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.
Red and Green
|Association||Bangladesh Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||SAFF (South Asia)|
|Head coach||Javier Cabrera|
|Most caps||Zahid Hasan Ameli (64)|
|Top scorer||Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu (17)|
|Home stadium||Bangabandhu National Stadium|
|Current||186 1 (23 December 2021)|
|Highest||110 (April 1996)|
|Lowest||197 (February–May 2018)|
| Bangladesh 2–2 Thailand |
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 26 July 1973)
| Bangladesh 8–0 Maldives |
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 23 December 1985)
| South Korea 9–0 Bangladesh |
(Incheon, South Korea; 16 September 1979)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1980)|
|Best result||Group stage (1980)|
|Appearances||12 (first in 1995)|
|Best result||Champions (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. To date, football remains a popular sport in Bangladesh but cricket remains the most popular sport in the nation.
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. 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!”
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.
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. The BFF became affiliated with the AFC in 1973, and FIFA in 1976.
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
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.
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.
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. The only win the team registered during the 1990 FIFA qualifiers came in a 3-1 thrashing of Thailand.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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 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.
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. 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. 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.  Their underwhelming SAFF campaign resulted in the dismissal of coach of Abu Yusuf. He was replaced by former national team player Shafiqul Islam Manik, yet he only lasted at the job for another three months.
On 24 January 2009, Bangladesh appointed Brazilian coach Dido. 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. However, he was sacked within 11 months as he refused to select established national team players. During his last interview before leaving Bangladesh, Dido criticized the country's footballing structure and stated that it was corrupt. 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. Bangladesh cruised through the group stages with 2 wins and 1 draw, their wins came over Bhutan and Sri lanka. Nonetheless the team were not able to get through to the final, as they were defeated by a young but energetic Indian team.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Jamie Day (2018–2021)Edit
On 17 May 2018, Jamie Day was took charge of the team. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Javier Cabrera (2022–)Edit
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.
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.
Results and fixturesEdit
Matches in the last 12 months, and future scheduled matches Win Draw Loss
|23 March 2021 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 Three Nations Cup Group Stage||Bangladesh||0–0||Nepal||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|17:45 BST||Stadium: Dasharath Rangasala|
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar (India)
|29 March 2021 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 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 2022 World Cup qualification||Bangladesh||0–2||India||Doha, Qatar|
||Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium|
Referee: Zaid Thamer Mohammed (Iraq)
|15 June 2021 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 Three Nations Cup (Kyrgyzstan)||Palestine||2–0||Bangladesh||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|20:30 BST||Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
|7 September 2021 2021 Three Nations Cup (Kyrgyzstan)||Kyrgyzstan||4–1||Bangladesh||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|BST||Sufil 53'||Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
|9 September 2021 Unofficial Friendly||Kyrgyzstan U–23||3–2||Bangladesh||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|BST||Report||Sumon 11', 64'||Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
|1 October 2021 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 SAFF Championship||Bangladesh||1–1||India||Malé, Maldives|
||Stadium: National Football Stadium|
Referee: Majed Mohammed Al-Shamrani (Saudi Arabia)
|7 October 2021 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 SAFF Championship||Bangladesh||1–1||Nepal||Malé, Maldives|
||Report||Stadium: National Football Stadium|
Referee: Axrol Riskullayev (Uzbekistan)
|10 November 2021 2021 Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy||Bangladesh||1–1||Seychelles||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
||Stadium: Racecourse Ground|
Referee: Kasun Lakmal Weerakkody (Sri Lanka)
|13 November 2021 2021 Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy||Bangladesh||2–1||Maldives||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
||Stadium: Racecourse Ground|
Referee: Crishantha Dilan Perera (Sri Lanka)
- As of January 2022
|Head Coach||Javier Cabrera|
|Assistant Coaches||Hassan Al-Mamun|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Biplob Bhattacharjee|
|Fitness Coach||Ivan Razlog|
|Manager||Satyajit Das Rupu|
|BFF Technical Director||Paul Smalley|
- Interim coaches are listed in italics.
