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Cambodia national football team

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FFC Cambodia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kouprey Blue
Association Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Prak Sovannara
Captain Kouch Sokumpheak
Home stadium Olympic Stadium
FIFA code CAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 Steady (23 November 2017)
Highest 135 (March 2011)
Lowest 198 (August 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 205 (10 October 2017)
Highest 84 (15 November 1972)
Lowest 210 (8 June 2017)
First international
 Malaya 9–2 Cambodia 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaya; 17 March 1956)[1]
Biggest win
 Cambodia 11–0 North Yemen 
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia; 29 November 1966)
Biggest defeat
 Indonesia 10–0 Cambodia 
(Chiangmai, Thailand; 6 December 1995)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1972)
Best result Fourth place

The Cambodia national football team (Khmer: ក្រុមបាល់ទាត់ជម្រើសជាតិកម្ពុជា) is the national team of the Kingdom of Cambodia and is controlled by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC).[2] It was known as the Khmer Republic national football team from 1970 to 1975. It finished fourth in the 1972 Asian Cup.[3] The team was founded in 1933 and joined FIFA's ranks in 1953. One of Cambodia's best players was Hok Sochetra. Earlier in the decade he was considered one of the top 2 strikers in South East Asia along with Kiatisuk Senamuang from Thailand.[4] In 1997, Hok Sochetra won the best player award in Southeast Asia – the Golden Ball from Sanyo.[5]

History

1972 AFC Asian Cup

During the tournament as Khmer Republic, Cambodia was one of the best national teams in Asia. As Khmer Republic, they had qualified to the semi-finals, only got beaten later by Iran and Thailand, and won the 4th place overall. It remains as Cambodia's greatest achievement in an international tournament.

1990s to 2010s

After decades of war, in which witnessed both Khmer Rouge's genocide and the later Vietnamese invasion which toppled the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia returned to international football at 1993. Cambodia's first tournament as a new team was the Tiger Cup, in which Cambodia was defeated in all four matches. In this tournament, although Cambodia was the weakest among all teams participating in the tournament, Cambodia demonstrated high spirit of football. However, in successive tournaments, Cambodia was not successful and they could not manage to play with high spirits as it used to be. Despite of this, Cambodia still gave birth to what would one of Cambodia's football talents in its young history, Hok Sochetra.

Cambodia remained lagged behind for many years.

Since 2010s

Cambodia's football has witnessed resurgence after decades being under shadows. The resurgence of Cambodia had begun with the arrival of South Korea's Lee Tae-hoon, who had introduced a significant development of football in Cambodia, with the change of its tactics, as well as youth development and promotion of Cambodian youngsters to the national team, has given a hope for the change of Cambodia. At this team, the team has a lot of newly young talents, notably Chan Vathanaka, the first ever Cambodian to play professional football outside Cambodia, and the fanbase increased as for the achievement. Cambodia once again demonstrated a full spirit of football, despite during 2018 World Cup qualifying stage, Cambodia didn't record any win at all.

During 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Cambodia has managed what could be Cambodia's greatest achievement, when they defeated Afghanistan, which ranked 158 that time, above Cambodia which was ranked 174, and had already defeated Cambodia twice in the World Cup qualification, 1–0 at home. It is still regarded to be Cambodia's best performance in its modern football history.

Competition history

World Cup record

Asian Qualification Records
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 to United States 1994 Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 6 0 1 5 2 27
South Korea Japan 2002 6 0 1 5 2 22
Germany 2006 Did not enter
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
Brazil 2014 2 1 0 1 6 8
Russia 2018 10 1 1 8 5 28
Total 0/21 23 2 3 21 16 90

AFC Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup Records
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 Did not qualify
South Korea 1960 Withdrew
Israel 1964
Iran 1968 Did not qualify
Thailand 1972 4th place 5 1 1 3 8 10
Iran 1976 to United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not enter
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify
China 2004 Did not enter
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify
Australia 2015
United Arab Emirates 2019
Total 1/16 5 1 0 4 8 10

AFC Challenge Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 6
India 2008 Did not qualify
Sri Lanka 2010
Nepal 2012
Maldives 2014
Total Best:Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 6

