Timor-Leste national football team

The Timor-Leste national football team is the national team of East Timor (Portuguese: Timor-Leste) and is controlled by the Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste. They joined FIFA on 12 September 2005.[5]

Timor-Leste
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)O Sol Nascente
(The Rising Sun)
Pequena Nação do Samba
(The Little Samba Nation)
Lafaek
(The crocodile)
AssociationFederação de Futebol de Timor-Leste
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachvacant
CaptainNataniel Reis[1]
Most capsAnggisu Barbosa (30)
Top scorerRufino Gama (7)
Home stadiumNational Stadium
FIFA codeTLS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 194 Steady (21 October 2021)[2]
Highest146 (June 2015)
Lowest206 (October 2012)
First international
 Sri Lanka 3–2 Timor-Leste 
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; 21 March 2003)[3]
Biggest win
 Cambodia 1–5 Timor-Leste 
(Yangon, Myanmar; 5 October 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia 
(Dili, Timor Leste; 17 November 2015)
AFC Solidarity Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup stage (2016)
AFF Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup Stage (2004, 2018)

Timor-Leste's international debut was in the preliminary round of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification in March 2003, when they lost 3–2 to Sri Lanka and 3–0 to Chinese Taipei.[6] They also participated in the 2004 AFF Championship. Timor-Leste's participation in Southeast Asia's premier international football event in 2004 was announced after an Asian Football Confederation council meeting in Petaling Jaya. Although not yet a member of the AFC, the Timor-Leste Football Association was invited to sit in on the meeting, where they were represented by FA president Francia Kalbuadi. Timor-Leste won their first international match on 5 October 2012 against Cambodia with a score of 5–1.[7]

HistoryEdit

Football was established in Timor-Leste during the Portuguese colonial era, when many of the locals and the Portuguese officials played amateur football. After Portugal ended its colonial rule, Indonesia invaded and occupied the island. East Timor eventually gained independence from Indonesia in 2000, which resulted in a long running battle against Jakarta-led forces.

The East Timor Football Association was accepted as an associate member of AFC at the 20th AFC Congress in 2002. Their international debut came in March 2003 when they participated in the qualifying campaign for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup in China. Given their history, it was no surprise that they crashed out with defeats against the likes of Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei. They entered the regional competition for the first time in 2004 as they played in the ASEAN Football Federation Championship (previously known as Tiger Cup) as an invited member. They finished in last place, showing that they had a long way to go before they could compete even on the regional stage.

They again had no success in the qualifying round of the 2007 AFF Championship, with four heavy losses, including a 7–0 trouncing by the Philippines. In the third qualifying round for the 2008 AFF Championship, they surprisingly drew against Cambodia; this feat was reported in international news.

In the ninth AFF Suzuki Cup, the country's football federation (FFTL) reportedly selected their foreign based players, who played in Brazil, Portugal, Australia and elsewhere, to fortify the team as they also did at the 2011 SEA Games.[8]

On 5 October 2012, Timor-Leste won their first international match in a 5–1 victory against Cambodia.[9] On 9 October 2012, the team won another match against Laos at AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier. Murilo de Almeida score the penalty at 43 minutes of the first half of the match. Later Adelino Trindade extended the Timorese advantage with a header early in the second half and then Alan Leandro added the third goal on the 83rd minute.[10] After winning the second match against Laos, Emerson Alcântara stated "This is a win for the people of Timor Leste. They had to wait a long time for our team to win their first match in this competition but now we have two wins and this was an important victory for Timor Leste. "I think that about 70 percent of people in Timor Leste are poor so it is very important to get this result for them because they love football and the people can get confidence and take pride in this result. It is very important for us to motivate our people and to help to change their lives."[11]

Naturalised players controversyEdit

Since 2012 several Brazilian-born footballers, who are not of East Timorese descent and had not necessarily played in the East Timorese League, were expressly naturalised to raise the level of "Sol Nascente".[12]

The country's recent history of naturalizing foreign players, mainly from Brazil such as Murilo de Almeida, Fellipe Bertoldo, and Diogo Santos Rangel has been criticized by many, including native East Timorese players and fans.[13][14]

