Chinese Taipei national football team

The Chinese Taipei national football team represents Taiwan (the Republic of China) in international football and is controlled by the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA, Traditional Chinese: 中華民國足球協會), the governing body for football in Taiwan.

Chinese Taipei
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationChinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA)
中華民國足球協會
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachVom Ca-nhum[1]
CaptainWu Chun-ching
Most capsChen Po-liang (80)
Top scorerChen Po-liang (25)
Home stadiumTaipei Municipal Stadium
Kaohsiung National Stadium
FIFA codeTPE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 158 Steady (19 November 2021)[2]
Highest121 (April–May 2018)
Lowest191 (June 2016)
First international
Unofficial
 Philippines 2–1  China
(Manila, Philippines; 1 February 1913)[3][Note 1]
Official
 Taiwan 3–2 South Vietnam 
(Manila, Philippines; 1 May 1954)[5]
Biggest win
 Chinese Taipei 10–0 Guam 
(Macau; 17 June 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 10–0 Chinese Taipei 
(Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; 9 November 2006)
Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1960)
Best resultThird place (1960)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2006)
Chinese Taipei national football team
Traditional Chinese中華台北男子足球代表隊
Simplified Chinese中华台北男子足球代表队

It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation's East Asian Football Federation. Despite never qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, Taiwan reached the semi-finals of the 1960 and 1968 AFC Asian Cups, finishing third in the former. The side also won gold in the football sector at the 1954 and 1958 Asian Games although the players in the team originated from British Hong Kong.

HistoryEdit

The Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) was founded in Mainland China as the China Football Association (CFA) in 1924 and relocated to Taiwan in 1949 at the end of the Chinese Civil War. Affiliated with FIFA in 1932 as China, it rejoined FIFA in 1954, first under the name Taiwan, then renaming to Chinese Taipei in 1980.

The team's greatest success came when they finished third in the Asian Cup in 1960, playing as Taiwan. However, the players in the team originally came from Hong Kong, as well, as the reputation of the Hong Konger national team was not as good.[7]

Due to the political conflict with People's Republic of China (China PR), Taiwan played in the OFC World Cup qualifying tournaments from 1975 to 1989.

The side reached their highest FIFA World Ranking, the 121th placement, in July 2018, under the guidance of renowned English coach Gary White.[8] Since its signing in the autumn of 2017, White's strategies to improve not only the national team, but also the standards of football on the island included an extended scouting operation looking for talents of Taiwanese heritage from abroad: the cast proved to be successful when players such as Tim Chow, Will Donkin and Emilio Estevez were tapped in for the national team.

Plus, in December 2017, the country hosted the CTFA International Tournament, a tier 1 competition that hosted Laos, Philippines and Timor-Leste as guest members and was designed to test Taiwan's representative in preparation for international friendlies and tournaments in the future years: Taiwan won all of its three games, thus securing the victory of the mini-tournament and its first official international trophy in 55 years.[9] Thanks to the four goals he scored (two of which in the final match against Laos), striker Li Mao was deemed as the competition's top scorer.[10]

White led a successful period for the Chinese Taipei, including winning 7 FIFA international games in a row. Charged with taking Taiwan to their first AFC Asian Cup since 1968, White had took over the guide of the national team halfway through the qualification campaign: eventually, he brought them to the third round of the qualifiers, missing a spot to the tournament (in favour of Bahrain and Turkmenistan) by just one point. White was then offered a contract by the Hong Kong national team and left his role in Taiwan in September 2018.[11]

Following the Englishman's departure, Taiwan went on a severe lack of satisfaction during the following year. Vom Ca-nhum, employed as a caretaker manager while he was guiding the under-19 squad, had not been able to qualify his side to the final round of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship (even though they won their match against Mongolia). Then, another Englishman, Louis Lancaster, who previously assisted Gary White during his time on the island, was appointed as the main coach to take his first senior management position.[12] However, things got even worse for the Chinese Taipei: in 2019, the team won just one out of the nine matches they played (a 2–0 win in a friendly against Hong Kong),[13] and they were prematurely eliminated from the continental qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, losing all of their first five games and getting thrashed by Australia (1–7), Kuwait (9–0) and Jordan (5–0). Following the shocking results in the first phase of the qualifiers, Lancaster was sacked in December 2019,[14] and the federation soon decided to hire Vom Ca-nhum again, this time on a full basis, as he was one of the few coaches on the island to have already gained an AFC Pro A coaching license.[15]

StadiumEdit

Many of the team's home matches were played in the Chungshan Soccer Stadium in Taipei, which was closed in 2008. The stadium's capacity was slightly above 20,000 and is a football specific stadium.

The qualification match for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in February 2011 was played on Kaohsiung National Stadium, while the qualification match for 2014 FIFA World Cup in July 2011 was played at Taipei Municipal Stadium.

KitEdit

The official kit supplier is currently produced by ANGO since 2019, a local sports brand in Taiwan.

