Cambodia national football team

The Cambodia national football team (Khmer: ក្រុមបាល់ទាត់ជម្រើសជាតិកម្ពុជា), nicknamed the Angkor Warriors[7] or Kouprey Kampuchea, represents Cambodia in international football and is administered by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC)[8] which is part of the Asian Football Confederation and sub-confederation AFF.

Cambodia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)អ្នកចម្បាំងអង្គរ (Angkor Warriors)[1]
គោព្រៃកម្ពុជា (Kouprey Kampuchea)[2]
AssociationFootball Federation of Cambodia (FFC)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachFélix Dalmás and Keisuke Honda[3]
CaptainSoeuy Visal
Most capsKouch Sokumpheak (59)
Top scorerHok Sochetra (20)
Home stadiumOlympic Stadium
FIFA codeCAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 173 Steady (18 February 2021)[4]
Highest153 (March 2011)
Lowest198 (August 2014)
First international
 Malaya 9–2 Cambodia 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaya; 17 March 1956)[5]
Biggest win
 Cambodia 11–0 North Yemen 
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia; 29 November 1966)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 14–0 Cambodia 
(Tehran, Iran; 10 October 2019)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1972)
Best resultFourth place (1972)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage (2006)
AFF Championship
Appearances7 (first in 1996)
Best resultGroup Stage (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2018)

Known as the Khmer Republic national football team from 1970 to 1975, the team finished fourth in the 1972 Asian Cup, which still remains as Cambodia's greatest achievement in an international competition. The team was founded in 1933 and joined FIFA's ranks in 1953.

History

Beginning of an era

Cambodia formed its first national team following the end of French colonization in 1954. Immediately following the end of French colonialism, Cambodia played its first home game against Malaya. The game ended with a 9–2 win for the Malays.

Like most Asian countries at the time, Cambodia did not seek to participate in the FIFA World Cup qualification nor even AFC Asian Cup qualification, as the country was still trying to consolidate its early football development. However, when Lon Nol decided to topple the Cambodian Kingdom and replaced by a Republic, Cambodia finally decided to participate in the 1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification. The Cambodians managed to qualify for the 1972 AFC Asian Cup in its first qualification attempt, a major success up to date. Cambodia managed to win over Hong Kong, which sent the country to Thailand.

In the tournament as Khmer Republic, the Cambodians lost to Iran and had to play in group B along with South Korea and Kuwait. Despite early loss to the South Koreans, they had qualified to the semi-finals thanked for a resounding 4–0 win over Kuwait, only got beaten later by Iran, again, and Thailand, and won the 4th place overall. It remains as Cambodia's greatest achievement in an international tournament.

Following the success, Cambodia could not participate in further tournament, due to the eventual rise of Khmer Rouge.

1990s to 2010s

After decades of war, in which witnessed both Khmer Rouge's genocide and the later Vietnamese invasion which toppled the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia returned to international football at 1993. Cambodia's first tournament as a new team was the Tiger Cup, in which Cambodia was defeated in all four matches. In this tournament, although Cambodia was the weakest among all teams participating in the tournament, Cambodia demonstrated high spirit of football. However, in successive tournaments, Cambodia was not successful and they could not manage to play with high spirits as it used to be. Despite this, Cambodia still gave birth to what would one of Cambodia's football talents in its young history, Hok Sochetra.

Also during this time, Cambodia sent its national team to the 1998 World Cup qualification, the first time Cambodia had ever done so. However, Cambodia had been unsuccessful by large, and often got eliminated in the bottom of their group. The country also withdrew from participating in the 2006 World Cup qualification. Likewise, Cambodia also only participated in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification, before withdrew from 2004 and 2007 qualification attempts. The country later suffered AFF Championship drought, failing to qualify for three consecutive tournaments.

Since 2010s

Cambodia's football has witnessed resurgence after decades being under shadows. The resurgence of Cambodia had begun with the arrival of South Korea's Lee Tae-hoon, who had introduced a significant development of football in Cambodia, with the change of its tactics, as well as youth development and promotion of Cambodian youngsters to the national team, has given a hope for the change of Cambodia. At this team, the team has a lot of newly young talents, notably Chan Vathanaka, the first ever Cambodian to play professional football outside Cambodia, and the fanbase increased as for the achievement. Cambodia once again demonstrated a full spirit of football, despite during 2018 World Cup qualifying stage, Cambodia didn't record any win at all. Cambodia however missed out the 2012 and 2014 AFC Challenge Cups, thus missed out the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

During 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Cambodia finished bottom in a group where they suffered losses to Jordan and neighbor Vietnam. Despite this, Cambodia has managed what could be Cambodia's greatest achievement in their qualification history, when they defeated Afghanistan, which ranked 158 that time, above Cambodia which was ranked 174, and had already defeated Cambodia twice in the World Cup qualification, 1–0 at home. It is still regarded to be Cambodia's best performance in its modern football history. It was the country's only win in the qualification.