In a match on 8 October 2015 against Palestine seven of the starting eleven for the Timorese line-up were naturalized Brazilians.[15] Following the match the Palestinian Football Association made a complaint to FIFA stating that the naturalized Timorese players were not eligible to represent Timor-Leste under FIFA rules.[16][17]

Following a concern from some Timorese who complained to the prime minister, the prosecutor general and the minister for justice regarding the naturalisation program, Timor Leste Football Federation (FFTL) decided to drop their oversea-born legion. It meant Timor Leste would be without seven naturalised Brazilian players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers match against United Arab Emirates on 12 November 2015.[18] In that match coach Fernando Alcântara played an all national line up including six who were under twenty, including Ervino Soares who was 16. Timor Leste ended up losing the match 8–0. Alcântara took responsibility for the defeat although he also added that he had been forced to play such an inexperienced line-up by the FFTL.[19]

The next match, Timor-Leste did even worse, suffering a record 0–10 home defeat to a strong Saudi Arabia side, who eventually qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Jesse Pinto, an Australian-Timorese footballer, told reporters that the FFTL gives Brazilian players Timorese passports so that they can be registered as "Asian" players and meet the quotas of teams. Pinto also added that the FFTL often takes advantage of players from poor backgrounds, but that it often did not meet its promises of allowing players to travel back to Brazil to meet their families.[20]

In December 2016, the FFTL was charged with using forged and falsified documents, fielding ineligible players and bringing the game into disrepute.[21]

A decision was made on the 20 January 2017 that Timor-Leste is barred from participating in the qualification tournament for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup after being found to have fielded a total of twelve ineligible players in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches and among other competitions.[22]

Team imageEdit

Kit ManufacturersEdit

Period Manufacturer
2008-2010 Tiger
2012 Nike
2013-14 Mitre
2015-2017 Kubba Sportswear
2018- Narrow

The team's kit manufacturer was Kubba Sportswear from June 2014 to February 2017.[23]

Since 2018, the kits are made by Narrow, an Indonesian apparel. The home kit is red shirts, black shorts, and red socks, with black as a secondary color. The away kit all white.[24] From 2008 to 2010, their away kits were yellow but at 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification, the away kits changed back into all whites.[25] Their kits were made by Nike in 2012. Previous kit makers include mitre, Joma, Nike and Tiger.

StadiumEdit

Timor Leste's home stadium is the East Timor National Stadium in Dili. The stadium capacity is 5,000. The first official match played in the stadium was a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Mongolia on 12 March 2015.

Timor Leste national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
  East Timor National Stadium 13,000 Dili v    Mongolia
(12 March 2015; 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose

2019Edit

7 June 2019 (2019-06-07) 2022 World Cup qualification Malaysia   7–1   Timor-Leste Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20:45 UTC+8
Report João Pedro   52' Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 4,244
Referee: Sherzod Kasimov (Uzbekistan)
11 June 2019 (2019-06-11) 2022 World Cup qualification Timor-Leste   1–5   Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20:45 UTC+8 Gama   72' Report
Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were call-up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round matches against Malaysia on 7 and 11 June 2019.[26]

Caps and goals are correct as of 11 June 2019, after the match against   Malaysia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Aderito (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 24) 13 0   Boavista
12 1GK Fernando (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Benfica Laulara
20 1GK Natalino (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 20) 0 0

2 2DF Duarte (2000-12-29) 29 December 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Lalenok United
3 2DF Gaspar (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Lalenok United
4 2DF Candido (1997-12-02)2 December 1997 (aged 20) 8 0   Ponta Leste
5 2DF João Panji (2000-10-29) 29 October 2000 (age 20) 4 0   Assalam F.C.
6 2DF Adelino Trindade (1995-06-02) 2 June 1995 (age 26) 24 3   Ponta Leste
13 2DF Gumario (2001-10-18) 18 October 2001 (age 20) 8 0   Lalenok United
17 2DF Victor (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 23) 15 0   Karketu Dili
18 2DF Filomeno Junior (1998-08-05)5 August 1998 (aged 20) 9 0   Benfica Laulara
22 2DF Avigmas (1999-12-24) 24 December 1999 (age 21) 15 1   Boavista

