Myanmar national football team
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It was known as the Burma national football team until 1989, when Burma was renamed Myanmar. During heyday, Burma finished second in the 1968 Asian Cup, participated in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and in the Asian Games and 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. No participation in World Cup qualification was made for the rest of 20th century, contributing to the downfall of the national side.
Since renamed, Myanmar's highest achievement is the silver medal at 1993 Southeast Asian Games. Myanmar played its first World Cup qualifiers in 2007 in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, losing 0–7 and 0–4 to China.
1948 to 1970s: the golden eraEdit
Burma participated in 1954 Asian Games and won a bronze medal, standing behind Taiwan (gold) and South Korea (silver); this was the beginning of the golden era. 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. Against all odds, the Burma team bettered their 1954 effort by winning the gold medal in the Asian Games, which was 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. Having won a silver medal in 1968, the men's soccer team had a strong performance in the early 1970s as it qualified to compete in the 1972 Summer Olympics, which was held at Munich (West Germany), upon being one of the three finalists in the Asian tournament. Despite losing almost all matches, the Burmese players won the Fair Play Award. The following year, the nation earned its fifth consecutive Southeast Asian Games gold medal at Singapore City (Kuala Lumpur 1965, Bangkok 1967, Rangoon 1969, and Kuala Lumpur 1971).
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 football squad to win the Asian tournament twice. 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 time for his outstanding contribution to Burmese football.
Over the following years, mainly due to political problems within the country, the national side's ability to defend its Asian title slowly faded away.
1970s to 2010s: decline and struggleEdit
In the later years, Burma were unable to achieve similar results like in the golden era, due to many factors. The collapse of whole Burmese football system during the rule of Ne Win and later, the junta, had a negative impact on Burmese football team. Lack of funding and poor infrastructure prevented many Burmese players to play abroad, thus leading to retirement. At the same time, the rise of Malaysia, Indonesia, and especially Vietnam and the Philippines made Myanmar's golden era fade away.
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 qualified 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.
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 at the hand of Kyrgyzstan. Under Antoine Hey, Myanmar also had an unsuccessful 2018 AFF Championship, with the team was knocked out from the group stage, and Hey resigned after.
Myanmar began their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification grouping with old rival Kyrgyzstan, as well as Tajikistan, Mongolia and especially powerhouse Japan. Under the guidance of the new manager Miodrag Radulović, Myanmar had a disastrous beginning when the team fell 0–1 to Mongolia away, 0–2 to Japan at home and especially a 0–7 away defeat to the Kyrgyz, causing the Montenegrin to be fired. After the defeat to Kyrgyzstan, old coach Antoine Hey returned, where he helped Myanmar to gain a shock home win 4–3 over Tajikistan before beating Mongolia 1–0 also at home to boost morale. However, the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar and subsequent Myanmar protests depleted greatly the national team when many key players refused to represent Myanmar in international football citing the junta's involvement. As for the result, Myanmar brought to Japan with half of its squad members weren't regular starters, and suffered its worst defeat in modern era to the host 0–10, forcing Antoine Hey's men to win their 2 remaining matches against Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan while hoping for defeats from their 2 main opponents in the same time against Japan (and even a draw or a defeat against Mongolia for Kyrgyzstan) to be among the 4 best runners-up. Having lost to Kyrgyzstan 1–8 the next match, Myanmar were officially eliminated from the World Cup and the top 2 spots in the group. Eventually, Myanmar confirmed its bottom place in the group, losing 0–4 to Tajikistan, and have to play the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification.
