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The Laos national football team (Lao: ທິມຊາດ ບານເຕະ ແຫ່ງຊາດ ລາວ; French: Équipe du Laos de football) is the men's national football team that represents the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Lao People's Democratic Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)ພະລັງລູກເຂົ້າໜຽວ
(Pha Lung Louk khao niew)
(Power Sticky rice)
AssociationLao Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachV. Sundramoorthy
CaptainSoukaphone Vongchiengkham[1]
Most capsVisay Phaphouvanin (51)
Top scorerVisay Phaphouvanin (18)[2]
Home stadiumNew Laos National Stadium
FIFA codeLAO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 187 Increase 1 (19 September 2019)[3]
Highest134 (September 1998)
Lowest210 (August 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 221 Decrease 8 (13 September 2019)[4]
Highest142 (1961)
Lowest224 (June 2019)
First international
 South Vietnam 7–0 Laos
(Rangoon, Burma; 12 December 1961)[5]
Biggest win
Laos Laos 6–1 Timor-Leste 
(Vientiane, Laos; 26 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 15–0 Laos
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 15 November 1963)
AFC Solidarity Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultThird place (2016)

HistoryEdit

Laos established their national football association in 1951. The South East Asian nation is still waiting to make its entrance into a major international competition. Laos have never qualified for the World Cup, Asian Cup or Asian Games and as an international side, their appearances have been restricted to regional tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games and the AFF Suzuki Cup. After years of internal strife, Laos is well on the road to economic and political recovery. With the country achieving political stability, football has made an impact on Laotians.

Since making their appearance at the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, Laos has competed in the ASEAN Football Championship (formerly known as the Tiger Cup). Although new to the regional tournaments, Laos has displayed passion and talent. In 1995, they beat Brunei and the Philippines and two years later in the Jakarta SEA Games, they also beat Malaysia. Domestic competitions are also active with over 60 clubs competing at various levels. Domestic football is amateur although most of the top teams are drawn from government ministries and public services. In the qualifying preliminary rounds for the 2004 Asian Cup, they beat Bangladesh 2–1. In the Asian zone qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, they qualified for the second round as a lucky loser after Guam and Nepal both withdrew from the competition, but proceeded to lose all its games (with Qatar, Iran and Jordan). They also advanced to the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, after defeating Cambodia 8–6 on aggregate. In the second round, they lost to China 13–3 on aggregate. Laos has defeated their much more established counterparts such as Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. Laos' first appearance in a continental tournament was in 2014, when they played at the 2014 Challenge Cup.

Competition recordsEdit

World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1998 Did not enter
    2002 Did not qualify
  2006
  2010 Did not enter[6]
  2014 Did not qualify
  2018
  2022
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/22

Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1968 Did not enter
  1972 to   1980 Withdrew
  1984 to   1996 Did not enter
  2000 Did not qualify
  2004
        2007 Did not enter
  2011
  2015 Did not qualify
  2019
  2023
Total 0/17

Asian GamesEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1954 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1958 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1962 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1966 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1970 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1974 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1982 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1986 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1990 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1994 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1998 - 2 0 0 2 1 11
2002–present See Laos national under-23 football team
Total 1/13 2 0 0 2 1 11

AFC Challenge CupEdit

AFC Solidarity Cup recordEdit

AFC Solidarity Cup record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  2016 Third place 5 3 1 1 11 9

ASEAN ChampionshipEdit

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

ASEAN Football Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Group stage 4 1 1 2 5 10
  1998 3 0 1 2 2 8
  2000 4 0 0 4 0 16
    2002 3 0 1 2 3 8
    2004 4 1 0 3 4 16
    2007 3 0 0 3 1 23
    2008 3 0 0 3 0 13
    2010 3 0 1 2 3 13
    2012 3 0 1 2 6 10
    2014 3 0 0 3 2 12
    2016 Did not qualify
2018 Group stage 4 0 0 4 3 12
Total Best: Group stage 37 2 5 31 29 141

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose

2019Edit

Laos national football team head-to-headEdit

Last match updated was against   Bangladesh on 31 May 2019[8]

Key
Positive balance (more Wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more Losses)
Opponents Pld W D L GF GA GD Confederation
  Afghanistan 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 AFC
  Bangladesh 4 1 1 2 4 5 -1 AFC
  Brunei 10 9 1 0 27 12 +15 AFC
  Cambodia 16 7 3 6 24 24 0 AFC
  China PR 2 0 0 2 3 13 −10 AFC
  Chinese Taipei 4 0 1 3 4 10 −6 AFC
  Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 15 -15 CAF
  Guam 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 AFC
  Hong Kong 3 0 0 3 3 13 −10 AFC
  India 9 0 0 2 1 7 −6 AFC
  Indonesia 9 0 1 8 8 40 −32 AFC
  Iran 3 0 0 3 1 20 −19 AFC
  Jordan 2 0 0 2 2 8 −6 AFC
  Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 UEFA
  Kuwait 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 AFC
  Lebanon 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 AFC
  Lesotho 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 CAF
  Macau 2 0 0 2 2 7 -5 AFC
  Malaysia 17 1 5 11 10 50 −40 AFC
  Maldives 2 0 1 1 1 5 -4 AFC
  Mongolia 4 2 1 1 7 6 +1 AFC
  Myanmar 17 0 3 14 9 53 −44 AFC
    Nepal 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 AFC
  Oman 0 0 0 2 0 19 −19 AFC
  Philippines 13 7 2 4 22 21 +1 AFC
  Qatar 0 0 0 2 1 11 −10 AFC
  Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 1 0 4 −4 AFC
  Singapore 12 1 1 10 12 40 −28 AFC
  South Korea 7 0 0 5 0 28 −28 AFC
  Sri Lanka 7 3 2 2 11 12 -1 AFC
  Syria 2 0 0 2 0 20 −20 AFC
  Thailand 12 1 1 10 14 45 −31 AFC
  Timor-Leste 8 7 0 1 22 9 +13 AFC
  Turkmenistan 2 0 0 2 3 9 −6 AFC
  United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 AFC
  Vietnam ^ 20 0 2 18 5 78 −73 AFC
Total 196 40 29 129 205 614 −414

