Myanmar national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Asian Lions|
|Association||Myanmar Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Miodrag Radulović|
|Captain||Kyaw Zin Htet|
|Home stadium||Thuwunna Stadium|
|Current||138 2 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||97 (April 1996)|
|Lowest||182 (August 2012, October 2012)|
|Current||186 4 (16 June 2019)|
|Highest||34 (5 August 1973)|
|Lowest||191 (4 March 2013)|
| Hong Kong 5–2 Burma |
(Hong Kong; 17 February 1950)
| Burma 9–0 Singapore |
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 9 November 1969)
| Kuwait 9–0 Myanmar |
(Doha, Qatar; 3 September 2015)
|Appearances||1 (first in 1968)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1968|
It was known as the Burma national football team until 1989, when Burma was renamed Myanmar. It finished second in the 1968 Asian Cup. They have participated in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and in the Asian Games. The Burma team was dominant in Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, having won the Asian Games twice; in 1966 and 1970, and the football event of the Southeast Asian Games on five successive occasions; in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973. Since then, Myanmar's highest achievement is the silver medal in 1993. Myanmar played its first World Cup qualifiers in 2007, losing 0–7 and 0–4 to China.
1948 to 1970s: golden ageEdit
Burma sent players to the Philippines in 1954 Asian Games and captured a bronze medal, behind Taiwan (gold) and South Korea (silver); this fact marked the beginning of the golden age. On the other hand, the nation was not expected to contend for a medal in the Olympic-type Asian Games. In the meantime, this delegation became the first male Burmese team to win a continental medal. But this was only the beginning. Then, against all odds, the team of Burma bettered their 1954 effort by winning the gold medal in the Asian Games, which were held at Bangkok in the mid-1960s. In that tournament, Burma beat Iran in the gold-medal game.
The 1966 Asian Games gold medal winning squad established itself as one of the two best teams in the region as it finished as runner-up to Iran at the 1968 Asian Cup. After claiming silver in 1968, the men's soccer team had a strong performance in the early 1970s as it won the right to compete in the 1972 Summer Olympics, which were held at Munich (West Germany), upon being one of the three finalists in the Asian tournament. Despite losing almost all their matches, the Burmese players captured the Fair Play Award. The following year, the nation earned its fifth consecutive Southeast Asian Games gold medal at Singapore City (Kuala Lumpur'65, Bangkok'67, Rangoon'69, and Kuala Lumpur '71).
Three years before that, the national team wrote perhaps their most important chapter: they captured the continental title for the second time in a row, after the Burmese Olympic Committee sent footballers to Thailand for the 1970 Asian Games. Burma thus became the second soccer squad to win the Asian tournament twice. Certainly, they were declared national heroes in Rangoon, the then capital of Burma, with their second consecutive gold medal in men's soccer.
During this golden era, Burma produced many talented footballers. One among them is Suk Bahadur who is now considered as the greatest Burmese footballer of all times for his outstanding contribution to Burmese football.
1970s to 2010s: decline and struggleEdit
During the later era, Burma had been unable to achieve similar results like the golden age, due to many factors. The collapse of whole Burmese football system during the rule of Ne Win and later, the junta, had a negative effect for Burmese team. Lack of funding, poor infrastructure, affected many Burmese players to seek their opportunity in another nations, or to retire and went disappearance. On the same time, the rise of Malaysia, Indonesia, and especially Vietnam and the Philippines, had made Myanmar's ability faded away. The series of decline had made Myanmar from a continental power to reduce into then one of Asia's weakest teams.
Since 2010s: resurgenceEdit
Myanmar's 2011 reforms had been a major point of turning Myanmar's football, which had declined since 1970s. During this era, a new wave of Burmese football had arrived with the change of Myanmar's political climate, after many years under junta's rule.
The arrival of Gerd Zeise, a German manager, had been the crucial point. Under Gerd, Myanmar's football since reforms has witnessed a significant progress. The U-20 Myanmar team had stunned the world by qualifying to Myanmar's first ever FIFA tournament, the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup after going to the semi-finals in the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship as host. In 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, Myanmar, as host, once again went to semi-finals, only losing to eventual champions, Thailand.
However, between these successes, a lot of problems remain. Myanmar's football capability has been questioned after their disastrous 2018 World Cup qualification; while on the same time, a lot of teams in Asia have also risen up after many years under shadows. Once again, Myanmar failed to qualify for 2019 AFC Asian Cup, when they suffered a tremendous 1–5 defeat on the hand of Kyrgyzstan.
The national team plays most of its home matches in Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The stadium is larger and more up-to-date than Bogyoke Aung San Stadium. It was upgraded to a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators from capacity of 32000 in 2013.
