Cambodia national football team
The Cambodia national football team (Khmer: ក្រុមបាល់ទាត់ជម្រើសជាតិកម្ពុជា), nicknamed the Angkor Warriors or Kouprey Kampuchea, represents Cambodia in international football and is administered by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) which is part of the Asian Football Confederation and sub-confederation AFF.
|Nickname(s)||អ្នកចម្បាំងអង្គរ (Angkor Warriors) |
គោព្រៃកម្ពុជា (Kouprey Kampuchea)
|Association||Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC)|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Félix Dalmás and Keisuke Honda|
|Most caps||Kouch Sokumpheak (59)|
|Top scorer||Hok Sochetra (20)|
|Home stadium||Olympic Stadium|
|Current||173 (18 February 2021)|
|Highest||153 (March 2011)|
|Lowest||198 (August 2014)|
| Malaya 9–2 Cambodia |
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaya; 17 March 1956)
| Cambodia 11–0 North Yemen |
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia; 29 November 1966)
| Iran 14–0 Cambodia |
(Tehran, Iran; 10 October 2019)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1972)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1972)|
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage (2006)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Group 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.
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.
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. 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.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup finals record|
|1930 to 1994||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||6||0||1||5||2||27|
|2006||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||1||5|
|2022||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup
|AFC Asian Cup record|
|1956||Did not qualify|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1976 to 1996||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2004||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined|
AFC Challenge Cup
|AFC Challenge Cup record|
|2008||Did not qualify|
|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|
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
|Total||Best: Group stage||22||3||0||23||23||91|
Fixtures and results
Win Draw Lose
|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'
|Stadium: Hong Kong Stadium|
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)
|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|
|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
|August 2018 –||16||3||3||10||19%|
Updated as of November, 2019 after the game against Hong Kong.
|General Manager||Keisuke Honda|
|Head Coach||Félix Dalmás|
|Team Manager||Chhouk Piseth|
|Assistant Coach||Phea Sopheaktra|
|Assistant Coach||Sabone Venta|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Yun Vongrat|
|Fitness Coach||Taichi Oshita|
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||GK||Sou Yaty||17 December 1991||37||0||Nagaworld|
|21||GK||Hul Kimhuy||7 April 2000||1||0||Boeung Ket|
|22||GK||Keo Soksela||1 August 1997||10||0||Visakha|
|2||DF||Ken Chansopheak||15 June 1998||5||0||Visakha|
|3||DF||Sath Rosib||7 July 1997||16||1||Boeung Ket|
|4||DF||Sareth Krya||3 March 1996||15||0||Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng|
|5||DF||Soeuy Visal (Captain)||19 August 1995||57||3||Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng|
|6||DF||Tes Sambath||20 October 2000||0||0||Boeung Ket|
|13||DF||Ly Vahed||26 December 1998||1||0||Boeung Ket|
|15||DF||Yue Safy||8 November 2000||3||0||Phnom Penh Crown|
|19||DF||Cheng Meng||27 February 1998||19||0||Visakha|
|8||MF||Orn Chanpolin||15 March 1998||15||0||Phnom Penh Crown|
|10||MF||Kouch Sokumpheak (Vice-captain)||15 February 1987||60||6||Nagaworld|
|11||MF||Sin Kakada||29 July 2000||5||0||Visakha|
|12||MF||Sos Suhana||4 April 1992||56||2||Nagaworld|
|16||MF||Kouch Dani||11 October 1990||8||0||Nagaworld|
|20||MF||Yeu Muslim||25 December 1998||4||0||Phnom Penh Crown|
|23||MF||Thierry Chantha Bin||1 June 1991||36||3||Visakha|
|7||FW||Prak Mony Udom||24 August 1994||56||10||Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng|
|9||FW||Reung Bunheing||25 September 1992||10||2||Visakha|
|14||FW||Keo Sokpheng||3 March 1992||47||11||Visakha|
|17||FW||Sieng Chanthea||9 September 2002||8||1||Boeung Ket|
|18||FW||Kan Pisal||1 January 2002||0||0||Tiffy Army|
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
Including results from Khmer Republic.
- Fourth Place (1): 1972
- Champion (1): 1973
- Champion (1): 1972
- Third Place (1): 1972
- Hun Sen Cup - an annual knockout tournament in Cambodian football or commonly known internationally as the FA Cup
- CNCC Charity Cup - an annual match between the Cambodian League and the Hun Sen Cup champions
- Cambodia national under-23 football team
- Cambodia national under-21 football team
- Cambodia national under-17 football team
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
- "Cambodia matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Cambodia. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
- South Vietnam Independence Cup 1972 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
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