- Sheikh Saheb Ali (1972–1975)
- Abdur Rahim (1975)
- Anjam Hossain (1976)
- Werner Bickelhaupt (1978–1979)
- Zakaria Pintoo (1979)
- Gofur Baluch (1982)
- Gerd Schmidt (1982)
- Golam Sarwar Tipu (1984)
- Ali Imam (1984)
- Kazi Salahuddin (1985–1988)
- Abdul Hakim (1986)
- Wazed Gazi (1987)
- Nasser Hejazi (1989)
- Pran Govinda Kunda (1989)
- Shahid Uddin Ahmed Selim (1991)
- Mohammad Kaikobad (1992)
- Oldrich Swab (1993)
- Kang Man-young (1994)
- Otto Pfister (1995–1997)
- Abu Yusuf (1998)
- Samir Shaker (1998–1999)
- Mark Harrison (2000)
- Hasanuzzaman Bablu (2000)
- György Kottán (2000–2003)
- Golam Sarwar Tipu (2003)
- Andres Cruciani (2005–2007)
- Hasanuzzaman Bablu (2006)
- Sayeed Hassan Kanan (2007-2008)
- Syed Nayeemuddin (2007–2008)
- Abu Yusuf (2008)
- Shafiqul Islam Manik (2008)
- Dido (2009)
- Shahidur Rahman Shantoo (2009)
- Zoran Đorđević (2010)
- Saiful Bari Titu (2010)
- Robert Rubčić (2010–2011)
- Nikola Ilievski (2011)
- Saiful Bari Titu (2012)
- Lodewijk de Kruif (2013–2014)
- Saiful Bari Titu (2014–2015)
- Lodewijk de Kruif (2015)
- Fabio Lopez (2015)
- Maruful Haque (2015–2016)
- Gonzalo Sanchez Moreno (2016)
- Lodewijk de Kruif (2016)
- Tom Saintfiet (2016)
- Andrew Ord (2017–2018)
- Jamie Day (2018–2022)
- Óscar Bruzón (2021)
- Mário Lemos (2021–2022)
- Javier Cabrera (2022–Present)
- As of 13 November 2021
|Mark Harrison||April 2000||May 2000||3||0||2||1||2||3||0.00|
|Hasanuzzaman Bablu||July 2000||August 2000||1||0||0||1||0||1||0.00|
|György Kottán||November 2000||January 2003||13||6||2||5||14||23||46.15|
|Golam Sarwar Tipu||22 November 2003||December 2003||2||0||0||2||0||4||0.00|
|Andres Cruciani||3 August 2005||10 April 2006||12||6||3||3||15||16||50.00|
|Hasanuzzaman Bablu||February 2006||November 2006||5||0||0||5||1||14||0.00|
|Syed Nayeemuddin||1 August 2007||31 December 2007||6||0||2||4||2||13||0.00|
|Abu Yusuf||5 March 2008||18 June 2008||5||0||3||2||4||6||0.00|
|Shafiqul Islam Manik||18 August 2008||13 November 2008||3||0||1||2||0||3||0.00|
|Dido||1 January 2009||9 November 2009||3||2||0||1||5||2||66.67|
|Shahidur Rahman Shantoo||9 November 2009||11 December 2009||4||2||1||1||6||3||50.00|
|Saiful Bari Titu||16 February 2010||20 February 2010||3||1||0||2||3||6||33.33|
|Robert Rubčić||3 September 2010||2 June 2011||3||1||0||2||2||5||33.33|
|Nikola Ilievski||24 June 2011||22 December 2011||7||2||2||3||6||8||28.57|
|Saiful Bari Titu||2 September 2012||20 November 2012||3||0||2||1||2||7||0.00|
|Lodewijk de Kruif||29 January 2013||14 October 2014||6||1||2||3||6||8||16.67|
|Saiful Bari Titu||18 October 2014||27 October 2014||2||1||1||0||2||1||50.00|
|Lodewijk de Kruif||24 January 2015||8 September 2015||8||1||3||4||5||16||12.50|
|Fabio Lopez||11 September 2015||24 November 2015||3||0||0||3||0||11||0.00|
|Maruful Haque||25 November 2015||18 January 2016||6||3||1||2||9||9||50.00|
|Gonzalo Sanchez Moreno||23 February 2016||24 March 2016||2||0||0||2||1||14||0.00|
|Lodewijk de Kruif||7 May 2016||7 June 2016||2||0||0||2||0||6||0.00|
|Tom Saintfiet||26 June 2016||10 October 2016||3||0||1||2||1||8||0.00|
|Andrew Ord||18 May 2017||4 April 2018||1||0||1||0||2||2||0.00|
|Jamie Day||17 May 2018||17 September 2021||29||9||5||15||22||39||31.03|
|Óscar Bruzón||17 September 2021||20 October 2021||4||1||2||1||3||4||25.00|
|Mário Lemos||21 October 2021||7 January 2022||3||1||1||1||4||4||33.33|
|Javier Cabrera||8 January 2022||Present||0||0||0||0||0||0||—|
Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021 after the match against Sri Lanka.
