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The Vanuatu national football team is the national team of Vanuatu and is controlled by the Vanuatu Football Federation.[5]

Vanuatu
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationVanuatu Football Federation
ConfederationOFC (Oceania)
Head coachvacant
CaptainJason Thomas
Most capsEtienne Mermer (35)
Top scorerRichard Iwai (20)[1]
Home stadiumPort Vila Municipal Stadium
FIFA codeVAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 163 Steady (19 September 2019)[2]
Highest131 (October 2007)
Lowest201 (October–November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 164 Decrease 9 (10 October 2019)[3]
Highest129 (2 June 2004)
Lowest191 (July 1994)
First international
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[4]
Biggest win
 Vanuatu 18–0 Kiribati 
(Lautoka, Fiji; 7 July 2003)[4]
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 9–0 New Hebrides New Hebrides
(Nouméa, New Caledonia; 4 October 1951)[4]
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1973)
Best resultFourth place, 1973, 2000, 2002 and 2008

HistoryEdit

It was known as the New Hebrides national football team until the New Hebrides became Republic of Vanuatu in 1980. It finished fourth in the OFC Nations Cup in 1973, 2000, and 2002. In the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, Vanuatu beat New Zealand 4–2, preventing the regional powerhouse from making the final and, consequently, the running for the 2006 World Cup.

Vanuatu caused another shock in the 2007 South Pacific Games by knocking out the Solomon Islands for bronze medal and also enable to enter the second stage of qualification for the OFC Nations Cup and consequently a chance with a playoff for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. The last time they had won against Solomon Islands was back in 1998 and had since been on the receiving side of many losses save for one draw against them. In July 2008, Vanuatu faced two national teams from the Solomon Islands during the inaugural edition of the Wantok Cup. Vanuatu lost 1–2 to the Solomons' team A, but defeated their team B by two goals to one.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 1 18
  1998 2 0 1 1 2 3
    2002 4 1 0 3 11 21
  2006 9 4 1 4 21 11
  2010 12 5 1 6 30 19
  2014 3 1 0 2 8 9
  2018 3 1 0 2 3 8
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 37 12 3 22 76 89

Results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Current technical staffEdit

Position
Head coach vacant
Assistant coach   François Sakama
Team Manager   Peter Takaro
Goalkeeper coach   Jimmy Obed
Assistant Goalkeeper coach   Jean Yves Galinie
Physio   Albert Lata

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 3 friendly games against Tahiti, Fiji and Indonesia and for the 2019 Pacific Games from 7–20 July in Apia, Samoa

Caps and goals updated as of 18 July 2019 after the game against Samoa.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Chikau Mansale (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 36) 24 0   Tupuji Imere
21 1GK Dick Taiwia (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Ifira Black Bird
22 1GK James Chilia (2001-03-23) 23 March 2001 (age 18) 0 0   Tupuji Imere

2 2DF Brian Kaltack (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 26) 22 5   Auckland City
3 2DF Jason Thomas (Captain) (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 22) 16 0   Hekari United
4 2DF Joseph Iaruel (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 21) 13 0   Galaxy
6 2DF Gordshem Dona (1996-08-27) 27 August 1996 (age 23) 9 0   Tafea
18 2DF Selwyn Vatu (1998-06-13) 13 June 1998 (age 21) 13 0   Galaxy
19 2DF Michel Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 23) 9 1   Tafea
20 2DF Jonathan Spokeyjack (1998-11-13) 13 November 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Ifira Black Bird
23 2DF Waiwo Kalmet (1999-04-26) 26 April 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Tafea

