, was founded on 15 July 1972, by Md. Yousuf Ali, the country's former Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs.[8] The BFF became affiliated with the AFC in 1973, and FIFA in 1976.[9]

On 26 July 1973, the Bangladesh football team played its first official game, a 2–2 draw against Thailand. During the period between 27 July 1973 and 14 August 1975, the national team played a total of 15 friendly matches, all of them were against Asian teams, 14 of the games were hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, resulting in 3 draws, 10 defeats and 1 victory. On 13 August 1973, during the only friendly match which was not held Malaysia, the Bangladesh team earned their first ever win, by defeating hosts Singapore 1–0. A year later, on 18 December 1976, the team played a friendly against a strong Malaysian side, and ended up being trashed 6–0.

The next official matches came during the 1978 Asian games in Bangkok, Bangladesh once again faced Malaysia and also had their first encounter against India, both games ended in a defeat. In January 1979, the qualifiers for the 1980 AFC Asian Cup began and surprisingly considering their previous record, Bangladesh opened their campaign with draws against Afghanistan and Qatar. A harsh 4–0 defeat against Qatar followed, but an astonishing 4–1 victory over the Afghans, which was only the team's second ever victory, saw them qualify for the main tournament, at their first attempt.

In preparation for the Asian Cup, Bangladesh played four more friendly matches, losing three of them and suffering their heaviest ever defeat, when they lost 9–0 to South Korea. Nonetheless, the team managed to win one of their games, which came in a 3–1 trashing of Sri Lanka.

1980 AFC Asian Cup Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 4 2 2 0 12 4 +8 6
  North Korea 4 3 0 1 9 7 +2 6
  Syria 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 5
  China PR 4 1 1 2 9 5 +4 3
  Bangladesh 4 0 0 4 2 17 −15 0

The 1980 AFC Asian Cup was held in September 1980 in Kuwait, and Bangladesh were grouped with defending champions Iran as well as North Korea, Syria and China. The team opened the tournament respectably with a narrow 3–2 defeat against North Korea. Their goals came from Kazi Salahuddin and Ashraf Chunnu. They also held on well against Syria, only to lose by one goal. However, the next couple of gams saw Bangladesh being embarrassed 7–0 and 6–0 respectively by Iran and China, finishing the tournament bottom of their table with a total of 17 goals being conceded.[10][11]

Rise and Fall (1980–2002)Edit

The early 80s and 90s saw Bangladesh consistently producing great talents, with most of the star players emerging from Dhaka League giants Mohammedan, Abahani Limited Dhaka and Brothers Union. The league was highly competitive, drawing thousands of fans into the Bangabandhu National Stadium and the clubs were even doing well in the AFC Champions League. During the early 80s the Dhaka Derby which always had masses of spectators visit the capital from all over the country, produced some of the greatest players in the countries footballing history, with the likes of Monem Munna, Rumman Sabbir and Kaiser Hamid, to name only a few, that stole the hearts of Bangladeshi football fans with their amazing performances on the field.[12]

In 1985, the team took part in the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (AFC), in their first attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and were grouped along with India, Indonesia and Thailand. Bangladesh got their first ever win in a World Cup qualifier against Indonesia. The game took place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, and even though the team were trailing with 15 minutes left, defender Kaiser Hamid made good use of his height to score with a header and equalize for Bangladesh, and with 5 minutes to go from full time, Ashraf Chunnu scored the winner from a free kick just outside the box. The country's second win in the qualifiers came over Thailand, Bangladesh also displayed an impressive performance against India, at the Salt Lake Stadium, during the last matchday of the qualifiers, when they lost 2-1, with two wins from six games, Bangladesh finish bottom of their group. Nonetheless, it was a highly satisfactory debut in the World Cup qualifiers for the country.[13] The only win the team registered during the 1990 FIFA qualifiers came in a 3-1 thrashing of Thailand.

