Cambodia national football team

Cambodia
Nickname(s) Kouprey Blue
Angkor Warriors
Association Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Keisuke Honda
Captain Khoun Laboravy
Home stadium Olympic Stadium
FIFA code CAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 166 (16 August 2018)
Highest 135 (March 2011)
Lowest 198 (August 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 208 (6 March 2018)
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

FIFA World Cup finals record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1994Did not enter
1998Did not qualify6015227
20026015222
2006Did not enter
2010Did not qualify200215
2014210168
201810118528
2022To be determined
2026
Total0/212323211690

AFC Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
1956Did not qualify
1960Withdrew
1964
1968Did not qualify
19724th place5113810
1976 to 1996Did not enter
2000Did not qualify
2004Did not enter
2007
2011Did not qualify
2015
2019
Total1/165104810

AFC Challenge Cup record

Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
2006Group stage310246
2008Did not qualify
2010
2012
2014
TotalBest: Group stage310246

ASEAN Competitions History

  • Finals Records Only

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

ASEAN Football Championship
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
1996Group stage4004112
1998Did not qualify
2000Group stage4103510
20024103518
20044004222
2007Did not qualify
2008Group stage3003212
2010Did not qualify
2012
2014
2016Group stage300348
ASEAN 2018To be determined
TotalBest: Group stage2220201982

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.

Fixtures and results

  Win   Draw   Lose

2017

2018

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

Coaches

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win%
Vladimír Mirka 1965–1967
Joachim Fickert June 1996 – January 2003
Som Saran 2003 – June 2005 4 0 0 4 0%
Scott O'Donnell July 2005 – December 2007 15 2 3 10 13.33%
Yoo Kee-heung December 2007 – July 2008 2 1 0 1 50%
Prak Sovannara July 2008 – May 2009 12 3 1 8 27%
Scott O'Donnell June 2009 – August 2010 0 0 0 0 0%
Lee Tae-Hoon August 2010 – May 2012 10 3 2 5 40%
Hok Sochetra July 2012 – October 2012 5 0 1 4 0%
Prak Sovannara December 2012 – September 2013 2 0 0 2 0%
Kazunori Ohara (Interim) April 2015 4 1 1 2 25%
Lee Tae-Hoon September 2013 – March 2017 35 13 2 20 37%
Leonardo Vitorino March 2017 – October 2017 7 1 0 6 14%
Prak Sovannara (Interim) October 2017 – August 2018 4 1 0 3 25%
Keisuke Honda August 2018  0 0 0 0 0%

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Keisuke Honda
Manager Chhouk Pisedth
Assistant Coach Oung Kan Yanith
Assistant Coach Oum Savong
Assistant Coach Hor Sokheng
Goalkeeper Coach Ouk Mic
Physiotherapist Seng Bunna
Medical Team Hay Sakiry

Current squad

The following 23 players who were called up for the friendly match against Malaysia on 10 September 2018.

Caps and goals as of 27 March 2018, after the match against Afghanistan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sou Yaty (1991-12-17) 17 December 1991 36 0 Nagaworld
1GK Keo Soksela (1997-08-01) 1 August 1997 0 0 Visakha
1GK Um Vichet (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 2 0 National Defense Ministry
2DF Nen Sothearoth (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 13 0 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
2DF Ouk Sovann (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 1 0 Phnom Penh Crown
2DF Soeuy Visal (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 42 2 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
2DF Hong Pheng (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 17 1 Boeung Ket
2DF Sath Rosib (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 2 0 Boeung Ket
2DF Cheng Meng (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 4 0 Nagaworld
2DF Ly Vahed (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 1 0 Boeung Ket
2DF Sor Piseth (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 4 0 National Defense Ministry
3MF Sos Suhana (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 42 2 Nagaworld
3MF Sin Kakada (2000-07-29) 29 July 2000 1 0 Phnom Penh Crown
3MF Thierry Chantha Bin (Vice-captain) (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 28 3 Terengganu
3MF Kouch Sokumpheak (Captain) (1987-02-15) 15 February 1987 45 6 Nagaworld
3MF Chhin Chhoeun (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 50 4 National Defense Ministry
3MF Brak Thiva (1998-12-05) 5 December 1998 3 0 Phnom Penh Crown
3MF In Sodavid (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 6 0 Phnom Penh Crown
3MF Tith Dina (1993-06-05) 5 June 1993 29 2 Visakha
4FW Prak Mony Udom (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 49 9 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
4FW Keo Sokpheng (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 34 8 Visakha
4FW Reung Bunheing (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 0 0 National Defense Ministry
4FW Chey Chetra (1997-11-06) 6 November 1997 0 0 National Police Commissary

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Um Sereyroth (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 20 0 National Defense Ministry v.  Jordan, 14 November 2017
GK Om Oudom (1995-08-24) 24 August 1995 0 0 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018

DF Yue Safy (2000-11-08) 8 November 2000 0 0 Phnom Penh Crown v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
DF Seut Baraing (1999-09-29) 29 September 1999 4 0 Phnom Penh Crown v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
DF Rous Samoeun (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 35 1 Visakha v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
DF Nub Tola (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 27 0 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v.  Jordan, 14 November 2017
DF Sareth Krya (1995-03-04) 4 March 1995 2 0 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v.  Jordan, 14 November 2017
DF Pom Tola (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 0 0 National Defense Ministry v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017

MF Hoy Phallin (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 28 0 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
MF Sok Heang 1 0 National Defense Ministry v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
MF Orn Chanpolin (1998-03-15) 15 March 1998 2 0 Phnom Penh Crown v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
MF Ouk Sothy (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 4 0 Phnom Penh Crown v.  Jordan, 14 November 2017
MF Ol Ravy (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 1 0 National Police Commissary v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017

FW Suong Virak (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 4 0 Nagaworld v.  Jordan, 28 March 2017
FW Khoun Laboravy (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 56 12 Boeung Ket v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
FW Chan Vathanaka (1994-01-23) 23 January 1994 39 13 Boeung Ket v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
FW Mat Noron (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 1 0 Electricite du Cambodge v.  Afghanistan, 27 March 2018
  • INJ Injured players

Honours

Fourth Place (1): 1972
Champion (1): 1973
  • South Vietnam Independence Cup[8]
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. Ooi Kin Fai (10 June 2018). "Malaysia line up 6 friendlies in lead up to AFF Championship". Sporting News. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. South Vietnam Independence Cup 1972 Archived 29 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
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