Macau national football team

The Macau national football team (Chinese: 澳門足球代表隊; Portuguese: Selecção Macaense de Futebol) represents the Chinese special administrative region of Macau in international association football. The team is supervised by the Macau Football Association (Chinese: 澳門足球總會; Portuguese: Associação de Futebol de Macau). The Macau football team has a ranking that is one of the lowest among the FIFA members. Although usually known as simply Macau, the EAFF refers to the team as Macau, China.

Macau
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Selecção do Lótus (The Lotus' Team)
Verdes (The Greens)
AssociationMacau Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachIong Cho Ieng
CaptainLa Ka Seng
Most capsCheang Cheng Ieong (49)
Top scorerChan Kin Seng (17)[1]
Home stadiumEstádio Campo Desportivo
FIFA codeMAC
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 183 Decrease 1 (22 October 2020)[2]
Highest156 (September 1997)
Lowest204 (July 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 219 Steady (26 October 2020)[3]
Highest182 (13 February 2000)
Lowest229 (March 2015)
First international
Macau Macau 4–2 Hong Kong 
(Macau; 29 March 1948)[4]
Biggest win
 Macau 6–1 Northern Mariana Islands 
(Yona, Guam; 11 March 2009)
Biggest defeat
Macau Macau 0–10 Japan 
(Muscat, Oman; 25 March 1997)
 Japan 10–0 Macau Macau
(Tokyo, Japan; 22 June 1997)
AFC Solidarity Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultRunners-up, 2016
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage, 2006
Macau national football team
Traditional Chinese澳門足球代表隊
Simplified Chinese澳门足球代表队

The national team has never qualified for the AFC Asian Cup or EAFF East Asian Championship. The team qualified for the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup, where they got one draw and two losses.

The team had been representing Macau in international football events before 1999 when Macau was a dependent territory of Portugal. It continues to represent Macau even after Macau was handed over to the People's Republic of China by Portugal and became a special administrative region of China in 1999. This team is separate from the China national football team, as the Basic Law and the principle of "one country, two systems" allows Macau to maintain its own representative teams in international sports competitions. In Macau, the Macau football team is colloquially referred to as the "Macau team" (澳門隊), while the Chinese national team is referred to as the "national team" (國家隊).

FIFA suspensionEdit

In 2005 Macau was temporarily barred by the FIFA to enter any international matches because of alleged undue influence of the government in forming the committee of its football association. The suspension was subsequently lifted after rectification by Macau.[5][6]

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1994 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 1 46
  1998 6 1 1 4 3 28
    2002 6 0 0 6 2 31
  2006 2 0 0 2 1 6
  2010 2 0 0 2 2 13
  2014 2 0 0 2 1 13
  2018 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2022 2 1 0 1 1 3
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 28 2 2 24 12 144

AFC Asian Cup recordEdit

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
 1956 Did not enter Did not enter
 1960
 1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 4 7
  1984 Did not enter Did not enter
  1988
  1992 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 4 4
  1996 3 1 0 2 7 12
  2000 3 1 0 2 1 4
  2004 2 0 0 2 0 5
     2007 AFC Challenge Cup
  2011 AFC Challenge Cup
  2015 AFC Challenge Cup
  2019 8 0 1 7 5 20
  2023 2 1 0 1 1 3
Total 0/18 24 5 2 17 22 55

Asian GamesEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games Record
Year Result GP W D* L GS 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 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–present See Macau national under-23 football team
Total 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0

East Asian Cup recordEdit

  • 2003 – Did not qualify (3rd place in Preliminary)
  • 2005 – Did not enter
  • 2008 – Did not qualify (4th place in Preliminary)
  • 2010 – Did not qualify (3rd place in Preliminary)
  • 2013 – Did not qualify (2nd place in Preliminary)
  • 2015 – Did not qualify (2nd place in Preliminary)
  • 2017 – Did not qualify (3rd place in Preliminary)

AFC Challenge Cup recordEdit

AFC Solidarity Cup recordEdit

Recent results and fixturesEdit

2019Edit

13 October 2019 FriendlySingapore  v  MacauSingapore
19:45 Stadium: Bishan Stadum


  Win   Draw   Loss

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players have been selected to the final squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round qualifiers against Sri Lanka on 6 June 2019 and 11 June 2019.[7]

Caps and goals as of 7 June 2019

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ho Man Fai (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993 (age 27) 33 0   Monte Carlo
22 1GK Fong Chi Hang (1989-10-26) 26 October 1989 (age 31) 1 0   Cheng Fung
23 1GK U Wai Chon (1999-03-19) 19 March 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Development

2 2DF Lei Ka Him (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 29) 26 1   Chao Pak Kei
4 2DF Kam Chi Hou (1995-04-04) 4 April 1995 (age 25) 10 0   Chao Pak Kei
3 2DF Lei Chi Kin (1990-10-24) 24 October 1990 (age 30) 12 0   Benfica de Macau
5 2DF Lam Ka Pou (1985-07-10) 10 July 1985 (age 35) 15 0   Hang Sai
6 2DF Ng Wa Seng (1999-08-02) 2 August 1999 (age 21) 10 0   Central and Western
7 2DF Chan Man (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 27) 24 2   Benfica de Macau
8 2DF Vernon Wong (1989-11-19) 19 November 1989 (age 30) 19 1   Ka I
13 2DF Filipe Duarte (1985-03-30) 30 March 1985 (age 35) 9 3   Benfica de Macau
19 2DF Lei Ka Hou (1989-07-23) 23 July 1989 (age 31) 8 0   Benfica de Macau
20 2DF Herculano Monteiro (1983-11-05) 5 November 1983 (age 36) 0 0   Polícia

11 3MF Lam Ka Seng (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 26) 21 3   Chao Pak Kei
14 4FW Lee Keng Pan (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 30) 12 0   Benfica de Macau
15 3MF Cheong Hoi San (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 22) 10 0   Monte Carlo
16 2DF Lam Ngai Tong (1990-01-13) 13 January 1990 (age 30) 5 0   Happy Valley
17 3MF Kong Cheng Hou (1986-08-02) 2 August 1986 (age 34) 39 0   Ka I
18 3MF Ng Wa Keng (1999-08-02) 2 August 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Hang Sai
21 3MF Pang Chi Hang (1993-11-03) 3 November 1993 (age 26) 22 0   Chao Pak Kei

9 4FW Ho Ka Seng (1993-10-21) 21 October 1993 (age 27) 3 0   Chao Pak Kei
10 4FW Niki Torrão (1987-11-18) 18 November 1987 (age 32) 16 8   Benfica de Macau
12 4FW Ho Man Hou (1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 31) 19 5   Tim Iec

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Macau squad recently.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lo Weng Hou (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Development EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2019 Round 1

DF Chan Pak Chun (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 34) 11 1   Sporting Clube de Macau EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2019 Round 1

MF Ho Chi Fung (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 26) 16 0   Monte Carlo EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2019 Round 1

FW Leong Ka Hang (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 27) 32 12   Lee Man EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2019 Round 1
FW Carlos Leonel (1987-07-28) 28 July 1987 (age 33) 6 4   Benfica de Macau EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2019 Round 1

Coaching StaffEdit

Goalkeeper coach - William Chu

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Macao matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Macao. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Macau suspended by FIFA due to political interference". ESPN. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  6. ^ "FIFA suspends the Macau Football Association". FIFA. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  7. ^ "2022年國際足聯卡塔爾世界盃預賽暨亞洲盃聯合預選賽第一圈事宜". Macau FA. Retrieved 3 June 2019. (in Chinese)