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Cambodia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)អ្នកចម្បាំងអង្គរ (Angkor Warriors)[1]
គោព្រៃកម្ពុជា (Kouprey Kampuchea)[2]
AssociationFootball Federation of Cambodia (FFC)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachRyu Hirose
CaptainSoeuy Visal
Most capsKouch Sokumpheak (62)
Top scorerHok Sochetra (20)[3]
Home stadiumPhnom Penh Olympic Stadium and Morodok Techo National Stadium
FIFA codeCAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 178 Increase 1 (16 September 2021)[4]
Highest153 (March 2011)
Lowest198 (August 2014)
First international
 Malaya 9–2 Cambodia 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaya; 17 March 1956)[5]
Biggest win
 Cambodia 11–0 North Yemen 
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia; 29 November 1966)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 14–0 Cambodia 
(Tehran, Iran; 10 October 2019)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1972)
Best resultFourth place (1972)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage (2006)
AFF Championship
Appearances7 (first in 1996)
Best resultGroup Stage (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2018)

The Cambodia national football team (Khmer: ក្រុមបាល់ទាត់ជម្រើសជាតិកម្ពុជា, Krŏm Băltoăt Chómreus Chèat Kămpŭchéa) represents Cambodia in international football and is administered by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC),[7] which is part of the Asian Football Confederation and sub-confederation AFF.

Known as the Khmer Republic national football team from 1970 to 1975, the team finished fourth in the 1972 Asian Cup, which still remains as Cambodia's greatest achievement in an international competition. The team was founded in 1933 and joined FIFA's ranks in 1953.

History

Beginning of an era

Cambodia formed its first national team following the end of French colonization in 1954. Immediately following the end of French colonialism, Cambodia played its first home game against Malaya. The game ended with a 9–2 win for the Malays.

Like most Asian countries at the time, Cambodia did not seek to participate in the FIFA World Cup qualification nor even AFC Asian Cup qualification, as the country was still trying to consolidate its early football development. However, when Lon Nol decided to topple the Cambodian Kingdom and replaced by a Republic, Cambodia finally decided to participate in the 1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification. The Cambodians managed to qualify for the 1972 AFC Asian Cup in its first qualification attempt, a major success up to date. Cambodia managed to win over Hong Kong, which sent the country to Thailand.

In the tournament as Khmer Republic, the Cambodians lost to Iran and had to play in group B along with South Korea and Kuwait. Despite early loss to the South Koreans, they had qualified to the semi-finals thanked for a resounding 4–0 win over Kuwait, only got beaten later by Iran, again, and Thailand, and won the 4th place overall. It remains as Cambodia's greatest achievement in an international tournament.

Following the success, Cambodia could not participate in further tournament, due to the eventual rise of Khmer Rouge.

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 this, Cambodia still gave birth to what would one of Cambodia's football talents in its young history, Hok Sochetra.

Also during this time, Cambodia sent its national team to the 1998 World Cup qualification, the first time Cambodia had ever done so. However, Cambodia had been unsuccessful by large, and often got eliminated in the bottom of their group. The country also withdrew from participating in the 2006 World Cup qualification. Likewise, Cambodia also only participated in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification, before withdrew from 2004 and 2007 qualification attempts. The country later suffered AFF Championship drought, failing to qualify for three consecutive tournaments.

Since 2010s

2018 AFF Championship group stage starting line-up in a 3–1 win against Laos.[8]

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. Cambodia however missed out the 2012 and 2014 AFC Challenge Cups, thus missed out the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

During 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Cambodia finished bottom in a group where they suffered losses to Jordan and neighbor Vietnam. Despite this, Cambodia has managed what could be Cambodia's greatest achievement in their qualification history, 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. It was the country's only win in the qualification.

Following the failure to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Cambodia participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, where they had to face Pakistan in the first round. Cambodia comfortably beat Pakistan both games with a 4–1 on aggregate to reach the second round.[9] Once the team had entered this stage again, Cambodia had to deal with much stronger Hong Kong, Iraq, Iran and Bahrain. Despite passionate support from home fans, the country itself could only obtain a 1–1 draw at home to Hong Kong, before getting crushed in the remaining games, including a 0–14 annihilation away by Iran, an Asian football giant, which became Cambodia's heaviest loss in the history.[10]

Kits

The national kits of Cambodia reflect the colors of the national flag which are blue, red, and white. Currently, the home kit is a blue and black shirt, black shorts and blue socks; while the current away kit is all white with a series of horizontal red stripes on the shirt. Cambodia's current kit sponsor is FBT.[11]

Kit provider Period Ref
Thailand FBT 2010–2021 [12]
TBD 2021–

Home stadiums

The historic Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh hosts the majority of the national team's home matches. With a capacity of 70,000, it sill remains as Cambodia's largest sporting venue since its completion in 1964. However, by the end of May 2021, this will no longer be the case, as the newly constructed Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, with a capacity of 75,000, is expected to be completed. Once completed, the Morodok Techo National Stadium will be the biggest sports facility in Cambodia and one of the largest in Southeast Asia.[13] The sports complex is meant to be the main venue of the 2023 Southeast Asian Games. It is also anticipated that the new stadium and associated facilities will also be used to facilitate international friendly football matches and regional football qualifiers.[14][15]