ASEAN Competitions History

  • Finals Records Only

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

ASEAN Football Championship
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Singapore 1996 Group Stage 4 0 0 4 1 12
Vietnam 1998 Did not qualify
Thailand 2000 Group Stage 4 1 0 3 5 10
IndonesiaSingapore 2002 4 1 0 3 5 18
VietnamMalaysia 2004 4 0 0 4 2 22
SingaporeThailand 2007 Did not qualify
IndonesiaThailand 2008 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 12
IndonesiaVietnam 2010 Did not qualify
MalaysiaThailand 2012
SingaporeVietnam 2014
MyanmarPhilippines 2016 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 4 8
Total Best: Group Stage 22 2 0 20 19 82

Kits

Cambodia's home kit is all blue and black.[6] Their away kit is red and black uniform. The kits are currently manufactured by FBT.

Fixture and results

  Win   Draw   Lose

2017

2018

  • 1 Not an international FIFA match "A".'

Coaches

[citation needed]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win%
Czechoslovakia Vladimír Mirka 1965–1967
Germany Joachim Fickert June 1996 – January 2003
Cambodia Som Saran 2003 – June 2005 4 0 0 4 0%
Australia Scott O'Donnell July 2005 – December 2007 15 2 3 10 13.33%
South Korea Yoo Kee-heung December 2007 – July 2008 2 1 0 1 50%
Cambodia Prak Sovannara July 2008 – May 2009 12 3 1 8 27%
Australia Scott O'Donnell June 2009 – August 2010 0 0 0 0 0%
South Korea Lee Tae-Hoon August 2010 – May 2012 10 3 2 5 40%
Cambodia Hok Sochetra July 2012 – October 2012 5 0 1 4 0%
Cambodia Prak Sovannara December 2012 – September 2013 2 0 0 2 0%
Japan Kazunori Ohara (Interim) April 2015 4 1 1 2 25%
South Korea Lee Tae-Hoon September 2013 – March 2017 35 13 2 20 37%
Brazil Leonardo Vitorino March 2017 – October 2017 7 1 0 6 14%
Cambodia Prak Sovannara (Interim) October 2017 – 2 0 0 2 0%

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Cambodia Prak Sovannara
Manager Cambodia Chhouk Pisedth
Assistant Coach Cambodia Oung Kan Yanith
Assistant Coach Cambodia Oum Savong
Assistant Coach Cambodia Hor Sokheng
Goalkeeper Coach Cambodia Prak Vanny
Physiotherapist Cambodia Seng Bunna
Medical Team Cambodia Hay Sakiry

Current squad

The following 23 players who were called up for 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Third Round against Jordan on 14 November 2017.

Caps and goals as of 21 November 2017, after the match against Jordan.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sou Yaty (1991-12-17) 17 December 1991 (age 26) 34 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket
21 1GK Keo Soksela (1997-08-01) 1 August 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
22 1GK Um Sereyroth (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 22) 20 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry
2 2DF Nen Sothearoth (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 21) 12 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
3 2DF Rous Samoeun (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 22) 33 1 Cambodia Boeung Ket
4 2DF Sareth Krya (1995-03-04) 4 March 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
5 2DF Soeuy Visal (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 22) 40 2 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
6 2DF Roeung Bunhieng (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry
13 2DF Nub Tola (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 21) 27 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
19 2DF Cheng Meng (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Cambodia Nagaworld
20 2DF Sok Sovan (1992-04-05) 5 April 1992 (age 25) 31 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket
10 3MF Kouch Sokumpheak (Captain) (1987-02-15) 15 February 1987 (age 30) 45 6 Cambodia Nagaworld
12 3MF Sos Suhana (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 25) 40 2 Cambodia Nagaworld
14 3MF Hoy Phallin (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 (age 21) 26 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
17 3MF Chhin Chhoeun (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 25) 50 4 Cambodia National Defense Ministry
18 3MF Ouk Sothy (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 30) 4 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
24 3MF Sin Kakada (2000-07-29) 29 July 2000 (age 17) 0 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
23 3MF In Sodavid (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 (age 19) 6 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
8 4FW Keo Sokpheng (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 25) 32 8 Malaysia PKNP F.C.
7 4FW Prak Mony Udom (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 23) 47 9 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
9 4FW Keo Sokngon (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 25) 15 2 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
11 4FW Chan Vathanaka (Vice-captain) (1994-01-23) 23 January 1994 (age 23) 37 13 Malaysia Pahang FA
25 4FW Tang Sopheak (1994-06-07) 7 June 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Cambodia Cambodian Tiger