 
Bangladesh's first international trophy

On 4 November 1995, under the guidance of coach Otto Pfister and legendary captain Monem Munna, Bangladesh won the 4-nation Tiger Trophy held in Myanmar, this was the nations very first major trophy.[14][15] Bangladesh also won silver during the South Asian Games, losing in the final to hosts India. The year 1996 saw Bangladesh reach their highest FIFA ranking to date with the team climbing up to 110, after numerous impressive performances.[16] The team's fortunes in regional competitions also improved, the 1999 SAFF Gold Cup, held in Goa, saw Bangladesh again reach the final and lose to India, picking up another silver medal, and at 1999 South Asian Games held in Kathmandu the team finally took the extra step and won the gold medal.

On 12 January 2001, a historic moment occurred for the Bangladesh team, when they played their first match against European country, a Sahara Cup encounter against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who won the game 2–0. On 18 March 2001, Firoz Mahmud Titu became the first Bangladeshi player to score against European opposition, when Bangladesh suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Yugoslavia, in the same competition.[17] Bangladesh yet again failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, as the team got knocked out from the 2002 World Cup qualifiers First Round, with only 1 win from 4 games.

(2003) SAFF Gold Cup triumphEdit

The South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup 2003, which took place between 10 January 2003 and 20 January 2003, saw Bangladesh under György Kottán, win their first major tournament in eight years and this time they did it as the host country.[19] Bangladesh as started off the tournament by winning their opening game against Nepal (1-0) with Alfaz Ahmed scoring the only goal in the 30th minute. In their next game against Maldives they won 1–0 by a late winning goal scored by Arif Khan Joy in the 90-minute. Bangladesh topped their group by winning their last game against Bhutan 3–0 with Farhad scoring two goals and Kanchan scoring another one. In the semifinals they faced India, who were the defending champions, after defeating Bangladesh in 1999 SAFF Cup final. Bangladesh avenged their defeat from four years earlier by overcoming India 2–1, thanks to an extra time goal by Motiur Rahman Munna and thus progressing to their second consecutive SAFF Cup final.[20] However, before the finals Bangladesh dealt a huge blow, as their captain Rajani Kanta Barman who played in every game during the tournament until then picked up a suspension which denied him a chance to play in the next match. In the final Bangladesh again faced Maldives, Hassan Al-Mamun replaced Rajani in defense and took up the captains armband before the game.[21] Rokonuzzaman Kanchan gave the hosts an early lead in the 13th minute with Bangladesh dominating the first half. During the second half a defensive mistake lead to Bangladesh conceding as Ali Umar equalized in the 57th minute. The game remained tied at 1–1 after 90 minutes and even after another 30 minutes of extra time the two sides could not be separated. In the penalty shootout the goalkeeper Aminul Haque saved the second penalty from Maldives and at last Mohammed Sujan held his nerves and scored the winning penalty and thus Bangladesh won their first and only SAFF title till date.[22][23]

Inconsistency (2003–2010)Edit

The 2004 AFC Cup qualifiers, began from March 2003. It was another catastrophic qualifying campaign for Bangladesh, as they were defeated by Laos after a lethargic start to the match, Bangladesh conceded twice within seven minutes during the first-half and even after Ariful Kabir Farhad halved the deficit after the interval, Bangladesh were still unable to find an equalizer. The following match against Hong Kong finished as a draw, this ended the country's AFC qualification hopes once again, with the team finishing bottom of the group. However, the team saw an upturn in form, as Bangladesh again made it to the final of the SAFF Championship in 2005, when the tournament was held in Pakistan.[24] They started their campaign defeating Bhutan (3–0), Ariful Kabir Farhad scored a brace and Zahid Hasan Ameli ended the game with his 85th minute goal. A couple of days later the team took on Nepal and this time Rokonuzzaman Kanchans brace helped Bangladesh overcome a very defensive Nepali side. On 12 December 2005, Bangladesh took on tournament favorites India at the Peoples Football Stadium in Karachi, the game ended in a stalemate after Zahid Hasan Ameli scored the only goal for Bangladesh in the 77th minute. The draw helped Bangladesh reach the semifinals of the tournament as group winners[25] In the semifinals they knocked out the host nation Pakistan (1–0) thanks to a Mohammed Sujan penalty. In the final they faced India just like in the 1999 SAFF Cup final, it was a fifty-fifty affair as the two teams were joint favorites to win, but India took home the trophy with Bangladesh finishing as runners up.[26]

