Sri Lanka national football team

The Sri Lanka national football team (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාපන්දු කණ්ඩායම, Tamil: இலங்கை தேசிய கால்பந்து அணி) represents Sri Lanka in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka, the governing body of football in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's home grounds are Sugathadasa Stadium and Kalutara Stadium. The Sri Lankan team was known as the Ceylon national football team until 1972 when Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka.[5]

Sri Lanka
Nickname(s)රන් සිංහයා
Golden Lion
(Golden Lion)
AssociationFootball Federation of Sri Lanka
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachNizam Pakeer Ali
Most capsEdiri Bandanage Channa (62)
Top scorerKasun Jayasuriya (27)[1]
Home stadiumSugathadasa Stadium
FIFA codeSRI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 205 Steady (19 December 2019)[2]
Highest122 (August 1998)
Lowest205 (November 2019)
Elo ranking
Current 225 Decrease 8 (25 November 2019)[3]
Highest105 (23 March 1952)
Lowest225 (September 2019)
First international
 Ceylon 0–2 India 
(Colombo, Ceylon; 1 January 1952)
Biggest win
 Sri Lanka 7–1 Pakistan 
(Taipei, Taiwan; 4 April 2008)
 Sri Lanka 6–0 Bhutan 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 6 December 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Ceylon 1–12 East Germany 
(Colombo, Ceylon; 12 January 1964)[4]
SAFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1995)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultRunners-up (2006)

A member of the AFC, the team has yet to make their first appearance in FIFA World Cup or AFC Asian Cup finals. They have been South Asian champions once, in 1995. As is true elsewhere on the sub-continent, top-level football in Sri Lanka stands somewhat in the shadow of the country's test cricket team. However, the side did reach the second qualification stage for the 2006 World Cup. In the same year, they became the runners-up in the 2006 Challenge Cup.

In 2014, at the 75th anniversary of FFSL, FIFA President Sepp Blatter visited Sri Lanka and opened a new football stadium in Jaffna. During the visit, Blatter said he was not pleased with the development of Football in Sri Lanka and that the authorities haven't taken enough steps to support football on the island. The AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa also joined the visit.[6]

In the qualification round of the 2018 World Cup, Sri Lanka lost both matches against Bhutan and failed to qualify for the next round. However, Sri Lanka national football team had managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2015 SAFF Championship.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Football was introduced to Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) by the British. There is evidence of it being played in Galle Face, a sandy area near the coast, by British servicemen stationed in Colombo in the 1890s. The game was also played at grounds of the barracks at Echelon Square and the army grounds (presently the Taj Samudra Hotels).

British servicemen of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery and the Royal Garrison Command began and promoted competitive football in Ceylon. The British administrative service and the planting community enthusiastically took it to the Central, Southern, and Up-Country regions. By early 1900 competitive football was popular with the local youth.

The game became popular and local football clubs were formed. St. Michael's SC, Havelock's Football Club, Java Lane SC, Wekande SC, Moors FC, and CH & FC, the last being a European monopoly, were some of the first clubs in Columbo. Harlequins FC and Saunders SC soon joined. The trophies of the early tournaments were the De Mel Shield and the Times of Ceylon Cup.

Football also became popular in the country's Southern Provence, where the planting and administrative community promoted the game. British planter T R. Brough in Deniyaya heavily promoted football in the south between 1910–1920, and British servicemen from the Navy wireless station in Matara also helped popularise it.[7]

In 1952, Ceylon became a member of FIFA and got the opportunity to play football at the international level. The country's first International friendly was played against India. The Football Federation organised a tournament called Colombo Cup, which helped the national team to improve their skills and compete with other nations. From the 1960s, the under-19 football team competed in the AFC u19 championship.

1990s to presentEdit

In 2015 Sri Lanka played for the first time in the Bangabandhu Cup. This tournament was organised by Bangladesh Football Federation. The national U-23 teams of Thailand, Bahrain, Malaysia and Singapore participated in this tournament. The national football teams of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also competed in this tournament.