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Keo Soksela (1997-08-01) 1 August 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
GK Um Vichet (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry 2016 AFF Championship qualification
GK Prak Monyphearun (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Cambodia National Police Commissary v.  Syria, 24 March 2016

DF Samoeun Pidor (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 (age 21) 18 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
DF Pom Tola (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
DF Sor Piseth 2 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
DF Boris Kok (1991-05-20) 20 May 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown Training Camp (v. India
DF Ros Kungsomrach (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v. Saudi Arabia, 14 January 2017
DF Ly Vahed (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor v. Saudi Arabia, 14 January 2017, 14 January 2017}}
DF Saret Kriya (1995-03-04) 4 March 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v. Saudi Arabia, 14 January 2017, 14 January 2017}}
DF Sok SovanINJ (1992-04-05) 5 April 1992 (age 25) 29 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor 2016 AFF Championship
DF Khek Khemrin (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 25) 3 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry v.  Sri Lanka, 9 October 2016
DF Roeurm Channroeurn (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry v.  Hong Kong, 1 September 2016
DF Say Piseth (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 27) 20 0 Cambodia National Police Commissary v.  Hong Kong, 1 September 2016
DF Hong PhengINJ (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 28) 15 1 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor v.  Singapore, 28 July 2016
DF Ngoy Srin (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 23) 11 0 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Chinese Taipei, 7 June 2016
DF Leng Makara (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Chinese Taipei, 7 June 2016
DF Touch Pancharong (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 25) 16 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor Training Camp
DF Nhim Sovannara (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Singapore, 13 October 2015
DF Sun Sovannarith (1985-02-11) 11 February 1985 (age 32) 29 2 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor v.  Syria, 8 November 2015

MF Sos Suhana (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 25) 36 2 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
MF Cheng Meng (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
MF Ol Ravy (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Cambodia National Police Commissary v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
MF Sok Samnang (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v. Saudi Arabia, 14 January 2017
MF Ly Mizan (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor v. Saudi Arabia, 14 January 2017
MF Tum Saray (1992-07-10) 10 July 1992 (age 25) 8 0 Cambodia Nagaworld 2016 AFF Championship preparation
MF Kouch SokumpheakINJ (1987-02-15) 15 February 1987 (age 30) 43 6 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Syria, 24 March 2016
MF Ouk Sothy (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 30) 2 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown v.  Laos, 2 June 2015

FW Suong Virak (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 26) 4 0 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
FW Reung Bunheing (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Cambodia National Defense Ministry v.  Sri Lanka, 9 October 2016
FW Phuong SoksanaINJ (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 25) 11 1 Cambodia National Defense Ministry v.  Chinese Taipei, 2 June 2016
FW Sok Chanraksmey (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 25) 11 5 Cambodia Electricite du Cambodge 2016 Bangabandhu Cup
FW Khim Borey (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 28) 30 11 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Afghanistan, 16 June 2015
FW Sun Vandeth (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 20) 5 1 Cambodia National Police Commissary v. Saudi Arabia, 14 January 20177
  • INJ Injured players

Honours

Fourth Place (1): 1972
Champion (1): 1973
  • South Vietnam Independence Cup[7]
Champion (1): 1972
Third Place (1): 1972

See also

References

  1. ^ "Cambodia matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Cambodia. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Ek Madra (8 October 2007). "FEATURE-Soccer-Asia's minnows have World Cup mountain to climb". Reuters. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Sopheark, Chhim (15 September 2005). "With a New Head Coach and New Direction Cambodia's National Football Team Reaches For Its Goals". The Cambodia Daily. 
  4. ^ Cambodia's Hok Sochetra On The Ball
  5. ^ Hok Sochetra speaks out about the beautiful game in Cambodia-The Phnom Penh Post
  6. ^ "Kit". ebaystatic.com. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  7. ^ South Vietnam Independence Cup 1972 Archived 29 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Official website
  • FIFA team profile
  • ELO team records
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