In December 2005, Bangladesh and Pakistan played off in a home and away series, to determine which team would progress to the final qualifying round of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. After a stalemate in the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka. Firoz Mahmud Titu won the game for Bangladesh during the last 10 minutes of the second-leg in People's Sports Complex, Karachi. Bangladesh qualified with the 1–0 on aggregate. Nevertheless, they failed to win a single game in the next round and finished bottom of their qualification group with zero points.[27] In 2007 the Bangladesh Premier League was introduced, replacing the historic Dhaka League which had been the countries main league competition even before its independence, this marked the start of a professional football league and the country's first ever wide open national league were teams outside of Dhaka could participate. The new league was introduced in order to improve the nations footballing standards and to help produce future national stars, as the Bangladesh team were in the midst of bad results.[28] The 2008 SAFF Championship ended in huge disappointment as Bangladesh failed to win a single game and were knocked out of the tournament after their dismal performance against Sri lanka lead to a (1-0) defeat. [29] Their underwhelming SAFF campaign resulted in the dismissal of coach of Abu Yusuf.[30] He was replaced by former national team player Shafiqul Islam Manik,[31] yet he only lasted at the job for another three months.

On 24 January 2009, Bangladesh appointed Brazilian coach Dido.[32] Under his guidance Bangladesh saw an upturn in results as they won two of their three 2010 AFC Challenge Cup qualification matches and advanced into the main tournamnet.[33][34] However, he was sacked within 11 months as he refused to select established national team players.[35] During his last interview before leaving Bangladesh, Dido criticized the country's footballing structure and stated that it was corrupt.[36] This again raised questions about BFF president Kazi Salahuddins management of the countries football. The 2009 SAFF Championship saw Bangladesh once again hosting the tournament. Former national team keeper Shahidur Rahman Shantoo was appointed as the intern coach just a few days before the tournament.[37] Bangladesh cruised through the group stages with 2 wins and 1 draw, their wins came over Bhutan and Sri lanka.[38][39] Nonetheless the team were not able to get through to the final, as they were defeated by a young but energetic Indian team.[40]

Decline (2011–present)Edit

On 29 June 2011 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh beat Pakistan 3–0 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the game took place only four days after Nikola Ilievski was appointed as the teams head coach.[41] On 3 July 2011, Bangladesh went on to play Pakistan again at Punjab Stadium, Lahore where they drew 0–0. This allowed Bangladesh to advance to the second round to play against Lebanon. The first game was played in Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut on 23 July 2011 where Bangladesh lost 4–0. The second game was played in Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka where Bangladesh won 2–0. Since Lebanon were able to score more goals out of the two games they progressed into the third round eliminating Bangladesh.[42] Bangladesh were not able to reach the semifinals of 2011 SAFF Championship as they were held to a goalless draw by Pakistan and were defeated by both Nepal and Maldives in group stages.[43]

On 29 January 2013, Lodewijk de Kruif took charge of the team, under him Bangladesh failed to qualify into the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup as they lost to Palestine by 0–1 despite their wins against the host Nepal and Northern Mariana Islands in 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification stage held in March 2013. Bangladesh could not qualify into the semifinal of 2013 SAFF Championship as they lost to Nepal and Pakistan in group matches. Bangladesh played their first four matches of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Australia and Jordan losing all of the matches apart from the home game against Tajikistan where they drew 1–1. These results lead to De Kruif being sacked, On 8 September 2015.[44] Bangladesh ended their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign with a disastrous performance, as they suffered a huge 8–0 defeat to a Jordan team managed by Harry Redknapp, at the Amman National Stadium on 24 March 2016.[45] With seven defeats and a solitary draw against Tajikistan, Bangladesh conceded 32 goals and scored only twice, once apiece against Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