Sri Lanka was placed in the group with Malaysia and Bangladesh. In the first game Sri Lanka played against the Malaysian team. Malaysia won the match by 2–0. The second match was played against the host Bangladesh. Sri Lanka lost the game 1–0. Sri Lanka failed to score a goal in this tournament. After a six years of poor performance in the international football field Sri Lanka football team managed to qualify for the Semi Final of 2015 SAFF Championship. The poor performance continued in the Solidarity Cup as well. They had another shock defeat this time by the hands of Mongolia the lowest ranked team in Asia. As a result of this defeat Sri Lanka eliminated in the Group Stage of the tournament.[8]

In July 2018, Sri Lanka welcomed a historical encounter when they faced Lithuania, marked for the first time Sri Lanka will face a European team. The Sri Lankans managed a respectable 0–0 draw to the UEFA side but lost 0–2 in the second encounter.[9] During 2022 World Cup campaign however, Sri Lanka suffered another poor performance as the team fell 0–1 in Zhuhai to Macau. Macau was subsequently disqualified, as the team refused to travel to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings,[10] Sri Lanka was awarded a 3–0 win in response, thus qualified to the second round of the World Cup for the first time since 2006 campaign.[11]

In the second round, Sri Lanka was unlucky to be drawn with four 2019 AFC Asian Cup participants, South Korea, North Korea, Lebanon and Turkmenistan.

Team imageEdit

Media coverageEdit

There is no official TV broadcaster for the football matches played by the Sri Lanka team because the Football Federation of Sri Lanka has not sold broadcasting rights. The SAFF Championship was broadcast by several channels, and tournaments in the 1990s and 2000s were broadcast free-to-air by Channel Eye. The 2013 SAFF Championship was broadcast by CSN. Star Sports also broadcast the SAFF Championship on pay TV satellite broadcasters.

The official online broadcaster of Sri Lankan football matches is thepapare.com[12] which streams the games of the Sri Lanka Football Premier League, the finals of the Sri Lanka FA Cup, and the AFC U-19 Championship.[13]

ColoursEdit

The team uses different kits for home and away games. The kits are currently manufactured by Grand Sport Group.

HomeEdit

The traditional home kit of the national team has mostly been maroon shirts and maroon shorts, but blue colours have also been used. The colours are derived from the 15th century flag of Kingdom of Kandy.

AwayEdit

The away shirt colour has changed several times between a white shirt with white shorts or a black shirt with black shorts. White shirt with white shorts has been the more frequent choice.

Home stadiumsEdit

Sugathadasa StadiumEdit

 
Sugathadasa Stadium

Sugathadasa Stadium is the former athletic stadium in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1972 and has a capacity of 28,000.[14] The stadium is mostly used for athletics and football. The 1995 and 2008 SAFF Championship tournaments were held in this stadium.This is the home stadium of Sri Lanka National Football Team.Sri Lanka won their first major football tournament in his stadium. It was defeating India in the Final of 1995 SAFF Championship.

All the FIFA World Cup qualification matches of Sri Lankan team also played in this ground. This ground has become a lucky ground for Sri Lanka team because they have won much of the matches played in here. The draw against Philippines Football team and The Tajikistan Team were well known. In recent times Sri Lanka lost to Bhutan in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualify matches against Bhutan in this Stadium. The 2014–15 FA Cup Final also held in this ground.

Major football tournaments that played in here were the AFC President's Cup and AFC Challenge Cup.

Kalutara StadiumEdit

Kalutara Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. This stadium also known as the Vernon Fernando ground. It is currently used mostly for football matches and hosts the home games of Kalutara Park SC. The stadium holds 15,000 people. This stadium is popularly known as "Kalutara Park Ground".This stadium is located in the heart of Kalutara city.This stadium is mostly use in the Sri Lanka Champions League and Sri Lanka FA Cup tournaments.