Fixtures and results

  Win   Draw   Lose

2021

3 June 2021 2022 WCQ R2 Bahrain  8–0  Cambodia Riffa, Bahrain
19:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
7 June 2021 2022 WCQ R2 Iraq  4–1  Cambodia Arad, Bahrain
17:30 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Al Muharraq Stadium
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)
11 June 2021 2022 WCQ R2 Cambodia  0–10  Iran Isa Town, Bahrain
17:30 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Bahrain
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)
9 October 2021 2023 ACQ Play-off Guam  v  Cambodia
12 October 2021 2023 ACQ Play-off Cambodia  v  Guam

Coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Japan Keisuke Honda[16][17]
Head Coach Japan Ryu Hirose[18][19]
Team Manager Cambodia Chhouk Piseth[20]
Assistant Coach Cambodia Phea Sopheaktra[21][22]
Cambodia Ouk Sothy[23][24]
Goalkeeper Coach Japan TBA
Fitness Coach Japan Komatsu Kiyomasa[25]
Team Doctor Cambodia Aum Puthi[26]
Physiotherapist Cambodia Hun Penlong[27]
Cambodia Nay Chankdeb[28]

Coaching history

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%
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 25%
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 30%
Cambodia Hok Sochetra July 2012 – October 2012 5 0 1 4 0%
Cambodia Prak Sovannara December 2012 – September 2013 2 0 0 2 0%
South Korea Lee Tae-hoon September 2013 – March 2017 35 13 2 20 37%
Japan Kazunori Ohara (Interim) April 2015 4 1 1 2 25%
Brazil Leonardo Vitorino March 2017 – October 2017 7 1 0 6 14%
Cambodia Prak Sovannara (Interim) October 2017 – August 2018 4 1 0 3 25%
Argentina Félix Dalmás[29][30] August 2018 – August 2020 16 3 3 10 19%
Japan Ryu Hirose[31][32] March 2021 – 3 0 0 3 0%

Updated as of June 2021 after the game against  Iran.

Current squad

The following 24 players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against  Bahrain,  Iraq, and  Iran from 3 June until 11 June 2021 in Bahrain.[33]

Caps and goals updated as of 11 June 2021 after the match against  Iran.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Keo Soksela (1997-08-01) 1 August 1997 (age 24) 13 0 Cambodia Visakha
21 1GK Hul Kimhuy (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket
22 1GK Um Vichet (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 27) 6 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
2 2DF Ken Chansopheak (1999-06-15) 15 June 1999 (age 22) 7 0 Cambodia Visakha
3 2DF Sath Rosib (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 24) 19 1 Cambodia Boeung Ket
4 2DF Sareth Krya (1995-03-04) 4 March 1995 (age 26) 17 0 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
5 2DF Soeuy Visal (Captain) (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 26) 59 4 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
6 2DF Tes Sambath (2000-10-20) 20 October 2000 (age 20) 3 0 Cambodia Visakha
13 2DF Ouk Sovann (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 (age 23) 10 0 Cambodia Visakha
15 2DF Sor Rotana (2002-10-09) 9 October 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Cambodia Prey Veng
18 2DF Nhoem Lyhuor (2002-11-17) 17 November 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Cambodia Visakha
19 2DF Cheng Meng (1998-02-27) 27 February 1998 (age 23) 22 0 Cambodia Visakha
8 3MF Lim Pisoth (2001-08-29) 29 August 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
10 3MF Kouch Sokumpheak (Vice-captain) (1987-02-15) 15 February 1987 (age 34) 62 7 Cambodia Nagaworld
12 3MF Sos Suhana (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 29) 59 2 Cambodia Nagaworld
16 3MF Dani Kouch (1990-10-11) 11 October 1990 (age 30) 9 0 Cambodia Nagaworld
17 3MF Leng Nora (2004-09-19) 19 September 2004 (age 16) 1 0 Cambodia Prey Veng
23 3MF Thierry Bin (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 30) 38 3 Cambodia Visakha
3MF Orn Chanpolin (1998-03-15) 15 March 1998 (age 23) 17 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
7 4FW Prak Mony Udom (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 27) 57 10 Cambodia Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
9 4FW Sieng Chanthea (2002-09-09) 9 September 2002 (age 19) 11 1 Cambodia Boeung Ket
14 4FW Keo Sokpheng (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 29) 49 11 Cambodia Visakha
11 4FW Mat Noron (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket
20 4FW Wut Tola (2002-10-06) 6 October 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Cambodia Visakha

Recent call-ups

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 Sou Yaty (1991-12-17) 17 December 1991 (age 29) 37 0 Cambodia Nagaworld v.  Hong Kong, 19 November 2019