On 29 June 2016, the BFF appointed Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet, initially on a short-term contract to guide the national team to the AFC Asia Cup 2019 qualification playoff round 2 matches against Bhutan.[46][47] Coach Saintfiet called up the veteran striking pair of Jahid Hasan Ameli and Enamul Haque for the match, but to no avail. Following a 0–0 draw in the first leg in Dhaka, Bhutan inflicted a 3–1 defeat on Bangladesh at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu during the second leg. The result in the Asian Cup qualifying play-off meant Bangladesh will not be a part of any AFC and FIFA tournaments for the next couple of years, until the launching of the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.[48][49]

Jamie Day (2018–2021)Edit

On 17 May 2018, Jamie Day was took charge of the team.[50] The team failed to reach the semi-finals of 2018 SAFF Championship, as the hosts, with 2 wins and 1 loss. However, Bangladesh advanced to the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifying when they defeated Laos 1–0 on aggregate.[51] During the qualifiers, Bangladesh was grouped together with neighbors India, alongside Asian powerhouse Qatar and two other difficult rivals, Afghanistan and Oman. Bangladesh managed to earn a well deserved draw against India 1–1, where they conceded in the dying minutes of the game. Nonetheless, they lost the remaining matches, but their losses were not as heavy as expected; they even caused hardship to Qatar and Oman. A hard fought draw against Afghanistan, saw Bangladesh reach the third Round of 2023 AFC qualifers, as the one of the three best fifth-position teams.[52]

On September 2021, Bangladesh took part in the 2021 Three Nations Cup (Kyrgyzstan), the team lost all 3 games, conceding a total of 9 goals and only managing to score 3. These results led to Day being "put on leave" just before the 2021 SAFF Championship, held in Maldives.[53] Bangladesh again failed to reach the semi-finals of the Saff Championship, this time due to conceding a late penalty against Nepal, in a game the team had to win to reach the knockout-stages.[54]

Javier Cabrera (2022–)Edit

On 8 January 2022, the BFF appointed Javier Cabrera as the permanent head coach of Bangladesh, on a 11 month contract.[55]

Team imageEdit

ColoursEdit

The Bangladesh national football team plays in bottle green shirts and dark red shorts embedded. Also with red and green stripes. Green and red are the historic national colours of Bangladesh, originating from the national flag of Bangladesh. The red represents the sun rising over Bengal, and also the blood of those who died for the independence of Bangladesh. The green stands for the lushness of the land of Bangladesh. The current Bangladesh away jersey is completely diametric to the regular one.

Home stadiumEdit

 
Bangabandhu National Stadium

Bangladesh plays majority of their home matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, where they won the SAFF Championship in 2003 and 2010 South Asian Games football gold medal. The Bangabandhu National Stadium also hosted both 2009 and 2018 SAFF Championships. Occasionally home matches are also played at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Sylhet District Stadium in Sylhet, Rajshahi District Stadium in Rajshahi and Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore. Since 2020, the Bangabandhu National Stadium was once again used as the teams home venue and after the 2021 Bangladesh Premier League season, the stadium went under a year-long renovation process, as BFF have planned to organize both Bangladesh Football League and future football related events on the ground.[56]

Media coverageEdit

Bangladesh's home and away qualifiers and friendlies both home and away are broadcast live on Bangladesh Television , Bangla TV & T Sports (Bangladesh)

Results and fixturesEdit

Matches in the last 12 months, and future scheduled matches   Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