PlayersEdit

SquadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2018 SAFF Championship

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sujan Perera (1982-07-18)18 July 1982 (aged 36) 19 0   Club Eagles
22 1GK Danushka Rajapaksha (1993-05-17)17 May 1993 (aged 25) 0 0   New Young's
30 1GK Kavish Fernando (1995-05-25)25 May 1995 (aged 23) 0 0   Colombo FC

2 2DF Subash Madushan (1990-05-31)31 May 1990 (aged 28) 13 1   Navy SC
3 2DF Bandara Warakagoda (1986-10-13)13 October 1986 (aged 31) 20 0   Army SC
4 2DF Yogendran Puslas (1990-04-04)4 April 1990 (aged 28)   New Young's
12 2DF Jude Supan (1998-07-30)30 July 1998 (aged 20) 1 0   Renown
24 2DF Charitha Mudiyanselage (1992-12-26)26 December 1992 (aged 25) 1 0   Colombo FC
28 2DF Harsha Fernando (1992-11-21)21 November 1992 (aged 25) 1 0   Air Force SC

7 3MF Mohamed Rifnas (1995-01-09)9 January 1995 (aged 23) 13 3   Colombo FC
8 3MF Asikur Rahuman (1993-12-31)31 December 1993 (aged 24) 13 1   Army SC
9 3MF Kavindu Ishan (1992-10-17)17 October 1992 (aged 25) 19 1   Air Force SC
11 3MF Dilan De Silva (1988-09-13)13 September 1988 (aged 29) 1 0   Colombo FC
13 3MF Mariyathas Nitharshan (1994-05-14)14 May 1994 (aged 24) 1 0   Renown
17 3MF Sasanga Dilhara (1999-06-10)10 June 1999 (aged 19)   Ratnam
19 3MF Afeel Mohamed (1996-07-09)9 July 1996 (aged 22) 2 0   Colombo FC
20 3MF Chameera Sajith (1993-01-29)29 January 1993 (aged 25) 17 0   Army SC

10 4FW Zohar Mohamed Zarwan (1996-04-23)23 April 1996 (aged 22) 14 1   Colombo FC
14 4FW Mohamed Fazal (1990-04-30)30 April 1990 (aged 28) 3 1   Colombo FC
21 4FW Asela Madushan (1999-12-09)9 December 1999 (aged 18) 1 0   Renown

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Nizam Pakeer Ali
Technical Director   Damadaran Chandrasiri
Technical Director   Mohamed Faiz Mohamed
Assistant Coach  
Assistant Coach  
Goal Keeping Coach  
Manager  
Physiotherapist  

Results and fixturesEdit

2019Edit

2020Edit

RecordsEdit

All time recordsEdit

Country Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA GD Win/Draw %
  Afghanistan 8 1 1 6 6 17 −11 25.00
  Bahrain 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 00.00
  Bangladesh 17 4 2 11 13 25 −12 23.53
  Bhutan 7 5 0 2 18 5 +13 71.43
  Brunei 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00
  Cambodia 3 1 0 2 2 10 −8 33.33
  China PR 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 00.00
  Chinese Taipei 4 3 1 0 9 4 +5 100.00
  Guam 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 100.00
  Hong Kong 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 00.00
  India 18 2 4 12 13 32 −19 11.11
  Indonesia 3 0 1 2 2 11 −9 33.33
  Iran 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 00.00
  Japan 3 0 0 3 0 16 −16 00.00
  Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 00.00
  Laos 7 2 2 3 11 10 +1 28.57
  Lebanon 4 1 0 3 4 15 −11 25.00
  Lithuania 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 00.00
  Macau 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 66.66
  Malaysia 10 1 0 9 7 36 −29 10.00
  Maldives 17 2 8 7 12 32 −20 11.76
  Mongolia 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 50.00
  Myanmar 7 2 0 5 10 18 −8 28.57
  North Korea 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 00.00
    Nepal 16 6 7 3 23 16 +7 37.50
  Oman 3 0 1 2 1 14 −13 00.00
  Pakistan 19 8 4 7 36 21 +15 75.00
  Philippines 4 1 1 2 5 9 −4 50.00
  Qatar 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 00.00
  Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 00.00
  Singapore 5 1 0 4 6 15 −9 20.00
  South Korea 2 0 0 2 0 14 −14 00.00
  Seychelles 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 50.00
  Sudan 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 00.00
  Syria 3 0 0 3 0 17 −17 00.00
  Tajikistan 4 0 1 3 3 11 −8 00.00
  Thailand 6 0 0 6 2 20 −18 00.00
  Timor-Leste 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100.00
  Turkmenistan 5 0 1 4 2 10 −8 00.00
  United Arab Emirates 8 0 0 8 3 35 −32 00.00
  Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 00.00
  Vietnam 4 0 3 1 6 7 −1 00.00
  • Last Updated on 31 October 2019.[18]