The following players have also been called up to the Bangladesh squad within the last twelve months.
- As of 16 November 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Bangladesh.
|1||Zahid Hasan Ameli||64||15||2005–2016|
|4||Rajani Kanta Barman||53||0||1999–2009|
|6||Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu||50||17||1975–1985|
|Mohd Aminul Haque||50||0||1999–2010|
|1||Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu||17||50||0.34||1975–1985|
|2||Zahid Hasan Ameli||15||64||0.23||2005–2016|
|5||Shakhawat Hossain Rony||8||20||0.4||2011–2018|
|Mohamed Zahid Hossain||8||39||0.21||2006–2016|
|Event||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|AFC Asian Cup||0||0||0|
|South Asian Games||1||4||1|
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|
|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|
AFC Asian Cup recordEdit
|AFC Asian Cup||Qualification
|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|
|1984||Did not qualify||5||1||0||4||6||13|
|2000||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||5||12|
|2011||AFC Challenge Cup|
|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|
|AFC Asian Cup History|
|First match|| Bangladesh 2–3 North Korea |
(16 September 1980; Kuwait City, Kuwait)
|Biggest defeat|| Bangladesh 0–7 Iran |
(22 September 1980; Kuwait City, Kuwait)
|Best Result||Group stage in 1980|
|1993||Did not enter|
|SAFF Championship History|
|First match|| Bangladesh 0–1 Pakistan |
(25 March 1995; Colombo, Sri Lanka)
|Biggest win|| Bangladesh 4–0 Pakistan |
(April 24 1999; Goa, India)
|Biggest defeat|| Bangladesh 0–3 India |
(September 7 1997; Kathmandu, Nepal)
|Best Result||Champions in 2003|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 1997, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2021|
AFC Challenge CupEdit
|AFC Challenge Cup||Qualification|
|2006||Quarter final||4||2||1||1||7||8||Qualified as host|
|2008||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||1||2|
|2012||Did not qualify||3||1||0||2||2||5|
|2014||Did not qualify||3||2||0||1||6||1|
|AFC Challenge Cup History|
|First match|| Bangladesh 2–1 Cambodia |
(1 April 2006; Dhaka, Bangladesh)
|Biggest win|| Bangladesh 3–0 Guam |
(3 April 2006; Dhaka, Bangladesh)
|Biggest defeat|| Bangladesh 1–6 Tajikistan |
(10 April 2006; Dhaka, Bangladesh)
|Best Result||Quarter final in 2006|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 2010|
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.
|1951 New Delhi||Did not enter; was part of Pakistan and Pakistan national team until 1971 1|
|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|
|2002 – present||See Bangladesh U23 national team 2|
- 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: 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.
More wins Wins equal losses More losses
|Bangladesh national football team head-to-head records|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||UEFA||1||0||0||1||0||2||−2||0.00|
|Northern Mariana Islands||AFC||1||1||0||0||4||0||+4||100.00|
|United Arab Emirates||AFC||5||0||0||5||1||21||−20||0.00|
|Last match updated was against Sri Lanka on 16 November 2021.|
- SAFF Championship
- South Asian Games
- Bangabandhu Gold Cup
- Runner-up (1): 2015
- Quaid-E-Azam International Cup
- Runner-up (1): 1985
- Third-place (1): 1987
- President's Gold Cup
- Champions (1): 1989
- Four-nation International Invitational Football Tournament
- Champions (1): 1995
- Myanmar Grand Royal Challenge Cup
- Runner-up (1): 2005
- Mujib Borsho FIFA International Football Series
- Champions (1): 2020
- Three Nations Cup
- Runner-up (1): 2021
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