^ Includes the result of   North Vietnam and   South Vietnam

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against   Bangladesh on 6 and 11 June 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 11 June 2019 after the match against   Bangladesh.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Xaysavath Souvanhansok (1999-09-03) 3 September 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Young Elephant
12 1GK Outthilath Nammakhoth (1996-09-13) 13 September 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Lao Toyota
18 1GK Solasak Thilavong (2003-11-03) 3 November 2003 (age 15) 0 0   Young Elephant

2 2DF Thinnakone Vongsa (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 27) 4 0   Lao Police Club
3 2DF Kaharn Phetsivilay (1999-09-09) 9 September 1999 (age 20) 9 0   Young Elephant
4 2DF Thipphachanth Inthavong (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Lao Toyota
6 2DF Kittisak Phomvongsa (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Young Elephant
19 2DF Lathasay Lounlasy (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 21) 16 0   Young Elephant
20 2DF Vanna Bounlovongsa (1998-11-21) 21 November 1998 (age 20) 8 0   Young Elephant

7 3MF Soukaphone Vongchiengkham (Captain) (1992-03-09) 9 March 1992 (age 27) 47 13   Chainat Hornbill F.C.
8 3MF Phoutdavy Phommasane (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 25) 14 0   Lao Toyota
10 3MF Phoutthasay Khochalern (1995-12-29) 29 December 1995 (age 23) 36 0   Nakhon Pathom United F.C.
11 3MF Manolom Phetphakdy (1991-12-28) 28 December 1991 (age 27) 4 0   Lao Toyota
14 3MF Chanthaphone Waenvongsoth (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 24) 21 0   Khon Kaen F.C.
16 3MF Somlith Sengvanny (1999-08-05) 5 August 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Young Elephant
17 3MF Phathana Phommathep (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 20) 10 1   Phuket City F.C.
23 3MF Phouthone Innalay (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 27) 21 1   Lao Army

5 4FW Khounsombath Phommaxay (1988-01-08) 8 January 1988 (age 31) 11 0   Lao Police Club
9 4FW Somxay Keohanam (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 21) 15 1   Young Elephant
13 4FW Khitsakhone Champathong (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 23) 4 1   Lao Police Club
15 4FW Sengvilay Chanthasili (1987-11-03) 3 November 1987 (age 31) 4 0   Phitsanulok F.C.
21 4FW Vannasone Douangmaity (1997-03-15) 15 March 1997 (age 22) 4 1   Young Elephant
22 4FW Sisawad Dalavong (1996-08-11) 11 August 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Lao Army

CoachesEdit

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Efficiency %
  Songphu Phongsa 1996–1999
  Vangchay Muangmany February 2000 – May 2000
  Outhensackda Vatthana 2000 – January 2002
  Boris Zhuravlyov 2001 – February 2002
  Soutsakhone Oudomphet March 2002 – April 2003
  Dominique Fernandez May 2003 – September 2003
  Saythong Syphasay October 2003 – October 2004 7 0 1 6 7.1%
  Bounlap Khenkitisack October 2004 – September 2006 5 1 0 4 20%
  Saythong Syphasay October 2006 – January 2008 7 3 1 3 50.1%
  Valeriy Vdovin February 2008 – November 2008 4 3 0 1 75%
  Saysana Savatdy December 2008 – July 2009 3 0 0 3 0%
  Alfred Riedl July 2009 – May 2010 5 1 2 2 40%
  David Booth July 2010 – December 2010 6 1 3 2 40.5%
  Bounlap Khenkitisack January 2011 – February 2011 2 0 1 1 25%
  Hans-Peter Schaller February 2011 – December 2011 4 1 0 3 25%
  Kokichi Kimura July 2012 – January 2014 18 4 5 9 22.2%
  Norio Tsukitate January 2014 – August 2014 5 0 1 4 0%
  David Booth August 2014 – June 2015 10 4 1 5 40%
  Steve Darby August 2015 – 2016 6 0 1 5 0%
  Valakone Phomphakdy May 2016 – December 2016 2 0 1 1 0%
  Mike Wong June 2017 – August 2017 3 1 0 2 33.33%
  Patrice Neveu September 2018
  V. Sundramoorthy 15 October 2018 – 4 0 1 3 0%

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Groll, Daniel. "FIFA Friendlies 2017 - World - Results, Tables, Fixtures, Statistics & Club Profiles". www.weltfussballarchiv.com. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Laos matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Laos. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Record number of 204 teams enter preliminary competition". FIFA Media Department. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Laos withdraw from AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  8. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Laos". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2 December 2018.

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