Timor-Leste national football team

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Timor-Leste
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 coachNorio Tsukitate
CaptainNataniel Reis [1]
Most capsAnggisu Barbosa (30)
Top scorerRufino Gama (7)
Home stadiumNational Stadium
FIFA codeTLS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 196 Steady (16 July 2020)[2]
Highest146 (June 2015)
Lowest206 (October 2012)
First international
 Sri Lanka 3–2 Timor-Leste 
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; 21 March 2003)[3]
Biggest win
 Timor-Leste 5–1 Cambodia 
(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)

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'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]

History[edit]

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]

In 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification of Asian zone, Timor-Leste wrote history for being the first country to win 4–1 over Mongolia.[citation needed]

Naturalised players controversy[edit]

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]

Kits[edit]

Kit Manufacturers[edit]

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.

Stadium[edit]

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
Timor Leste Nacional Stadion.jpg East Timor National Stadium 13,000 Dili v   Saudi Arabia
(17 November 2015; 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)


Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to West Germany 1974 Part of Portugal Portugal Part of Portugal Portugal
Argentina 1978 to France 1998 Part of Indonesia Indonesia Part of Indonesia Indonesia
South KoreaJapan 2002 to Germany 2006 Did not enter
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 11
Brazil 2014 2 0 0 2 1 7
Russia 2018 10 0 0 10 0 50
Qatar 2022 2 0 0 2 2 12
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 16 0 0 16 6 80

Lusofonia Games[edit]

Asian Cup record[edit]

Asian Cup
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 to Thailand 1972 Part of Portugal Portugal
Iran 1976 to Lebanon 2000 Part of Indonesia Indonesia
China 2004 Did not qualify
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011
Australia 2015
United Arab Emirates 2019 Did not qualify
China 2023 Banned[22]
Total

AFC Challenge Cup record[edit]

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

AFC Solidarity Cup record[edit]

AFC Solidarity Cup
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Malaysia 2016 Group stage 2 0 1 1 0 4
Total Best: Group stage 2 0 1 1 0 4

AFF Championship[edit]

  • Finals Records Only

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

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.[27]

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 23) 13 0 East Timor Ponta Leste
12 1GK Fernando (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 25) 0 0 East Timor Benfica Laulara
20 1GK Natalino (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 19) 0 0

2 2DF Duarte (2000-12-29) 29 December 2000 (age 19) 0 0
3 2DF Gaspar (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 23) 1 0
4 2DF Candido (1997-12-02)2 December 1997 (aged 20) 8 0 East Timor Ponta Leste
5 2DF João Panji (2000-10-29) 29 October 2000 (age 19) 4 0 East Timor Assalam F.C.
6 2DF Ade (1995-06-02) 2 June 1995 (age 25) 24 3 East Timor Ponta Leste
13 2DF Gumario (2001-10-18) 18 October 2001 (age 18) 8 0 East Timor Boavista
17 2DF Victor (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 22) 15 0 East Timor Karketu Dili
18 2DF Filomeno Junior (1998-08-05)5 August 1998 (aged 20) 9 0 East Timor Benfica Laulara
22 2DF Avigmas (1999-12-24) 24 December 1999 (age 20) 15 1 East Timor Boavista

8 3MF Mouzinho (2002-06-26) 26 June 2002 (age 18) 1 0
11 3MF Gelvanio (1998-10-08)8 October 1998 (aged 19) 4 0 East Timor Boavista
14 3MF Elias (2002-03-27) 27 March 2002 (age 18) 1 0
15 3MF Armindo (1998-04-18) 18 April 1998 (age 22) 4 0 East Timor Académica
16 3MF Danilson (2001-05-15) 15 May 2001 (age 19) 1 0
19 3MF Gali (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 23) 3 0 East Timor Benfica Laulara
23 3MF Osvaldo (2000-10-18) 18 October 2000 (age 19) 8 0 East Timor Karketu Dili

7 4FW Rufino Gama (1998-06-20) 20 June 1998 (age 22) 18 7 East Timor Karketu Dili
9 4FW Savio (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 27) 4 0 East Timor Boavista
10 4FW João Pedro (2000-08-20) 20 August 2000 (age 19) 8 2 Thailand North Bangkok University
21 4FW Kefi (1997-01-27) 27 January 1997 (age 23) 10 0 East Timor Boavista

Previous squads[edit]

Records[edit]

As of match against  Malaysia on 11 June 2019.

Youngest debut record
# Player Age Debut date Opponent Tournament
1. Ade
15 years, 172 days
21 November 2010
 Indonesia
Friendly Match
2. Anggisu Barbosa
15 years, 217 days
19 October 2008
 Cambodia
2008 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification
3. Nelson Sing
15 years, 225 days
21 November 2010
 Indonesia
Friendly Match
4. Olegario
16 years, 28 days
21 November 2010
 Indonesia
Friendly Match
5. Gumario
16 years, 47 days
4 December 2017
 Chinese Taipei
2017 CTFA International Tournament
6. José Fonseca
16 years, 63 days
21 November 2010
 Indonesia
Friendly Match
7. Nelson
16 years, 157 days
29 May 2016
 Cambodia
Friendly Match
8. Adi
16 years, 164 days
21 March 2003
 Sri Lanka
2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
= Efrem Almeida
16 years, 164 days
21 November 2010
 Indonesia
Friendly Match
10. Ervino
16 years, 166 days
12 November 2015
 United Arab Emirates
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Current Staff[edit]

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

List of Coaches[edit]

As of 11 June 2019

Manager Period Internationals Competitions
G W D L %
Portugal José Luís 2004–2006 10 0 0 10 000.0 2004 AFF Championship – Group stage
2006 Lusophony Games – Group stage
East Timor João Paulo Pereira 2007 2 0 0 2 000.0
East Timor Pedro Correia de Almeida 2007–2008 5 0 1 4 000.0
Brazil Clodoaldo 2010 3 0 0 3 000.0
Brazil Antonio Carlos Vieira 2011–2012 6 1 1 4 016.7
Brazil Emerson Alcântara 2012–2014 4 2 0 2 050.0
East Timor Manuel da Costa Soares 2015 1 1 0 0 100.0
Brazil Fábio Magrão 2015–2016 3 1 2 033.3 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup – Group stage
Brazil Fernando Alcântara 2015–2016 6 0 1 5 000.0
Chile Simón Elissetche[29] 2017–2018 3 1 0 2 033.3 2017 CTFA Tournament – Third place
Japan 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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