CoachesEdit

Name Nat Period Matches Won Draw Lost Win/Draw %
Neville Dias Abeygunawardene   1990
Burkhard Pape   199?–199?
Jorge Ferreira   1993–95
M. Karathu   1999–2000
Marcos Ferreira   2000–04
Jang Jung   2007–08
2010–12
Mohamed Amanulla   2009–10
Claudio Roberto   2013–14
Nikola Kavazović   2014–15 7 1 1 5 28.57%
Sampath Perera   2004–06
2009
2012–13
2015–16
5 1 0 4 20.00%
Dudley Steinwall   2016–18 4 1 1 2 25.00%
Nizam Pakeer Ali   2018– 10 1 1 8 10.00%

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Hosts/Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1950 Not a FIFA Member Not a FIFA Member
1950 to 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 8 0 0 8 0 26
  1998 3 1 1 1 4 4
   2002 6 1 1 4 8 20
  2006 8 1 3 4 7 11
  2010 2 0 0 2 0 6
  2014 2 0 1 1 1 5
  2018 2 0 0 2 1 3
  2022 TBD
      2026 TBD
Total 0/21 31 3 6 22 21 75

AFC Asian CupEdit

1972 to 1984 was competef in Qualification

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts/Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1992 Did not enter and qualify Did not enter and qualify
  1996 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 5 25
  2000 4 0 0 4 2 18
  2004 8 2 0 6 6 26
     2007 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not Qualify AFC Challenge Cup
  2015
  2019 2 0 0 2 1 3
Total 0/17 31 7 1 23 25 102

SAFF ChampionshipEdit

Year & Host Result Pos. P W D L GF GA
  1993 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 4 2
  1995 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 5 3
  1997 Semi-Finals 4th 4 2 0 2 6 3
  1999 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2003 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
  2005 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 5
    2008 Semi-Finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 5 3
  2009 Semi-Finals 4th 4 2 0 2 9 7
  2011 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2013 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 6 15
  2015 Semi-Finals 4th 3 1 0 2 1 7
  2018 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 0 2
Total 11/11 1st 37 13 6 18 46 59

AFC Challenge CupEdit

AFC Challenge Cup finals AFC Challenge Cup qualifications
Hosts/Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
  2006 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 2 7 2 No Qualify Round
  2008 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 1 9 3 2 1 0 14 4
  2010 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 7 3 2 1 0 9 4
  2012 Did not Qualify 3 0 1 2 0 5
  2014 3 1 0 2 5 5
Total 3/5 Runners-up 12 5 1 7 12 18 12 5 3 4 28 18
  • In 2011 and 2015 The AFC Challenge Cup acted as the qualification for the Asian Cup.
  • AFC Challenge Cup has been cancelled by AFC.

AFC Solidarity CupEdit

Year & Host Result Pos. P W D L GF GA
  2016 Group Stage 6/7 3 0 1 2 2 5

HonorsEdit

Runners Up (1): 2006
Champions (1): 1995
Runners Up (1): 1993

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Macau did not send their team for the second leg due to safety reasons following the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings.[15] The AFC referred the matter to FIFA,[16] and FIFA announced on 27 June 2019 that the match was declared a 3–0 forfeit victory to Sri Lanka, and consequently qualifying Sri Lanka to the second round.[17]

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ AFC (6 November 2016). "Mongolian penalties down Sri Lanka". thepapare.com. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.thepapare.com/match-report-sri-lanka-b-lithuania-football-friendly-11th-july-2018/
  10. ^ https://www.thetelegram.com/sports/world-cup-qualifier-in-sri-lanka-canceled-after-macau-refuse-to-travel-320518/
  11. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2019/06/29/sri-lanka-welcomes-fifa-ruling-macau-out-of-wcup-qualifying/39638659/
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  15. ^ "Football - Macau not sending team to Sri Lanka due to security concerns". Reuters. 8 June 2019.
  16. ^ "AFC Statement". AFC. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
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External linksEdit

Preceded by
1993 India  
South Asian Champions
1995 (First title)
Succeeded by
1997 India