Following the failure to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Cambodia participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, where they had to face Pakistan in the first round. Cambodia comfortably beat Pakistan both games with a 4–1 on aggregate to reach the second round.[10] Once the team had entered this stage again, Cambodia had to deal with much stronger Hong Kong, Iraq, Iran and Bahrain. Despite passionate support from home fans, the country itself could only obtain a 1–1 draw at home to Hong Kong, before getting crushed in the remaining games, including a 0–14 annihilation away by Iran, an Asian football giant, which became Cambodia's heaviest loss in the history.[11]

Competition history

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup finals record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1994 Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 6 0 1 5 2 27
    2002 6 0 1 5 2 22
  2006 Did not enter
  2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
  2014 2 1 0 1 6 8
  2018 10 1 1 8 5 28
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 23 2 3 21 16 90

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 Did not qualify
  1960 Withdrew
  1964
  1968 Did not qualify
  1972 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 8 10
  1976 to   1996 Did not enter
  2000 Did not qualify
  2004 Did not enter
        2007
  2011 Did not qualify
  2015
  2019
  2023 To be determined
Total 1/16 5 1 0 4 8 10

AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Challenge Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2006 Group stage 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010
  2012
  2014
Total Best: Group stage 3 1 0 2 4 6

AFF Competitions History

  • Finals Records Only

This competition was also formerly known as the Tiger Cup.

AFF Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Group stage 4 0 0 4 1 12
  1998 Did not qualify
  2000 Group stage 4 1 0 3 5 10
    2002 4 1 0 3 5 18
    2004 4 0 0 4 2 22
    2007 Did not qualify
    2008 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 12
    2010 Did not qualify
    2012
    2014
    2016 Group stage 3 0 0 3 4 8
  2018 Group stage 4 1 0 3 4 9
  2021 To be determined
Total Best: Group stage 22 3 0 23 23 91

Kits

Cambodia's home kit is all blue and black. The current away kit is mainly white with a series of red stripes. Cambodia's current kit sponsor is FBT.[12]

Fixtures and results

  Win   Draw   Lose

2019

14 November 2019 Friendly Cambodia   1–1   Mongolia Phnom Penh, Cambodia
18:30 UTC+7 Keo   35' (pen.) Narmandakh Artag   21' Stadium: Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium
19 November 2019 2022 WCQ R2 Hong Kong   2–0   Cambodia Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
20:00 UTC+8 Ha   20'
Roberto   84'
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Hong Kong Stadium
Attendance: 6,497
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

2020

8 October 2020 2022 WCQ R2 Bahrain   v   Cambodia Riffa, Bahrain
--:-- UTC+3 Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
13 October 2020 2022 WCQ R2 Cambodia   v   Iran Phnom Penh, Cambodia
--:-- UTC+7 Stadium: Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium
12 November 2020 2022 WCQ R2 Iraq   v   Cambodia TBD
--:-- UTC+3 Stadium: TBD

Coaches

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win %
  Vladimír Mirka 1965–1967
  Joachim Fickert June 1996 – January 2003
  Som Saran 2003 – June 2005 4 0 0 4 0%
  Scott O'Donnell July 2005 – December 2007 15 2 3 10 13%
  Yoo Kee-heung December 2007 – July 2008 2 1 0 1 50%
  Prak Sovannara July 2008 – May 2009 12 3 1 8 25%
  Scott O'Donnell June 2009 – August 2010 0 0 0 0 0%
  Lee Tae-hoon August 2010 – May 2012 10 3 2 5 30%
  Hok Sochetra July 2012 – October 2012 5 0 1 4 0%
  Prak Sovannara December 2012 – September 2013 2 0 0 2 0%
  Kazunori Ohara (Interim) April 2015 4 1 1 2 25%
  Lee Tae-hoon September 2013 – March 2017 35 13 2 20 37%
  Leonardo Vitorino March 2017 – October 2017 7 1 0 6 14%
  Prak Sovannara (Interim) October 2017 – August 2018 4 1 0 3 25%
  Félix Dalmás
  Keisuke Honda
August 2018 – 16 3 3 10 19%

Updated as of November, 2019 after the game against   Hong Kong.