Recent results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose

2021Edit

3 June 2021 (2021-06-03) 2022 WCQ R2 Nepal     2–0   Chinese Taipei Kuwait City, Kuwait
--:-- UTC+5:45 Bista   3' (pen.)
Shrestha   80'
Report Stadium: Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium
Referee: Kim Woo-sung (South Korea)
7 June 2021 (2021-06-07) 2022 WCQ R2 Australia   5–1   Chinese Taipei Kuwait City, Kuwait
19:30 UTC+3 Souttar   12'
Maclaren   27' (pen.)
Sainsbury   41'
Duke   46'84'
Report Gao Wei-jie   62' Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Referee: Saoud Al-Adba (Qatar)
15 June 2021 (2021-06-15) 2022 WCQ R2 Chinese Taipei   1–2   Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait
--:-- UTC+8 Wu Chun-ching   51' Report Nasser   14'71' Stadium: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2023 AFCQ PO Indonesia   2–1   Chinese Taipei Buriram, Thailand
19:00 UTC+7 Rumakiek   16'
Evan Dimas   48'
Report Hsu Heng-Pin   90' Stadium: Buriram Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Payam Heydari (Iran)
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11) 2023 AFCQ PO Chinese Taipei   0–3   Indonesia Buriram, Thailand
20:00 UTC+8 Report Egy   27'
Kambuaya   55'
Witan   90+3'
Stadium: Buriram Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mohammad Arafah (Jordan)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Vom Ca-nhum
Goalkeeping Coach   Dragos Plopeanu
Head of Academy Coach   Robert Iwanicki

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the match against   Indonesia 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification play-off round.[16]
Caps and goals updated as of October 11 after the match against   Indonesia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Shih Shin-an (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 29) 3 0   Tatung
18 1GK Chiu Yu-hung (1994-08-31) 31 August 1994 (age 27) 18 0   Taipower
23 1GK Huang Chiu-lin (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Taipower

2 2DF Hsieh Peng-long (1998-11-13) 13 November 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Ming Chuan University
3 2DF Chen Ting-yang (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 29) 49 3   Taichung Futuro
4 2DF Liang Meng-hsin (2003-04-03) 3 April 2003 (age 18) 2 0   Taichung Futuro
5 2DF Cheng Hao (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 (age 24) 5 0   Taiwan Steel
6 2DF Lin Cheng-yi (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 34) 27 2   Taipower

8 3MF Emilio Estevez (1998-08-10) 10 August 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Free agent
10 3MF Hsu Yi (1989-10-21) 21 October 1989 (age 32) 1 0   Hang Yuen
12 3MF Wu Yen-shu (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Hang Yuen
13 3MF Lin Chang-lun (1991-06-28) 28 June 1991 (age 30) 32 2   Taipower
16 3MF Hsu Heng-pin (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 (age 28) 2 1   Taichung Futuro

7 4FW Lin Ming-wei (2001-05-20) 20 May 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Hang Yuen
9 4FW Li Mao (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 29) 30 5   Taichung Futuro
11 4FW Wu Chun-ching (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 32) 53 9   Tatung
19 4FW Ko Yu-ting (1994-01-18) 18 January 1994 (age 27) 10 0   Taipower
22 4FW Lee Hsiang-wei (1996-04-15) 15 April 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Taipower

Recent call-upsEdit

The following footballers were part of a national selection in the past twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Pan Wen-chieh (1992-06-29) 29 June 1992 (age 29) 32 0   Taiwan Steel Aug 2021 centralized camp
GK Tuan Hsuan (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Taichung Futuro Aug 2021 centralized camp
GK Jiang Zhi-xian (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Taiwan Steel May 2021 centralized camp

DF Chen Wei-chuan (1992-08-29) 29 August 1992 (age 29) 30 0   Taiwan Steel Aug 2021 centralized camp
DF Pai Shao-yu (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0   Tatung Aug 2021 centralized camp
DF Zheng Zhi-Huan (2001-04-14) 14 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Flight Skywalkers Aug 2021 centralized camp
DF Yao Ko-chi (1996-05-15) 15 May 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Taiwan Steel Aug 2021 centralized camp
DF Wang Ruei (1993-08-10) 10 August 1993 (age 28) 22 1   Taichung Futuro v.   Kuwait, 15 June 2021
DF Jiang Hao-ren (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Taichung Futuro v.     Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE
DF Weng Wei-pin (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 30) 12 0   CPC May 2021 centralized camp
DF Chen Chia-chun (1991-10-13) 13 October 1991 (age 30) 0 0   CPC May 2021 centralized camp
DF Huang Ziming 0 0   National Taiwan University May 2021 centralized camp