DF Ly Vahed (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Cambodia Boeung Ket v.  Hong Kong, 19 November 2019
DF Yue Safy (2000-11-08) 8 November 2000 (age 20) 3 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown v.  Hong Kong, 19 November 2019

MF Yeu Muslim (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown v.  Hong Kong, 19 November 2019
MF Sin Kakada (2000-07-29) 29 July 2000 (age 21) 5 0 Cambodia Visakha v.  Hong Kong, 19 November 2019

FW Kan Pisal (1998-08-09) 9 August 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Cambodia Tiffy Army v.  Hong Kong, 19 November 2019
FW Reung Bunheing (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 28) 10 2 Cambodia Visakha v.  Hong Kong, 19 November 2019

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Previous squads

Records

As of 3 June 2021
Players in bold are still active with Cambodia.

Competition history

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GF 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
Qatar 2022 10 2 1 7 6 45
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/22 36 4 4 28 22 135

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 5 11
South Korea 1960 Withdrew Withdrew
Israel 1964
Iran 1968 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 4 2
Thailand 1972 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 8 10 5 2 1 2 8 8
Iran 1976 Did not enter Did not enter
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1980
Singapore 1984
Flag of Qatar.svg 1988
Japan 1992
United Arab Emirates 1996
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 4 19
China 2004 Did not enter Did not enter
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify AFC Challenge Cup
Australia 2015
United Arab Emirates 2019 18 3 2 13 12 47
China 2023 To be determined 10 2 1 7 6 45
Total Best: Fourth place 5 1 1 3 8 10 42 10 4 28 39 132

AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Challenge Cup record
Year Round Pld 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

AFF Competitions History

Final records only.

AFF Championship record
Year Round Pld 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
Indonesia Singapore 2002 4 1 0 3 5 18
Malaysia Vietnam 2004 4 0 0 4 2 22
Singapore Thailand 2007 Did not qualify
Indonesia Thailand 2008 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 12
Indonesia Vietnam 2010 Did not qualify
Malaysia Thailand 2012
Singapore Vietnam 2014
Myanmar Philippines 2016 Group stage 3 0 0 3 4 8
Association of Southeast Asian Nations 2018 Group stage 4 1 0 3 4 9
Association of Southeast Asian Nations 2021 To be determined
Total Best: Group stage 22 3 0 23 23 91

Head-to-head record

Last match updated was against  Iran on 11 June 2021.[34]

Key
Positive balance (more Wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more Losses)
Opponents Pld W D L GF GA GD Confederation
 Afghanistan 4 1 0 3 2 6 −4 AFC
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 AFC
 Bahrain 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 AFC
 Bangladesh 4 0 1 3 2 5 −3 AFC
 Bhutan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 AFC
 Brunei 8 5 2 1 22 9 +11 AFC
 China PR 6 0 0 6 3 24 −21 AFC
 Chinese Taipei 4 2 1 1 6 6 0 AFC
 Guam 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 AFC
 Guinea 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 CAF
 Hong Kong 9 2 1 6 9 21 −12 AFC
 India 5 1 0 4 5 17 −12 AFC
 Indonesia 23 2 3 18 14 86 −72 AFC
 Iran 4 0 0 4 1 28 −27 AFC
 Iraq 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 AFC
 Japan 4 0 0 4 1 10 −9 AFC
 Jordan 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 AFC
 Kuwait 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 AFC
 Kyrgyzstan 2 0 0 2 6 8 −2 AFC
 Laos 16 7 3 6 27 24 +3 AFC
 Lebanon 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 AFC
 Macau 6 4 1 1 14 7 +7 AFC
 Malaysia 28 4 3 21 27 85 −58 AFC
 Maldives 4 0 1 3 3 14 −11 AFC
 Mongolia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 AFC
 Myanmar 20 2 2 16 13 58 −45 AFC
   Nepal 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 AFC
 North Korea 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 AFC
 Pakistan 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 AFC
 Palestine 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 AFC
 Philippines 11 3 4 4 11 18 −7 AFC
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 2 7 −5 AFC
 Singapore 19 2 1 15 11 38 −27 AFC
 South Korea 8 1 0 7 4 24 −20 AFC
 Sri Lanka 3 2 0 1 10 2 +8 AFC
 Syria 3 0 0 3 1 17 −16 AFC
 Tajikistan 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 AFC
 Thailand 15 2 5 8 17 36 −19 AFC
 Timor-Leste 8 5 2 1 21 16 +5 AFC
 Turkmenistan 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 AFC
 Uzbekistan 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9 AFC
 Vietnam 13 3 1 9 15 48 −33 AFC
 Yemen 2 1 0 1 8 8 0 AFC

Honours

Including results from Khmer Republic Khmer Republic.

Fourth Place (1): 1972
Champion (1): 1973
Champion (1): 1972
Third Place (1): 1972

See also

Leagues

Cups

National teams

Men

Women

Futsal

Other

Notes

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