23 March 2021 (2021-03-23) Three Nations Cup Group Stage Bangladesh   1–0   Kyrgyzstan U-23 Kathmandu, Nepal
17:45 BST Bajman   30' (o.g.) Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala
Referee: Nabindra Maharjan (Nepal)
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Three Nations Cup Group Stage Bangladesh   0–0     Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal
17:45 BST Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar (India)
29 March 2021 (2021-03-29) Three Nations Cup Final Bangladesh   1–2     Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal
17:45 BST Sufil   83' Sanjok Rai   18'
Bishal Rai   42'
Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar (India)
3 June 2021 (2021-06-03) 2022 World Cup qualification Bangladesh   1–1   Afghanistan Doha, Qatar
20:00 BST Topu Barman   84' FIFA Sharifi   48' Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
7 June 2021 (2021-06-07) 2022 World Cup qualification Bangladesh   0–2   India Doha, Qatar
20:00 BST FIFA
Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Zaid Thamer Mohammed (Iraq)
15 June 2021 (2021-06-15) 2022 World Cup qualification Bangladesh   0–3   Oman Doha, Qatar
23:10 BST FIFA
Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2021 Three Nations Cup (Kyrgyzstan) Palestine   2–0   Bangladesh Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
20:30 BST
Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2021 Three Nations Cup (Kyrgyzstan) Kyrgyzstan   4–1   Bangladesh Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
BST
Sufil   53' Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium
9 September 2021 (2021-09-09) Unofficial Friendly Kyrgyzstan U–23   3–2   Bangladesh Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
BST Report Sumon   11', 64' Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium
1 October 2021 (2021-10-01) 2021 SAFF Championship Sri Lanka   0–1   Bangladesh Malé, Maldives
17:00 BST Report Topu   56' (pen.) Stadium: National Football Stadium
Referee: Feras Taweel (Syria)
4 October 2021 (2021-10-04) 2021 SAFF Championship Bangladesh   1–1   India Malé, Maldives
17:00 BST
Report
Stadium: National Football Stadium
Referee: Majed Mohammed Al-Shamrani (Saudi Arabia)
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2021 SAFF Championship Maldives   2–0   Bangladesh Malé, Maldives
22:00 BST
Report Stadium: National Football Stadium
Referee: Yousif Saeed Hassan (Iraq)
13 October 2021 (2021-10-13) 2021 SAFF Championship Bangladesh   1–1     Nepal Malé, Maldives
17:00 BST
Report
Stadium: National Football Stadium
Referee: Axrol Riskullayev (Uzbekistan)
10 November 2021 (2021-11-10) 2021 Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy Bangladesh   1–1   Seychelles Colombo, Sri Lanka
16:30 BST
Report
Stadium: Racecourse Ground
Referee: Kasun Lakmal Weerakkody (Sri Lanka)
13 November 2021 (2021-11-13) 2021 Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy Bangladesh   2–1   Maldives Colombo, Sri Lanka
16:30 BST
Report
Stadium: Racecourse Ground
Referee: Crishantha Dilan Perera (Sri Lanka)
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2021 Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy Sri Lanka   2–1   Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka
21:30 BST
Report
Stadium: Racecourse Ground
Attendance: 1250
Referee: Mohammed Ahmed Al-Shammari (Qatar)

Coaching staffEdit

As of January 2022
Position Name
Head Coach   Javier Cabrera
Assistant Coaches   Hassan Al-Mamun
Goalkeeper Coach   Biplob Bhattacharjee
Fitness Coach   Ivan Razlog
Team Physio
Manager   Satyajit Das Rupu
BFF Technical Director   Paul Smalley

Coaching historyEdit

Interim coaches are listed in italics.

Coaching recordEdit

As of 13 November 2021

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were named to the final squad for the 2021 Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy.[79]