5 3MF Jeffery Bob (1992-07-01) 1 July 1992 (age 27) 5 3   Tafea
7 3MF John Alick (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 28) 10 0   Solomon Warriors
8 3MF Ronaldo Wilkins (1999-12-30) 30 December 1999 (age 19) 8 0   Shepherds United
10 3MF Mitch Cooper (1994-09-18) 18 September 1994 (age 25) 6 5   Hume City
13 3MF Daniel Natou (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 29) 12 1   Hekari United
14 3MF Elkington Molivakarua (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 26) 13 3   Tafea
16 3MF Bong Kalo (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 22) 20 2   Lautoka
3MF Tom Saksak (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Vaum United

9 4FW Kensi Tangis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 27) 28 8   Solomon Warriors
11 4FW Andre Batick (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Malampa Revivors
12 4FW Azariah Soromon (1999-03-01) 1 March 1999 (age 20) 14 7   Southern United
15 4FW Tony Kaltack (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 23) 16 15   Solomon Warriors
17 4FW Bill Nicholls (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 26) 8 6   Magenta

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dgen Leo (2000-08-06) 6 August 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Sia-Raga Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
GK Joshua Willie (2000-06-13) 13 June 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Amicale Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
GK Seiloni Iaruel (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 24) 6 0   Galaxy Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
GK Daniel August (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Shepherds United Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
GK Kaloran Firiam (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Ifira Black Bird v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019
GK Serge Daniel (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Erakor Golden Star v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE

DF Barhormaal Lolo (1991-09-15) 15 September 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Yatel Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
DF Kevin Shem (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 25) 9 0   Tafea v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Ignace Iamak (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 29) 6 0   Tafea v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Lucien Hinge (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 27) 4 0   Tafea v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Jacques Wanemut (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Erakor Golden Star v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Tasso Jeffery (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Malampa Revivors v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
DF Michel Kaltack (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 28) 18 2   Erakor Golden Star
DF Remy Kalsrap (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Erakor Golden Star
DF Jais Malsarani (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Tafea
DF Chanel Obed (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Amicale
DF Jesse Kalopang (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Erakor Golden Star

MF Kalfter Kaltack (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Erakor Golden Star Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
MF Henry Namatak (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Galaxy Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
MF Jacky Ruben (1996-11-10) 10 November 1996 (age 22) 9 1   Erakor Golden Star Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Raoul Coulon (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 23) 4 0   Tafea Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Barry Mansale (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Galaxy Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Jayson Timatua (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Shepherds United Pre-Squad 2019 Pacific Games
MF Edisson Stephens (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 27) 8 0   Tafea v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Octave Meltecoin (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Amicale v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Godine Tenene (1998-05-03) 3 May 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Erakor Golden Star v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Robert Toukoune (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Erakor Golden Star v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
MF Zica Manuhi (1993-07-23) 23 July 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Tafea
MF Nemani Roqara (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Erakor Golden Star
MF Jacksson Tasso (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Erakor Golden Star
MF Claude Aru (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Malampa Revivors
MF Micah Tommy (1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Ba

FW Alex Saniel (1996-11-08) 8 November 1996 (age 22) 7 1   Papatoetoe Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
FW Jordy Tasip (2000-07-14) 14 July 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Tafea Standby List 2019 Pacific Games
FW Bernard Daniel (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Erakor Golden Star v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
FW Jean Marie Manuriki (1992-01-25) 25 January 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Amicale v.   Solomon Islands, 18 March 2019 PRE
FW Fenedy Masauvakalo (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 (age 33) 16 2   Tupuji Imere
FW Robert Tasso (1989-12-18) 18 December 1989 (age 29) 9 5   Tafea
FW Jean Kaltack (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 25) 8 9   Ifira Black Bird
FW Christopher Andrew (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Sia-Raga

List of coachesEdit

New Hebrides (−1980)Edit

  • P. Reichert (1973)

Vanuatu (1980–)Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Vanuatu (New Hebrides) – List of International matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Micronesia suffer another humiliating defeat after 46–0 loss to Vanuatu | Football". The Guardian. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Member Association – Vanuatu". FIFA.com. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Vanuatu Football Federation". Vanuafoot.vu. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Poida named National Senior Team coach". Vanuata Football Federation. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.

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