The Myanmar national team team used to play with a kit made by FBT. This contract lasted until 2018.
In November 2018, the Myanmar national team signed a six-year contract with Warrix Sports. The sports kit sponsorship contract is valued at US$ 5.67 million and it will run from 1 November 2018 to 31 December 2024. 
On 6 November 2018, Warrix introduced a new Myanmar home and away kit. Myanmar's home kits is a red shirt with red shorts and red socks while the away kits is a white shirt with white shorts and white socks. Formerly the kits were made by Adidas.
|Myanmar national football team kits|
|2013–2015||Lotto Sport Italia||
|Olympic Games record|
|1900 to 1952||Did not participate|
|1956 to 1968||Did not qualify|
|1976 to 1988||Did not qualify|
|1992 – present||See Myanmar national under-23 team|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930 to 1938||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1950||Withdrew||Withdrew from qualification|
|1954 to 1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1994||Withdrew||Withdrew from qualification|
|1998||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2002||Withdrew||Withdrew from qualification|
|2006||Disqualified||Disqualified from qualification|
|2010||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||11|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
- Disqualified in 2006 for withdrawing from qualification in 2002.
- Initially banned from 2018 for crowd trouble during 2014 World Cup qualifying match but later overturned to and matches to be played on neutral soil.
AFC Asian CupEdit
|Asian Cup record|
|1956 to 1964||Withdrew|
|1972 to 1988||Withdrew|
|1992||Did not enter|
|1996 to 2004||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|Asian Games record|
|1986||Did not qualify|
- *Under-23 tournament since 2002
AFC Challenge CupEdit
|AFC Challenge Cup record||AFC Challenge Cup |
|2006||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2012||Did not qualify||3||0||1||2||2||6|
|Total||Best: Fourth place||13||5||0||8||15||21||9||5||2||2||16||8|
|AFF Championship record||AFF Championship |
|Total||Best: Fourth place||44||14||10||20||70||94||10||8||2||0||19||4|
|SEA Games record|
|1985||Did not enter|
- *Under-23 tournament since 2001
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
Win Draw Lose
|22 March 2019 AFC QL (R3)||Kyrgyzstan||5–1||Myanmar||Incheon Football Stadium, Incheon (South Korea)[note 1]|
|15:00 UTC+9||Shamshiev 2'
Zemlianukhin 5', 63'
|Kyaw Ko Ko 83'||Attendance: 1,068|
Referee: Sukhbir Singh (Singapore)
|27 March 2019 AFC QL (R3)||Myanmar||1–0||Macau||Thuwunna YTC Stadium, Yangon|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Kyi Lin 76'||Report
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)
|26 May Friendly||China PR||1–0||Myanmar||Jiangning Sports Center, Nanjing|
|19:30 UTC+8||Wu Lei 41'||Report||Attendance: 16,537|
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|10 October Friendly||Indonesia||3–0||Myanmar||Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang|
|18:30 UTC+7||Alberto Gonçalves 19'
Irfan Jaya 26', 39'
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
|13 October Friendly||Myanmar||0–3||Bolivia||Thuwunna YTC Stadium, Yangon|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Report||Haquín 5'
L. Vaca 67'
Referee: Chaireag Ngamsom (Thailand)
|16 October Friendly||Bahrain||4–1||Myanmar||Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa|
|22:45 UTC+6:30||Rashid 45+1' (pen.)
Marhoon 48', 69'
|Report||Myat Kaung Khant 52'|
|12 November AFF GS||Myanmar||4–1||Cambodia||Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Hlaing Bo Bo 60', 90+3'
Than Htet Aung 70'
Sithu Aung 87'
|Vathanaka 23'||Attendance: 26,946|
Referee: Clifford Daypuyat (Philippines)
|16 November AFF GS||Laos||1–3||Myanmar||New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane|
|19:30 UTC+7||Innalay 14'||Report (AFFSZ)
|Aung Thu 45'
Htet Phyo Wai 72'
Maung Maung Lwin 84'
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)
|20 November AFF GS||Myanmar||0–0||Vietnam||Thuwunna YTC Stadium, Yangon|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Report (AFFSZ)
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
|24 November AFF GS||Malaysia||3–0||Myanmar||Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur|
|20:30 UTC+8||Norshahrul 26'
Zaquan 45+3' (pen.), 88'
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|25 March Friendly||Myanmar||0–2||Indonesia||Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Report||Nwokolo 41'
Spasojević 85' (pen.)