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 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 kit is a red shirt with red shorts and red socks while the away kit is a white shirt with white shorts and white socks.
|Myanmar national football team kits|
|2011–2013||Adidas||2011–2013 (Home – Away)|
|2013–2015||Lotto Sport Italia||2013–15 (Home – Away)|
|2015–2018||FBT||2015–18 (Home – Away)|
|2018–2024||Warrix||2018–present (Home – Away)|
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Lose
|28 May 2021 2022 WCQ R2||Japan||10–0||Myanmar||Chiba, Japan|
|19:20 UTC+9||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Fukuda Denshi Arena|
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)
|11 June 2021 2022 WCQ R2||Myanmar||1–8||Kyrgyzstan||Osaka, Japan|
|Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai|
Referee: Hussein Abou Yehya (Lebanon)
|Manager||Than Toe Aung|
|Head Coach||Antoine Hey|
|Assistant Coach||Kyi Lwin|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Sai Maung Maung Oo|
|Team Doctor||Aung Kyaw Oo|
|Media Officer||Zaw Minn Htike|
|Video Analysis||Saw Ye Mon|
|Kit Manager||Pyae Sone Naing|
|Team Secretary||Si Thu Win|
- Caps and goals updated as of 15 June 2021 after the match against Tajikistan.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||San Set Naing||4 November 1997||4||0||Yangon United|
|18||GK||Pyae Lyan Aung||11 May 1993||0||0||Yadanarbon|
|22||GK||Ko Ko Naing||0||0||Hanthawaddy United|
|2||DF||Soe Moe Kyaw||23 March 1999||13||0||Yangon United|
|3||DF||Zaw Ye Tun||28 June 1994||3||0||Yadanarbon|
|4||DF||David Htan||13 May 1988||67||4||Shan United|
|5||DF||Thein Than Win||25 May 1991||31||0||Unattached|
|13||DF||Ye Yint Aung||26 February 1998||0||0||Hanthawaddy United|
|15||DF||Ye Min Thu||18 February 1998||3||0||Shan United|
|17||DF||Lar Din Maw Yar||6 August 1992||22||0||Hanthawaddy United|
|DF||Hein Htet Sithu||0||0||Yangon United|
|6||MF||Hlaing Bo Bo||8 July 1996||33||6||Sukhothai|
|7||MF||Lwin Moe Aung||10 December 1999||14||0||Yangon United|
|8||MF||Maung Maung Win||8 May 1990||5||0||Yangon United|
|11||MF||Maung Maung Lwin||18 June 1995||37||7||Yangon United|
|12||DF||Myat Kaung Khant||15 July 2000||3||1||Yadanarbon|
|14||MF||Tin Win Aung||14 April 1992||22||1||Unattached|
|16||MF||Yan Naing Oo||31 March 1996||26||1||Yangon United|
|19||MF||Pyae Moe||15 October 1992||0||0||Yangon United|
|21||MF||Nyein Chan Aung||18 August 1996||8||1||Yangon United|
|23||MF||Htet Phyo Wai||21 January 2000||9||1||Shan United|
|9||FW||Than Htet Aung||5 June 1992||10||1||Ayeyawady United|
|10||FW||Win Naing Tun||3 May 2000||2||0||Yangon United|
|20||FW||Suan Lam Mang||28 July 1994||27||7||Ranong United|
The following players have also been called up to the Myanmar squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
- As of 14 November 2020
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
|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 – 20 October 2019||5||1||0||4||20.00|
|Antoine Hey||21 October 2019 – present||6||3||0||3||50.00|
* As caretaker
|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||Part of United Kingdom||Part of United Kingdom|
|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||Banned||Banned from qualification|
|2010||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||11|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
- Banned 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 matches to be played on neutral soil.
AFC Asian CupEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||Qualification record|
|1992||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||11||20|
|2007||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify||AFC Challenge Cup|
|2023||To be determined||8||2||0||6||6||35|
|Asian Games record|
|1986||Did not qualify|
|2002–present||See Myanmar under-23 football team|
AFC Challenge CupEdit
|AFC Challenge Cup record||AFC Challenge Cup qualification record|
|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 qualification record|
|Total||Best: Fourth place||44||14||10||20||70||94||—||10||8||2||0||19||4|
Southeast Asian GamesEdit
|Southeast Asian Games record|
|1985||Did not enter|
|2001–present||See Myanmar national under-23 team|
|United Arab Emirates||AFC||1||0||0||1||0||2||–2|
- 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
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