8 3MF Mouzinho (2002-06-26) 26 June 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Benfica Laulara
11 3MF Gelvanio (1998-10-08)8 October 1998 (aged 19) 4 0   Karketu Dili
14 3MF Elias (2002-03-27) 27 March 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Lalenok United
15 3MF Armindo (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 23) 4 0   Porto Taibesse
16 3MF Danilson (2001-05-15) 15 May 2001 (age 20) 1 0   DIT FC
19 3MF Paulo Gali (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 24) 3 0   Lalenok United
23 3MF Osvaldo Belo (2000-10-18) 18 October 2000 (age 21) 8 0   Karketu Dili

7 4FW Rufino Gama (1998-06-20) 20 June 1998 (age 23) 18 7   Lalenok United
9 4FW Savio (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 29) 4 0   Boavista
10 4FW João Pedro (2000-08-20) 20 August 2000 (age 21) 8 2   Benfica Laulara
21 4FW Kefi (1997-01-27) 27 January 1997 (age 24) 10 0   Boavista

Previous squadsEdit

Player recordsEdit

As of 11 June 2019
Players in bold are still active with Timor-Leste.

Current StaffEdit

As of June 2019
Position Name
Manager   Gaspar Quintao da Silva
Assistant Manager   Jose Carlos da Fonseca
Head Coach vacant
Assistant Coach   Eduardo Pereira
Goalkeeping Coach   Juliao Monteiro
Physiotherapist   Richa Arun Kulkarni
Media Officer   Zelfa Beatvi Borges Soares
Administrator   Frederico Pereira Martins
Official   Joao Pedro Ribeiro
Kitman   Mateus de Oliveira Soares

Coaching historyEdit

As of 11 June 2019
Manager Period Internationals Competitions
G W D L %
  José Luís 2004–2006 10 0 0 10 000.0 2004 AFF Championship – Group stage
2006 Lusophony Games – Group stage
  João Paulo Pereira 2007 2 0 0 2 000.0
  Pedro Correia de Almeida 2007–2008 5 0 1 4 000.0
  Clodoaldo 2010 3 0 0 3 000.0
  Antonio Carlos Vieira 2011–2012 6 1 1 4 016.7
  Emerson Alcântara 2012–2014 4 2 0 2 050.0
  Manuel da Costa Soares 2015 1 1 0 0 100.0
  Fábio Magrão 2015–2016 3 1 2 033.3 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup – Group stage
  Fernando Alcântara 2015–2016 6 0 1 5 000.0
  Simón Elissetche[27] 2017–2018 3 1 0 2 033.3 2017 CTFA Tournament – Third place
  Norio Tsukitate 2018– 9 1 1 7 011.1 2018 AFF Championship – Group stage
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – Did not qualify
Coaches in Italics were hired as caretakers

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
  1930 to   1974 Part of   Portugal Part of   Portugal
  1978 to   1998 Part of   Indonesia Part of   Indonesia
   2002 to   2006 Did not enter Did not enter
  2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 11
  2014 2 0 0 2 1 7
  2018 10 0 0 10 0 50
  2022 2 0 0 2 2 12
    2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 16 0 0 16 6 80

Lusofonia GamesEdit

Asian Cup recordEdit

Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1972 Part of   Portugal Part of   Portugal
  1976 to   2000 Part of   Indonesia Part of   Indonesia
  2004 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
        2007 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011
  2015
  2019 Did not qualify 14 2 0 12 8 54
  2023 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 12
Total 18 2 0 16 12 72

AFC Challenge Cup recordEdit

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
  2006 Did not enter
  2008 Withdrew
  2010 Did not enter
  2012
  2014
Total Best: −
  • 2006Was originally selected to take part, but was then replaced
  • 2008Was selected to take part, but withdrew

AFC Solidarity Cup recordEdit

AFC Solidarity Cup
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2016 Group stage 2 0 1 1 0 4
  2020 Cancelled
  2024 To be determined
Total Best: Group stage 2 0 1 1 0 4

AFF ChampionshipEdit

  • Finals Records Only

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