MF Chen Chao-an (1995-06-22) 22 June 1995 (age 26) 30 4   Taipower Aug 2021 centralized camp
MF Yoshitaka Komori (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 34) 3 0   Taichung Futuro Aug 2021 centralized camp
MF Tu Shao-chieh (1999-01-02) 2 January 1999 (age 22) 5 0   Ming Chuan University Aug 2021 centralized camp
MF Zhao Ming-xiu (1997-07-19) 19 July 1997 (age 24) 5 0   Taipower Aug 2021 centralized camp
MF Chin Wen-yen (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Flight Skywalkers Aug 2021 centralized camp
MF Tsai Meng-cheng (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Andy Chen Academy v.   Kuwait, 15 June 2021
MF Chen Hung-wei (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Taichung Futuro v.     Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE
MF Chou Yu-chieh (1998-09-24) 24 September 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Hang Yuen v.     Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE
MF Miguel Sandberg (1998-09-24) 24 September 1998 (age 23) 0 0   FC Djursholm v.     Nepal, 3 June 2021 PRE

FW Chen Jui-chieh (1995-07-15) 15 July 1995 (age 26) 11 0   Taiwan Steel Aug 2021 centralized camp
FW Yu Chia-huang (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 23) 4 0   Taiwan Steel Aug 2021 centralized camp
FW Chen Hao-wei (1992-04-20) 20 April 1992 (age 29) 49 8   Taichung Futuro Aug 2021 centralized camp
FW Onur Dogan (1987-09-08) 8 September 1987 (age 34) 27 6   Taichung Futuro Aug 2021 centralized camp
FW Gao Wei-jie (1997-06-24) 24 June 1997 (age 24) 3 1   Taipower v.   Kuwait, 15 June 2021

Player recordsEdit

As of 3 June 2021
Players in bold are still active with Chinese Taipei.

Competition historyEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place     Fourth place  

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to
  1938
Territory: Part of Japan / Government: Ruled mainland China only,
which did not enter
Did not exist
  1950 Did not enter Did not enter
  1954 Withdrew Withdrew
  1958
  1962 to
  1974
Did not enter Did not enter
  1978 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 1 17
  1982 8 1 3 4 5 8
  1986 6 0 0 6 1 36
  1990 2 0 0 2 1 8
  1994 6 0 0 6 3 31
  1998 6 1 1 4 4 13
    2002 6 0 0 6 0 25
  2006 8 2 0 6 9 27
  2010 2 0 0 2 0 11
  2014 2 1 0 1 4 4
  2018 8 1 0 7 7 20
  2022 8 0 0 8 4 34
      2026 To be determined To be determimed
Total 0/22 0 0 0 0 0 0 66 6 4 56 39 234

Olympic Games recordEdit

Year Result Pos Pld W D L GF GA
  1900 to   1936 Territory: Part of Japan / Government: Ruled mainland China
only, which did not enter
  1948 FIFA recognize result of pre-1949 Republic of China
as continuous of China PR history
  1952 Did not enter
  1956
  1960 First round 16 3 0 0 3 3 12
  1964 to   1976 Did not qualify
  1980 Refused to participate
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988
  1992 to present See Chinese Taipei national under-23 football team

AFC Asian Cup recordEdit

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1956 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1960 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 14 8
  1964 Withdrew Withdrew
  1968 Fourth place 4th 4 0 2 2 3 10 4 3 1 0 15 4
  1972 Withdrew Withdrew
  1976 Expelled Expelled
  1980 OFC Member OFC Member
  1984
  1988
  1992 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 0 8
  1996 3 1 0 2 10 10
  2000 6 1 0 5 3 11
  2004 2 1 0 1 4 2
     2007 6 0 0 6 0 24
  2011 AFC Challenge Cup
  2015
  2019 18 6 1 11 20 38
  2023 2 0 0 2 1 5
Total Best: Third place 2/17 7 1 2 4 5 12 48 14 3 31 68 114

AFC Challenge Cup recordEdit

Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2006 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 3 5
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010
  2012
  2014
Total Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 3 5

East Asian CupEdit

EAFF East Asian Cup record Preliminary round
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  2003 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 13 3
  2005 4 1 1 2 9 7
  2008 2 1 1 0 11 1
  2010 3 1 0 2 5 8
  2013 4 0 1 3 2 17
  2015 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2017 6 4 0 2 17 9
  2019 3 1 0 2 3 5
Total Best: – 0/8 29 11 4 14 61 53

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1954 Champions 4 4 0 0 16 6
  1958 Champions 5 5 0 0 11 4
  1962 Withdrew
  1966 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 5 8
  1970 Did not enter
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998
2002–present See Chinese Taipei national under-23 football team
Total 3/13 12 9 1 2 32 18

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ China were represented by club side South China; this match is not considered an official match for China.[4]

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ Chan, Kin-wa. "Gary White lands Hong Kong job as Football Association finally confirm new head coach after months of speculation". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  12. ^ "He moulded one of the world's best young players. Now he'll try to take down the Socceroos". Fox Sports. 2019-10-14. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  13. ^ "Taiwan boss positive after Qatar 2022 qualifying draw". South China Morning Post. 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  14. ^ "FEATURE: National soccer suffers horror 2019 - Taipei Times". www.taipeitimes.com. 2020-02-01. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  15. ^ "Men's national soccer team appoints Vom Ca-nhum as side's new manager - Taipei Times". www.taipeitimes.com. 2020-02-15. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  16. ^ "2023亞洲盃資格賽附加賽中華男足名單".

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