Timor-Leste national under-23 football team

The Timor-Leste national Under-23 football team (also known as Timor-Leste U-23 or Seleção U-23) represents the Timor-Leste in international football competitions in the Olympic Games, Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games and any other under-23 international football tournaments. It is controlled by the Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste, the governing body of football in the country. Timor Leste is currently one of the weakest teams in the world. They won their first match on 5 November 2011 against Brunei, scoring 2–1.[1]

Timor-Leste
Nickname(s)O Sol Nascente
(The Rising Sun)
AssociationFederação de Futebol de Timor-Leste
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachFábio Magrão
CaptainFilomeno Junior
Most capsRamos Maxanches
Nilo Soares (18)
Top scorerMurilo de Almeida
Henrique Cruz (3)
Home stadiumEast Timor National Stadium
FIFA codeTLS
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Malaysia 3–0 Timor-Leste 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 30 August 2005)
Biggest win
 Timor-Leste 7–1 Macau 
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 23 July 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Malaysia 11–0 Timor-Leste 
(Vientiane, Laos; 2 December 2009)
Asian Games
Appearances2 (first in 2014)
Best resultRound 1 (2014)
Southeast Asian Games
Appearances5 (first in 2009)
Best resultRound 1 (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

HistoryEdit

Football was firstly introduced during Portuguese Timor era where many local and the Portuguese colonial official played the sport for enjoyment. After the Portuguese leave the eastern part of the island of Timor, neighbouring Indonesia invaded and change their culture and identity. East Timor gained full independence in 2002 after more than 20 years of occupation which resulted in a long running battle against Jakarta-led forces. The Timor-Leste U-23 team was invited to the 2005 AFF U-23 Youth Championship without any success, which is the first time that the team played in an international tournament. In 2009, the team entered the first Southeast Asian Games. Once again, they lost every match, including a 0–11 loss to Malaysia. Timor-Leste had major improvements at the 2011 SEA Games, when they used overseas players of Timorese descent from Brazil and Australia. These players contributed a lot to their successful run; especially from Murilo de Almeida who managed to score three goals. The team finished third in their group by recording their first win in their history, finishing above Laos, Brunei and the Philippines and had a goal difference of –4, which was a big improvement compared to their previous participation where the team finished last in their group with no wins from four games, scoring only once and having a goal difference of –28.

KitsEdit

Timor-Leste's traditional home kit includes a red shirt, black shorts and red or black socks. The away kits feature white or yellow shirts. At the 2009 SEA Games, their home kit resemble the one worn by the Belgian national team.

Kit evolutionEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Home Kit 2009–2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Away Kit 2009–2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alternative Kit 2011

StadiumEdit

Competitive recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Part of   Indonesia Part of   Indonesia
  1996
  2000
  2004 Did not enter Did not enter
  2008
  2012
  2016 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 3 8
  2020 3 1 0 2 5 16
  2024 To be determined To be determined
  2028
Total 0/8 6 2 0 4 8 24

Asian Games RecordEdit

(Under-23 Team since 2002)

Asian Games
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA
Did not enter
Group stage
28th
3
0
0
3
2
13
24th
3
0
0
3
3
15
Total
Group stage
2/5
6
0
0
6
5
28

AFC U-23 Championship RecordEdit

AFC U-23 Championship Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Did not qualify 5 1 0 4 5 9
3 1 0 2 3 8
3 1 1 1 7 5
3 1 0 2 5 16
  2022 3 1 1 1 3 8
Total
0/4
0
0
0
0
0
0
17 5 2 10 23 46

SEA Games RecordEdit

(Under-23 Team since 2001)

Southeast Asian Games
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA
Did not enter
Group stage 9th
4
0
0
4
1
28
6th
5
2
0
3
4
8
7th
4
1
1
2
5
8
9th
5
1
0
4
4
10
5
1
0
4
2
8
10th
4
0
0
4
2
18
  2021 4 0 0 4 3 13
Total
Group stage
6/8
31
5
1
25
21
93

AFF U-23 Youth Championship recordEdit

AFF U-23 Youth Championship
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
Group stage
8th
3
0
0
3
1
14
6th
3
1
0
2
1
5
Third place
3rd
4
2
2
0
7
3
Total
Third Place
3/3
10
3
2
5
9
22

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Team Manager  
Assistant Team Manager  
Head Coach   Fábio Magrão
Assistant Coach  
Assistant Coach  
Goalkeeper Coach  
Fitness Coach  
Team Doctor  