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021 after the match against   Sri Lanka.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ashraful Islam Rana (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 33) 25 0   Sheikh Russel KC
13 1GK Anisur Rahman Zico (1997-08-10) 10 August 1997 (age 24) 14 0   Bashundhara Kings
23 1GK Shahidul Alam Sohel (1992-05-01) 1 May 1992 (age 29) 24 0   Dhaka Abahani
2 2DF Yeasin Arafat (2003-01-05) 5 January 2003 (age 19) 12 1   Saif Sporting Club
3 2DF Rahmat Mia (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 22) 25 0   Saif Sporting Club
4 2DF Topu Barman (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 27) 45 6   Bashundhara Kings
5 2DF Rezaul Karim (1987-07-01) 1 July 1987 (age 34) 19 1   Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
12 2DF Sushanto Tripura (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 23) 7 0   Dhaka Abahani
14 2DF Yeasin Khan (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 27) 32 3   Bashundhara Kings
17 2DF Riyadul Hasan Rafi (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 22) 18 0   Saif Sporting Club
18 2DF Tutul Hossain Badsha (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 22) 17 0   Dhaka Abahani
6 3MF Jamal Bhuyan (Captain) (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 31) 60 1   Saif Sporting Club
8 3MF Obidur Rahman Nawbab (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Bashundhara Kings
19 3MF Atiqur Rahman Fahad (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 26) 10 0   Bashundhara Kings
20 3MF Mohammad Ridoy (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 20) 3 0   Dhaka Abahani
21 3MF Rakib Hossain (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 23) 16 0   Dhaka Abahani
7 4FW Foysal Ahmed Fahim (2002-02-24) 24 February 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Saif Sporting Club
9 4FW Sumon Reza (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 (age 26) 16 1   Uttar Baridhara Club
10 4FW Mahbubur Rahman Sufil (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 22) 29 5   Bashundhara Kings
11 4FW Mehedi Hasan Royal (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 26) 5 0   Dhaka Abahani
15 4FW Jewel Rana (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 26) 26 1   Dhaka Abahani
16 4FW Mohammad Ibrahim (1997-08-07) 7 August 1997 (age 24) 27 2   Bashundhara Kings
22 4FW Md Saad Uddin (1998-09-01) 1 September 1998 (age 23) 23 1   Sheikh Russel KC

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Bangladesh squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Russel Mahmud Liton (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 27) 6 0   Rahmatganj MFS v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
GK Mitul Marma (2003-12-11) 11 December 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Uttar Baridhara Club 2021 Three Nations Cup

DF Bishwanath Ghosh (1999-05-30) 30 May 1999 (age 22) 21 0   Bashundhara Kings 2021 SAFF Championship
DF Tariq Kazi (2000-10-06) 6 October 2000 (age 21) 9 0   Bashundhara Kings 2021 SAFF Championship
DF Rimon Hossain (2005-07-01) 1 July 2005 (age 16) 3 0   Bashundhara Kings v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
DF Mohammad Emon (1997-07-10) 10 July 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Muktijoddha Sangsad KC v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
DF Habibur Rahman Sohag (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 29) 1 0   Dhaka Mohammedan v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
DF Mehedi Hasan Mithu (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Bashundhara Kings 2021 Three Nations Cup
DF Mohammad Atikuzzaman (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Dhaka Mohammedan 2021 Three Nations Cup

MF Sohel Rana (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 26) 46 0   Bashundhara Kings 2021 SAFF Championship
MF Biplu Ahmed (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 22) 28 3   Bashundhara Kings 2021 SAFF Championship
MF Masuk Mia Jony (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 24) 16 0   Bashundhara Kings v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
MF Mohammad Abdullah (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 24) 9 0   Sheikh Russel KC v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
MF Manik Hossain Molla (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 22) 9 0   Chittagong Abahani v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
MF Nayb Md. Tahmid Islam (2003-01-06) 6 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0   USSA Vertou 2021 Three Nations Cup

FW Motin Mia (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 23) 17 2   Bashundhara Kings 2021 SAFF Championship
FW Mohammad Jewel (2001-02-17) 17 February 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Bangladesh Police FC v.   Oman; 15 June 2021
FW Rahbar Wahed Khan (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Sheikh Jamal DC 2021 Three Nations Cup

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
COV Withdrew due to COVID-19
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player recordsEdit

As of 16 November 2021
Players in bold are still active with Bangladesh.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Zahid Hasan Ameli is Bangladesh's most capped player with 64 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Period
1 Zahid Hasan Ameli 64 15 2005–2016
2 Mamunul Islam 62 3 2008–2020
3 Jamal Bhuyan 60 1 2013–present
4 Rajani Kanta Barman 53 0 1999–2009
5 Alfaz Ahmed 52 11 1995–2008
6 Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu 50 17 1975–1985
Mohd Aminul Haque 50 0 1999–2010
8 Sohel Rana 47 0 2013–present
9 Topu Barman 45 6 2014–present
Waly Faisal 45 0 2006–2018