|Referee: Torpong Somsingha (Thailand)|
|11 June Friendly||Singapore||1–2||Myanmar||National Stadium, Kallang|
|19:45 UTC+8||Quak 25'||Report||Kyaw Ko Ko 5', 68'||Referee: Suhaizi Shukri (Malaysia)|
|5 September 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||v||Myanmar|
|10 September 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||Myanmar||v||Yangon|
|Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium|
|10 October 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||v||Myanmar|
|14 November 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||Myanmar||v||Yangon|
|Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium|
|19 November 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||Myanmar||v||Yangon|
|Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium|
|26 March 2020 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||v||Myanmar|
|31 March 2020 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round||Myanmar||v||Yangon|
|Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium|
Current coaching staffsEdit
|Head Coach||Miodrag Radulovic|
|Manager||Than Toe Aung|
|Assistant Coach||Vladimir Krunic|
|Assistant Coach||Zaw Lynn Tun|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Willy Stevaert|
|Team Doctor||Aung Kyaw Oo|
|Team Secretary||Si Thu Win|
|Media Officer||Zaw Min Htike|
|Video Analysis||Thaw Zin Soe|
|Kit Manager||Pyae Sone Naing|
The following players have been selected to the final 22 players squad for a friendly match against Singapore on 11 June 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 11 June 2019 after the match against Singapore.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Kyaw Zin Htet (captain)||2 March 1990||33||0||Yangon United|
|18||GK||Kyaw Zin Phyo||1 February 1994||16||0||Ayeyawady United|
|2||DF||Zaw Lin||14 May 1992 (aged 26)||3||0||Ayeyawady United|
|3||DF||Zaw Min Tun||20 May 1992||65||4||Chonburi|
|4||DF||David Htan||13 May 1990||56||3||Shan United|
|5||DF||Nanda Kyaw||3 September 1996||12||0||Shan United|
|6||DF||Thein Than Win||25 May 1990||26||0||Yadanarbon|
|15||DF||Win Moe Kyaw||9 October 1996 (aged 21)||4||0||Magwe|
|17||DF||Soe Moe Kyaw||23 March 1999 (aged 19)||6||0||Ayeyawady United|
|23||DF||Pyae Phyo Zaw||2 June 1994||5||0||Yangon United|
|7||MF||Ye Ko Oo||20 August 1994||14||1||Yadanarbon|
|11||MF||Maung Maung Lwin||18 June 1995||29||3||Yangon United|
|12||MF||Suan Lam Mang||28 July 1994||19||2||Shan United|
|19||MF||Hlaing Bo Bo||12 June 1996||22||2||Yadanarbon|
|24||MF||Yan Naing Aung||25 December 1993||0||0||Yangon United|
|25||MF||Yan Aung Kyaw||4 August 1989||57||0||Yangon United|
|8||FW||Win Naing Soe||24 October 1993||3||0||Yadanarbon|
|9||FW||Aung Thu||22 May 1996||34||9||Muangthong United|
|10||FW||Kyaw Ko Ko||20 December 1992||51||16||Samut Prakan City|
|16||FW||Sithu Aung||16 October 1996||20||4||Chonburi|
|20||FW||Than Htet Aung||5 June 1993||8||1||Samut Sakhon|
|21||FW||Zin Min Tun||12 June 1993||6||0||Shan United|
The following players have also been called-up recently in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Thiha Sithu||10 February 1987||36||0||Shan United||v. India, 14 November 2017|
|GK||Phone Thit Sar Min||6 November 1997||0||0||Shan United||v. Malaysia, 24 November 2018|
|GK||Sann Satt Naing||4 November 1997||1||0||Yangon United||v. Malaysia, 24 November 2018|
|GK||Naing Zayar Htun||28 December 1985||0||0||Zwegabin United||v. Singapore, 11 June 2019 PRE|
|GK||Pyae Lyan Aung||11 May 1993||0||0||Yadanarbon||v. Singapore, 11 June 2019 PRE|
|DF||Kyaw Zin Lwin||4 May 1993||16||0||Ayeyawady United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|DF||Kyaw Zin Oo||8 October 1994||1||0||Yangon United||v. China PR, 26 May 2018|
|DF||Hein Thiha Zaw||3 September 1996||11||0||Shan United|
|DF||Thiha Htet Aung||3 January 1996||2||0||Zwekapin United||v. Bolivia, 13 October 2018|