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Junildo Pereira (2003-06-04) 4 June 2003 (age 19)   Assalam FC
2 2DF Nelson Viegas (1999-12-24) 24 December 1999 (age 22)   Boavista Timor Leste
3 2DF Orcelio (2001-04-30) 30 April 2001 (age 21)   Karketu Dili
4 2DF Jaimito Soares (2003-06-10) 10 June 2003 (age 19)   Karketu Dili
5 2DF Tomas Sarmento (2000-08-24) 24 August 2000 (age 21)   Ponta Leste
6 3MF Jhon Firth (2002-07-17) 17 July 2002 (age 20)   SLB Laulara
7 3MF Elias Mesquita (2002-03-27) 27 March 2002 (age 20)   Lalenok United
8 3MF Dom Lucas Braz (2001-03-14) 14 March 2001 (age 21)   Assalam FC
9 4FW Anizo Correia (2003-05-23) 23 May 2003 (age 19)   Ponta Leste
10 4FW Mouzinho (2002-02-26) 26 February 2002 (age 20)   SLB Laulara
11 4FW Alexandro Kefi (2004-12-20) 20 December 2004 (age 17)   SLB Laulara
12 2DF Yohanes Gusmão (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 22)   Lalenok United
13 2DF Gumario (2001-10-08) 8 October 2001 (age 20)   Lalenok United
14 3MF Cristevão (2004-01-16) 16 January 2004 (age 18)   SLB Laulara
15 3MF Armindo de AlmeidaOA (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 24)   Ponta Leste
16 2DF João Halle (2003-03-02) 2 March 2003 (age 19)   SLB Laulara
17 4FW Zenivio (2005-04-22) 22 April 2005 (age 17)   SLB Laulara
18 2DF Filomeno Junior (captain) (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 22)   SLB Laulara
19 3MF Natalino da Costa (2003-08-03) 3 August 2003 (age 19)   Karketu Dili
20 1GK Georgino Mendonça (2002-03-16) 16 March 2002 (age 20)   SLB Laulara

Recent resultsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

25 October 2021 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Singapore   2–2   Timor-Leste Singapore
Glenn Kweh   34'
Jordan Emaviwe   90+5'  
Jacob Mahler  
[1] [2] Elias Mesquita   38'
Paulo Gali   41'   44'
Stadium: Jalan Besar Stadium
Attendance: 943
Referee: Majed Al Shamrani (Saudi Arabia)
28 October 2021 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Timor-Leste   0–6   South Korea Singapore
17:00 UTC+8 Report
Stadium: Jalan Besar Stadium
Attendance: 166
Referee: Ngô Duy Lân (Vietnam)
31 October 2021 (2021-10-31) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification Timor-Leste   1–0   Philippines Singapore
17:00 (UTC+08:00)
Report Stadium: Jalan Besar Stadium
Attendance: 251
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
29 April 2022 (2022-04-29) Friendly1 Malaysia   1–2   Timor-Leste Selangor, Malaysia
20:15 UTC+8 Faiz Amer Runnziar   66' Stadium: UiTM Stadium

31st Southeast Asian Games

6 May 2022 (2022-05-06) Philippines   4–0   Timor-Leste Việt Trì Stadium, Phú Thọ
16:00 (UTC+7:00)
Report
8 May 2022 (2022-05-08) Timor-Leste   2–3   Myanmar Việt Trì Stadium, Phú Thọ
19:00 (UTC+7:00) Mouzinho   52'
Soares   64'
Report Win Naing Tun   38'
Htet Phyo Wai   41'
Aung Wanna Soe   90+5'
13 May 2022 (2022-05-13) Indonesia   4-1   Timor-Leste Việt Trì Stadium, Phú Thọ
16:00 (UTC+7:00)
Mouzinho   69'
15 May 2022 (2022-05-15) Timor-Leste   v   Vietnam Việt Trì Stadium, Phú Thọ
19:00 (UTC+7:00)

List of coachesEdit

Coach Coaching period Pld W D L Achievements
  José Luís 2005 3 0 0 3 2005 AFF U-23 Youth Championship – Round 1 (First Time)
  Manuel da Costa Soares 2009–2010 4 0 0 4 2009 Southeast Asian Games – Round 1 (First Time)
  Antonio Carlos Vieira 2011–2012 5 2 0 3 2011 Southeast Asian Games – First Win with Brunei
  Norio Tsukitate 2012 5 1 0 4 2013 AFC U-22 Championship qualification – Did not qualify
  Emerson Alcântara 2013–2014 6 2 2 2 2013 Southeast Asian Games – First Draw with Indonesia
  Takuma Koga 2014 3 0 0 3 2014 Asian Games – Round 1 (First Time)
  Fábio Magrão 2015–2016 8 2 0 6 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification – Did not qualify
2015 Southeast Asian Games – Round 1
  Kim Shin-hwan 2017–2018 3 1 1 1 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification – Did not qualify
  Norio Tsukitate 2018– 3 0 0 3 2018 Asian Games – Group stage

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