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu is Bangladesh's top goalscorer with 17 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Period
1 Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu 17 50 0.34 1975–1985
2 Zahid Hasan Ameli 15 64 0.23 2005–2016
3 Alfaz Ahmed 11 52 0.21 1995–2008
4 Kazi Salahuddin 9 27 0.33 1973–1980
5 Shakhawat Hossain Rony 8 20 0.4 2011–2018
Mohamed Zahid Hossain 8 39 0.21 2006–2016
7 Enamul Haque 7 16 0.44 2009–2016
8 Mizanur Rahman 6 12 0.5 1994–1999
Rokonuzzaman Kanchan 6 29 0.21 2000–2006
Topu Barman 6 45 0.13 2014–present

Competitive recordEdit

Overview
Event 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
AFC Asian Cup 0 0 0
SAFF Championship 1 2 1
South Asian Games 1 4 1
Total 2 6 2

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

Bangladesh has taken part in every FIFA World Cup qualification campaign since 1986, although they have never advanced to a further round during qualifying.

FIFA World Cup finals Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1982 Did not enter; was part of British India until 1947
and then Pakistan between 1947 and 1971
Did not enter; was part of British India until 1947
and then Pakistan between 1947 and 1971
  1986 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 5 10
  1990 6 1 0 5 4 9
  1994 8 2 0 6 7 28
  1998 6 1 0 5 4 14
   2002 6 1 2 3 5 15
  2006 2 0 0 2 0 4
  2010 2 0 1 1 1 6
  2014 4 2 1 1 5 4
  2018 8 0 1 7 2 32
  2022 10 1 3 6 4 19
      2026 TBD TBD
Total 0/22 58 10 8 40 37 131

AFC Asian Cup recordEdit

AFC Asian Cup Qualification

Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1968 Part of   Pakistan Part of   Pakistan
  1972 Not an AFC member Not an AFC member
  1976 Withdrew from qualification Withdrew from qualification
  1980 Group Stage 10th 4 0 0 4 2 17 4 1 2 1 7 8
  1984 Did not qualify 5 1 0 4 6 13
  1988 5 0 3 2 1 9
  1992 2 0 0 2 0 7
  1996 Withdrew Withdrew
  2000 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 5 12
  2004 2 0 1 1 3 4
        2007 8 1 1 6 2 19
  2011 AFC Challenge Cup
  2015
  2019 12 0 2 10 3 41
  2023 To be determined 10 1 3 6 4 19
Total Best: Group stage 1/17 4 0 0 4 2 17 52 5 13 34 31 132

SAFF ChampionshipEdit

SAFF Championship
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1993 Did not enter
  1995 Third-place 3rd 3 1 1 1 2 1
  1997 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 1 4
  1999 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 6 3
  2003 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 8 2
  2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 3
   2008 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 3 4
  2009 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 6 3
  2011 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 4
  2013 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
  2015 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 7
  2018 Group stage 5th 3 2 0 1 3 2
  2021 Group stage 4th 4 1 2 1 3 4
Total 1 Title 12/13 42 17 14 14 46 42

AFC Challenge CupEdit

AFC Challenge Cup Qualification
Tahun Round Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  2006 Quarter final 4 2 1 1 7 8 Qualified as host
  2008 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
  2010 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 6 3 2 0 1 5 2
  2012 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 2 5
  2014 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 6 1
Total Quarter final 7 3 1 3 10 14 11 5 1 5 14 10

Mujib Borsho FIFA International Football SeriesEdit

The Mujib Borsho FIFA International Football Series was held in the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The series included two games against Nepal. Bangladesh won the series with an aggregate scoreline of 2-0 after Nabib Newaj Jibon and Mahbubur Rahman Sufils goals earned the team victory in the first of the two games. The second game of the series was held four days later, the game finished goalless.[80]