|DF||Htike Htike Aung||1 February 1995||5||0||Shan United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|DF||Min Kyaw Khant||28 June 1995||3||0||Yangon United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|DF||Zaw Ye Tun||28 June 1994||0||0||Yadanarbon||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|DF||Thet Naing||20 December 1992||20||2||Yadanarbon||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|DF||Hein Nay San||2 June 1994||2||0||Yadanarbon||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|DF||Nyein Chan||2 June 1994||0||0||Rakhine United||v. Singapore, 11 June 2019 PRE|
|MF||Tin Win Aung||14 April 1990||19||1||Shan United||v. Macau, 3 March 2018|
|MF||Myo Ko Tun||9 March 1995||7||0||Yadanarbon||v. Bahrain, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Myat Kaung Khant||15 July 2000 (aged 18)||2||1||Yadanarbon||v. Bahrain, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Maung Maung Soe||6 August 1995 (aged 23)||5||0||Yadanarbon||v. Malaysia, 24 November 2018|
|MF||Ye Yint Aung||26 February 1998 (aged 20)||0||0||Yadanarbon||v. Malaysia, 24 November 2018|
|MF||Htet Phyo Wai||21 January 2000||6||1||Shan United||v. Malaysia, 24 November 2018|
|MF||Lwin Moe Aung||10 December 1999 (aged 18)||7||0||Ayeyawady United||v. Malaysia, 24 November 2018|
|MF||Thiha Zaw||28 December 1993||6||0||Ayeyawady United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019 PRE|
|MF||Nyein Chan Aung||18 August 1996||6||1||Yangon United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Maung Maung Win||8 December 1994||2||0||Zwegabin United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Yan Naing Oo||31 March 1996||20||1||Shan United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Kyaw Swar Min||0||0||Sagaing United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Lar Din Maw Yar||6 August 1995 (aged 23)||1||0||Hanthawady United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Aung Hlaing Win||12 September 1995||0||0||Sagaing United||v. Singapore, 11 June 2019 PRE|
|FW||Than Paing||6 December 1996||15||1||Yangon United||v. India, 14 November 2017|
|FW||Kaung Sett Naing||21 March 1993 (aged 25)||7||0||Sagaing United||v. Bahrain, 16 October 2018|
|FW||Aee Soe||15 December 1996||3||0||Yangon United||v. Malaysia, 24 November 2018|
|FW||Dway Ko Ko Chit||23 June 1993||2||0||Shan United||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
|FW||Aung Myint Tun||3 May 1990||9||0||Magwe||v. Indonesia, 25 March 2019|
- INJ Withdrew from squad due to injury
- PRE Preliminary squad
- SUS Suspended
- RET Retired from the national team
- WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons
|Mikhail Bozenenkov (ru)||1961–1963|
|Sein Hlaing||1964–1979||Asian Games Champions (1966,1970)|
Southeast Asian Games Champions (1965,1967,1969,1971,1973)
Merdeka Cup Champions (1964,1967,1971)
|Bert Trautmann||1972–1974||1972 President's Cup Football Tournament Champions|
|Ivan Venkov Kolev||Nov 2004–2005||2004 Tiger Cup Semi-finalists|
|Sann Win||2006–2007||2006 Merdeka Tournament Champions|
2007 Merdeka Tournament Runners-up
|Marcos Falopa||Apr 2007 – Dec 2008|
|Tim Myint Aung||Apr 2009 – Oct 2009|
|Drago Mamić||Oct 2009 – Feb 2010|
|Tin Myint Aung||Feb 2010 – Dec 2010||5||2||0||3||40.00|
|Milan Živadinović||Jan 2011 – Jul 2011||7||0||2||5||0.00|
|Sann Win*||Jul 2011||5||1||1||3||20.00|
|Park Sung-Hwa||Dec 2011 – Dec 2013||13||5||4||4||38.46|
|Sann Win*||Sep 2013||1||0||1||0||0.00|
|Radojko Avramovic||Feb 2014 – Oct 2015||22||7||4||11||31.82||2014 Philippine Peace Cup Champions|
|Tin Myint Aung*||Aug 2017||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Gerd Zeise||Oct 2015 – March 2018||24||7||6||11||29.17||2016 AFF Championship Semi-final|
|Zaw Win Tun *||March 2018||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Antoine Hey||16 May 2018 – 13 December 2018||8||2||1||5||25.00|
|Myo Min Tun *||March 2019||2||0||1||1||0.00|
|Miodrag Radulović||20 April 2019 – Present||1||1||0||0||100.00|
* As caretaker
- Fair Play Award: 1972
- Runners-up (1): 1968
- Winners (4): 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975
- Korea Cup (President's Cup)
- Winners (1) : 2014
- AYA Bank Cup
- Third Place (1) : 2016
- *trophy shared
All-time head to head recordEdit
|United Arab Emirates||AFC||1||0||0||1||0||2||–2|
^ includes the results of South Vietnam
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