Brunei national football team
The Brunei national football team (also known as the Brunei Darussalam national football team) nicknamed Tebuan (The Wasps), is the national team of the Brunei and is controlled by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. The team was founded in 1959 and joined FIFA in 1969. In the past, they have also frequently featured in the Malaysian league and cup competitions as one of the state representative sides.
|Nickname(s)||Tebuan (The Hornets)|
|Association||National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Robbie Servais|
|Most caps||Azwan Saleh (26)|
|Top scorer||Shah Razen Said (8)|
|Home stadium||Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium|
|Current||194 1 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||140 (December 1992)|
|Lowest||203 (October 2012)|
|Current||229 1 (27 March 2019)|
| Malaysia 8–0 Brunei |
(Bangkok, Thailand; 22 May 1971)
| Brunei 4–0 Timor-Leste |
(Kuching, Malaysia; 2 November 2016)
| Brunei 0–12 United Arab Emirates |
(B. S. Begawan, Brunei; 14 April 2001)
Brunei Football Association was formed on 15 March 1956 and at that time was known as the Brunei State Football Amateur Association. In 1993, the word "Amateur" was dropped, and since then, the FA has been known as the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. Brunei's experience of international football has been more or less restricted to regional Asian competitions, such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Tiger Cup. So far, Brunei has entered the World Cup qualifiers only three times, in 1986, 2002 and 2018. On these occasions, they did not qualify for the competition. They have made five appearances in the Asian Cup qualifiers, but they have never passed the first qualification round.
Their best achievement was perhaps being Champion of the Malaysia Cup in 1999. Back then, Brunei entered a team to compete in the professional Malaysian league and despite competing against Malaysian clubs, Brunei had previously never made an impact. However, in 1999, they shocked everyone by lifting the Malaysia Cup.
Today there are approximately 2,500 footballers playing with Brunei's 22 registered clubs. Footballers are mostly amateurs or semi professionals.
The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) was suspended due to governmental interference in its affairs, which started with a decision by the Brunei authorities to dissolve BAFA and to replace it with a new federation in December 2008. The suspension was applied with immediate effect and meant that the Brunei club DPMM were no longer permitted to play in the Singapore S-League until it was resolved.
On 19 March 2010, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed to submit to the next FIFA Congress the expulsion of the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) if the BAFA has not been reinstated by then, after noting that no major progress had been made since the BAFA was suspended in September 2009.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1958||Did not exist||Did not exist|
|1962||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1974||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1986||Did not qualify||6||0||0||6||2||29|
|1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify||6||0||0||6||0||28|
|2006||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2018||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||1||2|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
Asian Cup record
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification record|
|1956 to 1968||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1972||Did not qualify||3||0||0||3||0||18||−18|
|1988||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify||3||0||0||3||0||11||−11|
|2007||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify||3||0||1||2||1||6||−5|
|2019||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||1||2||−1|
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games Record|
|2002–present||See Brunei national under-23 football team|
AFC Challenge Cup record
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|2008||Did not qualify|
|Total||Best: Group stage||3||1||1||1||2||2|
AFC Solidarity Cup record
|AFC Solidarity Cup|
|Total||Best: Fourth place||4||1||1||2||7||7|
- Finals Records Only
This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup
Fixture and results
|25 July 2018||Brunei||0–01||MS ABDB||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei|
|20:15 UTC+08||Stadium: Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium|
|31 July 2018||Brunei||5–11||MS ABDB||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei|
|16:00 UTC+08||Stadium: Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium|
|4 August 2018||Brunei||2–01||Kasuka FC||Berakas, Brunei|
|16:30 UTC+08||Stadium: Track & Field Sports Complex|
|14 August 2018||Brunei||5–11||Kasuka FC||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei|
|20:00 UTC+08||Stadium: Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium|
|31 May 2019||Beijing Sport University||v||Brunei||Beijing, China|
|Stadium: Olympic Sports Centre (Beijing)|
- 1 Non-FIFA 'A' international match
|1 September 2018||Timor-Leste||3–1||Brunei||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia[nb 1]|
||Stadium: Kuala Lumpur Stadium|
Referee: Dmitry Mashentsev (Kyrgyzstan)
|8 September 2018||Brunei||1–0||Timor-Leste||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei|
|20:15 UTC+8||Najib 75'||Report||Stadium: Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium|
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
The following players have also been called up to the Brunei squad from 2018.
- Duncan McDowell (1976–81)
- Idris Damit (1983)
- Danny Bergara (1984)
- Oscar Amaro de Silva (1985)
- Hussein Aljuneid (1990)
- Mick Lyons (1993–95)
- David Booth (1996–98)
- Mick Jones (1998–01)
- Zainuddin Kassim (2001)
- Mick Lyons (2002)
- Karim Bencherifa (2003–04)
- Amir Alagic (2005)
- Mohd Ali Mustafa (2006)
- Kwon Oh-Son (2008)
- Vjeran Simunić (2008–09)
- Mohd Ali Mustafa (2009)
- Dayem Hj Ali (2011)
- Kwon Oh-Son (2012–13)
- Vjeran Simunić (2013–14)
- Steve Kean (2014)
- Mike Wong (2014–2016)
- Kwon Oh-Son (2016)
- Stephen Ng (2017)
- Kwon Oh-Son (2018)
- Robbie Servais (2019–)
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