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 New Delhi Did not enter; was part of Pakistan and Pakistan national team until 1971 1
  1954 Manila
  1958 Tokyo
  1962 Jakarta
  1966 Bangkok
  1970 Bangkok
  1974 Tehran Did not participate
  1978 Bangkok Preliminary round 12/14 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1982 New Delhi Preliminary round 11/16 3 1 0 2 2 4
  1986 Seoul Preliminary round 16/18 4 1 0 3 1 12
  1990 Beijing Preliminary round 11/14 2 0 0 2 0 7
  1994 Hiroshima Did not participate
  1998 Bangkok Withdrew
  2002 – present See Bangladesh U23 national team 2
Total 4/13 - 11 2 0 9 3 27

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 16 November 2021

The team's head-to-head records against all 48 nations whom they have played to date, including friendly internationals:[81] Two of these teams no longer exist (South Vietnam and Yugoslavia), so Bangladesh have played against 46 of the current 209 FIFA members: 42 AFC, 4 CAF, 0 CONCACAF, 0 CONMEBOL, 0 OFC and 1 UEFA members as of 13 November 2021.[82]


  More wins   Wins equal losses   More losses

Bangladesh national football team head-to-head records
Opponent Confederation Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
  Afghanistan AFC 8 1 5 2 10 12 −2 012.50
  Algeria CAF 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
  Australia AFC 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 000.00
  Bahrain AFC 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  Bhutan AFC 13 10 2 1 31 7 +24 076.92
  Bosnia and Herzegovina UEFA 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  Burundi CAF 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 000.00
  Cambodia AFC 4 3 1 0 5 2 +3 075.00
  China PR AFC 5 0 0 5 0 15 −15 000.00
  Chinese Taipei AFC 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 050.00
  Guam AFC 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
  Hong Kong AFC 4 0 1 3 3 14 −11 000.00
  India AFC 28 3 12 13 20 40 −20 010.71
  Indonesia AFC 6 1 1 4 4 12 −8 016.67
  Iran AFC 7 0 1 6 1 28 −27 000.00
  Japan AFC 5 0 0 5 1 22 −21 000.00
  Jordan AFC 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 000.00
  Kuwait AFC 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 000.00
  Kyrgyzstan AFC 4 0 0 4 2 10 −8 000.00
  Laos AFC 5 2 2 1 5 4 +1 040.00
  Lebanon AFC 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 050.00
  Macau AFC 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
  Malaysia AFC 9 1 2 6 3 16 −13 011.11
  Maldives AFC 14 4 5 5 22 19 +3 028.57
  Mongolia AFC 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 050.00
  Myanmar AFC 12 4 2 6 15 27 −12 033.33
    Nepal AFC 27 14 5 8 33 20 +13 051.85
  North Korea AFC 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 000.00
  Northern Mariana Islands AFC 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00
  Oman AFC 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 000.00
  Pakistan AFC 18 8 4 6 18 10 +8 044.44
  Palestine AFC 5 0 1 4 1 8 −7 000.00
  Philippines AFC 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 033.33
  Qatar AFC 7 0 2 5 2 19 −17 000.00
  Saudi Arabia AFC 5 0 0 5 1 20 −19 000.00
  Seychelles CAF 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
  Singapore AFC 4 1 2 1 4 4 +0 025.00
  South Korea AFC 4 0 0 4 0 20 −20 000.00
  South Vietnam[a] AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
  Sri Lanka AFC 20 13 2 5 28 14 +14 065.00
  Sudan CAF 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 000.00
  Syria AFC 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 000.00
  Tajikistan AFC 10 1 2 7 5 29 −24 010.00
  Thailand AFC 15 2 5 8 13 29 −16 013.33
  United Arab Emirates AFC 5 0 0 5 1 21 −20 000.00
  Uzbekistan AFC 3 0 0 3 0 15 −15 000.00
  Vietnam AFC 2 0 1 1 0 4 −4 000.00
  Yemen AFC 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 050.00
  Yugoslavia[b] UEFA 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 000.00
Total 49 nations 279 78 60 141 267 506 −239 27.96
Last match updated was against    Sri Lanka on 16 November 2021.
  1. ^   South Vietnam Ceased to exist.
  2. ^   Yugoslavia Ceased to exist.

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Preceded by South Asian Champions
2003 Bangladesh   (First title)
Succeeded by