Coaching staff

Position Name
General Manager   Keisuke Honda[13]
Head Coach   Félix Dalmás[14]
Team Manager   Chhouk Piseth
Assistant Coach   Phea Sopheaktra
Assistant Coach   Sabone Venta
Goalkeeper Coach   Yun Vongrat
Fitness Coach   Taichi Oshita

Current squad

The following 23 players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against   Hong Kong.

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019 after the match against   Hong Kong.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sou Yaty (1991-12-17) 17 December 1991 (age 29) 37 0   Nagaworld
21 1GK Hul Kimhuy (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Boeung Ket
22 1GK Keo Soksela (1997-08-01) 1 August 1997 (age 23) 10 0   Visakha
2 2DF Ken Chansopheak (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 22) 5 0   Visakha
3 2DF Sath Rosib (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 23) 16 1   Boeung Ket
4 2DF Sareth Krya (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 24) 15 0   Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
5 2DF Soeuy Visal (Captain) (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 25) 57 3   Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
6 2DF Tes Sambath (2000-10-20) 20 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Boeung Ket
13 2DF Ly Vahed (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Boeung Ket
15 2DF Yue Safy (2000-11-08) 8 November 2000 (age 20) 3 0   Phnom Penh Crown
19 2DF Cheng Meng (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 (age 22) 19 0   Visakha
8 3MF Orn Chanpolin (1998-03-15) 15 March 1998 (age 22) 15 0   Phnom Penh Crown
10 3MF Kouch Sokumpheak (Vice-captain) (1987-02-15) 15 February 1987 (age 34) 60 6   Nagaworld
11 3MF Sin Kakada (2000-07-29) 29 July 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Visakha
12 3MF Sos Suhana (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 28) 56 2   Nagaworld
16 3MF Kouch Dani (1990-10-11) 11 October 1990 (age 30) 8 0   Nagaworld
20 3MF Yeu Muslim (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Phnom Penh Crown
23 3MF Thierry Chantha Bin (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 29) 36 3   Visakha
7 4FW Prak Mony Udom (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 26) 56 10   Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
9 4FW Reung Bunheing (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 28) 10 2   Visakha
14 4FW Keo Sokpheng (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 28) 47 11   Visakha
17 4FW Sieng Chanthea (2002-09-09) 9 September 2002 (age 18) 8 1   Boeung Ket
18 4FW Kan Pisal (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Tiffy Army

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Cambodia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


  • INJ Injured players
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • SUS Suspended from the team
  • RET Retired players

Previous squads

Honours

Including results from   Khmer Republic.

Fourth Place (1): 1972
Champion (1): 1973
Champion (1): 1972
Third Place (1): 1972

See also

Leagues

Cups

National teams

Men

Women

Futsal

Notes

References

  1. ^ https://www.khmertimeskh.com/649522/angkor-warriors-have-it-all-to-do-against-asias-very-best/
  2. ^ https://www.khmertimeskh.com/541380/koupreys-fall-to-lions/
  3. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/news/aff-championship-team-profile-cambodia/3psd475htfln1s1aqwvejmwu0
  4. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Cambodia matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Cambodia. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  6. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  7. ^ http://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/1006303/cambodia-football-2018-review-honda-angkor-warriors-aff-cup
  8. ^ https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50751946/cambodian-football-to-receive-1-5m-grant-from-fifa/
  9. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/matches/2018/11/20/asia/asean-football-championship/cambodia/laos/2784742/
  10. ^ https://sportlegendsarena.com/three-important-records-that-cambodia-broke-in-the-world-cup-qualifiers-against-pakistan/
  11. ^ https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50814161/cambodia-versus-iran-world-cup-qualifying-match-postponed-again/
  12. ^ https://shop.fbtsports.com/
  13. ^ https://www.khmertimeskh.com/680637/cambodian-natl-team-gm-setting-up-football-team-in-japan/
  14. ^ https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/440987/Cambodia-not-afraid-of-facing-Iran-Felix-Dalmas
  15. ^ South Vietnam Independence Cup 1972 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine

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